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Certification Areas

Early Childhood (EC-GR6)

  • EC-GR6 Generalist
  • EC-GR6 Generalist/ESL

Secondary Areas (GR8-12)

All Level Areas

Course of Study for Certification Areas

  1. ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

    Early Childhood - Grade 6

    CERT 312 Educational Psychology (2)
    CERT 326 Exceptional Children (3)
    CERT 382 Reading and Language Arts (2)
    CERT 386 Mathematics Methods (2) 
    CERT 413 Science Methods (2)
    CERT 424 Language Arts Essential Skills in the Elementary (2)
    CERT 436 Classroom Management (2)
    CERT 450 Teaching Methods (2)
    CERT 434 Classroom Assessment (2)
    CERT 475 Directed Teaching (4)

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  2. SECONDARY EDUCATION

    Option 1 (English Language Art and Reading 8 – 12)

    CERT 312 Educational Psychology (3)                            
    CERT 326 Exceptional Children (3)  
    CERT 382 Reading and Language Arts (3)    
    CERT 434 Classroom Assessment (3)    
    CERT 436 Classroom Management (3)    
    CERT 450 Teaching Methods (3)
    CERT 485 Directed Teaching (4)            

    Option 2 (Mathematics 8 – 12)

    CERT 312 Educational Psychology (3)    
    CERT 326 Exceptional Children (3)                
    CERT 386 Mathematics Methods (3)      
    CERT 434 Classroom Assessment (3)     
    CERT 436 Classroom Management (3)
    CERT 450 Teaching Methods (3)
    CERT 485 Directed Teaching
    (4)

    Option 3 (Social Studies 8 – 12)

    CERT 312 Educational Psychology (3)  
    CERT 326 Exceptional Children (3)    
    CERT 419 Social Studies Methods (3)
    CERT 434 Classroom Assessment (3) 
    CERT 436 Classroom Management (3) 
    CERT 450 Teaching Methods (3)
    CERT 485 Directed Teaching (4) 

    Option 4 (Life Science 8 – 12)

    CERT 312 Educational Psychology (3) 
    CERT 326 Exceptional Children (3) 
    CERT 413 Science Methods (3)
    CERT 434 Classroom Assessment (3)   
    CERT 436 Classroom Management (3) 
    CERT 450 Teaching Methods (3) 
    CERT 485 Directed Teaching (4)


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  3. All Level Education

    Option 1 (Music EC – 12)

    CERT 253 Music Methods (3)
    CERT 312 Educational Psychology (3)   
    CERT 326 Exceptional Children (3)  
    CERT 434 Classroom Assessment (3)
    CERT 436 Classroom Management (3) 
    CERT 450 Teaching Methods (3) 
    CERT 485 Directed Teaching (4)

    Option 2 (Physical Education EC – 12)

    CERT 243 Physcial Education and Health Methods (3)
    CERT 312 Educational Psychology (3)   
    CERT 326 Exceptional Children (3) 
    CERT 434 Classroom Assessment (3) 
    CERT 436 Classroom Management (3) 
    CERT 450 Teaching Methods (3)   
    CERT 485 Directed Teaching (4)

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Course Descriptions for Alternative Certification Program

CERT 312 Educational Psychology 2 – 3 hours
A study of psychology as it relates to the learning processes and teaching methods. Principles and theories of learning are reviewed and individual differences and psychological concepts examined. Attention is given to exceptional learners. Includes field experience.

CERT 326 Exceptional Children – 3 hours
Provides pre-service teachers skills to include children of all abilities through appropriate arrangement of the environment. Study will include the characteristics, assessment, admission, review, and dismissal processes for special students requiring individualized or specialized programs.

CERT 382 Reading and Language Arts 2 – 3 hours
A course designed to acquaint the student with the strategies to help all children become better readers through systematic, multimethod, multilevel instruction. The focus will be on essential components of a balanced literacy program (Guided Reading, Self-Selected Reading, and Working With Words), steps for implementation and management, and a variety of classroom activities. Includes field experience.

CERT 386 Mathematics Methods 2 – 3 hours
A course designed to acquaint the student with concepts, methods, and available materials for effective mathematics instruction in the schools. Creative development of materials and lesson plans are emphasized. (This course does not apply to mathematics requirements). Includes field experience.

CERT 243 Physical Education/Health Methods 3 hours
The course provides the teacher with an extensive repertoire of teaching techniques in all level (EC – 12) physical education program. Emphasis is placed on health-related fitness, skill development, special events, and game development.

CERT 253 Music Methods 3 hours
A course designed to prepare teachers to direct the music activities of children in all levels (EC – 12). The contents include fundamentals, appreciation, singing and rhythm activities.

CERT 413 Science Methods 2 – 3 hours
A course designed to prepare students with practical classroom tested activities and ideas that are presented on planning, organizing, managing, and assessing an effective guided discovery science program. Students will have opportunities to develop teaching lessons. (This course does not apply to science requirements.)

CERT 419 Social Studies Methods 3 Hours
An overview of the social studies program that incorporates proven teaching strategies
such as models of teaching, cooperative learning, learning styles, and dimensions of learning. Students will have opportunity to develop thematic lesson plans in an active-learning environment. (This course does not apply to social studies requirements). Includes field experience.

CERT 424 Language Arts Essential Skills in the Elementary School 2 hours
A course designed to acquaint the student with the principles that underlie the writing workshop and the major components that make it work.

EDUC 434 Classroom Assessment 2 – 3 hours
This class prepares prospective teachers to have a better understanding of classroom learning and assessment. Attention will be given to test construction and evaluation of test results.

EDUC 450 Teaching Methods 2 – 3 hours
A study of the teacher’s role, teaching techniques, classroom management and evaluation of learning experiences in schools as these affect all students, including the those with special needs and minorities. Includes field experience.

CERT 475 Directed Teaching in the Elementary School 4 hours
Prerequisite: Two-thirds of the professional education classes as outlined in the Alternative Certification Program.
This course is open only to students seeking certification in Elementary Education. It requires full-day observations and student teaching in an approved elementary school for fourteen weeks under the direction of supervising teachers. Pass/no pass course.

CERT 485 Directed Teaching in the Secondary School 4 hours
Prerequisite: Two-thirds of the professional education classes as outlined in the Alternative Certification Program.
This course is open only to students seeking certification in Secondary Education. It requires full-day observations and student teaching in an approved secondary school for fourteen weeks under the direction of supervising teachers. Pass/no pass course.