Sixth-Year Diploma in Professional Education

Cognition, Instruction and Learning Technology (CILT) (Sixth-Year Diploma)

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) offers a Sixth-Year Diploma (SD) program in Educational Psychology: Cognition, Instruction and Learning Technology (CILT). The CILT program approaches learning and instruction from an applied view of the Learning Sciences. It aims to prepare scholars and practitioners who are well versed in different perspectives on teaching and learning and capable of critically evaluating the effectiveness of instructional technologies and techniques across different populations and contexts (including virtual, traditional face-to-face, and blended). Applicants for the Sixth-Year must hold a Master’s degree in a related area.

Sixth-Year Diploma Requirements. The Sixth-Year Diploma (SD) requirements in CILT conform to the Graduate School requirements. Specific programmatic requirements and course sequences for SD students are described below. The SD in CILT requires a minimum of 30 credits comprised of core (see below) and elective courses. The SD requires a plan of coursework created with the student’s primary advisor and advising committee, followed by comprehensive examinations. The list below represents courses typically included in the plan of study for the CILT SD degree. Waivers and substitutions for these courses are allowed with approval from the student’s primary advisor and advising committee.

Core Courses: EPSY 5605, 5607, 5510, 5601, 5602, 5220, 5515, 5530, 5520.

Counseling (Sixth-Year Diploma)

The Sixth-Year Counseling Program is designed for those students whom have already completed a Master’s degree in a field of study not related to school counseling. These students complete the same sequence of courses and performance criteria as in the School Counseling Master’s Program, but are awarded the Sixth-Year Diploma.

Practicum.Students complete supervised counseling practicum experiences that total a minimum of 100 clock hours over a full academic term that is a minimum of 10 weeks.

Internship. School counseling students complete a supervised internship. As of December 1, 2017, the Connecticut State Department of Education will accept a minimum of 700 clock hours of internship over 10 school months to fulfill this requirement.

Final Examination. Students must pass a Comprehensive Exam in order to graduate from the University of Connecticut, School Counseling Program. The National Counselor Exam (NCE) is optional, and required only if students want to become a Nationally Certified Counselor and/or a Nationally Certified School Counselor.

Required Courses. Students in the Sixth-Year Counseling programs must complete all of the following courses with a grade of “B” or better: EPSY 5108, 5195, 5301, 5304, 5306, 5307, 5308, 5314, 5315, 5316, 5317, 5318, 5319, 5320, 5406, 5601.

Curriculum and Instruction (Sixth-Year Diploma)

Sixth-Year Diploma in Bilingual and Bicultural Education, Reading Education, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education (English, World Language, History and Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science). The plan of study is structured to continue the academic preparation of experienced and qualified educational leaders, supervisors, and master teachers in their areas of specialization. The Curriculum and Instruction Department offers Sixth-Year Diplomas in Bilingual and Bicultural Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education with concentrations in English Education, World Language Education, History and Social Studies Education, Mathematics Education, and Science Education. (The Department also offers Sixth-Year Diplomas in Reading Education, Reading and Language Arts Consultant, Remedial Reading and Language Teacher, which are described below.) The Sixth-Year Diploma provides advanced graduate students an opportunity to increase their professional competence by pursuing a course of study beyond the Master’s degree under the guidance of a faculty member in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction (EDCI). The program is structured to continue the academic preparation of experienced and qualified educational leaders, supervisors, and master teachers in their areas of specialization.

Requirements. The Sixth-Year Diploma requires satisfactory completion of at least 30 credit hours in a planned program of professional education beyond the Master’s degree. Students must maintain at least a “B” average. The plan of study is individualized and designed by the student with the advisor to reflect the student’s stated objectives and field of concentration. Courses are drawn from EDCI, EPSY, EDLR and fields beyond Education as determined appropriate by the advisor. A course taken previously as part of the student’s Master’s degree program may be re-taken and included in the plan of study if 10 years have lapsed since it was originally taken. If certification is a goal (e.g., certification as a Reading Consultant), the student follows the recommended plan developed to account for the State’s certification requirements. Required courses and electives will be identified based on a review of the student’s transcript and the state requirements. Students must also fulfill the requirement of a comprehensive, written examination established by the student’s advisor. This may include an oral component (optional) and is submitted to the Graduate School.

Sixth-Year Diploma in Reading and Language Arts Consultant or Remedial Reading and Language Teacher. The plan of study is structured to continue the academic preparation of experienced and qualified educational leaders, supervisors, and master teachers in their areas of specialization. The Sixth-Year Diploma provides advanced graduate students an opportunity to increase their professional competence by pursuing a course of study beyond the Master’s degree under the guidance of a faculty member in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction (EDCI). The Diploma may provide a vehicle, as appropriate, for the fulfillment of certification requirements for several areas (e.g., Reading Specialist at the Teacher and/or Consultant levels). The plan of study is individualized and designed by the student with the advisor to reflect the student’s stated objectives and field of concentration. Required courses and electives will be planned by the advisor and student to fulfill the student’s individual objectives. If certification is a goal (e.g., certification as a Reading Consultant), the student follows the recommended plan developed to account for the State’s certification requirements. Reading education professors/advisors will review these certification requirements with the student and advise appropriate course work to fulfill state requirements. Required courses and electives will be identified based on a review of the student’s transcript and the state requirements. Students are advised to contact an advisor to initiate planning; a transcript will be necessary to complete this process.

Sixth-Year Diploma General Requirements. For all Sixth-Year Diplomas in Professional Education, students must earn at least 30 credits in a planned program of professional education beyond the Master’s degree. Courses are drawn from EDCI, EPSY, EDLR and fields beyond Education as determined appropriate by the advisor. A course taken previously as part of the student’s Master’s degree program may be retaken and included in the plan of study if 10 years have lapsed since it was originally taken. Students must pass a comprehensive, written examination. There may also be an oral component (optional).

Remedial Reading and Language Arts Teacher Required Course: Six credits of EDCI 5155.

Remedial Reading and Language Arts Teacher Electives. Selections are based on the student’s transcript and prior course work. The following are possible suggestions: three credits of EDCI 5099; three credits of EDCI 5100, 5125, or EDCI 5115; and three credits of EDCI 5105 or 5110. Three credits of EDCI 5135 or 5125; three credits of EDCI 5140; three credits of EDCI 5130 or 5250; six credits of EDCI 5145 and 5150 (EDCI 5120 if approved by the advisor); EPSY 5108; related courses in language and/or literacy, curriculum, educational psychology, or educational leadership (EDCI, EPSY, EDLR); Culminating Requirement is the Portfolio/Exam.

Reading and Language Arts Consultant Required Courses: EDCI 5092 for six credits; and EDCI 5160.

Reading and Language Arts Consultant Electives. Selections are based on the student’s transcript and prior course work. The following are possible suggestions: six credits of EDCI 5100, 5105, 5110, 5115, EDCI 5125; three credits of EDCI 5135, or 5125; EDCI 5140; three credits of EDCI 5130, or 5250; six credits of EDCI 5145, 5150, 5120; six credits of EDCI 5155; three credits of EPSY 5108; three credits of EDCI 5099; related courses in language and/or literacy, curriculum, educational psychology, educational leadership (EDCI, EPSY, EDLR); Culminating Requirement is the Portfolio/Exam.

Educational Administration (Sixth-Year Diploma): University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP)

The Sixth-Year Certificate Program in Educational Administration, University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) is an administrator certification program. Graduates are eligible for endorsement for Intermediate Administrator (092) certification. UCAPP offers traditional, urban, and turnaround school leadership preparation experiences. Cohorts consist of students from various geographic regions across the state.

Year One, Summer Required Courses: EDLR 5306, 5307; one credit of EDLR 5092.

Year One, Fall Required Courses: EDLR 5303; two credits of EDLR 5092.

Year One, Spring Required Courses: EDLR 5302; two credits of EDLR 5092.

Year Two, Summer Required Course: three credits of EDLR 5092.

Year Two, Fall Required Courses: Two credits of EDLR 5092; three credits of EDLR 5304.

Year Two, Winter Required Course: EDLR 5305.

Year Two, Spring Required Courses: EDLR 5310; two credits of EDLR 5092.

Educational Technology (Sixth-Year Diploma)

The Department of Educational Psychology offers a Sixth-Year Diploma program in Educational Technology, featuring the Two Summers Sixth-Year Diploma online option and campus-based programs. The graduate program in Educational Technology prepares educators to put theory into practice in service to the wise integration of technology in formal and informal learning environments. Applicants for the Sixth-Year must hold a Master’s degree in a related area.

Requirements. The Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Technology requires 30 credits. For the “Two Summers Sixth-Year Diploma” online option, students work in a cohort program to fulfill the program requirements.

Two Summers Requirements: EPSY 5198, 5215, 5220, 5225, 5235, 5245, 5339, 5510, 5520, 5601.

Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development (Sixth-Year Diploma)

The Sixth-Year Diploma in professional education is for students who have already earned a Master’s degree and wish to pursue further education in the area of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development. The Sixth-Year Diploma program mirrors the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree and prepares individuals for specialization in teaching in gifted and talented programs, as well as for leadership roles in creativity and gifted education as program coordinators, curriculum development specialists, and regional or state gifted education agency directors. The program of study includes coursework on strategies and program models for developing student talent and field experiences in school settings.

Requirements. The Sixth-Year Diploma requirements in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development conform to the requirements of the Graduate School and the Department of Educational Psychology. Specific course requirements include those listed below as well as requirements determined by the student’s major advisor and program faculty consistent with the minimum requirements. The Sixth-Year Diploma requires satisfactory completion of at least 30 credits maintaining at least a “B” average. The required courses include those listed below; the remaining credit hours come from elective courses approved by the student’s major advisor.

Required Courses: EPSY 5092, 5194, 5601, 5710, 5720, 5750; at least one of the following, at the direction of the major advisor: EPSY 5740, 6770.

Required Examinations. Students must complete required computer-based examinations near the completion of their required coursework. Passing scores on the examinations are required for degree completion.

School Psychology (Sixth-Year Diploma)

The Sixth-Year Diploma program is designed to prepare qualified school psychologists to practice in public schools or related educational settings. The program is accredited by the Connecticut State Board of Education and is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). It requires a student to already hold a Master’s degree in School Psychology or related area. The Sixth-Year Diploma in School Psychology requires 45 credits beyond those required for the Master’s degree, including practica and internship. In addition to the courses required for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Psychology, described separately, to receive the Sixth-Year Diploma in School Psychology, students must satisfactorily complete the required courses listed below.

Required Courses: EPSY 5405, 5406, 5408, 5425, 5435, 5440, 5445, 5450; EPSY 5092 for three semester hours per semester, for two semesters, for a total of six semester hours beyond the M.A. practicum; EPSY 5491 School Psychology Internship for 6-12 semester hours per semester, for two semesters.

Portfolio Requirement.Prior to doing the required internship, students must prepare a pre-internship portfolio, which consists of work samples completed throughout the program in coursework and practica, professional documents, practicum and self-evaluations, and other relevant program-related documents.

Examination Requirement. Students are also required to take the Praxis Series – School Psychologist (code 5402), which is administered by the Educational Testing Service. Students take the examination after admission to the Sixth-Year program; after completing approximately 42 hours of their coursework in the combined Master’s/Sixth-Year program; and prior to beginning their internship.

Practica Requirements. Students are required to complete practicum experiences in a school or related educational setting. The practica sequence was developed in accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) guidelines that require planned supervised experiences that include direct service and formally scheduled supervision. This requirement is met through the EPSY 5092 requirement included in the coursework list above.

Internship Requirements. Students are also required to satisfactorily complete an internship. The internship in school psychology complies with American Psychological Association (APA) and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) standards. It is designed to enhance the development of competencies and professionalism and to be the culminating experience in the student’s program. To be eligible for the internship, the student must have met all the requirements prior to signing any contract or internship agreement with an internship site.

Special Education (Sixth-Year Diploma)

The Sixth-Year program in Special Education is designed for a broad range of professionals (e.g., general or special education teachers, graduates in related fields) to provide in-depth learning and experiences related to supporting children and adults with disabilities and at risk for learning and behavioral difficulties. This program provides advanced study in three areas: Literacy Supports for Students at Risk for Learning Difficulties; School-wide Positive Behavior Supports (SWPBS); and Transition and Postsecondary Supports. Students also may design an individualized plan of study with the approval of their advisor. Students completing the Sixth-Year program develop an individualized plan of study that includes at least 30 credits in special education and related areas.

The programs are offered by the Neag School of Education.