Curriculum and Instruction

Sixth-Year Certificate in Bilingual and Multicultural 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 Certificates in Bilingual and Multicultural 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 Certificates in Reading Education, Reading and Language Arts Consultant, Remedial Reading and Language Teacher, which are described below.) The Sixth-Year Certificate 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 Certificate 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 Degree Audit in the Office of the Registrar.

Sixth-Year Certificate 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 Certificate 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 Certificate 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 Certificate General Requirements. For all Sixth-Year Certificates 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.

This certificate is offered by the Neag School of Education.