Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction
This program is designed to provide students graduate level course work that extends their learning experiences with respect to teacher education beyond what they have received in either their bachelor's or Master's degree programs. The design is one in which the student will be taking courses that may later be included with additional course work leading to a full master's degree. The content of the program is to give students a core base of knowledge along with pedagogical content knowledge in a specified area of concentration. The program is not designed to replace or be a substitute for courses necessary for teacher certification or endorsements, but will allow teachers to pursue course work in content areas of interest to them without requiring them to commit to a full master's degree. The areas of concentration are:
- Early Childhood Education
- Educational Technology
- Gifted Education
- Science Education
- Literacy and Reading
- Special Education
The objectives of the program are to provide the student with:
- opportunities to expand his/her learning beyond that in his/her bachelor's or master's degree;
- a basic core of learning focusing on cultural diversity and instructional strategies and designs; and an area of concentration of coursework that will strengthen his/her pedagogical and/or pedagogical content knowledge.
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