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This certificate program is designed to support provisionally licensed teachers, who are employed by a school division in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in meeting teacher licensure requirements. The certificate consists of four courses* (12 semester hours) that move toward meeting the professional studies competency areas described by the Virginia Department of Education and required by all fully licensed teachers. It is not a state-approved endorsement education program.
*Additional courses may be required for licensure. The Darden College of Education and Professional Studies offers many of the professional studies courses, including the area of Curriculum and Instruction Procedures, and required content courses are offered in the other colleges.
Courses taught asynchronously online to fit a teacher’s schedule
A relevant curriculum taught by Ph.D. prepared faculty with classroom experience
Apply curricular learning to solve problems experienced in classroom and school settings
Up to 12 credit hours completed for the certificate can be counted toward the M.S.Ed. degree program for licensed teachers.
Provides students with an understanding of historical, philosophical, economic, and sociological issues in American education, their effect on student achievement, and the impact of social change on existing institutions. Includes the development of instruction based on assessment data including the use, construction, interpretation, and analysis of valid assessments. A 30-hour observation/participation experience is required in an appropriate prek-6, 6-8, or 6-12 grade level. Prerequisites: graduate standing.
This course explores classroom and behavior management techniques including teacher-student relationships, rules and procedures, and disciplinary interventions. Emphasis is placed on building a diverse repertoire of approaches to classroom management at the individual and classroom level. Candidates will develop a classroom management plan that includes techniques for engaging families.
This course is designed to give a thorough overview of human development from birth through adolescence and to develop an understanding of what impact physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development may have on the student, the learning environment, and instructional decisions. This course provides an advanced overview of current research and theory in human growth and development and their applications to the classroom. Throughout the course, issues of diversity as it applies to economic, social, racial, ethnic, and religious characteristics will be explored; developmental issues related to giftedness or disability and the impact of family disruptions, child abuse, and substance abuse will be addressed within the context of each topic.
Students entering the Certificate program in Secondary Education Professional Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Students admitted to the certificate program must have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution.
Students admitted to the certificate program must have evidence of employment in a Virginia public school division and a letter from the Virginia Department of Education detailing licensure requirements.
Non-degree-seeking students may take a maximum of 12 credit hours prior to seeking admission.
Those whose native language is not English must submit a minimum score of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on TOEFL iBT.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid
Teachers from qualified Virginia public school divisions can qualify for a partial tuition discount. Inquire for more information.
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