Graduate Certificate and Non-Degree Programs

Graduate Certificate in Autism/12 credits

This graduate certificate is a 12 credit interdisciplinary course cluster that critically analyzes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through a family-centered and community-based perspective. This certificate provides a multidimensional approach to working with individuals and their families with ASD across the developmental stages of the lifespan within multiple systems (home, school, health care settings, and work). Focus is placed on issues of ASD from multiple disciplines including social work, special education, health related fields.Students will explore current evidence-based practices to increase the quality of life, abilities, and functioning of the individual with ASD. Particular attention will be on culturally relevant practices that enhance skills in self-determination, social and communication and build on the strengths of the individual and family.

Students will gain a deeper understanding of multi-disciplinary team approaches that incorporate the individual and family through a strengths-based systems perspective. Students will synthesize their knowledge in a culminating research project.This cluster is designed for students who are professionals in education, human services, or related service disciplines as well as families and individuals with ASD. This cluster is open to all graduate students. (Prerequisite: a bachelor or master's is required for the course cluster. Those coming with a degree that is not from a related area (e.g., psychology, social work, special education, education), a graduate or undergraduate course in child development within the past 5 years; or, related experience and permission from the program coordinator.)

Requirements12 credits
AUT XXX Fundamentals of Autism/3 cr
AUT XXX Autism and Positive Behavior Supports/3 cr
AUT XXX Autism: Building Social and Communication Skills/3 cr
AUT XXX Advanced Topics in Autism/3 c


Advanced Professional Course Cluster in Special Education/12 credits

This 12-credit course cluster in special education develops expertise for beginning or experienced practitioners in teaching children with exceptional learning needs in diverse settings. For teachers who already hold a master's degree and an initial teaching license, this group of courses is designed to be used to move an initial license in early childhood education, elementary education, or ESL to the professional level. Course substitutions at a more advanced level are made only with prior written permission of the Associate Dean of Education.

Requirements
SPE 542 Impact of Special Needs 3 credits
SPE 654 Advanced Inclusive Curriculum 3 credits
SPE 656 Special Education Assessment 3 credits
SPE 560 Understanding and Managing Behavior 2 credits
SPE 710 Assistive Technology  1 credit


Advanced Professional Course Cluster: Advancing Mathematics Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6/12 Credits

This 12 credit cluster builds on and goes beyond mathematics subject area knowledge required for approval of programs leading to an Initial teacher license in the following fields: Elementary (1-6), Mathematics (1-6), Early Childhood Teacher of Students with or without Disabilities (PreK-2), or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8). The four courses focus on mathematics content, with content based pedagogy embedded in each of the courses to assure that teachers have both the content knowledge and an understanding of how to offer this content in developmentally appropriate and culturally significant classroom settings. Participants learn and understand how to apply math content to maximize grades 1-6 student learning opportunities.

Requirements
EDU 624 Number and Operations 3 credits
EDU 628 Geometry and Measurement 3 credits
EDU 622 Patterns, Functions and Algebra 3 credits
EDU 626 Data Analysis and Probability 3 credits


Advanced Professional Course Cluster: Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6 /12 Credits

This 12 credit cluster builds on and goes beyond the physical and life science subject area knowledge required for approval of programs leading to an Initial teacher license in the following fields: Elementary (1-6), General Science (1-6), Early Childhood Teacher of Students with or without Disabilities (PreK-2), or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK- 8). Each of the four courses includes examples of the application of pedagogical content knowledge, typically in the format of assigned hands-on exercises designed to construct and solidify understanding of the content, and related to teaching of inquiry and other specific science content areas with the intention of increasing teacher impact on student learning. It is the intention of the faculty who designed the courses that participants be able to demonstrate how to effectively teach specific science content knowledge upon completion of the cluster.

Requirements
EDU 634 Teaching and Learning Elem. Science 3 credits
EDU 630 Inquiry Into Life Science 3 credits
EDU 632 Teaching &Learning Physical Science 3 credits
EDU 636 Science Inquiry in Action 3 credits

Advanced Professional Course Cluster/Teaching English Language Learners

This 12-credit course cluster develops expertise in working with English language learners in mainstream or sheltered English immersion classrooms. For teachers who already hold or are completing a master's degree, these courses can be used to move an initial license in early childhood education, elementary education, or special education (teacher of students with moderate disabilities) to professional licensure.

Requirements
RDG 530 Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners 3 credits
MLE 535 Second Language Acquisition and Assessment 3 credits
MLE 530 Supporting Second Language Acquisition 3 credits
MLE 525 Content Instruction for English Language Learners 3 credits

Advanced Professional Course Cluster/Reading

This 12-credit course cluster develops expertise in teaching reading in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. For teachers who already hold or are completing a master's degree, these courses can be used to move an initial license in early childhood education, elementary education, English as a second language, or special education (teacher of students with moderate disabilities) to professional licensure.

Requirements
RDG 618 Literacy Across the Curriculum 3 credits
HDF 702 Language, Literacy and Culture 3 credits
RDG 616 Assessment of Reading and Writing 3 credits
RDG 530 Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners or
RDG 622 Individualized Instruction in Literacy 3 credits

Social Work Graduate Certificates

Optional Course Work: Students may choose to pursue an additional MSW Certificate in Organizational Leadership, which consists of four core courses. The certificate may be taken in addition to the 36 credit Advanced Standing MSW degree or in conjunction with the regular program, by using two or three of the certificate courses to fulfill MSW program requirements. In addition, students may take either the Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health, or the Certificate in Medical Social Work: Advocacy and Practice in Health Care Settings by utilizing two of the four required courses in either certificate as electives, and taking two additional courses to complete the certificate.

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