Graduate certificates in the Michigan State University College of Education are non-degree-granting programs that provide students with a focused curriculum or set of courses to expand knowledge and understanding about a key topic.
Graduate Specialization in K-12 English as a Second Language
The graduate specialization in K-12 English as a Second Language prepares educators to teach English as a Second Language at the elementary and/or secondary level. Practicing teachers learn to understand: present-day English with regards to grammar, phonology, lexicon and dialect; differences between first and second language acquisition, factors contributing to successful second language acquisition, and a variety of pedagogical and assessment techniques.
Graduate Specialization in Literacy and Language Instruction
The graduate specialization in Literacy and Language Instruction is designed for students who aspire to develop strong expertise in literacy and language instruction. The specialization is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in a master's degree program and can prepare teachers for the reading or reading specialist endorsement.
The interdisciplinary specialization in Economics of Education is designed to provide doctoral students with advanced statistical training and understanding of the application of these methods to key educational topics, with particular emphasis on use of economic methods and theories.
The specialization in Language and Literacy Education is designed for doctoral students from three programs-Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education; Educational Psychology and Educational Technology; and Special Education-who aspire to be scholars, curriculum developers and policy leaders in literacy. The specialization focuses on literacy theory, research and education, helping students address issues of language and literacy development, use and instruction, literacy contexts of social, cultural and linguistic differences and the possibilities of transforming how people read and take action in their worlds.
Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education Graduate Certificate
The graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in Special Education (a fully online program) was developed in response to the increasing demand for professionals who are trained to design, implement, and supervise behavior analytic programs for individuals with autism and related disabilities. Students will be prepared to meet the requirements for becoming Board Certified Behavior Analysts.
The graduate certificate in Educational Psychology provides educators and non-educators with knowledge and perspectives on learning and development. By understanding the psychological processes that underlie learning, as well as the practices that support these processes, the developmental mechanisms that lead to individual differences, and the impact of motivation, students will gain deeper insight into the needs of developing learners.
The graduate certificate in Educational Technology (available fully online) prepares educators who work in a range of educational settings to help students become powerful digital-age thinkers, makers, and problem solvers. Students acquire foundational knowledge and skills that transform thinking about how, why, and when to integrate a range of digital technologies to support student learning.
English Language Learner Education Graduate Certificate
The graduate certificate in English Language Learner Education is for doctoral students who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of the complexities in educating English Language Learners (ELLs). This includes the influence of the socio-historical, local, and policy contexts and the challenges of teaching learners with diverse levels of English proficiency and prior formal schooling experiences in both English as a second language and content-area classrooms.
The graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning (a fully online program) prepares individuals to design and teach online courses. Students learn to apply the latest theories of learning and pedagogy in online learning environments. They also become more knowledgeable of multimedia and networking tools that support online instruction.
The graduate certificate in Qualitative Research Methods focuses on enhancing doctoral students’ preparation and expertise in conceiving, designing, conducting, analyzing, and reporting qualitative research studies. The program also prepares students to teach introductory and advanced courses in qualitative research methods when assuming faculty positions.
The graduate certificate in Science Education is for doctoral students who are interested in developing expertise in science education across and within a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including cognition, sociocultural, and feminist/critical perspectives along with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Sport Coaching and Leadership Graduate Certificate
The graduate certificate in Sport Leadership and Coaching focuses on psychological, sociological, physical, legal, and ethical issues involved with coaching and leadership in amateur athletes. Coursework provides knowledge that will enable coaches and administrators to deliver positive and safe sport programs for youth and student athletes.
Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education Graduate Certificate
The graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education is designed to assist educators and practitioners from a variety of professional settings and disciplines who seek to enhance their understanding of teaching and learning issues for adult learners. Courses facilitate an overall understanding of learning in adulthood and what implications this knowledge holds for helping adults learn in postsecondary institutions, organizations, and in the broader society.
The graduate certificate in Urban Education is for master’s and doctoral students who have a particular interest in teaching and conducting research within the contexts of urban communities. They aspire to understand and focus on issues such as the racial academic achievement gap; allocation of resources for urban schools; contexts of social, cultural, and economic differences; and transforming how urban children learn to be engaged participants in their communities.