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Concentration Areas

Several areas of concentration drawing from strengths within and across departments in the College of Education are being offered. They include special education, technology and learning, P-12 school and postsecondary leadership, literacy education, sport coaching and leadership, and science and mathematics education.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education

It is possible to receive a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning by completing certain courses in the P-12 School and Postsecondary Leadership concentration. For complete information on this certificate option, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning website.

Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership

This is a type II transcriptable certificate that may be completed as a stand-alone program, or as part of a Master’s degree program. Interested students should contact Dr. Andy Driska (driska@msu.edu; 517-432-8399) in the Department of Kinesiology. For complete informataion on this certificate option, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership website.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

It is possible to receive a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology by completing CEP 810, CEP 811, and CEP 812. For complete information on this certificate option, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology website.

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

It is possible to receive a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning by completing CEP 813, CEP 817, and CEP 820. For complete information on this certificate option, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning website.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Psychology

It is possible to receive a Graduate Certificate in Educational Psychology by completing CEP 800, CEP 801, and CEP 802. For complete information on this certificate option, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Educational Psychology website.

Graduate Certificate in Elementary STEM Education

The graduate certificate in Elementary STEM Education is designed to provide in-service elementary teachers with knowledge about student learning and engagement and instructional practices in STEM disciplines. The primary focus of the program is understanding inquiry-oriented practices across STEM disciplines.  The graduate certificate is available only online.

Graduate Certificate in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

The graduate certificate in Children’s and Young Adult Literature is designed to provide in-service elementary and secondary teachers with materials and methods for teaching international children’s and young adult literature. The focus of the program is on multimodal texts, exploration of kinds of conversations that surround pieces of literature, and whether those texts are written for children, adults, or both. The program aids understanding classics and award winners in children’s and young adult literature by and about people and communities who have been and continue to be marginalized by and underrepresented in the school curriculum in the United States. The graduate certificate is available only online.

Graduate Certificate in K-12 Computer Science Education

The graduate certificate in K-12 Computer Science Education prepares K-12 teachers to teach computational thinking to learners at the elementary and secondary levels. Domains include computational thinking, algorithmic thinking, breaking down complex problems, abstracting and generalizing principles to solve problems, and development of creative thinking. Teachers learn to teach these concepts and skills through culturally relevant pedagogy, attending to how culture and context impact student learning.