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Restorative Justice in Education Graduate Certificate

Semester Hours: 15

This graduate certificate is awarded through the graduate teacher education program as internal recognition for having obtained a focused area of coursework in restorative justice in education. Practitioners may complete 15 semester hours of course work for the certificate only or as part of their master's in education degree.

Certificate Requirements

To qualify for the graduate certificate in restorative justice in education, candidates must complete 12 required semester hours (SH) and 3 elective semester hours from the following courses. 

Required (12 SH)

  • EDCC 521 Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (3 SH)
  • EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education (3 SH)
  • EDRJ 621 Restorative Discipline: Accountability and Restoration in Schools (3 SH)
  • EDRJ 601 Facilitating Circle Processes (3 SH)

Elective (3 SH)

Three semester hours of elective courses are to be taken from the following Education (ED), CJP (PAX), or MOL courses:

  • EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 SH)
  • EDCC 531 Social and Ethical Issues in Education (3 SH) 
  • EDCI 511 Teaming and Collaboration (3 SH)
  • EDCI 541 Supporting Positive Classroom Behaviors (SPED focus) (3 SH) 
  • EDDA 501 Fostering Resilience through School and Community Partnerships (3 SH)
  • EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 SH)
  • EDDA 571 Trauma, Restoration, and Resilience in Educational Environments (3 SH) 
  • EDDA 631 Research in Risk and Resilience (3 SH)
  • EDRJ 581 Analyzing Conflict in Educational Settings (3 SH)
  • PAX 540 STAR: Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (3 SH)
  • PAX 571 Restorative Justice (3 SH)
  • PAX 615 Leading Organizational Change (has prereqs) (3 SH) 
  • MOL 600 Developing Healthy Organizations: Team Building & Collaboration (3 SH)

Trauma and Resilience in Educational Environments Graduate Certificate

Semester Hours: 15
Program may be completed fully online

This graduate certificate is awarded through the graduate teacher education program as internal recognition for having obtained a focused area of coursework in trauma and resilience in educational environments. Practitioners may complete 15 semester hours of course work for the certificate only, or as part of their master's in education degree.

Certificate Requirements

To qualify for the graduate certificate in trauma and resilience in educational environments, candidates must complete 15 required semester hours (SH) as listed. 

Required (15 SH)

  • EDDA 571 Trauma, Restoration, and Resilience in Educational Environments (3 SH)
  • EDDA 631 Research in Risk and Resilience (3 SH)
  • EDDA 541 Self-Care and Resilience of Educators (3 SH)
  • EDCI 561 Neuro-Education: Application of Research on the Brain, Trauma, Resilience, and Learning in the K-12 Classroom  (3 SH)
  • EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education (3) OR EDRJ 621 Restorative Discipline (3 SH)
    OR
    other elective per adviser

Reading Specialist Certificate (PA only)

Semester Hours: 24

This graduate certificate is awarded through the graduate teacher education program as internal recognition for having obtained a specialized area of coursework in reading specialist in education. Practitioners may complete 24 semester hours of course work for the certificate only or as part of their master's in education degree. Candidates who complete this graduate certificate are eligible to apply to add the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Reading Specialist (PK-12) Certification to their current teaching license.*

Certificate Requirements

To qualify for the graduate certificate in reading specialist, candidates must complete 24 required semester hours (SH). 

Required (24 SH)

  • EDLA 501 Foundations of Literacy (3 SH)
  • EDLA 521 Integrated Literacy Instruction (3 SH)
  • EDLA 531 Literacy in Community and Family Arenas (3 SH)
  • EDSL 581 Language and Culture (3 SH)
  • EDLA 601 Multicultural Children’s Literature (3 SH) OR EDLA 611 Adolescent/Young Adult Literature (3 SH)
  • EDPC 602 Clinic I: Diagnosis of Reading & Writing Difficulties (3 SH)
  • EDPC 603 Clinic II: Integrative Approach to Assessment & Instruction (3 SH)
  • EDLA 651 Developing an Effective Reading Program (3 SH)

*Note:  PDE also requires all instructional and educational specialist preparation programs to include the following by January 1, 2011:

  1. At least 9 credits or 270 hours regarding accommodations and adaptations for students with disabilities in an inclusive setting (instruction in literacy skills development and cognitive skill development for students with disabilities must be included).
  2. At least 3 credits or 90 hours regarding the instructional needs of English language learners. 

This requirement can be satisfied by coursework taken outside of the Certificate program, including prior coursework.  These course requirements are not listed in the Certificate program but are listed as exit requirements for those wishing to pursue PDE Reading Specialist Certification.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate (PA only)

Semester Hours: 16

This graduate certificate is awarded through the graduate teacher education program as internal recognition for having obtained a specialized area of coursework in English as a second language in education. Practitioners may complete 16 semester hours of course work for the certificate only or as part of their master's in education degree. Candidates who complete this graduate certificate are eligible to apply to add the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) English as a Second Language (PK-12) certification to their current teaching license.*

Certificate Requirements

To qualify for the graduate certificate in ESL, candidates must complete 16 required semester hours (SH). 

Required (16 SH)

  • EDSL 551 Methods of Teaching ESL/FL (3 SH)
  • EDSL 541 Foundations of English as a Second Language (3 SH)
  • EDSL 571 Language Acquisition & Grammar (3 SH)
  • EDSL 581 Language and Culture (3 SH)
  • EDSL 591 ESL Assessment & Support (3 SH)
  • EDSL 611 Professional Development Portfolio (1 SH)

*Note:  PDE also requires all instructional and educational specialist preparation programs to include the following by January 1, 2011:

  1. At least 9 credits or 270 hours regarding accommodations and adaptations for students with disabilities in an inclusive setting (instruction in literacy skills development and cognitive skill development for students with disabilities must be included).
  2. At least 3 credits or 90 hours regarding the instructional needs of English language learners. 

This requirement can be satisfied by coursework taken outside of the Certificate program, including prior coursework.  These course requirements are not listed in the Certificate program but are listed as exit requirements for those wishing to pursue PDE Reading Specialist Certification.

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