Our Certificate Programs

Our Certificate Programs

We know that taking one of our courses leaves a lasting impact on our students. If this is true, imagine how transformational it would be to take focused groupings of our courses and receive a certificate for it? Well, that is exactly what we have done. We now offer EdvocatePD (Professional Development) Certificates for students who complete a defined series of courses. These certificates can be very useful when presenting your credentials to prospective or current employers.

To be clear, we are not a degree-granting institution, so we do not have the authority to issue degrees. However, with these certificates, students can demonstrate their expertise in specific areas of P-20 education. All of our courses are competency based, so by obtaining one of our certificates students can prove that they have obtained the skills that they claim to have. Please be aware that students are required to pay a fee of $299 to receive a program certificate. Your monthly subscription fee only entitles you to a course certificate for each course that you complete, not a program certificate.

Here is a list of the certificate programs that you can obtain from us, along with their requirements:

Foundations of Education (15 semester hours)

This certificate program will help you contextualize modern teaching. It will help you develop a philosophy of teaching and guide you in understanding the financing and organization of schools. It will also tackle ethical and legal issues in education, look at assessing student learning and consider curriculum and instruction. This program will be a walk through today’s classrooms, looking at technology, diversity, and reform. And in the end, you will understand how to prepare yourself for the real world of teaching and identify the immediate steps to take to further your journey. If you are already a practicing teacher, it will help you retool your existing skills and come up to speed with the latest trends, issues, and technologies in education.

ED 501: Answering the Call to Teach (3 semester hours)

ED 502: Learning to Teach All Students (3 semester hours)

ED 503: EdTech for Educational Professionals (4 semester hours)

ED 506: Family/Partnerships in K-12 Education (3 semester hours)

ED 507: The Psychology of Education (3 semester hours)

ED 550: Introduction to Special Education (3 semester hours)

ED 548: Classroom Management and School Discipline (3 semester hours)

ED 553: Teaching Gifted and Talented Children (3 semester hours)

Reading Education (15 semester hours)

Every effective classroom teacher is a teacher of literacy. Participants in this certificate program will learn the importance of working to develop students’ reading and writing proficiency.  This will examine word identification processes that readers and writers need to become independent learners. The development of vocabulary and its relationship of concept development will also be explored. They will also learn methods for assessing and diagnosing difficulties experienced by reading students and strategies to remediate those problems. The strategies and techniques covered in this program are adaptable to all curricular areas and model effective teaching in today’s diverse classrooms.  They are of practical value to the classroom teacher and are solidly grounded in theory.

ED 502: Learning to Teach All Students (3 semester hours)

ED 504: Closing the Achievement Gap for Minorities (3 semester hours)

ED 505: Foundations of Teaching Reading (3 semester hours)

ED 507: The Psychology of Education (3 semester hours)

ED 508 Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Difficulties (3 semester hours)

Special Education (15 semester hours)

This certificate program is designed to provide education professionals with a critical overview of special education including its history, the classification and description of exceptionalities, and its legal regulation. Major issues related to inclusion, diversity, gifted education, and family involvement will be discussed.

ED 502: Learning to Teach All Students (3 semester hours)

ED 507: The Psychology of Education (3 semester hours)

ED 508 Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Difficulties (3 semester hours)

ED 550: Introduction to Special Education (3 semester hours)

ED 551: Teaching Students with High-Incidence Disabilities (3 semester hours)

ED 552: Teaching Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities (3 semester hours)

ED 553: Teaching Gifted and Talented Children (3 semester hours)

After you have completed the required courses for one of our certificates, simply email us your full name, your site username, and also the certificate program that you have completed. From there, we will verify that you have completed the requirements for the certificate program. If you have, we will send you a certificate via email within one week. Please be aware that students are required to pay a fee of $299 to receive a program certificate. Please contact us beforehand to make payment arrangements. You can obtain as many certificates as you would like.

Program certificates should not be confused with the certificate that students automatically receive after completing any course with an 80% or above average.

Program certificates are just the beginning. We plan to offer degree programs within two years.

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