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Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction

The curriculum and instruction certificate program is designed for students with an interest in expanding their teaching or supervision skills, but who are not currently pursuing a master’s degree. Students select a focus including literacy, educational leadership, and educational technology. 


Admission to the Program

Applications must include transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work, a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work and in all graduate work, a statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation. The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process and applications are accepted at all times. Apply online or visit the Graduate Admissions Website for additional information.


Certificate Requirements

  • 18 credit hours of approved graduate work with grades of B- or better, and at least 9 credit hours at the 600-level or above.Grades below B- in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 6 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit. 

Course Requirements

Literacy (18 credit hours) 

  • EDU-619 Children’s Literature: A Critical Literary Perspective (3) 
  • EDU-622 Language and Literacy Learning (3) 
  • EDU-623 Topics in Literacy Education (3) 
  • EDU-644 Language Development and Remediation (3) or EDU-671 Foundations of Reading: Diagnosis and Remediation (3) 
  • 6 credit hours from the following: 
  • ANTH-537 Topics in Language and Culture (3) 
  • ANTH-635 Race, Gender and Social Justice (3) 
  • ANTH-637 Discourse, Text, and Voice (3) 
  • EDU-565 Gender and Cultural Diversity in School (3) 
  • EDU-623 Topics in Literacy Education (3) 
  • EDU-644 Language Development and Remediation (3) or EDU-671 Foundations of Reading: Diagnosis and Remediation (3) 
  • EDU-647 Global and Multicultural Education (3) 
  • SOCY-553 Intersectionality: Theory and Research (3) 
  • TESL-527 Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3) 

Educational Policy and Leadership  (18 credit hours) 

  • EDU-631 Fundamentals of Management in Educational Organizations (3) 
  • EDU-632 Case Studies in Educational Management (3) 
  • EDU-633 Financing Educational Systems (3) 
  • EDU-634 Education and Public Policy (3) 
  • EDU-639 Effective Leadership Skills (3)
  • EDU-666 Legal Issues in Education (3) 

Educational Technology (18 credit hours) 

  • EDU-519 The Uses of Technology in Education (3) 
  • EDU-560 Advanced Technology in Education (3) 
  • 6 credit hours from the following: 
  • COMM-652 Web Studio (3) 
  • CSC-510 Legal Issues in Computing (3) 
  • CSC-535 User Interface Analysis and Design (3) 
  • CSC-589 Topics in Computer Science (3) 
  • 6 credit hours from the following: 
  • BIO-650 Developmental Biology (3)
  • CSC-589 Topics in Computer Science (3) 
  • EDU-603 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (3) 
  • EDU-604 Teaching Science in the Elementary School (3) 
  • EDU-606 Theories and Methods in Diagnostic and Prescriptive Mathematics (3) 
  • ENVS-580 Environmental Science I (3) 
  • MATH-580 Topics in Mathematics (3) 
  • MATH-585 Mathematics Education (3) 
  • Science content area elective