Middle and Secondary Teaching (Certificate)

Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Reich College of Education

ci.appstate.edu

Susan Colby, Chair and Professor
colbysa@appstate.edu

Holly Thornton, Program Co-Director
thorntonhj@appstate.edu

Tracy Goodson-Espy, Program Co-Director
goodsonespyt@appstate.edu

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the graduate certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching (446A/13.1206)[T] in cooperation with the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematical Sciences, and Technology and Environmental Design.

The following tracks are available:

  • Middle Grades Education: English/Language Arts, Science, Math or Social Studies for grades 6-9.
  • Career and Technology: Business, Marketing, Technology, Health Sciences, or Trade & Industry for grades 6-12
  • Secondary Mathematics: 9-12
  • Secondary /Science: 9-12

 

The program provides a pathway to an initial teaching license for candidates who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field related to the target license area. Successful completers will demonstrate achievement of all North Carolina Department of Public Instruction licensure requirements leading to both a graduate certificate and a recommendation for a teaching license by Appalachian State University.

The certificate program will expand on candidates' knowledge in the specific discipline area (undergraduate preparation) and further integrate teaching theory and practice as well as prepare them for today's culturally diverse and technology-enhanced classrooms.

This Graduate Certificate includes middle grades, career/technical education and secondary math, and secondary science tracks. The Graduate Certificate program is designed for individuals with related undergraduate degrees and preparation (e.g., business, preengineering, science, mathematics, history) who are seeking a North Carolina A-level teaching license for employment purposes or to allow for job transitions. In addition, current teachers who are interested in adding licensure in high-need areas or for other developmental age groups will benefit from this program.

 

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHING

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in a discipline related to the chosen teaching area from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School

Location: On Campus and Online

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Education (Code: 446A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 19 or 24
 
Required Courses
  • CI 5550: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents (3)
  • CI 5630: Instructional Technology (3)
  • CI 5900: Internship/Practicum (1 or 6) - as determined by program director
  • Choose one of the following diversity courses:
    • CI 5045: Advanced Topics in Diversity (3)
    • CI 5750: Teaching Diverse Young Adolescents (3)

PRAXIS II exams and other specific requirements may be necessary to meet North Carolina A-Level Teaching License requirements.

10 or 15
Track-based Courses (CHOOSE ONE TRACK)

Middle Grades Education

  • CI 5650: Middle Level Instruction and Assessment (3)
  • CI 5850: Middle Level Curriculum (3)
  • 3 s.h. of coursework chosen in consultation with a {middle grades, mathematics, science} advisor

OR
Career and Technical Education

  • CTE 5619: Curriculum Development in Career and Technical Education (3)
  • CTE 5650: Research in Career and Technical Education (3)
  • CTE 5660: Advanced Methods in Teaching Career and Technical Education (3)

OR
Secondary Mathematics

  • CI 5085 Teaching Secondary Mathematics
  • MAT 5015 Advanced Seminar in Secondary Mathematics Education (3)
  • 3 s.h. of coursework chosen in consultation with a {middle grades, mathematics, science} advisor

 

OR
Secondary Science

  • GS 5403 Teaching Science in Middle and High Schools (3)
  • GS 5404 The Meaning and Nature of Science (3)
  • 3 s.h. of coursework chosen in consultation with a {middle grades, mathematics, science} advisor


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