Certificates

Millikin’s teacher training program is distinctive because of the endorsements and certifications that you can bundle together with your primary degree. This is a valuable way for you to deepen your understanding of specialized topics while also setting yourself apart from other job candidates.

English as a Second Language/Bilingual Certificate

Students who complete this certificate are interested in addressing the linguistic and cultural needs of English language learners (ELLs).  These courses prepare students to develop culturally responsive interactions in diverse settings. 

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • ED209. Foundations of Bilingual Education (3)
  • ED238. Child Language Development and Linguistics (3)
  • ED401. Integrating Culture in Classroom (3)

A grade of C or better is required in all courses in order to obtain the academic certificate.

Literacy Certificate

The purpose of the Literacy Certificate is to highlight coursework that includes a common thread of literacy for children. Literacy courses focus on children’s ability to read and write but also relate to other forms of literacy such as visual literacy, digital literacy, media literacy, and cultural literacy.  Students may choose one of two tracks for this certificate according to the course selection:  Emergent Literacy or Intermediate/Adolescent Literacy.

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • ED204. Children’s Literature (3)
  • ED206. Language Arts Methods (3) OR ED332. Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies in Early Childhood (3)
  • ED238. Child Language Development and Linguistics (3) OR EN222. Adolescent Literature (3)
  • ED305. Literacy III: Teaching Reading Methods (3) OR ED435. Reading Methods in Early Childhood (3)

A grade of C or better is required in all courses in order to obtain the academic certificate.

Multicultural Leadership Certificate

Explore definitions of culture and diversity and examine approaches to multiculturalism in today’s global society. This certificate program prepares students to be leaders in fostering public good in multicultural environments. Participate in a service learning project to address multicultural issues in the local community.

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • ED209. Foundations of Bilingual Education (3)
  • ED401. Integrating Culture in Classroom (3)
  • OL385. Leadership, Diversity, and Multiculturalism (3)
  • CO432. Intercultural Communication (3)

A grade of C or better is required in all courses in order to obtain the academic certificate.

Special Education Certificate

In the Special Education Certificate program, students learn about the characteristics common to thirteen different types of disabilities, the psychological and practical impact that having a disability has on an individual and their family, and the most effective strategies for working with individuals with disabilities.  Coursework in this certificate is designed to provide students with a depth of knowledge and understanding of disabilities that is complemented by fieldwork that provides students with the opportunity for first-hand experience to apply that newfound knowledge.

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • ED220. An Introduction to Educating Individuals with Diverse Abilities (3)
  • ED215. Learning Differences of Individuals with Mild to Moderate Educational Learning Needs (3)
  • ED216. Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Learning Disabilities in K-12 Classrooms (3)
  • ED301. Access to General Curriculum and Individual Education Programs (IEPS) (3) OR ED408. Diagnosis and Assessment of Learners with Exceptional Learning Needs (3)

A grade of C or better is required in all courses in order to obtain the academic certificate.
 

Other Certification Options

Endorsements

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Bilingual Education 
  • Special Education - Education will be offering ED115, ED215, and ED220 in the Fall 2017 semester in the PACE format, and ED301, ED408, and ED479 in the Spring 2018 semester in the PACE format. Students will be able to receive the Special Education endorsement in one academic year. This is for anyone who has a teaching license and wants to add a Special Education endorsement.

As you consider where you want to pursue your education degree, make sure you’re evaluating what options each school offers for certificates and endorsements. We believe you’ll find that Millikin’s offerings will put you at the head of your class.