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Teaching, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

Christenbury, Dr. Leila
Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
lchriste@vcu.edu
(804) 828-1305

Admission requirements summary

Teaching, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)
Indicate specialization: Secondary Education
Degree:

Certificate
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall
Spring
Summer
Deadline
dates:

Mar 15
Nov 1
Mar 15
Test
requirements:

GRE or MAT

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching program is designed for students who have earned bachelor’s degrees in fields other than education, who wish to become teachers in secondary schools in one or more subjects and for whom a master’s degree is not a priority (applicants already may have earned a master’s degree or wish to earn a master’s degree in a specialized area of education later). Applicants must have a major or its equivalent in the subject they wish to teach.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours beyond the bachelor’s level, including the courses listed below. Equivalent courses taken within the past five years may transfer; however, a minimum of 27 credit hours, including clinical experiences, must be taken at VCU after admission to the program.

Persons completing the program are expected, among other attributes, to have an understanding of human development and learning theory appropriate to the age group they will teach, to demonstrate knowledge of the subjects they will teach, to develop an understanding of purposes for education and a defensible philosophical approach toward teaching, to acquire awareness of the diversity of the school-age population in cultural background and styles of learning, to demonstrate an ability to plan and implement effective teaching, and to measure student learning in ways that lead to sustained development and learning.

There are several tests that students must pass for admission to teacher preparation, admission to student teaching and licensure in Virginia. Students should consult the Student Services Center section on the School of Education website for current testing requirements.

Student learning outcomes

Persons completing the program are expected, among other attributes, to:

Secondary education, 6-12

Credits
Foundations (6 credits)
EDUS 602 Adolescent Growth and Development or
EDUS 607/PSYC 607 Advanced Educational Psychology (choose one)
3
EDUS 673 Seminar on Education Issues, Ethics and Policy
3
 
Curriculum and instruction/clinical (18 credits)
TEDU 537 Secondary School Curriculum
3
TEDU 310 Practicum (taken concurrently with TEDU 537)
2
TEDU 54X (choose discipline for which certification sought)
3
  TEDU 540 Teaching Middle and High School Sciences
  TEDU 545 Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
  TEDU 547 Teaching Secondary School Social Studies
  TEDU 548 Teaching Secondary School English
TEDU 310 Practicum (appropriate section for teaching discipline and taken concurrently with TEDU 54X)
1
TEDU 562 Reading Instruction in the Content Areas
3
TEDU 588 Classroom Management
3
TEDU 681 Investigation and Trends in Teaching
3
 
Clinical (9 credits)
TEDU 672 Internship
4
TEDU 674 Internship II
5
 
Total
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33

 

 

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