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Start with a certificate and then finish your degree.

Or complete your M.Ed. and come back for a certificate to transition to a new stage in your career.

Built for the needs of today’s professionals, we’ve created seven licensure and certificate programs that will serve our students’ goals well into the future. Whether you’re pursuing a promotion or changing your area of specialization, you can individualize your experience to fit your interests and goals with these seven areas of focus.

Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG)

Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) K-12

To be the most effective teachers in the classroom, teachers must be able to successfully teach all learners. Specifically, teachers of Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) learners must have a deep understanding of their social, emotional, and cognitive needs as well as the skills necessary to effectively deliver a curriculum that meets their complex and diverse needs.


Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology

Our Instructional Technology Certificate offers an in-depth examination of the current trends and research which supports instructional technology in today’s schools. In addition to learning about the new trends, our candidates will begin to design instructional units and improved teaching strategies using the best practices supported by the ISTE standards.


Literacy K-12

Literacy K-12

In keeping with the Cato School of Education’s long-standing commitment to provide educators with the skills needed to deal with the complexities of today's 21st century classroom setting, our Literacy K-12 Certificate teaches specific strategies through a hands-on, authentic literacy approach.


Special Education

Special Education

Our Special Education Certificate recognizes that all teachers, but especially teachers certified to teach students with special needs must have a deep understanding of their social, emotional and cognitive needs as well as the skills necessary to effectively deliver a curriculum that meets their complex and diverse needs


STEM

STEM

The STEM Certificate program is designed to build an increased understanding of the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through the five-course sequence, current research will be examined to support the understanding of the best practices that exist in STEM teaching and learning.


Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction Certificate is designed for those interested in advancing their current understandings of curriculum and instruction within the K-12 system. Through a five-course sequence, students will examine research-based strategies which can be applied in today’s schools. Both the theoretical and practical application of these instructional strategies are examined.


Higher Education

Higher Education

The Higher Education Certificate is a unique program designed to explore the curriculum and instructional practices found in colleges and universities. It will support an in-depth understanding of many facets of college instruction including governance, curriculum, learning theories, teaching, faculty responsibilities, and instructional design.


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