Addendum to 2019-2020 Catalog

Addendum Publication Date:  July 2019

Education Certificates

NEW:  Certificates

The following are new non-licensure and non-endorsement certificates from the College of Education.

Early Childhood Education: Curriculum & Leadership Certificate

The Early Childhood Education: Curriculum & Leadership Certificate is designed for those who have a strong passion for teaching young children and who believe that children learn best through active, hands-on learning. Candidates will explore current trends and research in ECE curriculum as well as deepen their knowledge regarding collaboration with families and leading in early childhood educational settings.

Course Requirements (18 credits)

EDCI 503ISSUES OF ADVOCACY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION3
EDCI 504EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: A CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACH3
EDCI 505PLAY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION3
EDCI 589EMERGENT LITERACY3
EDCI 611LEADING EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS3
EDCI 612COLLABORATING WITH FAMILIES3
Total Credits18

Transformative Practices for English Language Learners Certificate

The Transformative Practices for English Language Learners Certificate is for educators at all grade levels who want to develop instructional strategies to better accommodate students whose native language is not English. The certificate will provide opportunities to master best practices in instruction and assessment, develop understanding of linguistic and cultural elements of learning a language, and develop understanding of current issues in the field of ESOL.

Course Requirements (16 credits)

EDEL 531STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH-LEARNERS3
EDEL 532LINGUISTICS3
EDEL 533LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM3
EDEL 534LANGUAGE ACQUISITION2
EDEL 535ASSESSING ENGLISH-LEARNERS2
EDEL 536CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL THOUGHT IN ESOL3
Total Credits16

Transformative Practices in Reading Certificate

The Transformative Practices in Reading Certificate will strengthen and polish instructional skills for the teaching of reading in the general education classroom, providing educators with additional tools for effective reading practices as well as deeper research-based understanding of key components of effective reading instruction and assessment.

Course Requirements (18 credits)

EDRD 551DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF READING3
EDRD 552FOSTERING ENGAGEMENT AND READING FOR MEANING THROUGH YOUNG ADULT AND CHILDREN'S LITERATURE3
EDRD 553ADVANCED TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING READING3
EDRD 554CURRENT ISSUES IN LITERACY3
EDRD 555ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT OF READING PROGRAMS3
EDCI 589EMERGENT LITERACY3
Total Credits18

Trauma & Resilience Leadership in Educational Settings Certificate

The Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings Certificate supports in-service educators in becoming school, school district or community leaders with the understanding and use of trauma-informed and resilience building practices for the students, the school, and themselves. The certificate will provide opportunities to learn more about mindfulness practices and conflict resolution practices that support educators and students with strategies for self-care and resilience.

Course Requirements (18 credits)

EDCI 603TRAUMA-SENSITIVE PRACTICES AND RESILIENCE3
EDCI 604TRAUMA-SENSITIVE CLASSROOMS3
EDCI 605CREATING A TRAUMA-SENSITIVE SCHOOL3
EDCI 606PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND LEADERSHIP IN TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE3
EDCI 609CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE3
EDCI 613MINDFULNESS THEORY AND APPLICATION3
Total Credits18

UPDATED:  Transfer and Program Overlap Policies

Transfer of Credits from a Degree to a Certificate

When a student has earned an M.Ed. or M.A. degree from Concordia University and now seeks to earn a certificate from Concordia University, course credits earned in the degree(s) may be applied to the certificate requirements when the following criteria are met: 1) The course is identical between the degree and the certificate, 2) the course is less than seven years old, 3) the student earned a grade of B- or better for the course, and 4) the student will complete at least one new course at Concordia University along with all other requirements of the certificate.

Transfer of Credits from Certificate to Certificate

When a student has earned one or more certificates at Concordia University and now seeks to earn another certificate from Concordia University, course credits earned in a previous certificate may be applied to the subsequent certificate requirements when the following criteria are met: 1) The course is identical between the two certificate programs, 2) the course is less than seven years old, 3) the student earned a grade of B- or better for the course, and 4) the student will complete at least one new course at Concordia University along with all other requirements of the subsequent certificate. 

Transfer of External Credits into a Certificate Program

Transfer work from outside institutions cannot be brought in for certificates, except for the Preliminary Administrative and the Professional Administrative Certificates. Please see their specific transfer policy. Combinations of internal credits and transfer credits may be made as long as the total does not exceed the allowed credit total for the program and one new course is completed. All credits must be less than seven years old and have an earned grade of B- or better.

Transfer of Certificate Credits to Degree Programs

If you have earned one or more Certificates at CU and are accepted into an M.Ed. program the external transfer policy for that M.Ed. program will apply, but combinations of internal credits and transfer credits may be made as long as the total does not exceed the allowed credit total for the program and one new course is completed. All credits must be less than seven years old and have an earned grade of B- or better.

Program Overlap Policy

A student may pursue only one certificate or degree from Concordia University at a time.