Graduate Endorsement and Certificate Programs

Graduate Endorsement and Certificate Programs

Graduate Endorsement Pathway in Gifted Education

A Graduate endorsement pathway in Gifted Education is offered for prospective students who possess both a bachelor’s degree and a valid Virginia collegiate professional or a postgraduate professional license, and who wish to pursue the gifted education endorsement pathway only. The endorsement pathway requires a minimum of 12 credits of graduate course work. An internship is also required for endorsement. However, if a candidate can document—to the satisfaction of the faculty and his/her school division personnel office—a year of successful, full-time teaching of heterogeneously or homogeneously grouped gifted students under the mentorship of a gifted endorsed teacher, the three credits of internship may be waived. Competency in writing—grammar, usage, and mechanics—must also be demonstrated and documented. There must be assurance that all state-required competencies are met. Courses taken at other institutions and approved for the certificate must be officially transferred into the program. Application for the endorsement pathway is made to the Virginia Department of Education through the school division’s personnel office.

Admissions Requirements

1. Submit a completed application for admission;
2. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;
3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;
4. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;
5. An essay detailing the applicant’s career plans upon completion of the gifted program;
6. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license.

Required Courses

EDCI 540 Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students (3 credits)
EDCI 541 Identification of Gifted Students (3 credits)

EDCI 542 Models and Strategies for Teaching Gifted Students (3 credits)
EDCI 543 Differentiated Curriculum for the Gifted (3 credits)
EDCI 551 Internship for Added Teaching Endorsement (3 credits)*
*May be waived with appropriate experience

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language is offered to prospective students who possess a bachelor’s degree and six credits of foreign language study. The certificate is an internationally recognized credential for teaching English in a variety of instructional settings overseas and in some adult education settings in the U.S. It does not fulfill the licensure requirements for teaching English as a second language in the Virginia public schools, although courses in this certificate program may meet partial requirements of UMW licensure programs. Graduate courses taken at other institutions and approved for the certificate must be officially transferred into the program.
Note: Official transcripts showing completion of six credits in modern foreign language course work are required prior to the awarding of the certificate. If a student’s primary language is not English, all six credits must be in advanced English course work.

Admissions Requirements

1. Submit a completed application for admission;
2. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;
3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;
4. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;
5. An essay discussing the applicant’s aspirations for and potential contributions to the program.

Required Courses

TESL 500 Introduction to English Linguistics (3 credits)
TESL 502A Sociolinguistics and Cross-cultural communication (3 credits)
TESL 511A Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Meaning (3 credits)
TESL 512 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
TESL 530 Second Language Methods: Literacy and Language Skills (3 credits)
TESL 535 Individual Practicum (2 credits)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching Students with Autism

The University of Mary Washington offers opportunities intended to enhance the effectiveness of licensed teachers and other professionals working with students with autism. The Certificate in Teaching Students with Autism, requires the completion of four graduate courses designed to assist licensed teachers in meeting the needs of students with autism.

Admissions Requirements

1. Submit a completed application for admission;
2. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;
3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;
4. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;
5. An essay detailing the applicant’s career plans upon completion of the Autism certificate;

Required Courses

EDSE 533 Positive Approaches to Behavior Management (3 credits)
EDSE 537 Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
EDSE 538 Methods for Teaching and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
INDT 531 Emerging and Assistive Technologies (3 credits)

Note: The certificate program meets Virginia Autism Council Competencies and Council for Exceptional Children Standards, where appropriate. The program does not lead to licensure by the Virginia Department of Education.