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The Institute for Professional Studies in Education offers two 12-credit, graduate level certificate programs for teachers:  1) English Language Arts Elementary Certificate and  2) Professional Learning Community Certificate.  These certificate programs are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the inTASC Standards, and the National Council of Teachers of English Standards.  

English Language Arts Elementary Certificate Program Curriculum

The 12-credit English Language Arts Elementary Certificate Program is offered in a face-to-face or online format.  The English Language Arts Elementary Certificate Program will consist of six, 2-credit courses with content developed based on the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and the National Council of Teachers of English Standards. 

CourseCourse NameCredits
Term 1    
EDU 715 Common Core Assessment in ELA 2 credits
EDU 716 Effective Communication Through Language 2 credits
EDU 717 Foundations of Literacy for Educational Professionals 2 credits
Term 2    
EDU 718 Writing and Language Exploration 2 credits
EDU 719 Research based Best Practices in Reading 2 credits
EDU 720 Digital Literacy and the Common Core 2 credits
TOTAL   12 credits

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

EDU 715     Common Core Assessment in ELA

In this course, students will examine their current practices of assessment in regard to the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  After unpacking the ELA Standards for their grade levels, students will develop a practitioner's assessment toolkit with both instruction and assessment in the classroom.  Response to Intervention and differentiation models will be examined in depth in order to ensure success for all students.

EDU 716     Effective Communication through Language

In this course, students will examine the research and best practices to support the Speaking and Listening Strand of the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Students will define what makes up a classroom community, why it is important to build a classroom community, and how to begin the construction process.  Students will be working with diverse groups of people to enhance their listening and speaking skills.  In addition, students will use their grade level standards to craft a presentation to a group of peers.  Students will then examine strategies to help elementary students interact appropriately with adults and peers and how their own students can be doing grade level appropriate presentations.  Students in this class will be working on developing lessons and strategies that will help their own students comprehend and interact with the spoken word.

EDU 717     Foundations of Literacy for Educational Professionals   

In this course, students will gain knowledge of the foundational skills needed to implement the English Language Arts   (ELA) Common Core.  Students will unpack the standards for their specific grade level and/or curricular area.  In order to strengthen their professional practice, students will collaborate with peers to refine their teaching practice to embody concepts of print, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, and fluency.  The assignments and assessments will be directly applicable to the learner's professional practice.

EDU 718     Writing and Language Exploration

In this course, students will examine the research and best practices to support the Writing and Language strands of the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Students will unpack the writing and language standards for their specific grade level and develop a year-long plan for writing and language instruction.  Students will participate as writers to become comfortable in the three types of writing required by the common core.  In order to strengthen their professional practice, students will collaborate with peers to practice and refine their instruction.  Lastly, students will implement lessons and strategies in their professional practice to improve student achievement.

EDU 719     Research Based Best Practices in Reading

In this course, students will examine the research and best practices to support the reading literature and informational text strands of the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Students will compare and contrast the key ideas and details, craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas, and range of reading and level of text complexity for both reading literature and informational text. In order to strengthen their professional practice, students will collaborate with peers to practice and refine their instruction to include demonstration, student engagement, and independent application.  The assignments and assessments will be directly applicable to the learner's professional practice.

EDU 720     Digital Literacy and the Common Core

In this course, students will examine the research and best practices to support all of the strands of the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the area of digital literacy.  Students will learn how to search efficiently and evaluate websites for validity.  Students will collaborate using a variety of online tools including wiki's, blogs, and other social media.  Lastly, students will implement lessons and strategies in their professional practice to help achieve career and college readiness skills for their students.

Credit Tuition
Single Credit $450.00*
6 Credit Semester $2,700.00*

*Estimate

There will be a November Conference special course fee of $50 in addition to your Fall tuition. There is no application fee for this program.  Each semester there is also a $25 registration charge and a $2 per credit fee for D2L services. There is a $38 graduation fee charged your last semester to cover the cost of the diploma, cover and commencement ceremony.
If you have questions about fees, contact the Cashier's Office or the Office of Admissions.  The Board of Regents reserves the right to change tuition and fees without published notice.
In addition to tuition, book costs will average $100-200 per semester. Your facilitators will communicate required book lists throughout the semesters. Also budget for school supplies (paper, pens, folders, etc.)

GRADUATE ADMISSION CHECKLIST 

  • Maximum enrollment is limited to 40 degree seeking students.
  • Your completed Application for Graduate Admission secures a seat in the program.
  • Have a group of interested individuals in our program?  We will bring a Learning Community to your location.

Step One: Application to Graduate School

Complete the Application for Graduate Admission form at: https://apply.wisconsin.edu/
*Nonrefundable: 

English Language Arts Certificates

  • Under "Reason for Applying" choose "Certification at the Graduate Level". Next, under "Applying As" choose "English Language Arts" Certificate Program.

Request ALL OFFICIAL UNDERGRADUATE transcripts from ALL previous post-secondary     institutions attended. This includes transfer credits even if they appear on another school transcript. If you attended UW-La Crosse, you do not need to request those transcripts. Please contact each institution individually to request your academic records. Most universities allow you to request transcripts online.

All official transcripts must be sent directly to:
Graduate Admissions Office
142 Cleary Center
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Or by email to:
admissions@uwlax.edu

Step Two: Financial Aid - IF APPLICABLE

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  You will be asked to insert the Federal School Code for UW-La Crosse which is: 003919

Step Three: Registering for 1st Semester Courses

Registration opens when the Learning Community (LC) is confirmed. Once the LC is confirmed, registration materials, book lists and other information will be emailed to you a couple weeks prior to the beginning of your first weekend.
Register for your first semester courses using our WINGS system at: wings.uwlax.edu