College Of Education Offers Specialized Certificates

March 16, 2010
SHSU Media Contacts: Tara Lestarjette

Sam Houston State University’s College of Education is offering specialized certificates to those seeking advancement or new job opportunities.

The Texas Higher Education Board has approved seven certificates designed to benefit those in education with a bachelor’s or master’s degree desiring additional experience in a specific area of education.

“The individuals from the baby boom years are beginning to retire and think of other interests,” said associate dean for graduate programs for the College of Education Beverly Irby. “They are now called the ‘zoomers.’ We want to offer these individuals the opportunity of expanding their horizons by learning additional skills.”

Certificates now available include:

• Effective Online Instruction: a 12-hour curriculum and instruction course.

• Early Childhood Special Education: a 12-hour language, literacy and special populations course designed to assist in understanding children with special needs.

• Academic Advising: a 15-hour educational leadership and counseling course.

• Adult Education: a nine-hour curriculum and instruction course.

• Early Childhood Education: a 12-hour language, literacy and special populations course.

• Second Language Instruction: a 12-hour language, literacy and special populations course to assist teachers seeking endorsement in English as asecond language.

• Youth Services Libraries: a nine-hour library science course for those who work in public libraries wanting to understand the interest students have in literature.

According to Irby, gaining these certificates is beneficial to the alumni, current students and any educators interested. The courses are easily accessible and many are available online and may be taken over the summer or over several semesters so that individuals may take the courses at his or her convenience.

Applying for the programs may be done through the graduate studies office.

“We are very happy to offer a program that will enhance education,” Irby said. “The college hopes to provide additional opportunities to the zoomers, SHSU graduate students, and current teachers.”



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