Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning

Student intern in the TELRN program

The intent in developing this graduate certificate program is to attract qualified candidates to the profession of teaching who desire to gain both the theory and instructional best practices associated with high quality teaching and learning. Individuals must have earned at least a baccalaureate degree in one (or more) of the disciplines below and possess an interest in obtaining a teaching license.


Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning Handbook (pdf)


Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning provides graduate level professional course work in education leading to teacher licensure to address critical statewide (and national) shortages in the following subjects:

Content AreasFaculty Content Advisors
Agriculture
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Steve Harbstreit
785-532-5928, srh@k-state.edu
Art
(Grades PK-12)
Dr. F. Todd Goodson
785-532-5904, tgoodson@k-state.edu
Biology
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Kimberly Staples
785-532-5556, kstaples@k-state.edu
Business
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. F. Todd Goodson
785-532-5904, tgoodson@k-state.edu
Chemistry
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Kimberly Staples
785-532-5556, kstaples@k-state.edu
Earth and Space Sciences
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Kimberly Staples
785-532-5556, kstaples@k-state.edu
English
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Vicki Sherbert
785-532-5952, sherbev@k-state.edu
Family and Consumer Sciences
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Sally Yahnke
785-532-5113, syahnke@k-state.edu
Journalism
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Vicki Sherbert
785-532-5952, sherbev@k-state.edu
Mathematics
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Sherri Martinie
785-532-3445, martinie@k-state.edu
Modern Language
(Grades PK-12)
Dr. Leah McKeeman
785-532-5512, leahmac@k-state.edu
Music
(Grades PK-12)
Dr. Fred Burrack
785-532-5712, fburrack@k-state.edu
Physics
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Kimberly Staples
785-532-5556, kstaples@k-state.edu
Social Studies
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Brad Burenheide
785-532-5157, bburen@k-state.edu
Speech and Theatre
(Grades 6-12)
Dr. Vicki Sherbert
785-532-5952, sherbev@k-state.edu

Curriculum

This program is a 20-credit hour curriculum that consists of three carefully articulated "blocks" of course work. The curriculum sequence provides:

  • Contemporary pedagogical theory
  • Practical insight into the needs of target learners
  • Opportunities to participate in authentic school-based teaching/learning
  • Professional reflective practice

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning consists of the coursework delineated below.

Prerequisite
ORTL Orientation to Teaching and Learning

The Orientation to Teaching and Learning course serves as an orientation to the entire Graduate Certificate for Teaching and Learning (TELRN) program. Completion of this online orientation is a requirement of the TELRN Certificate Program. It is an independent, self-paced course designed in six modules. You will have the entire semester to complete the course; however, we highly recommend that you complete as much of the course as soon as possible as the information will help you navigate the program and all the requirements much more effectively.

Because the course is an online, non-credit course, offered through K-State Pro there is no tuition; however, there is a $25 registration fee that helps cover the technology support that the course requires. You will be prompted with directions on how to pay for the course and you then will receive an email once you have registered that provides important information about how to begin the course.

To register, go to: Orientation to Teaching and Learning

Block I
FSHS 506 - Middle Childhood and Adolescence (3 credits)
EDCEP 786 - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (3 credits)
EDSP 710 - Education of Exceptional Individuals (3 credits)

Block II
EDCEP 525 - Interpersonal Relations (1 credit hour)
EDCI 786 - Topics/Methods of Teaching Content and Reading (2 credits)
EDCI 812 - History of American Education (3 credits)
or
EDCI 813 - Philosophy of American Education (3 credits)
EDCI 991 - Internship/Curriculum and Instruction (1 credits)

Block III
EDCI 991 - Internship/Curriculum and Instruction (4 credits)
(This serves as your student teaching semester)

Note: There are additional course substitutions approved in Modern Languages associated with the M.A. program option in second language acquisition. Contact Licensure Officer, Di Murphy, dim@k-state.edu, 013 Bluemont Hall, 785-532-5524, for additional information.


Admission Criteria

Student intern in the TELRN program

Acceptance of students into the program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning is contingent on being eligible for admission to the Graduate School and meeting the following specific program criteria:

  1. Apply and be accepted as a non-degree student seeking the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning. (Note– if applicant seeks to apply Graduate Certificate course work to a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Modern Language’s Second Language Acquisition program, etc. a separate application should be submitted);
  2. Represent a teaching field identified as a critical area of need;
  3. Meet all undergraduate content requirements (or equivalent) for subject in which licensure is sought*;
  4. Possess a baccalaureate (or equivalent) in the subject area in which licensure is sought;
  5. Take and receive a passing score on Praxis II (content area exam administered by ETS). For more information about Praxis II testing, go to the Praxis II information page. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact Licensure Officer, Di Murphy, dim@k-state.edu, 013 Bluemont Hall, 785-532-5524.
  6. Possess 2 years of post-baccalaureate work experience (note: this could be work as a graduate teaching assistant, paraprofessional educator, etc.);
  7. Receive the support, through personal interview, of at least one member of the faculty sponsoring the Graduate Certificate;
  8. Possess documented experiences working with youth;
  9. Complete the required online, noncredit Orientation to Teaching and Learning course. This is an orientation to the entire Graduate Certificate for Teaching and Learning (TELRN) program.
  10. Demonstrate technology skills equivalent to DED 318.

* Some subject areas may require additional professional hours (e.g., Agriculture, Art, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Modern Language, Music, etc.)


Program Checklist

⇒ Pre-Application
  1. Prior to application and admission, from the list above identify and contact your Faculty Content Advisor to arrange a pre-admission interview meeting with her/him.
  2. Meet with your Major Professor/Faculty Content Advisor for
    • Transcript analysis
    • GPA/Overall last 60 hours: Identify coursework deficiencies
    • Document experience working with youth/children
  3. Undergraduate coursework completion plan created with Major Professor/Faculty Content Advisor
  4. Undergraduate coursework completion plan verified by Licensure Officer, Di Murphy, dim@k-state.edu, 013 Bluemont Hall, 785-532-5524
  5. Interview with and approved by your Major Professor
  6. Deficient coursework completed and up to 9 hours TELRN. (Major Professor works with you and monitors your plan.)
⇒  Graduate School Application

Apply to the Graduate School for the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning and/or M.S. Confirm all of your requirements are met first. (When accepted, your Major Professor works with you and monitors your progress.)

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Submit one copy of all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Submit Statement of Objectives/Essay Responses, using the following guiding questions to construct your statement of objective(s) and attach your responses to your application.
    • What is/are your reasons for seeking a teaching license?
    • What past and/or current experiences/activities with youth have contributed to your decision to seek a teaching license (e.g., tutoring, coaching, clubs, parent leader, etc)?
    • What past and/or current experience do you possess with public schools (e.g., paraprofessional, substitute teacher, volunteer, etc)?
    • What expertise do you possess in working with electronic technologies (e.g., use of iLife, desktop publishing, Photoshop, etc)?
    • How might your expertise in electronic technologies be useful to you in enhancing teaching and learning activities?
⇒ Curriculum Completion
⇒ Graduate Certificate Completion/Application for Teaching License