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Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership
The Graduate Certificate Program in Educational Leadership is designed for students who have a master’s degree in a subject or field of Education other than Educational Administration/Leadership. The coursework constitutes the “modified Florida program in educational leadership” at Florida International University and addresses the competencies assessed in the Florida Educational Leadership Examination. The program may be used to satisfy part of the requirements of the Florida Department of Education for certification in Educational Leadership.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program based on the following criteria:

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited institution;
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) in master’s degree work;
  3. A minimum combined score of 800 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (General Test);
  4. At least three years of successful teaching experience and a regular Florida teaching certificate; and
  5. Evidence of having satisfied the ESOL requirements of the State of Florida. (Otherwise, a student will be required to satisfy this requirement prior to completion of the program.)

Program of Study

The program of study comprises a minimum of 30 semester hours.

  • EDA 6192 Leadership in Education (3)

  • EDA 6195 Communication in Educational Leadership (3)

  • EDA 6232 School Law (3)
  • EDA 6242 School Finance (3)

  • EDA 6271C Administering Educational Technology (3)

  • EDA 6503 Instructional Leadership (3)

  • EDS 6115 School Personnel Administration (3)

  • EDA 6943 Administrative Internship (3)

  • EDA 6061 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3)

  • Advisor-approved elective in Curriculum and Instruction (3)

In addition to the successful completion of the program’s coursework, a student will be required to present evidence of having passed all sub-tests of the FELE and satisfied the ESOL requirements that demonstrate mastery of the four ESOL standards required of school administrators

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Professional Training Option (PTO) Education Minor and Alternative Certification Program

Students must apply for the PTO: Alternate Certification or Education Minor program in the College Advising Center. Students who complete the entire program will have their transcripts endorsed as having successfully completed the Professional Training Option (PTO).

Education Minor

Students with arts and sciences majors in the following areas, Art, English, Math, Modern Languages, Music, Sciences, and Social Studies may complete a 18-21 credit minor in education or an alternative certification program that follows the curriculum below:
(NOTE: Some of the courses may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level depending on the student’s educational career goals.)

Education Core: (15 credits)

  • EDF 4604 Cultural and Social Foundations of Education (3)

  • EDP 3004/5053 Educational Psychology (3)

  • EDG 3321/5414 Instructional Decision Making (3)

  • ESE 4343C/5344 Secondary Classroom Management (3)
    or
  • EDF 3251 Classroom Management (3)

  • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3)
    or
  • RED 4325 Subject Area Reading (3
    or
  • RED 5339 Subject Area Reading 3

Special Methods: Subject Area Specific (3-6 credits) English 6-12/TESOL

  • LAE 4335/5336C Special Teaching Lab: English (3)

Mathematics

  • MAE 4330 Teaching and Learning Secondary Mathematics (4)

Earth Science/Physics/Chemistry/Biology

  • SCE 4330 Secondary Science Teaching Methods (3)

Social Studies

  • SSE 4384 Special Teaching Lab: Social Studies (3)

French/Spanish

  • FLE 4314/5142 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages in Elementary School (3)

  • FLE 4375/5371 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages at the Secondary Level (3)

Art Education

  • ARE 4316 Special Teaching Lab: Art K-5 (3)

  • ARE 4341 Special Teaching Lab: Art 6-12 (3)

Music Education

  • MUE 3340 Elementary Music Methods (3)

  • MUE 4341 Secondary Music Methods (3)
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Recreation Management Certificate Program

This is a professional certification program, which does not require an interdisciplinary relationship. However, given the interdisciplinary nature of the Recreation Management program, students will have exposure to various fields of study (e.g., marketing, strategic planning, management, human resource management, law & liability, etc.).

Courses and Requirements: (18)

  • LEI 3402 Program Development in Recreation and Sports (3)
  • LEI 3524 Human Resource Management (3)
  • LEI 3542 Principles of Parks, Recreation and Sports Management (3)
  • LEI 3630 Care, Maintenance and Design (3)
  • LEI 3800 Liability and Law in Leisure, Recreation and Sports (3)
  • LEI 4560 Leisure Service Marketing (3)
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Graduate Certificate Program in TESOL
(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The TESOL Certificate Program enables teachers to extend their competence in teaching foreign languages, particularly English. Completion of the TESOL Certificate Program qualifies the candidate to receive a Florida State Endorsement in Teaching English to non-Speakers, grades K-12. The program also assists prospective teachers to receive a professional credential that may assist them in successful employment in other countries. Entrance requirements are Bachelor’s degree and a 3.0 GPA in the last two years of college work.

Required Courses

  • TSL 5371 Special Methods of TESOL (3)

  • TSL 5245 Developing ESOL Language and Literacy (3)

  • TSL 5142 Curriculum Development in ESOL (3)

  • TSL 5938 Principles of ESOL Testing (3)

  • EDG 5707 Cross-cultural Studies (3)

Additionally, one other course may be chosen from the following list:

  • LIN 5501 English Syntax

  • LIN 5211 Applied Phonetics

  • LIN 6706 Psycholinguistics

  • LIN 5107 History of English Grammar

  • LIN 5431 General Morphology/Syntax

  • LIN 5574 Languages of the World

  • LIN 5601 Sociolinguistics

  • LIN 5625 Studies in Bilingualism

  • LIN 5715 Language Acquisition

  • LIN 5733 Teaching Accent Reduction

  • LIN 5825 Pragmatics

  • LIN 6323 General Phonology

  • LIN 6562 Discourse Analysis

  • LIN 6805 Semantics

  • RED 5925 Instructional Thinking Strategies

  • EEX 6051 Educational Needs of Students with Exceptionalities

  • EDF 5255 Secondary Classroom Management

  • RED 6336 Reading in the Content Area

  • LAE 5426 Multicultural Perspectives in Teaching Language and Literature for Young Adolescents
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Minimum requirements

  • Applicants must provide evidence of a 3.0 of higher in last 60 credits of their undergraduate GPA.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of teaching mathematics or science in grades K-5 or 6-8, depending on certificate being sought.
  • Two letters of recommendation (including a school Principal or other school leader at your school).

Graduate Certificate Grades K-5 Mathematics Teaching

  • MAE 5996 Numbers & Operations for Teaching in Grades K-5  (3 Credits)
    Study numbers and operations for teaching grades K-5 mathematics aligned with Common Core State Standards to build teachers’ knowledge of content, curriculum, teaching methods and student learning.

  • MAE 6991 Elements of Algebra and Data Analysis for Teaching in Grades K-5 (3 credits)
    Study algebraic thinking and data analysis for teaching grades K-5 mathematics aligned with Common Core State Standards to build teachers’ knowledge of content, curriculum, teaching methods and student learning.
  • MAE 6999 Elements of Geometry & Measurement for Teaching in Gr. K-5  (3 credits)
    Study geometry and measurement for teaching grades K-5 mathematics aligned with Common Core State Standards to build teachers’ knowledge of content, curriculum, teaching methods and student learning.
  • MAE 6318 Instruction in Elementary Mathematics  (3 credits)
    Refine skills related to program development, methods of teaching, selection of materials, and a review of research in elementary mathematics education.
  • MAE 5945 Practicum: Mathematics Education  (3 credits)
    Develop skills for teaching mathematics in practice and develop leadership in professional development in K-12 settings..
FIU Graduate Certificate Grades 6-8 Mathematics Teaching

  • MAE 5997 Number Systems, Rational Numbers, and Operations for Teaching in Secondary School Mathematics  (3 credits)
    Study number systems, rational numbers, and operations from an advanced point of view aligned with Common Core State Standards to build teachers’ knowledge of content, curriculum, teaching methods and student learning.
  • MAE 6990 Algebra, Statistics and Probability for Teaching in Secondary School (3 credits)
    Study algebraic thinking, statistics and probability for teaching grades secondary school mathematics aligned with Common Core State Standards to build teachers’ knowledge of content, curriculum, teaching methods and student learning.
  • MAE 6992 Proportional Reasoning, Geometry & Measurement for Teaching in Sec. School (3 credits)
    Study geometry and measurement and proportional reasoning for teaching grades secondary school mathematics aligned with Common Core State Standards to build teachers’ knowledge of content, curriculum, teaching methods and student learning.
  • MAE 6336 Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (3 credits)
    Analysis of methods, programs, and materials for teaching mathematics in the middle school and development of teaching skills.
  • MAE 5945 Practicum: Mathematics Education (3 credits)
    Develop skills for teaching mathematics in practice and develop leadership in professional development in K-12 settings.

Graduate Certificate in Grades K-5 Science Teaching

  • SCE 5990 Teaching and Learning in Elementary Science Education (3 credits)
    Curriculum and instruction focus is on best practices to meet the needs of grades K-5 diverse elementary students.  Employment of the Learning Cycle Model and numerous differentiated instructional strategies for science through in-class, online, and school-based activities will be modelled and practiced.  Orientation is directed to understanding and examining “science for all” with particular emphasis on the interactions of students’ culture and the culture of science with content benchmark lessons in earth and space science, life science, and physical science.
  • SCE 6931 Special Topics in Science Education (3 credits)
    Focus will be on grades K-5 Benchmarks -Motion, Forces, and Energy).  Designed to aid in preparation of lessons and teaching that address motion, force, and energy benchmarks for grades K-5 in the Sunshine State Standards.
  • SCE 6315 Instruction in Elementary Science (3 credits)
    Refines skills related to program development, methods of teaching, selection of materials, and review of research in elementary science education.  Curriculum and instruction focus is on grades K-5 inquiry and reformed-based practices based upon A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012).
  • SCE 6996 Teaching and Learning Interdisciplinary Approaches in Elementary Science Education (3 credits)
    Instructional approaches highlight use of “learning technologies,” “real world” data bases, interdisciplinary approaches, and guiding principles of the organization of the new K-12 national science education framework.  Orientation is directed to understanding and examining “science for all” with particular emphasis on the interactions of students’ culture and the culture of science with content benchmark focus in earth and space science.
  • SCE 5905 Directed Study: Science (3 credits)
    The teacher plans and carries out science instruction including assessments of teaching by incorporating learning and experiences of best practices achieved during the certificate program courses. Teachers will be guided to accomplish an action research project focused on the current teacher placement and assignment in the school district.  Teachers will complete a professional portfolio of accomplished practice established during the earlier courses in the program.

Graduate Certificate in Grades 6-8 Science Teaching

  • SCE 6925 -Workshop in Science Education (3 credits)
    Production and application of materials and techniques in science education in classroom, laboratory, and field settings. Curriculum and Instruction focus is on 6-8inquiry and reform-based practices based upon A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Focus will be on 6-8 Benchmarks -Motion, Forces, and Energy).  Designed to aid in preparation of lessons and teaching that address motion, force, and energy benchmarks for grades 6-8 in the Sunshine State Standards. Employment of the Learning Cycle Model and inquiry-based teaching through in-class, online, and field activities will be modelled and practiced. Action research skills and knowledge-base will be enhanced. Orientation is directed to understanding and examining “science for all” with particular emphasis on the interactions of students’ culture and culture of science with the content focus in the physical sciences.
  • SCE 6926 - Workshop in Science Education (3 credits)
    Production and application of materials and techniques in science education in classroom, laboratory, and field settings. Curriculum and instruction focus is on best practices to meet the needs of 6-8 diverse middle school students.  The curriculum and instruction is based upon A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas(2012).Employment of the Learning Cycle Model and numerous differentiated instructional strategies for science through in-class, online, and school-based activities will be modelled and practiced. Orientation is directed to understanding and examining “science for all” with content benchmark lessons in earth and space science, life science, and physical science.
  • SCE 6991 – Instruction in Middle School Science (3 credits)
    Refines skills related to program development, methods of teaching, selection of materials, and review of research in middle school science education.  Curriculum and instruction focus is on 6-8inquiry and reformed-based practices based upon A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012).Employment of the Learning Cycle Model and other teaching methods through in-class, online, and school-based activities will be modelled and practiced. Action research skills and knowledge-base will be established. Orientation is directed to understanding and examining “science for all” with particular emphasis on the interactions of students’ culture and the culture of science with content benchmark focus in the life sciences. Course Co-Requisite: placement or current teaching in a school. In addition to class meetings, students are expected to complete assignments online and in schools.
  • SCE 5996 – Special Topics in Grades 6-8 Science Education (3 credits)
    Refines skills related to program development, methods of teaching, selection of materials, and review of research in middle school science education.  Curriculum and instruction focus is on 6-8inquiry and reformed-based practices based upon A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas(2012).Employment of the Learning Cycle Model and other teaching methods through in-class, online, and school-based activities will be modelled and practiced.  Additionally, instructional approaches highlight use of “learning technologies,” “real world” data bases, interdisciplinary approaches, and guiding principles of the organization of the new K-12 national science education framework.  Orientation is directed to understanding and examining “science for all” with particular emphasis on the interactions of students’ culture and the culture of science with content benchmark focus in earth and space science. Course Co-Requisite: placement or current teaching in a school. In addition to class meetings, students are expected to complete assignments online and in schools.
  • SCE 5905 - Directed Study: Science (3 credits)
    The teacher plans and carries out science instruction including assessments of teaching by incorporating learning and experiences of best practices achieved during the certificate program courses. Teachers will be guided to accomplish an action research project focused on the current teacher placement and assignment in the school district.  Teachers will complete a professional portfolio of accomplished practice established during the earlier courses in the program. This is the capstone experience in the graduate certificate program. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

For further questions, contact teachingandlearning@fiu.edu.

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Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising

Overview

The graduate certificate in academic advising is designed for those wishing to enter the field of academic advising or those working in academic advising with a degree in another discipline. The master’s degree is typically the entry-level requirements for an advising position at the university level. For those with a graduate degree in another discipline, the certificate can provide a foundation in the theory and practice of advising. For those interested in the field, a certificate can be a concentration within a master’s degree in higher education. The advising certificate consists of 15 hours of required courses and electives.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of upper-division undergraduate study;
  2. Work experience in higher education such as community college or student affairs is preferred but not required;
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation;
  4. A personal statement
  5. Resume
  6. Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to FIU Graduate Admissions Office, 11200 SW 8th Street, PC 230, Miami, FL 33199
  7. Note: The GRE is not a requirement for admissions into the Certificate in Academic Advising program.

All application materials must be submitted by February 1st for Fall admissions, or October 1st for Spring admissions.

Students already enrolled in a graduate program will still need to complete a certificate application signed by the Graduate Program Director and pay the application fee. However, they will NOT be required to resubmit the supporting documentation (letters of recommendation, transcripts and resume).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact highered@fiu.edu .

Download Graduate Certificate Application Form.

Program Requirements: (15 semester hours)

In consultation with their advisor, the certificate students will select a set of courses that align with their career goals and professional development needs.

Please note that students currently enrolled or within two years of completing a graduate degree program may use only 12 credits from their Master’s program towards completion of the certificate. Therefore, they will need to earn 3 additional credits to complete the graduate certificate.

There is no specific order in which the courses must be completed.

Required Courses

EDH 6045 College Student Development Theory 3

EDH 6041 Foundations of Academic Advising 3

Choose two of the following courses

EDH 6943* Practicum in Higher Education Administration 3

MHS 5400 Counseling Skills and Techniques 3

MHS 64281 Cross Cultural Counseling 3

MHS 53501 Educational-Vocational Counseling 3

EDH 6047 College Student Life and Culture 3

Choose one advisor approved elective.

* EDH 6943 Practicum in Higher Education is required if the student is not employed in academic advising or a related field.

1 MHS 5400 is a prerequisite and must be completed prior to enrollment in MHS 6428 and MHS 5350

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