The School of Education offers a Certificate in Teaching designed to prepare graduate students as certified secondary classroom teachers. This program includes theory, pedagogy, and an intense practicum and internship. Coursework toward Teacher certification is completed in 16 months. The student enrolls at UOG as a Graduate, Non-degree seeking student. The student must be admitted into Graduate School following all university policies and procedures. All coursework must be completed to receive a UOG Endorsement recommendation. Coursework can be applied to the UOG Masters in Teaching (MAT) program in accordance with UOG Graduate School rules and regulations.
- Meet all University requirements stated under Academic Regulations.
- A degree in a field outside of Education. Fifteen (15) units of coursework (6 of which must be upper division credits) in the content area in which certification is being sought.
- Praxis I scores which meet Guam Teaching Certification requirements.
- Two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s scholarly knowledge or aptitude to work with youth.
- A written statement of accomplishments, interests, and goals relating to teaching.
- Admissions interview. Entry into the program is contingent on passing this interview. The MAT Program trains students to work in middle and high school public and private settings. Because they teach minors in very sensitive settings, it is crucial that those who are admitted and graduated from this program have integrity, competency and uphold ethical standards.
- Maintain minimum of 3.00 GPA for all coursework in the program. Graduate courses with grades less than a B require written program faculty and administration approval to continue in the program.
- Maintain an electronic teaching portfolio aligned with the SOE Conceptual Framework, INTASC, NBPTS and GTPS standards to be reviewed each semester by the student’s committee. The portfolio will be used as a basis for assessment and advisement throughout the graduate studies experience and will be closely monitored at major decision points such as admission to candidacy, midpoint, and exit.
- Praxis II scores which meet Guam Teacher Certification requirements in the content area in which certification is being sought by the completion of twelve (12) credits.
- Praxis II scores which meet Guam Teacher Certification requirements in Learning and Teaching before enrolling in ED698 Internship. This is the final examination for the certificate.
TOTAL: 27 CREDIT HOURS
- ED605 Foundations of Secondary Education (3)
- ED607 Learning Theories (3)
- ED608 Classroom Assessment (3)
- ED616 Secondary Teaching Methods (3)
- ED641 Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing in Content Areas (3)
- ED655 Principles and Practices in Special Education (3)
- ED683 Classroom Management (3)
- ED698 Teaching Internship (6)
Courses are taught in terms with the length of each term varying. The first year of the program (Certification courses) mixes theory and practice with both philosophical foundations and field experiences in secondary classrooms. Coursework begins with three eight-week terms (October – May) and two four-week terms during the summer (June–August). Students must complete a ten-hour field experience requirement each term that is aligned with the courses each term. In addition, all courses are a blend of face-to-face and online interaction.
Term five focuses on the final Teaching Internship with the student employed as teacher with a University faculty supervising the classroom instruction periodically throughout the term.
Oct 16–Dec 11, 2010
ED605 Foundations of Secondary Education (3)
ED683 Classroom Management (3)
Jan 15–March 05, 2011
ED607 Learning Theories (3)
ED616 Secondary Teaching Methods (3)
March 19–May 14, 2011
ED655 Principles and Practices in Special Education (3)
ED608 Classroom Assessment (3)
Aug 18–Dec 14, 2011
ED641 Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing in Content Areas (3)
ED698 Teaching Internship (6)