Graduate Certificates Certificate

To support experienced K-12 teachers and educators who are prepared to extend their education to better serve their schools and community, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education offers six graduate certificate programs. These programs build on current, professional experiences to achieve deeper understandings of institutional practices in and out of schools. Our aim is to facilitate growth in professional identity and engagement in informed conversations with TLTE’s nationally recognized graduate faculty about key educational issues of the day. The application deadline for all graduate certificate programs is February 1st (summer or fall admission) or October 1st (spring admission).


Early Literacy

Early literacy instruction in the school and community is an area of national emphasis. Effective early literacy instruction has been a focus of educational reform since the first reports about Head Start programs in the early 1970s, and many universities and P-12 school districts are developing programs to enhance Early Literacy instruction.

This Early Literacy graduate certificate can provide:

  • A pathway for gaining expertise for new educators, those who wish to change their focus, and those who want to gain greater expertise in this area
  • A route for graduate students who are practicing teachers to organize their coursework in an area of need in their schools
  • Help for graduate students to structure a master's degree in a purposeful manner
  • Professional recognition of expertise for teachers who are or want to be engaged in Early Literacy instruction in schools and community settings
  • Additionally, students who complete the Early Literacy Certificate Program will be well on their way to completing a Nebraska Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade Reading Specialist Endorsement, should they wish to also pursue that designation.

View course requirements for the Early Literacy graduate certificate.


K-3 Mathematics Specialist

The K-3 Mathematics Specialist Certificate is offered through the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education with support from the NebraskaMATH grant. This certificate is especially helpful for starting the careers of new teachers, but experienced educators can also benefit from the specialized instruction in math education.

This certificate is for educators in the NebraskaMATH program looking to enhance their credentials in mathematics education. Educators who earn this certificate can continue as a generalist, teaching in all subjects or move into the role of a math specialist.

All courses are taught on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus or at NebraskaMATH approved sites.

View course requirements for the K-3 Mathematics Specialist graduate certificate.


Response to Intervention: Reading

This program offers a route for teachers to begin graduate coursework closely linked to the practices and reform mandated in their schools.

Response to Intervention (RTI) framework is a part of educational legislation through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. As such, training in RTI is an emerging need in many school systems. This certificate program within the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education allows teachers engaged in Response to Intervention in their schools to gain professional recognition of their expertise. The coursework of this certificate program also offers an RTI model for future coursework in other content areas within the graduate department.

View course requirements for the Response to Intervention: Reading graduate certificate.


Social Justice and Diversity Education

Students who pursue this 15-credit certificate will broaden and deepen their professional knowledge of diversity dynamics in education. The courses leading to the certificate focus primarily on issues affecting immigrant communities, migrant families, and multicultural education in both school and community settings.

This graduate certificate will appeal to students with a keen interest in diversity, as well as the social and cultural foundations of education, particularly involving social justice issues affecting minoritized populations. Coursework prepares professionals to take on the leadership challenges of creating welcoming learning communities by addressing issues of equity and inclusion at all levels of formal schooling.

View course requirements for the Social Justice and Diversity Education graduate certificate.


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Are you interested in teaching English as a second language to children and adults internationally or within your own community? Apply to the graduate certificate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to learn instructional strategies for teaching English, deepen your knowledge of how languages are acquired, explore English linguistics, develop a professional identity as a language teacher, and engage in conversations around important issues in TESOL.

View course requirements for the TESOL graduate certificate.


World Language Teaching: German or Spanish

The Global Online Language Development Education Network (GOLDEN) Certificate for World Language Educators focuses on the pedagogy unique to teaching the German or Spanish language.

This certificate program is aimed at enhancing the capacity of German or Spanish teachers in K-12 and higher education. It is a great option for teachers in school districts requiring that educators secure professional development at the graduate level in a combination of content (language and culture) and pedagogy specific to that content area.

Leading nationally in this area, the GOLDEN program offers courses that use an innovative approach to professional development for German or Spanish language teachers. The certificate courses are designed to integrate research-informed practices into the language classroom practice. Expertise is garnered simultaneously in content, pedagogy, and technology in this program through courses taught in German or Spanish and developed using the TPACK (technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge) theoretical framework.

View course requirements for either the World Language Teaching: German or the World Language Teaching: Spanish graduate certificates.


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for Summer Sessions and Fall Semester


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for Spring Semester

Application to this program

Minimum requirements for all graduate certificate programs include:
  • Undergraduate GPA equivalent to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • A good match between your goals and the TLTE’s ability to address those goals

  • A completed application submitted to the UNL Office of Graduate Studies

  • A completed department application submitted through GAMES which includes the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation (K-3 Mathematics Specialist Certificate ONLY)
  3. Application Essay

*Application Essay. The Graduate Admissions Committee looks closely at the applicant's goals in the application essay for further evidence of your meeting the admissions criteria. A well-written essay is crucial to admissions decisions. This application essay is a concise statement in which you address clearly why you want to pursue graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this essay you should address clearly:

  1. Your academic and/or professional goals and how the certificate program in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education will enable you to meet these.
  2. Your academic strengths, with specific attention to your background in education and how this qualifies you for graduate study at a major university.
  3. Any professional experience, knowledge, and skills you possess and how these further qualify you for graduate study at a major university.

This statement should be between 700-1000 words.

*Please note that a complete background check may be required upon admission to the program. Many institutions today require a criminal history background check before an individual is allowed to work, volunteer, conduct research or collect data within their facility. CEHS students who are required in their program to go into daycare facilities, schools, hospitals, or other community agencies must complete a background check before CEHS can place them in these facilities.


Only completed application files will be reviewed. Following the review process, you will be informed in writing of the admission decision.

Application Deadline for all Certificate programs: February 1st (summer or fall admission) or October 1st (spring admission).

START THE APPLICATION PROCESS

LOUKIA K. SARROUB
Graduate Chair
402-472-5166
lsarroub2@unl.edu

KATE RASK
Graduate Project Associate
402-472-3098
krask@unl.edu