Endorsements, Certificates and Concentrations

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What’s available?

  • The Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education offers graduate level endorsements in mathematics, science, literacy, and teacher support and coaching.
  • The Literacy Coach Certificate is also referred to as the Partners in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) program, a research-based companion program to the Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM).

How to Apply

To apply for a College of Education & Human Development program, you must submit your online application and all official supplemental application materials by the program deadline.

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Susan Swars Auslander - Graduate Programs
sswars@gsu.edu
404-413-8020

Sue Duncan - Reading/Coaching
sduncan4@gsu.edu
404-413-8024

Journey Swafford - Reading/Coaching
kswafford1@gsu.edu
404-413-8024

Rachel Fiore - K-5 Science
rfiore1@gsu.edu
404-413-8253

Susan Swars Auslander- K-5 Mathematics
sswars@gsu.edu
404-413-8020

Susan Swars Auslander - Teacher Support and Coaching
sswars@gsu.edu
404-413-8020

Mona Matthews - Literacy
matthews@gsu.edu
404-413-8020

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Open Endorsements

This endorsement is intended for teachers who hold a clear, renewable certificate, level 4 or higher in in one of the following areas: early childhood education, middle grades — mathematics, or special education general curriculum/early childhood education. The program includes five courses, with four focused on concentrated study of elementary mathematics and one serving as a field placement. The K-5 Mathematics Endorsement may be completed as a standalone program or embedded in a graduate degree such as a M.Ed. or Ed.D.

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Catalog course descriptions 

We offer graduate courses in literacy, which apply to Georgia’s Reading Endorsement for classroom teachers. These courses focus on three areas (a) understanding readers and the reading process, (b) linking assessment and instruction, and (c) using instructional strategies in specific content areas. Teachers pursuing the reading endorsement are enrolled as nondegree students in specific programs for certification as Reading Recovery Teachers or Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders.

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The Teacher Support and Coaching (TSC) Endorsement Program in Early Childhood and Elementary Education is one of six endorsements offered through the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

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Reading Recovery

We offer graduate courses in literacy, which applies to Georgia’s Coaching Endorsement. These courses focus on four areas (a) understanding literacy – the reading and writing process, (b) linking assessment and instruction, (c) using instructional strategies in specific content areas and (d) professional development, supervision and systematic change. Teachers pursuing the coaching endorsement are enrolled as non-degree students in specific programs for certification as Reading Recovery Teacher Leader or the Literacy Coach Certificate.
Catalog course descriptions 
The Literacy Coach Certificate is also referred to as the Partners in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) program. The Partners in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) is a research-based companion program to the Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM).  PCL is a systemic school improvement model based on the principles of apprenticeship learning.  Inherent to the model is the coaching and mentoring feature.  The series of courses for Literacy Coach Certificate are designed to prepare individuals for supporting accountability with a school-wide assessment system using multiple ways for evaluating student achievement; providing embedded professional development for teachers; assisting with the development of a well-designed school-wide literacy plan; and with assisting teachers to expand their knowledge and expertise particularly in providing differentiated classroom instruction. The training is restricted to candidates employed as a literacy coach in a school setting.

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Cohort Only Endorsements

These endorsements must have a cohort of 10 teachers signed up.

This endorsement is intended for teachers who hold a clear, renewable certificate, level 4 or higher in early childhood education (P-5) or another eligible field specified in PSC Educator Preparation Rules and are interested in adding additional expertise in science education to their certificate. Requirements for the K-5 Science Endorsement include 12 hours of concentrated coursework in elementary (K-5) science education. Students must be admitted to the university and may be enrolled as a nondegree student or pursuing another advanced degree.

The K-5 Science Endorsement requires a cohort of 10 or more teachers.

Catalog  description 

This endorsement is intended for teachers who hold a clear, renewable certificate, level 4 or higher in early childhood education (P-5) or another eligible field specified in PSC Educator Preparation Rules and are interested in adding additional expertise in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education to their certificate. Requirements for the K-5 STEM Endorsement include 9 hours of concentrated coursework in elementary (K-5) STEM education. Students must be admitted to the university and may be enrolled as a nondegree student or pursuing another advanced degree.

The K-5 STEM Endorsement requires a cohort of 10 or more teachers

Program of Study 

Concentrations

This concentration is intended for educators who wish to pursue advanced preparation in Dual Language Education at the elementary level.

In response to the growing number of Georgia schools with Dual Language programs, the mission of this program is to prepare qualified educators who understand the history, theory, and practice of Dual Language Education.

Students may enter the program any semester and complete the program at their own pace. Requirements for the concentration include 12 hours of concentrated coursework in elementary (K-5) Dual Language Education and a 3 hour field-based practicum.

Educators with a Foreign Language Education (FLED) Certificate from the state of Georgia may also be eligible to earn a Dual Immersion Early Childhood Education Endorsement.

The courses are the same for the concentration and the endorsement.  The endorsement is also available as a standalone program for educators with a FLED certificate.  Questions about the concentration or the endorsement program should be directed to Cathy Amanti, Ph.D. at camanti@gsu.edu.

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