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Follow a COE Bridge Program to Earn a Degree, Certificate or Endorsement in an Education Program

Published Saturday, December 1, 2012

Several bridge programs are available in the College of Education for people who may already have a degree in Education or in a field other than Education and now want to add an endorsement and/or become certified to teach in another area, some also leading to Master of Education and Master of Arts degrees.  These programs include:

  • Adapted Physical Education (APE)

This program leads to state endorsement in the teaching of physical education for individuals with disabilities. It requires 12 credits in approved special education courses and 12 credits in adapted physical education courses. Requirements can be completed as part of a graduate program leading to a Master of Education with a major in Kinesiology Pedagogy.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Designed for candidates who hold Michigan elementary or secondary certification and want to obtain the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) specialty area endorsement on that certificate. Teachers with this endorsement work with children, youth, and adults who have ASD within different settings (e.g. home, school, community). Courses are transferable to the Master of Education in Special Education.

  • Bilingual Education (BE)

This leads to state endorsement in the teaching of bilingual education. Requirements can be completed as part of a graduate program leading to a Master of Education with a major in Bilingual/Bicultural Education.

  • Career and Technical Education (C&TE)

Aimed at providing graduates of Bachelor’s degree programs who now wish to enhance occupational career and technical education programs with relevant instructional strategies and research based resources. Through the course of the program, students also may have an opportunity for vocational certification in Michigan: Interim Occupational Certificate (IOC).

  • Coaching

This program enhances the knowledge and expertise of aspiring and practicing coaches at all levels and advances existing coaching practices through evaluation and application of current research. Principles covered apply to all coaching endeavors and are not specific to any one sport. Requirements can be completed as part of a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Sports Administration. 

  • Cognitive Impairments (CI)

Candidates who hold Michigan certification and want to obtain the cognitive impairments (CI) specialty area endorsement on that certificate may be interested in this program. Teachers with this endorsement work with children, youth, and adults who have CI within different settings (e.g., home, school, community). Courses are transferable to the Master of Education in Special Education.

  • Early Childhood General and Special Education (ECG&SE)

Designed for candidates who hold a Michigan elementary certificate and want to obtain the early childhood general and special education specialty area endorsement on that certificate. It is also for graduate students who want to obtain the bridge certificate in this specialty area. It involves teaching young children (to 8 years old), including those who have developmental delays or disabilities. Courses are transferable to the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education.

  • Education Technology (ET)

Teachers with this endorsement are expected to play leadership roles in selecting, planning, developing, implementing and evaluating technology applications in teaching and learning process. Courses require students to incorporate technology into lessons and select strategies that promote the use and transfer of technological knowledge and skills. The program stresses fieldwork by requiring applicants to use information-age technology with their own students and to support colleagues’ use of technology-based resources.

  • Elementary Education (EE)

This program serves students who hold a valid secondary teaching certificate and want to earn an elementary education endorsement. Coursework taken may be used toward a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.

  • Elementary Physical Education (EPE)

Leading to state certification in Elementary Physical Education, requirements can be completed as part of a graduate program leading to a Master of Education with a major in Kinesiology Pedagogy.

  • Emotional Impairments (EI)

Designed for candidates who hold Michigan elementary or secondary certification and want to obtain the emotional impairments (EI) specialty area endorsement on that certificate. Teachers with this endorsement work with children, youth, and adults who have EI within different settings (e.g. home, school, community). Courses are transferable to the Master of Education in Special Education, EI program.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

This program leads to state endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL).
Requirements can be completed as part of a graduate program leading to a Master of Education with a major in Bilingual/Bicultural Education with a specialization in ESL.

  • Health Education (HE)

This program is concerned with helping individuals and groups assume responsibility for their health by learning and adopting behaviors, and by supporting social policies that can promote and maintain health. Students who complete this bridge certificate program as well as the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in Health Education will earn an endorsement in Health Education for grades 6-12.

  • K-12 Reading Specialist (K-12 RS)

Bachelor degree graduates who wish to develop or strengthen their expertise in literacy instruction in preprimary through adult levels are encouraged to follow this program. Especially appropriate for those who wish to expand their roles to include classroom teacher of reading and reading specialist, it involves a curriculum that, after passage of the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) exam, qualifies certified teachers for the Michigan K-12 reading specialist endorsement. All courses in this program are transferable to the Master of Education program in Reading.

  • Learning Disabilities (LD)

Candidates who hold Michigan elementary or secondary certification and want to obtain the learning disabilities (LD) specialty area endorsement on that certificate should follow this program. It is designed for teachers with this endorsement work with children, youth, and adults who have LD within different settings (e.g., home, school, community). Courses are transferable to the Master of Education, Special Education, LD program.

  • Online Teaching (OT)

Graduate students who want to be prepared for teaching positions in online or other distance-education settings in both the K-12 and higher education environments are invited to follow this program. It provides students with essential knowledge and skills in pedagogy, course development, evaluation, instruction and other aspects of the educational process in online learning environments.

  • Secondary Physical Education (SPE)

This leads to state certification in Secondary Physical Education (6-12). Requirements can be completed as part of a graduate program leading to a Master of Education with a major in Kinesiology Pedagogy.

  • Visual Arts Education (VAE)

Bachelor’s degree program graduates, who already are certified as K-12 visual arts educators, are encouraged to seek this program. It develops ways to integrate the most recent research in this area of teaching, and to provide a deeper understanding and enhancement of the learner’s skills and cognitive capacities in the area of visual arts education. All courses in this program are transferrable to the Master of Visual Arts Education.

All of these programs lead to WSU certification, but do not lead to state endorsement. Required hours may vary based on individual transcripts and other factors. Specific program requirements should be confirmed with an academic advisor or faculty counselor.

 

For details about the bridge certificate program of your choice, please complete the form on the website and you will be contacted by one of our academic advisors, or call the College of Education Academic Services at: 313-577-1605.  For additional questions, you may also send an email to: bridgeprograms@wayne.edu.

 

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