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Advanced Certifications & Endorsements

Candidates with an instructional one teacher certification may pursue advanced certification through our English as a Second Language, Reading Specialist, Special Education and Principal Certification programs.

Endorsements are also available in online teaching and learning, autism, and social emotional behavioral wellness.


Advanced Certifications:

Candidates for the certificate must complete the following course sequence (15 credits) with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 3.00 with no more than three letter grades less than B–.

  • EDUC 670 Language Acquisition and Development (Summer I)
  • EDUC 671 ESL Curriculum and Instruction (Spring)
  • EDUC 672 ESL Learner, Family, and Community (Summer II)
  • EDUC 673 ESL Assessment and Support (Fall)
  • EDUC 674 The ESL Specialist (Summer I)
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For additional information, please contact:

Mrs. Doris Correll
ESL Certification Officer
correlld@cgratuit.net

 


Teachers who want to become school reading specialists may earn both the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree and Pennsylvania reading specialist certification by choosing a carefully-designed 39-credit program of study. Students may also pursue the Reading Specialist certification as their initial certification, in coordination with the M.A.T. degree.  For details about this unique pathway, please consult your advisor.

Candidates already holding an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction or the equivalent may earn Reading Specialist certification by completing a seven course post-master’s degree sequence. Candidates interested in earning a graduate degree with Reading Specialist certification through Moravian University's graduate education program must possess a valid teaching certificate and complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 500 Teacher as Inquirer (Fall)
  • EDUC 506 Teacher as Researcher (Spring)
  • EDUC 606 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum (Fall, odd years)
  • EDUC 626 Comprehensive Literacy Practices, Pre-K-4 (Spring, odd years)
  • EDUC 627 Comprehensive Literacy Practices 4-8 (Fall, even years)
  • EDUC 629 The Literacy Specialist (Summer II, even years)
  • EDUC 660 Literacy and Resistance in Secondary Schools (Spring, even years)
  • EDUC 670 Language Acquisition and Development (Summer I)
  • EDUC 676 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation (Summer II, odd years)
  • EDUC 700 Curriculum Development and Action Research (Spring)
  • EDUC 702 Reflective Practice Seminar (Fall)
  • EDUC 704-05 Literacy-Based Action Research Thesis (Spring)

Reading Specialist Certification K-12 Electives

  • EDUC 606 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum (Fall, odd years)
  • EDUC 626 Comprehensive Literacy Practices, Pre-K-4 (Spring, odd years)
  • EDUC 627 Comprehensive Literacy Practices 4-8 (Fall, even years)
  • EDUC 629 The Literacy Specialist (Summer II, even years)
  • EDUC 660 Literacy and Resistance in Secondary Schools (Spring, even years)
  • EDUC 670 Language Acquisition and Development (Summer I)
  • EDUC 676 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation (Summer II, odd years)
Wen

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For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Huijing Wen
Reading Specialist Certification Officer
wenh@cgratuit.net

 


The PK-12 Principal Certification program at Moravian University offers a cutting-edge and thorough preparation for aspiring educational leaders aiming to take on pivotal roles within PK-12 settings, particularly focusing on the school principalship. This revamped program blends foundational leadership courses, strategies for enhancing learning, organizational dynamics, inclusive education principles, and a culminating capstone project. What sets this program apart is its innovative delivery method: coursework is conducted synchronously online, providing flexibility and real-time interaction, while the crucial internship hours are embedded in actual school environments across all courses. This hybrid model ensures a seamless integration of theoretical insights and practical application, enriching students' learning experiences. Fully aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) standards and competencies, the Moravian program satisfies course and internship requirements for the Administrative I certification, positioning graduates to thrive as ethical and effective leaders in educational settings throughout Pennsylvania.

The Required Courses are as follows:

Course 1: EDUC 683: Foundations of Educational Leadership (3 CR) (SUMMER I) 
This course, aimed at those pursuing Administrative I (Principal) certification in Pennsylvania, lays the conceptual and theoretical groundwork for understanding transformational leadership within the framework of current complex educational challenges. It delves into the historical perspective of education, transformational leadership theory, strategic foresight, empathy, inclusivity, and decision-making enhanced by emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. Throughout the course, students will hone their communication and storytelling skills, essential for effectively conveying a shared vision and driving systemic transformation in education.

Course 2: EDUC 684: Organizational Leadership (3 CR) (FALL I) 
This course integrates the aspects of historical context, political dynamics, community engagement, and organizational culture within K12 education. It offers a comprehensive understanding of how educational policies and practices have evolved, highlighting the critical role of community effective network building. Students will develop skills in strategic thinking, community collaboration, and cultural leadership, equipping them to effectively navigate and influence the educational landscape with insight, adaptability, and foresight.

Course 3: EDUC 685: Leadership for Learning (3 CR) (FALL II) 
This course is designed to equip aspiring educational leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to foster innovation and effect positive learning-focused change in their institutions. Participants will delve deeply into contemporary learning theories and explore how these can be applied in the context of educational leadership roles and responsibilities. The course emphasizes the development of a changemaker mindset, focusing on leading effective change for educational transformation. Additionally, learners will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in practical, real-world scenarios, particularly in areas of professional development and supervision.

Course 4: EDUC 686: Leading Diversity (3 CR) (SPRING I) 
This course delves into Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), professional ethics, and Special Education, equipping learners with essential skills for school leadership. It emphasizes a deep understanding of DEI, teaching learners to embed these principles across all aspects of school leadership for equitable and inclusive practices. Special focus is placed on applying inclusive practices in Special Education, exploring identification of learning disabilities, inclusive teaching and culturally responsive pedagogies. Ethical leadership is a core component, encouraging students to develop strong moral decision-making and integrity in their educational roles. The course's goal is to prepare future principals to lead diverse and inclusive educational communities, creating environments conducive to the growth of all individuals, both young and adult.

Course 5: EDUC 687: Educational Leadership Capstone (3 CR) (SPRING II)
 This is the culminating course in the Principal Certification program. In this capstone course, learners will undertake a comprehensive action research cycle/project, demonstrating their mastery of transformational leadership principles and techniques. This project will require the integration of diverse skills ranging from strategic planning and community engagement to ethical decision-making and inclusive educational practices, reflecting the depth and breadth of learning from the entire program. Through this experiential learning approach, the course aims to solidify learners' abilities to enact meaningful change and innovation in educational settings, preparing them for successful careers as transformative educational leaders.

Alignment with PIL Standards

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Ziegenfuss

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For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss
Professor of Practice
ziegenfussr@cgratuit.net

 


Candidates interested in earning a graduate degree with Pennsylvania Special Education certification must hold Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certification; demonstrate at least three years of effective content teaching at the Pre-K-4, 4-8, or secondary level or as a reading specialist; and complete the following courses: 

  • 610 Differentiating Instruction  (Fall, odd years)
  • 617 Special Education: Identification and Early Intervention  (Fall, even years)
  • 618 Effective Inclusionary Practices  (Spring, even years)
  • 623 Special Education Processes and Procedures  (Summer I, even years)
  • 624 Educating Students with Disabilities and Exceptionalities  (Fall, even years)
  • 626 Comprehensive Literary Practices Pre-K-4  (Spring, odd years)
  • 660 Literacy and Resistance in Secondary Schools  (Spring, even years)
  • 670 Language Acquisition and Development  (Summer I)
  • 676 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation  (Summer II, odd years)
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For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Laurie Kahn
Certification Officer
kahnl@cgratuit.net

 


Teachers who desire to go beyond the master’s degree may register for a series of courses designed to prepare them for Pennsylvania Department of Education district-wide supervisory certification in curriculum and instruction. Supervisory certification is designed to prepare candidates to supervise instruction, evaluate professional staff, and lead curriculum development and curriculum research efforts. 

Pennsylvania Supervisory Certification K-12 candidates must complete the following course sequence (24 credits) with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 3.00 with no more than three letter grades less than B–, Final Portfolio, and passing score on Praxis Supervisory Certification K-12 examination.

  • EDUC 508 - The Teacher as Evaluator  (Summer I)
  • EDUC 622 School Law and Professional Ethics  (Fall, even years)
  • EDUC 655 Standards-Based Curriculum Design  (Fall, odd years)
  • EDUC 658 Building a Culture of Learning  (Spring, odd years)
  • EDUC 667 Teacher Supervision and Evaluation  (Spring, even years)
  • EDUC 668 Data-Driven Instructional Systems  (Summer II, odd years)
  • EDUC 713 Facilitating School Improvement  (Summer I)
  • EDUC 714 Supervisory Practicum I  (Fall)
  • EDUC 715 Supervisory Practicum II  (Spring)
Ziegenfuss

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For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss
Professor of Practice
ziegenfussr@cgratuit.net

 


Endorsements:

Candidates for the Endorsement must complete the following course sequence (12 credits) with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 3.00 with no more than three letter grades less than B–.

  • EDUC 643: Characteristics and Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders (Fall I)
  • EDUC 646: Collaboration with Families, Agencies, and the Community (Fall II)
  • EDUC 644: Assessment for Instructional Planning (Spring I)
  • EDUC 645: Instructional Interventions and Methods Across Settings (Spring II)
Bess Van Asselt

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For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Bess Van Asselt
Director of Graduate Education
vanasseltb@cgratuit.net

 


The mission of the Endorsement in Online Instruction program is to prepare certified educators in all content areas to develop and deliver instruction in online and blended learning environments. Online instruction represents a paradigm shift in delivering and acquiring knowledge while considering the unique needs of learners being taught. That consideration honors the diverse nature of students in the classroom and grows from an understanding of the online and face-to-face communities being served.  Candidates interested in adding Pennsylvania endorsement for online instruction through Moravian University's graduate education program must possess a valid teaching certificate and complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 600 Best Practices in Online Teaching (Fall I)
  • EDUC 601 Online Teacher as Instructional Designer  (Fall II)
  • EDUC 602 Online Teaching for the Online Learner (Spring I)
  • EDUC 603 The Online Endorsement Capstone Practicum (Spring II)
Bess Van Asselt

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For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Bess Van Asselt
Director of Graduate Education
vanasseltb@cgratuit.net

 


Candidates for the Endorsement must complete the following course sequence (15 credits) with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 3.00 with no more than three letter grades less than B–.

  • EDUC 647 Social Emotional Wellness Learning and Youth Development (Fall I)
  • EDUC 646 Collaboration with Families, Agencies, and the Community (Fall II)
  • EDUC 648 Characteristics and Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Mental Illness on PreK-12 Students (Spring I)
  • EDUC 649 Behavioral and Mental Health Literacy (Spring II)
  • EDUC 650 Prevention and Intervention to Support Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness across Prek-12 Educational Environments (Summer I) 
Bess Van Asselt

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For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Bess Van Asselt
Director of Graduate Education
vanasseltb@cgratuit.net

 


Certificate:

The 4-course Spanish Language and Culture for Educators certificate program offers a comprehensive and practical overview of the Spanish language for immediate implementation in schools. It also attends to how language and Hispanic/Latinx culture combine in cross-cultural communication in a K-12 context. The first three courses of the program will focus on using the Spanish language so that educators can reach a novice-high to low-intermediate Spanish proficiency level. Along the way, students will build their capacity to interact with Spanish speakers in their school communities. The final course will leverage this practice in a culminating experience where educators and other professionals will apply their knowledge of language and culture in a variety of school and community environments. 

All courses are 8-weeks, online synchronous and meet one evening a week:

  • Fall I:        SPAN 512 Spanish for Educators I 
  • Fall II:       SPAN 513 Spanish for Educators II  
  • Spring I:   SPAN 514 Spanish for Educators III  
  • Spring II:  EDUC 515 Spanish Language, Culture, and Community for Educators