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6 Types of Teaching Certificates You Can Pursue for Your Sixth Year

Teachers have a lasting and lifelong impact on the lives of their students. After all, who doesn’t remember the teacher who first believed in them? The teacher who taught them how to read, or learn an important skill? But beyond anecdotal evidence, there is plenty of research showing that teachers can impact not only their students’ academic prowess but also their interpersonal skills, behavior, and motivation. Of course, educators are only as good as their training. At University of Bridgeport, educators have many options for the teaching certification programs they can pursue. These teacher certifications are designed to prepare educators for a high level of professional practice, responsibility, and expertise. Here are six types of teaching certificates that you can pursue after earning your master’s degree, or as an addition to your master’s studies.

  1. Elementary Education

Students who wish to become certified to teach Elementary Education can pursue a master’s in Elementary Education or, if they have already earned their master’s degree, can earn their elementary teaching certification as part of a Sixth-Year program. Courses include nine credit hours in foundations of education. These courses train students in educational psychology, special education, and differentiated instruction. Additionally, students must take 24 hours of professional education credits, which can also include field-experiences.

  1. 092 Certificate

The Educational Administration and Supervision Program prepares students for certification as an intermediate administrator (092) in the state of Connecticut. This certification provides practical preparation for educators who wish to fill administrative positions in schools, up to and including the assistant superintendent position. Courses in this teaching certificate program include:

  • Introduction to Education Leadership
  • Evaluation of School Effectiveness
  • Curriculum Development
  • Public School Finance
  • School Law
  • Administrative Internship
  • Supervision/Evaluation of Personnel

Students can also take leadership electives that prepare them for specialized roles. These electives include topics in management, research, and urban leadership.

  1. Secondary Academic Subjects

If teaching students in grades 7-12 is of interest, students should consider enrolling in the initial teacher certification program for Secondary Education. However, if you already have a master’s degree, University of Bridgeport offers students the opportunity to pursue specialization in a number of areas in the form of a Sixth Year Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS):

  • Math: The program for Mathematics Education offers courses as well as classroom experiences that prepare secondary teachers to teach mathematics to a variety of students. Students may take classes in Modern Analysis, Differential Equations, Mathematical Modeling, and Pedagogical and Content Knowledge. In order to take this certification, students must earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or have taken 30 undergraduate credits in mathematics.
  • English: The Secondary English program prepares teachers to teach English in grade 7-12. Applicants for this certification must either have a major in English or show that they have at least 30 credits of English coursework. They must have completed at least 9 credits in American and British literature. In the course of earning this certification, students must take 9 credits in foundations (including Special Education), 3 credits in English methods, 3 credits in Adolescent Literature, and 3 credits in Reading and Writing in the content areas.
  • History: The Secondary History and Social Studies program prepares participants to become certified teachers of History and Social Studies in the state of Connecticut. As a prerequisite, participants will need to have been a History or Social Sciences major or an interdisciplinary major with at least 18 credits in History and at least 21 credits in other Social Sciences.
  • Science: The science program enables future science teachers to understand theories, best science practices, and assessment. Students are expected to have majored in a science area such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth Science. Students in the Science program will take 9 credits in foundations, 3 credits in Science methods, 3 credits in Reading and Writing, and 6 credits in field experience.
  • Business: Business education teachers educate their students on how to invest, save, and become successful working professionals. Secondary Business Certification requires that applicants have completed 30 undergraduate credits in business, plus 9 in a related area.

Graduates of the Sixth Year Certificate and Master’s programs are prepared to plan lessons according to state and national guidelines. They’re trained to pass Praxis II content knowledge for secondary subject areas. They’re also prepared to pass the edTPA performance assessment.

  1. K-12 Music

The Music Teaching Certification helps musicians develop their teaching skills while becoming state-certified educators. Upon earning certification, music teachers can work in elementary classrooms and secondary schools teaching small ensembles, large ensembles, and individual students.

  1. Remedial Reading & Language Arts

The This 30 credit Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) program includes coursework in developmental reading, diagnosis and intervention of reading difficulties, assessment, and methods and materials. Students in this program are also given literacy field experiences, including field experience in Reading and Languages Arts. Additionally, students must take coursework in Educational Technology. This teaching certificate program leads to the Connecticut Initial Educator Certificate in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts (102), grades 1-12.

  1. Computer Science

University of Bridgeport is one of the first universities in Connecticut to offer a cross-endorsement in Computer Science. The Computer Science endorsement can be earned by students in two ways. Students can take and pass the Praxis II Computer Science exam or take  courses in Computer Science content. This sixth-year certification can be taken by educators wishing to earn a master’s degree in either Elementary or Secondary education.

Sixth-year certificates provide teachers and prospective administrators with the tools they need to be skilled educators and leaders. In Connecticut, those who wish to work as Reading and Language Arts Consultants, School Business Administrators, or Superintendents, must, in fact, earn certification. If a career in teaching is your passion, it’s the perfect time to consider earning your teaching certificate.

Contact the UB Grad Admissions team at gradadmissions@bridgeport.edu to learn more about University of Bridgeport’s sixth-year certification options, or contact us online to request more information.