Advanced Certificates at The Esteves School of Education

The Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges offers Certificates in Teaching Excellence through Russell Sage Online.

The certificate programs are designed for:

  • In-service teachers wishing to update their skills in the areas of assessment and planning, literacy or technology integration.
  • School administrators desiring to develop current expertise in the area of assessment and planning, literacy or technology integration.
  • Teachers pursuing a certificate of study for career advancement. In addition to learning about a particular area of interest, course work or a certificate may enable teachers to move forward on the salary schedule depending on their school district and state.

The School of Education offers online certificates in assessment and planning, literacy and technology integration. Each of these 13 credit hour programs presents current information for certificate participants.

Certificate in Assessment and Planning: This area focuses on assessment from general education to special education with an emphasis on core subject areas of mathematics and language arts. Participants are guided in developing an applied project in assessment tailored to their individual needs, which might be at the classroom, school or district level. This integrated project allows students to apply their advanced understandings in a practical, targeted area of interest.

Certificate in Literacy: This certificate area examines literacy K-12, from emergent readers and writers to secondary students literacy needs. Woven throughout the program is the attention on the quickly evolving and changing digital literacies and critical media literacies related to content area instruction. Students will also develop expertise in the selection of relevant and engaging literature choices for students of all ages. Many of the assignments with the courses encourage the participant to develop applied projects that target their individual classroom or school needs.

Certificate in Technology Integration: Technology is rapidly changing and many teachers need to develop or retool their digital literacy skills. This certificate is designed to address cutting edge technology for education including Web 2.0 tools and social bookmarking. The coursework engages students in developing possibilities and improving technology integration for their own classroom, content area, or school. The final project encourages participants to apply their new understandings in developing an applied project that targets their individual, classroom or school needs.

NOTE: Any two of these three certificates may be used toward the completion of the Masters in Teaching Excellence (MTX).

Admission Requirements

See the Sage Graduate School Admission section for general requirements. Applicants for admission to the MTX certificate programs must meet the general admission requirements and must have a teaching or school related certificate or license required by the applicant’s state. In addition, applicants to the MTX certificate programs must complete a:

  • Phone interview with the program advisor after all materials have been submitted