Areas of Emphasis

Choose Your Area of Emphasis

After completing core courses, students are able to choose an area of emphasis to round out their master's degree.  The below certifications and endorsements have emerged in response to areas identified as high need in the state or districts requiring more preparation:

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement - This 100% online program is designed to help teachers understand English as a Second Language learning strategies and build programs that best support English Language Learner (ELL) students in their classroom and their district. Students complete five courses (15 credits) including a practicum. 

High Ability Learner (HAL) Education Endorsement - This 100% online program provides teachers the skills and confidence to teach all levels in their classroom across all the spectrum of abilities. Students complete five courses (18 credits) including an internship/seminar. 

National Board Teacher Certification Preparation - This in-person program prepares teachers to become highly effective classroom teachers and will complete the highest professional certification a teacher can earn. National Board Certification is offered to educators from pre-K through high school, in just about every subject area.  Students complete 6 courses (18 credits).  

Principal Endorsement - This 100% online program equips teachers for advanced leadership roles.  Students complete 6 courses (18 credits) including a principal internship and action research capstone.

All endorsements can be completed as stand-alone endorsements.