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Bridge Certificate Programs

Adapted Physical Education (APE)  

Leads to state endorsement in the teaching of physical education for individuals with disabilities. The program 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.

Credit Hours
24
certificate
34
master’s degree
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  

Designed for candidates who hold Michigan elementary or secondary certification and want to explore a career in 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.

Credit Hours
20-30
certificate
36
master’s degree
Bilingual Education (BE)  

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.

Credit Hours
21
certificate
33
master’s degree
Career and Technical Education (C&TE)  

Aimed at providing graduates of bachelor’s degree programs who are interested in 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).

Credit Hours
12
certificate
30
master’s degree
Coaching  

This bridge certificate provide advanced knowledge and expertise of aspiring and practicing coaches at all levels 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.

Credit Hours
12
certificate
30
master’s degree
Cognitive Impairments (CI)  

Designed for candidates who hold Michigan certification and want to obtain the cognitive impairments (CI) specialty area endorsement on that certificate. 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, special education.

Credit Hours
20-33
certificate
36
master’s degree
Early Childhood General and Special Education (ECG&SE)  

Designed for candidates who hold a Michigan elementary certification and want to obtain the early childhood general and special education specialty area endorsement on that certificate. Also for graduate students who want to obtain the bridge certificate in this specialty area. 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.

Credit Hours
12-26
certificate

minimum of 30
master’s degree

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. Program stresses fieldwork by requiring applicants to use information-age technology with their own students and to support colleagues’ use of technology-based resources.

Credit Hours
20-21
certificate
36
master’s degree
Elementary Education (EE)  

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.

Credit Hours
15-24
certificate
42
master’s degree
Elementary Physical Education (EPE)  

Leads 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.

Credit Hours
24
certificate
34
master’s degree
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, special education, EI program.

Credit Hours
20-30
certificate
36
master’s degree
English as a Second Language (ESL)*  

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.

Credit Hours
21
certificate
33
master’s degree
Health Education (HE)*  

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 in health education will earn an endorsement in health education for grades 6-12.

Credit Hours
24
certificate
36
master’s degree
K-12 Reading Specialist (K-12 RS)  

Services graduates of bachelor’s degree programs who are in literacy instruction in preprimary through adult levels. It is especially appropriate for those who wish to expand their roles to include classroom teacher of reading and reading specialist. Involves a curriculum that, after passage of the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification 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.

Credit Hours
24
certificate
33
master’s degree
Learning Disabilities (LD)  

Designed for candidates who hold Michigan elementary or secondary certification and want to obtain the learning disabilities (LD) specialty area endorsement on that certificate. 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.

Credit Hours
20-30
certificate
36
master’s degree
Online Teaching (OT)  

Designed to prepare graduate students for teaching positions in online or other distance-education settings in both the K-12 and higher education environments. Provides students with essential knowledge and skills in pedagogy, course development, evaluation, instruction and other aspects of the educational process in online learning environments.

Credit Hours
18-24
certificate
36
master’s degree
Secondary Physical Education (SPE)  

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.

Credit Hours
24
certificate
34
master’s degree
Visual Arts Education (VAE)  

Designed for certified K-12 art educators who are interested in visual arts. 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.

Credit Hours
24
certificate
minimum of 30
master’s degree

NOTE:

  • While all programs do lead to WSU certification, these do not lead to state endorsement. Note: Required hours may vary based on individual transcripts and other factors. Specific program requirements should be confirmed with an academic advisor or faculty counselor.
  • Only the programs designated with (*) may qualify for Title IV funding under the gainful employment act, please check with the Office of Financial Aid
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