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Graduate Certificates (Arts, Educational Technology)

Professional Institute for Educators Graduate Certificates are 16-credit credentials for K-12 educators offered in the Arts and in Educational Technology

• Arts – The process of creating fuels learning and innovation in today’s classroom.  Designed for all K-12 educators who desire to deeply explore teaching in and through the arts.

 Educational Technology – Learn to integrate technology into teaching and learning, coordinate and manage technological resources, and deeply explore technology in curriculum and instruction

Graduate Certificates can be completed on their own or can be applied towards a MEd in either Educational Technology or Educational Program Design.

Arts Education

Arts education is central to today's multi-disciplinary learning environment.  A substantive and creative arts education experience includes deep knowledge and understanding of the visual (2-D + 3-D) and performing arts.  Explore how the process of creating, designing and making can anchor learning and innovation.  Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration underscores all that we do as educators.   Courses are designed for K-12 teachers across all subject areas.

Program Requirements (16 Credits)

Required Courses (13 credits)

  • Select 4 courses from subject: VPAS | 12 credits

  • VPAS 699 Arts Education Capstone | 1 credits

Electives (3 credits)

  •  Select 1 course from subjects: ETEC, INCL, LITY, MTEC, PRES, UTPS, or VPAS | 3 credits

 

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Educational Technology

Our technology-infused lives enable K-12 students to communicate, analyze, synthesize and evaluate their own learning, and to better understand the world around them in new and compelling ways.  Explore the best ways for you to integrate and use technology in your own teaching, coordinate classroom and school technology needs, learn to manage technological resources, and optimize technology for instruction.  Come away with multiple strategies for digital projects and curricula within your classroom, school, and/or district.

Program Requirements (16 credits)

Required Courses (13 credits)

  • Select 4 courses from subject: ETEC | 12 credits

  • ETEC 699 Educational Technology Capstone | 1 credit

Electives (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subjects: ETEC, INCL, LITY, MTEC, PRES, UTPS, or VPAS | 3 credits

 

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Meet our faculty

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Natalie Duvall

Director, Professional Institute for Educators and MEd Programs

Tuition

Students enrolled in Graduate Certificate programs are considered matriculated students.  Matriculated students are required to pay course tuition and fees in full each semester. Graduate programs offered by the School of Professional Studies are not eligible for Federal Financial Student Aid.  Please contact Student Financial Services to discuss options for alternative and/or private loans at (215)717-6170.

Course fees vary by class and are applied to specific operational costs incurred in certain classes, studios or labs. Payment of fees assigned to courses is nonrefundable. Students are responsible for obtaining their own course materials and supplies. Supply lists specific to each class are included in the syllabi posted online at least one week prior to class.

Matriculated students cannot redeem tuition discounts offered by the Professional Institute for Educators.

Academic Year 2022–2023

  • Tuition: $675 per credit / $2,025 for a 3-credit course

  • Fees: Varies by course, typically $50–$100

How to Apply

Who Should Apply

Graduate certificate programs are designed for K–12 in-service teachers. The certificate programs do not lead to Pennsylvania Department of Education certification. 

Application Deadline 

Summer 2022: Applicants who submit the application and all required supporting materials before Feb. 1, 2022, will be prioritized for scholarship funding opportunities from the university. Students may continue to apply on a rolling basis after the priority deadline and will be considered for admission and applicable funding, including scholarships, on a space-available basis.

Fall 2022: Applicants who submit the application and all required supporting materials before Feb. 15, 2022, will be prioritized for scholarship funding opportunities from the university. Students may continue to apply on a rolling basis after the priority deadline and will be considered for admission and applicable funding, including scholarships, on a space-available basis.

Application Requirements

  • Start or resume your application.

  • $60 nonrefundable application fee

    • If the cost of the application fee is a barrier, contact Admissions to request a fee waiver code.

  • Official undergraduate transcript

    • Official transcripts must be sent directly from the college where you have earned, or will earn, your undergraduate degree by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

    • If you have earned, or will earn, your undergraduate degree outside the U.S., see our transcript requirements for international graduate applicants below.

  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Two letters of recommendation from professors or professionals in your field, who are familiar with your capabilities, are required. In the case that these recommenders are not available, you may request letters from colleagues, collaborators or peers, if necessary.

    • Applicants must enter contact information for their recommenders on the application. An email will be sent to recommenders providing a link for them to upload their letter. Letters of recommendation may also be submitted by the recommender via email to gradcredentials@uarts.edu.

  • Statement of intent

    • Statements should be a minimum of one to two pages and detail your professional plans, interests and goals. What are your personal and professional goals in applying to this program? In what ways do you hope this program will help you grow as an educator?

    • Your statement of intent may be uploaded during the application process or added after submission via your applicant status portal. 

  • Résumé

    • Your résumé should highlight all your professional accomplishments, including employment, internships, honors, exhibitions and publications.

    • Your résumé may be uploaded during the application process or added after submission via your applicant status portal. 

International Applicants

UArts is unable to offer F-1 visas for international students pursuing the certificate program. In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants or those with foreign credentials must submit

  • Official undergraduate transcripts

    • Applicants who have academic documents from institutions outside the U.S. are required to provide original, attested or certified true copies of academic records from the institution where they have earned, or will earn, their undergraduate degree. These records should be in the original language in which they were issued.

    • For postsecondary school records that are not in English, applicants must also submit an official translation of all their academic documents. Translations must be a complete, literal, word-for-word translation in the same format of the original academic document. Transcripts cannot be translated by the student or any members of their family. Acceptable translators include English teachers or other school officials, professional translators, or a local EducationUSA office

    • Admissions might request that students obtain a course-by-course credential evaluation if we are not able to confirm the equivalent level to a U.S. undergraduate degree.

  • Proof of English proficiency

    • For international applicants whose primary language is not English, and who have not completed two semesters of college-level English in a college/university where the language of instruction is English, proof of English proficiency is required. 

    • Recommended minimums for English proficiency exams are as follows. 

    • Applicants who meet the academic and creative requirements for admission but whose scores do not meet the English proficiency requirement for degree study might receive an offer of conditional admission that requires enrollment in the university’s English as a Second Language Institute (ESLI). Applicants who successfully complete ESLI will then be able to begin their degree program studies in the fall semester.

    • In special circumstances, applicants who do not have access to the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English tests can request a waiver of this requirement. The request should be submitted by email to admissions@uarts.edu. Requests will then be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and might require an interview.

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