The Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure – Elementary Education is a certificate option to empower a graduate of Wilmington University’s Education Studies - non-licensure education degree programs to return and complete the coursework and clinical experiences required by the Delaware Department of Education to earn an initial teaching license. This certificate will consist of 15 credits of coursework: three 1 credit practicum courses (MEE 7996, 7997, 7998); 3 credits in Performance Assessment (MEE 8805); and 9 credits in Student Teaching (MEE 8801). Each practicum course requires candidates to complete 60 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting which will be monitored by Wilmington University Practicum advisors and mentor teachers.The classroom experience will be supported by an additional 30 hours of practicum seminar sessions which are conducted by faculty members at Wilmington University sites. The Student Teaching experience will require 80 consecutive days of student teaching in a setting that is aligned to the candidate’s declared major.Ultimately, this certificate will provide the coursework and experience needed to be eligible to apply for an initial teaching license in the State of Delaware.
Evaluation of the proposed certificate uses the data collection framework within Watermark which is used when candidates in our licensure programs take these same courses. Key assessments are measured in these courses aligned to state and national standards. Additionally, candidates will be required to pass each course in the certificate with a C or better and take and meet the qualifying score on ETS 7811 – Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching.
This system has four broad themes:
1. Data collection to support assessment of competence for certification of candidates.
2. Data collection to assess the quality and effectiveness of programs.
3. Data collection to assess the effectiveness of the Educator Preparation Program including field experiences, clinical preparation, and partnerships.
4. Data collection to track the performance of graduates in their field of specialization.
MEE 7996 Practicum I
MEE 7997 Practicum II
MEE 7998 Practicum III
MEE 8801 Student Teaching/Internship
MEE 8805 Performance Assessment
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.