Teaching Children in Poverty Certificate

The Teaching Children in Poverty certificate (12 hours) prepares you to work with children living in poverty. You will learn about the cognitive, social, and emotional implications of poverty on children and families, including poverty’s effects on children’s development and the impact of poverty-related stress and trauma on children’s learning and attention. Additionally, you will learn educational and assessment strategies that address the specific needs of children from poverty in the areas of cognition and social and emotional learning and development and apply them to classroom practice.

If you wish to enroll in courses for a certificate, you should apply to the certificate (and not as a non-degree student). You must complete the certificate application even if you have already completed a non-degree application. You will not be required to pay another fee, but we must have an application to the specific certificate program.

If you enroll, or are already enrolled, in the Elementary MAEd, you must apply for the MAEd and the certificate program. One of these certificate courses may be able to substitute for one of the courses required for your area of concentration depending on the area of concentration. Your advisor will be able to help you with this.

Admission to the certificate program includes the general admission requirements of the MAEd as follows:

  • must have an overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work from an institution accredited by a regional association
  • must hold a BA, BS, or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university