Certificate in the Study of Education


Applying for the Certificate

Students are strongly urged to consult with one of the supervising faculty as they develop their plans for fulfilling the requirements.

The Certificate in the Study of Education will be awarded to students who successfully complete (with a grade of B or higher) seven credits from the approved curriculum.  The courses must include at least one course in each of the following categories: 1) Cognitive and psychological influences on learning and schooling; 2) Social and structural analyses of education; 3) Statistics; 4) Broader contexts; 5) In-school experience. The two additional courses should be chosen from those in categories 1 and/or 2.  The current list of courses in the approved curriculum is available at the certificate website (http://www.wesleyan.edu/cse/requirements.html).  The courses may be completed in any order consistent with their prerequisites.

Students are encouraged to submit their applications in or before the fall semester of their junior years.  Applications may, however, be submitted at any time before the end of add/drop in the last semester prior to graduation.  The application may be submitted to any of the supervising faculty (see http://www.wesleyan.edu/cse/faculty.html for the current list).

A complete application consists of two parts:

1)  The completed Application for the Certificate in the Study of Education, which is available as a fillable PDF file at this link.  The application form will not be considered complete until it has been signed by both the applicant and the applicant’s academic advisor.

2)  Declaring the certificate through your electronic portfolio.  Navigate to EP>Student>Academic Career>Major Declaration.  On the pull-down menu for declaring a certificate select "Study of Education (CSED)" and click on "submit".

The supervising faculty strongly encourage completion of the certificate requirements using the approved course list.  In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to substitute a limited number of other courses for those on the approved list.  Approval for substitution requires that a petition for each such course be submitted with the other application materials.  The petition must give a full description of the education-related content of the course (e.g., from the detailed syllabus) and describe how it fulfills the requirements of the certificate equivalently to approved courses.  No more than a total of two individual or group tutorials may be used to fulfill the certificate requirements.  Student fora are generally not eligible for approval.  Courses from other institutions may be used but must first be accepted for transfer credit by the relevant Wesleyan academic department or program.

Questions regarding the certificate or the application procedures may be directed to any of the supervising faculty.

Note that the Certificate in the Study of Education does not provide the course credentials for CT State Initial Educator Certification that are required for teaching positions in public schools.