Certificate and Non-Degree Programs
Wheelock’s short-term graduate certificate offerings are designed to help practicing professionals acquire new knowledge and skills that can be put to use immediately to address challenges or enhance the impact of their work with children, families and organizations. In many cases, credit from these certificate programs can be applied toward a Wheelock master’s degree.
Certificates that Can Advance Initial Teaching Licensure
Wheelock offers the following Massachusetts state-approved, 12-credit certificates that are designed for teachers who already hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree and an initial teaching license. These certificates are designed to be used to move an initial license in early childhood education, elementary education, special education, moderate disabilities, or English as a Second Language to professional status when all other state requirements are met. They also benefit teachers who seek professional development in a specific area, regardless of whether or not they need to advance an initial license. (Please Note: These certificates do not lead to a new initial license without a practicum or additional MTELS. Please consult a Wheelock faculty member for further details.)
- Certificate in Advancing Mathematics Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6
Builds on and goes beyond mathematics subject area knowledge required for approval of programs leading to an initial teacher license. Offered online!
- Certificate in Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6
Builds on and goes beyond the physical and life science subject area knowledge required for approval of programs leading to an initial teacher license. Offered online!
- Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Designed for teachers, social workers, and others who work with children and families, this program provides a foundation for understanding autism spectrum disorders, including the history, current criteria, as well as how the autism diagnosis is made and how it affects individuals and their families.
- Certificate in Special Education
Develops expertise in teaching children with exceptional learning needs in diverse settings.
- Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners
Develops expertise in working with English-language learners in mainstream or sheltered English immersion classrooms for grades preK-6.
- Certificate in Teaching Reading
Develops expertise in teaching reading to culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. This program is most appropriate for teachers in urban schools or who work with multicultural populations in grades preK-6.
Wheelock’s certificate programs are designed for professionals who want to gain new knowledge and skills that they can apply immediately to their work. The programs, which comprise 4 courses each, allow professionals to earn graduate level certification in only one year. In addition, credits earned in these programs may be applied to several of Wheelock’s master’s degree programs. Our programs were designed in direct response to needs identified by various professions, our students, and our local community.
- Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health
This program enables students who are enrolled in Wheelock’s Master of Social Work program to develop expertise in early childhood development, psycho-social risk and resilience, and in providing mental health services to young children (age 0-6 years) and their families and consultation to early care and education providers.
- Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
For anyone interested in building leadership skills. Prepares you for the many challenges inherent in leading not-for-profit institutions. Coursework emphasizes strategic thinking, developing human potential, financial management, and marketing and fundraising.
- Certificate in Family and Parenting Services
For current and aspiring professionals working with parents and families. Supplements your experience, develops your skills and knowledge, and helps you advance to leadership roles.