Professional Learning

Regina Purvis, Professional Learning Specialist

Erin Stephens, Administrative Assistant

(229) 546-4094 phone

(229) 546-4167 fax

Legacy link to Capital Management (to download prior-year transcripts).

Endorsements

All offered endorsements have been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Endorsements are job-embedded professional learning offerings which provide an opportunity for teachers to develop their expertise in the endorsement area. Endorsement coursework is the equivalent of graduate level college coursework. Coastal Plains RESA currently offers three endorsements. For information on each endorsement, follow the links below.

Gifted Endorsement

The Gifted In-Field Endorsement is designed to train local candidates to identify and teach gifted students from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds. This four course endorsement program ensures that graduates have in-depth knowledge of teaching gifted and talented students. Program candidates will complete 200 hours of coursework and applied field experiences; content knowledge will be integrated across courses to help ensure mastery and coverage. This program abides by and provides expertise in accordance with PSC rule 505-3-.90 GIFTED IN-FIELD EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM.

Description

All offered endorsements have been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. According to GaPSC Rule 505-3-.01, Endorsements are, “A planned sequence of courses and experiences, typically of three (3) to four (4) courses in length, designed to provide certified educators with an additional, specific set of knowledge and skills, or to expand and enhance existing knowledge and skills. Successful completion of an endorsement program results in the addition of the endorsement field to the Georgia educator certificate.”

All endorsements and programs have job-embedded practice. Candidates must ensure that they can accomplish the clinical practice required for each endorsement or program, which will require working with students and staff, as applicable. Endorsement coursework is the equivalent of graduate level college coursework.

Program Rigor

Potential candidates for the Gifted Endorsement should understand that the rigor of the program is expected to be equivalent to a graduate degree program. The candidate’s research and writing demonstrate an analytical ability such that ideas are not presented merely in a simplistic summary but provide an original investigation and analysis. All assignments are developed to align with GaPSC Endorsement rules and InTASC standards and candidates are expected to complete work on time. The syllabus for each of the four courses should be reviewed by each potential candidate prior to application and registration.


The series of courses includes: 1) Characteristics of the Gifted; 2) Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted; 3) Assessment for Gifted; and 4) Curriculum and Program Development for Gifted. Each course requires 50 contact hours including clinical practice in the classroom and successful completion of all coursework.


Sample of course requirements for Characteristics of the Gifted.

Sample of course requirements for Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted.

Sample of course requirements for Assessment for Gifted.

Sample of course requirements for Curriculum and Program Development for Gifted.



Program Overview

The Gifted In-Field Endorsement is designed to train local candidates to identify and teach gifted students from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds. This 4 course endorsement program ensures that graduates have in-depth knowledge of teaching gifted and talented students. Program candidates will complete 200 hours of coursework and applied field experiences; content knowledge will be integrated across courses to help ensure mastery and coverage. This program abides by and provides expertise in accordance with PSC rule 505-3-.90 GIFTED IN-FIELD EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM.

The courses in the Gifted Endorsement are below and must be completed in sequence.

  • Characteristics of Gifted Students

  • Methods & Materials for Teaching the Gifted

  • Assessment for Gifted Students

  • Curriculum & Program Developoment for the Gifted Student

Gifted Endorsement online cohorts allow candidates flexibility in completing weekly online asynchronous modules.


Districts wishing to offer a cohort should contact the CPRESA Professional Learning Office.


In order to successfully complete the course, all assignments must be submitted by the course deadline date. Failure to complete a course will delay candidates completion of the endorsement by one year.

Course Substitution:

In order to substitute a course into an endorsement sequence, the following guidelines must be met:

  1. The course must have been completed from a Georgia Professional Standards approved program within the past 5 years.

  2. The candidate must have received a satisfactory grade/evaluation in the course. A satisfactory grade from a college course is at least a B.

  3. The candidate must submit a complete course syllabus and transcript (or other proof of completion) to the Professional Learning Coordinator upon acceptance into the endorsement program.

  4. The course syllabus must demonstrate that the same standards were covered in the course as are covered in the Coastal Plains RESA endorsement course.

  5. No more than 1 course may be substituted in the endorsement program.

The Course Substitution Form (located in the Resources section below) must be submitted with the endorsement application. Course substitutions will not be accepted once the endorsement has begun.

Required Texts

The selected texts are teacher handbooks. They will support not only the learning of the course, but build capacity to create high quality assessments and programs for students.


Characteristics of Gifted Students

Course #1: CHARACTERISTICS OF GIFTED STUDENTS

Course #2: METHODS & MATERIALS FOR TEACHING GIFTED STUDENTS


Education of the Gifted and Talented, Davis, Rimm, & Siegle (7th Edition) ISBN-13: 9780133827101 (ebook or rental)


Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom, Winebrenner & Brulles, Fourth Edition ISBN-13: 978-1631983726 ISBN-10: 1631983725


Course #3: ASSESSMENT FOR GIFTED STUDENTS


Educational Assessment of Students, Brookhart & Nitko (7th or 8th Edition) - ISBN-13: 978-0134531946 ISBN-10: 0134531949 ISBN-13: 978-0134807072 ISBN-10: 0134807073


Course #4: CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT


Texts used in courses 1 and 2


Download Free Resource Used in All Classes:


Georgia Resource Manual for Gifted Education Services (http://tinyurl.com/zlr2kte)


Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires the recommendation of candidates by school and system administrators. Candidates must be approved for admission prior to being eligible to register for the first course. Gifted Endorsement courses are conducted in a cohort format, and courses must be completed in the sequence described above.


Eligibility requirements include documentation of the following:

  • A valid Georgia Standard Professional or Performance-Based Certificate;

  • A current contract with a Georgia school system;

  • Recommendations from the school principal and one additional system administrator;

  • Proficiency with technology and a commitment to post-graduate level work;

  • Mastery of Georgia Standards of Excellence for the grade/content taught; and

  • Professional dispositions or habits of professional action and moral commitments to all students.

Tuition

Tuition is $350 per course (4 courses) for CPRESA teachers. Cost for non-member districts is $400 per course. Total cost for the endorsement for member districts is $1400 plus the cost of books. Check to see if your district will pay for the endorsement; if so, the district will be invoiced for tuition at the start of each course.

Application Process

Prior to applying for the Gifted Endorsement, please read the “Endorsement Program Orientation and Application” located in the Resources Section below.

To be approved for an endorsement program, submit the following:

  • Completed application (be sure sections 1 - 4 are complete and signed)

  • Copy of Teaching Certificate

  • Completed CP RESA Endorsement Agreement

Note for Self-Pay Candidates: Course tuition must be paid by the first course date or completed and signed Endorsement Payment Plan must be accepted. No course credit will be given if payment is not received.

Resources

Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement

The Teacher Support and Coaching (TSC) Endorsement program is designed to train exemplary teachers to mentor and support beginning teachers, to supervise student teachers, and to support colleagues seeking to improve performance through reflection and modification of practice. Completers of this two course endorsement program earn two endorsements: Teacher Support & Coaching Endorsement and the Coaching Endorsement. This program abides by and provides expertise in accordance with PSC rule 505-3-.105 TEACHER SUPPORT AND COACHING (TSC) ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM

Description

All offered endorsements have been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. According to GaPSC Rule 505-3-.01, Endorsements are, “A planned sequence of courses and experiences, typically of three (3) to four (4) courses in length, designed to provide certified educators with an additional, specific set of knowledge and skills, or to expand and enhance existing knowledge and skills. Successful completion of an endorsement program results in the addition of the endorsement field to the Georgia educator certificate.”

All endorsements and programs have job-embedded practice. Candidates must ensure that they can accomplish the clinical practice required for each endorsement or program, which will require working with students and staff, as applicable. Endorsement coursework is the equivalent of graduate level college coursework.

Program Overview

The Teacher Support and Coaching (TSC) Endorsement program is designed to train exemplary teachers to mentor and support beginning teachers, to supervise student teachers, and to support colleagues seeking to improve performance through reflection and modification of practice. Completers of this 2 course endorsement program earn two endorsements: Teacher Support & Coaching Endorsement and the Coaching Endorsement. This program abides by and provides expertise in accordance with PSC rule 505-3-.105 TEACHER SUPPORT AND COACHING (TSC) ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM

The courses in the Teacher Support & Coaching Endorsement are below and must be completed in sequence.

  • Defining Coaching and Mentoring Skills

  • Implementing the Mentor and Coaching Process

Endorsement courses are not self-paced courses. There are scheduled online sessions and regular due dates for assignments throughout the courses. In order to successfully complete the course, all assignments must be submitted by the course deadline date. Failure to complete a course will delay candidates completion of the endorsement by one year.

Course Substitution:

In order to substitute a course into an endorsement sequence, the following guidelines must be met:

  1. The course must have been completed from a Georgia Professional Standards approved program within the past 5 years.

  2. The candidate must have received a satisfactory grade/evaluation in the course. A satisfactory grade from a college course is at least a B.

  3. The candidate must submit a complete course syllabus and transcript (or other proof of completion) to the Professional Learning Coordinator upon acceptance into the endorsement program.

  4. The course syllabus must demonstrate that the same standards were covered in the course as are covered in the Coastal Plains RESA endorsement course.

  5. No more than 1 course may be substituted in the endorsement program.

The Course Substitution Form (located in the Resources section below) must be submitted with the endorsement application. Course substitutions will not be accepted once the endorsement has begun.

Required Texts

Defining Coaching and Mentoring Skills & Implementing the Mentor and Coaching Process:

Gross Cheliotes, L. M., Reilly, M. F. (2018). Coaching Conversations: Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time (2nd Edition) ISBN: 978-1544319711

Killion, J., Harrison, C. (2017). Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-based Coaches (2nd Edition) ISBN: 978-0990315865


Admissions Requirements

  • Possess a valid, level 4 or higher Professional certificate in any teaching field

  • No ethical actions pending or in place

  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward the teaching profession

  • Be willing to commit personal time in the support of beginning teachers

  • Have the recommendation to serve as a coach/mentor from the employing school and system

Tuition

Defining Coaching and Mentoring Skills:

  • $350 plus cost of books - CP RESA systems

  • $400 plus cost of books - non-CP RESA systems

Implementing the Coaching and Mentoring Process:

  • $350 plus cost of books - CP RESA systems

  • $400 plus cost of books - non-CP RESA systems

*Note for those who are self-paying for the courses: At this time, CP RESA only accepts checks or money orders for tuition.

Application Process

Prior to applying for the TSC Endorsement, please read the “Endorsement Program Orientation and Application” located in the Resources Section below.

To be approved for an endorsement program, submit the following:

  • Completed application (be sure sections 1 - 4 are complete and signed)

  • Copy of Teaching Certificate

  • Completed CP RESA Endorsement Agreement

Note for Self-Pay Candidates: Course tuition must be paid by the first course date or completed and signed Endorsement Payment Plan must be accepted. No course credit will be given if payment is not received.

Resources

Online Teaching Endorsement

Coastal Plains RESA GaPSC approved Online Teaching Endorsement for a total of 15 PLUs. The target audience for this course is professional educators who desire to enter the world of online teaching and learning. This program endeavors to abide by and provide expertise in accordance with PSC rule

505-3-.95 ONLINE TEACHING ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM .

Even though there is no certification for “teaching college” - the online teaching skills learned would be so helpful in any position. If a person ever returned to a school teaching at his/her base certificate field - he/she would have new “extended” skills from the endorsement.


Candidate admission to the CPRESA Endorsement Program requires the following:

  • A valid, level 4 or higher Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate is required for program admission.

  • Teachers with a permit may take this endorsement.

This is a job-embedded program. Candidates must practice skills with students.

Candidates must register online under Online Registration for each course of the Online Teaching Endorsement and follow the link to print the application for system approval.

Course Descriptions

The Endorsement is divided into three courses consisting of 5 PLUs each and must be taken in sequence. Completion of the three courses is required in order to add the Online Teaching endorsement to an existing level 4 professional teaching certificate or higher.

Course 1: Foundations of Online Instruction

The purpose of this course is an orientation to the highly interactive online classroom. This course is the first of three courses in the CPRESA Online Teaching Endorsement.


As a result of course mastery, candidates will know and be able to do the following:

  • To experience the wealth of possibilities available through online courses

  • To acquire authentic knowledge about the characteristics of online learners

  • To observe the techniques used to build the capacity of online learners to independent growth and group collaboration

  • To participate in the various online activities available to online participants

  • To develop practical working knowledge in using a Learning Management System (LMS)

***Note: Students are not required for this OTE1 and OTE2, but are required for OTE 3.

Course 2: Designing Online Instruction


The purpose of this course is to provide online instructors with practical and useful experiences in virtual instruction. Participants will further delve into methods of online teaching. This course is the second of three courses in the CPRESA Online Teaching Endorsement.


As a result of course mastery, candidates will know and be able to do the following:

  • Develop and refine working knowledge of using a learning management system (LMS)

  • Identify and analyze learning styles of students

  • Develop an online evaluation plan

  • Demonstrate effective online instructional interface

  • Demonstrate successful online communication and motivational strategies

  • Create appropriate writing for the Web

  • Understand copyright and fair use policies and law


Course 3: Teaching Online Courses

The purpose of this course is to provide online instructors with practical and useful experiences web-based in developing supportive instructional materials for online curriculum. Increasing online participant’s success requires instructors to know how to teach asynchronously, but how to write and develop support materials unique to the online genre of learning. This course is the third of three courses in the CPRESA Online Teaching Endorsement.


As a result of course mastery, candidates will know and be able to do the following:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the instructional design components making up a high quality course

  • Utilize the systematic steps of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluation to create, teach, and evaluate a web-based unit of instruction

  • Become fully functional and comfortable within the online interface

  • Prepare a syllabus for an online course

  • Write specific goals, objectives, and performance objectives for lessons

  • Develop an interactive learning environment

  • Understand and apply fair use and copyright guidelines

  • Work within the LMS as an instructor

Note: Candidates are required to show proficiency through evidence with an LMS.

Tuition

Online Teaching Endorsement

  • $350 plus cost of books per course (3 courses) - CP RESA systems

  • $400 plus cost of books per course (3 courses) - non-CP RESA systems

*Note for those who are self-paying for the courses: At this time, CPRESA only accepts checks or money orders for tuition.

Resources

Reading Endorsement

The Reading Endorsement program consists of 3 courses:

Literacy Foundations: This introductory course explores the critical components of literacy development and introduces candidates to the components of Reading, as identified by the National Reading Panel Report. An integral part of teaching students is a comprehensive understanding of the foundations of reading. The course will also address literacy frameworks and instructional approaches

Literacy Connections: This second course explores the basics of dyslexia, written expression development and processes, and content literacy. An integral part of literacy instruction is the literacy environment and this too is explored. The course will also address instructional approaches, including literacy stations.

Literacy Inquiries: This final course explores the selection, administration, and analysis of literacy assessments. An integral part of literacy instruction is the ability to assess students’ content knowledge and literacy processes The course will address the use of assessments to plan instruction and will involve the completion of a case study project

Description

Required Texts

Candidates are expected to have in their possession all required texts.

Click here for a list of required texts.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Possess a valid, level 4 or higher Professional certificate in any teaching field

  • No ethical actions pending or in place

  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward the teaching profession

Tuition

Online Teaching Endorsement

  • $350 plus cost of books per course (3 courses) - CP RESA systems

  • $400 plus cost of books per course (3 courses) - non-CP RESA systems

*Note for those who are self-paying for the courses: At this time, CPRESA only accepts checks or money orders for tuition.

Application Process

Prior to applying for the TSC Endorsement, please read the “Endorsement Program Orientation and Application” located in the Resources Section below.

Potential candidates will be enrolled when the Professional Learning Office receives a complete application consisting of four documents: 1) Electronic Application; 2) Recommendation form with appropriate commitments and signatures 3) Georgia Teaching Certificate; and 4) Endorsement Candidate Agreement and MOU. Mail or Scan Employer Recommendation form (number 2 below) teaching certificate (number 3) and Endorsement Candidate Agreement and MOU (number 4) to:


Director of Professional Learning

Coastal Plains RESA

245 N. Robinson St.

Lenox, Georgia 31637

Fax: 229-546-4167


Scan and email to the CPRESA Registrar: erinstephens@cpresa.org


  1. Click here to access the Reading Endorsement Electronic Application.

  2. Click here to access the Supervising Administrator Form.

  3. Click here to access your Mypsc account and print your current certificate.

  4. Click here to access the Endorsement Candidate Agreement and MOU.


Note for Self-Pay Candidates: Course tuition must be paid by the first course date or completed and signed Endorsement Payment Plan must be accepted. No course credit will be given if payment is not received.

Resources