Middle Level Certificate (MLED) of Graduate Study

Do You Work With Middle Level Students Or Wish To Be Eligible To Qualify For MLED Teaching Positions?

RIC's MLED Program is offering an off-campus (four courses) graduate certificate course sequence for Elementary and Secondary Teachers. This is a fast-track route for certified classroom teachers, which will lead to a MLED Certificate of Graduate Studies, completed in two semesters.

Admission to the program is required for participation in the cohort. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2017 to allow for a start decision. This program is intended for newly enrolled students or students who have completed no more than one MLED course.

Advantages Of The Cohort Model

  • Convenient off-campus location with easy parking. The cohort will meet at a location to be determined. 
  • Reduced tuition and no fees. Students receive group scholarship tuition rates saving approximately $100 per graduate course, AND they do not have to pay any school fees. Overall savings is 10% from the on-campus rate! (pending final approval)
  • Completion of the MLED Certificate of Graduate Studies by December 2018*. Compact delivery of the blended courses into six-week sequences with an on-line component allows MLED students to complete the certificate within two semesters.
  • Community of learners approach based on a middle-level structure. Students will develop networks with their classmates and meaningful classroom-related coursework throughout the program; students will be encouraged to collaborate with their peers and will receive support from full-time faculty or seasoned MLED professionals throughout the program.
  • Hybrid course design. Each course combines face-to-face with online instruction for maximum flexibility of course delivery. Students will meet, as a group, for four sessions for each course.
  • Taught by experienced full-time college faculty. Dr. Julie Horwitz, an experienced professor and leader at the national level in her area of study, serve as instructor in the program.

Tentative Schedule (Subject To Change):  Each class will be held on four Saturdays from 9:00-3:00 p.m. The required on-line time will be several hours per week. Practicum or field experiences will be part of each course.

Location:  West Bay Collaborative, 144 Bignall Street, Warwick, RI  02888

Spring 2018 (January - April 2018)

  • MLED 510 - Teaching and Learning in the Middle School (Tentative dates: 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24)                                                               3                                                                                                                                        Includes a fifteen hour Inquiry Study focusing on a middle level development or social issue
  • MLED 520 - Curriculum and Organization of Middle Level Schools (Tentative dates:3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21)                                                   3                                                                                                                                        Includes overseeing an interdisciplinary for eight hours.

Fall 2018 (September - December 2018)

  • MLED 530 - Applications of Middle Level Instruction Models                                                                                                                       3                                                                                                                                        Includes a field experience in the content area of fifteen hours.
  • MLED 540 - Practicum in Middle Level Instruction                                                                                                                                       4                                                                                                                                       Students will plan and teach several lessons using differentiated strategies. Includes a thirty hour practicum 
    and                                                                                                                                                             capstone project.
* A content course area requirement of at least 21 credits in designated courses plus passing score on the Middle School Content Praxis Test is also required for the add-on certification, which is not part of the cohort. Secondary certified teachers generally have the required content they need and the same is true for those with elementary certification courses who graduated with an area of content concentration. Brittany Richer, the program coordinator, will examine transcripts and provide students with specific feedback on any course content required.

Apply Here.

Federal financial aid is available for students admitted in this certificate program. See more details about graduate student financial aid here http://www.ric.edu/financialaid/graduate2.php.

All applications must be received by December 15, 2017 to allow for January 13, 2018 start.

For more info, contact Brittany Richer, Cohort Coordinator, bricher@ric.edu