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 a (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 14, 2018 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

  • 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 that 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.
  • Convenient Saturday courses.  Courses meet on Saturday's from 9:00 am -3:00 pm at Rhode Island College.
  • Variety of faculty.  Courses are taught by a combination of experienced full-time faculty, former middle school administrators, and current middle school teachers.

Tentative Schedule (Subject To Change):  Each lass will be held on four Saturdays from 9:00 am - 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.

Spring 2019 (January - April 2019)

    • MLED 510 - Teaching and Learning in the Middle School 
      • Tentative dates: 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2   

      • Includes a fifteen hour Inquiry Study focusing on a middle level development or social issue  

      • 3 credits                                                                                                                                                                                    

    • MLED 520 - Curriculum and Organization of Middle Level Schools 
      • Tentative dates: 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27

      • Includes working with an interdisciplinary team for eight hours

      • 3 credits

Fall 2019 (September - December 2019)

    • MLED 530 - Applications of Middle Level Instruction Models 
      • Includes fifteen hours of literacy instruction in the content area

      • 3 credits

    • MLED 540 - Practicum in Middle Level Instruction       
      • Includes 30 hours of teaching differentiated, personalized lessons in the content area as well as a capstone project

      • 4 credits

*Content area course requirements can be seen here. Most content area work should be completed prior to beginning middle level course sequence. 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. The program coordinator will examine transcripts and provide students with specific feedback on any content area courses required. A passing score on the appropriate Middle School Content Praxis Test is also required for the add-on certification, which is not part of the cohort.

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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 14, 2018 to allow for January 19, 2019 start.

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