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. 

Okefenokee RESA currently offers three endorsements. For information on each endorsement,
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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 three 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.

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The K-5 Mathematics endorsement is designed for elementary math teachers who desire to increase their mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge. This four course endorsement program includes field experiences in a variety of elementary math settings throughout the program. This program abides by and provides expertise in accordance with PSC rule 505-3-.92 K-5 MATHEMATICS ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM.

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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

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Gifted Endorsement

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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 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 3 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
  • Assessment of Gifted Students
  • Curriculum & Differentiation for the Gifted Student

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 Okefenokee 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

Winebrenner, S. (2018)  Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom - Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use (Updated 4th Edition) ISBN: 978-1631983726

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Assessment of Gifted Students

Coil, C. & Merrit, D. (2011). Solving the Assessment Puzzle. Pieces of Learning. (Revised Edition)  ISBN: 978-1934358870

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Curriculum & Differentiation for Gifted Students

Heacox, D., Cash, R.M. (2020). Differentiation for Gifted Learners (Revised & Updated Third Edition). ISBN: 978-163198-432-7

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Admissions Requirements

  • Possess a valid, level 4 or higher Induction or  Professional certificate in any teaching field
  • No ethical actions pending or in place
  • Completed 2 years of successful teaching experience
  • Have the recommendation of Principal and system Gifted Coordinator

Tuition

Characteristics of Gifted Students:

  • $250 plus cost of books  - OK RESA systems
  • $350 plus cost of books - non-OK RESA systems

Assessment of Gifted Students:

  • $250 plus cost of books - OK RESA systems
  • $350 plus cost of books - non-OK RESA systems

Curriculum and Differentiation for Gifted Students

  • $400 plus cost of books - OK RESA systems
  • $500 plus cost of books - non-OK RESA systems

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


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 OK 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

Endorsement Program Orientation and Application

Course Substitution Form

K-5 Mathematics Endorsement

Table of Contents

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 K-5 Mathematics endorsement is designed for elementary math teachers who desire to increase their mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge. This 4 course endorsement program includes field experiences in a variety of elementary math settings throughout the program. This program abides by and provides expertise in accordance with PSC rule 505-3-.92 K-5 MATHEMATICS ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM .

The courses in the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement are below and must be completed in sequence.

  • Building Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Understanding Numbers and Operations
  • Building Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Understanding Geometry
  • Building Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Understanding Data Analysis
  • Building Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Understanding Algebra

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 Okefenokee 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 Text (used for all courses)

Van De Walle, J., Karp, K.S., and Bay-Williams, J. M. (2018). Elementary and Middle School Mathematics - Teaching Developmentally (10th Edition)  ISBN: 978-013482084

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Admissions Requirements

  • Possess a valid, level 4 or higher Induction or  Professional certificate in one of the following fields:
    • Elementary Education (P-5)
    • Middle Grades Mathematics (4-8)
    • Special Education General Curriculum/Elementary Education (P-5)
    • Any of the following certificates with a core academic content concentration in mathematics:
      • Special Education General Curriculum (P-12)
      • Special Education Adapted Curriculum (P-12)
      • Special Education Behavior Disorders (P-12)
      • Special Education Learning Disabilities (P-12)
      • Special Education Deaf Education (P-12)
      • Special Education Physical & Health Disabilities (P-12)
      • Special Education Visual Impairment (P-12)
      • Gifted Certificate (P-12)
  • No ethical actions pending or in place
  • Completed 1 year of successful teaching experience
  • Have the recommendation of Principal and system Professional Learning Coordinator

Tuition

Building Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Understanding Numbers and Operations:

  • $250 plus cost of books  - OK RESA systems
  • $350 plus cost of books - non-OK RESA systems

Building Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Understanding Geometry

  • $250 plus cost of books - OK RESA systems
  • $350 plus cost of books - non-OK RESA systems

Building Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Understanding Data Analysis

  • $400 plus cost of books - OK RESA systems
  • $500 plus cost of books - non-OK RESA systems

Building Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Algebra

  • $400 plus cost of books - OK RESA systems
  • $500 plus cost of books - non-OK RESA systems

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

Application Process

Prior to applying for the 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 OK 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

Endorsement Program Orientation and Application

Course Substitution Form

Teacher Support & Coaching Endorsement

Table of Contents

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 Okefenokee 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

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

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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:

  • $250 plus cost of books  - OK RESA systems
  • $350 plus cost of books - non-OK RESA systems

Implementing the Coaching and Mentoring Process:

  • $250 plus cost of books - OK RESA systems
  • $350 plus cost of books - non-OK RESA systems

*Note for those who are self-paying for the courses: At this time, OK 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 OK 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

Endorsement Program Orientation and Application

Course Substitution Form

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