Home and School Visitor Certification

Home and School Visitor Certification

 

post baccalaureate Certificate in Home and School Visitor

Overview

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Home and School Visitor is recognized and required by school districts. The School of Social Work at Millersville University is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to offer the Home School Visitor Certification. The Home and School Visitor certification is designed to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary client systems to meet the needs of K12 students to foster academic success.

Upon completion of the required coursework, the Certification Office at Millersville University will assist eligible candidates with the Pennsylvania certification process and provide recommendations for Home and School visitor certification. See Certification Office page for more details.

Required Courses

SOWK 606 School Social Work (3) Provides an in-depth study of the concepts, policies, practices, and research in the field of school social work, examining policy, research, practice, and human behavior content. This course will be offered in a blended distance education format. Prereq: SOWK 601 or SOWK 531.

SOWK 611 Children and Youth At-Risk (3) This course is an in-depth study of the concepts, policies, practices and research in the field of child services, including school social work and child welfare. In addition, this course will provide a detailed exploration and understanding of a range of at-risk children and youth populations and their families. This comprehensive understanding will assist practitioners to effectively conduct an assessment and develop a treatment plan listing evidence-based intervention strategies and/or prevention programs that will effectively meet the complex needs of at-risk populations and their families. The challenges and ethical dilemmas confronting social work practitioners working with at-risk populations and their families will also be addressed. Prereq or Coreq: SOWK 521 OR 601. Offered in summer.

SOWK 630 Advanced Field Practicum I (3) (in school setting) Provides students with practical experience (270 hours) in supervised direct service activities across all client systems, from the individual's level to that of the community. This advanced field experience allows students to apply theory and skills acquired in the generalist concentration areas while simultaneously fostering the development of a professionally reflective, ethical, knowledgeable, and self-evaluating social worker.

SOWK 631 Advanced Field Practicum II (3) (in school setting) Provides students with practical experience (230 hours) in supervised direct service activities across all client systems from the individual's level to that of the community. This advanced field experience allows students to apply theory and skills acquired in the generalist concentration areas while simultaneously fostering the development of a professionally reflective, ethical, knowledgeable, and self-evaluating social worker.

SPED 600 Orientation to Special Education (3) Introductory overview of special education, primarily for individuals with no previous knowledge of the field. Emphasis is placed upon comprehension of definitions, terminology, and classification systems. A general historic background for the areas of brain injured, mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, socially maladjusted, and physical and learning disabilities are reviewed in terms of program development, laws, and curriculum. 

EDLD 620 School Law, Public Policy and Principal (3) An overview of American public elementary and secondary school law in the context of public policy. Examines federal and state constitutional, statutory and common law decisions that impact on the substantive or procedural rights of students, teachers and other school personnel. Emphasis on issues of equity and equality, and First Amendment issues. Makes use of 1) an interactive, empowering pedagogy, 2) case studies addressing race, class, gender and religious diversity, and 3) alternative assessment strategies. Offered annually.

SPED 580 Diagnostic and Assessment Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3) Specifically acquaints students with diagnostic and prescriptive methods for the accurate assessment of, and the systematic intervention with, learning or behavior problems of school-age students with mental/physical disabilities. Emphasis is placed on selecting and applying appropriate evaluation tools, programs, materials, techniques, and psychological principles to learning for the student with disabilities. Offered in spring and summer.

EDUC 561 Second Language Acquisition: Theory, Programs and Assessment (3) Provides prospective and practicing teachers with a foundational understanding of English language structure, first and second language acquisition, and oral language assessment methods for K-12 classrooms. Historical and evolving legislative policies and programs related to schooling and English language learners in the U.S. Offered annually.

 

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Contact: Dr. Leonora Foels at leonora.foels@millersville.edu for more information.