Teaching the 21st Century Learner Certificate

The Teaching the 21st Century Learner Certificate is designed for current educators who want to gain the knowledge and skill needed to serve as effective instructors for K-20 environments, in both online and blended settings. This four-course, fully online program focuses on students meeting and actively employing the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching. Students will:

  • Review, examine, and experiment with online and blended teaching models
  • Evaluate and utilize best practices for effective blended and online pedagogy/andragogy through research on learning theories and higher-level cognition
  • Use interactive tools for engaging students and building community as a component of examining the use of social media to promote transferable learning of academic content
  • Evaluate and create effective online assessments and design learner-centered, project-based assignments and assessments that meet academic/professional standards
  • Examine relevant laws and regulations along with evaluating tools and strategies to assure ADA accessibility for all students.

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who complete the program and University admission is not required. Students may also complete the courses as part of the Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, Teaching the 21st Century Learner. Additional course and admission requirements apply.

Teaching the 21st Century Learner cohorts begin in the Fall and students must take courses in sequence. Only one course may be taken at a time.

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Admission is not required for those pursuing the Certificate of Completion. Admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, Teaching the 21st Century Learner can be found at the School of Education’s program page.

The program consists of four (4) courses, for a total of 12 graduate credits. Courses must be taken in sequence and only one course may be taken per session.

EDUU 624 Foundations of 21st Century Teaching
The purpose of this course is to create a foundational understanding of all that goes into being an effective teacher of online and blended learners. Relevant research into the pedagogy and andragogy of electronically mediated teaching and learning will be explored, examined, and applied to a variety of example situations. This work will empower students to craft a professional body of knowledge and skill necessary for facilitating learning in a 21st century learning environment.
EDUU 625 Design and Assessment of 21st Century Teaching
Prerequisite: EDUU 624
The purpose of this course is to explore the connections within the design of online and blended instruction and assessments. Students will utilize performance data, legal requirements surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and understandings of individual learning styles to inform assessment and ongoing instructional decisions. Formal and informal evaluations, along with synchronous and asynchronous methods of delivery, will be used to evaluate student performance to model the variety of methods available to measure achievement in the online and blended learning environment.
EDUU 628 Advanced Design and Assessment of 21st Century Teaching
Prerequisite: EDUU 624 and EDUU 625
The purpose of this course is to build upon previous understanding of effective online and blended instruction, design, and assessment. Additional relevant research into the pedagogy and andragogy of electronically mediated teaching and learning will be explored, examined, and applied to a variety of example situations. Students will apply their growing knowledge and skill toward expert design and facilitation of learning environments of the 21st century student.
EDUU 629 Teaching the 21st Century Learner Capstone
Prerequisite: EDUU 624, EDUU 625, and EDUU 628
This capstone course completes the Teaching the 21st Century Learner series. The purpose of this course is to facilitate the application of knowledge and skills learned from previous courses to design and deliver an exemplary online and blended electronic portfolio. Students will develop a unit of study that models constructivist engagement with content, peers, and the electronically mediated environment.

Demonstration of Mastery
The capstone project is a portfolio submitted in the capstone course that includes both artifacts and simulations that demonstrate excellence and professionalism with online and blended pedagogy/andragogy depending on the individual candidate’s focus.

SCHEDULE:

  • EDUU 624: Fall 2 2014
  • EDUU 625: Spring 1 2014
  • EDUU 628: Spring 2 2014
  • EDUU 629: Summer 1 2014

TUITION:

  • $525 per course
  • $100 LiveText Membership (one-time fee)

CREDITS:

  • 3 graduate credits per course

LOCATION:

  • Online