These online twelve credit (four courses) certificates offer teachers at all stages of their careers an opportunity to learn deeply about a topic of interest. All courses are seven weeks in length and three credits.
- This 12-credit certificate will prepare students to either integrate computational thinking and coding into their general education curriculum K-12, or to offer K-8 classes in computer science. Students will be prepared to teach developmentally appropriate skills in computer science and lead their school in articulating a scope and sequence of learning across K-8 in this critical new area of literacy. By developing background knowledge in computational thinking and coding across the curriculum, all secondary or post-secondary students can succeed in coursework in computer science and related fields.
- This certificate will improve a student's ability to meet the needs of their culturally and racially diverse students. Each course supports and promotes social justice, which is at the heart of culturally relevant pedagogical training and teaching. Transformational change in schools requires that adults learn the history of Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), recognize the roles of teachers and school systems in perpetuating inequality, and build personal capacity to engage their learners. How adults understand the lives of their students influences the nature of the learning that can happen between them. This certificate helps teachers reflect critically on their understanding of students' lived experience and develop a repertoire of respectful approaches to teaching students.
- Learn to communicate in the most powerful and ubiquitous medium of our time: Digital Video. Teachers will learn how to create manageable workflows to involve their students in telling the stories of their lives in digital videos, documentaries, and animations. Students in this program will develop their own digital video storytelling skills so they can capture their audience and artfully compel them to consider their point of view on a topic. Teachers learn skills for narrative fiction, non-fiction, animation, and journalistic approaches to this communication medium. Students will learn to teach fourth-twelfth grade students to tell stories worth watching and will have their complete attention.
- Focus on developing leadership skills specific to literacy coaching, aligned with the International Literacy Association Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals (2017). This certificate is perfect for those currently serving in leadership positions as well as those interested in literacy leadership.
- Students who complete this certificate will know how to meet the diverse learning needs of their students by diving into the practices and tools that scaffold their success. This certificate will directly address a student's ability to meet the needs of students with IEPs or 504s and facilitate their success with students from historically marginalized populations.
- In the STEM Certificate teachers choose four courses from at least three of four different focus areas we offer: STEM Integration practices; Computer Science/Maker Spaces; Engineering or Math; and Science. Courses facilitate inquiry-based hands-on learning at developmentally appropriate levels. External evaluation of our certificate in 2016 found that K-8 students taught by graduates of our STEM certificates improved their own STEM identities. Teachers completing the STEM certificate had significant improvements to their confidence, competence, and comfort with teaching STEM content and skills.
- A sampler package that allows students to take courses in academic technology integration, differentiation, digital video, and maker spaces/computational thinking and coding. Students will move learners from consumers to creators with digital tools. They will also improve their ability to reach all learners in fully online, hybrid, or one-to-one learning environments.