K12 Certificate in Online Teaching

K12 at a glance

When: Starts December 8, 2015

Cost: WI K12 educator: $395. Out-of-state educator: $495. Group rate for 5 or more: $355 per learner

Continuing education units: 3 CEUs (30 hours)

REGISTER ONLINE or by phone at 608-262-2451

Questions? Contact Bonnie Schmidt, bschmidt@dcs.wisc.edu, 608-262-8530

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Totally online, self-paced, affordable

Achieve your professional goals with maximum convenience and flexibility. Learn proven principles and practices in online course models, planning, and management, as well as the different roles of learners and instructors in the online space. Gain skills you’ll put to use immediately through content focused on best practices for success.

How the K12 certificate works

Learners earn the certificate after completing the course Fundamentals of Online Teaching for K12 Instructors and a course project. The Fundamentals course provides a solid foundation in the pedagogy of online teaching, with a focus on key principles and practices important for quality K12 outcomes. The course is completely online and self-paced. You control your own schedule for when to do your work. Topics include:

  • Online course models and principles
  • Role of the online learner
  • Role of the online instructor
  • Planning content and activities
  • Course management strategies

The course includes both conceptual and practical content helping learners to understand essential differences between online and face-to-face teaching and to apply practical techniques to designing lessons for online delivery. Participants will review readings, websites, videos, tutorials, and other resources; complete reflection activities; plan a unit and lesson that can be applied in the online teaching context; and receive expert feedback from DEPD instructors.

Course outcomes include:

  • Identify unique teacher and student roles in the K12 online environment.
  • Build core knowledge and skills for effective K12 online teaching.
  • Apply best practices to plan and teach an online course in your own setting.

Certificate requirements: After completing the Fundamentals course, you will submit and receive expert feedback on a design project. The project assignment uses planning templates to guide you in:

  • Designing course content and learning activities that achieve instructional objectives at a distance
  • Planning interactive teaching strategies that support active learning
  • Planning course management strategies to increase your effectiveness and efficiency

Successful completion of this project qualifies you for the K12 Certificate in Online Teaching and serves as a practical takeaway—a concrete instructional plan for immediate application to your online teaching.

Continuing education credit

Successful completion of this UW-Madison certificate earns you 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), representing 30 hours of engagement in professional development activities. CEUs measure non-credit educational and career enhancement experiences, not undergrad or graduate level credit. One CEU is defined as ten (10) hours of full participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction (click for source).

We do not speak for the Wisconsin DPI or any other accrediting or governing body, so only you can determine if the continuing education (not undergrad or graduate) credits that you will earn in this certificate meet your professional development needs. We recommend that you check with your employer or licensing authority to determine if CEUs will meet your professional development needs or requirements.

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