Degree Specialization in Contemporary Practices in K-12 Online Learning

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Learn the skills you need to effectively teach K-12 students with today’s technology. The latest technologies in online learning have so much to offer to K-12 teachers.

If you’re fascinated by the possibilities of reaching students in a whole new way, this teaching certificate program is for you. In this teaching certificate program you’ll learn how to recognize and integrate best practices in online teaching for K-12 students, in particular.

This program includes online classroom management, building communication with families and students, creating dynamic school communities online, and personalizing your teaching for each child in spite of the challenges of the online environment. You’ll finish your course of study with a hands-on practicum where you can use your new skills to address real-world issues.

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This program consists of four graduate online courses in contemporary practices in K-12 online learning for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • OTL538 21st Century Teaching and Learning
    This course introduces new ways to develop and deliver engaging curriculum, relevant for today's student and teacher. Teaching the commonalities among learning management systems (LMS), learners work with a wide variety of Web tools that can be used to supplement and create content for their courses. Finally, students address the everimportant topic of copyright law, fair use, and creative commons to teach students in virtual classrooms how to use content responsibly and legally. This is an interactive course where students create and compile a working portfolio of tools, tips, and tricks to use right away in the online courses they are teaching. This course is a replacement course for OTL538k as of the 2017-2018 Fall trimester. Students cannot receive credit for both of these courses.
  • OTL546 Building Online Learning Communities
    This course covers ways for teachers to foster positive interactions with students, communicate effectively with student families, and develop their own professional learning network with other online educators. It also provides strategies for motivating online students which can be challenging when you never meet the student face-to-face. Students in Building Online Learning Communities will learn how to effectively use both synchronous tools (like Skype, live classroom tools, and real-time Web-conferencing tools) and asynchronous tools (like discussion boards and email) to communicate, tutor, and enhance their daily lessons. This course is a replacement course for OTL545k as of the 2017-2018 Fall trimester. Students cannot receive credit for both of these courses.
  • OTL562 Assessment, Differentiation, and Design
    Students investigate ways to personalize their lessons and delivery by learning how to differentiate among a very diverse student population and use the LMS to make differentiation easy and personal. Students in this course also study a variety of assessment tools and pedagogies of assessment, including formative and summative assessments and project-based learning, and how you conduct these kinds of assessments in the online classroom. Students will also gain basic knowledge in instructional design, learning how to effectively use graphics, white space, color, size, and layout to enhance the look and delivery of their online material. This course is a replacement course for OTL562k as of the 2017-2018 Fall trimester. Students cannot receive credit for both of these courses.
  • OTL578 Seminar - K-12 Online Teaching
    This seminar provides students with opportunities for collaboration on issues of curriculum, student engagement, assessment, communication, and community building.


A specialization in Contemporary Practices in K-12 Online Learning pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.



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