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Online/Blended Teacher Certification Program

Course Overview - Tier 1 – Foundation Courses

Tier 1 courses are foundational and are required before you can take Tier 2 courses. Courses in this section must be taken in sequential order. Each course length is approximately three weeks.


1. Introduction to Online/Blended Teaching (PDE 3144)

This course if the first in a series of courses designed for educators who are interested in teaching online and/or blending their classrooms or schools. Moving from teaching in a face-to-face environment to using online content to teach students is not simply a matter of changing mediums; it also means changing instructional methodologies and pedagogy. Participants will explore the various blended learning models across the nation and begin evaluating their role as an online and/or blended teacher. The definition of blended learning and the four blended learning models, as defined for Clay Christensen Institution, plus the best practices of teaching and learning in an online and blended environment are some of the topics covered in this three week course.

2. Engaging the Online/Blended Learner (PDE 3145)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Online/Blended Teaching (PDE 3144)

This second course of the series introduces the mythology, philosophy, and standards of becoming an online and/or blended learning teacher. The course focuses on the pedagogy for teaching online and within the blended classroom versus traditional face-to-face instruction. Using the International Association for K-12 Learning (iNACOL) participants are guided through their National Standards for Quality. Participants begin to understand that online and blended learning is not just about incorporating technology, but about changing their role and how they support students. Identifying the differences in teaching virtually, developing effective communication strategies, constructing strategies that engage the online learner, and creating effective online lessons are some of the topics covered in this three week course.

What participants are saying about this program:

“Very informative with timely, constructive and appropriate feedback. This instructor modeled how to be an effective online instructor.”

“I have really enjoyed this class and have learned so much information regarding online/blended learning. The articles in each module were relevant, interesting, and easy to read. I never felt overwhelmed and thought that all of the projects and assignments can be used in my classroom. I think it is imperative that all teachers who are thinking about getting involved in online teaching take this class. It is important that they are well aware of their role as an online teacher.”