Penn State offering certificate to help K-12 teachers develop online lessons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new certificate program from Penn State can help elementary and secondary teachers adapt the curriculum they have used in a classroom for use in online instruction.

The postbaccalaureate certificate in teaching and learning online in K-12 settings is being offered exclusively online through Penn State World Campus. Faculty members from the Penn State College of Education will teach the courses in the 15-credit program.

“Education is evolving beyond the typical classroom,” said Joshua Kirby, assistant professor of education and lead faculty member of Penn State’s learning, design, and technology programs that are offered online. “School districts are trying to meet the demands of their learners, and as we better understand how learning happens for individual students, we know that some are better served by an online delivery.”

The certificate’s curriculum will prepare teachers to design and develop courses from the basics of writing, formatting and presenting education materials in an online environment. Additional courses focus on online teaching methods and using web technologies to support teaching and learning.

For the last course, teachers will complete a project under the supervision of an adviser. They will design, develop and implement online lessons for K-12 students.

Pennsylvania-licensed teachers may also receive a credential upon completion of the certificate. The courses meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Online Instruction Endorsement.

Those who complete the certificate may be able to apply them to the master of education in learning, design, and technology offered online through Penn State World Campus.

Visit the Penn State World Campus website for more information about the new certificate and all graduate-level programs in education offered online.

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Last Updated October 23, 2017