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Graduate Certificate in Best Practices

The Best Practices program implements research-based practices that accelerate student achievement. It involves the following effective teaching practices: vocabulary development, comprehensive strategies, accelerated English Language Learning, higher level questioning, differentiated and targeted instruction, student engagement strategies, cooperative learning grouping strategies and standard-based instruction. Along with learning the strategies listed above, candidates will be taught how to create multidisciplinary standards-based lesson plans. They will learn how to target research-based strategies to close the achievement gap.

Candidates will do a video-streaming analysis of specific strategies. Candidates will develop a repertoire of strategies to become a trainer of trainers.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate Best Practices for Standards-based instruction across content areas.
  • Use Best Practice teaching Strategies across the curriculum.
  • Apply to their teaching the framework of Teach, Practice and Apply using Best Practice Teaching strategies.
  • Implement Best Practice teaching strategies for the development of vocabulary, math, reading comprehension and interdisciplinary learning.
  • Integrate Best Practices in multimedia-interactive classroom instruction.
  • Demonstrate a repertoire of differentiated instructional strategies for assessment and grouping.


(4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Core Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)