Graduate Certificate in Best Practices

Tanja N.
Tanja N. Class of 2016


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4 Week Classes
The Graduate Certificate in Best Practices includes four-week classes.
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Program Overview

On Campus

Develop a repertoire of strategies to become a trainer of trainers with the Graduate Certificate in Best Practices in Teaching program. This graduate certificate program implements research-based instructional strategies that accelerate student achievement. This graduate certificate involves the following effective best practices in teaching: vocabulary development, comprehensive instructional 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, you’ll learn to create multidisciplinary standards-based lesson plans. You’ll also learn target research-based teaching strategies to close the achievement gap.

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.

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