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Enriched Teaching Skills & Practices for the Professional Instructor

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The target audience for this program is in-service teachers and professionals interested in professionally developing their skills in technology, classroom management and the law. The goal of this certificate is twofold. First, teachers and educators can access professional development opportunities in skills they critically need and second, they can apply the credits toward a master’s degree in education that will help in-service teachers receive an increase in pay. These nine credits will count for three of the four elective courses required for an M.Ed. at SUU.

The Enriched Teaching Skills & Practices for the Professional Instructor certificate began January 11, 2021. Registration is now closed.

Enriched Teaching Skills & Practices for the Professional Instructor Course Work

This certificate program includes online modules, assignments, discussions and a final project.

Courses required to earn this certificate:

  1. Information and Technology in Education.
  2. Creating and Managing a Learning Environment.
  3. School Law.

Expected learning outcomes include:

  1. Information and Technology in Education
    • Understand how to work with learners to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, positive social interactions, active engagement in learning and self-motivation by extending the learning environment using technology, media and local and global resources.
    • Plan instruction with technology to support students in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, Utah Core Standards, instructional best practices and the community context.
    • Creates virtual opportunities for students to generate and evaluate new ideas, seek inventive solutions to problems and create original work. 
    • Use various instruction strategies and technology to ensure that all learners develop a deep understanding of content areas and their connections and build skills to apply and extend knowledge in meaningful ways.
    • Understand how to support content and skill development by using multiple media and technology resources and evaluate the resources for quality, accuracy and effectiveness. 
  1. Creating and Managing a Learning Environment
    • Understand the relationship between behavior and academic needs and the effects of dysfunctional behavior on learning for students with mild to moderate disabilities or no disabilities by using research to support student behavior.
    • Develop a systematic behavior management plan (behavioral change plan), behavioral goals and objectives and intervention strategies based on behavioral observations by analyzing the environment and creating a safe, supportive and positive behavior support system for students with behavioral challenges.
    • Understand the characteristics of students and groups of students and integrate learning experiences that meet their unique behavioral challenges that are transferable to a variety of instructional settings by promoting and teaching independent learning and emphasizing self-management techniques.
    • Develop and implement strategies that will increase or decrease targeted behaviors based on functional assessment procedures that analyze antecedents, behaviors and consequences by providing on-going feedback and consistent classroom routines to students in which diversity is valued.
    • Develop an understanding of trauma-informed practices and restorative practices as they relate to classroom management.
  1. School Law 
    • Examine relevant legal issues that affect the organization and administration of public schools.
    • Understand the historical, philosophical, psychological and cultural influences that affect legal decisions in the public schools.
    • Demonstrate how to exercise discretion in making rational and legally defensible decisions that affect students and school personnel.

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