Teacher Education

Online teacher education is for those people who lead such a busy life that they cannot go to a regular university to get trained as teachers. There are many universities on the Internet that offer good programs for online teacher education.

Online teacher education provides teaching information and tips for teachers, as well as aspiring teachers. This is even useful for teachers with regular teacher education degrees.

The University of Phoenix Online is a private university which offers online teacher certification processes and teacher education. This is like any other distance education degree that one takes up rather than attend regular colleges. Students can choose from a variety of subjects and earn credit points required for the online degree. They will cover all the advanced theories and teaching techniques that they would cover in a regular course of teacher education.

The Western Governor’s University has certification and graduate programs in teacher education that aim at getting students qualified as teachers in American schools. The university’s licensure programs are meant for people who are not certified teachers, and include all major subject areas like mathematics, science and social sciences. WGU also has graduate programs for certified teachers who aim at specializing further. The Master’s degree programs offered by the university include English language and learning, learning and technology, management and innovation, mathematics, science, and measurement and evaluation.

Capella Online University has a proven track record with more than 2,400 students who have gone on to have successful careers in teaching. The university offers programs in K-12 education and adult and continuing education. They offer Master’s and doctoral programs in core areas like educational administration, professional studies in education and advanced classroom management. They also offer graduate certificate programs in Leadership in Educational Administration.

Websites like teachnet.com, sitesforteachers.com and tcrecord.org are storehouses of information on teacher education, training, development and improvement. These sites have a variety of resources on all topics useful for teachers.

Keeping the Teacher Education Programme “Fit for Purpose”

There are some very interesting things that are done to ensure that the structure, nature and quality of teacher education programmes remain ‘fit for purpose’. What are some of these?

Firstly, via programme review, subject review, self-evaluation and students’ evaluation those leading teacher education programmes ensure the continued systematic analysis of data pertaining to their programmes. They use this data to plan and take actions to improve the students’ experience, monitor the impact of actions taken to improve the students’ experience and to identify areas for improvement in the delivery of programmes. This is important because it helps to enable schools, collaborative partners and the university to be responsive to the needs of the students, employers and programmes.

For the person responsible this may involve: a personal engagement in the data collection process by setting dates and times for the collection and analysis of data and the writing and submission of reports. Via email or face-to-face meetings, issuing timely reminder to key personnel of dates and times for submitting data and facilitating and/or coordinating data analysis meetings. The person may also be responsible for constructing the final report and implementing actions based on findings and recommendations.

Secondly, the leadership of such programmes ensures the continued contribution of schools and collaborative partners to the process of shaping and improving the provision so as to maintain high quality school-based training that closely matches the local needs, and those of employers. This is important because it allows schools and collaborative partners to become fully involved in the programme thus aid in making the provision responsive to the needs of the students and employers.

For the person responsible this may involve: visiting schools and collaborative partners to keep abreast of changes occurring in these institutions; facilitating and/or coordinating joint schools and collaborative partnership meetings; ensuring that appropriate recommendations from schools and/or collaborative partners are implemented and establishing open and frequent dialogue with schools and collaborative partners by keeping emails and telephone contacts and having an ‘open door’ policy. This may also include actions such as prompt responses to emails and telephone calls.

Thirdly, those leading such programmes ensure the continued diverse nature of cohorts. This is important given the focus on diversity and widening participation in UK Higher Education Institutions.

For the person responsible this may involve: developing relations with the Access and Partnership Unit in the institution and participating in their HE workshops as the teacher education representative; being a ‘visual’ presence for the programme at ‘open houses’ or ‘taster day’ and making appropriate presentations during such events.

Fourthly, the leadership of such programmes ensures the continued support for cohorts of students which leads to improvements in retention and attainment. This is important because student retention is an area of concern seeing that local UK HE students are now required to contribute more financially, to their education.

For the person responsible this may involve: developing close relations with the student support unit. Referring students to the unit for counselling and advice on immigration issues, personal and welfare matters, chaplaincy help and guidance, disability issues, health and medical services and informal advice and support on harassment issues.

Online Education (Teacher Education) Degree Program Options

Teaching is an essential part of society; it’s how the leaders and workers in many industries are able to step into their career. Education is utilized from grade school to college, which makes understanding how to teach others an important and needed skill. Teacher education degree programs can be completed online allowing students to step into the career of their choice.

Students that want to become a teacher have many training options to choose from. Online training offers students these main options, which include:

*Elementary Education

Degree programs prepare students to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. Although professionals only teach one grade, education encompasses the knowledge needed to teach at all levels. Most online colleges have students choose a concentration area like English or math. Students then proceed to complete their training while learning how to specifically teach in that area. Courses may include math for teachers, education technologies, and teaching techniques. The completed curriculum prepares students to become licensed in their chosen area.

*Secondary Education

Students that want to teach sixth to twelfth grade should enter a training program in this concentration. Like elementary education students choose a subject as a concentration. Online education is comprehensive and examines the theories and practices used to teach children and adolescents. Student’s work primarily through the content in their chosen field, which allows them to teach at all education levels in this category. All students take the same foundational courses and specialization courses are taken separately. Literacy, classroom management, and human development are some common foundational courses.

*Special Education

Students work through a specific curriculum that allows them to educate individuals that suffer from mental disabilities like autism. To become a special education teacher students study areas like developmental linguistics, learning procedures, course designs, and content strategies. Most programs for this category are offered online at the master’s degree level.

*Student Teaching Requirement

Students need to be aware that student teaching is required to gain licensure. For online learning this will incorporate students finding a school in their town that will allow them to student teach inside a classroom to gain experience. This is typically a semester long course, which requires students to record their teaching activities and work with the classroom’s teacher on improving their teaching abilities.

Elementary and secondary education teaching positions require students to have at least a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree prepares students to increase their teaching ability and knowledge on their subject. Students can also complete a master’s degree program to enter leadership roles in schools. Doctoral study is typically the route taken by students that want to become college professors. Students can complete associate degree programs in teaching, which prepare them to become teacher assistants.

Education online is a convenient way for students to enter a career as a teacher. Students should research the schooling options for their chosen subject and begin training today. Enrollment in an accredited online school or college will give students the quality educational training they deserve. Agencies like the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education ( http://www.ncate.org/ ) are approved to fully accredit qualifying education training programs online.

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