Today’s educators must provide a learning environment that takes students beyond the walls of their classrooms and into a world of endless opportunities, real-world learning. Technology standards promote this classroom transformation by ensuring that digital-age students are empowered to learn, live, and work successfully today and tomorrow.
As technology dramatically changes our society, educators need to demonstrate the skills and behaviors of digital-age professionals. Competence with technology is the foundation. Societies are changing, expectations are changing, teaching is changing, and educators must lead using new paradigms of teaching and learning integrating technology. You will learn best practices for integrating technology into your K-12 classrooms, using totally online web-based methods or a combination of technology with traditional methods, or hybrid environment.
The K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement program and courses will examine the current best practices for personalization for each individual student in our K-12 classrooms. Personalization is closely related to two additionally important terms; individualization and differentiation. All three terms require a shift in focus from a teacher centered approach to an authentic, student-centered approach. A true student-centered focus requires that we tailor our lessons to the abilities, interests, preferences, future life dreams, self-esteem, socio-emotional attributes, and other needs of the individual student.
The K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement program will allow teachers to earn an additional certification or endorsement. Students can take the K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement program as a stand-alone option, add it to any School of Education program (certification or non-certification), add it to other APUS degree programs, or take courses from the endorsement program for professional development or recertification.