Curriculum Highlights

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Four Elements of Effective Instruction

Our curriculum focuses entirely on the educational theories and practices that improve student learning in the classroom.  

The Teaching Certification curriculum centers around four elements of instruction: building subject knowledge (Content), cultivating a fun and productive learning environment (Classroom Culture), developing personal connections with students and families (Self & Other People), and creating high-quality lessons (Teaching Cycle). Our curriculum is delivered 60% in-person and 40% online, and the majority of assignments consist of video submissions of your teaching in action and authentic classroom work samples (e.g., lesson plans).

4 Elements

Building Foundational Skills

In this program, you’ll learn the basics of how to build relationships with students, families and colleagues; you’ll apply proven strategies for establishing a positive and productive classroom culture; you’ll learn teaching strategies specific to the grade levels and subject areas that you teach (e.g., high school biology); and you’ll develop skills in lesson planning and assessment design. You will also develop foundational knowledge and skills in data-driven instruction so that you can measure and track students' academic performance and character growth. In states that require a teaching demonstration as part of your certification requirements, you will be especially well prepared to excel on that portion of the exam.

Earning Your Teaching Credential

The Teaching Certification program provides the prerequisite coursework and credits for state certification. However, candidates must take and pass state tests in order to receive a teaching credential. In most states, you will need to pass certification/licensure exams by the time you complete the program. Some certification exams are required before starting the program or during the course of the program. All candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with certification requirements in their state and complete exams and other requirements as soon as possible. Learn more about your specific state certification/licensure requirements and timelines on your campus page.

The Teaching Certification program curriculum parallels the first year of the Relay Master of Arts in Teaching. In most states, candidates who successfully complete a one-year Teaching Certification program will become eligible to join the Master of Arts in Teaching program for a second year, earning state certification and a master’s degree in just two years.