Online Schools For Education K-12

30 January 2013

online schools for education k-12
What Online University is good to get a Bachelor Degree from in Teaching for the State of Texas?

I want to become a teacher, but it is really hard for me to just quit working and go to school full time, so I was looking into Online Colleges (Ashford, U of Phoenix, DeVry, etc) for their Accelerated Bachelor Degrees, but I am not sure if the state of Texas would accept them as a credited college. Does/Has anyone gone to any of these schools and then become a teacher?

There are ten online colleges that offer teacher education programs. Several limit the areas that a graduate may teach. A teacher who holds an appropriate Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor’s degree may add classroom certification areas by successfully completing the appropriate certification examination(s) for the area(s) sought. Certification by examination is not available for:

initial certification; career and technology certification based on skill and work experience;
a class of certificate other than classroom teacher (e.g. School Counselor, Principal, Superintendent, Learning Resources/School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician);
a certificate for which no certification examination has been developed.In Texas, to get a teacher’s license, one has to pass.

Ten top online colleges for teacher education programs

1. Dixie State College (usu.edu)
Multicultural Education & ESL Education Course
Methods in Science Course
Professional Portfolio Development Seminar
Dixie State College of Utah offers several free elementary education courses for teachers. The Methods in Science course is specifically designed for pre-service teachers, but the Professional Portfolio Development Seminar is perfect for any teacher who wants to build a portfolio that supports his or her teaching methods.

2. Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (paec.org)
English and Language Arts Courses
Math and Science Courses
Miscellaneous Courses
The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) has made a vide variety of U. S. Department of Education’s Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops available to the general public. The workshops are delivered in a streaming-video format and last about two hours each.

3. United Star Distance Learning Consortium (ncpublicschools.org)
Professional Development Courses
The United Star Distance Learning Consortium (USDLC) allows educators in any school system to access professional development courses and resources. Online courses, on-demand videos and eField trips are just a few of the things teachers can check out free of charge.

4. Concept to Classroom (thirteen.org)
Teaching to Academic Standards
Assessment, Evaluation and Curriculum Redesign
After School Programs: From Vision to Reality
Concept to Classroom is a series of award-winning development workshops designed specifically for teachers and other educators. The comprehensive online workshops are self-paced and completely free to the general public. Professional development credits are also available if your school’s administrator approves the workshops.

5. Utah State University (usu.edu)
Research for the Classroom Teacher
The free teacher education course offered through Utah State University focuses on designing and carrying out research according to a popular model for teaching known as ‘Guilded Design.’ The course contains 10 units split into 35 self-study modules. (Note: Free versions of Adobe Flash Player 9 and Adobe Reader 8 are required to view course materials.)

6. The Open University (open.ak.uk)
Involving the Family in Pupils’ Literacy Learning
A Global Dimension to Science Education in Schools
Language as a Medium for Teaching and Learning
Britain’s Open University offers an entire collection of free education courses for teachers. Courses are mainly text-based, but include occasional graphics and other multimedia elements.

7. University of Utah (utah.edu)
Reading in Elementary School
The University of Utah only offers one free course for teachers, but it is excellent. The course focuses on phonics instruction and reading motivation in elementary education. Research principles and various methods are considered, as are strategies that can be implemented immediately in the classroom.

8. Purdue University (purdue.edu)
Keeping Information Safe: Practices for K-12 Schools
The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University offers an interesting digital workshop for teachers and other educators who want to learn more about online threats and the importance of keeping information safe. Basic computer and Internet skills are required to complete the multimedia training.

9. University of Southern Queensland (usq.edu)
Teaching Students with Special Needs: Behavior Management Course
The free education course at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia focuses on teaching strategies and effective behavior management. The course is broken down into several modules for easy study and includes assignments and quizzes.

10. PBS (pbs.org)
Teaching Evolution
The free online course for teachers offered through PBS focuses on teaching evolution. Split into eight sessions, the course examines evolutionary concepts, methods of teaching and reactions to controversy. Interactive applications and links to additional resources round out this course nicely.

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