Questions and Answers about the Online Endorsement Program for Graduate Students

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Who is eligible for this program?
Any person with a PA Level I or Level II teaching certificate. This includes anyone actively teaching, substitute teaching, or anyone with an updated teaching certificate.

 

What courses are offered in this program?
There are four 3-credit courses required for the endorsement.  Please note that the undergraduate and graduate courses although offered at the same time, the graduate courses will have more vigorous requirements.

 

EDFOUND 445/545: Introduction to K to 12 Online Teaching

Surveys the world of K to 12 online teaching, the current status of online teaching in the K to 12 schools, issues in online teaching, advantages and disadvantages of online teaching, and models of online delivery of instruction.  Students will explore K to 12 online teaching and determine their “fit” into the K to 12 online teaching environment.  There is no prerequisite course for this course.

 

EDFOUND 446/546: Technologies for K to 12 Online Teaching

Explores current and emerging technologies used in online K to 12 teaching environments and the implications for using them.  Student will determine the advantages and disadvantages of online technologies as they are given “hands on” experiences using various technologies available for online courses.  They will determine the best “technology fit” for various types and grade levels of K to 12 students who take online courses.  There is no prerequisite course for this course.

 

EDFOUND 447/547: Online Course Design and Curriculum Development for K to 12 Online Teaching

Enables students to design, plan, develop curriculum, and teach eLearning lessons for their classrooms utilizing various forms of technology.  Students will have “hands-on” experiences creating online instruction, and setting up and delivering an online course.  The pre-requisite for this course is the “Introduction to Online Teaching” course.

 

EDFOUND 448/548: Practicum for K to 12 Online Teaching

Provides students with the opportunity to apply what they learned during their student teaching placements.  Students will integrate the practices and principle of online teaching given the resources and curriculum available in their field placements. Students will design, evaluate, implement, and assess online instruction through a variety of delivery systems including synchronous and nonsynchronous instruction in 100% online, hybrid, or learning module-based modes. The pre-requisites for this course are “Introduction to Online Teaching,” “Technologies for K to 12 Online Teaching,” and “Online Course Design and Curriculum Development for K to 12 Online Teaching.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When will the courses be offered?
The tentative plan is:

EDFOUND 445/545: Introduction to K to 12 Online Teaching

Summer, 2015  (Second Six Weeks )/Spring 2016

EDFOUND 446/546: Technologies for K to 12 Online Teaching Fall, 2015/Summer 2016
EDFOUND 447/547: Online Course Design and Curriculum Development for K to 12 Online Teaching Winter Term, 2015/Fall 2016
EDFOUND 448/548: Practicum for K to 12 Online Teaching The 4th course, which is a field experience course will be offered during student teaching. Fall 2016

 

Will these courses be offered online?
Yes


 
Why should I consider this program? 

As the world of online teaching continues to expand in the K to 12 schools, more teachers will be needed who are not only certified in specific areas but ones who also have some expertise in the delivery of online instruction.  If you apply for an online teaching job, this endorsement on your teaching certificate will obviously give you an advantage over other applicants.  Another factor to consider is that if you don’t get a face to face teaching job, would you be willing to assume an online teaching position? 

 

Does online teaching mean that I will be teaching 100% online?
No.  Although many positions will be 100% teaching online, some teaching positions may be hybrid online teaching where you would be teaching face to face and also online. Some positions may not even involve teaching such as writing curriculum or administering online programs.

 

Can a school district require me to teach online with this endorsement on my teaching certificate?
No.  School districts can require you to teach within ANY certification area on your teaching certificate whether online or face to face.  This is NOT a certification and therefore, you cannot be required to teach online based on this endorsement alone.

 

Can I use any of these courses as a requirement or elective in my graduate program?
If you have extra credits for electives you may be able to use one or more of these courses.  You should see your advisor to answer this question. Note that we are also exploring the possibility of including these courses in the Master's Program in Curriculum and Instruction.

 

How does the field experience of the Online Teaching Endorsement Program work?
The “EDFOUND 548 Practicum for K to 12 Online Teaching” can be implemented in several ways.  First, if you are an inservice teacher, you can design and implement online instruction into your classes if possible. For others, you will design and implement online instruction for the instructor and for colleagues in the class.

 

How do I get started in the online program?
Contact me at rpastore@bloomu.edu  We can discuss this through email, a phone call, or in person.

 

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Raymond S. Pastore, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
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