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National University Launches Professional Development Certificate to Help K-12 Teachers Prepare for Online Classrooms

LA JOLLA, Calif., Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A National University's Sanford College of Education, which graduates more teaching credential candidates than any other institution in California, has announced the launch of a ten-module online professional development certificate, designed to prepare K-12 educators for the transition to online instruction in the wake of school facility closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The rapid shift to remote and online learning is putting an unprecedented strain on educators," said Dr. David Andrews, president of National University, a lifelong educator and school of education dean.A  "At a time when educators are sacrificing so much to ensure continuity of learning, we face profound responsibility to equip educators with the knowledge and skills to support high-quality learning experiences, whether they occur in-person or at a distance." Drawing on National University's more than 20 years of experience in online instruction and experience in teacher preparation, the Certificate in Online TeachingA A (COT) will be available as a stand-alone professional development program for up to 10 Continuing Education Units (CEU). The COT is designed to help K-12 educators enrich online instruction, teach across multiple modes of instruction, and balance traditional classroom and online technology. The modules, which are designed and led by National University faculty, are offered in an asynchronous format so teachers can complete the certificate at their own designated pace. Teachers have the option to complete a single module or the entire professional development certificate, enhancing their skills where they need it most.Through the program, educators will gain experience incorporating multimedia, videos, and asynchronous assessment into their classrooms. Upon completion of the professional development certificate, educators will develop a deep understanding of the perspectives and challenges facing online learners, enhancing their ability to create an engaging online learning environment for all students.
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