Teachers can become more effective at online and blended education as part of the Leading Edge Certification program, which challenges participants to explore effective teaching practices in an online and blended learning environment.
Leading Edge Certification is a self-paced, eight-week, fully online professional learning opportunity offered by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE). The program guides educators through rigorous and engaging curriculum based on the International Association for K-12 Online Learning National Standards for Online Teaching.
"The course was great! I felt supported throughout and learned a great deal about how to facilitate online and blended courses," one participant said.
Leading Edge Certification is based on state standards and is focused on pedagogy, not technology.
"This course is especially helpful for classroom teachers who will not only strengthen blended and online pedagogy, but learn new ways to think about building community, collaboration, and meeting the individual needs of students," said Dr. Michanne Hoctor-Thompson, a coordinator with SDCOE's Educational Technology department.
The course costs $450. Upon completion of the course, participants receive a nationally recognized certification and can apply for three units from SDSU for an additional fee.
Since it started in 2011, nearly 1,000 educators have participated in Leading Edge Certification through SDCOE. The program has received a Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association and an Impact Award from the Classroom of the Future Foundation.
For more information and to register, visit the Leading Edge Certification webpage.