Program Overview

While all of Lesley’s programs cover best practice and up-to-date research, few exemplify the school’s willingness to adapt to current trends more than its Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in Online Teaching. This APC program recognized the push in education toward technology and taking the classroom online. It was designed to bring versatility into one’s classroom and give teachers a deeper understanding of how to teach in an online environment. The program infuses best practice methods and current research into all of its courses, which cover topics like online teaching tools, use of emerging technologies, course design, communication within courses, evaluation and assessment strategies, and more.

The certificate requires 12 credits, or four courses. Classes all focus on teaching in an online context and include An Introduction for K-12 Teachers, Assessment and Evaluation, Building Communities and Facilitating Student Discussion, and Course Design, Implementation, and Strategies. When taken in order, the courses build off of one another so that when students enter the final course, Course Design, they will be adequately prepared to use their knowledge of online teaching strategies to create, with guidance and feedback, an online course of their own.

The APC in Online Teaching can be completed completely online. The only prerequisite for this program is a bachelor’s degree. The certificate’s courses may also be used toward Lesley’s Individually Designed Master’s in Education program as a part of that program’s elective/specialization track. Students interested in working toward this degree will need to separately apply to that program. More information on this transfer opportunity can be found on the school’s website.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    Bachelor's Degree

    School Overview

    A private university founded in 1909 by Edith Lesley, Lesley University confers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificates in 23 states and online. The education component of the school dates back to its early days as an instructional facility to educate kindergarten teachers. Today it has expanded its educational roots to prepare teachers in early education, math, science, special education, and literacy, along with programs like counseling and psychology.

    Lesley offers bachelor's and master's degrees in a fully online format from the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences primarily. 


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