Online Continuing Education for Teachers
Three Graduate Credits - $150/Credit
Grand Canyon University provides an affordable and convenient way for teachers to earn graduate credits for certification renewal and endorsements. These courses provide a challenging and innovative variety in today's most critical topics in a 100% online format.
Classes conveniently start once or twice per month and last 6 weeks. Tuition is $150/credit. Courses are taught by expert practitioners, and fellow teachers in the class provide insight and knowledge on how to handle the many challenges facing today's classrooms.
If you are a teacher who is seeking certification renewal, endorsements or upward mobility, Grand Canyon University is a convenient choice for earning graduate-level continuing education credits.
Check with your Department of Education and school district to ensure these online continuing education credits will apply.
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Now Available! Three new courses for current practitioners: EAD-505TE School Law, EDU-522TE Curriculum Development for K-12 and ELM-505TE Phonological Theory and Application!
Continuing Teacher Education Courses
Grand Canyon University is the educator's preferred choice for continuing education. Whatever your needs - recertification, licensure, endorsements or to move up the pay scale, earn 3 Graduate Credits in 6 weeks.
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At GCU, our application process can be completed entirely online. Once submitted, an Enrollment Counselor will contact you to discuss next steps.
To enroll in one of these courses please be sure to select Non-Degree studies from the "Area of Study."
New Course! EAD-505TE: School Law for Current Practitioners
This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the application of Pre K-12 education law. Students explore laws and policies for guidance on decision making related to such issues as, student and teacher rights, discipline, special education requirements, social media and negligence. This overview will assist students in upholding the law and safeguarding the school community.
EDA-536TE: School Finance for Current Practitioners
This course addresses issues of school finance. Concepts of taxation, sources of revenue, basic budget designs, processes and techniques are studied. Additionally, consideration is given to the major challenges in the daily operation of local schools.
EDA-537TE: Supervision and Instructional Leadership for Current Practitioners
This course addresses the topic of supervising instruction within several arenas of the educational environment. Students will gain knowledge and understanding for the application of the models and theories of supervision and instructional leadership.
EDA-538TE: Data-Driven Decisions for School Improvement for Current Practitioners
This course provides participants with a wide range of strategies to facilitate the process of school improvement through evidence-based inquiry. Students utilize systematic processes to gather and analyze data while developing a school improvement plan.
EDA-539TE: Strengthening Curriculum to Promote Continuous School Improvement for Current Practitioners
This course prepares current practitioners to become effective, instructional leaders in the evaluation, implementation and articulation of the school-wide curriculum to promote continuous school improvement. Learners will become aware of their own curriculum philosophy and the importance of connecting a guaranteed and viable curriculum with effective instructional practices, i.e., planning, delivery and assessment of learning outcomes to promote student success.
POS-530TE: Arizona and Federal Government for Current Practitioners
This course is a survey of Arizona history and government as well as of American government. It meets the teacher certification requirement for the study of Arizona government and American government. (2 Weeks/1 Credit)
RDG-520TE: Elementary Education Reading and Writing for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to allow students to acquire foundational knowledge related to principles of balanced literacy (i.e., the teaching of reading and writing together). Learners acquire reading and writing strategies to implement within the elementary classroom.
RDG-526TE: The Reading Process for Current Practitioners
This course provides participants with a solid foundation in the reading process and its real-world applications. The three stages of literacy acquisition and growth are discussed at each cognitive level.
RDG-527TE: How to Comprehend Literacy and Literature for Current Practitioners
In this course, learners are exposed to literary elements of both narrative and expository text. Strategies for the development of comprehension and vocabulary skills that promote understanding of literature are also explored.
RDG-528TE: Reading Diagnosis: The Application of and Rationale for Assessment for Current Practitioners
Learners explore informal and formal reading assessments and analyze specific literary measures given at their schools. An opportunity to administer an informal reading inventory is provided. This course meets the following International Reading Association (IRA) Standards: 1 and 2.
RDG-529TE: Remediation of Reading Difficulties for Current Practitioners
In this course, learners analyze data generated from an informal reading inventory. Learners select strategies for reading remediation based on data analysis. The course lays the foundation for the creation of a plan of action for reading intervention.
RDG-533TE: Corrective Reading Assessment for Current Practitioners
Participants in this course are provided with informal tools that diagnose common reading problems. Learners investigate how to identify and implement a corrective action plan as well as analyze and reflect on the results of the corrective action plan.
RDG-534TE: Secondary Education Literacy and Writing for Current Practitioners
This course is designed for students to acquire knowledge related to principles of balanced literacy (teaching of reading and writing together). Learners study reading and writing strategies to implement within the secondary classroom.
RDG-537TE: Elementary Reading in the Content Areas for Current Practitioners
This course links reading skills across the curriculum through the use of instructional strategies and assessments. The use of textbooks, trade books, and literature is explored, with a focus on strategies that are relevant in every elementary content area.
RDG-538TE: Secondary Reading in the Content Areas for Current Practitioners
This course links reading skills across the curriculum through the use of instructional strategies and assessments. The use of textbooks, trade books, and literature is explored, with a focus on strategies that are relevant in every secondary content area.
RDG-539TE: Developmental Learning and Assessments for Current Practitioners
This course combines the study of learning, human development, and assessment, providing participants with the opportunity to apply course information practically to reading assessment and instruction.
RDG-542TE: Instructional Leadership and Literacy Coaching for Current Practitioners
The course provides teachers with an understanding of the complexity of being a leader in times of change and affords them the opportunity to develop a vision of systemic change and demonstrate practical skills for ensuring smooth day-to-day operations within their schools.
RDG-543TE: Foundational Reading Theory and Research for Current Practitioners
Learners reflect upon personal experience with reading programs and strategies, assess real-world reading programs, and make recommendations for school/student improvement.
RDG-560TE: Elementary Education Reading Practicum for Current Practitioners
Participants use an informal reading inventory to diagnose and assess reading abilities. Each participant assesses an elementary education student and implements an individualized one-on-one action plan with the student based on the assessment results.
RDG-561TE: Secondary Education Reading Practicum for Current Practitioners
Participants use an informal reading inventory to diagnose and assess reading abilities. Each participant assesses a secondary education student and implements an individualized one-on-one action plan with the student based on the assessment results.
SPE-501TE: Overview of Special Education for Current Practitioners
This course orients learners to the field of special education. The learner is introduced to the thirteen disabilities defined by Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), to Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and to instructional planning for students with Exceptional Learning Needs (ELN).
SPE-502TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Autism for Current Practitioners
This course reviews autism as a developmental disorder. Autism is more prevalent in our classrooms; therefore, the course focuses on strategies and technologies used to assist the learning process for children with autism.
SPE-503TE: Elementary Education Methods and Strategies for Gifted Students for Current Practitioners
This course explores gifted education at the elementary school level. Learners are introduced to the nature, level, and types of giftedness in elementary age students. Practical application is emphasized.
SPE-504TE: Gifted Education for Secondary Teachers for Current Practitioners
This course explores gifted education at the secondary school level. Participants learn to differentiate between high-achieving and gifted students, consider perceptions and biases regarding gifted education, and apply methods and strategies within the framework of instructional planning for gifted secondary education students.
SPE-505TE: Gifted Education Practicum for Current Practitioners
This course examines the modification of lesson plans for gifted students and the evaluation of such modifications. It also provides 30 hours of practicum experience working with gifted students, five of which are one-on-one tutoring. Pre-assessment and post-assessment analyses and observations are performed.
SPE-506TE: Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs for Current Practitioner
This course discusses the characteristics and effective implementation of various behavior modification strategies. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) are discussed.
SPE-507TE: Special Education Foundation and Framework for Current Practitioners
This course assists practicing teachers with instructional strategies for special education students. Special education research and best practices are discussed.
SPE-509TE: Collaborative Processes in Special Education for Current Practitioners
Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills and strategies needed to fulfill. the roles and responsibilities of educators in meeting the needs of learners with disabilities in the general education classroom. Course content focuses on collaboration between all members of a student's education team. Collaborative models and professional roles/responsibilities will be addressed.
SPE-511TE: Special Education Assessment for Current Practitioners
This course explores the system of assessing exceptional children, focusing on the evaluation of a child's abilities, strengths, and needs. Common assessment tools used in public school special education programs are examined, with an emphasis on the legislation and diagnostic procedures involved. Test construction and score interpretation techniques are discussed, and general instructional practices and behavioral recommendations are addressed.
SPE-516TE: Special Education Litigation and Law for Current Practitioners
This course introduces learners to legal issues in special education. The evolution of special education laws, including a close examination of IDEA and its impact on stakeholders, is examined. Learners apply knowledge of special education law to case studies.
SPE-521TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities for Current Practitioners
This course provides teachers in special education with additional knowledge of Intellectual Disabilities (ID), with a focus on law and litigation, definition, causes, and characteristics of ID in children and adults. The impact of ID on the lives of individuals and the necessary support systems for quality of life are examined.
SPE-524TE: Inclusion and Collaboration Practices for Current Practitioners
This course focuses on the inclusion and collaboration process of students with special needs in general education classrooms. Legislation pertaining to special education programs in public schools is discussed. Students examine the strategies that enable successful mainstreaming for both the exceptional child and the general education teacher.
SPE-530TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Learning Disabilities for Current Practitioners
This course provides knowledge of learning disabilities (LD), including law, definition, and causes and characteristics of LD in children and adults. Effective teaching strategies for planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction based on appropriate assessment for elementary and secondary students with LD in special and regular education classes are investigated.
SPE-531TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Severe and Profound Disabilities for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to provide learners with an overview of the current research, strategies, and methodologies for students with severe and profound disabilities.
SPE-532TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Emotional Disabilities for Current Practitioners
This course outlines issues surrounding emotional disabilities (ED), including law and litigation, definition, etiology, types, and characteristics of learners with ED. Assessment techniques and specific individual and group behavior management models, programs, strategies, and interventions for elementary and secondary students with ED in special and regular education classes are investigated.
SPE-534TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Physical Impairments for Current Practitioners
This course provides teachers with knowledge of physical and other health impairments and the impact of these disabilities on the lives of individuals. Special attention is given to accessibility to appropriate curricula, modifications and adaptations, and effective instructional strategies to meet individual needs.
SPE-541TE: Assistive Technology for Current Practitioners
This course provides teachers with knowledge of assistive technology in relation to Special Education. The course focuses on the legal history, purpose, and types of assistive technology.
Teaching Strategies and Methods
ECH-521TE: Early Literacy Development for Current Practitioners
This course addresses early language development and teaching strategies, supporting literacy development for those working with students from birth to age 8. The stages of oral and emergent language are addressed through language and literacy development. Application of phonemic and alphabetic principle skills is addressed through hands-on assignments. The course allows learners to demonstrate how an effective literacy environment can be developed.
ECH-522TE: Foundations of Early Childhood for Current Practitioners
This course covers the foundations of the early childhood field, including research on how children learn, laws and policies governing the field, current practices, and application in early childhood settings.
ECH-523TE: Instructional Teaching Methodologies for Early Childhood for Current Practitioners
This course examines instructional methodologies for teaching young children with a specific emphasis on language, math, science, social studies, and the arts. The course supports educators in designing developmentally appropriate lessons that integrate multiple standards and subject areas.
New Course! EDU-522TE: Curriculum Development for K-12 for Current Practitioners
This course offers an overview of the factors, principles and elements of curriculum development in the elementary and secondary school. Emphasis is on philosophical and psychological influences in education, as well as designing and evaluating curricular patterns for urban schools.
EDU-535TE: Classroom Management for Current Practitioners
This course allows the learner to apply effective classroom management strategies, analyze current trends for well-managed classrooms, and foster a positive classroom environment appropriate to students' developmental levels.
EED-515TE: Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods for Elementary Math & Science for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to provide practicing teachers with curriculum and effective techniques for the teaching of science and mathematics. Students are involved in planning instruction and assessment for combined curriculum lesson plans.
EED-516TE: K-3 Reading Methods for Current Practitioners
This course examines methods to help children in grades K-3 develop literacy skills through a focused reading program that integrates decoding and comprehension in a literature-based environment.
EED-517TE: Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course offers students an opportunity to develop an authentic performance activity informed by social studies state and national standards. The course focuses on meaningful instruction and assessment of learning in the social studies, along with effective practice and integrated instruction and methodology.
New Course! ELM-505TE: Phonological Theory and Application for Current Practitioners
In this course, candidates will examine tools and strategies for effective research-based phonics instruction. Topics include assessment and instruction of phonemes, phonemic awareness, graphemes, phonics, spelling and word recognition for reading and writing. The relation of deficits in phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling and word recognition to reading disabilities will also be explored.
ESL-500TE: SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations and Methodologies
This course presents the historical, legal, theoretical, and sociological foundations of programs of instruction for English language learners. It includes an examination of the role of culture in learning and instructional program models, with a focus on Structured English Immersion. Students will be instructed in immersion strategies and the use of assessment data. The content of this course correlates with the NBPTS English as a New Language Standards, Standard I: Knowledge of Students, Standard III: Knowledge of Culture and Diversity, Standard VIII: Learning Environment, Standard IX: Assessment, Standard XI: Linkages with Families. This course meets the AZ Provisional SEI Endorsement Standards.
ESL-501TE: Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Instruction
In this course, students continue to examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Instruction (SEI) and other instructional programs for English Language Learners. Theoretical principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning are examined. Methods of assessment are identified and analyzed. Students will identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. They will plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction for English Language Learners.
SED-533TE: Early Adolescent Psychology in Middle School Teaching for Current Practitioners
This course explores the physical, psychological, and socio-emotional development of adolescents in the middle-school setting. Also discussed are strategies for promoting positive habits for adolescents to enrich the health of body, mind, and emotions.
SED-534TE: Middle School Teaching Curriculum and Methods for Current Practitioners
This course examines the developmental characteristics and needs of young adolescents and the relationship between these characteristics and middle-school practices. Age-appropriate instructional strategies are studied. Learners consider implications for middle-school curriculum and classroom instruction.
SED-536TE: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to develop teachers' understanding of and ability to apply the methods and principles of effective instruction in the secondary mathematics classroom. Topics discussed include the importance of planning for instruction, national principles and standards for school mathematics instruction, instructional strategies, and the integration of technology and Web resources to enhance mathematics instruction and increase student achievement.
SED-537TE: Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course covers the methods of instruction, organization, and presentation of scientific content to secondary school students. Topics include curriculum, stockroom organization, lab safety and liability, visual aid preparation, computer use in the classroom, and research issues in education.
SED-538TE: Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course examines different learning modalities, instructional strategies, and the use of technology to help design and deliver effective social studies lessons that are aligned to standards and increase student achievement. Major themes, philosophical frameworks, instructional techniques, and the creation of informal, formal, and formative assessments are reviewed.
TEC-524TE: K-12 Curriculum and Technology Integration for Current Practitioners
This course focuses on curriculum designs that include contemporary tools and resources to maximize student learning, inspire creativity, and foster innovation. This course also explores methods of engaging learners by using digital tools to address real-world issues and solve authentic problems. The use of tools such as social networking, presentation software, multimedia social spaces, blogs, and Web feeds to advance student learning is also addressed.