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Our online education degree programs and certificates could help prepare you to teach diverse learners a broad range of academic content and educational foundations.
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Kaplan University offers over 180 degree and certificate programs all available to military, veterans, and spouses of active duty members. In addition, several programs have been developed to complement specific military occupations or programs established by the military.
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Today's learners need knowledgeable and dedicated teachers. If you are interested in the field of education, but have already earned a bachelor's degree in another field of study or are working in another profession, Kaplan University can help you answer the call to teach.
The Master of Arts in Teaching—Nationwide program is designed to help career changers develop the professional competencies required of secondary educators (grades 5 through 12). The goal of the program is to provide you with an understanding of secondary teaching practices. While this program will not lead to certification, it is designed to prepare you with a solid foundation to pursue alternative routes to teacher certification, if state certification is your goal.
Note: This program is closed to students residing in Arkansas, Iowa, and Kentucky due to state department of education regulations.
This program is based on national professional standards for beginning teachers and is offered to students nationwide. The online coursework will provide you with an opportunity to:
The program’s curriculum is designed to help you build a strong foundation in teaching methods and does not include fieldwork, student teaching, or internship requirements—the entire program can be completed online.
Students taking ED581 Secondary Classroom Management are given access to Dr. Harry Wong’s popular Classroom Management eLearning course, as well as his bundle of materials that includes a binder of activities and his text, The First Days of School. Dr. Harry Wong is known as the expert in classroom management for K-12 education. After students successfully complete Dr. Wong’s eLearning, students will receive a classroom management certificate from Dr. Wong.
Those students who have completed an alternative certification program in their state may be eligible to waive up to three courses, including ED 503 Educational Psychology, ED581 Secondary Classroom Management, and ED533 Perspectives on Diversity. To apply for the course waiver, applicants must submit verification of completion of a state-approved alternative certification program signed by a dean or certification officer prior to enrollment.
Licensing requirements for teaching grades 5 through 12 vary by state. In almost every state, you must enroll in a state-approved certification program that may include completing coursework, a supervised teaching internship or student teaching course, and/or passing a subject area and pedagogy exam.* Earning a master’s degree could provide you with the background and practical experience to meet nationally recognized standards. If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher, please contact your state’s department of education for certification requirements or learn more about Kaplan University’s Master of Arts in Teaching Classroom Pathways Bundle.
The Master of Arts in Teaching Classroom Pathways Bundle is a unique enrollment package for students looking to become certified in the following states: Florida, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, and New Hampshire. As a student participating in this pathway, you'll have the opportunity to become certified in specific states upon successful completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree and passing the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) examinations. American Board program resources and examinations costs are included in the price of tuition for the Classroom Pathways Bundle; one less thing to think about on your path to becoming a certified teacher. Upon acceptance into the Classroom Pathways Bundle Program, you will enter the Master of Arts in Teaching program and have access to the American Board Plus+ Program resources to help you prepare for the pedagogy and subject-area exams.
Note: Full licensure requirements
vary from state to state and are subject to change; students must check with
the American Board at abcte.org for certification and state requirements. Prior to
enrolling, students must confirm they are eligible for a state alternative
certification program. Students are also encouraged to confirm costs,
deadlines, additional fees, required approvals, residency, and continuing
requirements with American Board.
The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to help career changers enter the field of secondary teaching (grades 5 through 12).† Job prospects for high school teachers are expected to be favorable as teachers become eligible for retirement.‡§ If you are interested in obtaining a teaching position in your area, Kaplan University career specialists can provide you with information. If you are interested in pursuing certification in your home state, your admissions advisor can explain how to pursue alternative certification and who to contact at your state department. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a master’s degree and may be eligible to pursue further doctorate-level studies.#
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Feb 05, 2014
Online Start Date
Mar 19, 2014
course introduces students to prominent research-based theories of learning and
examines the impact of these theories on students, learning and motivation,
teaching, and assessment. Students critically evaluate opposing sides of
current issues in educational psychology and articulate and defend personal positions
on these issues.
Total Program Credits: 40
This course explores major middle and
secondary school issues, providing prospective teachers with the
opportunity to reflect upon and develop their own practical
vision of building a classroom environment that effectively
promotes student learning. Focus is placed on a variety of
instructional strategies, principles, and best practices for
helping students learn in secondary school
This course examines the course of normal child and adolescent development. Emphasis is placed on strategies for applying development theory to classroom management and educational practice, and understanding how development influences academic achievement. Students will learn how to apply knowledge of child and adolescent development to their teaching practice as a way to identify various student behaviors and create classroom management strategies that address those behaviors.
This course, grounded in the theoretical bases of balanced literacy and constructivist learning, focuses on building prospective teachers’ competence in the processes of planning, implementing, and evaluating content-area literacy learning for secondary students. Students will use a standards-based approach in crafting strategies to increase reading comprehension in different content areas. Topics covered include using writing to improve reading, teaching diverse students, and using technology in reading instruction.
This course acquaints students with the broad body of research on effective teaching, with an emphasis on applying research findings to students’ own classroom instruction. Students will review and synthesize the theoretical and methodological contributions of current research on a selected topic related to K–12 teaching practice.
This course examines best practices of
assessing secondary student learning, with particular emphasis on
the relationship between assessment procedures, instruction, and
student achievement. Topics include the use of both formal and
informal assessments, norm-referenced and criterion-referenced
assessments, formative and summative assessments, and methods of
using assessment data to improve instruction and student
This course explores the various issues of student diversity and challenges students to examine and define their own educational experiences with regard to culture and ethnicity, socioeconomic class, race, gender, religion, language, learning style, and exceptionality. Particular emphasis will be placed on the practical implications of diversity issues in classroom practice.
This course focuses on preparing prospective teachers to plan and deliver appropriate instruction for all students in diverse and inclusive classroom settings, including students with disabilities, gifted/talented students, and students with limited English proficiency. The course examines a range of learning, emotional, and physiological disabilities, the history of attitudes towards those disabilities, and the federal mandates governing them. Social issues related to students with special needs will also be explored. Additionally, the course addresses individualized education programs and the role of the teacher in implementing them.
This course introduces philosophical
viewpoints that can affect new teachers' priorities and strategy
choices in their practice. This course will also provide a
historical perspective of how public education has become a
democratic right in the United States. Candidates will compare
and contrast philosophical theories that have driven pedagogy
over the past two centuries. Candidates will also evaluate
current research in their quest to develop as reflective and
creative practitioners in the twenty-first century
This course focuses on training teachers to
organize their classroom to maximize the amount of time students
are actively engaged in learning. The foundation of the course
uses classroom-management strategies developed by leading
educators, including Harry K. and Rosemary Wong. Students will go
through online instruction and in-depth reflection, and will
demonstrate mastery of course material by designing a personal
classroom management action plan that will be easily implemented
in their classroom.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.
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* Individual state licensing requirements vary and are subject to change. Kaplan University makes no representations or warranties as to whether its programs meet specific state licensing requirements. The University suggests and encourages you to research the licensing requirements in any state where you intend to seek licensure.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Teachers—Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary, www.bls.gov/ooh/Education-Training-and-Library/Kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm (accessed April 2012). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
§ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, High School Teachers, www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm (accessed April 2012). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
# While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate-, or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.