Virtual Teacher Specialization Offered Through Coursera
UC Irvine Extension offers an on-demand Virtual Teacher Specialization through Coursera, an education company that partners with top universities and organizations to offer massive open online courses. The program consists of online training and development for instructors and others who want to learn to teach in an online or blended classroom environment.
The Virtual Teacher Specialization is designed for:
- Teachers working with K-12 students
- Instructors working with further education, community college or vocational students
- Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and faculty
- Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction
Coursera Virtual Teacher Specialization
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UC Irvine Extension Virtual Teacher Practicum
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To complement the Virtual Teacher courses offered on Coursera, UC Irvine Extension is offering a fully online Virtual Teacher Practicum (4 units) for students who successfully complete all four (4) Coursera courses with a Course Certificate for each course (Foundations of Virtual Instruction, Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual Classroom, Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom, and Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom). These prerequisites must be met before starting the Virtual Teacher Practicum.
How much does the UC Irvine Extension Practicum cost?
The course fee is $600 USD. In addition, there may be required textbooks which are not included in the course fee.
What is the format of the UC Irvine Extension Practicum?
Students get hands-on practice with the online teaching skills they've learned from the four prerequisite virtual teacher courses offered through Coursera. This innovative course finds teams and individuals creating an online or blended course designed as a solution to a real-life scenario. The course is entirely project- and discussion-based in which students work together to develop and teach a multi-week online course. While co-teaching their own course, each individual and team also serves as the students in other's online courses. A distinct focus of the course is the practice of effective online instructional techniques that goes beyond content creation and focuses on providing high levels of presence and immediacy. This practicum will run online for 11 weeks and will be conducted in English.
This course is offered through UC Irvine Extension. It is not offered on the Coursera platform.
English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UC Irvine Extension (classroom and online formats) require
professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading
comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.
Using Data Driven Instruction in the Virtual World
Recorded on 7/1/2014
Engaging Diverse Learners in a Virtual School Setting
Recorded on 4/17/2014
Connecting Globally using Web Conferencing to Enrich Instruction
Recorded on 8/1/2013
I do not live in the United States. Can I still enroll in the UC Irvine Extension Practicum?
Yes, since the course is online, it is open to individuals from around the world. However, many of the examples and experiences shared will be based on the education structure and processes of the United States. The course fee remains $600 USD, plus any required textbooks.
Will I receive a certificate after completing the UC Irvine Extension Practicum?
Yes, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from UC Irvine Extension after successfully completing the practicum course. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, you must earn a passing grade of “C” or better in the practicum.
Will I receive credit for the UC Irvine Extension Practicum? Will my state accept this credit toward teacher certification and professional development?
After completing the practicum, you will be issued a final grade by the instructor which will appear on an official UC Irvine Extension transcript. Upon successful completion of the practicum (grade of “C” or better), you will receive four (4) quarter, not semester, units of credit which will also appear on your transcript. The official transcript may be used to document units and can be submitted to your school district as requirements for salary advancement or professional development. Please be sure to check with your school site, district, or state department of education first to see if the units will be accepted.