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Virtual Teacher Series on Coursera

Virtual Teacher Courses Offered Through Coursera

UC Irvine Extension is now offering Virtual Teacher courses through Coursera, an education company that partners with top universities and organizations to offer free online courses. The Virtual Teacher courses consist of online training and development for instructors and others who want to learn to teach in an online or blended classroom environment.

CourseraThe Virtual Teacher courses are 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 Courses

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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 with Distinction for each course. The Course Certificate with Distinction is issued by Coursera to students who 1) enroll in each course via Certificate Track and 2) complete each course with a grade of 90% or better. 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 imaginative game-based course finds teams and individuals competing to develop a winning online or hybrid learning program designed as a solution to a real-to-life scenario. The final course project requires students to collaborate to develop a solution proposal and sample mini-course that they will actually teach as part of the competition. The use of realistic characters, rich multimedia, and real-world social networks engages students and creates an alternate reality in which to work and learn. 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
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Engaging Diverse Learners in a Virtual School Setting
Recorded on 4/17/2014
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Connecting Globally using Web Conferencing to Enrich Instruction
Recorded on 8/1/2013
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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.