New Advanced Certificate in K-12 Digitally-Rich Teaching
The New York State Education Department has recently approved a 12-credit Advanced Certificate in K-12 Digitally-Rich Teaching (DTL), designed to better prepare K-12 teachers to use digital spaces and resources to enhance their students’ learning opportunities. This new certificate builds on the expertise Warner has developed around leveraging digital spaces for educational purposes, and online teaching and learning more specifically, while also recognizing the unique needs and constraints of K-12 schools.
Expertise on using digital tools and resources is increasingly high demand, especially in the Rochester area. Several school districts in the region have taken advantage of the NYS Smart Schools Bond Act to buy 1:1 computing devices for their students and are now looking for teachers who can not only make good use of these devices in their classrooms, but also take leadership roles within district-wide “digital conversions.” As there is currently no state teaching certification in this area, this new credential may be especially useful to teachers seeking their first job or wanting to advance in their career.
Advanced Certificate requirements:
A K-12 teaching methods course (3 credits) – as “good digitally-rich teaching” is first and foremost “good teaching”(may be transferred from previous graduate programs).
EDE484A: Digitally-Rich Teaching and Learning in K-12 Schools (3 credits) – a course specifically designed to support key changes in teaching mindsets and practices that are needed to take full advantage of the learning opportunities offered by digital devices, resources, and spaces.
An instructional technology elective (3 credits) –this requirement can be fulfilled by Warner courses such as “Integrating Technology in K-12 Classrooms” or “Leading Instructional Change in District-wide Digital Conversion”, or courses specially designed for specific audiences.
EDF490: Practicum in K-12 Digitally-Rich Teaching (total of 3 credits) – structured and supervised field experiences that will require the design, implementation, and evaluation of a number of prescribed “digitally-rich teaching experiences” (including full unit of study), to be recorded in a digital portfolio.
This Advanced Certificate could be taken as a “stand-alone,” or as part of any existing Warner programs, including most notably: