Magazine article Technology & Learning

Online Professional Development

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Online Professional Development

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Educators can take advantage of online certificate and degree programs and stand-alone professional development workshops, with many offering continuing education credits.

Before participating, you'll want to investigate the prestige and accreditation of the degree program, learn which online courses carry what types of credits, and find out whether there is a differentiated pay scale for taking a course for credit. If you're already enrolled in a local degree program, check with your institution to verify if online credits are transferable as electives.

Degree and Certificate Programs

Lesley College; www.lesley.edu

Offers a variety of single courses online and a new technology in education master's degree delivered completely online.

NOVA Southeastern University www.nova.edu/cwis/disted/

Offers master's and doctoral programs, with some combining online and field-based courses and others offered completely online.

Pepperdine University gsep.pepperdine.edu

Earn a master's degree in educational technology using both synchronous and asynchronous Internet technologies.

Teacher's College, Columbia University; dlp.tc.columbia.edu

Offers Web-based certificate programs as well as courses that can be taken outside of the certificate program for credit.

UCLA; www.unex.ucla.edu

UCLA Extension offers courses that cover technology tools, instructional design, and online curriculum delivery.

Western Governor's University www.wgu.edu

Offers a completely virtual campus for courses and degrees from dozens of colleges, universities, and corporations.

Workshops and Single Courses

AT&T Learning Network Virtual Academy www.att.com/learningnetwork/; 800-354-8800

This centralized academy brings content from both traditional and nontraditional schools of education. Cost structures range from per-credit university tuition fees to free online workshops.

Apple Staff Development Online henson.austin.apple.com/nshelp/ welcome.htm; 800-800-2775

Self-paced courses designed to help educators integrate technology into teaching and learning. Single course, $49; annual subscription starts at $249. …

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