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UCI Division of Continuing Education Launches Virtual Teacher Certificate Program

UCI Division of Continuing Education Launches Virtual Teacher Certificate Program

New Curriculum Provides Tools Necessary for Effective and Engaging Online Instruction

IRVINE, Calif. – February 16, 2011 – University of California, Irvine Extension recently announced the launch of its new "Virtual Teacher Certificate Program", developed to meet the needs of qualified educators who desire to pursue a career in virtual schooling. This program is designed to provide professional instructors with the most up-to-date information to systematically plan and adapt an online curriculum based on learner needs, virtual options and an efficient online learning community. The first course begins on March 28, and registration is now open.

“With traditional schools facing fewer resources than ever, UC Irvine Extension recognizes the need to develop a full program that addresses the growing demand for flexible and personalized online learning,” said Angela Jeantet, director of education programs at UC Irvine Extension. “As standards for online instruction increase, this program will provide educators with the knowledge they need to understand the movement of virtual instruction.”

The certificate program is designed to effectively transition K-12 teachers, community college faculty, continuing education facilitators and instructors interested in educational technology to facilitating instruction in a virtual environment. Courses will identify best practices for online instruction, student engagement and virtual community building. Furthermore, the program will assist instructors in developing valid measurements of student performance in the virtual environment and explain the importance of tying personal performance to student performance in a virtual school setting.

A panel of experts in the virtual industry will present the skills and knowledge teachers need to successfully teach in virtual schools in a webinar on Wednesday, March 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST. Pre-registration advisement and enrollment information about the certificate program also will be provided during the webinar.

With an outstanding advisory committee assembled to provide the most up-to-date industry insights and knowledge for program content development, UC Irvine Extension’s Education department is a premier provider of instructional development continuing education. To learn more about the Virtual Teacher Certificate Program, please visit http://unex.uci.edu/areas/education/vt/.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. Located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities, it’s Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy.