The International Teaching Certificate for New Teachers incorporates the following three online courses, taken during consecutive twelve-week terms:
- Development of the Diverse Learner in the International School Classroom
- Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to 2nd Language Learners
And one of the following:
- Curriculum and Instruction in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Sciences
for the Elementary Teacher
- Curriculum and Instruction in Subject Specific Areas for the Secondary Teacher
Plus two semesters of mentoring at the student's international school site
This course addresses the needs, interests and abilities of diverse students through an understanding of their physical, cognitive and social development. It applies neuroscience cognition to learning and classroom management for effective instructional planning, child development and student learning. The course also explores educational practices as they apply to special needs students. Specific topics covered will include:
- How personal, family, school, community and environmental factors are related to students’ academic, physical, emotional and social well-being
- Knowledge of diverse family structures, cultures and child rearing practices to develop respectful and productive relationships with families and communities
- The effects of student and/or family health, disease, nutrition, substance abuse, safety and accident prevention on student learning
- The practice of effective strategies and techniques for crisis prevention and conflict management
Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to Second Language Learners
This course explores techniques and approaches for teaching reading and writing to second language learners, both for students learning to read and write and for students utilizing English reading and writing in their subject-specific courses. Instruction is provided in designing curriculum, creating materials and developing evaluation instruments for assessing reading and writing skills for second language learners.
This course focuses on the development of lesson planning and instructional strategies for the core content areas to meet the needs of diverse learners in international primary – upper elementary classrooms.
Curriculum and Instruction in Subject Specific Areas for the Secondary Teacher
This course addresses methodologies directly related to teaching in a departmental setting and the developmental characteristics and learning styles of adolescents. New teachers will study the objectives, selection, organization and presentation of the subject matter of the various secondary school subjects and standards of the International Baccalaureate. New teachers will develop plans and delivery strategies for his or her subject area.
International School Site Mentoring
Each new teacher is mentored during their first year (fall and spring) as a new teacher by a highly seasoned Master Teacher on site who has demonstrated success in student learning within the corresponding subject/grade level. The mentor is trained by Alliant International University. The mentor's observation, coaching and documentation supports the new teacher's growth and development as a reflective effective professional who applies theories and methods in the real classroom to ensure student performance.