Announcing Three New Certificate Programs

TCNJ and RTC are proud to announce three new Certificate Programs for current and future students!

They are designed for working K-12 teachers seeking professional development and are separate from state certification or licensure.

Each 15-credit certificate combines courses within the M.Ed. Program with additional professional development courses offered by RTC. All courses in the certificate programs can be taken in online or face-to-face formats. See theRTC.net for course locations throughout New Jersey.

Options include:

Classroom Climate (five 3-credit courses)

  • Cooperative Discipline EDIN565 – Shift discipline from controlling student behavior by rewards and punishment to managing and motivating students by building self-esteem and helping them make better choices.
  • Increasing Student Responsibility and Self-Discipline in Learning Communities EDIN544 – Develop approaches to help students resolve their inner conflicts, and improve responsibility and self-discipline.
  • Styles of Teaching: Personality Type in the Classroom  EDIN548 – Based on Jung’s four temperaments, issues pertaining to teaching, learning, classroom management, communication, conflict resolution, esteem building, and problem solving will be examined and applied to classroom situations.
  • Motivation: The Art and Science of Inspiring Classroom Success EDIN556 – Increase awareness of various motivational techniques through research, literature, simulations, discussions, applications and reflection.
  • The Bully Proof Classroom EDIN559 – Bullying is an important issue facing families, schools, communities, and society.  understand the issues and develop strategies to address the problem.

The Differentiated Classroom (five 3-credit courses)

  • Differentiated Instruction EDIN570 – The focus of this course is to provide a framework to design effective instruction for all students using students’ learning styles, interests and level of readiness.
  • Universal Design for Learning: Reaching All Learners in the Digital Age EDIN536 – A blueprint for creating flexible goals, methods, materials and assessments that enable students with deiverse needs and learning styles to succeed in an inclusive, standards-based, digital classroom.
  • Skills for Building the Collaborative Classroom EDIN528 – Collaboration, cooperation, innovation, creativity and critical thinking are demonstrated using interactive hands-on structures and activities.
  • Skills and Strategies for Inclusion and Disability Awareness EDIN555 – Educators will gain a deeper understanding of disabilities, and examine the social, academic and physical considerations in school, community and home as factors in the learning environment.
  • From Challenge to Success: ADHD, LD, and the Spectrum EDIN552 – Today’s classrooms include a spectrum of learners who have different levels of attention, learning, communication, and behaviors.  Learn how to tap into your students’ strengths with appropriate interventions and curriculum practices.

Brain-Based Teaching (five 3-credit courses)

  • Brain-Based Teaching and Learning EDIN560 – Current research in neuroscience indicate ways that brains naturally learn best, and applications to the K-12 classroom.
  • The Gendered Brain EDIN558 – Current research on gender differences will be examined and discussed, and how to provide educational equality enhancing each student’s personal worth and meaning through a variety of gender specific activities.
  • The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement EDIN553 – Instructional content can be enlivened in the K-12 classroom through the use of dynamic movement and kinesthetic activity.  By using movement, academic standards can be met, test schores cam be improved and importact life skills can be developed. 
  • The Kinesthetic Classroom II: Moving Across the Standards EDIN554 – Design kinesthetic activities for the K-12 classroom focusing on teaching Common Core and national standards based on content. Design effective action plans to increase movement in the school environment. 
  • Encouraging Skillful, Critical, and Creative Thinking  EDIN545 – A practical, experiential course for all educators to explore and apply a variety of instructional strategies to teach students to be better thinkers.
For more information about the certificate programs, please contact the RTC office at 800-433-4740 or Dr. Alan Amtzis at 609-771-2586.

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