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Learn about teacher training with online courses and programs

From kindergarten teachers to college professors, educators can have a profound impact on learning and development, both inside and outside of the classroom. Learn about teacher training with online courses delivered by edX.

What is teacher training?

Teacher training refers to the process of preparing individuals to become effective educators in schools or educational institutions. It involves acquiring the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to teach and support student learning. Teacher training programs aim to develop and enhance the abilities of aspiring teachers, equipping them with the necessary pedagogical, instructional, and classroom management skills.

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Teacher training course curriculum

If you are interested in K-12 education or organizational education, teacher training might be a career path to explore. A teacher training course can introduce you to a new profession or enhance your existing skills. Teacher training courses can cover a wide range of topics, from the foundational concepts of teaching and learning to more advanced topics such as educational innovation and leadership. 

An introductory course in teacher training might cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to teaching: Role of the teacher, the different types of teaching.

  • Pedagogy: Theories, instructional methods, assessment.

  • Classroom management: Positive learning environments, managing student behavior.

  • Child development: Factors that can motivate learning and the stages of development.

  • Professionalism: Ethics, professional development.

Once you understand the basics, you may move to more advanced courses in teacher training that can cover specialized topics, such as:

  • Educational innovation and improvement: Developing creative strategies, new methods for improving education.

  • Leadership in education: Roles of leaders, developing a vision for change.

  • Educational policy: Different levels of education policy, how to influence policy.

  • Data-driven decision-making: Using data to improve instruction, developing a data-driven culture.

  • Technology integration: Technology in the classroom, the benefits of technology integration.

edX has courses and programs for all levels of learners. From accelerated boot camps to comprehensive programs that allow you to earn a bachelor’s degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree, there are many different learning formats available to fit your needs. Busy professionals can even take advantage of executive education courses tailored to those in leadership and management positions. Find the right course for you.

Teacher training jobs

If you are interested in supporting the development of educators, you can look into becoming a teacher trainer. These professionals specialize in providing training and professional development to teachers. They design and deliver workshops, seminars, and courses that enhance teachers' pedagogical knowledge, instructional techniques, and classroom management skills. Teacher trainers may be employed by school districts, educational organizations, or universities.

Other roles that may also support the development of educators include:

  • Instructional coaches work directly with teachers to provide guidance, support, and feedback on their teaching practice. They observe classroom instruction, facilitate reflective discussions, and offer strategies to improve teaching effectiveness. 

  • Curriculum developers create educational materials and resources for teachers to use in their classrooms. They design curriculum frameworks, lesson plans, assessments, and educational materials aligned with educational standards and best practices. 

  • Education consultants offer their expertise and guidance to schools, districts, or educational organizations on various educational matters, including teacher training. They assess educational needs, develop customized training programs, and provide recommendations for improving teaching and learning. 

  • Professional development coordinators are responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing professional development programs for teachers. They identify relevant training opportunities, coordinate workshops and conferences, and facilitate collaboration among educators. 

  • Teacher mentors are experienced educators who provide guidance and support to novice teachers. They offer advice, share best practices, and help new teachers navigate the challenges of the profession. 

  • Educational researchers conduct research studies focused on improving teaching and learning practices. They investigate educational theories, evaluate instructional methods, and examine the effectiveness of teacher training programs. 

Are you ready to start learning? Explore teacher training courses delivered by edX and help develop the next generation of great educators.

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