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What it takes to become a special education teacher

Working in special education requires more than a bachelor’s degree and state certification and licensing. You’ll also need creativity, flexibility and a kind of patience that’s rare even among the most professional teachers, according to Yinka Dallas, an educational specialist and online instructor in the special education program for University of Phoenix....

Is learning cursive writing still necessary?

If you ask kids why a cursive “Q” looks like a “2,” or where exactly you start when writing a cursive “G,” they likely won’t be able to tell you. According to a 2013 article in USA Today, at least 41 states have dropped cursive writing from their curricula because Common Core State Standards don’t emphasize it....

Why consider a career in a STEM field?

You may have heard the term “STEM” in the news and in conversations about job growth or new opportunities for employment. But what exactly does it mean?

The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math, explains ...

How teachers can use social media in the classroom

If you’re a teacher, you’re likely always looking for ways to get your students excited about learning. One innovative method is through social media. But while some teachers already use Tweets, status updates and text messages in their lessons, you may be unsure how to employ these tools in an engaging way....

How to teach your students to be better writers

Know the old saying that “good writers are born, not made”? In classrooms from kindergarten through senior high, instructors prove that’s not necessarily the case.

“Even if you’re not a born Hemingway, there are so many ways you can improve ...

Considering a career as a teacher? Here are 5 things you can expect from University of Phoenix

If you’ve dreamed of a career as a teacher, you’ll need to take specific steps to make your dream a reality.

Here, Becky Lodewyck, associate dean of the University of Phoenix College of Education, who holds a doctorate in education, describes five things you ...

What is a teacher leader?

Teacher mentors. Curriculum specialists. Staff development leaders. Instructional coaches. New ways to define teacher leaders seem to pop up faster than you can say “Mr. Kotter.”

Although the descriptors may be different, teacher leaders share a defining ...

7 ways to successfully flip a classroom

Flipped teaching — in which students do teacher-prepared video lessons at home and then use class time to apply what they learned — is becoming increasingly popular across the country.

“I was hesitant at first about flipped teaching because it seemed like we ...

Why get a doctorate?

Think earning a doctorate means becoming a college professor? “This is a common myth,” says Ruby Rouse, PhD, a marketing consultant and an instructor in the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies (SAS).

“People think there is only one flavor of a doctorate — a PhD,” which trains ...

5 ways Common Core standards affect education

If you have kids in school, you might have found yourself scratching your head this year over some of their homework. You aren’t alone.

But there’s a reason those math and English assignments are different than before: The Common Core State Standards Initiative revises the academic ...

5 ways IEPs are changing teaching

Today’s teachers are increasingly being asked to tailor their lessons for kids with special needs, and part of that often means implementing individualized education programs (IEPs). In fact, IEPs are so common that a teacher might oversee as many as five in a class of 25 students.

5 ways teachers can build self-esteem in kids

Just because a teacher is great at instructing kids in reading, writing and arithmetic doesn’t mean the teaching job is done.

Grade-school teachers play a huge role in building children’s self-esteem, explains Connie Lorthridge, assistant dean for the University of Phoenix ...

How to bring Common Core into the classroom

If you’re a teacher who’s anxious about requirements of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, don’t be, says R. Lewis Cordell, an instructor in the education program at the University of Phoenix San Diego Campus.

“The ‘core’ of Common Core is an age-old strategy — that students need to be ...

Classroom simulations train K–12 teachers

To help prepare tomorrow’s educators for what they’ll face in the trenches, some University of Phoenix College of Education students get to practice their teaching and management skills in mock K–12 classrooms. The classrooms are up and running at the University’s Indianapolis and Salt Lake City campuses, and another is in development....

How U.S. education is changing

The United States is falling behind in education — in November 2012, the country ranked No. 17 out of 40 on a list of developed nations with the best educational systems. As other countries champion academics and Americans find themselves competing globally for jobs, policymakers are calling for educational reform....

Want an in-demand career? Become a teacher

If you’re looking for a profession with strong hiring potential, you might consider teaching.

Hundreds of thousands of teaching jobs are expected to open up throughout the rest of the decade, according to Gary Christiansen, a teacher with more ...

How to capitalize on classroom technology

There are numerous ways to revolutionize your classroom with technology. And while the latest digital toys can be expensive, innovative teachers are finding ways to bring the information age into schools without breaking the piggy bank, says R. Lewis Cordell, an education program instructor at the University of Phoenix San Diego Campus and a middle school teacher....

How to write a resumé for a teaching career

If you’ve chosen teaching as a second career, you’ll need to pass a certification test — but that’s not all. You’ll also need to update your resumé. But how do you make your previous employment experience relevant when it has nothing to do with a classroom?

5 ways teachers can network for jobs

If you’re looking to land your first teaching job or move from your current position to one in a more desirable school district, it’s not enough to hone your interview skills, says Alfonso Alva, an instructor in the master’s in education programs at the University of Phoenix Main Campus.

How should teachers be evaluated?

It’s a line that would make most teachers tremble: “We applaud your efforts but regret to inform you that your students’ standardized testing data ranked well below target, and you will therefore be terminated, effective immediately.”

5 ways volunteering helps a teaching career

Volunteering at a school not only can show that you’re passionate about teaching, but it can also make you more marketable as an educator.

“Teaching is one of those professions that fundamentally helps others,” says Tony Valley, a retired public school teacher with 30 years of experience and ...

How to become a teacher

Pursuing a teaching career requires more than just earning the appropriate degrees and teaching certificate — it takes quite a bit of soul-searching, too. Here, a seasoned educator shares tips on what you need to do before stepping in front of a class:

Should teachers receive ethics training?

Ethics training is mandatory for many professions — from medicine to law — but not for teaching. Teachers have no national standards to govern their behavior and relationships with students, according to Troy Hutchings, research chair for the College of Education and School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix....

Teaching as a second career gains popularity

If standing in front of a classroom and commanding the attention of 25 highly distractible middle school kids sounds daunting, meet new teacher Cheryl Jones.

“I have a teenager of my own,” says Jones, who has a master’s degree from ...

5 hot tips on growth industries

If you’ve been toiling in a shrinking industry, don't panic. There may be options for a second act to your career. Here are five surprising industries that are seeing a lot of growth:

Consider yourself a true “people person”? Use your people skills in the ...