[ Skip Main Nav ]

Phoenix Forward - Education Careers - University of Phoenix RSS feed

How to get the most out of student teaching

Before you earn your education degree — and become certified to teach — you must prove you can do the job. Although your coursework can help prepare you to lead a classroom, you’ll get real-world experience as a student teacher under the guidance of a mentor teacher.

How has modern education changed teaching?

When you think of K–12 teaching, if you visualize a teacher standing in front of a class presenting lessons while students sit quietly at their desks, think again, says Kimberly Smerkers-Bass, campus college chair for the College of Education and an instructor in the teaching program at the University of Phoenix® Northern Nevada Campus....

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....

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 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 ...

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 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?

With autism on the rise, teachers find support through continuing education

Picture this: It’s the first day of school for 23 third-graders. Eagerly, they settle into their seats with their new backpacks and fresh school supplies. But not the boy still sitting outside, immersed in his imaginary world of action figures. He’s that one out of every 54 boys in the U.S. who has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. And he’s going to make his ...

What’s your best advice for first-year teachers?

Summer means school’s out, but it also means new teachers are preparing for their first year in the classroom. We asked several University of Phoenix College of Education graduates — who are also experienced teachers with years in the classroom — to share their advice for their newest colleagues:

5 ways teachers can use tablets in the classroom

Educators are increasingly discovering imaginative ways to use the iPad® and other handheld tablets in the classroom, says Kathy Cook, director of educational technology for the University of Phoenix College of Education.

“IPads can be used effectively in the classroom as a textbook and document ...

Could the “flipped classroom” method revolutionize teaching?

Lisa Highfill is flipping her classroom. Her students do their homework at school and get their instruction at home.

She believes the method gives her more quality time with each student. “It’s something that we have been working on for years trying to meet children’s ...

Preparing teachers to bring technology into their classrooms

There was a time when all the technology needed in a classroom was a blackboard, chalk and students wielding pencil and paper. Today’s instructors are challenged with successfully connecting with and preparing students for the high-tech working world by adapting and utilizing new technologies in the classroom....