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6 ways a prerequisite course can help you succeed

If you’re wondering why you need to take a course in general education before you get into the meat of your college curriculum at University of Phoenix, you’re not alone.

Many students think they may not need this five-week foundations course, ...

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....

How U.S. schools are providing green education

When you think about going green, you might visualize recycling, planting an organic garden or reducing energy use at home. But did you know that heightened environmental awareness in the United States has inspired a movement in K–12 schools?

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....

What can an associate degree do for you?

Earning a college degree doesn’t have to take four years. You can finish an associate degree in as little as two years and gain the skills to help increase your job opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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 ...

The evolution of technology in the classroom

From yesteryear’s chalk slates to today’s iPad® tablets, technology as a teaching tool has come a long way.

“I have seen many changes in classroom technology since I started my first job in the 1980s,” says Kathy Cook, director of educational technology for ...

5 benefits of a small class size

When it comes to the number of students in a college class, does size make a difference?

Yes, say two experts, who note that the intimacy of a class with 15 to 20 students often means more individual attention and better communication ...

Is texting bad for kids’ communications skills?

OMG! Can u BLV it? Txting ur BFF during class is bad 4 u!


If you have a teen or preteen in your household, you probably know that kids ...

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:

Want engaged students? Send them outside to play

Once the playground din dies down, recess is more than just a midday chance for students to run, jump rope and scream. Playtime also promotes good behavior in the classroom.

In fact, a 2009 study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics ...

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 ...

Teachers prepare for education’s next frontier: online learning

From the pioneers’ one-room schoolhouses to today’s sprawling campuses, the K-12 classroom hasn’t changed much over the past 200 years: four walls, desks and chairs, students and teachers. Then the iPod® generation registered for kindergarten.

Want to thank a teacher? Try DonorsChoose.org

What do you give a teacher who has more coffee mugs than there are days in the week? Try DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that facilitates fundraising for individual teachers’ class projects. It’s a thoughtful way to say thank you during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7–11) or at the end of the school year, when tissue boxes, pencils and disinfecting wipes are no ...

How do you train teachers for the future?

Conceptual frameworks, typically used as the first step in scholarly research, are taking on an importance even beyond academia. Today, as business organizations struggle to embrace collaboration among diverse stakeholders working in many different locations, developing clear conceptual frameworks is key to communicating a shared vision, one based on an organized ...

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 ...

How the arts can improve SAT scores

Albert Einstein, who developed the Theory of Relativity, also played the violin. Leonardo da Vinci, an engineer and inventor, painted the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper.”  These geniuses utilized art to exercise their scientific minds and, by doing so, they aced the test — the test of time.

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....