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Critical Thinking and Innovative Skills




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Course level: EDU Graduate

Learners in this course explore the development and application of critical thinking skills for all academic content areas in elementary, middle school, and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of students by exploring current instructional theories, models, and strategies; and state, local, and national standards as they relate to developing critical thinking skills in classroom teaching. Prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting delivery methods and behavior management plans for diverse individual students and student populations. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and New York.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Identify multiple teaching perspectives within academic disciplines.
  • Apply quality questioning strategies to academic content areas.
  • Identify strategies to provide students with equal access to academic content.
  • Identify Common Core State Standards, or other relevant state academic standards, that encourage critical thinking within academic disciplines.

Week 2

  • Design instruction to support a diverse student body.
  • Design instruction to meet rigorous learning goals by integrating knowledge of academic content areas, curriculum, and cross-disciplinary skills.
  • Design instruction that supports quality questioning.

Week 3

  • Integrate technologies into instruction effectively to promote critical thinking.

Week 4

  • Identify a variety of assessments to measure student progress in reaching content standards.
  • Identify appropriate feedback to encourage student progress in meeting content standards.
  • Identify a variety of assessments and feedback to encourage critical thinking.

Week 5

  • Integrate critical thinking instructional strategies into lessons to promote diverse student interest and engagement in the classroom.

Week 6

  • Determine strategies to collaborate with families and community members to develop a thinking culture.
  • Collaborate with others to create learning environments that support individual and collaborative learning.


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

Next Steps

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