Skip to Main Content Skip to bottom Skip to Chat, Email, Text
"Degrees & Programs"


Teaching Critical Thinking Skills




Estimated Tuition


Total credits


Course length

Start when you're ready

Choose an upcoming start date:

Enroll by 1pm Central:

Please Note: Attendance and participation are mandatory in all University courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This course prepares participants to incorporate critical thinking strategies in the classroom. Opportunities are provided to implement critical thinking skills into the curriculum and learning environment. Participants determine instructional and assessment strategies for thinking critically across disciplines. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Foundations and Development of Critical Thinking and Understanding

  • Define critical thinking.
  • Identify components of the critical thinking process.
  • Analyze the value of critical thinking in the classroom.
  • Examine the principles of teaching for understanding as related to critical thinking.
  • Apply the principles of teaching for understanding.
  • Identify ways that critical thinking skills can be used to engage and motivate students in a culturally responsive environment.
  • Identify critical thinking strategies for diverse learners.

Strategies for Teaching Critical Thinking

  • Determine the need for inquiry-based learning.
  • Identify ways to include inquiry-based learning in the classroom.
  • Identify critical thinking strategies that can be used in the classroom.
  • Evaluate collaborative strategies that support critical thinking.
  • Develop lessons that incorporate inquiry and critical thinking skills.

Critical Thinking in the Content Areas

  • Incorporate critical thinking strategies in the content areas.
  • Justify the use of critical thinking in the content areas.
  • Explain how critical readers interact with text.
  • Analyze how integrated instruction develops critical thinking skills.
  • Integrate critical thinking skills into the curriculum and learning environment.

Critical Thinking and Assessment

  • Identify tools for assessing critical thinking.
  • Evaluate strategies for assessing critical thinking.
  • Develop an assessment tool for assessing critical thinking skills.


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

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

Call (844) 937-8679

Transfer Credits

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer

Need to transfer credits to another college or university?

Before you enroll in a course, check with your school of choice to make sure they will accept our transfer credits and to understand any requirements or limitations. Then you can complete your course, and request your official transcript be sent to your school. That’s it!

How to request your transcripts