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Bring the best learning tools to your school and your students while working on your Arizona educator recertification or Arizona teacher endorsement. We offer a variety of online courses to fit your busy schedule. Discover new ways to solve everyday problems and find fresh strategies and techniques to elevate the classroom experience.

Although Arizona Department of Education (ADE) does not provide formal review of continuing education course work, the University of Phoenix, College of Education has made a determination that the following courses are aligned to your state’s requirements.

Recertification and Endorsement Courses

  1. Constitution Requirements
  2. ELS
  3. Reading
  4. Mathematics K-8
  5. Middle Grades
  6. Gifted Education

This course provides an overview of Arizona history from its preterritorial days to the present. Participants examine the original intent and current influence of the Arizona Constitution and the constitutional issues impacting Arizona. County government and municipalities, including the organization and funding of schools, are also addressed.

 

1 credits  2weeks  $175
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is a study of the creation, application, and viability of the United States Constitution. Participants examine the Constitution's historical and philosophical origins to better understand its original intent, evolution, and current usage, specifically through its interpretation in changing social and political climates. Emphasis is on the Constitution’s influence on education in the United States.

 

1 credits  2 weeks  $175
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides K-12 educators with a foundational understanding of assessment practices for English language learners. Participants examine the relationship between instruction and assessment, assessment techniques, progress reporting, content-area testing, and program interventions. Communication principles and the role of parents as related to assessment are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores cross-cultural communication and global awareness in multicultural K-12 education. Participants learn and apply the principles of culturally responsive teaching and multicultural and global education with particular attention to English language learners. Instructional strategies, diversity, and technology as related to cross-cultural communication are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces K-12 educators to the nature, structure, and acquisition of language. Participants study the first and second language acquisition process, the cultural implication of language and classroom instruction, and the integration of theory and practices including assessment and phonology, morphology, and syntax of English. Participants apply linguistic theory through instructional methods to support the English language learner.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course prepares K-12 educators to use effective instructional techniques, methodology, and assessments for English language learners (ELLs). Participants apply researched theory focusing on sheltered instruction, particularly the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model. Instructional techniques for teaching students of limited English proficiency, including instruction in the English language and development of the student's mastery of the language skills of reading, writing, and listening/speaking, differentiated instruction, lesson comprehension, integration and use of English language standards, special education, and parental involvement as related to English language learners are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to introduce participants to the history, laws, and theories of education for English language learners. Participants identify effective instructional models and teaching practices appropriate for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Participants also develop content area lesson plans and assessments, including appropriate materials, technology tools, and resources for English language learners. Cultural diversity, language acquisition, differentiated instruction, and TESOL program models are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides educators with a foundational awareness and understanding of best practices for teaching reading and writing to English language learners. Language acquisition and literacy development as it relates to teaching reading and writing is explored. Participants create reading and writing instruction and assessment for integration across the curriculum.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on K-12 reading assessment. Participants examine various types of assessment for use in the classroom, the school, the district, and the state. Participants explore objective tests, performance assessments, and standardized testing. Topics include evaluation of curriculum and assessment, data-driven decision making, response to intervention for struggling readers, diversity and assessment, and ethical and legal considerations.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

In this course, participants explore the teaching of reading and writing in grades 6-12 content area classrooms. Participants learn instructional strategies, comprehension strategies, vocabulary strategies, and techniques for using reading and writing to learn across content area lines. Methods for differentiating instruction as well as assessing reading and writing are examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on methods and materials for teaching diverse elementary children to read and write well in various content areas. Participants examine current critical issues affecting content area reading and writing, including state and national assessments. Effective reading and writing strategies, vocabulary development, and technology tools, media, and print materials used to enhance children's reading and writing in the content areas are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide an integrated approach to reading instruction. Participants analyze current trends for teaching literacy and explore specific strategies designed to help construct meaning across the curriculum. Participants learn methods for meeting the needs of diverse learners and assessing reading performance. In addition, emphasis is placed on components of balanced literacy instruction, including word identification, pre-reading techniques, vocabulary development, fluency, comprehension, writing, and technology-based instruction.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course emphasizes literacy and learning in grades 6-12. Various influences on reading and writing are analyzed, including new literacies, information and communication technologies, diversity, schema, resources, and student skill level. Participants examine state and national standards, instructional strategies, active engagement techniques, fluency, vocabulary development, and assessment.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on evaluating, selecting, integrating, and understanding adolescent literature in 6th-12th grade classrooms. Participants investigate gender, language, and individual preferences in adolescent literature. Participants analyze various techniques and formats for teaching diverse learners using an array of culturally responsive, age-appropriate, classic, contemporary, and award-winning literature. Participants examine the use of text sets, choice books, technology links, tradebooks, audio books, author studies, performance assessments, and book-to-film features to incorporate across the curriculum.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 


This course examines children's literature, its various genres, and its importance in the classroom to engage students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Participants explore the value that children's literature adds to the lives of children and why reading matters for children, teachers, adults, society, and the world. Participants examine how to encourage children to be lifelong readers by learning about how, when, and why children read.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 



This course is designed to guide participants in the practical application of current trends and strategies of school leadership and organizational culture. Participants explore the roles and responsibilities of leaders, including decision making, communication, collaboration, and conflict management. An emphasis is placed on responsiveness to legislation and the implementation of standards, including the Common Core State Standards. Participants also explore ways to facilitate positive school change.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Students collect, analyze, and interpret data as they examine the role of statistical analysis and statistical terminology. Students also apply appropriate statistical techniques and analytical reasoning in real-world problems to communicate logical arguments and models. The course topics includes probability, statistics, and quantitative reasoning.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to have students demonstrate the ability to use fundamental concepts of geometry including definitions, tools of geometry, and to recognize geometry as an axiomatic system.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This is the first course of a two-part series designed for K-8 pre-service teachers to address a conceptual understanding of mathematics taught in elementary school. The focus of part one will be on real number properties, patterns, operations and algebraic reasoning and problem solving.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This is the second course in a two-part series designed for K-8 pre-service teachers to address a conceptual understanding of mathematics taught in elementary school. The focus of part two will be on measurement, geometry, probability, and data analysis.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces algebraic concepts providing a solid foundation for college algebra. Topics range from properties of real numbers, the order of operations, and algebraic expressions to solving equations and inequalities. Additional topics include polynomials, factoring methods, rational and radical expressions as well as graphing and functions.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course presents traditional concepts in college algebra. Topics include linear, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, sequences, and series.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course emphasizes content and process standards and pedagogical instruction that enhance learning in P-8 mathematics. Participants explore teaching mathematics through research-based practices, problem-solving, and developmentally effective instructional strategies. Participants also examine assessment techniques, technology tools, instructional leadership, diverse learning needs, and materials management.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of theory and research on adolescent development aligned to the following domains: physical, cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and identity. Participants review how adolescents react to and cope with the influence of sociocultural context in society. In addition, participants analyze adolescent interactions with peers and family, gender and multicultural issues, and school and community settings.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to evaluate the unique characteristics of adolescents and the diversity among middle school students and their families. Instructional strategies, standards, technology integration, and assessment are examined. Participants develop curriculum and instruction to engage students and promote learning and achievement.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores the characteristics of and methods for identifying gifted and talented learners, including those in underrepresented populations. Programs, resources, and supports for the diverse needs of gifted and talented learners are examined. Participants investigate strategies and develop lessons to foster the academic, social, and emotional development of gifted and talented learners.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the theories, research, standards, and practices necessary to adapt, develop, and sustain high quality curriculum and instruction for diverse gifted and talented learners. Participants examine strategies to enhance acceleration, depth, and complexity of learning. Participants explore creative student products, the use of technology, assessment, differentiation, collaboration, enrichment, and higher order processing skills in curriculum and instruction for highly able students.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of evaluation methods and assessment of gifted and talented learners. Participants interpret different evaluation and assessment tools, identifying the pros, cons, and limitations of multiple assessments. Participants explore solutions and alternative assessments in the identification of gifted and talented learners. Strategies in the ongoing assessment process of gifted and talented learners are also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks   
Total Credits  Course length  

 

This course prepares participants to enhance critical thinking skills in gifted and talented learners. Participants explore theories, teaching and assessment methods, instructional strategies, and technology related to the development of critical thinking skills in gifted and talented learners. Characteristics of gifted and talented learners, differentiated instruction, creative thinking, twice exceptional learners, and student engagement are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Constitution Requirements

This course provides an overview of Arizona history from its preterritorial days to the present. Participants examine the original intent and current influence of the Arizona Constitution and the constitutional issues impacting Arizona. County government and municipalities, including the organization and funding of schools, are also addressed.

 

1 credits  2weeks  $175
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is a study of the creation, application, and viability of the United States Constitution. Participants examine the Constitution's historical and philosophical origins to better understand its original intent, evolution, and current usage, specifically through its interpretation in changing social and political climates. Emphasis is on the Constitution’s influence on education in the United States.

 

1 credits  2 weeks  $175
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

ESL

This course provides K-12 educators with a foundational understanding of assessment practices for English language learners. Participants examine the relationship between instruction and assessment, assessment techniques, progress reporting, content-area testing, and program interventions. Communication principles and the role of parents as related to assessment are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores cross-cultural communication and global awareness in multicultural K-12 education. Participants learn and apply the principles of culturally responsive teaching and multicultural and global education with particular attention to English language learners. Instructional strategies, diversity, and technology as related to cross-cultural communication are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces K-12 educators to the nature, structure, and acquisition of language. Participants study the first and second language acquisition process, the cultural implication of language and classroom instruction, and the integration of theory and practices including assessment and phonology, morphology, and syntax of English. Participants apply linguistic theory through instructional methods to support the English language learner.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course prepares K-12 educators to use effective instructional techniques, methodology, and assessments for English language learners (ELLs). Participants apply researched theory focusing on sheltered instruction, particularly the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model. Instructional techniques for teaching students of limited English proficiency, including instruction in the English language and development of the student's mastery of the language skills of reading, writing, and listening/speaking, differentiated instruction, lesson comprehension, integration and use of English language standards, special education, and parental involvement as related to English language learners are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to introduce participants to the history, laws, and theories of education for English language learners. Participants identify effective instructional models and teaching practices appropriate for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Participants also develop content area lesson plans and assessments, including appropriate materials, technology tools, and resources for English language learners. Cultural diversity, language acquisition, differentiated instruction, and TESOL program models are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides educators with a foundational awareness and understanding of best practices for teaching reading and writing to English language learners. Language acquisition and literacy development as it relates to teaching reading and writing is explored. Participants create reading and writing instruction and assessment for integration across the curriculum.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Reading

This course focuses on K-12 reading assessment. Participants examine various types of assessment for use in the classroom, the school, the district, and the state. Participants explore objective tests, performance assessments, and standardized testing. Topics include evaluation of curriculum and assessment, data-driven decision making, response to intervention for struggling readers, diversity and assessment, and ethical and legal considerations.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

In this course, participants explore the teaching of reading and writing in grades 6-12 content area classrooms. Participants learn instructional strategies, comprehension strategies, vocabulary strategies, and techniques for using reading and writing to learn across content area lines. Methods for differentiating instruction as well as assessing reading and writing are examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on methods and materials for teaching diverse elementary children to read and write well in various content areas. Participants examine current critical issues affecting content area reading and writing, including state and national assessments. Effective reading and writing strategies, vocabulary development, and technology tools, media, and print materials used to enhance children's reading and writing in the content areas are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide an integrated approach to reading instruction. Participants analyze current trends for teaching literacy and explore specific strategies designed to help construct meaning across the curriculum. Participants learn methods for meeting the needs of diverse learners and assessing reading performance. In addition, emphasis is placed on components of balanced literacy instruction, including word identification, pre-reading techniques, vocabulary development, fluency, comprehension, writing, and technology-based instruction.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course emphasizes literacy and learning in grades 6-12. Various influences on reading and writing are analyzed, including new literacies, information and communication technologies, diversity, schema, resources, and student skill level. Participants examine state and national standards, instructional strategies, active engagement techniques, fluency, vocabulary development, and assessment.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on evaluating, selecting, integrating, and understanding adolescent literature in 6th-12th grade classrooms. Participants investigate gender, language, and individual preferences in adolescent literature. Participants analyze various techniques and formats for teaching diverse learners using an array of culturally responsive, age-appropriate, classic, contemporary, and award-winning literature. Participants examine the use of text sets, choice books, technology links, tradebooks, audio books, author studies, performance assessments, and book-to-film features to incorporate across the curriculum.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 


This course examines children's literature, its various genres, and its importance in the classroom to engage students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Participants explore the value that children's literature adds to the lives of children and why reading matters for children, teachers, adults, society, and the world. Participants examine how to encourage children to be lifelong readers by learning about how, when, and why children read.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 



This course is designed to guide participants in the practical application of current trends and strategies of school leadership and organizational culture. Participants explore the roles and responsibilities of leaders, including decision making, communication, collaboration, and conflict management. An emphasis is placed on responsiveness to legislation and the implementation of standards, including the Common Core State Standards. Participants also explore ways to facilitate positive school change.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Mathematics K-8

Students collect, analyze, and interpret data as they examine the role of statistical analysis and statistical terminology. Students also apply appropriate statistical techniques and analytical reasoning in real-world problems to communicate logical arguments and models. The course topics includes probability, statistics, and quantitative reasoning.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to have students demonstrate the ability to use fundamental concepts of geometry including definitions, tools of geometry, and to recognize geometry as an axiomatic system.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This is the first course of a two-part series designed for K-8 pre-service teachers to address a conceptual understanding of mathematics taught in elementary school. The focus of part one will be on real number properties, patterns, operations and algebraic reasoning and problem solving.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This is the second course in a two-part series designed for K-8 pre-service teachers to address a conceptual understanding of mathematics taught in elementary school. The focus of part two will be on measurement, geometry, probability, and data analysis.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces algebraic concepts providing a solid foundation for college algebra. Topics range from properties of real numbers, the order of operations, and algebraic expressions to solving equations and inequalities. Additional topics include polynomials, factoring methods, rational and radical expressions as well as graphing and functions.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course presents traditional concepts in college algebra. Topics include linear, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, sequences, and series.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course emphasizes content and process standards and pedagogical instruction that enhance learning in P-8 mathematics. Participants explore teaching mathematics through research-based practices, problem-solving, and developmentally effective instructional strategies. Participants also examine assessment techniques, technology tools, instructional leadership, diverse learning needs, and materials management.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Middle Grades

This course provides an overview of theory and research on adolescent development aligned to the following domains: physical, cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and identity. Participants review how adolescents react to and cope with the influence of sociocultural context in society. In addition, participants analyze adolescent interactions with peers and family, gender and multicultural issues, and school and community settings.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to evaluate the unique characteristics of adolescents and the diversity among middle school students and their families. Instructional strategies, standards, technology integration, and assessment are examined. Participants develop curriculum and instruction to engage students and promote learning and achievement.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Gifted Education

This course explores the characteristics of and methods for identifying gifted and talented learners, including those in underrepresented populations. Programs, resources, and supports for the diverse needs of gifted and talented learners are examined. Participants investigate strategies and develop lessons to foster the academic, social, and emotional development of gifted and talented learners.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the theories, research, standards, and practices necessary to adapt, develop, and sustain high quality curriculum and instruction for diverse gifted and talented learners. Participants examine strategies to enhance acceleration, depth, and complexity of learning. Participants explore creative student products, the use of technology, assessment, differentiation, collaboration, enrichment, and higher order processing skills in curriculum and instruction for highly able students.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of evaluation methods and assessment of gifted and talented learners. Participants interpret different evaluation and assessment tools, identifying the pros, cons, and limitations of multiple assessments. Participants explore solutions and alternative assessments in the identification of gifted and talented learners. Strategies in the ongoing assessment process of gifted and talented learners are also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks   
Total Credits  Course length  

 

This course prepares participants to enhance critical thinking skills in gifted and talented learners. Participants explore theories, teaching and assessment methods, instructional strategies, and technology related to the development of critical thinking skills in gifted and talented learners. Characteristics of gifted and talented learners, differentiated instruction, creative thinking, twice exceptional learners, and student engagement are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

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