UCM Partners with PBS TeacherLine to Offer Online Courses for Educators
With a long history of working with PBS through campus public television station KMOS-TV, the University of Central Missouri is strengthening that partnership while providing professional development opportunities for K-12 educators. The university's School of Graduate and Extended Studies, College of Education, and College of Science and Technology are participating in PBSTeacherLine.
UCM is one of only two partnering institutions in Missouri to provide offerings through this completely online program, and is one of only eight institutions across the country offering graduate credit opportunities. Students who enroll in the program can receive one credit hour for a 15-hour PBS course, two credit hours for a 30-hour course, and three credit hours for a 45-hour course. The classes are offered four times a year, with the next courses beginning Oct. 27.
"These classes are for the practicing educator who needs a convenient and cost-effective way to get professional development," said Barb Carder, assistant director of extended studies for distance learning at UCM. "Current graduate students would need to check with their advisor to determine if the course will count toward a degree program."
She added that once a student signs up online to take one of the PBS TeacherLine courses they have the option of getting graduate credit from any of the national providers listed. In addition to graduate credit, many school districts allow their teachers to apply PBS TeacherLine courses toward professional development points and continuing education units.
The courses are developed with multiple learning styles in mind. They also integrate a wide range of technology, including video, audio, and interactive opportunities to enhance the learning experience.
Carder said PBS provides the course content and the facilitators, who are certified in their respective teaching areas, and the courses they teach meet all local and national curriculum standards. Courses relate directly to the curriculum, and incorporate assignments and activities that teachers can immediately put to use in their classrooms. Subjects cover a wide range of areas, including instructional strategies, instructional technology, math, reading, language arts, and science.