As Schools Move Online, University Creates New Certificate Program for Educators

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Montclair State University has created a new certificate program, Virtual Learning for Students with Disabilities, to meet the needs of educators adjusting to the new responsibilities of online teaching. The program is designed for teachers looking to discover new technologies as they redesign curricula and instruction for the virtual learning environment.

“As educators, we have all been challenged by the abrupt shift to online instruction,” says Associate Professor Jennifer Goeke. “Those of us who teach students with disabilities have the added burden of ensuring that our students continue to learn and progress, without falling further behind.”

Classes are being taught by practicing special educators who are also technology leaders in their schools and experienced adjunct faculty in the Department of Teaching and Learning. They are acquainted with the challenges of this moment because they are facing them too.

“This program is not just about learning new apps and programs; it’s about understanding how to use technology to create an interesting, inviting and engaging virtual classroom for all students,” Goeke says.

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