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Bachelor's and Certificate Admissions
Norwich University’s Teaching and Learning Certificate program is designed to equip professionals who already have subject matter expertise within their academic discipline with the knowledge, skills, and credentials to teach at the post-secondary level or train in a corporate setting. Maybe this is why it is so popular with our alumni. Throughout the course of the program, you will examine the roles and responsibilities of teachers and students and acquire skills for effective teaching in both online and in-person settings. Key curriculum objectives include learning how to craft educational experiences for diverse learners, create effective assignments and classroom materials, and develop and sustain a vibrant learning community.
Norwich’s Teaching and Learning Certificate can provide you with the foundation to teach at a two- or four-year university or in a military or corporate educational setting - in online, hybrid, and face-to-face environments. The skills you gain through this program will also be useful in a wide range of professional positions within and outside the field of education.
With so much to learn and do, it’s easy to lose track of how to get started. Don’t worry: Norwich works hard to make it easy for you. We can guide you through the application process, give you tips on how to get the most out of your Norwich experience, and assist you in getting the required course materials for the Teaching and Learning Certificate program.
The Teaching and Learning Certificate program is a 12-credit program comprised of two 11-week courses of six credits each. You have the option of taking the courses on a non-credit basis. During your coursework, you will:
ED570 Teaching and Learning I
Week 1: What Makes a Good Teacher?
Week 2: The Face of the 21st-Century Classroom
Week 3: How Do People Learn?
Week 4: Building a Positive Learning Environment
Week 5: Choosing Content
Week 6: Identifying Learning Outcomes and Assessing Learning
Week 7: Learning about Learning Strategies - I
Week 8: Learning about Learning Strategies - II
Week 9: Choosing and Using Media to Enhance Learning
Week 10: Designing and Presenting a Learning Experience
Week 11: Your Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
ED571 Teaching and Learning II
Week 1: What Makes a Good Course - Design and Framing Factors to Consider
Week 2: Designing for Student Motivation
Week 3: The Components of an Effective Syllabus
Week 4: Developing a Course Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessments
Week 5: Choosing Effective Learning Strategies
Week 6: Selecting Readings, Tools and Websites
Week 7: The Importance of Policy (FERPA, grades, plagiarism, class participation, lateness, ADA)
Week 8: The Ever-Changing Technology Landscape
Week 9: Putting it Together - Your Course Syllabus
Week 10: The Importance of Reflective Practice
Week 11: Completing Your Portfolio
Harold (Hal) Kearsley is the Associate Dean of Academic Programs at Norwich University's College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. He earned his BA in International Studies from the University of South Carolina, his MA in International Relations from the University of Southern California, and his PhD in Political Science from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Hal was an officer in the US Navy prior to entering academics. He has taught and/or held administrative posts at a number of institutions including Schiller International University, Aberdeen University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Troy University before joining the Norwich University team in 2002. He was the program director for the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program from that time until 2011 and has been the Associate Dean since 2008. He is also a professor of political science in Norwich University's Department of History and Political Science.
Alec Adams oversees the administrative and operational needs of online degree completion programs, teaches in the Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program, and has worked at Norwich University since 2004. Prior to his current role at Norwich, he worked with numerous programs and helped launch the MEd and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership programs. Before joining Norwich he spent seven years teaching, followed by a position as the Head of School where he developed and launched a “traveling” high school called the Academy for Global Exploration. There he oversaw the delivery of secondary education in non-traditional settings (e.g., the jungles of Costa Rica and the islands of Greece). His diverse background includes 12 years in the hospitality industry. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire, a Master in Education with a focus in higher education from Vermont College, and a Master in Business Administration from Norwich University.
Carol Spaulding has been working at Norwich University for 11 years. Formerly an assistant director for the MBA program, she currently serves as both the senior student services advisor and the admissions advisor for the two online graduate certificate programs at Norwich. Carol is also the student services advisor for the Master of Science in Nursing program. She enjoys helping graduate students so they can have a great experience while in school. Carol has a BA in early childhood education and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from Norwich University. She has been married for 33 years and has two grown children.
Our admissions process involves a clear set of requirements. First and foremost, your application packet must be complete in order for us to fairly evaluate it. Among the documents you need to submit for the Teaching and Learning Certificate program are an online application form; an essay that addresses why you wish to teach, official transcripts from any post-secondary institutions from which a degree has been awarded, and a resume. Full admissions requirements can be found at the Teaching and Learning Certificate Admissions.
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The Teaching and Learning Certificate program is an investment in your future that we can help you manage from a financial perspective. There are many ways to get financial assistance and many strategies that can help you achieve your goals. Whatever your individual situation, we can guide you through the financial planning process.
Cost is the same whether taken for credit or not for credit.
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With two Norwich programs under his belt (first the Master of Arts in Diplomacy, which was quickly followed up with the Teaching and Learning Certificate), Luke Medvegy has found a place to put his education into practice. Now an instructor and doctrine writer for the Army Logistics University's Ordinance Basic Officer Leader's Course, Medvegy says his Norwich education "increased both my depth and breadth of knowledge of world events. This is what I used on a daily basis in the classroom environment." It is not uncommon for many of Norwich’s graduate alumni to also pursue the Teaching and Learning Certificate, especially so soon after completing their master’s program. Like Medvegy and Norwich alumni before him, they often seek to apply their master’s degree and professional skills in teaching positions at various levels. For Medvegy, his Norwich journey took him from student to teacher while juggling his time and duties in the United States Army.
Medvegy first learned about Norwich University in 2003 when he was commissioned into the Army. There, he served with several members of the Norwich community, and when the time came to return to school for his master’s degree, he says he knew without a doubt that his "educational needs would be met by Norwich University." Stationed at the Army Logistics University at Fort Lee in Virginia, he had the time to begin studying; knowing that he would be headed to Saudi Arabia for his next posting, he enrolled in Norwich’s Master of Arts in Diplomacy program.
"I walked away with a sense of achievement and mission accomplishment," Medvegy says, recalling his experience with the diplomacy program. "It was tremendously rewarding." While attending the capstone residency experience as part of the diplomacy program, he was able to meet and network with his classmates and program faculty. Those interactions led Medvegy to pursue the Norwich Teaching and Learning Certificate. "I knew that I wanted to return to ALU (Army Logistics University) to teach lieutenants in the Basic Officer Leader Course,” he says. “The Teaching and Learning Certificate program provided me the opportunity to link diplomacy in the classroom in an effort to teach young lieutenants of today."
As an instructor at the Army Logistics University, Medvegy now administers professional leader development programs in logistics management and supervisory skills to Basic Officer Leader Course students. He is responsible for planning, developing, scheduling, and conducting tactical / multifunctional logistics training for many units including international officers, Department of the Army civilians, and National Guard personnel. He says the skills he developed from the Teaching and Learning Certificate program have equipped him for this multifaceted role.
“The program prepared me on how to write lesson plans, facilitate/teach them, and how to evaluate students using Bloom's Taxonomy for higher learning in adult education,” Medvegy says. He also believes that the tools taught in the program can be applicable for teachers in a variety of fields, adding, “I would recommend this to any upcoming teacher looking to perfect their craft.”
As he moves forward in his career, Medvegy looks back at his time at Norwich, saying, “Norwich provided me the tools for my success. Now, the rest is up to me.”
Editor's Note: The Teaching and Learning Certificate is open to anyone who is interested in teaching at the post-secondary level or being a trainer in a corporate/community setting. Many alumni of Norwich's master's programs pursue this certificate for these very reasons.