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Online Learning & Certificates


Leveraging the expertise of our extraordinary faculty and staff, our online offerings are designed to help education professionals advance their careers, improve their practice, and develop powerful networks of peers across the world. 


MicroMasters: Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement

The MicroMasters in Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement is a series of courses designed to advance your career and offer a path to an accelerated master’s program. These courses are used by practicing teachers, leaders, and reformers to advance their current knowledge and earn a certificate.

  • LeadEd501x: Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning
    Learn why ambitious teaching and learning may be the key to global educational improvement and how to put it into practice.
  • LeadEd502x: Designing and Leading Learning Systems
    Learn leading strategies for educational innovation to improve practice, raise student performance, and reduce achievement gaps.
  • LeadEd503x: Improvement Science in Education
    Learn how to apply principles and practices of improvement science to improve educational practice, raise student performance, and reduce achievement gaps.
  • LeadEd504x: Case Studies in Continuous Educational Improvement
    Learn about leading approaches to continuous educational improvement through case studies of educational innovation.
  • LeadEd505x: Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement Capstone
    Apply your knowledge and demonstrate mastery, personal growth, and competency along dimensions central to leading educational innovation and improvement.

The courses may be taken individually free of charge or as a paid program which includes verified successful completion of the MicroMasters. Those who successfully complete the MicroMasters and are admitted to the SOE can also be granted advanced standing that will reduce the credit-hour requirements for a master’s degree in Educational Studies.

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Disciplinary Literacy 

Disciplinary literacy instruction—teaching your students to become proficient readers of various disciplines—has quickly become a hot topic among high school educators. Disciplinary literacy has gained traction as an educational priority since it has the potential to better support students’ literacy and increase their access to deeper content knowledge. It aids them in becoming college and career ready.

Covering the latest findings and recommendations from working educators in the field of disciplinary literacy, participants in this course uncovers the tools, knowledge, and strategies needed to successfully develop students' reading and writing capabilities in different disciplines. By the end of this course, you will have a detailed understanding of how to create lesson plans that help your students think critically within your specific subject and discipline, leading to improved student learning outcomes within your classroom.

This course is recommended for teachers across all subjects and disciplines in grades 9–12. Participants are not required to hold a Bachelor’s degree or teaching license in order to enroll.

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Advanced Education Technology Certificate Program 

The Advanced Education Technology Certificate is a competency-based teacher certification that aligns with the ISTE Standards for Educators (nationally recognized standards in K–16 teaching with technology). The program develops educators who will use educational technologies for learning in meaningful and transformative ways. 

School administrators and P–12 teachers work together on developing a research-based framework with technology in learning, allowing for rich discussions from both perspectives. In addition, participants will be connecting the ISTE competencies in this certificate program to their own P–12 classrooms and schools, thus creating lessons and professional development projects around their school's particular needs and demographics.

The program has a strong focus on pedagogy and instructional design that integrates technology tools. Successful participants complete a portfolio meeting all seven of the ISTE Standards for Educators and earn a certificate in Advanced Education Technology from the U-M School of Education. In addition, participants will develop a systematic competency in teaching and learning with technology.

This program is the “next step” for many educators and school administrators. This program is not about learning new digital tools, rather it is about learning pedagogical and research-informed strategies for integrating and evaluating learning technologies. It provides a common framework for teachers and administrators to assess and discuss digital learning tools.

There are 17.5 hours of synchronous course meetings made up of 7 2.5 hour sessions every other week at a regular time. The certificate program also includes 24.5 hours of asynchronous coursework over the course of a semester.

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Problem Solving Using Computational Thinking  

Have you ever heard that computers "think"? Believe it or not, computers really do not think. Instead, they do exactly what we tell them to do. Programming is, "telling the computer what to do and how to do it."

Before you can think about programming a computer, you need to work out exactly what it is you want to tell the computer to do. Thinking through problems this way is Computational Thinking. Computational Thinking allows us to take complex problems, understand what the problem is, and develop solutions. We can present these solutions in a way that both computers and people can understand.

The course includes an introduction to computational thinking and a broad definition of each concept, a series of real-world cases that illustrate how computational thinking can be used to solve complex problems, and a student project that asks you to apply what they are learning about Computational Thinking in a real-world situation. This project will be completed in stages (and milestones) and will also include a final disaster response plan you'll share with other learners like you.

This course is designed for anyone who is just beginning programming, is thinking about programming or simply wants to understand a new way of thinking about problems critically. No prior programming is needed. The examples in this course may feel particularly relevant to a high school audience and were designed to be understandable by anyone.

You will learn:

  • To define Computational Thinking components including abstraction, problem identification, decomposition, pattern recognition, algorithms, and evaluating solutions
  • To recognize Computational Thinking concepts in practice through a series of real-world case examples
  • To develop solutions through the application of Computational Thinking concepts to real world problems

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