Available Teacher Preparation MOOCs

All of the Teacher Preparation MOOCs focus on best practices and include material from a broad variety of high-quality information sources.  Each course is organized into a sequence of activities with appropriate overviews, learning objectives, background information, instructions, and resources. Questions within each activity will focus and direct the students’ learning and take their knowledge one step further with meaningful application.

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Course Descriptions

The Role of Technology in Education

Course Launched: February 8, 2016
Course Contents: The Role of Technology in Education course provides pre-service and current-service teachers  the information and resources needed to improve student outcomes through the use of technology. This course includes topics such as technology and teacher evaluation, the connections between pedagogy and technology, differentiating with technology, types of assessment, and how to be a connected educator. Each participant will gain a comprehensive understanding of the value technology brings to the learning environment; ways technology supports teaching, learning, and assessment; and ways technology can provide increased opportunities for professional learning

The Learning Environment

Course Launched: November 5, 2015
Course Contents: The Learning Environment course provides pre-service and current-service teachers with the information and resources needed to create an optimum learning environment. This course includes topics such as factors contributing to the formation of teacher expectations, classroom management at work, rules vs. procedures, impact of the environment on student outcomes, impact of family involvement and promoting cultural, racial, gender and ethnic sensitivity. Each participant will gain a comprehensive understanding of teacher expectations, classroom management, the physical environment and creating a positive learning culture.

Professional Learning Communities

Course Launched: July 2, 2015
Course Contents: Professional Learning Communities (PLC) provides participants with the information and resources needed to successfully participate in an instructional PLC. The course includes topics such as key steps in creating a PLC, collaboration, setting goals, analyzing data, common assessments, and participating in data conversations. Each participant will gain a comprehensive understanding of what an instructional PLC is, how to maximize PLC time, and how to review data and make informed decisions.

Personalized Learning through Differentiated Instruction

Course Launched: April 14, 2015
Course Contents: The Personalized Learning through Differentiated Instruction course includes topics such as differentiating instruction, special populations, meaningful tasks and feedback, and response to intervention. Each participant will gain a comprehensive understanding of what it means to differentiate instruction, how to use data to improve and personalize learning, and how to collaborate with colleagues to create a successful learning plan for all students.

Engaging Students

Course Launched: January 30, 2015
Course Contents: Engaging Students includes topics such as factors influencing engaged learning, student motivation and ownership of learning, and creating a culture of engagement. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of what it means to be engaged in learning, how to increase student involvement in a relevant way, and how to create a learning environment that maximizes student engagement.

Pedagogical Shifts to Instructional Strategies

Course Launched: October 27, 2014
Course Contents: The Pedagogical Shifts to Instructional Strategies course includes topics such as instruction and application of the mathematical and English Language Arts instructional shifts and the role of writing and reading with literacy in the content areas. Students taking this course will develop a thorough understanding of their own pedagogy and discover how to create the most successful learning environment for their students.

Planning and Assessing for Learning

Course Launched: October 2, 2014
Course Contents: The Planning and Assessing for Learning course includes topics such as intentional lesson design, the Tennessee Educator Accelerator Model (TEAM) Planning Rubric including instructional plans, student work and assessment indicators, and differentiating instruction to meet the diverse learning needs in today’s classroom. Students taking this course will develop a thorough understanding of the expectations of the TEAM rubric for instructional plans, student work, assessment, and differentiation.

Introduction to the Tennessee Academic Standards

Course Launched: September 19, 2014
Course Contents: The Introduction to the Tennessee Academic Standards course includes topics such as the research behind and structure of the Tennessee Academic Standards, the instructional shifts, the Mathematical Practice Standards and content standards, the ELA/Literacy Anchor Standards and content standards and special considerations for learners with diverse needs.

Facilitator's Guides

Facilitator’s Guides are available, upon request, to any instructor planning to use a portion of the course or even the entire course within his/her own educator preparation program. This comprehensive guide contains the same icons and information provided in the online environment while going a step further and including how to fully integrate the online course and resources into face-to-face classes.


The development of the Teacher Preparation MOOCs was funded through a grant from the Governor’s Online Innovation Fund and in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The courses are designed to be incorporated easily into teacher preparation programs or for individual learners to complete the on their own.