Teaching Essentials

NEW CERTIFICATE: Teaching Essentials: Skills for the 21st Century

This online four-course series gives those interested in teaching as well as faculty that come from the field with little or no teaching experience, the tools to be prepared to meet and engage students where they are. There are no textbook costs for this program. It results in a 12-credit short-term Teaching Essentials Certificate. Each course is 24 OSPI clock hours.

Teaching Essentials Certificate Program Outcomes:

  1. Organize and facilitate various learning spaces.
  2. Implement appropriate instructional methodologies.
  3. Assist and assess diverse learners.
  4. Utilize the internet as a learning tool and collaborative platform for continued learning.

“I had little teaching experience. This not only got me on my feet, it propelled me forward into becoming the kind of teacher that can help my students succeed.”

-Joseph Isaacks, Application Development Faculty.

Renton Technical College is pleased to announce a new partnership with South Seattle College. People who complete RTC’s Teaching Essentials series will be credited as valuable internship and workforce practicum credits for the Professional Technical Education and Instructional Design BA offered by South Seattle.

Fall 2019 registration opens June 1, 2019.

Courses are $100.00 per course; this includes all fees. Winter Quarter 2020 Registration.


Teaching Essentials Faculty

Dr. Liz Falconer is  Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning at Renton Technical College and a Quality Matters master reviewer, with a passion for curriculum development for 21st-century learners.  “My career path includes work in professional storytelling, music performance and composition as well newspaper and magazine writing. My undergraduate degree is in Japanese Studies, and I lived in Japan for 12 years, where I became a master of the koto, a traditional Japanese instrument. I then earned a masters in Japanese Pedagogy and a doctorate in International Education at the University of Iowa. I have taught in a wide variety of classroom environments, both online and traditional.

Questions? Contact Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Director Elizabeth Falconer, efalconer@rtc.edu

EDUC 200 W750 Introduction to Professional-Technical Instruction (3 credits) 10/02- 10/30

This course focuses on the first steps of organizing a class and getting ready to teach. By successfully planting the right seeds - understanding adult learners, how to write outcomes and assignments, a syllabus, and lesson plans - you can create the beginnings of a successful class.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of adult learning theories
  2. Write measurable student learning outcomes
  3. Develop and write a clear course syllabus in student-centered language
  4. Create a transparent assignment
  5. Write lesson plans for your course

EDUC 231 W752 Managing the Learning Environment (3 credits) 11/06 – 12/04

This course covers the next steps in teaching:  the basics of classroom management and student  engagement and assessment, covering various issues and practices, making use of scenarios and real-life situations.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Articulate a variety of strategies for teaching effectively.
  2. Differentiate and utilize various types of assessment to optimize learning.
  3. Integrate basic Reading Apprenticeship (RA) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) methodologies in your instruction.
  4. Align assessments with learning outcomes.

EDUC 170  W754 Technology for Teaching and Learning (3 credits) 01/15  - 02/12

This course is designed to familiarize you with useful technology for your course modality and subject matter.  You will have the chance to explore and collaborate with your colleagues as well as utilize social networks to access tools and tech teaching approaches.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Articulate several ways that technology can increase student engagement and learning.
  2. Demonstrate use of technology relevant to your subject matter and modality.
  3. Utilize the internet as a learning tool and collaborative platform for continued learning.

EDUC 282 W756  Integrating Cultural Diversity into the Curriculum (3 credits) 02/19 – 03/18

This online course focuses on awareness of diversity and equity issues; to develop skills in teaching diverse students to ensure that all are treated equitably and to help students interact with one another with an understanding and appreciation of fundamental similarities while celebrating diversity.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:.

  1. Analyze diversity, along with equity and inclusion practices, at your own institution.

  2. Articulate the importance of diversity awareness in the college classroom.

  3. Evaluate strategies for developing and maintaining a cooperative classroom community.

The Teaching Essentials Certificate addresses the following Skills Standards for Professional-Technical College Instructors:

A. Manage Learning Environments:

A1 Research, evaluate and obtain required equipment, systems, tools, supplies, and materials

A7 Identify, evaluate, and implement new instructional strategies and technologies

B Develop Outcomes, Assessments and Curricula:

B1 Identify, evaluate, and modify outcomes

B2 Create, evaluate, and modify curriculum

B3 Create, evaluate, and modify assessments

B4 Implement curriculum and assessments.

D. Provide Student Instruction

D1 Prepare and/ or gather current instructional materials

D3 Initiate, develop, and implement student assessments

D4 Modify instructional material and methods based on student and industry assessments and feedback

D5 Promote professionalism in the learning environment

As well as: Utilize the Internet and social media to connect with educators and continue professional development.