Student Choice for Engagement and Academic Success

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Explore the Benefits and Implementation of Student Choice in the Classroom

This course highlights the importance of student choice in the classroom, specifically in creating a more engaged and academically successful student body. When students are active participants in their own learning, research has shown that they are more invested in their outcomes. We will evaluate different ways student choice can be utilized in the classroom and how student choice can be used as a tool to help differentiate learning.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (K-12) who want to integrate Student Choice into their curriculum, and includes instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators, literacy coaches, Response to intervention (RTI) teams, and beginning teachers.  Allowing students a choice in their education has shown to be successful in a range of K-12 classrooms, including:  under-performing, high ELL population, low socioeconomic.

Course Materials:  No textbook requirement

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X740P – 003 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307

Student Choice for Engagement and Academic Success

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Veronica Reyes

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What You Will Learn

  • Define the elements and types of student choice
  • Identify the advantages of student choice in instruction
  • Differentiate work with student choice
  • Analyze how assessments can be beneficial with student choice
  • Design a lesson that includes student choice


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  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
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  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
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This course was very interesting and applicable to my school environment as a teacher.