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SOURCE Northcentral University
NCU Graduate-Level Certificates in Mathematics Excellence and English Language Arts Excellence Align with Common Core State Standards
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northcentral University (NCU), a global online graduate school, today announced the addition of two Common Core-based post-baccalaureate certificates, Mathematics Excellence in the Common Core and English Language Arts Excellence in the Common Core. These graduate-level certificates are designed to prepare teachers to align their teaching with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Each certificate consists of four 8-week courses for a total of 12 master's – level credits.
The CCSS have been adopted by 44 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia. These standards consist of learning outcomes that students should achieve by grade level in order to move forward in their education. The primary goal is to ensure high school graduates are prepared to attend college or enter the workforce.
"The Common Core State Standards represent a unique challenge for teachers who are now facing higher expectations for themselves and for meeting the needs of the students they serve," said Dean of NCU's School of Education Dr. Cindy Guillaume. "Our goal is to help our teachers meet and exceed any challenges they face as a result of these new standards by providing relevant information and actionable skills that are immediately applicable to the classroom."
"The Common Core initiative represents a unique opportunity to begin a more comprehensive, national discussion on best practices and approaches in math and English language arts," added NCU faculty member Dr. Casey Reason, who helped develop the curriculum for the new certificates. "By providing teachers with a short-term certificate they can complete in eight months or less, NCU offers practical application oriented training that will help teachers successfully teach in the Common Core and elevate their instructional practice."
The certificate programs are approved for financial aid, which is available to those who qualify. More information about these certificates is available at http://ncu.edu/CommonCore.
About Northcentral University
Founded in 1996, Northcentral University is a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university serving professionals globally. Northcentral University offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees in business and technology management, education, psychology, as well as marriage and family therapy. Courses are taught one-to-one by a member of NCU's 100 percent doctoral faculty, and there are no physical residency requirements. Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC). For more information, visit www.ncu.edu or call (888) 628-2078. For program disclosures, please visit www.ncu.edu/GE.
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