Virtual School Meanderings

March 17, 2017

Undergraduate Pre-Service Teacher Training Preparing Them To Teach K-12 Online

Based on a presentation that I gave at SITE this past week, I received the following question in my inbox:

I’m wondering if you have knowledge of specific courses that teach undergraduate preservice teachers how to teach blended or online?

The response that I sent was:

 Also, here are a couple of articles/chapters that may be of use for you.

Do other folks have other suggestions?


  1. TxVSN approved a number of professional development courses offered by different Tx colleges that are required for sending schools participating in TxVSN. Not pre-service programs, and I don’t know if TxVSN would accept course-work within a teacher-prep program. Another question that could be informative.

    Comment by onlinelearningevangelist — March 17, 2017 @ 7:14 am | Reply

    • Thanks Ray! You don’t know if any of these materials are available open access, do you?

      Comment by Michael Barbour — March 22, 2017 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the info on Texas, onlinelearningevengelist! :) I am also in Texas. I grew up in Alaska for the first ten years. (I moved from one big state to another! LOL). I think that University of Alaska, Southeast offers programs and resources for teaching virtually in K-12. See: See their actual program course of study here: The main contact is Lee Graham. (I think I met her at a virtual unconference a few years ago!):

    Comment by Peggy Semingson — March 17, 2017 @ 7:31 am | Reply

    • Peggy, just so you know – OnlineLearningEvangelist is Ray Rose. If you haven’t met Ray, I’d seek him out at the next TxDLA conference.

      The blog provides an interest course on virtual teaching and learning. It doesn’t appear to have a specific K-12 focus, and looking through the resources it appears that much of the material they use is more adult-focused.

      Comment by Michael Barbour — March 22, 2017 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  3. More useful links (Google “online teaching endorsement” for more): Georgia South Carolina: There’s likely more state-level endorsements. Wish there was one in Texas at preservice level in Texas (official endorsement/certification).

    Comment by Peggy Semingson — March 17, 2017 @ 7:39 am | Reply

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