LEXINGTON, Ky. —With a focus on the changing nature of education in a connected world, a new partnership is offering educators options for pairing graduate certificates and advanced degrees with professional learning microcredentials.
The University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership Studies is partnering with Eduro Learning Inc., an organization that provides high-quality professional learning focusing on pedagogy and technology to transform student learning. Together, the programs offered through Eduro Learning and the University of Kentucky will focus on how technology transforms learning. The first cohort of scholars begins January 2019.
The partnership will pair Eduro’s Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL) with the University of Kentucky’s graduate certificate in school technology leadership.
Beyond COETAIL, educators may also choose to pursue additional programming offered by Eduro Learning or the University of Kentucky. Possibilities include graduate certificates and an online master’s degree (M.Ed.) or education specialist (Ed.S.) degree in teacher leadership from the University of Kentucky, and digital resources, online courses, microcredentials, face-to-face training and mentorship programs from Eduro Learning.
Both programs are fully online and have attracted educators based in locations across the globe.
“The programs are flexible and offer practical online graduate education to educators worldwide,” said John Nash, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. “The partnership leverages our faculty’s depth in educational technology, educational leadership and international schooling. We see this program as a natural choice for international educators looking to lead improvements in the way technology is used for teaching and learning in their school.”
COETAIL and University of Kentucky faculty are working together to align their courses to include overlapping assignments. Both programs are based on the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
“Our cohorts become tight-knit groups of educators who support each other throughout their COETAIL experience,” said Lissa Layman, Eduro Learning’s director of Curriculum and Instruction. “Our participants have expressed an interest in using their work in our microcredential programs to build toward an advanced degree. We sought a tier-one research university partner to whom we can refer our community for graduate study opportunities. We liked that the University of Kentucky’s online School Technology Leadership program offers the ability to stack graduate certificates to build toward a master’s degree. As a graduate of both programs, I am confident other educators will find this partnership as beneficial as I did.”
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