Teaching in a Common Core Classroom

Professional Certificate in Teaching in a Common Core Classroom

Professional Certificate in Teaching in a Common Core Classroom

Online Program


18 months



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Unravel the enigma of Common Core. Dive into the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and learn the ins and outs of making them work in your classroom. Help your students to build proficiency and higher-level thinking skills so they are college and workforce ready.

Designed specifically for K-12 educators and administrators in public, private or charter school environments, our program builds upon the foundational elements already in place and sets the framework to align the standards and classroom learning to the expectations of colleges, workforce training programs and employers. Become the Common Core expert for your school site and pave a path to success.

Designed For

K-12 educators and administrators in public, private or charter school environments.

What You'll Learn

  • Lesson planning tips that incorporate direct instruction and project-based learning
  • Higher level thinking and questioning techniques
  • Best practices for classroom management
  • Methods for deconstructing the CCSS into more manageable components

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Program Overview


10 Units


4 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“Informative, relevant and support are just a few words which come to mind when describing my experience with the instructors of UCR Extension's programs in Education. Many of my lessons have found ways into my personal classroom curriculum, and through collaborative conferencing with peer-to-peer sharing within my district.”

Yumi Soares

Computer Literacy Teacher
Modesto City Schools
Modesto, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Instructional Practices for the Common Core Classroom


2 units

Quarter 2

Management in the Common Core Classroom


3 units

Quarter 3

Lesson Planning for a Common Core Classroom


3 units

Quarter 4

Questioning in a Common Core Classroom


2 units

Quarter 5


Instructor Spotlight

“We recognize how valuable time is for teachers, and we understand the needs of non-traditional learners, so we strive to design our programs and schedule our courses with a work, life, and learning balance in mind. Whether you want to add a credential, enhance your skills, complete a professional certificate, or get started on a Master's degree, we have what you need.”

Annette Webb

Associate Dean of Academic Programs
UCR Extension

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