Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction

Foundations of Teaching for Learning is a program of study primarily for people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education. This course is an introductory one that considers the three domains of being a teacher: Professional Knowledge and Understanding; Professional Practice; and Professional Values, Relationships and Engagement.

About The Course

This introductory course explains how the seven other courses in the program will assist you to improve your understanding of your role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional. 

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future. 

The program consists of the following courses:

  1. Introduction
  2. Being a Teacher
  3. Learners and Learning
  4. Curriculum
  5. Planning for Teaching and Learning
  6. Introduction to Student Assessment
  7. Being a Professional
  8. Developing Relationships 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

On the satisfactory completion of each course you will receive a statement of accomplishment related to the course. These courses form part of a Specialization and if you have enrolled for signature track and satisfactorily completed each of the eight courses in the Specialization you will be able to participate in the capstone project. On completion of the capstone project you will receive a verified Specialization certificate for the entire program. 

  • Is there any point in taking just one course out of the program?

Each course covers a different topic and can be taken separately though we would recommend that the introduction is taken first as it explains the techniques used and sets the scene for the other courses.  

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.