01/14/13 - Northcentral University’s Partnership with the NEA Academy and I CAN Learn® Offers Math Educators a Method to Simultaneously Obtain CEUs, Common Core Prep, and Graduate Credit

This new partnership provides NEA members with an opportunity to earn credit toward a graduate degree online while meeting their professional continuing education requirements and preparing for math-centric Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZ, January 14, 2013 – Northcentral University (NCU) proudly announces its new partnership with the NEA Academy and I CAN Learn® with an initial offering of three math courses designed to help prepare educators for the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math. The NEA Academy provides an online gateway for National Education Association (NEA) members to participate in high-quality continuing education courses and programs from select partners. The I CAN Learn graduate-level professional development courses focus on math content as well as pedagogy.  Upon completion of the 4-week I CAN Learn Courseware section teachers have the opportunity to earn one graduate credit towards a degree at NCU.

“We are excited about this new partnership with the NEA Academy and NCU. Our proven math content instruction, coupled with NCU's one-to-one, 100 percent doctoral faculty, will ensure that each graduate credit earned will better prepare members to teach the appropriate grade level progressions as required by the new Common Core State Standards for math,” stated John Lee, president and founder of I CAN Learn.  I CAN Learn recently earned the highest rating of “Positive Effects” from the What Works Clearinghouse and was noted as developing “Highly Effective Teachers” per an independent, peer-reviewed study conducted by researchers from Princeton University.

“These courses are designed to prepare educators in the knowledge and skills students need in order to be successful by grade level,” notes Dr. Cindy K. Guillaume, dean, School of Education, Northcentral University. “Our responsibility,” Dr. Guillaume continued, “is to train educators to make an impact in the classroom and increase student performance.”   

Northcentral’s School of Education offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in Education as well as Certificates of Advanced Studies for Education or Education Specialist, and a Doctoral degree in Philosophy of Education with 15 unique specializations including Curriculum and Teaching, Education Leadership, and Special Education.  “We understand that teachers are busy professionals who need flexibility in meeting their professional development and continuing education requirements. This partnership is designed to provide that flexibility while allowing students to earn graduate credit simultaneously,” adds Dr. Guillaume. 

For more information about the I CAN Learn courses offered through the NEA Academy, please visit: http://www.neaacademy.org/courseproviders

About Northcentral University

Founded in 1996, Northcentral University is an accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university serving adult students 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. Degree programs are customized to meet each student’s goals and interests. Courses are taught one-to-one by a member of NCU’s 100 percent doctoral faculty. 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.eduor call (888) 628-2078. For program disclosures, please visit www.ncu.edu/GE.

About the NEA & the NEA Academy

The National Education Association (NEA) is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing three million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers. The NEA Academy is the professional learning group created to support the continuing professional development requirements of educators with the highest quality online programs.

The NEA Academy’s collection of heavily reviewed, high-quality, online education courses, degree programs, and resources are provided to NEA members at a discounted rate and delivered through select nationwide education partners. The NEA Academy is focused on meeting the budget, scheduling, and lifetime learning needs for all NEA members.

For more information, please visit: www.neaacademy.org

About JRL Enterprises, Inc. & the I CAN Learn Program

JRL Enterprises, Inc. is a private provider of the I CAN Learn Program, a full curriculum software and data-tracking system designed to help students and teachers improve their understanding of mathematics principles and practice. A goal of the I CAN Learn Program is to make math teachers more confident and more effective in the classroom. I CAN Learn professional development workshops give teachers the opportunity to strengthen math content knowledge and gain new teaching strategies and methodologies.  For more information, visit: www.icanlearn.com

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