Get Your Teaching Certification and Accelerate Your Career!

 

Phoenix-ed has partnered with Acacia University, one of the leading distance learning universities in the U.S., to provide a blended certification program for aspiring teachers that is recognized by Cognia, the leading accreditation agency of American schools.

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Phoenix-ed is the go-to platform for aspiring teachers

Get certified, grow your skill-set, find support whenever needed and get hired!

One of your biggest challenges to pursue a career in education is having a clear career path starting with what and where to study, ending with finding a job. Phoenix-Ed’s teacher platform is a blended learning platform for aspiring teachers like you, where you can seek advice from expert educators, get your teacher certification, access professional development programs that suit your needs at every stage, and find job opportunities.

Certification

The platform offers aspiring teachers the opportunity to understand teaching as a career path, then have the option to select the most suitable training program and become certified by an established university, training institution and/or accreditation agency.

Professional Development

Educational topics, as well as challenges, issues, updates and new research will be focuses of different discussions. Learning material, articles, videos and other valuable resources will be uploaded regularly by master educators and professors of education.

Recruitment

Participants in the programs will have the opportunity to intern at an international school and practice with students before holding a full-time position. They will also have the opportunity to be hired by the same school, eventually. Other recruitment opportunities will also be available through the platform.

Support

A community of like-minded educators; aspiring, novice and expert, to collaborate and discuss best practices.

 

More Details About the Acacia/Cognia International Teaching Certificate

The program has 10 online courses that are specifically designed to broaden your knowledge about education theory, pedagogy and introduce you to the world of teaching. The program also gives you access to work with an educational expert as a coach, on one-to-one basis, to guide you through the different courses and help you with different challenges that you might encounter. Lastly, the program offers you an internship at an international school in Cairo to apply your learning from the program and complete your certification requirement.

Course Descriptions:

 

Power Strategies for Effective Teaching

Course Length: 8 weeks

This course features methods of teaching and learning through graphic organizers, word walls, and partnering to increase comprehension in all subject areas. Teachers learn to use visual representations to help students organize ideas and thoughts; to understand relationships among those ideas; and to remember the information. Strategies are provided for teachers to use word walls in classrooms so that students build vocabulary and their understanding of the English language. Graphic organizers, word walls, and partnering are effective for all students including special education students and English language learners. Many classroom examples are provided for all grade levels and for special populations to assist the teacher in learning and implementing these strategies in the classroom.

 

Power Strategies for Classroom Assessment

Course Length: 8 weeks

This course features methods of teaching and learning through rubrics and editing. Teachers learn to use rubrics in all subject areas to set learning expectations for students with a wide range of abilities. Active learning is promoted so that students become involved in their own learning. Teachers practice strategies for editing that provide specific feedback based on the use of rubrics for analysis. They also learn strategies that develop the students’ editing skills. The concept of editing is expanded to include visual products, performances, and processes as well as written products. These assessment skills are essential to all students including special education and English language learners. The rubrics set expectations for quality that provide for differentiated instruction for diverse populations. Many classroom examples are provided for all grade levels and for special populations to assist the teacher in learning and implementing these strategies in the classroom.

 

Classroom Management

Course Length: 8 weeks

This course assists teachers in organizing the classroom environment; working with students to design rules and routines; and using strategies to create and maintain a learning environment/community. Specific strategies are suggested to limit or decrease behaviors that interfere with learning. Teachers learn recording techniques for observing and analyzing student behavior in the classroom. They examine strategies to promote effective parental and community resources that will maximize learning in diverse classrooms. Many classroom examples are provided for all grade levels and for special populations to assist the teacher in learning and implementing these strategies in the classroom.

 

Curriculum and Standards

Course Duration: 8 Weeks

This course builds teacher understanding about academic curriculum content and assessments. Types of assessment are explored and strategies for developing classroom and content assessments related to curriculum are presented. Teachers will learn how to relate the curriculum and assessments to state, provincial, or country standards. Many examples are provided for all grade levels to assist the teacher in learning and implementing effective curriculum and assessment strategies in the classroom.

 

Special Needs Students (Special Education, Gifted, English Language Learners)

Course Length: 8 weeks

This course focuses on the special instructional needs related to special education students, gifted students, and English language learners. Teachers learn how to use learning styles, differentiated learning, and effective strategies that engage learners and provide for individual needs. Specific strategies are suggested for the various populations. Strategies for adapting a “regular” classroom to provide an appropriate learning environment for all children, including those outside the normal range, are provided and discussed. Many examples are provided for all grade levels and for special populations to assist the teacher in learning and implementing effective strategies in the classroom.

 

Child and Adolescent Development

Course Length: 8 weeks

This course focuses on effective implementation of developmentally appropriate strategies in the classroom. Participants explore various domains and stages of development within age ranges from birth to 18. They learn the role of culture in the learning process and how collaboration among the many stakeholders in the school and community affects development. The stages relate to cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development and how teachers can facilitate student growth in these areas. The strategies focus on all aspects of the classroom from the decision making to the way instruction is delivered. Many examples are provided for all grade levels and for special populations to assist the teacher in understanding these stages and using effective strategies in the classroom.

 

Onsite Mentored Practicum

Course Length: 8 weeks

This phase presents the principles of onsite practice, while the participants establish an onsite mentoring opportunity with their principals. The onsite mentoring includes observation, demonstrations or modeling, analysis, and feedback. The participants interact with the Professor/Learning Coach throughout all the activities with an emphasis on analysis and reports with supportive feedback by the Professor/Learning Coach.

Theories of Pedagogy

Course Length: 8 weeks

Educational theories are a huge part of education today and these theories have shaped all the progressive concepts we try to implement today. Understanding where they came from and the research behind the theories will help teachers make the most use of the theories and how to use them in the classroom.

Outcomes:

1- Gain a deeper understanding of each theory and how it relates to the classroom. 

2- Identify the most important parts of each theory and learn to combine different aspects of each theory for optimum results in the classroom.

3- Learn the different theories: 

  1. Constructivism

  2. Behaviorism

  3. Cognitive Theory

  4. Experiential Learning

 

Strategies for ESL Students

Course Length: 8 weeks

Most students in schools here are ESL students. Teachers of all subjects are affected by this and should know how to help their students learn, even when language is a barrier.

 

Outcomes:

1- Be exposed to strategies that can be used with students regardless of subject or grade level.

2- Learn how to use Graphic Organizers to simplify content for ESL students.

3- Learn how to teach summarizing and note-taking for ESL students.

4- Learn how to use partnering and groupwork to enhance learning in the classroom.

5- Understand how to use journals for optimum learning.

 

Skill-Based Learning

Course Length: 8 weeks

Using content to teach only ensures that students memorize the content but they do not gain skills. Content cannot be applied to other situations whereas skills can be applied in life and in all other situations. The focus of most schools now is shifting towards skill-based learning rather than content-based learning. 

 

Outcomes:

1- Understand the difference between skill-based learning and content-based learning

2- Understand Bloom’s Taxonomy and how to integrate thinking skills in all lessons.

3- Identify 21st century skills and how they can be taught in the classroom.

4- Learn how to plan lessons based on skills rather than content.

Our Pedagogical Approach:

Our training programs are all relevant to educators and focus on classroom practices rather than just theory. In this way, they are beneficial to educators who already have teaching experience as well as aspiring teachers. While learning theoretical background is important, it lacks practical implementation. This is one of the reasons why first-year teachers have difficult or negative experiences once they begin teaching.

 

Our Educational Partner

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Acacia University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is an educational association located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1926, DEAC has become the agency that sets the standard for all distance education institutions.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Accrediting Commission 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 234-5100 www.deac.org

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the United States Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. DEAC initially received federal recognition in 1959 and has continually held recognition by the U.S. Department of Education ever since. Federal recognition aims to ensure that accreditors meet expectations for institutional and program participation in federal activities, such as federal financial aid programs. Currently, the federal recognition process is largely carried out by the National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). The NACIQI provides recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Education concerning whether accreditation standards are sufficiently rigorous and effective toward ensuring that a recognized accreditor is a reliable authority regarding the quality of the education provided by the institution it accredits. In 2012, NACIQI recommended to the Secretary of Education that DEAC receive recognition through 2017.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a private nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States. It carries forward a long tradition that recognition of accrediting organizations should be a key strategy to ensure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education. Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established. DEAC first received recognition by CHEA in 2001. It received its most recent grant of recognition from CHEA in 2013.

 

State Licensing

 

Acacia University filed with Arizona’s Secretary of State to become Acacia University and applied for a degree-granting license to the State of Arizona in September 2007. Approval was granted on February 28, 2008. The AZ State Board address is:

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

1740 W. Adams, Ste. 3008

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Direct Line (602) 542-5709

Fax (602) 542-1253

Website: www.azppse.gov

Our Technology Partner

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Skolera (formerly Bedopedia) is a Unified Learning Platform that utilizes the latest educational approaches and technology. It’s structured to provide a base on which you can drive a comprehensive academic and administrative operation for managing K-12 education institutions.
Using various unconnected systems to carry out the tasks in educational institutions was confusing, time consuming, and often burdensome. Skolera tackles this by encompassing learning management, content management and a school management systems all in one place.

Our Payment Solutions Partners

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Paymob is an infrastructure technology enabler providing payment solutions to empower digital financial service providers across Africa and the Middle East through innovative mobile wallet technology that gives the institute’s clients access to finance and digital payments. Paymob aims to contribute to the financial inclusion movement, while targeting economic growth by implementing solutions that support a cashless society ecosystem.

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Our solution is tailored towards the industries we work within; for example we have a clubs module, gyms module for the sports industry and schools module, nurseries module and academic centers module for the education industry. Each module has specific features developed according to the need of this industry, however we do not limit our merchants within a specific industry to use only the features related to its industry, so we make our solution as dynamic as possible to ensure the maximum satisfaction to our clients

Frequently Asked Questions

Entry Requirements

1. Do I need a degree in education to apply?

No. The program is an alternate teaching certification for those who do not have a degree in education but would like to become teachers. The program will qualify you to become a teacher.

 

2. Do I need to be a teacher to apply?

No. The program will qualify you to become a teacher, so you do not need to have any previous teaching experience or qualifications.

3. Are there any prerequisites for the program?

You need to have a BA degree in any field.

4. I am a teacher, can I apply?

Definitely. The program is designed for both teachers and aspiring teachers. All course content is research-based and updated regularly. Therefore, even if you have teaching experience or qualifications, you will still benefit and learn to become a more effective teacher.

 

5. My university degree is not from Egypt or America, can I still apply?

Yes, any BA degree is accepted regardless of the country that it is issued from.

 

6. Do I need to pass an assessment to apply?

Yes. You will need to pass an English assessment, which will be a written assignment and an interview. If you don’t pass the assessment, you will be given a full refund. Alternatively, if you have taken an IELTS or TOEFL test in the past, either will be accepted.

 

7. I am not living in Egypt, can I apply?

Yes. All content and sessions will be available online so you can apply from anywhere in the world.

Program

 

1. I want to become a teacher but have no qualifications or experience, what do I do?

Join our program. This will qualify you to become a teacher.

 

2. What certification will I get when I complete the program?

You will be awarded a teaching certification from Acacia University/Cognia, U.S.A. and Phoenix-Ed

 

3. Do I get a certificate for the courses or only for the complete program?

You will receive a certificate in PDF format for each course you complete. The program certificate will be awarded by mail or pickup.

 

4. How many courses do I need to complete?

The program consists of 10 courses that you will need to complete. Seven of those are offered by Acacia and three are offered by Phoenix-Ed.

 

5. How long will it take to complete each course?

Each course is 8 weeks long.

 

6. Why are there different courses offered by different entities?

The courses offered by Acacia University are general and can be implemented anywhere in the world. The courses offered by Phoenix-Ed are specific to the region and the challenges that teachers face within the region. They also support teaching ESL students as they are a majority in the region.

 

7. How long will the program take to complete?

That is up to you. It can take from ten months to two years. If you register for one course at a time, it would take a little over a year and a half. If you register for two courses at a time, it would take ten months.

 

8. I’m only interested in one course; can I take only one course?

Absolutely. You will receive a certificate in PDF format for that one course. However, you will not receive the program completion certificate, or the teaching certification nor will you be qualified to become a teacher based on that one certificate.

 

9. What is the difference between this program and a CELTA or TESOL?

CELTA and TESOL are teaching certifications that are specific to teaching English and are more relevant for teaching adults. Our program is for teachers in general, the strategies and content are relevant to all subjects and age-groups.

 

10. Is the program accredited?

Yes. Acacia University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is an educational association located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1926, DEAC has become the agency that sets the standard for all distance education institutions. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the United States Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

 

11. Where will my certificate be recognized?

Your teaching certification will be recognized by any American school in the world.

 

12. Are all courses taught online?

All content is online. You will be assigned a learning coach for live sessions, mentoring and support. Two or more courses will be practically implemented with you interning at an international school.

 

13. Can I choose the school that I want to intern at?

Yes, you will have the option to choose from any of the schools that we have a partnership with.

 

14. I am not living in Egypt; how will I complete my internship?

We do not yet have partnerships with schools in other countries. You will be required to arrange your own internship opportunity. Phoenix-Ed can provide confirmation of your enrollment if you need to submit it to the school.

 

15. Can I work at the school that I intern at?

Based on your performance, schools may choose to recruit you once you are certified.

 

16. What if I don’t want to work at that school?

Phoenix-Ed has other recruitment opportunities for participants who complete the certification.

Applications

 

17. How can I apply?

Applications can be filled out using the following link:

 

18. Can I withdraw my application?

You can withdraw before beginning a course. Once a course has begun you may withdraw but will forfeit the course fees.

19. When do I pay?

You will be required to pay upon application to be considered for the program.

20. How much does it cost?

Each course is for $200. You can sign up for as many courses as you want at a time. We recommend signing up to a maximum of 2 courses per term (2 months) if you have a full-time job, and 3 courses per term if you don't.

21. Do I have to pay all at once?

No.​ You can pay the required fees for the courses you're taking only, and not the whole program.

22. Do you have installment plans through consumer financing?

Yes, you can pay in installments for up to 3 months without interest, and up to 12 months with minimal interest. You will find more details here