Click Here to Access Your Online Course


>> PDI Home > Flex Online Courses > Effective Strategies for New Teachers


Effective Strategies for New Teachers (K-12)/Flex Course


Are you a new teacher who needs some tried and true strategies and tips? This online course is specifically designed for teachers in their first few years of teaching. Topics addressed include engaging curriculum ideas, Common Core State Standards, writing quality lesson plans, assessment techniques, themes and literature ideas, management techniques, and discipline strategies. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The course has plenty of pertinent information for new teachers. I will use many of the resources that were available to us through this course." - Nicholas Sturtz


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $135 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $342


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Classroom Management That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Every Teacher” by Robert J. Marzano

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 29T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41453

Unit One

  • Standards in the Classroom
  • Writing Quality Lesson Plans
  • Basic Study Skills for Students
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Selecting, Developing, and Teaching Themes
  • Centers and Grouping
  • Domains of Writing
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Establishing Management Routines
  • Home-School Communication
  • Introduction to Rubrics
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Assessing Student Comprehension
  • Standardized Tests
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Finding Children's Literature
  • Choosing and Using Literature in the Classroom
  • Creating a Positive, Consistent Environment
  • Rewards and Consequences
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Integrating Technology
  • Using the Internet: Effective Internet Search Strategies
  • Internet Safety
  • Assignment #4: Evaluate rewards and consequences in your classroom
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)