The Next Generation Teaching and Learning Certificate prepares educators, educational leaders, and other school personnel to demonstrate Next Generation pedagogy and assessment. The certificate is a 12-credit hour program that leads to graduate credit and a University of Kentucky transcript upon completion.

The coursework for the certificate is delivered in locations and using methods that meet the needs of international educators. Participants can select courses during summers on the University of Kentucky campus, online courses, and courses delivered internationally.

Course Plan

EDC 575: Next Generation Learning Foundations – Provides foundational knowledge in innovative pedagogy and emerging instructional models related to teaching next generation learners.

Select one specialty course aligned to your own professional goals:
EDC 543: Digital Game Based Learning and Instruction
EDC 709: Social Media Design of Interactive Systems
EDL 571: Design Thinking in Education
STEM 704: Designing Project-Based Environments in STEM Education

EDC 501: Teaching Internship or EDC 750: Instructional Systems Design Internship – Hands-on application of Next Generation Teaching & Learning knowledge in a real world setting.

EDC 520: Assessment and Accountability in P12 – Supports the investigation of next generation teaching effectiveness and documentation of student growth through analysis of learning gains.

Program Faculty

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Dr. Joan Mazur
Certificate Director





See all program faculty for the Graduate Certificate in Next Generation Teaching & Learning.


Students who are credit-seeking and enrolled in the certificate will be considered Distance Learning students and will be charged at the in-state (Kentucky resident) tuition rate. Educators who would like to take the coursework for professional learning (no graduate credit) may do so for a reduced rate.

Completion of the courses for professional learning will lead to a Digital Badge in Next Generation Teaching and Learning issued by the UK College of Education.