Certificate in Motivation and Classroom Management

Offered through Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne, this 15-credit Certificate in Motivation and Classroom Management can be tailored to the requirements of any student. The curriculum for every course was written by experts in the field to apply to the unique needs of busy working K-12 teachers.

Certificate in Motivation and Classroom Management

Half the battle of teaching is keeping students in a proper mindset to learn. Of course, there is no shortage of obstacles to that goal. Today's students face a barrage of distractions that pull their attention away from the subject matter they are in class to learn. Educators, meanwhile, have their hands full with keeping students' attention while figuring out the motivational challenges of those lagging.

Modern teachers are discovering that student barriers to learning are vast and complex due to the rise of mobile devices and increased awareness of mental health matters. For example, bullying was once a problem that teachers and school administrators could visibly spot when it happened. Now, it has transformed into its more insidious iteration of cyberbullying through the Internet and social media. These unseen tactics can wreak havoc on students' well-being and motivation.

Meanwhile, to facilitate the Least Restrictive Environment policies, classrooms may include students who struggle with issues that may cause them to be disruptive. While teachers navigate practical ways to administer their curriculum effectively, they are simultaneously charged with engaging diverse classes often filled with students at different readiness and skill levels. In some cases, students may be hindered by language, cultural, or socioeconomic barriers requiring more customized attention. Unfortunately, many traditional models leave insufficient time for such individualized efforts, putting students who feel disenfranchised at a higher risk of falling through the cracks.

Throughout this, K-12 teachers are expected to incorporate elements of character development alongside the subject matter they were hired to teach. They may additionally be tasked with finding ways to alter their lessons as part of the national push to adopt and incorporate technology into the learning process. To help manage these many challenges, the University of La Verne offers its 15-credit Certificate in Motivation and Classroom Management, which is packed with relevant courses made especially for K-12 educators.


Benefits of this Certificate

Offered through Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne, this 15-credit Certificate in Motivation and Classroom Management can be tailored to the requirements of any student. The curriculum for every course was written by experts in the field to apply to the unique needs of busy working K-12 teachers.

All classes are self-paced, written in user-friendly language, and accessible in an online or via emailed PDF format. All of the courses that are applicable toward the Certificate in Motivation and Classroom Management offer graduate, non-degree semester credits designed primarily for classroom teachers and school administrators. The certificates offered by Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne are a tacit acknowledgment of the extra effort you have invested in improving your professional skills while enhancing the learning environments you have worked so hard to build. Earning a certificate from an accredited institution can potentially boost your professional career, by helping you meet qualifications for promotions, pay increases, or license renewal/recertification.*

Each 15-credit certificate features an extensive list of current, three-credit courses. Students choose 15 credits that they must complete with a grade of “B” or higher. We encourage students to finish as many certificates as they need; however, any given course may only count towards one specific certificate.

Students can enroll in up to 15-credits per semester, or they can choose to complete courses one at a time. Once enrolled, you have up to 12 months to complete a course. There is no deadline for obtaining the certificate, which is awarded automatically (and at no extra cost) upon the successful completion of the required classes.

*Note, the University of La Verne is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Certificates offered by Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne are not designed to fulfill any specific district or state requirements. Students are advised to check with their school district or state department of education before enrolling in a course.


Certificate in Motivation and Classroom Management Course Options  

The 15-credit Certificate in Motivation and Classroom Management features over a dozen course options to select. The current offerings are:

Effective Character Education- Discover how to develop and implement moral understanding throughout childhood and adolescence in today’s rich classroom environments.

Creating A Mindful Environment- Raise your awareness about the benefits of practicing and teaching mindfulness in the context of real-life situations and academic instruction.

Motivating Students Who Don't Care- Examine different types of motivation, attitudes toward and perceptions of learning, and ways to activate the cognitive system at various levels.

The Differentiated Classroom- Learn how to divide time, resources, and efforts to teach students of varied readiness and skill levels and diverse backgrounds.

Building Classroom Discipline- Uncover positive, effective strategies and practical solutions to address discipline problems, eliminate power struggles, and restore order to your classroom.

What's in a Grade?- Dive into the purposes and effects of grading and reporting on student learning and motivation and learn how to separate nonacademic factors from letter grades.

Making Connections for Engaged Learning- Build powerful connections with students and reap the rewards of greater cooperation and increased engagement in learning.

ADD/ADHD Strategies and Interventions for the Classroom- Discover strategies to help students affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Effective Feedback to Improve Student Achievement- Explore new ways of providing feedback as you become a valued learning coach able to share strategies that jumpstart student success.

Bridging the Culture and Poverty Gap in Education- Learn instructional strategies and motivational tools proven to positively impact learners grappling with adverse experiences.

The Flipped Classroom- Recharge your curriculum by delivering lectures online outside of school, freeing students to engage in discussions and hands-on activities while in class.

Personalized Learning: A Powerful Solution to an Urgent Need for Change- Discover student-driven models that connect academic goals to your students’ interests and lives.

Cognitive Approaches to Learning and Teaching- Take advantage of the latest research and educational approaches to increase your teaching efficacy and efficiency. 

Coaching a Growth Mindset: Unleashing Student Potential- Unleash student potential and achievement by coaching students to persevere, tackle challenges, and learn from mistakes.

Effective Classroom Management Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom- Learn to craft classroom management plans that deliver functional toolsets for everyone to succeed.


How to Register

All three-credit courses for the Certificate in Motivation and Classroom Management are completed in either an online or via emailed PDF format. All books are mailed to students via US Mail. They are open to anyone to register at any time during an open semester. After completion of each course, students receive graduate, non-degree semester credit on official transcripts from the University of La Verne, an accredited university in La Verne, California. Upon completion of the 15 required credits, students are eligible to receive their certificate at no additional cost beyond that of the courses.

Registration for classes is fast and straightforward and can be done online or over the phone. Courses are offered on a rolling basis during three standard semesters, and you can begin whenever you are ready! The registration dates are:

  • Fall: September 1 - January 31
  • Spring: February 1 - May 31
  • Summer: June 1 - August 31

More is expected of teachers today than ever. Some days the challenges might even seem overwhelming. However, it is important to remember that help is available and easier-than-ever to obtain. Sign up for a course today and start your journey to renew your personal motivation. Armed with powerful new insights, you will be able to raise the bar for your students and motivate them to excel!



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