Professional Educator Diploma in Teaching Adolescent Learners

The Professional Educator Diploma in Teaching Adolescent Learners assists participants in understanding and fostering the development of learning skills of preparatory and secondary school students in classrooms, at home, and within the community. Participants acquire knowledge and skills in the area of early and late adolescent development in relation to classroom instructional contexts, fundamentals of learning and teaching, varied assessment strategies, community and family involvement in middle and secondary education as well as resources and technology for classroom teachers.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the TAL diploma, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the developmental theories in terms of their practical applications in the teaching/learning process
  • Articulate a constructivist view of learning
  • Critically analyze their own classroom practices and take action to improve their teaching strategies
  • Design differentiated instruction to create meaningful experiences for diverse student needs
  • Develop and utilize authentic assessments to empower students
  • Utilize classroom technology in pedagogically productive ways
  • Work effectively with colleagues, parents, and community partners to deliver high-quality education


  • This course endows teachers with essential information about how early and late adolescents develop during the preparatory and secondary years. Theories of human development relevant to these education stages, as well as how students in these stages acquire knowledge in formal and informal settings are addressed. Emphasis is on student diversity and motivation for learning during adolescence.

  • This course supports teachers in attaining a deeper understanding of how preparatory and secondary students learn and of the pedagogic models and practices specific to their subject area of teaching and learning. Topics include instructional strategies, classroom organizational models, communication skills to enhance active inquiry, collaborative learning, instructional planning, development of reflection skills, problem-solving, and classroom management techniques.

  • This course empowers teachers with essential knowledge about the different types of assessment: assessment of, for, and learning. Teachers will explore the role of assessment in the learning process. They will be able to identify, differentiate and use assessment strategies effectively. Topics will include, selecting and developing assessment methods; administering, scoring, and interpreting assessment results, using descriptive feedback, using assessment results when making decisions about individual students, and recognizing unethical, illegal, and inappropriate assessment methods and uses of assessment information.

  • This course will help teachers to explore how the participant's engagement affects academic progress and outcomes as well as having a life-long contribution and results. The course will cover classroom-related engagement areas; cognitive, behavioral, and effective. Topics will include engagement; motivating adolescence; safe and healthy supporting learning environments; technology and inquiry; creativity and critical thinking; parental and community engagement; parental communication and counseling; global citizenship; and related behaviors and attitudes.

  • This course introduces teachers to innovative techniques for the effective integration of instructional technology in the teaching and learning process to increase student engagement and achievement. The course will enable teachers to use technology as a teaching and learning mean, choose appropriate technological tools based on learners' needs, and design meaningful learning experiences for their students. Topics covered in this course include the role of technology in 21st-century education, student-centered learning, virtual learning environments, online communication and collaboration tools, netiquette, cross-disciplinary integration, open-source education, video technologies, gamification, digital citizenship, and online assessment tools.

  • This practical course will help teachers to become reflective educators and integrate theoretically acquired knowledge with professional practice. The course will enhance the ability of teachers to utilize reflective, experiential, and pragmatic pedagogic approaches for diverse learners effectively. The course, therefore, aims at upgrading and promoting the facilitation of learning through peer observation, critical friends groups, and cognitive coaching. The 516 course should be the last course of the diploma.



TAL 511: Adolescent Development and Learning Theories

No prerequisites

TAL 512: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Learning for Adolescent Learners

Prerequisites: TAL 511

TAL 513: Assessment of Adolescent Learners Learning

Prerequisites: TAL 511 and TAL 512

TAL 514: Active Engagement for Learning for Adolescent Learners

No prerequisites

TAL 515: Technology and Media for Learning of Adolescent Learners

No prerequisites

TAL 516: Teaching Practicum for Differentiation of Classroom Instruction for Adolescent Learners

Prerequisites: TAL 511, TAL 512, TAL 513, TAL 514, TAL 515

Notes about courses pairing

  • TAL 511 and TAL 512 can be taken together
  • TAL 511 and TAL 515 can be taken together
  • TAL 512 and TAL 514 can be taken together
  • TAL 512 and TAL 515 can be taken together
  • TAL 513 and TAL 515 can be taken together
  • TAL 514 and TAL 515 can be taken together
  • TAL 514 and TAL 516 can be taken together
  • TAL 515 and TAL 516 can be taken together