Course at a Glance

Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education
August 21 to October 13

Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education

EDUC x507: Fall 2023

With Danielle Witten, MA

Delve into the practice of university teaching based on educational philosophy and theory. Topics included in this course relate to successful teaching specific to higher education such as the context and culture of higher education, faculty roles and responsibilities, teaching styles, instructional models, and the use of technology based on a strong theoretical foundation linking educational theory to practice.

To enroll in this course, you must have been admitted into the Faculty Preparation certificate program.

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Aug. 21-Oct. 13, 2023
$660   •   EDUC x507, 3 units, 8 weeks

Danielle Witten

Danielle Witten

Danielle Witten grew up in the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area. A first generation college student, she received her B.A. from UC Davis in 2002. Before becoming a high school English teacher, she worked in public radio and supported teenagers from rural Central Valley counties in participatory action. Danielle has nearly two decades of teaching experience at the secondary and university levels. She began her teaching career in Sacramento before joining Arcata High School in Northern California where she taught English, English Language Development, journalism and advised the school’s student-run newspaper. She completed her master’s studies at Teachers College, Columbia University focusing on critical consciousness and literacy in adolescent learners. Danielle currently works as an instructional coach helping teachers in local high schools improve their classroom practices and curriculum -- focusing on creating more equity-centered, trauma-informed, and accessible learning experiences. Concurrently, Danielle teaches Content Area Literacy, English Methods, and supervises pre-service teachers at Humboldt State University. She was the 2015 recipient of Carlston Award for Outstanding Teachers of America which identifies, honors, supports and gives voice to outstanding California high school teachers whose dedication and pedagogical excellence contribute to the academic and social-emotional success of their students. Most recently, she received the 2020 CJMA Nick Ferentinos Award for Advising Excellence. Her pedagogy is guided by the fundamental belief that education is a fundamental right and that even in a failing educational system, individual teachers have the capacity to positively impact students' learning and lives.