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This course aims to give you an overview of teaching with a Mastery Learning approach. The course will help you understand what defines Mastery Learning, including a brief historical perspective on the approach, and its current day use. After an overview of Mastery Learning, you will be immersed in readings and exercises that allow you to understand how teachers and schools are implementing Mastery Learning, and how you, too, can adopt this approach if interested. The course material will take you through some of the benefits and barriers to teaching with this methodology. You will be able to exercise your understanding of Mastery Learning by completing an assignment that asks you to process and practice Mastery Learning as an educator, and an inquisitive learning.

Prerequisites: None

Contact Hours: 5

Course Competency:

  • Define mastery learning
  • Understand the background of mastery learning
  • Articulating the advantages of mastery learning in the 21st-century classroom
  • Identifying challenges for mastery learning in schools
  • Determine next steps in implementing mastery learning based on information and interest.
Course Syllabus


Work through the resources provided below.  Already know the content? No problem! Skip to #5 and submit your evidence of learning from the provided Choice Board. Receive a Proficient or Accomplished rating (grading rubrics are provided for each module) from the instructor and you are awarded a badge and certificate of attendance. Graduate credit is available, as well!

1. Bell Ringer:

Let’s get started!  Complete the pre-assessment to help provide context and focus to your learning experience.

2.  Setting The Stage:

Watch Setting The Stage For Mastery Learning.  Consider the role personalized learning plays in a blended environment.

3. Play List:

Consider the following while working through the playlist.  What is the variable in mastery learning? What is fixed? Which factors are solely in the control of the teacher? What are the qualities of effective enrichment activities?

4. Integration In Action:

  • A new kind of classroom: no grades, no failing, no hurry – What do critics state about implementing mastery learning? Do you agree with their criticism? This article mentions concerns that parents don’t understand the mastery system and are therefore resistant to it. What could be done to help parents understand a new grading system like mastery? 
  • Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts – Do you feel your students are allowed to make mistakes? What are ways students are receiving feedback on their work? What is the value of this feedback?
  • An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad – Read the “Snapshots from the Journey” overview on page 13 and then select one country (Finland, British Columbia, New Zealand, or Scotland).  What are the major changes the country is making to their educational system? What specific practices are being highlighted in the ‘in focus’ section? How do they practices relate to mastery learning?

5.  Choice Board:

Choose an assignment from the choice board to complete and submit as evidence that you have mastered the information and applications found in the course.  Refer to the Choice Board Evaluation Rubric and the Guidelines for Submitting Your Assignment to ensure your evidence contains the necessary elements.

When you have completed your evidence of learning, finalize the purchase process at the bottom of this page.

6.  Reflection:

Take a moment to reflect on the work that you’ve accomplished and where you will go from here.

  • How will you look at students and teaching differently now that you know about Mastery Learning?

  • As you start to embark on Mastery Learning in your classroom, what will be your first steps?

  • Exit Ticket – Show what you know!

Ready to earn your badge and get credit for this five-hour course?

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