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Setting High Academic Expectations

Setting High Academic Expectations

Course Description

This course provides a set of strategies to help educators promote and ensure high academic expectations for their students.  With these easy to use strategies, educators get to set high expectations for all their students without demanding more than what they can handle.  Students quickly learn that they will be held accountable for their learning and for doing excellent work that meets the appropriate standards.

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Course Numbers

  • Adams State: ED 589
  • UMass Global: EDDU 9617


Course Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Students will learn and implement a variety of strategies to set high and reasonable academic expectations for their own students.
  • Students will be able to consistently apply different techniques to increase academic expectations of their own students in the classroom.
  • Students will be able to set and hold similar expectations for all of their students.
  • Students will develop skills to reflect on & improve their own teaching practices.


Relevancy to Practice: This course provides educators with the following relevant information to help improve their practice:

  • Strategies to set high, yet reasonable, academic expectations for all students.
  • Holding students accountable for their own learning by supporting them through answering questions and not letting them get away with not answering.
  • Providing valuable feedback to student to ensure answers are completely and not partially correct.
  • Growing students’ understanding of a topic by answering questions with harder, higher level questions.
  • Improving students’ verbal and written communication by ensuring the format, such as grammar and voice, are correct.
  • Embracing and encouraging all parts of your curriculum with students, including hard work and challenge.
  • Setting high-level, realistic and relevant expectations for all learners.
  • Overcoming challenges when trying to implement high and reasonable academic standards.

Course Format 

This is an online course. Please use course materials emailed to you upon your original registration.

Setting High Academic Expectations Syllabus

Click below for a preview syllabus for this course. This syllabus applies to students receiving credits from Adams State University or UMass Global or those taking the course for Continuing Education (no credits).

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Starting at $189.00



Graduate Credits

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University Fee

Course fee may or may not include the university’s registration fee depending on the university partner. University fees are not included in the registration fee for Adam’s State University and University of Massachusetts Global. 

Those additional fees are:
University of Massachusetts Global: $70/credit
Adam’s State University: $55/credit  

Instructions for how to register with your selected University Partner and pay additional fees will be provided after registering with Credits for Teachers.

University fees for Colorado State University Pueblo are included in the course fees. 

Please note that we cannot grant refunds for students who have already turned in work for a course, even if it is within the 30-day window.

Refunds Policy

Students are able to request a full refund of any Credits for Teachers course within 30 days of registration.  In order to do so, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name and the course you registered for and we will complete the refund.

Exchange Policy

Students are able to exchange one course for another within 30 days of registration as long as the course price is the same and the student does not change the university Partner.  In order to exchange a course, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name, course you have registered for and the course you would like to switch to.

Please note that we cannot exchange a course once for students who have already submitted their course for grading, even if it is within the 30-day window.

Transfer Policy

Students that would like to transfer their course from one university partner to another may have the opportunity to do so within the first 30 days of registering for a course.  In order to transfer your course to a different University Partner, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name, the course you are currently registered for and the new University Partner you’d like to switch to.