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At Alison, we’re so passionate about teaching and education that we’ve created a global network of learners and educators who use our free courses to further their careers and empower their lives. Now, we turn our attention to those educators themselves with a series of modules on everything from early childhood development and working with children with special educational needs to the theory of pedagogy and educational psychology. If you want to see if teaching is for you or improve your credentials and certifications in a specific area of education, look no further than our free courses.

While you’re here, if you are a lecturer in a specific field, you could create courses for us and share in the revenue we generate. Click here to check out how to become a self-publisher on Alison.

If you are a teacher looking for more material for your students, be sure to check out our other hubs for content on English, Engineering, Climate Change and a host of other subjects.

Top Free Online Teaching Courses

ECD Free Training

Early childhood development (ECD) or nursery education is perhaps the most important of all. Without the solid foundation created from birth to about eight years old, many children may flounder as they grow towards adulthood. Proper health, nutrition, play, learning and protection have a significant role to play in a child’s early life. While parents may try their best, ECD practitioners are trained to understand and advance children’s cognition, social and emotional milestones, speech and language development, and the honing of gross and fine motor skills. Simply register for your free account and enrol in the course of your choice to take your knowledge of this area to the next level.

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How to Motivate Students and Learners

Motivation is one of the biggest secret weapons an educator can have in their arsenal of tools. The greatest lesson plans or most fun projects won’t help unless your pupils feel motivated to participate. So how will you promote a growth mindset? How will you set out clear and achievable goals? How will you maintain high standards in a caring environment? Most importantly, what will you do to inspire your students as much as possible? Alison’s free online classroom management courses have the answers. 

If you want more courses like this that focus on managing stress, coping with anxiety and improving public speaking, please click on our Personal Development Hub.

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Special Education Courses

 ‘Special needs’ covers a wide spectrum such as learning disabilities, physical impediments and emotional or behavioral issues. Everyone involved in the special needs arena needs training to understand how to provide the best care possible. Assistance may be needed in the form of medical, mental or psychological help, and to provide it, you need to know the best practice for each child’s challenges. Our free courses are not only for teachers: parents will also find them valuable.

If you are a parent or guardian who feels  you need more support or knowledge, please visit our Positive Parenting Hub for specialist parenting courses.

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Educational Psychology

How do people learn? How do they retain knowledge? These two vital questions are at the heart of educational psychology. Comprehending the answers will take you from being a good teacher to a great teacher. As an educational psychologist, you will apply science to improve the learning process and improve outcomes for all your students.

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Online Pedagogy Courses

Pedagogy is where the reality of the classroom meets the method and practice of teaching. Even the most natural educators benefit from understanding modern pedagogical approaches to education. In the past, one teaching style had to fit all pupils – now we know that different people have different ways of learning. They also respond differently to different ways of getting feedback and being assessed. If you want to make sure your teaching is effective for the 2020s and beyond, be sure to update your pedagogical knowledge, for free, with Alison.

Learning Strategies

Learning can be a struggle, for both teachers and students. Find tips and strategies for absorbing more information, more quickly and effectively, with these free courses. Topics include tips for revising for examinations.

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A lot of what happens in education settings is not teaching per se, but facilitating discussions, mentoring students and offering pastoral support. These courses cover topics like supervision, becoming a classroom assistant and mental health training, which may be useful inside and outside the classroom.

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As a teacher or member of school staff, you have a duty of care to your charges. This means looking after their wellbeing and taking steps to protect them from harm. These free safeguarding courses will provide you with expert advice on keeping children and vulnerable adults safe in a range of settings.

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PE and Sport Coaching Courses

Psychical education (PE), physical training (PT) or sports… no matter what it is called, some pupils dread it. But being active is a crucial component in overall health and is important for the development of fine and gross motor skills. Coaching is a tricky balance of discipline, inspiration and knowing when to push harder and pull back. As always, Alison’s free courses can help you take your PE classes to the next level. 

For more free courses on physical health and fitness, please check out our Health Hub

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Homeschool Teaching

While many parents have found themselves homeschooling their children during the pandemic, some families choose this as a permanent option, taking their children completely out of the education system. Homeschooling parents or carers often need to juggle many different roles so being able to manage your time and stress levels is important. Our courses aim to help you get the best out of your students, foster good habits and deal with the stresses and strains of being an all-rounder.

Check out our Homeschool Hub for hundreds of fully-taught courses for high school-age children.

Online Learning

You’ve found Alison so you are already aware of the benefits of online education. Learners can study at their own pace, in their own time and in our case, at no cost! If you are interested in joining the great online learning revolution check out these courses. You’ll find tips for getting the most out of this new form of education, as well as joining the fast growing ranks of teachers and trainers.

If you have ideas for your own courses, Click here to check out how to become a self-publisher on Alison.

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Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

Training as a teacher of English to non-native speakers can open doors to travelling the world - and you don’t need to have undergone extensive teacher training to begin! ESL and TEFL are the most widely recognised certifications. ESL means English as a second language and describes this line of work in a predominantly English-speaking country. TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign language) refers to teaching in a non-English speaking country. Our free ESL courses will give you a practical basis in this useful skill that could set your career on a completely new path.

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Child Development

Helping young people develop and achieve their potential demands a depth of knowledge that goes well beyond simply imparting knowledge. These child development courses are of particular interest to anyone working with younger children.

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