Marzano Academy Teacher Certification course

Take your teaching to the next level. Choose a Marzano Academies’ Educator Pathway and earn certification as a competency-based educator. Learn how to create a classroom environment that clarifies learning outcomes, so students have a role in designing and executing learning plans intended to develop a sense of agency and efficacy. Learn how to use coordinated, evidence-based assessment and instructional strategies that, when executed together, have a combined effect greater than the sum of their parts.

Marzano Academies Educator Pathways to Certification are based upon Dr. Marzano’s Competency-based Instructional Model.

  • Evidence-based material by Bob Marzano

    • Dr. Marzano has created an instructional model for Competency-based classrooms based on his 50 years of research. He has identified the nuances that make a CBE classroom different from a traditional classroom, provided detailed strategies a teacher can use today, and what measures they can use to determine if they are having the desired impact on their learners’ behaviors and dispositions.
  • Flexible (personalized) –

    • Multiple Pathways to complete certification.
      • Pathway 1 – have access to all 10-Design Areas of the Marzano Academies’ Instructional Model and work on earning badges in the order that works for you. You can start gathering evidence of Design Area 1. Then you can begin collecting evidence for any other design area before earning the badge for Design Area 1. Once you have completed all ten Design Areas, you will be certified as a Competency-Based Educator.
      • Pathway 2 – Choose a badge, one at a time, collect all the evidence, submit it for review, earn the badge, and then move on to the next badge. Once you have earned badges for all 10 Design Areas, you will be certified as a Competency-Based Educator. You could also choose to earn a few badges that are important to you and not continue to complete the entire course. The choice is yours.
    • Various Interactive Methods
      • The courses are available on your schedule. Complete them as you feel you have the capacity. Interact with the material at your convenience.
    • Synchronous
      • Access to office hours with Marzano Academies’ implementation Specialists.
        • During these sessions, we will:
          • Break down the evidence-based elements and strategies further.
          • Discuss implementation strategies
          • Answer specific questions about using the elements and strategies in your classroom.
  • Fulfillment

    • Opportunities to become demonstration classrooms. Become part of the professional network of Marzano Academies Competency-Based Educators.
    • Receive direct feedback from the Marzano Academies Implementation Specialists following the submission of your work.
    • Improve in something meaningful to you – your career. Opportunities to strengthen current skills, use them in new ways, and add more to your tool belt to continuously improve in what we do. While no one is ever perfect, our learners always deserve better than good enough.

How does it work?

The Marzano Academies’ Instructional model comprises four Domains, ten Design Areas, and 49 Elements. To earn the Design Area badge, you must complete both Course 1 and Course 2. Educators will access all courses through the Marzano Academies’ portal.

In course 1, you will build foundational knowledge of the Design Areas and the Elements associated with that Design Area. By interacting with the Competency-Based Education Folio Series, you will gather information regarding the research behind the Elements and learn about different strategies you can implement to impact learners, so they show the desired behaviors and dispositions that lead to increased learning and achievement. After gathering the information, you take an assessment that asks you to recall the acquired foundational knowledge of the elements. After completing the Course 1 assessments for the Design Area, you will move to Course 2 for that Design Area.

In Course 2, you will apply the knowledge gained in Course 1 by reviewing teacher-based scenarios, taking a self-assessment, and uploading a narrative and video describing how you meet the goals of the Design Area in your classroom. When you have finished Course 2, you will earn a badge for that Design Area. Once all ten Design Areas have been completed, you will gain certification as a Marzano Academies’ Competency-Based Educator.


Course Descriptions:

Proficiency Scales

The course for Design Area I will help teachers build the foundational knowledge of creating proficiency scales and communicating them with students. The teacher will study the elements of the instructional model dealing with providing proficiency scales, tracking student progress, and celebrating student success.


Assessment and Feedback

The course for Design Area II will help teachers construct and administer assessments that accurately measure students’ status on proficiency scales and help students understand the relationship between their scores on assessments and their overall status on a scale. The teacher will study the elements of the instructional model dealing with Using Obtrusive Assessments, using student-centered assessments, using unobtrusive assessments, and generating a current summative score.

Proficiency Scale Instruction

The course for Design Area III will help teachers introduce and initially reinforce the content from proficiency scales. The teacher will study the elements of the instructional model dealing with chunking, progressing, recording, and representing content.  Teachers will also study using structured practice, examining similarities and differences, engaging student in cognitively complex tasks, generating, and defending claims.

General Instruction

The course for Design Area IV will help teachers design and execute instructional activities that help students refresh, revise, and integrate their knowledge on specific content. The teacher will study the elements of the instructional model dealing with reviewing content, revising knowledge, examining and correcting errors, highlighting critical information, previewing content, stimulating elaborative inferences, and extending learning through homework.

Grouping and Regrouping

The course for Design Area V will help teachers understand why and how to group students for effective learning. In a CBE classroom, this requires the teacher to think in terms of how to best help this particular student with this particular content which will mean the teacher has several groups of students at the same time. The teacher will study the elements of the instructional model dealing with supporting group interactions, supporting group transitions, providing group support.


The course for Design Area VI will help teachers provide activities to help students pay attention, feel energized, and experience interest and intrigue. The teacher will study the elements of the instructional model dealing with noticing and reacting when students are not engaged, increasing response rates, using physical movement, maintaining a lively pace, demonstrating intensity and enthusiasm, preventing unusual information, using friendly controversy, and using academic games.

Comfort, Safety, and Order

The course for Design Area VII will help teachers address the basic needs students have to be physiologically comfortable, physically, and psychologically safe, and in an orderly environment. The teacher will study the elements of the instructional model dealing with organizing the physical layout of the classroom, demonstrating with-it-ness, acknowledging adherence to rules and procedures, acknowledging lack of adherence to the rules and procedures, establishing, and adapting rules and procedures, and displaying objectivity and control.

Belonging and Esteem

The course for Design Area VIII will help teachers build classrooms cultures where learners feel they are welcome as members of the classroom community and whether they are valued members of that community. The teacher will study the elements of the instructional model dealing with using verbal and nonverbal behaviors that indicate affection, demonstrating value and respect for reluctant learners, understanding students’ backgrounds and interests, and providing opportunities for students to talk about themselves.

Efficacy and Agency

The course for Design Area IX will help teachers build classrooms cultures where they engage learners in activities that affect what they think about themselves, as well as activities that demonstrate to students that they can achieve things even when they seem very difficult. This design area provides concrete methods for doing so. The teacher will study the elements of the instructional model dealing with inspiring students, enhancing student agency, asking in-depth questions of reluctant learners, probing incorrect answers with reluctant learners.

Metacognitive and Life Skills

The course for Design Area X will help teachers create activities that encourage their students to develop an understanding of self-regulation by explicitly focusing on the important skills that lead to success in a wide variety of goals. The teacher will study the elements of the instructional model dealing with reflecting on learning, using long-term projects, and focusing on specific metacognitive and life skills.


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