February 22, 2011 | | Leave a comment University of California (UC) at Irvine recently announced the launch of a new virtual teacher certificate program, which will be offered online. The program is designed to help provide professional instructors with the systematic planning and adaption of an online curriculum for K-12 learners as well as college students. "With traditional schools facing fewer resources than ever, UC Irvine Extension recognizes the need to develop a full program that addresses the growing demand for flexible and personalized online learning," said Angela Jeantet, director of education programs at the school. Officials added that the program helps effectively train K-12 teachers, community college faculty and continuing education facilitators who are interested in using educational technology to teach in a virtual environment. Moreover, the program aims to teach educators how to measure student performance. Officials noted that this curriculum will show instructors the increasing standards for online learning. According to a 2009 Reuters report, the online education industry grew by 17 percent. Furthermore, nearly 25 percent of U.S. students currently take at least some web-based courses.