An experienced educator and U.S. Air Force veteran, Father Thomas Maikowski is a Catholic priest who currently serves as an administrator church in the southwestern United States. For his work over the course of his career, Father Thomas Maikowski also has earned various accolades, including the Secondary Schools Department Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
Among its many programs and services, the NCEA offers a variety of career education opportunities to help educators in Catholic elementary and secondary schools. The organization’s online courses are designed for busy educators who are interested in both affordability and flexibility. For example, NCEA members can engage in the Catholic Distance Learning Network (CDLN), an independent online course with workshop curriculum for secondary school educators.
The CDLN features specialized certification courses that are developed by leading experts in Catholic education. Through the NCEA’s certification course in online teaching, members can access resources and modules that demonstrate how to create an online learning environment. The course was generated by CDLN’s program director Dr. Mary Beckman, who received input from an instructional designer at Holy Apostles College & Seminary. Along with an online teaching course, the CDLN includes a certification course in teaching research design.