Writing Effective Learning Objectives

Writing Effective Learning Objectives

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course teaches you how to create well-structured learning objectives, emphasizing the benefits of the Backward Design Model. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. It covers the components of objectives and provides tools and planning documents to help you align your objectives with state standards, leaving you with a unit plan of objectives for upcoming lessons.

3 Months Access / 12 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course will teach you what a well-structured learning objective is and how to create one. You will learn about different types of lesson planning and explore the benefits of the Backward Design Model. You will analyze the behavior, condition, and criterion of a lesson objective and explore how to write objectives using those components. You will build your lesson objectives by analyzing and "unpacking" your state standards so that you can be assured that every lesson plan you create starts with an objective well-aligned with expectations for your content area and grade level.

You will receive planning documents to help you create your objectives and leave the course with a unit plan of objectives you have built for upcoming lessons.

Enrollment Options:
3 Months Access Course Code: T14766
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$89.00 USD


  1. Section 1 – Overview of Effective Learning Objectives
    1. The difference between traditional planning and planning using backwards design
    2. The three stages of planning using backwards design
    3. The difference between a learning objective and a learning goal
    4. The importance of having learning objectives, both for students, as well as teachers
  2. Section 2 – The Parts of a Learning Objective
    1. The Behavior
    2. The Condition
    3. The Criterion
  3. Section 3 – How to Write a Learning Objective
    1. How to "unpack" the standards
    2. How to write an effective learning objective
  4. Section 4 – Using a Taxonomy Table
    1. What is a taxonomy table?
    2. How do we use taxonomy tables when developing learning objectives?
  5. Section 5 – Writing Your Own Learning Objectives
    1. The importance of writing effective learning objectives
    2. How to determine if the objective is well written
  6. Putting it All Together
    1. Using the sample provided, build a series of objectives for your upcoming lessons.
  7. Applying What you Have Learned
    1. Get ideas on how to implement the concepts into your classroom, find a list of online resources that feature ideas in backward lesson planning and lesson objective design, and read the research that supports these course concepts.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.