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An Overview & History of Canter

Canter began with one teacher determined to make a difference in her students’ lives. Marlene Canter worked with her husband, social worker Lee Canter, to help other educators address classroom management challenges. Their strategies formed the basis for Lee Canter’s groundbreaking book Assertive Discipline, and ultimately led to the founding of Canter & Associates in 1976.

For nearly 40 years, Canter remained committed to enhancing teaching and learning by providing teachers with self-paced graduate courses that featured the most current research-based theory combined with practical strategies that could be used immediately in the classroom. Canter collaborated with nationally recognized educational experts from across the nation to develop our graduate courses. By working closely with these scholars, practitioners, and researchers, Canter offered students a breadth of experts that would not be possible in a traditional classroom. Every Canter 3-credit graduate course features experts on video sharing their experience and research…in their own words.

Canter’s self-paced distance-learning model allowed students to study when and where it was most convenient. When Canter closed its doors in the Fall of 2014, it was offering the following:

  • 3-Credit graduate courses in two formats—online and print & DVD
  • 1-Credit Read4Credit™ courses, developed in partnership with education publisher Jossey-Bass. These innovative, self-paced courses allowed educators to read a critically acclaimed book on relevant topics in education—and earn graduate credit in the process.

Credits were awarded by Canter’s exclusive educational partner, The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)-accredited institution*.

Canter is proud to have supported more than 300,000 educators nationwide as they advanced their professional development.

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