Available Classes

Courses available for professional development for current educators. Includes courses in Gifted Education, Special Education, English Language & Literacy, Social Emotional Learning and Adult Learning & Coaching along with coursework for provisionally licensed teachers.

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  • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023
    Thursday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Dawn Lambeth

    CRN: 20006 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Remote online course as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Introduction to the American educational system. Explores the philosophical, sociological, historical, and political roots of schools today. Attention also given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education. Explores professionalism, ethics, performance standards, and integrity for teachers.

  • EDUC 518U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023
    Thursday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Mark Allan

    CRN: 20805 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Educators seeking professional development only. Remote online course as scheduled.

    Description

    Introduces students to the wide range of diversity that exists in schools today. Explores diverse learning styles and students' needs, and connections to cultures, communities, and family values as well as student support through trauma informed care. Provides theoretical underpinnings and contemporary perspective on critical issues, professional practices, and state and federal laws influencing the teaching of students with diverse learning needs, including specific learning disabilities (SLD) such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and auditory processing disorders. Note: Field experience required.

  • EDUC 519U Working with English Learners
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023

    Laura Kuti

    CRN: 21333 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No scheduled class sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    This course expounds on the instructional strategies and assessment options for engaging English Learners (ELs). It also explores the impacts of culture, linguistics, and language learning principles on ELs through in-depth study and reflection.

  • EDUC 526U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023
    Wednesday 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Tammy Milby
    Christina Saunders

    CRN: 20370 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Educators seeking professional development only, In person.

    Description

    In-depth examination of reading comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking, word study, and writing instruction within elementary classrooms. Exploration across the components of reading of the methods, materials, and assessment tools associated with elementary literacy instruction. Examines assessment tools and learn techniques for meeting the needs of struggling readers. A supervised practical experience will be incorporated into the course. Emphasis is placed on making decisions based upon students' individual needs and critical reflection to improve instructional effectiveness. Analysis of assessment data and use of this information to inform instructional practices including developing reading and writing interventions. Studies effective literacy techniques designed to support diverse learners. Note: Field experience required.

    Prerequisites

    EDUC 524U

  • EDUC 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023
    Monday 4:20 pm - 6:30 pm

    Robert Spires

    CRN: 20702 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Educators seeking professional development only, In person.

    Description

    Comprehensive introduction to pedagogy to include principles of learning; application of skills in discipline and grade-specific methodology; selection and use of materials; state and national curriculum standards; and evaluation of student performance.

  • EDUC 543U Assessment and Evaluation in Education
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023

    Terri Perkins

    CRN: 22180 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No scheduled class sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Introduction to testing, measurement, and evaluation related to instruction, the construction and use of teacher-made tests, a survey of standardized tests, test interpretation, and basic statistical procedures.

    Prerequisites

    EDUC 542U

  • EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023
    Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Lynne Bland

    CRN: 20003 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Educators seeking professional development only. Remote online classes as scheduled.

    Description

    Examination of reading, writing and critical thinking in secondary content areas. Specific techniques for teaching and assessing comprehensions, vocabulary knowledge, and study skills will be addressed. The effects of text organization and relationship between reading and writing are investigated. The course integrates theory with practice and is designed to help content area instructors learn how to integrate literacy principles into subject matter instruction. A strong emphasis will be placed on the elements of effective comprehension instruction. Literacy techniques designed to support the needs of diverse learners will be studied. Participants will learn strategies to foster motivation and appreciation of a variety of types of literature utilized for independent and collaborative reading. Note: Field experience required.

  • EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023
    Monday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    William Hall
    Beverly Allen-Hardy

    CRN: 21665 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Educators seeking professional development only. In person.

    Description

    Effective classroom and behavior management skills to build individual responsibility and self-discipline, promote self-regulation, and maintain a positive learning environment. Research-based classroom and behavior management techniques, classroom community building, positive behavior supports, and individual interventions. Note: Field experience required.

    Prerequisites

    EDUC 507U or EDUC 542U

  • EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023

    Matthew Edinger

    CRN: 21029 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No scheduled class sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    This course provides a critical survey of the research, issues, policy, ethics, and practices related to culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient, twice exceptional, highly gifted, or very young gifted and talented students. Includes examination of topics such as personal attitudes about diversity, identification of students from special populations, differentiated instruction for students from special populations.

  • EDUC 568U Successful Transition through Consultation and Collaboration
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023

    Cort Schneider

    CRN: 22246 (section: 1PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No scheduled class sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates with the ability to prepare their students and work with families to provide successful student transitions throughout the educational experience. Additionally, teacher candidates will learn strategies for successful consultation, case management and collaboration for establishing an effective school environment, postsecondary training, employment, and independent living that address an understanding of long-term planning, career development, life skills, community experiences and resources, self-advocacy, and self-determination, guardianship and legal considerations.

  • EDUC 571U Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023
    Thursday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    CRN: 22187 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Remote online course as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    This course is designed to introduce teacher candidates to the variety of assessment and evaluation techniques and their specific purposes, including eligibility for students with disabilities, instructional decision making, and program improvement. This course explores the relationship among the general curriculum, formal and informal assessment results, and instruction for students with disabilities to support instructional planning, decision-making and self-reflection.