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

    August 22, 2022 through December 10, 2022
    Thursday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Allison Brenning

    CRN: 12199 (section: 02PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In person. 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

    August 22, 2022 through December 10, 2022
    Thursday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Mark Allan

    CRN: 12166 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. Remote sessions via Zoom as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    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.

  • EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
    Course Offerings

    August 22, 2022 through December 10, 2022
    Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Paula Marks

    CRN: 10322 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-person/online hybrid meets weekly as scheduled. Departmental approval required. Online remote sessions held Sept 7 & 21; Oct 5 & 19; Nov 2 & 16; Dec 7. All other sessions held in person. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    In-depth examination of the teaching methods, literacy concepts and development, and materials that are used to support and scaffold children's literacy acquisition from birth to the primary grades. A foundational understanding of the components of reading including phonemic awareness, concepts of print, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing will be addressed. Participants will examine early literacy assessment tools and will determine how to implement interventions for diverse learners. Language development, children's literature, and classroom strategies for early literacy instruction will also be investigated.

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

    August 22, 2022 through December 10, 2022
    Wednesday 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Tammy Milby
    Christina Saunders

    CRN: 10471 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In person. Educators seeking professional development only.

    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.

    Prerequisites

    EDUC 524U

  • EDUC 528U Adult Learning Theory
    Course Offerings

    August 22, 2022 through December 10, 2022
    Wednesday, August 24, 2022: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Wednesday, September 7, 2022: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Wednesday, September 21, 2022: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Wednesday, October 5, 2022: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Wednesday, November 2, 2022: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Wednesday, November 16, 2022: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Wednesday, November 30, 2022: 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Autumn Nabors

    CRN: 12172 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-person/online hybrid. In-person sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Students will learn the important principles and concepts related to Adult Learning Theory. Students will be given opportunities to apply these ideas in real-world settings in their own educational and professional practice by developing concrete projects. These projects will be designed and implemented during the semester. Students will be required to further reflect on the projects in terms of effectiveness and the personal and professional growth of the student and the colleagues involved in the projects.

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

    August 22, 2022 through December 10, 2022
    Tuesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Bob Spires

    CRN: 10544 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In person. Educators seeking professional development only.

    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

    August 22, 2022 through December 10, 2022

    Laura Kuti
    Terri Perkins

    CRN: 11168 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No remote sessions scheduled. 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 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
    Course Offerings

    August 22, 2022 through December 10, 2022
    Monday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Joe Douglas

    CRN: 11341 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. Remote sessions via Zoom as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    This course focuses on curriculum adjustments, methods and techniques, as well as classroom organization necessary for teaching gifted and talented students. Emphasis is on curriculum in gifted programs within the context of school reform and restructuring. Topics include development of learner outcomes, selection of resources, and classroom management.

  • EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
    Course Offerings

    August 22, 2022 through December 10, 2022
    Monday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Rich Hall
    Beverly Allen-Hardy

    CRN: 11721 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. Remote sessions via Zoom as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    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.

    Prerequisites

    EDUC 507U or EDUC 542U

  • EDUC 565U Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
  • EDUC 579U Mindfulness Strategies for the Classroom
    Course Offerings

    August 22, 2022 through December 10, 2022
    Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Connie Honsinger

    CRN: 12171 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. Remote sessions via Zoom as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Study for all educators at all levels of an overview of recent research on mindfulness practices and provide guidance on how to integrate these practices into the classroom. Participants in this course will learn what mindfulness is, why it can be a useful practice, and how to creatively apply research-based mindfulness techniques to meet the diverse needs of student learners. Attention will also be given to ways educators can use mindfulness to enhance their own professional and personal experience as teachers.