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 507U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
    Course Offerings

    August 23, 2021 through December 11, 2021
    Monday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Patricia Stohr-Hunt

    CRN: 17364 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-Person. Educators seeking professional development only. Departmental approval required.

    Description

    In-depth examination of fundamental science concepts and subject-specific pedagogy, focusing on Earth, life, and physical sciences, the nature of science and scientific inquiry, the social and cultural significance of science, the relationship of science to technology, and the historical development of scientific concepts and scientific reasoning. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, curriculum integration strategies, content area literacy, and current research.

  • EDUC 510U Concepts and Methods in Elementary Math
    Course Offerings

    August 23, 2021 through December 11, 2021
    Tuesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Patricia Stohr-Hunt

    CRN: 18754 (section: 1)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-Person. Educators seeking professional development only. Departmental approval required.

    Description

    In-depth examination of fundamental mathematical concepts and subject-specific pedagogy, focusing on whole numbers and their operations, algebraic thinking in the early grades, and measurement. Content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, use of manipulatives and technology, current research and learning theory.

  • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
    Course Offerings

    August 23, 2021 through December 11, 2021
    Thursday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Allison Brenning

    CRN: 11751 (section: PD)
    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 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms
    Course Offerings

    August 23, 2021 through December 11, 2021
    Tuesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Robert Spires

    CRN: 14253 (section: PD)
    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 565U Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
  • EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Adult Learning Theory
    Course Offerings

    August 23, 2021 through December 11, 2021
    Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Scott Bray
    Autumn Nabors

    CRN: 19329 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Remote class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Adult Learning Theory (ALT) encompasses a wide variety of approaches to working with, teaching and learning alongside adults. The term 'androgogy' was coined by Malcolm Knowles in the 1980s to differentiate the teaching and learning of adults from 'pedagogy' or the teaching and learning of children. Adult Learning Theory is often associated with Self-Directed Learning (SDL) because adult learners are often more self-directed in their motivations for learning, and have a broader set of experiences from which to pull in their learning. Adult learning theory is also often associated with Transformational Learning (TL) which argues that learning should be practically applicable to daily life in order to change concrete living and working conditions. This course will explore the various components and iterations of ALT, including SDL and TL, while providing opportunities for practical application of this knowledge to the educators professional practice. In the course, students will develop collaborative projects within their educational setting alongside colleagues that incorporate adult learning strategies and tools, while reflecting on the impacts of these projects on the students and other stakeholders within the educational setting.

  • EDUC 620U Advanced Children's Literature
    Course Offerings

    August 23, 2021 through December 11, 2021
    Wednesday, August 25, 2021: 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm
    Wednesday, September 8, 2021: 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm
    Wednesday, September 22, 2021: 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021: 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm
    Wednesday, October 27, 2021: 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm
    Wednesday, November 10, 2021: 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm
    Wednesday, December 1, 2021: 7:00 pm - 9:40 pm

    Tammy Milby

    CRN: 19260 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-class/online hybrid with in-person sessions, including two field trips, as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    The course provides a survey of children's literature with emphasis on recent trends and evaluative criteria used in selecting books based on school and recreational needs and interests of young readers. Course participants will explore multiple genres, including historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, traditional literature, nonfiction, and multicultural, and ways of integrating these books into curricula.