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Professional Development for Educators Courses

Courses available for professional development for current educators. Includes elective coursework in Gifted Education and Special Education along with coursework for provisionally licensed teachers.

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EDUC 507U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Mondays: 4:20 - 6:50 pm
Instructor: Patricia Stohr-Hunt
CRN: 27427 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Live remote sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
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 517U Foundations of Education
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Thursdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: James Wright
CRN: 20163 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Live remote sessions 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 (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Thursdays: 4:20 - 6:50 pm
Instructor: Laura Kuti
CRN: 26892 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Live remote sessions 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 519U Working with English Learners
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Instructor: Laura Kuti
CRN: 28564 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. No live remote 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 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Thursdays: 4:20 - 6:50 pm
Instructor: Robert Spires
CRN: 26052 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Live remote sessions as scheduled. 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 550U Content Area Literacy
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Wednesdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Lynne Bland
CRN: 20060 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Live remote sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
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.

EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Tuesdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: William Hall
CRN: 27830 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
On-campus sessions on 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6 & 4/20. Live remote sessions on all other dates unless notified by instructor. 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.

EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 27791 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. No live remote 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 565U Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Tuesdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
CRN: 27793 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Live remote sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
This is an introductory course that provides an overview of the nature and educational implications of serving students with disabilities and emphasizes the legal aspects of special education at national, state, and local levels. Relevant legislation associated with the identification, education and evaluation of students with disabilities will be included in this foundations course.

EDUC 573U Trauma Informed Practices in Schools
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Tuesdays: 4:20 - 6:50 pm
Instructor: Erik Laursen
CRN: 27800 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Live remote sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
In-depth examination of the influence of adverse childhood experience and adverse community environments on psycho-social growth and brain development in young people. Emphasizes developing responsive practices to support children in overcoming adversity and thriving. Includes solution-finding practices that can be used as crisis intervention, behavior support, co-creation of positive outcomes, and clarification of young people's hope for the future. Project will be incorporated into the course with emphasis placed on reflection and practice.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Technology Integration Coaching
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Instructor: Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul
CRN: 28566 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. No live remote sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
By definition, instructional coaches work collaboratively with peer teachers to improve teaching. Educational technology coaches work toward attaining the same outcome but focus on the appropriate and effective uses of various educational technologies. Coaches work with teachers to identify a baseline of behaviors (practices and habits of mind), set meaningful goals for technology integration based on resources and student needs, assist teachers in developing technology literacy, aid teachers in effectively integrating various technologies into their daily teaching and provide ongoing supports for successful educational technology use. This course will investigate the basic tenets of instructional coaching and then delve into strategies to help teachers attain digital literacy and effective application of technology to enrich content through evidence-based practices.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Defining and Applying Digital Literacy in the Classroom
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Instructor: Karen Richardson
CRN: 28587 (section: 2)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. No live remote sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Digital literacy has been used in many contexts and has a very broad meaning. In this course, the term refers to the ability to seek out and use digital content, create and share original digital content, and evaluate digital content for authenticity and value. These are all essential skills for students to possess as they enter a technology-rich future. Participants will examine these areas and learn how to promote these skills with the respective students.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Leveraging Technology for Assessment of Student Learning
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Instructor: Staff
CRN: 28588 (section: 3)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. No live remote sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Assessment is a critical component in the teaching and learning process. When used effectively, data can be used to improve instruction and it can inform planning that is designed to meet the needs of all learners. This course will examine assessment from both a formative and summative perspective. It will identify effective processes and purposes for using assessment. As each area of assessment is explored, you will examine associated technology tools that can be used to support and enhance classroom assessment.

EDUC 675U Reflective Teaching Experience
Course Offerings (1)
January 19, 2021 through May 1, 2021
Wednesdays: 4:20 - 6:50 pm
Instructor: Andrew Baker
CRN: 28567 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Live remote sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Involves full time teaching and working closely with a mentor/coach to further develop skills in curriculum planning and delivery, reflection and self-assessment. Encompasses an entire semester.

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