Teaching, Learning, and the Brain

(05-17-2014)

Adams State University is proud to sponsor a certificate in: Teaching, Learning, and the Brain.

This 10 credit certificate is designed to inform educators, counselors, and individuals how research that examines brain function can be applied to promote better learning in the k-12 classroom. The certificate consists of one workshop and three online courses.  Courses are offered in a semester based format as well as an open enrollment format.

Students may chose to complete the entire certificate or they may choose to complete one or more of the courses for the certificate. Some courses may be taken out of sequence as well.

Explore the fascinating world of the brain, while also learning how to use this material in your career and life. Additionally, the certificate will provide exposure to assessments and strategies that can be used in the k-12 classroom for reading, math, and behavioral issues. After completion of the certificate material, students will learn the following:

  • Understand the different theories of brain function as they pertain to teaching and education.
  • Understand neuroanatomy and the basic principles of brain function.
  • Understand how specific developmental disorders influence brain function and learning. 
  • Understand brain laterality and its applications to teaching.
  • Define criteria associated with developmentally appropriate behavior for early learners up to late adolescents.
  • Discuss strategies associated with math and reading and diagnostic assessment of each area.
  • Discuss behavioral assessments that identifies ADD/ADHD, autism, ect.
  • Understand different strategies to support behavior issues in a classroom and educational setting.
  • Understand how language, attention, and brain plasticity influence learning. Additionally, students will become familiar with how web 2.0 technologies can be applied in the classroom with respect to brain research in language, attention, and brain plasticity.
  • Understand the role they play in leadership and neuroethics as it relates to the certificate material.

Instructors Dr. Gina Mitchell and Kelly Murillo, M.A.

Dr. Gina Mitchell will address the specifics of the brain and behavior and Kelly Murillo will address the specifics of learning and teaching from the lens of a special educator.

The following courses are part of the certificate.

  • Introductory Workshop (1 cr): HYBRID COURSE
    Semester Based Registration Opens: April 28, 2014
    Semester Based Registration Closes: May 13, 2014
    Course Dates: Face-to-Face May 17, 2014*, 8AM-4PM
    *Location: ASU East Campus, Room #101 map) & Online: May 19-23, 2014
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    This workshop will provide an overview of the certificate and explain how each of the courses will be delivered and carried out. Additionally, participants will get an introduction to how the brain works and how brain function is related to education. Participants will also be introduced to Blackboard. Students will be provided an opportunity to dissect an animal brain.

  • Introduction to Neuroscience and Education (3 cr):
    This course is designed to give participants information about how the brain functions and how the principles of the neuroscience can be used in the classroom. The course is intended for individuals with little or no experience with neuroscience. The course will provide basic knowledge and understanding of how the brain works while focusing on areas that are related to education. Topics of study will include brain development, memory, language and speech, cognition, emotion, and brain laterality. Students will be introduced to current and past neuroscience research and be asked to apply this knowledge to the educational setting by creating lesson plans and participating in group discussions.
    Semester Based Registration Opens: April 28, 2014
    Semester Based Registration Closes: May 20, 2014
    Course Dates: May 26 – June 27, 2014 (online/semester based)
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  • This course is currently offered in an open enrollment format.  Click here to REGISTER

  • Assessment and Intervention (3 cr):
    This is the second course in the three part online course work that you will complete in the Teaching, Learning, and the Brain Certificate through Adams State University. This course will focus on three primary areas; reading, math, and behavior. We will discuss assessments associated with each area and discuss targeted interventions.
    Semester Based Registration Opens: April 28, 2014
    Semester Based Registration Closes: June 24, 2014
    Course Dates: June 30-August 1, 2014 (online/semester based)
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    This course is currently offered in an open enrollment format.  Click here to REGISTER

  • COMING SOON: Capstone Course in Teaching, Learning, and the Brain (3 cr).
    This capstone course provides a more in-depth look at the brain based research as it relates to education. The course will build upon ideas and principles discussed in the previous courses while further examining research within the areas of language, attention, and brain plasticity. Students will also examine how the materials they have learned throughout the courses can be applied in their school districts. Students will complete a concluding presentation that examines what they have learned throughout the certificate.
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