Graduate Education Courses

ED 289 Comprehension Strategies that Improve the skill and Joy of Reading

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

In this course you will learn to instruct students of any age, kindergarten through adult learners, in effective comprehension strategies so that they engage deeply with all types of text. You can expect to get your students to: activate background knowledge in order to bring known information in to assist in integrating newly learned information; predict and infer to monitor their reading and read between the lines; determine what is important in a text so they can discover the bigger themes and remember important information; repair their reading when meaning has been lost or the text becomes difficult; formulate questions to guide their reading; make sensory images so that the reading comes alive; and synthesize the text to integrate new ideas.

ED 289 Writing in Various Genres

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $185

Whether you follow Step Up to Writing, Six Traits, Process Writing or a Writers’ Workshop, this course is for you! Learn to teach students to write narrative/memoirs that sing with important memories, persuasive essays that change the world, fiction that resonates with a strong plot, reports full of voice, literary essays that dig deeply into literature, and paragraphs with a punch. Learn the power free writing has to assist students in generating meaningful topics that give a purpose to writing. Learn how to use literature in order to teach students the features of each genre. Discover various planning techniques that guide writers to write clearly focused and organized pieces. This course is appropriate for all para-professionals working in school classrooms or undergraduate students working on earning a teaching degree.

ED 589 Accommodating Gifted Learners in Regular Classrooms

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $110

This technology-based course provides participants with an expanded repertoire of instructional strategies for gifted learners who require additional depth and complexity in the learning process. Participants apply strategies for pre-assessment, acceleration, grouping, and differentiation in their classroom instructional plans. Teachers' management of these accommodations ensures appropriate levels of challenge and meaning for gifted learners.

ED 589 Achieving Success with Parents of Students with Special Needs

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

This course is designed to provide the educator with specific strategies to employ to build trust, increase parental participation, reduce one's legal liability as well as work with and support non-traditional and culturally diverse parents of students with special needs. In addition, emphasis is placed on practical ideas for dealing with anger, denial, and parental dissatisfaction. The study guide for this course will be sent to your email address as a .pdf attachment. To have the study guide mailed to you via US mail, please make your request in the "comments" section when registering.

ED 589 Adolescence 101: Surviving and Thriving as a Middle School Educator

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

There is no question early adolescence and the middle school years is a turbulent, “up and down” time filled with an astounding amount of physical, emotional, intellectual and social change. It is also, however, a time of great promise and possibility for a young person. Rather than lament, “ . . . if only middle schoolers were different, we could do a better job teaching them”; this course focuses on knowledge and strategies that support middle level educators adjusting their approaches so students can do a better job learning and teachers can both appreciate and enjoy working with young adolescents.

ED 589 Adolescent Self Harm: Assessment, Support, and Recovery

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

Educators are seeing more and more adolescents who cut and burn themselves, abuse drugs and alcohol, struggle with eating disorders, or engage in excessive risk-taking. Despite this reality, the research regarding effective interventions remains scant. This course takes a highly practical approach to working with this challenging set of behaviors. Specifically, the educator will be provided with effective guidelines for how one can prevent and constructively manage self-harming episodes, as well as recognize aggravating factors contributing to the developments of this problem. In addition, an integrative, flexible problem-solving approach to supporting students will be covered, as well as strategies for working with parents, fellow educators, and referral sources in the community.

ED 589 Adolescent Sexual Diversity: Supporting the Needs of Students who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and the skills for educators to better understand the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual youth, identify risk factors related to personal well-being and academic success, and implement specific strategies to create a safe learning environment that embraces all facets of human diversity. The study guide for this course will be sent to your email address as a .pdf attachment. To have the study guide mailed to you via US mail, please make your request in the "comments" section when registering.

ED 589 Adolescent Stress in Today's Cyberculture

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

In today’s high pressure, cyberculture world, girls are confronted with more debilitating stress than ever before. Expectations of stellar academic achievement, incredibly varied extra-curricular involvement, impeccable physical appearances, and interpersonal rock star status have young women living in an impossibly high pressure world with impossible expectations. This course provides educators with the tools necessary to empower girls to reconcile conflicting roles and manage stress in increasingly resilient ways.

ED 589 Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

This course is geared primarily for professionals (e.g., regular or special educators, instructional assistants, school psychologist, counselors) serving children and youths presenting behavior problems in the school or community. This course focuses on cognitive and cognitive-behavioral interventions (often lumped together under the rubric "social skills") with an emphasis on teaching students how to change and manage their own behavior. Since previous knowledge and understanding of traditional behavioral (operant) concepts and strategies is required, it is strongly recommended that you take an introductory behavior management course, such as the VESI course, Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior, to learn the basic terms and concepts of behavior management prior to taking this "advanced" course. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Approaches to Conducting a Readers' Workshop

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370

Learn to teach reading in an effective and exciting manner for your students and yourself. Discover how to hold effective mini-lessons that set a purpose for daily independent reading while instructing students in comprehension strategies that teach students to interact deeply with text. Learn to monitor independent reading so that all learners are reading 'just right' books and writing thoughtful reactions to their daily reading. Find out how to run effective small groups based on students' needs in a guided reading or literature circle format. Study techniques of running shared reading lessons so that student's fluency increases along with their love of written language. This teacher friendly course will help you to become skilled at organizing and monitoring all of these techniques in an easy and doable way.

The study guide for this course will be sent to your email address as a .pdf attachment. To have the study guide mailed to you via US mail, please make your request in the "comments" section when registering.

ED 589 Approaches to Conducting a Readers' Workshop

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

Learn to teach reading in an effective and exciting manner for your students and yourself. Discover how to hold effective mini-lessons that set a purpose for daily independent reading while instructing students in comprehension strategies that teach students to interact deeply with text. Learn to monitor independent reading so that all learners are reading 'just right' books and writing thoughtful reactions to their daily reading. Find out how to run effective small groups based on students' needs in a guided reading or literature circle format. Study techniques of running shared reading lessons so that student's fluency increases along with their love of written language. This teacher friendly course will help you to become skilled at organizing and monitoring all of these techniques in an easy and doable way.

The study guide for this course will be sent to your email address as a .pdf attachment. To have the study guide mailed to you via US mail, please make your request in the "comments" section when registering.

ED 589 Assessment and Intervention

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $605.40

This course is designed to give participants information about brain based assessments and interventions. This course is intended for individuals with little or no experience with assessments and interventions. This course will provide basic exposure to multiple brain based topics and assessments and interventions. Students will be introduced to current and past neuroscience research, past and present assessment and intervention strategies and techniques. Students will be asked to apply this knowledge to the educational setting and be asked to share any new knowledge with colleagues, parents and students. In order to support each other's learning in this course as an online environment, it is very important we all take time to participate in the group discussions, all outlined online activities, and assignments. It is the intent of this course that as an educator you will be able to take the knowledge of the assessment and intervention course and apply it to your daily practice.

ED 589 Assessment and Intervention

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course is designed to give participants information about brain based assessments, interventions and strategies. This course is intended for individuals with little or no experience with assessments and interventions. This course will provide basic exposure to multiple brain based topics and assessments, interventions and strategies. Students will be introduced to current and past neuroscience research, past and present assessments and innovative interventions and techniques. Students will be asked to apply this knowledge to the educational setting and be asked to share any new knowledge with colleagues, parents and students. In order to support each other's learning in this course as an online environment, it is very important we all take time to participate in all outlined online activities, and assignments. It is the intent of this course that as an educator you will be able to take the knowledge of the assessment and intervention course and apply it to your daily practice.

ED 589 Attention Deficit Disorder: Information & Interventions for Effective Teaching

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $125

This course will help you achieve a better understanding of ADD and intervention strategies to facilitate positive student change. The course covers the history of the disorder, accepted methods to assess and identify students with the disorder, and various methods, medications, and strategies that currently used to treat the disorder. For situations where a student needs services beyond what you can provide in the classroom, you will learn about the referral process for getting help for the student. Reference materials include a list of resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about ADD or ADHD. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Autism & Asperger's Disorder: Information & Effective Intervention Strategies

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

This course will help you achieve a better understanding of ADD and intervention strategies to facilitate positive student change. The course covers the history of the disorder, accepted methods to assess and identify students with the disorder, and various methods, medications, and strategies that currently used to treat the disorder. For situations where a student needs services beyond what you can provide in the classroom, you will learn about the referral process for getting help for the student. Reference materials include a list of resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about ADD or ADHD. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Background Knowledge for Students

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $380

This course will explore the value of building background knowledge for students. Students will be introduced to brain theory concerning different memory functions and how it relates to learning background knowledge. Students will look into research on the impact of poverty on background knowledge and investigate principles for building background knowledge using an indirect approach. They will examine the research and learn how to implement the sustained silent reading (SSR) program. Discover the eight characteristics of effective direct vocabulary instruction and learn how to implement the six steps to effective vocabulary instruction. Examine the purpose of frequency vocabulary word lists and the influence of the standards movement on vocabulary word lists. Finally, study strategies for developing a schoolwide or districtwide program.

ED 589 Behavior Is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $125

This an interactive computer-based instruction (CBI) course designed to give you a new perspective on student behavior and effective tools for facilitating positive student change. Behavior is Language provides a developmental framework for understanding what students are trying to tell you through the "language" of their behavior. The course teaches behavioral techniques and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing classroom control, and reduce your workloads and burnout. This program helps you, as well as students, find creative, effective solutions to behavioral problems. This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or business computer. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Best Practices for Literacy Instruction K-12

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $185

The No Child Left Behind Act has touched every classroom in America, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, in all subject arenas. As educators we are expected to help every child meet success in literacy, causing all content area teachers to provide instruction in reading and writing. No longer can a math teacher just teach math, but rather they must teach their content material and include instruction in literacy. Students who fail literacy assessment, like CSAP, must have literacy plans. Research shares many instructional strategies that we can use to help children meet success with literacy, but many teachers have had little opportunity to try these strategies themselves, or they may have only heard about them in a workshop or professional article, and have not experienced them as a learner. How can you teach reading strategies effectively if you have never had the opportunity to try them out with an adult book? This is what your independent study will focus on.

ED 589 Best Practices for Literacy Instruction K-12

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370

The No Child Left Behind Act has touched every classroom in America, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, in all subject arenas. As educators we are expected to help every child meet success in literacy, causing all content area teachers to provide instruction in reading and writing. No longer can a math teacher just teach math, but rather they must teach their content material and include instruction in literacy. Students who fail literacy assessment, like CSAP, must have literacy plans. Research shares many instructional strategies that we can use to help children meet success with literacy, but many teachers have had little opportunity to try these strategies themselves, or they may have only heard about them in a workshop or professional article, and have not experienced them as a learner. How can you teach reading strategies effectively if you have never had the opportunity to try them out with an adult book? This is what your independent study will focus on.

ED 589 Best Practices for Literacy Instruction K-12

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

The No Child Left Behind Act has touched every classroom in America, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, in all subject arenas. As educators we are expected to help every child meet success in literacy, causing all content area teachers to provide instruction in reading and writing. No longer can a math teacher just teach math, but rather they must teach their content material and include instruction in literacy. Students who fail literacy assessment, like CSAP, must have literacy plans. Research shares many instructional strategies that we can use to help children meet success with literacy, but many teachers have had little opportunity to try these strategies themselves, or they may have only heard about them in a workshop or professional article, and have not experienced them as a learner. How can you teach reading strategies effectively if you have never had the opportunity to try them out with an adult book? This is what your independent study will focus on.

ED 589 Building Positive Relationships with Difficult Parents

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

It is essential for educators to be able to successfully interact with even the most challenging parents. This course will give you the communication tools to develop positive relationships with all families and enhance parental support of your work in the classroom.

ED 589 Challenging Kids to Grow

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

This course is designed to provide educators with greater understanding of their own personality and communication styles as well as those of their students and how these variables support or impede their ability to challenge their students through implementation of quality instruction.

ED 589 Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

Welcome to Working with Abused and Neglected Children and Adolescents, an interactive computer-based instruction (CBI) course designed to help you identify and effectively teach students affected by child abuse and/or neglect. This course teaches you to recognize the signs of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect in students. It also discusses the specific factors that exist in families who abuse or neglect their children. A major emphasis in this course is on helping the participant understand the special learning needs of the abused or neglected child and how to meet those needs in the regular classroom. Working with parents and community agencies is also emphasized. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Classroom Management for the Secondary Educator

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370

Among the myriad of classroom management resources available today, the vast majority cater to elementary teachers and students; ignoring blatant differences between six year-olds and sixteen year-olds and leaving secondary educators wanting. In this course, you will learn how to effectively respond to students who are off-task, unfocused, discouraged, provocative and confrontational. Challenging of adult authority and developing personal efficacy remain major tasks of adolescence. Thus, creating accountability, personal responsibility and supportive interventions for the older student presents classroom teachers with intense challenges. This course will support you in developing strategies that invite both student engagement and cooperation.

ED 589 Comprehension Strategies that Improve the Skill and Joy of Reading

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370

In this course you will learn to instruct students of any age, kindergarten through adult learners, in effective comprehension strategies so that they engage deeply with all types of text. You can expect to get your students to:  activate background knowledge in order to bring known information in to assist in integrating newly learned information, predict and infer to monitor their reading and read between the lines, determine what is important in a text so they can discover the bigger themes and remember important information, repair their reading when meaning has been lost or the text becomes difficult, formulate questions to guide their reading, make sensory images so that the reading comes alive, and synthesize the text to integrate new ideas.

ED 589 Comprehension Strategies that Improve the Skill and Joy of Reading

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

In this course you will learn to instruct students of any age, kindergarten through adult learners, in effective comprehension strategies so that they engage deeply with all types of text. You can expect to get your students to:  activate background knowledge in order to bring known information in to assist in integrating newly learned information, predict and infer to monitor their reading and read between the lines, determine what is important in a text so they can discover the bigger themes and remember important information, repair their reading when meaning has been lost or the text becomes difficult, formulate questions to guide their reading, make sensory images so that the reading comes alive, and synthesize the text to integrate new ideas.

ED 589 Content Area Reading: Teaching Students in the Real World

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $185

Are you a content area teacher who is frustrated that your students can’t read your assignments? Are you tired of trying to get your content across to students whose reading skills are too weak to acquire this knowledge? Are you frustrated with working with students whose reading levels can span more than twelve years when you are expected to have your entire class complete the required text book? Are you an English/Reading teacher trying to remediate this problem? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then this course is for you! This class does not have all the answers, but it will provide you with numerous strategies that can help. Learn methods that will teach students to read better in your content area that will carry over into all real world reading so that your students will do better in all of their courses and will be more successful when they go to college.

ED 589 Content Area Reading: Teaching Students in the Real World

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370

Are you a content area teacher who is frustrated that your students can’t read your assignments? Are you tired of trying to get your content across to students whose reading skills are too weak to acquire this knowledge? Are you frustrated with working with students whose reading levels can span more than twelve years when you are expected to have your entire class complete the required text book? Are you an English/Reading teacher trying to remediate this problem? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then this course is for you! This class does not have all the answers, but it will provide you with numerous strategies that can help. Learn methods that will teach students to read better in your content area that will carry over into all real world reading so that your students will do better in all of their courses and will be more successful when they go to college.

ED 589 Content Area Reading: Teaching Students in the Real World

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

Are you a content area teacher who is frustrated that your students can’t read your assignments? Are you tired of trying to get your content across to students whose reading skills are too weak to acquire this knowledge? Are you frustrated with working with students whose reading levels can span more than twelve years when you are expected to have your entire class complete the required text book? Are you an English/Reading teacher trying to remediate this problem? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then this course is for you! This class does not have all the answers, but it will provide you with numerous strategies that can help. Learn methods that will teach students to read better in your content area that will carry over into all real world reading so that your students will do better in all of their courses and will be more successful when they go to college.

ED 589 Creating Engagements in the Classroom

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course will provide both an understanding of what contributes to student engagement, but will also provide many strategies, techniques, and tools to equip the teacher in enhancing student engagement in their classroom. The course will provide research on elements of student engagement. The primary focus of instruction will be in four areas: emotions: (How do you feel?), interests: (Am I interested?), perceived importance: (Is this important?) and perceptions of efficacy: (Can I do this?). The course provides very specific strategies to be implemented by a teacher to increase student achievement. Self-assessment tables are provided to help the teacher explore their classroom practice.

ED 589 Creating Instructional Learning Goals and Objectives

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

Participants will be able to understand the elements and value of effective learning goals and objectives. Students will learn how to write instructional learning goals and objectives to guide their instruction. They will be able to plan instructional lessons that are aligned with District and State Standards and write goals that will clearly state learning outcomes and assessment processes to confirm that desired learning has occurred. They will learn to write goals and objectives that will represent different levels of difficulty. Students will recognize and learn to use the four levels from New Taxonomy (Marzano & Kendall, 2007) (a) Retrieval - Simply recognize and recall important details, (b) Comprehension - Explain critical features, (c) Analysis - Involve reasoned extensions of knowledge, and (d) Knowledge Utilization - use new knowledge in the context of a robust task.

ED 589 Creative & Critical Thinking in the Classroom

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

Learning is a consequence of thinking. Students who tend to connect ideas, seek explanations, find new applications, create something new, solve problems and think imaginatively develop deeper understands of subjects across the curriculum and in their lives beyond school. A classroom environment that cultivates creative and critical thinking furthermore motivates students as it instills curiosity, builds confidence and produces greater student autonomy. Participants in this course will gain a deep understanding of creativity and critical thinking, as well as develop multiple strategies for teaching thinking skills and develop a dynamic thinking classroom.

ED 589 Crisis in Schools: Prevention, Intervention and Recovery

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

The unfortunate reality is that school communities face a variety of crises that impact the well being of students and adults alike. Through careful planning, however, schools can limit the negative effects of chaotic, traumatic events. This course will provide educators with knowledge about the prevention, preparation, response and recovery phases of crisis planning. Skills will also be developed to deal with specific situations including, but not limited to, acts of violence, natural disasters, terminal illnesses, accidents and suicides.

ED 589 Cyberbullying Prevention

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

Today’s student must learn to respond the new types of mistreatment have emerged from other students. Schoolyard bullying has morphed into what we term as cyberbullying. In this class we will identify who is at risk of being “cyberbullied”. We will also theorize about the potential warning signs in students who are victims of cyberbullying. We will study recent high profile cases, including the recent case of Phoebe Prince. We will look at defining the school’s liability regarding cyberbullying, online lingo, sexting, and social networking sites. Most importantly, this class will help determine what kids and adults can do to stop cyberbullying. This is a necessary class to take for anybody teaching in the 21st Century.

ED 589 Dealing with Change

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

This course provides the student with practical strategies for dealing with transition. Any change results in a process which has predictable stage: an ending followed by a time of confusion and distress resulting in a new beginning. Whether changing jobs, dealing with policy changes, retiring, or redefining relationships the student will learn how to use transition as a time of opportunity.

The study guide for this course will be sent to your email address as a .pdf attachment. To have the study guide mailed to you via US mail, please make your request in the "comments" section when registering.

ED 589 Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

Take this course to gain a more comprehensive understanding of alcohol, drugs, and their influences in your classroom. This course provides a contextual framework for understanding what students may be experiencing either through their own substance use or from the substance use of persons close to them. The course also provides a basic historical perspective of substance use along with the biological, psychological, and social factors that comprise the disease of addiction. Upon course completion, you will better understand the complex dynamics that contribute to this biological and social phenomenon. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

This course is designed to give you a new perspective on serving the needs of young children and their families. In this course you will learn what is meant by family-centered services as it applies to diverse systems of care, gain an understanding of family diversity, and explore the major stress factors facing families today. We will discuss the theoretical basis for family-centered services, as well as reflect on current research and best practice. Family-Centered Services will also examine the role of early childhood educators and explore ways to build partnerships with parents and create communities of care-for the benefit of our children, and ultimately society as a whole. View syllabus.

ED 589 Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $125

This course explores observation and assessment instruments, as well as recommended practices and available resources for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Content includes an emphasis on observing young children and assessing their early childhood learning environments. View syllabus.

ED 589 Early Childhood: Program Planning©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $125

This course is designed to give you a new perspective on planning and implementing developmentally appropriate programs for young children from birth through age eight. In this course you will learn what is meant by curriculum, assessment, evaluation, and program planning as these terms apply to early childhood education. We will discuss several historical perspectives and theories of child development, and examine best practice for early childhood education. We will also examine key concepts and specific activities for teaching various curricular content areas including language and literacy, mathematics and science, and the expressive arts. View syllabus.

ED 589 Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $125

This course explores contemporary best practice and perspectives on early childhood development. Content includes patterns and sequences of typical development for children from birth to six years. Emphasis is on individual differences, cultural influences, and the impact of developmental delay and disability during infancy, toddlerhood, and the preschool years. Discussion will also include instructional technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) applications for this population. View syllabus.

ED 589 E-Commerce for Educators

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

This course is designed for students who have some Internet experience. It will provide the participants with information on using the Internet for Banking, Investing, Shopping and Making money.

ED 589 Educational Assessment: Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

This course is designed to further develop the conceptual and technical skills required by teachers to help them identify their educational goals, and implement meaningful instructional strategies for effective learning by students with special needs. The focus of the course is on assessment for instructional programming and will outline procedures for designing or selecting, administering and interpreting, a variety of informal assessment measures typically used in schools. The presentation of assessment information in an acceptable format to parents and teachers is also be addressed. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Educational Trends: A Perspective

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $380

Today's educators are bombarded with a variety of expectations, responsibilities, and demands. In addition, economic, political, and sociological factors influence today's classrooms, and teachers don't have the training or the time to keep up with these forces. This course will examine many of the current, relevant dynamics at work in our profession. The participant will gain heightened awareness of the issues present in today's schools, and will be provided a forum to discuss the implications for the classroom now and in the years to come. Eight lessons.

ED 589 Engaging Strategies for all Learners

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

Do you dream of a classroom where each and every student is engaged and actively learning at all moments? Do you wish you had the power to keep students focused and learning every second they are with you? With the advent of the new Common Core State Standards, active learning is at the forefront; learners are expected to think deeply, listen attentively and converse at high levels starting with the youngest of learners. This class will show you how to design lessons that engage all levels of learners for long blocks of time. Learn to use discussion strategies that heighten engagement. Learn to intersperse your lectures with active learning that not only cements what was taught but challenges students to examine and defend their thinking. Examine how your language can disengage or motivate all the students in your classroom. Learn all of these strategies from a teacher who has talked students into believing they were brilliant and capable for 32 years.

ED 589 Enhancing Communications

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

This course uses some of the most respected tools in the field of communication today. The course will take the concept of communication to a new level and challenge the students to look at old ways of interacting with people. Students will gain an understanding of the power the spoken word can have on enhancing learning and self-esteem. The focus will be on building self-confidence in yourself and others through proactive communication.

ED 589 Ethics & Safety in Education: Guidelines for Teachers & Administrators©

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $380
  • Fees: $125

“Ethics & Safety in Education: Guidelines for Teachers & Administrators” was developed because teachers are increasingly being reported and charged with sexual misconduct and exploitation of their students. This has become a national issue. School administrators and state leaders are seeking answers. In addition, lawmakers are demanding action and contemplating a variety of legislative responses. This situation may shift oversight and discipline outside the profession. Education leaders and administrators are faced with figuring out how to respond effectively. All violations are disturbing, but teacher sexual abuse is most harmful. View syllabus.

ED 589 Inclusion: Working with Special Needs Students in General Education Classrooms ©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

This course is designed to help special and general educators gain a better understanding of inclusion, one of the current educational reform movements that advocates educating students with disabilities in the general education classrooms. Upon course completion, the learner will be able to define key concepts and terms, identify and describe federal legislature and court cases, and list and describe the federal definition of students entitled to special services. This course will also discuss the roles and responsibilities of educators in providing special services to students educated in inclusive classrooms. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Infant & Toddler Mental Health©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

This interactive computer-based instruction (CBI) course designed to help you achieve a better understanding of infant and toddler mental health, child development, and strategies you can use to promote positive relationships with children and their families. This course provides information that will help you to understand and identify your role as a child care provider, educator, and early childhood professional. Infant and Toddler Mental Health will provide you with research-based information on child development, attachment, temperament, and curriculum. This course also lists resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about infant and toddler mental health. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Internet Resources for Effective Educator Teacher Tools

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

Do you sometimes find the amount of information you can find on the Internet overwhelming? Is it hard to keep track of all the websites you want to use in your teaching? Would you like some help finding creating rubrics for assessment? Well then, this is the class for you. Internet Resources for the Effective Educator Teacher Tools is designed to help you use the Internet to become more productive and save you time. Come learn about sites that can help you discover and organize resources from the Internet.

ED 589 Introduction to Neuroscience and Education

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $605.40

This course is designed to give participants information about how the brain functions and how the principles of neuroscience can be used in the classroom. This course is intended for individuals with little or no experience with neuroscience. This 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 neuroanatomy, brain development, brain laterality, attention, memory, language, and emotion. Students will be introduced to current and past neuroscience research and be asked to apply this knowledge to the educational setting. In order to support each other's learning in an online environment, it is very important we all take time to participate in the group discussions, all outlined online activities, and discussion assignments. It is the intent of this course that as an educator you will be able to directly support your colleagues by sharing and engaging in current literature, participating in group discussions, creating brain-based lesson plans, and transferring the knowledge you learn from your exam topics directly to the classroom.

ED 589 Introduction to Neuroscience and Education

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course is designed to give participants information about how the brain functions and the principles of neuroscience can be used in the classroom. This course is intended for individuals with little or no experience with neuroscience. This 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 neuroanatomy, brain development, brain laterality, attention, memory, language, and emotion. Students will be introduced to current and past neuroscience research and be asked to apply this knowledge to the educational setting by participating in group discussions, completing assignments, creating lesson plans, and taking exams.

ED 589 Learn It and Use It for Life

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

Learning in the 21st century involves a new way of looking at the mind. Revisit the latest theories of right brain/ left brain thinking. Discover the six essential aptitudes of design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning. Enter the age of concept. Increase your ability to see patterns, to create beauty, and to craft a narrative. Enter the age of touch. Practice empathy with others. Understand the subtleties of human interaction. Prepare your students for the right brain rising!

ED 589 Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $125

This course describes diverse theoretical approaches to handling learning disabilities in the classroom and lays the foundation for sensitive, appropriate assessment and evaluation of students. In addition, the course covers program planning and implementation, stresses the importance of a close, positive partnership with parents or alternative caregivers, and explores methods for ensuring that the home-school axis is effective and meaningful. You will also learn about major trends and unresolved issues in the field of learning disabilities. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Linking Assessments and Standards

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course will provide both an understanding the role of formative assessment and standards-based grading. Students will develop a background into the value of feedback and distinguish between formative assessment, summative assessment and benchmark testing. Students will know how learning progressions lead to achieving learning goals and be able to explain the causes of imprecision in assessments. They will be able to identify different grading practices used in classrooms and recognize the differences and purposes of obtrusive, unobtrusive and student-generated assessments. They will be able to distinguish between instructional feedback and formative assessment scores and be able to identify how assessment results can provide information to a teacher on their performance as an instructor. Students will be able to create different grading scales and create a variety of selected-response items in obtrusive assessment including multiple choice, matching, alternative choice, true/false, multiple response, and fill in the blank. They will be able to generate short and extended constructed response items in obtrusive assessments, use oral reports, probing discussions, and demonstrations as assessments, and use student-generated assessments. They will track student progress using four different approaches: summative score assigned at the end of the grading period, gradual accumulation of a summative score, the whole process as one, and continual improvement throughout the year. They will be able to convert grading scales into a letter grade or percentages and convert the gradi

ED 589 Love & Logic Classroom: Principles & Applications

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370

Teaching has been changing throughout the course of public education in this country. New programs and courses are being developed yearly to address the issues that the classroom teacher faces in this changing world. Fortunately, the classroom teacher designs his or her own model for working with students. This course, designed by Jim Fay and Foster Cline, is an attempt to provide innovative techniques for the classroom teacher, providing a new paradigm in the classroom—sharing control with the student. Ideally, this course will provide the teacher with the foundation to incorporate the love and logic techniques and philosophy in the classroom, which will afford some relief from the stress that can come with trying to control a classroom of students (young or old).

ED 589 Love & Logic Classroom: Principles & Applications

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

Teaching has been changing throughout the course of public education in this country. New programs and courses are being developed yearly to address the issues that the classroom teacher faces in this changing world. Fortunately, the classroom teacher designs his or her own model for working with students. This course, designed by Jim Fay and Foster Cline, is an attempt to provide innovative techniques for the classroom teacher, providing a new paradigm in the classroom—sharing control with the student. Ideally, this course will provide the teacher with the foundation to incorporate the love and logic techniques and philosophy in the classroom, which will afford some relief from the stress that can come with trying to control a classroom of students (young or old).

ED 589 Mathematical Thinking Across the Elementary Curriculum

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

This course is designed to provide a hands-on, working experience for Colorado elementary teachers that will assist in them in demonstrating Elements C and E of Quality Standard 1: Content and Pedagogy as presented and defined by the Colorado Department of Education. Through the examination of current best practices in interdisciplinary pedagogy as it relates to mathematical thinking and reasoning, teachers will gain the tools needed to create entries for an evidence based portfolio that demonstrates proficiency in these Elements. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the interdisciplinary connections to math and demonstrating that students are able to transfer mathematical knowledge across the curriculum.

ED 589 More Navigating the Information Highway

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370

This course will allow the participants to extend their knowledge in Online activities. Topics will include alternative search strategies, advanced e-mail, downloading files and attachments, K-12 Internet issues, telecollaborative activities, and new trends in interactivity. The knowledge of how Internet activities can be utilized in the classroom will also be covered. Prerequisite: B.A. or B.S. degree and requires internet access.

ED 589 Moving Toward a Comprehensive School Counseling Program

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

This course is designed to provide counselors with tools to begin and or continue the shift from a service model of school counseling to a program model that is comprehensive in nature, developmentally appropriate, preventative by design and guided by curriculum. It provides an opportunity for counselors to examine, refine and revise their current counseling model and practices through action plans, guidance lessons, assessments and results data.

ED 589 Navigating the Information Highway

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370

This course is designed for the beginning or novice Internet user. It will present information on Internet software, e-mail, effective search strategies and issues for education.

ED 589 Preparing to Implement a Comprehensive School Counseling Program

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

Ever since the American School Counseling Association developed The National ASCA Model, a Framework for School Counselors, the curricular-based approach to school counseling has been adopted by districts across the country. This class offers a systematic method to implementing a comprehensive school counseling program within your building. Five steps of change are recommended and all will be explored; a thorough examination of three of the five steps will be required for this class. These three steps are: planning for the program, building your foundation, and designing the delivery system. All three will facilitate the establishment of program components necessary for a comprehensive program to be implemented as a national movement takes hold which focuses on standards, achievement, data, intentional practices and benefiting all students.

ED 589 Preparing to Teach and Assess for 21st Century Skills

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course addresses the topic of teaching and assessing 21st century skills. Preparing students for the uniqueness of 21st century skills is a concern that is frequently mentioned among educational professionals. Marzano and Hefebower divided the study into cognitive skills and conative skills—essentially thinking and feeling skills. Students in this course will be led step by step through the concepts presented in the textbook. Topics covered in the cognitive part of the textbook will include: common logical errors including faulty logic, attack, weak reference, and misinformation, probabilistic thinking, deductive conclusions, and analyzing deductive conclusions, the potential negative effects of multitasking, the importance of focus, the value, and utility of using patterns in instruction, the value of mental models, effective use of graphic organizers, and a protocol for problem solving. Topics covered in the conative part of the textbook will include: the use of optical illusions in teaching misconceptions, distinguishing between a fixed mindset, and a growth mindset, encouraging resiliency in students, building the positive possible self, encouraging optimism in students, the harmful effects of negative emotional thinking, and worry, the concept of perspective, the four kinds of behavior: passive behavior, aggressive behavior, passive-aggressive, and assertive behavior, the use of class meetings to build community, techniques for active listening, conflict resolution, and dealing with anger.

ED 589 Preparing Yourself and the Classroom for Today's Students

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $380

The rapid pace of change in today's classrooms has gone on at breakneck speed. Teaching today is not the same as it was 20 years ago or even 10 years ago. The demands on classroom teachers, administrators and staff are difficult to comprehend. This class will examine some of the changes that have gone on in education, what is the current status of public and private education today, and what school personnel might have to look forward to on a daily basis.

ED 589 Questioning for Learning

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

Quality questioning can transform a classroom from the usual one-way flow of information from instructor to students into an interactive process that elevates dynamic dialogues and student generated wonderings. Students become active participants in their own learning and more deeply engaged in higher-level cognitive processes (analysis, synthesis, and evaluation). Participants will gain practical classroom strategies to nurture the sense of wonder and exploration initially inherent in all children while building critical thinking skills and inspiring learning.

ED 589 Reading & Writing in the Content Area©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $380
  • Fees: $125

The course Reading & Writing in Content Area has been divided into four chapters. This course will provide information on such issues as recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks, and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Praxis Reading Across the Curriculum test guide and the Reading in the Content Area national standards. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Reading & Writing in the Content Area©

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

The course Reading & Writing in Content Area has been divided into four chapters. This course will provide information on such issues as recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks, and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Praxis Reading Across the Curriculum test guide and the Reading in the Content Area national standards. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Reading Fundamentals I: Introduction to Scientifically-Based Research©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

States that receive funds from the No Child Left Behind, Reading First Act need to ensure that teachers are qualified to teach reading. They must have a working knowledge of scientifically validated instructional programs and practices. According to Kilpatrick (2003), the most critical part of the Act is that there must be an increase in teachers' knowledge of the scientific process under which instructional programs are evaluated. (Note: A summary of this legislation regarding the use of scientifically-validated instructional materials appears in Course 2.) View syllabus.

ED 589 Reading Fundamentals II: Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

Reading is the cornerstone of an effective education. Without this skill we are limited in so many important life activities. We cannot access the newspaper, read the directions of a new recipe, enjoy a favorite novel, or read a prescription bottle of medication. The list goes on and on. Reading is tied to all other academic areas. Without reading, mathematics, writing, spelling, and the content areas such as science and social studies are difficult, if not impossible, to participate in or complete at an adequate level. College becomes out of the question and many jobs are simply out of reach because they require some basic level of reading or other skill that hinges on reading. An inability to read renders these individuals almost powerless in our society. View syllabus.

ED 589 Reading Fundamentals III: The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction & Assessment©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $125

The Reading First program focuses on implementing proven methods of early reading instruction in classrooms. Through Reading First, states and districts will receive support to apply scientifically based reading research-and the proven instructional and assessment tools consistent with this research-to ensure that all children learn to read well by the end of third grade. The Reading First program will provide the necessary assistance to states and districts to establish research-based reading programs for students in kindergarten through third grade. Funds will also support a significant increase in professional development to ensure that all teachers have the skills they need to teach these reading programs effectively. Additionally, the program provides assistance to states and districts in preparing classroom teachers to screen, identify, and eliminate reading barriers facing their students (U.S. Department of Education, 2002, p. 1). View syllabus.

ED 589 SB 191 Principal Standard I: Strategic Leadership

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

In this course, learners will explore Principal/Assistant Principal Standard I: Strategic Leadership, as outlined in Colorado’s SB-191 State Model Evaluation System Rubric. Learners will define strategic leadership and explore each of the standard’s four elements: (a) School Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals; (b) School Plan; (c) Leading Change; and (d) Distributive Leadership.

ED 589 SB 191 Principal Standard II: Instructional Leadership

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

This course is designed to provide a hands-on, working experience for Colorado Principals that will assist in them in demonstrating Standard 2: Instructional Leadership as presented and defined by the Colorado Department of Education. Through the examination of current best practices in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and data-driven decision making, Principals will gain the tools and expertise needed to observe, evaluate, assess, and create growth plans with and for their teachers. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding both the Principal and Teacher Proficiency Continuum in order to insure proper and sufficient evidence collection and effective evaluation.

ED 589 SB 191 Principal Standard III: School Culture and Equity Leadership

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

Online learning alternatives are increasing rapidly in education. This course introduces participants to online course design, development and delivery. The course is designed in a rapid, e-learning format to move you quickly from theory to practice. Participants will gain hands-on experience navigating in an online course environment while learning trends, best practice, and key concepts of delivering courses online. Relevant and timely activities and resources will be used based on the learning outcomes for the course.

ED 589 SB 191 Principal Standard IV: Human Resource Leadership

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

This course is designed to provide a hands-on, working experience for Colorado principals that will assist in them in demonstrating Standard 4: Human Resource Leadership as presented and defined by the Colorado Department of Education. Through the examination of current best practices in human resource management, professional learning communities, and stakeholder feedback, principals will gain the tools needed to recruit, hire, manage, evaluate, and train their teachers. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding both the Principal and Teacher Proficiency Continuum in order to insure proper and sufficient evidence collection and effective human resource management.

ED 589 SB 191 Teacher Quality Standard I: Content and Pedagogy

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

This course is designed to provide a hands-on, working experience for Colorado teachers that will assist in them in demonstrating Teacher Quality Standard 1: Content and Pedagogy as presented and defined by the Colorado Department of Education. Through the examination of current best practices in content pedagogy, literacy, mathematics, inquiry based instruction, and interdisciplinary methodology, teachers will gain the tools needed to create an evidence based portfolio that demonstrates proficiency in Teacher Quality Standard 1. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the Rubric for Evaluating Colorado Teachers in order to insure proper and sufficient evidence collection for demonstrating growth.

ED 589 SB 191 Teacher Quality Standard II: Learning Environment

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

This course is designed to provide a hands-on, working experience for Colorado teachers that will assist in them in demonstrating Quality Standard 2: Learning Environment as presented and defined by the Colorado Department of Education. Through the examination of current best practices in classroom environments, diversity and inclusion, student behavior, and constructive feedback, teachers will gain the tools needed to create an evidence-based portfolio that demonstrates proficiency in Quality Standard 2. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the Rubric for Evaluating Colorado Teachers in order to insure proper and sufficient evidence collection for demonstrating growth.

ED 589 SB 191 Teacher Quality Standard III: Instructional Delivery

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

This course is designed to provide a hands-on, working experience for Colorado teachers that will assist in them in demonstrating Quality Standard 3: Instructional Delivery as presented and defined by the Colorado Department of Education. Through the examination of current best practices in developmental science, student assessment, instructional practices, technology, and student leadership, teachers will gain the tools needed to create an evidence-based portfolio that demonstrates proficiency in Quality Standard 3. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the Rubric for Evaluating Colorado Teachers in order to insure proper and sufficient evidence collection for demonstrating growth.

ED 589 SB 191 Teacher Quality Standard IV: Teacher Reflection

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

This course is designed to provide a hands-on, working experience for Colorado teachers that will assist in them in demonstrating Quality Standard 4: Teacher Reflection as presented and defined by the Colorado Department of Education. Through the examination of current best practices in data analysis, professional development, and collaboration, teachers will gain the tools needed to add to an evidence-based portfolio that demonstrates proficiency in Quality Standard 4. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the Rubric for Evaluating Colorado Teachers in order to insure proper and sufficient evidence collection for demonstrating growth.

ED 589 Shedding New Light on Bullying Behavior

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

This course is packed with practical tips for teachers to use immediately to help stop bullying behavior in the classroom. The student will gain a more thorough understanding of the bullying dynamic and the functionality of bullying behavior. Mainly we will look at the solutions to the problem of bullying in schools as we know it through current research. The course will include the latest and most comprehensive research available.

The study guide for this course will be sent to your email address as a .pdf attachment. To have the study guide mailed to you via US mail, please make your request in the "comments" section when registering.

ED 589 Stages of Development for Parents & Teachers: Birth to 19 Years

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

This course is designed to give the student a firm foundation of the appropriate stages of development for the child ages 0 to 19 years old. Through this course, the student will learn about: the job of the child, typical behaviors of the child, affirmations for the child, helpful and unhelpful parent or teacher behaviors.

ED 589 Supporting the Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Students

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

Research shows that cognitive development and academic performance improve and problem behaviors decrease with the expansion of social and emotional skills. Because gifted children tend to develop asynchronously, their social and emotional abilities often do not match their intellectual capacity leaving them to struggle with intensities, perfectionism, stress, anxiety, and other issues. This course is designed to build awareness around the affective needs of gifted students and give participants tools/strategies for integrating social-emotional learning in the classroom in order to help gifted students make sense of the big ideas in life including their own identity and the processes by which growth and development occur.

ED 589 Supporting Twice-Exceptional Learners

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

Gifted students with disabilities, also referred to as twice-exceptional children, have distinct educational needs in order to find success in the classroom. Students in this course will develop a broad understanding of the complex issues associated with gifted students who have disabilities as we explore who these students are, how teachers can tap into their strengths and address weaknesses, as well as discover educational strategies/accommodations that can be implemented to help these students succeed in school and beyond.

ED 589 Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

This course is designed to provide a foundation in talented and gifted education. It will provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and serve TAG students through a planned program for intellectually gifted and academically talented students within a framework of common practice based on current research. Students will gain an understanding of the characteristics and needs of TAG students, current legislation as it relates to the education of talented and gifted children in the USA, identification procedures, assessment options, programs and services models, and curriculum modification options. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Teaching Diversity©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

Designed to give the learner the knowledge, tools and dispositions to effectively facilitate a diverse classroom, this course teaches how to understand and identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles and ways in which students demonstrate learning. An emphasis in this course is on understanding how students' learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, family and community values. The learner is challenged to apply knowledge of the richness of contributions from our diverse society to the teaching field. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm©

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $125

The course Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm is designed to explain and connect the major concepts, procedures, and reasoning processes of mathematics. Current research and trends in math education will be discussed to outline a teaching methodology that is conceptual, contextual, and constructive. Activities are presented to explain underlying concepts and illustrate constructive teaching. The course has been divided into four chapters covering four math topics: number sense, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and fractions. Emphasis is on exploring how to develop mathematical understanding in learners. View syllabus.

ED 589 Teaching, Learning, and the Brain

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $201.80

This course is designed to give participants information about the Teaching, Learning, and the Brain Certificate offered at Adams State University.

ED 589 Teaching Visual-Spatial Learners

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

Visual-spatial learners are on the rise, here to stay, and have unique learning needs. In an educational system that has historically favored the auditory-sequential style of learning, many VSLs are struggling in the classroom. In this course we will explore what it means to be a visual-spatial learner and how to tap into their strengths so that they can better access the curriculum and find greater success. Students will learn how to identify their VSLs as well as a how to incorporate VSL strategies into the classroom for all subject areas and life skills such as time management and organization.

ED 589 The Basics of Response to Intervention

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

This course will provide students with the basic information about the Response to Intervention (RTI) process including the origins, the basic elements, the practical implementation and the anticipated benefit to students. Students will become familiar with the vocabulary associated with Response to Intervention (RTI). They will be prepared on how to explain Response to Intervention (RTI) to parents and how parents can be involved. Students will be equipped with a variety of useful resources for further and future support.

ED 589 The Key Elements of Classroom Management: Managing Time and Space, Student Behavior and Instructional Strategies

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $190

What do you think the cornerstone of any classroom is? You bet, classroom management is the cornerstone of a strong instructional program. Without it, students underperform, are lost, all the while losing precious learning time. This course introduces, supplants, and re-energizes any classroom teacher with classroom management strategies, which are practical. Participants will gain a deep understanding of what helps create magic in the classroom by managing time and space, student behavior, and the use of proven instructional strategies.

ED 589 The Nine Essential Instructional Strategies

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course will guide the student through the identification of the nine instructional strategies that research indicates are highly effective. Once identified, each instructional strategies and its related research is analyzed and then information is provided on how to develop and use each strategy. The course starts with a historical perspective of the development of educational research. The nine instructional strategies that will be studied are: (a) similarities and differences, (b) summarizing and note taking, (c) reinforcing effort and providing recognition, (d) homework and practice, (e) nonlinguistic representations, (f) cooperative learning, (g) setting objectives and providing feedback, (h) generating and testing hypotheses, and (i) cues, question and advance organizers. Students will become familiar with each strategy and receive valuable guidance in how to incorporate each strategy in their professional practice.

ED 589 The Nine Essential Instructional Strategies and English Language Learners

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course will guide the student through the application of the nine instructional strategies that research indicates are highly effective as identified in Classroom Instruction that Works by Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock, (2001) with specific application for English language learners. Students will study the stages of secondary language acquisition and learn how to implement the nine instructional strategies in consideration of these stages. The nine instructional strategies that will be studied are: (a) similarities and differences, (b) summarizing and note taking, (c) reinforcing effort and providing recognition, (d) homework and practice, (e) nonlinguistic representations, (f) cooperative learning, (g) setting objectives and providing feedback, (h) generating and testing hypotheses, and (i) cues, question and advance organizers. Students will become familiar with each strategy and receive valuable guidance in how to incorporate each strategy in their professional practice with English language learners. Students will explore ways to increase parent and community involvement in the education process with a focus on English language learners.

ED 589 Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by stress, trauma, and/or violence. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of stress and trauma. Participants will explore how stress, violence, and trauma affect a student's learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development. The short and long term consequences of being exposed to stress, trauma, or violence, as well as the social and family causes, will be reviewed. Participants will learn the dynamics of domestic violence and community violence. The educator's role in the intervention and prevention of violence will be discussed. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Try DI ! Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570
  • Fees: $125

This course, Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program, has been divided into four chapters. As the second course in a multi-course series on Differentiated Instruction, the emphasis is on providing examples of strategies and methods associated with a DI approach. The course has been organized to ensure that each strategy, or idea on “how to” implement DI, is an extension of the DI approach as a whole and not just presented as a disjointed list of ideas to try. The first course in the series, Why DI?:An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction, focused on the What, Why, and Who of a classroom that reflects a Differentiated Instruction approach. Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program, will indirectly address the conditions, or When, Where, and How of the DI approach. Because DI is not a recipe for teaching or a prescriptive model, the structure of the course reflects a range of entry points for educators to consider as they reflect on the considerations teachers make when differentiating. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Try DI ! Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program©

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570
  • Fees: $125

This course, Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program, has been divided into four chapters. As the second course in a multi-course series on Differentiated Instruction, the emphasis is on providing examples of strategies and methods associated with a DI approach. The course has been organized to ensure that each strategy, or idea on “how to” implement DI, is an extension of the DI approach as a whole and not just presented as a disjointed list of ideas to try. The first course in the series, Why DI?:An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction, focused on the What, Why, and Who of a classroom that reflects a Differentiated Instruction approach. Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program, will indirectly address the conditions, or When, Where, and How of the DI approach. Because DI is not a recipe for teaching or a prescriptive model, the structure of the course reflects a range of entry points for educators to consider as they reflect on the considerations teachers make when differentiating. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570
  • Fees: $125

Understanding Aggression includes topics on violence, aggression in the classroom, youth gangs, aggression in sports and on television, how drugs and alcohol play a role in aggression and violence, and "hot spots" that tend to breed aggression and violence The course helps school personnel become more aware of the causes of aggression and ways to evaluate aggression and intervene before the aggression turns to violence in the schools. The course also speaks about aggression in our communities through driving, dating, sports, television, music and how these issues are dealt with in modern society. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Understanding and Engaging Gifted Learners

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $605.40

This 16 week course is designed to develop a deeper understanding of the nature and needs of gifted learners in order to promote success and nurture gifted potential. Participants will explore practical strategies, tools and methods that help meet diverse academic and affective needs as well as create a supportive educational environment that fosters creative, open-ended learning experiences that advanced learners find motivating and engaging.

ED 589 Understanding and Engaging Gifted Learners

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course is designed to develop a deeper understanding of the nature and needs of gifted learners in order to promote success and nurture gifted potential. Participants will explore practical strategies, tools and methods that help meet diverse academic and affective needs as well as create a supportive educational environment that fosters creative, open-ended learning experiences that advanced learners find motivating and engaging.

ED 589 Understanding Gifted Learners in Regular Classrooms

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $125

589 589 Using Film to Inform Instruction

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

This course is designed to provide educators with greater understanding of teaching methodologies and the implementation of quality instruction to reach all students.

ED 589 Violence in Schools: Identification, Prevention, & Intervention Strategies©

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370
  • Fees: $125

This course is designed to give you a better understanding of school violence and increase your intervention strategies. Taught by Dr., this course provides an overview of violence and the motivational purposes behind aggression. The correlation and impact of the media, community, and family upon violence is investigated. You will learn identification and intervention approaches to working with out-of-control behaviors. In addition, you will receive information about the national resources available for both parents and teachers. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have a better understanding of violence and the motivations behind the use of violence, as well as specific strategies to minimize the occurrence of violence in a school and community.

ED 589 Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555
  • Fees: $125

Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction is an interactive computer-based instruction course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. In this course you will learn what is meant by Differentiated Instruction (DI) and the common myths associated with creating the differentiated classroom. We will discuss the legal, theoretical, and pedagogical foundations in the field of education that support the utilization of differentiated instructional practices and principles. We will reflect on best practices and national trends in the design of the educational setting to meet the needs of a diverse learning population. Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction will also provide connections to a variety of concepts, variables, and resources that will assist practitioners in aligning their own professional practices with those found in the differentiated classroom. View syllabus. CD-ROM (see computer requirements at end of section).

ED 589 Writing in Various Genres

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $185

Whether you follow Step Up to Writing, Six Traits, Process Writing or a Writers‘ Workshop, this course is for you! Learn to teach students to write narrative/memoirs that sing with important memories, persuasive essays that change the world, fiction that resonates with a strong plot, reports full of voice, literary essays that dig deeply into literature, and paragraphs with a punch. Learn the power free writing has to assist students in generating meaningful topics that give a purpose to writing. Learn how to use literature in order to teach students the features of each genre. Discover various planning techniques that guide writers to write clearly focused and organized pieces. This course is appropriate for all 3rd grade through high school writing teachers; even savvy primary teachers will find ways to adapt this work for their youngest writers. This instructor has raised middle school CSAP scores in her home school in profound ways using these techniques while getting students to fall in love with writing!

ED 589 Writing in Various Genres

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $370

Whether you follow Step Up to Writing, Six Traits, Process Writing or a Writers‘ Workshop, this course is for you! Learn to teach students to write narrative/memoirs that sing with important memories, persuasive essays that change the world, fiction that resonates with a strong plot, reports full of voice, literary essays that dig deeply into literature, and paragraphs with a punch. Learn the power free writing has to assist students in generating meaningful topics that give a purpose to writing. Learn how to use literature in order to teach students the features of each genre. Discover various planning techniques that guide writers to write clearly focused and organized pieces. This course is appropriate for all 3rd grade through high school writing teachers; even savvy primary teachers will find ways to adapt this work for their youngest writers. This instructor has raised middle school CSAP scores in her home school in profound ways using these techniques while getting students to fall in love with writing!

ED 589 Writing in Various Genres

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $555

Whether you follow Step Up to Writing, Six Traits, Process Writing or a Writers‘ Workshop, this course is for you! Learn to teach students to write narrative/memoirs that sing with important memories, persuasive essays that change the world, fiction that resonates with a strong plot, reports full of voice, literary essays that dig deeply into literature, and paragraphs with a punch. Learn the power free writing has to assist students in generating meaningful topics that give a purpose to writing. Learn how to use literature in order to teach students the features of each genre. Discover various planning techniques that guide writers to write clearly focused and organized pieces. This course is appropriate for all 3rd grade through high school writing teachers; even savvy primary teachers will find ways to adapt this work for their youngest writers. This instructor has raised middle school CSAP scores in her home school in profound ways using these techniques while getting students to fall in love with writing!

LEAD 589 Dynamic Leadership in Stressful Environments, a Historical Perspective

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

The foundation for leadership under stress is operating from a set of principles. In this course the students will study the nine principles of leadership that the author Jack Uldrich has identified in the life of George C. Marshall. Specifically, the student will be looking at the value of these principles in stressful settings and as a basis for decision making. The student will also reflect on where these principles have been illustrated in their previous leadership training. The learning outcome will be to establish an application of these principles in the student's role as a leader and to recognize principled behavior in others.

LEAD 589 Introduction to Leadership

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

In this course the student will explore 21 characteristics of a leader as set forth by John Maxwell. The student will then select five of these leadership qualities and reflect on them to discover connections with previous leadership training. The student will select another five of the leadership qualities and envision a scenario in which these qualities could be applied. The learning outcome will be an increased awareness of components of effective leadership that can be recognized in others as well as developed personally. By labeling and defining these qualities of leadership the student will be able to seek to develop them with concerted intentionality.

LEAD 589 Leadership Through Using Outside the Box Thinking

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course will introduce the students to the concepts developed by Malcolm Gladwell in the three books: Blink, Tipping Point and Outliers. Students will discover the unique characteristics of the unique process of quick decisions or conclusions that are described and illustrated in the book, Blink. Students will learn to recognize the trend features that result in a tipping point event that influences an activity. Students will learn to identify an outlier. Students as leaders will learn about developing strategies to use in capitalizing on the concepts presented in the Malcolm Gladwell books.

LEAD 589 Strengths-Based Team Leadership

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

A strengths-based approach focuses on the positive attributes of individuals that seem to be inherent in them. The student will start by using the StrengthFinder assessment tool developed by the Gallup Organization to identify their five top strengths (talents). The student will then reflect and explore how these strengths are manifested in their life. To expand an understanding of the 34 strengths identified by Gallup, the student will create a scenario in which the student is leading a team. The student assigns strengths to the team members and acting as their leader leads them on a simulated mission utilizing the strengths of each team members to enhance the success of the mission. The learning outcome for the course will be an understanding of the value of a strengths-based approach where success occurs by focusing on developing strengths while managing weaknesses and how building a team possessing a variety of strengths can produce greater efficiency and effectiveness.

LEAD 589 The Leader as a Manager

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

Effective leadership requires management skills that create the routines that stabilize both the leader and the surrounding organization. This stability is connected to the culture that the leader creates and nurtures. The management style provides direction for organizational behaviors and expectations. In this course the student will study management and cultural principles that engender successful organization. These authors skillfully use analogies to graphically illustrate these key principles. The learning outcome will be the discovery of principles of management that will increase the organizations effectiveness and efficiency.

LEAD 589 The Leader in a Team, Collaboration and Change

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $570

This course focuses on the role of the leader in building a team. The student will learn how the power of collaboration in a team setting can productively enable the team to function in a collective manner and generate change. Effective teams create a synergy where "the sum of the parts is greater than the whole." The learning outcome will be the discovery of the key principles in developing and managing effective teams.


The computer-based software courses are designed to be run from the compact disc (CD) and only save user data on the hard drive of their Macintosh or Windows computer. The CD is provided after course registration.

To run it on a personal computer, you need the following:

  • Windows 2000, XP Home, Professional or newer
  • 15" or larger color monitor with a minimum resolution of 800x600
  • CD driver 4x minimum speed and a printer connected to your computer
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 5 MB of free hard disk space

To run it on a Macintosh computer, you need the following:

  • Macintosh Operating System 9.x or 10.x
  • 15" or larger color monitor with a minimum resolution of 800x600
  • CD driver 4x minimum speed and a printer connected to your computer
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 5 MB of free hard disk space