Graduate and Recertification Classes


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Achieving Rapport in the Classroom EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
The participant will focus on the principles of communication skills and skill development, non-verbal/verbal congruency and intentions. They will also read and discuss portions of an extensive bibliography on communications skills.

Appreciating Differences in the Classroom EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
The participant will focus on techniques to help students appreciate each other, and at the same time, meet the goals of the curriculum. Some areas of concentration will be encouraging the student to get to know a person with whom he or she has not been friendly, choosing someone who is different to become a “study buddy,” exploring literature about diversity, and creating lesson plans to help the teacher with this issue.

Assessments for Success EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
This course will help teachers write useful assessments and realize the importance of correct timing. The participants will focus on strategies to use assessments as tools to enhance learning, and improve performance. Peer assessment and student involvement are also a focus of the class.

Bring Content to Life EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
The participant will focus on strategies to meet the needs of students with different personalities, family cultures and life experiences. Each student comes with a different learning orientation. Some students enjoy drills and memorization. Others learn best from discussion and verbal tasks. Others feel most comfortable creating things, working with their hands or relating to music. This course will show the teacher how to bring content to life allowing students to spend time learning as well as developing new skills.

Communication Skills for the Classroom EDU 501 -3semester hours

This class explores the theory of communication ,definitions, models, language and non-verbal cues.Helpful responses for various classroom situations are included. The importance and use of empathy, perception and  listening skills in the classroom are explored and practiced.Participants will develop skill sin observing, recognizing and understanding communication processes within the classroom.

Develop Trust-Based Relationships EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
The participant will focus on techniques to create a “safe” classroom where students and parents feel comfortable in this “home away from home” environment. Students learn at a higher level when the atmosphere encourages them to take risks and share their ideas without fear of ridicule or censure.

Dynamic Principles of Anger Management EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
The participant will focus on techniques such as breathing exercises and mental exercises to encourage students to think before acting. The course will help teachers develop strategies in order for students to prevent conflicts by controlling anger. Educating with Contingency

Management Methods EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
This course examines a positive approach to getting students to cooperate. The strategies rely on the assumption that promising students a positive outcome for completing work is more effective than threatening them with negative consequences. The instructors will discuss contingency contracting based on the principle that a desired behavior is more likely to occur if it is followed by a reward.

Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
This course provides material and exercises to help teachers involve their students in learning. The focus is a subtle shift from “teaching skills” toward “learning strategies.” Problem solving, cognitive behavior modification strategies, affective development, writing, humor, the benefits of creative perspective and practical class activities are explored. Common blocks to creative thinking are identified, (emotional, cognitive, intellectual, expressive, perceptual and cultural) and alternative approaches are included.

Guide to Individualizing Instructional Programs EDU 501- 3 semester hours

This course provides participants with an understanding of the components of differentiated instruction(content, process and product). This course is designed to provide teachers with the skills to increase the the number of students who succeed in their classes by designing a learning environment that meets their diverse needs. The course also addresses effective assessment of student learning for differentiation.

Implementing a Classroom Discipline Plan EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
This course will provide participants with a theory of assertive discipline and assist teachers in creating a plan for classroom management. The basic elements of an effective classroom plan will be discussed including rules, consequences and positive recognition. This course will provide resources for implementing a plan and methods to redirect off task behavior.

Interpersonal Strategies for Creative Teaching   EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
The participant will learn the value of creativity in the learning process. Through writing, experiential learning and group activities participants will be introduced to resources that enhance and renew creativity. Techniques taught will be transferable to the classroom setting.

Keep Your Wits About You     EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
This course provides material and exercises to assist teachers with classroom management. Developmental psychology and emotional intelligence theory will furnish the foundation underlying class management strategies. Emphasis will be on effectively integrating theory and practice. The Myers Briggs Indicator Test and other inventories provide additional self-assessment and insight into personality types.

Organizing Your Classroom Space   EDU 501 -3 semester hours

This course explores the importance of a physical domain, work style and how the classroom’s structure, ambiance and organizational setup can either enhance personal energy or detract from it. Participants examine the areas of classroom environment,routines and management and the most effective ways to plan a setting that is successful and productive for students.

Perception, Attitudes and Learning   EDU501 -3 semester hours.

This course emphasizes relationships between perceptions, attitudes and how they affect learning. Through writing, and exercise, participants will explore creativity,mental flexibility and conscious problem solving.Change and overcoming “blocks” and negative patterns are included.

Preserving Calmness and Energy in the Classroom   EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
This class will focus on personality theory and assessment. Included will be discussion and exploration of behaviors that either enhance or limit personal and professional performance. Emphasis will be on providing the teacher with skills to be utilized in daily life and in the classroom. This class involves the participants in simulations, personal reflections, empowering and enabling exercises. Practical strategies will be learned in the context of classroom management.

Principles of Classroom Success EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
This course will focus on five levels of intuitive experience and how understanding these levels, whether teacher centered or student centered or both can overcome barriers in achieving success. The participants will study the meaning of intuition, innovation and paradigm shifts.

Renew Focus in the Teaching Environment EDU 501 -3 semester hours

This course provides participants with psychological concepts and resources that enhance personal focus for restoring productive use of time and energy in the classroom.This course examines Abraham Maslow’s theories of hierarchy of needs and his concept of “self-actualizing” people. Also included is Viktor Frankl’s approach to psychology, logotherapy. Characteristics of self actualizers are discussed .

Resolution Skills and Strategies EDU-501  3 semester hours

This course provides materials and exercises to assist teachers with management of conflict in the classroom. The stages of conflict and exploration of conflict styles will furnish the foundation underlying class management strategies.

Solution and Consequences: Educational Principles EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
The goal of this class is to provide teachers with a model of classroom management that focuses on solutions instead of punishment. Theory and skill building support participants to recognize the differences between punishment, natural consequences, logical consequences and solutions.

Stress Management for Teachers and Students EDU 501- 3 semester hours

This course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to teach their students about the detrimental effects associated with excessive levels of stress and tension.Stress reduction approaches will be presented. Topics covered are theory of stress management, development of relaxation skills,assessment of stress and integration in the classroom.

The Use of Story in Classroom EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
This course guides the participant through a psychological, spiritual and practical journey of writing a personal story. The participant will learn the importance of story in his or her personal life and in the lives of students. In addition, the participant will be given practical resources on how to get started. Some of the resources used include memory, music, photographs and sensory responses.

Understanding Mistaken Goals of Behavior EDU 501 – 3 semester hours
This class provides theory, materials and exercises to help teachers understand the beliefs behind mistaken behavior. Included are strategies for effective classroom management, empowering responses, identifying and correcting mistaken behaviors.

Unscramble the Teaching Puzzle EDU 501- 3 semester hours

This course focuses on helping educators identify and understand multiple intelligences as a means of creating instructional strategies that  meet the needs of today’s diverse classroom.Participants will gain insight about how multiple intelligence informs and improves the instructional process.