Educational Leadership Courses
EDUC-A500: Introduction to Educational Leadership, Fall & Summer, Hybrid
This course entails an introduction to the history, philosophy, and social aspects of educational leadership. It reviews relevant theories of administration; the historical role of administration in schools; and the political, social, economic, and philosophical frameworks that have informed administration.
EDUC-A510: School Community Relations, Spring & Summer
This course investigates characteristics of the community school, including the multicultural quality of the community. It also explores adapting the educational program to community needs, using community resources in instruction, and planning school-community relations programs.
EDUC-A608: Legal Perspectives on Education, Fall & Summer, Hybrid
This course entails an overview of the legal framework affecting the organization and administration of public schools, including church-state issues, pupil rights, staff-student relationships, conditions of employment, teacher organizations, tort liability, school finance, and desegregation.
Elementary/Secondary Education Courses
EDUC-T531: Organizational Change in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Schools, Fall, Spring & Summer
Factors which impede and facilitate change in education at the community, district, school, and classroom levels are constantly evolving. This course approaches organizational development and reform from a legal perspective. Students will investigate administrative strategies, evaluation techniques and staff development models as they relate to schools’ ability to define and fulfill their purpose in a democratic society.
EDUC-T550: Cultural/Community Forces in Schools, Summer
This course will explore the power and potential of learning within community settings such as libraries, churches, community centers, museums, etc. Students will compare and contrast different viewpoints on learning traditions, conceptions of community, and models of learning from historic, cultural, and social perspectives. In addition students will explore methods and strategies for assessing learning in non-formal and informal learning settings.
EDUC-G502: Professional Orientation and Ethics, Fall, Spring, & Summer, Face-to-Face
Studies that provide and understanding of all aspects of professional functioning including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.
EDUC-G562: School Counseling, Fall & Summer, Face-to-Face
Foundations and contextual dimension of school counseling. Knowledge and skills for the practice of school counseling, Developmental Counseling, Program development, implementation and evaluation. Consultation, Principles, practices and applications of needs assessment. Provides an overall understanding of the organization of schools and the functions of the counselor and counseling program.
EDUC-G575: Multicultural Counseling, Spring & Summer
Examines the influence of cultural, ethnic and other diversity factors in counseling. Theory, research, and practice.
EDUC-W505: Professional Development Conference: Play Therapy, Summer
Learn play therapy with a 'bite': enrollees will learn the latest techniques with an emphasis on issues of fairness, inclusion, and social justice. This course will be offered as a workshop for 1.5 credit hours and offered as an "intensive" during a two-week period. It also will be offered as a 3 credit course and extended beyond the two weeks. The three-credit course will be taught both online and in person. The course is open to those who are practitioners in the fields of counseling, psychology, art therapy, and social work, and those currently pursuing degrees in these disciplines. Please contact Dr. Chalmer Thompson for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Education Courses
EDUC-K505: Introduction to Special Education, Fall, Spring, & Summer, Online
This course provides foundational information about special education law, policies, and practices at the federal and state levels. Class members will learn about the array of current research based exemplary special education practices, including inclusive education, as well as current issues and challenges. This course will appeal to a broad array of educators who interface with special education and youth with disabilities.
EDUC-K548: Families, School, and Society, Fall
The course focuses on the family as a system and discusses the impact of disabilities on the daily lives of family members. Historical, legal and ethical perspectives on family involvement and empowerment are explored. Approaches for providing services to families with members who are developmentally disabled, chronically ill, at risk or who have other types of impairments also are presented.
EDUC-K553: Classroom Management and Behavior Support, Fall & Spring, Face-to-Face
The purpose of this course is to learn effective practices for designing safe and supportive classroom communities that benefit all learners. Class members will also learn an array of schoolwide and classroom positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) strategies that promote prosocial student behavior and prevent push out, suspension, and expulsion. Current issues and challenges will be discussed and examples of how schools are addressing such issues will be shared.
EDUC-K565: Collaboration and Service Delivery, Summer
Reviews methods of implementing service delivery systems; consulting with professionals and parents; designing in-service training programs; and developing referral systems, curricular and personnel resources, and evaluation techniques used in special education programs.
English as a New Language Courses
EDUC-L524: Language Education Issues in Bilingual and Multicultural Education, Fall & Summer, Face-to-Face
A survey of language education issues related to the linguistic abilities and educational needs of students requiring bilingual or bidialectal instruction. Topics discussed include language acquisition, language pedagogy, program models, cultural influences, teacher training, and research directions.
EDUC-L540 ESL/EFL Instruction and Assessment Approaches, Summer
The course provides an overview of various approaches to instruction and assessment that incorporate the current thinking in the field. Includes discussion of content-based models of language instruction and standardized, alternative, and authentic forms of assessment.
EDUC-T524: Diverse Perspectives on Families, Summer, Hybrid
This introductory graduate course focuses on working with all children (P-12) and their families in formal and informal environments. Graduate students will construct understanding of children and their families in the larger educational continuum while identifying and analyzing critical issues. Topics include historical perspectives and trends; policies and legislation at local to international levels; developing and sustaining relationships, partnerships, and alliances; and innovative strategies, skills, and dispositions for supporting, nurturing, and involving different types of families.
EDUC-W520: PLANNING FOR TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE, Summer, Online
This course addresses topics pertinent to planning for and sustaining technology infrastructures such as strategic planning, budgeting, vendors and contracts, grant writing, Acceptable Use Policy, classroom technology, wireless access, Student Information Systems (SIS), Learning Management Systems (LMS), and Total Cost of Ownership. Students will assess the technology needs of a specific learning environment and write a proposal to upgrade the technology support for teachers and learners.
EDUC-W531: Technology for Teaching and Learning, Summer, Online
A survey of technology used for teaching and learning which explores technologies in learning environments. Students will critically examine topics such as 21st century learning, new literacies, digital divides, digital citizens, technology in classrooms, web-based tools, mobile technologies, game-based learning, and technology innovations. Students will evaluate educational technology tools and engage in social networking and collaborative learning.
EDUC-W550: Current Technology Trends, Fall
This course investigates innovations, emerging technologies, and technology's role in education reform. Students will collaborate to search out, evaluate, and synthesize research studies and verifiable information about promising educational technologies. They will present their findings in a webinar for other professionals.