Shepherd University

Shepherd University
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000
Telephone: (304) 876-5651
Fax: (304) 876-5390

To register for graduate level non-degree credits or graduate credit, please call Shepherd University at 304-876-5135

VESi recommends�that you check with your school district and/or state licensing agency to verify these course offerings will meet your district and/or state requirements for salary advancement and/or state certificate re-licensure.


Offered Online

Attention Deficit Disorder: Information & Interventions for Effective Teaching

Graduate Level Non-Degree Credits: 2    Fee: $233

  • Course Description
    This course will help the learner achieve a better understanding of ADD and intervention strategies to facilitate positive student change. Taught by Mick R. Jackson MS/ED, this course covers the history of the disorder, accepted methods to assess and identify students with the disorder, and various methods, medications, and strategies that are currently used to treat it. For situations in which services beyond what can be provided in the classroom are required, the referral process for getting help for the student will be addressed. Reference materials include a list of resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about ADD or ADHD.

Offered Online

Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior

Graduate Level Non-Degree Credits: 3    Fee: $282

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to give the learner a new perspective on student behavior and effective tools to facilitate positive student change. Taught by Mick R. Jackson MS/ED, this course provides a developmental framework to help the learner understand what students are trying to communicate through the "language" of their behavior. Topics covered include behavioral techniques and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing classroom control, reduce educator workload, and help prevent burnout. After successfully completing this course, the educator and his/her students will be better equipped to find and implement creative, effective solutions to behavioral problems.

Offered Online

Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms

Graduate Level Non-Degree Credits: 2    Fee: $233

  • Course Description
    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.

Offered Online

Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

Graduate Level Non-Degree Credits: 3    Fee: $282

  • Course Description
    This course describes diverse theoretical approaches to handling learning disabilities in the classroom. Taught by Dr. Bob Pillay, it lays the foundation for sensitive, appropriate assessment and evaluation of students. In addition, this 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. Major trends and unresolved issues in the field of learning disabilities are also discussed.

Offered Online

Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom

Graduate Level Non-degree Credits: 3    Fee: $282

  • Course Description
    This course 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. It is designed to help school personnel become more aware of the causes of aggression and ways to evaluate it and intervene before it turns to violence in the schools. The course also discusses aggression in our communities through driving, dating, sports, television, and music, and how these issues are dealt with in modern society.

Offered Online

Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior

Graduate Credits: 3    In State Fee: $1,271    Out of State Fee: $1,751

Note: This course includes a final paper in addition to the assignments noted in the syllabus.

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to give the learner a new perspective on student behavior and effective tools to facilitate positive student change. Taught by Mick R. Jackson MS/ED, this course provides a developmental framework to help the learner understand what students are trying to communicate through the "language" of their behavior. Topics covered include behavioral techniques and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing classroom control, reduce educator workload, and help prevent burnout. After successfully completing this course, the educator and his/her students will be better equipped to find and implement creative, effective solutions to behavioral problems.

Offered Online

Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm

Graduate Credits: 3    In State Fee: $1,271    Out of State Fee: $1,751

Note: This course includes a final paper in addition to the assignments noted in the syllabus.

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to expand your methodology for teaching Mathematics. The course will explore an innovative teaching model that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts constructively and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and to explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. This course will focus on the topics of number sense, basic operations, and fractions.