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

Shepherd University

Continuing Education for Teachers

Shepherd University has partnered with Virtual Education Software, inc. to provide continuing education courses for teachers, counselors, and other educational personnel online or via CD-Rom. These interactive multimedia courses are convenient, affordable, and relevant, providing expert instruction at a pace that fits your schedule. They can be completed in the comfort of your own home and then immediately applied in the classroom. Courses are offered for graduate level non-degree credits for re-certification purposes.

TO REGISTER for one or more courses, please call: 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 Offered via CD

Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents

Graduate Level Non-Degree Credits: 2
Fee: $223

  • Course Description
    Geared primarily for professionals (e.g., regular or special educators, instructional assistants, school psychologists, 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 to learn the basic terms and concepts of behavior management prior to taking this advanced course.

Offered Online Offered via CD

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

Graduate Level Non-Degree Credits: 2
Fee: $223

  • Course Description
    This course describes Autism and Asperger's Disorder, including characteristics of these disorders, associated learning styles, communication weaknesses, and various intervention strategies. The course helps the learner understand why individuals with Autism spectrum disorders behave the way they do, and what you can do to enhance more appropriate behavior. This course also lists resources for educators, related service personnel, and parents who want more help or information on Autism and Asperger's Disorder.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

Graduate Level Non-Degree Credits: 3
Fee: $272

  • 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 Offered via CD

Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

Graduate Level Non-degree Credits: 3
Fee: $272

  • Course Description
    This course 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.

Offered Online Offered via CD

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 Offered via CD

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.