Shepherd University

Shepherd University
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000
Telephone: (304) 876-5135
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

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

Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards

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

  • Course Description
    This course, Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards, has been divided into four chapters. The organization of the course covers the rationale for and design of the Common Core State Standards, the “Common Core Mindset” practitioners need for successful implementation, and what specific actions can be taken for deeper implementation across settings.

Offered Online

Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

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

  • 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.