Portland State University
Graduate School of Education | Continuing Education
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Telephone: (503) 725-8279
Toll Free: (800) 547-8887 ext. 58279

Portland State University

Continuing Education for Teachers

Courses offered cooperatively by Virtual Education Software, inc. and Portland State University Continuing Education / Graduate School of Education for K-12 educators.  Receive graduate or undergraduate credit online or via CD-Rom. These interactive courses provide expert instruction at a pace that fits your schedule.

TO REGISTER for one or more courses, please call: 1-800-313-6744 between 8:00AM-5:00PM PST, Monday through Friday.

Enrollment is limited to 8 credits per term unless officially admitted to PSU (except summer term when enrollment is limited to 16 graduate or 21 undergraduate credits).

PSU has received authorization or is exempt from authorization in all US states except those mentioned below. Residents from one of the states where PSU has decided not to submit a request for authorization due to high and restrictive fees, should not register for a course or submit an application for admission to the university.

PSU has not submitted requests for authorization from the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Minnesota

Residents of these states may contact the Center for Online Learning at author@pdx.edu for more information. Or go to
http://www.pdx.edu/psuonline/notice-for-applicants-from-outside-the-state-of-oregon.

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

SPED 810:
Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • 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

SPED 810:
Attention Deficit Disorder: Information & Interventions for Effective Teaching

Quarter Credits: 2
Fee: $235

  • 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 Offered via CD

SPED 810:
Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

  • 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

COUN 810:
Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    Designed to help the learner identify and effectively teach students affected by child abuse and/or neglect, this course covers how to recognize the signs of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and physical and emotional neglect in students. It also discusses the specific factors that exist in families who abuse or neglect their children. A major emphasis in this course is on helping the participant understand the special learning needs of abused or neglected children and how to meet those needs in the regular classroom. Working with parents and community agencies is also emphasized.

    Note: This course meets the child abuse and neglect educational requirement in most states. It is the responsibility of the student to verify the course content with his or her specific state professional licensing agency to ensure proper credit.

Offered Online Offered via CD

COUN 810:
Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to help the learner gain a more comprehensive understanding of alcohol, drugs, and their influences in the classroom. It provides a contextual framework for understanding what students may be experiencing either through their own substance use or as a result of the substance use of persons close to them and provides a basic historical perspective of substance use along with the biological, psychological, and social factors that comprise the disease of addiction. Upon course completion, the learner will better understand the complex dynamics that contribute to this biological and social phenomenon.

Offered Online

CI 810:
Ethics & Safety in Education:
Guidelines for Teachers & Administrators

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    Ethics & Safety in Education is a prevention course developed to help educators reduce and eliminate violations of ethics and professional conduct codes. The course is intended to keep ethical teachers ethical and to be a part of a larger school district plan to protect the district’s teachers, staff, and students. The course’s central premise is that the vast majority of ethics and boundary violations occurring in schools today are being committed by competent and ethical educators who, for reasons to be discussed, are making very poor decisions during susceptible periods in their careers. All professionals have the potential to commit an ethics/boundary violation. Understanding and addressing educators’ violation potential before a violation occurs is essential in protecting students, careers, and the teaching profession’s integrity. It is easier to anticipate and not commit a violation than to correct one after the fact.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 810:
Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools will discuss definitions and the personal, social, and legal ramifications associated with sexual harassment, bullying, and cyber-intimidation. The course will address what we know about these troubling areas. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is essential to providing a safe and inclusive school environment for all.

Offered Online Offered via CD

SPED 810:
Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • 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 Offered via CD

SPED 810:
Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

  • 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

CI 810:
Reading & Writing in Content Area

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    Reading & Writing in Content Area offers instruction in teaching reading and writing in various subject matter fields at the secondary level. The material stresses the skills of vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing, as well as methods for motivating adolescents to read and write. The course also provides information on recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks, and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Praxis Reading Across the Curriculum test guide and the Reading in the Content Area national standards.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 810:
Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken.

  • Course Description
    The purpose of this course is to improve your knowledge of science and the scientific process. This is the first course in a three-course series.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 810:
Reading Fundamentals #2: Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken.

  • Course Description
    Designed to lay the foundation for effective reading instruction, this course will teach you about the elements of effective instruction and the importance of reading instruction.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 810:
Reading Fundamentals #3: The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction & Assessment

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken.

  • Course Description
    This course will focus on learning to read, reading to learn, and an introduction to reading assessment. As part of these key areas of reading instruction, the five elements of effective reading instruction will be highlighted, including definitions, implications for instruction, and future directions.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 810:
Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers and parents who would like more information about the talented and gifted.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 810:
Teaching Diversity: Influences & Issues in the Classroom

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    Designed to give the learner the knowledge, tools, and dispositions to effectively facilitate a diverse classroom, this course teaches how to understand and identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles and ways in which students demonstrate learning. An emphasis in this course is on understanding how students' learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, and family and community values. The learner is challenged to apply knowledge of the richness of contributions from our diverse society to the teaching field.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 810:
Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • 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.

Offered Online Offered via CD

COUN 810:
Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by stress, trauma, and/or violence. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of stress and trauma and explore how stress, violence, and trauma affect a student's learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development. The short- and long-term consequences of being exposed to stress, trauma, or violence, as well as the social and family causes, will be reviewed. The dynamics of domestic violence and community violence are also discussed, as is the educator's role in the intervention and prevention of violence.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 810:
Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

  • Course Description
    Try DI! is designed to provide you an opportunity to learn about an instructional framework, Differentiated Instruction (DI), aimed at creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. Students will be presented a method for self-assessment of the extent to which their current instructional approach reflects the perspective, principles, and practices of the DI approach. The course reflects an approach that aligns the principles of DI with the practices of DI. The concept of a “theory of action” will also be provided within a DI context. The course has also been designed to introduce students to a range of strategies associated with a DI approach. Strategies included in this course have been selected on the basis that they are effective in the widest possible range of educational K-12 settings. This course follows Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction, which addressed the What, Why, and Who of a classroom that reflects a DI approach. The focus of Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program is on the When, Where, and How of the DI approach.

Offered Online Offered via CD

SPED 810:
Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

  • 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 Offered via CD

CI 810/SPED 810:
Violence in Schools: Identification, Prevention & Intervention Strategies

Quarter Credits: 3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to give participants an understanding of school violence and increase intervention strategies. Taught by Dr. Michael Sedler, the course provides an overview of violence and the motivational purposes behind aggression. The correlation and impact of the media, community, and family upon violence is investigated. The learner will gain an understanding of identification and intervention approaches to working with out-of-control behaviors. In addition, information about the national resources available for both parents and teachers is covered. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have a better understanding of violence and the motivations behind its use, as well as specific strategies to minimize the occurrence of violence in the school and community.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 810:
Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

  • 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

SPED 410:
Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • 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

SPED 410:
Attention Deficit Disorder: Information & Interventions for Effective Teaching

Quarter Credits:2
Fee: $235

  • 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 Offered via CD

SPED 410:
Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

  • 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

COUN 410:
Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    Designed to help the learner identify and effectively teach students affected by child abuse and/or neglect, this course covers how to recognize the signs of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and physical and emotional neglect in students. It also discusses the specific factors that exist in families who abuse or neglect their children. A major emphasis in this course is on helping the participant understand the special learning needs of abused or neglected children and how to meet those needs in the regular classroom. Working with parents and community agencies is also emphasized.

    Note: This course meets the child abuse and neglect educational requirement in most states. It is the responsibility of the student to verify the course content with his or her specific state professional licensing agency to ensure proper credit.

Offered Online Offered via CD

COUN 410:
Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to help the learner gain a more comprehensive understanding of alcohol, drugs, and their influences in the classroom. It provides a contextual framework for understanding what students may be experiencing either through their own substance use or as a result of the substance use of persons close to them and provides a basic historical perspective of substance use along with the biological, psychological, and social factors that comprise the disease of addiction. Upon course completion, the learner will better understand the complex dynamics that contribute to this biological and social phenomenon.

Offered Online

CI 410:
Ethics & Safety in Education: Guidelines for Teachers & Administrators

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    Ethics & Safety in Education is a prevention course developed to help educators reduce and eliminate violations of ethics and professional conduct codes. The course is intended to keep ethical teachers ethical and to be a part of a larger school district plan to protect the district’s teachers, staff, and students. The course’s central premise is that the vast majority of ethics and boundary violations occurring in schools today are being committed by competent and ethical educators who, for reasons to be discussed, are making very poor decisions during susceptible periods in their careers. All professionals have the potential to commit an ethics/boundary violation. Understanding and addressing educators’ violation potential before a violation occurs is essential in protecting students, careers, and the teaching profession’s integrity. It is easier to anticipate and not commit a violation than to correct one after the fact.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 410:
Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools will discuss definitions and the personal, social, and legal ramifications associated with sexual harassment, bullying, and cyber-intimidation. The course will address what we know about these troubling areas. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is essential to providing a safe and inclusive school environment for all.

Offered Online Offered via CD

SPED 410:
Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • 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 Offered via CD

SPED 410:
Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

  • 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

CI 410:
Reading & Writing in Content Area

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    Reading & Writing in Content Area offers instruction in teaching reading and writing in various subject matter fields at the secondary level. The material stresses the skills of vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing, as well as methods for motivating adolescents to read and write. The course also provides information on recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks, and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Praxis Reading Across the Curriculum test guide and the Reading in the Content Area national standards.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 410:
Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken.

  • Course Description
    The purpose of this course is to improve your knowledge of science and the scientific process. This is the first course in a three-course series.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 410:
Reading Fundamentals #2: Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken.

  • Course Description
    Designed to lay the foundation for effective reading instruction, this course will teach you about the elements of effective instruction and the importance of reading instruction.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 410:
Reading Fundamentals #3: The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction & Assessment

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken.

  • Course Description
    This course will focus on learning to read, reading to learn, and an introduction to reading assessment. As part of these key areas of reading instruction, the five elements of effective reading instruction will be highlighted, including definitions, implications for instruction, and future directions.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 410:
Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers and parents who would like more information about the talented and gifted.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 410:
Teaching Diversity: Influences & Issues in the Classroom

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    Designed to give the learner the knowledge, tools, and dispositions to effectively facilitate a diverse classroom, this course teaches how to understand and identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles and ways in which students demonstrate learning. An emphasis in this course is on understanding how students' learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, and family and community values. The learner is challenged to apply knowledge of the richness of contributions from our diverse society to the teaching field.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 410:
Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • 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.

Offered Online Offered via CD

COUN 410:
Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by stress, trauma, and/or violence. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of stress and trauma and explore how stress, violence, and trauma affect a student's learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development. The short- and long-term consequences of being exposed to stress, trauma, or violence, as well as the social and family causes, will be reviewed. The dynamics of domestic violence and community violence are also discussed, as is the educator's role in the intervention and prevention of violence.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 410 :
Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

  • Course Description
    Try DI! is designed to provide you an opportunity to learn about an instructional framework, Differentiated Instruction (DI), aimed at creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. Students will be presented a method for self-assessment of the extent to which their current instructional approach reflects the perspective, principles, and practices of the DI approach. The course reflects an approach that aligns the principles of DI with the practices of DI. The concept of a “theory of action” will also be provided within a DI context. The course has also been designed to introduce students to a range of strategies associated with a DI approach. Strategies included in this course have been selected on the basis that they are effective in the widest possible range of educational K-12 settings. This course follows Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction, which addressed the What, Why, and Who of a classroom that reflects a DI approach. The focus of Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program is on the When, Where, and How of the DI approach.

Offered Online Offered via CD

SPED 410:
Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

  • 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 Offered via CD

CI 410/SPED 410:
Violence in Schools: Identification, Prevention & Intervention Strategies

Quarter Credits:3
Fee: $290

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to give participants an understanding of school violence and increase intervention strategies. Taught by Dr. Michael Sedler, the course provides an overview of violence and the motivational purposes behind aggression. The correlation and impact of the media, community, and family upon violence is investigated. The learner will gain an understanding of identification and intervention approaches to working with out-of-control behaviors. In addition, information about the national resources available for both parents and teachers is covered. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have a better understanding of violence and the motivations behind its use, as well as specific strategies to minimize the occurrence of violence in the school and community.

Offered Online Offered via CD

CI 410:
Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

Quarter Credits:4
Fee: $345

  • 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.