EDON-501 Infant and Child Mental Health

    A self-paced or online course,designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. This course is designed to help educators achieve a better understanding of infant and toddler mental health, child development, and strategies that can be used to promote positive relationships with children and their families. This course provides information that will help the learner understand and identify his or her role as a child care provider, educator, and early childhood professional. Infant & Toddler Mental Health provides research-based information on child development, attachment, temperament, and curriculum. This course also lists resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about infant and toddler mental health. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-502 Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services

    A self-paced or online course,designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive environments for diverse learning populations. This course is designed to give you a new perspective on serving the needs of young children and their families. In this course you will learn what is meant by family-centered services as it applies to diverse systems of care, gain an understanding of family diversity, and explore the major stress factors facing families today. We will discuss the theoretical basis for family-centered services, as well as reflect on current research and best practice. Family-Centered Services will also examine the role of early childhood educators and explore ways to build partnerships with parents and create communities of care-for the benefit of our children, and ultimately society as a whole. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-503 Early Childhood: Observation And Assessment

    A self-paced or online course,designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. This course explores observation and assessment instruments, as well as recommended practices and available resources for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Content includes an emphasis on observing young children and assessing their early childhood learning environments. [ 3 credits ]

    EDON-504 Early Childhood: Program Planning

    A self-paced or online course,designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. This course is designed to give you a new perspective on planning and implementing developmentally appropriate programs for young children from birth through age eight. In this course you will learn what is meant by curriculum, assessment, evaluation, and program planning as these terms apply to early childhood education. We will discuss several historical perspectives and theories of child development, and examine best practice for early childhood education. We will also examine key concepts and specific activities for teaching various curricular content areas including language and literacy, mathematics and science, and the expressive arts. [ 3 credits ]

    EDON-505 Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development

    A self-paced or online course,designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. This course explores contemporary best practice and perspectives on early childhood development. Content includes patterns and sequences of typical development for children from birth to six years. Emphasis is on individual differences, cultural influences, and the impact of developmental delay and disability during infancy, toddlerhood, and the preschool years. Discussion will also include instructional technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) applications for this population. [ 3 credits ]

    EDON-511 Harassment, Bullying and Cyber-Intimidation in Schools

    A self-paced or online course,designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. 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. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-517 Advanced Classroom Management

    A self-paced or online course,designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. 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. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-518 Behavior Is Language

    A self-paced or online course,designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. 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. [ 3 credits ]

    EDON-519 Drugs and Alcohol in Schools

    A self-paced or online course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. 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. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-520 Functional Analysis

    EDON-521 Harrassment in Schools

    EDON-522 Learning Disabilities

    A self-paced or online course designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. 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. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-523 Talented and Gifted

    A self-paced or online course designed to give you an understanding of the framework or and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. 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. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-524 Teaching Diversity

    A self-paced or online course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. 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. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-525 Traumatized Child

    A self-paced or online course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning polulations. 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. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-526 Violence in Schools

    A self-paced or online course designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. This course is designed to give participants an understanding of school violence and increase intervention strategies. 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. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-527 Ethics and Safety for Schools

    A self-paced or online course designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. 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 one's 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. [ 3 credits ] NOTES: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

    EDON-530 An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

    A self-paced or online course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. 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. [ 3 credits ]

    EDON-531 Planning and Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program

    In this course on Differentiated Instruction, the emphasis is on providing examples of strategies and methods associated with a DI approach. The course has been organized to ensure that each strategy, or idea on "how to" implement DI, is an extension of the DI approach as a whole and not just presented as a disjointed list of ideas to try. [3 credits]

    EDON-540 Response to Intervention: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

    This course provides an introduction to the Response to Intervention Process for special education teachers, general classroom teacher, parents and related professionals. Students will understand the eesential elements and barriers for an effective RTI program. [ 3 credits ]

    EDON-544 Educational Assessment

    A self-paced or online course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. This course is designed to further develop the conceptual and technical skills required by teachers to help them identify their educational goals, and implement meaningful instructional strategies for effective learning by students with special needs. The focus of the course is on assessment for instructional programming and will outline procedures for designing or selecting, administering, and interpreting a variety of informal assessment measures typically used in schools. The presentation of assessment information in an acceptable format to parents and teachers is also addressed. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.