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Self-Paced Courses

Professional Development Courses for Educators


These self-paced courses for educators were developed by Learners Edge, Inc. and contain a wealth of practical, proven strategies to improve your teaching and student learning. Create relevant activities you can actually use in your classroom. Many courses are offered in an Online or Print-based format. These are intended for certificate renewal or personal enrichment and are not applicable to a degree program without prior approval. Contact the Continuing Education Office at 1-800-228-9972 ext 7217 for registration dates and costs.


180 Degrees: Rethinking Classroom Management (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-S5

This course will challenge all of the most common assumptions about discipline and classroom management. Be prepared to question the assumption that problems in the classroom are usually the fault of students who don’t do what they’re told. Reconsider what it is that they’ve been told to do---or to learn. Explore how to work with students to create caring communities where decisions are made together. A revolutionary concept/course!    (LEI-990)

A New View: Teaching, Learning & Creating (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SN

To help students meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world, teachers must become comfortable in the twenty-first century learning community.  A key component of this new community is visual literacy.  In this course, teachers will learn how to elevate traditional learning and add new layers to students’ reading comprehension, critical thinking, and communication skills—all important facets of visual literacy.  The various course readings will enable teachers to step a bit outside their usual perspective—and to look at the world we are preparing our students for.  With this new perspective, participants will be able to question some of the assumptions they’ve held about teaching and learning, and make some movement in a new, energizing, and ultimately better direction. (LEI-5048)

Achieving Success with English Language Learners (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-ER

Explore over 40 proven strategies that help students develop their English language skills in all subjects. This course addresses basic principles of teaching and assessing English learners, adaptations necessary in helping ELL students understand content, active participation by ELL students, and vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension strategies. (LEI-842)

Across the Spectrum: Teaching Students with Autism (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SD

Finally, a course specifically designed to help you work with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Explore the following important components: characteristics and types of ASD, the role of assistive technology, intervention models, proven instructional approaches, parent involvement techniques, and available support services. (LEI-776)

ADHD: Focusing, Learning, Training (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-ET

Prepare to gain a deeper understanding of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), including diagnosis and specific behavioral interventions. Research based, applicable methods for increasing appropriate behaviors and removing inappropriate behaviors will be addressed at length.  This course also provides relaxation and stress management techniques for you, the educator.  Appropriate for all grade levels.  (LEI-5027)

Anytime, Anywhere: Today’s Learner (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SW

In this course you will have the opportunity to explore 21st Century Skills and what it means to be a digital citizen. Through hands-on activities you will explore various mobile technologies such as cell phones, MP3 players and netbooks and their applicability in the classroom. Social media can have a positive impact in the classroom. This course will guide you through social media as it applies to education with a look at Web 2.0 tools such as social networks, virtual worlds, online writing and image sharing as well as gaming in the classroom. This is an online course. (LEI - OL-5751)

Assignment Homework: Where, When & Why (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EY
Examine the role homework has played in the culture of schooling over the years. Explore how such factors as family life, the media, and the “balance movement” have affected the homework controversy; and what research and educators’ common sense tell us about the effects of homework on student learning. View multiple perspectives on the topic—and do some deep thinking about how you approach the topic of homework.  Ultimately, this course will help you design homework that is more meaningful.   (LEI-5045)

Brain Works: Better Teaching with the Brain in Mind (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-E9

Filled with the latest information on how the brain learns, this course will energize and inspire! Learn how to teach in a more meaningful, powerful manner. Explore the role of emotion, retention, windows of opportunity, the primacy-recency effect, and much more. Whether this is your first brain course or your 4th, there is much here for you!  (LEI-505)

Bringing Your Classroom Online: Best Practices to Get You There (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-P2

This online course takes an exciting look at 21st century themes and concepts. You’ll learn tools and techniques that will help you to engage the digital learners in your classroom. Through the development of lesson plans and activities you will gain insight into ways in which you can thoughtfully transform your classroom with meaningful use of technology. You’ll have the opportunity to write a lesson plans incorporating 21st century concepts and learn how to use a wiki to house your online content. This course is your guide to building an online environment for your students. (LEI-OL5834)

Building Comprehension in Primary Grades (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SF
Tap into a wealth of techniques to help your primary students better comprehend what they read. Real life examples and dozens of scenarios/examples demonstrate effective ways to: select the perfect books, model think alouds, assist students in making important connections, and empower your students to having meaningful conversation about the texts they are reading. Watch your students become thoughtful and independent readers! (LEI-760)

Building Problem Solving Skills in Grades K-4 (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-P4
In this online course, participants will learn what it means to do “math problem solving” activities and consider the benefits of integrating these types of problems into their elementary math instruction. Specific problem solving techniques—from “guess and check” to “create a model”—will be discussed. In addition to stretching and considering their own problem solving skills, participants will also analyze examples of students’ work to learn about their mathematical thinking and the strategies they use when faced with unfamiliar math problems. Knowing how students are thinking about a problem is only one part of helping them to become better solvers of problems; learning to ask questions that challenge, clarify, and broaden their thinking is also essential. Participants will learn strategies for asking questions that promote problem solving skills and conduct a small group interview with students to practice these strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to their own classrooms, creating a lesson plan for integrating problem solving activities that they can use in their instruction. (LEI-OL5836)

Building Successful Readers in All Content Areas (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EO 
Tired of your students' eyes just glossing over the pages as they read? The strategies in the course text will make the teaching of reading a practical, achievable goal in every subject. This course contains over 40 proven strategies that help students develop their vocabularies, comprehend informational and narrative texts, and engage in meaningful discussions of what they read. Recommended for educators of grades 3-12. (LEI-880)

Building the Write Foundation: 6+1 Traits of Writing K-2

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-ES

Finally, a course on the popular 6+1 writing traits for teachers in grades K-2! The writing traits model has improved student writing in countless districts across the country; now you can apply these strategies in your primary classroom. (LEI-608)

Caring for the Mental Health of the Young Learners: Birth – Age 5 (1 Credit Hour)


Course #: EDU 568-E8  
Examine the range of social and emotional development issues faced when working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Gain a deeper understanding of the strategies and resources available in this important work with the childhood learner (infant through kindergarten). (LEI-915)

Caring for the Mental Health of Your Students (1 Credit Hour)


Course #: EDU 568-EU

This course explores the range of mental health issues that teachers face in classrooms today. Learn how to detect early warning signs of mental illnesses, along with suicide, chemical dependency, and substance abuse. Explore relevant classroom accommodations and instructional strategies so that students can achieve success in the classroom. Recommended for educators of  grades 1-12. (LEI-854)

Common Core: Successful Transition for your 6-12 ELA Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-P6

Whether you are a Common Core State Standards expert or beginner, you will find this course to be extremely helpful in your transition to meet the Common Core standards in English/Language Arts (ELA) for grades 6-12. You will explore the four main foci of CCSS in ELA: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language, and will work to merge your current practice to meet these guidelines. Anchor Standard Reflective Questions will inform your work, as will strong templates to ensure that you meet each detail within these standards, including all three aspects of Backwards Design, and technology or media opportunities. Utilizing the text’s examples and framework, you’ll create your own CCSS lesson or unit plans tailored to your content and students, so that you can see the CCSS in action. Your take-away from this course with be at least four sets of plans that will help you and your classroom to exceed the expectations of CCSS. (LEI-5839)

Courage to Care: Working with At-Risk Students (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EB

Explore strategies for increasing engagement and building connections, and delve into identifying criteria for the at-risk students in your classroom. You will gain a better understanding of the contributing factors that put your students at risk. More importantly, you will become armed with strategies to reach and teach this challenging population of students.   (LEI-958)

Create & Captivate: Using Online Presentations to Teach (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-P3

This online course will provide you with the knowledge and skill to deliver an engaging presentation using online tools. You’ll also learn about how good storytelling is at the heart of a good presentation, and how you can structure and organize your presentation and handouts to most effectively communicate your idea to your intended audience. You’ll take a look at why color is important, why big photos are good, and why clip art isn’t. You’ll learn where and how to find web resources for use in creating presentations. Then, you’ll learn how to use Prezi to create a wonderfully engaging online presentation. Finally, we’ll explore You Tube and entertain ideas about how this tool can be used resourcefully in education. (LEI-OL5835)

CSI: Creative Science Instruction – Through Inquiry

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-E6  

At last, a course specifically designed to help you teach science. Cultivate science learners’ sense of discovery and critical thinking skills by utilizing inquiry-based strategies. Gain a thorough understanding of these strategies that have proven effective in the science classroom. Recommended for educators of grades 3-12. (LEI-901)

Cyberbullying: Safeguarding Students & Improving School Climate

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-P1  

Bullying has a different look, feel, and emphasis in today’s school culture; although victimized students are no less affected. This online course gives a well-researched and timely look into the ways in which cyberbullying and other undesirable online behaviors can not only affect the bullied student, but can indicate an overall need for revisiting a school’s climate and culture. Learn why technology is not the enemy in these unfortunate incidents, and discover practical and proven ways that both adults and students within a school community can make school a safe, positive, and bully-free place to be. This course will prepare you to be both an advocate for bullying victims, and a school leader for positive change. (LEI-OL5832)

Differentiated Learning: How to Teach to Varying Ability Levels (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EI

This course addresses an issue that every educator faces: How to effectively teach students who have widely different skill levels, interests, and learning styles. In this course, you will learn how to effectively coordinate your time, resources, and efforts so that learning is maximized for each student in your class. Learn how to take your specific curriculum and the particular student needs and design and teach successful lessons. Recommended grades K-9. (LEI-717)

Differentiation & Grading: Making it Work (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EZ

This course addresses two related elements of good teaching: quality differentiation and effective grading practices. Being sensitive to students’ readiness levels and learning styles while holding them accountable for the same standards can be a challenge. This course will provide a thought-provoking look at differentiation, grading, and related situations that we all encounter in diverse classrooms. (LEI-665)

Dive into Digital: Understanding the Digital Learner

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SP

Develop the ability to become a knowledgeable, well-equipped educator in this high-tech online world. This course is a blend of theory, research and ideas for working with students who are part of the digital generation.  Explore a wealth of intriguing, thought-provoking ideas that can help you improve your craft and participate more fully in 21st century teaching and learning.  Prepare to challenge your thinking, examine your current instruction and stretch your knowledge of what it means to teach and learn in this new generation. This is an online course. (LEI - OL-5047)

Education Revolution: Real, Relevant, & Global Education

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SV
This course takes an exciting look at how technology is changing the landscape of education. You will have the opportunity to carefully examine anytime, anywhere learning that is supported by various technologies. Increased technology use begins to shift the role of the educator from instructor to facilitator forging new academic relationships. This course explores how to engage parents as partners, community experts and students as teachers. Technology affords educators collaborative, cooperative opportunities and this course not only gives educators insight into how education is changing it presents example after example of schools employing these tools and their changing philosophies about education. This course is your roadmap to meaningful technology integration that leads to empowered, energized and engaged students. This is an online course. (LEI - OL-5750)

Effective Classroom Management: Discipline and Dignity (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EM

This course will better prepare you to effectively manage students so that learning is maximized in your classroom. The approach advocated in this course (emphasizing the dignity and value of every student) has completely revolutionized the way countless schools and teachers across the country address discipline. Recommended grades K-9. (LEI-737)

Engaging & Empowering Students in the Primary Grades

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SQ

How is a Peace Classroom developed? Find out how 1st and 2nd graders explore the full plate of curriculum on a local and global scale within their Peace Class. Critical thinking, questioning and making connections are all addressed through this course. You will gain first-hand information and become inspired from author and classroom teacher, Mary Cowley. This course will bring you back to the roots of why you chose the teaching profession and will motivate you to find your true connection to your students. (LEI-5063)

Engaging Multiple Intelligences & Learning Styles in Your Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EH

Explore the Multiple Intelligences (MI) and Learning Styles (LS) in your classroom, learn how to integrate MI and LS strategies in your classroom, and create assessments that incorporate both MI and LS. (LEI-716)

Excelling in the Early Childhood Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-E7  
Cutting edge research emphasizes the importance of stimulating a child’s brain long before that child enters kindergarten. Examine the implications of this research and explore the components of a successful early childhood classroom. Particular attention will be given to the important roles that music, art, language, and play have in the development of the neural networks from birth to age 5. (LEI-910)

Fully Wired: Understanding & Empowering Adolescents

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-E2

This eye-opening course will explore the various changes occurring in adolescents’ brain and show teachers how to understand, communicate, and stay connected with these students.  With the arsenal of strategies discussed in this course, teachers can help their students learn to control impulses, manage erratic behavior, and cope with their changing bodies. Recommended for educators of grades 4-12. (LEI-693)

Gender Matters: How Boys & Girls Learn (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SA
For the past 30 years, conventional wisdom has held that there are few, if any, innate differences between boys and girls in how they learn, think, or interact with one another. The educational tradition has held that girls and boys should be taught the same subjects in the same way at the same time. The latest research suggests otherwise. This course will explore the innate differences between boys and girls and will offer a new vision for what gender-friendly education may look like.  (LEI-738) 

Good to Great: Principles of Great Teaching (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EJ

Any teacher can work to become a master teacher by developing a master teacher mindset.  The master teacher mindset can be achieved by rigorously applying seven principles to your teaching.  This course will explore each of these principles and detail the steps you need to take to apply them to your own practice.   (LEI-920)

How to Succeed as a Substitute Teacher (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SB

This course will provide invaluable assistance to substitute teachers seeking to improve their craft. Participants will explore strategies to boost their effectiveness in these important aspects of substitute teaching: classroom procedures, classroom management, and instructional strategies. (LEI-705) 

Igniting Creativity, Comprehension, & Collaboration through Inquiry (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-ST
Inquiry learning can be effectively integrated into all classrooms (K-12). Explore the critical ingredients of inquiry and inquiry circles, delving into foundational concepts of comprehension instruction, classroom collaboration, and classroom management as they relate to inquiry success. Join with your students to explore rich content inside and beyond the curriculum—to wonder, question, build knowledge, care, and take action in the world. (LEI-5081)

In the Face of Poverty (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-S2

This course will provide real-world support and guidance in your work with students in poverty. Improve your effectiveness by learning the "hidden rules" of poverty, poverty-related behavior, and appropriate interventions. Explore practical yet compassionate strategies for addressing poverty and its impact on your students' lives. (LEI-966)

Inclusion Strategies: Success in the Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SX

This course will help you become a successful teacher and manager of an inclusive classroom. You will explore the social, emotional and academic components and delve into strategies to assist you in all three areas. Daily interventions are tapped to increase student achievement and growth; providing you with a wealth of tools as you create lessons to meet the needs of all students in your classroom. Learn how to provide an accepting, inclusive classroom which allows each student to reach their highest potential. (LEI - 5394)

Instructional Strategies That Work (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EF
This course explores instructional strategies that have proven to have a major impact on student achievement. Increase your skills and comfort level with the following strategies: cooperative learning, questioning techniques, visual tools, graphic organizers, structuring homework, helping students understand what they read, building students' vocabulary, improving note taking, and utilizing higher order thinking skills. (LEI-704)

Integrating the Brain and the Arts into Your Classroom

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EK
This course is perfect for teachers of music, theater, art, physical education and industrial arts, as well as "regular" education teachers who would like to incorporate the arts into their classroom. Participants will learn how to include songs, skits, sketches, and simulations to make learning more interesting, meaningful, and long lasting.  Numerous examples of successful strategies will be presented in this course, drawn from several grade levels and subjects. (LEI-721)

Knowing What You Know: Summarizing Savvy (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EC

Everybody knows that the ability to summarize-to identify important information and structure it for meaning, long-term retention, and successful application-is an essential skill. And it doesn't have to be boring! Explore dozens of exciting strategies that you can use in your classroom to raise student achievement. You'll find a classroom-tested collection of written, spoken, artistic, and kinesthetic summarization techniques to use in your classroom to raise student achievement. (LEI-644)

Literacy & Learning: The Building Blocks (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-S3
This course provides creative and practical strategies that can be used to create a literacy-rich environment for the young learner. Explore ways to promote phonemics, phonetic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, and fluency. Whether you are a teacher, a parent, or child-care professional, this course will provide a multitude of interesting and meaningful ways to support and provide literacy to the youngest children in your care. (LEI-506) 

Literacy Essentials: Conferring with Young Writers (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SI
Writing conferences are a strategic way to support and enhance writing skills in the youngest of writers.  This course gives educators a framework for conducting writing conferences with students using a clear, purposeful manner.  Learn effective record-keeping systems that allow you to match your mini lessons with your student’s writing needs; successful communication skills that bring out the best in your writers, and valuable techniques for tailoring conferences to the English Language Learner. Recommended grades Pre K-2.  (LEI-642)

Literacy Essentials: The Writer’s Notebook (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SJ

This course will provide you rationale, strategies, and techniques for the writer’s notebook.  Explore tools to make the notebook an essential part of your writing program, including lesson ideas, tips and samples.  Enhance both writing and reading for your students through the use of a writer’s notebook. Recommended grades 4-12 (LEI-598)

Literacy, The Write Way: Developing Writers in All Content Areas (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EA
This course is centered around the powerful 6+1 Traits of Writing model, a centerpiece of many districts' literacy program. Teachers will learn how to implement a comprehensive student writing program in their classroom, improving their skills in planning, actual instruction and assessment of student writing. Recommended for educators of grades 3-12. (LEI-523)

Lost in Translation: New Languages, New Learning

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EV

Learn how to use active learning strategies to increase student success at the middle and high school level.  This course incorporates brain research, multiple intelligences, alternative assessments and technology to engage and motivate students to learn language content.  (LEI-5026)

Math Works: Teaching Math with the Brain in Mind

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-S4

Explore the latest brain research and its impact for teaching mathematics at all grade levels. The course will delve into the cognitive mechanisms for learning math and the environmental and developmental factors that contribute to math difficulties. Learn how to plan effective mathematics lessons with a host of brain-compatible strategies. (LEI-970)

One Stop Shop: Online Docs, Sketches, Spreadsheets & Virtual Travel for Your Classroom

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SZ

This online course will prepare you to take your classroom to the next level using a host of Google™ tools. You'll learn how to create and share Google™ documents and spreadsheets online, access your documents from anywhere on any computer, import your existing documents, and organize your work into folders. You'll also be guided through publishing your documents, and you'll learn how to collaborate online with other users in real time. Using Google™ Earth you’ll fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others. Finally, using Google™ SketchUp, you'll quickly learn that there's no limit to what you can create.        (LEI-OL5833)

Parent Trap: Achieving Success with Difficult Parents & Difficult Situations (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EQ
Explore ways to establish positive, constructive relationships with parents of your students. Learn how to work with the most challenging parents in the most challenging situations, learn strategies to help deliver “less than positive” news, and build your credibility in the process. (LEI-859)

Professional Learning Communities: Moving from Knowing to Doing (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SK

Take purposeful, powerful steps toward change; increase your professional development and transform your school through learning communities.  This course will guide you through the process: moving from concepts to action, providing research on best practices, and strategies for implementation of the professional learning community (PLC).  (LEI-897)

Promoting Mathematical Conversation in Grades K-4 (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-P5
Ask a group of elementary school students to name a language, and chances are they will not reply “mathematics.” Yet from the time young children begin going to school, they are expected to discuss their mathematical thinking using the vocabulary, structures, and ideas of mathematics. In this online course, participants will learn why communicating about mathematics is important for young students, as well as why it can be so difficult for them. They will consider how math and literacy instruction intersect in the elementary classroom, and explore ways of pushing students to explain their thinking beyond “I just know the answer.” Participants will learn questioning strategies that can help students communicate, justify, and defend their mathematical ideas, and watch videos of real classroom teachers using these strategies. By the end of the course, participants will have created a lesson plan that integrates communication-based activities into their elementary math instruction. (LEI-OL5837)

Raising Student Achievement in Your Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EG

If new standards, requirements and accountabilities are making your job more complicated than ever, here's a course that helps cut through the confusion. Uncover a blue print for curriculum and instruction that is centered around 4 clear standards. Recommended for educators of grades 4-12. (LEI-706)

Reaching the Top: Taking Coaching & Advising to the Next Level (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-S1

Learn how to be a more effective coach and advisor. Explore the numerous strategies to motivate your students to reach their potential, build teams out of groups, build self-esteem in students, and effectively manage difficult situations that all coaches and advisors experience. (LEI-992)

Reaching Young Readers: Improving Reading Skills K-3

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-ED

At last, a reading course for primary teachers that incorporates the most recent research and relevant strategies.  Explore the five core instructional areas and how each affects student achievement: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  Whether your students have special needs or show no apparent learning difficulties, this course will expand your repertoire of teaching strategies and help you put students on the road to literacy.  Recommended grades K-3. (LEI-653)

Reading for Understanding, Grades 4-12 (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SE

This course provides a model for effective lesson design that will help you build better, more reflective readers. Delve into the power of metaphor, proper framing/focus, and a variety of comprehension strategies. Explore ways to help students dig into the deeper layers of texts, enabling them to not only understand what the text means, but also why the text matters. Perfect for teachers of language arts, as well as teachers of other content areas, looking to nurture independent readers. (LEI-766)

Refocus and Recharge: Strategies for Finding Balance in Teaching (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SY
With the ever increasing demands on teachers, the subject of teacher wellness is a timely and important one. This course explores a wealth of strategies teachers can enlist to attain professional and personal balance, avoid teacher burn-out, and re-charge. Explore such strategies as: how to manage stress, ways to be a part of the larger community, teaching with a sense of purpose, the importance of self-efficacy, positive engagement, and planning of one’s time and energy. (LEI - 5792)

Service Learning: Engaging Students in Meaningful Experience (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SR
As our world gets smaller through the emergence of social media, and young people are called to action to address local, national and global issues, it only makes sense to connect education with service through the methodology of service learning. You will learn how to mirror best practices and develop into a strong service learning practitioner, utilizing resources throughout the book and on the Internet. Through examples, overviews and ready-to-use structure and plans, this course will show you how to integrate service learning with your current curriculum to provide meaningful experiences for your students as they stretch their minds, apply their talents and learn deeply about the world in ways that make a difference. (LEI-5064)

Shaping Respectful, Responsible Learners in your Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SH
In this course, participants will explore numerous ways to establish an ongoing social curriculum where a sense of community and self-control are valued. The Responsive Classroom approach recognizes that successful classroom management is a foundation of teaching/learning, and it offers educators tools and techniques for creating a classroom community that is nurturing, respectful, and full of learning. (LEI-993)

Sticks & Stones: The No Bully Zone (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-S9

This course will help make your school/classroom a safer place for all students to learn. Explore the following areas: school-wide anti-bullying measures, problem solving dialogue, the role of the bystander, building staff-to-student connections, supporting and empowering the targets of bullies, and more. Discover new ways to reduce bullying, regardless of what level/subject you teach. (LEI-712)

Succeeding with Struggling Students (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-E4

All teachers have students who struggle to learn. Many of these students have never been taught strategies that are compatible with the way they think and learn. Once we teach them the appropriate techniques, their learning problems diminish significantly. (LEI-753)

Successful Strategies in Literacy (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EL
“The Sisters” will offer you concrete steps and examples to understand their innovative approach to literacy teaching and monitoring.  You will be introduced to the foundations of these strategies, along with tips and techniques to begin this approach from Day 1 of the school year.  Both books provide strong examples of structure that you can incorporate immediately as you build upon your students’ literacy skills.  You will learn ways to empower students to be independent learners as they navigate deliberate steps in literacy instruction at their own pace.  Through the use of a conference notebook, one-on-one conferences and self-guided practice, you will save time and energy by monitoring individual students in a set format.  This course may challenge the way you view literacy instruction, and will invigorate your overall approach in the classroom.  (LEI-5044)

Tapping the Talent: Working with Gifted Students (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SG

Learn how to succeed with your gifted and talented learners! Explore multiple strategies and techniques to provide needed support in the general education classroom and transform how you instruct gifted and talented students. (LEI-783)

Teach Well Learn Well: Response to Intervention (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EN

Struggling to address learning difficulties prior to special education services? Learn about the innovative model that is sweeping the country, RTI.  Response to Intervention (RTI) assists in raising all student achievement and provides an alternative process for student identification, using proven methods and instructional tools/strategies to support the learner.  Learn how to implement RTI, assess students for early identification, and differentiate instruction for diverse learners.  This course is appropriate for general and special education teachers at the elementary level, as well as administrators.   (LEI-921)

Teaching with Technology (1 Credit Hour)


Course #: EDU 568-EX

This online course provides teachers with an excellent entry point into the world of technology. Most importantly, teachers will explore the foundations of Internet literacy, and learn tools to help students become critical consumers of the Internet. For the novice in technology and Internet. Recommended for educators of grades      2-12. (LEI – OL-648)

Technology: Byte-Size, Big Learning (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SU

Because the digital world can be overwhelming, this course is designed to help you explore the online realm in small, manageable bytes. You will gain an understanding of a wide variety of online tools to enhance your classroom and instruction. Overall guidance for the new digital learners and in-depth direction for the more advanced will be provided. Find ways to stretch both your learning and your students through the user-friendly text and our stimulating online environment.  This is an online course. (LEI - OL-5061)

The Challenging Child: Strategies for the Early Childhood Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EE

Created for early childhood education professionals, this course is filled with strategies designed to assess challenging behaviors, as well as ways to address those behaviors, and to plan appropriate interventions, curriculum and teaching practices. (LEI-5838)

The Driving Force: Keys to Developing a Motivating Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-S6

Explore dozens of strategies to more effectively engage and motivate your students. Learn how to engage students more fully in the following areas: homework, literacy development, classroom procedures, and progress tracking. Examine ways of making your classroom more positive, more inviting, and more conducive to student learning and student success. (LEI-988)

The Future is Now: Re-Visioning Skills for the 21st Century Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SM

This course will provide you with the tools and perspectives needed to help move students toward a skill set that includes important technology, life and career skills.  As you explore new ideas you will be challenged to shift in a positive manner toward a higher level of critical thinking and enhanced curriculum and instruction.  Problem solving, creativity and media and digital literacy skills are addressed, as is the retooling and shifting of the current school system to better meet the needs of today’s learners.  (LEI-5046)

The Science C-U-E: Content, Understanding, & Environment (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-E3

All levels of science teachers will find this course to be beneficial and applicable. The framework, based on engaging content, foundational understanding and a motivating environment (C-U-E), provides the three elements crucial to quality lesson design and science instruction. You will find solid research, exciting strategies and tested methods for improving science education. (LEI-5793)

The Sky’s the Limit: The Outdoor Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SO

This course will explore the concepts of the outdoor classroom through strategies specifically designed to enrich teaching and learning.  Through educational theory and proven practices teachers will learn ways to encourage exploration and to teach their students to connect with nature and their communities.  Explore the benefits of outdoor learning/classrooms, and discover practical and powerful ways to tap into students’ natural curiosity about their world.   (LEI-5049)

The Write Stuff: Content Area Writing (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SS

Teaching writing in a non-language arts class can be fulfilling and applicable to each and every discipline. Explore all the ways in which you really can incorporate “writing to learn” in your classroom. This course will delve into techniques and philosophies that will assist you in developing well-rounded learners who can write powerfully within a variety of subject matters. You will review and develop a variety of assessments that can support students at each stage of the writing process, and can alleviate some of the load that grading writing can sometimes create. Both your students and your instruction will benefit from the inclusion of writing tasks that empower students, reinforce learning, and build relationships and student independence. You will be able to motivate and support your grades 6-12 students in meaningful, powerful ways with writing.  (LEI-5079)

Virtual Field Tripping: Explore the World Without Leaving School (1 Credit Hour)


Course #: EDU 568-EW

Explore the world without leaving your classroom. Delve into the unique advantages of virtual field trips, and learn how to effectively structure such Internet activities. Online course that is recommended for teachers of grades 3-12. (LEI - OL-846)

Web EDU (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-E1

This course will move educators to think differently about technology’s potential for strengthening students’ critical thinking, writing, reflection, and interactive learning. This course explores how Web tools can generate exciting new learning formats and explains how to apply these tools in the classroom to engage all students.  Specific teaching applications are included for web logs, wikis, and RSS (rich site summary). (LEI-681)

What Great Leaders Do (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-E5  

Delve into the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions that elevate the best administrators above the rest. Investigate the specific things that great principals do…that others do not. The author’s fifteen recommendations explore such issues as school climate, student achievement, management, testing, decision making, and building relationships. (LEI-900)

What Great Middle School Teachers Do (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SL

Ignite and rekindle your imagination and commitment as a middle school teacher.  In this course you will explore the high-performance middle school classroom, delving into research-based techniques for working with the middle school student.  Middle school teaming, pedagogy, advisory times and brain research will be addressed in this comprehensive course.  (LEI-968)

What Great Teacher Leaders Do: How to Thrive as a Teacher Leader (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-S7

This course explores the concepts and perceptions of what makes an effective teacher leader. Explore practical and constructive strategies on how to grow, or maintain, the qualities necessary to be a successful teacher leader. Learn how to lead effectively, be a catalyst for positive change, and influence the direction of your school. Ideal for team leaders and administrators. (LEI-969) 

What Great Teachers Do (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-EP

Discover the specific things that great teachers do that others do not. This course explores the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions that form the fabric of life in the best classrooms and schools. Explore such issues as classroom management, testing, decision making, classroom relationships, and much more. (LEI-855)

What Kids Need: Building Self-Discipline (1 Credit Hour)


Course #: EDU 568-S8

This course explores the importance of teaching students the skills and attitudes associated with self-discipline. Learn how saying "no" can help students build the foundation for self-respect, respect for others, integrity, and perseverance—the essential attributes of self-discipline. (LEI-964) 

Words Matter: Using Teacher Language to Help Students Learn (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-SC

Language is one of the most powerful tools available to teachers and permeates every aspect of teaching and learning. This course will help teachers use language more effectively by exploring the following categories of language: envisioning, open-ended questioning, listening, reinforcing, reminding, and redirecting. Learn how to use language to its full potential to achieve important goals in academic instruction, community building, and classroom management. Recommended grades K-5. (LEI-698) 



Tuition & Fees:

For the 2013-2014 academic year resident tuition/fees total $228.50 per credit hour.  For non-resident rates please call the Office of Continuing Education at 1-800-228-9972 ext. 7217.



First-time Wayne State College students must complete the college application process prior to registration. The application can be found online here.


Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 1-800-228-9972 ext 7217 with any questions.


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