Violence in Schools: Identification, Prevention & Intervention Strategies

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 ...
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Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards

This course, Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards, has been divided into four chapters. The organization of the course covers the rationale for and design of the Common Core State Standards, the “Common Core Mindset” practitioners need for successful implementation, and what specific actions can be taken for deeper implementation across settings.
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Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom

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, spor...
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Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program

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 conc...
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Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning

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, ...
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Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm

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.
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Teaching Diversity: Influences & Issues in the Classroom

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...
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Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers

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 an...
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Reading Fundamentals #3: The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction & Assessment

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.
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Reading Fundamentals #2: Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction

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

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.
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Reading & Writing in Content Area

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 Pra...
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Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

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 unreso...
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Infant & Toddler Mental Health: Issues & Information for Educators

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...
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Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms

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 discus...
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Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools

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...
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Educational Assessment: Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom

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...
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Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development

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.
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Early Childhood: Program Planning

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 on child development and examine best practice for early childhood education. We will also examine key concepts a...
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Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment

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.
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Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services

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...
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Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse

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 co...
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Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children

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 ...
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Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior

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

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

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...
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Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents

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 behavio...
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Action Research And Evaluation

This course examines action research and its role in decision-making and in educational practices. Students are introduced to various types of action research and to the elements of the action research process, including identifying a problem, determining a problem statement and a purpose, conducting a literature review, planning for the collection and the analysis of data, and creating a plan of action. Methods for collecting, evaluating, and analyzing data are discussed. Students identify et...
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Introduction To Action Research:data Driven Decision Making

This course focuses on the foundations of action research. The course explores research as it affects decision-making and educational practices. Students are introduced to the various elements of an action research project, including problem statement and purpose, research design and writing skills, literature review, and action research requirements. Inferential and descriptive measures are examined, and methods for collecting, evaluating, and analyzing data are discussed. Students also ident...
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Critical Issues In Education

This course is designed to allow students to explore current educational issues and innovations in the context of their social and philosophical foundations. By analyzing these controversial topics and their impact on education in today's society, students utilize critical thinking techniques to make philosophical decisions and take a stand on the issues. Changing social conditions, cultural influences, and moral education are discussed in relation to schooling. This graduate-level course is ...
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The Role And Functions Of The Principal

This course examines the roles and functions of the principalship and explores educational leadership. Research, theory, and systemic change are studied and integrated to develop principals who are collaborative instructional leaders for schools of the 21st century. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor. Definition of the Principalship Describe the ro...
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Instructional Program Management And Evaluation

This course is designed to examine instructional supervision, organizational techniques, and other skills needed to manage and evaluate the instructional program. The course focuses on methods of staff supervision, curriculum development, data-driven instructional improvement, assessment, evaluation of instructional standards, and staff development. Students are expected to demonstrate that they can engage staff and community as they develop student standards and assessments, help staff evalua...
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Human Resources Management In Education

This course is designed to provide a practical overview of human resources management from a district and school perspective. The role of the human resources department and its influence on individual schools is discussed. Current practices of recruitment, selection, retention, collective bargaining, staff development, and evaluation of personnel and their legal implications are emphasized. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a de...
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Education Finance And Budgeting

This course examines the concepts and theories that form the foundation of public school finance in America such as taxation, revenue sources, legislative issues, risk management, and other associated school finance considerations. The practical application of these concepts and theories will be experienced in the development of district or school budget planning and development. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or cer...
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The Role Of Women In Educational Leadership

This course explores the role of women in educational leadership. Participants learn how women’s paths to leadership differ from those of men, what the unique styles and skills of women in leadership are, and which motivation and communication strategies are effective for women. The course focuses on acknowledging, developing, and expanding women’s leadership skills and on developing plans to mentor women to take on educational leadership roles. It concludes with a section on how women can...
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Special Education Program Administration

This course is designed to provide educational leaders with information and strategies for administering the legal requirements related to providing an inclusive education to students with special needs to determine effective programs and services. Participants receive a practical guide to the history, laws, and policies of special education, as well as the steps involved in the referral and evaluation processes from Response to Intervention (RTI) through the development of Individualized Educ...
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Ethical And Legal Issues For Administrators

This course will examine the ethical principles of an administrator in the educational setting. Participants develop and refine the skills necessary to analyze and integrate constructive ethics into practices that lead to success. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and history of ethics, exploring the development of ethics, gaining an appreciation for the professionalism of ethics in action, analyzing the ethical and legal implications of issues that school administrators may face, and e...
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Ethical And Legal Issues For Educators

This course explores the ethical and legal framework necessary to guide responsible teaching practices. Policy, statute, and case law are analyzed and applied to current educator practices. Participants make decisions about teacher-student relationships and appropriate boundaries based on a framework of ethical and legal principles to support building a professional practice that bears public scrutiny and inspires confidence. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an E...
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School Finance For Educators

This course examines public educational funding and provides an overview for school leaders in the basic concepts of school finance. Topics include economic and social considerations for financing education adequately, equitable, and equally, as well as state and federal roles in education financing, school finance and litigation, finance procedures and practices, and the role of human resources in educational finance. Participants have the opportunity to experience the practical application o...
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School Law For Educators

This course is designed to provide opportunities for participants to explore the practical application of public school law, including the origin and initial intent of the writers, while recognizing their administrative limitations. Participants examine the constitutional framework and amendments, court systems, and current legal issues, as well as the effect each has on the educational environment. Landmark cases are reviewed and analyzed to develop a cognitive base for legal principles and ...
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Leadership Strategies For Educators

This course is designed to guide participants in the practical application of current trends and strategies of school leadership and organizational culture. Participants explore the roles and responsibilities of leadership, including decision making, communication, collaboration, and conflict management. A further emphasis is responsiveness to legislation and implementation of standards, including Common Core, to facilitate positive school change. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enr...
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Social And Multicultural Foundations

This course is designed to be a foundation for understanding diversity among clients in a pluralistic society. Emphasis will be on integrating awareness, knowledge, and skills related to counseling differences and similarities based on age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliations, gender identification, sexual orientation, physical/mental limitations, social class, etc. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree...
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Introduction To Clinical Assessment And Diagnosis

This course introduces students to models and tools of assessment and diagnosis for the purpose of developing competency in evaluation and treatment planning for professional counseling practice. Students learn about and practice intake assessment techniques, mental status examinations, using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR®), outcome-based treatment planning, and behavioral analysis. Emphasis is placed on writing clear, accurate, and useful assessments ...
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Legal And Ethical Issues In Counseling

This course covers the legal and ethical responsibilities of the counseling professional. Students learn to interpret and act upon situations appropriately and effectively. Content includes issues such as client rights, confidentiality, duty to warn and protect, dual relationships, supervision and consulting, ethics with special populations, and ethical decision-making models. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certif...
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Life Span And Family Development

This course presents students with theoretical frameworks to foster an understanding of the various dimensions of human development. Emphasis is placed on biological, cognitive, and psychosocial development within the context of gender, family systems, social roles, and culture. Students evaluate clinical situations and assess potential therapeutic interventions in context. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certifica...
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Psychopharmacology

This course examines the history, biochemistry, main effects and side effects of prescription psychotropic medication. The goal of the course is to learn to work with clients who are taking psychotropic medication and monitor them for side effects and contraindications. Ethics and methods of working with medical personnel are included. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an En...
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Internship C

Counseling Internship is a 600-hour clinical experience (900 hours in Utah) required of all MSC students. Depending on the campus, the internship is divided into either 200 or 300 hour sections, each lasting 15 weeks. Those campuses that offer CCMH 597 A, B, and C require students to complete 200 hours for each course (except Utah which requires 300 hours each), while those campuses that offer only CCMH 597 A and B require the student to complete 300 hours for each course. Please check with yo...
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Internship B

Counseling Internship is a 600-hour clinical experience (900 hours in Utah) required of all MSC students. Depending on the campus, the internship is divided into either 200 or 300 hour sections, each lasting 15 weeks. Those campuses that offer CCMH 597 A, B, and C require students to complete 200 hours for each course (except Utah which requires 300 hours each), while those campuses that offer only CCMH 597 A and B require the student to complete 300 hours for each course. Please check with yo...
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Supervision/management In Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This course is an overview of supervision and management as they relate to the practice of counseling. Models of supervision and counselor development, supervision and management processes, assessment and evaluation issues, and ethical and legal aspects of supervision are emphasized. Students explore their skills in management, supervision, and consultation, particularly as they relate to recent changes in the mental health care delivery system. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This cou...
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Seminar Clinical Mental Health

This course integrates mental health foundations with historical, philosophical and contextual dimensions of clinical mental health counseling practice, and reviews the trends in both the knowledge and skills necessary to practice clinical mental health counseling. Additionally, this course explores current national and local issues relevant to the practice of mental health counseling. Community resources and professional networks are explored as a means of demonstrating the integration of the...
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