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Bring the best learning tools to your school and your students while working on your Illinois educator licensure renewal or Illinois educator endorsements. We offer a variety of online courses to fit your busy schedule. Discover new ways to solve everyday problems and find fresh strategies and techniques to elevate the classroom experience.

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has reviewed and approved the following courses to meet IL teacher endorsement and/or teacher licensure renewal requirements. 

Recertification and Endorsement Courses

  1. ELS : English as a Second Language Endorsement
  2. Bilingual Education Endorsement
  3. LBS1 : Learning Behavior Specialist I Endorsement
  4. Director of Special Education
  5. Reading Teacher Endorsement (1)
  6. PLE : Out-of-State Applicant / Professional Educator License
  7. Technology Specialist Endorsement (2)
  8. Elementary Endorsement
  9. ECH : Early Childhood Endorsement (2)
  10. ECH SPE : Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement
  11. Gifted Education Teacher Endorsement
  12. Middle Grades Education Endorsement

This course provides K-12 educators with a foundational understanding of assessment practices for English language learners. Participants examine the relationship between instruction and assessment, assessment techniques, progress reporting, content-area testing, and program interventions. Communication principles and the role of parents as related to assessment are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores cross-cultural communication and global awareness in multicultural K-12 education. Participants learn and apply the principles of culturally responsive teaching and multicultural and global education with particular attention to English language learners. Instructional strategies, diversity, and technology as related to cross-cultural communication are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides K-12 educators with an overview of techniques and methods that support the instruction of bilingual learners. Participants examine culturally responsive practices for instruction and assessment. Teaching in the content areas, honoring cultural diversity, and involving parents/guardians and community are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides educators with a foundational awareness and understanding of best practices for teaching reading and writing to English language learners. Language acquisition and literacy development as it relates to teaching reading and writing is explored. Participants create reading and writing instruction and assessment for integration across the curriculum.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces K-12 educators to the nature, structure, and acquisition of language. Participants study the first and second language acquisition process, the cultural implication of language and classroom instruction, and the integration of theory and practices including assessment and phonology, morphology, and syntax of English. Participants apply linguistic theory through instructional methods to support the English language learner.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course prepares K-12 educators to use effective instructional techniques, methodology, and assessments for English language learners (ELLs). Participants apply researched theory focusing on sheltered instruction, particularly the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model. Instructional techniques for teaching students of limited English proficiency, including instruction in the English language and development of the student's mastery of the language skills of reading, writing, and listening/speaking, differentiated instruction, lesson comprehension, integration and use of English language standards, special education, and parental involvement as related to English language learners are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to introduce participants to the history, laws, and theories of education for English language learners. Participants identify effective instructional models and teaching practices appropriate for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Participants also develop content area lesson plans and assessments, including appropriate materials, technology tools, and resources for English language learners. Cultural diversity, language acquisition, differentiated instruction, and TESOL program models are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides K-12 educators with a foundational understanding of assessment practices for English language learners. Participants examine the relationship between instruction and assessment, assessment techniques, progress reporting, content-area testing, and program interventions. Communication principles and the role of parents as related to assessment are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores cross-cultural communication and global awareness in multicultural K-12 education. Participants learn and apply the principles of culturally responsive teaching and multicultural and global education with particular attention to English language learners. Instructional strategies, diversity, and technology as related to cross-cultural communication are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces K-12 educators to the nature, structure, and acquisition of language. Participants study the first and second language acquisition process, the cultural implication of language and classroom instruction, and the integration of theory and practices including assessment and phonology, morphology, and syntax of English. Participants apply linguistic theory through instructional methods to support the English language learner.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course prepares K-12 educators to use effective instructional techniques, methodology, and assessments for English language learners (ELLs). Participants apply researched theory focusing on sheltered instruction, particularly the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model. Instructional techniques for teaching students of limited English proficiency, including instruction in the English language and development of the student's mastery of the language skills of reading, writing, and listening/speaking, differentiated instruction, lesson comprehension, integration and use of English language standards, special education, and parental involvement as related to English language learners are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to introduce participants to the history, laws, and theories of education for English language learners. Participants identify effective instructional models and teaching practices appropriate for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Participants also develop content area lesson plans and assessments, including appropriate materials, technology tools, and resources for English language learners. Cultural diversity, language acquisition, differentiated instruction, and TESOL program models are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides K-12 educators with an overview of techniques and methods that support the instruction of bilingual learners. Participants examine culturally responsive practices for instruction and assessment. Teaching in the content areas, honoring cultural diversity, and involving parents/guardians and community are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course examines teaching and managing students with mild disabilities. Special emphasis is placed on specific learning disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and emotional disturbance. The etiology, characteristics, philosophies, service delivery models available, methods of instruction, and behavior management techniques of each disability area are discussed in depth.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide an overview for working with exceptional learners, ages 3 years to 21 years. Participants explore methods to instruct and assess learners with special needs and create individualized education programs. Historical perspectives, special education law, and current policies and practices are examined.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of teaching methods used in the K-12 special education classroom, with an emphasis on teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. Participants examine effective pedagogical practices, multi-tiered systems of supports, positive behavior supports, and the importance of collaboration. Accommodations and modifications for exceptional learners, assistive technology, and critical skills such as study skills, applied academics, and career development and transitions are also explored.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of assessment in the K-12 special education classroom. Participants focus on assessing learners with special needs, with an emphasis on measuring a learner's abilities and diagnosing his or her strengths and needs. Commonly used tests and evaluation systems used in public school special education programs are examined. Participants review guidelines and procedures for developing the individualized education program and evaluate the use of progress monitoring assessments to assess student performance. The special education referral process, the use of response to intervention for assessment and remedial purposes, and basic remediation principles and strategies are also discussed.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of teaching methods used in the K-12 special education classroom, with an emphasis on teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. Participants examine effective pedagogical practices, multi-tiered systems of supports, positive behavior supports, and the importance of collaboration. Accommodations and modifications for exceptional learners, assistive technology, and critical skills such as study skills, applied academics, and career development and transitions are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

The focus of this course is mainstreaming and inclusion of students with special needs in regular classrooms. Participants explore the history and evolution of special education, including federal legislation and related standards. Identification and referral, lesson planning, modifications and accommodations, communication and collaboration, and assessment are also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

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. 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 education programs (IEPs) and transition plans. Another focus addresses the roles, responsibilities, and relationships that parents/guardians and advocates have within processes to ensure appropriate services are provided to a diverse population. Budget management for special education programs is also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the role of the special education teacher in transitioning adolescents with disabilities into adult living. The course examines student transition between the educational setting, the home environment, and employment and community environments. Emphasis is placed on the needs of adolescents with cognitive and behavioral disorders in secondary school special education programs. Strategies to improve academic, social, career/vocational, and transition skills are also discussed. Participants learn skills and concepts in working with students with special needs, their families, and the community.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course examines teaching and managing students with mild disabilities. Special emphasis is placed on specific learning disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and emotional disturbance. The etiology, characteristics, philosophies, service delivery models available, methods of instruction, and behavior management techniques of each disability area are discussed in depth.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on K-12 reading assessment. Participants examine various types of assessment for use in the classroom, the school, the district, and the state. Participants explore objective tests, performance assessments, and standardized testing. Topics include evaluation of curriculum and assessment, data-driven decision making, response to intervention for struggling readers, diversity and assessment, and ethical and legal considerations.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

In this course, participants explore the teaching of reading and writing in grades 6-12 content area classrooms. Participants learn instructional strategies, comprehension strategies, vocabulary strategies, and techniques for using reading and writing to learn across content area lines. Methods for differentiating instruction as well as assessing reading and writing are examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on methods and materials for teaching diverse elementary children to read and write well in various content areas. Participants examine current critical issues affecting content area reading and writing, including state and national assessments. Effective reading and writing strategies, vocabulary development, and technology tools, media, and print materials used to enhance children's reading and writing in the content areas are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the assessment and correction of reading and writing difficulties in the K–12 classroom setting. Participants identify factors that affect reading performance, explore formal and informal literacy assessments, and examine strategies for the diagnosis and remediation of struggling readers and diverse learners with literacy difficulties, including students with dyslexia. An additional focus is on differentiated instruction with an emphasis on phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Interest inventories, English language learner screening, visual and auditory discrimination tools, language expression and processing screening, and spelling and writing assessment tools are also addressed. 

3 credits  6 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores current theories and methods to support young children in making a successful start in reading. Participants explore principles of language acquisition and reading; children's transitions from oral language to concepts of print; and the techniques, technology, and texts to begin the development of college- and career-ready readers and writers. Participants analyze effective methods to monitor and assess children's reading, while differentiating reading instruction based on experiential background, language, culture, and special learning needs.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide an integrated approach to reading instruction. Participants analyze current trends for teaching literacy and explore specific strategies designed to help construct meaning across the curriculum. Participants learn methods for meeting the needs of diverse learners and assessing reading performance. In addition, emphasis is placed on components of balanced literacy instruction, including word identification, pre-reading techniques, vocabulary development, fluency, comprehension, writing, and technology-based instruction.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course emphasizes literacy and learning in grades 6-12. Various influences on reading and writing are analyzed, including new literacies, information and communication technologies, diversity, schema, resources, and student skill level. Participants examine state and national standards, instructional strategies, active engagement techniques, fluency, vocabulary development, and assessment.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on evaluating, selecting, integrating, and understanding adolescent literature in 6th-12th grade classrooms. Participants investigate gender, language, and individual preferences in adolescent literature. Participants analyze various techniques and formats for teaching diverse learners using an array of culturally responsive, age-appropriate, classic, contemporary, and award-winning literature. Participants examine the use of text sets, choice books, technology links, tradebooks, audio books, author studies, performance assessments, and book-to-film features to incorporate across the curriculum.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 


This course examines children's literature, its various genres, and its importance in the classroom to engage students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Participants explore the value that children's literature adds to the lives of children and why reading matters for children, teachers, adults, society, and the world. Participants examine how to encourage children to be lifelong readers by learning about how, when, and why children read.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

In this course, participants explore the teaching of reading and writing in grades 6-12 content area classrooms. Participants learn instructional strategies, comprehension strategies, vocabulary strategies, and techniques for using reading and writing to learn across content area lines. Methods for differentiating instruction as well as assessing reading and writing are examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on methods and materials for teaching diverse elementary children to read and write well in various content areas. Participants examine current critical issues affecting content area reading and writing, including state and national assessments. Effective reading and writing strategies, vocabulary development, and technology tools, media, and print materials used to enhance children's reading and writing in the content areas are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of teaching methods used in the K-12 special education classroom, with an emphasis on teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. Participants examine effective pedagogical practices, multi-tiered systems of supports, positive behavior supports, and the importance of collaboration. Accommodations and modifications for exceptional learners, assistive technology, and critical skills such as study skills, applied academics, and career development and transitions are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course prepares K-12 educators to use effective instructional techniques, methodology, and assessments for English language learners (ELLs). Participants apply researched theory focusing on sheltered instruction, particularly the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model. Instructional techniques for teaching students of limited English proficiency, including instruction in the English language and development of the student's mastery of the language skills of reading, writing, and listening/speaking, differentiated instruction, lesson comprehension, integration and use of English language standards, special education, and parental involvement as related to English language learners are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides K-12 educators with an overview of techniques and methods that support the instruction of bilingual learners. Participants examine culturally responsive practices for instruction and assessment. Teaching in the content areas, honoring cultural diversity, and involving parents/guardians and community are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores current theories and methods to support young children in making a successful start in reading. Participants explore principles of language acquisition and reading; children's transitions from oral language to concepts of print; and the techniques, technology, and texts to begin the development of college- and career-ready readers and writers. Participants analyze effective methods to monitor and assess children's reading, while differentiating reading instruction based on experiential background, language, culture, and special learning needs.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide an integrated approach to reading instruction. Participants analyze current trends for teaching literacy and explore specific strategies designed to help construct meaning across the curriculum. Participants learn methods for meeting the needs of diverse learners and assessing reading performance. In addition, emphasis is placed on components of balanced literacy instruction, including word identification, pre-reading techniques, vocabulary development, fluency, comprehension, writing, and technology-based instruction.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course emphasizes literacy and learning in grades 6-12. Various influences on reading and writing are analyzed, including new literacies, information and communication technologies, diversity, schema, resources, and student skill level. Participants examine state and national standards, instructional strategies, active engagement techniques, fluency, vocabulary development, and assessment.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

In this course, participants explore the teaching of reading and writing in grades 6-12 content area classrooms. Participants learn instructional strategies, comprehension strategies, vocabulary strategies, and techniques for using reading and writing to learn across content area lines. Methods for differentiating instruction as well as assessing reading and writing are examined.

 

1 credits  2 weeks  $175
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces K-12 teachers to the use of Google™ tools in the classroom. A variety of Google™ tools to support classroom communication and collaboration are examined. Tools for learning, creating, and solving problems are also explored. Participants create original instructional products and lesson plans using Google™ tools.

 

1 credits  2 weeks  $175
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces classroom teachers and building administrators to effective and responsible social media implementation in K-12 classrooms. The emergence of social media as a viable tool for learning will be explored and implementation considerations will be determined. Legal and ethical issues regarding social media use in schools will be examined. Participants will devise a social media application plan for school-wide integration.

 

2 credits  3 weeks  $350
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

In this course, participants select, use, and design multimedia resources that enhance teaching and student learning. Multimedia categories such as still images, text, audio, video, and interactive components are explored. Participants also evaluate differentiated instructional delivery methods to promote a student-centered learning environment that meets the needs of a diverse student population. In addition, participants learn strategies for teaching students to create their own presentations. Legal and ethical considerations, such as copyright and fair use, are also addressed in the course.

 

2 credits  3 weeks  $350
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to prepare educators to integrate technology for engaging and effective P-12 student learning across the content areas. Participants incorporate technology-based instructional design strategies into a student-centered learning environment, using the National Educational Technology Standards, and inquiry-based, problem-based, and project based learning. Digital tools and resources, software applications, fair use guidelines, and assessment are also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides educators with survival strategies when incorporating technology into the P-12 classroom. Managing and integrating common classroom technology and portable devices as well as integrating web-based and cloud computing applications are introduced. Participants examine basic maintenance and troubleshooting, personal and professional productivity, and issues regarding the safe and ethical use of technology.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides participants with strategies for using digital tools to make course information readily available and to connect with other educators, parents, and communities. Participants also examine applications of online platforms, such as blogs and social media, for participating in a professional learning network (PLN). Digital citizenship and school branding are also explored in this course.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores the range of issues that affect human development from birth through age 18. The focus of the course is on defining the various stages of child/adolescent growth and development and how they impact instructional practice and decisions in a K-12 environment. The influence of emotional, intellectual, psychological, social, and cultural factors on student learning are discussed. Peer and family influences, along with issues related to media themes and gender bias, are examined.

 

3 credits  6 weeks  $1,620
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course examines theories of growing and learning from birth through adolescence. The stages of life and the developmental domains including physical, language, cognitive, and emotional, social, and moral are emphasized. In addition, participants explore investigative methods and research processes in human development.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide P-12 teachers and administrators with a deeper appreciation of the role of assessment in education. Participants research influences on current trends in assessment and fundamentals of the assessment process and develop skills to evaluate the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for school improvement. Standards-based assessments, data-driven instruction, and accountability to increase achievement are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores theories, models, and strategies for teaching and learning language arts in the elementary school. Participants explore and apply strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Technology and assessment in language arts is also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course emphasizes content and process standards and pedagogical instruction that enhance learning in P-8 mathematics. Participants explore teaching mathematics through research-based practices, problem-solving, and developmentally effective instructional strategies. Participants also examine assessment techniques, technology tools, instructional leadership, diverse learning needs, and materials management.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course prepares K-8 teachers to develop a balanced and articulated elementary school science program that promotes inquiry. Participants discuss the evaluation of texts and reference materials, the development of hands-on activities and assessments, and the use of teacher-made materials and technology. Participants also evaluate resources for effective instructional strategies, including safety best practices.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This teaching methods course is designed for K-8 elementary educators who teach social studies. Participants learn to facilitate student-centered, differentiated learning. Participants explore hands-on strategies for designing and implementing cross-curricular work, integrating literacy, creating assessments, and incorporating 21st century technology to engage learners.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide an integrated approach to reading instruction. Participants analyze current trends for teaching literacy and explore specific strategies designed to help construct meaning across the curriculum. Participants learn methods for meeting the needs of diverse learners and assessing reading performance. In addition, emphasis is placed on components of balanced literacy instruction, including word identification, pre-reading techniques, vocabulary development, fluency, comprehension, writing, and technology-based instruction.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the research, theories, and concepts related to early childhood growth and development. Participants examine the physical, motor, cognitive, language, literacy, social and emotional development of diverse children from birth through age eight. Family and cultural influences on early childhood growth and development are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course examines the role, purpose, and applications of assessment in early childhood education. Participants explore developmentally appropriate assessment techniques and strategies in early childhood education to meet the needs of diverse learners, as well as approaches to effectively select, design, and record assessments. Participants examine how to interpret and evaluate assessment outcomes to evaluate student development and to enhance curriculum planning. Additionally, this course provides an overview of collaborative partnerships such as school districts, parents, and community resources in the assessment process.

 

3 credits  4 weeks   
Total Credits  Course length  

 

This course provides a foundation of curriculum and instruction in early childhood education, from a historical and theoretical perspective through the application of current developmentally-appropriate best practices. Participants discover lesson plan development and methodologies for instruction. Additionally, strategies for assessment, diversity of populations, and the importance of collaborative partnerships with family and community are also explored.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the attributes and pedagogy specific to young children, in addition to theoretical models of curriculum development, instruction, and assessment that optimize teaching and learning in the early childhood setting. Participants examine methods for designing lessons and explore effective teaching strategies to promote learning.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on mathematical methodology and assessment strategies for young children. Integration of content, appropriate instructional strategies, and curriculum and assessment planning are emphasized. Multiple perspectives of young children as learners of mathematics and current research on mathematics pedagogy are explored. Students evaluate and use instructional methods, curricular materials, technological resources, and appropriate assessment strategies. Special attention is given to using manipulatives in math instruction and developing problem-solving skills.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on understanding and using developmentally effective practices to teach and to integrate science concepts and skills in early childhood education (birth through age 8). Developing meaningful curricular content, modifications, hands-on learning experiences, and integration of early childhood content area standards are explored. A foundation in developmentally effective teaching and assessment of the content area is provided.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides a foundation in developmentally appropriate content and methodology for the teaching of social studies in early childhood education (birth through age 8). Teacher candidates will explore content standards, instruction and assessment strategies, technology integration, and theoretical perspectives and practices related to early childhood social studies education. In addition, candidates will develop meaningful curricular content and hands-on learning experiences, as well as investigate strategies for creating an effective learning environment and opportunities for family and community involvement.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on theoretical and developmentally appropriate teaching methods in language and literacy for children from birth to age eight. Theories in language development, including second language acquisition, as well as the needs of English language learners are examined. Participants will explore research-based early literacy teaching strategies for engaging children in integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences. There is an emphasis on incorporating content area standards and developing hands-on learning experiences for young children. Additionally, developmentally effective assessments are discussed as a means of guiding instruction.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on family and community involvement in early childhood education. Participants examine strategies for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with culturally diverse families and communities. Effective communication, engagement, and school partnerships are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course helps prepare participants to support the development and learning of young and diverse students with special needs. Participants learn the basic foundations and principles of early childhood special education, including diagnosis and monitoring, ethics, and assessment. Best practices for classroom management, behavior modification techniques, and effective ways to communicate with families are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on theoretical and developmentally appropriate teaching methods in language and literacy for children from birth to age eight. Theories in language development, including second language acquisition, as well as the needs of English language learners are examined. Participants will explore research-based early literacy teaching strategies for engaging children in integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences. There is an emphasis on incorporating content area standards and developing hands-on learning experiences for young children. Additionally, developmentally effective assessments are discussed as a means of guiding instruction.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the interrelationships of varied services for students with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of students with disabilities by working with parents, professionals, and community services to develop collaborative and productive professional relationships.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on family and community involvement in early childhood education. Participants examine strategies for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with culturally diverse families and communities. Effective communication, engagement, and school partnerships are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores the characteristics of and methods for identifying gifted and talented learners, including those in underrepresented populations. Programs, resources, and supports for the diverse needs of gifted and talented learners are examined. Participants investigate strategies and develop lessons to foster the academic, social, and emotional development of gifted and talented learners.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the theories, research, standards, and practices necessary to adapt, develop, and sustain high quality curriculum and instruction for diverse gifted and talented learners. Participants examine strategies to enhance acceleration, depth, and complexity of learning. Participants explore creative student products, the use of technology, assessment, differentiation, collaboration, enrichment, and higher order processing skills in curriculum and instruction for highly able students.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of evaluation methods and assessment of gifted and talented learners. Participants interpret different evaluation and assessment tools, identifying the pros, cons, and limitations of multiple assessments. Participants explore solutions and alternative assessments in the identification of gifted and talented learners. Strategies in the ongoing assessment process of gifted and talented learners are also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides participants with the knowledge of research and standards-based pedagogical instructional practice that facilitates learning in the secondary mathematics classroom. Participants explore diversity and equity, mathematics standards and curriculum, and technology integration, as critical components of planning for and implementing mathematics instruction and assessment. In addition, participants examine the importance of teacher reflection, instructional leadership, and professional development to continuously improve one's teaching of mathematics.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to prepare participants to teach science at the secondary school level. To meet this objective, participants explore the instructional methods in science content areas in middle level and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of secondary students by exploring current instructional theory; national, state, and local standards; and social issues that affect the science classroom. The course also helps prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting instruction and management plans for diverse student populations.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores the application of basic instructional methods and strategies of teaching social studies in middle school and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of secondary students by exploring current instructional and assessment theory; national, state, and local standards; and social issues that are found in various social studies courses. The course also helps prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting delivery methods and behavior management plans for diverse individual students and student populations.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

ELS : English as a Second Language Endorsement

This course provides K-12 educators with a foundational understanding of assessment practices for English language learners. Participants examine the relationship between instruction and assessment, assessment techniques, progress reporting, content-area testing, and program interventions. Communication principles and the role of parents as related to assessment are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores cross-cultural communication and global awareness in multicultural K-12 education. Participants learn and apply the principles of culturally responsive teaching and multicultural and global education with particular attention to English language learners. Instructional strategies, diversity, and technology as related to cross-cultural communication are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides K-12 educators with an overview of techniques and methods that support the instruction of bilingual learners. Participants examine culturally responsive practices for instruction and assessment. Teaching in the content areas, honoring cultural diversity, and involving parents/guardians and community are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides educators with a foundational awareness and understanding of best practices for teaching reading and writing to English language learners. Language acquisition and literacy development as it relates to teaching reading and writing is explored. Participants create reading and writing instruction and assessment for integration across the curriculum.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces K-12 educators to the nature, structure, and acquisition of language. Participants study the first and second language acquisition process, the cultural implication of language and classroom instruction, and the integration of theory and practices including assessment and phonology, morphology, and syntax of English. Participants apply linguistic theory through instructional methods to support the English language learner.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course prepares K-12 educators to use effective instructional techniques, methodology, and assessments for English language learners (ELLs). Participants apply researched theory focusing on sheltered instruction, particularly the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model. Instructional techniques for teaching students of limited English proficiency, including instruction in the English language and development of the student's mastery of the language skills of reading, writing, and listening/speaking, differentiated instruction, lesson comprehension, integration and use of English language standards, special education, and parental involvement as related to English language learners are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to introduce participants to the history, laws, and theories of education for English language learners. Participants identify effective instructional models and teaching practices appropriate for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Participants also develop content area lesson plans and assessments, including appropriate materials, technology tools, and resources for English language learners. Cultural diversity, language acquisition, differentiated instruction, and TESOL program models are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Bilingual Education Endorsement

This course provides K-12 educators with a foundational understanding of assessment practices for English language learners. Participants examine the relationship between instruction and assessment, assessment techniques, progress reporting, content-area testing, and program interventions. Communication principles and the role of parents as related to assessment are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores cross-cultural communication and global awareness in multicultural K-12 education. Participants learn and apply the principles of culturally responsive teaching and multicultural and global education with particular attention to English language learners. Instructional strategies, diversity, and technology as related to cross-cultural communication are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces K-12 educators to the nature, structure, and acquisition of language. Participants study the first and second language acquisition process, the cultural implication of language and classroom instruction, and the integration of theory and practices including assessment and phonology, morphology, and syntax of English. Participants apply linguistic theory through instructional methods to support the English language learner.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course prepares K-12 educators to use effective instructional techniques, methodology, and assessments for English language learners (ELLs). Participants apply researched theory focusing on sheltered instruction, particularly the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model. Instructional techniques for teaching students of limited English proficiency, including instruction in the English language and development of the student's mastery of the language skills of reading, writing, and listening/speaking, differentiated instruction, lesson comprehension, integration and use of English language standards, special education, and parental involvement as related to English language learners are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to introduce participants to the history, laws, and theories of education for English language learners. Participants identify effective instructional models and teaching practices appropriate for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Participants also develop content area lesson plans and assessments, including appropriate materials, technology tools, and resources for English language learners. Cultural diversity, language acquisition, differentiated instruction, and TESOL program models are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides K-12 educators with an overview of techniques and methods that support the instruction of bilingual learners. Participants examine culturally responsive practices for instruction and assessment. Teaching in the content areas, honoring cultural diversity, and involving parents/guardians and community are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

LBS1: Learning Behavior Specialist I Endorsement

This course examines teaching and managing students with mild disabilities. Special emphasis is placed on specific learning disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and emotional disturbance. The etiology, characteristics, philosophies, service delivery models available, methods of instruction, and behavior management techniques of each disability area are discussed in depth.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide an overview for working with exceptional learners, ages 3 years to 21 years. Participants explore methods to instruct and assess learners with special needs and create individualized education programs. Historical perspectives, special education law, and current policies and practices are examined.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of teaching methods used in the K-12 special education classroom, with an emphasis on teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. Participants examine effective pedagogical practices, multi-tiered systems of supports, positive behavior supports, and the importance of collaboration. Accommodations and modifications for exceptional learners, assistive technology, and critical skills such as study skills, applied academics, and career development and transitions are also explored.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of assessment in the K-12 special education classroom. Participants focus on assessing learners with special needs, with an emphasis on measuring a learner's abilities and diagnosing his or her strengths and needs. Commonly used tests and evaluation systems used in public school special education programs are examined. Participants review guidelines and procedures for developing the individualized education program and evaluate the use of progress monitoring assessments to assess student performance. The special education referral process, the use of response to intervention for assessment and remedial purposes, and basic remediation principles and strategies are also discussed.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Director of Special Education

This course provides an overview of teaching methods used in the K-12 special education classroom, with an emphasis on teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. Participants examine effective pedagogical practices, multi-tiered systems of supports, positive behavior supports, and the importance of collaboration. Accommodations and modifications for exceptional learners, assistive technology, and critical skills such as study skills, applied academics, and career development and transitions are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

The focus of this course is mainstreaming and inclusion of students with special needs in regular classrooms. Participants explore the history and evolution of special education, including federal legislation and related standards. Identification and referral, lesson planning, modifications and accommodations, communication and collaboration, and assessment are also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

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. 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 education programs (IEPs) and transition plans. Another focus addresses the roles, responsibilities, and relationships that parents/guardians and advocates have within processes to ensure appropriate services are provided to a diverse population. Budget management for special education programs is also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the role of the special education teacher in transitioning adolescents with disabilities into adult living. The course examines student transition between the educational setting, the home environment, and employment and community environments. Emphasis is placed on the needs of adolescents with cognitive and behavioral disorders in secondary school special education programs. Strategies to improve academic, social, career/vocational, and transition skills are also discussed. Participants learn skills and concepts in working with students with special needs, their families, and the community.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course examines teaching and managing students with mild disabilities. Special emphasis is placed on specific learning disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and emotional disturbance. The etiology, characteristics, philosophies, service delivery models available, methods of instruction, and behavior management techniques of each disability area are discussed in depth.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Reading Teacher Endorsement (1)

This course focuses on K-12 reading assessment. Participants examine various types of assessment for use in the classroom, the school, the district, and the state. Participants explore objective tests, performance assessments, and standardized testing. Topics include evaluation of curriculum and assessment, data-driven decision making, response to intervention for struggling readers, diversity and assessment, and ethical and legal considerations.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

In this course, participants explore the teaching of reading and writing in grades 6-12 content area classrooms. Participants learn instructional strategies, comprehension strategies, vocabulary strategies, and techniques for using reading and writing to learn across content area lines. Methods for differentiating instruction as well as assessing reading and writing are examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on methods and materials for teaching diverse elementary children to read and write well in various content areas. Participants examine current critical issues affecting content area reading and writing, including state and national assessments. Effective reading and writing strategies, vocabulary development, and technology tools, media, and print materials used to enhance children's reading and writing in the content areas are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the assessment and correction of reading and writing difficulties in the K–12 classroom setting. Participants identify factors that affect reading performance, explore formal and informal literacy assessments, and examine strategies for the diagnosis and remediation of struggling readers and diverse learners with literacy difficulties, including students with dyslexia. An additional focus is on differentiated instruction with an emphasis on phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Interest inventories, English language learner screening, visual and auditory discrimination tools, language expression and processing screening, and spelling and writing assessment tools are also addressed. 

3 credits  6 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores current theories and methods to support young children in making a successful start in reading. Participants explore principles of language acquisition and reading; children's transitions from oral language to concepts of print; and the techniques, technology, and texts to begin the development of college- and career-ready readers and writers. Participants analyze effective methods to monitor and assess children's reading, while differentiating reading instruction based on experiential background, language, culture, and special learning needs.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide an integrated approach to reading instruction. Participants analyze current trends for teaching literacy and explore specific strategies designed to help construct meaning across the curriculum. Participants learn methods for meeting the needs of diverse learners and assessing reading performance. In addition, emphasis is placed on components of balanced literacy instruction, including word identification, pre-reading techniques, vocabulary development, fluency, comprehension, writing, and technology-based instruction.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course emphasizes literacy and learning in grades 6-12. Various influences on reading and writing are analyzed, including new literacies, information and communication technologies, diversity, schema, resources, and student skill level. Participants examine state and national standards, instructional strategies, active engagement techniques, fluency, vocabulary development, and assessment.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on evaluating, selecting, integrating, and understanding adolescent literature in 6th-12th grade classrooms. Participants investigate gender, language, and individual preferences in adolescent literature. Participants analyze various techniques and formats for teaching diverse learners using an array of culturally responsive, age-appropriate, classic, contemporary, and award-winning literature. Participants examine the use of text sets, choice books, technology links, tradebooks, audio books, author studies, performance assessments, and book-to-film features to incorporate across the curriculum.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 


This course examines children's literature, its various genres, and its importance in the classroom to engage students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Participants explore the value that children's literature adds to the lives of children and why reading matters for children, teachers, adults, society, and the world. Participants examine how to encourage children to be lifelong readers by learning about how, when, and why children read.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

PEL: Out-of-State Applicant / Professional Educator License

In this course, participants explore the teaching of reading and writing in grades 6-12 content area classrooms. Participants learn instructional strategies, comprehension strategies, vocabulary strategies, and techniques for using reading and writing to learn across content area lines. Methods for differentiating instruction as well as assessing reading and writing are examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on methods and materials for teaching diverse elementary children to read and write well in various content areas. Participants examine current critical issues affecting content area reading and writing, including state and national assessments. Effective reading and writing strategies, vocabulary development, and technology tools, media, and print materials used to enhance children's reading and writing in the content areas are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of teaching methods used in the K-12 special education classroom, with an emphasis on teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. Participants examine effective pedagogical practices, multi-tiered systems of supports, positive behavior supports, and the importance of collaboration. Accommodations and modifications for exceptional learners, assistive technology, and critical skills such as study skills, applied academics, and career development and transitions are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course prepares K-12 educators to use effective instructional techniques, methodology, and assessments for English language learners (ELLs). Participants apply researched theory focusing on sheltered instruction, particularly the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model. Instructional techniques for teaching students of limited English proficiency, including instruction in the English language and development of the student's mastery of the language skills of reading, writing, and listening/speaking, differentiated instruction, lesson comprehension, integration and use of English language standards, special education, and parental involvement as related to English language learners are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides K-12 educators with an overview of techniques and methods that support the instruction of bilingual learners. Participants examine culturally responsive practices for instruction and assessment. Teaching in the content areas, honoring cultural diversity, and involving parents/guardians and community are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores current theories and methods to support young children in making a successful start in reading. Participants explore principles of language acquisition and reading; children's transitions from oral language to concepts of print; and the techniques, technology, and texts to begin the development of college- and career-ready readers and writers. Participants analyze effective methods to monitor and assess children's reading, while differentiating reading instruction based on experiential background, language, culture, and special learning needs.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide an integrated approach to reading instruction. Participants analyze current trends for teaching literacy and explore specific strategies designed to help construct meaning across the curriculum. Participants learn methods for meeting the needs of diverse learners and assessing reading performance. In addition, emphasis is placed on components of balanced literacy instruction, including word identification, pre-reading techniques, vocabulary development, fluency, comprehension, writing, and technology-based instruction.

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course emphasizes literacy and learning in grades 6-12. Various influences on reading and writing are analyzed, including new literacies, information and communication technologies, diversity, schema, resources, and student skill level. Participants examine state and national standards, instructional strategies, active engagement techniques, fluency, vocabulary development, and assessment.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Technology Specialist Endorsement (2)

In this course, participants explore the teaching of reading and writing in grades 6-12 content area classrooms. Participants learn instructional strategies, comprehension strategies, vocabulary strategies, and techniques for using reading and writing to learn across content area lines. Methods for differentiating instruction as well as assessing reading and writing are examined.

 

1 credits  2 weeks  $175
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces K-12 teachers to the use of Google™ tools in the classroom. A variety of Google™ tools to support classroom communication and collaboration are examined. Tools for learning, creating, and solving problems are also explored. Participants create original instructional products and lesson plans using Google™ tools.

 

1 credits  2 weeks  $175
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course introduces classroom teachers and building administrators to effective and responsible social media implementation in K-12 classrooms. The emergence of social media as a viable tool for learning will be explored and implementation considerations will be determined. Legal and ethical issues regarding social media use in schools will be examined. Participants will devise a social media application plan for school-wide integration.

 

2 credits  3 weeks  $350
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

In this course, participants select, use, and design multimedia resources that enhance teaching and student learning. Multimedia categories such as still images, text, audio, video, and interactive components are explored. Participants also evaluate differentiated instructional delivery methods to promote a student-centered learning environment that meets the needs of a diverse student population. In addition, participants learn strategies for teaching students to create their own presentations. Legal and ethical considerations, such as copyright and fair use, are also addressed in the course.

 

2 credits  3 weeks  $350
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to prepare educators to integrate technology for engaging and effective P-12 student learning across the content areas. Participants incorporate technology-based instructional design strategies into a student-centered learning environment, using the National Educational Technology Standards, and inquiry-based, problem-based, and project based learning. Digital tools and resources, software applications, fair use guidelines, and assessment are also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides educators with survival strategies when incorporating technology into the P-12 classroom. Managing and integrating common classroom technology and portable devices as well as integrating web-based and cloud computing applications are introduced. Participants examine basic maintenance and troubleshooting, personal and professional productivity, and issues regarding the safe and ethical use of technology.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides participants with strategies for using digital tools to make course information readily available and to connect with other educators, parents, and communities. Participants also examine applications of online platforms, such as blogs and social media, for participating in a professional learning network (PLN). Digital citizenship and school branding are also explored in this course.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Elementary Endorsement

This course explores the range of issues that affect human development from birth through age 18. The focus of the course is on defining the various stages of child/adolescent growth and development and how they impact instructional practice and decisions in a K-12 environment. The influence of emotional, intellectual, psychological, social, and cultural factors on student learning are discussed. Peer and family influences, along with issues related to media themes and gender bias, are examined.

 

3 credits  6 weeks  $1,620
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course examines theories of growing and learning from birth through adolescence. The stages of life and the developmental domains including physical, language, cognitive, and emotional, social, and moral are emphasized. In addition, participants explore investigative methods and research processes in human development.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide P-12 teachers and administrators with a deeper appreciation of the role of assessment in education. Participants research influences on current trends in assessment and fundamentals of the assessment process and develop skills to evaluate the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for school improvement. Standards-based assessments, data-driven instruction, and accountability to increase achievement are also addressed.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores theories, models, and strategies for teaching and learning language arts in the elementary school. Participants explore and apply strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Technology and assessment in language arts is also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course emphasizes content and process standards and pedagogical instruction that enhance learning in P-8 mathematics. Participants explore teaching mathematics through research-based practices, problem-solving, and developmentally effective instructional strategies. Participants also examine assessment techniques, technology tools, instructional leadership, diverse learning needs, and materials management.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course prepares K-8 teachers to develop a balanced and articulated elementary school science program that promotes inquiry. Participants discuss the evaluation of texts and reference materials, the development of hands-on activities and assessments, and the use of teacher-made materials and technology. Participants also evaluate resources for effective instructional strategies, including safety best practices.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This teaching methods course is designed for K-8 elementary educators who teach social studies. Participants learn to facilitate student-centered, differentiated learning. Participants explore hands-on strategies for designing and implementing cross-curricular work, integrating literacy, creating assessments, and incorporating 21st century technology to engage learners.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to provide an integrated approach to reading instruction. Participants analyze current trends for teaching literacy and explore specific strategies designed to help construct meaning across the curriculum. Participants learn methods for meeting the needs of diverse learners and assessing reading performance. In addition, emphasis is placed on components of balanced literacy instruction, including word identification, pre-reading techniques, vocabulary development, fluency, comprehension, writing, and technology-based instruction.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

ECH: Early Childhood Endorsement (2)

This course focuses on the research, theories, and concepts related to early childhood growth and development. Participants examine the physical, motor, cognitive, language, literacy, social and emotional development of diverse children from birth through age eight. Family and cultural influences on early childhood growth and development are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course examines the role, purpose, and applications of assessment in early childhood education. Participants explore developmentally appropriate assessment techniques and strategies in early childhood education to meet the needs of diverse learners, as well as approaches to effectively select, design, and record assessments. Participants examine how to interpret and evaluate assessment outcomes to evaluate student development and to enhance curriculum planning. Additionally, this course provides an overview of collaborative partnerships such as school districts, parents, and community resources in the assessment process.

 

3 credits  4 weeks   
Total Credits  Course length  

 

This course provides a foundation of curriculum and instruction in early childhood education, from a historical and theoretical perspective through the application of current developmentally-appropriate best practices. Participants discover lesson plan development and methodologies for instruction. Additionally, strategies for assessment, diversity of populations, and the importance of collaborative partnerships with family and community are also explored.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the attributes and pedagogy specific to young children, in addition to theoretical models of curriculum development, instruction, and assessment that optimize teaching and learning in the early childhood setting. Participants examine methods for designing lessons and explore effective teaching strategies to promote learning.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on mathematical methodology and assessment strategies for young children. Integration of content, appropriate instructional strategies, and curriculum and assessment planning are emphasized. Multiple perspectives of young children as learners of mathematics and current research on mathematics pedagogy are explored. Students evaluate and use instructional methods, curricular materials, technological resources, and appropriate assessment strategies. Special attention is given to using manipulatives in math instruction and developing problem-solving skills.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on understanding and using developmentally effective practices to teach and to integrate science concepts and skills in early childhood education (birth through age 8). Developing meaningful curricular content, modifications, hands-on learning experiences, and integration of early childhood content area standards are explored. A foundation in developmentally effective teaching and assessment of the content area is provided.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides a foundation in developmentally appropriate content and methodology for the teaching of social studies in early childhood education (birth through age 8). Teacher candidates will explore content standards, instruction and assessment strategies, technology integration, and theoretical perspectives and practices related to early childhood social studies education. In addition, candidates will develop meaningful curricular content and hands-on learning experiences, as well as investigate strategies for creating an effective learning environment and opportunities for family and community involvement.

 

3 credits  5 weeks  $1,194
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on theoretical and developmentally appropriate teaching methods in language and literacy for children from birth to age eight. Theories in language development, including second language acquisition, as well as the needs of English language learners are examined. Participants will explore research-based early literacy teaching strategies for engaging children in integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences. There is an emphasis on incorporating content area standards and developing hands-on learning experiences for young children. Additionally, developmentally effective assessments are discussed as a means of guiding instruction.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on family and community involvement in early childhood education. Participants examine strategies for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with culturally diverse families and communities. Effective communication, engagement, and school partnerships are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

ECH SPE: Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement

This course helps prepare participants to support the development and learning of young and diverse students with special needs. Participants learn the basic foundations and principles of early childhood special education, including diagnosis and monitoring, ethics, and assessment. Best practices for classroom management, behavior modification techniques, and effective ways to communicate with families are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on theoretical and developmentally appropriate teaching methods in language and literacy for children from birth to age eight. Theories in language development, including second language acquisition, as well as the needs of English language learners are examined. Participants will explore research-based early literacy teaching strategies for engaging children in integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences. There is an emphasis on incorporating content area standards and developing hands-on learning experiences for young children. Additionally, developmentally effective assessments are discussed as a means of guiding instruction.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the interrelationships of varied services for students with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of students with disabilities by working with parents, professionals, and community services to develop collaborative and productive professional relationships.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on family and community involvement in early childhood education. Participants examine strategies for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with culturally diverse families and communities. Effective communication, engagement, and school partnerships are also explored.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Gifted Education Teacher Endorsement

This course explores the characteristics of and methods for identifying gifted and talented learners, including those in underrepresented populations. Programs, resources, and supports for the diverse needs of gifted and talented learners are examined. Participants investigate strategies and develop lessons to foster the academic, social, and emotional development of gifted and talented learners.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course focuses on the theories, research, standards, and practices necessary to adapt, develop, and sustain high quality curriculum and instruction for diverse gifted and talented learners. Participants examine strategies to enhance acceleration, depth, and complexity of learning. Participants explore creative student products, the use of technology, assessment, differentiation, collaboration, enrichment, and higher order processing skills in curriculum and instruction for highly able students.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course provides an overview of evaluation methods and assessment of gifted and talented learners. Participants interpret different evaluation and assessment tools, identifying the pros, cons, and limitations of multiple assessments. Participants explore solutions and alternative assessments in the identification of gifted and talented learners. Strategies in the ongoing assessment process of gifted and talented learners are also examined.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

Middle Grades Education Endorsement

This course provides participants with the knowledge of research and standards-based pedagogical instructional practice that facilitates learning in the secondary mathematics classroom. Participants explore diversity and equity, mathematics standards and curriculum, and technology integration, as critical components of planning for and implementing mathematics instruction and assessment. In addition, participants examine the importance of teacher reflection, instructional leadership, and professional development to continuously improve one's teaching of mathematics.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course is designed to prepare participants to teach science at the secondary school level. To meet this objective, participants explore the instructional methods in science content areas in middle level and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of secondary students by exploring current instructional theory; national, state, and local standards; and social issues that affect the science classroom. The course also helps prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting instruction and management plans for diverse student populations.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

This course explores the application of basic instructional methods and strategies of teaching social studies in middle school and high school settings. Participants identify the educational needs of secondary students by exploring current instructional and assessment theory; national, state, and local standards; and social issues that are found in various social studies courses. The course also helps prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting delivery methods and behavior management plans for diverse individual students and student populations.

 

3 credits  4 weeks  $525
Total Credits  Course length Estimated cost

 

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