2015 Online Courses


Earn graduate credits

Choose from a list of 34 online courses to meet your goals for professional development, continuing education, license renewal or to complete graduate credits for transfer to another university. 

The courses are approved electives in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

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Quick Links to Online Courses and Dates

    •    Assessment
    •    Autism
    •    Classroom Management and PBIS
    •    Differentiating Instruction and Response to Intervention
    •    E-learning and Online Teaching Courses and Certificate
    •    History/Social Studies/Humanities
    •    Instructional Design Courses and Certificate
    •    Instructional Strategies
    •    Math
    •    Reading, Literacy and Reading Teacher Certification
    •    Literacy Coaching Courses and Reading Specialist Certification
    •    School Library/Media Specialist
    •    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
    •    Writing

Instructional Strategies Online Courses


EDUC 652 Universal Design for Learning
2 graduate credits
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to instructional design that goes well beyond disabilities, accessibility or legislation.  As an inclusive strategy, UDL offers learners of all types the opportunity to succeed and is applicable to online, blended and traditional learning environments. Learn how to systematically plan instruction according to UDL principles. Designed for educators, instructional designers and trainers interested in learning about universal design to increase learner motivation and engagement.
January 20 - February 27, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 651 Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom
2 graduate credits
Explore instructional strategies for implementing the flipped approach with any subject and any learner population to improve learner motivation and engagement. Includes implications for classroom management, effective assessment, problem-solving and collaboration.
March 30 - May 8, 2015
Course Info      Registration


EDUC 641 Mobile Learning Instructional Design (for Chromebooks, cell phones, tablets and iPads)
3 graduate credits
Learn how Chromebooks, iPads, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers integrate into training, the classroom, professional development, and administration activities. Use instructional strategies for curriculum integration including ebooks and digital textbooks in blended or flipped learning activities. Improve collaboration, communication, universal design, and resource development with the use of mobile technology.
January 26 - April 3, 2015
Course Info     Registration



EDUC 646 Using Games for Learning and Assessment
1 graduate credit
Explore quests, incentives like badges, the core tenants of game-based learning and how it supports the inquiry process. Integration of interactive games and simulations and using games for assessment. Use of games to support collaboration, problem-solving, decision-making and to increase motivation and engagement including benefits and drawbacks.
March 30 - April 24, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 650 Integrating Social Media Instructional Strategies
1 graduate credit
Explore effective ways to use social media to connect communities of learners in virtual and physical spaces, to communicate with parents, and for personal professional development. Learn how to use social networks and cloud-based tools including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other personal learning networks.
February 2 - February 27, 2015
Course Info      Registration


EDUC 642 Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas
2 graduate credits
Designed for educators in all content areas who are incorporating primary sources, disciplinary literacy, inquiry and informational text, and those working with National History Day activities. Explore quality Web-based collections of primary source artifacts and add dynamic engagement in your teaching activities. Course activities include locating and analyzing primary sources appropriate for all content areas and acquiring strategies for teaching students to think critically and independently to construct new understandings and insights from varied information sources. Your students will love it!
February 2 - March 20, 2015
Course Info     Registration


Classroom Management Online Courses


EDUC 645 School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
3 graduate credits
Explore school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and data analysis for planning three-level interventions and monitoring progress. 
February 2 - March 27, 2015
Course Info      Registration


EDUC 655 Strategies for Dealing with Disruptive Behavior
3 graduate credits
Evidence-based preventive strategies, positive behavioral supports, effective interventions, and classroom management strategies for addressing problem behaviors, chronic noncompliance and intermittent disruptive conduct.
February 2 - March 27, 2015
Course Info      Registration


EDUC 640 Poverty in Schools: Working with At-Risk Students
2 graduate credits
Are the number of children and families from economically disadvantaged backgrounds served by your district increasing? Analyze traits of high-performing high-poverty rural and urban schools and develop an action plan to reduce the achievement gap including strategies to build community partnerships.
January 26 - March 6, 2015
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EDUC 657 Effective Classroom Management
2 graduate credits
Discover best practices of effective classroom management, how to work with students who have many types of special needs , and the application of a variety of management techniques to help students become self-regulated learners. Improve your time management techniques including management of email, paperwork, planning, and classroom organization.
January 20 - February 27, 2015
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EDUC 656 Bullying in Schools
2 graduate credits
Develop practical instructional strategies to break the cycle of bullying and cyberbullying when students use text messages, personal websites, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social networks to harass peers.  Examine model policies, procedures, climate and culture for providing a safe and respectful learning environment.
January 20 - February 27, 2015
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Assessment Online Courses


EDUC 745 Assessment for Learning - Progress Monitoring
3 graduate credits
Are you looking for ways to reduce the stress of your next teacher evaluation? Do you know how to conduct evidence-based assessment of student learning and use data to improve your teaching? Learn how to monitor student progress, graph scores, interpret data and communicate results during teacher evaluation conferences with your administrator.
January 26 - May 15, 2015
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EDUC 648 Math Assessment for Response to Intervention (RtI)
2 graduate credits
Learn how to select and use assessment tools in mathematics to identify learning problems, monitor student progress, and implement Response to Intervention practices.
March 30 - May 8, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 646 Using Games for Learning and Assessment
1 graduate credit
Explore quests, incentives like badges, the core tenants of game-based learning and how it supports the inquiry process. Integration of interactive games and simulations and using games for assessment. Use of games to support collaboration, problem-solving, decision-making and to increase motivation and engagement including benefits and drawbacks.
March 30 - April 24, 2015
Course Info     Registration


RDGED 706 Assessment and Evaluation of Reading and Language Development
3 graduate credits
A study of the interrelationship of qualitative assessment and evaluation to literacy development including current research in reading and language arts practices.  Selection, administration and interpretation of formative and summative literacy assessments for the purpose of evaluating reading and language processes.
NOTE: This course must be completed as a prerequisite for RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties.
January 26 - April 17, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning
3 graduate credits
Design robust assessment strategies for your online course. Improve your efficiency and teaching effectiveness with hands-on practice using online assessment tools. Practice strategies to quickly detect, document, and minimize plagiarism in the online classroom. Develop concise rubrics for evaluating achievement of learning objectives. Experience voice and video technology options that save time grading while increasing the amount of quality feedback. Learn to use blogs, wikis, online surveys and eportfolios as evidence of learning outcomes to assess individual and group activities.
January 5 - February 27, 2015 or March 2 - April 24, 2015
Course Info     Registration


Assisting Students with Autism Online Course


EDUC 647 Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom
3 graduate credits
Learn strategies to assist students with language deficits, sensory needs, repetitive behaviors, and a low frustration for change. Become familiar with assistive technology devices and iPad/smartphone apps that increase communication skills. Explore functional behavior assessment, learn how to implement a behavior intervention plan.
January 20 - March 13, 2015
Course Info     Registration


Reading and Literacy Online Courses


Complete all six online reading courses if you are pursuing WI 316 Reading Teacher Certification or enroll in individual courses for professional development or to renew a teaching license.

RDGED 701 Developmental Reading K-12
3 graduate credits
Evidence-based instructional practices to promote word recognition, fluency, and comprehension along with procedures to assess children's development as they move from emergent literacy to learning to read and into the reading to learn stage.
January 20 - April 3, 2015
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RDGED 702 Reading in the Content Areas K-12
3 graduate credits
Research-based teaching methods, study strategies, and technology focusing on the ability to use language processes (reading, writing, speaking, listening) to learn subject matter across the curriculum. Address key issues to facilitate the acquisition of content reading skills for all students, including English language learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Develop skills using informational texts to teach disciplinary literacy.
February 2 - April 17, 2015
Course Info     Registration


RDGED 703 Children's Literature in the Reading Program (grades K-5)
3 graduate credits
Explore and discuss the world of today's authors and illustrators, the best new fiction, information books, multicultural literature, curriculum activities, and innovative community-based literacy activities. Emphasis is on contemporary selections.
January 5 - March 27, 2015
Course Info     Registration


RDGED 704 Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12)
3 graduate credits
This class explores and discusses various formats (fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels) and traditional genres of contemporary young adult literature, and its application within the core standards, and in promoting literacy.  Innovative uses of other forms of literature/media will also be discussed.  Emphasis is on contemporary selections.
January 5 - March 27, 2015
Course Info     Registration


RDGED 706 Assessment and Evaluation of Reading and Language Development
3 graduate credits
A study of the interrelationship of qualitative assessment and evaluation to literacy development including current research in reading and language arts practices.  Selection, administration and interpretation of formative and summative literacy assessments for the purpose of evaluating reading and language processes.
NOTE: This course must be completed as a prerequisite for RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties.
January 26 - April 17, 2015 
Course Info     Registration


RDGED 705 Instructional Techniques for Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties
3 graduate credits
Integration of psycholinguistic theory into an interactive model of remedial interventions based on literacy acquisition research. Practical suggestions for integrating reading, writing and spelling into an effective program for struggling readers and special populations including the learning disabled.
January 12 - March 27, 2015
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RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties
3 graduate credits
A practicum in teaching individual students, grades 2-11, with reading difficulties. Assessment of the reader's strengths and needs is followed by the implementation of individualized instruction designed to assist the child in becoming a better reader.Prerequisite: RDGED 706 Assessment and Evaluation of Reading and Language Development)
January 12 - April 17, 2015
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Reading Specialist Certification Online Courses

Complete the following three online courses if you are pursuing WI 17 Reading Specialist Certification or enroll in individual courses for professional development or to renew a teaching license.

RDGED 720 Leading and Directing the Reading Program
3 graduate credits
Using theory, research data, evidence, and organizational change principles to develop, lead, evaluate, and improve PK-12 literacy and professional development programs. Response to Intervention (RtI) with emphasis on Progress Monitoring in Tier 2 and Tier 3. Leadership in developing and promoting effective literacy programs for all students is emphasized.
Not offered summer session
January 12 - March 27, 2015   
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RDGED 721 Supporting Literacy Instruction
3 graduate credits
Supporting teachers in learning about effective literacy instruction through coaching, consultation, and ongoing professional development. Special attention will be given to analyzing data and mastering the complexities of observing, modeling, and providing feedback to teachers.
Not offered summer session
January 20 - April 3, 2015
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RDGED 722 Reading Specialist Field Experience
3 graduate credits
Supervised school-based practicum in reading program implementation and evaluation.  Emphasis is directed toward developing coaching practices, planning professional development programs, and facilitating evidence-based reading programs.
Not offered summer session
January 12 - May 8, 2015
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Teaching Writing Online Courses


EDUC 654 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits Elementary (PK-4)  - 3 graduate credits
EDUC 653 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits Middle School-Adult - 3 graduate credits
Learn how to teach and assess writing using the 6-Traits of writing (voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions). Learn instructional strategies and ways to integrate technology to teach and guide the writing process including revision and editing skills. 6-Traits are aligned with Common Core and state writing standards and are proven to raise test scores.
February 2 - March 27, 2015
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Teaching Math Online Courses


EDUC 659 Methods of Teaching Middle School Math (Grades 4-8)
3 graduate credits
Learn advanced teaching strategies and math interventions to help students meet Common Core math standards, improve test scores, and provide for individual needs.
February 2 - March 27, 2015
Course Info     Registration

EDUC 648 Math Assessment for Response to Intervention (RtI)
2 graduate credits
Learn how to select and use assessment tools in mathematics to identify learning problems, to monitor student progress, and implement Response to Intervention practices.
March 30 - May 8, 2015
Course Info     Registration


 

STEM Education Online Courses


EDUC 658 900 Issues in Integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) 
3 graduate credits
Learn effective instructional strategies for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Help learners meet Common Core Mathematics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (which includes engineering). Explore STEM career pathways, and examine data trends in STEM education.
February 2 - March 27, 2015
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History, Social Studies, Humanities Online Courses


EDUC 642 Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas Using Primary Sources
2 graduate credits
Designed for educators in all content areas who are incorporating primary sources, disciplinary literacy, inquiry and informational text, and those working with National History Day activities. Explore quality Web-based collections of primary source artifacts and add dynamic engagement in your teaching activities. Course activities include locating and analyzing primary sources appropriate for all content areas and acquiring strategies for teaching students to think critically and independently to construct new understandings and insights from varied information sources. Your students will love it!
February 2 - March 20, 2015
Course Info     Registration

 

Instructional Design Courses and Certificate


Complete all four instructional design online courses if you are pursuing the Instructional Design Graduate Certificate.

EDUC 765 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
3 graduate credits
This course is designed to provide an in-depth comparison of current instructional design theories and models, variables that affect adult learning, techniques for stimulating and sustaining learner motivation, reinforcement of learning, skill transfer, and use of cognitive task analysis to determine instructional content.
January 5 - February 27, 2015
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EDUC 766 Instructional Strategies and Assessment Methods
3 graduate credits
Development of instructional goals, objectives and assessment of outcomes. Methods for assessing learner performance and mapping appropriate assessment methods to instructional strategies and learning objectives. Performance-based assessment and tools to assess learner performance. Design of formative and summative methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 765
March 2 - April 24, 2015
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EDUC 767 Designing Computer-based Training (CBT)
3 graduate credits
Just-in time scenario-based modular development, user interface design, visual design, usability testing, and execution of common instructional strategies employed in self-paced products. Research, trends and standards in computer-based training; development of reusable learning objects using multimedia software. Prerequisite: EDUC 765 and 766
January 5 - February 27, 2015
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EDUC 768 Project Management for Instructional Development
3 graduate credits
Examination of the initiation, planning, and closure of instructional development projects and practical knowledge on managing project scope, work breakdown structure, schedules, and resources including budgeting. Analysis of instructional development project life cycle. Prerequisite: EDUC 765, 766, 767
March 2 - April 24, 2015
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E-learning and Online Teaching Courses and Certificate


Individual courses are open to students seeking professional development or you may complete all five courses if you are pursuing the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate.

EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators
3 graduate credits
This course introduces how to design and teach blended and online learning. Explore how to add an online component to enhance traditional face-to-face instruction/training or convert a course or workshop for online delivery. Create discussion forums, online surveys, quizzes and e-portfolios. Learn how to support new online learners with strategies that increase learner interaction and engagement. 
January 5 - February 27, 2015 or March 2 - April 24, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning
3 graduate credits
Design robust assessment strategies for your online course. Improve your efficiency and teaching effectiveness with hands-on practice using online assessment tools. Practice strategies to quickly detect, document, and minimize plagiarism in the online classroom. Develop concise rubrics for evaluating achievement of learning objectives. Experience voice and video technology options that save time grading while increasing the amount of quality feedback. Learn to use blogs, wikis, online surveys and eportfolios as evidence of learning outcomes to assess individual and group activities.
January 5 - February 27, 2015 or March 2 - April 24, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-learning
3 graduate credits
Learn how to create online courses that work efficiently. By understanding how people learn and how to design the experience conceptually and aesthetically, you can shape an effective and engaging learning experience. The course also addresses blended learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous concerns, the use of a variety of media such as video and audio along with accessibility concerns, and effective evaluation of online course design. This course focuses on instructor led and facilitated methods more than self-paced/ computer-based training.
January 5 - February 27, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 761 Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation Skills
3 graduate credits
This course is about facilitating online (for trainers and teachers) and provides hands-on practice using asynchronous and synchronous communication technologies. You will actively facilitate and explore how to design online discussion prompts, conflict resolution, netiquette, and collaborative learning through problem solving scenarios, simulations, and online discussions.
March 2 - April 24, 2015
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EDUC 764 E-learning Practicum
3 graduate credits
Practicum in teaching online with a cooperating online instructor. Application of online pedagogy and technology evaluated through observation, discussion and reflections. Completion of a professional development plan and an e-portfolio of evidence of attainment of online learning standards. (Note: The practicum may only be taken after all other courses for the Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching are completed.)
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
January 20 - March 27, 2015
Course Info     Registration

 

Differentiating Instruction and Response to Intervention Online Courses


EDUC 652 Universal Design for Learning (for online classes and face-to-face)
2 graduate credits
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to instructional design that goes well beyond disabilities, accessibility or legislation.  As an inclusive strategy, UDL offers learners of all types the opportunity to succeed and is applicable to online, blended and traditional learning environments. Learn how to systematically plan instruction according to UDL principles. Designed for educators, instructional designers and trainers interested in learning about universal design to increase learner motivation and engagement.
January 20 - February 27, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 647 Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom
3 graduate credits
Learn strategies to assist students with language deficits, sensory needs, repetitive behaviors, and a low frustration for change. Become familiar with assistive technology devices and iPad/smartphone apps that increase communication skills. Explore functional behavior assessment, learn how to implement a behavior intervention plan.
January 20 - March 13, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 640 Poverty in Schools: Working with At-Risk Students
2 graduate credits
Designed for elementary, middle school, and high school classroom teachers, special education teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators and support staff and those working with students in poverty, at-risk populations, or incarcerated youths outside of traditional K-12 education. Study the characteristics and issues facing at-risk students because of economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Investigate traits of high-performing high-poverty schools with emphasis on strategies to reduce the achievement gap and build community partnerships.
January 26 - March 6, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 648 Math Assessment for Response to Intervention (RtI)
2 graduate credits
Learn how to select and use assessment tools in mathematics to identify learning problems, to monitor student progress, and to implement Response to Intervention practices.
March 30 - May 8, 2015
Course Info     Registration

 

EDUC 643 Differentiated Instruction
3 graduate credits
This course provides techniques for creating a stimulating, effective classroom for all K-12 students – from English language learners to special education students to students with a variety of learning styles. Includes differentiated assessment strategies.
Summer 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 655 Strategies for Dealing with Disruptive Behavior
3 graduate credits
Evidence-based preventive strategies, positive behavioral supports, effective interventions, and classroom management strategies for addressing problem behaviors, chronic noncompliance and intermittent disruptive conduct.
February 2 - March 27, 2015
Course Info      Registration


RDGED 702 Reading in the Content Areas K-12
3 graduate credits
Research-based teaching methods, study strategies, and technology focusing on the ability to use language processes (reading, writing, speaking, listening) to learn subject matter across the curriculum. Address key issues to facilitate the acquisition of reading skills for all students, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, across grade levels. Develop skills using informational texts to teach disciplinary literacy.
February 2 - April 17, 2015
Course Info     Registration

 

School Library Media Specialist Online Courses


EDUC 642 Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas
2 graduate credits
Designed for educators in all content areas who are incorporating primary sources, disciplinary literacy, inquiry and informational text, and those working with National History Day activities. Explore quality Web-based collections of primary source artifacts and add dynamic engagement in your teaching activities. Course activities include locating and analyzing primary sources appropriate for all content areas and acquiring strategies for teaching students to think critically and independently to construct new understandings and insights from varied information sources. Your students will love it!
February 2 - March 20, 2015
Course Info     Registration

 

EDUC 650 Integrating Social Media Instructional Strategies
1 graduate credit
Explore effective ways to use social media to connect communities of learners in virtual and physical spaces, to communicate with parents, and for personal professional development. Learn how to use social networks and cloud-based tools including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other personal learning networks.
February 2 - February 27, 2015
Course Info      Registration

 

EDUC 646 Using Games for Learning and Assessment
1 graduate credit
Explore quests, incentives like badges, the core tenants of game-based learning and how it supports the inquiry process. Integration of interactive games and simulations and using games for assessment. Use of games to support collaboration, problem-solving, decision-making and to increase motivation and engagement including benefits and drawbacks.
March 30 - April 24, 2015
Course Info     Registration


EDUC 651 Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom
2 graduate credits
Explore instructional strategies for implementing the flipped classroom approach with any subject and any learner population to improve student motivation and engagement. Includes implications for classroom management, effective assessment, problem-solving and collaboration.
March 30 - May 8, 2015
Course Info      Registration


EDUC 641 Mobile Learning Instructional Design (for Chromebooks, cell phones, tablets and iPads)
3 graduate credits
Learn how Chromebooks, iPads, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers integrate into the school library media center for student learning, professional development, and classroom administration. Use instructional strategies for curriculum integration including ebooks and digital textbooks in the flipped classroom. 
January 26 - April 3, 2015
Course Info     Registration


RDGED 703 Children's Literature in the Reading Program (grades K-5)
3 graduate credits
Explore and discuss the world of today's authors and illustrators, the best new fiction, information books, multicultural literature, curriculum activities, and innovative community-based literacy activities. Emphasis is on contemporary selections.
January 5 - March 27, 2015
Course Info     Registration


RDGED 704 Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12)
3 graduate credits
This class explores and discusses various formats (fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels) and traditional genres of contemporary young adult literature, and its application within the core standards, and in promoting literacy.  Innovative uses of other forms of literature/media will also be discussed.  Emphasis is on contemporary selections.
January 5 - March 27, 2015
Course Info     Registration

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