Teacher License Renewal Courses

Course Descriptions

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Planning for Classroom Success
85893 EDUC 03DMC S1
This course will provide both general and special education teachers with strategies and tools to create an engaging and positive learning environment. Topics will include positive reinforcement, relationship building, developing classroom procedures and expectations, outlining tiered consequences, and using a variety of response options to encourage participation.

Target Audience: K-12 general and special education teachers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, September 11th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, September 12th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jennifer Walker

Intro to Autism Characteristics and Strategies for the Non-Special Educator – Section I
85879 EDUC 08KMC S1
Please note that this is a hybrid course. Students will be given the equivalent of 5 hours of assignments to complete independently via Canvas prior to attendance at Saturday’s class.  Explore the characteristics of ASD, autism spectrum disorder, and related disabilities and how these characteristics impact the student in the school environment. Discuss the range of disability characteristics related to ASD and related disabilities and impacting issues such as anxiety, perseveration, transitions, meltdowns, special interests, and twice exceptionally. No experience necessary for this course, which starts at the beginning and ends with gained knowledge and understanding of characteristics of the spectrum and beginning strategies for working with students with ASD.
Target Audience: All grade levels, para educators, general educators, school counselors, administrators, and school related services providers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, September 18th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, September 19th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Nicole Myers

Special Education for General Educators (and Special Educators too)
85880 EDUC 02KMC S1
This course is designed for general education teachers wanting to learn more about working with students with disabilities. Characteristics of students with high incidence disabilities, accommodations, modifications, and requirements during an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting will be shared.
Target Audience: K-12 general educators, administrators, and Encore/Specials teachers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, September 25th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, September 26th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Intro to Autism Characteristics and Strategies for the Non-Special Educator – Section II
85881 EDUC 08KMC S2
Please note that this is a hybrid course. Students will be given the equivalent of 5 hours of assignments to complete independently via Canvas prior to attendance at Saturday’s class.  Explore the characteristics of ASD, autism spectrum disorder, and related disabilities and how these characteristics impact the student in the school environment. Discuss the range of disability characteristics related to ASD and related disabilities and impacting issues such as anxiety, perseveration, transitions, meltdowns, special interests, and twice exceptionally. No experience necessary for this course, which starts at the beginning and ends with gained knowledge and understanding of characteristics of the spectrum and beginning strategies for working with students with ASD.
Target Audience: All grade levels, para educators, general educators, school counselors, administrators, and school related services providers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 2nd 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, October 3rd 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Nicole Myers

We the Kids- Civics Instruction in the Elementary School
85926 EDUC 07LMC S1
Help your students build basic civic knowlwedge and understand their role as active citizens. This course will examine strategies for intergrating civics SOLs across core content areas with a focus on active learning strategies that will strengthen student understanding of politics and government with opportunities to practice the skills of good citizenship. Specific attention will be given to understanding state and local government.
Target Audience: K-6
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 9th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, October 10th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jane Huffman

Monitoring Students’ Academic Progress
85882 EDUC 05HMC S1
This course is designed to assist teachers with setting measurable achievement goals for students, documenting student progress towards those goals, and using the performance data to document and communicate student academic progress. The course will cover developing goals, curriculum based measurement, interpreting the results of assessments, and summarizing student data. This course is specifically targeted to assist teachers in completing Performance Standard 7 targets of the Uniform Performance Standards.
Target Audience: K-6 teachers
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 16th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, October 17th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Effective Co-Teaching
85883 EDUC 05KMC S1
Special education law requires that students with disabilities be educated to the greatest extent possible with their general education peers. This course will provide both special and general education teachers tools for effective communication, models of co-teaching, and ways to plan effectively. The course is appropriate for general and special education teachers of all grades and subjects, as well as, for school administrators interested in facilitating effective co-teaching among staff working with students.
Target Audience: All grade levels, general and special educators, administrators.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, October 23rd 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, October 24th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Roberta Gentry

Engaging Students in Critical Thinking and Decision-Making Across the Curriculum Through Project-Based Learning
85936 EDUC 02PMC S1
This course will explore strategies for engaging K-6 learners in critical thinking and purposeful decision-making by exploring real world problems and challenges. Focused attention will be given to the development of project-based learning activities that reach across subject areas. Participants will engage in activities designing projects for their classrooms.
Target Audience: K-6 teachers
Date/Time/Location: Friday, November 6th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, November 7th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jane Huffman

Greek and Roman Foundations in Art, Literature, and Politics
85933 EDUC 08LMC S1
A survey of the Greek and Roman Foundations of art, architecture, literature, and politics.
Target Audience: K-12 teachers
Date/Time/Location: Friday, November 13th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, November 14th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Joseph Romero

Understanding Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, and Manifestation Determinations
85894 EDUC 04DMC S1
There is a steady growth of literature empirically supporting the use of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) in classroom settings to reduce problem behaviors. The intended outcome of the FBA/BIP process is to make data-based decisions about how to best serve students with challenging behaviors. This course will provide both general and special education teachers with an outline for creating FBAs and BIPs to include functions of behavior, antecedents/behavior/consequences, replacement behaviors, and data collection. This course will also provide a framework for understanding the legislation associated with the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports as well as Manifestation Determinations.
Target Audience: K-12 general and special education teachers.
Date/Time/Location: Friday, November 20th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, November 21st 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Jennifer Walker

3D Print and Design for the Humanities
85934 EDUC 09LMC S1
A survey of (free and publicly available) 3D Design and Print tools for use in the humanities.
Target Audience: K-12 teachers
Date/Time/Location: Friday, December 4th 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ONLINE CANVAS; Saturday, December 5th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford South #207
Instructor: Joseph Romero

 

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*All classes are held at the Stafford campus, 121 University Blvd., unless otherwise noted. Students will need to seek approval from their school systems for specific licensure renewal courses that meet their own recertification requirements.