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Elective Course Offerings

·        Online 

·        Cedar Falls 

·        Dubuque 

·        West Des Moines 

·        Course Descriptions - Electives
 

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Face to Face Class Hours (unless otherwise noted):

·         Friday 5 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

·         Weekdays during summer 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 


 Online Elective Course Offerings:
 

Location:  Online

EDUC 510:  Motivation and Inspiration for Writing

Dates:   June 6-July 13           

Instructor:  Jennifer Jacob                          

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WISCONSIN Internet Courses

Many more online course listings are offered from Viterbo University's West Allis Center in partnership with Advanced Learning Designs and Critical Connections. Please check out the Advanced Learning Designs website at www.viterbo-online.com. For further course or syllabi information on Critical Connections, please call 1-800-234-8721.

 

Cedar Falls Elective Courses Offerings:
 

 

Location:  AEA 267, 3712 Cedar Heights Dr., Cedar Falls

EDUC 546:  Building Positive Classroom Relationships

Dates:  May 31-June 1, 14-15 & 28-29

Instructor:  Cindy Yakel

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Location:  AEA 267, 3712 Cedar Heights Dr., Cedar Falls

EDUC 546:  Developing Character in the Classroom

Dates:  June 12-14 & 17-18

Instructor:  Kari Staack

 

Dubuque Course Offerings: 
    

Location:  Keystone AEA, 2310 Chaney Rd., Dubuque

EDUC 546:  Everyone Communicates, Few Connect Leadership Course

Dates:  June 10-11

Instructor:  Lisa Schaefer

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Location:  Keystone AEA, 2310 Chaney Rd., Dubuque

EDUC 546:  Tribes:  Strategies in Active Student Engagement

Dates:  June 20-21 & 24-25

Instructor:  Lisa Schaefer

 

West Des Moines Elective Course Offerings:
 

Location:  Viterbo Iowa Center, 4949 Westown Pkwy., Suite 195, WDM

EDUC 546:  Metacognition:  Extending the Invitation

Dates:  May 31-June 1

Instructor:  Mary Tighe

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Location:  Viterbo Iowa Center, 4949 Westown Pkwy., Suite 195, WDM

EDUC 546:  Multicultural Approach to Teaching

Dates:  June 12-14 & 17-18

Instructor:  Annette Duncan

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Location:  Viterbo Iowa Center, 4949 Westown Pkwy., Suite 195, WDM

EDUC 546:  6 + 1 Traits of Writing  

Dates:  June 12-13

Instructor:  Mary Tighe

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Location:  Viterbo Iowa Center, 4949 Westown Pkwy., Suite 195, WDM

EDUC 546:  Parent Involvement & Family Teacher Partnerships

Dates:  June 21-22

Instructor:  Cindy Yakel

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Location:  Viterbo Iowa Center, 4949 Westown Pkwy., Suite 195, WDM

EDUC 546:  Best Practice in 21st Century Classroom

Dates:  June 26-28

Instructor:  Jan Keese

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Location:  Viterbo Iowa Center, 4949 Westown Pkwy., Suite 195, WDM

EDUC 546:  Extra-Curricular Connection

Dates:  July 15-16

Instructor:  Brent Peterson

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Location:  Viterbo Iowa Center, 4949 Westown Pkwy., Suite 195, WDM

EDUC 546:  Critical Components for Creating School-Wide Reform

Dates:  July 17-19 & 22-23

Instructor:  Annette Duncan

 

Course Descriptions for Elective Classes:
 

EDUC 510:  Motivation and Inspiration for Writing Instruction

Writing can be an area that is a challenge for both students and teachers. Participants will learn about research-based motivational strategies and techniques to use within writing instruction. These strategies will focus on motivating students to write, especially for the reluctant or struggling writers. Participants will also work to revise current lessons to reflect new learning. - 2 credits

 

EDUC 510:  Addressing Bullying, Harassment, and Cyber-Intimidation

This course is designed to support teachers, administrators, and schools in understanding bullying from the perspective of the bully, the bullied, and the bystander (witness). As educational pedagogy transitions from teacher-centered to student-directed, the classroom, school, and school community must remain safe places for students. This course provides the participants with an opportunity to reflect on current practice and integrate new strategies to more effectively support students and their families. Focal points will be on the bully, the bullied, the bystander, cyber-bullying, indicators of bullying (and safety issues), and information specific to elementary, middle, and high school students. - 3 credits

 

EDUC 510:  Making Reading Connections

Reading is thinking. Good readers use the strategies of metacognition, schema, inferring, questioning, determining importance, visualizing and synthesizing throughout the reading process. Participants of this course will read, implement, dialogue and reflect upon using the gradual release of responsibility in their classrooms. All teachers in reading classrooms, as well as in other content areas, will benefit from the course. Using the text, learners will explore different techniques for launching strategies and explicitly teaching reading as a thinking process. - 2 credits

 

EDUC 510:  How to Differentiate Instruction in   Mixed-Ability Classrooms

Classrooms of today are filled with students who come from differing cultures and learning styles. They arrive at school with an extremely varied background and level of experience. Some students are ready to learn with great interest, while others do not have access to the knowledge or the eagerness to seek new information. Teachers of all ages in these mixed-ability classrooms are faced with multiple challenges. Carol Ann Tomlinson gives insights to the teacher who is faced with such an unfathomable range: she leads you from one practical possibility to another, covering important angles, such as creating the essential classroom environment; developing classroom management strategies to enhance your offering of choices; communicating with parents and giving grades; and planning lessons that may differentiate in the elements of content, process and/or products. - 2 credits

 

EDUC 510:  Poverty:  Impact on Students and Strategies to Support Classroom Success

Participants will increase their knowledge and skills in understanding the impact of poverty on student performance and specific strategies that support at-risk student classroom success. During the course, students will become aware of poverty indicators in their state, community and school district; specific effects of poverty on student emotional, social, physical and academic development; success stories of communities and schools who have implemented programs that have had great success; components in schools and classrooms that support at-risk students success. Students will learn specific strategies that have been proven successful in at-risk schools that support high expectations, effective lesson delivery, increased student engagement, strong classroom climate and strategies that build character and trust. - 3 credits

 

EDUC 510:  Maximizing Your Potential:  Going from Good to Great

Participants will increase their personal and professional effectiveness by learning strategies developed by national leaders: learn how to develop a clear definition of the results that you want, increase the balance and fulfillment in all segments of your professional and personal life, build team/classroom skills that find faster and better solutions through clear expectations, shared responsibilities and understanding of priorities. Learn your personal strengths and how to maximize their use and impact on your personal and professional goals and outcomes. Discover the components of "Great Work," the work that is calling you and how to create new possibilities and plan for implementation into the classroom. - 3 credits

 

EDUC 611:  Introduction to Exceptional Individuals

This course introduces the practice of special education in today's schools, with a focus on the United States. The content will allow students to analyze characteristics of students with learning and behavior disabilities and cognitive disabilities, as well as the implications of learner differences for the legal and professional responsibilities of classroom teachers. Students will examine general principles of instruction that can help improve students' access to the general education curriculum, including collaboration with other professionals, universal design for learning, response to intervention (RTIP), and assistive technology. Each of these topics is covered in more depth in later courses. Students will survey multicultural considerations in the diagnosis and instruction of students with disabilities. The overall goal of the course is to expand students' expertise and confidence in providing an inclusive classroom that effectively addresses the needs of the diverse population of students. - 1 credit

 

EDUC 546:  Multicultural Approach to Teaching

This course is designed to give teachers the opportunity to explore other cultures in order to gain a deeper understanding of diversity of students within our classrooms. This course will examine multicultural literature, parental involvement, lesson planning, and hands-on experience. Course literature and activities will address several cultural groups. This course is also designed to break down cultural barriers that may exist between teachers, students and parents. - 3 credits

 

EDUC 546:  Metacognition: Extending the Invitation

Metacognition is an important component of learning. In the classroom, metacognition is two-fold in that teachers need to be metacognitive about their instructional practices and also need to invite students to think metacognitively. Participants will identify various aspects of metacognition. They will investigate how metacognition is embedded in the characteristics of effective instruction and create opportunities for themselves and students to think about thinking.- 1 credit

 

EDUC 546:  6 + 1 Traits of Writing

This course is designed for teachers who desire to have an assessment and instruction tool to improve student writing, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, which can integrate all content area courses as well as reinforce the reading process. - 1 credit

 

EDUC 546:  Developing Character in the Classroom

Take a look at the students in your classroom.  Are they the best they can be? This course offers teachers an opportunity to learn and apply activities that integrate basic principles of character development into the classroom and curriculum.  Experience activities and develop expectations that encourage students to be trustworthy, kind, courteous, hardworking, responsible, fair, and honest. Learn how educators can encourage positive student character and bridge the connection to a positive classroom climate. - 3 credits

 

EDUC 546:  Building Positive Classroom Relationships

Research shows that the most successful teachers are highly skilled in building positive relationships with their students.  This course will give participants "hands-on" experiences with techniques and interventions to help them develop very positive relationships with their students, regardless of the students' age, gender, gender identity, socio-economic status, cultural background, sexual orientation and/or ability grouping. - 3 credits

 

EDUC 546:  Parent Involvement and Family-Teacher Partnerships

Family-school-community partnership is essential to the success of children in schools. Research confirms the value of parent-teacher collaboration. This course is designed to offer the theory and skills to improve communication with parents, to hold more effective conferences, and to implement strategies that build collaborative partnerships between parents and teachers. Course literature and activities will address the changing family, barriers to parent involvement, research in family literacy, collaborative program models, and strategies to involve parents. - 1 credit

 

EDUC 546:  Critical Components for Creating School-Wide Reform

This course is designed to give educators the opportunity to explore research-based practices to incorporate within their schools and classrooms. This course will examine the professional development of educators, closing the achievement gap, school culture and climate, parental involvement, school-wide behavior systems and raising student achievement. It will provide participants, from any grade or curricular area, the opportunity to focus on making adjustments in approaches to education in order to challenge all learners. - 3 credits

 

EDUC 546:  The Extra-Curricular Connection

This course is designed to give coaches, fine arts directors, and activity sponsors a deeper understanding of how they impact the education of students. The course will examine the theory behind offering extra-curricular activities and will deal with relevant issues such as fundraising, scheduling, competition, and working with booster organizations to build support for your activity. - 1 credit

 

EDUC 546:  Best Practice in 21st Century Classrooms

Best Practices is a common term often used in education today.  This course will explore what Best Practices actually are and how they translate into classrooms that are more student-centered and less teacher-directed. In this course, teachers will learn new alternatives to a widening repertoire of choices as they create a richer, more diverse and balanced classroom. - 2 credits

 

EDUC 546:  Everyone Communicates, Few Connect Leadership Course

Based on world renowned leadership expert, John Maxwell's leadership principles, this course focuses on learning how to connect with people in order to become successful in your personal and professional life. Five principles and practices of connecting will be highlighted and the course will focus on learning how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection. - 1 credit

 

EDUC 546:  Tribes: Strategies in Active Student Engagement

Tribes is a process that creates a culture that maximizes learning and human development. This workshop trains PreK-12 teachers, administrators and community educators to use a community building process (Tribes) as the foundation for teaching academics, motivating students, managing classrooms and groups. - 2 credits

 

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