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ParaProfessional FirstSTEP Certificate

This is a 14-credit-hour certificate intended for paraprofessional educators and others who seek to go beyond preliminary coursework or an associate degree. Coursework in the ParaProfessional FirstSTEP Certificate will provide the impetus to continue into a full educational degree program, if desired, as all coursework with a grade of C or better is applicable to the Elementary Education program requirements. Courses for this certificate are offered both online and on campus.

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Certificate Course Descriptions:

TEEL 273 Professional Practice and Observation (2 credit hours)
This field experience will provide the student an opportunity to obtain practical and focused observations in elementary school settings. Additional components of the course focus on time management, adjustment to university life, the role of a professional, and becoming a reflective observer.

TEEL 260 Children’s Literature (3)
This course is designed to provide knowledge of genre of literature, activities, and units that focus on literature, cultural awareness through literature and the competence in selecting and evaluating books for children.

TEEL 202 Foundations of Education (3)
An introductory course for students considering a career in professional education. Includes
historical, philosophical and sociological foundations, organization and finance, and teaching and learning.

TEEL 231 Human Growth and Development (3)
A study of the development of the individual over the total life-span. Special attention is given to physical, social, sexual, emotional, intellectual, and linguistic development.

TEEL 230 Diverse Learners (3)
A critical study of the multicultural environment in the American educational system with emphasis
pertaining to the culturally diverse learners. The various areas of emphasis will include, yet will not be limited to, the issues of culture, ethnicity, religion, linguistics, and (dis)abilities. Through this course the student will be empowered to deal with diversity in the classroom.


Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports Certificate

This is an online 18-credit-hour certificate specifically designed for individuals with an interest in working with children who have challenging behaviors including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Coursework is designed to meet part of the requirements for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification (*see course descriptions below). However, those interested in the following work will also find this certificate extremely useful:

  • behavioral supports specialist in education settings
  • intensive behavioral therapy programs for children with challenging behavior
  • group homes/institutions with clients who have developmental disabilities
  • trainer for families with children who have ASD
  • behavior analysis in business and industry

Cohort Model:

The courses are designed around a cohort model. Once students begin the course sequence, they continue with the same classmates through completion of the certificate. Enrollment is limited to 25 students per cohort.

Certificate Course Descriptions:

Introduction to Positive Behavior Support (IPBS)*
Prerequisite: None
The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of positive behavior supports including the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of positive behavior support for students with low incidence disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Advanced Methods and Assessment (AMA)*
Prerequisite: Introduction to Positive Behavior Support
This course covers the range of program and instructional options for designing a comprehensive educational program for individuals who have ASD.

Self Determination and Disability (SDD)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Positive Behavior Support
In-depth research and exploration, through independent group work, into the principles and practices of disability awareness, family support and self-determination with applications for multi-disciplinary professions.

Social Communication Issues for ASD (SCI)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Positive Behavior Support
Current topics in speech-language pathology are studied. Topics will vary.

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention/Consultation and Collaboration (EIBI)*
Prerequisite: Introduction to Positive Behavior Support and Advanced Methods and Assessment
Early Intensive Behavioral Interventions (EIBI) trains individuals to enhance the learning of young children with ASD and other developmental disabilities.

Low Incidence/Severe and Multiple Disabilities (LISMD)*
Prerequisites: Introduction to Positive Behavior Support and Advanced Methods and Assessment
Techniques for addressing academic, social, behavioral, and cognitive needs for students with low-incidence, specifically, severe/profound disabilities.


Certificate for Online Teaching - COMING FALL 2014!  

This is an online certificate offered through a cooperative effort between the Departments of Teacher Education and Advanced Education Programs. The certificate can be earned at the undergraduate or graduate level. Candidates who complete the program will acquire the skills and abilities to design, build, and deliver relevant content in an online educational/training environment. Course content is designed to serve the needs of K-12 instructors (both public and private), higher education instructors, and educators/trainers in business and industry.

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Certificate Course Descriptions:

Foundations of Distance Education
Prerequisites: TECS 290 or AEP 800
An exploration of the field of distance education intended to prepare the candidate for advanced work in course design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Learning theory, social and ethical issues, and current research topics are included to provide a basis for reflection and decision-making in the distance education environment.

Teaching and Learning in an Online Environment
Prerequisite: Foundations of Distance Education
This course focuses on the selection and creation of instructional materials/content objects for teaching online, in conjunction with the use of validated strategies for effective teaching and learning. Students are expected to create online course materials in multiple formats and explore a variety of teaching methods appropriate for online environments.

Communication through Technology in a Global Society
Prerequisite: Foundations of Distance Education
Communication and collaboration form the backbone of distance education; in this course students will explore a wide range of technologies supporting these activities. We will practice with both synchronous and asynchronous communication tools, while exploring issues related to social media, regulatory concerns, and ethics.

Assessing Learner Progress in the Online Environment
Prerequisite: Foundations of Distance Education
This course focuses on how we know if students are making adequate progress when they're working at a distance. A wide range of assessment methods will be explored and issues related to academic misconduct (especially as related to online environments) and strategies for handling these problems will be included.

Program Capstone
This summative course is intended to pull together the student's work and experiences from the preceding four courses, resulting in a final product related to online teaching that demonstrates clear integration of theoretical bases and practical application.


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