January Professional Development and Graduate Courses

Courses offered through Professional and Graduate Education during January Intersession:  January 2–8, 2019

X.COMM-405 | Speaking with Confidence: Leadership for Women

Description: This course helps women professionals develop effective oral communication skills necessary for delivering keynote speeches, panel presentations, conference talks and other public speaking situations. Drawing on a variety of theatre techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message, and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style, and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a safe and supportive environment, students will complete the course with the presentation of an inspiring speech.

Credits: 1

Format: on-campus

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.COMM-413 | Building Bridges: Facilitating Courageous Conversations

Description: Building the capacity of groups to dialogue, create, and collaborate is an essential skill in professional settings across our region, nationally, and globally. This course offers a critical introduction to the principles and the role of intergroup dialogue and facilitation in creating transformative spaces for groups to explore differences and commonalities, increase awareness as individuals and as members of various social groups, build authentic relationships and identify actions that foster perspective taking and empathy. Through intergroup dialogue, role-play exercises, and assigned readings, participants will actively learn to engage in courageous conversations and facilitate groups across social divides to work together more effectively, collaboratively and compassionately.

Credits: 2

Format: on-campus 

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.EDUC-406 | TESOL Seminar: Foundations of Effective Teaching

Description: This is the first of a two-course TESOL program designed to provide participants with a foundation of practical pedagogy, linguistic knowledge, and classroom experience to prepare for a job as an English language instructor in an intercultural environment. The course includes lecture and discussion, materials development sessions, and teaching workshops. Participants will develop a teaching portfolio for use in their job search and receive a certificate of completion if they successfully complete both the seminar and practicum courses.

Credits: 2

Format: on-campus 

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.EDUC-457 | Personal and Professional Leadership in Education

Description: This course is designed to help educators cultivate their skills as reflective practitioners as a means of enhancing personal leadership development. Students will examine personal leadership qualities and the role of storytelling as leadership. Course participants will create individualized learning plans that allow for deeper exploration of personal and professional leadership interests. The menu of options for personalized learning will include further reading in the domains of adult development, professional learning, motivation, leadership and related topics.

Credits: 1

Offered: January

Format: dynamic hybrid learning

X.ELL-416 | Language Assessment and Classroom Practice

Offered: January Intersession  

Credits: 2

Description: Brief introduction to theory and practice in assessing students' academic English proficiency. Students will learn about purposes of and types of language assessments (e.g., large-scale standardized tests like WIDA ACCESS, alternative assessments like portfolios, formative assessments) and practice designing oral language assessment tasks and using rubrics  to evaluate student writing.

X.PSYCH-438 | Strategies for Supporting Children in Foster Care

Description: Due to a host of factors, youth who are involved in the child welfare system are at risk of social, emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges. This course explores the child welfare system with an emphasis on foster youth and foster parent perspectives, the unique needs of youth in care, and strategies that promote resilience and positive youth development.

Credits: 2

Offered: January Intersession

Format: dynamic hybrid learning

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.SPED-471 | Legal Perspectives in Special Education

Description:This course will review state and federal laws and regulations that represent the requirements for special education. Participants will be introduced to concepts including educational terminology for students with mild to moderate disabilities; preparation, implementation, and evaluation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); review of federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to special education and the history of special education

Credits: 1

Offered: January Intersession

Format: online

Professional Development Option: Yes

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X.WRTNG-406 | Creative Inquiry and Writing as Research

Description: This course will immerse students in writing as informal research practice. Taking as our starting point contemporary American writing addressing the labor conditions of late capitalism, we will examine strategies for creative inquiry used to document and research topics not normally or officially investigated. Due to the length of this course, we'll focus particularly on short forms and generating new writing, as opposed to revision and critique. Topics to be discussed will include research as community building, fragment as form, and the collapsing of high vs low culture in contemporary American experimental writing. Students will write into a variety of forms modeled by readings from Jill Magi, Bhanu Kapil, Dodie Bellamy, Brandon Brown and Stephanie Young, among others.

Advisory: English (reading and writing) fluency is required. Previous experience with creative writing is advised, but not required.

Credits: 2

Offered: January

Format: online

Professional Development Option: Yes