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Get started or advance in your career through our courses in organizational leadership, multimedia communications, data science, and education. We are currently accepting applications for summer 2018.

Courses are offered to accommodate your busy schedule: on-campus, online, hybrid, and in a limited residency format (online courses that include a short on-campus residency).

Enroll in just one class or several each term to gain credits towards one of our Professional Development Institutes in:

  • Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Global and Intercultural Leadership
  • Digital Innovation and Media
  • Differentiated Instruction for Educators
  • Developing Mathematical Ideas (for Educators)

Upcoming summer courses:

X.COMM-436 | Persuasive Communications

Description: The goal of persuasive communications is to influence people’s beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. We are exposed to hundreds of messages meant to persuade us daily from organizations and on social media. So what works, and why does it work? In this course we will investigate research on persuasion, receptiveness, and ethical frameworks for this work. Participants will learn techniques for creating, analyzing and critiquing persuasive messages. The course culminates in a final project in which participants create a campaign to change a target audience’s attitudes or behaviors about a subject of the students’ choosing.

Credits: 2   

Offered: Summer 2     

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 7/22-7/24/2018    

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.ELL-418 | Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Practice

Description: This course will a) introduce students to theories of second language acquisition (cognitive, social, and linguistic influences) and how these inform teaching practices, and b) introduce teaching methods and approaches to teaching ELLs so students can begin to make informed context-sensitive decisions about language teaching methods, techniques, lesson planning, materials, classroom management, etc.

Restrictions: This course is limited to graduate students only; others may register with permission of the instructor.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: online

X.MATH-400 | Developing Mathematical Ideas: Building a System of Tens

Description: Participants will explore the base-ten structure of the number system, consider how that structure is exploited in multi-digit computational procedures, and examine how basic concepts of whole numbers reappear when working with decimals. They will study the various ways children naturally tend to think about separating and combining numbers and what children must understand in order to work with numbers in these ways.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer  

Format: Live classes on campus or online via Zoom   

 

X.MATH-401 | Developing Mathematical Ideas: Making Meaning for Operations

Description: This course provides opportunities for participants to examine the actions and situations modeled by the four basic operations. The course will begin with a view of young children's counting strategies as they encounter word problems, moves to an examination of the four basic operations on whole numbers, and revisits the operations in the context of rational numbers.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer   

Format: on-campus

X.MGMT-416 | Participatory Community Development

Description: Participatory community development (PCD) is an approach to working with local communities, in partnership with government and non-government agencies. The goal of PCD is to empower local community members to be involved in the research, design, implementation, advocacy, monitoring, and evaluation of community projects, including those that generate sustainable sources of new income, food, and services. In this course, participants will explore different benefits and forms of PCD through case studies and methods of facilitating participatory project planning, and develop their ability to anticipate and evaluate the impacts/consequences of the projects.

Credits: 2   

Offered: Summer 2     

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 7/22-7/24/2018    

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MGMT-429CP | Building Effective Organizations: Creativity, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Description: Being a good leader often requires creativity, problem solving and decision making in contexts where there often are limited resources, not enough information, and urgency. This is a cognitive psychology approach to understanding how mental processes, including attention, perception, creativity, and problem solving can be harnessed to improve decision making for individuals and organizations.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 7/22-7/24/2018  

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MGMT-441 | Diversity and Intercultural Management

Description: In today’s globally interconnected world, organizational success is often dependent on the performance of teams that interact across significant distances and multiple cultural perspectives, internally and with their constituents. This course is designed to increase cultural competency and the success of leaders by combining an exploration of academic research and case studies with opportunities for application. By the end of the course, participants will understanding the cultural dimension of managing diverse and dispersed team members, learn to foster positive interactions, facilitate communication, and be able to identify and manage conflict more effectively.

Credits: 2   

Offered: Summer 2     

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 7/19-7/21/2018       

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

 

X.MTHED-408 | Professional Development for Coaching Mathematics

Description: This course is designed for elementary math specialists with responsibilities for supporting teachers in the development of strong mathematics education programs. Participants explore issues related to: learning mathematics while in the context of teaching; facilitating the professional development of colleagues; teachers' and students' ideas about mathematics and learning; and fostering a stance of collaborative investigation. By way of a central theme of mathematics learning, the institute will offer coaches opportunities to explore, through the coaching perspective, ideas of number and geometry in the elementary grades.

Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students; others may register with permission of the instructor.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2     

Format: on-campus      

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MTHED-410 | Developing Mathematical Ideas Facilitator Training

Description: This course focuses on understanding the process of facilitating Developing Mathematical Ideas seminars. Students will analyze key mathematical and pedagogical ideas, examine the affordances of various instructional formats, learn how to respond in writing to the ideas of their seminar students, discuss issues of engaging adult learners, become familiar with the links between Developing Mathematical ideas and the Common Core content and practice standards as well as the NCTM teaching practices, and explore how to situate Developing Mathematical Ideas seminars in their own systems. Students will be actively engaged in every session, working in small group and whole group formats.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer    

Format: Live classes on campus or online via Zoom

X.SPED-426 | The Inclusive Classroom

Description: This course surveys the etiology, diagnosis, and remediation of learning differences including dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, autism, as well as factors that influence a child's readiness to learn. Students present, discuss, question, and exchange ideas that contribute to an overall understanding of special education in the field. With an emphasis on inclusion in schools, students explore the impact of current policies, assessments, and practices. Students will have the opportunity to examine and practice applying interventions and approaches that support student engagement and prosocial behavior. The focus is on adapting the learning environment, classroom structures, and teaching approach so that all children, regardless of learning strengths and needs are supported to reach their potential and achieve meaningful goals.

Advisory prerequisites:An introductory course in Special Education and permission of the instructor.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: limited residency: online with a 5-day campus-based residency 7/16-7/20/2018 

X.SPED-441 | Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners

Description: This course will address the design and modification of curriculum, instructional materials, and general education classroom environments for students with moderate disabilities. Students will learn ways to prepare and maintain students with disabilities to succeed in general education classrooms, to monitor academic and behavioral progress, and to make instructional decisions accordingly. Students will experiment with a variety of technological tools for teaching PreK-12 such as applications and web-based tools that for student engagement and progress monitoring. Coverage will include instruction on assistive technology, including AAC, to support students with disabilities to learn in the least restrictive environment.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: limited residency: online with a 6-day campus-based residency 7/31-8/7/2018 

X.SPED-481 | Special Education Law: Transitions, Collaboration, and Applications

Description: This course will review state and federal laws and regulations which governing special education and their implications, including preparation, and evaluation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), knowledge of transition services and services provided by other agencies, strategies for building and maintaining collaborative partnerships with team members, the role of families in advocacy and planning, and cultural variables that influence school culture and accessibility.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: online