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CourseConnect Early Childhood Education: Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

This course prepares teacher candidates for success in planning and teaching in the early childhood classroom, ages birth through eight. Emphasis is placed on appropriate content knowledge and teaching strategies that incorporate information related to child development, learning theories, and the use of assessment and standards in the early childhood years. Teacher candidates will explore various models of instruction as they develop lesson plans and activities that are appropriate for young children. Prior knowledge of child development and familiarity with early childhood classrooms is recommended for success.

CourseConnect Early Childhood Education: Health, Safety and Nutrition

This course focuses on the physical and psychological safety, health, and nutritional needs of children, from birth to age eight, and how to meet these needs in group settings. Topics include wellness of young children, standards, guidelines and national initiatives, children's nutritional needs, safe and healthy environments, preventing and responding to emergencies, child abuse and neglect, planning educational experiences, and partnering with families.

CourseConnect Early Childhood Education: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course provides an introduction to the historical, theoretical, and developmental foundations for educating young children, with an emphasis on creating inclusive environments and curricula that are responsive to the needs of diverse children and their families. Topics include historical influences, program types, guidance strategies, professionalism, current trends and issues, and advocacy.

CourseConnect Educational Leadership: Curriculum Development

This course examines the role of curricula in American public schools. Candidates are introduced to topics that integrate historical, social, and philosophical traditions. The lessons address contemporary topics, including the achievement gap, instructional technology, and accountability. Candidates will compare curricular interpretations which may lead the candidate to new understandings in curriculum development.

CourseConnect Educational Leadership: Human Resource Administration

This Masters-level graduate course provides a survey of the principal aspects of human resource administration for aspiring or current educational leaders. Topics covered include an overview of the history and theories of human resource administration; qualities of highly effective programs; examination of human resource tasks such as recruitment, selection, supervision, and evaluation of personnel; the role of teacher contracts and contract management; and considerations for high-quality teacher workforce. This course will examine the relationship of educational leadership to human resource administration and will seek to bring the "humanity" into this crucial component of the business of schooling.

CourseConnect Educational Leadership: Organizational Behavior in Education

The EDL Organizational Behavior course is designed for aspiring and reflective school leaders who want to develop the knowledge and skills required to hold leadership positions in viable, complex organizations capable. The course focuses on transformational leadership skills and management attributes.

CourseConnect Educational Leadership: Principalship

Candidates will develop a knowledge base of the principal's role and responsibility in the areas of school and community relations, supervision of instruction, curriculum assessment and evaluation, administration of special services, human resource management, school facilities and fiscal management, and ethical and legal issues.

CourseConnect Educational Leadership: School and Community Relations

This Masters-level graduate course provides a survey of the principal aspects of school community relations for aspiring or current educational leaders. Topics covered include an overview of the importance of school community communications, the role of the leader, communications policies and plans, communications with families, partnerships with the community, crisis communications, and evaluation of school community relations programs. This course will examine the relationship of educational leadership to school community relations and provide tools and resources for building a positive relationship with staff, parents, and the community at large.

CourseConnect Educational Leadership: School Finance

Educational Leadership: School Finance is a 12-lesson course that introduces the tools and techniques education leaders will need to use to budget, administrate, and manage school funding. Candidates will develop an understanding of the fundamental issues of education finance by examining sources of revenue on federal, state, and local levels, and weigh the economic, social, and legal considerations necessary for
allocating and managing funding. Candidates will also learn about approaches and procedures for budgeting, forecasting budgets, managing business operations, the reporting and auditing of funds, and issues specific to funding special education and school choice.

CourseConnect Educational Leadership: School Law

Teachers and administrators need an understanding of school legal issues, how to articulate these issues, and how to legally advocate for themselves, candidates, and parents in order to do their jobs effectively. The course examines the current legal issues and introduces candidates to legal reasoning and analysis. Some of the goals of the course include: (1) interpreting the U.S. judicial and legislative systems and the formation of laws relating to public education; and (2) analyzing current school practices from the standpoint of potential legal controversies. By the end of the course, candidates will be able to analyze school legal problems by considering legal and ethical implications.

CourseConnect Educational Leadership: Supervision

Supervision is a twelve-lesson graduate level course that introduces leadership standards, theories, critical success factors and practices that educational leaders need in order to be effective supervisors. The course addresses the components of effective school and teaching theories that lead to school improvement. Candidates will develop leadership and supervisory platforms and professional development plans for individuals and schools. Various supervisory styles studied will include clinical supervision, the Charlotte Danielson model, and differentiated supervision. Special issues include hiring, mentoring, tenure, dismissal and remediation plans. By the end of this course, candidates should be able to distinguish between supervision, evaluation and professional development.

Professional Online Educator: Assessing Knowledge and Skills in the Online Learning Environment

This course examines approaches that assess student knowledge and skills in the online learning environment. Directed instruction, or objectivism, is compared and contrasted with constructivist or inquiry-based learning and assessment theories. Traditional assessment strategies are discussed as applied in directed instructional models of online learning. Nontraditional assessment approaches are explored in constructivist models, such as group products, web pages, multimedia projects, student portfolios, and student projects graded by self-report assessment instruments and rubrics. This course will focus on the use of discussions, pre- and post-testing, writing activities, graded assessments, self-grading assessments, and hands-on projects on student learning and assessment.

Professional Online Educator: Beyond the Online Classroom

This course offers an in-depth exploration of the performance tools and support available to instructors and students through technology. Students will analyze and evaluate what is currently available, as well as what is coming in the near future. Students will develop a plan for professional development for the online instructor and examine strategies for maintaining a professional online presence. This course also examines trends in online learning and their impact on both instructor and student.

Professional Online Educator: Instructional Design for Online Learning

This course provides an examination of how instructional design principles and tools facilitate the transfer of knowledge in an online environment. In this course, emphasis is placed on evaluating models, methodologies, learning styles, learning communities, and diversity in student learning.

Professional Online Educator: Instructor Technology Preparation

Role of technology in online learning and teaching. Technology topics covered include hardware, software, peripheral devices, integrating the Internet and social networking, content management systems, and troubleshooting.

Professional Online Educator: Introduction to Online Learning

This course addresses the role of technology in online learning and teaching, and familiarizes the online instructor with various technologies that enable students to gather information, problem-solve, and use critical thinking skills online. Technology topics covered include hardware, software, peripheral devices, integrating the Internet and social networking, content management systems, and troubleshooting.

Professional Online Educator: Online Course Design Practicum

This course covers the entire development cycle for an online course. Students will prepare course design documents, lesson presentations including media assets, and graded assessments. In addition, students will prepare supporting materials for instructors and course production. Students will assemble a course portfolio that includes final versions of each course component created throughout the course. Finally, students will review and analyze the portfolios of fellow students.

Professional Online Educator: Online Teaching Internship

Using an actual online course, students will examine and demonstrate their ability to meet the unique needs of online learners using synchronous and asynchronous online learning tools. Students will demonstrate best practices for promoting reflective and critical thinking in online learners through online discussions and group projects. Learners will explore multiple instructional modalities, reflect on their experiences and use a performance rubric to measure their own progress. Students will organize and submit an e-portfolio which highlights their professional growth and internship accomplishments.

Professional Online Educator: Promoting Student Success in the Online Learning Environment

This course will cover the basic tools needed for student success in an online learning environment. Topics include communication, collaboration, and software skills required to succeed in online learning. Also covered are instructor and student responsibilities and expectations, as well as potential roadblocks to success. Tools and techniques for organizing, prioritizing, and completing course tasks are discussed. Finally, instructional methods for guiding students and evaluating student progress in online courses are also addressed.