Graduate Courses in Education

Graduate Courses in Education

Professional Development for Teachers (Summer 2017)

EDUC 432: Children's Literature in Teaching Writing (3 credits)
Introduction to methods for transferring writing skills and literary devices from literature to student writing in all subject areas.  Meets Tues & Thurs, July 25–Aug 3, 9:00 am–12:00 pm at the Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda. The remainder of the course will be online.

EDUC 458: Behavior Management Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits)
Well-organized and effectively managed classrooms provide task-focused instructional environments where students are actively engaged in learning. The inclusion of exceptional learners in the general education classroom has brought the need for a unique set of knowledge and skills to promote student task engagement and prosocial behavior. Online, July 10–July 31.

EDUC 400: Diversity and Cultural Awareness Practices in the K-12 Classroom (3 credits)
This course addresses diversity, cultural awareness and sensitivity about cultures, concepts and methods in society, communities and educational settings. Meets Mondays, July 10 – July 17, 9:00 am–12:30 pm at the Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda. The remainder of the course will be online.

EDUC 463: Teaching With Modern Web Technologies (3 credits)
Relates educational theory and practice to applications of the modern Web, applying content from educational foundations, curriculum, and research. Online, July 19-Aug 9.

EDUC 418: Positive Classroom Climate for Positive Attitudes About Learning (3 credits)
Participants will learn strategies for creating classroom climates which encourage positive attitudes toward learning while preventing and correcting student misbehavior. Meets Mondays, Jun 19–Jun 26, 9:00 am–12:30 pm at the Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda. The remainder of the course will be online.

Professional Development for Teachers (Fall 2017)

SS ED: Issues in Social Studies Teaching (3 credits)
Concentration on particular issues, trends, and developments in the social studies.
Online, September 18-October 27

EDUC 458: Behavior Management Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits)
Well-organized and effectively managed classrooms provide task-focused instructional environments where students are actively engaged in learning. The inclusion of exceptional learners in the general education classroom has brought the need for a unique set of knowledge and skills to promote student task engagement and prosocial behavior.
Online, September 18-October 27

EDUC 452: Teaching Writing (3 credits)
Techniques for teaching the writing process, kindergarten through grade 12, including writing in content areas; workshop format.
Mondays, September 18, October 2, and October 23, 5:00 –8:00 pm at the Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda. The remainder of the course will be online.

EDUC 471: Best Practices in Literacy (3 credits)
The course acquaints students with an instructional and assessment framework that has been embraced by the educational community on a nationwide basis. Objectives for the course include the following: (1) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the established best practices in literacy. (2) Students will demonstrate the ability to implement effective literacy practices. (3) Students will be able to assess and evaluate student performance according to established best practices.
Tuesdays, September 18-27, 5:00-8:00 pm at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus.

EDUC 470W: Higher Order Thinking (3 credits)
Presentation of strategies, techniques, and principles of higher-order thinking which are grounded in relevant research and practice will be presented.
Wednesdays, November 1,  November 15, and November 29, 5:00-7:00 pm at the Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda. The remainder of the course will be online. 

EDUC 422: Literature for Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
This course is designed to assist Pre-K through grade 12 educators who are interested in incorporating children and/or adolescent literature into the curriculum. The course will focus on an in-depth exploration of selecting, evaluating, and using a wide range of contemporary (published in the last ten years) literature for children and young adults. This course will provide participants the opportunity to explore reader response theory and its relationship to classroom teaching practices, in particular to reading and literacy instruction. The study and application of principles and techniques of integrating literature circles, discussion strategies and literature extension projects will be addressed.
Mondays, October 30, November 13, and December 4, 5:00-8:00 pm at the Penn State Northern Tier Center, Towanda. The remainder of the course will be online. 

CI 280: Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners (3 credits)
Focuses on the development of foundational knowledge to successfully assist English language learners in U.S. school contexts. The basic premise of the course is that teachers play an important role in creating a positive classroom learning environment and bringing school success for English language learners. This course is designed to develop essential dispositions, skills, and knowledge for teacher education students to fulfill their important role. Course objectives are to understand culture, language, learning contexts, and pedagogy.
Mondays, September 18-23; 7:00-9:00 pm at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus. The remainder of the course will be online.


Teaching Writing and Literacy Certificate

No matter what you are teaching, Penn State’s Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing and Literacy is for you! This 15-credit program is similar to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s range of educational endorsements. The Writing Specialist Certificate is designed to afford educators deep study in all aspects of teaching literacy. It provides the teacher with real-world skills for implementing the writing requirements of the PA Core Standards.


Considering a Master’s Degree Program?

The core courses of Penn State Harrisburg’s 30-credit Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum are delivered online. Why not take a course with an “EDUC” prefix, as it may transfer into the program as an elective?


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