Graduate Courses in Education

Graduate Courses in Education

Professional Development for Teachers (early spring 2019)

EDUC 462: Introduction to Computers for Classroom Teachers

An introduction: computers and their educational applications in the classroom.
Meets Thursdays 6-8 pm  (3 credits)

EDUC 477: Teaching Struggling Readers and Advocacy

A comprehensive overview of learning problems and effective strategies for teaching K-12 students who have difficulties reading and writing.  EDUC 477 is a required course in the M.Ed. in Literacy Education Program. The primary goals of the course are to increase the participants understanding of special learning problems and to provide participants with teaching techniques for helping struggling K-12 readers and writers. Emphasis is placed on improving these students reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
Meets Mondays 5-8 pm  (3 credits)

SSED 470: Issues in Social Studies Education

Concentration on particular issues, trends, and developments in the social studies.
Meets Wednesdays 5–7 pm  (3 Credits)

SPLED 412: Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities

Appropriate teaching strategies, curriculum sequences, and materials selection and evaluation for children with mild special needs.
Online.  (4 credits)

Professional Development for Teachers (late spring 2019)

CI 400: Introduction to Research Literature

This course is an introduction to research literature and methodology with a stress on interpretation, sources and research reporting.
Meets Wednesdays 5–7 pm  (3 credits)

SPLED 401: Motivating Exceptional Learners

Group and individual techniques to promote student ask engagement and prosocial behavior.
Online.  (4 credits)

EDUC 425: Literacy Assessment

Literacy Assessment will allow educators to explore a variety of traditional and alternative literacy measures. Emphasis will be placed on collecting and managing information to document student thinking and show growth in the areas of reading and writing. Educators will explore formative and summative assessment practices, including surveys, inventories, checklists, rubrics, anchor charts, portfolios and performance assessments. Attention will be given to purposes for assessment and utilizing multiple sources to analyze individual performance and plan instruction and intervention. Educators will also examine related topics such as communicating assessment results to various audiences and negotiating large-scale and high stakes assessments.
Meets Mondays 5-8 pm  (3 credits)

EDUC 463: Teaching With Modern Web Technologies

This course focuses on the World Wide Web as a valuable resource for P-12 education. Designed for teachers, curriculum supervisors, and building administrators, this course relates educational theory and practice to applications of the Web and Web 2.0 technologies in classrooms and schools. Class participants apply resources available through the Web to content from the fields of educational foundations, learning theories, curriculum development, educational assessment and evaluation, and educational research. The impact that the Web and technology in general has had on the educational experience of both teachers and students, including the working relationship between the two, is also a main focus.
Meets Thursdays 6–8 pm  (3 credits)

** All courses are delivered in a hybrid format, which includes both an online instructional component and face-to-face sessions. These sessions are delivered either via desktop video conferencing (Zoom) or at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Northern Tier Center located in Towanda on the dates listed. (Exceptions will be stated in the course descriptions.)

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Teaching Writing and Literacy Certificate

No matter what you are teaching, Penn State’s Specialist Certificate: Teaching Writing and Literacy (TWL) 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. 

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education has had a number of students obtain this TWL Certificate. When asked what another educator could learn to take back to their classroom, a TWL recipient replied “Learning how to incorporate workshops successfully into the classroom. Also, how to progress monitor student's writing and keeping journals.” 


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?


Instructor’s Corner

Why it’s important to always pursue further education... 

“In this busy fast-paced world, things are continuously changing all around us. As an educator who is passionate about reaching all of our students, it is my responsibility to keep up with the most up-to-date research and topics related to our profession. I will forever be a lifelong learner, as I owe it not only to myself but also to my students. As educators step into their classrooms the amount of growth that we can obtain through education and our experiences is endless. As educators, we have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on our students’ lives. Continuing education ensures that we will never stop learning. Even the best, most experienced educators have something yet to learn.”

Why I teach...

“The courses I teach are centered on classroom management and special education. Behaviors are a common issue that educators face. It does not matter what the content area is that you are teaching, or the age of your students, disruptive behaviors are inevitable. We have a responsibility as teachers to manage our classrooms so that disruptive behaviors are at a minimum, and we can continue to carry on with the delivery of our instruction. I strongly agree with the quote from Rita Pierson, ‘Every child deserves a champion.’ We have to look beyond the student’s behaviors and get to the root of why the behavior is occurring. This can be a difficult task, but as educators we must never give up. We are our students’ champions, and it is up to us to make an impact, to make a connection with them, and to be their number one supporter as we provide the best quality education that we possibly can.”

—From our instructor, Sandra Burns


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