This course is designed to assist the classroom teacher in creating a climate that is safe and conducive to learning for all students in the inclusive classroom setting. Students will expand and apply their knowledge of theory and practical strategies for classroom management and student engagement. Through inquiry based study, learners will gain increased knowledge of effective strategies to implement when dealing with challenging student behaviors. Students will gain advanced skills with which to manage the inclusive classroom and be able to more effectively engage students and parents.
This course introduces students to a variety of technologies and computer applications that can enhance teaching, assessment, and the learning process. Class sessions and projects involve critically examining the theory and practice of using technologies to augment learning. Course objectives are grounded in the the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards and the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T).
This course will provide an overview of formal and informal models of teacher leadership as well as the opportunity for in-depth analyses of relevant topics from the current and past centuries. Students will explore emerging trends that address leadership opportunities for teachers and issues related to group dynamics, motivation, communication, ethics, and human relations. Course topics will also include educator evaluation, the nationalization of standards and assessment, standards-based education, globalization, diversity, and technology. Skills and strategies for effective leadership will be developed, especially those related to organizational change, ethical decision-making, and team building.