The Center for Teaching Excellence offers a wide array of courses to meet your professional learning needs.
Registration for fall courses is now closed.
Fall Session Details
- Fall Session: September 13-December 3, 2021
- Registration Deadline: September 6, 2021
- Format: All courses are completely online through Moodle
- Credit: Each course is taught at the undergraduate level
- Grading: A-F grade scale
- $658.50 per course for those who qualify for VA in-state rate. Those who do not qualify for in-state rates should contact the Cashier's Office.
CSC L403: Data Structures in Python
The focus of this course is on solving computational problems that involve manipulating collections of data. This course will introduce the fundamental concept of data structures and emphasize the importance of data structures in developing and implementing efficient algorithms. This course will study a core set of data abstractions, data structures, and algorithms that provide a foundation for writing efficient programs. Programming assignments in this course will be implemented using Python programming language.
Instructor: Karen Carter
EDU L251: Foundations of Education and the Teaching Profession
This course will focus on the study of the foundations of education and the teaching profession as a whole. It will include reviewing the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations underlying the role, development, and organization of public education in the United States. Participants will review the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations; school as an organization and culture; and contemporary issues and current trends in education, including the impact of technology on education. Local, state, and federal governance of schools, including the roles of teachers and schools in communities will be reviewed. Professionalism and ethical standards, as well as personal integrity, will be addressed. Students will be required to exhibit knowledge and understanding of Virginia’s guidelines for uniform performance standards and evaluation criteria for teachers. This course requires 20 hours of field experience in a K-12 classroom setting unless an exemption applies.
Instructors: Dante Lee, Deandra Jones
EDU L345: Foundations of Reading and Writing
This course is designed to provide information on balanced reading instruction in grades PreK-6. Specific topics addressed will include theories/models of the reading process, language acquisition, phonemic awareness,
word identification strategies (sight vocabulary, phonics knowledge, structural analysis, and contextual analysis), vocabulary development strategies, comprehension strategies, reading-writing connections, and assessments (formal and informal). This course requires 30 hours of field experience in a K-6 classroom setting unless an exemption applies.
Instructor: Leann Gunther
EDU L346: Reading & Language Acquisition
Instruction in this course focuses on the techniques, methods, and materials that can be used to effectively diagnose reading difficulties/deficiencies and strengths in students in grades K through 8. Course content will include a study of both formal and informal assessment measures with emphasis placed on the procedures for administering and interpreting an Informal Reading Inventory (IRI) and how to use results from this inventory to prescribe and then deliver appropriate reading instruction to students in grades K-8. As part of the service-learning component for the course, students will be required to serve as a tutor for a K-8 student in a school setting.
Instructor: Sharon Moore
EDU L347: Language Acquisition and Reading Development for Middle School
Skills in this area shall be designed to impart a thorough understanding of the complex nature of language acquisition and reading, to include phonemic and other phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension strategies for adolescent learners. Additional skills shall include proficiency in writing strategies, as well as the ability to foster appreciation of a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts and independent reading for adolescent learners.
Instructor: Kimberly Williams
EDU L348: Instructional Strategies in Reading and Writing
The content of this course is designed to help special education teachers develop an understanding and application of service delivery, curriculum, and instruction of students with disabilities in reading and writing. Students will develop knowledge of the general curriculum, English requirements and expectations, and how to provide access to the curriculum based on student characteristics and needs. Students will assess, interpret data, and implement instructional practices to address the identified reading needs of the students. Skills in this area include the ability to identify, understand, and implement a range of specialized instructional strategies and research-based interventions that reflect best practice in reading and writing instruction for students with disabilities. Students will align instructional practices and intervention with the Virginia Standards of Learning and state assessments. Students will be guided to build knowledge and the ability to utilize current assistive and instructional reading and writing technologies to promote learning and independence for students with disabilities in the general curriculum and the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of the use of the technologies. Students will develop and use curriculum-based and standardized reading and writing assessments to conduct ongoing evaluations of instructional materials and practices to determine effectiveness and assess student needs as they relate to the curriculum design and delivery.
Students will model and directly teach reading and writing instructional strategies in a variety of settings, collaborate and co-teach with general educators to develop and implement instructional practices that meet the needs of students with disabilities in the general curriculum, and monitor student progress.
Instructor: Sundy Adams
EDU L358: Reading Literacy in the Content Areas
The content of this course is designed to provide information on various approaches and techniques for utilizing and teaching reading/writing strategies within grades 6-12 content areas (i.e. literature, history/social science, mathematics, science, etc.). Emphasis is placed on procedures for evaluating textbooks, strategies to help students develop comprehension and study skills, and methods for teaching vocabulary and concepts. The student will learn, practice, and internalize strategies that are essential life – long learning skills for reading, writing, understanding and interpreting content-specific materials. This course requires 30 hours of field experience in a 6-12 school setting unless an exemption applies.
Instructor: Brenda Baker, Todd Bennett
EDU L360: Human Growth, Development, and Learning
The principles and processes of human development from birth to adolescence are presented. Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole child.
Instructors: Kimberly Austin, Tonya Deel
EDU L369: Foundations of Special Education- Legal Aspects & Characteristics
A survey of the field of special education. Emphasis is on techniques for integrating students with intellectual, emotional, social, and physical handicaps into the least restrictive educational environment. Students will review legal aspects that include an understanding/application of regulatory requirements and expectations associated with identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities. This course requires 30 hours observation in an elementary and/or secondary setting unless an exemption applies.
Instructors: Priscilla Brame, Lara Kennedy
EDU L373: Characteristics of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (NEW Regulations)
This course is designed to help students identify the definition and characteristics associated with specific disabilities and the learning and behavioral needs of students with those disabilities as they access the general education curriculum at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The disabilities discussed in this course are: learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, developmental delay, autism, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, and multiple disabilities.
Instructor: Stacey Sturgill
EDU L375: Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
In this course, we will be examining various aspects of student assessment including test construction, administration, scoring, and interpretation of results. We will focus on the use of test data to make educational decisions for students, with an emphasis on developing programs for students with special needs. Attention will be given to both norm-referenced tests and curriculum-based assessments.
Instructor: James Wardell and William Allison
EDU L379: Characteristics of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
This course is the study of emotional handicaps and behavior disorders including their characteristics, etiology, and assessment criteria. The class will include preparation in behavior management, psychoeducational, and ecological strategies for instructing students with emotional and behavior disorders. The student will learn to apply a variety of techniques to design educational plans for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities. This course has a required field experience of 15 observational hours in a public school setting.
Instructor: Cindy Bates
EDU L381: Individual Education Program Implementation-Elementary
This course provides an in-depth comprehensive study of the characteristics of children with learning and behavior problems and also instructional (academic) adaptations for these students at elementary and secondary levels. Students in this course will learn to make correct diagnosis of learning and behavior problems and make appropriate educational decisions including the determination of appropriate service delivery systems. The focus is on individualized adaptations and commonly-used, research-based, preferred teaching and learning strategies, such as instructional planning, preparing lessons, infusing technology in instructions, delivering lessons, and curriculum assessment, and a variety of effective teaching methods. Hands-on activities are included.
Instructor: Stacey Sturgill
EDU L383: Individualized Education Program Implementation for Special Education (NEW Regulations)
The goal of this course is to prepare special education teacher candidates to develop high-quality IEPs, and design and implement services that accurately reflect those IEPs. One of the most important and challenging duties of a Special Educator is the development of Individualized Education Plans. Designed to ensure that a student with a disability receives a free and appropriate education, an IEP is a legally binding document that outlines exactly what services and accommodations a school system will provide for a student with a disability. This course will take students through the process of eligibility determination and IEP development, with an emphasis on the associated state guidelines and legal responsibilities. Students completing this course will learn about and practice the steps to developing an IEP for students participating in a general education curriculum and the Virginia K-12 Standards of Learning. How to organize and implement services, as well as how to objectively measure and monitor progress will also be addressed. Students will be required to develop a sample IEP and create a plan for implementation. There will be ample opportunities for participants to exchange feedback, ideas, and suggestions.
Instructor: Cindy Bates
EDU L400: SP ED: Instructional Strategies in Mathematics
In this course, participants will examine a research-based trajectory for the development of calculations, reasoning, and problem-solving skills needed for students to have an in-depth understanding of mathematical concepts required by the Virginia Standards of Learning for Mathematics. Participants will create and implement lessons to reach students with disabilities in a variety of settings while balancing concepts and procedures for effective learning. Participants will acquire the ability to assess, interpret data, and implement instructional practices to address the needs of students.
Instructor: Tara Piper
EDU L401: Methods of Teaching Elementary History and Social Sciences
The purpose of this course will be to examine and discuss elements of teaching history and social
sciences in the elementary and middle school grades. Participants will discuss methods of instruction based upon the knowledge, skills, and processes of history and the social sciences that are necessary for teaching content in the classroom. Assignments will address a variety of strategies of instruction, observation of the history and social science classroom at the elementary and/or middle-level grades, construction of lesson plans for daily, unit and semester planning, and completion of a textbook critique.
Instructor: Gequetta Laney
EDU L402: Methods of Teaching Elementary Science
The purpose of this course will be to examine and discuss elements of teaching science in the elementary and middle school grades. Participants will discuss methods of instruction based upon the knowledge, skills, and processes of sciences that are necessary for teaching content in the classroom. Assignments will address a variety of strategies of instruction, construction of lesson plans for daily, unit and semester planning.
Instructor: Angela Turley
EDU L403: Methods in Teaching Elementary and Middle Math
A study of the mathematical topics for those seeking licensure for teaching PK-8. Methods of teaching mathematics to include middle school math content will be investigated. Topics to include: ratios, proportions, similar triangles, special triangles, trigonometric functions, patterns, Venn diagrams, arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
Instructor: Ann-Delyse Hopkins
EDU L408: Classroom and Behavior Management
This course will address students’ understanding and application of classroom and behavior management
techniques, classroom community building, and individual interventions. It will include techniques that promote emotional well-being, teach and maintain behavioral conduct and skills consistent with norms, standards, and rules of the educational environment. Content will address diverse approaches based upon behavioral, cognitive, affective, social and ecological theory and practice that support professionally appropriate practices and promote positive redirection of behavior, development of social skills, and of self-discipline. In addition, students will explore the relationship between age and behavior management as well as appropriate classroom management techniques and behavioral intervention when working with students who have disabilities.
Instructors: David Lee, Heather Askea
EDU L409: Assessment of and for Learning
In this course, we will be examining various aspects of student assessment including classroom and state assessment. It will examine the relationship between assessment and effective instruction at all stages of instruction: before, during, and after. The course will focus on the collection and evaluation of data that inform instructional planning, assessment tools for gathering data prior to instruction, design, and implementation of effective formative assessments, and development of summative assessments appropriately aligned to learning targets. The course will emphasize the importance of the integration of assessment before, during, and after instruction as essential to student learning success.
Instructor: James Wardell
EDU L446: Curriculum & Instruction for Grades PK-6
Organizational and Instructional Procedures for Pre-Kindergarten-6th Grade: Principles and techniques of planning and teaching at the Pre-K-6 levels are presented. This course requires 20 hours of observation in middle or secondary education settings unless an exemption applies.
Instructor: Selena Kiser
EDU L455: Transitioning Students with Disabilities
This course is designed to provide future special education teachers an extensive study in preparing students with disabilities to make transitions throughout their educational experience and into adulthood. Course participants will focus on strategies that will enable them to work with families, students with disabilities, and related agencies to plan and prepare for transitional needs that will enhance each student’s capacity for personal independence. The course goal is that students will be able to write and implement an appropriate Transition Plan for Students with Disabilities.
Instructor: Lara Kennedy
EDU L482: Curriculum & Instruction for Grades 6-12
This course is designed to prepare students to teach at the middle and high school level by developing the necessary knowledge & skills to design, implement, & evaluate instruction. In this course, the student will learn about a number of critical issues and topics that teachers must understand and be able to skillfully apply in order to successfully overcome the challenges of today’s classrooms. The emphasis will be on providing participants with practical advice and strategies to deal with real-world problems that teachers face every day. This course requires 20 hours of observation in middle or secondary education settings unless an exemption applies.
Instructors: Danny Dixon, Fay Garrison
EDU L483: Curriculum & Instruction for Career-Technical Education
This course will prepare students to teach Career and Technical courses effectively by developing the necessary knowledge and skills to design, implement, and evaluate instruction. This course will provide prospective CTE teachers with resources and curricula for teaching CTE courses in the field they have chosen. Prospective teachers in this class will learn the process for planning, developing, and evaluating curricula that will prepare their students in today’s classroom for future careers and/or higher education. This course requires 20 hours of observation in middle or secondary education settings unless an exemption applies.
Instructor: Russell Street
EDU L484: Curriculum & Instruction for K12 Endorsements
This course is designed to prepare future teachers who are planning to teach in an endorsement area at the PK-12 level, or current in-service teachers who are attempting to complete their endorsement for licensure, by developing the necessary knowledge and skills to design, implement, and evaluate instruction. In this course, the student will be introduced to the concepts of curriculum and instruction with a focus on the interaction of the two. The class will consider a number of issues and topics that teachers must understand and skillfully apply in addressing the day-to-day adventures and challenges inherent in modern classrooms. The emphasis will be on providing participants with practical advice and strategies to deal with real-world problems that teachers face every day.
Instructor: Dan Roop
HED L471: Methods of Teaching Health
This course is designed to prepare students to teach health-related courses. The main focus is the development of knowledge and skills for designing, implementing, and evaluating health instruction in K-12 curricula.
Instructor: Chad Hood
LAN L382 Methodology, Curriculum, & Instruction of Teaching a Foreign Language
This course is designed to prepare students to teach a foreign language by developing the necessary knowledge & skills to design, implement, & evaluate instruction. In this course, the student will learn about a number of critical issues and topics that teachers must understand and be able to skillfully apply in order to successfully overcome the challenges of today’s classrooms. The emphasis will be on providing participants with practical advice and strategies to deal with real-world problems that teachers face every day.
Instructor: Joseph Kern
MUS-L484 Methods of Music Instruction
This course will cover basic musical concepts in the elementary classroom, appropriate PreK-6 activities, including singing, movement, listening, and instrumental activities appropriate to child growth and development. In addition, the student will complete a comprehensive study in materials, techniques, methods, and problem-solving strategies for the teaching of choral and instrumental music in the secondary schools through lecture, demonstration, and field experience.
Instructor: Ryan Wardell