FALL 2019 Independent Study Course Catalog




EDU / EDUC - Education                      ENG - English/Literature         SCI - Science                    PHYE - Physical Education       

MAT - Mathematics   BUS- Business Studies          SOCS- Social Sciences           MUSC- Music  LANG  - Foriegn Language   

LIB- Library Sciences     CJUS- Criminal Justice         SOCSV- Social Services    VOED- Vocational Educaton                              

ARTS ED- Arts Education       BUS-Business Studies

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EDUC 550 -1 Introduction to Educational Research (Part I)

Introduction to Educational Research expertly guides readers through the steps of the research methods process to help them plan and compose their first educational research project. With a conversational styles at hand, part I of  this course covers all aspects of the research process and addresses a wide range of research methodologies, including: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed-Methods, and Action Research. No prior familiarity with the principles, procedures, or terminology of educational research is required, allowing novice students to clearly understand research concepts and learn to effectively apply them in their own studies.

Instructor:  Dr. Gerold H. Jarmon



Help students thrive with this systematic approach to culturally responsive instruction!

Research shows that students of color learn best in classrooms that reflect their cultural values. This breakthrough book shows educators how to create culturally relevant RTI models that help diverse students thrive!

Step-by-step, you’ll learn to skillfully apply 4 core characteristics critical to culturally responsive instruction: communalism, movement expressiveness. Richly detailed case studies and evidence-based, process-focused strategies will help you to:

  • Understand how and why culture mediates learning 
  • Dispel cultural biases and appreciate the assets among all student groups
  • Address all tiers of the RTI model across grade levels
  • Eliminate disaproportionality in special education eligibility decisions
  • Work collaboratively with African American parents and communities

Use this thought-provoking handbook to confidently design high quality, culturally responsive instruction that fits the cultural needs of most African-American students!

1 C.E.U. Credit:  $80.00       2 C.E.U. Credit: $160.00         3 C.E.U. Credit: $ 240.00

Required textbook for course not included.  Textbook cost: $27.95


(EDU 621) Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Middle School Literacy Instruction

Formative assessment and differentiated instruction made manageable

We all recognize the countless benefits of differentiated instruction. The challenge is in its implementation. Faced with a classroom of 25 students—each with very different needs—how can we possibly keep every student on track and motivated? Through formative assessment and efficient follow-up instruction. This start-to-finish guide will show you how through seven classroom-tested practices for maximizing student learning.

This mini-course takes a look at  how to:

  • Establish new classroom norms 
  • Involve students in the use of assessment data and feedback to inform their next steps
  • Clarify end-of-unit criteria to help map learning progression
  • Apply assessment data to grouping students for tiered activities
  • Differentiate assignments based on student readiness, characteristics, and interest

Best of all, Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Middle School Literacy Instruction is packed with vignettes, sample worksheets, and charts to assist you through each step in the process. Armed with this toolkit, you'll quickly discover new ways to keep all students engaged in their learning.

This course is a six-week mini-course granting 2.0 C.E.U.'s credit.




EDU 110 serves as a comprehensive teaching methods course which examines the importance of designing effective content  related assessment questions to promote higher order thinking skills for K-12 students.


(EDU 330) INTRODUCTION TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Six or Twelve Weeks Course)

EDU 330 provides an introduction to young adolescence middle level education.  This course takes a look at the societal context and implications of working with middle school students and explores the academic and student support structures of meeting academic and affective needs of pre-adolescent students.   Learning styles, multiple intelligence theory, gender differences, and psychological wellness issues will be discussed in order to take into account designing an effecitve middle school curriculum. 



EDUC 200 examines the idea of creating a learner-centered classroom environment that focuses on effective teaching theory in mathematics.  Other topics of interest include the content understanding and utilization of effective formative assessments, evaluating student coutcomes regarding concept interpretations of math theory, and a focus on children's thinking including student artifacts for portfolio assessment. 



EDU 500 serves as supplementary introductory course to graduate research methods and procedures used in fulfilling the requirements for writing a master's or doctoral thesis.  This course introduces the learner to qualitative and quantiative research methods, data collection and analysis procedures, and teaches research writing skills using the APA manuscript style format for scientific writing and reporting. 



EDU 2450 introduces educators to 50 practical strategies to use in order to effectively with ESL / ELL Learners.  The strategies identified in the course identify with the TESOL standards in teaching language learners.  Step by step instructions on how to plan and use those strategis in the classroom will be discussed including demonstrations, scenarios, and group interactive leassons.  A focus on literacy development, technology, and assessment will serve as key issues of discussion for this course.


(EDU 751) How to Increase Family Engagement Support in K-12 Schools

This weekly session professional development mini-class links children’s family members with school and community educational resources available within their local neighborhood, city, or county.  This mini-class identifies how local and state school curriculum goals and objectives link with everyday pre-college and  career readiness skills affecting the lives of their children and family using the interactive community education model—essentially how to bring about successful collaborations and partnerships among families, schools, and communities that will make learning and pre-college/career readiness experiences more productive and more positive for all concerned.  In this professional mini-course, parents gain an understanding and how to access, utilize, and obtain the content knowledge they need to work effectively with  their children in order to supplement or complement the educational goals and objectives identified  in their local school district  and state curriculum for student success .


(EDU 752) Creating Your Own Home-School PLC's That Lead to "Closing the Gap" for Student Success in K-12 Schools

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(EDU 754) Exploring Participatory Strategies for Increasing the Role of Fathers & Grandfathers in School and Home

The experience of fatherhood is fraught with conflict and ambivalence. On the one hand "new" or "involved" fatherhood represents the opportunity for men to express their nurturing feelings, taking an equal role in parenting and being there for their children. On the other hand, men are still expected to participate fully in the economic sphere and act as providers, constructing their identities as men through their work role. This online EDU 754 mini-course provides an innovative and interdisciplinary analysis of the social, cultural, and symbolic meanings of fatherhood in contemporary western societies. This mini-course draws on poststructuralist theory to analyze the representation of fatherhood in the expert literature of psychology, sociology, health sciences, and popular media. MenÆs own accounts of first-time fatherhood are also drawn upon, including four individual case studies. This course will be of interest to parents, grandparents, and community male mentors in the fields of gender and masculinity studies, the sociology of the family, cultural studies, social psychology, social work, social policy, and nursing as well as to practitioners working with families in the areas of education, health,  and welfare.


(EDU 757) How to Work with Parents Who "Constantly Complain" about What's Not Working Well for Students in K-12 Schools

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(EDU 777) Empowering Self & Others Within the Family in Making A Child's Life

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(EDU 787) Family Violence: Its Impact and Effect on Teachers, Parents, & Children

This online "live interactive" course covers traditional topics of ethnic families, change in families, and parent-teacher communication.  EDU 787 examines practical research-based issues identified by Olsen, Fuller, and their contributors delving into  issues facing families today resulting in a dysfunctional family status classification affecting student performance in school.  This course takes a look at the effects of poverty, advocacy, the father’s role, parents’ perspectives on schools, family/domestic violence, bullying, and school violence on families and  offers practical techniques that give parents and educators the tools to cope with the many factors affecting their students.


(EDU 797) Appreciating All Kinds of Families

Appreciating All Kinds of Families is an online mini-course deisgned to expand the knowledge base of parents and teachers as they learn how to interact, work with, and appreciate diverse famlies beyond their own homes and neighborhoods. Discussion topics include the following listed below:


  • Knowing and Serving the Human Family
  • Equal Protection Under the Law   
  • Systems for Knowing Families
  • Exploring ethnic diveristy among American Families (i.e. African-American family, the Hispanic American family, the Asian American family, the Arab American family, the Native American family, the Amish family)
  • Lifestyle Variations Among American Famlies (i.e. Teenage Single-Parent Family, Divorced-Single Parent family, Step-father or Step-Parent family, Families with Special Needs Chidlren, Gay & Lesbian Families)


(EDU 722) Exploring Ethinic Diversity & the Contributions that Various Cultures Bring to K-12 Education

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Family Engagement in School-Based Programming

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Effective Teachers, Effective Parental Support: Exploring models of Effective Two-Way Communication

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(EDU 800) Understanding Human Growth & Development: Signs of Adjusting Expectations, Needs, and Goals of Children

Children change rapidly. Not only in the physical sense but in their abilities to communicate, think and to interact. This development is fascinating and has a huge impact on the care, education and wellbeing of children.

Focusing on the earliest years (0-8), middle school, and high school years, this mini-course takes a looks at:

  • Theories and context of development
  • The impact of the home and universal environment and the wider world on children
  • Cognitive, biological, language, emotional and social development
  • Disorders and development
  • Health and development
  • The role of the parent in nuturing and enhancing childrens' development.

Understanding these elements is key to early years practice and courses. With the help of this book you will appreciate why it is so important and the impact of your role as the adult on children in your care.


Increasing Your Content Knowledge to Work Effectively with Your Child at Home

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(HMAT 112) Medical Math

Master medical calculations in an engaging environment! In these fun and practical lessons, you'll gain the medical math skills you need for anything from calculating dosages to using scientific formulas. Whatever medical field you're in, the hands-on activities in this course will help you perform day-to-day math tasks quickly and easily. 

First, you'll brush up your basic math skills. You'll begin with a review of fractions, decimals, and percentages, and then dive into measurement systems and conversions used in the medical field.  

Next, you'll do dosage calculations for oral, parenteral, and intravenous medications. You'll explore three different methods you can use for dosage calculations: proportions, dimensional analysis, and the formula method. You'll also learn an easy formula that you can apply to many dosage calculations.  

Finally, you'll get an introduction to basic statistics and probability. You'll find out how to interpret the latest medical findings for your patients, and journal articles will no longer be a mystery!   

Whether you're new to the field of medicine or want to enhance your skills, this is the course for you.  By the time you finish these lessons, you'll have a solid grounding in basic medical math, and you'll be ready to tackle any calculation confidently.