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This course will present an overview of the field of early childhood development. Students will learn the foundations necessary to provide safe, healthy, high-quality care for young children. An emphasis will be placed on governing standards and regulations, historical perspectives, and current trends. This course will also focus on what it means to be an early childhood professional and will assist students in developing effective professional practices in the field.
Social and Behavioral Sciences - Undergraduate Courses
Total Program Credits: 0
This course surveys the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children from birth through age 8. In order to provide developmentally appropriate care giving, nurturing, and instruction for the most important developmental years in life, topics will include: attachment issues, developmental milestones, and developmentally appropriate strategies. Using their understanding of how young children develop, students will discuss issues in early childhood care, safety and health concerns, guidance techniques, and behavioral expectations.
This course introduces students to the concepts necessary for effectively using new technologies and digital tools. By applying these concepts to the communication context (purpose and audience), students will be able to decide what tools are most appropriate. Students will also practice using a variety of digital tools and new technologies and reflect on how they affect communication.
This course provides an overview of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a behavior analyst needs to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy in a variety of settings. This course will cover diverse scenarios in which the basic concepts and theories of ABA, as well as ethical considerations for responsible conduct, can be applied. Topics to be covered include behavior measurement considerations, experimental design, reinforcement and punishment, extinction, behavior change systems, intervention considerations, maintenance and generalization of skills, ethics, and supervision issues. The course content is based on the basic behavior-analytic skills and client-centered responsibilities areas of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Fourth Edition Task List.
This course presents an integrative and multidimensional perspective to the fascinating field of abnormal psychology. Students will acquire basic knowledge of various psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and psychotic and mood disorders. Students will be introduced to how abnormal behavior is defined, assessed, and diagnosed using the current classification system, as well as the limitations of assessment. The course will provide an overview of the various models used to understand psychological disorders and the therapeutic approaches used to treat them. Additionally, students will be given an overview of the legal, economic, and sociocultural influences on abnormal behavior and the mental health system in order to gain a greater understanding of how mental illness affects all in our society.
CM 220, PS 124 recommended
This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships.
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 0
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
This course familiarizes students with the
scientific basis of exercise and fitness physiology and related
human anatomy, including cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology.
Students learn about energy metabolism as it relates to exercise
and how aging affects human physiology, exploring current
strategies in exercise and fitness training to facilitate disease
prevention and healthy aging.
Health Sciences - Undergraduate
Total Program Credits: 0
This course focuses on the issues in exercise and fitness that each major age group encounters in society today. Students learn the unique challenges that senior adults, middle-aged and younger adults, and children and adolescents are confronted with, as well as the sociological, psychological, and economic factors that can impact favorable outcomes. Motivational strategies, techniques, and plans for designing age-appropriate exercise and fitness programs will be discussed and practiced, and current research in models of exercise and fitness programs in community- and corporate-based settings will be studied and evaluated for effectiveness.
This course introduces the history and
development of the health information field and an overview of
the American Health Information Management Association. The
evolution of health care delivery systems, storage and retrieval
methods, development of the health record, accrediting and
licensing requirements, patient indexing, and typical health
information functions and positions are also taught in this
This course introduces students to legal issues encountered by health information professionals including the topics of confidentiality and how to protect it, adhering to state and federal laws, responding to subpoenas and court orders, and provides an overview of the U.S. Court System.
this course, students study performance improvement and quality assessment
concepts as they relate to health information. Team concepts, risk management,
utilization management, accreditation and licensure, data quality issues, and
patient outcomes are important topics in this course. Students will compute
health care and vital statistics from health care data and display data
In this course, students implement and manage
technology, gain knowledge of database architecture and design,
and design and generate administrative reports. Enforcement of
confidentiality, e-health security, and measures to protect
health information are also stressed.
This course examines the role of the health information manager in strategic information technology system planning and administration, with an analysis of the role of project and quality management. Legal and ethical policies and procedures that ensure privacy and confidentiality will be evaluated. Regulatory requirements and accreditation issues will also be analyzed within the context of health care delivery systems. The course will prepare the student to be a leader in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of information systems in health care.
In this introductory course, you will identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations. You will review your chosen degree plan, exploring appropriate electives and identifying specific career options based on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals.
This course emphasizes the basic principles and applications of law, ethics, and bioethics as they relate to the medical arena. It covers legal terms, consent, contracts, physician/patient relationships, professional liability, and various medical issues. Through lectures, class discussions, case studies, and library research, students acquire knowledge of the importance of their professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities.
This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.
This course introduces and provides basic
practice in the three most commonly used applications in health
care: word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation. Emphasis is
placed on the utilization of these programs in a health care
environment and by health care professionals.
Studies include the most common diseases of
bodily systems, including disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic
tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. Students also
study alternative treatments and pain
The course explores procedural guidelines for accomplishing various administrative tasks in the health care setting. Topics include management of patient information, operational functions, and general workplace competencies of health care employees.
This course provides an understanding of
health care insurance billing and insurance concepts in practice
today. It includes medical insurance billing theory and
methodology, and covers specific reimbursement theories, health
care concepts, and the practical application of third-party
Using various coding methodologies, students learn basic coding principles used in filing insurance claims. Students also become acquainted with various types of health insurance and insurance terminology.
This course focuses on established medical
diagnosis and procedural coding systems including a study of
nomenclature versus classification systems, basic coding
principles, and application of coding guidelines in outpatient
and inpatient settings.
This course provides an in-depth overview of telemetry and why it is important to monitor a heart’s electrophysiology. The course covers basic cardiac terminology, anatomy related to the heart, electrophysiology, an introduction of monitoring principles, and an analysis of common and potentially lethal dysrhythmias, including sinus, atrial, junctional, and ventricular arrhythmias, heart blocks, pacemakers, and special considerations. Additionally, students will become familiar with regulatory and compliance standards to include patient safety, emergency response, documentation, and patient interaction skills. This course prepares students to sit for the Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician Examination offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
This course enables students to explore research methodologies, including statistical analyses, study designs used in health sciences, and critically appraise the research published in scientific literature and popular media. Students learn to identify and discuss current trends in research in health sciences, nutrition, health psychology, exercise science, and complementary and alternative medicine.
This course familiarizes students with principles of epidemiology and its role in prevention and control of communicable diseases prevalent in a determined geographical area. Students further explore the biostatistical methods used in data gathering and analysis and discuss the importance of research studies as related to effective public health strategies. Concepts will include research protocol data management, descriptive statistics, and vital statistics.
This course introduces students to a diverse world of microorganisms including their role in health and disease. Properties of prokaryotes and eukaryotes are discussed, with emphasis on different characteristics of microorganisms including morphology, metabolism, physiochemical characteristics, and genetics. Students learn how microorganisms contribute to all areas of everyday life including food, water, environment, and industry. Important microbial diseases and the immune system and its role in fighting microbial diseases are also explored.
This course centers on the foundations of health care organizations and systems, particularly the outside influences of licensing and accrediting agencies. The clinical classification systems, clinical vocabularies, and nomenclatures are detailed. The nontraditional role of the health information professional in management and administrative roles is also discussed.
This course addresses environmental issues and the principles, scope, and practice of environmental sciences including investigative methodologies, natural resource management, pollution prevention, and pollution control. The local, state, and federal environmental agencies and regulations governing environmental health are discussed.
This course provides students with a description of the current financial environment in which health care organizations operate. It also supplies students, as future health care decision-makers, with an understanding of key health care finance concepts, basic managerial and accounting principles, the budget process, and tools used for financial analysis. Students will be provided focused information on financing, funding, and reimbursement of health services including for-profit, nonprofit, and managed care organizations, as well as governmental programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Discussions on the application of financial information give students useful information to make financial decisions to better the cost-effectiveness of an organization.
This course addresses strategic planning and management to meet the challenges of U.S. domestic and global competition, within the context of organization development and management. Areas of concentration are organizational theory, leadership, regulatory compliance, conflict management, ethical issues related to power, teamwork, consumerism, innovation, quality improvement, health information systems strategy, and entrepreneurialism, and management of strategic alliances.
In this course, students explore the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and become familiar with the variety of professions that compose it and their major concepts, methodological approaches, and theoretical foundations. Students investigate the multifaceted meaning of the term “holistic” and investigate how each CAM profession uniquely describes itself in light of this. Current research will be explored including the impact of the National Institute of Health’s CAM division.
This course introduces students to the concepts of health, healing, and wellness from a broad historical and multicultural perspective. Students will investigate how changing ideas about religion, philosophy, science, and psychology have influenced our understanding of health, and how the practice of medicine continues to be affected by global, social, and economic pressures. Contemporary models of health and wellness will be illustrated by drawing upon selected writings from each major proponent, and students will undertake the development of an original model of health and wellness based on an understanding of and sensitivity to current geopolitical and multicultural issues.
This course explores current dietary trends and examines the role geopolitical and economic forces have on our day-to-day food choices. The impact of the globalization of world food markets will be investigated, as will the ongoing controversies of genetic engineering, food-borne illnesses, and the organic food movement. The spectrum of popular diets and their advocates and critics will be discussed along with the current scientific research available for each. Students will reflect on the diversity of food choices, prohibitions, and taboos that exist within our multicultural and multiethnic communities, with an eye toward increasing awareness and sensitivity.
In this course, students explore the burgeoning fields of meditation, “mindfulness,” and transpersonal psychology in theory and practice. Students will assess the role of personal mindset toward self and others as a foundation for wellness and appraise the impact of positive/negative relationships in maintaining good health. A wide array of source material will be studied, including current research, and the shifting paradigms of curing, healing, and wholeness will be investigated.
This course acquaints students with the components and essential design elements of comprehensive health and wellness programming. Students will create programs for community and corporate settings, learning to identify key constituents and the diversity of funding sources both public and private. Instruments for measuring outcomes will be discussed for both short- and long-term programs as well as the essential administrative tasks, functions, and responsibilities required for successful results.
Students are familiarized with the content,
format, and management of the medical health record including the
utilization of the electronic medical record. Students compare
and evaluate the electronic medical record with the traditional
printed medical record. Students evaluate the reliability and
accuracy of data found in the medical record.
This course introduces students to procedures
commonly performed in a health care setting with special
attention to aseptic technique, documentation, and safety.
Specific competencies will include vital signs, medical office
emergencies, exam preparation, and basic
The course explores guidelines for running the
medical office. Topics include personnel management, governmental
compliance, risk assessment, and basic business
This course covers the major issues in food safety and food microbiology. It includes the basic principles of food safety and sanitation, various microorganisms that cause foodborne illnesses, the flow of food through the food service establishment, and management’s role in training the food handler.
This course includes the study of methods and equipment used for nutritional analysis in health, obesity, and malnutrition. Students learn how to utilize the software based on manual data-gathering systems to assess nutritional status.
This course addresses nutritional planning for the maintenance of health and wellness. The studies include identification, assessment, and management of nutritional deficiencies occurring due to food choices and pharmacotherapy.
This course presents ecological and environmental impacts on food choices and food production. Studies include the changes in food quality due to air, water, and ground pollution. Students learn the current trends in methods to prevent and manage the ecological and environmental pollution as it relates to food.
This course introduces the five core
disciplines of public health: health policy and management,
social and behavioral health, biostatistics, epidemiology, and
environmental health. Public health is explored from its
historical beginning to the current issues of today. Current
topics ranging from local to global perspectives are a major
focus of the course. Community health issues, communicable
disease control, current research and informatics, and the roles
of public health professionals are also
This course explores the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with the highest standards of teaching practice and guides you in the transformation of classroom performance through research and reflection on best practices, assessment strategies, and teacher skills that lead to improved student achievement.
Total Program Credits: 0
Please note: All graduate education courses are subject to minimum enrollments.
This course introduces students to prominent
research-based theories of learning and examines the impact of these theories
on students, learning and motivation, teaching, and assessment. Students
critically evaluate opposing sides of current issues in educational psychology
and articulate and defend personal positions on these issues.
This course explores major middle and
secondary school issues, providing prospective teachers with the
opportunity to reflect upon and develop their own practical
vision of building a classroom environment that effectively
promotes student learning. Focus is placed on a variety of
instructional strategies, principles, and best practices for
helping students learn in secondary school
In this course, degree candidates will critically analyze readings and examples of action research, apply ideas from the action research paradigm to their own teaching and learning, and gain insight into methods of conducting action research. Candidates will also identify an educational issue and find, review, analyze, and synthesize prior research on an approved topic that pertains to that issue. Candidates will construct a literature review and draft methods sections of the culminating action research project. This course will conclude with an examination of various data analysis techniques and the preparation of an action research plan, which candidates will use as a guide to conduct teacher inquiry in their classrooms or other settings.
This course examines the course of normal child and adolescent development. Emphasis is placed on strategies for applying development theory to classroom management and educational practice, and understanding how development influences academic achievement. Students will learn how to apply knowledge of child and adolescent development to their teaching practice as a way to identify various student behaviors and create classroom management strategies that address those behaviors.
This course, grounded in the theoretical bases of balanced literacy and constructivist learning, focuses on building prospective teachers’ competence in the processes of planning, implementing, and evaluating content-area literacy learning for secondary students. Students will use a standards-based approach in crafting strategies to increase reading comprehension in different content areas. Topics covered include using writing to improve reading, teaching diverse students, and using technology in reading instruction.
will examine several classroom management theorists in order to provide a comprehensive
overview of models and ideas on which to base their own philosophy and practice.
Through a case-based approach, students will gain a clear understanding of the philosophical
underpinnings of classroom management and its effect on student behavior and
achievement. Students will examine classroom management and discipline in contemporary
schools, the effects of classroom management problems, and the need to consider
This course acquaints students with the broad body of research on effective teaching, with an emphasis on applying research findings to students’ own classroom instruction. Students will review and synthesize the theoretical and methodological contributions of current research on a selected topic related to K–12 teaching practice.
This course examines best practices of
assessing secondary student learning, with particular emphasis on
the relationship between assessment procedures, instruction, and
student achievement. Topics include the use of both formal and
informal assessments, norm-referenced and criterion-referenced
assessments, formative and summative assessments, and methods of
using assessment data to improve instruction and student
This course focuses on methods of teaching the English language arts (ELA) including oral language, writing, reading, and literature. Students will learn about national and state content standards, effective instructional practices, the role technology plays in ELA instruction, and research-based assessment strategies in the field. Students will apply what they learn to create lesson plans and document how they will assess students’ growth in literacy.
This course focuses on preparing you to plan and deliver appropriate instruction for all students in diverse and inclusive classroom settings, including students with disabilities, gifted/talented students, culturally or socioeconomically diverse students, and students with limited English proficiency. The course examines a range of learning, emotional, and physiological disabilities, the history of attitudes toward those disabilities, and the federal mandates governing them. You will develop a classroom environment to support the diverse students within the general student population using strategies and methodologies. Additionally, the course addresses individualized education programs, 504 plans, and the role you will play in implementing them.
This course examines current research-based practices on effective math teaching and learning that are aligned to national and state standards. Students will gain experience in lesson planning and will learn about assessment techniques and teaching styles to accommodate students with different learning styles. The course presents information on technology resources for teaching mathematics. Finally, students will discuss the process of becoming an effective mathematics educator.
This course introduces the concept of instructional leaders and explores strategies for managing change in educational settings including best practices for collaborative decision-making in schools. You will critically examine your current knowledge base, skillsets, and leadership abilities with the goal of improvement and increased self-awareness and reflection. You will explore the importance of the instructional leader in school cultures, the instructional leader’s impact on student learning, and how you can help facilitate effective change in school culture and student achievement.
This course introduces philosophical
viewpoints that can affect new teachers' priorities and strategy
choices in their practice. This course will also provide a
historical perspective of how public education has become a
democratic right in the United States. Candidates will compare
and contrast philosophical theories that have driven pedagogy
over the past two centuries. Candidates will also evaluate
current research in their quest to develop as reflective and
creative practitioners in the twenty-first century
course is an in-depth review of theoretical principles, concepts, and research
findings on learning and education, with an emphasis on application to
educational practices. Learning strategies
for child, adolescent, and adult learners
are reviewed. Students will explore additional concepts of learning including motivation and intelligence theories, learning styles, and
technology-mediated learning. Case studies, problem-solving strategies,
collaborative learning, emergent technologies, and distance-learning techniques
are discussed and modeled throughout the course.
This course surveys a broad range of concepts related to teaching various scientific disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, and physics) to diverse learners. The course emphasizes a standards-based approach that highlights connections among current research in natural science, real-world phenomena, and classroom instruction. Students will gain experience in lesson planning and will learn about assessment techniques and teaching styles to accommodate students with different learning styles. Students will also explore what it means to become an effective science educator.
In this course, students will explore and develop effective strategies for teaching the core disciplines of social studies (e.g., anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology) at the secondary level. Students will incorporate best practices based on educational research, with an emphasis on helping students develop twenty-first century skills related to the core disciplines of social studies. Special attention will be given to national and state standards, state initiatives, assessment, and the use of appropriate resources, including technology, for effective social studies instruction.
This course focuses on training teachers to
organize their classroom to maximize the amount of time students
are actively engaged in learning. The foundation of the course
uses classroom-management strategies developed by leading
educators, including Harry K. and Rosemary Wong. Students will go
through online instruction and in-depth reflection, and will
demonstrate mastery of course material by designing a personal
classroom management action plan that will be easily implemented
in their classroom.
This course focuses on principles, strategies, national and state standards, lesson planning, and assessment in foreign language instruction. The course will guide students through the theoretical and research-based foundations of language acquisition. Students will get the opportunity to translate some of these theoretical principles into classroom practice. The course will highlight the teacher’s role as facilitator and enable teachers to harness technology so that language instruction can be presented as authentic, functional communication that fully engages students.
This course will focus on theories, methods, and practices in visual and performing arts education. Students will gain experience in creating lessons that meet national and state standards, evaluating and choosing authentic assessment strategies, and learning how to reach diverse learners in their specialty areas. Students will incorporate best practices based on educational research and learn about the role technology can play in instruction. Students will learn about differentiating instruction, cooperative learning, collaborating with peers, and authentic activities. A chance to consider a reflective teaching practice will be provided.
This course examines school culture,
standards, community building, and leadership in the context of
issues and constraints that principals routinely face. The
content of the course will inform decision making that influences
practice and the effects on students and teachers. Students will
review research on leading change in schools, training for
tomorrow's principalship, budgeting issues, discipline, students
with exceptionalities and who are from diverse backgrounds,
technology, professional conduct, teacher evaluation, and
establishment of effective professional learning communities.
Students will review case studies about schools that made
significant improvements under effective
Graduate Education - Educational Leadership
Total Program Credits: 0
This course will examine the economics of
education, funding sources, and regulations regarding the use of
such funds. Students will determine major budget pressures facing
schools and identify ways they are meeting daily demands to
provide quality education. The role of federal and state
lawmakers in funding decisions will be explored. Students will
consider the implications of poorly funded education and the
impact on society. They will also address administering school
resources including funding.
Students will examine the interrelationship of law and education policy, court rulings on school governance, and the federal government’s funding of education. Topics include constitutional rights, such as Title VII, the First Amendment, and theFourteenth Amendment, and current events regarding the law and education. Students will analyze resources designed to help educators navigate legal issues.
The course addresses major factors that affect school leadership and how leadership can influence teacher effectiveness. Students will examine the role of leadership in building and sustaining a school vision, creating effective teacher teams, sharing leadership, leading learning communities, making data-driven decisions, and monitoring curriculum and instruction. Students will explore models of effective leadership based on best practices. In addition, students will analyze the research on instructional leadership and the methods principals use to exhibit and harness leadership that enable schools to meet their goals.
Degree candidates are introduced to effective strategies for integrating technology into classroom instruction. Candidates use learning theory and best practices to evaluate sample lesson plans and also to develop activities that integrate educational technology. Specific emphasis is given to aligning activities with relevant national standards.
Graduate Education - Educational Technology
Total Program Credits: 0
This course provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of web-based tools and basic computer software applications, and evaluate their applicability in the K–12 classroom. Students will gain technology skills and explore ways to integrate these tools into teaching and learning. Students will develop learning strategies that align with professional standards.
This course provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of instructional technologies including: web-based tools, software, games, simulations, tutorials, and nonprojected visuals. Through readings, class discussions, and hands-on experiences using technologies, students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to integrate technology in lesson planning that meets the needs of diverse learners.
This course presents an in-depth overview of typical quantitative research designs, methods, data collection tools, and data analysis and reporting used in assessment and evaluation. It focuses on the research process related to assessment and evaluation and the basic skills required to plan, conduct, analyze, report, and evaluate research with a quantitative design. Detailed procedures associated with quantitative research, including experimental, quasi-experimental, survey, and correlational designs, are examined. Practical limitations of quantitative designs in assessment and evaluation and the role of quantitative research in mixed-method approaches are considered.
Graduate Education - Higher Education
Total Program Credits: 0
This course presents the philosophical and
theoretical foundation of instructional design. Students explore
instructional design process models commonly used by
practitioners. They will apply the stages of a process model to
create design documents in the education and training contexts.
The model will address instructional analysis, assessing learning
from instruction, media characteristics and selection, managing
instruction, formative and summative evaluation, and the
motivational design of instruction.
Graduate Education - Instructional Technology
Total Program Credits: 0
This course presents the knowledge and skills necessary to identify training and/or instructional problems and potential solutions. Students explore the advantages and disadvantages of multiple techniques for performing a needs assessment. Students develop skills and collect resources related to the selection and use of analysis methods. They will conduct a needs analysis and submit a report in an education or training context. Students also consider evaluation taxonomies and models, tools and techniques, and develop an evaluation strategy for an instructional program.
This practitioner-oriented course is designed to allow students to explore methodologies, designs, and tools used for research in higher education, K-12, military, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Students will critically analyze readings and examples of research, and plan an applied research proposal on an approved topic in the field of education or instructional design and technology. Other learning activities include reviewing data analysis techniques and examining ethical standards for conducting research.
This course presents approaches to project
management for education and training projects. Students explore
concepts of project management and leadership, tools, procedures,
and methodologies. They focus on creating, monitoring, and
reporting project plans from the proposal to the implementation
stages. They consider project constraints including time, cost,
resource allocation, and scope. Concepts of change management are
also explored and applied to implementation strategies used in
education and training environments.
This course provides an introduction to computer networking and establishes a basic understanding of the infrastructure required to incorporate technology into the K–12 environment. Students will learn the basics of computer networks and technology infrastructure. They will also learn how infrastructure supports classroom design for learning with technology tools. Students will identify the skills necessary to design, install, maintain, and troubleshoot the technology and analyze the roles necessary to maintain effective infrastructure. In addition, students will learn how to assess institutional technology needs and plan for future growth.
In this practitioner-oriented course, students will explore existing and emerging multimedia technologies used in K–12 classrooms through peer and individual assignments. They will evaluate existing instructional resources available with classroom textbooks in open source content and learning object repositories. They will design and create an instructional lesson appropriate for the K–12 setting while adhering to federal, state, and local mandates regarding media development.
In this application-based course, students
will explore similarities and differences between Web-based
learning and on-ground learning in K-12 classrooms. They will
learn how to repurpose existing material and chunk content into
online modules while organizing and managing reusable learning
objects. They will design assessment items suitable for the
online environment and learn about issues related to assessing
students from a distance. They will create design documents and
content for an online course. Students will participate in
peer-review evaluations and provide constructive feedback based
on principles of online instructional design.
This course will focus on the development and
use of diagnostic instruments and practices that help teachers
discern the nature of individual differences in literacy
abilities, especially among readers and writers with special
learning challenges. Methods of constructing individualized,
corrective treatment plans and procedures for K-12 and adult
learners will be discussed.
Graduate Education - Teaching Literacy
Total Program Credits: 0
This course covers methods of teaching reading and writing across the K-12 curriculum. The focus is project-based teaching that incorporates strategies for prewriting; developing writing skills; developing writing skills, which include analysis, problem solving, and critical thinking; and integrating technology into instruction. Students will align lessons with National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and state standards. Teachers will learn the process of designing and implementing instruction that develops their students' growth in functional and digital literacy.
This course provides an overview of literacy instruction for the English/language arts classroom. The course covers historical trends and theoretical models for literacy instruction; the alignment of instruction with state and national standards and assessment; new digital literacies and the use of technology; and best practices in comprehensive literacy instruction. The course culminates in a comprehensive final research project that investigates an aspect of literacy instruction.
This course focuses on the development of teachers prepared to offer mathematics instruction for high school students. The focus is on instructional strategies that help students gain the mathematics skills they will need for personal, academic, and professional life. The course gives teachers the opportunity to explore emerging knowledge and tools and new ways for communicating and teaching mathematics. Teachers will study foundational principles for school mathematics: equity, curriculum, teaching, learning, assessment, and technology. The course emphasizes congruence with national and state standards for mathematics teaching and student achievement.
Graduate Education - Teaching Mathematics
Total Program Credits: 0
This course is a study and application of strategies, techniques, materials, technology, and current research used in the teaching of mathematics at the middle school and high school levels. Learners will review and apply the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards and principles involved in teaching mathematics at the middle school and high school levels. Learners will develop an awareness of the constructivist theory, professional resources, materials, technology, and information available for educators, and prepare unit and lesson plans with related assessment procedures on a mathematical topic.
This course provides an in-depth examination of the content and instructional strategies that help middle school and high school students develop mathematical proficiency and an understanding of algebraic concepts and functions. The course examines best practices for helping students explore and represent problem situations using tables, equations, graphs, and technology. Course topics provide a sequential understanding of algebraic understanding and student achievement from middle school through high school as aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards.
This course will provide an active instructional environment that fosters the development of teachers effectively prepared to offer inquiry-based science instruction for middle and high school students. The course focuses on instructional strategies that help students gain an understanding of the perspectives and practices scientists use when they approach the natural world through scientific inquiry. The course addresses practices for planning, facilitating, and assessing learning activities that encourage students to actively engage in their own scientific inquiries. The course emphasizes congruence with national and state standards for science teaching, scientific literacy, and student achievement.
Graduate Education - Teaching Science
Total Program Credits: 0
This course examines the field of public health from a holistic perspective. You are introduced to the fundamental tools and skills needed to be a successful public health practitioner. You will explore public health skills within a comprehensive project, where you will evaluate a community health issue and propose an action plan to address that issue.
Health Sciences - Graduate Public Health
Total Program Credits: 0
This course provides a conceptual grounding in
theoretical approaches to health and health behavior,
emphasizing the use of psychosocial theories and models of health
behavior for effective public health practice and research.
Students apply the theories and models of health behavior to
real-world scenarios encountered in public health. The course
focuses on the various factors that influence health behavior,
the impact on health and disease of populations, and the
implications for health programming.
Public health professionals collect and analyze data in order to solve health-based problems. Biostatistics is the application of such quantitative methods. In this course, students will study the general concepts and techniques in biostatistics including measurement, frequency distributions, central tendency, variability, and probability. Statistical inference, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals will be introduced.
This course introduces the epidemiologic methods, concepts, and issues that are critical for the assessment, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data. Students study advanced epidemiologic methods used in surveillance, outbreak investigation, screening, and epidemiologic measures, and apply these methods to relevant public health issues.
This course presents an overview of the basic
concepts of environmental health sciences. The relationships
between exposure to workplace contaminants and ergonomics and
health are explored. Major areas of focus include industrial
hygiene, toxicology studies, environmental microbiology, and
clinical occupational medicine. Applicable risk assessment and
prevention methods based on monitoring chemical and biologic
agents and biomarkers are reviewed and discussed. Current
environmental health regulations and the efficacy of enforcement
(as public health prevention) by government agencies at the
local, state, national, and international levels are also
The impact of biological processes in disease,
as related to the mechanisms of causation, disease transmission,
host risk factors, and host vulnerabilities, is presented. The
pathophysiologic mechanisms are studied in order to plan control
strategies and effective interventions to improve the health of
Fundamental ethical issues in public health
research, practice, and policy are the focus of this course.
Analysis of the health policy formulation process and the
ethical basis of public health policies and programs are
included, as well as the impact of health policies on individual
and population health.
This course examines incident preparedness and
response from a variety of public health dimensions including:
acute and chronic health care delivery, impact on vulnerable
populations, delivery of basic human services, epidemiologic
response, and effective collaborations in public health
preparedness planning. Students learn how to prepare for and
address disruptions of public health systems arising from
Students are introduced to the principles of
program development and evaluation in public health. Topics
include methods of design, development, implementation, and
evaluation of public health programs to improve individual and
This course provides a general overview of the
grant-seeking process. Students study types of projects that
generally receive funding, sources that can be used to identify
prospective funders, and the essential components of a
well-written grant. Students design a grant application using a
real-life scenario needs statement, develop a project that will
address that need, write clear goals and objectives for that
project, develop a budget, and identify an evaluation tool that
could be used to measure outcomes for the project. All phases of
the contract formulation process are addressed, and students
learn how to write a statement of work document for commonly used
contracts in public health administration.
This course explains how to manage the unique
safety requirements of health care organizations within the
framework provided by OSHA regulations and voluntary
accreditation organizations. Topics include infection control,
bloodborne pathogens, patient safety, ergonomics, construction
safety, respiratory protection, fire protection, and emergency
response. Students apply these studies to real-life scenarios
affecting a variety of health care
This course focuses on the role of health education and communication in the practice of health education and public health. The coursework will include the principles of successful health education, its basis in health behavioral theories, and methods of health education. The student will design a health education campaign using the modern and traditional methods of communication to deliver culturally appropriate, effective health education of public health importance.
This course provides an in-depth understanding
of cultural forces that impact practice of public health.
Cultural, sociopolitical, and behavioral factors that impact
public health practice in culturally diverse populations are
studied. In addition, students learn to evaluate the cultural
competence in public health.
Students are introduced to the scope and
practice of infectious disease epidemiology. Topics include
historical aspects, definitions and nomenclature, outbreak
investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies,
cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology,
dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field
effectiveness. Students explore the global aspects of infectious
diseases in the modern world.
This course introduces students to recent
trends in global health and current problems of health from an
international perspective, and examines the influence of
economic, population, and sociopolitical trends on health and
living conditions in different countries. Students apply the
basics of descriptive and analytical epidemiology to global
health and key health indicators used in international
epidemiology, and analyze the main transnational factors that
influence the transfer of risks to health across the
This course will introduce students to the
different mixed-method approaches to research used within the
field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Students will learn how to
use this knowledge to select an appropriate research method when
given a real-world situation. Students will also be introduced to
the practical, legal, ethical, and sociocultural issues that are
unique to research design within the field of Applied Behavior
Arts and Sciences - Graduate Psychology Courses
Total Program Credits: 0
This course covers advanced principles,
theories, and concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis. The
assessment and development of behavioral interventions are
covered, along with real-life examples, case studies, and current
research in this area of psychology.
This course will provide students with a
foundational knowledge of measurement and analysis in Applied
Behavior Analysis (ABA). Students will learn how to identify and
measure target behaviors, as well as evaluate the accuracy of the
data presented within current research studies and real-life
examples. Finally, students will learn how to communicate the
results of a research study in a clear, efficient, and
This course covers the fundamentals of implementing a behavior change program in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Students will gain skill and practice in how to design an effective behavior change program through the use of real-life case study examples. The different factors involved in maintaining and promoting the generalization of behavioral change in real-world settings will be explored.
This course provides an overview of the
various theoretical models of behavior change, along with more
current research on evidence-based best practices in Applied
Behavior Analysis. Students will incorporate the practical,
ethical, legal, socioemotional, and cultural needs of a client
into an effective behavior change plan.
This course integrates knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan and the clinical implications for the advanced practice nurse. Function and dysfunction of organ systems are analyzed from the cellular level through the integrated organ level. Students will examine the pathophysiological factors that influence the incidence and manifestations of acute, episodic, and chronic diseases in populations across the lifespan. Disease processes and symptom management approaches are investigated utilizing an evidence-based approach. Influences of gender, genetic, ethnic, cultural, and temporal variables of human disease are analyzed.
Completion of all MSN core courses
Nursing - Advanced Practice Nursing Core Essentials
Total Program Credits: 0
This course addresses the theoretical principles and practical application of advanced physical assessment and history-taking throughout the lifespan. Relationships between assessment findings and underlying physiology and pathophysiology to the healthy and unhealthy client are investigated. Emphasis is on developing critical diagnostic thinking through interpretation of subjective and objective data, identification of normal and abnormal conditions, and the systematic reporting of summative findings. Clinical judgment and clinical reasoning skills are used in establishing differential diagnoses. Students will learn to address variables such as age, culture, ethnicity, and developmental stages into their differential diagnosis and evaluation and management plans.
MN 551 and MN 553
This course integrates advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and genomics across the lifespan and prepares the advanced practice nurse to prescribe pharmacotherapeutics safely and effectively. You will examine ethical, legal, regulatory, and cost-effective prescribing practices of the advanced practice nurse. Communication plans for the interdisciplinary team, clients, and/or families for both prescriptive and nonprescriptive drug therapies will be explored.
This course explores organizational theory and
behavior essential for successful leadership and management in
the health care industry. Emphasis will be placed on
communication techniques, self-analysis, and strategies for best
practices in order to effectively implement key leadership and
management concepts in dynamic health care environments. Key
values that guide a leader's personal and professional behavior
and influence overall effectiveness will be explored, as well as
their impact on overall leadership styles.
Health Sciences - Graduate Health Care Administration
Total Program Credits: 0
This course explores organizational behavior,
theory, and development as they apply to the health care
industry. Topics include, but are not limited to, classic and
modern theory, individual behavior and motivation, group
dynamics, conflict management, decision making, culture values,
and organizational dysfunction. Physician leadership development
and change management are also explored.
This course introduces the terminology, theory, concepts and techniques used in the finance functions in health care organizations. Students gain an understanding of the important role of finance in health care organizations and learn various techniques to develop, manage, and control finances. Students interpret financial statements, prepare analyses with cost finding and price setting, and conduct break-even analyses. The course provides students with experience in capital and operating budgets, financial forecasts, and business plan preparation. Students will be expected to expand their utilization of spreadsheet applications.
This course provides analysis of law, the
legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the
financing and delivery of health care services. This course
covers interrelated legal topics pertinent to health care
organizations including contracts, medical malpractice, legal and
ethical obligations to provide health care, privileging, medical
decision making, tax exemption, antitrust, fraud, and health
information management. Students are encouraged to discuss how
the law supports or hinders current efforts to improve health
care delivery systems.
This course provides an analysis and
evaluation of how human resource management is applied in
different health care settings. The course focuses on the major
elements of human resource management, as well as the ways in
which it can be used in the strategic planning of the
organization. Students investigate ongoing human resources
practice and issues from a health care perspective such as
recruitment, contract/agreement, training/education/support,
retention, performance evaluation, compensation, legal and
regulatory issues, and strategic planning.
In this course, you will be introduced to the practical applications of descriptive and inferential statistics for the health industry. You will formulate a data procurement plan by analyzing real-world data. Additionally, you will learn how to effectively disseminate published health research data and apply this new knowledge within the field.
This course provides an interdisciplinary
perspective on operations and quality management in health care,
taking into account the disciplines of organizational behavior
and health management research. Special attention is given to
causal tools and approaches that are fundamental to total
quality management and continuous quality
This course provides students with an in-depth
analysis of health care policy development in the United States
of America. Students focus on health care policy formation and
evaluation by investigating public policy and politics. Students
consider a variety of elements that factor into health policy
development such as economics, political science, management,
communications, and public health.
This course provides students with the skills
needed to enhance (assess) the health of a community. Students
focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health
policy, and economic and health care system issues in health
promotion and disease prevention.
This course provides a comprehensive
examination of the principles and practices of the management of
health information. The course covers three principal areas of
health information management: Health Information Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA), electronic health information
management (e-HIM), and informatics.
This course provides an analysis and
evaluation of the principles and concepts of marketing as they
apply to health care organizations. The course covers essential
elements of marketing as well as direct applications of marketing
tools and strategies in the dynamic health care
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