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CE Credits Online

Welcome to Valley City State University where you can get university credit in conjunction with CE Credit Online classes.
CE Credits Online is a Nationwide provider of online professional development for K-12 teachers and administrators at a great price. Courses can be accessed at anytime, worked on at your convenience and are easy to navigate to ensure you have the very best online learning experience.

How to get started
Simply sign up through CE Credits Online for one or more of the classes listed below. Once you have completed the class, you may register for VCSU graduate credit through your student account at CE Credits Online.

Click on the CE Credits Online link HERE or select a class below and link to the North Dakota classes where you can read about the classes and print a syllabus.

Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 Classes


Title Description Fall
Spring Summer
Building Capacity for Effective Reading Instruction Through Collaborative Inquiry This course focuses upon the all-important coaching relationship in improving student reading achievement. Seven components of successful reading programs are the foundation of reading achievement: Phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing about the reading, and content area reading skills. EDUC
2000
CRN# 18101
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18301
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18401
Bullying and Beyond: Tools for Understanding and Engaging 21st Century Students as Dual Citizens Course participants will learn strategies to engage any student effectively so that 21st century learners develop critical thinking skills on such topics as: name calling online, posts that can be open to interpretation, the consequences of posting pictures, what digital aggression is and how to respond, and the importance of knowing about each learner’s digital footprint for both the short and long-term. EDUC
2000
CRN#
18102
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18302
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18402
Choice Theory in the Classroom: Where Every Student Can Succeed This course covers the theoretical underpinnings of choice theory as well as suggested strategies for teaching choice theory to students, integrating choice theory in the learning environment, and illustrating choice theory in lesson plans across subject areas. This course focuses on conveying strategies to help teachers develop choice theory connections with and among the students in their classrooms. It is intended to present the basic concepts of choice theory and how it is applied in the classroom at any grade level. EDUC
2000
CRN#
18103
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18303
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18403
Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies that Work This is course is designed to walk participants through the steps of creating a classroom culture plan that establishes an orderly yet exciting classroom where students can and want to do the hard work that is required to learn and succeed. The foundation of this course is uncovering what motivates students in order to ensure that what is communicated to them is relevant, meaningful, and engaging. Strategies are also shared for developing positive and trusting peer-to-peer, teacher-to-student, and parent-teacher relationships. EDUC
2000
CRN#
18104
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18304
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18404
Coaching to Improve Teaching and Learning
Collaboration and communication are essential to meeting the goal of all students learning well. Coaching is a proven and practical vehicle for staff members, mentors and administrative evaluators to use in guiding each teacher to intentional best practice that will ensure student learning.
This course details the process of collaboration and communication that promotes quality outcomes in terms of student learning. By establishing a mutual purpose, mutual respect, individual commitment and using a variety of effective coaching communication skills, staff members can maximize the expertise, skill, and talent of coaching partners... They learn from each other.
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18105
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18305
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18405
Contextualizing the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS): Grades K-12 This course will give you practical understanding of the ELPA21 English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). You will learn how to use the ELPS to design lessons for English language learners (ELLs) in mainstream content classrooms and other settings with connections to state content standards (e.g., Common Core State Standards (CCSS)). We will explore the background of the ELPS, their structure, and how to “unpack” and use them to make mainstream content lessons comprehensible to ELLs. We will show how the ELPS can be a useful tool for helping students with the “how” of a lesson, while the content standard remains the “what” of the lesson. Most importantly, we will support your efforts to contextualize the practical implementation of these standards at your grade level and with your students. EDUC
2000
CRN#
18106
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18306
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18406
Content-Based Instructional Strategies for ELL This course focuses on effective content-based instructional strategies for English language learners (ELL). Learn how to balance the dual focus on language and subject matter, and learn a helpful framework for designing content-based classes and lessons. Examine different criteria for choosing and developing the content to teach, as well as factors influencing the choice, development, and adaptation of materials. Learn several useful activity types and how to integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing in content-based instruction with students at different proficiency levels. Explore and learn how to implement technological resources available for developing content-based curricula, and understand how assessment is affected by the use of content-based instruction. EDUC
2000
CRN#
18107
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18307
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18407
Creating a Culture for Learning: Classroom and Behavior Management Plans that Work This is course is designed to teach how to create classroom and behavior management plans that create orderly classrooms where students can and want to do the hard work that is required to succeed. The Safety, Order and Rights® value set is used as the framework for clarifying and communicating the classroom expectations, and is compatible with other value sets that simply and easily communicate the rationale for expectations and procedures. This course discusses what motivates students to ensure what is communicated to them is relevant and meaningful. In addition to designing a classroom management plan that will work in their classroom, participants will learn two verbal techniques that help keep behaviors optimal and in line with the expectations in the classroom. The techniques are constructed to teach students about making choices, consequences and likely outcomes that result from their choices. EDUC
2000
CRN#
18108
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18308
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18408
Creating Compassionate Schools Creating Compassionate Schools will provide teachers an overview of the rationale for embracing pedagogical strategies rooted in compassion. The course has been developed to introduce educators to the principles and practices of an approach that takes aim at “getting it right” for both students and their teachers. Creating Compassionate Schools will provide an introductory look at the scientific research emerging from many disciplines (e.g., social services, education research, neurobiology, public health approaches) in support of compassionate schooling. With compassion as a lens through which professionals can view their work, many topics such as professional learning communities, action research and job satisfaction will be explored. Implications of the approach will be discussed as well as barriers to implementation. EDUC
2000
CRN#
18109
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18309
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18409
Developing Listening Comprehension in English Language Learners This course explores many issues involved in helping learners to develop their listening comprehension of English as a second or foreign language. Participants will explore and understand factors that affect the success or failure of listening comprehension, examine an adaptable lesson template that can be used to develop the listening comprehension of students, and look at specific listening activities targeted at novice-level, intermediate-level, and advanced-level students. The course will also highlight effective assessment methods, including computerized testing of listening ability. EDUC
2000
CRN#
18110
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18310
EDUC
2000
CRN#
18410
Differentiating Instruction in the 21st Century Classroom
Student populations in schools today are very diverse. Students differ in their readiness to learn, the ways in which they prefer to learn, and the areas of interest that motivate their learning. Differentiated instruction is based on the belief that classrooms where students are active learners, active inquirers, and active problem solvers are more effective than those where students passively receive a "one-size-fits-all" curriculum.
This course introduces teachers to instructional strategies and methodologies that will enable them to create powerful learning experiences to meet the wide range of different student needs in their classrooms.
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18111
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18311
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18411
ELL Language Assessment and Related Issues in the K-12 Classroom: An Introduction This course explores the legal history and politics surrounding language assessment and the different test structures and methods used to assess English language learners. Participants will examine how standardized tests are used to measure language proficiency and academic achievement. With that framework in place, participants will explore how to specifically assess listening, speaking, reading, and writing, both individually and in an integrated fashion. Participants will also examine test taking issues and strategies and will look at how technology can be used in assessment. Special needs students will also be addressed. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18112
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18312
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18412
ELL Reading: Teaching Strategies for K-12 This course focuses on effective strategies for English language reading instruction. Learn practical techniques and methods for teaching reading in any ELL environment. Explore key issues related to the successful teaching of reading, such as the role of reading within an ELL curriculum and detailed classroom teaching techniques. Topics include, engagement, motivation, modeling, intensive and extensive reading, vocabulary challenges, comprehension skills, reading rate, reading strategies lesson planning, selecting materials and assessment. This course provides many practical approaches and strategies to improve teaching and learning in the ELL reading environment. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18113
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18313
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18413
Engaging Parents Effectively to Remove Barriers to Learning After taking this course, educators will:
    • Understand how all communication with parents and community is important and vital to the process of removing barriers to learning for individual students.
    • Recognize that while research supports effective parent engagement, it is necessary to have research- and evidence-based strategies and plans for successful communications.
    • Learn about the Safety, Order and Rights value set and how these form a lens through which all parent and community interactions can be viewed and articulated.
    • Learn about the Seven C’s of effective communication and how educators can use them to their advantage when interacting with parents on any topic.
    • Locate and learn about federal and state laws as well as district policies that may drive technical aspects of our communication with parents.
    • Learn about a 4-part communication plan (i.e., C.A.R.D.) that will guide in communication with parents regardless of topic or context.
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18114
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18314
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18414
English Language Learners (ELLs) in Your Classroom The course presents and analyzes the foundations of bilingual education for teachers to be able to understand and incorporate the most relevant aspects in their classrooms. As teachers gain expertise in the theory and methods of second language learning in general, they will learn to recognize the real level of ELLs, both in Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP). In addition, becoming familiar with the way English is taught around the world and ways to access their students’ schemas, educators will gain insights into how their ELLs have been exposed to the language previously and how they are accustomed to learning. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18115
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18315
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18415
Essential Strategies for 21st Century Teaching This course develops strategies for excellent teaching through an in-depth study of educational psychology, individual differences, classroom management, materials selection, student assessment, and educational policy debates. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18116
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18316
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18416
Every Educator an Advocate This course will provide a foundation in the principles of special needs advocacy, with an emphasis on practical application of the fundamental legal requirements that drive special needs education. Many educators who work with special needs students are skilled at implementing classroom strategies and adapting curriculum to help those who are struggling. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18117
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18317
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18417
How to "Read & Write" in Math: Improving Problem Solving & Communication in Mathematics An in-depth exploration of teaching systematic approaches for solving math word problems and developing written communication skills to describe solution processes. Teachers will learn a wide range of strategies to develop students' skills in the math problem-solving tasks of:
    • comprehending the problem and identifying relevant data
    • analyzing the problem's internal structure to determine what type of problem it is
    • selecting a viable solution process and carrying it out
    • explaining the solution process both orally and in writing.
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18118
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18318
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18418
Improving English Language Instruction through the Use of Technology: K-12 Teachers This course explores technologies that support language development as well as academic achievement for K-12 English language learners. Emphasis is on technologies that support English language development and communication skills, such as dedicated software programs, websites, and other technology resources. In addition, participants will learn how technologies that were developed for other purposes, such as word processing, can be used in targeted ways to promote English language development. Participants will benefit from numerous resource links for improving English Language Instruction through the use of technology. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18119
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18319
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18419
Maximizing Engagement of All Learners This course has been designed with the goal of (1) providing a framework which operationally defines engagement and promotes the value of maximizing engagement for all learners (2) provides research-based principles in which teachers can anchor their practices and (3) the characteristics of engagement-minded practices which both teachers and students will find motivating to implement that will leverage the efforts of both teacher-students. The educational literature increasingly underscores the importance of professionals understanding, anticipating and responding to the needs of students so that quality engagement is the predominant experience of students.
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18120
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18320
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18420
Nimble Transitioning: Integrating Response to Intervention, Professional Learning Communities and Differentiating Instruction to Improve Teacher Effectiveness and Student Outcomes This course details how a teacher, required to teach differently to conform to this new and complex environment can thrive because of understanding the fundamental policy shifts that got us here. Moreover, the teacher taking this course will take away concrete methodologies and strategies she can immediately use in any teaching assignment. Through understanding policy shifts and exploring the best practices in Response to Intervention (RtI), Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and gaining ideas on how to best deploy the rich learning and teaching strategies through Differentiated Instruction (DI), the teacher consuming this class will gain tools to make herself a powerful, effective educator. The online format allows for reflection, practice, observation and analysis and application of skills to current settings. Emphasis is upon intentional best practice, resulting in a classroom environment where all children can maximize their learning, and where the teacher deploys skills, methods and strategies to thrive in this challenging time in our profession. Teachers new to the profession, struggling with evaluation systems and teachers, simply wanting “a shot in the arm” are sure to benefit from this course.
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18121
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18321
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18421
Partnering with Parents to Increase Student Achievement The goal of this course is to  educate parents and become more educated as teachers on how they and you may best assist their child and to understand the specifics of their child’s challenges and talents and the variety of ways they and you may improve their child’s success in school.
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18122
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18322
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18422
Preventing (Cyber) Bullying: Creating Safe Schools for all Students Techniques for effective interventions as well as best practices from both a teacher and school-wide perspective will be provided to enable participants to address (cyber)bullying concerns within their respective schools and communities. Participants will leave the course with a framework for implementing classroom meetings to foster a positive classroom climate, integrating social-emotional learning/character education, and speaking with key stakeholders (parents, other teachers, and administrators) to prevent (cyber)bullying in and out of the classroom.
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18123
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18323
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18423
Today's Classroom: Foundations of and Current Trends in Education
This course provides teachers with the tools they need for effective teaching strategies in today's classroom, including classroom environment, setup, differentiated instruction techniques, classroom management, alternative assessments and modifications for diverse learners. Videos model different teaching techniques giving participants an opportunity to "visit" and observe other teachers in action. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18124
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18324
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18424

The Constructive Discipline Series (4-part series)


Title Description Fall Spring Summer
Conducting the Parent Conference This course provides teachers and administrators with persuasive and effective strategies for conferencing with parents, including uncooperative or difficult parents. This 7-step interview using the 7-Cs of communication will move parents toward becoming committed participants in the goal of solving their child's academic and behavioral challenges. Teachers and administrators will learn how the Safety, Order and Rights value set provides a firm and logical foundation for setting goals and finding solutions. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18125
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18325
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18425
Giving Directives That Students Will Follow Teachers and administrators learn a four-step verbal skill that will help them take responsible control of K-12 students. This on-line course teaches them to end power struggles and gain cooperation from resistive students. This fast and effective, choice-based approach to behavior management is being used successfully by thousands of educators. Learn to develop meaningful plans for maintaining a safe and orderly classroom that maximizes learning time. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18126
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18326
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18426
Stopping Disruptive Behavior Stop disruptive behavior wit three carefully worded questions! Teachers and administrators will enjoy this effective strategy for dealing with problem behavior from k-12 students. Learn to lead the students through the process that promotes a solution they create and will accept. Create effective classroom management plans and discover how the Safety, Order and Rights value set will help clarify and define wanted and unwanted behaviors. Watch demonstrations and practice the strategies you can use in your classroom today! EDUC 2000
CRN# 18127
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18327
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18427
Rights and Responsibilities in the Disciplinary Process This course will guide teachers and administrators toward understanding their school’s discipline policies and to better understand and manage disruptive and violent behaviors. It is designed to help create and maintain save and orderly environments. Participants will identify the practical and legal definitions of force as well as their rights and responsibilities, particularly regarding the use of physical restraint. They will also learn to correctly describe and document incidents and explore strategies and techniques that are preventative. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18128
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18328
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18428

Transforming Instruction with Interactive Whiteboards Series


Title Description Fall Spring Summer
Supporting UDL and the Common Core Standards with Interactive Whiteboard Systems This course will introduce you to ways an interactive whiteboard (IWB) system can support Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) frameworks and the Common Core State Standards in subjects across the curriculum. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18129
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18329
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18429
Transforming Instruction with Interactive Whiteboard Systems - An Overview This course will introduce you to the transformation possibilities that integrated whiteboard systems can have on your instruction. An integrated whiteboard system is comprised of many separate components from many companies, but when integrated into a whole system, it becomes a powerful instructional tool in the hands of a trained teacher. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18130
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18330
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18430
Transforming Language Arts Instruction Interactive Whiteboard Systems The first section of this course will provide a brief overview of different digital whiteboard systems and current research of their effectiveness in the classroom. The next section will build a strong foundation of skills necessary to successfully control the hardware and software used. These skills include basic operations, manipulating graphics and objects, overlay tools, and integrating peripheral products. The last section will show you how to integrate these skills into several language arts lessons which then you will apply this knowledge to create a lesson of your own. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18131
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18331
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18431
Transforming Science Instruction Interactive Whiteboard Systems The first section of this course will provide a brief overview of different digital whiteboard systems and current research of their effectiveness in the classroom. The next section will build a strong foundation of skills necessary to successfully control the hardware and software used. These skills include basic operations, manipulating graphics and objects, overlay tools, and integrating peripheral products. The last section will show you how to integrate these skills into several science lessons which then you will apply this knowledge to create a lesson of your own. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18132
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18332
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18432
Transforming Social Studies Instruction Interactive Whiteboard Systems The first section of this course will provide a brief overview of different digital whiteboard systems and current research of their effectiveness in the classroom. The next section will build a strong foundation of skills necessary to successfully control the hardware and software used. These skills include basic operations, manipulating graphics and objects, overlay tools, and integrating peripheral products. The last section will show you how to integrate these skills into several social studies lessons which then you will apply this knowledge to create a lesson of your own. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18133
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18333
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18433
Transforming Math Instruction Interactive Whiteboard Systems The first section of this course will provide a brief overview of different digital whiteboard systems and current research of their effectiveness in the classroom. The next section will build a strong foundation of skills necessary to successfully control the hardware and software used. These skills include basic operations, manipulating graphics and objects, overlay tools, and integrating peripheral products. The last section will show you how to integrate these skills into several math lessons which then you will apply this knowledge to create a lesson of your own. EDUC 2000
CRN# 18134
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18334
EDUC 2000
CRN# 18434