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CE Credits Online

Valley City State University offers graduate professional development credit in conjunction with CE Credits Online classes. CE Credits Online classes 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 – ensuring you have the very best online learning experience.

How to Get Started

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

Visit the CE Credits Online website or select a class below and link to the North Dakota offerings where you can read about the classes and print a syllabus.

Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 Classes

TitleDescriptionFall 2020Spring 2021Summer 2021
A Mindful Pedagogy:Strategies for Creating Compassionate and Purposeful Learning SpacesThis course aims to show teachers how a mindful pedagogy can support meeting their professional demands. The course begins by reviewing teacher’s various demands as well as the importance of being able to support students’ ability to meet standards, develop social-emotional skills, and build the skills needed to thrive. The course defines a mindful, engaged pedagogy and explains how establishing a personal mindfulness practice can support teachers in all areas, including classroom management and self-care. Participants will create an action plan to implement mindfulness practices into their classroom routine to support planning and preparation, and in meeting their professional demands.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21142EDUC 2000 CRN# 21342EDUC 2000 CRN# 21442
ABCs of Virtual TeachingThis course provides you with an introduction to teaching in a virtual environment including an overview of the current state of online learning and best practices for online course delivery instruction. Participants will explore essential elements of teaching in a virtual environment including design principles, building community, promoting and managing collaboration, as well as logistics and monitoring student progress.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21152EDUC 2000 CRN# 21352EDUC 2000 CRN# 21452
Advocating for Students: The Special Education Process and BeyondThis course will provide you with a strong foundation in the principles of special needs advocacy, with an emphasis on practical application of the fundamental legal requirements that drive special needs education.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21149EDUC 2000 CRN# 21349EDUC 2000 CRN# 21449
Autism Advocate: Supporting Students with ASDThe goal of this course is to provide participants with the skills necessary to advocate for and effectively teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Those skills will be developed through an exploration of the defining components of ASD diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and services, as well as strategies, programs, and available services for addressing the key components of ASD through evidence-based practices. Throughout the course, participants will also be asked to reflect on their prior experience and apply the concepts and strategies they learn to improve current practices.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21147EDUC 2000 CRN# 21347EDUC 2000 CRN# 21447
Building Capacity for Effective Reading Instruction Through Collaborative InquiryThis 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# 21101EDUC 2000 CRN# 21301EDUC 2000 CRN# 2101
Choice Theory in the Classroom: Where Every Student Can SucceedThis 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# 21103EDUC 2000 CRN# 21303EDUC 2000 CRN# 21403
Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies that WorkThis 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# 21104EDUC 2000 CRN# 21304EDUC 2000 CRN# 21404
Coaching to Improve Teaching and LearningCollaboration 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# 21105EDUC 2000 CRN# 21305EDUC 2000 CRN# 21405
Conducting the Parent ConferenceThis 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# 21125EDUC 2000 CRN# 21325EDUC 2000 CRN# 21425
Content-Based Instructional Strategies for ELLThis 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 also 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# 21141EDUC 2000 CRN# 21341EDUC 2000 CRN# 21441
Creating Adoption Sensitive ClassroomsThis course is designed to help educators understand the many complex issues students who come from adoptive backgrounds face and how that can affect them in the classroom. While often regarded as a compassionate and beautiful way to form a family, it comes with challenges that many are not aware of or have not had the opportunity to work with. The challenges some of these students may bring with them can have a major impact on the classroom and on that student’s learning.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21146EDUC 2000 CRN# 21346EDUC 2000 CRN# 21446
Creating Compassionate Classrooms: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)This course includes tools, strategies, and resources to create a compassionate classroom and to collaborate with colleagues to create a school-wide culture of care.  These principles and practices that create learning conditions that believe the interference of traumatic experiences that are beyond the teacher's and student's control.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21135EDUC 2000 CRN# 21335EDUC 2000 CRN# 21435
Developing Listening Comprehension in English Language LearnersThis 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# 21110EDUC 2000 CRN# 21310EDUC 2000 CRN# 21410
Developing Students' Mindfulness Practice to Support Engagement, Self-Regulation, and AchievementMindfulness, or paying attention to the present moment without judgment, has been shown to support students meet the academic demands and pressures of an increasingly changing and challenging world. 21st century students must balance a wide array of responsibilities and make sense of vast amounts of easily accessible information most adults have never had to contend with. Understanding the diverse needs of students requires educators to employ a variety of intentional strategies to support student academic and social-emotional needs. This course will support teachers in understanding and employing mindful strategies that help them be more responsive to their students’ social-emotional and instructional needs as well as help students develop 21st Century Skills. The course prepares educators to weave simple and effective mindfulness activities into their classroom on a daily basis.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21139EDUC 2000 CRN# 21339EDUC 2000 CRN# 21439
Differentiating Instruction in the 21st Century ClassroomStudent 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# 21111EDUC 2000 CRN# 21311EDUC 2000 CRN# 21411
ELL Language Assessment and Related Issues in the K-12 Classroom: An IntroductionThis 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# 21112EDUC 2000 CRN# 21312EDUC 2000 CRN# 21412
ELL Reading: Teaching Strategies for K-12This 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# 21113EDUC 2000 CRN# 21313EDUC 2000 CRN# 21413
Engaging Parents to Increase Student AchievementThe 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# 21122EDUC 2000 CRN# 21322EDUC 2000 CRN# 21422
Essential Strategies for 21st Century TeachingThis 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# 21116EDUC 2000 CRN# 21316EDUC 2000 CRN# 21416
Foundations of Teaching With TechnologyThe goal of this course is to provide participants with a foundational knowledge of how to effectively create and teach in a technology-rich classroom environment. The first half of the course is an examination of the relationship between students and technology, how it impacts learning (both positively and negatively), and the evolving roles and skill sets required of teachers in order to leverage technology to meet the needs of their students. Once this framework is established, participants will begin an exploration of a variety of web-based tools and mobile applications, evaluating the potential impact that each could have in their classrooms.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21145EDUC 2000 CRN# 21345EDUC 2000 CRN# 21445
Getting Googled-Your Students Will Never Lose their Homework AgainThe goal of this course it to provide participants with an introductory knowledge of Google Drive applications, strategies and best practices for making use of them in the classroom, and an awareness of the potential benefits and challenges of implementation. Participants will gain experience with Google Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets, as well as an exposure to other applications available through Google Drive. They will also explore ways to optimize these tools to meet instructional objectives and improve the overall student experience by eliminating obstacles that prevent some students from succeeding.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21140EDUC 2000 CRN# 21340EDUC 2000 CRN# 21440
Giving Directives That Students Will FollowTeachers 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# 21126EDUC 2000 CRN# 21326EDUC 2000 CRN# 21426
How to "Read & Write" in Math: Improving Problem Solving & Communication in MathematicsAn 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# 21118EDUC 2000 CRN# 21318EDUC 2000 CRN# 21418
Implementing Peer Coaching to Improve Teaching and LearningThere are multiple opportunities for teachers to grow professionally and improve their professional teaching practice.  This course supports that effort by empowering teachers to incorporate a peer coaching model into their regular instructional practice.  Participants will learn how peer coaching can improve student learning by offering teachers a methodical way to collaborate and make instructional decisions based on outside observation, data, and reflection.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21136EDUC 2000 CRN# 21336EDUC 2000 CRN# 21436
Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL)The goal of this course is to provide participants with an introductory understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), as well as the skills necessary for implementing the principles of UDL into lesson planning and instructional practices.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21144EDUC 2000 CRN# 21344EDUC 2000 CRN# 21444
Learning the Language of Math: Improving Problem Solving and Communication in MathThis course equips teacher learners with the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure that all students are empowered to become proficient problem solvers and communicators of mathematics. This goal is pursued through a language-centered approach that highlights the essential role of communication in developing students? capacities for comprehension, critical thinking, and clear exposition of mathematical ideas. Emphasis is placed on leveraging students? community-baseEDUC 2000 CRN# 21151EDUC 2000 CRN# 20351EDUC 2000 CRN# 20451
Maximizing Engagement of All LearnersThis 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# 21120EDUC 2000 CRN# 21320EDUC 2000 CRN# 21420
Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners in Your ClassroomThis course will give you the tools you need to better serve the English Language Learners who enter your classroom. We will explore the historical, social, and political background of non-native English speakers in the U.S. and work on improving our cultural awareness and sensitivity.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21150EDUC 2000 CRN# 21350EDUC 2000 CRN# 21450
Nimble Transitioning: Integrating Response to Intervention, Professional Learning Communities and Differentiating Instruction to Improve Teacher Effectiveness and Student OutcomesThis 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# 21121EDUC 2000 CRN# 21321EDUC 2000 CRN# 21421
Preventing (Cyber) Bullying: Creating Safe Schools for all StudentsTechniques 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# 21123EDUC 2000 CRN# 21323EDUC 2000 CRN# 21423
Project Based Learning for All ClassroomsProject Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method that, when implemented successfully, can prepare students for a world we can’t yet imagine. With PBL, we can teach our students the 21st century skills they’ll need for the jobs of the future. PBL focuses teaching and learning around engaging, real-world contexts and problems. Tying content to real-world issues makes the rationale for learning transparent to students, and set them up to draw connections between what they’re doing in school to what they’ll need to do in life and career.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21138EDUC 2000 CRN# 21338EDUC 2000 CRN# 21438
Putting the Technology in Physical Education. Finally!The goal of this course is to provide participants with the necessary skill set to effectively implement available technological resources to enhance the holistic physical education experience. The course focuses on establishing an understanding of what it means to provide a holistic physical education experience through the use of technology. Participants will explore a variety of video-based, instrument-based, and smartphone-based resources and programs for students to utilize. Throughout the course, participants will also be asked to reflect on their prior experience and apply the concepts and skills they learn to improve current practices.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21148EDUC 2000 CRN# 21348EDUC 2000 CRN# 21448
Stopping Disruptive BehaviorStop 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# 21327EDUC 2000 CRN# 21327EDUC 2000 CRN# 21427
Strategies for Reaching At-Risk StudentsThe goal of this course it to provide participants with the necessary skill set to identify, diagnose, and meet the needs of at-risk students. The first half of the course focuses on establishing a definition of what it means to be at-risk, identifying the causes and manifestations of those risks, and empathizing with the needs of at-risk students. In the second half of the course, participants will explore a variety of classroom-, district-, and community-based strategies and programs for students at risk. Throughout the course, participants will also be asked to reflect on their prior experience with at-risk students and apply the concepts and skills they learn to improve current practices.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21143EDUC 2000 CRN# 21343EDUC 2000 CRN# 21443
Supporting UDL and the Common Core Standards with Interactive Whiteboard SystemsThis 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# 21129EDUC 2000 CRN# 21329EDUC 2000 CRN# 21429
Teaching English Language Learners (ELL): An IntroductionThis course focuses on effective strategies for English language instruction. Participants will go beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to explore and implement innovative ways of teaching vocabulary and grammar, listening and speaking, reading and writing, and designing fair and accurate assessments.Learn more about ELL (English language learner) students and their needs and how to choose the most appropriate materials and activities for the classroom.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21142EDUC 2000 CRN# 21342EDUC 2000 CRN# 21442
Today's Classroom: Foundations of and Current Trends in EducationThis 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# 21124EDUC 2000 CRN# 21324EDUC 2000 CRN# 21424
Transforming Instruction with Interactive Whiteboard Systems - An OverviewThis 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# 21130EDUC 2000 CRN# 21330EDUC 2000 CRN# 21430
Transforming Language Arts Instruction Interactive Whiteboard SystemsThe 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# 21131EDUC 2000 CRN# 21331EDUC 2000 CRN# 21431
Understanding and Combating Student's Math AnxietyThis course presents the current state of research on math anxiety along with evidence-based psychological strategies that can be implemented immediately to reduce the negative impact of math anxiety on students.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21137EDUC 2000 CRN# 21337EDUC 2000 CRN# 21437