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Valley City State University offers graduate-level professional development courses for semester credits in partnership with Model Teaching. Model Teaching provides affordable online courses for k-12 educators across the country. Each Model Teaching course delivers content in a step-by-step format, provides printable resources ready for use, and supports actionable implementation through engaging activities. When you register with a Model Teaching course, you can start immediately and work entirely online and at your own pace.

How to Get Started

Select a class below or visit the Model Teaching website to review course offerings, learn more about each course, view a syllabus, or get started now. Once you complete your course, you can register for credits and receive your VCSU transcript.

Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 Classes

TitleDescriptionFall 2020Spring 2021Summer 2021
Choosing the Right Assessments for your StudentsIn this 3-credit course, you will learn new strategies for implementing assessments into the classroom and explore various topics to help you use assessments effectively throughout the student learning process. You will be able to construct targeted and effective diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments in addition to building clear criteria for rubrics to better assess, track, and support your students. Through activities, templates, and reference guides, you will build a strategic assessment plan for an upcoming lesson cycle and plan specific steps for implementation using our provided planning resources with this course.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21201EDUC 2000 CRN# 23201EDUC 2000 CRN# 24201
Differentiation for Students with DisablilitiesIn this 2-credit course, you will learn an approach to planning for targeted differentiation to support your special needs students in the classroom. You will learn methods for developing differentiated lessons that support all students' appropriate cognitive levels in your classroom. Then, you will explore how to implement modifications and accommodations specific to your students with disabilities. Through additional activities, article analysis, and action plan design, you will build an implementation plan supporting your students with special needs. This course will teach you a process in planning for differentiation and ensure that the activities and methods you choose effectively support student learning.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21202EDUC 2000 CRN# 23202EDUC 2000 CRN# 24202
Documentation in the ClassroomIn this 1-credit course, you will learn the documentation process and explore how to process, file, and analyze data for documentation. You will build a documentation action plan focused on a more holistic approach to documenting students' behavioral and academic struggles. You will also interact with activities and modules to help you plan to implement the provided trackers and documentation tools throughout this introductory course.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21203EDUC 2000 CRN# 23203EDUC 2000 CRN#24203
Efficient Classroom ProcessesIn this 2-credit course, you will learn the six strategies to improve the learning environment, so your classroom is predictable, safe, and orderly. You will analyze, develop, and apply methods to improve your classroom processes and build a more efficient student learning environment. This course allows you to view classroom processes through a new lens and provides you with tangible ideas and resources to improve classroom efficiency through multiple strategies. You will build a strategic implementation plan aligned to a chosen strategy to support your classroom environment best.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21204EDUC 2000 CRN# 23204EDUC 2000 CRN# 24204
Planning for Co-TeachingThis 3 -credit course will teach you about the six co-teaching instructional models and how to implement co-teaching in the classroom successfully. The course covers co-teaching in each stage of implementation, from the initial planning stages, understanding personality types, setting the correct curriculum goals, designing the right model for your lesson, and assessing and monitoring student progress. All the instruction, tools, templates, and resources are provided to support you in effective co-teaching. The activities provided within this course sequence will help you build a strategic implementation plan to ensure that you and your co-teacher have a successful action plan.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21205EDUC 2000 CRN# 23205EDUC 2000 CRN# 24205
Planning for Instructional Strategies & Learning ActivitiesIn this 3-credit course, you will learn the importance of aligning your instructional strategies and activities with your learning objectives and assessments. The course will cover the five main instructional strategies and how to choose the right activities to benefit all types of learners. It will help you build a lesson plan sequence that supports active and engaging learning for all students in your classroom. Through targeted resources, templates, and reference guides, you will build a strategic implementation plan for use in the classroom.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21206EDUC 2000 CRN# 23206EDUC 2000 CRN# 24206
Project Based LearningIn this 3-credit course, you will learn each component of the Project-Based Learning (PBL) Lesson Cycle and how to implement it effectively across your curriculum. Throughout the course, you will design a cross-curricular and standards-aligned PBL cycle that culminates in an engaging product designed and delivered by students. TheEDUC 2000 CRN# 21207EDUC 2000 CRN# 23207EDUC 2000 CRN# 24207
Strategies to Support Social-Emotional LearningThis 1-credit course will provide you with a detailed overview of social-emotional learning (SEL) and the value of incorporating SEL into the classroom to help improve academic success and emotional intelligence. Each SEL topic explored in the course comes with a resource that you can use in your classroom. You will understand SEL through the components of student self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and other critical skills necessary for students' emotional well-being and success. You will develop an additional supporting resource for students that supports SEL, analyze articles to determine an application to the classroom, and will build a comprehensive implementation plan.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21208EDUC 2000 CRN# 23208EDUC 2000 CRN# 24208
Student-Led Classroom ManagementThis 2-credit course provides you with simple classroom management strategies that foster student independence in managing classroom behavior. This course explores how to build strong classroom culture, implement expectations, and design appropriate methods to manage misbehavior as part of your general classroom management plan. The provided resources and activities will guide you in creating a classroom management plan for your students and promoting strong implementation in a future classroom.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21209EDUC 2000 CRN# 23209EDUC 2000 CRN# 24209
Transforming Traditional Lessons to Online LearningThis 2-credit course will teach you how to take your current lesson plans and transition them into an online learning format. The course will explore the SAMR continuum of technology integration, encouraging you to implement technology more authentically into your teaching. While technology has become an integral support tool for many teachers, learning how to utilize technology to take advantage of its efficiency and global reach can offer students many benefits. Throughout this training series, you will learn how to transition your current curriculum into an online format and learn how to embrace many of the advantages of technology-based learning, and how to offer a transformative learning experience for your students. Whether being used to differentiate more effectively, build 21st-century skills, or to reinforce effective in-classroom instruction, this course will teach you how to redefine your use of technology in ways that truly impact student learning. You will leave the course with a clear plan of action and many activities, ideas, and resources to implement in your class.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21210EDUC 2000 CRN# 23210EDUC 2000 CRN# 24210
Using Graphic Organizers to Target Bloom's Cognitive LevelsThis 1-credit course analyzes the six levels of the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy. It explores how graphic organizers can be applied to each cognitive process dimension, allowing for targeted scaffolding of student thinking. By purposefully planning to integrate graphic organizers into your lesson, you can help move students toward higher cognitive processes and promote equity in learning across your classroom. You will design a plan to implement a graphic organizer aligned to the appropriate Bloom's Taxonomy level, develop an additional organizer or another resource to support your students, and analyze implications of research and articles on Bloom's Taxonomy and its application in the classroom. The numerous student resources provided within this course will provide you with ideas ready for implementation into your current or future classroom.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21211EDUC 2000 CRN# 23211EDUC 2000 CRN# 24211
Writing Effective Learning ObjectivesThis 2-credit course examines the first step in developing strong classroom lessons: how to write student-facing learning objectives for your classroom. It describes what learning objectives should look like and how to construct an objective based on your classroom learning standards. This course will allow you to develop measurable objectives that are well- aligned with your assessments and learning activities in future classroom lessons. Through structured activities, resources, templates, and other articles, you will build clear objectives for a future unit of instruction and plan methods for implementing the course ideas. You will leave with a clear plan for student expectations that will translate to strong assessments, better lessons, and improved student progress in your classes.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21212EDUC 2000 CRN# 23212EDUC 2000 CRN# 24212