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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.

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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
Academic Intervention for Students with Disabilities and Special NeedsIn this 1-credit course, best for educators new to the RTI model, provides an overview for how instruction in the classroom can best support a response to intervention model. The response to intervention process is reviewed, and a justification for its use in improving academic performance for students with special needs or disabilities are outlined in this training. Through activities and templates, you will build a tiered intervention plan and plan for implementation using our provided planning resources with this course.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21213EDUC 2000 CRN# 23213EDUC 2000 CRN# 24213
Active Monitoring and Data Collection in the Classroom This 1-credit course provides an introductory look at how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and how to analyze data collected in order to better support students. You will learn how to determine the purpose of monitoring students through whole group, small group, collaborative, and independent learning activities and will analyze multiple data collection methods for classroom use. Finally, you will learn how to collect data, analyze the data for trends, and regroup students to help better teach mastery of core concepts.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21214EDUC 2000 CRN# 23214EDUC 2000 CRN# 24214
Blended Learning: Integrating Technology into the ClassroomThis 1-credit course teaches you how to select from the five main blended learning models to structure your lessons. You?ll learn a process for designing activities and choosing online resources for easier blended learning integration into your classroom. This course is ideal for aspiring teachers that want to learn more about the blended learning process, new teachers that need support in designing blended lessons, and experienced teachers that want to take their traditional classroom content and modify it to support blended learning.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21215EDUC 2000 CRN# 23215EDUC 2000 CRN# 24215
Building Effective Writing Prompts for All StudentsFor student essays to be detailed and thorough, a well- planned writing prompt is the first step in supporting your students. This 1-credit course teaches you five main types of writing prompts: narrative, creative, expository, persuasive, and reading response. You?ll learn a simple structure to follow when designing each writing prompt plus examples representative of grades k-12 writing expectations.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21236EDUC 2000 CRN# 23236EDUC 2000 CRN# 24236
Building Reading & Writing FluencyStrategies for increasing reading and writing fluency are featured in this 1-credit course, with an emphasis on implementing varied activities tailored to specific student levels. This course teaches you a grouping strategy based on the researched- support methods for grouping students by levels of spelling and provides station & activity ideas and support on 6 key areas for effective reading and writing.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21216EDUC 2000 CRN# 23216EDUC 2000 CRN# 24216
Checking for Understanding & Correcting Misconceptions in Elementary MathThis 1-credit course will teach you how to establish a classroom culture that is conducive to learning and sharing. You will also learn a variety of ways to check for students? understanding of elementary math content, so you are able to assess the effectiveness of their teaching. You will also be able to recognize twelve of the most common math misconceptions and will be ready to correct those misconceptions through a variety of instructional strategies taught in this course.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21217EDUC 2000 CRN# 23217EDUC 2000 CRN# 24217
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
Claim- Evidence- Reasoning in the Science ClassroomIn this 2-credit course you will learn how to apply a CER strategy to science concepts for any K-12 science-based activity. Learn to plan for student claims, design evidence aligned to a guiding question for your activity, as well as plan for the student reasoning responses. You will also learn how to apply design scaffolds and modifications to your lessons to better teach and communicate the CER process, and you will be provided with all the student tools and worksheets you need to effectively implement CER.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21218EDUC 2000 CRN# 23218EDUC 2000 CRN# 24218
Collaborative Learning Models in the ClassroomIncorporating regular collaborative learning opportunities into your lessons is an important part of a strong lesson cycle. But choosing a model that always promotes student discussion at high levels can be an arduous task for any busy teacher. This 1 credit course presents 6 common models along with accompanying student resources, to help you plan low- prep methods for collaboration that still support student learning at high levels.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21219EDUC 2000 CRN# 23219EDUC 2000 CRN# 24219
Differentiation for Students with DisabilitiesIn 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
Explicit Instruction in Elementary ReadingThis 1-credit course prepares you to implement the research-driven model of explicit instruction into your elementary reading classroom. In this course, you will learn how to utilize the explicit instruction model to select the correct reading behavior or skill for your student or groups, to build a plan aligned to student goals, and to implement the lesson into your classroom. You will also be provided with an assortment of tools and resources to help you seamlessly implement your new training.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21222EDUC 2000 CRN# 23222EDUC 2000 CRN# 24222
Expository Writing & Embedded Grammar InstructionIn this 3-credit course, you will learn methods for teaching writing skills for expository essays in the 4th through 8th grade classroom. Teaching writing to your students as an embedded component of your curriculum is sometimes a challenge with so many diverse student needs. But, with a well- planned and structured lesson design you can overcome this challenge and support your students in improving their essay writing.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21223EDUC 2000 CRN# 23223EDUC 2000 CRN# 24223
Flipped Learning: An Effective At-Home & In-Class Instructional Model This 2-credit course is essential training for any teacher providing a combination of at-home (or out-of-class) online learning and in-school classroom instruction. Learn how to plan for flipped learning, including how to determine what content can be learned at home, how to deliver online lessons, and the best ways to reinforce student knowledge with rigorous in-class activities.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21224EDUC 2000 CRN# 23224EDUC 2000 CRN# 24224
Growth Mindset in the Gifted Classroom Gifted and Talented (GT) students often face challenging curriculum that requires significant effort, determination, and resilience. Your goal to help your GT students persevere and to meet the high expectations of your classroom can be supported through Growth Mindset strategies. This 3-credit course provides you with the resources, strategies, and methods to foster Growth Mindset in your GT studentsEDUC 2000 CRN# 21226EDUC 2000 CRN# 23226EDUC 2000 CRN# 24226
Guided Reading: A Guide to Small Group Literacy Instruction You will learn about foundational reading skills and how they build upon one another, as well as understanding their relationship to a student?s reading level. The 2-credit course will cover the background and main components of guided reading, as well as how to plan for a guided reading group. You will be provided with a variety of strategy ideas and resources they can implement immediately with their small groups.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21225EDUC 2000 CRN# 23225EDUC 2000 CRN# 24225
Inquiry-Based Learning: Using Inquiry as a Teaching Strategy The process of learning through inquiry strengthens critical thinking and everyday life skills in students and is an important component of classroom instruction. Participants of this 1-credit course explore the strategies involved in planning and executing inquiry-based lesson plans. The components of an inquiry-led lesson will be outlined and discussed, and participants will learn to develop and plan an inquiry-led lesson.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21227EDUC 2000 CRN# 23227EDUC 2000 CRN# 24227
Literacy Stations for PreK-2nd Grade Literacy stations with small group learning is an effective and often fun way to foster meaningful learning, while showing strong growth in literacy skills for each individual student. In this 2-credit course, you will learn how to implement literacy stations in your classroom, identify the actionable steps for assessing and grouping students, and how to design engaging literacy activities that will address the needs of all students, despite their individual reading levels.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21228EDUC 2000 CRN# 23228EDUC 2000 CRN# 24228
Math Stations for PreK - 2nd Grade Math stations with small group learning is an effective way to foster meaningful learning, showing growth in math skills for each individual student. In this course, you will learn actionable steps for how to assess and group students, implement math stations in your classroom, and get engaging math activities going for your students. In this 2-credit course you will design an action plan for your classroom, develop an additional resource to support your plan, and analyze research to support implementation in the classroom.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21229EDUC 2000 CRN# 23229EDUC 2000 CRN# 24229
Measuring Growth in Writing Using Rubrics You will learn what typical writing looks like for kindergarten through third grade students, as well as some common writing tasks they can be expected to accomplish. This 1-credit course will cover the purpose of both holistic and analytic rubrics, and when each type is appropriate to use for assessment of student writing. You will also learn how to develop their own rubrics to use to monitor the progress of their students? writing skills.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21230EDUC 2000 CRN# 23230EDUC 2000 CRN# 24230
Online Learning: Introductions in Online Lesson Design and Delivery This 1-credit course is an essential start for any teacher wishing to transition some or all of their lesson instruction into an online format. In this course you will learn what effective online learning looks like at any grade level and how to plan online lessons while ensuring security, a sense of community, effective communication, and equity for all students. You will review the types of content delivery platforms and tools and choose the right online platform(s) for your individual online classroom needs.EDUC 2000 CRN# 21231EDUC 2000 CRN# 23231EDUC 2000 CRN# 24231
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 Check for Understanding This 1-credit course will teach you the value of incorporating frequent checks for understanding (CFU) into your lesson plans. You will learn about three types of checks, including verbal, written and demonstration. You will also learn and plan for when each of these checks will be incorporated into a lesson cycle. Course participants will also learn the value of collecting data from these checks, and how to use that data to inform future instructional decisionsEDUC 2000 CRN# 21233EDUC 2000 CRN# 23233EDUC 2000 CRN# 24233
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
Teaching Students to Use Text Annotation & Text Evidence This 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# 21234EDUC 2000 CRN# 23234EDUC 2000 CRN# 24234
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