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Teachers Aide Certification

The Instructional Paraprofessional Certification Program will prepare you to assist classroom teachers in instruction of mathematics, reading and writing. The required courses include topics in teaching mathematic, reading and writing, an overview of the job of Instructional Paraprofessional and an introduction to child development. The elective courses allow students to explore areas related to instruction including classroom management skills, teaching and learning theories and instructional methods. The Instructional Paraprofessional Certification Program will help prepare you to pass the Educational Testing Services ParaPro Exam or other skills assessment exams and to pass any observation-based certification programs required by your state.

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Child Development

A child's age and developmental progress affects how they see the world and how they learn new things. In this course we will explore various child development and educational theories and how they influence how children learn. This course also explores how learning is affected by family, peers and cultural factors. This course is for educators and paraprofessionals.

 

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Creating a Global Classroom

This course will help you understand the need for and the value of a global classroom.  You will learn about innovative ways to collaborate and the concrete steps you can take to bring a global perspective to your own classroom. You will leave this course with a better understanding of what globalization really means. You will also be provided with a solid, seven-step plan to create the global classroom you want for yourself and your students. Lastly, you will look at how those seven steps can lead to standards-based projects that will excite and engage.

 

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Day Care Administration Career Prep Certification

In this course, we will become familiar with the development and management of a child daycare center, including such elements as child development theories, legal considerations, bookkeeping, staffing, site management, and parental involvement.

The goal of a quality day care facility is to provide child care that meets the needs of each child and family in a safe, educational environment.At a quality center, the workers and management strive to meet the individual needs of each child, while providing qualityreliable and safe child care.

This course prepares students for the Council for Professional Recognition Child Development Associate (CDA) certification exam.

 

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Emerging Technology for Teachers

As more and more technology becomes available in our modern classrooms, educators need to be prepared to make the best use of emerging technology-based teaching and learning components.  Today’s students depend on developing their creativity skills, their ability to generate innovative ideas and design solutions for tomorrow’s problems.  This course will help teachers learn how to better integrate technology into the classroom.  The modern classroom requires a variety of strategies and tools to enhance traditional methods with today’s technology tools across all content areas of concern.   The teachers roles in the modern classroom are constantly changing, thus modern teaching and learning even happens beyond the school walls and outside the school day.  Understanding the impact of technology on education will advance that learning process.

 

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Fundamentals of Instructional Design

Students will explore ways in which courses can be designed. Students will be introduced to the ADDIE design model and other design models that may work in other environments. Students will write instructional objectives and design a unit of instruction and assessments that support the instructional objects. Students will plan an evaluation of their instructional materials.

 

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Learning Styles in the Classroom

Does it seem like some of your students get it with very little help from you while others never seem to even after a lot of one-on-one coaching? If so, it could that you are not speaking their learning language. Every person brings their own learning style to the classroom, even young children. By learning about your own learning style and the learning styles of others you will learn ways to reach all of your students and to help them to learn better.

 

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Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom

Every student in your class is intelligent. The trick is to finding out just how he or she is intelligent and tapping that to help your student to learn more easily and to allow him or her to add a new a dimension to your course. Howard Gardners's Multiple Intelligence Theory defines students as intelligent in one of eight areas. By teaching to a student's intelligences and by allowing them to express themselves using their preferred intelligences the entire classroom can be enriched. Students will explore the Multiple Intelligences theories and learn to design lesson plans that appeal to various intelligences.

 

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Project Based Learning Strategies and Tools

This course will help you understand what project-based learning is (and what it is not). You will explore examples of PBL and review what the research has to say on the effectiveness of this approach. You will move to on explore how to plan your own project based learning experiences for your classroom. As the course progresses, you will review key elements to managing PBL with your students. As more and more schools today work to implement more project-based learning, you will also find out how you can not only be ahead of the curve but also take on a leadership role. 

 

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Students as Content Creators

This course is designed to introduce the concept of students as content creators and provide a rationale for using content creation with your students, including how it aligns with state or common core standards.  Beyond concepts, the course includes examples of student created content, an exploration of available digital tools, and how to incorporate the process of student created content into lesson plans and assessments.  This course is intended for teachers at all grade levels in all subject areas.

 

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Teaching Math

Review the skills you will need to pass the Instructional Paraprofessional's exam as you explore ways creative ways to present math skills to students. We will learn ways to help students become excited about math. We will explore ways to present math skills to student at all grade levels. This course is applicable to teachers as well as instructional paraprofessionals.

 

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Teaching Reading

Review the skills you will need to pass the Instructional Paraprofessional's exam as you explore ways creative ways to present reading skills to students. We will learn ways to help students become excited about reading. We will explore ways to present reading skills to student at all grade levels and ways to improve the assessment of reading skills. This course is applicable to teachers as well as instructional paraprofessionals.

 

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Teaching Strategies for Students with ADHD

This course will provide you with techniques, strategies and interventions to help students with ADHD succeed in the classroom. You will review the characteristics of students with ADHD and how a diagnosis is made. You will look at medications and treatments for students who are diagnosed. Lastly, you will review concrete steps you can take, as an educator, to support these students in your classroom.

 

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Teaching Writing

Review the skills you will need to pass the Instructional Paraprofessional's exam as you explore ways creative ways to present writing skills to students. We will learn ways to help students become excited about writing. We will explore ways to present writing skills to student at all grade levels and ways to improve the assessment of writing skills. This course is applicable to teachers as well as instructional paraprofessionals.

 

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TOEFL Exam Prep for Certification

Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs around the world require students to demonstrate their ability to communicate in English as an entrance requirement.  The TOEFL test gives test takers the opportunity to prove they can communicate ideas effectively by simulating university classroom and student life communication.  The test measures how well test takers use English, not just their knowledge of the language.  This course provides a comprehensive overview of the TOEFL, including information about the test, an explanation of test scores, and thorough coverage of each area of the test itself.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to take practice TOEFL tests that will help estimate how the student might perform on the actual test.  Upon completion of this course, students will be fully prepared to take the TOEFL examination.

 

 

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Understanding and Preventing Cyber Bullying

Cyberbullying or online bullying has quickly become a 21st century epidemic and a growing concern for students, parents, and educators.  Cyberbullying is willful and involves recurring or repeated harm inflicted through electronic text. Cyberbullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who does not want further contact with the sender. This course will examine the harmful effects of online harassment and give educators at all levels an overview of research on cyberbullying and how they can be the driving force to prevent it in their schools. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is essential to providing a safe and inclusive school environment for all. Additionally, teachers will learn various techniques to prevent and stop cyberbullying that they can implement upon returning to their classrooms.

 

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Using Universal Design in Rapid Prototyping Instructional Design

Using universal design in rapid prototyping instructional design involves considering the potential needs of all learners when designing and delivering instruction by identifying and eliminating unnecessary barriers to teaching and learning while maintaining academic rigor. The design is a systematic process that is employed to develop education and training programs in a consistent and reliable fashion.  Instructional design is a core component of the field and a foundational skill that all educational technology experts should have in their repertoire.  Being informed with models and theories, instructional designers apply their skills and knowledge to bring about predictable results. Using universal design in rapid prototyping is intended to reduce the time and cost of a traditional ISD approach, while increasing its flexibility for all users. Using rapid prototyping, as an instructional design process, strives to realize the structure of the design with a prototype, as early in the process as possible to reduce the time and expense of a full development cycle. This course will help students to analyze, apply, and evaluate principles of using universal design in instructional design to develop education and training materials spanning a wide range of knowledge domains and instructional technologies.

 

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Using Web Resources in the Classroom

K-12 education has entered a new technological era.  In increasingly dynamic educational settings, web resources can be integrated into the curriculum to promote student engagement and achievement. In order to take advantage of these settings, teachers need to have the appropriate knowledge and experience. In this course, teachers will learn to integrate web resource tools to create engaging learning experiences for their students. This course is designed for K-12 educators and focuses on the appropriate use of technology to facilitate the teaching and learning process. Throughout this course, students will gain experience in working through the skill component of using web resources effectively in the K-12 classroom.  Instructional methods will be explored utilizing a variety of technology for collaboration, and student assessment.  In addition, the utilization and evaluation of various web resources and their appropriateness will be emphasized.

 

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Disclaimer

Flagler College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Arts degrees.  Non-degree, non-credit training and development programs are not accredited by SACS Commission on Colleges, and the accreditation of Flagler College does not extend to or include these programs or its students.  Flagler College does not accept course work from these programs for credit toward any award.

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