Valley City State University
- Pricing & Details
(You Save: $30.00)
- Number of:
3.0000 university semester credits, 4.0000 university quarter credits
(university fees are additional)
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.
School improvement plans in virtually every school, regardless of grade level configuration, underscore the importance of helping all students achieve academic success and meet educational standards. It is clear from the research that the intentional use of differentiated instruction strategies is highly effective in meeting diverse learner needs and positively impacting student achievement.
This course focuses on best practices in differentiation and provides teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to implement these methods in their own classrooms. Through learning activities, and the practice and application of skills, participants gain new levels of expertise which will enable them to create instructional experiences in an engaging classroom atmosphere to help all of their students reach their full potential.
- Understand the principles of differentiated instruction
- Learn the components of learning style and their applications in the classroom
- Understand how enduring understanding, student engagement, student outcomes, and teacher behaviors that cause learning to happen are critical elements of differentiated instruction
- Practice designing multiple paths to reach a specific learning objective
- Create lessons that differentiate content, process, and product
- Learn how to differentiate instruction to meet diverse student learning styles, readiness levels, and interests
- Understand how brain-compatible learning corresponds with differentiated instruction methodologies
- Design learning activities that increase student engagement by enhancing semantic, episodic, procedural, automatic, and emotional memories
- Plan lessons that differentiate instruction across four continuums
- Practice using tiered instruction and anchor activities with flexible groups
- Design and use essential questions and effective questioning strategies
- Understand how scaffolding and coaching can assist struggling learners
- Explore practical ideas for increasing active student participation and using graphic organizers in a whole-class setting
- Understand how to use assessment as an integral part of instruction in a differentiated classroom
- Design performance tasks to use as assessment tools
- Plan and teach lessons based upon enduring understanding that differentiate content, process, and product to meet individual student needs
Course Description, Enrollment and Pricing
Valley City State University
CE Credits Online and Valley City State University (VCSU) are pleased to offer you online professional development courses designed to improve teaching and student achievement. VCSU offers post-baccalaureate, 700-level credits based on a semester system.
University credit fees are included in the price listed in the catalog when enrolling from this page. If enrolling from a different page the cost is $50 per credit, plus a $10 processing fee, payable to CE Credits Online.
Step 1: Initiating Your University Credit Request
CE Credits Online is the course provider and Valley City State University is the accrediting institution. The VCSU Office of Extended Learning issues the university credit, at a cost of $50 per credit. Upon completion of your course, you have two weeks to apply for VCSU university credit. Once CE Credits Online has verified that all your coursework is completed and approved, and we have received the credit fees, and any other fees, your completion paperwork will be sent to Valley City State University for processing at the end of each month. The processing of your credits can take up to 6-8 weeks from the time of your request.
Step 2: Confirming Your VCSU University Credit Request Has Been Processed
It can take VCSU 4 to 6 weeks to process your request once they have received it. You will know that you have been processed by logging on to CampusConnection and printing a free unofficial transcript. Accessing Grade Reports (Transcripts) Through CampusConnection http://www.vcsu.edu/extend/vp.htm?p=1018
Follow the onscreen directions
Step 3: Ordering an Official Transcript
Transcripts should be ordered after you have confirmed your unofficial transcript is available from VCSU.
A copy of the academic transcript may be obtained through the Office of the Registrar. Only the student may request the transcript. You can find more information on official transcripts at http://www.vcsu.edu/registrar/vp.htm?p=171
Information for North Dakota
North Dakota State Information
North Dakota Certification Renewal Requirements
Once an applicant has completed the requirements for the initial licensure, they may apply for renewal of the following licenses:
- Regular (Five-Year): Issued to individuals who have met all of the requirements for a ND Educator's Professional License and have successfully taught 18 months (full-time equivalent) in the state of North Dakota. Individuals must be under contract at least thirty days of the five-year period and complete four semester hours of re-education.
- Re-Entry (Two-Year): Issued to individuals who have been out of the teaching field for more than five years, or to out of state applicants who have not completed at least four semester hours of reeducation credit within the past five years. Eight semester hours of reeducation is required if the applicant signs a contract during the license period.
- Renewal and Substitute (Two-Year): [Description to be added]
- 30-year Life: A license issued to a teacher who has held a ND license for 30 years.
Referenced from: http://www.nd.gov/espb/licensure/renewal.html
Why choose CE Credits Online
How CE Credits Online Satisfies North Dakota Educator Certification Renewal Requirements
You may request university, post baccalaureate, academic credit(s) from one of CE Credits Online regionally accredited partner universities. CE Credits Online suggests each North Dakota educator contact their local professional development coordinator to obtain verification that the proposed activity meets criteria and needs of the teacher's individual Professional Development Plan (PDP), his/her school's professional development plan, and the local school system's professional development plan.
For a list of CE Credits Online university partners