Western Oregon University
- Pricing & Details
(You Save: $30.00)
- Number of:
3.0000 university semester credits, 4.0000 university quarter credits
(university fees are additional)
This 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.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn choice theory by reflecting on its relevance in their own lives and applying it in their classrooms. This course builds a framework for understanding students’ motivations from a new perspective and an opportunity to practice choice theory by creating learning experiences for students that help them to keep school, teachers, and school work in their quality worlds for a lifetime of learning.
This course will require participants to engage in self-reflection, critical thinking and personal practice of the ideas being taught. Just reading about choice theory is not enough to internalize its ideas and begin operating from them intrinsically. Personal experiences with choices theory involving critical thinking and personal practice will help participants understand the relevance and benefits of applying choice theory in their lives, in their relationships with students, and in their professional practice.
Choice theory in education provides an intrinsic model of teaching and learning that is focused on increasing students’ self-understanding and their ability to evaluate their choices and schoolwork for quality and effectiveness. Austrian neurologist and renowned Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl affirmed, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our responses lie our growth and our freedom.” This course will invite participants to find and explore that space of choice and freedom. As such, this course may challenge the way participants were taught to learn and teach, but all of the ideas presented in this course can be implemented in any classroom at any school if the people in those systems choose to do so.
Course Objectives: Participants will
- Learn that choice theory is an intrinsic model of psychology and learning that is based on the premise that we can make effective choices that lead to happiness
- Understand the detriment of external control practices in relationships and schools
- Learn the 5 basic needs of choice theory and appreciate that students’ behaviors reflect their attempts to satisfy one or more of these basic needs
- Appreciate that everyone has a quality world that contains pictures of what is most important to them and that degrees of happiness correspond with the ability to have quality world experiences
- Understand that all behavior is total behavior comprised of actions, thoughts, feelings, and physiology
- Learn that all total behavior is chosen and that self-understanding increases the likelihood of making more effective choices that contribute to happiness
- Discover that each individual has a unique creative system that is a reservoir of possibility and ingenuity
- Understand that the threat of failure has detrimental outcomes for students and that there are considerable benefits to creating a success-based learning environment
- Create classroom meetings plans that explore choice theory topics using the define, personalize, and challenge method of teaching
- Understand the meaning of quality in schools and how quality is reflected by leader teachers who expect competent schoolwork and encourage quality
- Learn how to use classroom meetings, choice theory language, connecting relationship habits, and solution-focused strategies to teach choice theory to students
- Know the value of providing students with meaningful, relevant educational experiences and how to embed choice theory in lesson plans
Course Description, Enrollment and Pricing
Western Oregon University
CE Credits Online Courses Have Been Approved for Academic Credits through Western Oregon University
Step 1: Select your course(s)
- Start anytime and work at your own convenience
- Available 24/7 from any computer with Internet access
- One-on-one facilitation
from the catalog tab above and enroll following the onscreen instructions.
Step 2: To request Western Oregon University (WOU) Credits:
You are required to apply for Western Oregon University credits within 2 weeks of completing your course. Located on your accounts “Student Homepage” (after you enroll) you will find a Credit Request section. You will select the Request University Credits and follow the instructions for requesting and paying for your WOU credits.
To ensure that you receive credit for a specific quarter, your request, registration form and payment need to be received 20 days before the end of that quarter or the first of the month, whichever one is earlier. For example if the quarter ends on June 10th we would need to receive your request, registration form and payment by May 22nd.
Western Oregon University (WOU):
WOU offers post baccalaureate, 600 level credits based on the quarter system. The credit fee due from the student is $50 per credit.
Once the credit fee has been paid, your completion paperwork will be submitted to WOU 18 days prior to the quarter ending. Allow three weeks after the end of the quarter before requesting an official or unofficial transcript.
|| Ending date
| Fall 2012
| Winter 2013
| Spring 2013
You can find directions for requesting an official transcript on the Western Oregon University Registrar page
Western Oregon DEP contact information
Division of Extended Programs
Western Oregon University
345 N Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361
Western Oregon University Registration Form
The Division of Extended Programs of Western Oregon University requires that one of their registration forms accompanies the course completion paperwork for each CE Credits Online participant that submits for Western Oregon University academic credit. Please print the Western Oregon University Registration Form and complete items #1-15, skip #14 Method of Payment. Sign and date on #16 and fax to CE Credits Online
1-425-844-4164 or mail to:
CE Credits Online
Attention: Sandra Blazevich
23224 NE 156th PL.
Woodinville, WA. 98077
CE Credits Online can not process your academic credit request without the completed Western Oregon University registration form.
Information for Oregon
Oregon State Information
Professional Development and Renewal of Standard Teaching License
Educators who hold Basic, Standard or Continuing Licenses are required to complete a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plan in order to renew the license. This requirement does not apply to initial licenses. The Oregon CPD plan provides two options for the educator. One is a plan offered by the District. The second is an individual plan developed by the educator in collaboration with a supervisor or a CPD advisor. A CPD advisor may be a colleague, faculty member from an institution, or business or community member that is related to the activities of the plan and approved by the educator’s supervisor.
Those applicants who renew a BASIC license will need to complete 75 Professional Development Units (PDUs). The applicants for renewal of STANDARD or CONTINUING licenses will need to complete 125 PDUs. The Proposal for the Professional Development Plan should be developed at the beginning of the licensure period. The required PDUs must be earned prior to application for renewal.
What is a PDU?
A Professional Development Unit equates to one clock hour. One quarter hour of college or university credit equals 20 PDUs. One semester hour of college or university credit equals 30 PDUs.
There are many activities that may be included in the educator's individual continuing professional development plan provided the activities meet the rule and are related to the goals of the plan. An educator's individual plan may use parts of an approved District CPD plan along with individual activities. Following are some suggested activities that may be included.
Additional course work
--Courses may be undergraduate or graduate level if germane to the educator's current or anticipated assignment. One quarter hour equals 20 PDUs; one semester hour equals 30 PDUs.
If you are using college credit to renew your license, it will be necessary for you to enclose with your renewal application an official transcript(s) bearing the seal of the institution and signature of the registrar verifying that credit. Therefore, be certain to verify that the transcript lists the credit you are using to renew your licensure.
Official transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Domains of Professional Competency 584-090-0010
For purposes of renewal of licensure educators shall choose activities and experiences that are based on at least one of the following domains of professional growth:
(1) Content of the subject matter or specialty area directly related to the educator's current assignment(s) or to responsibilities the educator reasonably expects to be assigned.
(2) Strategies for assessment of pupil performance in achieving school and district objectives and State content standards and interpretation and application of the results.
(3) Methods for effective teaching, classroom management, counseling, supervision, leadership, and curriculum development.
(4) Understanding of diversity in abilities, social and/or cultural background and use of such knowledge to promote achievement of high standards for all students.
(5) Knowledge of State and national education priorities and the application of that knowledge to one's school and district programs.
(6) Competence in the uses of technology in schools and the application of that knowledge to one's assignment.
Referenced from Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon: http://www.tspc.state.or.us/faqs.asp?id=0
Why choose CE Credits Online
How CE Credits Online Courses satisfy Oregon requirements for use for renewal of standard teaching license.
Educators may request university, post baccalaureate, academic credit(s) from one of CE Credits Online partner universities. It is the educator’s responsibility
to contact their local professional development coordinator to obtain verification that the proposed coursework meets criteria and needs of the educator’s continuing professional development plan (CDP), 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