Winter break your way

Registration via Continuing and Professional Education is now open for new students who wish to experience a course in the UMKC School of Education’s accelerated Winter Session.  Winter Session is open to adult professionals, life-long learners, and students from other universities in addition to current UMKC students.  Courses run from December 16, 2013 – January 17, 2014, with the majority of classes offered online.  Choose from the following:

Adolescent Development (Class No. 17891-0003; 3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to aspects of physiological, emotional, cognitive, social and moral development in adolescence that have implications for learning and instruction at the secondary level.

Challenge and Support: Retention Strategies for College Administrators (Class No. 17881-0001; 3 credits)
This course will examine the theories and research on college student retention. Through case studies and specific campus data, students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained to real world situations

Digital Literacy (Class No. 17892-0004; 1 credit)
Students will learn the fundamental elements of developing small applications with user-friendly, drag-and-drop software. Students demonstrate their learning through the creation of animations and games.  Submission of final presentation via a video presentation, and complete an additional activity displaying their mastery of an introduction to Scratch via video.

Educational Psychology (Class No. 17890-0002; 3 credits)
In this course we will explore the multitude of ways that the impact of individual, cultural, and contextual differences have on learning and the neural basis of learning. We also will explore assessment, creativity and problem solving situations.

Governmental and Legal Aspects of Education (Class No. 17883-0003; 3 credits)
This course is designed to assist administrators, teachers and other education professionals to understand legal principles and the impact of law upon the operation of public schools in the United States. National trends in teacher rights, student rights, safe schools, tort liability issues, search and seizure, harassment, special education, religion and speech will be presented in addition to Missouri and Kansas statutes pertaining to school law.

How to Design a Comprehensive Building Wellness Plan (Class No. 17886-0006; 3 credits)
This course is designed to take the learner through a process of creating and learning how to implement a school wide building wellness plan for bullying prevention, effectively and fairly handling discipline concerns coupled with a school wide PBIS support system and school wide supports not only for students with unique challenges but to prepare all students for effective life skills after high school.

Queering Higher Education: LGBTQ Student Leadership, Identities and Best Practices for Student Affairs Practitioners (Class No. 17889-0001; 3 credits; cross listed with EDUC 5589Q 17882-0002)
This class is designed to focus on historical and current issues for LGBTQ college students. Specifically, this class will explore LGBTQ identities, college experiences and best practices for practitioners working with diverse student populations.  Online with in class sessions Dec. 30, 2013, Jan. 6, 8, 13, and 15, 2014 from 5-9 pm Union Station, 4th Floor, Regional Professional Development Center, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Strategies in Teaching Personal Finance (Class No. 17991-0005; 2 credits)
The course is designed to improve teacher knowledge about personal finance topics and the ability to teach personal finance.  Financial literacy education curricula and resources currently available to teachers will be researched, explored and reviewed.

Structuring Groups for School Counselors (Class No. 17885-0005; 3 credits)
Learn how to set up and create several groups to support your comprehensive school counseling curriculum.  We will focus on creating groups and building resources for the following areas: grief, divorce, stress, new students, healthy choices, relationships, bibliotherapy, cinema therapy, emotions, and study skills.

Theories in Play Therapy (Class No. 17884-0004; 3 credits)
This course will study theoretical play therapy approaches. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of fundamental skills and strategies necessary to conduct successful play therapy sessions using a variety of theoretical approaches.

Questions may be directed to 816-235-1188.