BER Instructor-Led Online Courses

Brandman University awards 1 or 2 semester hours of graduate level professional development credit based upon successful completion of course requirements. These credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification.

Students should seek approval of appropriate district or college officials before enrolling in these courses to satisfy any degree, state credential, or local school district requirements. State licensing departments vary regarding criteria for credit acceptance, and some states many not accept credit from universities that are located outside the state.

Registrations for two credit must be received within 30 days of completing any BER instructor-led online course.

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For 1-Credit:

  • Enroll in and complete a BER instructor-led online course.
  • Register for the 1-credit section of the online course you completed.
  • Send in your BER instructor-led online course progress report to No additional coursework is required.

Final Exam Grading:

  • A score of 70%-79% will be given a grade of "C"
  • A score of 80%-89% will be given a grade of "B"
  • A score of 90%-100% will be given a grade of "A"

For 2-Credits:

  • Enroll in and complete a BER instructor-led online course.
  • Register for the 2-credit section of the online course you completed.
  • Complete the follow-up practicum as described below:
    • Develop three practical activities based on the online course.
    • The activities must be designed so that they can be implemented in your classroom or program.
    • The activities may be geared to K-12 students, staff, or others based on your position.
    • Conduct activities in your classroom/work setting (contact us if not currently in a classroom setting) and then complete a written report that describes each activity. Each activity must be one full page.

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Classroom Management
EDAU 9750 Leadership
Leadership skills can help you gain the respect and admiration of others, while allowing you to enjoy success in your career and control over your destiny. Contrary to popular belief, leadership skills can be learned and developed. This course will teach you how to use the principle of great leaders to achieve success in almost every aspect of your daily life!
EDCU 9042 Creating Classroom Centers
Participants in this course will learn how to create engaging, easy-to-maintain classroom center activities that boost independent learning while increasing small-group instruction time. They’ll not only gain the knowledge they need to get the most out of centers; they’ll also receive a wealth of resources and center ideas they can use in their own classrooms.
EDCU 9720 Get Assertive!
Are you tired of being intimidated and treated badly by others? Get the assertiveness training you need in order to be more confident and powerful with family members, friends, bosses, co-workers, professionals, service people, and even total strangers. Discover you how lose power when you talk and what you can do to get it back. Learn how to deal with anger and criticism effectively. It's your turn to speak out!
EDCU 9738 Solving Classroom Discipline Problems I
Why do some teachers enjoy peaceful, orderly classrooms while others face daily discipline battles? Well, some teachers know the secrets to solve disciplined problems. This course reveals those secrets and presents a step-by-step approach to an effective and positive classroom discipline.
EDCU 9739 Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II
In this professional development course, you'll get the teacher training you need to effectively deal with serious discipline problems and help the most challenging students make responsible choices. Discover how to use a new research-based 6-step approach to solve severe and chronic discipline problems which includes bullying, fighting, using abusive language, stealing, and refusing to work. Learn how to deal with attention deficit disorder and find out how to use time-outs effectively. You'll see how class meetings can help solve class-wide discipline problems.
EDLU 9096 Common Core State Standards
Participants will discover the Common Core State standards (CCSS) for English language arts, and gain confidence in applying them to the K-5 classroom.
EDUU 9736 Survival Kit for New Teachers (US)
Feel a little trepidation before entering a classroom? You're not alone! Whether you're already teaching, a newly credentialed graduate, or a substitute looking to transition to full-time, this course will provide you with proven skills, tips, tricks to make your early years in the classroom a breeze. Teaching is a balancing act and it requires a blend of subject expertise and classroom skills to reach all of your diverse learners.
EDKU 9025 Microsoft Excel 2010 in the Classroom
Bring the power of Microsoft Excel 2010 into your classroom! This course, designed especially for teachers, provides the skills needed to use Excel with ease and confidence. It offers teaching tips, standards-based lesson plans, and activities so you can pass your Excel knowledge on to students at any grade level.
EDKU 9026 Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
Students will learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 to create exciting slide presentations that include text, objects, SmartArt, multimedia, animation, sound, charts, clip art, and hyperlinks. With the help of hands-on activities and step-by-step instructions, even beginners will quickly create everything from professional-quality business presentations to PowerPoint photo albums.
EDKU 9029 Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 in the Classroom
This course is designed to help teachers motivate students and keep their interest with the use of powerful presenting software. In this course, teachers will learn how to create captivating lessons and effective, attention-grabbing classroom presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.
EDKU 9033 Microsoft Word 2010 in the Classroom
Course designed to help teachers master the fundamentals of MS Word 2010. Course includes basic formatting and file managing skills, then learning to add borders, clip art, WordArt, shapes, pictures, and tables. Teachers will explore creative, motivating lesson plans for introducing MS Word 2010 to their students.
EDKU 9052 Advanced Microsoft Excel 2010
Students will master the advanced features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2010, including data analysis tools, database techniques and advanced methods for using PivotTables.
EDKU 9711 Easy Classroom Podcasting
"Have you ever felt like you just can't reach your students? They speak the language of technology while you speak the language of well, teachers. But what if there was a bridge between the two? In this professional training course for teachers, you'll learn how to make a podcast that creates a memorable learning experience for your students. You'll find their interest reignited when you start to use their favorite formats; audio, images, and video. You won't even need an iPod or a big budget to harness the power of podcasting in your classroom."
EDKU 9712 Creating a Classroom Web Site
Learn how to create a classroom Web site in this fun, easy-to-understand course for teachers. In no time you'll build a site with text, images, animations, tables, links, and more. Then you'll create a WebQuast and a blog to add to your site.
EDKU 9724 Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts
In this course, you'll learn how to create, manage, and promote your own blog, wiki, audio, and video podcast. Each of these amazing Web 2.0 tools gives us a chance to interact, share ideas, and collaborate with other from home, at work, or in the classroom.
EDKU 9725 Using the Internet in the Classroom
Harness the power of the Internet to make your textbooks and lessons come alive! Teach your students how to locate and evaluate Internet resources. Improve the caliber and amount of discussion through the use of e-mail and discussion boards.
EDKU 9728 The Classroom Computer
Designed for teachers, this course will show you how to create an exciting and enriching experience for your students. You'll learn a wide variety of simple, field-tested, and easy to apply techniques that will make the most of the computer in your classroom.
EDKU 9744 Microsoft Word 2007 in the Classroom
Mastering Microsoft Word can make you a more productive and creative teacher. Throughout this course you'll learn to create, open, edit, and save documents, create tabs and margins, and spacing. You'll learn to add borders, clip art, and WordArt, insert shapes, pictures, tables, and complete a host of other tasks that you can teach your students. This program will enhance your teachings techniques you didn't think possible! You'll have a host of ideas for curriculum-related classroom projects.
EDKU 9746 Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 in the Classroom
This course will help you create captivating and attention-grabbing classroom presentations by the use of Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. You'll see how PowerPoint helps you address different learning styles to engage a variety of learners. First we'll cover the basics of PowerPoint; create slides, use templates, insert text, change background colors, create WordArt titles, and add slide transitions. You'll develop advanced skills and be able to insert graphics, sound, video, custom animations, timed transitions, and hyperlinks.
EDKU 9748 Microsoft Excel 2007 in the Classroom
Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel 2007 in this professional development course designed for teachers to get the training educators need to use and teach this powerful program effectively in the classroom. This unique online workshop is full of tips, shortcuts, and lesson plan ideas.
EDKU 9751 Integrating Technology in the Classroom
In this professional development course for teachers, you'll learn the secrets of technology integration in the classroom. Educators will gain the skills needed to utilize wikis, podcasts, and blogs effectively. Discover simple ways to integrate technology to enhance your subject material and meet your course goals. Explore quick and easy-standards-based solutions for more interactive lesson plans, exciting WebQuests, and challenging assignments. We'll also unleash the power of Web resources; Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
EDKU 9821 Teaching Smarter With SMART Boards
In this class, you'll discover how to create outstanding presentations with SMART Board and SMART Notebook Technology. You'll explore the basics of these tools and discover how to create your own SMART board lesson with text, videos, and graphics. Go beyond the bells and whistles and look at specific ways to use SMART Technology to broaden your content and make your lessons accessible to students. Finally, you'll receive simple trouble shooting tips that will come in handy if your SMART Board isn't acting as smart as it should!
Educational Administration
EDLU 9714 A to Z Grant Writing
This is an invigorating/informative course that equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter the exciting field of grant writing. Course speaks mailing to nonprofit organization, schools, religious institutions, and municipalities seeking grants from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors. But many of the elements easily translate to the for-profit field and to individual artists, and material specifically de- signed for businesses and individuals is also included.
English Language Learning
EDEU 9713 An Introduction to Teaching ESL/ELF
Would you like to increase your effectiveness as an English language teacher? Would you like to go beyond the well-known methods that often leave teachers frustrated with their one-size-fits-all approach? This course will take you on a fascinating exploration of what it means to be a teacher, how to understand who your students are, the needs they have, and how to choose the most appropriate materials and activities for your classroom. You'll learn how you can choose and fine-tune the principles that exactly fit your teaching situation.
EDEU 9733 Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary
Do you wonder if the vocabulary in your textbook is really teaching what your ESL students need to learn? Well, you're not alone. Many teachers long to have a precise and effective way to help students learn the English vocabulary. In this course, I'll show you how.
EDEU 9734 Teaching ESL/EFL Reading
Did you know reading is one of the most important skills you can teach? The skill of reading not only gives your students what they need to be successful learners, but it also makes them more self-confident and eager to learn their whole life long. It's truly the core of the other language skills-listening, speaking, writing, and grammar. In this course, you'll learn how to show your students the value of reading to motivate them to become strong readers.
EDEU 9735 Teaching ESL/EFL Grammar
In this course, you'll see English grammar as a 3-dimmensional process that's useful in bringing coherence, cohesion, and texture to writing and speech. We'll begin by considering 7 definitions of grammar that we will draw on throughout the course. We'll also discuss the differences between patterns and rules and why second-language learners benefit from our instruction on both.
EDDU 9041 Differentiating K-12 Assessments
Differentiated assessment is the key to helping every student succeed-and no matter what grade you're teaching, this course will give you the tools you need to gather your assessment data quickly and easily.
EDDU 9727 The Creative Classroom
Creativity will abound in your classroom as you tap your student's hidden talents. Learn how to use creativity to teach reading, writing, visual arts, performing arts, social studies, science, mathematics, and physical and health education.
EDLU 9069 Teaching Writing: Grades K-3
Participants in this course will examine the developmental stages of writing, from scribbling to the standard spelling stage, so they can foster students' skills and enhance their confidence as young writers. This course is full of practical ideas that teachers can use in their classrooms to motivate students to write.
EDLU 9729 Teaching Writing: Grades 4-6
In this teacher-training course, you'll learn from an experienced educator how to motivate and assist developing writers. We'll begin with an overview of the writing basics, focusing on the importance of the task, audience, and purpose. Then we'll delve into how to organize your materials to create an inviting writing environment.
EDRU 9023 Best Math Strategies from Singapore: Advanced Model Drawing 6-9
Model drawing is a core part of Singapore Math, a base-10 math program that forms the foundation of math instruction in Singapore. When you introduce model drawing into your classroom, your students will succeed with word problems, build math skills, and develop self-confidence. And they'll even look forward to math!
EDRU 9716 Creating K-12 Learning Materials
Do you have an idea for an instructional aide? The instructor, a former K-12 teacher who is also the author and developer of over 50 products for the educational market, will help you develop instructional aides that align with standards important to your district.
EDRU 9731 Teaching Science: Grades 4-6
Want to increase your effectiveness as a science teacher for the middle grades? Join us and learn about the nature and history of science and how to help students in this age group grasp the scientific method. You'll receive worksheets and specific examples of some great experiments you can use your own classroom. We'll cover principles of direct instruction and many different learning and organizational tools that will benefit your students. You'll even learn how you can use science class to improve the emotional climate in your classroom!
EDRU 9732 Teaching Math: 4-6
Reinvent math instruction for grades 4-6 by bringing hands-on learning, inexpensive manipulatives, and real-world connections into your classroom. Whether you're a new teacher or a seasoned pro, this course will help you get your students excited about math!
EDRU 9740 Best Math Strategies from Singapore : Number Sense and Computational Strategies
For many students basic math is a struggle. But for students in Singapore math is much more intuitive. Singaporean students have been top mathematics performers for over a decade! Singaporean teachers make math purposeful, interesting, and relevant with the use of a layered curriculum founded on solid number sense and concrete, pictorial, and abstract computational strategies. You'll learn their secrets and be able to share the same meaning math lessons in your classroom.
EDRU 9741 Best Math Strategies from Singapore: Model for Drawing for 1-6
For many students basic math is a struggle. But for students in Singapore math is much more intuitive. Singaporean students have been top mathematics performers for over a decade! Singaporean teachers make math purposeful, interesting, and relevant with the use of a layered curriculum founded on solid number sense and concrete, pictorial, and abstract computational strategies. You'll learn their secrets and be able to share the same meaning math lessons in your classroom.
Language Arts/Reading/Writing/Literacy
EDLU 9717 - Guided Reading: Strategies for the Differentiated Class
Today's teachers undertake the task of how to reach struggling readers. While there are no quick fixes, thousands of teachers combine the principles of differentiated instruction and guided reading with unparalleled success. Mixed in the right proportion, these popular strategies will help you build a balanced literary framework that gets results with even the most challenged learners.
EDLU 9719 - Guided Reading and Writing: Strategies for Achievement
About 30% of students in 6th grade have trouble with basic reading and writing. These literacy problems affect performance across subject areas and they often leave teachers wondering how to help. In this course an accomplished teacher shares the secrets of turning guided reading strategies into opportunities for teaching writing and will provide the professional development training you need to improve student literacy. The road to literacy follows a path to integrity, invention, and imagination. You'll learn how to take your students from groans to grins with creative lesson plans that really work!
EDLU 9721 Enhancing Language Development in Childhood
Follow your child's lead and have fun while enhancing language development! In this user friendly course for parents, teachers, and caregivers you'll discover how children learn to process language and how they become proficient speakers and thinkers. This course will help you enrich your child's life by stimulating his or her continued speech, brain, and language development in an enjoyable, age-appropriate, and natural way.
EDLU 9742 - Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies that Work
In this 6 week course, you'll learn Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies to help and educate struggling readers in your classroom. RTI is researched-based which provides a strategic plan to bring tiered interventions to students at their reading level and with their unique challenges in mind. You'll learn intervention strategies to tackle literacy difficulties in phonics, fluency, vocabulary mastery, comprehension, and writing with flexibility and creativity.
EDLU 9743 - Ready, Set, Read!
"Take this opportunity to find out how children really learn to read and write. Explore current research that cuts through the media messages about reading wars and the right way to teach children. Learn by reading stories about children, doing interactive assignments, and exploring the latest in parent and childcare information. You will see everyday children’s play with a new eye as you understand how play can connect to literacy."
EDUU 9003 Speed Spanish II
Have you ever seen a non-native speaking Spanish fluently? Were you impressed? Would you like to become more conversational and more comfortable in Spanish-speaking situations? Now you can. Our Speed Spanish courses are unlike any other Spanish classes you may have ever taken. You'll see words, hear them pronounced properly, and be granted plenty of opportunities to practice your pronunciation. Then, you'll learn several clever recipes that you can use to glue the words together into sentences. Enroll in Speed Spanish II, and you'll see an immediate improvement in your Spanish fluency from the very first lesson.
EDUU 9004 Speed Spanish III
Master your ability to speak, understand, and read Spanish by taking the final installment in our unique three-part Speed Spanish learning series. In this advanced-level course, you'll learn the final six recipes that will serve as templates to help you create any Spanish sentence you want. Guided practice will include lots of new vocabulary, pronunciation, and speed drills, as well as in-depth study of Spanish parts of speech to help you speak and understand Spanish in a snap. The goal of this course is not just learning the recipes—it’s also to help you use them spontaneously so that you’ll never be at a loss for words!
EDUU 9011 Spanish in the Classroom
Whether you took a Spanish class 20 years ago and just want to brush up a bit, or you have never taken a Spanish class, you'll learn the essential Spanish for teachers and bridge the communication gap with your Spanish-speaking students and parents. Rest assured that this won't be anything like your typical high school Spanish course. We'll skip the frills and focus on ""survival Spanish"" you can put to work immediately. We've tossed out long vocabulary lists and complex grammar rules and replaced them with games and stories to make learning easy, painless, and even fun. You'll learn new words in easy-to-digest bites, and each lesson will include Supplementary Material to help you keep expanding your vocabulary.
EDUU 9737 Speed Spanish
Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can with Speed Spanish! This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish pronto. You'll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you'll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué Bueno!
Special Needs/Gifted Instruction
EDCU 9726 - Understanding Adolescents
"In this course, an experience social worker will help you gain a deep understanding and appreciation of your adolescent's development and behavior. You'll uncover the secrets of the adolescent mind and gain valuable information on how they think, how they feel, and how their identities develop. Parents, family members, child and youth workers, counselors and the like will all benefit from the information shared in this course."
EDNU 9036 Teaching Students with ADHD
Almost every teacher has experienced the challenge of working with students diagnosed with ADHD. It can be a highly frustrating experience for everyone involved - the teacher, the student, and other learners in the environment. In this course you'll learn practical, classroom-proven ways to help students with ADHD control their behavior and succeed in school.
EDNU 9723 - Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
Learn how to successfully meet the diverse needs of the disable students in your classroom from an experienced special educator. We'll dissect the whole special education process, from working with individualized education programs (IEPs) to helping students who struggle with reading comprehension, math skills, and writing.
EDNU 9730 - Teaching Students with Autism: Strategies for Success
Just 20 years ago, we didn't see students with autism in our classrooms. But today we teach children with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome right alongside their neurotypical peers. Reaching and teaching these students requires a delicate balancing act: to understand how their brains function, help them turn challenges into opportunities, and learn to enjoy the rich perspective they bring to the classroom.
EDNU 9782 - Empowering Students with Disabilities
Teaching students with disabilities is a rewarding challenge. No matter what grade you teach- from pre-school to high school-you'll learn powerful strategies you can put to work immediately in your classroom. You'll gain an understanding of and an ability to cope with the most common disabilities you'll encounter.
Teaching Methodology
EDDU 9229 - Teaching High School Students
Participants will learn about the latest teaching strategies and techniques that can help secondary students achieve academically and behave responsibly.
EDNU 9791 - Differentiated Instruction and R.T.I. Connection
Today's teachers are using two powerful approaches; 1) Differentiated Instruction (DI) and 2) Response to Intervention (RTI), to help every child succeed academically. In this course, you'll learn how to put this "dynamic duo" to work in your own classroom teaching and lesson plans.
EDRU 9715 - Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success
In this professional development course for teachers, you'll be trained to reach the diverse mix of students you face every day; learn proven strategies that turn diversity into opportunity. With a mix of students who have learning disabilities, neurobiological disorders, and physical challenges, the modern classroom requires an efficient and effective teacher who can prioritize under tight deadlines and be creative on demand. Over the next six weeks, you'll learn how to be the kind of super teacher who can guide every student toward academic success.
EDRU 9718 - Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom
Differentiated Instruction (DI) is becoming a mainstay in classrooms across the country as educators are starting to see the ways that the traditional classroom setting limits their ability to reach diverse learners. Join us on this journey through 10 practical DI integration strategies! Count on at least three sample integration lessons are on each strategy and just think of all the ways that you can apply them to improve learning outcomes for your students.
EDRU 9772 - Teaching Preschool: A Year of Inspiring Lessons
If you are, or in the process to become a preschool teacher, you know what short attention spans preschoolers have. You've probably wondered how to structure your days to make the most of the way they learn. Up to now, to craft original and inspiring lesson plans may have been a daunting task. But not for much longer! In this course, you'll be equipped with a solid lesson plan template and interchangeable activities to choose from-plenty of inspiration to take you and your students from September to May.

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