Directed Study

Between class, lesson planning, and administrative commitments, it can be difficult for educators to find time for their own education and professional development. With Brandman University’s self-paced, online Directed Study courses, educators can find a course that fits not only their unique areas of interest but their busy lives and schedules.

Directed Study courses are self-paced courses that allow educators to delve deeply into a new topic or increase your knowledge in an existing area of interest. Students are required to complete eight (8) to fifteen (15) modules of work – including textbook or online readings, journals, videos, case studies, etc – within a 15-week period. Students are welcome to complete the requirements as quickly or slowly within that period as best fits their needs.

Registration for Directed Study courses is open year-round, so see what course is right for you and register today!

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Directed Study Courses

Effective Strategies for the Autistic Student Certificate
This four course online series, co-sponsored by Link Autism Leadership, focuses on educational, social, and behavioral support strategies effective when working inside and outside the classroom with students on the autism disorder spectrum. The first course provides a broad overview of the disorders and key structures for potentially recognizing the specific disorders. Courses may be taken individually.
EDNU 9971 Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 Credits*
This course is purposed toward familiarizing participants with autism spectrum disorders, including high and low functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Participants will become familiar with each disorder, familiarized with interventions from a systems perspective, an overview of IDEA, least restrictive environment, and other lawful mandates, and finally practical strategies and specialized, scuffled instruction in general education classrooms (elementary and secondary) designed for children with ranging autism disorders.
EDNU 9978 Meeting Academic Needs for Children with Autism 3 Credits*
This course is purposed toward familiarizing participants with educational strategies to be used for children with autism spectrum disorders including high and low functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Opportunities for virtual learning, on the job training, life skills education, and special education law will be offered as an extended understanding in meeting basic educational needs for individuals with autism disorders.
EDNU 9989 Behavioral Supports & Interventions for Children w/Autism 3 Credits*
This course is purposed toward familiarizing participants with behavioral support strategies to be used for children with autism spectrum disorders including high and low functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder in an educational environment. This course will also present long-range behavioral strategies and supports.
EDNU 9990 Social Supports for Children w/Autism Disorders 3 Credits*
Participants will become familiar with understanding social characteristics of autism that will be applied within education environments, as well as with social interventions from a systems perspective. Special education requirements will be over-viewed. Participants will also be provided with practical social strategies and specialized instruction for general education classrooms.
EDDU 9547 A Teacher’s Survival Guide: What I Wish I Had Known as a Teacher 3 Credits
Every teacher who spends his or her days making a difference in the life of a child will appreciate this course. This online course will help provide survival strategies to plan the first day of school, build routines and organize chores to manage precious time. With the use of visual aids, innovative strategies, streaming media and PowerPoint demonstrations, educators will be able to develop a survival tool for classroom success. Teachers will analyze techniques, ideas, and resources for how to improve parent communication, host a high-quality open house and develop a sense of community among their students. This course also provides research-based ideas for substitute teachers, veteran educators and new teachers.
EDKU 9045 Teaching with Technology, Level II 3 Credits*
This course builds on the skills acquired in a Technology Level I course. The purpose of the course is not only to expose students to the wide variety of technological tools that can be used in teaching, but also to bring each student to the point at which he or she is able to use these tools with proficiency. Assignments will be project-based. Students will develop curriculum plans, design instructional units, and create technology-rich environments that promote active learning. May satisfy a requirement for some California clear credentials.
EDKU 9543 Building Better Instruction with Technology 3 Credits
This course is designed for educators across all content areas, as well as all grade levels. Many of the strategies will use Internet based research. In addition, students will analyze the core concepts of how Web 2.0 is affecting learning environments and explore the combined power of research-based instructional strategies and technology to engage and motivate diverse populations of students including students with exceptionalities and diverse learning styles.
EDKU 9548 Teaching with Technology for K-8 Teachers 3 Credits
This course focuses on elementary grades technology teaching methods, the process of integrating technology into curricula, and advocating for the utilization of technology at the elementary level. Students will learn methods to evaluate and enhance learning, analyze exemplary lesson plans that incorporate technology, create lesson plans and units for the elementary and/or middle school grade levels.
EDKU 9549 Teaching with Technology for High School Teachers 3 Credits
This course focuses on subject matter teaching methods, the process of integrating technology into curricula, and advocating for technology utilization at the secondary level. Students will learn methods to evaluate and enhance learning. Students will also analyze exemplary lesson plans that incorporate technology, create lesson plans, and units for the secondary grade levels. In addition, an overview of strategies for educational technology leadership will be provided.
EDLU 9003 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas 3 Credits
In order to be successful in content area classes such as social studies, science, and mathematics, students must be able to read a variety of informational texts and produce written documents. This course will give teachers the tools they need to integrate literacy strategies into content learning to help raise student achievement. Students will be able to locate web-based tools, strategies, and lessons that foster literacy skills in all content areas. They will also have developed a preliminary lesson plan portfolio incorporating these tools and strategies.
EDLU 9004 Teaching Children’s Literature 3 Credits
This course focuses on literature from preschool through adolescence; and the course seeks to give you both an appreciation of the literature's worth and the confidence necessary for you to present the material in a classroom setting.
EDLU 9006 Literacy for the Diverse Learner 3 Credits
This course is for both experienced professionals and newcomers interested in incorporating the reading strategies to help students achieve their educational standards and objectives. Through the class experiences, readings, assignments, and case studies, candidates will be able to analyze the major theories of language development, cognition, and learning and identify research-based instructional and assessment practices for promoting literacy development of beginning, developing and fluent readers and writers.
EDLU 9008 Emergent Literacy 3 Credits
This course will define literacy and emergent literacy; analyze various theories of language development; and describe the teacher's role in promoting emergent literacy. The student will create literacy environments for children; and select and share appropriate literature with children.
EDLU 9541 Teaching Reading in the 21st Century 3 Credits
This course is designed for both experienced educators and newcomers interested in incorporating the reading strategies to help students achieve their educational standards and objectives using current trends and research. This course will help educators develop effective teaching methods and instructional strategies.
EDLU 9542 Helping Struggling Readers with Comprehension 3 Credits
This course was designed to focus on evidence-based instructional practices to promote word recognition, fluency, and comprehension, along with procedures to assess children's development as they move from emergent literacy to learning to read and into the reading to learn stage.
EDRU 9145 Health Education for Teachers 3 Credits*
This course identifies and explores modern concepts of health and health education in schools. Participants will examine current health issues and common health problems in children and adolescents. Topics such as child abuse, suicide, good nutritional health habits, and the effects of chemical use will be covered. Methods that teachers can use to integrate health topics into a variety of curricular areas will be discussed along with resources available online and within a community to help meet the health needs of students and their families. May satisfy a requirement for some California clear credentials.

*Textbook required. More information will be provided upon registration and/or start of course.

SCHEDULE:

  • Open Enrollment

TUITION:

  • $400/course

LOCATION:

  • Online

DURATION:

  • Up to 15 weeks

All courses will be letter grades unless Pass/No Pass is specifically requested. Please email us after registration if P/NP is required.