For more than 30 years, Trinity has offered practical, professional development courses for education professionals seeking to maintain certification requirements. In 2010, we began offering fully online courses where students can participate anytime of night or day from anywhere that they have access to the internet. This spring the Office of Continuing Education is blending our two successful formats to offer students a hybrid of online and in person learning.
In order to have a successful learning experience in a hybrid course, students will need to be in full attendance for the in person classes and be prepared for the following aspects of online education:
- Have online access at least three times in a week (during the approximately 2 weeks of online instruction) for the following educational activities:
- Read/Review instructional content
- Participate in online discussion forum/ chat
- Reflect and respond to peer comments to facilitate a virtual classroom discussion
- View online videos/articles and be able to download documents, files (such as podcasts), and/or spreadsheets to review.
- Submit written reflections to instructor (assignments and/or journals)
- Contribute AND respond to weekly online discussion forum (your reflection as well as your response to other students’ reflections, required weekly).
- Participate in online group collaboration through chat rooms and/or group forums.
- Take online quizzes or tests.
- Submit papers, power points, lesson plans, and/or unit that all students can review; be able to attach/upload assignments similar to email.
- Review peer discussion points, presentations and provide feedback.
All online learning segments of hybrid courses are conducted through Moodle, Trinity’s Online Learning interface, similar to Blackboard. Students will sign into Moodle by clicking on the orange “m” in the tool bar at the top of the page.
Early Childhood Education
EDU 759A Teaching Reading in Early Childhood This course stresses developmentally appropriate practices specific to any early childhood education setting.
English as a Second Language
EDU 799 Methods of Teaching Writing to LEP Students This course explores efficient methods, strategies, and theories for teaching writing to LEP students, including routine technical writing activities and creative writing. A variety of examples will be presented and modeled from different levels of English proficiency. Students are expected to develop lesson plans using learned methods and strategies of writing.
Health & Physical Education
EDU 503S Health and Physical Safety for Educators This course covers major concepts in health education including the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, good nutrition and physical activity, diseases and their causes, substance abuse, OSHA requirements, and First Aid basics. Methods of creating opportunities for student development and health-friendly skills are examined.
Praxis I Preparation
EDU 700A Praxis I Reading/Writing
Note: No credits are awarded for this course. Praxis preparation courses will include on-line computer-based testing programs.
Reading: This course reviews the basic skills of reading comprehension. The course will provide participants with an understanding of critical reading skills and the mechanics of reading through diverse written materials. Classroom learning experiences include the practice of skimming, previewing, locating answers, and summarizing and evaluating written material.
Writing: This course introduces participants to the basic skills of writing. Participants will benefit from the ability to express their thoughts on paper. This course will provide participants with classroom writing support, including immediate feedback on their common misuses of grammar and sentence structure. They will produce a writing sample including the topic sentence, body of the paper, and the conclusion.
Reading & Language Arts
EDU 526A Children’s Literature/Materials for Reading This course in children’s literature (K-6) focuses on the specific criteria and tools to use in evaluating and selecting books for children, both from the viewpoint of what constitutes good literature and for the specific needs of children. The integration of books to be read purely for enjoyment is emphasized. Initiation of book discussions in the classroom is stressed as one of the most important aspects in developing an appreciation and love in young children for books and reading.
EDU 666 Process and Acquisition of Reading This course studies current research in language development, phonics, and phonemic awareness. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental skills of reading.
EDU 704B Instruction of Reading This course shows students how to use a balanced program of graphophonics, semantics, and syntax in teaching reading. Teachers learn to screen their classes for critical early reading deficiencies. The course identifies several underlying language skills important for reading development including awareness of the speech sounds in words, knowledge of letter, forms and names, the links between sounds and letters, and the ability to apply these to sounding words out.
ENV 725A Environmental Science, K-6 This course provides participants with hands-on activities and field trips in which they look at the cause and effect relationships underlying environmental issues.
EDU 561W Methods and Strategies for Inclusion This course explores methodologies and applications concerning issues, concepts, and teaching strategies for including students with disabilities in the regular education program.
EDU 740A Conferencing with Parents and Professionals This course is designed to address critical issues involved with teachers working collaboratively with parents of special education students. It introduces strategies and procedures in conferencing with the parents and professionals involved.
EDU 881A Behavior Management for Special Needs Students This course provides an overview of emotional and behavioral problems that children and youth may experience. Psycho-social factors related to these problems will be explored using case studies, film, and current issues. Strategies to respond to these concerns will be presented through role play, behavioral rehearsal and small group problem-solving.