ASL8001American Sign Language and Introduction to Deaf Culture3 Credits The basic foundation of American Sign Language through an overview of deaf culture and an introduction to the signing of finger spelling, numbers, colors, vocabulary words, and beginning-level conversations.
BDG0100Developing Background5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Developing Background Micro-Credential are able to connect students’ prior knowledge with new material to build understanding.
BDG0101Essential Questions5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Essential Questions Micro-Credential create and use overarching unit questions that stimulate student curiosity by connecting the key inquiries of the subject matter to students’ lives.
BDG0102Learning Target5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Learning Target Micro-Credential can design and share learning targets to support student learning. Evidence of learning is shown through an assessment called a performance of understanding.
BDG0103Quick Formative Assessments5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Quick Formative Assessment Micro-Credential can quickly check all students for understanding during the lesson and use responses to adjust the lesson and increase student learning.
BDG0104Full Formative Assessments5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Full Formative Assessment Micro-Credential check all students for a full or complete understanding of the learning target near the end of the lesson and use responses to adjust the lesson and increase student learning.
BDG0105Active Engagement5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Active Engagement Micro-Credential engage learners in high cognition and high participation activities within a lesson to build student understanding.
BDG0106Summary & Practice5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Summary & Practice Micro-Credential create meaningful lesson closure, which includes skill reinforcement aligned to the lesson’s learning target.
BDG0113Look-Fors5 Clock Hours The instructional supervisor who earns the Look-Fors Micro-Credential knows and clearly communicates what to look for when observing a teacher.
BDG0114Data-Scripting5 Clock Hours Principals, directors, or instructional coaches who earn the Data-Scripting Micro-Credential can collect data on carefully selected classroom interactions using a Formative Scripting Tool and sort the data in ways that lay the foundation for providing effective feedback to teachers.
BDG0115Data-Seating Chart5 Clock Hours Principals, directors, or instructional coaches who earn the Data-Seating Chart Micro-Credential can collect and sort data on carefully selected classroom interactions around students’ understanding and engagement using a formative classroom charting tool.
BDG0116Walk-Through5 Clock Hours Principals or instructional supervisors who earn the Walk-Through Micro-Credential can conduct brief classroom visits that efficiently gather and communicate worthwhile and usable information about student learning.
BDG0117Pre-Conference5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Pre-Conferencing Micro-Credential can carry out a pre-visit conference that sets the tone for a growth-oriented visit focusing on student learning.
BDG0118Post-Conference5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Post-Conferencing Micro-Credential are capable of conducting a post-visit conference that provides meaningful feedback to improve instruction and student learning.
BDG0119Coaching Stance5 Clock Hours Principals, directors, or instructional coaches who earn the Coaching Stance Micro-Credential can utilize a combination of three stances appropriately when discussing instructional performance with teachers. Evidence of learning is shown through an assessment called a performance of understanding.
BDG0121Evidence-Based Conversation5 Clock Hours Instructional supervisors who earn the Evidence-Based Conversation Micro-Credential provide timely and effective observation feedback based on observable data while avoiding judgments and opinions.
BDG0123Ministry Development Plan5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Ministry Development Plan Micro-Credential can facilitate a goal-setting conversation that allows an educator to develop a goal statement that addresses professional growth and the effect of that growth on student learning.
BDG0124Evaluation Form5 Clock Hours Teachers who earn the Evaluation Form Micro-Credential can appreciate the importance of summative teacher evaluations. In addition, they can collect evidence needed to properly, fairly, and thoroughly rate a teacher. Finally, they also demonstrate that they can use the new WELS summative teacher evaluation rubric to both collect relevant evidence and conduct an end-of-year summative teacher evaluation conference.
EDT8001Activities in Using the SMART Board1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A hands-on approach giving students experience using the SMART Board with a variety of subject areas and activities. Participants construct practical materials. Designed for beginning users of the SMART Board and for individuals who want to learn more about SMART Board.
EDT8002 Multimedia in the Classroom I – Audio1 Credit Experience using and creating audio files for classroom use. Includes finding and implementing audio clips in a variety of ways and from a great number of places, how to create original audio recordings, and how to manipulate preexisting sound clips. Audacity and various other audio programs are used.
EDT8003Multimedia in the Classroom II – Video1 Credit Prerequisite: EDT8002: Multimedia in the Classroom I -Audio
Understanding of how, when and why to use video files. Includes editing, capturing, and creating original video clips. Programs such as Movie Maker and Premiere Elements are used to encourage the introduction of multimedia into the classroom –both from the teacher and the student’s perspective. (Note: Students will need to purchase a copy of Premiere/Photoshop Elements. Approx. $50. – this software will also help equip students to take EDT8009 Basic Photo-manipulation using Photoshop Elements)
EDT8005Digital Utilities for Teachers II – WEB 2.01 Credit Integrating digital collaborative projects into the classroom using various online Web 2.0 tools
EDT8006Assistive and Remedial Technologies1 Credit An examination of the educational issues that arise when students with varying cognitive and physical abilities exist within the classroom. Participants examine how various digital tools, including hardware and software, can be used to help students of varying abilities better succeed in the classroom. Tools include line scanners, voice recognition software, computer assisted instruction, etc.
EDT8007Digital Music1 Credit An overview course featuring various applications available for music, such as accompaniment-generating software, loop-based software, notation software and digital audio software. Students use and critique trial versions of software.
EDT8008Basic Photo-Manipulation1 Credit Using online tools including Flickr, PicMonkey, Animoto, and MyBrainShark, students will learn the basics of editing images and creating slide shows, videos, and narrated image presentations for sharing and enhancing websites.
EDT8011Dynamic Classroom Presentations1 Credit Using presentation software (PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, Google Slides) in a more sophisticated and dynamic way. Includes how to use sound design principles to help the non-designer build beautiful slides and enhance any instructional content. The most powerful and compelling principles behind communicating with digital media are
EDT8012Webpage Design and Construction1 Credit Webpage design principles, introduction to HTML basics, and using online webpage editing tools (WYSIWYG editor) to create pages and embed widgets from other websites. Students will create content using WordPress, Google Sites, or FinalWeb content management systems.
EDT8013Designing and Constructing Church/School Websites1 Credit Prerequisite: EDT8012 Webpage Design and Construction
Examinations and evaluations of existing church/school websites. Constructing and/or editing a church/school website. The WELS site “FinalWeb” is examined as a possible solution for webhosting.
EDT8014Publication Design and Construction Using Publisher1 Credit The basic design principles of proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast as explained in the book The Non-Designers Design Book. Participants apply these design principles as they critique an existing publication and create a publication of their own using Publisher. Publisher, a desktop publishing program, is often used to create school, congregational, and business newsletters, posters, brochures, flyers, bulletins, etc. Topics covered in the course include design issues, page setup, borders, templates, text boxes, word art, clip art, and printing, as well as copyright issues as they pertain to congregations and schools.
EDT8015Technology Project1 Credit Prerequisite: EDT5001 Enhancing the Curriculum with Technology and at least 10 credits completed in the program
A culminating research report or project that directly helps the students and/or their church/school in a very practical manner. Within instructor-led guidelines, students review literature and then design and complete a technology related project.
EDT8017Using Google Tools to Communicate, Create, and Collaborate1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours An exploration of tools in G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education). Participants will learn the in-depth functionality of Google Drive (including Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides, Sites, and Drawings), as well as other Chromebook tools, and will develop a project incorporating these tools.
EDT8018SMART Board for Intermediate Users1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A hands-on approach giving students additional experience using a SMART Board with a variety of subject areas and activities. Designed for intermediate-level SMART Board users.
EDT8101Technologies for Preschool – 2nd Grade1 Credit A hands-on experiential class using various websites and hardware that are tailored for early childhood and primary grade teachers and learners.
EDT8102Tablet Apptivities in Preschool – 2nd Grade1 Credit Age-appropriate ways to harness the power of tablet computers for young children’s learning. Participants will learn about best practice, practical tips, and device administration.
EDT8501Multimedia Apps for the Classroom1 Credit An investigation of educational multimedia apps. Participants explore and work with various apps that they or their students can use in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning.
EDT8601G Suite for Education Administration1 Credit Setting up and maintaining the G Suite for Education (GAFE) administration console.
EDT9007The Future-Ready Classroom1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A hands-on introduction to new technologies for classroom use. Participants will adopt a technology integration plan using the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) model.
EDT9501Teaching Online3 Credits Issues related to online learning, resources, ethics, copyright issues, learning styles, management of online courses, role of the online student and instructor, online communication, learner assessment, and course evaluation.
EDT9502Designing and Constructing Online Courses3 Credits The design and construction of online, web-based components, modules, workshops, or courses. Topics include learning theory and instructional design, web-based design principles, preliminary course planning, creating a course framework, preparing online lessons and content, constructing course materials, and preparing for course delivery. In the second half of the course, students work directly in their own Moodle course site (or a different learning management system that they are using at their school) to begin the course construction process.
EDT9503Google Tools in the Classroom: Docs, Slides, and Classroom0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours A hands-on approach for basic use and practical applications of Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Classroom.
EDU3116Teaching Religion in Early Childhood Education2 Credits Materials and methods for effective Bible storytelling, for enabling children’s retelling, and for learning memory treasures.
EDU8005Literacy Instruction Incorporating Text Comprehension1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Discussion and demonstration of strategies that will help students comprehend all genres of written texts, highlighting the use of informational texts.
EDU8010Designing and Presenting Professional Development for Adult Learners 1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Produce meaningful and responsive learning experiences using the fundamental principles, theory, and strategies that support adult learning.
EDU8101Intellectual, Social, & Emotional Development1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours The social and emotional development of preprimary children and its impact on cognitive functioning and instructional approaches.
EDU8102Operation & Management of ECE Programs1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours An overview of the operation and management of early childhood education programs.
EDU8103Developing Home & School Relationships1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Emphasis on developing a family-oriented classroom, techniques of communication, methods of actively engaging families, and resources to benefit family nurturing and school interaction. A family take-home kit and plan for implementing partnerships will be developed.
EDU8104Observation and Assessment1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Participants will explore the why, what, when, where, and how of observation and assessment in appropriate environments for young children. Through a variety of instructional strategies, a balance of theory and practice will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to establish a practical approach for the observation and assessment of young children.
EDU8105Encouraging Literacy Development1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Theoretical and practical approach to promoting children’s emergent language development in early childhood settings.
EDU8106Play and Learning Experiences1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A study of young children’s learning through play, with a focus on ages 3-5. Includes identifying active learning experiences, establishing and maintaining an environment for play, and identifying teacher roles in play-based learning.
EDU8108Preprimary Curriculum Essentials I1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Theory, research evidence, standards, teaching practices, Christian ECE philosophy, an active early learning environment, and a consistent daily routine that underlie and support a quality ECE curriculum.
EDU8109Preprimary Curriculum Essentials II1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Theory, research evidence, standards, teaching practices that underlie and support the ECE curriculum areas of mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the visual and dramatic arts.
EDU8111Curriculum, Observation, and Assessment0.5 Credits An exploration of the why, what, when, where, and how of observation and assessment in appropriate environments for young children.
EDU8112Health and Safety in Early Childhood Centers1 Credit Planning for safety, first aid, health, and nutrition in the early childhood learning environment.
EDU8113Assessment of Young Children2 Credits The knowledge and skills necessary to establish a practical approach for the observation and development assessment of young children and communication of progress to parents.
EDU8114Roles and Responsibilities of the Lutheran Early Childhood 1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours An examination of the role of the early childhood educator in a Lutheran early childhood ministry setting.
EDU8201Exploring Art Media1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A hands-on workshop that explores techniques of working with various art media. Participants will work on a variety of projects suitable for use in their classroom. Especially for those who feel their knowledge with art material is limited. Suitable for K-8.
EDU8204Teaching Spelling1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours To understand spelling development and its implications for spelling instruction.
EDU8205Teaching Writing in the Elementary School1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours The philosophy and implementation of a process-approach model of teaching writing in language as well as across the curriculum.
EDU8206Multidisciplinary Teaching K-81 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Exploring the philosophy of multidisciplinary teaching and how it is implemented in the classroom. Applying standards to this design will be included.
EDU8207Guided Reading in a Balanced Reading Curriculum K-61 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Exploring the philosophy, instructional strategies, resources, and assessment tools of guided reading for its implementation in the classroom.
EDU8208Using Standards in Teaching Elementary Science1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Theory and practice in teaching science to elementary children. Participants will explore and experience standards, processes, and current teaching methodologies.
EDU8502Developing a Discipline Based Art Ed. Curriculum1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Incorporating art history, criticism, appreciation, and hands-on projects into a unified art curriculum.
EDU8505Portfolio Assessment1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Participants will identify authentic assessment activities, plan student and parental involvement in portfolio assessment, and develop models of portfolio assessment for classroom and school-wide use.
EDU8506Developing a Model of Christian Discipline1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Identifies the difference between discipline and classroom management. A logical and sequential plan for discipline and classroom management is provided.
EDU8507An Alternative Structure for Instruction: Cooperative Learning1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Competitive, cooperative, and individualistic structuring of lessons, application to all students and grade levels, and appropriateness in the Lutheran school.
EDU8508Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Demonstration of strategies that will help students comprehend what they read.
EDU8509Elements of Effective Instruction1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Models of structuring lessons which are appropriate to particular subjects. Included also are questioning procedures, reinforcement skills, time on task, and effective assignments.
EDU8511Designing Instruction Using Authentic Assessment1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Suitable for teachers of all grade levels, this course teaches participants the key characteristics of authentic assessment and teaching strategies that complement its use. Criteria and standards for the development of authentic assessments will be shared so that participants can design authentic tasks they can use in their teaching. Scoring student work through the use of rubrics will be addressed.
EDU8512Integrating Children’s Literature into Your Teaching1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Connecting teachers to children’s literature as they assist their students in responding to books that are integrated into the school curriculum.
EDU8513Reaching and Teaching the Gifted and Talented1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours This course overviews the characteristics of children who are gifted and talented, examines theoretical implication (including acceleration and enrichment), and provides practical strategies for serving gifted learners.
EDU8519Teaching History with Primary Sources,
Trade Books, and Literature 1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Development and enhancement of historical themes using primary sources, trade books and literature. Teaching history in the narrative form is also demonstrated and practiced.
EDU8521Philosophies of Education1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A study and discussion of selected secular theories on education. Readings from famous philosophers as well as contemporary thinkers and educators will be considered, critiqued, and compared with a Christian perspective on the purpose and process of education.
EDU8532Rethinking Homework1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A study of the value of homework. Homework policies and practices are discussed and evaluated.
EDU8533Grading Techniques1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours An exploration of assessment, evaluation, and effective grading techniques.
EDU8534Differentiated Lesson Planning That Works1 Credit Assists teachers to design and create content area lessons that are based on student interests, needs, and strengths using differentiated instructional (DI) strategies such as flexible grouping, menu boards, cubing, web-quests, rafts, and tiered tasks.
EDU8535The Role of Grammar in a Balanced Language Arts Curriculum1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Discussion and demonstration of grammar instruction strategies that will help students with their grammar skills.
EDU8537Brain-Based Learning1 Credit Applies current brain research to your classroom instruction and student learning.
EDU8538Standards-Based Assessments1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Apply current research concerning standards-based assessments to improve student achievement by focusing instruction and the alignment of curriculum with essential standards.
EDU9009Developmental Milestones for Children Ages 5-141 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours The social and emotional development of middle to late childhood and its impact on cognitive functioning and instructional approaches.
EDU9010Fostering Student Growth1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A study of the theory behind mindset and how it affects student achievement and teacher practices.
EDU9011Social-Emotional Learning for Student and School Success1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Prepares participants with the research, skills, and support for connecting social-emotional learning (SEL) and school culture and climate concepts to various lifelong student outcomes, including academic performance, life skills, and emotional intelligence.
EDU9012Crafting a Literacy Instruction Philosophy1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Helps educators develop their individual philosophy of literacy instruction by investigating its various components and philosophical underpinnings.
EDU9025Five Pillars of Reading Instruction: Text Comprehension1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A study of strategies to help students comprehend written texts.
EDU9026Five Pillars of Reading Instruction: Vocabulary1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Discussion and demonstration of strategies related to vocabulary instruction that will help students comprehend written texts.
EDU9030Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders3 Credits Theoretical foundations and research base for interventions that can be used by teachers and that can assist families when making decisions about their children.
EDU9031Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Theoretical foundations and research base for interventions that can be used by teachers and that can assist families when making decisions about their children.
EDU9032Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours Theoretical foundations and research base for interventions applicable to children with autism that can assist teachers families when making decisions about children with autism.
EDU9109Bible Storytelling in Early Childhood1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Materials and methods for effective Bible storytelling and for enabling children’s retelling.
EDU9110Teaching Young Children Social & Emotional Competence0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours Presents ways to teach and support young children’s social and emotional development. Intended for preschool educators.
EDU9202Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary and Middle Level 3 Credits Creating instructional strategies based on curricular designs appropriate for kindergarten through eighth grade students. Major components include multiage teaching and teaching to standards. Emphasis will be placed on middle level learners. (This course is designed and required for the post-baccalaureate licensure program.)
EDU9220Teaching Bible History Using Art0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours Explores the use of religious imagery to teach about art, writing, and Bible history to help students gain a deeper understanding of biblical truth.
EDU9221Teaching Bible History Using Art1 Credit Explores the use of religious imagery to teach about art, writing, and Bible history to help students gain a deeper understanding of biblical truth.
EDU9248Supervisory Practices1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A survey of techniques, strategies, and materials for the effective supervision of teacher candidates.
EDU9302Curriculum and Instruction in Middle and Secondary Schools3 Credits Creating instructional strategies based on curricular designs appropriate for fifth through twelfth grade students. Major components include best practices, teaching to standards, and authenticity in learning and assessment.
EDU9303Methods and Techniques for Teaching Secondary Literature 1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Equips learners with current principles and practices underlying effective middle and secondary school instruction in teaching literature.
EDU9506Licensure Seminar1 Credit An overview of the internship capstone, professional portfolio, state teaching standards, and code of ethics. Intended for students seeking the master’s degree and Minnesota post-baccalaureate licensure.
EDU9508Effective Science Instruction1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Principles, applications, and assessment of using an inquiry approach for teaching science in elementary and middle school classrooms.
EDU9509STEM in Lutheran Schools1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours An in-depth exploration of various STEM curricula. Participants build confidence and directly apply skills in activity-, project-, and problem-based approaches.
EDU9513Listening and Speaking Strategies to Foster Student 1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Discussion and demonstration of strategies across grade levels that will help students develop listening and speaking skills for better communication.
EDU9520Formative Assessment That Works1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A grounded understanding of the formative assessment process and terminology with practical applications in the classroom through modeling, planning, and implementation of the strategy.
EDU9521Mathematical Problem Solving That Works1 Credit A grounded understanding of research-based mathematics problem solving instruction with practical application in the classroom through modeling, planning, and implementation of the strategy.
EDU9522Individual Behavioral Management Plans That Work1 Credit Assists teachers in developing a road map for individual students’ behavioral success in the classroom using Functional Behavior Assessment.
EDU9523Classroom Procedures That Work1 Credit Helps teachers establish classroom procedures to preserve instructional time, add structure, and remove opportunities for misbehavior.
EDU9525Reading Intervention That Works: A Multisensory Approach1 Credit Provides a grounded understanding of the Orton-Gillingham approach as one option for reading intervention for students with dyslexia, with practical applications in the classroom through modeling, planning, and implementation of the strategy. (Not intended for Orton-Gillingham certification.)
EDU9526A Math Word Problem Intervention That Works1 Credit Provides a grounded understanding of schema-based instruction for solving math word problems, an intervention for students with learning disabilities as well as an effective method for teaching all students, with practical applications in the classroom through modeling, planning, and implementation of the strategy.
EDU9530Culturally Responsive Classroom Management1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Creating a principles-based approach to discipline in order to respond to the changing needs of our students, and applying strategies to restore relationships.
EDU9531Planning and Support of Christian Discipline0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours Creating a principles-based approach to discipline in order to respond to the changing needs of our students, and applying strategies for the loving application of law and gospel.
EDU9532Developing Expert Learners: Universal Design for Learning1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours An overview of the Universal Design for Learning framework. Participants analyze the UDL framework and the evidence-based instructional strategies that help ensure that all learners have equal access to the curriculum and become expert learners.
EDU9534Leveraging Social-Emotional Learning for Student and School 0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours Prepares participants with the research, skills, and support for connecting social-emotional learning (SEL) and school culture and climate concepts to various lifelong student outcomes, including academic performance, life skills, and emotional intelligence.
EDU9535Putting Some Lutheran STEAM into Science0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours Enhancing science instruction by combining science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Guided problem-solving activities will be modeled to show how human efforts work to increase understanding and appreciation of the world we live in. Included are both the blessings and the limits of this way of knowing.
EDU9536Teaching Democratic Citizenship in the 21st Century0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours How to promote democratic citizenship in classrooms by engaging students in the core principles of the U.S. Constitution and by exploring what “active participant” means in the 21st Century. Pedagogy activities will focus on breaking down the complexities of civic education, social justice, and social engagement, and analyzing the controversial topics that arise when addressing individual rights and freedoms.
EDU9537Putting Some Lutheran STEAM into Science1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Enhancing science instruction by combining science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Guided problem-solving activities will be modeled to show how human efforts work to increase understanding and appreciation of the world we live in. Included are both the blessings and the limits of this way of knowing.
EDU9540Principles of Christian Education3 Credits An overview of Christian education, especially formal Lutheran early childhood, elementary, and secondary education, with the goal of understanding and appreciating Lutheran schools as one of the means by which the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod carries out the Lord’s command to “tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done” (Psalm 78:4).
EDU9550Teaching the Way People Learn1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Explores practical ways for teachers to bridge the gap between brain research and classroom practice.
EDU9551Engaging the Disengaged0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours An exploration of the Total Participation Techniques (TPT) Cognitive Engagement Model and other research-based academic and behavioral strategies that promote active engagement among hesitant and reluctant students and foster learner-focused classrooms.
EDU9603Fostering a Formative School Culture1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Explores the foundations for a formative school culture that focuses on student and adult learning. Topics include developing a growth mindset, assessing student learning, effective professional development, teacher collaboration models, and instructional coaching.
EDU9604Formative Supervision of Instruction0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours Studies, discusses, assesses, and applies various forms of formative teacher supervision. Participants will come away with a plan to implement strategies in their own school settings for the benefit of teacher development and student learning.
ENG8302Writing Across the Curriculum1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours An update on recent innovations to plan, implement, or renew a writing and language across the curriculum program. Sessions include a discussion of integrated teaching methods for the middle and secondary school.
ENG8303Writing Across the Curriculum0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours An update on recent innovations to plan, implement, or renew a writing and language across the curriculum program. Sessions include a discussion of integrated teaching methods for the middle and secondary school.
ENG8601Communication1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours An examination of interpersonal communication skills (verbal and nonverbal) that emphasize the evangelical nature of Christian relationships. Topics include conflict resolution, effective listening, reflecting, paraphrasing, and encouraging communication.
ENG8602Building and Maintaining Relationships1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours An overview of the skills and tools needed to build and maintain healthy professional, personal, and intimate relationships.
ENG8604Conflict Management and Resolution1 Credit Identifying, preventing, and resolving professional and personal conflicts; implementation of skills and strategies to resolve conflicts. Special emphasis on role-playing.
HEB9001Hebrew Institute1 Credit An upper-level course in biblical Hebrew for parish pastors with a strong interest and ability in Hebrew and for those currently teaching Hebrew in the fellowship of WELS.
MTH8202Mathematics for Today1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours A survey of what mathematics methodology and curricula look like in a current mathematics classroom, including integration of technology, student-centered learning, and improved pedagogy. Intended for teachers of grades 3-12.
MTH9202Making Mathematics Meaningful0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours Topics from the elementary and middle school curriculum with an emphasis on gaining conceptual understanding and problem solving skills.
MUS8101Music and Worship in ECE1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Spiritual, musical, psychosocial, and cognitive aspects of music learning in early childhood. Participants will survey early childhood music learning theories and music teaching methods. The course will include the use of the WELS music curriculum, Sing and Make Music.
MUS8102Music in Early Childhood Education1 Credit Musical, psychosocial, and cognitive aspects of music learning in early childhood including a survey of early childhood music learning theories and music teaching methods. The WELS music curriculum, Sing and Make Music, is used.
MUS9202 Musical Creativity in the Elementary Music Class1 Credit Music activities for grades K-6 that emphasize creativity, including individual and group song writing, arranging of simple accompaniments, improvisation, movement, and the development of original musical playlets and dances.
PED8101Physical and Motor Development for Preprimary1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Teachers of young children play a vital role in fostering their physical and motor development. This course addresses the physical needs of children from conception through childhood. Participants will plan for a week of physical education classes using a format presented in class.
SCI9001Creation Apologetics 1011 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours An introduction to apologetics as applied to the realm of creation and evolution within the context of Lutheran ministry.
SCI9002Creation Apologetics 1021 Credit Developing and deepening creation apologetic principles for use in ministry settings.
SPE8501Educating the Exceptional Student1 Credit Study of current issues, instruction, and resources as they apply to the needs and characteristics of learners ages birth to 21.
SPE9501High-Leverage Practices for Teachers0.5 Credit or 6.25 Clock Hours Research-based practices in education, with an emphasis on practices for teachers of students with special needs.
SPE9502Serving Exceptional Students: MTSS and Behavior Theory1 Credit or 12.5 Clock Hours Navigate local Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) with the goal of collaboration between public and private school professionals to support exceptional learners. Consider and integrate current research on behavior theory into the classroom setting.
SSC9501Intercultural Learning for Christian Ministry1 Credit Using the four-phase framework for intercultural development, this course will inspire educators, evangelists, and gospel workers to apply gospel truths in a pluralistic society by facilitating their understanding and engagement in cross-cultural ministry. Learners will apply intercultural learning principles to their area of ministry practice.
THE1001Biblical History and Literature I3 Credits A survey of God’s grace through the literature of the Old Testament’s historical and wisdom writings, with a focus on the promises God made throughout the history of ancient Israel.
THE1002Biblical History and Literature II3 Credits A survey of God’s grace through the literature of the Old Testament major prophets and the New Testament gospel accounts set in the context of exilic, post-exilic literature and Intertestamental historical record.
THE2001Biblical History and Literature III3 Credits A survey of God’s grace through the literature of selected New Testament epistles set in the context of the book of Acts. This is a writing-intensive course in undergraduate General Education programs.
THE2103Biblical Interpretation3 Credits An analysis of the major approaches to biblical interpretation, and an examination and application of the correct principles used to understand the Bible.
THE3001Christian Doctrine I3 Credits A study of those truths that the Bible, as the divinely inspired source of doctrine, presents concerning the author, the object, and the mediator of salvation.
THE3002Christian Doctrine II3 Credits The scriptural truths concerning the blessing the Holy Spirit showers on believers, individually and collectively, in the presentation and appropriation of the gift of salvation.
THE3101Introduction to Youth and Family Ministry3 Credits A study of marriage, the family, and the biblical role of the family in spiritual growth, with an emphasis on youth ministry as a part of an integrated ministry to families. Addresses both developing healthy families and ministering to hurting families.
THE3110Foundations of Evangelism3 Credits An examination of the biblical concept of evangelism as it relates to the mission of the church, and a presentation of personal and programmatic methods for evangelism.
THE3111Congregational Assimilation and Retention3 Credits A study of ways to integrate members into the life of the church through active use of the means of grace, Christian fellowship, and service. Includes examination of factors that can help to prevent inactivity and of methods for reaching out to inactive members.
THE3120Parish Education3 Credits An examination of the principles, methods, and materials of religious education in the parish for adults, youth, and children.
THE3130Caring and Counseling3 Credits An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of a Christian approach to counseling, based in Law and Gospel, and the formal and informal congregational settings in which they may be applied.
THE3131Parish Visitation3 Credits A presentation of visitation as a method of ministry, especially as a way to minister to the needs of the grieving, the sick and shut-in, and the inactive member.
THE3140Organization and Administration in the Parish3 Credits A presentation of organizational structure, planning, decision making, supervision, leadership, and human relations as tools in the administration of the church.
THE3142Developing and Training Leadership3 Credits Methods and techniques for training lay people. Includes how to identify their gifts and abilities, recruitment, and options for training.
THE4001Lutheran Confessional Writings3 Credits The origin, content, and significance of the confessions of the Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord (1580).
THE8112The Role of ECE in Mission Outreach1 Credit Strategies to increase gospel outreach through early childhood education.
THE8113Connecting Young Adults to the Church1 Credit A study and discussion of issues regarding young adults’ involvement in churches and member ministry. Participants engage in Bible study and discussion of practical issues related to ministry with youth/young adults.
THE8508Devotional Writing1 Credit Examining and practicing the art of writing spiritual devotions. Includes an examination of core principles regarding the presentation of law and gospel and regarding effective, concise communication.
THE8509A Closer Look at the Creeds1 Credit An examination of the historical background and doctrinal content of the three ecumenical creeds (Apostles, Nicene, Athanasian).
THE8510The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel1 Credit A reading and discussion of C.F.W. Walther’s lectures on distinguishing law gospel. Includes applying these core doctrines to current issues.
THE8511Constructing and Conducting Bible Studies1 Credit An online workshop devoted to the art and practice of writing and leading Bible studies. Bible studies of varying quality (theologically and stylistically) will be critiqued. Participants will discuss various strategies for conducting Bible studies, will work at developing Bible studies of their own, and will provide evaluation and encouragement to one another regarding their work.
THE8512Devotional Writing2 Credits Examining and practicing the art of writing spiritual devotions. Includes an examination of core principles regarding the presentation of law and gospel and regarding effective, concise communication.
THE9101The Mission of the Church1 Credit Foundational understanding of the church and the local congregation’s evangelism missions. Involves both evaluation of and planning for local congregation evangelism.
THE9102Practical Evangelism for Congregations1 Credit Overview of key components that make up a congregational evangelism program and guidance for putting them into practice.
THE9103Friendship Evangelism1 Credit Designed to enable learners to confidently share the faith they are already publicly sharing at worship each Sunday in a personal, transparent, and informed approach.
THE9520Communicating Forgiveness3 Credits A study of the scriptural teaching of forgiveness and the many ways this truth can be communicated vividly and meaningfully by God’s messengers.
THE9521A Scriptural Approach to Addiction Counseling3 Credits An examination of addictions from a scriptural perspective, concentrating on the prevention and treatment of addictions. All common addictions will be studied, with emphasis given to alcohol, drug, and internet addictions.
THE9522Chaplaincy Issues and Fieldwork3 Credits An overview of chaplaincy, related issues, and fieldwork experience in a specific area of chaplain ministry.
THE9523Ministering to the Incarcerated and Their Families3 Credits Strategies to initiate and implement a gospel ministry to the incarcerated.
THE9524Frontline Chaplaincy3 Credits A study of the challenges faced by the protectors of society (military, law enforcement, and fire department personnel) and the information chaplains need to minister to them.
THE9525Geriatric and Care Facility Ministry3 Credits A team-oriented approach to ministry for people who are aging or residents in care facilities. Provides both knowledge and skills for congregation members to provide spiritual care for the homebound and institutionalized.
THE9532Chaplaincy Issues and Fieldwork Seminar1 Credit A follow-up to Chaplaincy Issues and Fieldwork in which participants share fieldwork experiences and interact with Chaplaincy Certification Committee members.
THE9533Grief, Loss, and Trauma-Help for the Hurting3 Credits Explore grief, loss, and trauma from a mental health and biblical perspective. Develop understanding of what happens when someone experiences a traumatic loss and of how to minister to such a person, both initially and in the long term.
THE9534Grounded in Scripture3 Credits An introduction to theology that focuses upon the scriptural teachings of special importance to chaplaincy ministry.
THE9601The Spiritual Side of PTSD3 Credits Helps spiritual advisors recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and provide appropriate spiritual care.
THE9701Biblical Archaeology and Geography3 Credits An introduction to the fields of biblical geography and archaeology, with participation in an archaeological dig at a biblical site in Israel, as well as visits to other biblical sites of importance.
WEB0101Understanding Learning Differences4 Clock Hours An exposure to various ways in which learners differ and the process of referral, assessment, and educational planning with respect to special education law and private schools.
WEB0102Differentiating Instruction to Benefit All Learners4 Clock Hours An exposure to the theory and practices associated with differentiated instruction.
WEB0104Instructional Strategies for Students with Attention Disorders4 Clock Hours A description of neurological factors associated with ADHD and ADD and practical strategies for students with this diagnosis.
WEB0105Instructional Strategies for Students with Literacy Disorders4 Clock Hours A review of the neurological foundations of literacy and developmentally appropriate strategies for students with literacy struggles.
WEB0106Instructional Strategies for Students
with High-Functioning Autisim 4 Clock Hours A discussion of the suspected neural causes and behavioral indicators of autism along with practical suggestions on ways to enhance learning for students on the autism spectrum.