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Educational Technology

EDT5002 Emerging Technologies in Education     3 credits
An investigation of emerging technologies as they apply to the educational environment. Technologies include Web 2.0, cloud computing, and application categories such as presentation, storage, graphics and design, and interactive applications such as Google apps.  Emphasis on using open-source applications and tools in an educational setting.
Jason Schmidt         Aug 24 – Dec 11   Online 

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Educational Technology Certificate

The Martin Luther College (MLC) Educational Technology Certificate Program (ETC Program) is designed for teachers in schools seeking to develop skills and strategies for integrating technology into a variety of PreK-College curricular settings. The intent of this program is to foster a real connection between technology and learning. Participants that successfully complete the program will demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and computer based technologies to support problem solving, data mining and collection, information sharing, and decision-making. Completion of this program will also introduce participants to educationally pertinent media literacy, ethical standards and legal issues.

Teaching Online Certificate

The Teaching Online Certificate (TOC) program offered through Martin Luther College (MLC) is designed for educators seeking to develop and enhance the skills and strategies needed to become highly effective online teachers. Participants that successfully complete the program will demonstrate proficiency in the design, construction, and teaching of online courses through a Learning Management System (LMS). All courses will be available through online instruction. Participants who complete 9 credits of TOC program coursework will be issued a Teaching Online Certificate through MLC. Depending on course selection, the 9 credits earned in the TOC program can transfer directly into the Masters of Science in Education program offered through MLC.

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Master's Program

EDT5002 Emerging Technologies in Education     3 credits
An investigation of emerging technologies as they apply to the educational environment. Technologies include Web 2.0, cloud computing, and application categories such as presentation, storage, graphics and design, and interactive applications such as Google apps.  Emphasis on using open-source applications and tools in an educational setting.
Jason Schmidt         Aug 24 – Dec 11   Online 

EDU5003 Curriculum Design & Implementation     3 credits
An exploration of the school leader’s role in collaboratively developing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum to achieve a comprehensive and coordinated plan of instruction throughout the school.
John Meyer      Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

EDU5004 Family Issues in Education     3 credits
Explores issues such as cultural influences on families, demographic changes in families, divorce and its effects on learning, child abuse and neglect, understanding family systems, generation theory and young parents, school/home partnership, family ministry, crisis intervention, and reaching out to non‐member families.
Kenneth Kremer           Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online 

EDU5107 Cognitive Psychology     3 credits
The study of how information is acquired, processed, and stored (how the mind works) with implications for teaching and learning.
Stephanie Ramsey       Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

EDU5304 School Law     3 credits
Provides insights into how law intersects with learning. Constitutional, statutory, and case law are studied and applied to school and classroom.
Robert Klindworth        Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

EDU5309 Leadership for Change     3 credits
Creating a culture of learning and achievement that reflects Christ’s love for all. Identifies contemporary issues facing schools, including diversity and equity issues. Explores data-driven decision making and professional learning communities. Examines the dynamics of change in organizations and individuals and how to lovingly implement needed reform.
John Meyer              Aug 24 – Dec 11   Online

SPE5204 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties     3 credits
Explores causes, diagnosis and assessment, prevention and correction of reading difficulties, as well as intervention practices useful to the classroom teacher and reading specialist.
Carrie Pfeifer    Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

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Information about the Masters of Science in Education

Master of Science in Education Degree Information
The Master of Science in Education is an online degree program that has the goal of contributing to the professional growth of teachers and encouraging them to be reflective, competent, and dedicated educators of children. It is designed for persons who have an undergraduate degree in education from an accredited college or university. Upon successful completion of the graduate program, students are awarded the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree.

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Teaching that Works

Test the trends in your classroom through our series, Teaching that Works. You'd like to improve your teaching practices, but do those new methods even work? Sign up for our short, 1-credit courses. You'll learn the theory, watch it modeled, implement it in your own classroom, and reflect on its results. 

EDU8534 Differentiated Lesson Planning that Works     1 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.
Carrie Pfeifer    Oct 19 - Nov 20 Online 

EDU9520 Formative Assessment that Works     1 credit
A grounded understanding of the formative assessment process and terminology with practical applications in the classroom through modeling, planning, and implementation of the strategy.
John Meyer      Sep 28 - Oct 30             Online

EDU9521 Mathematical Problem Solving that Works     1 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.
Benjamin Bain Sep 14 - Oct 16             Online

EDU9522 Individual Behavioral Management Plans that Work     1 credit
Assists teachers in developing a road map for individual students’ behavioral success in the classroom using Functional Behavior Assessment.
Tracey Enser    Oct 19 - Nov 20 Online 

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Special Education

SPE5204 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties     3 credits
Explores causes, diagnosis and assessment, prevention and correction of reading difficulties, as well as intervention practices useful to the classroom teacher and reading specialist.
Carrie Pfeifer    Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

WEB0101 Understanding Learning Differences     4 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.
Carrie Pfeifer    Sep 21 – Sep 28           Online

WEB0105 Instructional Strategies for Students with Literacy Disorders     4 clock hours
A review of the neurological foundations of literacy and developmentally appropriate strategies for students with literacy struggles.
Carrie Pfeifer    Oct 5 - Oct 12   Online 

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Masters of Science in Education: Special Education Emphasis

*COMING SOON* Learning Disability Licensure Program

Early Childhood

EDU8105 Encouraging Literacy Development     1 credit
Theoretical and practical approach to promoting children's emergent language development in early childhood settings.
Cheryl Loomis Sep 14 – Oct 16            Online

EDU8106 Play and Learning Experiences     1 credit
A study of young children's learning through play. Includes identifying active learning experiences, establishing and maintaining an environment for play, and identifying teacher roles in play-based learning.
Marjorie Witt    Aug 24 – Sep 25           Online

EDU8113 Assessment of Young Children     2 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.
Caroline Dias   Sep 14 – Nov 6 Online

EDU8114 Roles and Responsibilities of the Lutheran Early Childhood Educator     1 credit
An examination of the role of the early childhood educator in a Lutheran early childhood ministry setting.
Cynthia Holman           Aug 31 - Oct 2  Online

THE8112 The Role of ECE in Mission Outreach     1 credit
Strategies to increase gospel outreach through early childhood education.
Michael Otterstatter      Nov 2 – Dec 4   Online 

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Early Childhood Educator Series

These courses can be taken for personal growth or as a program to prepare for the Child Development Assocation (CDA) credential. CDA credential is recognized by all 50 states as qualification for early childhood teaching, though some states may have additional requirements (e.g. Florida). Some states may even provide scholarship money (e.g. Nebraska).

WELS ECE Teaching Certificate

These course options allow early childhood teachers to become certified to teach in WELS early childhood ministry. This program is designed for early childhood teachers rather than directors. For early childhood director certification, see our WELS Teaching Certification webpage.

Early Childhood Ministry Essentials

Lutheran early childhood teachers strive to connect their studies and families to Christ and the local congregation. These courses provide the tools to do just that. 

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Webinars

Successful completion earns four clock hours of instruction.

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WEB0101 Understanding Learning Differences     4 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.
Carrie Pfeifer    Sep 21 – Sep 28           Online

WEB0103 Blend, Enhance, Flip: Recipes for Hybrid Learning     4 clock hours
An overview of the principles employed in classroom instruction that utilizes online resources to present course content and allow more student-teacher interaction during the face-to-face lessons.
David Sellnow  Nov 16 – Nov 23           Online

WEB0105 Instructional Strategies for Students with Literacy Disorders     4 clock hours
A review of the neurological foundations of literacy and developmentally appropriate strategies for students with literacy struggles.
Carrie Pfeifer    Oct 5 - Oct 12   Online 

WEB0801 Teaching the Faith: Will We Instruct or Indoctrinate?     4 clock hours
The webinar presentation will share a conceptual analysis of teaching as offered by Syracuse University philosopher of education Thomas F. Green (1927-2006) in The Activities of Teaching (1971). Green’s analysis focused on the different aims and meaning of teaching depicted in the various words we use to describe what teachers do. We will focus especially on the difference between “instructing” and “indoctrinating” and how this applies to the way we teach the Lutheran faith. The assignment activity in connection with this webinar will be in the form of online threaded discussion, which will seek to draw out participants concerning how we teach religion in our schools and in the church in general.
David Sellnow          Sep 21 – Sep 28   Online

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Chaplain Certification

THE9523 Ministering to the Incarcerated and Their Families     3 credits
Strategies to initiate and implement a gospel ministry to the incarcerated.
Roger Knepprath          Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online 

THE9524 Frontline Chaplaincy     3 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.
Paul Ziemer     Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

THE9525 Geriatric and Care Facility Ministry     3 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.
Daniel Krause   Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

THE9601 The Spiritual Side of PTSD     3 credits
Helps spiritual advisors recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and provide appropriate spiritual care.
Paul Ziemer     Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online
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Religion (Synod Certification, and Evangelism)

THE4001 Lutheran Confessional Writings     3 credits
The origin, content, and significance of the confessions of the Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord (1580).
Mark Lenz        Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

THE9102 Practical Evangelism for Congregations     1 credit
Overview of key components that make up a congregational evangelism program and guidance for putting them into practice.
Michael Hintz   Sep 21 – Oct 30            Online 

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Information about the WELS Chaplain Certification Program

There is a growing need to share the love of Christ with people who are experiencing special life situations, including but not limited to those who are confined to hospitals, correctional facilities, serving in the military, and/or other private and public residences. WELS pastors and lay workers, too, are increasingly drawn to participate in such ministries.

Information about the WELS Staff Ministry Certification Program

Candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree or who are 35 years of age or older may be granted certification for service in the WELS as a staff minister upon completion of the religion and professional components of the program. An internship or series of practica is also required. Options exist for full-time study on campus and for part-time study through Martin Luther College summer sessions, extension courses, distance learning, and independent and directed studies.

Information about the WELS Teacher Certification

Scripture outlines the qualifications of candidates for the public ministry in such passages as I Timothy 3, II Timothy 2:15, and Titus 1. In the interest of maintaining such scriptural principles for the teacher training and staff ministry training programs of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), the Conference of Presidents (COP) as the certifying agency for the synod distinguishes between certified teachers and staff ministers and those still having a program of education to complete and has established guidelines for the certification of teachers and staff ministers.

Information about the Evangelism Certificate Program

This certificate program is intended to be used by lay and/or called workers in congregations to gain the understanding and skills to lead, create, and participate in congregational evangelism efforts.

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Complete Course List

EDT5002 Emerging Technologies in Education     3 credits
An investigation of emerging technologies as they apply to the educational environment. Technologies include Web 2.0, cloud computing, and application categories such as presentation, storage, graphics and design, and interactive applications such as Google apps.  Emphasis on using open-source applications and tools in an educational setting.
Jason Schmidt         Aug 24 – Dec 11   Online 

EDU5003 Curriculum Design & Implementation     3 credits
An exploration of the school leader’s role in collaboratively developing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum to achieve a comprehensive and coordinated plan of instruction throughout the school.
John Meyer      Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

EDU5004 Family Issues in Education     3 credits
Explores issues such as cultural influences on families, demographic changes in families, divorce and its effects on learning, child abuse and neglect, understanding family systems, generation theory and young parents, school/home partnership, family ministry, crisis intervention, and reaching out to non‐member families.
Kenneth Kremer           Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online 

EDU5107 Cognitive Psychology     3 credits
The study of how information is acquired, processed, and stored (how the mind works) with implications for teaching and learning.
Stephanie Ramsey       Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

EDU5304 School Law     3 credits
Provides insights into how law intersects with learning. Constitutional, statutory, and case law are studied and applied to school and classroom.
Robert Klindworth        Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

EDU5309 Leadership for Change     3 credits
Creating a culture of learning and achievement that reflects Christ’s love for all. Identifies contemporary issues facing schools, including diversity and equity issues. Explores data-driven decision making and professional learning communities. Examines the dynamics of change in organizations and individuals and how to lovingly implement needed reform.
John Meyer              Aug 24 – Dec 11   Online

EDU8105 Encouraging Literacy Development     1 credit
Theoretical and practical approach to promoting children's emergent language development in early childhood settings.
Cheryl Loomis Sep 14 – Oct 16            Online

EDU8106 Play and Learning Experiences     1 credit
A study of young children's learning through play. Includes identifying active learning experiences, establishing and maintaining an environment for play, and identifying teacher roles in play-based learning.
Marjorie Witt    Aug 24 – Sep 25           Online

EDU8113 Assessment of Young Children     2 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.
Caroline Dias   Sep 14 – Nov 6 Online

EDU8114 Roles and Responsibilities of the Lutheran Early Childhood Educator     1 credit
An examination of the role of the early childhood educator in a Lutheran early childhood ministry setting.
Cynthia Holman           Aug 31 - Oct 2  Online

EDU8534 Differentiated Lesson Planning that Works     1 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.
Carrie Pfeifer    Oct 19 - Nov 20 Online 

EDU9520 Formative Assessment that Works     1 credit
A grounded understanding of the formative assessment process and terminology with practical applications in the classroom through modeling, planning, and implementation of the strategy.
John Meyer      Sep 28 - Oct 30             Online

EDU9521 Mathematical Problem Solving that Works     1 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.
Benjamin Bain Sep 14 - Oct 16             Online

EDU9522 Individual Behavioral Management Plans that Work     1 credit
Assists teachers in developing a road map for individual students’ behavioral success in the classroom using Functional Behavior Assessment.
Tracey Enser    Oct 19 - Nov 20 Online 

PDS0101 Getting to Know the WELS Teaching Standards     
An 11-lesson study addressing the 10 WELS teaching standards and the foundation. A different inservice leader leads the discussion of each standard.
                           Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

PDS0801 Conflicting Worldviews    
A seven-lesson study based on today's unbiblical worldviews and their impact on Lutheran students, schools, and teachers. Professor Steve Thiesfeldt uses Scripture passages and real-life examples to review the confessional Lutheran worldview before delving into the subtle worldviews of secularism. Included in this inservice is the book What in the World Is Going On? Identifying Hollow and Deceptive Worldviews by Rev. David C. Thompson.
Steven Thiesfeldt     Aug 24 – Dec 11   Online

PDS0802 The Foolishness of God: A Biblical Perspective on Science   
A series of inservices on topics related to contemporary issues in science and ethics with a comparison to God’s Word.
Steven Thiesfeldt         Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

SPE5204 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties     3 credits
Explores causes, diagnosis and assessment, prevention and correction of reading difficulties, as well as intervention practices useful to the classroom teacher and reading specialist.
Carrie Pfeifer    Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

THE2103 Biblical Interpretation     3 credits
An analysis of the major approaches to biblical interpretation, and an examination and application of the correct principles used to understand the Bible.
James Pope     Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online 

THE4001 Lutheran Confessional Writings     3 credits
The origin, content, and significance of the confessions of the Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord (1580).
Mark Lenz        Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

THE8112 The Role of ECE in Mission Outreach     1 credit
Strategies to increase gospel outreach through early childhood education.
Michael Otterstatter      Nov 2 – Dec 4   Online 

THE9102 Practical Evangelism for Congregations     1 credit
Overview of key components that make up a congregational evangelism program and guidance for putting them into practice.
Michael Hintz   Sep 21 – Oct 30            Online 

THE9523 Ministering to the Incarcerated and Their Families     3 credits
Strategies to initiate and implement a gospel ministry to the incarcerated.
Roger Knepprath          Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online 

THE9524 Frontline Chaplaincy     3 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.
Paul Ziemer     Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

THE9525 Geriatric and Care Facility Ministry     3 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.
Daniel Krause   Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

THE9601 The Spiritual Side of PTSD     3 credits
Helps spiritual advisors recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and provide appropriate spiritual care.
Paul Ziemer     Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

WEB0101 Understanding Learning Differences     4 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.
Carrie Pfeifer    Sep 21 – Sep 28           Online

WEB0103 Blend, Enhance, Flip: Recipes for Hybrid Learning     4 clock hours
An overview of the principles employed in classroom instruction that utilizes online resources to present course content and allow more student-teacher interaction during the face-to-face lessons.
David Sellnow  Nov 16 – Nov 23           Online

WEB0105 Instructional Strategies for Students with Literacy Disorders     4 clock hours
A review of the neurological foundations of literacy and developmentally appropriate strategies for students with literacy struggles.
Carrie Pfeifer    Oct 5 - Oct 12   Online 

WEB0801 Teaching the Faith: Will We Instruct or Indoctrinate?     4 clock hours
The webinar presentation will share a conceptual analysis of teaching as offered by Syracuse University philosopher of education Thomas F. Green (1927-2006) in The Activities of Teaching (1971). Green’s analysis focused on the different aims and meaning of teaching depicted in the various words we use to describe what teachers do. We will focus especially on the difference between “instructing” and “indoctrinating” and how this applies to the way we teach the Lutheran faith. The assignment activity in connection with this webinar will be in the form of online threaded discussion, which will seek to draw out participants concerning how we teach religion in our schools and in the church in general.
David Sellnow          Sep 21 – Sep 28   Online

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Professional Development Series

PDS0101 Getting to Know the WELS Teaching Standards     
An 11-lesson study addressing the 10 WELS teaching standards and the foundation. A different inservice leader leads the discussion of each standard.
Various Instructors  Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

PDS0801 Conflicting Worldviews    
A seven-lesson study based on today's unbiblical worldviews and their impact on Lutheran students, schools, and teachers. Professor Steve Thiesfeldt uses Scripture passages and real-life examples to review the confessional Lutheran worldview before delving into the subtle worldviews of secularism. Included in this inservice is the book What in the World Is Going On? Identifying Hollow and Deceptive Worldviews by Rev. David C. Thompson.
Steven Thiesfeldt     Aug 24 – Dec 11   Online

PDS0802 The Foolishness of God: A Biblical Perspective on Science   
A series of inservices on topics related to contemporary issues in science and ethics with a comparison to God’s Word.
Steven Thiesfeldt    Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online

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Staff Ministry

THE2103 Biblical Interpretation     3 credits
An analysis of the major approaches to biblical interpretation, and an examination and application of the correct principles used to understand the Bible.
James Pope     Aug 24 – Dec 11           Online 

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