Maybe you need a course to qualify for a degree program? Or maybe you're wanting to add some skills. Either way, Bethel offers many courses that are a great option to meet your need.
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Admin Operations/Personn Admin — EDUC840
Major categories and practical actions required to lead the operations of a modern school or district by building on many of the philosophical and contextual ideas from earlier courses or learners' experiences. Development of skills of organizational supervision and management, delegation of authority and accountability, internal and external administrative communications, politics in education, and public and media relations.
Admin of Essential Ed Programs — EDUC830
Students, as school leaders, will examine their schools in depth to ensure that essential programs are in place. Examination of valuable educational practices that successfully address the needs of students and staff. Development of specific plans for school environment that consists of student engagement, attention to safety, relationships, and creating a learning atmosphere where students and staff thrive. Students will apply a personal belief system and explore best practices.
Classroom Technology — EDUC668
This course will explore various forms of technology that expand classroom learning as well as technology that facilitates communication between teachers and their colleagues, their students, and their students' guardians.
Curriculum & Intr Mgmt — EDUC810
Fundamentals of curriculum design, planning and implementation; trends, issues, forces, and ideas affecting curriculum. Synthesizing knowledge gained from curriculum and from professional experience. Cognitive and behavioral issues and theories of learning affecting student performance. Techniques for working with culturally and academically diverse student populations and for managing varied types of student behavior. Implications for staff development.
Foundations in Education — EDUC621
Introductory examination of the profession of teaching with a focus on the forces and ideas that have influenced and now shape education. Areas of study are history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, legal matters, reform, and other current issues related to education. Course also includes study of student health as well as the role of chemicals in the lives of students, families and schools.
General Teaching Methods — EDUC630
Active-learning, activity-centered eperience. Application of various pedagogical theories and methods in teaching middle and high school students through the practice of planning, implementation, and assessment procedures.
Health and Aging — GRTG605
Examination of health as shalom, well-being, or wholeness. Normal physical, psychological, and spiritual changes of aging will be addressed. Identification of ways to promote healthy aging and common health concerns of the elderly.
Human Sexuality & Therapy — PSYC657
Human sexuality in individuals and couples; sexual understanding, formation, and function. Helping skills for sexual dysfunction and understanding one?s sexuality and sexual spirituality. Human sexuality, attitudes, values, beliefs, and self-awareness, as they relate to counselor, client, and clinical issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy and emotionally focused therapy in human sexuality. Ethical and diversity issues and hoe they influence counseling processes.
Institutional Assessmt in HE — EDUC837
Examination of institutional assessment practices in higher education settings. The course focuses on having students engage in activities that are similar to what Assessment Directors in Higher Education do in their work. Topics include creating effective outcomes, developing ways to authentically measure outcomes, and writing clear assessment reports.
Integration of Psyc & Wrldview — PSYC642
Overview and critique of the models that articulate the interface between psychology and Christianity. Focus is on topics central to the practice of counseling within the context of a Christian worldview. Discussion of such areas as the nature of personhood, the nature of evil and psychopathology, and the process of healing. The course has at its core the importance of personally integrating one's Christian faith and the discipline of psychology.
Intro to Theories & Practices — EDUC624
Focus is on theories and current research on how people learn and how to design instruction. Emphasis is on what we know about how the brain works and what we know about effective teaching and learning strategies. Theories of human development; theories of learning; overview of effective teaching strategies.
Ldrship & Strategic Plan in HE — EDUC842
Integration of mission, vision, planning, and budgeting in order to strategically frame leadership challenges in higher education contexts. Exploration of healthy institutional development through effective leadership in areas of personnel, communications, and relationships with relevant constituencies. Reflection on personal vision in areas such as accountability, motivation, and team building.
Leaders as Agents of Change in — EDUC857
Immersion into educational change and problem-solving process in higher education. Need for change, visionary leadership capacity and skills for designing, leading, and sustaining meaningful ongoing educational change. Current changes and trends, their impact on education, leaders in change. Change literature. Complex change initiatives in students? own context/setting. Philosophies and strategies for implementing significant change. \
Leadership and Program Mgmt — GRTG645
Review of leadership and management styles. Styles identified will be applied to various current and potential positions in the field of gerontology.
Leading in a Complex Soc — EDUC827
Exploration of the dynamics of engaging differences, including cultural, ethnic, religious, gender, ability, and age differences. Focus on providing effective leadership in pluralistic systems, including creating a hospitable organizational environment and maintaining relationships with diverse partners and stakeholders.Analysis of one's assumptions, beliefs, behaviors, and capacities with regard to differences.
Legal Issues in School Admin — EDUC860
Legal foundations of educational policy, statutory themes, and case law as they affect the needs of school administrators in daily responsibilities and practices. Legal basis for relationships among school districts and federal, state, and local government. Processes of dealing with legal issues and risks faced by academic institutions and administrators, including current issues in students? work environments.
Lifespan Development — PSYC671
Development from conception through late adult?hood. Familial, cultural, and societal contexts as framework for understanding individual development. Physical and physiological, intellectual, personality, normative and non-normative transitions, social relations, family development, vocational development, retirement, and death. Individual differences (gender, culture, and class), issues of continuity-discontinuity, nature and assumptions of developmental theory, and importance of developmental factors in counseling.
Managerial Economics — ECON635
Study of economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics. Analysis of the economic forces that influence the business environment. Application of economic tools to illustrate how globalization influences performance, strategy, and policy within firms. Analysis of opportunities and risks in a global economic environment. PQ: LEAD611 or ORGL600.
Managerial Finance — BUSN625
Focus is on the financial management of business and includes international and ethical implications. Topics include financial analysis and decision making; financial markets; risk; valuation; long- and short-term financing and investing; and working capital management. Extensive use of cases and spreadsheets is required. PQ: LEAD611 or ORGL600.
Marketing Management — BUSN645
A demographic and psychographic review of current consumer trends. Review of broadly adopted marketing models. Analysis of marketing challenges in an environment of increasing information, Internet channels, and multiple buyer options. Discussion of various global and ethical issues facing marketers and marketing managers. PQ: LEAD611 or ORGL600
Methods Online Tching K-12 — EDUC718
Study of distance learning theories and best pedagogical practices of online course design and delivery. Use a learning management system to design online course content. Facilitate a strong sense of community and collaboration. Create effective supporting structures, foster effective online classroom management, evaluate student learning, and provide appropriate feedback and assessment.
Neuropsychology — PSYC660
Nervous system structure and function, with emphasis on clinical/counseling applications. Includes biological causes of normal behavior, organic causes for behavioral disorders, and drug influences on behavior.
Operations Management — BUSN660
Explores operational management, legal, and regulatory issues throughout lifecycles of organizations considering faith, ethics, and Christian worldview. Evaluate organizational efficiency using quality models such as Six Sigma and Lean. Design plans for organizational success (project management steps, outcomes, technology, production, and outsourcing). Distinguish between operational management process and function. PQ: LEAD611 or ORGL600.
Policy Issues in Aging — GRTG640
Major public policies and programs benefitting older persons. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Older Americans Act. Evolving federal, state, local, and individual roles. How laws play out in community. Differential impact of policy proposals on elderly populations, with reference to sex, race, class, and urban/rural differences. Strategies and tactics to influence development of public policy.
Practicum III — PSYC785
A supervised counseling/clinical training experience designed for students who are needing to begin their PSYC781/783 Practicum course series in the summer or have already completed an M.A.-level practicum and need additional hours in order to meet state licensure requirements for practicum. PQ: PSYC625 or PSYC651, PSYC638, PSYC642, PSYC643, PSYC645, PSYC648 or PSYC658, PSYC654, PSYC656, PSYC660, PSYC661 or Master?s degree and completion of 500-600 hour supervised practicum experience. Consent of the Program Director or Clinical Director required. GE: Graded on an S/U basis. SP: Students who complete a summer practicum prior to PSYC781 will register for 2 credits and will attend 6 processing class sessions during their summer practicum. Individuals who are registering to complete hours for licensure requirements will negotiate the number of credits and duration with the Clinical Director.
Principles of Org Leadership — EDUC805
Theory and practice of leadership applied to educational settings. Leading educational and managerial organizational leadership theories and change theory with emphasis on their implementation in practical educational settings. Faith-informed worldview is incorporated with these theories and practices. Philosophical and values anchors, vision casting, shared priorities and commitments, and vision through policy and program development.
Providing Leadership Ed Tech — EDUC713
Development of skills for taking a leadership role in district technology planning, implementation, and assessment. Role of leadership in developing a shared vision for integrating technology into learning. Writing plans for the use of technology. Designing professional development activities. PQ: EDUC711.
Psychopathology — PSYC656
Critical review of theoretical perspectives and current research on the development and maintenance of major forms of maladaptive behavior. Examination of the diagnostic process will also include discussion of ethics, biases, and the reliability/validity of categorization. Discussion of formulations, symptoms, and progression of various disorders will interface with a consideration of appropriate therapeutic interventions.
Reading Field Experience — SPED621
A 30 hour reading clinical. Students will practice reading assessment and instructional techniques with students who have mild-moderate disabilities. Reading Field Experience will take place in a K-12 school setting.
Reading Foundations — SPED620
Covers the major components of reading and the instructional strategies that support the development of literacy for K-6 students including those students with mild-moderate disabilities. The course also provides an overview to the structure of the English language and basic linguistic analysis. SP: Taken concurrently with SPED621.
Research Methods & Trmt Data — PSYC654
Methods of empirical research particularly applicable to clinical and counseling situations, with primary emphasis on evaluation and application of published research. Secondary emphasis is development of skills necessary for completion of thesis project. PQ: PSYC335M (in College of Adult & Professional Studies catalog).
Social Gerontology — SOCS600
Study of the aging process. Focus is on how larger social and cultural contexts shape aging processes and how, in turn, these shape the societies and cultures in which they occur. Particular focus is on developing a holistic understanding of aging.
SpecialEd Policy, Law, Finance — EDUC875
Students will engage in discussion, activities, and reflection that prepare them as educational leaders to implement effective special education programs in local school districts. Primary objectives include assisting students in understanding special education policy, special education law, and special education finance and applying this learning in an educational leadership role.
Spirituality and Aging — GRTG620
Issues such as meaning (and loss of meaning), grief, ambiguous loss, virtue ethics, and wisdom as they relate to aging persons. Examination of ethnic and gender influences on the experience of spirituality in the aging process from a cross-cultural perspective. Models of assessment of spiritual needs will be presented.
Teaching Content Area Literacy — EDUC665
Emphasis is on the synthesis of multiple forms of literacy within the content area: reading, writing, media, and critical literacy. Students will weave multiple facets of literacy into their content area, with the greatest emphasis on content area reading.
Therapeutic Art and Play — PSYC621
A focus on techniques in expressive therapies, with an emphasis on art therapy and play therapy. The continuum from client-centered to directive therapy is examined, and the application possibilities based on client needs and the setting are explored. Common themes in children's art and play are identified, and the dynamics of interpretation are considered and applied in light of current outcome research.
Understanding Divsty/Stdn Nds — EDUC663
Discover various learning styles and intelligences that reflect racial, cultural and economic diversity of middle and secondary students. Explore issues that contribute to biases, discrimination, racism, and sexism in middle and secondary classrooms. Study Minnesota-based American Indian tribal government, history, language, and culture.