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University of St. Thomas College of Education, Leadership and Counseling non-degree options.
Non-Degree Course Options

Not ready to commit to a single field of study? We believe learning is all about embracing natural curiosity – that’s why you can take a few classes outside of our degree programs to sample the variety of options we have available. All credits earned are applicable to your future certificate or degree track.  

If you would like to sign up, you can get started by submitting an Education, Leadership, or Counseling Psychology application. To enroll, submit the application, transcript and one-time application fee.

Teacher Education

This course is for those who wish to use instructional technology in a more effective manner. The course will consider the use and evaluation of microcomputer-based learning systems, video systems, other audio devices that have high potential for learning systems and effective combinations of the above systems in various learning environments. Each student will design, develop and evaluate an instructional or learning project that employs these techniques.

This course is a critical analysis of education as a career choice, as a tool of society, and as a crucial path to a positive future in a rapidly changing world. Education's impact is examined from personal, historic, philosophic, social, and policy perspectives; schools are studied as complex organizations within an increasingly assessment and technology-driven context and global environment.

This course is designed to equip prospective teachers with the knowledge, instructional practices, and dispositions to successfully manage culturally diverse classrooms, using their understanding of multiple learning styles to promote all students' personal and academic achievement. The course engages candidates with issues such as race, class, gender, oppression, and discrimination while examining the crucial role of educators in influencing positive, systemic change for social justice. Fulfills Minnesota Human Relations requirement.

Special Education & Gifted Education

Provides an overview of special education and specific categories of exceptionality. Examines the theories, legal mandates, definitions and terminology related to special education. Characteristics of individuals with exceptionalities are explored. Emphasis is placed on understanding learning characteristics, abilities, and underlying needs within a particular disability, common characteristics across various disabilities, and effective interventions in both general education and special education that respond to diverse learners.

Developing an ethic of collaboration and the knowledge and skills needed to effectively collaborate with faculty, administrators, students, para-educators, families and community members. Students explore the fundamentals of collaboration, applications of collaboration related to consultation, team membership, co-teaching, partnership with families, developing interagency agreements and supervision of paraprofessionals, and pragmatic aspects of collaboration. Consideration of current practices in collaboration used in program planning and implementation for students receiving special education services is a focus.

This course explores the idea of positive behavior support for promoting acceptable behavior in school and other settings where individuals learn. This course, grounded in research based interventions, is designed to assess all who work with students in special and regular education in developing skills to teach and support acceptable behavior that is demonstrated in home, school and community settings.

Examines the social, emotional, and behavioral development in students with mild to moderate disabilities and corresponding range of interventions to support these areas of development. This course uses the 3-tiered prevention pyramid model for supporting social, emotional, and behavioral competence. Students will gain knowledge and skill in designing, implementing and evaluating social, emotional, and positive behavioral interventions for universal, secondary, and individual positive behavioral support.

This course previews the general field of talent development, with a special focus on current thinking about promoting high achievement in the school setting. Topics include the nature and needs of high-ability learners, talent recognition, assessment, instructional practices, contributions of gifted education practices to instructional improvement, and collaborative strategies for regular education and gifted education personnel.

Leadership, Policy & Administration

This course examines how educational organizations develop and change and how leaders and followers interact within organizations from several theoretical and conceptual perspectives. Students observe the workings of educational institutions and programs, interview educational leaders, and analyze their own understanding and practice of leadership.

A course for practitioners and leaders who wish to examine their own current practices from several different perspectives. The course provides an introduction to critically reflective learning-- a crucial indicator of leadership and a powerful spur to professional development. Students focus on personal and collective experience and utilize theories, research, philosophy, and concepts to analyze their experiences. (S/R grade only.)

Organization Development

This is a survey course of Human Resource Leadership and is the first core course of the Master of Arts in Human Resource and Change Leadership. The course provides an overview of the fundamental theories and practices of the three fields (human resource development (HRD), human resource management (HRM) and organization development (OD) that impact the development and performance of people in organizations. Human resource leadership roles and trends impacting organizations will be explored.

HR and change leadership involves changing individuals and organizations through use of various educational approaches. We live and work in a world that is increasing in complexity everyday. Technology has driven changes in organizations that include globalization, e-commerce, extraordinary customer service expectations, an increased demand for higher financial performance - this partial list of challenges facing organizations is complicated by the access to information 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Organizations are looking to their HR and change leaders to help provide leadership in the area of change management in a way that is unprecedented. This course is designed to help prepare you for your role as a change agent in today's complex organizations.

HR and change leadership involves changing individuals and organizations through the use of various educational approaches. To be able to be successful, HR and change leaders need to understand basic business concepts. This course is an overview of basic business concepts as they apply to HR and change leadership. They are less detailed than you would find in a business school, and are tailored for HR and change professionals.

Counseling Psychology Course Options

Descriptive and inferential statistics; research models; introduction to research design.

Theoretical approaches to learning and change within the counseling process. Emphasis on both theory and corresponding technical approaches to change behavior.

Career Assessment. Comparative theories of career choice and career development. Occupational and environmental analysis techniques. Experience in the use of occupational information and career models. Problem identification for career issues and implications for other major life issues. Prerequisite: CPSY600 recommended

This course is designed to provide an overview of the major counseling and personality theories. Major theories of personality and counseling will be explored including: psychoanalytic, existential, humanistic, cognitive, behavioral, constructivist, and family systems. Important emerging theories including constructivist, feminist and multicultural approaches will be examined as well. The course is intended to provide both theoretical explanations for human behavior and the counseling interventions derived from the theory.

Examinations of stages of development and relationship between developmental stages and appropriate therapeutic intervention. Course includes childhood, adolescence, adulthood and family development.

Examination of human physiological functioning in relation to behavior. Special focus on neuroanatomy and psychopharmacology. 

Classification of major drugs, drug properties and use, models of treatment, referral procedures and appropriate counseling techniques and treatment alternatives. 

Overview of marriage and family counseling, including application of family psychological theory to family problem solution. Intervention strategies based on family psychology theory.

Counseling with cultural differences, family concepts, traditions of multicultural perspective, ethnic concerns, and approaches to therapy based on cultural differences.

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