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Classroom & Behavior Management Certificate

Walker School of Education

Midland University is proud to help teachers grow through graduate education opportunities. Students in our program have the opportunity to complete a 100% online, stand-alone certificate, or complete a Master of Education degree with an area of emphasis in classroom and behavior management.

With this certificate teachers can feel prepared to handle disruptive behaviors by learning how to effectively use behavior management techniques. The techniques that students learn can be taken immediately back to the classroom as they continue through the program.

Earn a Master of Education with a Certificate

Our program offers a unique opportunity to earn a master’s degree while also pursuing an area of emphasis. Students complete 18 credits of core coursework. Plus, an additional 15 to 18 credits depending on their area of emphasis, concluding with a capstone experience.

Curriculum Overview

Classroom & Behavior Management Certificate

15 Credit Hours

Course Descriptions

EDU 550: Professional Issues in Classroom and Behavior Management

This course presents best practices in classroom and behavior management from organizing time, materials and classroom space to strategies for managing individual and large group student behaviors, transition and other arrangements for classrooms. Students will receive in-depth exposure to professional issues in classroom and behavior management.

EDU 551: Behavioral Assessment

This course focuses on current research and best practices in behavioral assessment. After reviewing the definition, characteristics, and basic concepts of applied behavior analysis, students will learn to select, define, measure, and functionally analyze behavior. Procedures for constructing and analyzing graphs and analyzing behavior change will be examined.

EDU 553: Psychology of Learning

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theories of learning (Skinner, Pavlov, and Bandura), environmental factors affecting behavior, and the influences of motivation. Students will learn how to apply procedures derived from these influences to systematically change socially important behaviors, particularly within educational settings and including differentiation for high and low ability learners. An emphasis is placed on the assessment of maladaptive behavior in classrooms and other settings and the development of effective procedures to change behavior in ethically and socially significant ways.

EDU 554: Advanced Behavior Analysis

The objective of this course is to describe complex behavioral principles and procedures for systematically changing socially important behaviors. Topics to be studied include the major principles of behavior  (e.g. reinforcement, punishment, extinction) and procedures derived from those principles (e.g. shaping, chaining) for increasing the frequency of existing behavior; obtaining desired stimulus control; developing new behaviors; and decreasing the frequency of behavior with non-punishment procedures. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, special applications of behavior change technology, and strategies for increasing generalization of behavior change will also be examined. The final part of this course will focus on ethical considerations and practices.

EDU 555: Essential Readings in Classroom and Behavior Management

This course will provide students with in-depth exposure to classroom and behavior management by reading relevant research articles and other assigned reading.

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