Virtual Education Software (VESi) Courses for Educators


The College of Extended Learning is proud to partner with Virtual Education Software (VESi), a leading provider of accredited online courses for educators. These self-paced, online professional development courses are written by top educators and provide relevant and interactive instruction on a wide variety of subjects.

Online courses work with your schedule, allowing you to participate when it is convenient for you. Each course instructor is available for professional questions by e-mail or a toll-free phone number. The courses are offered for either three- or four-quarter units of continuing education-level credit. Most students can complete three-unit courses in about 30 hours and four-unit courses in about 40 hours. You may register for these courses at any time during a quarter.


  • Advanced Classroom Management-Children as Change Agents
  • Educational Assessment--Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom
  • Inclusion--Working With Students With Special Needs in General Education Classrooms
  • Learning Disabilities--Practical Information for Classroom Teachers
  • Teaching Diversity--Influences and Issues in the Classroom
  • Talented and Gifted--Working With High Achievers
  • Behavior Is Language--Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior
  • Attention Deficit Disorder--Information and Interventions for Effective Teaching
  • Autism and Asperger's Disorder--Information & Effective Intervention Strategies
  • Understanding Aggression--Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom
  • Violence in Schools--Identification, Prevention and Intervention Strategies
  • Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services
  • Early Childhood: Observation and Assessment
  • Early Childhood: Program Planning
  • Early Childhood: Typical and Atypical Development
  • Early Childhood: Infant and Toddler Mental Health Issues and Information for Educators
  • Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm
  • Why DI? Introduction to Differentiated Instruction
  • Reading and Writing in Content Area
  • Drugs and Alcohol in Schools--Understanding Use and Abuse
  • Understanding and Implementing Common Core Standards
  • Try DI! Planning and Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program
  • Child Abuse: Working With Abused and Neglected Children
  • Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma and Violence on Student Learning
  • Harassment, Bullying and Cyber-Intimidation in Schools

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Course Description

Expand Abuse Courses
Expand Child Abuse—Working With Abused and Neglected Children
EDUC 4057. This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by child abuse or neglect. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms for the three types of abuse (physical, emotional and sexual) and the four types of neglect (physical, medical, emotional and educational). Participants will explore how abuse and neglect affect a student's learning, cognitive brain development and social-emotional development. The short- and long-term consequences of neglect, as well as the social and family causes, will be reviewed. This course meets the child abuse and neglect educational requirement in most states. (3 units)
Expand Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma and Violence on Student Learning
EDUC 4058. This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by stress, trauma and/or violence. You will learn the signs and symptoms of stress and trauma. Explore how stress, violence and trauma affect a student's learning, cognitive brain development and social-emotional development. The short- and long-term consequences of being exposed to stress, trauma or violence, as well as the social and family causes, will be reviewed. Participants will learn the dynamics of domestic violence and community violence. The educator's role in the intervention and prevention of violence will be discussed. (3 units)
Expand Behavioral Courses
Expand Advanced Classroom Management—Children as Change Agents
EDUC. 3170. This class is geared primarily for regular or special educators, instructional assistants, school psychologists and counselors serving children and youths presenting behavior problems in the school or community. Focus on cognitive and cognitive-behavioral interventions (often lumped together under the rubric "social skills") with an emphasis on teaching students how to change and manage their own behavior. Since previous knowledge and understanding of traditional behavioral (operant) concepts and strategies are required, those who have not been exposed to any behavior management training are encouraged to consider taking the class, "Behavior Is Language" prior to taking this advanced course. (3 units)
Expand Behavior Is Language—Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior
EDUC 3177. This course is designed to give you a new perspective on student behavior and effective tools to facilitate positive change. It provides a developmental framework to help you understand what students are trying to communicate through the "language" of their behavior. Topics covered include behavioral techniques and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing classroom control, reduce educator workload and help prevent burnout. After successfully completing this course, you and your students will be better equipped to find and implement creative, effective solutions to behavioral problems. (4 units)
Expand Understanding Aggression—Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom
EDUC 3319. This course includes the topics of violence, aggression in the classroom, youth gangs, aggression in sports and on television, how drugs and alcohol play a role and "hot spots" that tend to breed aggression and violence. It is designed to help teachers and other school personnel become more aware of the causes of aggression and ways to evaluate it and intervene before it turns to violence in the schools. The course also discusses aggression in our communities through driving, dating, sports, television, music and how these issues are dealt with in modern society. (4 units)
Expand Differentiated Instruction
Expand Why DI? Introduction to Differentiated Instruction
EDUC 3505. This course looks at what is meant by Differentiated Instruction (DI) and the common myths associated with creating the differentiated classroom. It examines the legal, theoretical and pedagogical foundations in the field of education that support the utilization of differentiated instructional practices and principles. Students reflect on best practices and national trends in the design of the educational setting to meet the needs of a diverse learning population as well as discover connections to a variety of concepts, variables and resources that will assist them in aligning their own professional practices with those found in the differentiated classroom. (4 units)
Expand Try DI! Planning and Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program
EDUC 4051. This interactive, computer-based instruction course is designed to provide you an opportunity to learn about an instructional framework, Differentiated Instruction (DI), aimed at creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. Students will be presented a method for self-assessment of the extent to which their current instructional approach reflects the perspective, principles and practices of the DI approach. Strategies included in this course are effective in the widest possible range of educational K–12 settings. This course follows “Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction”, which addressed the What, Why, and Who of a classroom that reflects a DI approach. The focus of “Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program” is on the When, Where, and How of the DI approach. (4 units)
Expand Early Childhood
Expand Early Childhood—Family-Centered Services
EDUC 3368. This course is designed to give you a new perspective on serving the needs of young children and their families. Learn what is meant by family-centered services as applied to diverse systems of care. Gain an understanding of family diversity, and explore the major stress factors facing families today. We will discuss the theoretical basis for family-centered services, as well as reflect on current research and best practice. Examine the role of early childhood educators and explore ways to build partnerships with parents and create communities of care--for the benefit of our children, and ultimately society as a whole. (3 units)
Expand Early Childhood—Observation and Assessment
EDUC 3369. This course explores observation and assessment instruments, as well as recommended practices and available resources for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Content includes an emphasis on observing young children and assessing their early childhood learning environments. (4 units)
Expand Early Childhood—Program Planning
EDUC 3370. This course is designed to give you a new perspective on planning and implementing developmentally appropriate programs for young children from birth through age eight. Learn what is meant by curriculum, assessment, evaluation and program planning, as these terms apply to early childhood education. We will discuss several historical perspectives and theories of child development, and examine best practice for early childhood education. We will also examine key concepts and specific activities for teaching various curricular content areas including language and literacy, mathematics and science and the expressive arts. (4 units)
Expand Early Childhood—Typical and Atypical Development
EDUC 3371. This course explores contemporary best practice and perspectives on early childhood development. Content includes patterns and sequences of typical development for children from birth to six years. Emphasis is on individual differences, cultural influences and the impact of developmental delay and disability during infancy, toddlerhood and the preschool years. Discussion will also include instructional technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) applications for this population. (4 units)
Expand Infant and Toddler Mental Health Issues and Information for Educators
EDUC 3372. This course is designed to help educators achieve a better understanding of infant and toddler mental health, child development and strategies that can be used to promote positive relationships with children and their families. Gain information that will help you understand and identify your role as a child care provider, educator and early childhood professional. This course provides research-based information on child development, attachment, temperament and curriculum. Resources will be provided for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about infant and toddler mental health. (3 units)
Expand Exceptional Education
Expand Attention Deficit Disorder—Information and Interventions for Effective Teaching
EDUC 3317. This course will help you achieve a better understanding of ADD and intervention strategies to facilitate positive student change. Learn the history of the disorder, accepted methods of assessment and identification, and various methods, medications and strategies that are currently used to treat it. For situations in which services beyond what can be provided in the classroom are required, the referral process for getting help for students will be addressed. Reference materials include a list of resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about ADD or ADHD. (3 units)
Expand Autism and Asperger's Disorder—Information and Effective Intervention Strategies
EDUC 3318. This course describes autism and Asperger's Disorder including characteristics, associated learning styles, communication weaknesses and various intervention strategies. The course will help you make sense of why individuals with autism spectrum disorders behave the way they do, and what you can do to enhance more appropriate behavior. This course also lists resources for educators, related service personnel and parents who want more help or information on autism and Asperger's Disorder. (3 units)
Expand Educational Assessment—Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom
EDUC 3171. This course is designed to further develop the conceptual and technical skills teachers require to help identify educational goals and implement meaningful instructional strategies for effective learning by students with special needs. Focus on assessment for instructional programming and procedural outlines for designing, selecting, administering and interpreting a variety of informal assessment measures typically used in schools. The presentation of assessment information in an acceptable format to parents and teachers will also be addressed. (3 units)
Expand Talented and Gifted—Working With High Achievers
EDUC 3176. This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law and accepted methods for referral, assessment and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. Gain an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and discover resources for teachers and parents who would like more information. (3 units)
Expand Inclusion—Working With Students With Special Needs in General Education Classrooms
EDUC 3173. This course is designed to help you gain a better understanding of inclusion, one of the current educational reform movements that advocate for incorporating students with disabilities into general education classrooms. Learn to define key concepts and terms, identify and describe federal legislation and court cases and list and describe the federal definition of students entitled to special services. This course will discuss the roles and responsibilities of educators in providing special services to students in inclusive classrooms. (3 units)
Expand Learning Disabilities—Practical Information for Classroom Teachers
EDUC 3174. This course introduces diverse theoretical approaches to handling learning disabilities in the classroom. It lays the foundation for sensitive, appropriate assessment and evaluation of students. In addition, it covers program planning and implementation, stresses the importance of a close, positive partnership with parents or alternative caregivers and explores methods for ensuring that the home-school axis is effective and meaningful. Major trends and unresolved issues in the field of learning disabilities are also discussed. (4 units)
Expand General Education
Expand Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse
EDUC 3578. This course is designed to help the learner gain a more comprehensive understanding of alcohol, drugs, and their influences in the classroom. It provides a contextual framework for understanding what students may be experiencing either through their own substance use or as a result of the substance use of persons close to them and provides a basic historical perspective of substance use along with the biological, psychological, and social factors that comprise the disease of addiction. Upon course completion, the learner will better understand the complex dynamics that contribute to this biological and social phenomenon. (3 units)
Expand Harassment, Bullying and Cyber-Intimidation in Schools
EDUC 4076. This new course explores the definitions and the personal, social and legal ramifications associated with sexual harassment, bullying and cyber-intimidation. The course will address what we know about these troubling areas and explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and its harmful effects on people and institutions is essential to providing a safe and inclusive school environment for all. (3 units)
Expand Teaching Diversity—Influences and Issues in the Classroom
EDUC 3175. This course is designed to give you the knowledge, tools and dispositions to effectively facilitate a diverse classroom. It teaches you how to understand and identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles and ways in which students demonstrate learning. Emphasis is on understanding how students' learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, family and community values. You will be challenged to apply knowledge of the richness of contributions from our diverse society to the teaching field. (3 units)
Expand Understanding and Implementing Common Core Standards
EDUC 3579. This course has been developed with the widest possible audience in mind because the core principles and practices of implementation need to be applied across K-12 settings. The primary goal of the course is to provide the rationale for the Common Core Standards (the why) and what research-based pedagogical approaches will help practitioners implement these standards in their unique context. The course acknowledges that practitioners are at varying stages of implementing these standards, so opportunities for self-reflection, learning about cross-cutting implementation strategies, and action planning are based on each course participant’s current practice and context. (4 units)
Expand Violence in Schools—Identification, Prevention and Intervention Strategies
EDUC 3320. This course is designed to give you an understanding of school violence and increase intervention strategies. The course provides an overview of violence and the motivational purposes behind aggression. The correlation and impact of the media, community and family upon violence are investigated. You will gain an understanding of identification and intervention approaches to working with out-of-control behaviors. In addition, information about the national resources available for both parents and teachers is covered. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have a better understanding of violence and the motivations behind its use, as well as specific strategies to minimize the occurrence of violence in the school and community. (3 units)
Expand Math
Expand Teaching Math Conceptually— A New Paradigm
EDUC 3430. This course is designed to explain and connect the major concepts, procedures and reasoning processes of mathematics. Current research and trends in math education will be discussed to outline a teaching methodology that is conceptual, contextual and constructive. Activities are presented to explain underlying concepts and illustrate constructive teaching. The course has been divided into four chapters, each covering a math topic: number sense, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions. Emphasis is placed on exploring how to develop mathematical understanding in learners. (3 units)
Expand Reading
Expand An Introduction to Scientifically Based Research
EDUC 4091. This first in the three-course series is designed to give background on Reading First as it applies to the No Child Left Behind legislation. In it, you will learn about scientifically based research as it applies to phonetically-based instruction, assessment and evaluation. Explore myths and misconceptions concerning reading instruction and remediation. You will also be provided with an evaluation checklist designed to assess the effectiveness of your current reading program. The goal of this course is to present you with trustworthy evidence and background information to support the need for a reading program that is based on scientific research and proven methods. This is the first course of the Online Certificate in Reading Fundamentals(3 units)
Expand Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction
EDUC 4092. This second course in the series lays the foundation for effective reading instruction and covers the elements involved. You will benefit, and more importantly, your students will benefit, both in terms of their behavior and their academic performance. You will also learn about the importance of reading instruction, some sobering statistics on U.S. reading performance and what happens when individuals are not proficient in reading. This is the second course of the Online Certificate in Reading Fundamentals (3 units)
Expand The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction and Assessment
EDUC 4093. This course will focus on learning to read, reading to learn and an introduction to reading assessment. Elements of effective reading instruction will be highlighted, including definitions, implications for instruction and future directions. You'll learn the five elements of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension. Discover comprehensive strategies for reading instruction preparation, including how to integrate computer technology in the classroom. The course will provide important information on terms and definitions and includes 29 specific recommendations for reading assessments. Finally, the course will show you how to conduct pivotal curriculum-based measurement procedures in your classroom. This is the third course of the Online Certificate in Reading Fundamentals (4 units)
Expand Reading and Writing in Content Area
EDUC 3536. This course offers instruction in teaching reading and writing in various subject matter fields at the secondary level. The material stresses the skills of vocabulary building, comprehension and writing, as well as methods for motivating adolescents to read and write. The course provides information on such issues as recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Praxis Reading Across the Curriculum test guide and the Reading in the Content Area national standards. (3 units)

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