Student Behavior Management, Advanced Certificate

Major Requirements

Advanced Certificate in Student Behavior Management Credits:
EDCO 600 Introduction to School Counseling 3
Candidates are introduced to the role of the school counselor and the relationship of the school counseling program to the educational mission of school. Topics addressed include: 21st Century perspectives and practices for School Counseling, multicultural and diversity issues, and counseling theory as applied to children and adolescents in school settings. Initial school counseling skill development will focus on problem solution, brief counseling, and cognitive behavior approaches. Candidates will explore the school counselor's work in the context of leadership, advocacy, collaboration, consultation, coordination of services, multiculturalism and working with diverse student populations, technology and the use of data to inform decisions. Included in this course are the modules required for the NYS Child Abuse Reporting and Prevention certificate and for Project SAVE. The course requires ten hours of field experience.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 601 Human Development 3
Candidates will study human growth and development from birth through death. The course focuses on the physical, cognitive, social, personality, and emotional development as a series of progressive changes resulting from the interactions of biological, psychological and sociological forces within the environment. Special emphasis is placed upon the development characteristics of school aged youth within a multicultural and diverse society. The course also and takes an in depth look at theory, research and applications in the areas of learner development. Included in this course will be five hours of practicum experience and direct involvement with practicing counselors in a school site or community based organization.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 650 Social Justice, Diversity, and Cultural Issues 3
Candidates will explore and develop strategies for interacting and working with diverse communities as identified by race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion. Candidates will identify and demonstrate strategies and skills for promoting student success through culturally sensitive advising, consulting and counseling with emphasis on strategies for optimizing academic achievement, bilingual student support, career development and personal success. Methods for positively impacting social, cultural, diversity and equity issues, including the possible effects of culture, race stereotyping, family, socio economic status, gender, sexual identity, language and values on student development and progress in the school setting will be addressed throughout the course. Course content/methodology will emphasize small group activities, collaboration, use of data to create equity for all students, and opportunities to take an active role in supporting all students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 665 The Special Needs Student 3
Candidates will become knowledgeable with an overview of the special needs student in today's schools and with the knowledge and skills to better advocate on behalf of students and their families. Candidates will have the opportunity to explore a variety of exceptionalities to include: communication disorders, learning and emotional disabilities, mental retardation, conduct and behavioral disorders, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injuries, hearing and vision impairments, gifted and talented, ADD/ADHD and challenges faced by language minority students. Candidates will become familiar with the criteria for Special Education as presented in IDEA, in the NYS Part 200 Commissioner's Regulations and in Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. Issues of diversity and multicultural considerations will be addressed as they apply to student referral and placement within the educational setting.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 725 School Violence and Student Behavior Management 3
Candidates will explore the issues of student behavior that results in violent and aggressive actions. The development of violent tendencies is examined, including the medical/biological, psychological and social theories of aggression and violence. Particular focus is placed on understanding the risk factors of aggression and violence within regular, special education and inclusion classrooms. Candidates explore the current approaches to intervention with at risk students, and discuss prevention strategies that can be implemented in regular, special education and inclusion classes in order to minimize the risk of violence. The legal issues involved are presented to help candidates understand the role of school personnel in minimizing risk to students and staff, and also intervening with those students in regular, special education and inclusion classes who are at risk for violent and aggressive behavior. As part of the curriculum, each participant will develop a Crisis Intervention and Prevention Plan as a potential model that can be implemented within a school district/building.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 15 Credits
Total Required Credits = 15