Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching Certificate

All students who pursue the Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching certificate must complete ED 5060 (or equivalent) prior to registering for ND courses. Additionally, students must currently be teaching or have permission from the instructor.

  • Required Courses
  • 3
    Participants will be introduced to core principles and the newest research findings related to the brain and learning. The course will focus on the key brain principles, neural networks (i.e., recognition, strategic, affective) and neurodevelopmental learning functions of the brain (e.g., attention, memory, language) and their impact on learning. It is expected that participants will already have an existing knowledge of child development theories; the neurodevelopmental framework will be layered with these theories to understand what a student can be expected to do at a given age. During the course participants will practice the skill of observing for evidence of learning strengths and weaknesses and linking them to academic performance through a case study. Participants must have access to a student/students on a regular basis as a large component of this course requires observation. This course is appropriate for anyone who works with students (child-adult).
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  • 2
    This course is designed to build upon participants' existing knowledge of child development theories and to layer these with a neurodevlopmental framework to understand what a student can be expected to do at a given age. Participants will be introduced to core principles and the newest research findings related to the brain and learning from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, education and health. The course will focus on the three networks (i.e., recognition, strategic, affective) and eight key neurodevelopmental learning functions of the brain (e.g., attention, memory, language) and their impact on learning. Participants will also practice the skill of observing for evidence of student learning strengths and weaknesses and linking them to academic performance through a case study.
  • 2
    This course is designed to build on participants' familiarity with the neurodevelopmental framework through exploration of their own neurodevelopmental profile. Participants will reflect on their own neurodevelopmental strengths and weaknesses, the effect of their learning profile on their ability to learn, and most importantly, how that particular combination of strengths and weaknesses, together with skill and knowledge can be used to positively influence their teaching practice.
  • 3
    This course will provide participants with a deeper understanding of practical ways to apply a neurodevelopmental approach to teaching and learning by examining the neurodevelopmental demands of curricula, lessons, and assessments. Participants will design and implement activities, lessons, and curricula that take into consideration students' specific learning needs. Prerequisite: ND 5000 or ND5005.
  • 2
    This course will provide participants with a deeper understanding of practical ways to apply a neurodevlopmental approach to teaching and learning by looking at student work and addressing instructional dilemmas. Through the use of structured protocols, participants will work as a collaborative group to link observable evidence from student work samples to particular underlying neurodvelopmental functions. The process of Looking at Student Work will be used to inform participants about students as learners and identify specific strategies to support increased student achievement. Prerequisite: ND 5000 or ND 5110.
  • 2
    This course will explore the research regarding student motivation and the neurodevelopmental networks and sub-skills that support or undermine a student's achievement with particular focus on the role of attention in learning. If a student's basic needs are not met (physiological, social and emotional) his/her body must expend energy on those first before it can learn. Prerequisite: ND 5000 or ND5005 ND 5020, and ND 5050.
  • 2
    Attention and memory play key roles in learning. This course will provide an in-depth exploration of the components of attention and memory and specific impacts they have on learning. Participants will be introduced to ways to observe for breakdowns in memory and attention and instructional strategies to support completion of tasks. Prerequisite: ND 5000 and ND 5020.
  • Total for Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching Certificate – 14 credits

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