PSU has partnered with the Center for School Success (CSS) to create graduate programs focusing on the neurodevelopmental approach to teaching that incorporates a practical field-based application – the only programs of their kind in the country. CSS is a non-profit education organization, located in West Lebanon, NH, that helps struggling studets achieve measurable success in school and in life.
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
3Participants 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).
2ND 5010 Effective Classroom PracticeThis 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.
3ND 5020 Instructional PracticeThis 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.
2ND 5030 Collaborative PracticesThis course will provide participants with a deeper understanding of practical ways to apply a neurodevelopmental 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 neurodevelopmental 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.
3ND 5070 Attention and Memory in Learning
- Total for Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching Certificate – 16 credits
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