Course Descriptions

Note: Some classes are open only to WCTS staff members.

The Adult Learner
(Teaching 7550, 3 credits)
Analysis of the principles and instructional models applicable to the instruction of adults. Emphasis will be on the teaching/learning transactions that encourage and assist adults in their learning activities. Characteristics of the adult learner, historical and current perspectives of adult education, in both formal and informal settings are also covered.

Advanced Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy
(Psychology 6940, 3 credits)
This course provides students opportunities to expland, implement, and refine counseling skills. It affortds opportunities for students to learn more advanced techniques as well as practice basic counseling skills. The course covers processes of counseling, ethical considerations, theoretical applications, and special populations.

Assessment and Diagnosis of Psychopathology
(Psychology 7010, 3 credits)
Presents an overview of the scientific understanding of the perspectives, patterns, and characteristics of psychopathology. The discussion of aberrant behavior will be complemented by common human concerns including dignity, integrity, and facilitating personal growth.

Career Counseling
(Counselor Education 7080, 3 credits)
Students will acquire an understanding of the role of career life planning. Vocational/occupational information, assessment instruments, and cousneling procedures are explored in school, higher education, and community settings.

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
(Counselor Education 7070, 3 credits)
An introductory course designed to examine the philosophical bases, processes, and issues surrounding predominant counseling theories and techniques.

Educational Diversity
(Teaching 6530, 2 credits)
Prepares participants to pro-actively contribute to a learning environment that will meet the needs of diverse student populations. Participants examine organizational, classroom, and individual diversity issues, and develop strategies for increasing personal effectiveness in working with diverse groups. Participants are encouraged to apply competencies to meeting the needs of the specific diverse populations, or individual members of diverse groups, that make up their teaching and learning environments. These populations may include, but are not limited to diversity of: age, sex, physical and cognitive ability, race, ethnic background, social/economic background, employment status, religion, sexual preference, religion, or affiliation.

Educational Evaluation for Vocational Instructors
(Teaching 6530, 2 credits)
This course is centered around the skills vocational teachers need to evaluate student progress in the classroom and laboratory. Participants will construct or select and administer student evaluation measures and interpret achievement or performance levels to provide a basis for assigning grades in competency based vocational education.

Educational Psychology
(Teaching 6530, 2 credits)
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to apply educational/psychological principles to the teaching/learning of adults and to analyze the impacts of age and individual differences on the teaching and learning process when presented with human behavior and teaching situations or learning situations. Various concepts that will be included in the course of study are: the teaching/learning process, motivational theory, retention and transfer of learning, reinforcement, learning styles and individual differences, educational domains and selected learning theories.

Faculty-Centered Guidance, Counseling, and Advising for WTC Personnel
(Counselor Education 6930, 2 credits)
Introduction to the philosophy, function, and referral process of student services in the WTC system; the importance of guidance as an integral part of the teacher's role; listening, reflecting, and clarifying in the classroom setting; career counseling using local resources; and helping students resolve problems.

Graduate Practicum in Teaching
(Teaching 7880, variable credits)
Each student will have achieved certification in a human services area. They are now advancing their careers by developing skills in educational services which are the dominant area within human services. This practicum will allow them to practice the educational theories and principles learned in their other human services courses.

Group Counseling
(Counselor Education 6250, 3 credits)
This course presents the theory and applied models of structured and developmental group counseling. The emphasis is placed on learning to facilitate a gradual increase in problem-solving skills leading to wellness.

Improving Instructional Effectiveness
(Teaching 7130, 3 credits)
Connects principles of learning to teaching practices; demonstrates how theory can become practice; considers models of teaching that promote developmentally appropriate teaching and reflective thinking; characterizes teaching as a process of conscious decision making; helps teachers become more effective decision makers.

Interviewing
(Criminal Justice 6630, 3 credits)
An introduction to the theory and practice of interviewing. Students will study and practice visual and written communication for the purpose of gaining information. Instructional methods will include: lecture, small and large group discussions, video, and current media interviews. The information and skills taught will be immediately transferable to, and applicable in, the work environment.

Introduction to Professional Counseling
(Counselor Education 6630, 3 credits)
An exploration of the historical, psychological, sociological, ethical, and philosophical foundations of the helping professions. Perspectives on the educational process and adult and special needs populations are addressed.

Introduction to Wisconsin Instructional Design System (WIDS)
(Teaching 6530, 2 credits)
Designed to introduce the Wisconsin Instructional Design Model and WIDS Software to participants. Participants work with the fundamental “who,” “what,” “when,” and “how”, of instructional design, and use the software to prepare a course outcome summary and basic learning plans.

Organizational Communication
(Communication Technologies 7330, 3 credits)
Horizontal and vertical communication channels in education, industry, business and society as well as leadership, persuasion, rumor theory and communication networks are examined in class and on location.

Philosophy of Vocational Education
(Teaching 6530, 2 credits)
The certification learning activity introduces students to the history and philosophy of the Vocational Technical Adult Education (VTAE) system. Participants explore the VTAE from a national, local, and state perspective, review the legal responsibilities of districts and the State Board, and analyze current issues impacting Wisconsin.

Program Planning for Adults
(Teaching 7540, 3 credits)
Examination of program development concepts, approaches, and practices used for planning, conducting, and evaluating programs for adults. Analysis of framework for identifying relationships among learner goals, content, format, setting, learning objectives, learning activities, and outcomes. Processes and procedures for identifying and addressing educational needs and interests. Tools for managing financial and non-financial resources. Strategies for conducting formative and summative evaluation of program elements.

Psychology of Adult Learning: A Life Span Approach
(Psychology 6020, 2 credits)
This course focuses on the connection between adult development and the practice of adult education, and how developmental processes affect adults' capacity for self-direction and ability to learn from experience. It explores the role of psychological development in adult learning, the investment of “self” in learning, and the link between social development and personal development. It provides a conceptual framework, as well as strategies and tools, for promoting autonomy and self-direction in learners.

Public Relations in School and Community
(Teaching 7050, 3 credits)
Emphasizes the importance of designing programs around the needs and problems of the school and community. Economic, social, and political characteristics of communities, methods of assessment, communication, involvement, and conflict resolution. Activities and programs including bond referenda, advisory committees, volunteers, public relations, etc.; organization, operation, implementation and evaluation of school-community relations programs.

Psychopharmacology
(Criminal Justice 6830, 3 credits)
The effects of nutrients, additives and psychoactive drugs on criminal behavior; the process by which behavior is affected by these substances. It fulfills part of the knowledge base for AODA counselor certification.

Research Procedures
(Teaching 7000, 3 credits)
Definition of problems and issues, critical examination of the research literature, review of trends in curricula and methods, and planning of investigations including historical, descriptive (including ethnographic), and experimental.

Seminar Paper or Educational Project
(Teaching 7830, 2 credits)
This course requires demonstration of the ability to survey a field of knowledge and assemble, organize, evaluate, interpret, and present evidence in a logical and intelligent manner. The seminar paper may or may not be a report of original and independent research. A copy of guidelines for the preparation and submission of graduate papers may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies.

Teaching Methods
(Teaching 6530, 2 credits)
This course is an introductory course in the selection and use of teaching methods. Included are bases for selecting a method, skills, strategies, techniques, factors in making effective use of a method, effective use of questioning, and effective use of audiovisual aids. The participant demonstrates knowledge and skill by making instructional presentations using various teaching methods and critiquing effectiveness of methods.

Topics in Education
(Teaching 7500, 3 credits)
Course topic to be announced.
Topics in Psychology
(Psychlgy 6020, 1-3 credits)
Course topic to be announced.