Education Programs

Featured Programs

ODU-Affiliated Education Courses

Advanced Live Online and Zoom Instructor Training

Take your Live Online teaching to the next level for greater student satisfaction, learning, completion and retention. Come away with information you can use Monday morning. Come away with practical, how-to tips and techniques, plus the pedagogy of Live Online teaching. Taught by one of the foremost teachers of adults. 

Beginning Conversational Spanish

Designed for beginners, we will have you speaking and reading Spanish in no time. You will practice the basic building blocks of the language and common idiomatic expressions. You will know enough vocabulary and grammar for simple conversations, and you will learn how to ask and answer questions. Whether you speak some Spanish and need a refresher, or no Spanish, you will complete the course with the skills to communicate in Spanish. 

Certificate in Effective Grammar

Write and edit better starting today. Gain confidence in your writing. Improve your communication skills. This course will reinforce the rules you learned in school and teach you some you didn't.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in the Diverse Classroom

Educators and psychologists know that learning is significantly affected by factors such as stress, anxiety, self-image, cultural expectations and societal expectations. The increasing number of students diverse backgrounds in today's classrooms introduces a tremendous diversity of lived experience which influences how students learn. In this course, we will examine the factors that come together to create unique challenges to black students in the classroom and explore ways in which teachers can minimize those challenges and support school success for all students. 

Management Certificate

Enhance your management skills through this program for supervisors, managers, and emerging leaders. Nothing creates success like a solid foundation. Discover the keys for effectively managing your employees. Find out how to create clear expectations, engage and motivate employees, and increase your effectiveness. 

Personal Development

Whether looking for a job, a promotion, or becoming a freelancer, developing these soft skills will add value to your career goals and set you apart from other candidates. However, the main question is, do you have many of these skills? How can they be developed and cultivated?

In order to develop soft skills it is crucial to learn more about oneself; this will help you become more aware of your mindset. Being conscious about your emotions and actions will lead you to develop many softs skills such as communication, adaptability, creativity, and leadership.

Registered Play Therapy

This program provides professionals and students in the community with the opportunity to learn more about play therapy or to receive the training necessary to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). The Play Therapy program is offered as a series of nine (9) weekend workshops worth 17 continuing education hours each (16 contact CE's and one non-contact CE). Individuals can attend one or all of the workshops.

Test Preparation

College admissions, including ACT & SAT prep; Graduate admissions, including LSAT, GRE, GMAT Prep; and Praxis Core Prep classes, all include expert instruction, a proven format, all required course materials, and online support resources in one convenient, affordable package.

The Teen Brain

One of the most turbulent periods in brain development occurs during adolescence. The teen brain actually functions very differently from the adult brain. Certain kinds of thinking, such as decision-making, actually happen in different parts of the brain for adolescents and adults. Understanding these complex changes can help calm the rough seas of the teen years, but also provide your teen with critical support and understanding that will promote better decision-making, better mental health, and better outcomes at school. Come find out the important ways in which the teen brain is developing. Identify behaviors and attitudes that are influenced by these changes. Then learn to offer constructive strategies for establishing a better understanding of and communication with your amazing teen.


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