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Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse

EDUC 600




Instructor: Dr. Michael Sedler

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $235

Class Offered Through Virtual Education Software, inc.

Course Description:

Take this course to gain a more comprehensive understanding of alcohol, drugs, and their influences in your classroom. This course provides a contextual framework for understanding what students may be experiencing either through their own substance use or from the substance use of persons close to them. Taught by Casey Jackson, this course provides a basic historical perspective of substance use along with the biological, psychological, and social factors that comprise the disease of addiction. Upon course completion, you will better understand the complex dynamics that contribute to this biological and social phenomenon.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found, in the Help section of your course.


1.  To understand the history of alcohol and drugs in society and their impact on current beliefs in our culture.

2.  To develop a basic understanding of the “biopsychosocial” nature of addiction.

3.  To understand the disease concept of addiction.

4.  To identify different drugs and their effects on the body.

5.  To understand the effects of substance abuse on child development and family systems.

6.  To develop a foundation of understanding of prevention, intervention and supports.


Title: Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse

About The Instructor

Dr. Michael Sedler
Dr. Michael Sedler has presented seminars and classes throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Dr. Sedler has worked as an administrator, behavior specialist, teacher and social worker within the public school setting. Dr. Sedler is an adjunct professor for two universities in the state of Washington and has been a professor for a college in Georgia. He has been a consultant for governmental agencies and worked for a state correctional facility for juveniles and for a community mental health agency. His 15 years of public education experience combined with business experience increases his knowledge base for course delivery. He has presented in schools, hospitals, residential settings and for businesses in the public and private sectors.

Special Instructions:

This course is tablet compatible using iPad, Kindle Fire, Nexus or Surface.

**Registration Instructions:

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