NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Eliminating Student Excuses

EDUC 600




Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $365

Class Offered Through Teachers Learning Center

Course Description:

This course will examine the negative and self-defeating thinking patterns that prevent students from reaching their highest levels of academic success, happiness and mental health. The power of limiting beliefs that restricts people from learning new skills and acquiring knowledge is explained with the 18 most common excuses used. Strategies to overcome excuses from the creative conscious mind and habitual sub-conscious mind are presented. Educators will develop assignment activities that apply the course content into classroom instruction in order to eliminate learning excuses and for empowering students to excel in their academic endeavors and school activities.


1.  Educators will develop an understanding of how the mind is programmed to believe and behave in certain negative or positive patterns that are socially conditioned.

2.  Participants will analyze the social and psychological beliefs of the 18 most commonly utilized excuses for not exploring or experiencing new ideas, goals or endeavors.

3.  Educators will learn about the seven excuses be-gone principals for reprogramming thoughts in order to change limiting, preconditioned beliefs and self-defeating behaviors.

4.  Participants will examine the paradigm shifts needed for a new way of thinking and shedding subconscious habits and acquire strategies to develop a new way of being.

5.  Educators will write an application essay and develop a lesson or project activity that applies the course content to classroom instruction and school learning environments.  


Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits. by Wayne Dyer.2009. New York City: Hay House Pub. 254 pages

About The Instructor

Joseph C'de Baca
Joseph C'de Baca

Joseph C'de Baca earned his M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix, Denver, CO in Educational Administration. He earned his BA in Industrial Technology from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Joseph is a former Social Studies and Industrial Technology teacher for 15 years.



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