NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

The Mind, Brain, and Education

EDUC 600




Instructor: Michelle Kalina

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $350

Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education

Course Description:

Experienced teachers know that education is an art and a science. Educators are well trained in the transmission of new ideas to their students, but how the student’s brain receives that information and absorbs it into their knowledge base remains a mystery. In this course, you will discover how the brain develops and learns how to read, compute, integrate sensory information, communicate and create novel ideas. Topics such as how we learn and apply number sense, the nature of creativity, how students learn phonemic awareness and the implications for struggling readers, how brain differences can contribute to varying mathematical abilities, and how our emotions can impact the learning process, will be explored.  Students will learn how to apply this knowledge about the brain into new teaching strategies that use the learning styles and strengths of their students.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

Understand how neuroscientific research has an impact on teaching and learning;

Discover how students acquire spoken language and learn to read;

Discover how the brain represents quantity and numbers;

Learn how to stimulate student creativity and how emotions can impact learning;

Translate neuroscientific research into innovative learning techniques for all students’ learning styles.


Sousa, D.A. (ed.). (2010). Mind, Brain and Education: Neuroscience Implications for the Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.

About The Instructor

Michelle Kalina
Michelle Kalina

Michelle Kalina earned an M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point. Michelle also has a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and a B.A. in German and History, with a minor in Russian. Michelle is ASHA and DPI certified in Early Childhood through Adult Populations in Educational Settings. Michelle has over 17 years of experience as a speech/language clinician.


**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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