NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Child Abuse Prevention

EDUC 600




Instructor: Ellen Paxton

Grading: Letter or S/U

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Friday, May 15, 2015

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150

Course Description:

Protecting children is the role and responsibility of every adult. Be it in or outside of school, educators need to be aware of all red flags indicating a child is being abused. The course Child Abuse Prevention tackles this very sensitive issue and aims to equip teachers with the essentials of recognizing and preventing abuse to maintain safe and secure learning environments.

Every educator should be aware of the different signs, symptoms and indicators of suspected child abuse and this is the focus of SECTION A, Recognizing and Preventing Child Abuse. The course highlights characteristics of abuse, as well as how an educator can respond.

Bullying is a common issue that is seen in every classroom, school and playground. How do we respond to bullying or stop it? How do we help children who are on the receiving end and discipline the bullies? Learn more about this in SECTION B, Bullying: The Golden Rule Solution.

The third section of this course stresses on professional behaviors and ethical standards that teachers may adopt, that will help promote a safe environment for students to learn in. SECTION C, Ethics for Educational Professionals, encourages teachers to promote policies and practices in schools, and provides guidance on implementing the same.

Objectives & Outcomes:

As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, students should be able to:

  • Understand 4 types of abuse.
  • Identify signs of 4 types of abuse.
  • Recognize how abuse can be prevented.
  • Understand the process and importance of reporting abuse.
  • Identify potential abusers.
  • Create a safe learning environment.
  • Understand how technology can be used in abusive situations.
  • Report cases of child abuse.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION B, students should be able to:

  • Understand why and how bullying occurs.
  • Understand how the victim can become a bully.
  • Teach students to stay safe from cyberbullying.
  • Cope with bullying at the workplace.
  • Get equipped with strategies to stop the process of bullying.
  • Teach students to prevent bullying.
  • Teach students how to respond when they are being bullied.
  • Respond constructively when a student complains about bullying.
  • De-escalate a situation where you witness a physical attack or fight.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION C, students should be able to:

  • Gain knowledge in ethical schools of thought and ethical models.
  • Identify themselves as a professional and recognize the need for professional behavior.
  • Implement professional behavior in their relationships at school- including aspects of conversation, touch, personal space and eye contact.
  • Set standards, or personal policies regarding interacting with students outside of the classroom, receiving gifts and other common ethical issues in teacher-student relationships.
  • Identify the signs of a harmful professional relationship, and will be able to take steps to rectify the situation.
  • Identify personal areas for growth in professional habits and traits.
  • Maintain positive professional relationships with students, parents and colleagues.
  • Gain knowledge and confidence in implementing a school-wide program to maintain ethical standards by establishing an ethical code and/or committee.
  • Follow legal requirements in the area of student records.
  • Follow ethical practices in the areas of conduct, assessment and planning.

About The Instructor

Ellen Paxton
Ellen Paxton

Ellen Paxton earned an M.Ed. In Workforce, Career, & Technical Education from the University of Minnesota. Her B.S. in Education is awarded from Drake University. Ellen is a National Board Certified Teacher. She has over 24 years of experience in teaching while serving in educational leadership positions as department chair, school administrator, and school board member. Ellen has also taught classroom teachers and adjunct faculty how to build and teach online classes that gave new academic opportunities to thousands of students. She currently instructs continuing education, professional development, and graduate courses to K-12 teachers in over 40 states.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU professional development credit and materials will be accessible online.

Classes are self-paced and must be completed within 4 weeks from registration date.

**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.

Registrations for this class will be taken until May 15, 2015.

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