A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for Teacher's Learning Center (TLC) Participants Only

This course examines the approaches to parenting in our current culture. The styles of parenting in today’s culture are more abstract and permissive regarding limits and discipline. These behaviors are manifested by students whose misbehaviors are modeled and protected by parents and media. The family dynamics in society are very different then previous generations. Social attitudes regarding values and children along with overprotective parenting are issues in schools and classrooms. Ways of addressing these complex social and family dynamics are presented. Educators will research and develop writings and activities regarding these issues for school applications.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend:  This course provides continuing education for current K-12 educators who need to complete professional development credits and/or graduate-level courses for license renewal and salary advancement

Required Materials: None



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What You Will Learn

  • Demonstrate growth in content knowledge related to teaching assignment and the application of content knowledge to classroom instruction and assessment
  • Understand scientifically based practices in teaching and learning, including strategies in literacy education, instructional technology, differentiation of instruction, and apply them to raise student achievement
  • Demonstrate multiple means of assessing and evaluating student learning and use them to change teaching and learning
  • Locate, interpret, synthesize, and apply educational research in best practices in teaching
  • Understand models for professional change, including teacher collaboration, professional learning communities, strategies for mentoring and coaching to facilitate change, and effective professional development
  • Demonstrate understanding of reflective practice that results in improved classroom teaching and learning, including teacher reflection, use of technology in self-assessment, collaboration for change, and self-management of change
  • Demonstrate understanding of system and organizational change in education, including models for school change and current research and trends in school change
  • Demonstrate responsibility for student learning at high levels
  • Demonstrate responsibility for school reform and leadership in school change


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

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Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.