Pupil Personnel Worker Course Offerings

The office of Continuing Education offers courses for teachers to meet requirements for the Pupil Personnel Worker certification in Maryland.  Upon completion of the following courses, students may submit transcript documentation to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to seek Maryland Pupil Personnel Worker certification.  We encourage all students wishing to use these courses for Pupil Personnel Worker certification to have them approved by MSDE or their respective certification office prior to registration.  The Trinity transcript will reflect the completion of the respective courses; the transcript will not indicate completion of a degree or a certification program.

In addition to the courses below, MSDE requires those seeking PPW Certification to have:

  • A master’s degree in pupil personnel or related field
  • 3 years of satisfactory teaching experience
  • 3 semester hours in inclusion of special needs student population (Trinity course EDU 893S)

Please visit the MSDE website for further information on certification requirements.

Courses that meet PPW Certification Requirements

  1. School Law (required): EDU 856A Legal Issues in Education
  2. Adolescent Psychology: EDU 589H Human Growth and Development Secondary
  3. Multi-Cultural Issues: EDU 926 Multicultural Education
  4. Family Systems/Dynamics: EDU 510C Families of the 21st Century
  5. Delivery of Pupil Personnel Services and Programs: EDU 888 Delivery of Pupil Personnel Services and Supports
  6. Juvenile Delinquency: EDU 800 Juvenile Delinquency
  7. Education Assessment Interpretation:
    EDU 700D Introduction to Performance-Based Instruction/ Assessment
    EDU 824 Standardized Tests: Selection and Interpretation

Inclusion of Special Needs Population (additional required course): EDU 893S Introduction to Special Education

Course Descriptions

EDU 856A Legal Issues in Education  This course highlights major legal issues affecting teachers and administrators. Emphasis is placed upon legal issues such as negligence, desegregation, rights and responsibilities of teachers, academic freedom, students’ rights, and school attendance. This class is highly interactive with discussions, simulations, and case studies.

EDU 589H Human Growth and Development: Secondary This course examines the physical, cognitive, social emotional, and psychological aspects of adolescence from a developmental point of view. Theory and research of child development are explored and applied in practice sessions as possible solutions to unique challenges. Participants will review and analyze the ways in which adolescents interact within familial, school, and community settings.

EDU 926 Multicultural Education This course explores creative ways of making the classroom more inclusive and accepting of diversity. Cultural attitudes and values that affect how teachers and students relate to one another are examined. Concrete activities for developing appreciation of self and sensitivity to others are introduced.

EDU 510C Families of the 21st Century  This course familiarizes education professionals with the dynamics of dysfunctional families. The Systems theory, which provides the background for understanding how children interact in both family and education environment(s), is presented. Intervention strategies, which assist both teacher and student that will maximize learning, are discussed.

EDU 888 Delivery of Pupil Personnel Services and Supports This course is designed to provide an understanding of the role of the pupil personnel worker (PPW) as a child advocate and critical partner in the delivery of comprehensive student services. This course will address services and supports that are essential in the delivery of pupil services. Participants in this course will learn using current research, best practices, case studies, film clips, observation and small group simulations. This course will focus on the necessary linkages and collaborative partnerships that support the PPW in the delivery of services and supports to students, families and schools inclusive of , but not limited to, community services, crisis intervention, homeless supports, residency investigations, school discipline hearings, attendance intervention, inter-agency case management meetings, court referrals and restorative practices.

EDU 800 Juvenile Delinquency This course explores the nature, extent, and causes of juvenile delinquency. Causal factors that aid in treatment and prevention of juvenile delinquency are identified and analyzed. The course also identifies and examines current successful delinquency prevention programs.

EDU 700D Introduction to Performance-Based Instruction/ Assessment This course focuses on current research and practice in performance-based instruction and assessment. Participants will examine practices that support the development of students’ abilities to apply knowledge, skill and understanding in a real-world content.

EDU 824 Standardized Tests: Selection and Interpretation This course surveys the various achievement, aptitude, and personality instruments utilized in the school setting. Issues of selection and interpretation are addressed. Educators will gain hands-on experience with the instruments to achieve greater confidence in translating assessment results into practical direction for class instruction and lesson formulation.

EDU 893S Introduction to Special Education This course examines federal and state laws of special education, handicapped conditions, recognizing handicapped conditions, and referral and support systems.  This course introduces the special education child from the gifted to the severely/profoundly disabled. Attention will be directed toward legislation and core issues that currently influences the field of special education.