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Moravian University and CIU 20

Partners in Education

Moravian University and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 have partnered to offer:

  • Human Resources in Public Schools Specialization
  • Autism K-12 Endorsement

Take advantage of this partnership by applying today!

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Human Resources in Public Schools

The HR in Public Schools specialization is the first program of its kind in the Lehigh Valley. This fully online program is designed for the working teacher or administrator, with eight-week courses, evening classes, and synchronous and asynchronous components. Students will gain the industry knowledge necessary for growth and success as an HR professional in a K–12 setting.


Examine the high-priority legal issues in today’s current K-12 HR environment. Working from a basis of laws and regulations governing the employment relationship, students and faculty examine how federal and state legislation, court and administrative decisions, and regulatory processes are changing interviewing, hiring, promotion, performance assessment, termination, diversity, privacy, safety, and health, and union-management relations practices in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the impact of changes in law and regulations and determining both operational and strategic impacts of those changes on organizational practices.

Explores labor relations in the K-12 public sector. The course will focus on the legal requirements in Pennsylvania, the process of collective bargaining, the scope of collective bargaining, types of collective bargaining, administration of the collective bargaining agreement, and the impact of collective bargaining on the school environment. The course topics will include the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, fact-finding, proposal preparation, provision application, data analytics, unfair labor practices, grievances, and arbitrations. In addition, the course will examine the political, social, economic, and organizational impact of collective bargaining on the public-school setting.

An overview of strategies for recruitment and retention in the K-12 public school sector. Various methods for acquiring the critical skills needed to produce products and services are examined in this course. In addition to the traditional staffing topics of recruiting, selecting, and retaining employees, outsourcing and importing human resources to meet organizations’ strategic skill and knowledge needs will be examined. Other topics may include equal employment opportunity, human resource planning, determination of staffing needs, internal and external recruitment strategies, selection interviews, tests and assessment procedures, placement, promotion, transfer policies, and retention strategies.

An overview of business strategy and emphasizes the role of public school human resource management for effective strategy implementation. Models of organizational diagnosis and change, reengineering, divesting, merging, acquiring, downsizing, and outsourcing are examined from a strategic and operational human resource perspective. Students will complete a service-learning assignment with a not-for-profit organization or small business to apply the knowledge and skills learned in this course. 


Autism K-12 Endorsement

Now more than ever, there is demand for well-trained professionals who specialize in teaching the rapidly growing number of students on the Autism Spectrum. Help fill this need by completing the Autism PreK-12 Endorsement at Moravian University.


A thorough analysis of characteristics and etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) embedded in neurodiversity, socio-ecological and socio-cultural theories. Current research and readings will guide discussions around diagnosis, intervention, and programming as it relates to current trends, collaborative practices, and special education services for individuals with ASD and their families, general education professionals, and the community. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the teacher in relationship to all topics discussed.

Cover topics related to collaboration with families of children/students with ASD within a socio-ecological and socio-cultural lens. Candidates will identify and engage with agencies that support students with ASD and their families and learn ways to communicate and advocate for students with ASD within communities. Students will design instructional programs with detailed and intentional attentiveness to legal mandates and family considerations in a field setting where candidates will teach students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Discussion periods are provided for the classification of techniques, methods, and approaches.

Examine methods of assessment and implementing instructional strategies for children/young adults with ASD and how to use data-driven analysis to plan curriculum and instruction in inclusive settings. Current research and readings will guide discussions around assessment domains, multi-tier interventions, adaptations/accommodations, functional behavior analysis, and planning as it relates to current trends, collaborative practices, and special education services for individuals with autism and their families. Specific methods of assessment for implementing instructional strategies that have been shown to be effective in promoting the development of communication and social skills by students with ASD. Augmentative and alternative communications systems (AAC) and approaches for teaching social skills in home, school, and community environments along with coordination of services and advocating for students with ASD will be thoroughly and deeply discussed.

A thorough analysis of instructional interventions for children/young adults in terms of strengths, limitations, and empirical-based evidence for children and young adults with ASD. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) will be explored in-depth and how it can serve some individuals with autism, with special attention given to classroom settings. Students will assess and structure the environmental supports to enable students with ASD to participate and progress in all environments and evaluate and proactively apply methods to reduce student motivation to engage in problem behavior, assess its effectiveness, and learn to teach functional equivalent positive behaviors. 


Why Moravian?

  • All courses count towards ACT 48 hours
  • Small class sizes and a close working relationship with faculty 
  • Begin in fall or spring
  • Accelerated, 8-week courses
  • Our focus is on YOU

Graduate Referral Program

Refer a friend, family member, or coworker to one of our graduate programs. If they enroll in and complete two classes or more, you get $250! Restrictions apply. Click here for more information.

Find out More


Jennifer Pagliaroli

Associate Director of Corporate-Education Partnerships
Moravian University


Michelle D. Bozzini, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum
Division of Administrative and Professional Services
Colonial IU 20