Animal Assisted Intervention: Learning & Curriculum
This course is designed to provide the necessary tools for educators to use curricula which will enhance cognition, promote social and emotional development, and improve overall academic achievement for students in grades P-12. Research supporting Animal-Assisted Interaction (AAI) in the classroom will be utilized. This instructional approach is underpinned by research supporting how learning about and interacting with animals provides physical, mental, and academic support for learners of all ages. Integrating positive strategies to promote mental health and wellness is embedded throughout the research. By using a universally engaging topic, such as animals as the focus for instructional design, teachers will be able to integrate themes into their required content across the curriculum with the goal of enhancing motivation, all prosocial behaviors and academic scores.
Scientific studies on the effects of human-animal interventions improve learning, thinking skills, social skills, mental health and more. When animals are the subject of the lesson and when an animal is in proximity to students and teachers measures of performance improve.
Step 1: Getting Started
Pick the class that’s right for you. Each class comes with step-by-step directions including: 1) How to watch or attend class, 2) Completing all course requirements, 3) Registering with the University of your choice, and 4) Requesting transcripts.
Step 2: Completing Class
Watch the online lectures or attend class in-person, then begin independent application. Keep a reflection and log the hours spent applying this content, then submit to us by email. 3-credit classes require 45 hours of engagement, 1 credit classes require 15 hours of engagement (including class time).
Step 3: Receiving Credit
After submitting independent application, within 5-7 days, you will receive a confirmation email that your grade has been entered with the university of your choice. You will then be able to request transcripts. Transcript delivery is generally 5-7 days and is available for expidite.
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