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Department of Middle, Secondary,
and Adult Education

PO Box 800
Lovinger 3155
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4452 or 8662
Fax: 660-543-4954


MSAE Department General Education Courses

Managing Information Using Computer Applications (CTE 1210)


The course emphasizes instruction and application of computer software tools used in an academic environment to evaluate informational needs, plan academic searches, access and retrieve information, using a variety of digital formats while adhering to ethical and legal guidelines for citing sources. Students will develop an operational understanding of computer software applications pervasive in society today, using current technologies for academic and professional success.


Technical Writing (CTE 3060)


Technical writing, or technical communication, is the kind of writing done in the workplace. It is a specialized type of writing. It involves the sharing of specialized, factual information between individuals. It is not for entertainment, or for recreational reading, or for self-expression. The sole purpose is to help people do successfully what they need to do. It is writing that is clear, concise, complete, consistent, and correct (a.k.a. The 5 Cs).

Technical writing requires training and practice. This course is designed to give you the foundation you need so you can continue to grow and improve over time. This course introduces you to the major concepts of technical communication (including audience awareness, ethics/responsibility, design/formatting, and globalization/localization sensitivity), the major types of documents (letters, memos, emails, instructions, descriptions, reports), oral presentations, and basic grammar review and reinforcement.


Creative Thinking for a Better World (CTE 3116)


Creative Thinking for a Better World is an integrative studies course that has been created for students, educators, business professionals, and virtually anyone who is interested in the study of creative problem solving. Our philosophy is that everyone has the ability to be creative, and learning how to effectively use various creative thinking tools will enhance one’s life personally and professionally when faced with the numerous problems that occur in your daily lives. The course is offered online and on-campus to fit the needs of all our students.


This course introduces students to a broad approach in studying formal techniques in creative problem solving applicable to any field of endeavor and interest.  It is designed to enhance an individual’s creative thinking and problem solving skills in which the circumstances require unique and creative solutions. You will be exposed to individual and team-based idea generation methods, along with a variety of formal problem solving processes, which you can immediately begin applying to personal or professional challenges in your life.