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Online Courses:
The Graduate Program of the Education Department will be teaching a variety of courses online during the upcoming semesters. Would you like more information about which courses will be online and when?  Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Bruce Smith for more information.

 

 

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Curriculum and Instruction Concentration Courses - 12 semester hours
Course selection is to be made from the following:

blue bullet ED 403: FIELD EXPERIENCE AND METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION 3 s.h.

Focuses on methods used to teach environmental knowledge, concepts, and concerns, including the history and research in environmental education. Examines the relationship of all curriculum areas to environmental education. May be taken for graduate credit with the approval of the Education Department chair and the instructor.

 

blue bullet ED 501: SEMINAR IN CRITICAL EDUCATIONAL ISSUES 3 s.h.

Examines the current critical educational issues with special emphasis on school funding, legal issues, gender equity, curriculum and cultural issues, and school reform.

 

blue bullet ED 506: GENDER ISSUES IN EDUCATION 3 s.h.

Examines the ways in which schools perpetuate gender bias and how educational institutions, as a reflection of the patriarchal society in which they exist, provide different experiences and outcomes for female and male students and teachers. Prerequisite: ED 110 or WS 100 or consent of instructor.

 

blue bullet ED 509: OBSERVATIONS AND ANALYSIS OF THE URBAN CLASSROOM 3 s.h.

Provides opportunities for pre-service teachers, both elementary and secondary education majors, and both undergraduate and graduate students, to observe and participate in urban classrooms. Students travel in university vehicles to visit schools in major urban areas and spend a minimum of five consecutive days participating in urban classrooms. Prerequisite: junior-level standing or consent of instructor. Offered each year during Summer Pre-session, on demand.

 

blue bullet ED 521: INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS 3 s.h.

Involves a survey of various theories, models, and styles of leadership, followed by the application of leadership skills in teacher-pupil and teacher-colleague relationships.

 

blue bullet ED 526: SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION 3 s.h.

This course is an analysis of the public school as an institution in modern societies and its operation in complex social structures. The course draws upon the science of sociology and other social fields to explain the operation of the school as one of the social systems which operate to influence the development of people in becoming efficient and cooperative members of society.

 

blue bullet ED 530: CONNECTING STANDARDS, INSTRUCTION, AND ASSESSMENT: DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT IN THE WORLD OF STANDARDS 3 s.h.

 

Provides educators with a brief review of the purpose and process of assessment and to introduce them to design options available in designing and implementing authentic assessment. Students acquire, synthesize, interpret and discuss a range of topics dealing with assessment in the educational process. Emphasizes a backward design process for curriculum development that links standards, curriculum, instruction, and embedded assessment. Students construct and evaluate a variety of assessment tools with a particular emphasis on authentic assessment. Every other year and/or as needed.

 

blue bullet ED 533: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES 3 s.h.

Students explore recent trends in promoting learning in the social studies as well as study current problems involved. Social forces at work today and their effect on curriculum development are considered. ED 534: WORKSHOP IN EDUCATION 3 s.h. Provides opportunities for in-service teachers to encounter new ideas, knowledge, and methods in meeting problems in today's schools. Prerequisite: Teaching experience in the elementary or secondary schools.

blue bullet ED 537: STRATEGIES AND PROBLEMS OF TEACHING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS 3 s.h.

Deals with recent trends and methods of teaching mathematical concepts and skills appropriate to the elementary grade level. Particular attention is given to diagnostic procedures and to a ghands-onh laboratory approach. Classes are conducted in a well-equipped elementary mathematics laboratory. Recent research which applies to the teaching and learning of mathematical skills and concepts is considered.

 

blue bullet ED 568: LANGUAGE AND LITERACY 3 s.h.

A study of literacy acquisition which includes consideration of developmental and sociocultural factors. The course examines instructional practices which utilize children's literature in teaching the language arts. Writing is emphasized. Prerequisite: graduate or undergraduate course in children's literature. Fall, annually.

 

blue bullet ED 599: SPECIAL TOPICS IN EDUCATION 1-3 s.h.

Examines current topics and issues in education. Topics, announced in advance, focus on the needs and interests of educators.

 

blue bullet ECH 501: EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION 3 s.h.

Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum design and implementation for infants, toddlers, and young children. Emphasis will be given to teaching to enhance development and learning, constructing appropriate curriculum, creating a caring community of learners, and establishing reciprocal relationships with families. Summer, on demand.

 

blue bullet ECH 502: EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT 3 s.h.

Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment will focus on the assessment of individual infants, toddlers, and young children's development and learning as an essential component of planning and implementing appropriate curriculum. The importance of the learning community and family relationships to appropriate assessment will be emphasized. Action research will be conducted utilizing developmentally appropriate assessment practices. Prerequisite: ECH 501. Summer, on demand.

 

blue bullet ECH 510: LEADERSHIP IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE 3 s.h.

Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care will explore and develop the key components in the design of a quality early childhood program and in the development of visionary leadership skills. Participants will be guided through the areas of need assessment, licensing and accreditation procedures, financial matters, curriculum, environment, policies, management skills, community support, and staff development and mentoring. Summer, on demand.

 

blue bullet SCED 502: INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES AND PROCESS APPROACH TO MODERN SCIENCE CURRICULA 3 s.h.

Enables elementary, middle, and junior high school teachers to use investigative techniques and the process approach in their own classrooms. Investigative techniques focus on developing skills in science processes such as observing, classifying, formulating hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and designing experiments. Includes experiences with modern elementary and junior high school science curricula. Two lecture and two lab hours. Fall, annually.

 

blue bullet SPED 536: ADVANCED METHODS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MILD/MODERATE HANDICAPS 3 s.h.

Participants acquire knowledge and skills related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional interventions for individuals with mild/moderate disabilities.

 

blue bullet SPED 596: CONTEMPORARY EDUCATION PRACTICES AND DIRECTIONS 3 s.h.

This course saliently provides the philosophical and pragmatic basis for the rationale for change in contemporary education. Legislation, litigation, and research within the profession provide the foundation for understanding why the profession must explore innovative strategies for improving the educational outcomes of all children. Terminologies which dominate professional dialogue are explored and studied to separate dogma from substance. Learner characteristics, which are indicative of the diversity naturally present in society, are addressed relative to implications in teaching and learning.

 

blue bullet SPED 597: COLLABORATION AND COOPERATION: IMPROVED TEACHING AND LEARNING OUTCOMES 3 s.h.

This course is intended to improve the teaching and learning outcomes in basic education by focusing on collaboration and cooperative-education processes and teaching methodologies. The development of strategies for promoting professional and community collaborations established in SPED 596: Contemporary Education Practices and Directions, is continued in this offering. Teaching models and methods facilitative to encouraging and maintaining collaborative and cooperative-educational practices extend the skills of professional educators in appropriately serving the educational needs of an increasingly diverse learning audience. Prerequisite: SPED 596 or approval of instructor.

 

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