This course provides interns an opportunity to develop analytical thinking skills through examining broad educational issues and concerns, topics on the state and local levels, and those of personal interest. The scope of the course ranges from juvenile law, classroom management, professionalism, professional development for teachers, and other course topics. This course must be taken concurrently with internship. Grading system is Pass / Fail.
The diagnostic/prescriptive component of teaching mathematics will be studied with an emphasis on the interpretation of diagnostic materials
Course in which classroom teachers investigate and apply the art of teaching writing via whole language/ natural approach. Focus on writing process.
This course will look at recent research and publications relative to the teaching of elementary school mathematics. Not only will specific areas selected by the instructor be examined, but the students in the class will have the opportunity to suggest areas of particular interest to them. This course provides opportunities for the student to extend knowledge and skills necessary for developing programs, selecting appropriate methods and employing materials, and evaluating in mathematics instruction, kindergarten through grade 6.
This course will examine relevant research and a variety of instructional strategies appropriate in the field of natural science. Emphasis is placed on appropriate instruction and materials including technology for teaching science to students in grades K-6.
This course is a seminar for elementary educators desiring to design and implement developmental programs of language arts instruction in view of recent research. An examination of the research in the language arts and current practices in teaching techniques will be pursued.
This course will examine relevant research and a variety of instructional strategies appropriate in the field of social science. Emphasis is placed on appropriate instruction and materials including technology for teaching social science to students in grades K-6.
The purpose of this course is to assist graduate students as they investigate and construct a deeper understanding of and develop techniques to strengthen the school-parent relationship while developing mutual supporters for the total development of the young child. Pertinent topics include: stress and children, parents and families in crisis, and helping children cope with the future.
A study of a problem using research techniques. Selection of problem must be approved by the professor under whom the study is to be made and the Dean of Education. The study should contribute to the student’s program. Preparation of a scholarly paper is required and may involve an oral defense. Total credit for any combination of enrollments in these courses may not exceed four semester hours. A specialized study may be substituted for a required course only once in a student’s program. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
The purpose of this course is to assist graduate students as they construct an operational knowledge of integrated thematic curriculum. The course will focus on theory, planning, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated thematic curriculum. Additionally, issues surrounding the implementation of innovative teaching methodology in traditional settings will be examined. This course serves as the capstone for MS ELE program and must be taken as one of a student’s final four courses. A grade of “B” or better is required.
This course is designed for the education student to examine evaluation in early childhood and elementary education programs. Techniques and procedures concerning the design and implementation of evaluation in the total school program will be investigated.
The purpose of this course is to assist graduate students as they investigate and construct a deeper understanding of and develop techniques to incorporate quality children’s literature across the curriculum. Pertinent topics include: award winning authors and titles found in children’s literature among a variety of genre, along with developmentally appropriate techniques for focusing curriculum delivery through quality children’s literature.
The Professional Internship Program is the culminating clinical field-based experience for students seeking certification in a teaching field. The Professional Internship Program provides the student with the opportunity to conduct classes and assume the role of a teacher while receiving supervision from a classroom teacher and a university supervisor for a period of one full semester. Grading system is Pass/Fail.
A study of a problem using research techniques. Selection of problem must be approved by the professor under whom the study is to be made, and the Dean of Education. The study should contribute to the student’s program. Preparation of a scholarly paper is required and may involve an oral defense. Total credit for any combination of enrollments in these courses may not exceed four semester hours. A specialized study may be substituted for a required course only once in a student’s program. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
This course is designed for the advanced sixth year education student to examine the faculty leadership roles of mentor/supervisor in ELE settings. Techniques and procedures will be investigated.
This course is designed to extend the teacher leader from the classroom to the school environment. Students will be provided a study of the processes involved in evaluating school settings and the problems faced by instructional leaders. Major emphasis will be placed on the transition to a teacher leading in the school environment. Characteristics of leading for learning will be explored. Topics that affect today’s teacher leaders and positive ways to deal with instructional issues will also be investigated.
This course is designed to examine the knowledge base for effective schools to enable teacher leaders to develop skills in their own practices. There will be emphasis through in-depth study of the research literature on effective school settings. Students will critically examine, analyze, and evaluate the components and characteristics of effective school environments.
The purpose of this course is to examine the local, state, regional, and national standards associated with school accreditation. The accreditation process in these areas will be reviewed and analyzed. Students will compare and contrast the different ways schools are accredited. Topics such as the accreditation process, school self-study procedures, validation/ documentation, roles of school personnel, and creating school improvement plans will be investigated.
The purpose of this course is to allow educational leaders to explore the organizational development and maintenance services required for effective operation of the schools within the legal framework established by local, state, and federal legislative and judicial requirements. Major emphasis will be given to studying legal issues and community relations. Legal issues and services related to exceptional children will be closely examined. The development of ethical standards, informed legal decision making, and emergency procedures for ensuring safety, as well as the political factors which impact schools, society and community relations will be studied.
The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with an introduction to qualitative research methodology. The historical development, rationale, and relationship to quantitative research will be examined. Qualitative research methods will include procedures for selection and sampling and for data collection and analysis. Students will read a variety of qualitative studies and conduct a brief qualitative research project. Prerequisite: Course in research or tests and measurement.
A study of processes involved in identifying, framing, evaluating analyzing, and seeking information about problems. Emphasis is given to information collection and processing. Students will select and analyze a problem related to early childhood education or elementary education. Restricted to students enrolled in an Education Specialist program.