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EDU 5113

3 hours

Advanced Educational Psychology This course is an advanced study of the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive characteristics, in addition to speech and language development, of Prek-12 students; principles of learning theories will be examined as they apply to teaching, learning, motivation, and classroom environment. Prerequisite: PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology or EDU 2003 Human Growth and Development for Education

EDU 5123

3 hours

Education and Society 

This course focuses on the ever-changing landscape of education. Students will develop an understanding of the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations underlying the role, development, and organization of public education in the United States using research in current events to analyze modern education structures in view of their foundations.

EDU 5133

3 hours

Foundations of Special Education  This course centers on knowledge of the foundation for educating students with disabilities, including historical perspective, characteristics of children and youth with disabilities, influence of family and community, ethical issues and standards of professional behavior. Students will also gain an understanding and application of the legal aspects, regulatory requirements, and expectations associated with identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities.  Prerequisite or Co-requisite:  EDU 5113 Advanced Educational Psychology

EDU 5143

3 hours

Teaching Strategies for Student Learning  This course centers on effective teaching for a variety of learners using media, technology, and other educational materials. Students will develop and demonstrate teaching strategies based on education theory, best practice research, and differentiation related to student differences.

EDU 5213

3 hours

Assessment and Evaluation for Student Growth   This course focuses on the relationships among assessment, instruction, monitoring student progress, and student performance measures in grading practices.  Students will construct and interpret valid assessments using a variety of formats in order to measure student attainment of essential skills in a standards-based environment. Students will also analyze assessment data to make decisions about how to improve instruction and student performance.

EDU 5233

3 hours

Understanding and Implementation of Curriculum  The course is an advanced application course to guide K-12 teachers through the design, implementation, and assessment of a standards-based curriculum from the analysis of standards, creation of assessments, design and delivery of instruction. In order to understand the contextual considerations of instructional design and implementation, the course also examines the changing needs of students in the context of best instructional practices and philosophies of education.

EDU 5243

3 hours

Classroom Management and Behavior in a Diverse Society  This course focuses on the understanding and application of classroom and behavior management techniques and individual interventions based on educational theory and best practice research. Students will develop means of improving communication between schools and families and ways of increasing family involvement in student learning at home and in school. This course will address these approaches within the context of home and community.

EDU 5323

3 hours

Research in Education In this course, students will examine educational research (both qualitative and quantitative) and statistical methods in light of current research on effective teaching, school practices, and data-driven decision making. Candidates locate, read, and critique research and develop a research proposal relative to important classroom and school issues which will be applied when completing their culminating research project in the research class following this course.

EDU 5333

3 hours

Teachers as Leaders   In this course, students will examine models of teacher-leadership in the classroom, the school, community, and beyond. They will gain strategies for goal-setting, planning, implementing, evaluating, and revising plans for improvement. Communication, networking, and motivation skills will be emphasized within a framework of persistence. 

EDU 5343

3 hours

Action Research in Education  Candidates identify a specific classroom, school, or community-based educational problem, then design and conduct a research project written in formal academic APA style that addresses the candidate’s integration of the professional knowledge and the School of Education's conceptual framework in the non-thesis graduate program. The project is completed independently in consultation with a project advisor. (Candidates must be eligible to graduate in the subsequent academic term.) Prerequisite:  EDU 5323 Research in Education