Catalog

Master of Arts in Teaching Course Descriptions

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) represent requirements for currently enrolled online MAT and Aspire candidates graduating in June 2013.

EDUC 506 Inquiry and Reflection I-A (1)

This course teaches skills of inquiry and reflection and cultivates curiosity to improve teaching practice. Employs self-study (examination of biases, experiences, beliefs), and systematic data analysis to create effective teaching.  (Extended programs)

EDUC 507 Inquiry and Reflection I-B (1)

Building on EDUC 506 course work, deepens skills in reflective practice.  Candidates refine research questions, collect and analyze data, identify conclusions and share findings. (Extended programs)

EDUC 508 Inquiry and Reflection I (2)

This course teaches skills of inquiry and reflection and cultivates curiosity to improve teaching practice. Employs self-study (examination of biases, experiences, beliefs), and systematic data analysis to create effective teaching.  ECE/EL and EL/Middle programs.

EDUC 509 Inquiry and Reflection II (2)

Building on EDUC 508, this course deepens skills in reflective practice.  Candidates refine research questions, collect and analyze data, identify conclusions and share findings. ECE/EL and EL/Middle programs.

EDUC 511 Language and Literacy (3)

Research, instructional standards, assessment, and differentiation strategies for literacy development PK-12, including first and second language acquisition. Examines effects of literacy on learning and cognitive development, and the literate identities of English Language Learners.  (ECE/EL and Extended Programs)

EDUC 512 Human Development and Learner Differences: PK-12 Students (3)

Covers cognitive, linguistic, motor, and other characteristics that impact PK-12 learners, including students with exceptionalities. Applies key learning and psychological concepts to educational practice. Explores equity practices and inclusion of diverse populations via modifications and accommodations. Highlights laws, and legal rights of students, parents and schools. (ECE/EL and Extended Programs)

EDUC 513 Schools, Classrooms, Teachers (3)

Examines social, cultural, and other variables that affect public school education. Emphasizes school laws relative to civil rights, advocacy and anti-discrimination. Expands cultural competency through analysis of human diversity; develops skills to create a just and equitable classroom. Examines motivation and learning strategies that promote productive student behavior and involve parents in the learning process. (ECE/EL and Extended Programs)

EDUC 514 Teaching and Learning (3)

Investigates effective planning and teaching, how to align instruction with state and district standards, promotes critical thinking and adaptation of instruction for individual student needs based on assessment of student learning. (ECE/EL and Extended Programs)

EDUC 515 Issues and Ethics (2)

Explores ethical, legal and other topics regarding establishing and maintaining a professional teaching career. (ECE/EL and Extended Programs)

EDUC 516 Language Arts and Social Studies Methods (3)

Investigates language arts & social studies teaching strategies for developing district, unit, and daily goals, based upon research in PK-6 education.  Examines student teacher relationships and the role of the teacher in the classroom, school, and community. Supports design of the Teacher Work Sample. (ECE/EL and EL/Middle programs).

EDUC 517 Mathematics and Science Methods (3)

Investigates strategies and develops instructional goals based upon current research within mathematics and science education. Special emphasis on materials, activities, space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades PK-6. Examines student teacher relationships and the role of the teacher in the classroom, school, and community. Supports design of the Teacher Work Sample. (ECE/EL and EL/Middle programs.)

EDUC 518 Specialty Methods (2)

Develop district, unit, and daily goals based upon research in K-8 education. Investigate teaching strategies and methods of instruction, integrated curriculum and lesson development, instructional materials and resource development, classroom activities, assessment, and evaluative techniques for special content areas of music, art, drama, and physical education.

EDUC 519 General Methods (2)

Introduction to the professional realm of teaching. Examines professional organizations and their resources. Explores district, state, professional organization, and Common Core State Standards. Introduces curriculum and lesson design, and an introduction to the Teacher Work Sample. (Middle/High program.)

*EDUC 520 Educational Technology (1)

This course explores the use of instructional technology in classrooms and schools. Attention to the use of the computer in planning, teaching, record keeping and the development and/or evaluation of appropriate software.

*EDUC 522 Assessment of Teaching and Learning (2)

This course presents the knowledge and skills required to design effective methods for assessing student knowledge and the effects of instruction on student learning. Techniques of test development, alternative strategies for student assessment, and appropriate use of findings in guiding instruction are explored.

*EDUC 525 Literacy Methods (1)

Developing strategies for integrating the instruction of reading and writing across the curriculum. Explore current research, standards, technologies, differentiating instruction, and assessment strategies. Using classroom textbooks and text sets candidates practice strategies to teach reading to learn. This course builds on Introduction to Literacy and Language Development.

*EDUC 528A Methods and Research in Business (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within business education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 5-9.

*EDUC 528B Methods and Research in Business (1)

Building on EDUC 528A this course continues to examine district, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within business education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 9-12.

*EDUC 529 Middle Level Methods (1)

Intensive examination of methods and materials critical to establishing a positive learning environment and implementing effective instruction of early adolescents. This course will assist students in developing a repertoire of skills and strategies in integrating science, math, language arts, and social studies across the curriculum. Addresses issues of cognitive and affective development appropriate to the middle grades 5-9.

*EDUC 530A Methods and Research in Art Education (2)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within art education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades PK - 5.

*EDUC 530B Methods and Research in Art Education (2)

Building on EDUC 530A this course continues to examine district, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within art education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints,  and evaluative techniques for grades 5-12.

*EDUC 531A Methods and Research in English Education at the Middle Level (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within English education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 5 - 9.

*EDUC 531B Methods and Research in English Education at the Secondary Level (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within English education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 9 - 12.

*EDUC 532A Methods and Research in Foreign Language (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within foreign language education. Special emphasis on instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 5-9.

*EDUC 532B Methods and Research in Foreign Language (1)

Building on EDUC 532A this course continues to examine district, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within foreign language education. Special emphasis on instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 9 - 12.

*EDUC 533A Methods and Research in Mathematics Education at the Middle Level (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within mathematics education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 5 - 9.

*EDUC 533B Methods and Research in Mathematics Education at the Secondary Level (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within mathematics education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 9 - 12.

*EDUC 534A Methods and Materials in Health Education (1)

Methods and materials for developing behavior changes in health for individuals and groups. Methods and materials section, the use of analysis, investigative techniques and development of materials pertaining to health education and/or promotion for grades 5 - 9.

*EDUC 534B Methods and Materials in Health Education (1)

Building on EDUC 534A this course continues to examine methods and materials for developing behavior changes in health for individuals and groups. Methods and materials section, the use of analysis, investigative techniques and development of materials pertaining to health education and/or promotion for grades 9 - 12.

*EDUC 535A Methods and Research in Science Education at the Middle Level (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within science education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, technologies, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 5 - 9.

*EDUC 535B Methods and Research in Science Education at the Secondary Level (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within science education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 9 - 12.

*EDUC 536A Methods and Research in Social Studies Education at the Middle Level (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within social studies education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 5 - 9.

*EDUC 536B Methods and Research in Social Studies Education at the Secondary Level (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within social studies education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 9 - 12.

*EDUC 537A Methods and Research in Early Childhood Education (2)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research in early childhood education. Special emphasis upon teaching strategies and methods of instruction, integrated curriculum and thematic unit development, instructional materials and resource development, classroom activities, assessment, and evaluative techniques for ages 3 to grade 4.

*EDUC 537B Methods and Research in Elementary Education (2)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research in elementary education. Special emphasis upon teaching strategies and methods of instruction, integrated curriculum and thematic unit development, instructional materials and resource development, classroom activities, assessment, and evaluative techniques for grades 3 - 8.

*EDUC 538 Public School Music Methods: Elementary (2)

Principles, procedures,  and objectives in school music on the elementary level, for grades Pre K - 8 with both vocal and classroom instruments. Learning processes, maturation, and materials are considered in adapting music study to the student. Class procedures; ensembles, programming, and performance; general administration of a music program. Directed observation of public school music practice.

*EDUC 539 Public School Music Methods: Secondary (2)

Principles, procedures, and objectives in school music on the secondary level, for grades 9 - 12 with both vocal and classroom instruments. Learning processes, maturation, and materials are considered in adapting music study to the student. Class procedures; ensembles, programming, and performance; general administration of a music program. Directed observation of public school music practice.

*EDUC 540 Physical Education Teaching: Techniques/Methods for Elementary (2)

Description and critique of teaching methods and teacher evaluation procedures for physical education. Lecture, laboratory, and field experience for grades PK - 8.  Lecture, laboratory and field experience.

*EDUC 541 Physical Education Teaching: Techniques/Methods for Secondary (2)

Description and critique of teaching methods, and teacher evaluation procedures for physical education. Lecture, laboratory, and field experience for grades 5 - 12.

*EDUC 542 Methods and Research in Theatre (1)

This course will examine specific physical approaches to stage adaptation, set design, lighting and sound resources, construction methods and safety considerations for student workers in the diverse environments of school theatre.

*EDUC 543 Student, Actor, and Play (1)

This course will examine specific approaches to acting for the public school student, with particular attention to maturation of personality as well as limitations of vocal and physical development. It will also include an examination of play selection criteria in terms of actor development, staging analysis, and audience acceptance.

*EDUC 544A Methods and Research in Speech (1)

District, unit, and daily goal development based on research within speech education. Special emphasis on instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 5-9.

*EDUC 544B Methods and Research in Speech (1)

Building on EDUC 544A this course continues to examine district, unit, and daily goal development based on research within speech education. Special emphasis on instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques for grades 9 - 12.

*EDUC 545 Educational and Developmental Psychology (2)

Theories and methodology as they relate to human development, skill acquisition, motivation and achievement. Impact of emotional, social and physical climate upon behavior.

*EDUC 546 Exceptional Learner (1)

Understanding the cognitive, linguistic, motor, behavioral, and learning characteristics of exceptional learners. The instructional focus is on inclusion of special populations into the PK-12 classroom in addition to issues of educational equity, modifications, and accommodations of needs for grades PK-12.

*EDUC 548 Foundations of Literacy and Language (1)

Theories of literacy development PK-12 as well as first- and second-language acquisition (written and spoken) including the relationship between the first language and the acquisition of other languages, and the relationship of language and literacy to cognitive development and learning.

*EDUC 549 Literary Theory and Practice (2)

Examines theories of literacy development PK-12 as well as first- and second-language acquisition (written and spoken) including the relationship between the first language and the acquisition of other languages, and the relationship of language and literacy to cognitive development and learning.

*EDUC 550 Graduate Seminar I (2)

Directed reflection and group problem-solving for candidates involved in field experience. Examines current educational practices and integrating educational theory into practice. Topics include: Equity, Instructional Trends, Professionalism, ELL, School Family and Community, Professional Ethics, Educational Research.

*EDUC 551 Graduate Seminar II (2)

Directed reflection and group problem-solving for candidates involved in field experience. Examines current educational practices and integrating educational theory into practice. Current topics and trends in Education explored: Equity, ELL, First Year Teaching, Planning and Assessment, Professionalism, Classroom Management.

*EDUC 552A Graduate Seminar I A (1)

Directed reflection and group problem-solving for candidates involved in field experience. Examines current educational practices and integrating educational theory into practice. Topics include: Equity, Instructional Trends, Professionalism, ELL, School Family and Community, Professional Ethics, Educational Research.

*EDUC 552B Graduate Seminar I B (1)

Continuing from Graduate Seminar I Section A: Directed reflection and group problem-solving for candidates involved in field experience. Examines current educational practices and integrating educational theory into practice. Topics include: Equity, Instructional Trends, Professionalism, ELL, School Family and Community, Professional Ethics, Educational Research.

*EDUC 553A Graduate Seminar II A (1)

Directed reflection and group problem-solving for candidates involved in field experience. Examines current educational practices and integrating educational theory into practice. Current topics and trends in Education explored: Equity, ELL, First Year Teaching, Planning and Assessment, Professionalism, Classroom Management.

*EDUC 553B Graduate Seminar II B (1)

Directed reflection and group problem-solving for candidates involved in field experience. Examines current educational practices and integrating educational theory into practice. Continued from Section A:  Exploring current topics and trends in Education: Equity, ELL, First Year Teaching, Planning and Assessment, Professionalism, Classroom Management.

*EDUC 555 Planning and Implementation of Instruction (2)

Long and short term unit development. Emphasis on lesson plan development, instructional material selection, appropriate teaching techniques, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and time management. Lesson adaptation for special populations.

*EDUC 556 Classroom Management (2)

A study of strategies for creating an optimal learning environment and classroom community. Candidates will examine ways to promote productive student behavior, integrate motivation and learning strategies to maximize on-task behavior and involve parents in the learning process.

*EDUC 558 Teacher Research I: The Art of Classroom Inquiry I (2)

The development and writing of action research projects, designed to improve classroom practice and self reflection. Candidates will explore their teaching and beliefs about teaching and learning as they begin the inquiry process. Includes the key elements of practitioner research and how the research process can lead to effective teaching.

*EDUC 559 Teacher Research II: The Art of Classroom Inquiry II (2)

A continuation of the research process candidates began during EDUC 558. Candidates refine their research questions and follow the inquiry process through their student teaching classrooms. As candidates explore their research questions, they collect and analyze classroom data, write conclusions and present their findings and completed action research projects at the Graduate School of Education Symposium.

*EDUC 562 Planning, Implementation, and Assessment of Learning I (2)

Long and short term unit development and assessment. Emphasis on lesson plan development, instructional material selection, appropriate teaching techniques, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and time management. Lesson adaptation for special populations and diverse students. Design of effective methods for assessing student learning. Techniques of test development, alternative strategies for student assessment, and appropriate use of findings in guiding instruction. Course I focuses on theory and strategies.

*EDUC 563 Planning, Implementation, and Assessment of Learning II (2)

Long and short term unit development and assessment. Emphasis on lesson plan development, instructional material selection, appropriate teaching techniques, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and time management. Lesson adaptation for special populations and diverse students. Design of effective methods for assessing student learning. Techniques of test development, alternative strategies for student assessment, and appropriate use of findings in guiding instruction. Course II focuses primarily on the development of the state required work sample.

*EDUC 565 English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom (1)

Introduces English-language proficiency standards. Examines the literate identities of English Language Learners within a mainstream classroom.  Identifies differentiated teaching methods to value and honor diverse language and cultural perspectives. Content appropriate by grade authorization of candidates.

*EDUC 567 Educating for Equity in a Diverse Society (2)

This course critically examines social, cultural, political and economic issues directly and indirectly affecting public school education. Issues are analyzed through the multiple lenses of human diversity existing in all classroom environments. The aim of such analysis is to expand the cultural competence of future teachers so that they may create just and equitable educational experiences for their students.

*EDUC 568 Children’s and Young Adult Literature (1)

Acquaints prospective teachers with literature appropriate to the interests and educational and developmental needs of children PK-12. Emphasis is on fiction and non-fiction literature that addresses social justice and equity issues. Trade books form the core of the readings.

*EDUC 572 Trends and Issues in School Law (1)

Emphasis on school law relative to civil rights, advocacy, anti discrimination and on the legal rights of students, parents, guardians, and schools.

EDUC 573 Methods I (2)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within content area with a focus on the nature of student thinking. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques. Includes instruction and facilitation on how to complete the work sample.

EDUC 574 Methods II (1)

This course introduces students to the professional realm of teaching. This includes examining professional organizations and their resources. Students will explore multiple arenas for standards, including district, state, professional organization, and Common Core State Standards. The course includes an introduction to curriculum and lesson design as well as an introduction to the work sample.

EDUC 575 Classroom Management (2)

Strategies for creating an optimal learning environment and classroom community, increasing productive student behavior, maximizing engagement in learning, and involving parents in the learning process.

EDUC 576 Educational and Developmental Psychology: K-12 (2)

Selected psychological concepts and learning theories and their applications to education, with an emphasis on direct application to planning, implementing and evaluating instruction. Theories and methodology as they relate to human development, skill acquisition, motivation and achievement for students in K-12 education. Impact of emotional, social and physical climates upon behavior.

EDUC 577 Educating Diverse Learners (2)

Analyzes the social, cultural and other factors that affect public school education.  Explores cognitive, linguistic, motor, behavioral, and learning characteristics of exceptional learners (gifted, disabled and other diversities). Focuses on inclusion of special populations into the PK-12 classroom. Addresses issues, laws and rights of students, parents and schools pertaining to educational equity, modifications and accommodations for grades PK-12.  

EDUC 578 Teaching and Learning I (2)

Theory and practice in developing and implementing curriculum and assessment for diverse learners.  Designing units and lessons, selecting standards, materials and strategies, incorporating technology and critical thinking, developing tests and alternative strategies for student assessment.  (Middle/High Program)

EDUC 579 Teaching and Learning II (2)

Building on Teaching and Learning I, students analyze and use student learning gains and other data to refine instructional material and teaching strategies, critically review teaching effectiveness, and refine theoretical beliefs. Addresses strategies for creating an optimal learning environment, motivating productive student behavior, maximizing on-task behavior and involving parents in the learning process. (Middle/High Program)

EDUC 580 Literacy in the Content Areas (2)

Students in this course will develop strategies for integrating literacy development with content area standards. Explore current research, standards, technologies, and strategies for differentiating instruction and assessment for English language learners. Apply literacy strategies in the teaching and assessing of content area instruction. (Middle/High Program)

EDUC 581 Inquiry into Educational Practice I (2)

Candidates define what it means to have an inquiry stance in teaching and to use that approach to strengthen their understanding of how students learn.  Course explores the value of professional learning communities and their impact on teaching and learning, and uses critical observation, journaling, and other forms of data to analyze and promote effective, challenging, and developmentally appropriate learning experiences.  Combines the practice of reflection and group problem- solving with field-based teacher inquiry to improve classroom instruction and student achievement. (Middle/High Program)

EDUC 582 Inquiry into Educational Practice II (2)

This course will support the use of teacher inquiry and collaborative problem-solving to improve classroom instruction and student achievement.

EDUC 583 Inquiry into Educational Practice III (2)

This course will reinforce and strengthen the use of teacher inquiry and collaborative problem-solving to improve classroom instruction and student achievement. Candidates will understand the expectations of the profession and professional standards of practice, and understand schools within a historical and cultural context.

EDUC 584 Clinical Experience I (1)

An extensive, on-site study of the nature of schools including culture, politics and services. An examination of teaching through formal observation, data collection and analysis. An introduction to the teaching role including interviews with key school personnel, observation and some participation of one-on-one and small group instruction of students.

EDUC 585 Clinical Experience II (2)

Examines the student-teacher relationship and the role of the teacher within the context of the classroom, school and community. Candidates observe, gather and analyze data, assist, co-teach, and teach, and receive collaborative work sample instruction and assessment under the guidance of clinical teachers, methods instructors and university supervisors.  (Extended Programs)

EDUC 586 Clinical Experience I (2)

The on-site study of the nature of schools including culture, politics and services. Examines teaching through formal observation, data collection and analysis, plus observation and some participation in instruction of students. Introduces the teaching role and that of other key school personnel. (ECE/EL and EL/Middle Programs)

EDUC 587 Clinical Experience II (2)

Examines the student-teacher relationship and the role of the teacher within the context of the classroom, school and community. Candidates observe, gather and analyze data, assist, co-teach, and teach, and receive collaborative work sample instruction and assessment under the guidance of clinical teachers, methods instructors and university supervisors.  (ECE/EL and EL/Middle Programs)

EDUC 588 Clinical Experience I (2)

An extensive, on-site study of the nature of schools including culture, politics and services. An examination of teaching through formal observation, data collection and analysis. An introduction to the teaching role including interviews with key school personnel, observation and some participation of one-on-one and small group instruction of students. (Middle/High Program)

EDUC 589 Clinical Experience II (2)

Examines the student-teacher relationship and the role of the teacher within the context of the classroom, school and community. Candidates observe, gather and analyze data, assist, co-teach, and teach, and receive collaborative work sample instruction and assessment under the guidance of clinical teachers, methods instructors and university supervisors. (Middle High Program)

*EDUC 591 Pre-Student Teaching (1)

An extensive, on-site study of the nature of schools including culture, politics and services. An examination of teaching through formal observation, data collection and analysis. An introduction to the teaching role including one-on-one, small group, and whole class instruction of students, lesson development and assessment of student performance, and grading practices.

*EDUC 592 Practicum (3)

An introductory classroom experience and an extended practicum, most often at the MAT candidate's second level of authorization. However, if the MAT student is preparing for one level of authorization only, the Practicum II assignment will be at that level. An examination of the student-teacher relationship and the role of the teacher within the context of the classroom, school and community with an emphasis on the level of authorization. MAT candidates observe, gather and analyze data, assist, co-teach, and teach during their practicum. Work sample instruction and assessment under the guidance and supervision of classroom supervisors.

*EDUC 593 Pre-Student Teaching (1)

An extensive, on-site study of the nature of schools including culture, politics and services. An examination of teaching through formal observation, data collection and analysis. An introduction to the teaching role including one-on-one, small group, and whole class instruction of students, lesson development and assessment of student performance, and grading practices. Year-long course for Aspire (part-time) students.

*EDUC 595 Student Teaching (12)

Minimum of 18 weeks of full-time involvement at the public school site under the guidance of experienced teachers and supervisors. This experience includes observation, full-responsibility planning and teaching, and involvement in the culture of the school setting. Unit and work sample preparation, instruction and assessment required.

EDUC 596 Clinical Experience III (12)

Minimum of 18 weeks of full-time involvement at the public school site under the guidance of experienced teachers and supervisors. This experience includes observation, full-responsibility planning and teaching, and involvement in the culture of the school setting. Unit and work sample preparation, instruction and assessment required.

EDUC 597 Clinical Experience III (12)

Minimum of 18 weeks of full-time involvement at the public school site under the guidance of experienced teachers and supervisors. This experience includes observation, full-responsibility planning and teaching, and involvement in the culture of the school setting. Unit and work sample preparation, instruction and assessment required.

EDUC 598 Clinical Experience III (12)

Minimum of 18 weeks of full-time involvement at the public school site under the guidance of experienced teachers and supervisors. This experience includes observation, full-responsibility planning and teaching, and involvement in the culture of the school setting. Unit and work sample preparation, instruction and assessment required.