COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

EDUC 7027 Advanced Analysis of Content Area Concepts
In this course the themes of teacher as reflective practitioner and teacher as change agent provide a context in which advanced content knowledge and pedagogical theory and practice are integrated and applied. The course also includes an Action Research/Capstone experience in which candidates are given the realm in which to plan, organize, implement and evaluate a curriculum change in their classrooms. Students share scholarship from their works in progress and discuss issues related to their Capstone experiences.

EDUC 7028 Advanced Investigations of Teacher Leadership
In this course the theme of teacher as leader provides a context in which advanced content knowledge and pedagogical theory and practice are integrated and applied as it relates to teacher leadership. The course also includes individual presentations of the candidates' Action Research/Capstone experiences which grew out of their advanced research on a content topic specific to their level and field of certification. Students share scholarship from their work that includes the results of their advanced research, the organization and implementation of their action research, and an evaluation of the data gathered which measures the effectiveness of the curriculum change/action research in their classrooms.

Dynamic Perspectives in Education:
EDUC 8002-51
Credit Hours: 3
This course brings together candidates across programs to examine issues facing educators today. Focalpoints will include curricular and instructional decisions, legislativemandates, diversity and special education. Examining personal biases andclarifying individual perspectives to develop professional empathy will be anintegral part of the course. This course asksstudents to analyze the philosophical underpinnings of the common issues thataffect the instructional practices of teachers and the decision made byinstructional leaders. This coursefocuses on five relevant topics that are currently shaping education today. Indoing so, student will identify and analyze the effect of these issues on thestakeholders and the eventual outcome of the interplay between instructionalpractices and instructional leadership.

EDUC7057 Intro to Effective Literacy Strategies Across the Discipline
This course is designed to provide teachers with a deep understanding of the reading process as well as to provide them with a wide variety of reading-to-learn strategies that can be embedded in content area lessons. This course will assist teachers in helping students become more knowledgeable in the content areas by teaching them to become proficient readers of expository text. By integrating scientifically validated reading principles and practices within their discipline, teachers will be able to make their subjects more comprehensible by improving students' understanding of the text's content and, therefore, increase achievement in the content areas

Media Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom
Educators in the 21st Century have a clear choice when it comes to the media. They can compete against colossal industries that spend billions of dollars to capture the attention of students, or they can utilize those same industries to more effectively connect with their students. This course will allow participants to become better consumers of information by challenging them to create, analyze, evaluate and interact with various types of media. The class will investigate the role that television, film, music, sports, magazines, the internet, advertising and social media plays in modern society. The focus of the course will be on class discussions and cooperative group activities exploring issues which will include the power of the media to influence behavior, how the media has been transformed in recent years, and the most engaging ways that media can be used in the classroom. The course is designed to benefit all teachers regardless of experience, grade level or subjects taught.

SPED 7035 The Psychology of Learning for the Inclusion of All Students
This course explores classic and current theories of human development. Particular attention is given to how the understanding of each theory and its application in classroom situations contributes to the inclusion of all students in the regular education classroom.

EDUC 7121 Rethinking Teaching in 21st Century Schools
This course is designed to provide participants the opportunity to rethink teaching and learning through building and strengthening essential 21st century technology skills. Through participation in this course, educators will have the opportunity to become well versed in current research, issues, and best practices in the field of educational technology. Participants will examine national and state standards in the area of educational technology while framing a personal technology professional development plan. Engaging with a variety of learning activities, participants will develop important skills for using current technology tools as teaching and learning tools. Participants will make connections between standards, district goals and classroom practice as they create lessons and projects that promote technology infused school environments..   

EDUC 7009 Sheltered English Immersion
The purpose of this course is to prepare the Commonwealth's teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively shelter their content instruction, so that our growing population of Multilingual learners can access curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders in the 21st century global economy. Besides learning about WIDA, differentiated instruction, and research-based strategies, teachers will now be equipped with skills that will allow them to discuss race, and racial equity with their students in a non-threaten environment. This course meets for 10 face-to-face sessions of 3-4 hours each and five online sessions of two hours each for a total of 47 instructional contact hours.

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