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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Cooperative Learning Structures and Strategies in the Content Areas
(EDUC 7004)
Comprehensive course in cooperative learning designed to provide an in-depth look at a variety of instructional practices and strategies appropriate for effective teaching and learning in the inclusionary and heterogeneous classroom. Learning objectives are pertinenet for all disciplines.

Creating Connections: Curriculum, Technology and Learning
This course will bring together online resources, curriculum frameworks and updated methodologies complimenting internet resources with effective templates for seamlessly organizing and presenting learning activities that access the internet. Work achieved and projects developed in this course will be in the area of your curriculum. This course will provide evaluation tools for web sites and resources, a review or update of advanced searching strategies, and enable participants to build an actual WebQuest for their grade and content focus and to build a rubric for evaluating their WebQuest activities.

Curriculum Design and Implementation for Multi-Needs Populations
(EDUC7500)
This core course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills of the curriculum development process as well as awareness of societal demands on the curriculum. Effective curriculum development and implementation is a dynamic and continuous process through which teachers can plan, implement and evaluate the instructional program in a systematic and logical way. Particular attention is given to designing and organizing curriculum and selecting teaching strategies, which effectively create a learning environment to meet the diverse needs of students. Students cover the major components of the curriculum development process including developing philosophy and objectives, needs assessment, instructional planning and implementation, assessment and evaluation, and curriculum refinement. Emphasis is given to the curriculum areas of Fine Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Students demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects, which include understanding a variety of teaching strategies, resource applications, and student assessment.

Research in Education
(EDUC8300)
In this core course students engage in the scientific reasoning process and reflect upon this process as it relates to the educator's role. The goals and methods of educational research, the reading and analysis of primary sources, development of an educational research proposal using research, and the teacher as a researcher are explored. In addition, course material includes currently used research strategies, such as ethnographic studies and the case study approach. Emerging educational practices that are research based are highlighted. Appropriate inferential and descriptive statistical methodologies are also studied.

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