Course Descriptions

 EDU 550 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education (3 credits)
American education as a dynamic, sometimes cyclic, process. The origins, evolution, and realities of contemporary public and private schools are examined through critical reading original documents. Visits to elementary or secondary classrooms in multicultural setting provide a strong link to the teacher’s world. EDU 550F field activity is a required component of this course.

EDU 551 Psychology of Teaching: Developmental Perspectives (3 credits)
This course introduces theoretical models of instructional design, student motivation, classroom management, and assessment. Attention is directed to instructional objectives; to lesson formats; to motivational strategies; to classroom discipline; to teacher attitudes and expectations; and tests and measurements. Particular attention is given to recent developments in schema theory and to constructivist models. EDU 551F field activity is a required component of this course.

SPE 550 Foundations in Special Education (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide teachers in training with an understanding of the exceptional child in various instructional settings. Students will be provided with an overview of Special Education with emphasis on historical and emerging perspectives. Topics to be examined will include types and natures of exceptionalities, legal and ethical responsibilities of teachers, least restrictive environment, various instructional settings, the inclusion of exceptional children in regular education, services and programs and services for the exceptional child. SPE 550F field activity is a required component of this course.

EDU 646 Language & Culture (3 credits)
This course examines the relationship between culture, language and communication, and explores their implications for second language learning. The course also examines the federal and state laws and support services for English language learners. The focus of the course is to help candidates develop sensitivity to diversity and the knowledge and skills in working with the culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families, and in collaborating with ESL and other schools staff. EDU 646F field activity is a required component of this course.

EDL 600 Educational Leader as Researcher and Reflective Practitioner (3 credits)

This course will focus on contemporary educational practices. Introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches from different theoretical perspectives will be presented. Content will include literature reviews and analysis and implications of existing research as connected to students’ educational experience. The role of the educational leader as reflective and spiritual practitioner will be connected to educational research.

EDL 605 Critical Contemporary Educational Issues (3 credits)
Current educational problems, trends and issues will be identified and addressed, especially as they relate to the different constituencies, organization and structure of both public and private schools, as well as to American society as a whole. Issues include, but are not restricted to: equal educational opportunity, educational choice and multicultural education. Emphasis will be placed on the values associated with the issues treated.