Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Courses
Courses in Education-Graduate (EDG)
*5360 Teaching Internship (0-0-3). Supervised practice in applying instructional skills in organized settings. (May be repeated once for credit.) Grading will be either pass or fail.
*5660 Clinical Teaching (0-0-6). Observation of and participation in supervised teaching in appropriate approved school settings for students seeking teacher certification. Grading will be either pass or fail.
6300 Curriculum Development (3-0). Learn to analyze and design curriculum appropriate for all students using feedback from continuous and appropriate assessment. Curriculum will be based on valid learning theories, have clear goals and objectives, consider student diversity, and account for external influences.
6301 Social and Cultural Influences (3-0). Designed to present a broad base of knowledge about culture and learning. Approaches, materials, and research will be investigated. Specific skills for identifying learning problems and solving them through classroom instruction will be featured.
6302 Tests and Measurements (3-0). A study of typical methods of measuring intelligence, achievement, special aptitudes, and personality. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and use of tests. Elementary statistical terms and processes are studied.
6303 Lifespan Development (3-0). A study of human development through the life span, including social, emotional, cognitive, language, and cultural influences. * Other College of Education courses may be found in the Guidance and Counseling, Educational Administration, and Student Development and Leadership in Higher Education sections.
6304 Applied Research (3-0). This course will focus on collecting and interpreting data to achieve a stated educational goal for each individual student. Concepts of tests and measurements will be emphasized for interpreting research results and gathering data for applied research. Students will develop a project based upon their research. Student will apply concepts learned within their own classroom under the guidance of the professor.
6305 Legal and Ethical Principles (3-0). Explores the field of knowledge of federal, state, and local school laws pertinent to educational administration. Includes a study of ethics and codes of ethics used to facilitate effective decision making.
6306 Curriculum and Methodology Trends (3-0). This course examines curriculum and instructional trends across disciplines. Focus is on increasing knowledge of new innovations, topics, and issues as they relate to instructional context.
6310 Behavior Management (3-0). Learn to organize a positive and productive learning environment. Integrate the study of the physical and emotional environment to develop effective classroom management techniques and student behavior modification theory.
6311 Instructional Supervision (3-0). Designed to acquaint students with current literature regarding instructional supervision including such topics as theories of leadership, communication, change, organization, and decision making.
6312 Learning Theories (3-0). Learn to apply evidence-based instructional methods through the study of incidence and etiology of different learning styles.
6313 Foundations of the Public School System (3-0). Develop an understanding of the organization and structure of the school system. Learn to fulfill the professional role and responsibilities of the instructor, adhering to the legal and ethical requirements of the profession.
6314 Effective Instruction and Assessment (3-0). Learn effective and practical instructional methods that utilize appropriate technology and engage students in a variety of formats. Study responsive instruction practices that incorporate continuous assessment into the delivery.
6315 Content Area Instruction (3-0). A course designed to study higher level thinking skill development in the content areas for diverse classrooms. Includes unit preparation, evaluation of curriculum materials, adapting learning experiences, theories and techniques of literacy, internet applications and assessments.
6316 Instructional Issues: Theory and Practice (3-0). Designed to explore the theory and practice of effective instructional practices in diverse classrooms. Focus on research relevant to factors influencing instructional effectiveness and the interaction among instructional and learning variables. Includes current issues in instruction such as instructional technology and others.
6317 Teaching Diverse Populations (3-0). This course is designed to emphasize the instructional needs of English Language Learners and other diverse populations. Participants will design effective instruction based on specific methodologies to address the learner’s needs. Participants will understand the local, state, national, and international implications of diversity issues on the teacher, student, and educational system as a whole.
6320 Individual Counseling (3-0). An introduction and orientation to basic counseling, emphasizing the methods or techniques used to provide counseling treatment intervention to individuals.
6321 Group Counseling (3-0). The theory and types of groups, including dynamics and the methods of practice with groups.
6322 Introduction to School and Community Counseling (3-0). A study of techniques and methods used by counseling personnel to help students/ clients individually and in groups with educational planning, vocational choice, and interpersonal relations.
6323 Theories of Counseling (3-0). An introduction to the fundamental counseling theories with emphasis on application of theories to counseling practice.
6324 Career and Occupational Counseling (3-0). A study of the basic principles related to educational-vocational planning, including practical experiences in administering, reviewing, and evaluating occupational and career standardized data profiles.
6325 Practicum in Counseling (0-0-3). Three semester hours of supervised practical experience under the supervision of a certified school counselor. Education 6365 (160 clock hours) meets the requirements for the professional certificate in school counseling required by the State Board for Educator Certification. Grading will be either pass or fail.
Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor.
6326 Education of Exceptional Children (3-0). The nature, needs and problems of exceptional children and how these relate to educational provisions are studies. The status of individuals with disabilities in society will be emphasized. Federal laws ensuring the rights of individuals with disabilities in society will be stressed.
6327 Dysfunctional Behavior (3-0). The principles of understanding dysfunction in human behavior or social disorganization, including an overview of dysfunctional behavior and exceptionalities, analysis of dysfunctional behavior in educational and counseling settings, and an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders classification system.
6328 Professional Orientation (3-0). The objectives of professional organizations, codes of ethics, legal aspects of practice, standards of preparation, and the role identity of persons providing direct counseling treatment intervention.
6329 Therapy with Children and Adolescents (3-0). A study of clinical interventions which integrates multicultural and relational approaches in therapy with children and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on translating conceptualizations of client’s problems into specific treatment plans and interventions. The course examines various disorders including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit-hyperactivity, pervasive developmental disorders, eating disorders, and conduct disorders.
6330 Consultation for Counseling Professionals (3-0). This course provides an overview of psychological consultation, theory, and practice. Various psychological consultation and collaboration theoretical models and their application in various settings (i.e., community, clinical, academic) are reviewed. Models (i.e., expert and collaborative) reviewed during this course include mental health, cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and patient centered. Skills and characteristics of consultants as well as ethical and legal consideration and issues are discussed.
6331 Role of the School Counselor (3-0). Designed to acquaint the student with the organization, program, techniques, and methods used by counseling personnel to help students individually and in groups with educational planning, vocational choice, and interpersonal relations.
6340 Structure and Organization of the School System (3-0). A study of the organization and the administrative structure of the public school system. An introduction to organizational theory.
6341 Role of the Principal (3-0). Designed to acquaint the student with the organization, program, curriculum, plant supervision, and education procedures for the elementary, middle, and senior high school.
6342 Personnel and Fiscal Management (3-0). This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills related to public school campus budgets, accountability procedures and human relations issues arising from fiscal decisions.
6343 School-Community Relationships (3-0). Designed to cover the principles, philosophy, and techniques for improving the educational program through building good relationships. Special attention is given to the different roles people play and the superintendent’s experiences with School Board relations and community relations. Readings and resources include the area of Leadership. Prerequisites: Principal certificate and permission of the professor.
6344 School District Resource Management (3-0). Designed to develop knowledge and skills related to district budget procedures, revenues, state, county and school district finance. Other problems related to the history of public school financing, legislative actions and financing public education will be included.
Prerequisites: Principal certificate and permission of the professor.
6345 Human Relationships in Educational Administration (3-0). Designed to explore the administrator’s professional relationships with teachers, parents, students, principals, other educational employees in the district, and the School board. Personnel and Human Resources areas as well as Staff Development are included in the course. Leadership opportunities abound in these areas and will be included in activities.
Prerequisites: Principal certificate and permission of the professor.
6346 School Plant Planning and Maintenance (3-0). A study of the issues facing the school administrator and the School Board in determining school building needs, planning for facilities, responsibilities of architects and contractors, equipping and furnishing school buildings, and maintaining and redesigning existing buildings. Other relevant topics include asbestos, bond issues and ethics. Prerequisites: Principal certificate and permission of the professor.
6347 Practicum in School Administration (0-0-3). Designed to provide a field experience in school administration with emphasis on instructional leadership at different grade levels, public relations, personnel administration, and business management. Special seminars on selected topics, cooperatively designed by graduate advisor and public school administration, will be required. Grading will be either pass or fail. (May be repeated for credit.)
Prerequisite: Permission of the program advisor.
6348 Superintendent Internship in Education (0-0-3). Online course and field experience. Guided experiences in central office and superintendent administration under the supervision and direction of a central office administrator and a university professor. The internship is taken as the final course in the superintendent certification program. Grading will be either pass or fail.
Prerequisites: Principal certificate and permission of the professor.
6360 The History of Higher Education (3-0). An examination of the development of the American system of higher education—its origin, major characteristics, trends, and distinctive features.
6361 American Higher Education (3-0). A comprehensive introduction to the basic philosophical principles of American higher education including facts and fundamental theoretical concepts on which to build future understandings and research.
6362 College Student Development (3-0). An in-depth study of development theories that are unique to college-aged students. Examines issues facing college students including, but not limited to, sources of motivation, learning styles, development of values, relationship development, mental/physical and psychological development.
6363 Leadership (3-0). An examination of organization theory, models, and policies; governance and management process; and leadership perspectives and leadership theory. A review of research and new conceptual perspectives will be included.
6364 Issues in Higher Education (3-0). Current issues in the administration of student development programs and activities on college and university campuses in the United States. Provides an in-depth analysis of prevalent issues unique to both community colleges and senior universities.
6365 Internship in Higher Education (0-0-3). Designed to provide a supervised internship experience specializing in three areas of student development positions commonly found in institutions of higher education. Grading will be either pass or fail.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Graduate Advisor.
6366 Student Affairs and Administrative Services (3-0). An examination of the institutional need for student affairs programs and the many different units that make up student affairs. Students will become familiar with the structure and function of the student affairs office and its context in higher education.
6367 Foundations of Academic Advising (3-0). This course examines the foundations of academic advising as an essential component of student success and retention in higher education. Topics include developmental advising, literature and research on academic advising, models and delivery systems, skills for effective advising, advising diverse populations, assessment, evaluation and reward systems for advisor and advising programs.
6368 Communication Skills in Student Development (3-0). Theories and techniques of verbal and non-verbal communication in student development and higher education are examined. Students learn communication and interpersonal skills related to individual and group processes.
6369 Assessment of Student Outcomes (3-0). An examination of the philosophy and practice of assessment and evaluation of student outcomes data in higher education.
6381 Special Topics (3-0). A study of selected topics in education. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)
6391 Individual Research. A specialized course which may be directed reading or research for superior students under the direction of a graduate faculty member. (Course may be repeated only with departmental approval.)
6399 Professional Practice (0-0-3). Practical application of acquired knowledge in an appropriate environment under the supervision of a qualified professional. Meets the practicum or internship requirements for a professional certificate. Grading will be either pass or fail. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor.
* A maximum of two 5000-level courses totaling no more than eight semester credit hours may be taken for graduate credit by graduate students and applied to the graduate degree plan. Department approval is required.