M.Ed. Course Descriptions
EDUF 7130 Learning Theories and Applications
Examines the principles and theories of learning that serve as the basis for educational models and practices. Special emphasis is given to recent empirical findings and to practical applications and theory to educational settings.
EDUF 7134 Classroom Assessment and Data Literacy
This courses emphasizes evidence-based strategies for measuring student progress and change over time and for using the data from these assessments. The course provides instruction in identification and development of different forms of classroom assessment and provides teachers with ways to identify, design, analyze, and use results from student assessments to diagnose problems, improve teaching, and to enhance student learning. The course will place a special emphasis on developing high-quality summative assessments, the interpretation and use of summative assessment data for instructional decision making and the interpretation of standardized assessment data.
EDUR 7130 Educational Research
A comprehensive overview of topics related to research as it is applied to educational settings. Emphasis is placed upon methods of quantitative and qualitative research, especially in regard to applied and basic research in education.
ESED 7131 Enhancing Student Performance
The course will emphasize strategies for selecting and adapting curriculum, instruction, resources, and assessments in order to maximize learning. The course will provide educators with ways to identify, analyze, and use results from multiple performance assessments to plan instruction aimed at enhancing and demonstrating learning. Candidates must tailor their course assignments and experiences to their specific grade levels and certification/content field. Prerequisite(s): Candidates in the MAT Middle Grades and Secondary Education must have completed SCED 6131 or MGED 6131 with a minimum grade of “C”.
ITEC 5233G Foundations of Technology-Enabled Learning
This course introduces education majors to the effective uses of instructional technology in supporting student centered technology-enabled learning. A systematic approach to selecting, producing, and utilizing various instructional technologies will be covered with an emphasis on online teaching and learning for P-12 environments.
MGED 8132 Effective Middle Schools
A study of student development concepts, school structures and practices, and important teaching and learning strategies associated with effective middle level schools. Emphasis is placed upon the relationships that exist between student development, school organization and practice and strategies for supporting effective learning and interaction among diverse learners. The course includes field-based action research, participation in learning teams, and development of significant portfolio evidence of successful interaction with the course content and other learning team members. Some components will typically be network based. Prerequisite(s): MAT Middle Grades candidates must have completed MGED 6131 with a minimum grade of “C”.
MSED 7331 Early Adolescent Literature
A study of pedagogical theory and practices for integrating contemporary early adolescent/young adult literature into the middle and secondary school curriculum. Course content will focus on making text selections, workshop approaches, literary circles, and reader response theory. Candidates must tailor their course assignments and experiences to their specific grade levels and certification/content field.
MSED 7535 Teaching Middle Grades and Secondary Mathematics
An in-depth study of current content standards, methods and assessments strategies for teaching middle grades and secondary mathematics. Candidates must tailor their course assignments and experiences to their specific grade levels and certification/content field.
MSED 7639 MED Seminar in Middle Grades and Secondary Education
This course is a seminar for the MEd in Middle Grades Education and Secondary Education programs. Emphasis is placed on a study of the historical and contemporary research, instruction, and recommended practices for effective middle and secondary schools. Current trends and issues in middle grades and secondary education will be examined. A classroom action research project is included. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of “C” in EDUR 7130 and MSED 8333 or MSED 8331, and an advanced pedagogy course in one’s certified concentration area with a minimum grade of “C”; MED in Middle Grades candidates must have completed MGED 8131 and MGED 8132 with a minimum grade of “C”; no courses are concurrent.
MSED 8231 Trends in Middle and Secondary Science
Designed to provide an in-depth study of current issues, reforms, and trends in middle grades and secondary science. Candidates must tailor their course assignments and experiences to their specific grade levels and certification/content field: biology, broad fields science, chemistry, physics, or middle grades science.
MSED 8331 Trends in the Content Areas
This course provides opportunities to explore a selected political, cultural and/or technological trend as it relates to teaching in the content areas. The specific focus of the course will vary, but the structure and learning goals will remain constant. Students will explore the theoretical foundations of the selected trends as well as pedagogical practices aligned with the trends in their specific certification/content field and grade levels. Candidates must tailor the course assignments and experiences to their specific grade levels and certification/content field.
MSED 8333 Readings and Research in the Content Areas
This course provides opportunities for students to analyze current research in their certification/content field and grade levels in relation to classroom practice. More specifically students will explore current trends and issues in teaching and learning in the disciplines through intensive reading of scholarly and practitioner journals. Students will select one issue, review current literature that addresses this issue and write a review that summarizes findings from this research and implications for their classroom practice. Issues addressed in the course may include topics such as teaching English Language Learners in content area classrooms, using Web 2.0 technologies effectively and role of discussion in learning content.
MSED 8434 Trends in Middle and Secondary Social Studies
A study of current trends and issues in social studies curriculum and instruction. An emphasis is placed on an analysis of problems challenging social studies teachers in the middle and secondary schools. Candidates must tailor the course assignments and experiences to their specific grade levels and certification/content field: economics, geography, history, political science, or middle grades social studies.
Last updated: 4/6/2021