2010-2012 Graduate Studies Catalog

Course Descriptions

Curriculum and Instruction
COE 261, (406) 657-2315

EDCI 500 Curriculum Development
2 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides a basic graduate level curriculum course to students seeking teaching licensure.  Topics of study include:  curriculum goals, objectives and lesson planning, teaching models, and assessment.

EDCI 511 Instructional Strategies in Language Arts and Children’s Literature
2 cr. Prerequisite: EDCI 500. (F)  Provides an in-depth view of current research and classroom practices for the methods of teaching language arts and children’s literature.  Emphasis is placed on the pedagogical process of learning language skills and genres.

EDCI 512 Instructional Strategies in Social Studies
2 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. (F)  Provides an in-depth view of current research and classroom practices for the methods of teaching social studies.  Emphasis is places on the pedagogical process of learning the different branches of social studies.

EDCI 513 Instructional Strategies in Mathematics
2 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. (F)  Covers the role of various teaching strategies in maximizing the effectiveness of mathematics classroom instruction including the use of manipulatives, technology, and activity-oriented strategies.  Students will investigate the use of traditional and constructivist strategies in effective classroom instruction, and will investigate national trends in mathematics education.

EDCI 514 Instructional Strategies in Science
2 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. (F)  Covers the role of various teaching strategies in maximizing the effectiveness of science classroom instruction including the use of technology and activity-oriented strategies.  Students will investigate the use of traditional and constructivist strategies in effective classroom instruction and will investigate national trends in science education.

EDCI 515 Instructional Strategies in the Visual Arts
2 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.  Examines the purposes, media, and teaching strategies of art at elementary and middle school levels.  Studio, aesthetics, criticism, and history topics are addressed as separate topics and linked to other disciplines.  Includes
technology, individualization/collaboration, developmentally appropriate practice, planning, and assessment components directed at art instruction.

EDCI 516 Instructional Strategies in the Performing Arts
2 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.  Examines the purposes, materials, and technologies of music as a separate discipline and as a program within the three curriculum models (technical, practical, and critical).  Links with other elementary school disciplines provided.  Performance, aesthetic, and historical topics are also included.

EDCI 519 Graduate Practicum
2 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education and consent of instructor. Corequisite: EDCI 500. (F, Sp)  Engages students in 65 hours of supervised practical experience in a classroom.  This experience includes:  structured observation focusing on cultural and developmental characteristics of children, working with teachers on individual diagnosis of student needs and prescription of student activities, and assisting small groups of students in accomplishing learning tasks.  Students must have a current satisfactory federal background check.

EDCI 520 Integrating Curriculum
3 cr.  Assists educators in integrating curriculum across two or more areas.  The course combines models of curriculum integration with strategies for interdisciplinary teaching and learning such as interdisciplinary teaming, cooperative learning, and development of multiple intelligences.

EDCI 521 Teaching and Learning I:  Thinking Strategies
3 cr.  Explores the theories, research and practice of teaching thinking.  Covers current methodologies, including reflectivity, metacognition and instructional materials.

EDCI 522 Teaching and Learning II:  Discussion Techniques and Questioning Strategies
3 cr.  Provides the theory, research and practice of the discussion method and questioning strategies used for improved classroom interaction that promote higher level teaching skills.

EDCI 528 Supervision Practices for Student Teachers
3 cr.  Covers current supervisory practices for cooperating teachers working with student teachers.  Emphasis is placed on clinical supervision models for inducting and guiding the student teachers through the student teaching experience.

EDCI 531 Advanced Study in Language Arts Instruction
3 cr.  Provides an in-depth view of current research and classroom practices in Language Arts and Children’s Literature.  Emphasis is placed on the process of learning language skills within an integrated curriculum, genre and trends in the development of written children’s literature, and the roots of children’s literature.

EDCI 532 Advanced Study in Social Science Instruction
3 cr.  Provides graduate level teachers and school administrators with a general overview of current information about Social Studies curricula.  In addition, students will conduct in-depth study in a student-selected area of focus in Social Studies.

EDCI 533 Advanced Study in Mathematics Instruction
3 cr.  Covers the role of various teaching strategies in maximizing the effectiveness of mathematics classroom instruction, including the use of manipulatives, technology, and different forms of classroom organization.

EDCI 534 Advanced Study in Science Instruction
3 cr.  Provides experience for those teachers in the elementary, middle, and high schools who wish to incorporate more hands-on, relevant, and activity-oriented strategies into their science classroom. In addition to demonstrated hands-on strategies, the teachers will generate and share new ideas and activities, discuss current cognitive theories (both constructivist and traditional), and investigate national trends in science education.

EDCI 535 Advanced Study in Art Instruction
3 cr.  Investigates the purposes, media, and teaching strategies for art at the elementary and middle school levels.  Aspects of art studio, aesthetics, criticism and history topics are addressed.  Integrates art with other content areas.  Planning and assessment, multiculturalism, technology, and developmentally appropriate practices are addressed. (Lab fee)

EDCI 536 Advanced Study in Music Instruction
3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education and MUSC 100 or MUSC 101.  Investigates the purposes, media, and teaching strategies for music at the elementary and middle school levels.  Aspects of musical performance, aesthetics, criticism, and history topics are addressed separately and jointly.  Integrates music with other content areas.  Planning and assessment, multiculturalism, technology, and developmentally appropriate practices are addressed. (Lab fee)

EDCI 540 Teaching and Learning in Middle School
3 cr.  Introduces teachers to the theoretical bases for middle school teaching and learning.  Course includes the philosophical stance of the middle school movement; developmental perspectives on middle level learners; and specific structures and techniques which improve teaching and learning in the middle school.

EDCI 545 Integrating Mathematics and Science Curricula
3 cr.  Covers the models of integration and provides experiences for those teachers in the elementary, middle, and high schools who wish to incorporate more hands-on, relevant, and activity-oriented strategies into their mathematics and science classrooms.

EDCI 560 Instructional Model and Strategies for Teaching Students Who Are Gifted and Talented
3 cr.  Covers historical development of gifted education in the U.S., development of the definition of gifted and talented, understanding of a variety of theoretical and administrative models for gifted and talented students incorporating instructional strategies for gifted and talented into the regular curriculum, and principles of curriculum differentiation for gifted and talented students.

EDCI 570 Computers in Education
2 cr. (F, Sp)  Provides basic knowledge of computer hardware, operating systems and educational applications.  Provides basic instruction and troubleshooting of computer software and hardware.

EDCI 571 Integrating Technology into School Curriculum
3 cr. Prerequisite: EDCI 570. (F)  Relates practical strategies for educational use of modern technologies (computers, software, CD ROMs, television, video, graphing calculators, internet, etc.) to theories of teaching and learning; social and historical foundations of education; and equity/diversity issues.  Includes study of standards for technological literacy, development of school technology plans related to curriculum, research and relationship of technology to effective learning, and evaluation of computer software.

EDCI 572 Introduction to Educational Technology
3 cr. (even F)  Familiarizes computer technology and software applications designed to effectively integrate technology into instruction.

EDCI 573 Pedagogical Instructional Design
3 cr. (even F)  Provides students with an introduction to the process of instructional design.  Students will learn to systematically plan, develop, evaluate, and manage the instructional process and will use this information to create effective instructional materials.

EDCI 574 Adaptations and Accommodations for Diverse Learners
3 cr. (odd Sp)  Focuses on addressing learning styles, identifying appropriate instructional materials, and implementing state-of-the-art instructional approaches.  Students will be introduced to the process of designing instructional strategies for ALL learners.

EDCI 575 Assessment of Learning Outcomes Part I
3 cr. (odd Sp)  Utilizing instructional technology learner-centered principles in the application of multi-dimensional approaches in the assessment, evaluation, and measurement of learning outcomes.

EDCI 576 Instructional Materials Design
3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (odd Su)  Provides procedures and practice in designing and developing instructional materials.  The principles of visual and graphic design and layout will be stressed.

EDCI 577 Assessment of Learning Outcomes Part II
3 cr. (odd F)  Creates projects that engage participants in interactive learning strategies in an online environment.  Students will implement technology as a tool to enhance instruction.  This is the capstone course for the Certificate program.

EDCI 584 Student Teaching (K-12)
6 cr. Prerequisite: Approved application to student teach. (F, Sp)  Places the student in a supervised field experience in a K-12 setting that allows the student to demonstrate teaching skills in the classroom with a variety of learners.  Students, in collaboration with the mentor teacher, engage students in learning and participate in related experiences associated with the teaching profession.  On-site mentoring and university supervision are integral to this experience.  Students participate in the Capstone Seminar scheduled throughout the professional semester.  Student teaching is offered on a Pass/No Pass basis.  A $100 fee is required.

EDCI 585 Student Teaching (Elementary)
6 cr. Prerequisite: Approved application to student teach. (F, Sp)  Places the student in a supervised field experience in an elementary setting that allows the student to demonstrate teaching skills in the classroom with a variety of learners.  Students, in collaboration with the mentor teacher, engage students in learning and participate in related experiences associated with the teaching profession.  On-site mentoring and university supervision are integral to this experience.  Students participate in the Capstone Seminar scheduled throughout the professional semester.  Student teaching is offered on a Pass/No Pass basis.  A $100 fee is required.

EDCI 586 Student Teaching (Secondary)
6 cr. Prerequisite: Approved application to student teach. (F, Sp)  Places the student in a supervised field experience in a secondary setting that allows the student to demonstrate teaching skills in the classroom with a variety of learners.  Students, in collaboration with the mentor teacher, engage students in learning and participate in related experiences associated with the teaching profession.  On-site mentoring and university supervision are integral to this experience.  Students participate in the Capstone Seminar scheduled throughout the professional semester.  Student teaching is offered on a Pass/No Pass basis.  A $100 fee is required.

EDCI 590 Internship
V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Approved plan of study and approved internship application. Corequisite: EDCI 597. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides experience in a responsible appointment as an assistant in an appropriate instructional setting.

EDCI 592 Seminar
V1-6 cr. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides an opportunity to investigate topics at the advanced level pertinent to the area of curriculum and instruction.

EDCI 593 Workshop
V1-6 cr. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides an opportunity for experimental study at the advanced level in an area of curriculum and instruction.

EDCI 594 Clinic
V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.  Provides an opportunity to explore and develop advanced skills in working with individuals in appropriate instructional settings.

EDCI 597 Contemporary Issues in Teacher Education
3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy in Teacher Licensure Program of Study, completion of 75% of program coursework. Corequisite: EDCI 590.  Provides an issue-focused action research course for students completing graduate level teaching licensure.  Topics of study include:  drug and alcohol education (10 hrs.); classroom management and discipline; multicultural education; and legal issues in education.

EDCI 610 Curriculum Theory:  Analysis and Practice
3 cr.  Prerequisites: Approved graduate plan of study and prior course in curriculum. (Sp, Su)  Explores past, contemporary, and future directions for curriculum, based on current research.  Students will conduct a comprehensive review of the literature in a curricular area of their choice.

EDCI 648 Teaching Mathematics to Learners with Special Needs
3 cr. Prerequisite: A methods class in mathematics.  Provides an analysis of common errors in mathematics with suggestions for remediation, learning sequences in mathematics, diagnostic teaching of mathematics with reference to particular topics of the mathematics curriculum, and approaches relevant to different cultural groups and the needs of special students.

EDCI 673 Distance Education and Web Based Learning
3 cr. Prerequisite: EDCI 570.  Introduces students to the fundamental concepts of distance learning.  These concepts will be applied to the design of web-based courseware.

EDCI 674 Design and Use of Multimedia
3 cr. Prerequisite: EDCI 570.  Exposes students to a variety of multi-media authoring programs.  Students develop competency in using multi-media software and incorporating media from a variety of sources into their projects.

EDCI 675 Computer Programming for Education
3 cr. Prerequisite: EDCI 570.  Focuses on basic principles of computer programming and several simple computer languages (e.g. html, hypertext, visual basic, etc.).  Students analyze a commonly occurring situation found in educational settings, clearly describe a problem found within that situation and several potential programming responses to it, and develop a computer program which addresses the problem.  Students analyze the potential uses for computer programming in school settings and the pitfalls to avoid.

EDCI 690 Internship
V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Approved plan of study and approved internship application. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides experience in a responsible appointment as an assistant in an appropriate instructional setting.

EDCI 691 Independent Study
V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor, approval of the department chairperson and Dean of Education, and Independent Study contract filed with the Office of Graduate Studies. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides an opportunity for students of superior academic standing to explore material not covered by regular graduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction.

EDCI 697 Critical Issues in Education
3 cr. Prerequisite: Approved Plan of Study. (Sp, Su)  Provides experiences in reviewing literature on current issues in education with an emphasis on the synthesis of this research into written and oral presentations.

EDCI 698 Directed Research Project (crosslisted with EDF 698)
3 cr. Prerequisite/Corequisite: EDCI 697. (F, Su)  Provides practicing teachers who are pursuing a master’s degree the opportunity to engage in a semester-long directed research project.  Each student will work closely with a faculty member to develop and conduct a research project and then analyze and present the results of the project.  The specific type of research design will vary depending on student interest.

EDCI 699 Thesis
6 cr. Prerequisite: EDF 501 or equivalent and an approved plan of study required. (F, Sp, Su)  This course may be given the grade of “T” until research and writing is completed and accepted within the time limit of the degree.

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