2010-2012 Graduate Studies Catalog

Course Descriptions

Educational Foundations
COE 261, (406) 657-2315

EDF 501 Research Design and Interpretation
3 cr. (F, Sp, Su)  Extends students’ undergraduate preparation, via a survey of the broad areas of research that address human behavior, ranging from natural history through experimental strategies to philosophy of science.  Engages students in what was historically known as natural philosophy.  The concepts, skills, insight, and understanding needed to appropriately apply and interpret this wide range of research are presented, with students engaging in individual projects that lead them through every phase of integrated, though introductory, research.  The course provides the basis for further master’s level research.

EDF 505 Education: Law and Policy
2 cr.  Covers recent developments in education law and focuses on contemporary issues such as the treatment of exceptional students, treatment of minority students, problems in providing equal educational opportunity, issues in religion and educational practice, equity and school finance, equity and testing, et cetera.  The treatment of these topical issues will stress the interplay between law (as means) and policy (as ends).  The problematic nature of many legal decisions and policies will be explored.  Limited time will be available for review of the basics of school law.

EDF 515 Social, Philosophical, and Legal Issues in Education
3 cr. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. (F, Sp, Su)  Asks students to analyze their own assumptions about the process of education, develop understanding of key social, philosophical, and legal issues in public education, and relate these issues to their own work in schools.  Includes recent developments in education law.  (Discussion-based course designed for graduate students working toward licensure as teachers or school counselors and practicing teachers or counselors.)

EDF 530 Advanced Human Development and Learning
3 cr. (F, Sp, Su)  Builds upon relevant undergraduate preparation in order to critically examine the major theories developed to understand human learning and development.  Inquiry focuses on criticism of the theories themselves, examination of the empirical support or lack of support they receive, and the professional principles and practices derived from each theory.

EDF 550 Supervision of Instruction
3 cr.  Review the historical and contemporary development of supervision and examines the work of supervisors in all facets of instruction in schools.

EDF 551 School Finance
3 cr.  Covers school finance for supervisory personnel as it relates to education at all levels, including funding, distribution, budgeting, and policy implications of school finance.

EDF 552 General School Administration
3 cr.  Covers the topics included within the broad area of school administration for supervisory personnel.  Topics covered include facilities, budgeting, scheduling, personnel, and related issues.


EDF 560 Educational Leadership
3 cr.  Provides an overview of the principles, and practices of successful educational leadership, and examines issues related to developing successful educational programs.

EDF 590 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 a foundation and/or leadership setting.

EDF 591 Independent Study
V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor, approval of the department chairperson and the Dean of Education, and agreement 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 Educational Foundations.

EDF 592 Seminar
V1-6 cr. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides an opportunity to investigate topics at the advanced level pertinent to the area of foundations and/or leadership.

EDF 593 Workshop
V1-6 cr. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides an opportunity for experimental study at the advanced level in an area of foundation and/or leadership.

EDF 594 Clinic
V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.  Provides an opportunity to explore and develop advanced skills in working with individuals in a foundation and/or leadership setting.

EDF 597 Capstone in Educational Foundations
V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Completion of 75% of approved study or consent of advisor and instructor.  Provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate integration, synthesis, and extension of their graduate program in a variety of formats.  Students lead a seminar, host a colloquium, or write a professional paper on one or more topics related to their plan of study.

EDF 599 Thesis
6 cr. Prerequisite: EDF 501 or equivalent and an approved plan of study required.  This course may be given the grade of “T” until research and writing is completed and accepted within the time limit of the degree.

EDF 698 Directed Research Project (crosslisted with EDCI 698)
3 cr. Prerequisite/Corequisite: EDCI 697. (Sp)  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.

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