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ED 610 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING (4 credits) Develops the skills and habits of mind necessary for teachers to become reflective practitioners. Teachers learn to navigate actively the tension between important foundational knowledge (the theory) and the complex realities of today's classrooms (the practice). Teachers begin to explore the power of reconceptualizing their profession through multiple lenses. Candidates explore in writing who they are as teachers and critically examine how course readings impact their beliefs about teaching and learning.
ED 680 PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR I: TRENDS AND ISSUES (2 credits) An introduction to professional growth through the exploration of current trends and issues in education and examination of their significance for teaching and learning. Discussion and analysis of current methods, materials and programs in all subject areas used in today's classrooms. Topics also include diversity, school safety, national legislation, conflict resolution, governance and other topics as requested by students and/or faculty.
ED 630 LITERACY: TOOLS FOR INQUIRY (4 credits) An introduction to literacy and reading problems in schools, and issues associated with non-readers. Candidates use literacy strategies to create lessons for classroom-based instruction. Emphasizes learning strategies that help students increase their literacy skills, including developing inquiry, interpretation and analytical skills through the use of Socratic Seminars.
ED 690 TEACHER AS RESEARCHER I (3 credits) Introduction to the classroom teacher as a reflective researcher. Focuses on learning to read qualitative and quantitative data, using published educational research on current and relevant classroom topics, and employing various reflective practices to effect educational change in the classroom. Presents basic design for a research project.
ED 622 LEARNING THEORIES INTO CLASSROOM PRACTICE (3 credits) Explores turning learning theories and current practices into classroom strategies for teaching and learning. Examines current theories of brain research, associated teaching applications and best classroom practices.
ED 623 TEACHING IN TODAY'S DIVERSE CLASSROOM (4 credits) An exploration of the many factors that impact teaching and learning in today's classrooms, including such issues as multicultural education, poverty, special education, and gifted and talented education in national, state and local contexts. Candidates design a project for use in their own classroom to explore how to teach the diverse learners in their own context.
ED 685 TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR UNDERSTANDING: SUMMER INSTITUTE (3 credits) Exploration of topics related to teaching for understanding. Guest facilitators provide a national perspective on educational issues. Emphasizes specific issues, values and techniques that enhance teaching and learning for understanding.
ED 631 CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT (4 credits) Invites candidates to think about what we are teaching (curriculum), how we are teaching (instruction), and whether students have learned (assessment). Includes development of Work Sample I. Topics include the nature of content knowledge, essential understandings and habits of mind.
ED 691 TEACHER AS RESEARCHER II (3 credits) The design and construction of an action research project. Continued development of research skills. Examines evaluation and assessment of student learning, the abilities and needs of diverse learners, and the effectiveness of classroom practices.
ED 681 PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR II: NEW LEADERSHIP ROLES FOR SCHOOL CHANGE (2 credits) Designed to help candidates explore their roles beyond their classrooms. Course readings and experiences focus on learning organizations, collegiality, school culture, teacher leadership and networking. Candidates develop a five-year professional development plan that will help them continue to "renew the teacher within" throughout their teaching careers.
ED 692 TEACHER AS RESEARCHER III (6 credits) The design and implementation of an action research project related to the classroom. Candidates implement a research project, presenting findings and reflections in a symposium.