Summer Semester — 11 credits
ED 610 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING (3 credits)
An introduction to the characteristics of the effective educator in today's society. Topics include the program's conceptual framework, the Earlham mission statement, principles and practices, and their infusion in the M.Ed. Program. Other topics include foundations of educational practice, history, law, philosophy and sociology of education, and their relationship to a variety of educational settings.
ED 630 LITERACY: TOOLS FOR INQUIRY (3 credits)
An introduction to literacy and reading problems in secondary schools, and the issues associated with non-readers. Candidates also learn a variety of literacy skills, including developing inquiry, interpretation and analysis skills through the use of Socratic Seminars.
ED 660 PRACTICUM I (2 credits)
An introduction to the importance of relating theory to practice in educational settings. Candidates will choose a practicum setting or settings related to career interests. Candidates will begin to explore how they will connect practicum experiences to Program standards. .
ED 690 TEACHER AS RESEARCHER I (3 credits)
Introduction to the educator as a reflective researcher. Focuses on learning to read qualitative and quantitative data, using published educational research on current and relevant topics, and employing various reflective practices to affect educational change in and out of the classroom. Basic design for a research project is also presented.
ED 620 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)
An exploration of contemporary psychological theory and research as a way of better understanding the behavior, thought processes and experiences of the contemporary adolescent. Examines approaches to adolescent moral development. This class is optional.
Fall Semester — 14 credits
ED 622 LEARNING THEORIES INTO CLASSROOM PRACTICE (3 credits)
Exploration of turning learning theories and current practices into classroom strategies for teaching and learning. Emphasizes the exceptional learner and differentiated instruction. Explores the current theories of brain research, associated teaching applications and classroom practices.
ED 631 CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT (3 credits)
Examines what we are teaching (curriculum), how we are teaching (instruction), and whether students have learned (assessment). Candidates begin development of Work Sample I. Topics include the nature of content knowledge, essential understandings and habits of mind.
ED 661 PRACTICUM II (3 credits)
A continuation of experiences highlighting the importance of relating theory to practice in educational settings. Candidates will continue in a practicum setting or settings related to career interests. Candidates will explore how to connect practicum experiences to Program standards.
ED 680 THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR I (2 credits)
An introduction to what it means to be a professional in the context of specific careers. Discussion and analysis of professionalism in a variety of educational settings. Topics also include leadership, organizational change, and other topics as requested by students and/or faculty.
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, abilities and needs of diverse learners, and effectiveness of educational practices.
Spring Semester — 12 Credits
ED 662 PRACTICUM III (3 credits)
A final semester of work in which candidates finalize thoughts about the relationship of theory to practice in educational settings. Candidates will continue in a practicum setting or settings related to career interests. Candidates will use career-focused experiences as a major part of their work compiling a portfolio that connects practicum experiences to Program standards.
ED 681 THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR II: NEW LEADERSHIP ROLES FOR ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE (2 credits)
Designed to help candidates explore their roles as future leaders in specific work context. Course readings and experiences focus on learning organizations, collegiality, workplace culture, leadership and networking. Candidates develop a five-year professional development plan that will help them continue to "renew the teacher within" throughout their careers.
ED 692 TEACHER AS RESEARCHER III (3 credits)
The design and implementation of an action research project related to the classroom. Candidates implement and present a research project, presenting their findings and reflections in a symposium.
ED 623 DIVERSITY IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS (4 credits)
An exploration of the many factors that impact learning in a variety of educational settings, including but not limited to culture, gender, poverty. Candidates will design a project or series of activities that demonstrate their understanding of diversity in the context of a profession.