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Education

ED 500 Workshops (1-3 SH)

ED 501 Designing and Interpreting Educational Research/Quantitative (2 SH) An examination of basic quantitative research techniques most commonly used in educational research, an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of these techniques, and analysis of appropriate applications to concrete examples.

ED 502 Designing and Interpreting Educational Research/Qualitative (2 SH) An examination of basic qualitative research methods most commonly used in educational research, an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches, and analysis of appropriate applications.

ED 509 Historical Perspectives, Public Policy & Programming Gifted Education (3 SH) An analysis of origins and history of gifted education focusing on populations of gifted students. A review of local, state and federal policies and practices; past, present and future. An exploration of collaboration efforts between educational agencies, local learning communities, parents, and the larger community.

ED 510 Characteristics of Gifted Children and Teaching Strategies (3 SH) Discuss descriptors of gifted children. Explore theories on nurturing the development of gifted children. Examine research on the behavioral characteristics of gifted children at home, in school, and in the community. Critically evaluate current methods, materials, and assessment strategies. Survey basic teaching strategies for teaching the gifted.

ED 511 Curriculum Models of Gifted Education and Identification Procedures (3 SH) Beyond activities and strategies; explore designs and operations of curriculum models for teaching gifted students. Examine the constructs and development of curriculums for gifted populations. Define the interrelationship of program objectives to identification processes. Examine the identification systems of history and those currently in use.

ED 512 Student Teaching in Gifted Education (2 SH) Supervised practicum with gifted and talented children at various grade levels.

ED 515 Individualizing Strategies (2 SH) Determining programs and appropriate instructional approaches for elementary students.

ED 518 Educational Philosophy (2 SH) Traditional and contemporary philosophical thoughts and their educational implications.

ED 519 Diversity in a Global Perspective (3 SH) Provides students with a study of diverse cultures including Native American. Examines curriculum and pedagogy from the perspective that all students, regardless of the group to which they belong, such as those related to gender, social class, ethnicity, race, culture, religion, or exceptionality, should be ensured educational equity in school. Provides models for appropriate modification of curriculum and instruction.

ED 520 Supervision and Mentoring of Preservice and New Teachers (3 SH) Methods, background, and techniques for working with and providing supervision and mentoring for preservice teachers and new teachers.

ED 521 Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning (3 SH) Current and emerging technologies and how they impact student learning. Will require a research foundation as well as a knowledge and skills base in current technology.

ED 522 Curriculum Design and Assessment (3 SH) Current trends in curriculum design theory and assessment strategies and their application in teaching and learning.

ED 535 Models of Teaching and Learning (3 SH) Study of student learning with emphasis on cognitive development processes. Emphasis will be placed on current mind/brain research and examining why particular teaching methods may better facilitate particular learning goals.

ED 540 Reading: Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation (2 SH) Study, diagnosis and treatment of reading problems.

ED 541 Clinical Practice in Remedial Reading (2 SH) Supervised practice in working with reading disability cases in a clinical setting.

ED 550 Dynamics of Managing Learning (2 SH) Organizational and mind/brain based approaches for creating positive learning environments; understanding and managing disruptive and counterproductive behaviors, strategies for building interactive involvement among learning partners. The course draws upon multi-disciplinary research bases in cognitive sciences and group dynamics.

ED 554 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (2 SH) Designed for middle and secondary level teachers. Stresses the development and utilization of reading and study skills through the content subjects.

ED 555 Middle School: Philosophy and Curriculum (2 SH) The integration of adolescent development theory within the framework of middle school philosophy and curriculum.

ED 556 Middle School: Teaching Strategies (3 SH) Organization of curriculum and instruction for middle school education including teaming, scheduling, integrating, and involving parents and the community.

ED 589, Continuing Enrollment (0 SH) Required enrollment for students previously enrolled in thesis or project credits who have not completed the credits by the end of the semester enrolled. Fee required.

ED 590 Seminar in Education (1-3 SH) A special course of study related to specific problem or unique area of concentration relative to education, offered to any number of qualified graduate students upon request.

ED 592 Special Topics (3 SH) Opportunity is provided to read literature on current brain research and exceptional children on an individual basis to meet student needs and interests.

ED 597 Independent Study (2 SH) Student initiated study under the direction of faculty advisor.

ED 598 Project and Report (2 SH) An extended action research project conducted in the classroom with a report of the project. All projects will require approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The project report must meet Graduate School guidelines and be approved by a graduate committee. Credits may be split 1 + 1, over 2 semesters.

ED 599 Thesis (2 SH) Individual research culminating in a thesis. Credits may be split 1 + 1, over 2 semesters.

Elementary Education

ELED 524 Current Trends: Science (2 SH) Current research, learning principles, and teaching techniques in science theory and classroom instruction.

ELED 526 Current Trends: Social Science (2 SH) Current research, learning principles, and teaching techniques in social science theory and classroom instruction.

ELED 528 Current Trends in Language Arts and Reading (3 SH) Current research, learning principles, and teaching techniques in language arts and reading theory and classroom instruction.

ELED 530 Current Trend: Mathematics (2 SH) Current research, learning principles, and teaching techniques in math theory and classroom instruction.

ELED 545 Literature for Children (2 SH) An examination of the range and quality of current childrenís literature including its potential for integration throughout the curriculum.

ELED 550 ECE Teaching Methods and Materials (3 SH) The study of a variety of teaching methods and materials for teaching and assessing children and youth in the general education classroom.

ELED 551 Play Development in Young Children (3 SH) Students will learn about the various stages of play in the socialization of young children and the teacherís role in facilitating social development through play. Students will learn to use a variety of observational techniques such as running, anecdotal, and developmental records, among others, and learn assessment strategies. Students will develop, plan, and teach lessons and units appropriate to gross and fine motor development in young children.

ELED 552 Theories of Early Childhood Curriculum (3 SH) Students will learn theories of early childhood education as propounded by Piaget, Vygotski, Erikson, and others. They will learn the history of early childhood education, from the philosophies of Comenius and Froebel, and on to Montessori and Reggio Emilia. Students will explore their roles as early childhood educators and discuss and engage in a variety of developmentally appropriate methodologies. They will learn about effective uses of technology in early childhood classrooms. A variety of observational and assessment strategies will be included in discussion of methodologies.

ELED 553 Symbolization: Reading and the Young Child (3 SH) Students will learn theories of language acquisition and study emergent literacy in young children. They will develop a project in which they analyze childrenís books as to appropriateness of genre, language, illustrations, and format. They will learn a variety of methods for observing and assessing the speech of young children.

ELED 592 Special Topics

English

ENGL 515 Professional issues and Methods in English (3 SH) Introduction to graduate study in secondary English pedagogy, including an overview of current professional issues and of methods for engaging in research and thesis projects.

ENGL 516 Research in Teaching Writing (3 SH) Readings in the research, theory, and practice of teaching writing. Emphasis on constructing position papers which demonstrate synthesis, evaluation, and application of concepts from readings.

ENGL 525 Topics in Language Arts Pedagogy (3 SH) Focused study in recent theoretical developments in language acts pedagogy for the English classroom. Emphasis on weaving language study into student-centered classroom approaches. Topics vary for each offering. Repeatable up to 9 credits, but only 3 credits count toward the degree.

ENGL 526 Practical Approaches to Teaching Writing (3 SH) Practice in process-oriented approaches to writing. Emphasis on studentsí own personal and reflective writing in a workshop environment.

ENGL 535 Topics in Teaching Literature (3 SH) Focused study in teaching and using literature in the classroom. Topics vary for each offering. Repeatable up to 9 credits, but only 3 credits count toward the degree.

ENGL 536 Enriching Reading in the Content Areas (3 SH) Reading in the research, theory, and practice of teaching and using reading in the classroom. Emphasis on constructing position papers which demonstrate synthesis, evaluation, and application of concepts from the readings.

ENGL 540 Professional Issues and Methods in English (3 SH) Introduction to graduate study in English pedagogy, including an overview of current professional issues and of methods for engaging in research and thesis processes.

ENGL 545 Topics in Teaching Writing (3 SH) Focused study in teaching and using writing in the classroom. Topics vary for each offering. Repeatable up to 9 credits, but only 3 credits count toward the degree.

ENGL 589 Continuing Enrollment (0 SH) Required for students previously enrolled in thesis credits who have not completed the credits by the end of the semester enrolled. Fee required.

ENGL 592 Special Topics (1-4 SH) Occasional and topical subjects.

ENGL 597 Independent Study (1-3 SH) Independent study under the direction of a faculty advisor.

ENGL 599 Thesis (1-3 SH) Individual research culminating in a thesis.

ENGL 500 Workshops (1-3 SH) Courses numbered ENGL 500 may not be used to meet any degree requirements.

Finance

FIN 545 Financial Management and Accounting (3 SH) Provides advanced study in corporate financial management and accounting to provide a conceptual framework for analyzing the major types of decisions made by financial executives. Focuses on the application of theory to topical areas, including the functional uses of accounting, financial analysis, financial planning and forecasting, budgeting, acquisition and management of capital, financial instruments and markets, capital structure, and corporate valuation.