MA in Education Course Descriptions

EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 SH)

Explores practical implications of constructivist theory in classrooms. Emphasizes concepts such as reflective practice, student centered learning and processes for change.

EDCC 521 Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution (3 SH)

Explores peacebuilding and conflict resolution within educational contexts. Focuses on peaceable climates and conflict transformation approaches and integrates peace curricula for individual classroom settings and within specific schools.

EDCC 531 Social and Ethical Issues in Education (3 SH)

Examines educational and ethical values through discussion of case studies and current issues in education. Analyzes how public policy in education is shaped via the communitys social and ethical concerns.

EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 SH)

Provides an overview of action research conducted within educational settings. Emphasis is placed upon gaining an understanding of the difference between qualitative and quantitative research design, as well as becoming competent in setting up an action research project. Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy or director’s permission.

EDCI 501 Curriculum and Instructional Strategies (3 SH)

Examines curriculum theory and instructional practices within a framework of equitable instruction. Integrates curriculum mapping with culturally responsive instruction and assessment applicable to all P-12 classroom settings.

EDCI 511 Teaming and Collaboration (3 SH)

Focuses on collaborative strategies for teaming among educators, parents and community agencies. Examines models of consensus building, team leadership, team planning, collaborative strategies and school-community partnerships within the context of inclusive classrooms and transition programs for at-risk learners.

EDCI 541 Supporting Positive Classroom Behaviors (3 SH)

Conducts analysis and critiques of actual cases in education in which challenging behavior is the major issue. Lectures, discussions, and assignments give students the background and tools needed to conduct case analysis, focusing on important principles of behavior management as well as evidence-based practices found in current literature and personal experience.

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (3 SH)

Explores standard and new Google tools that can be used in the classroom to assist with classroom management and instruction. Teachers will increase their knowledge using discussion threads, reflection papers, lesson plans involving the implementation of Google tools, and a course project where candidates use a Google tool for professional or student development or enhancement. Participants will collaborate on ways to use these tools to have the greatest positive impact in their classrooms.

EDCT 611 Creating a Technology-Rich Learning Classroom (3 SH)

Enhances and further develops techniques to effectively provide student-centered technology-based classroom instruction. Participants will identify, use and evaluate technology resources in the context of designing and delivering instruction that is consistent with current best practices for integrating technology. The Virginia Computer/Technology SOLs and the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers will be referenced throughout the course.

EDCT 691 Creating in the Classroom Using 21 st Century Tools (3 SH)

Participants will identify, use and evaluate 21 st Century learning tools that can be used to address the top level of Blooms Taxonomy-Creating.

EDDA 501 At-Risk Issues in School and Community (3 SH)

Serves as a forum for engaging dialogue among educators, counselors, law enforcement personnel, social service agents and other community service workers regarding at-risk issues. Emphasizes current trends and program development models empowering collaboration within communities.

EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 SH)

Focuses on the application of integrated strategies, differentiated instruction, curriculum compacting and adaptations for diverse populations, i.e. students served under alternative education, special education services, ESL and gifted/talented programs.

EDDA 631 Research in Risk and Resiliency (3 SH)

Analyzes research bases for understanding risk and resiliency and explores protective factors within the child, family and community which enable resilience and mitigate risk factors.

EDDS 511 Foundations and Procedural Issues in Special Education (3 SH)

Focuses on recent changes within special education policy and law that directly impact the classroom teacher. Presents ways to use Internet services to keep current with procedural issues.

EDDS 521 Assessment and Planning in Special Education (3 SH)

Studies informal and formal diagnostic procedures appropriate for students with mental retardation, learning disabilities and emotional disturbance. Topics include legal requirements for eligibility, formulating individual education plans based on assessment data and general evaluation of instruction.

EDDS 531 Cognitive Learning & Emotional Disabilities (3 SH)

Provides historical perspectives, characteristics, and medical aspects and ethical issues in the practice of special education. Designed for teachers preparing for licensure in special education. Topics are viewed in context of normal patterns of development and the dynamic influence of the family system.

EDDS 601 Advocacy Issues With in Special Education (3 SH)

Recognizes the impact and importance of decision-making and the dynamics of advo cacy. Includes current topics such as impact of health and medical issues, self determination by and for students, selection and implementation of instructional and assistive technologies, and creating safe psychological and physical environments.

EDDS 611 Curriculum and Instructional Support for Special Education Students (3 SH)

Addresses research and best practice in curriculum development, instructional planning and behavior management to support students with high incidence disabilities: cognitive (MR), learning (LD), and emotional needs (ED). Emphasizes culturally sensitive integration of students into family life, schools and community programs and services.

EDLA 501 Foundations of Literacy (3 SH)

Examines the psychological, social and linguistic components of the developmental processes of reading and writing including phonemic awareness, alphabetic code, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Emphasizes the importance of appropriate instruction and materials according to the child’s developmental stage. In Pennsylvania, this course includes 20-hour practicum/clinical activities for the PDE requirement.

EDLA 511 Literacy Assessment (3 SH)

Focuses on assessment as the basis for instruction. Teachers will learn to administer multiple assessments to diagnose and document a students literacy development. Teachers will also examine the design and purpose of national, state and district assessments. (Prerequisite: EDLA 501 Foundations of Literacy or instructor’s permission) In Pennsylvania, this course includes 20-hour practicum/clinical activities for the PDE requirement.

EDLA 521 Integrated Literacy Instruction (3 SH)

Focuses on literacy learning throughout the curriculum and addresses integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to learning in K-12 classrooms. The course will explore instructional strategies, materials, and issues that impact the development and extension of literacy across the content areas. Technology as a tool for literacy will be an integral part of designing appropriate instruction. The role of research in learning, and specifically in reading and writing will be a focus area.

EDLA 531 Literacy in Community and Family Arenas (3 SH)

Addresses workplace literacy, family literacy, adult literacy and literacy advocacy.

EDLA 581 Word Study (1-3 SH)

Explores the development of orthographic knowledge of spelling. Provides hands-on experience in designing, implementing and assessing developmentally appropriate tasks for studentsneeds in spelling, phonics and vocabulary.

EDLA 601 Multicultural Childrens’ Literature (3 SH)

Explores multicultural literature for children in a variety of genre. Elementary classroom activities including critical thinking and writing are demonstrated.

EDLA 611 Adolescent/Young Adult Literature (3 SH)

Concentrates on literature written for and by adolescent/young adult readers while relying on works typically classified as young adult literature as well as literary “classics” found within the curriculum for middle, junior and senior high classrooms. Employs reader-response theory.

EDLA 651 Developing an Effective Reading Program (3 SH)

Provides practical knowledge about developing and implementing K-12 reading programs. Develops the strategies and understandings needed to provide a diverse student body with effective reading instruction. Emphasizes professional development, leadership and advocacy for reading specialists.

EDPC 601 Practicum (3 SH)

Focuses on the outcomes of a specific track. Supervised by a graduate faculty mentor, field experience will take place in a setting necessary to complete track requirements.

EDPC 611 Action Research Project (3 SH)

Incorporates a written report and delivery of a student-designed action research project. Under faculty mentor supervision, Action Research Projects may take a variety of formats: curriculum restructuring projects, staff development projects, research for public policy change, research for publication, etc. Prerequisite: EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings.

EDS 621 Student Teaching Internship (7 SH)

Designed for those seeking initial licensure in Virginia .

EDSL 551 Methods of Teaching ESL/FL (3 SH)

Emphasizes theory, practical methods, assessment and materials design and development for teachers teaching English as a second language and foreign language.

EDSL 561 The English Language (3 SH)

Focuses on essentials of linguistic science studies as a background for understanding the history of the English language. Explores the development of dialect, colloquialism and regionalism.

EDSL 571 Language Acquisition and Grammar (3 SH)

Explores current topics and issues in the study of language acquisition, language development and grammar. Offers teachers practical ideas for teaching grammar in the context of todays classroom.

EDSL 581 Language and Culture (3 SH)

Enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the intricate ways in which culture and language influence each other. Surveys the basics of sociolinguistics and language policy through case studies from communities around the world. Includes a critical evaluation of the role of culture in the second-language classroom.

EDSL 591 ESL Assessment and Support (3 SH)

Explores assessment tools and practices as they relate to second language learners. Emphasizes the assessing and monitoring of oral language, reading and writing and content area subjects. Examines support services both in language acquisition and content learning.

EDSP 599 Special Topics (3 SH)

A special course designed around a current issue in education which impacts literacy, diverse needs or curriculum and instruction arenas.

EDSP 699 Independent Studies

A unique course designed by the instructor and the student. Must be approved by the students advisor, th e program director and the university registrar.

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