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ELEM: Elementary Education

5306. Social Studies in the Elementary School (3)
Social studies objectives implemented by study of programs, strategies, and materials.
6000. Action Research Planning in Elementary Education (3)
P: Admission to MAEd in ELEM; or consent of instructor. Development of an action research project linking teaching and professional growth to trends and issues in elementary education.
6001. Action Research Implementation in Elementary Education (3)
P: ELEM 6000. Implementation and analysis of action research project.
6010. Teaching the Integrated Language Arts in the Elementary School (3)
P: TCHR 6010, 6011; or consent of instructor. Nature and role of language arts and the integration throughout the elementary curriculum.
6200. Leading Curriculum Revision and Implementation (3)
P: Admission to MAEd in ELEM; or consent of instructor. Examines the structure of elementary school curricula and the role of teachers as leaders in curricular decisions.
6400. Advanced Assessment and Teaching in the Elementary Grades (3)
P: Admission to MAEd in ELEM; or consent of instructor. Applies societal, cultural, and educational factors to problems of assessment and teaching. Design, application, and evaluation of teaching models and assessment.
6406. The Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary Grades (3)
P: Admission to MAEd in ELEM; or consent of instructor. Examines current research, standards, curricula and strategies relevant to elementary social studies instruction.
6408. Collaborating, Teaming, and Leading in the Elementary School (3)
Leadership, team functioning, development, and teaming practices, and collaboration in elementary schools. Role of teacher as member and leader of planning and evaluation teams to improve learning in schools.
6410. Concepts and Principles of Early Childhood Education (3)
Concepts, principles, trends, and current programs in early childhood content.
6412. Emerging Literacy (3)
P: Admission to MAEd in ELEM; or consent of instructor. Examination of literacy as an emerging process with emphasis on critically reviewing sociocultural factors influencing literacy and designing appropriate strategies to enhance young children’s literacy education.
6416. Problems in the Lower Elementary Grades (3)
Analysis and discussion of significant problems found in lower elementary grades by participants in relationship to their position, interest, and experience.
6417. Problems in the Upper Elementary Grades (3)
Analysis and discussion of significant problems of upper elementary grades by participants in relationship to their position, interest, and experience.
6488. Advanced Language Arts in the Elementary School (3)
P: Admission to MAEd in ELEM; or consent of instructor. Provides advanced analysis of language arts instruction and assessment, as well as professional development and critical reflection for elementary educators.
6500. Management and Problem-Solving in the Elementary School (3)
P: Admission to MAEd in ELEM; or consent of instructor. Recognizing and forming plans to address management problems in the elementary school.
6550. Leadership and Communication Skills in Education (3) Same as ADED 6550
Teacher leadership, communication, and reflective practice in schools. Skill development enhances communication and collaboration with families, students, and educational professionals. Addresses organizational challenges and facilitates positive change.
7000. Thesis (1-6)
May be repeated. May count maximum of 6 s.h.

MIDG: Middle Grades Education

5991, 5992, 5993. Readings in Middle Grades Education (1,2,3) (WI*)
Each may be repeated once for a maximum of 6 s.h. P: Upper-level undergraduate or graduate status; consent of advisor. Directed readings on selected topics.
6000. Professional Development, Issues, and Trends in Middle Grades Education (2)
Current issues and trends. Self-evaluation of professional development within teaching field. Structuring of individual professional development plan for MAEd program.
6100. Young Adolescents, Schools, and Community (3)
P: MAEd core courses; MIDG 6000. Adolescence as historical and cultural concept. Analysis of research on middle school practices and students’ perspectives of schooling. Investigation of adolescents’ experiences in school and community.
6200. Middle Grades Curriculum Development in Public Schools (3)
P: MAEd core courses; MIDG 6000. Theories and practice in middle school curriculum planning. Emphasis on leadership skills in developing, analyzing, and evaluating effective curriculum.
6240. Advanced Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle Grades (3)
Historical perspective of middle grades education. Organizational structures and patterns. Components of middle grades curriculum development process and their application to instructional programs.
6245. Education in the Middle and Junior High School: Problems and Issues (3)
For MAEd candidates with experience in middle and junior high school education and for in-service teachers and administrators in middle school programs. P: Experience at middle school or junior high level or consent of instructor. In-depth study of problems and issues in middle school education.
6300. Advanced Strategies and Assessment for Middle Grades Learners (3)
P: MAEd core courses; MIDG 6000. Strategies and assessment practices to promote success for all students. Emphasis on diverse learners.
6401. Middle Grades Product Documentation (1)
P: All MAEd course work. Individual documentation of goals established in MIDG 6000 and accomplished during MAEd program.
7000. Thesis (1-6)
May be repeated. May count maximum of 6 s.h.

TCHR: Teacher Education

6010. The Learner and the Learning Environment (3)
Learning theory, motivational theory, and assessment within school environment. Focus on cognitive, affective, and social development of students.
6011. The Teacher and the Teaching Experience (3)
Teaching within school environment. Teaching cycle, teaching as a profession, culture of teaching, and general strategies for instruction.
6020. MAT Classroom Management (3)
Concurrent internship experience required. P: TCHR 6010, 6011. Roles and responsibilities of teacher in organizing and managing classroom setting. Approaches to handling discipline problems.
6024. MAT Internship (9)
P: TCHR 6010, 6011. Supervised teaching in appropriate subject and level classroom. Emphasis on reflective decision-making.
6030. Literacy Development in the Content Area Classroom (3)
May receive credit for one of READ 5317; TCHR 6030. Development of literacy abilities in content area classrooms. Identification of literacy requisites, evaluation of content area materials, and assessment of student competencies. Development of strategies and teaching materials to enhance learning.
6430. Computer Concepts and Applications for Career and Technical Educators (3)
May require additional lab time. Business-related computer concepts and applications. Hands-on experience using various microcomputers.

TESL: Teaching English as a Second Language

6100. Planning, Implementing and Managing ESL Instruction (3)
Contemporary methods and strategies appropriate for providing comprehensible instruction for second language learners in K-12 classrooms with a foundation for understanding multiple perspectives on ESL approaches to education.
6200. Culture and Language in ESL Instruction (3)
P: TESL 6100 or permission of chair. Issues relevant to cross-cultural dynamics of ESL settings in K-12 schools, as well as adaptations appropriate for development and implementation of a multicultural curriculum with culturally and linguistically diverse students and families.
6300. Assessment in ESL Instruction (3)
P: TESL 6100, 6200; or permission of chair. Current issues in assessing and teaching English language learners in K-12 settings, including assessment protocols, placement, development of appropriate plans and reports in schools, and informing instruction based on assessment.
6500. Professionalism and Evidence-Based Accountability (3)
P: TESL 6100, 6200, and 6300; or permission of chair. Provides a critically reflective process of developing a cross-culturally sensitive portfolio of artifacts and tools for use with English language learners and their families in the K-12 setting.