Curriculum and Instruction


Online Course Descriptions

Listed below are all of the online courses (or independent study) that can be taken in the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program. Some are taught by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, while others are taught outside the Department.

C&I 566    Recent Trends and Research in Elementary Education       3 s.h.
A review and appraisal of recent trends and practices in elementary education. An examination of recent research done in elementary education and related fields. In addition, course content will directly address the importance of practicing teachers assuming leadership roles in various settings. School leadership research and developments with national and state standards will be examined. Students are expected to read widely and critically in professional books and journals.

C&I 574         Assessment and Differentiation of Instruction                 3 s.h.
This course focuses on the characteristics and needs of diverse populations in heterogeneous classrooms and techniques for differentiating instruction that enable all children to learn. The use of assessment to inform instructional decisions is emphasized. This is a core course in the program.

C&I 576         Family and Community Engagement                               3 s.h.
Family involvement is required for schools/districts receiving Title I, Preschool for All, and other important funding. This course will equip teachers to best reach and engage families in their children's education. Emphasis will be on developing partnerships with ALL families and the community at large. Students will utilize/become acquainted with a wide variety of technological tools for increasing home-school communication, parent education, parent engagement, and community awareness.

C&I 599         Independent Study                                                           1-4 s.h. (repeatable to 4)
An investigation of problems related to the student's major area. A substantial written report, as well as an informal oral report, will be required. Students will meet regularly with an instructor during the course on a period arranged basis. Enrollment by permission only.

C&I 600        Graduate Seminar                                                             3 s.h.
Primarily a research writing course. Each student will be expected to identify an appropriate research topic, and investigate the issue in an in-depth paper,
Prerequisites: 24 semester hours in graduate work to include EIS 500, C&I 574 and ELED 566; and permission of the Graduate Coordinator.

ECH 474(G)      Early Childhood Assessment                                       3 s.h.
Intensive investigation of informal and formal assessment strategies including basic principles of measurement and evaluation, to plan educational experiences, communicate with parents, identify children in need of specialized services, and evaluate programs for young children from birth through eight years of age. The administration of some assessment instruments is required. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Restricted: early childhood program or departmental permission.

ECH 524      Intervention Techniques in Early Childhood Education      3 s.h.
Emphasis on curriculum adaptations and instructional and assessment methods to promote independence and meet the developmental and educational goals of young children, especially pre-primary age, with special needs. Focus on history and evolution of early childhood special education, early intervention, service and program coordination, and inclusive education.

ECH 539      Curriculum in Early Childhood Education                           3 s.h.
Application of the principles of the administration and organization of curriculum development to programs for young children, with emphasis on integration of curriculum maximize the effectiveness of experiences. The student will develop curriculum plans in selected content areas.

ECH 564      Language and Thought of the Child                               3 s.h.
A detailed study of current theoretical issues and positions related to the young child's development and use of language and thought. Emphasis on current issues in language acquisition as well as systematic analysis of potential application of various practices for inclusion in early childhood programs.

ECH 565      Seminar in Early Childhood Education                               3 s.h.
Advanced study of the historical, philosophical, and theoretical influences on the field of early childhood education, as well as exploration of current research, issues, and trends. Students will write an in-depth research paper as means of extending and developing knowledge and understanding of course content.

ECH 571      Theory and Function of Play                                       3 s.h.
Students will engage in a detailed study of theoretical and practical positions regarding the function and nature of play in the development of young children, birth through age eight. The emphasis will be on play as a process for learning and for teaching. Observations of children and application of course content to teaching practices are required.

ECH 573      Infancy and Childhood Education                                       3 s.h.
An in-depth study of the developmental and theoretical basis of infancy and early childhood education for young children from birth through eight years of age. Typical and atypical development and the contributions of prenatal and home care, ethnicity, race, and other aspects of diversity to children's learning and development will be explored. Emphasizes application of child development knowledge in early childhood settings.

EDS 500        Methods of Research                                                           3 s.h.
An introduction to the nature and techniques of contemporary social scientific research (including educational and human service). Emphasis placed on developing research literacy through critically reading, examining, and evaluating the characteristics of both quantitative and qualitative research. Additional emphasis on the critical issue of the nature of the relationship between research and its application to practice. Prerequisite: Some exposure to the basic nature of statistical reasoning recommended before enrolling in the course.

IDT 503        Microcomputer Applications in Instructional Technology       3 s.h.
Introductory survey of applications of microcomputers in education and training including Computer Assisted Instruction, communication and presentation graphics, multimedia and hypermedia authoring on the internet, word processing databases, and spreadsheets.

IDT 516        Internet Resources for Education and Training                     3 s.h.
Focuses on developing skills in utilizing electronic mail and World Wide Web browsers to locate, download, and integrate Internet resources. Opportunities for students to develop Web pages and discuss issues and challenges surrounding the use of the Internet. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of computers.

LA 567         Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School                3 s.h.
Focuses on the major theories and current research relevant to language arts instruction in the elementary grades. Primary emphasis is placed on the appropriate skills, methods, and materials that support children's literacy development from kindergarten through sixth grade. This course would work in your area of specialization or as an elective.

LA 577         Writing in the Elementary School                                            3 s.h.
Designed to give exposure to a variety of methods and materials for using a process approach to writing instruction in the elementary school.

LA 578         Language Arts for Diverse Learners                                       3 s.h.
A course which focuses on language, learning, and the diagnostic and corrective techniques that can be used by the elementary classroom teacher in the areas of oral and written language, spelling, handwriting, and listening. Prerequisite: LA 567 or permission of the instructor. This course would work in your area of specialization or as an elective.

LLA 443G    Creative Uses of Literature for Children and Young Adults     3 s.h.
Presents the development of effective programs in informal and formalized interpretive experiences for children and young adults, emphasizing individual creativity and sources for materials. Prerequisite: LS 313 or permission of the instructor.

LLA 525 Literature and the Reader 3 s.h.
This course explores literature for readers, preschool through secondary. The focus on all genres includes recognition of the major awards in the field of children's and young adult literature. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation and selection of quality fiction and nonfiction, together with the analysis of literary elements. Pedagogical aspects of the course emphasize the use of literature across content areas, varied responses to literature, strategies for connecting children with books, and motivating the reluctant reader.

MATH 406G Mathematical Reasoning in School Mathematics 3 s.h.
Various problems, their solutions, related mathematical concepts and their historical significance are analyzed through investigation of classic problems and their connection to the middle school mathematics. Contributions by Archimedes, Descartes, Eratosthenes, Euler, Gauss, Pascal, Pythagoras, and others are studied. Prerequisite: MATH 123 or 128 or equivalent.

MATH 407G Number Theory Concepts in School Mathematics 3 s.h.
Divisibility, prime numbers, perfect numbers, modular arithmetic; linear Diophantine equations, and related topics. Open only to students majoring in an elementary education program.
Prerequisite: MATH 123 or MATH 128 or equivalent.

MATH 500 Teaching of Elementary Mathematics 3 s.h.
A study of current trends and problems in the teaching of elementary and junior high school mathematics. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

MATH 402G / MATH 590 Investigations in School Geometry and Independent Study (online; taught simultaneously) 2 s.h. / 1 s.h.
A conceptual development of geometry through the investigation of geometric relationships and informal understandings leading to formal deductions. Middle and junior hight school emphasis.

MATH 505 The Teaching of Mathematics in Middle Grades and Junior High 3 s.h.
A study of teaching strategies and current trends in mathematics as they apply to the curriculum of the middle school and the junior high school. Prerequisites: MATH 106 and 206 or equivalent.

MATH 508 Special Topics in Elementary Mathmatics (online) 3 s.h.
Topics will be available on demand in the areas of probability, statistics, computer science, number theory and history of math.

MATH 509 Standards and Assessment in School Mathematics 3 s.h.
An analysis of the current state and national standards for school mathematics and their corresponding assessments. Other assessment instruments and strategies for implementing the standards and improving students achievement for all learners will also be investigated. Prerequisites: Teacher certification. This course has been recently added for the fall term.

RDG 508 Phonics for Decoding and Spelling 3 s.h.
From an approach that focuses on environmental print and authentic literature experiences, this course examines a variety of aspects of phonological processing: (1) phonological/phonemic awareness, (2) phonics and other word identification strategies, and (3) spelling.

RDG 553 Integrating Reading and Writing Through Inquiry 3 s.h.
This K-12 course explores relationships between reading and the use of collaborative, authentic reading and writing learning experiences within an inquiry-oriented curriculum.

RDG 568 Foundations of Reading in the Middle and Secondary School 3 s.h.
An advanced study of effective educational techniques, assessments, curricular materials, and literate environments in middle and secondary classrooms within the context of state and national reading standards. This course would work in your area of specialization or as an elective.

RDG 569 Reading in Early Childhood 3 s.h.
Designed to help teachers of preschool, kindergarten, and primary grades to plan and design developmentally appropriate programs aimed at facilitating the acquisition of prereading and reading abilities. Emphasis on how early guidance and instructional programs can attend to all aspects of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

RDG 570 Integrating Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Curriculum 3 s.h.
A foundational course focusing on varied research-based literacy instructional approaches using a wide range of materials (narrative and information texts and non-print, digital, and online resources) to teach literacy, enhance content area instruction, and create a literate environment. This course would work in your area of specialization or as an elective.

RDG 576 Psychology of Reading 3 s.h.
A study of cognitive, linguistic, motivational and sociocultural factors that affect reading and writing processes and development, including culture, native language, human development, language learning, reading disabilities, and the influence of those theoretical perspectives on literacy instruction.
Prerequisites: RDG 570, RDG 568, or permission of the instructor.

RDG 580 Reading in the Content Areas 3 s.h.
An individually designed course for elementary and secondary reading majors and nonmajors, this introductory course helps enrollees become familiar with concepts and teaching strategies needed to assist students to learn from textbooks and nontextbook materials.

RDG 584 Vocabulary Development K-12 3 s.h.
This course explores elementary, middle, and high school students' vocabulary development and appropriate strategies for teaching and assessing vocabulary. This course would work in your area of specialization or as an elective.

RDG 586 Language Development and Reading 3 s.h.
This pre K-12 course explores theories of language development and the relationship between language development and learning to read. Of special interest are populations (such as second language learners, those with a learning disability with respect to oral communication, and hearing impaired students) who find learning to read difficult because of language barriers. Prerequisites: RDG 568, 569, or 570.

SCED 509 Inquiry into Science Assessment in the Elementary Classroom 3 s.h.
This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth study of the assessment of science in the elementary classroom. Topics include the nature of science assessment, types and purposes of assessment, assessment design, and use of assessment data. Through an inquiry approach, students will plan, develop, and implement science assessments in their own elementary classrooms to measure student performance, enhance student learning, and improve teaching practices.

SCED 511 Science Through Children's Literature 3 s.h.
Using a constructive approach, this course integrates the use of fiction and nonfiction for teaching science content within the context of the Next Generation Science Standards.

SCED 562 Science Curriculum in the Elementary School  3 s.h.
An analysis of the latest curriculum innovations in elementary/middle level science education, and the application of recent discoveries in learning theory to the teaching of elementary science. Emphasis will be placed on the development of contemporary philosophy of elementary science and its contribution to the total science program.

SCED 602 Practicum in Science Education 3 s.h.
Direct internship experience in a science education program at the local district level under the guidance of a qualified field representative. Enrollment by permission only.
Prerequisites: 24 semester hours in graduate work to include EIS 500, C&I 574 and ELED 566; and permission of Graduate Coordinator.

SPED 518 Self-Determination and Independence 3 s.h.
This course will provide teachers with the content and skills needed to build self-determination and independence in students with disabilities. Content will include curriculum, instructional strategies, and philosophies related to career education, transition, assistive technology, and specialized equipment. This course is open to all graduate students in education and related fields. Prerequisite: A survey of exceptionalities course.

SPED 551 Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities 3 s.h.
The unique characteristics of a wide variety of learners with mild and moderate disabilities will be examined, along with their broad educational, behavioral, and emotional needs as related to educational programming.

SPED 552 Instructional Methods for K-6 Learners with Disabilities 3 s.h.
Effective teaching methodologies, instructional adaptations, and program delivery options for students with mild/moderate disabilities, K-6, are mastered.
Corequisite: SPED 580 as needed.
Prerequisites: SPED 551 or an equivalent, a reading methods course, and a math methods course.

SPED 553 Instructional Methods for Secondary Learners with Disabilities 3 s.h.
Effective teaching methodologies, instructional adaptions, and program delivery options for students with mild/moderate disabilities, 7-12, are mastered.
Corequisite: SPED 580 as needed.
Prerequisites: SPED 551 or an equivalent, a reading methods course, and a math methods course.

SPED 556 Methods in Autism and Language Disorders 3 s.h.
Effective methods for building social, communication, and academic skills for students with high functioning autism spectrum disorder and language disorders. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

SSED 568 Improvement of Instruction in Social Studies 3 s.h.
This course deals with current developments in techniques, materials and technology for teaching social studies. Explores ways to engage students in social science instruction.

SSED 572 Social Studies Curriculum 3 s.h.
This course deals with the nature of social studies and its role in the school curriculum. Emphasis is placed on current curriculum developments in social studies and the social sciences.