Education & Educational Psychology
|ED 500 Contemporary Educational Issues||3 SH|
This course focuses attention upon significant contemporary developments in the American and world communities. Philosophies and functions of educational institutions in our current society may be examined. Students should take this course within the first nine semester hours of study. Due to the nature of the content of this course, students who do not complete their M.S. degree within five years may be required to retake this course before graduation.
|ED 501 Introduction to Educational Research||3 SH|
This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies that are useful in educational settings. Students will address problems relevant to current educational demands; analyze and interpret relevant research studies; develop a rationale for qualitative and quantitative research studies; design research procedures to answer pertinent educational questions; examine aspects of education significant to the students’ educational practice. Prerequisite: A total of 18 graduate semester hours, including ED 500, and specific department requirements.
|ED 502 Secondary Student Teaching (Grades 6-12) for the M.A.T. Program||6 SH|
Designed to support candidates in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, this course provides experience in planning, conducting instructional activities, and assessment of student performance in a secondary school under the guidance of a trained cooperating teacher. Full-time for one semester. Includes a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program or permission of the chair of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych. Students are urged not to be employed during the student teaching program.
|ED 503 Educational Psychology||3 SH|
This course provides a constructivist approach to child growth and human development, specifically focusing on the ways that concepts and principles from research and theory may be applied in the classroom. Learning will be viewed through a developmental approach. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program or permission of the chair of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych. Students are urged not to be employed during the student teaching program.
|ED 514 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas||3 SH|
This course is designed to help teachers better understand the relationships between content and process by focusing on the skills that children need to comprehend content in various curriculum areas and teaching strategies.
|ED 515 Curriculum Leadership in the Elementary School||3 SH|
This course will provide elementary educators with the skills to increase student achievement by designing standards-based differentiated learning and an assessment environment that meets diverse needs. Participants will gain knowledge of curriculum research, trends, design and assessment and how to use differentiated instruction to vary interest, readiness, content, process, learning and product in student learning. Prerequisites: MS in Education and M.A.T. Candidates or Department Chair permission.
|ED 517 Developmental Reading in the Elementary School||3 SH|
Designed as a basic course in the instruction of reading in the elementary school, this course offers a comprehensive study of the reading process and the theoretical and practical aspects of a developmental program.
|ED 519 Improving Thinking Skills||3 SH|
This course is designed to examine the nature of the thinking process and to help teachers improve their students’ ability to think. Focus is on the utilization of a taxonomy of thinking skills which facilitates the thinking process.
|ED 525 Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities||3 SH|
The focus of this course will be on the study of problems of children who have discrepancies between ability and achievement. Types of learning disabilities and their etiology, including physiological aspects, will be explored. Study of the disabilities of perception, cognition and communication as they pertain to intellectual development and classroom performance will be approached through research, case studies and field experience. Interdisciplinary resources will be used.
|ED 527 Differentiating Instruction||3 SH|
This course provides opportunities for the developing educator to explore differentiating instruction for all learners. Course participants will have opportunities to reflect on classroom practices regarding planning/differentiation/assessment and move towards responsive teaching. Prerequisites: MS in Education Candidates or permission of the Department Chair.
|ED 530 Curriculum Leadership in the Secondary School||3 SH|
This course will provide secondary educators with the skills to increase student achievement by designing standards-based differentiated learning and an assessment environment that meet diverse needs. Particpants will gain knowledge of curriculum research, trends, design and assessment and how to use differentiated instruction to vary interest, readiness, content, process, learning, and product in student learning. Prerequisites: MS in Education and M.A.T. Candidates or Department Chair permission.
|ED 532 Computer Literacy in Education||3 SH|
This course, developed for educators, provides information about the use of computers in education and addresses issues pertinent to computer curriculum development, integration, implementation and evaluation.
|ED 535 Developmental Reading in the Secondary School||3 SH|
This basic course emphasizes the role of reading and the application of reading and study skills in the various subject areas of the secondary school.
|ED 538 Electronic Portfolio Development for Educators||3 SH|
This instructional technology course will assist K-16 educators to construct personal, dynamic, standards-based electronic portfolios that include text, audio, graphics, photos, internet links and state-of-the-art hypermedia. Basic computer competency and internet skills required.
|ED 539 Developing Cultural Diversity Through Virtual Field Trips||3 SH|
This course prepares educators to use internet-based virtual field trips (VFT) to develop an appreciation for cultural diversity, stimulate K-12 student learning and increase academic achievement. A variety of VFT are designed to involve educators in constructivist teaching, intercultural communication and the emerging global culture. Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy and internet skills.
|ED 545 Teaching Children With Emotional & Behavioral Disturbances||3 SH|
This course introduces the characteristics and needs of children with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and other behavioral challenges. It includes a survey of historical perspectives, trends and issues, theoretical viewpoints, diagnostic and prescriptive assessment practices and intervention approaches. Emphasis will be placed on the manner in which SED affects social, psychological and academic growth in children and adolescents. In addition, approximately half the course will be spent discussing instructional strategies to address student’s individual needs with an emphasis on inclusionary practices.
|ED 546 Inquiry in the Classroom||3 SH|
This course introduces candidates to inquiry in the context of the classroom. Candidates explore appropriate resolutions to questions and issues, learning how to create knowledge from this questioning to enhance students’ learning in the classroom. Assessment, qualitative, quantitative and action research methodologies are applied to instructional decision making. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching Program.
|ED 548 Analysis of Reading Difficulties||3 SH|
This course focuses on the study of both the word-centered and comprehension-centered methods of analyzing strengths and needs in reading, along with an examination of data related to problems in reading. Emphasis is on 1) understanding the rationale and procedures for using selected individual diagnostic instruments; 2) administering a variety of such instruments; 3) interpreting the results; and 4) reporting diagnostic information to parents and to other professionals. Prerequisite: ED 517 or ED 535.
|ED 556 Curriculum Development Using Instructional Technology||3 SH|
This course allows educators to learn aspects of the Internet information highway, ie: researching historical documents, engaging in teacher-to-teacher dialogue, investigating scientific discoveries, joining education debates and uncovering an unlimited amount of available resources for the K-12 educator. Prior computer skills are not necessary. Prerequisite: Word processing competency.
|ED 557 Computers in Special Education||3 SH|
This course will examine recent technological advances in technology to evaluate and help exceptional students realize their full potential. Technological advances will enable the design of learning and living environments that substantially reduce functional limitations resulting from sensory and physical disabilities. Prerequisite: Three semester hours in special education and word processing competency.
|ED 558 Computers in Distance Learning||3 SH|
In this course, students will develop proficiency in distance learning skills and electronic interaction. Mixed medial tools will be used to improve subject matter expertise, instructional design, teaching strategies, media usage, tutoring and counseling. Prerequisite: Word processing competency.
|ED 559 Educational Computer Simulations||3 SH|
In this course, teachers learn how to use PK-12 educational computer simulations to refine basic learning skills and master content areas. Demonstrations and evaluations of interactive software and digital hypermedia simulations will be included. Participants will use computers during each class. Prerequisite: Minimal computer skills and knowledge of the internet are required.
|ED/BIO 561 Teaching Science in the Elementary School: Content and Pedagogy||3 SH|
This course provides scientific content and pedagogical applications in the disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry and physics at the elementary level. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program or permission of the chair of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych. or science department.
|ED/BIO 566 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools||3 SH|
This course is designed to foster confidence in teaching secondary science to middle or high school teachers (6-12). The course will focus on the nature of science; instructional strategies; fostering development of science concepts; mastering of process skills, organization and assessment; and growth of positive attitudes in the areas of science. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching Program or permission of the chair of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych. or (non-M.A.T.) admission to the Professional Secondary Education Teacher Preparation Program. Corequisite: Registration in secondary education professional semester courses.
|ED/BIO 605 Applied Research Techniques in Biology||3 SH|
Students will acquire and apply skills and techniques for designing and conducting laboratory, field, or computer based research projects in the biological and environmental sciences. Students will design research questions, articulate testable hypotheses, design, set-up and conduct experiments, including analysis of data under the supervision of a faculty member that may be used in school settings. Prerequisites: Admittance to the MAT Biology or MA Biology Degree Program or permission of the Department Chair.
|ED/SPA 567 Applied Linguistics in Spanish||3 SH|
This course provides a specific analysis of complex grammar structures and their relationship to learning and teaching Spanish as a second language, also Spanish for heritage speakers. It highlights specific problem areas for students and involves the practical application of theories to classroom learning and teaching. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program or permission from chairs of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych. and Dept. of World Languages and Literature.
|ED/SPA 568 Teaching Spanish in Secondary Schools: Content and Pedagogy||3 SH|
This course provides candidates in the Master of Arts in Teaching program with an understanding of the methods and materials needed to become a competent teacher of Spanish at the secondary level. Emphasis is on making content knowledge accessible to diverse student populations. Candidates are introduced to assessment methods and learn to integrate current instructional technologies into their teaching. They develop lesson plans and units of instruction and practice delivering instruction. The course will include an examination of the current curricular reform movements and their impact on the teaching of Spanish in the secondary school. Implications of state and national standards are considered. This course will be taught by a member of the world languages and literature department. Candidates must receive a grade of “B” or higher in order to enroll in student teaching. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program or permission from chairs of Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych. and Dept. of World Languages and Literature.
|ED 569 Teaching the English Language Arts in the Elementary School: Content and Pedagogy||3 SH|
This content-based literacy course prepares teachers to integrate the skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and technology into the English curriculum at the elementary level. In addition to gaining process-based literacy competencies in the area of English, teachers will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the diagnosis of student learning problems, differentiated instruction, and development of application projects, final assessment and reflection. The course will include utilization of literature appropriate for use in the K-6 curriculum. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program or permission of the chair of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych.
|ED 571 Urban Education Experience||3 SH|
This course is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of urban schooling as related to the dynamics of race, class and culture through the analysis of historical, socioeconomic and political factors influencing urban education. The distribution of opportunity is explored through instructional and organizational practices designed to close the achievement gap and build positive school cultures. Prerequisite: MS in Education and M.A.T. Candidates or Department Chair permission.
|ED 572 Career Education and Development||3 SH|
This course provides an exploration, investigation and experience in methods, models and resources for developing and maintaining career planning and vocational guidance services in public and private educational agencies. Investigation in major theories in education and career development. This course is offered online in the spring only.
|ED 576 Learning, Coaching, and Reflective Practice||3 SH|
This course provides opportunities for the active, developing classroom practitioner to explore exceptional learning practices, peer coaching techniques and methods of reflective practices. Prerequisites: MS in Education Candidates.
|ED 578 Teaching the Gifted and Talented||3 SH|
Students in this course will research and explore areas of human talent. Related issues and problems of the gifted will be investigated along with strategies for working with the gifted. Students will also develop an understanding of formal and informal assessment and evaluation techniques.
|ED 585 Introduction to Community and School Counseling||3 SH|
This course offers an introductory professional socialization to the field of counseling. The course provides a survey of the history, philosophy, theoretical foundations, standards, work settings, and relationships between counseling and other helping professions. In addition, the course will introduce the student to timely counseling topics such as: ethics, assessment, consultation, prevention and accountability as well as the challenges facing counseling in the 1990s, such as family, feminist, multicultural and developmental perspectives. Prerequisite: Admission to counselor education program or permission of chair of Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych.
|ED 586 Theories of Counseling||3 SH|
This course examines a variety of counseling theories, their philosophical assumptions, hypotheses, the therapeutic process inherent in each and the expected outcomes of successful counseling. Prerequisite: Admission to counselor education program or permission of chair of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych.
|ED 587 Counseling Diverse Populations||3 SH|
This course will critically analyze data and propose concepts of cross-cultural counseling appropriate to most culturally diverse groups in the United States. Case studies will be utilized. Prerequisite: ED 585 and ED 586.
|ED 588 Elementary Student Teaching (Grades K-6) for the M.A.T. Program||6 SH|
This course is designed to support candidates in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program and provides experience in planning, conducting instructional activities and assessment of student performance in an elementary school under the guidance of a trained cooperating teacher. Includes a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program or permission of the chair of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych. Full-time for one semester.
|ED 589 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School: Content and Pedagogy||3 SH|
This course provides an interdisciplinary approach to social studies that will link history, geography, economics and civic education through the use of instructional technology. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program or permission of the chair of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych.
|ED 591 Independent Thesis Research in Education||6 SH|
This course is designed for students fulfilling the thesis requirements for the M.S. in Education degree, who have submitted an acceptable thesis outline and choose to work independently on thesis research and writing. Individual conferences with the thesis adviser are scheduled as needed. Credit will be granted upon submission of one copy of an approved final draft of the thesis and thesis abstract. Prerequisite: ED 501.
|ED 592 Capstone Project in Education||3 SH|
This course requires students to complete an instructor-approved professional practices capstone project in a PK-12 educational setting. Prerequisite: Completion of ED 501. Grading: Pass/fail.
|ED 593 Standards, Mandates and Legal Issues in Teaching||3 SH|
This course explores Connecticut State Department of Education documents relevant to the education of secondary education educators and identifies standards appropriate to their identified Special Program Alignment. Teacher candidates will prepare for the Beginning Educator Support and Training program assessment standards and will have opportunities to discuss the student teaching experiences and observed “best practices.” Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program or permission of the chair of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych.
|ED 594 Community Reading Practicum||3 SH|
This course focuses on practical applications of teaching reading in diverse educational environments. Placements will be based on teaching experience, professional goals and community needs. Prerequisite: Completion of 15 semester hours in the M.S. in Education (reading option), including ED 514, ED 517 or ED 535 and ED 548.
|ED 598 Faculty Developed Course|
This experimental course is offered by the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych. as a means of determining its value to the total program or in response to a particular request from a group of students.
|ED 599 Student Developed StudY|
This vehicle is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop his/her own learning experience. A student will design a project and secure a faculty sponsor. May be utilized more than once. Prerequisite: Written permission of the faculty sponsor and chair of the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych. Registration through the Division of Graduate Studies is required.
|ED 690 Non-Thesis Project for Second M.S. Degree||6 SH|
A student-designed culminating project for the non-thesis approach when working towards a second M.S. degree. The topic and topical outline must be approved by both the appropriate program coordinator and the dean of professional studies.
|ED 726 Child and Adolescent Development||3 SH|
The focus of this seminar course will be on child and adolescent development through the analysis of case studies. In addition to analyzing case studies, the student will develop a case study.
|ED 733 Staff Development Seminar||1-6 SH|
This course is designed to meet the in-service (staff development) needs of specific school personnel of local school systems. The objectives of the course will be jointly developed by the Dept. of Ed. & Ed. Psych. and the local school system(s).
|Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership:||Core Courses in theory and foundation|