Course Descriptions

The following graduate-level courses are offered for the M.A.T. program in General Education. For further information about course offerings and programs of study, please reference the Graduate Catalog published online and in print each year.

Core Courses

EDUC 730 PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT AND DIVERSITY (3)
Participants examine current theories and research on the nature of learning and the corresponding role of development and culture in the teaching-learning process. A framework for effective teaching that is based upon an understanding of best practices will be established. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAT program.

EDUC 731 CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT (3)
Students will examine the foundations of school curriculum and explore linkages between assessment-based curriculum and instructional strategies. This course will examine actual school practices, the teacher's role in curriculum development and the role of assessment in curriculum development. Students will formulate their own theories and views related to current trends, innovations and issues in curriculum and assessment. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.A.T. program.

EDUC 734 TEACHER AS RESEARCHER (3)
Theory and methodology for conducting classroom research with an emphasis on descriptive research approaches. Prerequisite: Consent of program coordinator. Must be completed concurrently with Internship I in the term prior to Internship II.

EDUC 738 THE TEACHER AS RESEARCHER (PART 2 - IMPLEMENTATION) (1-3)
Students apply theory and methodology for conducting classroom research with an emphasis on descriptive research approaches. Students will evaluate and share results of action research projects. Prerequisite: Open only to MAT students who have completed EDUC 734 (2 credits) in the fall semester. Requires consent of the graduate program director.

EDUC 797 INTERNSHIP I WITH SEMINAR (6)
Best practices for creating and maintaining a positive and productive learning environment will be explored. Participants analyze a variety of learner characteristics that influence student development and academic achievement, including gender, ethnicity, physiology, values, family, and geographic regions, as appropriate for age/grade level and professional specialization. Taken concurrently with EDUC 734 in the term prior to Internship II. Participants complete extended field experience (as determined by appropriate program director). Prerequisite: Consent of graduate program director, who may require other prerequisites.

EDUC 798 INTERNSHIP II WITH SEMINAR (6)
Supervised teaching experience at the appropriate school level for students in M.A.T. program. Seminar will provide participants with theory-practice connections. Prerequisite: Approval of early childhood education department and the graduate program director.

SPED 637 INCLUSION FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER (3)
Background and legal bases, programs, methods and materials for special-needs children, and emphasis on the regular classroom. Prerequisite: Student teaching or teaching experience, and consent of department.

Early Childhood Education Courses

ECED 604 MATH/SCIENCE IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM (3)
Theory, pedagogy and related research on developmentally appropriate practices in math and science for young children, with emphasis on a constructivist approach to learning.

ECED 608 INTEGRATED CURRICULUM AND AUTHENTIC LEARNING IN ECED (3)
An integrated approach to learning in preschool and primary programs, with emphasis on social studies, the arts and technology through the Project Approach and inspirations from Reggio Emilia. Based on an understanding of young children's growth and development, and on appropriate curriculum practices with strategies for meaningful learning within various curriculum systems and settings. Addresses the skills, knowledge and attitudes that children need in a diverse, democratic society. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

ECED 618 THINKING THROUGH THE PROCESSES AND ACQUISITION OF LITERACY (3)
Literacy acquisition, birth through age 8, through study of learning theories based on brain research, cognition, language acquisition. Strategies for integrating reading and writing processes across the curriculum. Bachelor's degree in ECE or related field, teaching experience or permission of instructor.

ECED 621 ASSESSMENT OF READING AND WRITING IN ECED (3)
Assessment to Guide Instruction: assessment of primary-grade children's reading and writing. Purposes and types of assessment tools available for use in the classroom, types of information provided by assessment tools and appropriate use of the information including communicating results and formulating specific instructional recommendations to enhance each child's growth in reading and writing.

ECED 623 STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING AND WRITING: BALANCED LITERACY APPROACHES IN AN EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM (3)
Reading and writing instruction with young children: development of comprehensive, effective programs, management of programs, evaluation of learning, use of strategies to develop comprehension, word skill and composition.

EDUC 717 CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND OTHER MATERIALS FOR TEACHING READING (3)
An in-depth examination of a variety of texts for teaching reading, with particular emphasis on children's literature and reading software; strategies for selecting and evaluating texts. Review of current research. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A.T. program or consent of the graduate program director.