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.

Elementary Education Courses

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 MAT program or consent of the graduate program director.

EDUC 787 INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LITERACY (3)
An internship with a mentor teacher providing an opportunity for an MAT candidate to focus on understanding and demonstrating a balanced approach to teaching reading. The intern will develop a reading portfolio to complete the knowledge and performance expectations of the experience. Completed concurrently with EDUC 797.

ELED 611 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF LANGUAGE AND LITERACY (3)
Study of the theoretical foundations of reading and language arts in an elementary school setting. Exploration of theories and research perspectives on language and literacy development, the nature of reading and writing processes and factors influencing the acquisition of literacy.

ELED 621 LITERACY ASSESSMENT IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM (3)
Examination of theories and principle of classroom literacy assessment. Practice using a range of formal and informal techniques for assessing reading and writing, and using assessment data to plan instruction. Prerequisite: ELED 611.

ELED 685 SEMINAR IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES (3)
Trends, content, issues and materials involved in the teaching of social studies. Students explore one aspect of the subject and present findings.

MATH 621 SEMINAR IN TEACHING ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS (3)
Analysis of techniques and materials in elementary and middle school mathematics instruction and assessment. Students may not receive credit for both MATH 621 and MATH 422 except by special permission from the graduate program director and the chair of the mathematics department. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in each of MATH 204 (or MATH 206); MATH 205 (or MATH 207); and MATH 251.