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.

Secondary Education Courses

ISTC 501 INTEGRATING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (3)
Materials, devices, techniques and settings are presented in an overview of the field of instructional technology.

SCED 560 USING READING AND WRITING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL (4)
Developmental reading and writing, assessment, vocabulary building, comprehension, special needs adaptations and clinical practice. Prerequisites: SCED 341 or concurrently; written permission from the Department of Secondary Education chair. (Written permission not required for part-time evening students.)

SCED 561 TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS (3)
Application and assessment of reading strategies and instructional frameworks in secondary content classroom. Prerequisites: SCED 560 and currently teacher or student.

EDUC 735 PROSEMINAR: PROBLEMS AND ISSUES (3)
Problems and issues that impact teachers and the education process. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAT program. Completed concurrently with student teaching.

SCED XXX SECONDARY EDUCATION METHODS COURSE (3)

One of the following:

  • MATH 423 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS (3)
    Examination of courses of study and textbooks, study of methods of teaching.
  • SCED 353 TEACHING MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL (3)
    Aims and purposes of foreign language instruction; current curricular trends, including the importance of modern language teaching practices.
  • SCED 355 TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL (3)
    Objectives, curriculum, materials and instructional procedures in the teaching of social studies.
  • SCED 357 TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL (3)
    Language arts as taught in secondary schools.
  • SCIE 380 TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL (3)
    Selection of appropriate content, methods and evaluation techniques, analysis of textbooks and resource materials for teaching science in the middle and high schools.