Educational Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI)


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2000 LEVEL course

2301. The Education Effect: Why American K-12 Education Really Matters (3). Considers costs and benefits of American education and exposes students to issues in education at a deeper level by tutoring in public schools. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.



3325. Honors Seminar: Trends and Issues in Educational Policy and Practice (3). A seminar course that involves the analysis and synthesis of current trends in educational policy and practices.



5306. Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3). Recent research, trends, and issues in curriculum and instruction. May be repeated for credit.

5308. Improving Mentoring Practices (3). Provides an instructional framework for teaching specific mentoring skills and for developing and nurturing the teaching of skillful and reflective thinking.

5309. Mentoring Models for New Professionals (3). Selected mentoring models of well-conceived introduction programs that offer practitioners a valuable tour of the mentoring landscape. Emphasis is placed on professional support and development.

5310. Instructional Theory and Design (3). Applications of contemporary educational theory and design procedures to secondary education, including models of teaching, enhancement of self-concept, and adolescent needs and interests.

5311. Mentorship (3). Guides veteran professionals through a cycle of learning based on established professional development national standards. Required for Master Mentor Certificate.

5312. Collaborative Communities in Mentoring (3). Designed to assist those planning to teach or work in professional settings in acquiring a perspective dealing with the theory and practice of professional learning communities. Required for Master Mentor Certificate.

5313. Nature of Informal Science Education (3). Introduction to the nature of informal science education, the process of informal learning, and educating a wide range of audiences.

5315. Learning Theories and Curriculum Models in Informal Science Education (3). Formal learning theories and curriculum methodologies are investigated and applied to learning in informal settings.

5316. Assessing Learning in Informal Science Settings (3). Theoretical underpinnings of assessment in informal settings and the diversity and complexity of assessing science learning in informal contexts.

5320. Curriculum Theory: Foundations (3). Fundamental bases for curriculum development.

5321. Curriculum Theory: Design and Development (3). Principles of curriculum needs assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation.

5330. Ethics and Education (3). A critical study of ethical theories and their implications for teaching and the teaching profession.

5333. Improving the Teaching of Thinking (3). Provides an instructional framework for teaching specific thinking skills and for developing and nurturing the teaching of skillful and reflective thinking in all content areas (K-12).

5335. Models of Teaching (3). Selected models of or approaches to teaching are described, demonstrated, and practiced. Emphasis is placed on expanding the repertoire of teaching skills.

5362. Curriculum and the Media (3). Investigates popular media and its role in development of relevant curriculum. Educators gain knowledge and skills for communicating educational issues in public environments.

5371. Curriculum and Instruction in Sciences and Math Education (3). Guides exploration of science and mathematics curricula: what it is, who writes it, who makes decisions about it, who field tests it, what content should be learned, and how teachers can prepare for proper enactment.

5372. Assessment Issues in Science and Math Education (3). This course guides exploration of current issues related to assessment, multiple dimensions of assessment, and the processes of assessment in mathematics and science education.

5373. Designing Project-Enhanced Environments for Science and Mathematics (3). Introduces interdisciplinary pedagogies, technological tools, instructional strategies, and appropriate assessments for designing and developing project-enhanced environments in science and mathematics classrooms.

5375. Creativity in the Curriculum (3). A critical exploration of the trends, issues, and multiple perspectives related to creativity; its importance to individuals, groups, and society; and its place in cross-disciplinary curricula. Development of an informed position and curriculum recommendations.

5377. Technology in Science/Math Education (3). Explores the use of technology to promote science, mathematics, and integrated learning with a focus on current research.

5380. Action Research I (3). Fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative design. Students write a literature review and design an original action research project.

5386. Constructivist Inquiry Methodologies in Curriculum and Instruction (3). Explores various constructivist research methodologies vital to research in educational settings. Narrative, autoethnography, action research, interactionism, and other theoretical approaches are explored and practiced.



6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

6306. Advanced Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3). Critical analysis and design of research in selected curriculum areas. May be repeated for credit.

6320. Curriculum Theory: Inquiry (3). Antecedents of contemporary curriculum paradigms; relationships among curriculum, instruction, and society; tactics and models of curriculum analysis and criticism.

6331. John Dewey's Theory of Education (3). A critical analysis of John Dewey's theory of education, pedagogy, and curriculum.

6333. Diversity Ideologies: Implications for Schooling (3). Examines the origin, purpose, disciplinary orientation, and ideological positions of diversity theoretical perspectives.

6382. Advanced Field Methods in Constructivist Inquiry (3). Prerequisite: One of EPSY 5382, 6304; EDCI 5386; ANTH 4305 or 5305; SOC 5394; ART 5364; ENGL 5389; HIST 5303; AGED 5302; COMS 5301; FCSE 5304; HDFS 5351 or 6366; MFT 5351 or 6323; NURS 5391; WS 5320. Advanced course investigating methods used in constructivist inquiry. Students will complete three studies using observations, interviews, and documents culminating in a completed case study.

6392. Advanced Practicum in Mentoring (3). A supervised lab or field experience in a mentoring curricular area. Includes assessment, planning, instruction, and evaluation.

6393. Advanced Practicum in Curriculum and Instruction (3). A supervised laboratory or field experience in a curricular area; includes assessment, planning, instruction, and evaluation. May be repeated for credit.

6395. Advanced Seminar: Best Practices in Mentoring (3). Critical analysis and design of research in selected curriculum areas of induction training and support.



7000. Research (V1-12).



8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12). 

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