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ED 600 Content/Curriculum Workshops - Advanced-level workshops that provide a breadth and depth of understanding in content and curriculum of educational programs. Topics may vary and prerequisites may be established. One to three credits. These courses are graded credit/no credit.

ED 601 Content/Curriculum Workshops - Advanced-level workshops that provide a breadth and depth of understanding in content and curriculum of educational programs. Topics may vary and prerequisites may be established. One to three credits. These courses are letter graded.

ED 693 Master's Project - The student identifies a problem, reviews literature, creates a product based on applicable literature, research or theory that addresses the problem, and develops a plan for implementation and evaluation. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: 27 Credit hours; EDF 660; Application Required.
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ED 695 Master's Thesis - Involves either theoretical research or empirical research that identifies an issue or question, reviews literature, designs a study, gathers and analyzes data or evidence, and presents interpretations or conclusions. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: 27 Credit hours; EDF 660; Application Required.
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ED 696 Continuation of Master's Thesis - Continuation of work related to the thesis phase of the graduate students program. Registration is required following completion of all coursework required for the degree and only work to complete the thesis remains. Work will be performed under the supervision of the thesis committee chair. Prerequisites: ED 695

EDC 621 The Profession of School Counseling - This course provides student with an introduction to the profession of school counseling and is the first course in the program sequence. The philosophy, principles, and theories of school counseling are taught including national standards and related ethical and legal issues. At least 15 supervised practicum hours must be completed in a school counseling setting.
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EDC 623 Personal/Social Development - This course provides students who intend to work as school counselors with knowledge and practice in developmental counseling appropriate for children within elementary, middle, and high schools. The process of consultation with teachers, parents, and support personnel is taught. At least 20 supervised practicum hours must be completed in a school counseling setting. Prerequisite EDC 621.
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EDC 625 Academic Development - This course provides the student with strategies to support academic success of children in schools. It includes the acquisition of skill in decision-making, problem solving and goal setting, critical thinking, logical reasoning, and interpersonal communication with an emphasis on small group counseling. At least 20 supervised practicum hours must be completed to support academic development. Prerequisite: EDC 621.
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EDC 649 Career Development - This course examines the principles and processes involved in supporting career development. Students will explore a variety of theories, philosophies, and programs related to career development and its role in kindergarten through post-secondary educational settings. School counseling candidates must complete at least 20 supervised practicum hours to demonstrating educational development planning. 
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EDC 651 School Counseling Curriculum and Techniques - This course is a study of the school counseling process. It includes basic principles related to assessing, interviewing, listening, communicating, assisting, and referring students. Emphasis is placed on school counseling core curriculum in affecting the positive mental health of students. At least 25 practicum hours are incorporated through counseling skills recordings and reflections.
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EDC 680 Special Topics in School Counseling - Study of selected topics in education. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDC 685 Internship in School Counseling - A 600 hour field-based learning experience in schools designed to provide comprehensive practice for school counseling candidates over one or two semesters. Each internship must be approved by the faculty coordinator/advisor. An internship seminar will meet weekly to provide university supervision. Prerequisites: EDC 621, 623, 649, 651, and EDC 625 (EDC 625 may serve as co-requisite)
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EDC 699 Independent Study in School Counseling - Individual study of a theoretical or applied problem in education. Offered fall, winter, and summer semesters. Prerequisites: Consent of advisor and demonstrated ability to pursue special study or investigation proposed.

EDF 633 Race, Class, and Language - Interdisciplinary course incorporating the views of linguists, psychologists, sociologists, educators, and speech researchers. Exploration of the background literature and practical implications of the problems raised by social class and ethnic differences in language. Offered at least once a year.
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EDF 634 Teaching the At-Risk Student - Issues and concerns and programs in implementing effective programs for students from at-risk backgrounds. Offered at least once a year.

EDF 635 Survey of Urban Education - Study of the historical, sociological, and educational bases of urban education.

EDF 650 Classroom Management (K-12) - An examination of the differentiation of the terms ``discipline' and ``classroom management.' Review and study of such interrelated subjects as authority, rules, power, responsibility, types and degrees of control, and the many related attitudes, standards, and prejudices that combine to complicate the problem. Offered at least once a year.

EDF 653 School Learning - Consideration of learning situations in the light of psychological findings and concepts. Development of a theory of learning and its applications to the teaching of attitudes, skills, concept formation, and understanding. Offered at least once a year.

EDF 660 Educational Inquiry and Evaluation - Introduces educational inquiry and explores the impact it can have on educational institutions. Investigates educational evaluation. Provides foundational research knowledge necessary for capstone courses ED 693 and ED 695. Offered every semester.
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EDF 661 Educational Testing and Measurement - Study of school testing, selection, and evaluation of norm-based and criterion-based instruments, informal assessment, norm-based profiles, descriptive statistical analysis, and survey research. Review of ethical and legal issues in testing minority and special needs populations. Offered every semester.

EDF 670 Critical Issues in Special Education - Examination of current crucial issues in the administration of special education. Offered at least once a year.
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EDF 671 Educational Policy and Practice - Course offers an advanced examination of social foundations theories and perspectives in education in preparation for an analysis and critique of selected policy-related issues and practices in U.S. education. Offered every semester.
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EDF 672 Social/Cultural Foundations of Education - Examines education as a social and cultural phenomenon. Explores the implications of this perspective on educational experience in general and the processes of teaching and learning in particular. Offered every semester.
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EDF 699 Independent Study in Foundations - Individual study of a theoretical or applied problem in education. Offered fall, winter, and summer semesters. Prerequisites: Consent of advisor and demonstrated ability to pursue special study or investigation proposed.

EDH 647 Theories of College Student Development - This course examines the major student development theories used by college student affairs practitioners in the higher education environment. Offered at least once a year.

EDH 648 The Adult Learner - Emerging theories and techniques for teaching the adult learner. Focus upon the adult's deliberate efforts at learning, developing, growing, and changing, and learning difficulties. Offered at least once a year.

EDH 650 Materials and Methods for Adult and Continuing Education - Materials and methods of teaching the adult learner in school and non-school settings. Offered at least once a year.

EDH 651 Higher Education and Student Affairs Functions - Provides an overview of the historical development of American higher education and an introduction to the evolution of student affairs functions in the academy. Offered at least once a year.

EDH 652 The American College Student - Examines the characteristics, values, expectations, and needs of contemporary college students in the context of student development theory. Offered at least once a year.

EDH 653 Administration of Student Affairs Programs - Examines the philosophy, organization and delivery of support programs, services and co-curricular learning experiences for college students. Prerequisite: EDH 651. Offered at least once a year.

EDH 654 Student Affairs Administrators and the Law - Provides an overview of the legal issues and challenges that confront student affairs administrators in the higher education environment. Prerequisite: EDH 651. Offered at least once a year.

EDH 655 Intervention Strategies for Student Development - Examines the interventions used by student affairs practitioners to facilitate students' learning about themselves, about other people, and about ideas. Prerequisites: EDH 647. Offered at least once a year.

EDH 656 Organization and Administration in Higher Education - Theory and models of organizational structure, administrative behavior, funding, governance and management of higher education; processes and factors influencing institutional decision making and higher education planning. Offered once per year. Prerequisite: EDH 651.

EDH 657 The Community College - The Community College will explore the organizational behaviors and administrative practices unique to community colleges. Drawing on current and historical research, the course will examine educational philosophy and curricular objectives, student demographics, faculty and staff development, governance and leadership, and financial management of community colleges. Offered once per year. Prerequisite: EDH 651.

EDH 658 Critical Issues in Higher Education - Critical Issues in Higher Education will provide a study of contemporary higher education and will include an analysis of the changing needs and demands of society and how they impact higher education. Attention is centered on issues emphasizing organization and administration, curriculum, college students, faculty, and retention. Offered once per year.

EDH 680 Special Topics in Higher Education - Study of selected topics in education. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDH 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Experience I - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for graduate students. Each practicum shall be no less than the minimum requirements set forth by state and accrediting agencies and must be with approval by the appropriate program personnel. All practica will require seminars. Offered at least once a year. Prerequisites: Candidates must apply separately to the College of Education by February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall semester and by September 15 for winter semester.

EDH 686 CSAL Practicum/Graduate Field Experience II - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for graduate students. Each practicum shall be no less than the minimum requirements set forth by state and accrediting agencies and must be approved by the appropriate program personnel. All practica will require seminars. Offered twice per year. Prerequisite: EDH 685.

EDH 699 Independent Study in Higher Education - Individual study of a theoretical or applied problem in education. Offered fall, winter, and summer semesters. Prerequisites: Consent of advisor and demonstrated ability to pursue special study or investigation proposed.

EDI 610 Advanced Studies in Child Development Ages 0-8 - Theories and research methods and findings related to the intellectual, emotional, perceptual, social, and personality development of the young school child. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 610 GTC Advanced Studies in Child Development Ages 0-8 - Theories and research methods and findings related to the intellectual, emotional, perceptual, social, and personality development of the young school child. Three credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 611 Assessment of the Young School Child - Instructional assessment procedures and prescriptive techniques for students Pre-K-6. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 612 Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Education - Theoretical background and content of curricular approaches in early childhood programs. Analysis and evaluation of early childhood curricular materials. Experience in designing and sequencing activities for young children. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 613 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Education - A study of the organization, administration, and skills required in the direction of early childhood education programs. Review of the pertinent federal, state, and local regulations and support services. Three credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 614 Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum - This course will include the history of education and research on the care of infants and toddlers, intervention activities for special needs, instructional strategies, developing and establishing collaborative partnerships with families and designing and implementing developmentally appropriate environments for infants and toddlers (ages conception - 4-year-old). Offered fall, winter, and spring semesters. Prerequisites; none.

EDI 630 Teaching Mathematics: K-8 - Study of content and instruction pedagogies used in teaching elementary and middle school mathematics. Consideration of the principles involved in developing a mathematics program and quality materials for classroom use. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 631 Teaching Science: K-8 - Designed to prepare teachers to teach elementary and middle level science to all students. Emphasizes planning and teaching science, including laboratory inquiry and hands-on activities. Integration of process and content objectives, activities, and assessment will be addressed. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 632 Teaching Creative and Performing Arts - Explores theories of creativity and their application in the classroom. It provides students with an opportunity to learn more about developing the creative potential of their students within all disciplines and across all levels of education. Offered spring/summer semester.

EDI 632 GTC Teaching Creative and Performing Arts - Explores theories of creativity and their application in the classroom. It provides students with an opportunity to learn more about developing the creative potential of their students within all disciplines and across all levels of education. Three credits. Offered spring/summer semester.
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EDI 633 Teaching Social Studies and Diversity - Emphasizes instructional methods for teaching and integrating social studies, economics, history, civics, geography, and diversity in elementary and middle schools. Focus is on problem solving, critical thinking, and democratic citizenship with strategies for valuing people with differences in learning styles, race, class, culture, gender, and disability. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 633 GTC Teaching Social Studies and Diversity - Emphasizes instructional methods for teaching and integrating social studies, economics, history, civics, geography, and diversity in elementary and middle schools. Focus is on problem solving, critical thinking, and democratic citizenship with strategies for valuing people with differences in learning styles, race, class, culture, gender, and disability. Three credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 634 Middle Level Education - A study of middle-level organization, curriculum, instruction, staffing, subject matter, and school-parent-community interaction as it supports the education and development of early adolescents (ages 9-14). Offered spring/summer session.
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EDI 635 Development and Needs of Students - This course focuses on theories of development in cognitive, social, physical, and emotional domains as they relate to the education of elementary and secondary students. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 635 GTC Development and Needs of Students - This course focuses on theories of development in cognitive, social, physical, and emotional domains as they relate to the education of elementary and secondary students. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 636 Instruction in Middle and High Schools - Multiple instructional strategies appropriate for teaching and assessing middle and high school curriculum; methods for addressing individual differences, incorporating students' ideas, developing thinking and problem solving skills, facilitating groups, promoting student responsibility and planning lessons, units, interdisciplinary activities, and experiences that foster achievement of the curriculum. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 636 GTC Instruction in Middle and High Schools - Multiple instructional strategies appropriate for teaching and assessing middle and high school curriculum; methods for addressing individual differences, incorporating students' ideas, developing thinking and problem solving skills, facilitating groups, promoting student responsibility and planning lessons, units, interdisciplinary activities, and experiences that foster achievement of the curriculum. Three credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 637 Assessment: K-12 Models and Practices - Study of standardized and authentic assessments used in K-12 classrooms. Students will define intended learning outcomes, select and construct assessment instruments, evaluate reliability and validity of varied instruments and understand current theory, problems, trends, and issues of assessment. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 638 Facilitating School Environments - Study of research-based methodologies related to the establishment of positive school environments that promote academic achievement for all students within a community of learners. Focus on teachers as change agents, leaders, and collaborators. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 638 GTC Facilitating School Environments - Study of research-based methodologies related to the establishment of positive school environments that promote academic achievement for all students within a community of learners. Focus on teachers as change agents, leaders, and collaborators.
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EDI 639 Curriculum Development - A study of the various approaches of curriculum construction and organization in the schools. Examination of principles of curriculum improvement, change, and evaluation. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 640 Fundamentals of Talent Development - This course prepares students to develop their rationale for differentiation by studying the history of special provisions for talent development and contemporary approaches. It addresses both the cognitive and affective needs of students. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 641 Teaching for Talent Development - This course covers the principles and practices of designing curriculum that enhances the talents of students. Special attention is given to the development of instructional materials. Offered once a year.
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EDI 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Experience - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for graduate students. Each practicum shall be no less than the minimum requirements set forth by state and accrediting agencies and must be with approval by the appropriate program personnel. All practica will require seminars. Three and six credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 685 1A 1st Practicum, Elementary - GTC - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for graduate students. Each practicum shall be no less than the minimum requirements set forth by state and accrediting agencies and must be with approval by the appropriate program personnel. All practica will require seminars.
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EDI 685 1B 1st Practicum, Secondary - GTC - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for graduate students. Each practicum shall be no less than the minimum requirements set forth by state and accrediting agencies and must be with approval by the appropriate program personnel. All practica will require seminars.
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EDI 685 2A 2nd Practicum, Elementary - GTC - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for graduate students. Each practicum shall be no less than the minimum requirements set forth by state and accrediting agencies and must be with approval by the appropriate program personnel. All practica will require seminars.
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EDI 685 2B 2nd Practicum, Secondary - GTC - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for graduate students. Each practicum shall be no less than the minimum requirements set forth by state and accrediting agencies and must be with approval by the appropriate program personnel. All practica will require seminars.
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EDI 685 A Elementary Education -
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EDI 685 B Secondary Education -
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EDI 685 C Early Childhood Education - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for teaching majors. Each practicum shall be no less than the minimum requirements set forth by state and accrediting agencies, and must be with approval by the appropriate program personnel. All practica will require seminars. Three and six credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDI 699 Independent Study in Instruction and Curriculum - Individual study of a theoretical or applied problem in education. Offered fall, winter, and summer semesters. Prerequisites: Consent of advisor and demonstrated ability to pursue special study or investigation proposed.

EDI 710 Instructional Management and Supervision - Systematic study of theories, models, research and multiplicity of influences on instructional effectiveness, instructional management, and supervision in school districts. The interrelationships of instructional supervision, curriculum alignment, instructional practices, assessment analysis, and school effectiveness will be explored with attention to characteristics of effective programs and research findings on effective leadership.  Offered at least once a year, fall or spring.
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EDI 780 Special Topics: Curriculum and Instruction - Advanced topics for educational leaders in curriculum and/or instruction areas not ordinarily dealt with in other courses will be presented and explored. Offered as needed or in odd years.

EDI 799 Independent Study Curriculum and Instruction - Student initiated advanced study or research in curriculum and instruction. The student and faculty supervisor agree on the scope of the study, its components, and methods of evaluation. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Specialist in Leadership degree. One to three credits. Offered every semester.

EDL 650 Foundations of Special Education Administration - Theories of educational leadership will be explored. Federal regulations and state rules pertinent to special education programming will be examined. Students will participate in simulations, presentations and group discussions designed to provide information about, and insight into, effective leadership and management of special education programs and services.
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EDL 651 Administration of Special Education Programs and Services - Students will use knowledge of laws and rules, leadership/management theory and practices, and problem solving skills to engage in simulations, presentations and group discussions related to the delivery of special education programming. Students will develop a personal philosophy of leadership statement based on review of scholarly literature and self examination.
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EDL 652 Curriculum & Instruction Leadership in Sp. Ed. Administration - An examination of the leadership role of the special education administrator in curriculum, instruction and assessment for students with disabilities. Students will engage in the study of current state curriculum content standards, the delivery of curriculum through effective instruction, and the assessment of student achievement.
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EDL 653 Special Education Law - Federal and state laws governing the administration of special education programs and services will be discussed in detail. Students will examine the impact and application of the laws, and strategies for complying with them in the P-12 setting.
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EDL 654 Special Education Finance - Review and analysis of special education funding sources and formulas at the local, state, and national levels. School finance and special education funding will be highlighted. Financial management will be discussed with a focus on budgeting, accounting, auditing, reporting, support services and personnel.
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EDL 665 Educational Leadership - Students will participate in a variety of self-assessment activities, simulations, and group discussions designed to provide information about and insight into effective leadership in schools. Three credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 666 Curriculum Leadership - Study of a variety of organizational development approaches used in leading staff through curriculum development. Topics include preplanning, principles of curriculum decision making, effective schools research, participatory strategies for curriculum problem solving, and the process of change. Emphasis on leadership skill building. May be combined with EDL 652. Offered at least twice a year.
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EDL 667 Elementary Supervision and Evaluation - Emphasis on enabling leaders to generate the tools to improve elementary schools. Topics include organizational development, problem solving, goal setting, organizational change, employee motivation, and communication, resolution of conflicts, and clinical supervision and evaluation. Analysis of topics will emphasize effects research and descriptive theory. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 668 Personnel Administration - Responsibilities in staff supervision, staffing needs, certification, selection, assignment, promotion, salaries, retirement, absences, teachers' organizations, grievances, collective bargaining, and supervision of student teachers. Offered once a year.
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EDL 670 School Law - General legal principles and laws that affect general and special education. Emphasis on sources and scope of school law, legal rights and responsibilities of teachers, pupils, and taxpayers. Procedural, historical, and jurisprudential dimensions of American law are stressed. Three credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 671 Secondary Supervision and Evaluation - Emphasis on giving leaders the tools to make ongoing improvement in secondary schools. Topics include organizational development, problem solving, goal-setting, organizational change, employee motivation, and communication, resolution of conflicts, and clinical supervision and evaluation. Analysis of topics will emphasize effects research and descriptive theory. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 677 School and Community Relationships - This course is designed to assist school leaders in developing an effective school-community relations plan. Emphasis will be on creating effective communications formats to address internal and external populations. Candidates will be actively involved in the process of creating positive communication plans that will help gain support for the school’s program.
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EDL 680 Special Topics in Leadership - Study of selected topics in education. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDL 685 A K-12 Principal Field Practicum -
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EDL 685 B Special Education Supervisor - Prerequisites: EDL 650, EDL 651, EDL 652, EDL 653, EDL 654, EDL 668, and EDL 677
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EDL 685 C Special Education Director - Prerequisites: EDL 650, EDL 651, EDL 652, EDL 653, EDL 654, EDL 668, EDL 677, and EDL 685B
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EDL 687 Administrative Internship - The administrative internship provides significant opportunities for students to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice gained in the classroom to real situations in authentic school settings, planned and guided cooperatively by the instructor and administrative mentor. Prerequisites: 21 credit hours (3 in Foundations and 18 in Emphasis Area) and EDL 685.
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EDL 699 Independent Study in Leadership - Individual study of a theoretical or applied problem in education. Offered fall, winter, and summer semesters. Prerequisites: Consent of advisor and demonstrated ability to pursue special study or investigation proposed.

EDL 700 Educational Leadership and Change - This course is designed to develop understandings and skills associated with generating a school culture that is responsive to change/reform and embodies the philosophical underpinnings of systemic change. Students will research and discuss theories of organizational change and explore various strategies to bring these theories into practice through administrative leadership. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 705 Organizational Behavior, Ethics & Decision-Making - This course discusses multiple approaches to the study of educational organizations including the application of organizational theory to improve decision-making and organizational outcomes. It examines the human behavior in educational organizations. The course also provides students with an understanding of the moral and ethical dimensions of leadership in education. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 715 Data Based Decision Making and Technology - Principles of data-based decision making and their applications in educational settings will be explored through readings and case studies. Technology's use in addressing problems in management and instruction will be included. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 720 Organizational and Community Relations - This course is designed to provide a thorough examination of the school district as an organization and its interaction with the community. Consideration will be given to the internal and external "communities" and the relationship between and among these entities within the school district. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 725 Educational Law, Policy and Practice - This course will review the legal framework of education and various legal issues that are imperative for educational leaders to be able to identify, understand, and incorporate within their administrative responsibilities. Emphasis is placed on the legal framework with a focus on discipline, equity and personnel issues. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 740 The Superintendency - This course will provide a broad view of the roles and responsibilities of the Superintendent of Schools. Areas of study include: developing a vision; establishing policies; decision making; establishing relationships with the Board of Education, staff, students and community; curriculum/instruction; human resources; politics and education in a larger context. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 742 School Board Relations - This course focuses on the major factors that influence the relationship between the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools. Areas examined are the nature of policy development and administration, the influence of external factors on local control and the discretionary authority boards grant their Superintendents. Offered fall semester.
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EDL 744 Educational Finance and Economic Issues - This course emphasizes theories of economics, finance and taxation as applied to educational complexities pervasive in the fiscal management and operations of public schools. It focuses on current political and economic issues affecting public schools and is designed to promote thoughtful decision-making by school administrators with respect to school financial matters. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 770 Leadership Theory into Practice - This course is the culminating experience for the Educational Specialist in Leadership degree. It includes an internship in a school district, practitioner research, and development of a professional portfolio. Offered at least once a year.
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EDL 780 Special Topics in Educational Leadership - Advanced topics in educational leadership areas not ordinarily dealt with in other courses will be presented and explored. Offered as needed.

EDL 785 District Leadership Internship - This course is the internship experience for the Educational Specialist in Leadership degree. It provides opportunities to work with district administrators in learning knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be a school district leader. Offered as needed.

EDL 799 Independent Study Educational Leadership - Student initiated advanced study or research in Educational Leadership. The student and faculty supervisor agree on the scope of the study, its components, and methods of evaluation. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Specialist in Leadership degree. One to three credits. Offered every semester.

EDR 602 Teaching English Language Learners Across Content - Provides elementary and content area teachers with the skills and knowledge to effectively teach in a classroom setting where there are linguistically diverse learners.  Participants will examine and apply strategies and skills for delivering instruction in the subject matter content areas to a variety of learners. Prerequisites: Admission in the College of Education graduate program. Offered fall and summer semesters (at least once a year).

EDR 603 Bi-literacy Development - This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to explore and understand aspects of bi-literacy development. It also seeks to explore specific bi-literacy educational policy issues affecting classroom practice. Methods for providing effective bi-literacy instruction will be taught. Prerequisite: Admission in the College of Education graduate program. Offered winter semester at least once a year.

EDR 612 Reading Assessment: Elementary Teacher - This course examines classroom appropriate literacy assessments and differentiated instruction methods useful for meeting the needs of a diverse classroom student population grades K-8. The course content meets the State school code PA 118. A K-8 teaching certificate is required to take this course. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: A K-8 teaching certificate is required to take this course.

EDR 613 Reading Assessment: Secondary Teacher - This course examines classroom appropriate literacy assessments and differentiated instruction methods useful for meeting the needs of a diverse classroom student population grades 6-12. The course content meets the State school code PA 118. A 6-12 teaching certificate is required to take this course. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: A 6-12 teaching certificate is required to take this course.

EDR 620 English as a Second Language Methodologies - Study of methodologies and selected problems in teaching English as a second language. Exploration of curricula of school districts with application to classroom teachers. Offered every other year.
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EDR 621 Current Issues and Trends in Literacy - Current Issues and Trends in Literacy is an advanced study of research in language acquisition and cognitive development. The course explores theoretical constructs underlying an interactive, intertextual view of literacy. Historical and multicultural trends regarding beliefs about the reader, the text, and contexts for instruction will be explored. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a graduate certification program. Offered at least once a year.
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EDR 622 Developmental Literacy for Children - Developmental Literacy for Children is the study of the nature of the reading process and the analysis of factors influencing literacy development. Instruction and assessment appropriate to the developmental levels of children will be addressed. Communication with parents and professional development of teachers will also be explored. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a graduate certification program. Offered at least once a year.
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EDR 622 GTC Developmental Literacy for Children - Developmental Literacy for Children is the study of the nature of the reading process and the analysis of factors influencing literacy development. Instruction and assessment appropriate to the developmental levels of children will be addressed. Communication with parents and professional development of teachers will also be explored. Prerequisite: Teaching experience or acceptance into a graduate certification program. Three credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDR 623 Developmental Literacy for Adolescents - Course examines the developmental nature of literacy and its integration and application into secondary school curricula. Focus is on the integration among the variables: student prior knowledge, text, teaching methods, and strategies to enhance comprehension and learning. This course is appropriate for middle school and secondary teachers. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a graduate certification program. Offered at least once a year.
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EDR 623 GTC Developmental Literacy for Adolescents - Course examines the developmental nature of literacy and its integration and application into secondary school curricula. Focus is on the integration among the variables: student prior knowledge, text, teaching methods, and strategies to enhance comprehension and learning. This course is appropriate for middle school and secondary teachers. Prerequisite: Teaching experience or acceptance into a graduate certification program. Three credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDR 624 Literature for Children - Course examines the role of the young reader in appreciating literature, the instructional practices involving the integration of a variety of genre across content areas, and the issues associated with using literature in the elementary classroom. Offered at least once a year.
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EDR 625 Literature for Adolescents - Course examines the role of the young adult reader in appreciating literature, the instructional practices involving the integration of a variety of genre across content areas, and the issues associated with using literature in the middle and high school classroom. Offered at least once a year.
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EDR 626 Literacy Assessment and Instruction - Field based literacy course that examines research and theory, differentiated instruction, and assessment practices appropriate for meeting struggling K-12 student literacy needs. Designed to provide state-required clinical experience. This course meets K-12 teacher certification renewal requirements. Separate application to College of Education required, see application for due dates. Prerequisites: EDR 621, (EDR 622 or EDR 623), permit required.
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EDR 627 Literacy Strategies for Content Areas - Course addresses methods and materials for assisting students reading, studying, and learning in content area classrooms. Emphasis is placed on approaches that facilitate learning of content and process across the curriculum. This course is appropriate for elementary and middle school teachers. Secondary teachers should take EDR 623. Offered at least once a year. Prerequisites: EDR 621, and (EDR 622 or EDR 623).
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EDR 628 Curriculum and Materials for Language Arts - Course examines underlying theories, content standards, and instructional programs for the integration of the language arts. It will explore the relationship between the language arts, assessment and evaluation, and the relationship to professional development. Offered at least once a year.
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EDR 629 Teaching Reading to Adults - Analysis of the concept of illiteracy and characteristics of the adult learner. Methods and materials for teaching reading to the adult will be examined and evaluated. Offered every other year.

EDR 631 Teaching Writing - Course involves the study of current writing theory and its implications for teaching writing. It addresses the application of theory in classroom teaching and work on the students own writing. Offered at least once a year. Prerequisites: Teaching experience or acceptance into a graduate certification program.
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EDR 634 Linguistics for Teachers - Focuses on language systems in instructional contexts and deals with US English structure and language sound patterns emphasized in the four language macro-skills (i.e., reading, writing, speaking, and listening), grammar, pragmatics, and semantics as taught to speakers of other languages in the US. Course offered winter semester. Prerequisite: Admitted to the TESOL or Reading Program.

EDR 635 Sociolinguistics: Language, Society, and Schooling - Examines the role that social interactions and cultural traditions play in language, learning, and schooling with a specific focus on issues surrounding diversity, individual and cultural identity and values, and the relationship between home and school language. Course offered winter semester. Prerequisite: Admission to a College of Education graduate program.

EDR 680 Special Topics in Literacy Studies - Study of selected topics in education. One, two, or three credits. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDR 685 A Practicum for Reading Teachers - Practicum experience that provides the candidate with the opportunity to implement into practice all knowledge, theory, and research completed in the M.Ed. Reading/Language Arts program with faculty guidance. Not to be used for initial certification. Completion of emphasis area and separate application to College of Education is required. Offered at least once a year. Prerequisites: Not to be used for initial certification. Completion of emphasis area. Permit required.
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EDR 687 Practicum for Reading Specialists - Practicum experience for reading specialist candidates to develop reading specialist and literacy coaching techniques important to the work in schools. Practicum will meet/exceed minimum requirements set forth by the university, state and accrediting agencies. Completion of emphasis area and separate application to College of Education is required. Offered spring/summer semester. Prerequisite: Completion of emphasis area courses.
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EDR 689 Program Development and Administration - Advanced practicum for reading specialist endorsement. Practicum includes current views, insights and theory concerning PK-12 literacy program administration, professional development practices and reading specialist responsibilities. All practica require seminars. Separate application to the College of Education required, see application for due dates. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: EDR 687. Permit required.
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EDR 699 Directed Readings - This course involves a research or reading project, program proposal, or other approved activity that builds on the student's area of specialization. Prerequisite: Permission of the advisor and completion of at least 27 semester credits. Offered fall, winter, and summer semesters.

EDS 550 Preteaching and Methods of Teaching Special Education - A supervised field experience of at least six weeks with exceptional children teaching in the area of C.I., L.D., or E.I. Students must apply by February 15 for summer and fall semesters.

EDS 609 Emotional Impairments - A study of the characteristics associated with emotional impairments in children and adolescents. Emphasis is on identification, intervention, and collaboration with families and service providers. Offered winter semester.
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EDS 610 Studies in Emotional Impairment - Study of several behavior management techniques that are commonly used by professionals dealing with students who have behavior/emotional problems. Techniques include life space interview, reality therapy, various operant strategies, and surface behavior strategies. Offered at least once a year.
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EDS 611 Instructional Practices: Emotional Impairment - In this course students will learn instructional practices for teaching prosocial skills to children and adolescents considered at-risk with challenging behaviors and those with high incidence disabilities. Offered winter semester.

EDS 618 Studies in Cognitive Impairment - Intermediate studies in the etiology of cognitive impairments and its implications for teaching strategies and materials. Recommended for students who do not have an endorsement in cognitive impairment. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

EDS 619 Programs for Mild Cognitive Impairment - This course examines the principles and current trends related to the education of students with mild cognitive impairments. Emphasis will be placed on curriculum development, instructional design, appropriate placement, transition, and utilization of environmental resources.
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EDS 620 Programs for Severe Cognitive Impairment - Advanced study in special education. Offered in odd-numbered years.
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EDS 621 Assistive Technology in Education - This course provides participants with an overview of assistive and augmentative technology for students with cognitive impairments. Includes individualized educational programming considerations, use of high/low tech assistive and augmentative devices, internet-based solutions, curriculum integration, and inclusion strategies. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.
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EDS 622 Assessment Procedures for Placement and Programming: CI - This course provides exposure to assessment techniques and diagnostic procedures specifically used with individuals with cognitive impairments and the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Offered summer semester of even numbered years.
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EDS 623 Collaboration in Special Education - This course will provide theory, principles, and procedures for fostering collaborative partnerships among families and professionals that lead to mutual empowerment and positive outcomes for individuals with cognitive impairments. Offered winter semester of odd-numbered years.

EDS 625 Inclusive Practices - Research validated planning and instructional routines designed for and tested in inclusive classrooms will be presented. Further, validated teaching approaches and curriculum designed for students with high incidence disabilities will be taught. Offered at least once a year.
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EDS 627 Instructional Practices: Technology - In this course students will learn about instructional and assistive technologies researched and developed to enhance the learning of children and adolescents with high incidence disabilities. Offered fall and winter semesters.
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EDS 629 Transition Practices - A study of the development of attitudes, skills, and supports that contribute to successful transitions of children and adolescents with disabilities. Offered fall semester.
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EDS 636 Diagnostic and Interpretative Procedures - Review of evaluative instruments used for identification and programming for exceptional persons. Offered at least twice a year.
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EDS 637 Explicit Language Instruction - Evidence-based practices for assessing and explicitly teaching foundational listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to English language learners and students with high-incidence disabilities. Offered once a year

EDS 638 Instructional Practices: Learning Disabilities 2 - In this course, students will learn instructional practices for teaching reading, writing, mathematics, and social skills to children and adolescents with high incidence disabilities. Offered fall and winter semesters.
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EDS 640 Diagnostic-Teaching Clinic - In this clinic-based experience, each student will learn to apply diagnostic and interpretive procedures and instructional practices with a child with learning difficulties under the direct supervision of university faculty. Offered fall and winter semesters.

EDS 646 Family & Community Collaboration in Early Childhood Education - Remedial and preventive counseling strategies for parents of young children birth through age 8. Preparation for assisting parents in settings that include parent education, atypical children, developmentally diverse children, and conditions requiring assistance from other professionals. Offered at least once a year.
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EDS 647 Preschool Special Needs Child - Research implications, teaching strategies, and curricula for the instruction of special-needs infants and preschool children. Offered at least once a year.
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EDS 652 Foundations of Special Education - Study of the characteristics of exceptional students. Research-based effective instructional processes needed to provide the most appropriate education for meeting the needs of exceptional students in the least restrictive environment will be emphasized. Offered at least once a year.
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EDS 652 GTC Foundations of Special Education - Study of the characteristics of exceptional students. Research-based effective instructional processes needed to provide the most appropriate education for meeting the needs of exceptional students in the least restrictive environment will be emphasized.
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EDS 680 Special Topics in Special Education - Study of selected topics in education. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDS 685 Practicum/Graduate Field Experience - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for teaching or administration majors. Each practicum shall be no less than the minimum requirements set forth by state and accrediting agencies, and must be with approval by the appropriate program personnel. All practica will require seminars. Not to be used for initial certification. Three and six credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDS 685 A Emotional Impairment -
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EDS 685 B Cognitive Impairment -
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EDS 685 C Learning Disabilities -
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EDS 685 D Early Childhood Developmental Delay - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for teaching majors. Each practicum shall be no less than the minimum requirements set forth by state and accrediting agencies, and must be with approval by the appropriate program personnel. All practica will require seminars. Three and six credits. Offered at least once a year.
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EDS 699 Independent Study in Special Education - Individual study of a theoretical or applied problem in education. Offered fall, winter, and summer semesters. Prerequisites: Consent of advisor and demonstrated ability to pursue special study or investigation proposed.

EDT 618 Introduction to Computers in Education - For teachers with little computing experience. This course provides an introduction to the use of computers in educational settings, including hands-on use of productivity and communication software. Students who submit a portfolio demonstrating mastery may take an elective technology-related course instead. Offered every semester.
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EDT 619 Curricular Integration of Ed Technology - Focusing on issues related to integrating educational technology into existing curricula, this course provides extensive experiences using the Internet and other resources for subject matter teaching and learning. Students will investigate learning theory and exemplary uses of technology in teaching and learning in educational settings.
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EDT 620 Evaluating and Applying Instructional Media - This course focuses on the evaluation, selection, and use of instructional media and online instructional resources in classroom teaching and learning. Exposure to a variety of educational software applications, as well as resources on the Internet, with a focus on the processes and products of design, evaluation, and implementation of technology-based learning environments. Offered fall semester.
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EDT 621 Topics in Educational Technologies - Advanced study of issues related to school-wide adoption of technology and the impact on teachers, administrators, and others involved in K-12 education. This course covers a broad range of topics, including theories of learning, ethical uses of technology, funding for technology, information literacy and ubiquitous computing. Prerequisites: at least 12 graduate credits
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EDT 626 Assessment/Evaluation with Ed Technology - The use of educational technology provides opportunities for new forms of assessment and evaluation for student learning. This course focuses on models of educational assessment, strategies for assessment of learning in technology-based environments, uses of technology to support diversity and assessment, alternative forms of assessment made possible with technology supporting student needs. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: EDT 619.
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EDT 627 Technology Integration for Secondary Teachers - Focusing on issues related to integrating educational technology into secondary curricula, this course provides extensive experiences using the Internet and other resources for subject matter teaching and learning. Students will investigate exemplary uses of technology in teaching and learning in educational settings; learn how to develop and teach online courses; and support subject area learning with available technology.
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EDT 628 Digital Video for Instruction - Explores the role of digital video, including video streaming, in teaching and learning. Examines research on educational applications of video, including multimedia, and provides opportunities for students to develop and integrate digital video products into teaching and learning activities. Offered fall semester.
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EDT 629 Online Instructional Design/Development - This course is designed to provide educators with the ability to create instructional content on the Internet, paying attention to issues salient for instruction. These issues include theory and research in the area of web-based instruction, online pedagogical design and development, web design, and use of web-based learning environments (like BlackBoard). Offered winter semester.
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EDT 634 Planning/Managing Educational Technology - Students will examine the adoption and integration of educational technology from the standpoint of decision making, planning, and administration. Drawing on the published literature on educational uses of technology, and adoption of innovation models, the course covers issues related to planning for and managing these technologies in K-12 and higher education settings.
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EDT 635 Instructional Systems Design - Comprehensive examination of the process of instructional systems design, aimed at designing effective technology-mediated instruction following a systematic process and adopting a systemic perspective. Offered every semester.

EDT 636 Assessment of Online Learning - This course focuses on standards and benchmarks for quality online/hybrid instruction, strategies for assessment of learning in web-based learning environments, uses of digital media to support diversity and assessment, and evaluation of student learning. Prerequisites: EDT 629, EDT 635, EDT 685

EDT 680 Special Topics in Technology - Study of selected topics in education. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDT 684 Field Experience - Educational Technology - Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for graduate students. Each field-based experience must be completed with approval by the appropriate faculty advisor. All practica will require participation in online seminar sessions. Prerequisites: EDT 635

EDT 699 Independent Study in Technology - Individual study of a theoretical or applied problem in education. Offered fall, winter, and summer semesters. Prerequisites: Consent of advisor and demonstrated ability to pursue special study or investigation proposed.

ENG 631 Teaching Writing - A study of current writing theory and its implication for teaching writing. Includes application of theory in classroom teaching and work on the student’s own writing. Offered at least once a year. Prerequisites: Completion of English major or minor or consent of instructor.

SCI 610 Graduate Research Seminar - Preparation for research experience: maintaining a proper laboratory notebook, conducting effective searches of the science literature, reading and interpreting science research papers.  Introduction to the various types of science research projects available for summer research. Offered winter semesters.

SCI 611 Research for Teachers - Teachers work with a faculty research mentor while conducting science research.  Engaging in science research allows teachers to improve their understanding of scientific inquiry and further develop their science content knowledge.  Teachers will present their research results, either at GVSU or at a local or national meeting.  Prerequisite: SCI 610. Corequisite: SCI 612. Offered summer semesters.

SCI 612 Applications of Research to Teaching - Teachers meet with a science education faculty and fellow teachers to discuss their science research projects.  Teachers will deepen their understanding of scientific inquiry through reflection and discussion, and will begin to develop strategies for applying inquiry methods to their classrooms. Prerequisite: SCI 610. Corequisite: SCI 611. Offered summer semesters.

SCI 621 Education Research in Science - Teachers learn science education and action research methods designed to improve student learning in the secondary and middle school science classroom.  Topics include science education literature, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and ethical considerations. Prerequisites: SCI 611, SCI 612. Offered winter semesters.

SCI 631 Inquiry Curriculum Development - Teachers will design and pilot inquiry-based activities to be implemented in their own classrooms. Prerequisite: SCI 621. Offered summer semesters.

SCI 632 Inquiry Colloquium - Teachers are required to implement and evaluate inquiry-based activities in their own classrooms.  Teachers must register each semester while implementing and evaluating their inquiry activities.  Participation in two semesters of SCI 632 is required for one credit. Prerequisite: SCI 631. Offered fall semesters.

SCI 633 Applications of Science Education - Application of science research and curriculum development to action research project. Consultations with a science education advisor required to assist in interpretation and analysis of classroom data collected during action research project.  Prerequisite: SCI 632. Offered summer semesters.