Degrees & Courses

Course List

Introduction to Teacher Educ I
EDUC  0100 1.00 Credit Hours
An orientation to teacher education required for freshmen who select elementary or secondary education as their major field. Intended to help clarify decisions about education as a major and career choice. Concepts covered include: teaching as a career, teacher preparation, employment prospects, educational funding, and technology in education.
Intro to Teacher Educ II
EDUC  0200 1.00 Credit Hours
An extension of EDUC 100. Classroom experiences emphasized as well as the conditions for teaching. A 15 clock hour, field-based component is included.
Foundations Educ a Global Soc
EDUC  0280 3.00 Credit Hours
An introduction to and orientation class for all Teacher Education Programs and is required for all teacher education majors. As an International Core Curriculum course, it examines and compares the policies and practices of educational systems in countries throughout the world with those in the United States, to develop an understanding and appreciation of the historical, philosophical, political, and financial aspects of education in a pluralistic, diverse society. A 32 clock hour field based component of American diversity in Southwest Missouri is included. Requires background check. Prerequisites: ENG 101 & ENG 102 or ENG 111.
Technology in Education
EDUC  0301 3.00 Credit Hours
A study designed to explore the role of technology in education with a special emphasis on technology as a tool in teaching and learning. The course will also examine a variety of technologies as well as strategies for the integration of these technologies into instruction. Specific technologies addressed will be subject to change as technology and its application to education continue to evolve. Prerequisite: Must be taken prior to or concurrently with the Junior Block. Required of all teacher education majors.
The Exceptional Child
EDUC  0302 2.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed for 5-9 Middle School, K-12 Physical Education, and 9-12 Secondary students and will include a series of awareness experiences dealing with the added complexities an exceptional student presents to a regular classroom teacher. This course emphasizes methods of meeting the diverse educational needs of today’s secondary students through techniques of teaching, unit construction and daily planning. The content includes characteristics of the exceptional student, resources in the community, and legislation that determines policy for schools. Prerequisite: Psy 100, take prior to or concurrent with Junior Block classes.
The Exceptional Student
EDUC  0304 3.00 Credit Hours
Designed for 1-6 Elementary, 5-9 Middle School and K-12 Art, Music, Foreign Language, ECE, TESOL and Special Education majors. A series of awareness experiences dealing with the added complexities an exceptional child presents to K-12 regular and special education teachers. This course emphasizes methods of meeting the diverse educational needs of today’s K-12 students through techniques of teaching, unit construction and daily planning. Includes characteristics of the exceptional child, resources in the community and legislation which determines school policy. Prerequisite: PSY 100; take prior to or concurrent with Junior Block classes.
Science in the Elem. School
EDUC  0311 3.00 Credit Hours
Designed to help students (1) comprehend the basic notion of science and how children go about learning science, (2) develop materials suitable for demonstration, discovery, and inquiry lessons and (3) develop the instructional skills necessary to achieve the first two goals. Prerequisites: Courses in biological and physical sciences and completion of Junior Block.
Teaching Math in the Elem Sch
EDUC  0312 3.00 Credit Hours
Application of principles of learning and techniques of presentation. Techniques for diagnosis and remediation are treated as they relate to the elementary classroom. Includes a practicum at an area school. Prerequisite: MATH 119 and completion of Junior Block.
Fnd Issue Trnd Early Child Ed
EDUC  0316 3.00 Credit Hours
A survey course designed to acquaint the prospective teacher of young children with the historical, philosophical, psychological, and social foundations of early childhood education; current trends and issues associated with early childhood programming; consequent role expectations of prospective teachers, and field experiences with programs for young children with diverse needs. Prerequisite: Junior standing or instructor permission.
Early Child Curriculum & Learn
EDUC  0318 3.00 Credit Hours
Fundamentals of curriculum and learning for young children with special emphasis on: developing literacy and positive relationships and supportive interactions; using effective approaches, strategies, and tools; understanding the importance, central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines; and incorporating resources to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive outcomes for young children. Prerequisites: Junior Block and EDUC 316. Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 319.
Pract I Early Childhood Educ
EDUC  0319 2.00 Credit Hours
Supervised teaching of three to five-year-olds in the MSSU Child Development Center for a minimum of 64 clock hours. Candidates will design and implement the following: small group, large group, and individual learning experiences, develop appropriate materials for children's use, and practice appropriate teaching and guidance strategies for young children. Prerequisite: Junior Block and EDUC 316. Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 318.
Microteaching
EDUC  0321 2.00 Credit Hours
A required part of EDUC 329. Short teaching episodes are prepared, taught, and analyzed via video-tape. The basic concern is with the demonstration of effective teaching skills as enumerated in the outline. Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 329 and EDUC 423. Tentative admission to Teacher Education.
Teaching Soc Studies in Elem
EDUC  0322 3.00 Credit Hours
An introduction to the instructional materials and methods of teaching social studies in the elementary. Prerequisite: Junior Block.
Build Fam & Community Relation
EDUC  0323 3.00 Credit Hours
To acquaint the teacher candidate with (1) the complex characteristics and concerns of children's families and their communities; (2) ways to support, empower, and link families with key community resources appropriate for specific purposes; (3) strategies to involve families and communities in their children's development and learning through respectful, reciprocal relationships. Lecture, field trips, and field experiences. Prerequisite: Junior standing or instructor permission.
Pedagog Thry Mthd & Practices
EDUC  0329 4.00 Credit Hours
Examines the theoretical basis for the decision making model of the teacher education program. Provides the methodological basis for making pedagogical decisions concerning lesson design, identification of learning styles, and assessment techniques. Microteaching provides an opportunity to practice methods and techniques for teaching. Thirty-two hours of junior internship in the elementary, middle, and secondary school classroom provides an opportunity to refine theory into practical applications. Must be taken concurrently with Educ 321 and Educ 423. Tentative admission into Teacher Education. Prerequisite: Educ 280.
Industrial Technology Methods
EDUC  0330 3.00 Credit Hours
This is a required teacher education course, which is an introduction to the instructional planning, materials, philosophy, rationale, and methods of teaching Industrial Technology. Prerequisite(s): Recommend concurrent enrollment with Junior Block. Must be taken prior to professional education semester.
Tch English Lang Arts Sec Sch
EDUC  0332 3.00 Credit Hours
Provides an introduction to the instructional materials and methods of teaching English and language arts in the Secondary School. Prerequisite(s): Recommend concurrent enrollment with Junior Block. Must be taken prior to professional education semester.
Teaching Science Secondary Sch
EDUC  0333 3.00 Credit Hours
An introduction to the instructional materials and methods of teaching science. Prerequisite(s): Recommend concurrent enrollment with Junior Block. Must be taken prior to professional education semester.
Tchng Social Studies MS & HS
EDUC  0334 3.00 Credit Hours
A required education course which is an introduction to the instructional planning, materials, philosophy, rationale and methods of teaching Social Studies. Prerequisites(s): Recommend concurrent enrollment with Junior Block. Must be taken prior to the professional education semester.
Teaching Music Secondary Sch
EDUC  0335 2.00 Credit Hours
An introduction to the instructional planning, materials, and methods of teaching music. Prerequisite(s): Recommend concurrent enrollment with Junior Block. Must be taken prior to professional education semester.
Teach Business Secondary Sch
EDUC  0336 3.00 Credit Hours
Prepares students as teachers of business and marketing education by assisting in the development of instructional methods and techniques for facilitating student-oriented learning. For business education majors only. Taught online cooperatively with Northwest Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri, and Southeast Missouri State University. Must see Business Education advisor before enrolling.
Teaching Math Secondary School
EDUC  0339 3.00 Credit Hours
An introduction to the instructional planning, materials, and methods of teaching mathematics. Includes brief survey of the history of algebra and trigonometry. Prerequisite(s): Recommend concurrent enrollment with Junior Block. Must be taken prior to professional education semester.
Language Arts
EDUC  0340 2.00 Credit Hours
A foundations course for the development of understanding the attitudes necessary to teach written and oral communication at the elementary and middle school level. Must be taken concurrently with Junior Block.
Develop. Reading: Elementary
EDUC  0342 3.00 Credit Hours
Explore, study, and apply a variety of reading strategies that provide understanding of effective, current text-based and experience-based teaching practices; review and compile information from journals/literature which includes research, ideas, trends, methods, and experiences relevant to developmental reading; evaluate various reading approaches and programs; construct reading enrichment materials; and develop an attitude that will positively affect the self-concept of children with diverse learning styles, abilities, backgrounds, and attitudes as they learn to read. Includes practicum. Prerequisite: Junior Block.
Content Area Lit: Elementary
EDUC  0343 3.00 Credit Hours
Expand and extend the knowledge base acquired from Introduction to Developmental Reading; explore, study, apply, and assimilate new learning about effective reading/study-skill strategies appropriate to the development and needs of the elementary-school population; design and construct enrichment materials to enhance reading in the content areas; develop knowledge on assessing elementary students ' needs, plan instruction based on those needs, and select appropriate and effective reading/study-skills instruction strategies; and focus on the importance of recreational reading as a lifetime habit. Prerequisite: EDUC 342 (Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 470.)
Teach Speech & Theatre Sec Sch
EDUC  0344 2.00 Credit Hours
Techniques, methods, and course content used in teaching speech and theatre. Prerequisite(s): Recommend concurrent enrollment with Junior Block. Must be taken prior to professional education semester.
Cons:Teach Foreign Lang PK-12
EDUC  0345 3.00 Credit Hours
An introduction to the instructional materials and the methodology used in the teaching of foreign languages in PK-12. Prerequisite(s): Recommend concurrent enrollment with Junior Block. Must be taken prior to professional education semester.
Transition Services
EDUC  0348 2.00 Credit Hours
A coordinated set of activities for a student designed within an out-come-oriented process that promotes movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation. Study of coordinated activities, including instruction, community experiences, employment, and other post school adult living objectives. Prerequisite: EDUC 304. May be taken concurrently with or after the Junior Block.
Theory Teach English Sec Lang
EDUC  0380 3.00 Credit Hours
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and processes of first and second language acquisition. A systematic overview of factors that affect an individual's ability to acquire a new language both during childhood and later in life. Special emphasis is on acquiring English as a second language in instructed settings. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Teach a Multicultural Society
EDUC  0381 3.00 Credit Hours
The foundations of multicultural education along with approaches to multicultural education and teaching strategies applicable to all ages, grades, and subjects. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Introduction to TESOL
EDUC  0385 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is an overview of what Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) entails. It is divided into five components: a. Methods and resources for teaching English as a second/foreign language, b. Language acquisition development, c. The structure of the English language, d. Assessing language learning, and e. The role of culture in learning a second/foreign language. Prerequisite: Junior status or course instructor's permission.
Grammar for Pedagogic Purposes
EDUC  0387 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to introduce the in-service and pre-service teachers to the different dimensions of grammar, and the use of these dimensions in their teaching practice to help their students develop a working knowledge of the English grammar. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Hist & Phil Perspect Educ
EDUC  0402 2.00 Credit Hours
Analysis of the historical, philosophical, political and sociological aspects of education and their impact on professional educators today. Emphasis is on the development of the American education system from the colonial period and the acquisition of educational belief systems. Prerequisite(s): Recommend concurrent enrollment with Junior Block. Must be taken prior to the professional education semester.
Mthd Tch Stnts Mental Hndicap
EDUC  0403 3.00 Credit Hours
Designed to help the prospective or in-service teacher understand mental retardation and how to work effectively with students with mental retardation. Includes appropriate curriculum, individualized program development, and teaching strategies. Prerequisite: EDUC 304 & Junior Block.
Mthds Teach Std w/ Learn Disab
EDUC  0404 3.00 Credit Hours
Designed for the prospective or in-service teacher of students with learning disabilities: diagnosis, evaluation, programming, instructional approaches, instructional strategies, and materials. Prerequisite: EDUC 304 and Junior Block.
Mthds Tchng Stu Emtnl, Bhvrl
EDUC  0405 3.00 Credit Hours
Establishes a teaching rationale utilizing an individualized teaching strategy which enables the student with severe emotional and behavioral disorders to profit more fully from school experiences. Prerequisite: EDUC 304 and Junior Block.
Overcoming Math Anxiety
EDUC  0407 2.00 Credit Hours
Designed to help students overcome their personal mathematics anxiety, this course will also teach students how to stop the math anxiety cycle for their prospective elementary school students. Using a variety of intervention strategies and instruction in elementary education mathematics and mathematics education pedagogy, the course will enable students to help reduce, prevent, and eliminate fear and avoidance of mathematics in future generations of students. Prerequisite: MATH 119.
Asmt & Pract Early Childhood
EDUC  0408 4.00 Credit Hours
An in-depth study of standardized early childhood screening instruments, informal observation techniques, and current assessment strategies will be provided along with supervised administration, scoring, and interpretation of standardized screening instruments. Course requires three hours of lecture and two clock-hours of practicum per week to practice systematic informal observation techniques and administer screening instruments, culminating in a written case study report. Prerequisites: EDUC 316, EDUC 318, and EDUC 319 or instructor permission.
Tch Mild/Mod Cat Clsrm K12
EDUC  0410 3.00 Credit Hours
A methods course designed to give students numerous examples of curricular and instructional methodologies in the teaching of elementary and secondary students with mild disabilities in cross-categorical classrooms. Methodologies for students with learning disabilities, mental handicaps, behavior disorders, physical disabilities, and other health impairments are discussed. Prerequisite: EDUC 304 and Junior Block.
Mdl Sch Jun High Phil Org Curr
EDUC  0412 2.00 Credit Hours
Effective teaching and learning strategies for the Middle School and Junior High students, including comprehension of the developmental and academic needs of students. Designed for teacher education majors seeking middle school certification (Grades 5-9) and for others interested in upper elementary grades and curriculum and instruction. A 10 clock hour practicum is included. Prerequisite: Junior Block.
Mthd Teach Students Mdle Grade
EDUC  0413 2.00 Credit Hours
Exploration of middle school developmentally appropriate instructional planning, materials, evaluation, and reporting of pupil progress. Student communication and personal development are stressed through exploratory programs and the balance of teaching and learning styles. Inquiry, problem solving, and discovery methods used to show the importance of content knowledge and its application to decision making. Emphasis on the importance of interdisciplinary units of instruction to acculturate students. Designed for teacher education majors seeking middle school certification (Grades 5-9) and for others interested in upper elementary grades and curriculum and instruction. A 10 clock hour practicum is included. Prerequisite: Junior Block, EDUC 412 or recommended to be taken concurrently. Must be taken prior to professional education semester.
Introduction to Counseling
EDUC  0420 3.00 Credit Hours
Survey course exploring the role and function of counseling, including theories, techniques, legal issues, ethical issues, diversity, and current issues and trends. Designed as an overview for the classroom teacher and the special educator for use with students and parents: Prerequisite. EDUC 302 or 304. Must be taken after to or concurrently with the Junior Block.
Content Area Lit I: Sec/MS
EDUC  0422 3.00 Credit Hours
Secondary and Middle School education majors will explore and apply a variety of research-based and classroom-tested teaching strategies and learning activities designed to integrate a holistic approach to content area literacy. Students will practice strategies for integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening into all content area classrooms. Students will utilize scaffolding tools to make content area reading more manageable and meaningful including before, during, and after-reading strategies; vocabulary development; content-specific reading approaches; and text-based analysis. Students will practice differentiating content area literacy strategies for students with disabilities and students learning English as a second language. The course may be taken concurrently with Junior Block.
Classroom Management
EDUC  0423 2.00 Credit Hours
Classroom Management teaches an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning, positive social interaction, and self-motivation. Current theory will be investigated to devise strategies for a proactive approach to managing student behavior, immediate responses to classroom situations, and long-term maintenance of a positive learning environment. To be taken concurrently with EDUC 329 and EDUC 321.
Content Area Lit II: Sec / MS
EDUC  0424 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is a continuation of EDUC 422, Content Area Literacy I. Secondary and Middle School education majors will explore and apply a variety of research-based and classroom-tested teaching/learning strategies designed to integrate a holistic approach to content area literacy. Students will be able to identify and apply College and Career Ready Anchor Standards in reading, writing, speaking, and listening and identify and apply literacy standards for grades 6-12. Students will also identify teaching strategies and learning activities that utilize high level comprehension skills. Students will also be able to identify and describe specific challenges related to reading in each content area and identify appropriate alternate reading options and instructional interventions for students with reading deficits. Students will also apply practices for assessing reader comprehension and using data to match students with appropriate texts. Prerequisite: EDUC 0422
Lang Devp Exceptional Children
EDUC  0430 3.00 Credit Hours
Required for certification in special education. Basic structures of language, normal sequence of language acquisition, and characteristics of language disabilities. Strategies suggested for both assessing and remediating language delays or disorders. Prerequisite: EDUC 304. May be taken concurrently with or after Junior Block.
Critical Issues in Education
EDUC  0432 2.00 Credit Hours
This course will concentrate on the exploration of current school problems with special regard to the following three categories: Law and Ethical Issues related to jurisprudence, legislation, and values; Classroom Management including dispositions for teachers and relationships with administration, pupils, parents, and the community; and Differentiation of Instruction to manage behavior and to accommodate the needs of learners in twenty-first century classrooms. The course includes field-based work and is part of the student teaching semester. Part of Professional Semester.
Intl Student Teach Seminar I
EDUC  0440 1.00 Credit Hours
Offered to students selected to participate in the International Student Teaching Program. One credit hour of course work will be completed during the Fall Semester and one credit hour of course work will be completed during the Spring Semester. Class discussion will focus on the (given) culture, the applicable educational systems as they relate to the development of the American educational system, and current educational trends in both countries. Specifically, the history, structure, and pedagogical practices of both countries will be examined in a comparative education format. Specific travel requirements such as passports, insurance, and cultural adaptation will be addressed. The culminating activity is the successful completion of student teaching abroad. Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to selected program participants.
Intl Student Teach Seminar II
EDUC  0441 1.00 Credit Hours
Offered to students selected to participate in the International Student Teaching Program. One credit hour of course work will be completed during the Fall Semester and one credit hour of course work will be completed during the Spring Semester. Class discussion will focus on the (given) culture, the applicable educational systems as they relate to the development of the American educational system, and current educational trends in both countries. Specifically, the history, structure, and pedagogical practices of both countries will be examined in a comparative education format. Specific travel requirements such as passports, insurance, and cultural adaptation will be addressed. The culminating activity is the successful completion of student teaching abroad. Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to selected program participants.
Student Teaching - Elementary
EDUC  0442 10.00 Credit Hours
Supervised participation on the elementary level in an assigned off-campus school site. The elementary student teaching experience requires the student teacher to demonstrate his/her ability to be an entry-level, effective decision making teacher. Arrangements for placement are to be made in the semester preceding the actual student teaching block. Prerequisites: Please see Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching.
Student Teach - Special Educ
EDUC  0444 10.00 Credit Hours
Supervised teaching in a special education setting in an assigned off-campus site. Course assignments require students to demonstrate their ability to be entry-level effective decision making teachers. Arrangements for placement are to be made in the semester preceding the actual student teaching block. The student will be required to divide the experience into two equal segments - elementary and secondary. Assignment to the sites is determined by the special education practicum assignment. Prerequisites: Please see Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching.
Practicum in Special Education
EDUC  0446 2.00 Credit Hours
Clinical experience in special education settings with students who have mild/moderate disabilities. This experience will occur in one of the following classroom settings: cross-categorical, learning disabled, mentally handicapped, or behavior disordered. Includes both time in special education classes and on-campus seminar sessions. Prerequisites: EDUC 304 and 3 credit hours of special education methods.
Student Teaching - Middle Sch
EDUC  0452 10.00 Credit Hours
Supervised teaching on the middle school level in an assigned off-campus school site. The middle school teaching experience requires the student teacher to demonstrate his/her ability to be an entry-level, effective decision making teacher. Arrangements for placement are to be made in the semester preceding the actual student teaching block. Prerequisites: Please see requirements for Admission to Student Teaching.
Student Teaching-Secondary
EDUC  0462 10.00 Credit Hours
Supervised teaching on the secondary level in an assigned off-cam-pus school site. The secondary school teaching experience requires the student teacher to demonstrate his/her ability to be an entry-level, effective decision making teacher. Arrangements for placements are to be made in the semester preceding the actual student teaching block. Prerequisites: Please see requirements for Admission to Student Teaching.
Student Teaching -(K-12)
EDUC  0464 10.00 Credit Hours
Supervised teaching on the secondary and elementary levels in assigned off-campus school sites. The PK-12 teaching experience requires the student teacher to demonstrate his/her ability to be an entry-level, effective decision making teacher. The student will be required to divide the experience into two equal segments - elementary and secondary. Arrangements for placement are to be made in the semester preceding the actual student teaching block. Prerequisites: Please see requirements for Admission to Student Teaching.
Assessments Rdng Instruction
EDUC  0470 3.00 Credit Hours
This class prepares the beginning reading teacher and the regular classroom teacher to accurately assess reading interests, strengths and weaknesses of their students. Emphasis is focused upon using assessments as the vehicle to drive developmentally appropriate instruction. Class requires administering informal literacy assessments and planning instruction based on the results of the assessments. Prerequisites: EDUC 340, Junior Block, and EDUC 342, must be taken concurrently with EDUC 343.
Pract Diagnosis Read Difficult
EDUC  0471 3.00 Credit Hours
Practice in administering, interpreting, and reporting diagnostic test results of reading assessments. Emphasis on developmentally appropriate instruction based on testing results. Requires working with a reading disabled student and may involve off campus travel. Prerequisites: EDUC 342 or EDUC 422, EDUC 343, EDUC 474. May be taken concurrently with EDUC 470.
Educal-Psych Test Special Educ
EDUC  0474 3.00 Credit Hours
Comprehensive study of the various psycho-educational assessment techniques for diagnosis of learning problems of exceptional children, including educational, intelligence, and psychomotor. Emphasis on translating assessment data to remedial programs. Prerequisites: EDUC 304, PSY 310, and Junior Block.
Methods & Techniques for TESOL
EDUC  0480 3.00 Credit Hours
Current program designs for teaching English language learners with a focus on English as a second language and sheltered immersion. Recent methodologies in language teaching, such as task-based and content-based instruction. Effective techniques for developing language skills, curriculum development, lesson planning, needs and task analysis. (May be taken concurrently with or after Junior Block).
Material Devp & Asmt for TESOL
EDUC  0481 3.00 Credit Hours
Considerations for evaluating, selecting, and adapting materials for the development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. The use of a variety of assessment methodologies to guide instruction and practice, evaluate language proficiency, and measure learner progress, especially in the context of content-based English language instruction. Prerequisite: Junior Block.
Pract Tch Eng Spkr Other Langs
EDUC  0482 3.00 Credit Hours
The application of TESOL coursework supervised by the TESOL faculty. Training in the sheltered instruction observation protocol (SIOP) with particular attention given to implementing language objectives. Supervised practical classroom experience. Prerequisites: EDUC 380, EDUC 381, EDUC 480, and EDUC 481, and Junior Block.
Comparative Educ & Cultures
EDUC  0483 2.00 Credit Hours
One credit hour of course work will be completed on campus prior to and following the field experience. Class lectures will focus on the culture and educational systems of designated countries as they relate to the development of the American education system and current educational trends in the various applicable cultures. One additional credit hour of the course will be gained from the field experience component. Travel in cultures studied will include visits in schools with interviews arranged to meet the certification profile of class participants.
Seminar in Science Education
EDUC  0484 1.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to explore science and science education related to topics not currently in the required teacher education curriculum. Offerings will vary by term to meet the needs of students and availability of faculty. Prerequisite: Completion of Junior Block and permission of instructor.
Seminar in Problems Educ
EDUC  0498 1.00 Credit Hours
A weekly seminar for upper division majors. Credit hours determined by the department each semester. Covers specialized knowledge and/or current research in the discipline. Topics vary by semester and situation. Prerequisites: Advanced standing and consent of department head.
Independent Study
EDUC  0499 1.00 Credit Hours
Structured by the adviser with approval of department head. Prerequisites: Advanced standing in the major field and approval of adviser and department head.
Current Issues
EDUC  0601 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to help educators become more aware of current issues and topics related to education. Topics will be studied within both historical and current contexts. The goal is to provide educators strategies to succeed in their teaching environments. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program and advisor approval.
Educational Technology
EDUC  0605 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide an overview of various technologies designed to promote student learning. The goal is to provide information on how to use technology in areas such as differentiation, assessment, and student and teacher productivity. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program and advisor approval.
Multiculturalism in Education
EDUC  0610 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide strategies for creating an inclusive classroom environment. The goal is to provide information about effective methods of inclusion and instruction for all students including those who have diversity of ability, culture, language, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or family constellation. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program and advisor approval.
Managing Classroom Environment
EDUC  0615 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide seasoned teachers an opportunity to assess their classroom management style with a focus on improving performance. The goal is to explore common classroom management issues and provide information on multiple management strategies. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program and advisor approval.
Advanced Learning Theories
EDUC  0620 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to inform students about the major theorists who have contributed to the study of learning. The goals are to examine how contemporary learning theories evolved from historical perspectives and to identify a personal philosophy of teaching and learning. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program and advisor approval.
Literacy Instruction
EDUC  0625 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide an overview of the key factors influencing student literacy including motivation and metacognitive awareness. The goal is to provide strategies for whole group and differentiated literacy and to create a classroom literacy plan. Prerequisites: Admission to MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program and advisor approval.
Assessment of Student Learning
EDUC  0630 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is an overview of the current research, theory, and practice related to assessment and student learning. The goal is to assist students in seeing the relationship between research and practice and to provide a framework to use when making decisions about assessment methods and instructional strategies. Prerequisites: acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program and advisor approval.
School Law
EDUC  0635 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is a survey of the laws and policies that govern P-12 education and their theoretical foundations. The goal is to provide information about how federal and state law drives P-12 policy and funding and the common legal issues that arise. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program and advisor approval.
Curriculum Construction
EDUC  0640 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide information related to current P-12 curriculum development. The goal is for students to apply information from prior courses (technology, inclusion, differentiation, assessment, and learning theory) and current state and federal standards to construct relevant curriculum for a specific grade or content area. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program, EDUC 620 and 630, and advisor approval.
Improvement of Instruction
EDUC  0645 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide seasoned teachers an opportunity to assess their teaching styles and strategies with a focus on improving performance and becoming an instructional leader. The goal is for students to integrate multiple data sources and information from prior courses (technology, inclusion, differentiation, assessment, and learning theory) in their improvement plans. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program, EDUC 620 and 630, and advisor approval.
Research Design
EDUC  0650 3.00 Credit Hours
This course is an overview of the various methods used in conducting educational research. The goals are to provide information about qualitative, quantitative, and action research methods and give examples of how each is used in P-12 educational settings. Students will design an action research project that could be used in their educational environment. Students will also examine concepts such as establishing reliability and validity and research ethics. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction and advisor approval.
Teacher Leadership
EDUC  0660 3.00 Credit Hours
In this course, students will identify characteristics of the effective teacher leader and examine issues such as leadership styles, facilitation, reflection, and problem solving. Students will also analyze their role as a current/potential leader and suggest a plan for maximizing their potential. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the MSSU Masters of Curriculum and Instruction Program and advisor approval.