Master of Arts in Education

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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Courses

(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)


EDU 5101 Learning Theory
This course focuses on human learning theory and systems. It explores historical and theoretical views of human learning throughout the developmental lifecycle. Students will address the factors that contribute to individual differences in learning. Students will investigate the major theories concerning the learning process and explore the implications. Students will analyze and apply research in the field through a combination of critical discussions, case studies, journaling, interviews, and written assignments.

EDU 5200 Law, Ethics, & Equity in Education
This course addresses the ethical and legal issues confronting the practicing educator. Students learn and apply principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of educational practice specified by state and federal laws. Special focus is placed on equity and rules governing educational institutions and systems.

EDU 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students will better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors. Equivalent to PSY 6499.

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies. Equivalent to ORG 6405.

EDU 5260 Issues & Trends in Teaching & Learning
This course addresses the shift from the pedagogy of instructor-led, classroom-based instruction to just-in-time, project-based, collaborative learning. It addresses technology integration, the acceleration of knowledge creation, the changing definition of school, and the shift in authority from the institution to the learning community. The course addresses the issues of accountability, equity, access, privacy, fair use, and protection of children.

EDU 5280 Emerging Trends in Technology & Distributed Learning
In contrast to classroom-based learning, the use of mobile, hybrid, and online platforms are emerging as important forces in teaching and training in both education and industry. Students will explore emerging technologies that support student learning, accessibility, and social learning.

EDU 6205 Foundations of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
Students in this course will investigate case studies of actual situations involving curriculum, instruction, and assessment in higher education institutions. They will develop a broad perspective of this discipline by critically analyzing the literature and conducting educational research. Students will utilize reflective strategies to analyze and improve professional practice, identify relevant factors in the design of a curriculum, and assess an existing curriculum for their educational setting.

EDU 6215 Curriculum Design & Implementation
Students will gain the skills and knowledge needed to apply adult and other learning theories, pedagogical models, and frameworks to current issues in higher education curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This will be accomplished by designing an original sample curriculum, and an implementation and evaluation plan. Students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical learning to a real-world setting. They will utilize varied instructional design strategies and incorporate innovative technologies into their curriculum, implementation, and evaluation plan with the goal of enhancing their own students' learning. Finally, students will integrate effective leadership principles to ensure stakeholder engagement.

EDU 6235 Strategies for Assessment & Evaluation
Students will examine formative and summative assessment, and direct and indirect evaluation methods to assess student learning and evaluate the effectiveness of education programs. Leading research and emergent trends for assessment, accountability, and outcomes evaluation will be examined.

EDU 6249 Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment Capstone*
This Capstone is a project-based course where students will identify and analyze interconnections between curriculum, instruction, assessment, and emerging technologies. Students will integrate and broaden their understandings of historical, theoretical, and philosophical foundations of adult learning. As preparation for leadership in diverse educational settings, students will also develop models or frameworks to effect change in practice and policy.

Total Credits 30

* This course may not be transferred in.

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