EDU 531 Contemporary Issues in Education
This course will explore current and relevant educational issues that possess interconnections with politics, history, ideology, curriculum, and social practice. The primary focus of the course will be on examining the major opposing viewpoints on the issues in American schools of today and to gain basic understanding of legal issues in education. Through the integration of knowledge, the course prepares educators to critically examine various schools of philosophical thought, legal issues, and political issues, analyze existing programs to improve school effectiveness, and review research-based best practices for effective educational outcomes.
EDU 532 Education Perspectives in a Diverse Society
This course prepares students to deal with the conceptual, theoretical, political, and philosophical issues in multicultural education. It has been designed to clarify issues related to pluralistic education, adopt a philosophical position, design and implement effective teaching strategies that reflect ethnic and cultural diversity, and prepare sound guidelines for multicultural programs and practices. In this course, diversity refers to all ways in which people differ, including that of socio-economic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious practices, and other differences.
EDU 535 Standards Aligned Systems
(for PA teachers with Level I certification – in lieu of EDU 532) This course is a comprehensive approach to support student achievement across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. SAS involves the understanding and integrated use of six areas including: PA and Common Core standards, fair assessment, curriculum framework, aligned instruction, materials and resources, and interventions. Course goals and content include: understanding the national movement for core academic standards, understanding Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned System (SAS), understanding the research base underlying the 6 components (delineated above), use of diagnostics and formative assessment, use of PA’s Ed Portal as an ongoing job-embedded resource for educators, and Development and conduction of a professional development activity or awareness session in the educator’s own school district on PA’s SAS and curriculum frameworks.
EDU 553 Technology Integration for the Classroom
In this course, M.Ed. Program candidates will explore ways to integrate educational technologies that complement solid instructional design in order to enhance student learning. This course will include an overview of technological resources used today in educational contexts. Program candidates will complete an inventory of their own classrooms and schools that emphasize technological resources such as hardware, software and internet use. International, National and State teacher and student standards, categories and profiles will be emphasized. Curriculum components such as individual lesson plans and unit plans currently taught will be examined for ways to include various educational technologies. Data driven teacher decision-making and accountability will also be addressed. Candidates will develop written and verbal rationales for the use of technologically rich instruction to better become advocates of educational technology use.
EDU 554 Formal and Informal Classroom Assessment
This course examines philosophical conceptions of curriculum, educational assessment, and principles of planning instruction. Students will construct assessment tools for the evaluation of student progress, teaching effectiveness, and curriculum alignment. Additionally, students will investigate state testing, interpretation, and the meaningful use of results.