Core Curriculum & Instruction Course Descriptions

EDU 513 Curriculum Development and Renewal

Through the study of the basic principles of curriculum development, educators and curriculum leaders are provided with knowledge, skills, and experiences to be actively involved in multiple facets of curriculum development, including planning, design, developmental processes and approaches, implementation, evaluation, and improvement/change. Development of curriculum will systemically address technology integration, evidenced-based practices, innovative and collaborative learning experiences, and the impact of social, political, psychological, and economic factors.

EDR 601 Methodology of Research

Requires students to identify a research problem, develop a design for the study and write a research proposal. Provides opportunities to evaluate and interpret research literature.

EDU 605 Action Research Practicum in Curriculum and Instruction

Advances the concepts, ideas, and professional learning gained throughout the MS Curriculum and Instruction program of studies. In addition to weekly class sessions, field-based experiences include completion of a content-based applied action research project under the guidance of University faculty in ADSOE and the College of Arts and Sciences. This is the capstone course in the MS in Curriculum and Instruction.

EDU 628 Historical and Contemporary Issues in Curriculum and Instruction

This course surveys historical and current trends in educational curriculum development and their impact on public and non-public schools from an instructional leadership perspective.

EDU 633 Pedagogical Principles and Practices

This course will prepare educators to be proficient in the application of a variety of instructional strategies. A study of pedagogical models will provide the foundation upon which educators can reflect upon best practices and meet the needs of diverse learners.

EDU 640 Mentoring and Collegial Coaching

This course is designed to provide the experienced teacher with a comprehensive perspective on the principles of mentoring and coaching. Class sessions will focus on providing awareness of the knowledge base related to mentoring, as well as a set of mentoring skills and various strategies for applying the functions and behaviors associated with effective mentoring. Individuals responsible for the planning and implementation of teacher induction and orientation programs will also benefit from this course.

EDU 651 Instructional Assessment and Decision Making

This course includes the design, development, reflection, and restructuring of classroom instruction based on students' performance and assessment data. Current models used to assess students' learning are examined, including the use of performance criteria. Issues impacting this role and the restructuring of standards-based instruction based on students' performance, progression, and learning are the focus.

Early & Middle Childhood Course Descriptions

EDU 551 Problem Solving in Early and Middle Childhood Mathematics

This course examines the curriculum foundations and instructional methods for early and middle childhood mathematics. By building upon teachers' mathematical knowledge and with a focus on supporting high quality mathematics education, this course provides resources and opportunities for educators to experience effective, research-based curricula and teaching practices.

EDU 566 Teaching Early and Middle Childhood Social Studies

In this course students will acquire the knowledge and instructional methodology needed to be effective social studies teachers in the early and middle elementary school grades. The course will examine the nature and content encompassed in the term 'social studies,' and the theoretical approaches to the creation of curriculum, as well as the strategies, skills and modes of reasoning used in the social sciences. It correlates social studies content with the National Council of Social Studies Strands and disciplines and the Florida Sunshine State Standards. A focus is on social studies as a self-contained discipline as well as an integrated component of the elementary school curriculum. There will be opportunities for students to demonstrate both social science reasoning and research and the use of methods, strategies and materials to engage their students in their social studies classes through co-requisite field experiences.

EDU 594 Teaching Early and Middle Childhood Science

Offers knowledge and instructional methodology for teaching science in early and middle childhood. Focuses on the methods, materials and approaches for teaching science, including developmentally appropriate introductions to the physical, earth and life sciences.

EDU 611 Reading, Literacy, and Thinking Skills

This advanced course supports teachers by providing theories, models and techniques necessary to improve literacy/reading and thinking skills in the P-12 classroom. Teachers will learn strategies to help organize children's thinking, with an emphasis on reading/literacy skills.

EDU 661 Community Based Teaching and Learning

The emphasis in this course is on the application and infusion of community resources and service learning in support of Early and Middle Childhood student-learning achievement. Through experiential learning, collaboration, and interdisciplinary curriculum and instruction, this course models and exemplifies how to place community-based service learning concepts into action. There will be opportunities to interact with the community through field experiences.

English Specialization Course Descriptions

ENG 506 Rhetorical Analysis

In-depth analysis of advertisements, speeches, film, and literature as persuasive texts. Students will learn both the nature and scope of persuasion and be introduced to several different methods for analyzing the argumentative strategies of texts. Among these are the traditional, Burkeian, sociological, feminist, and postmodern perspectives. Students will also consider the ethical, aesthetic, and political problems raised by texts designed to persuade an audience.

ENG 507 Shakespeare

In-depth study of selected Shakespearean plays and poems. Emphasis on the author's artistic development.

ENG 529 English Studies/Spec Topics

In-depth study of selected literary topics, works, figures, and genres.

ENG 561 Literature 1945 - Present

In-depth study of selected works of the period.

EDU 576 Methods of Teaching English in Middle/ Secondary School

This course focuses on the application of instructional strategies for teachers of English at the middle and secondary levels. Organization of courses, sources of materials, textbooks, methods of teaching English are addressed. Required of all students in the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with English Specialization.

Social Sciences Specialization Course Descriptions

HIS 556 African American History Since Reconstruction

A political, social, cultural and economic history of African Americans since 1877. Focuses on segregation, civil rights, the family, northern migration, and cultural contributions. Prerequisite: HIS 150 or 202 or equivalent.

POS 515 American Political Institutions: Legacy of the Framers

This course will analyze the evolution of the three branches (Executive, Legislative, Judicial) of the American national government from the framers to the present. Special attention will be given to the current relevance of the insights found in the Federalist papers. Prerequisite: POS 201 or equivalent.

SOC 504 Ethical Issues in Social Science

An introduction to the range of ethical issues that arise during the practice of social science. Emphasis on research issues, including research topics, research methods, the use of research, the role of the researcher, and the creation of ethical standards. Prerequisite: three hours in social science courses or permission of the Department Chair.

SOC 505 Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender

A comprehensive examination of race, class and gender as central categories of social experience. A variety of sociological approaches are integrated to analyze how these differences in identities and accompanying inequalities are constructed within social institutions and processes. Prerequisites: SOC 201 & 3 additional SOC hours or permission of Department Chair.

SOC 526 Sociology of Violence

An in-depth study of the major sociological theories and relevant research pertaining to violence, including interpersonal, family, criminal and institutionalized violence. The normative and social situational contexts in which violence occurs are studied in terms of how persons are affected as perpetrators and victims. Historical, cross-cultural and contemporary forms of violence are analyzed to reveal the underlying social dynamics. Social responses to violence, including criminalization, public policies, and prevention/treatment intervention strategies are reviewed. Prerequisites: SOC 201 or CRM 200 and one additional SOC or CRM course or permission of the Department Chair.

SOC 555 Sociology of the Family

An advanced course on sociology of the family, with emphasis on the contemporary American Experience. Major theoretical perspectives on the purpose, function, and interdependent nature of the family are reviewed. Analysis also focuses on the diversity of family experiences as shaped by gender, social class, race-ethnic identity, and age, as well as on issues relating to the household division of labor, employment, parenting, sexuality, marriage and power. The majority of course topics are examined in terms of contemporary debates regarding the stability of family life and on the legislation and public policies that have been developed to address these problems.
Prerequisite: SOC 201 or SOC 246 or permission of Department Chair.

EDU 576 Methods of Teaching Social Sciences in Middle/ Secondary School

This course focuses on the application of instructional strategies for teachers of the social sciences at the middle and secondary levels. Organization of courses, sources of materials, textbooks, methods of teaching the social sciences are addressed. Required of all students in the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with Social Sciences Specialization.

Liberal Studies Course Descriptions (Students in English and Social Sciences Specializations may consider the following courses from the Interdisciplinary M.A. in Liberal Studies with Advisor approval.)

MLS 500 Methods of Inquiry

This course examines the nature and purposes of research methods used by scholars in the liberal arts. The course prepares students to do the research required throughout the MLS program and introduces the values and practices of the academic community. Students will analyze sources, critique published research, understand the process of documentation and attribution, and construct and evaluate a suitable research question for the capstone project. Required; must be taken within the first six credits of enrolling in the MLS program. No prerequisites.

MLS 511 The Contemporary Perspective

The impact of the Industrial Revolution, and the world wars on shaping contemporary views and values. Issues of reason and faith, science and religion, social differences, and economic exploitation will be examined, as will Modernist and post-Modernist ideas.

MLS 610 Literature and the Human Experience

This course draws on readings that represent literary traditions ranging from 400 B.C. to the present and that reflect widely diverse cultures. The discussion of these works will be organized by thematic groups. These will provide opportunities to explore diverse attitudes toward the same powerful human tendencies and experiences. The course emphasizes the value of literature as a means to a better understanding of our own humanity.

MLS 615 Social and Political Images in the Arts

The study of social and political issues since the early modern period as shown in visual images and architectural creation. The ways in which these images have shaped and continue to influence cultural norms and attitudes.

MLS 625 Social Justice: The American Experience of Identity, Democracy, and Community

This course will examine the American experience of creating democracy and community while maintaining hierarchies of race-ethnicity, class, and gender. The history of the struggle and resistance against exclusionary practices and the efforts toward building more democratized forms of political, economic, educational, and social institutions based on freedom, justice, and equality will also be reviewed.

MLS 630 The Responsible Self

This course will examine how to be with God and others contrary to the contemporary emphasis on liberalized autonomy, the responsible self returns to social goods and recognizes life in common. This examination concerns the development of character and of an informed conscience, which make clear the way to acceptance of relational responsibility and accountability. Contrary to the popular "take care of number one" motto, the responsible self looks at ways to attend to the needs of others as relationship partnership partners and friends. Questions of authenticity, character, virtue, and duty will be explored in relation to various religious and philosophical traditions.

MLS 635 The Authentic Self

An exploration of the development of the psychological concept of the authentic self. Includes a historical overview with emphasis on the more recent elaborations of the concept by psychologists and its adoption into the popular culture.