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EDUC 4303   (3-3-0)   Developmental Stages of Early Childhood Through Adolescence

The course includes an examination of the psychosocial development of the child from conception through adolescence—noting physical, intellectual, emotional, social and moral factors. Respected age-appropriate theories of education and their practical application are studied. Curriculum and materials are examined and evaluated as related to state standards and a developmentally appropriate approach to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Observations in local schools are required.   

  • Offered: Fall, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: Pathways to Teaching Students Only.

EDUC 4316   (3-3-0)   Studies in Classroom Management, Instruction and Assessment

The course focuses on research-based strategies in elementary and secondary classrooms designed to create positive learning environments, to organize and manage classrooms, to respond effectively to disruptive behaviors, to improve instruction and accomplish effective assessment. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) will be used to plan instruction. Observation in local schools is required. Each student will be required to compile a portfolio using the learning outcomes of the course. Pathways to Teaching Students only.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 5303   (3-3-0)   Developmental Stages of Early Childhood Through Adolescence

This course surveys currently respected theories for educating the young child, along with their practical applications. Curriculum and materials will be examined and evaluated as related to state standards and a developmentally appropriate approach to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Observations in local schools are required. Pathways to Teaching Students Only. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 5310   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Exceptional Learners

Learning styles and effective teaching strategies for exceptional learners using the application of research on identification, assessment, teaching, and technology for the full range of exceptional learners including learning different to gifted-and-talented learners. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 5316   (3-3-0)   Studies in Classroom Management, Instruction and Assessment

The course focuses on research-based strategies in elementary and secondary classrooms designed to create positive learning environments, to organize and manage classrooms, to respond effectively to disruptive behaviors, to improve instruction and accomplish effective assessment. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) will be used to plan instruction. Observation in local schools is required. Each student will be required to compile a portfolio using the learning outcomes of the course. Pathways to Teaching Students only. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 5320   (3-3-0)   Teaching the Underachiever

The course addresses the most current research and activities that work effectively with the at risk student, as well as provide participants with successful techniques to diagnose, prescribe, and communicate concerns and needs to parents. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor.   

  • Offered: Fall, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 5330   (3-3-0)   Pedagogy of Special Education

The course examines the identification, assessment and instruction of students with special needs. Emphasis will be placed on the presentation of special education roles, placement alternatives, legal implications, current status and trends in special education. An analysis of the categories of exceptionality, characteristics, and terminology will also be presented. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: EDUC 5310/SPED 5310.

EDUC 6302   (3-3-0)   Research in Education (S-L)

A study of research techniques in education; practice in designing and implementing a research project.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 6303   (3-3-0)   Emerging Technologies

This course will examine current trends in learning technologies. These will include online and blended learning, flipped instruction, open education, badges and MOOCs. The students will examine mobile learning, social media, and the use of videos and streaming media in learning. Students will gain an understanding of digital citizenship, school policies and student safety, and will understand synchronous and asynchronous learning and collaboration.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 6304   (3-3-0)   Improvement of Instruction

An investigation of brain based learning research and effective teaching strategies. Students will explore research practices and pedagogical techniques that contribute to improved learning. The course will give particular emphasis on learning strategies, learning styles, multiple intelligences, and best practices in teaching.   

  • Offered: Fall Online, Spring Online, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 6306   (3-3-0)   Curriculum Design and Evaluation

A study of the current and classical theories of curriculum development; analysis of determinants of the curriculum; approaches to the design and systematic evaluation of curriculum.  

  • Offered: Fall Online, Spring Online, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 6308   (3-3-0)   The School and Multicultural Society

An examination of the distinctive purposes and functions of education in the social order. Historical and contemporary issues related to multicultural, disabled, and other special populations are emphasized and their significance for education is identified.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online, May Mini-Term, August Mini-Term
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 6310   (3-3-0)   Foundations of Christian School Education

A study of the philosophical and historical foundations of Christian Education. Specific topics include: public vs. Christian education, Biblical worldview, and the life of the mind, theological and vocational aspects of calling in a Christian school, and Kingdom Education.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 6311   (3-3-0)   Christian School Curriculum

A study of curriculum examining both the practical aspects of finding, developing and using acceptable, appropriate curriculum for a Christian school and some of the philosophical concerns involved in curriculum choices. Current and classical theories of curriculum development will be studied. Biblical and Christian concerns related to school curriculum will be discussed.  

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 6312   (3-3-0)   Technology Integration in Curriculum

This course will teach the use of resources such as computers, mobile devices, social media platforms and networks, software applications, and the Internet in classroom practices and the management of a school. Students will learn that the use of technology is transparent, accessible, and supports curricular goals. As a result, the students will write curriculum that will more actively engage classes in relevant projects.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 6313   (3-3-0)   Assessment to Improve Learning: Formative Assessments and Continuous Improvement

This course will help students understand what is needed in order for a school district to have a system in place that provides quality data that will guide systemic improvement in design and delivery of the district curriculum and improved student learning.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDUC 6318    (3-3-0)   Professional Learning: Theory and Practice

This course explores the models, management techniques, and group process of staff development, including learning multiple strategies and techniques for advancing successful professional learning.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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