Curriculum and Instruction Program

Leadership

Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.
     Program Director

Overview

Saint Louis University's programs in curriculum and instruction are ideal for those interested in writing curriculum and/or improving instruction in a variety of teaching and learning contexts. Students in this program study curriculum theory, curriculum development, and related instructional processes and tools.

About the Faculty

All faculty members in curriculum and instruction bring prior experience as teachers in K-12 settings. Together they offer expertise in the areas of children’s literature, civics and citizenship, English education, international education, literacy teaching and learning, race and racial equity, science education, special education, the role of talk in learning, writing instruction and young adult literature. Students work closely with their faculty mentors to develop a program of study that fits their professional context, research interests and personal learning goals.

EDF 2010 - Foundations of Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A systematic analysis of how social issues impact schools forcing continual change and reform. Each part of educational system will be analyzed including organization philosophy, environment, management, and assessment. Field experiences are required and structured to focus on early childhood education, elementary education and special education for mild/moderate disorders.

EDF 2020 - Foundations of Elementary Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A systematic analysis of how social issues impact schools forcing continual change and reform. Each part of educational system will be analyzed including organization philosophy, environment, management, and assessment. Field experiences are required and structured to focus on early childhood education (1 - 6).

Corequisite(s): EDI 2940

EDF 2030 - Foundations of Middle School Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A systematic analysis of how social issues impact schools forcing continual change and reform. Each part of educational system will be analyzed including organization philosophy, environment, management, and assessment. Field experiences are required and structured to focus on early childhood education (5 - 9).

Corequisite(s): EDI 2940

EDF 2040 - Foundations of Secondary Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A systematic analysis of how social issues impact schools forcing continual change and reform. Each part of educational system will be analyzed including organization philosophy, environment, management, and assessment. Field experiences are required and structured to focus on early childhood education (9 - 12).

Corequisite(s): EDI 2940

EDF 2240 - Growth Development and Learning

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course encompasses stages of growth, development, and learning throughout the human lifespan and the principles of psychology that relate to these stages. The student will study lifespan issues related to physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and behavioral aspects of the learner, examining basic research and theories most applicable to human growth. Offered annually.

EDF 2930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDF 2980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1 or 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDF 3620 - Culture and the Classroom

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will permit students to examine multi-cultural education, how it is defined, how it is taught in schools, its conceptual base, and reasons for its development, A special focus will be given to over-arching issues common to development, race, culture, language, gender, age, social class and disability.

EDF 3710 - Development of the Young Child

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An examination of the basic theories, principles and research relating to growth and development from a physical, intellectual, social and emotional perspective. Covers development from prenatal period through age five. Review of characteristics of major conditions (including developmental disabilities and giftedness) impacting on development. Field experience with infant/toddlers.

EDF 3840 - Professional Ethics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course begins with an examination of the concept of professional ethics and its relationship to general ethics. It studies the notions of morality and justice as well as the relationship between morality, values, and religion. Particular emphasis will be placed on the dynamic nature of moral and professional ethical developments, their similarities and the differences between ethics in a variety of service-oriented professions, and the impact of one's values on the ethical treatment of individuals. Ethical issues in education, governments, clinical settings, healthcare, law and business will be investigated through a case study approach and an individual code of professional ethics will be generated.

EDF 3890 - School and Community

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is designed to acquaint pre-service teachers with the theories, practices, skills, and knowledge of school and community partnerships. This course explores the question 'what role does the family and community play in the educational development of children?' There is a focus in this course to develop understandings of diverse contexts when working with communities, families, children. In this course students will study themselves, the schools, communities, families, and children in the contexts of future teaching situations.

EDF 3930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

EDF 3980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Independent Study.

EDF 4835 - Foundations of Catholic Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course examines the foundations and special dimensions of education in a Catholic school including: 1) Self-knowledge and Spiritual Development; 2) The foundations of governance in a Catholic school including the following topics: canon law and Catholic education; mission, vision, and the role of parents in Catholic education; 3) The historical foundations of Catholic education in the United States 4) Church documents on Catholic Education. Offered annually.

EDF 4930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDF 4980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Independent Study.

EDF 5300 - Advanced Educational Psychology

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An in-depth investigation of the principles of psychology as they relate to education. Learning theory and learning process, growth and development, mental hygiene, group process, and measurement and evaluation theory and analysis will be examined, along with related research. (Offered every other semester.)

EDF 5600 - Foundations of Urban Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A survey of the social and cultural factors involved in the educational opportunities provided in large urban areas. Special attention to the issues and problems that arise. (Offered occasionally.)

EDF 5700 - Advanced Growth and Development

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A balanced and systematic multidisciplinary look at all stages of human growth and development through the life span. In family and school contexts the perspective includes contributions from education, biology, developmental psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology. Research, including its many discoveries and controversies, is examined at all stages. In addition, critical topics into which research is increasingly gaining insight are explored. (Offered annually).

EDF 5835 - Foundations of Catholic Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course examines the foundations and special dimensions of education in a Catholic school including: 1) Self-knowledge and Spiritual Development; 2) The foundations of governance in a Catholic school including the following topics: canon law and Catholic education; mission, vision, and the role of parents in Catholic education; 3) The historical foundations of Catholic education in the United States 4) Church documents on Catholic Education. Offered annually.

EDF 5930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDF 5950 - Special Study for Exams

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDF 5980 - Graduate Reading Course

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits

Prior permission of guiding professor.

EDF 6000 - Foundations of Doctoral Study

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable up to 12 credits)

EDF 6010 - Doctoral Residency

Credit(s): 0 or 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDF 6050 - Multicultural Issues in Public Service

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Examination of the theory and practice of multiculturalism in public-service settings. Discussion of educational, social, legal, and ethical issues in multiculturalism. The impact of cultural membership on personal and professional functioning. Develops cultural competence in professionals who work with culturally diverse populations. (Offered twice each year.)

EDF 6100 - Studies in Educational Philosophy

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course offers students an advanced introduction to philosophy of education, covering major historical and contemporary thinkers and issues in the field. The course readings and activities are intended 1) to facilitate and deepen students’ thinking about philosophical questions in education, 2) to help students recognize how these questions are both manifest in and exert influence over contemporary education-related discourses, and 3) to draw out the implications that various “answers” to these questions might have for educational and social policy and practice. Students also learn about and engage in philosophy as a method of inquiry and research. Offered in fall and spring.

EDF 6110 - Seminar in Philosophy of Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The seminar in Philosophy of Education is intended to facilitate students’ exploration of a particular topic of philosophical interest within education. Topics are typically developed by the course instructor and might include, but are not limited to, social justice, global education, educational equality, and democratic education. Offered in spring.

EDF 6300 - Studies in Catholic Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

An intensive study of selected problems and issues related to Catholic educational programs. (Offered occasionally.)

EDF 6310 - Seminar: Catholic Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An investigation of selected educational topics related to Catholic educational programs. Permission of Instructor only.

EDF 6460 - History of American Education from 1865

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Lecture and discussion about the educational ideas and events in the United States since 1865 as they related to the history of the period. (Offered annually.)

EDF 6550 - Principles of Assessment for Education Settings

Credit(s): 3 Credits

EDF 6600 - Education in American Culture

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A critical study of the many problems and issues in American education from various frames of reference. (Offered occasionally.)

EDF 6650 - Seminar: History of American Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An investigation of selected educational developments as related to the history of the period. (Offered annually.)

EDF 6850 - Seminar: Comparative Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Investigation of relationships between education and society or education of different societies. (Offered occasionally.)

EDF 6870 - Seminar: Current Educational Problems

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Study and critical comment on significant research recently published. Selection of problems from sources such as educational journals, superintendents' reports, yearbooks. (Offered occasionally.)

EDF 6930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDF 6950 - Special Study for Written Comprehensive Exams

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDF 6960 - Project Guidance

Credit(s): 0-4 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDF 6970 - Research Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits

EDF 6980 - Graduate Reading Course

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Prior permission of guiding professor.

EDF 6990 - Dissertation Research

Credit(s): 0-12 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDI 1930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDI 2000 - Children's Literature and Media

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course surveys a wide variety of literature and media created for children in order to develop understanding and appreciation. Students will become familiar with: various genres and their characteristics; ways children's literature and media is used to develop literacy; notable authors and illustrators; ways to critically analyze literature and media from diverse perspectives. Students will keep a literature log, share books with children, investigate websites, discuss literature and media, and write papers. Includes 10 hours of field experience.

EDI 2930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 0-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDI 2940 - Portfolio Development I

Credit(s): 0 Credits

This course covers the principles and practices of portfolio development as they pertain to students in Block II course and is specifically designed to address components of students Program Portfolio. Course products at this level include selection of three artifacts and composition of 3 medication statements representing three of the ten standards addressed by the portfolio.

EDI 2980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1 or 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDI 3000 - Foundations of Literacy and Language Arts

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Develops an understanding of integrated literacy/language arts processes. Guidance and practice in planning in and organizing for instruction in reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visually representing in early childhood through eighth grade inclusive classrooms. Reading and language arts theory, content, and methods. Includes 15 hours of field experience. Prerequisite: Foundations of Education.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 2000 with a grade of C or higher

EDI 3001 - English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom

Credit(s): 3 Credits

EDI 3005 - Child Language Acquisition

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

In this study of language development for school-age populations, learners will discover the developmental sequences of language and how this development impacts reading, writing, executive functioning and critical thinking. All of these factors are essential for academic success. Offered every fall.

EDI 3010 - Methods in Teaching Elementary Mathematics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Instructional techniques and learning materials, including manipulative and multisensory materials suitable for elementary school mathematics. Major emphasis on the NCTM Standards and their application to elementary and early childhood mathematics. Includes Practicum experience. Spring semester.

EDI 3015 - Creative Arts & Play

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will explore connections between play, the creative arts (art, drama, music, and movement), and learning. Students will investigate play as foundational to learning through theory, research, and practice. Students will develop observation skills to inform the design and documentation of playful learning experiences. Emphasis is on meeting the needs of all young children (ages 3-8) through developmentally appropriate practices and within an anti-bias education framework. Includes field experience. (Offered in Fall)

EDI 3020 - Methods in Teaching Elementary Creative Arts and Movement

Credit(s): 2 Credits

This course will focus on art, music and physical education curriculum for early childhood and elementary classrooms. Students will develop techniques for instruction in each area as well as an awareness of developmental expectations for children. Integration of the arts into other content areas will be included. May include Practicum experience. Fall semester.

EDI 3030 - Emergent Literacy

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Instructional techniques, classroom materials and strategies appropriate for use with the beginning reader, K-5. This course will emphasize the value of immersing children in language through the use of a balanced literacy program and daily reading to children with children and by children.

EDI 3050 - An Interdisciplinary Immersion in Belize

Credit(s): 1 Credit

Weekly seminar and 10 day faculty/staff led trip will immerse you in the cultural, linguistic, and pedagogical practices in Belize City. Students will engage the material through ethical, academic and spiritual frameworks that synthesize past information and experiences with the new paradigms encountered through the course. Application Required.

EDI 3060 - Methods in Teaching Elementary Science

Credit(s): 2 Credits

The class combines theory with practical experiences. Students develop safety skills necessary for teaching science as well as experience evaluating student data, integrating technology, and developing curriculum. Teach methodologies include lecture, reflective practice, cooperative learning, small group teaching, whole class teaching, hands-on learning, discussion, discovery, research, and inquiry based learning and teaching. Emphasis is placed on project-based learning (PBL). A 15-hour practicum is required. (Offered in Fall)

EDI 3070 - Methods in Teaching Elementary Social Studies

Credit(s): 2 or 3 Credits

This course focuses on an introduction to the methods used in teaching elementary social studies. The class combines theory with practical experiences. In addition, students will develop skills for integrating technology and developing curriculum. Practicum experience is included. (Offered in Fall)

Prerequisite(s): EDI 4100* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3100 - Secondary Methods/Practicum Teaching English

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A study of and sequence of English in the High School curriculum with emphasis on the selection and organization of materials and methods of instruction and evaluation. Includes practicum experience. (offered in Fall)

EDI 3120 - Secondary Methods/Practicum Teaching Math

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching mathematics to students in secondary schools. Emphasis on NCTM standards. Includes practicum. (Offered in Fall)

EDI 3140 - Sec Meth/Pract Teach Soc Sci

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching social studies to secondary students. Includes practicum. (Offered in Fall)

EDI 3200 - Reading/Writing Content Fld

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Teaching reading and writing in the content fields in Middle and Secondary schools. Developmental reading for average and above average students as well as remedial techniques for poor readers will be explored. Improving reading rate, motivation, critical reading, reading in special content areas, writing across the curriculum. Includes practicum. Fall semester.

EDI 3300 - Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Secondary English

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A study of and sequence of English in the high school curriculum with emphasis on the selection and organization of materials and methods of instruction and evaluation. Includes practicum experience. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3305* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3305 - Practicum in Teaching Secondary English

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A study of and sequence of English in the high school curriculum with emphasis on the selection and organization of materials and methods of instruction and evaluation. Includes practicum experience. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3300* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3310 - Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Secondary Science

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching science to students in secondary schools. Includes practicum experience. Fall semester.

EDI 3315 - Practicum in Teaching Secondary Science

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching science to students in secondary schools. Includes practicum experience. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3310* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3320 - Methods in Teaching Secondary Mathematics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching mathematics to students in secondary schools. Emphasis on the NCTM Standards. Includes practicum experience. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3325* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3325 - Practicum in Teaching Secondary Mathematics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3320* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3340 - Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Secondary Social Studies

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching social studies to secondary students. Includes practicum experience. fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3345* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3345 - Practicum in Teaching Secondary Social Studies

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching social studies to secondary students. Includes practicum experience. fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3340* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3350 - Curriculum and Methods in Teaching World Languages

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Techniques of teaching a foreign language to secondary school students. Analysis of learning and teaching approaches. Includes practicum experience. Offered fall and spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3355* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3355 - Practicum in Teaching World Languages

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Techniques of teaching a foreign language to secondary school students. Analysis of learning and teaching approaches. Includes practicum experience. Offered fall and spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3350* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3461 - Health for Education Majors Pre K - Secondary

Credit(s): 2 or 3 Credits

The focus is on the teacher's role in fostering student health during the school years. Establishing collaborative relationships with individuals in the community in a variety of agencies is explored as a way to enhance the services and scope of comprehensive school health programs ranging from pre-school through high school.

EDI 3500 - Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Middle School English

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching language arts to students in grades 5-9. Includes practicum. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3505* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3505 - Practicum in Teaching Middle School English

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching language arts to students in grades 5-9. Includes practicum. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3500* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3510 - Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Middle School Science

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching language arts to students in grades 5-9. Includes practicum. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3515* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3520 - Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Middle School Mathematics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching mathematics to students in grades 5-9. Emphasis on the NCTM standards. Includes practicum. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3525* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3525 - Practicum in Teaching Middle School Mathematics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and materials for teaching mathematics to students in grades 5-9. Emphasis on the NCTM standards. Includes practicum. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3525* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3540 - Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and material for teaching social studies to students in grades 5-9. Includes practicum. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3545* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3545 - Practicum in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Methods and material for teaching social studies to students in grades 5-9. Includes practicum. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3540* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 3550 - Principles of Early Childhood Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Exploration of theories and strategies for teaching the young child. Includes an examination of theories and application of theories in the learning environment. Emphasis on diversity and meeting the needs of all children. Includes field work. Spring semester.

EDI 3893 - Technology Application for Professional Growth

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will focus on the development of technology skills to enhance professional growth and productivity including communicating, collaborating, conducting research and solving problems.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Education.

EDI 3930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDI 3940 - Portfolio Development II

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

This course covers the principles and practices of portfolio development as they pertain to students prior to student teaching, and is specifically designed to address components of students' Program Portfolio. Course products at this level include selection of 8 artifacts and composition of 8 medication statements representing 8 of the ten standards addressed by the portfolio. A student must receive a grade of 'S' prior to student teaching.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 2940

EDI 3980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Independent Study. Every semester.

EDI 4000 - Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Examines characteristics and uses of formal and informal literacy assessment tools for children in grades 1 ¿ 6; strategies for incorporating results into literacy instruction; state content and performance standards for literacy; and strategies for providing in-depth intervention, remediation, and acceleration. Students in this course will develop a diagnostic case study that links assessment, instruction, and reflective practices. Includes 1.5 hours of fieldwork per week. (Offered in Spring)

Prerequisite(s): EDI 2000 with a grade of C or higher; EDI 4100 with a grade of C or higher; EDI 3000 with a grade of C or higher

EDI 4100 - Literacy and Language Arts in an Integrated Curriculum

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Strategies for helping children develop comprehension in content areas including use of various text organizers and graphics; use of multiple sources of information and technology; and integration of content areas with a focus on expository text. Includes 1.5 hours of fieldwork per week.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3000 with a grade of C or higher; EDI 3070* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 4200 - Disciplinary Literacy Assessment and Intervention for Secondary Students

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Assessment of student literacy skills in the content fields in middle and high school and development of appropriate classroom interventions. Use standardized literacy assessment data and classroom assessments to determine and respond to student strengths needs in accessing and producing print and digital texts. Includes practicum.

Prerequisite(s): (EDI 3200 with a grade of C or higher, EDI 3300 with a grade of C or higher, EDI 3320 with a grade of C or higher, EDI 3310 with a grade of C or higher, EDI 3340 with a grade of C or higher, or EDF 2240); EDSP 4480* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDI 4210 - Methods of Technology Integration

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course emphasizes the authentic use of technology by students in the PK - 12 learning environment. Topics include technology concepts and operations, designing learning environments, teaching and learning with technology, assessment and evaluation, professional practice and social, ethical, legal and human issues. This course meets the compute requirements for teacher certification.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Education.

EDI 4220 - Second Language Acquisition

Credit(s): 3 Credits

EDI 4250 - School Curriculum and Instruction Pre-Kindergarten to 6th Grade

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Emphasis on curriculum content and development of skills for integration of curriculum areas. Alternative instructional techniques for diverse learners will be included. Practicum in elementary setting required. Fall semester.

EDI 4290 - Mathematics for Diverse Learners

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Materials and methods suitable for teaching children experiencing difficulty in learning mathematics. Includes practicum experience. Fall semester.

EDI 4350 - Intercultural Seminar & Practi

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits

EDI 4360 - Principles and Methods of Catechetics

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will engage participants with the role of the elementary teacher as a catechist in the mission of the Catholic elementary school. Throughout the course, participants will design age-appropriate lessons to engage children and young adolescents with the core teachings of the Catholic Church in ways that enable deepening understanding and growth in faith in elementary-aged students. Offered occasionally.

EDI 4361 - Art and Science of Human Flourishing

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course addresses the philosophical, scientific and practical foundations of flourishing/ overall well-being. Broadly defined, flourishing is composed of five domains: mental and physical health, character and virtue, meaning and purpose, close social relationships and happiness and life satisfaction. To flourish in life, one has to do good, and be well in these domains. This course will explore each of the domains in depth and provide students the foundation to apply strategies, tools and philosophies of flourishing to their own life. Finally, this course will teach contemplative practices that will help students connect mind, body and soul.

Attributes: Nutrition, Health, Well Elective, Core:Self in Contemplation

EDI 4420 - Assess Classroom Performance

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of assessment—specifically focused on general assessment methods. The course will include issues such as test administration issues, test interpretation procedures, and assessment development in specific areas.This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of assessment—specifically focused on general assessment methods. The course will include issues such as test administration issues, test interpretation procedures, and assessment development in specific areas.

EDI 4440 - Assessment in Early Childhood

Credit(s): 3-4 Credits

Emphasis on use of developmental screening and diagnostic measures and translation of the results into appropriate practice. Focus on informed and formal measures and the incorporation of observation into the assessment process for children with and without disabilities. Includes family involvement, ethical considerations and development of individual plans. Incorporates field experience.

EDI 4480 - Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum I

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Basic methods of curriculum development for young children (birth-kindergarten) with emphasis on emergent curriculum as a developmentally appropriate practice within an anti-bias education framework. Exploration of integrated early childhood curricular approaches and frameworks, with special attention to social constructivism. Considers the various responsibilities of the teacher in designing the environment, facilitating learning experiences, and documenting children’s learning. Focus on preschool and kindergarten math content through the lens of integrated curriculum. Includes 15 hours of field experience. (Offered in Fall)

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3550 with a grade of C or higher

EDI 4490 - Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum II

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Advanced methods for curriculum development for young children (birth - grade 3) with emphasis on developmentally appropriate practice. Focus on planning, implementation and evaluation of integrated curriculum with special emphasis on language/literacy, science, social studies, safety, nutrition and health. incorporated application of research. Includes field work.

EDI 4540 - Field Experience: Early Childhood Practicum

Credit(s): 5 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Classroom experience under guidance of master teacher in an early childhood setting (birth - grade 3). Incorporated application of theories in the learning environment. Opportunities for development and implementation of appropriate activities with individuals and groups. Field experience focuses on children at various developmental levels including children with disabilities.

EDI 4550 - Practicum: Elementary Education

Credit(s): 1-4 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Classroom experience under the guidance of a master teacher in an elementary setting (Grades 1-6). Opportunities for development and implementation of appropriate activities with individuals, small and large groups.

EDI 4560 - Practicum: Middle School

Credit(s): 1-4 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Classroom experience under the guidance of a master teacher in a middle school setting (grades 5 -9 ). Opportunities for development and implementation of appropriate activities with individuals, small and large groups.

EDI 4570 - Practicum: Secondary Education

Credit(s): 1-4 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Classroom experience under the guidance of a master teacher in a secondary setting (grades 9 - 12). Opportunities for development and implementation of appropriate activities with individuals, small and large groups.

EDI 4720 - Families as Educational Partners

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Survey existing community resources, investigate parenting styles, and examines various areas of home/school cooperation. Spring semester.

EDI 4810 - Observation and Student Teaching in Early Childhood

Credit(s): 10 Credits

Involves ten weeks of full time student teaching under the direction of an experienced teacher and a University supervisor. Student initially observes, then gradually assumes responsibility for all classroom activities. Every semester.

EDI 4820 - Observation & Student Teaching for Elementary Schools

Credit(s): 10 Credits

Involves ten weeks of full time student teaching under the direction of an experienced teacher and a University supervisor. Student initially observes, then gradually assumes responsibility for all classroom activities. Every semester.

EDI 4830 - Observation & Student Teaching in Middle Schools

Credit(s): 10 Credits

Involves ten weeks of full time student teaching under the direction of an experienced teacher and a University supervisor. Student initially observes, then gradually assumes responsibility for all classroom activities. Every semester.

EDI 4840 - Observation and Student Teach in Secondary School

Credit(s): 10 Credits

Involves ten weeks of full time student teaching under the direction of an experienced teacher and a University supervisor. Student initially observes, then gradually assumes responsibility for all classroom activities. Every semester.

EDI 4860 - Pro Dev EC,Elem,SpEd, ECSE

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is designed to focus on issues related to student teaching and professional development. The seminar will include opportunities for problem solving and for developing a professional portfolio. Focus is also on meeting requirements as a beginning teacher. This course is to be taken concurrently with student teaching.

EDI 4870 - Prof Dev Sem Middle,Sec,SpEd

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course focuses on the inclusion of all students in the general early childhood and elementary classrooms. Emphasis will be on the development of interventions, strategies, differentiation of instruction for all students, facilitation of social acceptance, participation in the IEP process and collaboration with other professionals. Includes strategies for gifted students and students with disabilities. Includes field work.

EDI 4880 - Senior Inquiry: Non-Certification

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Senior inquiry. Offered annually.

EDI 4930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDI 4940 - Portfolio Development III

Credit(s): 1 Credit

This course covers the principles and practices of portfolio development as they pertain to student teaching and is specifically designed to assist students in completing their Program Portfolios. Course products at this level include selection of 12-15 artifacts and composition of ten mediation statements representing the ten standards addressed by the portfolio. A student must receive a grade of 'S' for certification and graduation.

EDI 4980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDI 5040 - Using Children's YA Literature to Promote Conversations about Equity and Justice

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Critical exploration of children's books and adolescent literature with a focus on using these texts to promote discussions related to identity and culture, including gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, region, and religion. Particular attention to global/international and multicultural books. Curricular engagements, such as literature discussions and multimodal response projects, are discussed within the context of establishing a culture of readers that is responsive to all learners, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse students, struggling readers, and exceptional learners. In addition to shared inquiries, students will develop individual projects for incorporating literature in their particular setting. This is a reading-intensive course. (Offered in Fall even years)

EDI 5360 - Principles and Methods of Catechesis

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will engage participants with the role of the teacher as catechist in the mission of the Catholic school. Throughout the course, participants will design age-appropriate lessons to engage children and adolescents with the core teachings of the Catholic Church in ways that enable deepening understanding and growth in faith in school-aged students.

EDI 5390 - Teaching Reading: Contemporary Issues & Practices

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Students will study research-based strategies for teaching reading K-12, including review of instructional programs and materials used in area schools. In addition, students will examine contemporary issues related to teaching and assessing reading. Class projects will allow student to apply course content to their own teaching contexts and professional goals. Field experiences required.

EDI 5480 - Culturally Responsive Curriculum

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course examines the theoretical developments of culturally responsive curriculum over time and uses an equity framework to provide educators with tools for creating learning environments that are equitable, accessible, and inclusionary for all students. The focus is on changing practice and dismantlng barriers such as oppression, privilege, entitlement, and resistance to change that perpetuate inequalities and undermine student achievement. Students will learn how to identify barriers and create equity-based action plans related to examining, developing, and implementing curriculum for improving cultural competence, responsiveness, and organization in classrooms as well as the behaviors of individuals responsible for delivering the curriculum. (Offered in Summer)

EDI 5590 - Disciplinary Literacy Assessment & Intervention

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Assessment of student content area literacy skills and development of classroom interventions for K-12 students. Use of standardized and classroom assessments to determine and respond to student strengths/needs in accessing and producing print and digital texts. Includes attention to students with special needs and those learning English. Requires a practicum component.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 5390

EDI 5600 - Models of Teaching

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Students examine current theories of teaching, practical models for classroom behavior and interaction patterns designed to enhance learning. The wide range of options the teacher may adopt and adapt to his/her unique situation is emphasized. (offered occasionally).

EDI 5601 - Language & Culture

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course provides prespecives on culture and language. It will focus on a variety of ways to reflect critically about what it means to study cultures other than one's own. At a practical level, the members of the class will consider situations that individuals face with international interactions, including the negotiation of culturally different individuals who come into contact wtih each other. At a more theoretical level, the class will contemplate what presumptions occur and what ideological and philosophical positions may be implied when one studies the way of life, including the language, of another.

EDI 5650 - Racial Literacy and Antiracist Praxis

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course immerses students in the study of racial identity development, critical race theory, and antracist praxis. Participants then apply these theories and methods to analyses of curriculum, pedagogy, school culture, school policy, and everyday interactions in a variety of educational settings in order to a) identify inequitable practices; b) learn skills for engaging in conversations about race, equity, and equity-based interventions; and c) develop approaches to antiracist work and ant-bias teaching that are suited to their own educational contexts. (Offered in Spring)

EDI 5700 - Math for the Exceptional Child

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Procedures and techniques for diagnosing children's strengths and weaknesses and prescribing appropriate material will be examined and studied. Teachers will also have the opportunity to examine selected formal and informal tests and construct math materials appropriate for their students. (offered occasionally).

EDI 5760 - Middle Level Philosophy & Organization

Credit(s): 1 Credit

This course will address the unique aspects of middle level education – the philosophical basis of the middle level education, the history of the middle school phenomenon, the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of teaching early adolescents, and the unique curricular programs and organizational aspects of a middle school program, both as a separate grade configuration in a separate building and as part of a K-8 school.

EDI 5800 - Talking and Learning in Classrooms

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This seminar focuses on the role of talk in the learning process and ways to support and assess classroom talk in small group and whole class settings. This course is appropriate for masters and doctoral level students, practicing teachers, and school administrators interested in a closer examination of classroom talk. Course experiences will include qualitative research strategies for studying talk. This is a research elective course.

EDI 5810 - Curriculum and Instruction Summer Institute

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable up to 6 credits)

Curriculum and Instruction Summer Institute.

EDI 5920 - Collaborative Leadership and Communication

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course offers a new vision of teacher professionalism which includes moving beyond knowing what and how to teach, to articulating for ourselves and our colleagues why we teach in certain ways, to strategically informing others about principles that underlie our practice and the effects of our choices on student learning. Participants will develop skills of leadership, communication, and advocacy that can produce lasting change in classrooms and schools. They will then put these skills to work in their own context in order to change the public narrative about education and engage more productively with local stakeholders including families, administrators, community members, and legislators. (Offered in Spring)

EDI 5930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDI 5950 - Special Study for Exams

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Special Study for exams.

EDI 5960 - MAT Capstone

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will engage students in consolidating their knowledge and skills through their Master of Arts in Teaching degree coursework, their two years of teaching experience, their two years of membership on an elementary, middle or high school faculty, and their two years of mentoring by their school mentor and their university supervisor.

EDI 5980 - Graduate Reading Course

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Prior permission of guiding professor required.

EDI 6010 - Doctoral Residency

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDI 6030 - Developing Writers and Thinkers: Advanced Methods of Teaching Writing

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Exploration of current research and classroom practices for developing writers and thinkers, including writing workshop structures. Consideration of the ways writing supports learning and thinking in English/Language Arts and across the disciplines, how teachers assess student growth as writers, and how teachers assess student learning through writing. (Offered odd years in Spring)

EDI 6040 - Seminar Children's Literature

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A comparative review of the rationales of the various approaches to teaching literature to children, review of the most current materials and instructional strategies. (offered occasionally).

EDI 6230 - Seminar in Instruction

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An exploration of a particular area as designated in the current semester schedule of classes. (offered annually).

EDI 6250 - Practicum Curriculum and Instruction

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Open only to doctoral students. A series of planned and supervised field experiences in instructional leadership. (Prior permission of guiding professor).

EDI 6310 - The Supervision Process in Elementary School

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An overview of the research and current practices/models of school supervision and instructional management at the elementary school level. (offered occasionally).

EDI 6320 - The Supervision Process in Secondary School

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An overview of the research and current practices/models of school supervision and instructional management at the secondary school level. (offered annually).

EDI 6410 - Elementary School Curriculum

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A survey of current curriculum patterns, problems and proposals. Students work with both traditional and innovative programs, exploring the rationale and research in support of selected curriculum segments. (offered annually).

EDI 6420 - Secondary School Curriculum

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A survey of current curriculum patters, problems and proposals. Students work with both traditional and innovative programs, exploring the rationale and research in support of selected curriculum segments. (offered annually).

EDI 6430 - Middle School Curriculum

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Theories and practice relating to design and evaluation of curriculum will be presented with special attention to curriculum development in a Catholic School. (offered annually).

EDI 6450 - Curriculum Development

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Practice in using the processes of curriculum development through examination of existing programs., developing new segments of curriculum, making curriculum guide revisions or structuring the process of revision. (offered occasionally).

EDI 6460 - Curriculum Theory

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A seminar exploring existing approaches to curriculum theory, its historical development and current issues. (offered annually).

EDI 6480 - Seminar in Curriculum

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An exploration of a particular area of curriculum as designated in the current semester Schedule of classes. Offered occasionally.

EDI 6550 - Principles of Assessment for Education Settings

Credit(s): 3 Credits

EDI 6930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDI 6950 - Special Study for Written Comprehensive Exams

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Special Study for exams.

EDI 6960 - Project Guidance

Credit(s): 0-4 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Project Guidance.

EDI 6980 - Graduate Reading Course

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Prior permission of guiding professor required.

EDI 6990 - Dissertation Research

Credit(s): 0-6 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Dissertation Research.

EDR 3891 - Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Research

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will begin with an introduction to the philosophical base, a survey of different modes of inquiry. Using this philosophical base, a survey of different modes of inquiry both quantitative and qualitative will be studied using several examples from the disciplines within the College. Emphasis in the course will be placed on the students actively reading and critiquing research from a variety of disciplines as well as in developing a proposal for research study while working in interdisciplinary teams.

EDR 3930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDR 3980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1 or 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDR 4930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDR 4970 - Action Research for Educators

Credit(s): 1 Credit

This course introduces students to action research techniques and their application to schools. Students come to the course with a basic understanding of research methods. The course then builds on this basic understanding to focus on approaches to action research to use in schools. Students will be required to conduct an action research project. Their involvement in the action research studies and the course readings will provide the background for class discussions.

Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Education.

EDR 4980 - Advanced Independent Study

Credit(s): 0-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDR 5000 - General Research Methods for Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course provides a survey of the techniques, methods and tools of research in education. Included is general discussion of the research process followed by examination of several different study designs such as observational, experimental, descriptive and sample survey. The course also provides an overview of different methods of sampling, data collection and analysis frequently used in research literature. (Offered every Fall and Summer semester)

EDR 5100 - Intro to Inferential Stats: Ed

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is a survey of basic statistical methods including descriptive statistics, z-tests and t-tests of means and proportions, chi-square analyses, correlation and regression analyses, and analysis of variance. The statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS) will also be used. (Offered every Fall and Summer semester)

EDR 5400 - Qualitative Research in Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Students will learn the qualitative research paradigm, data collection and analysis techniques and report writing. (Offered every Spring semester)

EDR 5500 - Evaluation of Education Programs

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Course introduces students to program evaluation techniques and their application to schools. Builds on a basic understanding of research and evaluation processes to focus on alternative approaches to program evaluation and practical guidelines. Students will be required to conduct mini-evaluations; their involvement in these evaluations and the course reading will provide the background for seminar discussions. (Offered occasionally)

EDR 5800 - Action Research for Teachers

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The purpose of the course is to help practicing classroom teachers gain knowledge, insight, and experience doing systematic research in their classrooms using strategies consistent with what has become known as classroom/action/teacher research. This process can lead to pedagogical decision-making that narrows the gap between theory and practice. Classroom research serves as a tool for professional development and a vehicle for empowerment. Students collaborate with classmates as they learn about and engage in classroom-based action research. (Offered in Spring)

EDR 5930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDR 5950 - Special Study for Exams

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Special Study for Exams.

EDR 5980 - Graduate Reading Course

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits

Prior permission of guiding professor required.

EDR 5990 - Thesis Research

Credit(s): 0-6 Credits

Research.

EDR 6000 - Professional Writing

Credit(s): 3 Credits

General theory of research: some emphasis on educational applications and quantitative approaches. (Offered occasionally)

Prerequisite(s): (EDR 5000 with a grade of C or higher or SLEM with a minimum score of S); (EDR 5100 with a grade of C or higher, SLES with a minimum score of S, or EDR 6100 with a grade of C or higher); (EDR 5400 with a grade of C or higher or SLEQ with a minimum score of S)

EDR 6010 - Doctoral Residency

Credit(s): 0-3 Credits

Prior permission of guiding professor.

EDR 6060 - Research Design and Analysis

Credit(s): 3 Credits

(Offered occasionally)

Prerequisite(s): (EDR 5000 with a grade of C or higher or SLEM with a minimum score of S); (EDR 5100 with a grade of C or higher, SLES with a minimum score of S, or EDR 6100 with a grade of C or higher)

EDR 6070 - Evidence Based Decision Making

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will introduce graduate students to the basics of educational research. It will provide an overview of basic statistical techniques which are used in educational research; the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative educational research methodologies; designing educational research proposals; and how to read and evaluate published articles which report educational research. (Offered occasionally)

EDR 6100 - Intermediate Applied Statistics for Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course provides background in many applied statistical techniques. A focus of the course is to develop students' understanding of multiple techniques so that they may judge the legitimacy of statistical results in articles and choose appropriate statistical methods. Topics include effect size, ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, regression and correlation, test construction, and multiple nonparametric tests. SPSS will be utilized throughout the course. This course can be used as a final statistics course or as a bridge for those students who want to pursue more advanced courses.

Prerequisite(s): (EDR 5000 with a grade of C or higher or SLEM with a minimum score of S); (EDR 5100 with a grade of C or higher, SLES with a minimum score of S, or EDR 6100 with a grade of C or higher)

EDR 6150 - Single Subject Experimental Research Design

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is an advanced quantitative research course concentrating on single subject research design and analysis for educators. It is designed to prepare students to design, conduct, and evaluate research using single subject designs. An understanding of the salient features as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these research methods is provided. Students will also analyze published research that uses these methods. (Offered occasionally)

Prerequisite(s): (EDR 5000 with a grade of C or higher or SLEM with a minimum score of S); (EDR 5100 with a grade of C or higher, SLES with a minimum score of S, or EDR 6100 with a grade of C or higher)

EDR 6350 - Measurement and Evaluation of Educational Outcomes

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will introduce various types of outcome and assessment measures used in K-16 educational setting for different purposes (e.g., formative/summative assessment, accountability, and program/policy evaluations), data collection methods, and the limitation in these assessment measures and their use. Students will also learn how these outcomes are analyzed using quasi-experimental designs to understand the effectiveness of educational programs and policies with the intent of improving student outcomes and educator and school effectiveness. Student will engage in critical examination of studies that rely on these various outcome measures as well as the analysis of data using methods learned in this class. (Offered in Fall, even years)

Prerequisite(s): EDR 6100* with a grade of C or higher

* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

EDR 6400 - Advanced Qual Research for Ed

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills needed to conduct publishable qualitative research in education. Multiple qualitative methods will be used. An additional goal is to provide students with the tools or results that will be useful to them in their future work. (Offered every Fall and Summer semester)

Prerequisite(s): (EDR 5400 with a grade of C or higher or SLEQ with a minimum score of S)

EDR 6500 - Multilevel Regression Models

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This class introduces students to how to analyze multilevel data where observations are nested within larger clusters, such as repeated measures nested within individuals, individuals nested within classrooms, and classrooms nested within schools. Advanced topics include longitudinal data analysis, discrete dependent variables, meta-analysis, and power and design considerations. (Offered in Spring in odd years)

Prerequisite(s): EDR 6100 with a grade of C or higher

EDR 6600 - Designing Mixed Methods Research

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the issues and principles of mixed methods research design, based on the collection of qualitative and quantitative data that inform one another and result in valid and credible research. Students will design a mixed methods study appropriate for proposed research questions, including a theoretical framework. Social justice will be emphasized as a framework for mixed methods projects. (Offered every Fall semester)

Prerequisite(s): (EDR 5000 with a grade of C or higher or SLEM with a minimum score of S); (EDR 5100 with a grade of C or higher, SLES with a minimum score of S, or EDR 6100 with a grade of C or higher)

EDR 6930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable up to 12 credits)

EDR 6950 - Special Study for Exams

Credit(s): 0 Credits

Special study for exams.

EDR 6960 - Project Guidance

Credit(s): 0-4 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDR 6970 - Research Topics in Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Prerequisites: EDR 5000; EDR 5100; EDR 5400.

Prerequisite(s): (EDR 5000 with a grade of C or higher or SLEM with a minimum score of S); (EDR 5100 with a grade of C or higher, SLES with a minimum score of S, or EDR 6100 with a grade of C or higher); (EDR 5400 with a grade of C or higher or SLEQ with a minimum score of S)

EDR 6971 - Research Topics EdD

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Same as EDR 6970 except this course is for Ed.D. students.

Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students in a Doctor of Education degree.

EDR 6980 - Graduate Reading Course

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Prior permission of guiding professor required.

EDR 6990 - Dissertation Research

Credit(s): 0-12 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Research.

EDSP 3560 - Special Ed. Process

Credit(s): 2 Credits

Focus on the process involved in special education assessments, diagnosis, placement and intervention. Analysis of federal, state and local requirements. Emphasis on development of IEP/IFSP's. Strategies for parent involvement are included.

EDSP 3700 - Intro to Disabilities Studies

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course investigates the interdisciplinary nature of disabilities studies. Historical, legal, cultural, social, economic and political factors that shape our understanding of disability is explored and analyzed in this course. The course also analyzes the impact of these factors on education of students with disabilities in today’s world.

EDSP 3930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDSP 3980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Independent Study. Every semester.

EDSP 4240 - Classroom Organization and Management (Early Childhood, ECSE, Elementary, Special Education)

Credit(s): 2 or 3 Credits

In this course students will examine classroom organization and behavior management in EC, ECSE, Elementary and Special Education settings. Causes of problems, prevention techniques and models for management will be explored. Family, community and advocacy issues will be addressed. This course is to be taken prior to the professional semester.

EDSP 4250 - Classroom Organization and Management (Middle, Secondary and Special Education)

Credit(s): 2 or 3 Credits

In this course students will examine classroom organization and behavior management in middle, secondary and special education settings. Causes of problems, prevention techniques and models for management will be explored. Family, community and advocacy issues will be addressed. This course is to be taken prior to the professional semester.

EDSP 4310 - Ed & Psych of the Exp Ind

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Survey of the historical development of Special Education: introduction to current issues. Psychological, medical, and sociological aspects related to development of the exceptional individual in classroom learning environments. Alternative instructional strategies, special education resources, family programs, multi-cultural issues introduced. Every semester.

Attributes: Social Science Req (A&S)

EDSP 4380 - Student Teaching in Early Childhood Inclusive Classrooms

Credit(s): 6-10 Credits

Involves full time student teaching in a class for young children with special needs under the direction of an experienced teacher and a university supervisor.

Prerequisite(s): EDSP 4530 with a grade of C or higher

EDSP 4400 - Speech & Lang Dev Exp Ch

Credit(s): 2-4 Credits

A study of language and speech acquisition development, structure and function in non-disabled and exceptional children, preschool through adolescence. Spring semester.

EDSP 4470 - Teach Meth for Inc Class EC/EL

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Course focuses on the inclusion of all students in the general early childhood and elementary classrooms. Emphasis will be on the development of intervention strategies, differentiations of instruction for all students, facilitation of social acceptance, participation in the IEP process and collaboration with other professionals. Includes strategies for gifted students with disabilities. Included field work.

Prerequisite(s): EDSP 4310 with a grade of C or higher

EDSP 4480 - Teaching Method Incl Class Mid & Sec

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Course focuses on the inclusion of all students in the general middle and secondary classrooms. Emphasis will be on the development of intervention strategies, differentiation of instruction for all students, facilitation of social acceptance, participation in the IEP process and collaboration with other professionals. Includes strategies for gifted students and students with disabilities. Includes field work.

Prerequisite(s): EDSP 4310 with a grade of C or higher

EDSP 4510 - Collaboration in Special Education

Credit(s): 2 Credits

Presents approaches to working collaboratively with students with disabilities and their families in schools, homes, and communities. Exploration of theories and methods to inform and support family/professional partnerships. Offered in spring.

Prerequisite(s): EDSP 3700; EDSP 4310

EDSP 4530 - Curriculum Methods & Matl ECSE

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An investigation of designs for early childhood special education environments. Focus on intervention approaches including parental involvement. Survey of existing programs and an introduction to basic research in the field. Every third semester.

EDSP 4540 - Supervised Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Individual, small group and/or classroom teaching experience under the supervision of a master teacher and a University supervisor. Seminar included.

Prerequisite(s): EDI 3550 with a grade of C or higher

EDSP 4600 - Medical Implications in Special Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Course designed to provide theoretical and practical information about physical and health related problems related to the exceptional child. Emphasis on developmental, medical and genetic characteristics related to the field of special education.

EDSP 4610 - Meth Mild/Mod Elem

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): EDSP 3700 with a grade of C or higher

EDSP 4620 - Intro to Mild/Mod Dis Sec Meth

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the educational and psychological characteristics (cognitive, emotional, and social) of secondary age individuals with mild-moderate disabilities and the implications that these characteristics have for practice. Problems of definitions, screening, diagnosis, classification systems, transition, futures planning, classroom management, and multicultural issues are addressed. Information useful for selecting and developing intervention programs for secondary age students with mild disabilities are addressed. Included is an overview of research in the field with emphasis on the study of instructional approaches emphasizing specific methods and materials.

Prerequisite(s): EDSP 3700 with a grade of C or higher

EDSP 4640 - Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A seminar to examine issues related to early childhood special education. Topics include theoretical perspectives, family issues, infant programming, environmental and personal strategies for self management, transdisciplinary practices, collaborative consultation and current trends.

Prerequisite(s): EDSP 4530 with a grade of C or higher

EDSP 4660 - Pract Mild/Mod Elem

Credit(s): 3 Credits

EDSP 4670 - Pract Mild/Mod Sec

Credit(s): 3 Credits

EDSP 4850 - Student Teaching: Elementary Inclusive Classroom

Credit(s): 10 Credits

EDSP 4930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDSP 4980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Independent Study.

EDSP 5100 - Comparative Theories and Practice to Address Challenging Behaviors

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Teachers often report that one of the most challenging classroom skills to acquire is the ability to effectively provide for students who have complex or demanding behaviors. Teachers want their classroom to be an inviting and productive place for all to learn. Int his course Graduate Students will investigate theories of classroom management, culturally responsive teaching, and positive behavioral support and will apply these ideas to professional practices that support the behavioral needs of their students while establishing environments where all students learn. (Offered occasionally)

EDSP 5200 - Mental Health Literacy

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Mental health is commonly misunderstood as a mere psychological state and is often associated with the presence of mental illness. Students will investigate the concept of mental health from an interdisciplinary and holistic viewpoint that goes beyond the consideration of one's psychological state and presence of mental illness. Students will explore the four scientific and theoretical dimensions of mental health, broadly called well-being. These dimensions include physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well being. Finally, students will apply theories and evidence based practices to promote their own mental health and well-being and the mental health and well-being of their students. (Offered occasionally)

EDSP 5260 - Practicum in Special Ed.

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Graduate students synthesize the educational experiences obtained at the university through an extended, in-depth field experience under daily supervision. Offered annually.

EDSP 5280 - Inclusive Practice: On-Site Coached Practicum

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Coaching delivers highly effective collaboration, where the sharing and cascading of good practice builds a powerful learning platform for leaders, educators, and support staff. In the class of Inclusive Practice: On-site Coached Practicum an interactive experience designed to promote and support the participant's professional growth will occur. Graduate Students will be coached on-site by both SLU Faculty and peer coaches in how to apply effective social, emotional and academic classroom practices in the participant's own classroom setting. Opportunities for professional collaboration will be offered on a regular basis. (Offered occasionally)

EDSP 5290 - Collaborative Learning

Credit(s): 0.5 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Collaborative Learning is necessary for a positive agency of change. The EDSP 5290 will provide a way of working together to affect the practices of schooling. This model is based on the underlying assumption that improved learning environments for students are more likely with continuous, job-embedded conversations among educators. Through this course, the graduate student will engage in on-going collaborative discussions around social-emotional challenges and how they relate to academic barriers through in-depth investigation of establishing and maintaining a continuous improvement cycle of inquiry, action research, planning, implementation, reflection, and evaluation to address classroom challenges as they occur. (Offered occasionally)

EDSP 5310 - Advanced Studies in Psych/Educ the Exceptional Child

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Course focuses on the field of disability studies. Content includes psychological, medical, and sociological aspects of disabilities as related to cognitive, affective and psychomotor development of the exceptional individual. Alternative instructional strategies/teaching methods are included. Special education resources and family issues are introduced. Research to practice is emphasized. Offered every semester.

EDSP 5350 - Differentiated Instruction: Theories and Practice

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Students come to the classroom with diverse experiences, understandings, interests, strengths, and needs. The teacher's ability to understand why, when and how to differentiate instruction as a part of everyday planning and instructional delivery routines can increase equity, access, rigor, and engagement for all students. In this course, graduate students will develop the agile thinking required to analyze problems of student learning and strategically adjust instruction to increase the likelihood of successful student performance for all learners in the classroom. (Offered occasionally)

EDSP 5400 - Teaching Everyone: Identifying Supports for Educational Access

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Participants in this course will enhance their abilities and skills to positively approach the work of supporting students who have a variety of classroom learning needs, while at the same time building collaborative partnerships with colleagues and families. Participants will explore research regarding effective practices for diverse learners and low academic performers. Participants will identify and interpret documents and pathways to access school and community systems that guide supports for students who have special needs. Additionally, participants will investigate the ethical and legal considerations surrounding student supports and mandated requirements. (Offered occasionally)

EDSP 5530 - Fundamentals in Neurology

Credit(s): 3 Credits

An examination of neurological structures and theoretical explanations fundamental to behavior. Offered annually.

EDSP 5600 - Seminar: Special Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

Introduction to graduate study in special education. The philosophy of science, research methodology and professional issues relating to the body of knowledge and practice in special education are discussed. Required of all special education graduate students.

EDSP 5610 - Seminar: Metal Retardation

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A gradate level study of the etiology, developmental characteristics, diagnosis, educational programs, family implications, social aspects of mental retardation.

EDSP 5630 - Seminar: Behavioral Disorders

Credit(s): 3 Credits

A survey of the prominent educational theories presenting explanations for the development of behavioral disorders; study of the major systems of instructional practice with application to the general field of special education.

EDSP 5930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDSP 5940 - Special Education Internship

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Integration of academic studies with administrative practice, clinical diagnosis procedures, community programs, consultant services, educational programming, research, social trends or other experiences specific to career goals. Emphasizes the relationship between scientific inquiry and professional practice.

EDSP 5950 - Special Study for Exams

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Special Study for exams.

EDSP 5980 - Graduate Reading Course

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Prior permission of guiding professor required.

EDSP 6010 - Doctoral Residency

Credit(s): 0 or 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDSP 6030 - Ethics of Special Education Leadership

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is intended to promote students' understanding of ethical considerations in the profession of special/disability education; the potential influences of personal and professional values in ethical decision making; and how to evaluate issues and make ethical decisions. Students will review ethical frameworks from which their decisions are influenced, and will analyze selected social issues in special education. Students will prepare a statement of their own personal ethics. Offered in spring during even years.

EDSP 6040 - Legal Issues in Special Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is intended to promote students' understanding of special education law as well as legal issues and how they have been addressed through case law and statute. Students will review legislation and supporting case law in special education along with preparing a review of a legal case and writing a legal paper that reviews an issue of concern to them.

EDSP 6060 - Media and Disability Issues

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

This course focuses on issues related to disability and its representation in the mass media, including television, film, print and online news articles, advertising, documentary, comic art, photography, and the Internet. Examples of course topics include the impact of stigma and stereotyping on the view persons with a disability, the various models of media representation of disability, and content and textual analysis of the representation in the media of persons with a disability.

EDSP 6110 - Special Education Administration

Credit(s): 2 or 3 Credits

Designed to prepare the administrator for management of programs in special education. The focus is on budget, legislation, organization, management, local, state and federal programs pertaining to special education discussed, as well as the preparation of grant proposals. Evaluation of programs and personnel. (Offered occasionally in Summer)

EDSP 6120 - Comparison of International SPED Programs

Credit(s): 3 Credits

EDSP 6500 - Advanced Seminar in Special Education

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable up to 15 credits)

An in depth examination of critical issues in special education. Course will be sectioned according to area of specialization. Offered occasionally.

EDSP 6910 - Special Education Internship

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDSP 6930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDSP 6950 - Special Study for Written Comprehensive Exams

Credit(s): 0 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

EDSP 6980 - Graduate Reading Course

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)