MAE Course Descriptions

EDU 500. INSTRUCTIONAL THEORY AND PRACTICE (3 sem. hrs.)
Development of knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to improve instructional effectiveness; emphasis on models of teaching and diagnosing learning/teaching problems and prescribing to increase effectiveness. 

EDU 501. CURRICULUM THEORY AND POLICY (3 sem. hrs.)
Development of knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to structure knowledge, organize and change the elementary/secondary curriculum; emphasis on purposes, materials and practices associated with effective schools. 

EDU 502. EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH (4 sem. hrs.)
Development of knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to research and evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum, instruction, or intervention; emphasis on research strategies and analysis of descriptive and judgmental information for planning and decision-making. 

EDU 504. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS (3 sem. hrs.)
Development of knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for making responsible professional decisions; emphasis on ethical case studies related to curriculum and instruction. 

EDU 512. FOUNDATIONS OF READING (3 sem. hrs.)
Examination of the psychological and sociological theories of reading; emphasis on factors influencing the process of learning to read and the major approaches to teaching reading. 

EDU 513. TEACHING READING IN THE CONTENT AREAS (3 sem. hrs.)
The purpose is to help content area teachers, both elementary and secondary, teach the content of their subject areas more effectively. 

EDU 514. DIAGNOSIS AND REMEDIATION OF READING DIFFICULTIES (3 sem. hrs.)
Development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to using formal and informal tools for diagnosing reading levels and providing for remediation where needed; emphasis is on effective strategies of diagnosis and remediation by the classroom teacher. Nine (9) clock hours (3 class sessions) of what was regularly scheduled class time for the course will be given to students in exchange for eighteen (18) clock hours of clinical-type field based experience. 

EDU 520. COMPUTERS IN EDUCATION I (3 sem. hrs.)
Development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to introduce and use microcomputer hardware and software into the classroom; emphasis is on the functions of a microcomputer system, evaluation and utilization of software packages for CAI, Data Base and Word Processing uses for the classroom teacher.

EDU 521. COMPUTERS IN EDUCATION II (3 sem. hrs.)
Development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to make microcomputers an integral part of the curriculum; emphasis on CAI, CMI, LOGO, BASIC, problem solving techniques and integration in the curriculum. Prerequisite: EDU 520 or permission of the instructor. 

EDU 522. INTRODUCTION TO DATA ANALYSIS (3 sem. hrs.)
Development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to understand, interpret, and evaluate the quantitative results of educational research studies; emphasis on the meaning and application of graphs, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics as they are used to solve problems in education. Prerequisite: EDU 502.

EDU 523. TRENDS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (3 sem. hrs.)
Examination of current trends in curriculum and instruction in selected content taught in the elementary school; emphasis on the major content areas of social studies, language arts, mathematics, and art. Selected content areas will change. Students may register for this course a second or third time when content areas change. 

EDU 524. TRENDS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION (3 sem. hrs.)
Examination of current trends in curriculum and instruction in selected content taught in the secondary school; emphasis on the major content areas of social studies, English, mathematics, and humanities. Selected content areas will change. Students may register for this course a second or third time when content areas change. 

EDU 525. MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE (3 sem. hrs.)
This course is an introduction to the study of multicultural literature for children, emphasizing the use of multicultural literature as both mirrors and windows through which children might learn more about themselves and others. It will examine the use of multicultural children’s literature in early, middle, and AYA classrooms to promote cultural understanding and affirm the value of diversity in a global society. There will be a strong emphasis on the selection of authentic literature that presents an accurate portrayal of various ethnic groups including, but not limited to, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and native American cultures, as well as diverse lifestyles. Theoretical and historical perspective of multicultural literature, as well as current trends, issues, controversies, and classroom implications will be explored. Open to all graduate students. 

EDU 526. ACADEMIC CONTENT STANDARDS (3 sem. hrs.)
This course is a survey, analysis and evaluation of the current emphasis on standards in the teaching of mathematics, social studies, reading/language arts and science. Emphasis is placed on the recommendations of the Specialized Professional Associations relative to each content area. Students examine instruction in reference to the Ohio Academic Content Standards and the Ohio model Curricula.

EDU 527. CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT (3 sem. hrs.)
Examination of the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development of children and adolescents ages 3-21, covering the licensure areas of early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence to young adult, and multi-age. Emphasis will be on the critical appraisal of developmental theories in terms of research support and educational practice. (Offered occasionally, summer)

EDU 528. MOTIVATION TO ACHIEVE (3 sem. hrs.)
Examination of contemporary theories of motivation that are relevant to promoting learning in students within the context of P-12 classrooms and schools. Emphasis will be on the critical appraisal of theories of motivation in terms of research support and educational practice.

EDU 529. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (3 sem. hrs.)
Effective teaching utilizes curriculum that facilitates learning with strategies and models appropriate for the learner and an environment that maximizes production learning time. Emphasis will be on developing skills to become a reflective practitioner and to implement effective classroom management practices in providing P-12 students with an optimal learning environment. 

EDU 530. ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION IN SCHOOLS (3 sem. hrs.)
Examination of principles and procedures of assessment and evaluation used by teachers for the purposes of placement, determining readiness, diagnosis, feedback, grading, and certifying mastery within the context of P12 classrooms and schools. Emphasis will be on the construction, selection, and evaluation of measures of achievement and aptitude using the criteria of validity, reliability, and usability to inform and improve decision-making. Prerequisites: EDU 500. 

EDU 531. TEACHER LEADERSHIP (3 sem. hrs.)
The aim of the course is to foster leadership capabilities and skills in teachers and to empower them to be change agents for improving schools in their communities. Emphasis will be on the analysis and evaluation of education leaders as role models, understanding the principles of leadership that are most important in education settings, and applying leadership principles to education problems in schools and communities.

EDU 533. ARCHAEOLOGY FOR EDUCATORS K-12 (3 sem. hrs.)
Humanity, and all it entails, expresses itself through the material culture (objects) it produces. Participants in this three semester hour week-long exploration will learn how archaeology unlocks the diversity of past human experiences, and how this can be shared with primary and secondary classes. Participants will discover ways to integrate archaeology into their existing curricula of social science, history, science, math, art, and communication. Educators will be exposed to sample activities to be used in the classroom, as well as receiving first-hand experience in the discovery process, excavating at the Johnson’s Island Prisoner of War Depot. This class is designed for elementary and secondary educators. (Offered summer)

EDU 534. INVESTIGATING A CIVIL WAR PRISON (3 sem. hrs.)
Within the Center for Historic and Military Archaeology (CHMA), this week-long summer course in Civil War archaeology is offered at the historic Johnson’s Island Prisoner of War Depot site. This course will immerse the participant in the inquiries and investigations conducted at this national historical landmark site. Participants will experience how history comes alive through the scientific processes of excavation and analysis, as well as exploration of diaries and letters of those imprisoned at Johnson’s Island. This course is designed for the serious adult student of archaeology (avocation) and primary and secondary teachers. (Offered summer)

EDU 535. THE EFFECTIVE TEACHER (2 sem. hrs.)
Students will learn more about what it means to be an effective teacher. They will hear from effective educators working in K-12 education who have been identified within their districts, and will read, study, and analyze case studies or media presentations to help teachers learn more about their strengths as a teacher and what constitutes “effectiveness” in classrooms and schools. Students will also discuss and reflect on their own successful and less-than-successful experiences in education. 

EDU 536. DIVERSITY EXPERIENCE (0 sem. hrs.)
This course will provide candidates with the opportunity to have a meaningful instructional experience in a diverse educational setting that differs from that which they encounter on a daily basis in their own classroom/district. The setting/classroom for this experience must include students from two or more racial/ethnic backgrounds as well as socioeconomic diversity in order to meet NCATE standards.

EDU 541. SPECIAL TOPICS IN EDUCATION (1-3 sem. hrs.)
Examination of current national and regional topics related to curriculum and instruction (e.g., effective schools research, cooperative learning, testing of teachers, content area studies). Topics will change. Students may register for this course a second or third time when topics change, for a maximum of 9 semester hours. 

EDU 544. MIDDLE LEVEL TRANSITIONS (2 sem. hrs.)
The course is designed to help candidates gain an overview of the effective principles of good teaching (giving special emphasis to the young adolescent) as seen through the academic literature and practices of teaching. Candidates will consider the developmentally appropriate instruction strategies that are available to help create a motivated, positive climate for learning. Prerequisites: MAE admission requirements. (Offered summer)

EDU 546. MIDDLE LEVEL MATHEMATICS CONTENT, PEDAGOGY, AND ASSESSMENT (2 sem. hrs.)
The course prepares PreK-3 classroom teachers with the conceptual knowledge and skills needed to teach 4th and 5th grade mathematics. Ohio Academic Content Standards Mathematics content will be examined in context with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Prerequisites: MAE admission requirements. (Offered summer)

EDU 547. MIDDLE LEVEL SCIENCE, CONTENT, PEDAGOGY, AND ASSESSMENT (2 sem. hrs.)
The course prepares PreK-3 classroom teachers with the conceptual knowledge and skills needed to teach 4th and 5th grade science. Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science content will be examined in context with the National Science Teachers Association. Prerequisites: MAE admission requirements. (Offered summer)

EDU 548. MIDDLE LEVEL LANGUAGE ARTS CONTENT, PEDAGOGY, AND ASSESSMENT (2 sem. hrs.)
The course prepares PreK-3 classroom teachers with the conceptual knowledge and skills needed to teach 4th and 5th grade language arts. Ohio Academic Content Standards Language Arts content will be examined in context with the National Council of Teachers of English. Prerequisites: MAE admission requirements. (Offered summer)

EDU 549. MIDDLE LEVEL SOCIAL STUDIES CONTENT, PEDAGOGY, AND ASSESSMENT (2 sem. hrs.)
The course prepares PreK-3 classroom teachers with the conceptual knowledge and skills needed to teach 4th and 5th grade social studies. Ohio Academic Content Standards Social Studies content will be examined in context with the National Council of Social Studies. Prerequisites: MAE admission requirements. (Offered summer)

EDU 550. INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 sem. hrs.)
An opportunity for students to investigate an area normally not contained in existing courses or to investigate an area in greater depth than is possible in existing courses. The area of investigation need not necessarily to be in the area of certification of the student. Students are to identify the topic and method of investigation. Students are to complete a Learning Contract, clearly specifying the objectives, procedures, and the rationale for independent study. Approval of instructor and the Program Director and Graduate Dean is required in advance of registration deadlines. (Fall, spring, summer)

EDU 551. CO-TEACHING: HELPING SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS SUCCEED (3 sem. hrs.)
Co-teaching is a process which helps school staff better meet the needs of diverse learners. The purpose of this course is to provide both an overview of co teaching as well as detailed information about planning, implementing, and evaluating co- teaching programs. Participants will have the opportunity to explore both the conceptual and the operational aspects of this innovative approach to service delivery as well as learning other collaborative skills that can help co-teachers succeed in teaching ALL children. The course is designed for elementary and secondary general and special education teachers as well as counselors and administrators. It will be particularly helpful to professionals who are currently or planning to: 1) co-teach; 2) serve on problem-solving teams; 3) consult with other professionals.

EDU 560. WORKSHOP (1-3 sem. hrs.)
Each workshop will be individually designed with the course description and other pertinent data retained on file in the offices of the Program Director and/or the Registrar. A maximum of 4 semester hours of workshop credit may be applied to the degree. 

EDU 590. PRACTICUM IN EDUCATION I (3 sem. hrs.)
The culminating course in the program in which the student designs, implements, evaluates and reports on an action research project. Students will have a year to complete the course requirements. Prerequisites: a B- or better in EDU 502, 522; at least two of the following three required courses: EDU 500, 501, 504 (Curriculum & Instruction track); or EDU 504, 527, 528 (Generalist track); and a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

EDU 591. PRACTICUM IN EDUCATION II (1 sem. hr.)
After initial enrollment in EDU 590 Practicum in Education (3 sem. hrs.), the student must be continuously enrolled (Fall, Spring, Summer) in EDU 591 Practicum in Education II (1 sem. hr.) Only the initial three semester hours for EDU 590 may count toward the degree. (Fall, spring, summer)