Courses in Education (Graduate)

EDUC5100 Strategies for Collaboration 3 s.h.
Builds a professional learning community in a social learning context designed to discover how to take ownership for learning through shared readings, experiences, and reflections. Critically examines current educational trends and practices and clarifies procedures for systematic academic inquiry and reflection. Begins to develop the skills, nuances, and insights necessary for dynamic collaboration for future learning and application.

EDUC5103 Language, Literacy, and Learning 3 s.h.
Examines language development and functions as related to emergent literacy, social contexts, standard English, and linguistic diversity. Considers a variety of approaches to language study, explores language use both in and out of school, and implications for teaching.

EDUC5104 Literacy and Instruction 3 s.h.
Addresses critical reading developments and conceptions of writing and writing research. Reviews major shifts and trends in writing instruction and the key people who have influenced the field of writing instruction at the elementary school level.

EDUC5106 Critical Perspectives of Children's Literature 3 s.h.
Reviews children's literature through the lens of literary theory and research in children's literature to include critical evaluation and selection skills. Addresses reading and writing methods and strategies linked to the utilization of children's literature in the classroom.

EDUC5107 Strategies for Reading Instruction 3 s.h.
Examines the diagnosis of reading abilities and disabilities of individual pupils; development of programs for small groups and individuals at different levels of readiness; and evaluation of progress in reading ability based on both psychological and emotional adjustment. Explores theories of reader response in relation to the reading process and implications for instruction.

EDUC5108 Literacy Instruction for ESL and Special Needs 3 s.h.
Introduces and provides analysis of main issues and theories in second language acquisition. Highlights research and theories related to people who struggle with reading, writing and other literacy tasks. Covers course topics that include reading performance on high stakes achievement measures; aptitude/achievement discrepancy; second language status, and other special needs.

EDUC5109 Diagnostics and Assessment in Literacy 3 s.h.
Investigates a review of cognitive and affective assessments in reading and writing. Develops and applies strategies for using data to adapt instruction for learners with reading difficulties. Focuses on the Identification of best practices for literacy evaluation.

EDUC5110 Differentiating Instruction through Technology 3 s.h.
Use of various hardware and software in designing instruction for diverse learners.

EDUC5120 Best Practice with Technology 3 s.h.
Applies analysis of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards propositions for application to technology integration in the classroom.

EDUC5150 Motivation and Learning: Co-Operation and the Quality Classroom 3 s.h.
Designed to give teachers the theory and skills to create lesson plans that meet the basic psychological needs of students and gain their cooperation in the learning process. Based on the works of Drs. William Glasser, David Johnson and Roger Johnson, this course leads participants through a series of learning activities designed to instruct them in the concepts of Control Theory and Cooperative Learning and how these concepts can be combined in a program of instruction and behavior management.

EDUC5201 Diversity 3 s.h.
Addresses understanding of human diversity through the study of individual differences in learning. Participants will examine their own personal beliefs, stereotypes and prejudices through reflective inquiry and will develop strategies to enhance equitable learning environments for all persons in a school or workplace.

EDUC5202 Creativity 3 s.h.
Explores the development of teacher creativity through the integration of the basic functions of thinking, feeling, sensing, and intuiting. Participants will foster personal creative abilities through experimental activities within the creative domains and engage in learning experiences to identify ways to make connections with K-12 students.

EDUC5203 Curriculum Design - TCIN Virtual Schools 3 s.h.
Introduces systems theory and systematic course design. Students will design a course for online presentation, including targeted standards, assessment instruments, and a plan for field testing and revision.

EDUC5204 Online Teaching and Learning - TCIN Virtual Schools 3 s.h.
Introduces the principles of online teaching and learning. Students will learn strategies for presenting information, enhancing discussion, providing effective feedback, and revising their facilitation techniques according to recent literature in online teaching and learning.

EDUC5205 Taking Heart 3 s.h.
Explores systematic reflection of being a leader in all settings. Engagement in self-renewal learning experiences to enhance critical thinking and decision making skills. Develop productive work relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders.

EDUC5260 Responsibility, Respect, and Relationships: Creating Emotionally Safe Classrooms 3 s.h.
Providing teachers the knowledge and skills to deal with students’ apprehensions and fears and at the same time create an emotionally safe classroom atmosphere that promotes learning. Topics covered include teaching to various learning styles and preferences, setting attainable goals for improving student achievement, and helping students in crisis situations.

EDUC5270 Classroom Management: Dealing with Discipline Problems 3 s.h.
Provides knowledge and skills for teachers to apply previously learned Choice Theory concepts to commonly occurring classroom discipline problems and to help students take responsibility for their own behavior.

EDUC5310 Core Proposition I 3 s.h.
Focuses on knowledge, skills, and dispositions to improve understanding of how P-12 students learn and develop. Identification of individual student differences and equitable treatment is demonstrated through critical analysis and evaluation of curriculum and instruction development and application to classroom practice.

EDUC5320 Core Proposition II 3 s.h.
Develops an understanding of how subject matter knowledge is created, organized and linked to other disciplines. Explores effective teaching strategies to convey subject matter to P-12 students in classroom practice and is demonstrated through critical analysis and evaluation of curriculum and instruction.

EDUC5330 Core Proposition III 3 s.h.
Focuses on improving professional skills to manage and monitor P-12 student learning. The impact of effective classroom management and assessment practices are critically examined through application experiences in the classroom.

EDUC5340 Core Proposition IV 3 s.h.
Examines and promotes the use of systematic self-reflection and action research as a means to critically analyze classroom practice. Draws upon educational research and is conveyed through dialogue and the use of descriptive, analytical and reflective writing.

EDUC5350 Core Proposition V 3 s.h.
Addresses school effectiveness through collaborative partnerships with educational stakeholders. Engages in teacher research to develop strategies and plans to create and maintain positive relationships with parents, community, and other school professionals.

EDUC5370 Leadership Foundations: Teaching and Learning in the Context of Change 3 s.h.
Explores leadership studies through examination of adult learning theories, past and current models of leadership, and assessment of participant’s own leadership styles, providing a foundation for future studies. Introduces the process of graduate-level scholarship and provides understanding of the processes and policies of graduate studies at Graceland University.

EDUC5400 Special Education Strategies for Collaboration 3 s.h.
Explores and connects to past, present and future teaching and learning experiences within the initial course investigation of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) framework. Develops and practices foundational skills in systematic inquiry, collaboration, and reflection through course activities.

EDUC5410 Collaborative Study of the Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 s.h.
Through collaborative study groups, explores etiologies of mild and moderate disabilities. Engages in inquiry of current trends in educational programming, educational alternatives and related services and correlates these findings as they relate to appropriate multi disciplinary team planning. Examines general developmental, academic, social-emotional, psychological, career and functional characteristics and explores their relatedness to individual instructional planning. Engages candidates in review of definition, historical, philosophical, and legal issues of individuals with disabilities that include students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

EDUC5423 Special Education Methods 3 s.h.
Provides the classroom teacher with numerous curricular and instructional methodologies which facilitate knowledge and promote development of cognitive, academic, social, language and functional life skills for identified students. Develops and applies remedial methods, instructional techniques, and appropriate use of assistive technology as it relates to individual learning levels.

EDUC5430 Managing Student Learning and Behavior 3 s.h.
Explores classroom management theories, methods, and techniques for individuals with exceptional learning needs. Enables candidates to design, implement, and evaluate instructional programs, which motivate students to monitor their engagement in active social learning in family, school, and community activities. Directs candidates tol be able to provide evidence of their plan through descriptions and examples of completed instruction, related assessments and a reflection on these examples.

EDUC5440 Special Education Teachers Think Systematically About Their Practice 3 s.h.
Examines and promotes the use of systematic self-reflection and action research as a means to critically analyze classroom practice. Draws upon educational research and is conveyed through dialogue and the use of descriptive, analytical and reflective writing.

EDUC5441 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 s.h.
Examines characteristics of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as associated issues that may be present. Identified effective practices that can be utilized to deal with each student’s special circumstances.

EDUC5460 Educational Assessment 3 s.h.
Provides candidates with opportunities to administer, score, and interpret diagnostic tests used in the development of instructional planning. Identifies student strengths and needs that will be determined through multiple methods of assessment. Candidates will plan and implement both individual and group instruction with objectives based on assessment outcome. Explores legal provisions, regulations and guidelines as they apply to both formal and informal testing. Examines terminology and knowledge of specialized strategies relating to various disabilities.

EDUC5480 Transitional Planning 3 s.h. (For 5-12 only.)
Collaborative groups will explore and implement career and vocational program planning for secondary students with mild/moderate disabilities. Effective planning will include the student, community services, networks and organizations, and other community resources such as parents and various professionals, that will lead to increased student learning with career goals and objectives to support their transition to post-school settings.

EDUC5510 Fostering Productive Leadership Communication and Relationship Building Skills 3 s.h.
Examines the roles that leaders play as partners in shaping, and being shaped by, the organizational cultures they seek to influence. Investigate the implications for leading and building effective community at various levels of application. Covers the following topics: Skill development in verbal and non-verbal communication strategies; exploration into the development of collaborative working partnerships.

EDUC5520 Developing and Facilitating Effective Professional Development Experiences 3 s.h.
Provides knowledge and skills through the development of effective design and facilitation of professional development and/or training experiences, including relevant teaching and learning theories/models. Identifies appropriate resources; marketing, designing effective workshops and/or training materials and using assessment tools for evaluation purposes will be explored.

EDUC5530 Assessment and Program Evaluation 3 s.h.
Prepares leaders to design and conduct program evaluation and critically assess input from multiple stakeholders and other sources of data. Explores assessment of learning outcomes, assessment techniques, and assessment of effective management, program evaluation and evaluation of staff development. Provides learners with the expertise necessary to effectively, ethically, and efficiently conduct evaluations, and present and communicate assessment and evaluation results to diverse stakeholder groups.

EDUC5540 Conflict Resolution Strategies 3 s.h.
Successful leaders respond well in conflict situations and are able to assist in the resolution of conflict among others. Introduces learners to several theoretical frames for studying and explaining the conflict process that may emerge in organizational settings. Explores theories, methods, skills and practices associated with successfully engaging in the dynamics of conflict interactions.

EDUC5550 Technology Tools and Strategies for Leaders 3 s.h.
Explores leadership and management decision making skills for the application and advancement of technology in the workplace. Includes the following topics: Delivery using multimedia, matching technologies to outcomes, cost and funding of technology and trends in instructional technology. Assesses and evaluates risks and threats with the wide availability of media (the internet, iPods, cell phones, and others) to security and ethical behavior.

EDUC5900 Topics in Education 1-3 s.h.
Content may vary and will be announced at the time of offering. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

EDUC6100 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research 3 s.h.
Focuses on action research methodology and provides preparation to engage in a research study that addresses P-12 students' learning. Emphasizes the development of a research question, review of literature, methods and procedures and appropriate APA usage. Demonstrates the inquiry process through submission of a Capstone Action Research proposal and accompanying approval documents. Prerequisites: All courses listed in emphasis.

EDUC6110 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.
Focuses on the implementation and completion of the approved action research study designed in EDUC6100. Presents dissemination of research results and conclusions and peer reviews critical analysis of the research process. Prerequisite: EDUC6100.