Course Listings

Course   Credits
ECI 510 Research in Education 3
ECI 530 Explorations in Diversity 3
EDL 550 Developmental Literacy: Emergence to Fluency 3
EDU 500 The Core of Education 3
EDL 560 Literature for Children 3
EDL 650 Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy 3
ECI 610 Transitions from Education's Roots to the Present 3
EDU 502 Education Methods of Teaching: Math, Science, Technology 3
EDU 503 Education Methods of Teaching: The Arts, English, Language Arts and Social Studies 3
EDU 504 Early Field Experience/Seminar: Physical Education, Family/Consumer Sciences 3
ESP 600/
EDU 506
Foundations of Special Education/
Child Abuse/SAVE
3
0
ECI 695 Capstone Portfolio Project 3
EDU 577 Student Teaching/Seminar: Career and Occupational Studies 6

 

Course Descriptions

EDU 506 Child Abuse Awareness/SAVE Seminar
This course, comprised of two online workshops, satisfies New York State’s requirements for Project SAVE legislation as well as Child Abuse Identification and Reporting.
 
ECI 510 Research in Education
This course affords the graduate student an overview of the methods used in educational research. Students will study and apply different methods of quantitative and qualitative research. The course will further increase a student's understanding of research methodology and design. The central focus will be on Action Research which will lead to the culminating project within the Master's program. At the completion of this course, the student will have identified their thematic concern and will have begun the cycle of Action Research. This course is offered in an on-line format.
 
ECI 530 Explorations in Diversity
This course is designed to provide theoretical and applied knowledge to practical methods, strategies, and techniques used to successfully meet the diverse needs of today's inclusive classroom.
 
EDL 550 Developmental Literacy: Emergence to Fluency
This course will introduce students to the research that supports balanced literacy from emergence to fluency. They will study the five pillars of reading instruction while exploring the components of word study, read-alouds, shared, guided, and independent reading and writing. The students will use this knowledge to plan systematic, explicit lessons within meaningful, engaging experiences in literacy.
 
EDU 500 The Core of Education
This course provides study and application of methods and materials appropriate for the understanding and implementation of a variety of "generic" situations as they apply to the various disciplines of teaching in the early childhood/childhood and middle childhood classrooms. New scholarship as well as classic philosophies will be implemented into the pragmatic aspects of the classroom as they apply to these various levels of learning.
 
EDL 560 Literature for Children
This course explores the role of children's literature in the elementary literacy program. Students will explore the various genre of literature both in the areas of fiction and nonfiction, narrative and expository. Students will read and develop activities using various types of trade books, to assist student in meeting the New York State English Language Arts Standards.
 
ESP 600 Foundations of Special Education
This course offers an examination of the historical, social, and legal foundations of special education. Emphasis will be placed on issues, trends, and legislation, which affect the provision of services in school, home, and community settings with a focus on inclusion of individuals with disabilities in home and school settings. An overview of the characteristics and instructional needs of individuals with disabilities will be provided for elementary and middle school settings. Provided, is an overview of the characteristics and instructional needs of individuals with all exceptionalities (including Autistic Spectrum Disorders) identified in the present federal educational disability related legislation. The impact of diversity and assistive technology services of persons with special needs in the school will also be addressed.
 
EDL 650 Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy
This course is designed to investigate current practices and procedures in the evaluation of student's literacy skills. The course will include instruction in the administration and analysis of informal reading inventories, running records, assessment of listening and speaking, word recognition, spelling development, , comprehension, writing development, and modes of responding to literature. Students will utilize information gleaned from assessment data to plan prescriptive instruction.
 
ECI 610 Transitions from Education's Roots to the Present
This course covers the various foundations of education. It provides a bridge from the works of past theorists and practitioners to current ideas and innovative teaching procedures of present day educators. The works of core influential thinkers, such as Socrates, Locke, Dewey, Skinner, Rogers, Piaget, Freire, Giroux, hooks, McLaren, and Gardner will be used.
 
EDU 502 Education Methods of Teaching: Math, Science, Technology
This course is designed to examine theories of learning and thinking as they interact with the elementary classroom disciplines of science, mathematics, and technology. A practical application of these theories will be explored and incorporated for the teaching of these disciplines in the early childhood, childhood and middle childhood classroom setting.
 
EDU 503 Education Methods of Teaching: The Arts, English, Language Arts and Social Studies
This course is designed for students to examine and analyze the information and expectations of the New York State Education Department and accumulate a repertoire of materials, methods and inclusive strategies to plan, teach and assess standards based creative arts,, language arts and social studies for all learners across a range of learning styles. Students will understand unit and lesson plans and assessments that align with the New York State Standards for Learning and the New York State Core Curriculum. The development of differentiated instructional planning, the use of curricular adaptations, the use of curriculum technology, assessment, and instructional strategies intended to support learners with diverse learning needs will be addressed. Attention will be given to the presentation of assistive technology. A practical application of these theories will be explored and incorporated for the teaching of the aforementioned in the early childhood, childhood, and middle childhood classroom.
 
EDU 504 Early Field Experience/Seminar: Physical Education, Family/Consumer Sciences
This course requires that the learner combines knowledge, dispositions, and skills through seminar training, early field/classroom experiences, and the use of Action Research. Students will reflect upon that which they have learned and apply this knowledge into active and meaningful learning experiences. This course also integrates the areas of health, physical education, family/consumer sciences and career development/occupational studies into the elementary curriculum. Finally, this course defines the understanding of the operations and management of the classroom.
 
EDU 505 Child Abuse Identification and Substance Awareness, Health Issues and School Violence
This course provides New York State certification in the identification and reporting of child abuse and teaching the awareness of substance prevention, health issues and school violence. It provides the student with opportunities to review literature for discussion or presentation and debate issues.
 
ECI 695 Capstone Portfolio Project
This course provides students the opportunity to present the material evidence of their preparedness to become professional teachers through the organization of Capstone Portfolio project. The course allows the students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned in the Elementary Education Program. To support their claims of the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the qualities of a professional teacher, students will document into the portfolio instructional materials they produce such as lesson plans, unit plans, assessment tools, classroom management plans, reflections, and research reports. The course will help the students draw desirable learning experiences from various courses of the program and consolidate them into a show case portfolio to demonstrate their readiness to join the teaching profession.
 
EDU 577 Student Teaching/Seminar: Career and Occupational Studies
This course provides students with on-site experience. The student will be assigned two situations, one at each level of their certification: Childhood (primary/intermediate levels) or Middle Childhood (intermediate/middle school levels). A professional portfolio and journal will be completed. Students will also, through seminars, become familiar with the New York State Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies.
 

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