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ECA Early Childhood Administration

ECA 380 Becoming an Early Childhood Education Leader in Today’s Society

3 Credits

This course will provide students with a clear and practical introduction to the leadership foundation including the knowledge, skills, theories, roles, and responsibilities prevalent in early childhood education administration today. This course will provide students with the framework to begin to build their leadership philosophy. Prerequisite: ECE 312.

ECA 400 Building, Maintaining and Leading Early Childhood Education Programs

3 Credits

This course will further explore the knowledge, skills and roles of an early childhood professional in leading staff, families, children and communities. Students will explore the building, maintaining, and leading of early childhood programs fostering communication, collaboration, and high quality practices. Prerequisite: ECA 380

ECA 435 Leading the future of Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

This course explores fiscal management, policy and law topics surrounding the field of early childhood education. This course culminates in the development of student’s personal vision of leadership and a plan for a high quality early childhood education program. Prerequisite: ECA 400.

ECD Early Childhood Development

ECD 101 Foundations of Early Learning and Development

3 Credits
This course provides an overview of child development and early learning for children birth to age 8. Students will examine many different influences on child development including historical, biological, environmental, and cultural factors. In addition, theories and learning models foundational to this field will be discussed. Students will apply knowledge of theories and stages of child development to support developmentally appropriate practices. Finally, students will examine strategies and settings that promote development.

ECD 201 Atypical Development

3 Credits

In this course students will study atypical development. Students will differentiate between genetic and environmental factors that impact development. Students will also examine contemporary issues and trends related to children with exceptionalities. In addition students will analyze strategies for professionals and families that best support children with high incidence disabilities. Finally, students will summarize evidence based best practices for meeting the needs of diverse learners in inclusive settings. Prerequisite: ECD 101

ECD 301 Foundations of Early Intervention

3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to early intervention for children and their families (birth to age 3). Students will explain the historical, legal and educational basis for early intervention. Subsequently, students will describe professional standards and ethics and their relationship to early intervention. Students will analyze the roles of early educators in the delivery of instructional services for young children. In addition, students will explain early intervention strategies and services and create a plan for collaborating with families and other professionals.  Prerequisite: ECD 201

ECD 302 Safe and Healthy Learning Environments

3 Credits

In this course students will learn about creating safe and healthy learning environments. Students will explain the influence that contemporary issues have on establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment. Students will examine the roles of professionals in creating and maintaining healthy learning environments. In addition, students will apply required codes and regulations to create a safe and healthy environment for young learners. Finally, students will describe resources that support a commitment to professionalism.   Prerequisite: ECD 201

ECD 305 Positive Learning Environments

3 Credits

In this course, students will learn about creating developmentally appropriate and positive learning environments for a diverse childhood population. The students will identify effective instructional planning for diverse learners. Students will recommend strategies for classroom management and establishing learning environments. Finally students will create a high quality learning environment that meets the needs of all learners. Prerequisite: ECD 301 or 302

ECD 310 Exceptional Learning & Inclusion

3 Credits

This course provides an examination of historical approaches for inclusion and their influence on current trends for learning environments for children with exceptionalities. Students will apply evidence based instructional methods and strategies to support children with diverse needs. In addition, students will analyze the collaborative models in inclusive settings that support and serve children and their families. Finally students will create a professional and ethical-based philosophy of inclusion for children with exceptionalities.

ECD 315 Curriculum Planning & Design for Early Learners

3 Credits

This course provides an examination of the essential elements of curriculum planning and design for diverse settings and learners. Students will analyze developmentally appropriate planning, teaching and assessment strategies used with a diverse childhood population. In addition, students will assess the role of educators in fostering each child’s development and joy of learning. Finally, students will create individualized objectives and design integrated standards-based lessons for a diverse childhood population. Prerequisite: ECD 310

ECD 320 Cognition and Language Development

3 Credits

This course provides students with a foundation of the theoretical frameworks related to cognitive and language development in children from birth to age three. Using this foundation, students will analyze current research and its influence on language acquisition and cognitive development. Additionally, students will explore the relationship between cognitive and language development. Finally, students will prepare an analysis of referral and intervention strategies for students with exceptionalities related to language and cognitive development.  Prerequisite: ECD 310

ECD 330 Ethics and Legal Responsibility in Early Learning Settings

3 Credits

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to special education in early learning settings. Students will examine legislation that impacts current special education practices in early learning settings. In addition, students will analyze the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part C) and identify the components of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP). Students will also focus on the process of Individualized Education Plans and how to differentiate placement consideration mandates for diverse learners. Prerequisite: ECD 315 or 320

ECD 336 Examining Multicultural & Anti-Bias Education

3 Credits

In this course, students will examine approaches and critical perspectives in multicultural education that acknowledge and support the needs of diverse children and families. Students will design activities and environments that are culturally and linguistically inclusive as well assess personal cultural competence and context for the purpose of building respectful, reciprocal relationships with diverse children and families. Finally, students will evaluate how families and culture affect the development of the child in order to plan for bias-free interactions and environments.

ECD 340 Language and Literacy Development

3 Credits

This course focuses on language and literacy development in children. In this course, students will examine foundational theories, milestones and research related to the development of language and literacy in young children. Students will promote effective strategies for involving families and explain a variety of assessment tools for language and literacy development. In addition, students will develop a theoretical-based philosophy of language and literacy development and examine the influence of linguistic and cultural diversity on the development of language and literacy. Finally, students will design developmentally appropriate standards-based lessons that foster language and literacy development.  Prerequisite: ECD 335

ECD 345 Family Systems and Community Resources

3 Credits

This course provides students with an analysis of theories and approaches for working with children, families, and the community. Students will examine how culture and family structure influences a child’s learning and development. Additionally, students will synthesize how children’s needs are met and supported through the family and community environment as socializing agents. Finally, students will evaluate family and community programs, agencies and resources that support the diverse needs of children.  Prerequisite: ECD 335

ECD 405 Assessment & Intervention

3 Credits

The content in this course will allow students to analyze the purpose of assessment in supporting children across all developmental domains. Using this foundation, students will examine the practical application of assessment tools and utilize assessment strategies to enhance the growth and development of children. Finally, students will synthesize their learning by developing an assessment portfolio that contains intervention strategies for meeting the developmental needs of children. 

ECD 410 Behavioral Methods and Strategies

3 Credits

In this course students will analyze the major theories of behavior. Students will evaluate effective strategies for both practitioners and families to use to promote optimal behavior in a diverse childhood population. In addition, students will create an environment that is inclusive of different behavioral needs. Finally, students will design an individual behavioral support plan for specific disruptive behaviors.  Prerequisite: ECD 405

ECD 415 Foundations of Play and Learning

3 Credits

This course focuses on play as the primary learning modality for young children. In this course, students will explain the function of play as a teaching and learning tool as well as analyze the role of play as a means of assessment. Students will evaluate the cultural and individual student factors that impact play in diverse settings. Finally, students will design appropriate play based activities and formulate a framework of play and learning for working with young children. Prerequisite: ECD 405

ECE Early Childhood Education

ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education including history, philosophy, advocacy, public policy, issues, trends, and careers. 

ECE 201 Introduction to Early Childhood Behavior Management

3 Credits
Introduction to Early Childhood Behavior Management will address age appropriate behavioral expectations. Challenging behaviors will be identified as well as strategies to assist with classroom management. Strategies to increase positive self-esteem as well as strategies to assist with classroom management will be examined. Students will also apply the understanding of how planning and assessment will be utilized to address challenging behaviors in the classroom. The final project will include creating a behavior plan to address a child's needs.

ECE 203 Introduction to Curriculum & Instruction for the Early Childhood Classroom

3 Credits

Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction for the Early Childhood Classroom examines the relationship between curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply developmentally appropriate practices to lessons. In addition, students will create lessons that are inclusive of culture and individual differences. Finally, students will apply knowledge of aligning professional standards to the curriculum and to the classroom. The final project will include a comprehensive curriculum plan.

ECE 205 Introduction to Child Development

3 Credits

Introduction to Child Development examines the principles of child development from birth to adolescence. The course begins with students discussing the major developmental stages, domains, and milestones of child development. Students will also analyze how knowledge of theories, developmental stages, and domains of development support developmentally appropriate practices. Throughout the course students will explore the importance of family involvement and the strategies that foster communication and engagement from families. Finally, using their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices, students will describe environments that nurture the physical, socio-emotional, language and cognitive growth of every child.

ECE 207 Professional Responsibilities in the Early Childhood Environment

3 Credits

Professional Responsibilities in the Early Childhood Environment examines key topics related to high quality early learning environments. In this course, students will discuss ways to involve families in the health, safety and nutritional growth of their children. Students will also utilize their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices to plan for high-quality learning environments for young children. Finally, this course examines administrative practices, workforce issues, professional standards, and ethical behaviors associated with operating a high quality early childhood environment.

ECE 214 Nutrition & Health of Children & Families

3 Credits

This course provides a study of the health and nutrition needs of children and families.

ECE 312 Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development and implementation of early childhood programs for a variety of age groups and purposes. Specifically, curriculum development, materials, teaching strategies, evaluation, budgets, hiring procedures and state guidelines/regulations are addressed as are the skills and competencies to implement the above. 

ECE 313 Collaboration with Parents & Community

3 Credits

Factors that promote effective communication and collaboration with parents of babies and preschool-aged children, families and community resources are considered in this course. 

ECE 315 Language Development in Young Children

3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the developmental stages of language acquisition in young children from birth to the age of 6. The focus of the course is on the facilitation of language acquisition in young children. 

ECE 320 Supporting Adolescent Development

3 Credits

Adolescence is the largest developmental period other than infancy. The purpose of this course is to provide a solid foundation for educators and other professionals to be able to support the developing adolescent. In this course, students will examine the key physical, social-emotional, behavioral, and cognitive changes in adolescence and explain methods for fostering positive peer and family relationships. Students will analyze the role of media and technology and its impact on adolescent development. Additionally, students will summarize the key elements that influence adolescent identity-development and propose strategies for supporting adolescents facing mental health and behavioral issues.

ECE 332 Child Development

3 Credits

This course provides a basic introduction to the nature of human growth and development as it occurs from conception through early childhood. Students learn about motor, cognitive, social, emotional, moral, aesthetic, and language development in early childhood.

ECE 335 Children’s Literature

Students learn how to select and use children’s books and other media relating to physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of babies and preschool-aged children.

ECE 341 Social & Emotional Growth of Infants & Toddlers

3 Credits

Social-emotional development including the management of emotions and the ability to establish positive relationships with others will be covered in this course. Students will learn the important elements in a childcare setting that support healthy social, emotional, and behavioral adjustment in infants and toddlers. 

ECE 343 Quality Care Environments for Infants & Toddlers

3 Credits

Students will learn both theory and application of why and how to set up, arrange and change early childhood learning environments to effectively meet the developmental needs of very young children. The role of the teacher, the importance of the environment, design principles, health and safety will be covered in this course. 

ECE 345 Infant & Toddler Learning & Development

3 Credits

Emphasis will be placed on effective activities and practices to promote language development, cognitive development and motor skill development in young children. Sensory, music and movement development will also be covered in this course. Appropriate behavior teaching and coaching for infants, toddlers, and 2-year-olds will be discussed.

ECE 347 Culture, Family & Childcare

3 Credits

This course will increase the students expertise and understanding of all the components that must work together to create an effective childcare setting in which all children can thrive. Elements to be covered in the planning of a childcare environment include discipline and behavior management as well as consideration of the child’s developmental level, the family and cultural context. 

ECE 351 Play & Learning for the Young Child

3 Credits

In this course students explore the significant role and impact of play on the development of children. Students will actively participate in discussions and activities related to major theorists, current research on play, the developmental stages of play, cultural influences, and current trends and topic related to play. 

ECE 353 Cognitive Development of Infants & Young Children

3 Credits

Students examine the theoretical frameworks related to cognitive development in children providing them with a foundational understanding of the theories of brain development. Using that foundation, students evaluate the relationship between cognitive development and the developmental domains in children and the influences on brain development. Additionally, students analyze how environment and genetics impact brain development and cognitive functioning and evaluate the educational and societal implications for children in the context of cognitive development and functioning. Throughout the course, students also synthesize their learning from the course to develop strategies and techniques in their work with children in a variety of educational settings to promote optimal cognitive development. 

ECE 354 Assessment & Intervention During Early Childhood

3 Credits

Throughout this course, students analyze the purpose of assessment in supporting children across all developmental domains. Using this foundation, students examine the practical application of assessment tools and utilize assessment strategies to enhance the growth and development of children. Finally, students synthesize their learning by developing an assessment portfolio that contains intervention strategies for meeting the developmental needs of children. 

ECE 355 Understanding Behavior & Family Dynamics

3 Credits

This course explores developmental theory and the relationship to the socialization and education of young children in child rearing, caring, and education. Special emphasis will be placed upon exploring how the child is viewed in the context of his or her family and the community at large. 

ECE 405 Children & Families in a Diverse Society

3 Credits

This course will provide a clear and practical introduction to multicultural and anti-bias issues, and aid students in developing culturally relevant methods in working with children and families in early childhood settings. 

ECE 600 Leadership, Innovation, and Social Justice in Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

Students in this course will be introduced to the professional knowledge, skills, dispositions, and standards expected of early childhood education professionals and innovative leaders in the field. Further, this course will introduce several programmatic themes—social justice, 21st century teaching and learning, and leadership—to inspire students to be active early childhood advocates for children. Students will also gain insights and understanding related to the academic, personal, and professional expectations of graduate students to support their success in the MAECEL program and in their profession.

ECE 601 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education including history, philosophy, advocacy, public policy, issues, trends, and careers. 

ECE 605 Children & Families in a Diverse Society

3 Credits

This course will provide a clear and practical introduction to multicultural and anti-bias issues and will aid students in developing culturally relevant methods in working with children and families in early childhood settings. 

ECE 611 Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods

This course focuses on curriculum development in early childhood and teaching strategies with a developmentally appropriate approach. Students will prepare curriculum and practice teaching strategies which illustrate the characteristics of play and creativity. The guidance of young children to include behavior management and creating positive learning environments will also be emphasized. 

ECE 612 Administration of Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development and implementation of early childhood programs for a variety of age groups and purposes. Specifically, curriculum development, materials, teaching strategies, evaluation, budgets, hiring procedures and state guidelines/regulations are addressed as are the skills and competencies to implement the above. 

ECE 624 Advanced Topics in Child Development, Learning, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices

3 Credits

This course examines current issues, trends, theories, and research related to child development and developmentally appropriate practices in the early childhood classroom. Students generate ethical solutions to relevant issues in the field of early childhood education and social justice. Further, students will examine how various leadership models foster professional knowledge and skills within their chosen field of study. Using this information, students design a classroom environment that incorporates evidence-based and developmentally appropriate strategies that promote optimal learning and development in young children. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650

ECE 625 Family & Community Engagement

3 Credits

This course focuses on factors that promote effective engagement with families of infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children, and the impact of this relationship on young children’s development, learning and behavior. Integration of concepts with best practice in early care and education, as well as family context and community resources are considered in this course. 

ECE 630 Language, Physical & Social Development in Young Children

3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the developmental stages of language acquisition, physical and social development in young children from birth to 6. The focus of the course is on the specific developmental milestones in young children. 

ECE 631 Building Family and Community Partnerships

3 Credits

This course provides opportunities for students to examine partnerships among early childhood professionals, families, and the communities in which they work. Throughout the course, students evaluate how their daily instructional practices promote positive outcomes for young children. Students explore the various partnerships necessary in early childhood education and discover how these partnerships can support curriculum, learners’ development, and the learning environment. Course requirements provide several opportunities for students to examine and discuss the effectiveness of ethical communication and collaboration strategies. Approaching course topics as reflective practitioners, students are able to determine how these specific partnerships fit into their future roles. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650

ECE 642 Quality Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

In this course, students examine the relationship between theory, research, and practice in creating quality curriculum for the early childhood classroom. In addition, students evaluate a wide array of approaches, instructional strategies, and tools utilized to positively influence each child’s learning and development. Students also analyze their roles as leaders in evaluating curriculum materials and models that align with state and national standards. Utilizing this information, students design challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive development and learning outcomes for all young children and across all domains of development. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650

ECE 653 Cognitive Development of Infants & Young Children

3 Credits

This course deals with theories regarding cognitive development in children from birth to eight years of age including knowledge resulting from brain research. The relationship between the rate of cognitive development and overall development will be explored throughout the course. Students will apply this knowledge to design programs to meet the needs of children with varying needs and abilities. 

ECE 654 Assessment & Intervention in Early Childhood

3 Credits

This course explores the issues around early assessment and intervention with young children. Specific developmental concerns will be identified and intervention programs will be examined. 

ECE 657 Assessment to Support Young Children and Families

3 Credits

In this course, students examine the purpose and ethical use of assessment and evaluation strategies, tools, and procedures in early childhood education. In addition, students analyze assessment methods related to developmental concerns and intervention strategies in early childhood settings. Students also evaluate leadership roles and responsibilities in building effective learning environments and programs through assessment partnerships and action research initiatives with families and colleagues. Throughout the course, students learn how to utilize effective assessment strategies to positively influence child development.

ECE 660 Action Research and Inquiry in Education

3 Credits

Students enrolled in this course are introduced to action research and are provided with an explanation of the goals, rationale, and value of action research in the early childhood environment. Students will demonstrate effective use of research sources using digital tools and evaluative methods. They will apply methodologies and use ethics to evaluate various educational theories and research and acquire skills that support best practices. During this course, students will identify a problem, construct an action research proposal, collect and analyze data, and identify implications for future action research while considering their professional and leadership capabilities. Prerequisite: ECE 631, ECE 642 and ECE 657

ECE 671 Management and Administration of Early Childhood Programs

3 Credits

This course provides students with an overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and administrate an early childhood facility. Students will create a personal definition of leadership and evaluate high-quality early childhood programs that meet the needs of diverse children, families, and communities. In addition, students will develop a strategic plan that meets high-quality and developmentally appropriate aspects of early childhood programs. Students will also examine how early childhood administrators evaluate faculty and staff. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650

ECE 672 Personnel Management & Staff Development for Early Childhood Administrators

3 Credits

In this course, students evaluate professional early childhood learning resources that target learning outcomes, program needs, and support family and community partnerships. Students also develop a strategic plan to foster professional learning and development for early childhood staff and teachers that includes professional learning models. In addition, students create a system that supports the development of effective personnel management practices and promotes high-quality programs. Throughout the course, students analyze ethical and professionally sound decision-making and leadership practices used in early childhood education.

ECE 673 Advocacy, Policy, and Social Justice in Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

In this course, students will learn about public policy and law as it relates to early childhood education. Students will leverage leadership skills, advocacy skills, and professional knowledge to promote educational transformation, social justice, and positive change in early childhood education. Prerequisite: ECE 671

ECE 695 Professional and Ethical Leadership in Early Childhood Education Capstone

3 Credits

The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education Leadership program. In this course, students integrate concepts they have learned through a capstone project designed to propose solutions to complex ethical dilemmas in the field of early childhood. In addition, students critique and showcase their attainment of program learning outcomes through a professional e-portfolio designed for program and professional purposes. Prerequisite: All Core course requirements

ECI Education Curriculum and Instruction

ECI 601 Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction: The Science of Learning and Teaching

3 Credits

This introductory course examines the science of learning and the impact that brain compatible instruction can have on learning. Students in the course analyze how learning theories, practices, and brain research-based strategies can support the development of effective curriculum & instruction and promote student success.

ECI 605 Contemporary Educational Issues, Trends, & Challenges

3 Credits

Effective curriculum design and implementation requires knowledge of educational and organizational issues, challenges, and trends. Professionals must use this knowledge collaboratively to make informed curriculum and instructional design decisions that positively impact learner, school, and organization achievement while sharing a belief that all learners can succeed. In this course, students are introduced to legislative reform policies, issues and trends pertaining to learning standards, college and career readiness, assessment and accountability, as well as improved accessibility to resources and the call for technology-based teaching, training, and learning. Prerequisite: ECI 601

ECI 610 21st Century Curriculum, Standards, and Assessment

3 Credits

This course establishes the relationship between curriculum design and instructional strategies deemed best practices. Students design creative, student-centered, and standards-based learning opportunities incorporating 21st century skills. Participation in this course challenges students to commit to a shift away from educational approaches of the past and embrace proven effective methods to engage diverse learners in a variety of learning environments. Prerequisite: ECI 601

ECI 615 Intentional Approaches to Intervention

3 Credits

This course is designed to get students thinking about appropriate and intentional interventions to address a variety of challenges faced by learners in the instructional setting. Students apply practical, yet innovative instructional strategies to realistic situations in which interventions are needed to advance learners to the next level of success. A variety of evidence-based curriculum adaptations and interventions are examined with the goal of improved outcomes for learners, schools, districts or organizations. Prerequisite: ECI 601

ECI 630 Authentic Technology Integration in the Classroom

3 Credits

In this engaging course, students develop distinct understandings of the relationships between motivation and learning as exemplified through technology-based experiences. Students are challenged to discover ways technology impacts curriculum and instruction design as a means to deliver the most effective learning experiences to meet the needs of diverse learners in diverse learning environments. No previous technology experience is required; only a desire to be change agents and harness 21st-century learning to improve educational outcomes. Prerequisite: ECI 601.

ECI 680 Collaborative Approaches to Curriculum Alignment & Design

3 Credits

With increased national attention on improved responsibility for curriculum, standards and assessment, having a shared belief of universal achievement and collaboration has never been more important. In this course, students will not only practice the steps of the curriculum design process, but do so in the spirit of collaboration. A variety of effective collaboration models are explored as students develop an understanding of curriculum improvement as an ongoing process while paying attention to both the curriculum ("what") and the instruction ("how"). Prerequisite: ECI 601.

ECI 685 Transforming Curriculum & Instruction Through Empowering Leadership

3 Credits

When it comes to school or organizational improvement, leaders play a pivotal role in ensuring that a culture of achievement and growth is shared by all. In this course, students investigate a variety of principles including; growth mindset, transformational leadership, transparency, fostering a culture of continuous growth and achievement, principles of servant leadership, and the power of collaboration. The role professional development plays in laying a foundation for the curriculum design and implementation process is also examined. Leadership experience is not required to be successful in this course. Teachers, trainers, and educational leaders or administrators will learn practical, yet powerful ways to improve their professional practice. Prerequisites: ECI 601 and EDU 650 or ECI 680.

ECO Economics

ECO 100 Survey of Contemporary Economic Issues

3 Credits

Contemporary economic issues are discussed and relevant economic theory is introduced throughout this course of study. The economic theories of supply and demand, competitive markets, and price elasticity are explored.

ECO 203 Principles of Macroeconomics

3 Credits

Introduction to national income determination and the equilibrium level of output and employment. Monetary and fiscal policies as well as open economy issues are discussed. Recommended prerequisites: Fulfillment of the General Education Critical Thinking core competency and Digital Literacy competency.

ECO 204 Principles of Microeconomics

3 Credits

Introduction to the theory of consumer equilibrium, market structure, and wage determination. Recommended prerequisites: Fulfillment of the General Education Critical Thinking competency, Quantitative Reasoning Core competency, and Digital Literacy competency. (Equivalent to ECO 308).

ECO 308 Economics for Managers

3 Credits

This course will provide a survey of the field of economics as it relates to effective management. The course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the principles, concepts, and operational aspects of our economic system.

ECO 316 Financial Institutions & Markets

3 Credits

A study of money and capital markets concentrating on interest rate determination, the major public and private financial institutions in the U.S. economy, and the major types of financial instruments including bonds, equities, and derivative instruments. Prerequisite: ECO 100 or ECO 203. 

ECO 320 International Economics

3 Credits

This course will focus on the global environment of firms with particular emphasis on economic variables such as GDP, inflation, interest rates, and exchange rates. Topics include international trade, international finance, and regional issues in the global economy.

ECO 342 Principles of Econometrics

3 Credits

This course introduces students to multiple regression methods for analyzing data in economics and related disciplines. The mathematics of econometrics will be introduced only as needed and will not be a central focus. Prerequisites: BUS 308, and fulfillment of the Quantitative Reasoning Core competency.

ECO 406 Business Cycles & Growth

3 Credits

Topics include analysis of economic fluctuations and their impact on corporations and consumers; different explanations for business cycles; monetary and fiscal policy for stabilizing economic fluctuations; effects of public debt, investment, employment and trade policy on economic growth. Prerequisite: ECO 203.

ECO 408 Managerial Economics

3 Credits

This course will focus on the application of economic principles and analyses to contemporary business problems and managerial decision making. Emphasis will be given to price and production decision making for profit maximization, investment decision making for a new project, strategic decision making in various business situations, and decision making with risks and uncertainty. Prerequisite: ECO 204.

ECO 610 Global Economics

3 Credits

This course will study international economics with respect to the global aspects of supply and demand. This class will review and evaluate international trade theories, geographic trade patterns, globalization, multinational corporations, and international variations of corporate and national economic policies. By the conclusion of this class, the student will be able to compare and contrast international financial and trade frameworks, and describe the problems and challenges facing the multinational corporation.

EDU Education

EDU 100 Issues in Education

3 Credits

This is an introductory course for students considering teaching as a career path or individuals seeking an increased understanding of the complexity and importance of education. The first focus is on topics in education that include, but are not limited to, teaching as a profession, diversity in the classroom, facilitation of student achievement and accountability, classroom management, and requirements for continuing professionalism in the field. The second focus of this course is on academic writing as a necessary component in the field of education. 

EDU 108 Introduction to Policy & Education

3 Credits

This course examines the theory, analysis, development, and implementation of educational policy. It will explore the reasons for change in educational policy, ways to track its evolution, and manners in which educational policy may be influenced. The history of educational policy will also be explored.

EDU 120 Principles of Instructional Design

3 Credits

This introductory course will cover learning theories including behaviorist, cognitive, constructivist and social learning as well as examine their relationship to instructional practices and course design. Basic principles and vocabulary for instructional design will be introduced. Additional topics covered will include factors that influence learning including motivation, learner engagement and learning styles. Students will begin to identify learning outcomes that can be addressed in an instructional design setting.

EDU 232 Instructional Design for E-Learning

3 Credits

This course will introduce students to a variety of eLearning strategies preparing them to select and evaluate eLearning for a variety of learners and organizational contexts. Throughout this course, students will have an opportunity to evaluate eLearning and create effective assessments for eLearning activities. Additionally, students build on prior learning about needs assessment in instructional design contexts.  Prerequisite: EDU 120.

EDU 302 Foundations of Library & Information Science

3 Credits

This foundational course will introduce students to the variety of libraries and other institutions that serve different communities reading, information, and other needs. Students will learn the history of the library profession, including the ethics, values and standards that guide library work. Students will acquire an overview of policies, laws, library services and programs, and other tenets that guide library work.

EDU 304 Introduction to Education

3 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with a broad view of the various components involved in education and schools today. An introduction to current legislation and trends in education as well as curriculum standards will be covered. The complex diversity of students today, as well as assessment and accountability issues, will also be addressed.

EDU 306 Library Programs & Services

3 Credits

In this course, students will explore and evaluate library services and programs designed to meet diverse user needs. The course includes a strong focus on customer service and creating welcoming and flexible library environments. Students will explore methods of communicating the library’s message to the community, including social networking. Students will discuss ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding programs and services, especially in the area of equal access for all patrons.

EDU 307 Library Collection Development & Management

3 Credits

This course is an introduction to collection development and management. Students will learn the essential skills needed to manage a library collection in a variety of library settings. Learners will explore multiple categories of resources, including informational books, digital material, and media, and develop instructional materials to promote learning. Students will also examine policies and procedures related to library collections, and learn how library materials are classified and organized.

EDU 308 Reference & Research Services

3 Credits

This course provides knowledge and skills using general and specialized reference tools, materials and services for patrons. It includes topics including an exploration of the role of teaching, information literacy and the research process, the reference interview, information seeking behavior, and evaluation of reference resources and services.

EDU 321 Introduction to Serving English Language Learners

3 Credits

This course provides a sufficiently broad yet detailed exposure to the realities of teaching English Language Learners. The course is designed to prepare students to deliver content area instruction to English Language Learners with diverse abilities using the sheltered instruction approach.

EDU 324 History of American Education

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of sentinel events, theories, and important historical figures that have shaped the United States education system.

EDU 335 Design Concepts & Application for Online Learning

3 Credits

The application of instructional design for online learning will be emphasized as students apply their knowledge to analyze, select and design instructional strategies that are most effective for engaging and teaching online learners. Students will learn methods for managing and delivering online instruction utilizing course management tools and multimedia technologies in both synchronous and asynchronous environments. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.

EDU 336 Evaluation of E-Learning

3 Credits

In this course, students will examine eLearning in a variety of forms. Students will explore various instructional design eLearning principles, their application to eLearning materials, and will develop the skills necessary to evaluate eLearning products. Through the study of eLearning, students will also learn to identify evaluation methods that are appropriate to both context and audience. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.

EDU 337 Collaboration in the Virtual Classroom

3 Credits

The use of e-learning to promote collaboration and teamwork in a virtual environment will be explored in this course. Opportunities for collaboration utilizing social networking and other tools will be evaluated. Students will utilize a variety of tools to experience real-time learning in the virtual classroom. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.

EDU 338 Human Development & Learning

3 Credits

Brain development as related to human development and the capacity for learning will be explored throughout this course. The neuroscience of brain development and how this information translates into education, as well as the implications of this information for maximizing learning, memory, behavior and overall functioning, are topics that will be addressed.

EDU 352 Foundations of Educational Technology

3 Credits

Strategies and ideas for the use of technology to enhance learning will be explored in this course. The latest in Web applications will be explored and evaluated for their instructional application.

EDU 356 Emerging Issues in Educational Technology

3 Credits

Strategies and ideas of including the latest in technology advancements to promote student engagement and learner success will be examined in this course. Mobil learning, the use of social media such as blogs, Facebook, etc. as well as other Web 2.0 applications will be explored and evaluated for instructional application. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.

EDU 358 Assessment of Student Learning

3 Credits

Students will learn to identify the differences in formative and summative evaluation data and design online learning scenarios to address both of these. The effectiveness of e-learning will be explored through research. The philosophy, use and development of grading rubrics for assignments will be explored. Issues of plagiarism and cheating in e-learning will also be examined. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.

EDU 362 Adult Learning & Instruction

3 Credits

Students will learn about the various theories and practices associated with adult learning. Various modalities of instruction will be addressed including e-learning, accelerated courses, and training sessions.

EDU 363 Education & Social Justice

3 Credits

The influences of educational policy and its convergence with social justice will be studied in this course. Issues of race, gender, sexuality, globalism, and other multicultural issues within the study of politics and policy will be explored throughout this course.

EDU 365 Politics of American Education

3 Credits

The political dimensions of policy formation/implementation in education and the use of power to influence educational policy will be explored. Conflict resolution and the analysis of consequences and impact will be examined.

EDU 367 Elementary & Secondary School Media

3 Credits

This class will explore the role of the teacher librarian and role of the library media center at three different levels of education (elementary, middle, and high school). Students will research programs, library practices, teaching styles and management in the facilitation of a library media center.

EDU 371 Phonics-Based Reading & Decoding

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of research, curricular content, and instructional practices associated with Research Based Systematic Phonics Instruction (RBSPI) and other methods for teaching reading. Emphasis and focus are on methods mandated by Arizona legislation. This course covers the history of written language, alphabetic reading and writing systems, and implementation of effective methods for reading instruction. Note: Students enrolled in EDU 371 will be required to find a student to teach or instruct for this course. The student can be a child or adult, age 5 or above. The time commitment will be approximately 3 hours per week for three weeks beginning the second week of this course. There are no exceptions to this requirement. Prerequisite: EDU 372.

EDU 372 Educational Psychology

3 Credits

Educational Psychology explores the theories of how people learn. Selected learning theories are analyzed from the perspective of teaching and learning. Developmental theory and environmental and social factors are explored as they interface with the learning process. Educational psychology’s research is applied to the measurement, assessment, and evaluation of learning and the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching-learning interactions.

EDU 381 Curriculum & Instructional Design

3 Credits

Students will examine the pedagogy involved in designing, selecting and assessing curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners. The basics such as how to write learning outcomes based on academic standards to selecting the research based materials and activities to support student learning, will be covered. Evaluation of student learning will be included in the course.

EDU 382 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

3 Credits

Students will explore the variety of learning differences found in the classroom today including linguistically diverse students, students with mild to moderate disabilities as well as Gifted and Talented learners. Specific strategies and classroom accommodations that may be used at all levels to meet the needs of all students will be addressed. Working as a member of a collaborative team will also be covered.

EDU 400 Library Materials for Mid-Grade & Young Adults

3 Credits

In this course students will explore, read, discuss, and assess a variety of middle grade and young adult literature, including informational text, award winning fiction, multicultural materials and more. Students will focus on recommending materials for library purchase from the perspective of the librarian, explore review sources, recommend materials for individual users, and learn about resources in the YA and middle grades fields. Students will examine programs that promote reading and other library activities and examine legal, ethical and other issues surrounding youth services in libraries.

EDU 411 Reading & Cognition

3 Credits

The task of learning to read is a very complex process involving the application of perceptual, sensory, linguistic, and cognitive skills to making meaning of text. Exploration of the specific cognitive functions that are applied while reading and strategies supporting reading instruction and reading comprehension skills will be addressed. The implications of digital media on reading skills will also be explored in this course.

EDU 416 Intelligence Assessment

3 Credits

This course will explore the definition of intelligence, different theories of intelligence, the use of intelligence tests in a variety of settings, and the impact of family and culture on intelligence. Educational and learning expectations, programs based on intelligence scores, and cultural biases that may impact educational opportunities will be investigated across the lifespan. Prerequisite: ABS 300

EDU 422 Public Policy & Special Education

3 Credits

A study of the educational, legal, sociological and ethical issues that influence public policy related to the provision of special education to students with disabilities.

EDU 428 Student Achievement in Public Schools

3 Credits

This course will examine various factors influencing student achievement in public schools. Influencing factors will include motivation theories, as well as the impact of families, teachers and schools on student success. Issues of equity and access to quality educational programs will be considered.

EDU 431 Advanced Instructional Design

3 Credits

In this course, students will apply the systematic approach of instructional design to design and develop instruction for online delivery. Throughout this course, students will evaluate trends and issues in the field of instructional design. Students will apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design program to assess the quality of instructional design projects. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.

EDU 433 Project Management for Instructional Design

3 Credits

Instructional design requires careful and thoughtful collaboration among a variety of design team members. In this course various project management tools, procedures, and methodologies will be introduced as they are applied to projects in education or training. Students will explore the relationship of time constraints, cost, scope and the nature of the project being designed. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.

EDU 440 Information Literacy

3 Credits

This course will prepare students to be information-literate practitioners within a library environment. Students will learn the six frameworks of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, and will examine ways of teaching information literacy to library users.

EDU 441 Research & Analysis Skills

3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the theory and methods of evaluating research methods. It explores the ways in which professionals identify and frame research and evaluation questions, assess current scholarly literature on specific topics, locate and critically use primary and secondary source data, and formulate worthwhile evaluation projects. Emphasis will be placed on the research tools and processes professionals use and the role information professionals play in their development, dissemination, and use.

EDU 443 Literature for Children & Teens

3 Credits

This class will expose students to many different types of children and young adult literature, media, and resources. Students will develop material lists for different genres, explore current trends in student interests, and exhibit knowledge of library published journals.

EDU 471 Public Policy Issues in Education

3 Credits

Public policy issues in education including historical, international and political will be examined in light of current research perspectives. Current policy strategies for reforming U.S. public schools will be highlighted.

EDU 473 Divergent Perspectives in Educational Policy & Practice

3 Credits

Current issues and debates in the field of education will be investigated. Students will examine the purpose of schooling and the challenges of meeting a variety of visions for what the school system should accomplish today.

EDU 486 Educational Policy & Administration

3 Credits

This course focuses on the societal and political contexts in educational settings. Students will examine various issues that are likely to have an impact on teaching and learning in diverse educational settings. Educational policy areas considered include governance, curriculum, accountability, personnel development, and school finance.

EDU 490 Interdisciplinary Capstone

3 Credits

This is the capstone course for social science majors with a concentration in education. The course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply learning from their professional programs of study in a comprehensive manner. Students will also assess the impact of their educational experiences on their ethical perspectives and critical thinking skills. Students will reflect on and evaluate their personal and professional growth, the benefits of lifelong learning, knowledge and strategy evaluation, and the impact of these elements on their future.

EDU 497 Capstone: Education & Public Policy Development

3 Credits

The capstone course is an examination of influences affecting policy development and decision-making in the education arena. It will cover policy management, policy execution, establishing and measuring criteria for policy success, and effective communication throughout the public policy process. This course is cumulative in nature, integrating knowledge and information attained throughout the completion of the EPP major. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.

EDU 499 College of Education Capstone

3 Credits

The capstone will tie together the themes and concepts students have learned throughout their degree program.  With this information as the foundation, students will synthesize theories, knowledge, and professional standards related to their field of study. Students will assess multiple influences, such as social and cultural factors, contemporary issues, and trends have on their practice. Students will further demonstrate their knowledge of the field by applying evidence-based strategies, approaches, and technologies to their work. The students will explain environments that support optimal outcomes to the field of study. Finally, students will propose professional and ethical based practices that emphasize access, participation, and partnerships with children and families. Prerequisite: GEN 499 & majority of major coursework

EDU 500 Differentiation: Designing for Student Differences

3 Credits

What is differentiated instruction and why do instructors need to know how to differentiate? Participants enrolled in this course will explore a variety of evidence-based strategies and tools that help to effectively meet the diverse needs of learners in the classroom. With opportunities to observe, analyze, plan, and execute differentiated instructional practices, participants in this course will deepen their understanding through direct application and self-reflection. This course is only available as non-degree seeking and is not transferable to a University of Arizona Global Campus program. 

EDU 501 Social and Emotional Learning: Integrating its Elements with Ease

3 Credits

This course examines the concepts of social and emotional learning and mindset and their potential impact on teaching and learning. Participants in this course analyze how strategies related to social and emotional learning and having a growth mindset enhance student learning, engagement, and motivation in the classroom.  Participants will leave with a repertoire of strategies to infuse social emotional learning into their practice. This course is only available as non-degree seeking and is not transferable to a University of Arizona Global Campus program. 

EDU 502 Standards and Assessment: Gauging Student Growth

3 Credits

This course takes a deeper look at assessment, focusing on how teachers can effectively design and use multiple types of assessments to inform instruction and make data-driven decisions about students.  Formal, informal, formative, and summative assessments will be evaluated and linked to key objectives based on standards for learning. Critical elements of assessment will be explored including the role of assessment in a teacher’s planning and design of curriculum, management of data, consideration of special populations, and monitoring of student progress. This course is only available as non-degree seeking and is not transferable to a University of Arizona Global Campus program. 

EDU 503 Classroom Culture: Managing the Classroom Environment

3 Credits

This course provides participants with opportunities to discover and implement a variety of classroom management strategies.  With a focus on evidence-based practices, participants will explore and apply methods for creating positive classroom culture, engaging learning environments, and proactive behavior management.  Through inquiry-based learning, participants will have ample opportunities for practical application in their own classroom settings. This course is only available as non-degree seeking and is not transferable to a University of Arizona Global Campus program. 

EDU 586 Foundations of American Higher Education

3 Credits

This course provides an examination of the development of higher education in America as seen through historical, legal, philosophical, and social lenses. Students analyze influences of the European model and alternative approaches and the complex social settings in which these events occur. The development and range of today’s institutions are reviewed with implications for policy development.

EDU 587 Adult Learning and Development

3 Credits

This course reviews aspects of higher education including curriculum development, delivery, and assessment. Students will study theoretical foundations, models, and methods appropriate for adult learning. A review of literature on adult learning and development will be included.

EDU 588 Student Services

3 Credits

This course examines the development and implementation of student support systems in higher education. Supports for student success and the environment in which these occur will be analyzed. Major issues and trends in diversity, security, accommodations, and ethics will be addressed.

EDU 589 Issues and Innovations in Higher Education

3 Credits

This course analyzes the primary areas of operation in institutions of higher education including organizational structure and control, finance, institutional effectiveness, and accreditation. An analysis of recent innovations in higher education will be included.

EDU 590 Climate, Culture, and Managing the Learning Environment

3 Credits

This course brings focus to the skills, strategies, and considerations a facilitating educator must master to create and maintain a safe, orderly, and flexible environment that is conducive for learning. Participants in this class will increase their knowledge of techniques and strategies proven effective for classroom instruction and individual student behavior management.

EDU 591 Assessing Learners

3 Credits

This course emphasizes how formative and summative systems are embedded in a problem-based approach to assessment, and how different types of assessments appeal to different learners. Participants analyze research-proven assessment strategies and how to implement these to impact educational and program improvement. Participants will explore the issue of integrating instruction with assessment, or what has been popularly referred to as “teaching to the test.” The paradigm shift from assessment of learning to assessment for learning is highlighted.

EDU 592 Planning for Diverse Learners

3 Credits

Instructional Practice specialization graduates engage in continuous and collaborative planning processes to address the needs of diverse learners they encounter in today’s educational environments. Graduates will address planning and preparation techniques to accommodate English language learners, special education, gifted, physically challenged, and mainstreamed students that are consistent with strategies that benefit all. Emphasis is on triangulating curricular demands, assessment, and the lesson-planning process. A variety of instructional models and strategically-placed combinations of formative and summative assessments are employed to ensure mastery of targeted goals.

EDU 593 Student Engagement and Literacy in STEM

3 Credits

This course has several main objectives. First, it will explore what it means to integrate STEM. Second, it will investigate what skills students should be learning to aid them in integrating STEM into their curriculum. Third, it will analyze the importance of teaching reading in the content area. Fourth, it will critique and develop activities with an emphasis on bringing "excitement" to the STEM and Literacy classrooms. Finally, it will align learning practices with the New Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core Standards, and classroom strategies.

EDU 600 Introduction to Online Learning

3 Credits

This course presents an overview of the online learning environment from the instructor's point of view. It is a description of the terminology, tools, and skills needed to create a successful online learning experience. Areas addressed in this course include basic online learning concepts, the roles of the teacher and student in online learning, and the components of the online learning environment. Also covered in the course are teaching methodologies, types of blended learning, and guidelines for making the transition from the traditional classroom to the online classroom. Hardware, software, and other tools and technologies used in online learning are discussed.

EDU 601 Promoting Student Success in the Online Learning Environment

3 Credits

This course covers the basic tools needed for student success in an online learning environment. Topics include communication, collaboration, and software skills required to succeed in online learning. Also covered are instructor and student responsibilities and expectations, as well as potential roadblocks to success. Tools and techniques for organizing, prioritizing, and completing course tasks are discussed. Finally, instructional methods for guiding students and evaluating student progress in online courses are also addressed. Prerequisite: EDU 602.

EDU 602 Assessing Knowledge & Skills in the Online Learning Environment

3 Credits

This course examines approaches that assess student knowledge and skills in the online learning environment. Directed instruction, or objectivism, is compared and contrasted with constructivist or inquiry-based learning and assessment theories. Traditional assessment strategies are discussed as applied in directed instructional models of online learning. Nontraditional assessment approaches are explored in constructivist models, such as group products, web pages, multimedia projects, student portfolios, and student projects graded by self-report assessment instruments and rubrics. This course will focus on the use of discussions, pre- and post-testing, writing activities, graded assessments, self-grading assessments, and hands-on projects on student learning and assessment. Prerequisite: EDU 600.

EDU 608 Children’s & Young Adult Literature

3 Credits

Students will explore contemporary literature for children and young adults at the early childhood, elementary, middle and high school levels. The ability to select and evaluate quality literature for children and youth, and the skills necessary to plan and integrate literature into a K-12 program will be addressed.

EDU 609 Online Teaching Internship

3 Credits

In previous courses, students developed an online course within a Learning Management System (LMS) using principles and strategies of quality online learning. In this capstone course, students will collect data and feedback around the online teaching and learning experience. Students will then make further improvements to their online courses based on the evaluative data. Finally, students will create a professional portfolio piece using their revised online course as a model to demonstrate the principles and strategies used in the field to ensure quality online learning. Prerequisite: EDU 601 & EDU 602.

EDU 620 Meeting Individual Student Needs With Technology

3 Credits

This course fosters awareness of individual learner characteristics that impede successful achievement. Milder forms of learning disabilities, emotional disorders, and dysfunctional social conditions that are prevalent in typical instructional situations are evaluated. Alternative pedagogies utilizing computer technology applications to alleviate such barriers are explored. Prerequisite: EDU 673 or ESE 601 or ECI 601

EDU 629 Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners

3 Credits

This course explores strategies and techniques to support the success of language and culturally diverse students. The values, customs, and communication styles of cultural groups and their implication for teaching are considered. Research-based instructional approaches to developing English learner literacy will be examined.

EDU 635 Community & Youth Development

3 Credits

This course will support teachers and others with the development of practical strategies and tools to support community-wide efforts to strengthen and support youth today. Advocacy for youth development as well as strategies to support youth from a wide range of backgrounds will be addressed.

EDU 642 Understanding & Teaching English Language

3 Credits

In this course students will study the structure of the English language in order to better understand the difficulties that arise in learning a second language. English phonology, syntax, analysis, and application of linguistic theory will be studied.

EDU 643 Methods, Materials & Technology for Learning a Second Language

3 Credits

Strategies for English Language Learners in the content areas while maintaining a language development focus will be illustrated. Specific strategies, materials, technology, and learning activities will be examined to support learning.

EDU 644 Child & Family Welfare

3 Credits

This course will examine public policies in place to support children and families in at-risk situations. A focus on the services and programs offered to support families and children as well as the development of protective factors in families will be offered in this course.

EDU 645 Learning & Assessment for the 21st Century

3 Credits
Student learning is achieved when assessments appropriately measure student skill and content knowledge. This course examines the most effective practices and principles of assessment as it relates to informal and formal assessment instruments and procedures. The course explores the importance of using formative assessments to monitor student learning and guide instruction through analyzing assessment data results to identify learner needs. Furthermore, effective uses of technology to enhance and support assessment practices are evaluated. Prerequisite: EDU 673.

EDU 647 Families, Communities & Diversity

3 Credits

This course will focus on establishing relationships and partnerships within families and community of diverse cultures. Specific strategies in developing programs promoting cultural competence within families and communities will be explored. Students will analyze available family and community resources within their community in promoting and supporting cultural diversity.

EDU 648 Teaching & Learning with Technology

3 Credits

This first course is an overview of the field of educational technology including instructional design, influence of learning theory on technology application as well as the various technologies available and their application to learning.

EDU 649 Technologies for Teaching & Learning

3 Credits

This course focuses on identifying appropriate technologies for teaching and learning. Special attention will be directed in analyzing teaching and learning styles. Identifying and evaluating technologies to meet individual needs will be explored in both educational and corporate environments.

EDU 650 Teaching, Learning & Leading in the 21st Century

3 Credits

This course is designed give students a real world perspective into what it is like to teach, learn, and lead in the 21st century classroom. This course provides an opportunity for students to experience the world of the classroom and analyze the range of perspectives and topics that impact being a successful teacher, learner, and leader in the 21st century. The course will bring together a unique set of ‘voices’ from the field, to explore the contemporary nature of what it is like to teach in today’s changing schools while focusing on identifying innovations that can develop students’ capacity to be agents of innovation, collaboration, and creativity.

EDU 651 Collaboration & Learning in a Virtual Environment

3 Credits

Students will explore teaching and learning in virtual worlds. Project-based design, facilitation, and evaluation of instruction, research, and other resources will be examined. The use of online collaboration for student learning and effective uses of various technologies for social networking will be explored.

EDU 652 Instructional Design & Delivery

3 Credits

This course covers various elements of the instructional design process including needs assessment, instructional problems, learner characteristics, instructional objectives, content sequencing, instructional strategies, and evaluation instruments. Students are expected to learn how to plan, develop, evaluate, and manage the design of effective instructional materials.

EDU 653 Teaching in Higher Education

3 Credits

The course will examine education theories, methods, and strategies for the improvement of instruction in higher education. Emphasis will be placed on the unique challenges of teaching in a changing environment in higher education. Students will explore factors that affect adult learning and the organizational cultures that promote or inhibit learning.

EDU 654 Student Development in Higher Education

3 Credits

The course will examine student development theories from a socio-cultural and psychological developmental perspective. Factors affecting the teaching and learning related to the college environment will be analyzed. Theories of student development and their applications in student affair programs, services, and activities will be reviewed.

EDU 655 Trends & Issues in Instructional Design & Technology for Online Learning

3 Credits

Students gain the necessary skills and knowledge to design effective instructional materials for use in an on-line learning environment. Powerful innovations that may redefine teaching and learning practices will be explored throughout the course.

EDU 656 Technology Solutions for Just in Time Training & Learning

3 Credits

This course will allow students to develop an understanding of the planning for and application of technology for training that meets institutional and organizational needs. Students will utilize technology to effectively develop a request for proposal plan for training utilizing technology to inform, motivate, and prepare learners.

EDU 657 History & Philosophy of American Higher Education

3 Credits

The course will provide an overview of the historical development and cultural backgrounds of higher education in America. Emphasis will be placed on the major themes and developments in American higher education including the ideologies, people, cultures, and movements that have particularly influenced those developments. Current issues and trends in higher education will be explored.

EDU 658 Instructional Leadership

3 Credits

This course focuses on leadership in the educational or corporate environment to bring about change required to meet learning and training needs. Students will evaluate their personal leadership in their professional environment. Leadership tools to provide increased learning opportunities will be used to design learning experiences and evaluate results.

EDU 659 Testing & Assessment for English Language Learners

3 Credits

Various tools and methodologies for assessing English proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing for both ELL children and adults will be critiqued. Formative and summative assessments will be explored with an emphasis on the application and appropriateness of their use for instructional design.

EDU 662 Curriculum & Assessment in Higher Education

3 Credits

The course will study the relationships between planning and student learning at course, program, and institutional levels. Modes of curriculum design, development and change in higher education will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on examining curricular leadership and assessment strategies.

EDU 667 Reading Instruction & Early Intervention

3 Credits

Reviews of various research based reading programs will be examined critically. Evaluation will be based on cost, alignment to standards, and research in regard to program effectiveness. Intervention programs for struggling readers and their role in a traditional school setting will be explored.

EDU 668 Reading Comprehension Across the Curriculum

3 Credits

This course will support teachers and others in working with students to improve reading comprehension across all areas of the curriculum. Research investigations into the brain activity required for reading comprehension will be reviewed. Specific strategies for addressing reading comprehension difficulty will be explored.

EDU 669 The Reading, Writing Connection

3 Credits

This course will emphasize the connection of reading and writing with a focus on the content areas. Students will be exposed to a variety of approaches including vocabulary techniques, comprehension strategies, and study techniques to use with learners. Issues of assessment, motivation, and cultural as well as linguistic diversity will also be addressed.

EDU 673 Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching & Learning

3 Credits

During this course, students will learn about and use evidence-based differentiated strategies and materials to meet diverse academic instruction that incorporate the progressive needs of 21st century learners using student’s cultural schemata (i.e., personal experiences, cultural/language norms and family belief systems). Instruction will align with the Common Core State Standards and alternative assessment methods to provide a rich inquiry of learning styles while applying strategies that promote critical thinking and incorporate digital tools and resources. Prerequisite: EDU 650.

EDU 674 Foundations & Trends in Curriculum & Instruction

3 Credits

The course will provide an overview of the foundational pieces necessary for effective design and delivery of curriculum and instruction. Current trends will be compared and contrasted with brain-based research from the field. Emphasis will be placed on processes and procedures for developing both an engaging curriculum and a caring and responsive learning environment.

EDU 675 Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment

3 Credits

Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment is designed to ensure that students demonstrate mastery of the MAED program learning outcomes through the continuation of the capstone project. This course bridges the learning activities between EDU 671 Fundamentals of Educational Research and EDU 695 MAED Capstone. This course experience is designed to ensure that students continue their exploration of action research principles in which they will seek out and solve an organizational problem within their area of concentration. Topics in this course will be related to implementing change in an organization, evaluating the impact of the applied intervention, communicating outcomes, collaboration, and 21st century leadership practices.

EDU 676 Curriculum & Instruction Design for Increased Achievement

3 Credits

The course will teach a backward design model for curriculum and instruction that emphasizes clear targets and goals for increased achievement. Curriculum integration and mapping techniques will be examined and implemented as students model the power of collaborative planning and individual reflection. A variety of delivery models will be explored.

EDU 677 Monitoring & Evaluating Curriculum & Instruction through Systems Thinking

3 Credits

The course will define and apply the concepts of differentiated instruction and systems thinking in the development of curriculum and instruction. Processes and procedures for monitoring and evaluating programs will lead to an understanding of the complexity of an effective change process for increased achievement.

EDU 678 Seminar in Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Needs

3 Credits
The course will simulate the real-world role of the change agent in successful implementation of curriculum and instruction for improved teaching and learning. Students will identify a need, develop an action plan, implement the steps of the plan, and evaluate both individual and organizational achievement that results. Prerequisite: Completion of the previous four Curriculum & Instruction courses or instructor approval.

EDU 679 Technology Solutions for Organizational Improvement

3 Credits

In this course, students will examine theories, organizational learning outcomes, and models of assessment and evaluation that lead to institutional improvement and effectiveness in the use of technology. Students will follow a logic model to conduct a program evaluation and develop a proposal for organizational improvement.

EDU 684 Shared Vision of Learning

3 Credits
Students will learn how to develop a shared vision of student achievement and integrate it into the school plan. By developing and articulating a belief system and shared vision of teaching and learning, students will learn how to link improved teaching strategies to school-wide and district-wide instructional priorities. From this initial building of a shared vision, students will develop a theory of action directed at getting to the shared vision by ensuring that relevant student data are available and examined regularly. Students will learn and apply strategies for guiding, motivating, delegating and building consensus among diverse constituencies in the school and community. The reality is that school leaders must encounter multiple voices in the community and as such, they need to ensure that those voices are part of the consensus building for shared visions of schooling.

EDU 687 Building a Learning-Centered Culture

3 Credits

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to learn how to advocate, nurture, and sustain a school culture and instructional program that is conducive to student learning and staff professional growth in a standards-based system of learning. In this course students will develop an understanding of the rationale for and the components of standards based curriculum and instruction and how they link to students’ learning needs. Students will learn to apply student data to determine policy decisions and leadership actions to improve the instructional program. They will learn to apply site-based teacher-practice data to determine leadership actions to drive professional development and identify student support systems that result in increased student performance. Students will also explore research on diverse learning styles and differentiating instruction for all learners. It is in this course that students learn the power of a system-based approach that builds coherence through a standards-based curriculum and instruction; supervision that supports differentiated instruction in support of accelerating student learning, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of professional development that supports standards-based curriculum and instruction. 

EDU 688 Organizational Management for Student Learning

3 Credits

Students are introduced to safe school environments, data-driven decision-making strategies, practice using various assessment tools and monitoring systems for teaching and learning, and learn district, state, and federal accountability systems. Students will gain an understanding of the legal polices pertaining to classified and certificated personnel. Students will also continue to apply a system-based approach that builds coherence through the alignment of fiscal, human, and material resources to support the learning of all sub-groups of students. 

EDU 689 Personal Ethics & Leadership Capacity

3 Credits

This course develops students' ability to model integrity and justice while learning and applying a variety of decision-making and problem-solving strategies. In this course, students will write a personal code of ethics that includes their moral purpose and belief system for the improvement of teaching and learning. Students will also address issues of equity such as race, language, religions, and sexual harassment. Students will learn ways to inspire and motivate others, and to effectively communicate shared decision-making outcomes to stakeholders. Students will continue to build understanding around the leadership practices that create a learning-centered and trustworthy school community that provides high levels of learning for all students. 

EDU 692 Creativity, Culture, & Global Contexts in Education Decision Making

3 Credits

This course provides rich opportunities for participants to learn how culture, creativity, and innovation impact teaching and student learning in the 21st century. Participants will adopt a global perspective of teaching and learning to understand how the infusion of 21st century skills impacts curriculum and prepares learners for the challenges associated with living and working in the 21st century. Through scenario-based activities, participants will directly apply skills needed to make informed decisions about the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of culturally relevant instructional practices to support the learning of 21st century skills. Prerequisite: EDU 650.

EDU 694 Capstone I: Educational Research

3 Credits

Capstone I: Educational Research guides students through the process of becoming an effective change agent by applying action research principles to current educational challenges and issues. Students will locate and evaluate research articles for scholarship, relevancy, and ethical neutrality. The topics covered during this course include implementing change in an education-based organization, evaluating the impact of the applied intervention, communicating outcomes, collaboration, and 21st-century leadership practices. Prerequisite: ECI 685, EDU 620, or ECE 673

EDU 696 Capstone II: Culminating Project

3 Credits

Capstone II: Culminating Project is a course in which students will demonstrate their attainment of the program outcomes through a spiraled process of skill demonstration including reflection, application, and evaluation. First, students will reflect on patterns in academic work as well as design and development challenges associated with previous coursework so as to take control of one’s professional growth and become a more self-directed learner. Next, students apply the framework of 21st century teaching and learning to redesign prior coursework and then evaluate how 21st century skills influence program learning outcomes. Last, students will use digital tools to showcase their scholarly artifacts through the creation of a digital portfolio for both courses, and for professionally related purposes. Prerequisite: EDU 694 or ECE 660.

EDU 697 MATLT Capstone: A Project Approach

3 Credits

This Capstone course requires students to synthesize their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the MATLT program. The Capstone project must present a practical application that is appropriate for a professional environment in the students’ chosen field of work, be appropriate for inclusion in a professional portfolio, and incorporate a relevant problem or issue that can be supported through formal research. Furthermore, the project should demonstrate significant content across the spectrum of MATLT courses and promote the accomplishment of professional and personal goals. In addition, students will create a professional brochure highlighting their skills, strengths, and educational preparation.

EDU 7000 Learning & Cognition

3 Credits

Educational practice is based on theories and philosophies of learning and cognition. These accepted theories have evolved, from idealism to realism, pragmatism to constructivism, and are incorporating new research in brain-based learning. This course will focus on theories and philosophies of learning and cognition along with ways in which these theories are studied and applied in educational practice.

EDU 7100 History of Education & Social Change

3 Credits
This course examines the history and philosophy of education, as well as a systematic analysis of the effect of social change on education and vice versa. Adult learning and higher education settings are a focus in this course.

EDU 7120 Transformative Issues & Trends in Education

3 Credits
This course examines current issues in education, and explores how changing social trends affect educational systems and practices bound by decades of tradition. Topics include applicable federal and state policies and regulations, national education standards, access to education, and others.

EDU 7130 Educational Leadership Theories & Strategies

3 Credits
Students will explore the history and theoretical nature of educational leadership. The emphasis is on the application of the latest theories and strategies of educational leadership in political, economic, social and global contexts. Students will explore the theories and principles of executive decision-making processes such as qualitative decision-making models and techniques. A related emphasis is on effective communication with diverse groups, and implementation and evaluation of strategic decisions. A critical examination of the emerging leadership literature and research are used to develop a comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of the strategies, theories, and interdisciplinary nature of educational leadership.

EDU 7220 Educational Leadership: Challenges & Opportunities

3 Credits
This course explores current trends in higher education with an emphasis on challenges and opportunities that administrative leadership will face in the next ten years due to changing demographics, technology, structures, and resources. The 21st century education administrator faces a number of challenges including student preparedness, campus safety, reduced institutional aid, programmatic costs, environmental concerns, and a myriad of other factors that make appropriate problem assessment and decision-making a priority. This course will focus on diagnosing the root causes of common institutional problems and apply appropriate solution-based critical thinking skills.

EDU 7240 Diversity in Education

3 Credits
Students will identify and analyze the socio-cultural, institutional, historical, legal and political resources, policies, and needs associated with serving diverse populations in an educational setting. They will be prepared to advocate for underserved communities and for constituents with diverse needs and learning processes. Students will grapple with complex situations and propose strategies for resolution.

EDU 8225 Culture, Curriculum & Learning

3 Credits

This course explores literature and recent debate related to culture and linguistic diversity, learning, and instruction both within the United States and globally. Emphasis will be placed on an exploration of the history of and recent debates related to social, cultural and linguistic diversity, learning, and instruction in the service of leveraging resources and systems to support student learning in diverse populations.

EDU 8240 Theories & Models of Instructional Systems Design

3 Credits

This course will include an examination of the major instructional design models and their theoretical, empirical, historical, and philosophical foundations in technology and media. Students will evaluate current theories and models and examine the historical and philosophical foundations of these theories and will present their analyses of instructional design examples as well as prepare an outline for an instructional design project, incorporating relevant learning theory, media, and other technology applications.

EDU 8250 Curriculum, Assessment, Design, & Evaluation

3 Credits
This course will provide students with an opportunity to study curriculum assessment, design and evaluation principles, processes, approaches and models. The focus will be on the resulting impact on curriculum, assessment, design and evaluation modifications at the classroom, school, system, state, and national levels. The influence of societal trends will be examined as will recent major higher educational reform efforts and potential future trends.

EDU 8260 Integrating Technology

3 Credits
This course will equip learners to recognize and integrate appropriate learning theory into instructional design, and to make effective use of instructional interventions, technology and media. Participants will evaluate current theories and models, policies and initiatives, along with original scholarship, to examine the historical and philosophical foundations of these theories and their influence on the use of technology and media.

EDU 8300 Governance & Politics of Education

3 Credits
This course will provide students with an opportunity to study the politics of education as well as educational policy making, processes, approaches and models. The focus will be on the making of educational policies, the politics involved relating to non-profit and for-profit educational institutions, emerging educational technologies, and governance in higher education institutions. The influence of societal trends will be examined as will recent major higher education reform efforts and potential future trends at the local, state, regional, and national level. Topics of study include educational policy making, globalism and the politics of education, the politics of learning, the politics of inclusion and exclusion, and the politics of educational reforms.

EDU 8320 Change in People, Society, Bureaucracies & Institutions

3 Credits
This course explores the contradictory roles of educators and educational institutions in both preserving the past and preparing students for the future. The impacts of recent innovations and advancements in technologies have not been fully realized and will be the foundation of exploration in this course. The role of change agents, early adopters, and the diffusion process on the acceptance of innovation will be investigated.

ELL English Language Learner

ELL 240 Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners

3 Credits

This course explores strategies and techniques to support the success of language and culturally diverse students. The values, customs, and communication styles of cultural groups and their implication for teaching are considered. Research-based instructional approaches to developing English learner literacy will be examined.

ELL 242 Understanding & Teaching English Language

3 Credits

In this course students will study the structure of the English language in order to better understand the difficulties that arise in learning a second language. English phonology, syntax, analysis, and application of linguistic theory will be studied.

ELL 351 Listening & Speaking in a Second Language

3 Credits
The stages of language development as well as ideas and strategies to enhance oral language learning and acquisition in the classroom will be applied in this course. Theories and methods of teaching language as communication in oral and aural modes will also be applied.

ELL 353 Reading & Writing in a Second Language

3 Credits

The relationship between first and second language comprehension as well as the reading comprehension and writing connection will be explored in this course. The use of differentiated literacy instruction for English Language Learners will be the central focus.

ELL 354 Grammar in a Second Language

3 Credits

This course will provide students with foundational knowledge of how and why English grammar is necessary for teaching the four language skills, and recognizing and correcting student errors. This course provides students with an overview of English grammar and strategies for implementing grammar instruction. Students will critique lesson plans in terms of best practices, and create their own lesson plans for specific student populations by applying their knowledge of English grammar and language pedagogy.

ELL 355 Methods, Materials, & Technology for Learning a Second Language

3 Credits

Strategies for English Language Learners in the content areas while maintaining a language development focus will be illustrated. Specific strategies, materials, technology, and learning activities will be examined to support learning.

ELL 357 English Language Teaching & Adult Learners

3 Credits

Theory and methodology applicable to English language instruction are integrated in the context of working with adults. Materials and methods suitable for working with adult English learners will be explored and evaluated in this course.

ELL 359 Contemporary Issues in English Language Instruction

3 Credits
Historical influences on instructional design in second language education will be explored. National and state standards for all learners and the implication for ELL instruction will be analyzed. Dual language instruction, bilingual education, and the politics of this as contrasted to English Language immersion programs will also be examined.

ELL 361 Language Learning in a Global Context

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the issues surrounding second language learning around the world. Emphasis will be given to educational, civic, business, governmental, and cultural issues.

ELL 420 Testing & Assessment for ELL Students

3 Credits

Various tools and methodologies for assessing English proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing for both ELL children and adults will be critiqued. Formative and summative assessments will be explored with an emphasis on the application and appropriateness of their use for instructional design.

ENG English

ENG 121 English Composition I

3 Credits

This course is designed to enable students to develop competence in analyzing, organizing, and developing ideas. Additionally, students will locate and use library resources to support ideas, and to adapt their writing to various audiences. The course focuses on instruction and practice in writing and critical reading.

ENG 122 English Composition II

3 Credits

This course provides instruction and practice in writing a well-structured, logical, and effective academic essay. Students will engage with the instructor, classmates, course materials, and additional resources to develop research, writing, revision, and editing processes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG 121 or equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better. 

ENG 125 Introduction to Literature

3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the basic elements of fiction, poetry, and drama. Emphasis is on reading literature to perceive the techniques used in each genre, to understand the basic theoretical approaches to literature, to acquire the vocabulary associated with literary criticism, and to analyze and evaluate literature.

ENG 201 American Literature to 1865

3 Credits

This course will examine American literature from early colonization through 1865, including texts from the colonial, revolutionary, and antebellum periods. The focus will be upon literary analysis and literary movements contextualized by American history and culture.

ENG 202 American Literature After 1865

3 Credits

This course will examine American literature focusing on a selection of works published between 1865 and the present. We will explore the impact of social and cultural transformations on our national literature working through literary movements and paying close attention to the development of ideas about gender, race, region and nation as expressed in fiction, poetry, and drama.

ENG 225 Introduction to Film

3 Credits

This course is designed to help students understand and appreciate movies and film more completely. The course examines the ways in which movies and films are shot, tell stories, develop characters, and depict physical reality. Classes consist of critique and analysis of movies and films.

ENG 301 American Literature to 1865

3 Credits

This course will examine American literature from early colonization through 1865, including texts from the colonial, revolutionary, and antebellum periods. The focus will be upon literary analysis and literary movements contextualized by American history and culture.

ENG 302 American Literature After 1865

3 Credits

This course will examine American literature focusing on a selection of works published between 1865 and the present. We will explore the impact of social and cultural transformations on our national literature working through literary movements and paying close attention to the development of ideas about gender, race, region and nation as expressed in fiction, poetry, and drama.

ENG 315 Business & Professional Writing

3 Credits

Instruction in the planning, organization, construction, style, and tone of several forms of business and professional correspondence: letters, interoffice communication, resumes, and formal reports. A review of grammar, punctuation, and usage is incorporated into the course. Prerequisites: ENG 122 and junior standing or permission of the instructor.

ENG 317 International Voices

3 Credits

An introduction to recent international writing in its cultural context. Students read fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interview, and are introduced to music, art, film, and cuisine of cultures beyond U.S. borders. Prerequisites: Fulfillment of English Proficiency requirement.

ENG 318 Creative Writing

3 Credits

This course provides writing experiences in fiction, nonfiction and poetry for students who have a strong interest in creative expression and have some experience in writing in one of these genres. Various aspects of the imaginative process are explored with separate application made to the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students write in each genre, participate in workshops with instructors, join with instructors and writing practitioners in critiquing colleagues’ work, and make presentations of their own work.

ENG 325 Intermediate Composition

3 Credits

Students in this course will practice writing for multiple audiences and purposes. In addition to researching academic arguments, the course emphasizes the analysis of discourse and writing in a variety of contexts, including public, personal, political, and professional. Students will synthesize the various voices that are involved in conversation, debate, and action, as well as add to the dialog with their own nuanced contributions. This course will focus on advancing critical thinking, analytical research, and written communication skills through English composition assignments and activities. Prerequisites: ENG 122 or equivalent.

ENG 328 Scientific & Technical Writing

3 Credits

Students will develop the skills necessary for writing about scientific, environmental, medical, and technological topics. Emphasis is placed on making complex and technical information understandable to a variety of audiences. Prerequisites: ENG 122 and fulfillment of the General Education Scientific Reasoning requirement.

ENG 345 British Literature I

3 Credits

This course examines writing by representative British authors in various genres from the Anglo-Saxon period through the mid-eighteenth century.

ENG 346 British Literature II

3 Credits

This course provides a survey of writing by representative British authors in various genres from the Romantic Period to the present.

ENG 353 Evolution & History of the English Language

3 Credits

Where did English come from, how has it evolved into the language that is used today, and why does American English behave differently than, for example, the English spoken in Ireland? Also, in what ways are different languages distinct, and how are they similar? Students will trace the historical origins and influences of the transformation of the English language. Students will also explore the major theories of the evolution of language.

ENG 380 Literary Research

3 Credits

This course is designed to teach the techniques for conducting literary research. Students will focus on particular authors while focusing on the essential skills of literary research. In addition to short critical essays, students will produce a major research paper.

ENG 438 Literary Theory

3 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and tools to develop an understanding of the nature of literature, what functions it has, and what the relation of the text is to the author, the reader, language, society, and history.

ENG 497 English Capstone

3 Credits

Students will demonstrate mastery of the concepts and methodology in the major by producing a final project that includes extensive research into the selected topic. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.

ENV Environmental Studies

ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Studies

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the scientific information and key concepts that underlie thefunctioning of earth’s systems with emphasis on how these systems are shaped by human activities.Students examine the social, economic, political, ethical, and technical dimensions related toenvironmental issues and solutions. Topics include population growth, natural environmental cycles,industrialized food systems, air and water pollution, and urbanization.

ENV 111 Introduction to Sustainability

4 Credits

This course focuses on sustainable development from a cross-disciplinary approach, including, economics, management, education, policy, and science. Students discuss sustainability conflicts at the national and international levels, and use online simulations to understand and evaluate sustainability practices.   Topics include zero waste, water management, smart growth, green technology, global change, renewable energy, agriculture, and land management.  

ENV 322 Energy & Environmental Systems

3 Credits

This course is designed to provide knowledge relative to the relationship between energy consumption,energy generation, their related externalities, and conservation in the context of diminishing reserves of fossil fuels and increasing availability of renewable resources. Students will defend a position related to a particular energy source and its effect on the environment.

ENV 325 Environmental Management

3 Credits

This course examines the issues in the urban environment and the interactions between theory andpolicy relating to urbanization, industrialization and the impact of population growth on theenvironment.

ENV 326 Ecology & Evolution

3 Credits

This course examines the ecological and evolutionary processes across several levels of organization,including individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Students analyze the interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment, with an emphasis on natural selection.  The course demonstrates the methods used by ecologists to answer questions about ecological systems including experimental, statistical, theoretical modeling, and visual representations of data. Prerequisites: ENV 100 and SCI 207.

ENV 330 Environmental Ethics

3 Credits

This course is a study of the ethical dimensions of selected contemporary environmental controversies.Students will examine the major theoretical approaches to environmental ethics, value systems, and specific issues including biodiversity and wilderness preservation.

ENV 333 Environmental Impact

3 Credits

Following the guidelines set by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its subsequent modifications, students will learn the fundamental methods of analysis required for conducting a robustEnvironment Impact Statement (EIS). Students will learn the fundamental elements of an EIS through the examination of contemporary cases.

ENV 345 Business & the Environment

3 Credits

An environmental economics approach is used to illustrate the impact of the firm on the environment and environmental policy on the firm. Cost-benefits analysis is developed in student-driven research projects.

ENV 350 Conservation Biology

3 Credits

Conservation biology examines the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, conservation approaches and strategies, and the ecological and evolutionary theory used in these approaches. Students evaluate practices that conserve biological diversity at the gene, population, ecosystem, landscape and global scales. The course incorporates topics in culture, ethics, economics and politics to monitor and protect global biodiversity. Prerequisite: ENV 326.

ENV 385 Chemistry & Toxicology

3 Credits

This course examines the underlying scientific principles of toxicants, the sources, fate, and effects of chemicals on organisms and the environment. Students will analyze the accumulation and transport of toxicants in food webs and evaluate their effects on organism physiology, reproduction, and behavior. The course will also include an examination of experimental methods used to assess toxicity, forensic toxicology, ecotoxicology, risk assessment development, role of government regulation, and global and historical contexts.

ENV 495 Environmental Research

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the various stages in the environmental research process. Course design focuses intensely on scientific journal article construction as well as research design, data collection, and statistical analysis.

ENV 497 Environmental Studies Capstone

3 Credits

Students will utilize knowledge gained throughout the program to construct a final Capstone Project focused on the design and implementation of a sustainable community. This Project will allow students to display content area knowledge over all completed courses. Prerequisite: GEN 499.

EPP Educator Preparation Program

EPP 511 English Language Learners in the Classroom

3 Credits

This course provides a sufficiently broad yet detailed exposure to the realities of teaching English language learners. The course is designed to prepare students to deliver content area instruction to English language learners with diverse abilities using the sheltered instruction approach. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 520 Effective Classroom Management

3 Credits

Students will learn research-based strategies and best practices for developing effective instructional programs and managing safe, supportive, learning environments in elementary and secondary classrooms. The course will introduce participants to practical, field-tested approaches through required school observation related to classroom discipline, behavior management, and strategies for classroom teachers, with methods that apply to a wide range of classrooms, including low-income and multicultural environments.

EPP 530 Serving Exceptional Learners

3 Credits
This course prepares students to work collaboratively with families and school personnel to have a positive impact on the educational, social and behavioral development of all students, including those with a full range of disabilities, in a diverse society. The course focuses on knowledge of legislative mandates for serving exceptional students, characteristics of exceptionality, best practice in facilitating teaching and learning, and accountability through assessment of outcomes. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 531 Assessing Learners

3 Credits
This course is designed to familiarize students with current state and local classroom assessment data. Students will learn how to select appropriate reading and math assessment instruments, observe and record data, analyze test scores and performance, interpret data, and outline accommodations and plans for remediation. Students will practice making educational decisions based upon data provided by local and/or state assessments and communicate assessment results. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 540 Elementary Social Science Methods

3 Credits

Designed to provide teacher candidates with models of instruction consistent with basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in teaching elementary school social sciences. This course implements current understanding of learning strategies, and opportunities to develop related process skills, use of technology in the teaching and learning of social science, and skills in implementing instructional models. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 541 Elementary STEM Methods I

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development of science teaching competencies, basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in elementary school science. The course content is designed to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate science lessons. Unit planning, laboratory activities, evaluation strategies and science learning centers are emphasized. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 543 Elementary Integrated Reading Methods

3 Credits

This course is intended to help elementary school teachers understand the relationship between literacy instruction and content across all areas of study. Particular emphasis is given to the reading and study of expository materials at all levels of the curriculum. The major areas of study include levels of thinking and questioning, textbooks, assessments, factors in learning, reader strategies, and teacher strategies. The instructional strategies discussed are appropriate for elementary grade levels and all content areas. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 551 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar I

3 Credits

This is the first course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 552 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar II

3 Credits

This is the second course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 561 Secondary English Methods

3 Credits

This course will learn, practice and reflect on the specific pedagogical knowledge needed to teach English to secondary students. Students will explore a variety of teaching strategies for organizing a secondary English curriculum using the Common Core Standards. Teacher candidates will discuss, plan, implement and assess appropriate instruction using current best practices for the effective teaching of English in secondary classes. The course addresses various curricular areas of English arts, including the teaching of writing, reading comprehension and literature, language applications, grammar, speaking applications and visual media and how they can be effectively integrated into daily lesson planning while meeting Common Core Standards. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 562 Secondary History-Social Science Methods

3 Credits

This course is intended to prepare students to be effective History-Social Science teachers in secondary classrooms and is designed to develop the capacities models of instruction consistent with basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in teaching secondary school social sciences. Emphasis is placed on curriculum, materials, and instructional methods and strategies specific to teaching social sciences to diverse student populations. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 564 Secondary STEM Methods

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development of teaching competencies, basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in secondary school Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). The course content is designed to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate STEM lessons. Unit planning, laboratory activities, evaluation strategies and math and science learning centers are emphasized. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 571 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar I

3 Credits

This is the first course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in secondary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

ESE Education Special Ed

ESE 315 Survey of Exceptional Students

3 Credits

An investigation into the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to identify and instruct students with disabilities in varied school settings. Attention will be given to the variety of students that special educators are likely to come into contact with. Students will examine the issues of providing services to identified individuals within and outside school settings. 

ESE 370 Learning & the Brain

3 Credits

Teaching and learning issues within a cognitive processes context are explored. This course covers the study of emotion, memory, and recall as well as early brain development and its relationship to learning. 

ESE 601 Students with Exceptionalities in the School Setting

3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the education of students in the school setting with exceptional needs, specifically those with mild to moderate disabilities, who qualify for services under one or more of the eligibility criteria covered by special education federal laws. Special education key terms and common strategies that influence learning and behavior as well as ethical and legal privacy rights of families of children with disabilities are introduced. Additionally, variations, characteristics, and patterns of individual differences in learning and academic progress are investigated.

ESE 603 Law & Ethics in Special Education

3 Credits

Law & Ethics in Special Education explores the fundamental civil and legal principles and pivotal legislation that contribute to the placement, instruction, service delivery, and privacy issues of those who have a qualifying disability under federal laws. Learners will identify critical issues that may lead to ethical and legal conflicts of interdisciplinary team participants as well as proactive strategies for resolution. Furthermore, the course offers multiple opportunities for analysis of personal biases regarding professional ethics and practice standards. Prerequisite: ESE 601.

ESE 610 Assessment & Evaluation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

3 Credits

Assessment & Evaluation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities provides a comprehensive examination of the assessment and evaluation cycle employed within the special education process. During this course, learners will distinguish the special educator’s role within the multidisciplinary assessment process including how the evaluative data drives the planning and development of an individualized program. Additionally, the mandatory safeguards that assure ethical evaluation and assessment practices do not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, or native language are examined.

ESE 631 Survey of the Exceptional Child

3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the education of students with diverse learning abilities and styles, including children with mental retardation, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, those identified as gifted and talented, and those diagnosed as having attention deficit disorder. These and other disabilities and special abilities are explored with a focus on the identification of individual differences in development and learning, and risk factors associated with exceptionalities. Developmental variations and patterns of these exceptionalities are examined along with the educational support strategies, the effects on the family and the rights of children. 

ESE 633 Collaborative Relationships & Transition

3 Credits

This course focuses on effective education-based collaboration strategies for special educators who have multiple roles and serve numerous functions when designing and implementing developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences for students with a disability. As the special educator job is multifaceted, additional focus is on formulating a team-centered framework that provides academic support for various service delivery models. Additionally, candidates will learn how to effectively collaborate through verbal, written, and digital communication with collaborative transition team members who enable students to meet 21st century standards post-high school completion. 

ESE 634 Education-Based Collaborative Relationships

3 Credits

This course focuses on collaboration strategies for special educators in the school environment who work with other professionals, services providers, and families of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Emphasis is placed on educators who provide academic support for various service delivery models. Communication, teamwork, and strategies for dealing effectively with conflict are emphasized. Prerequisite: ESE 601.

ESE 645 Lesson Design for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

3 Credits

This course explores the methods of effective instructional planning, lesson design, and teaching strategies for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Learners will develop quality differentiated instruction techniques for various student profiles. Additionally, learners will create individualized goals and objectives for students with disabilities. Prerequisite: ESE 601.

ESE 656 Positive Behavior Supports in the Classroom

3 Credits

This course introduces the underpinnings of behavior theory and offers real-world strategies for the 21st-century classroom that assist today’s educators in meeting the needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Behavior functions and modifications as well as various methods of observation and documentation are emphasized. Diverse cultural and environmental factors contributing to student behavior are also examined. Prerequisite: ESE 601.

ESE 668 Evidenced-Based Instructional Methods for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

3 Credits

In this course, learners will explore multiple aspects of curriculum design and delivery, apply their knowledge of the characteristics of varying disabilities, and create meaningful classroom instruction that aligns with curriculum, standards, and individualized education program goals. Data-driven instruction derived from individualized assessment results will be accessed and applied to instructional methods. Emphasis will be placed on evidence-based instructional strategies including collaboration with service providers to best meet the academic needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Prerequisite: ESE 601.

ESE 691 Behavior Management in the Classroom

3 Credits

This course provides strategies for changing inappropriate behaviors and prompting the acquisition of adaptive behaviors through positive management procedures. Designed to provide the teacher practical “how to” skills in classroom management, modification of behavior, and other management skills directed toward establishing an environment of learning. 

FIN Finance

FIN 301 Ethics for Finance Professional

3 Credits

In this course, students will examine some of the most recent and classical organizational ethics cases using the framework from managing business ethical procedures and practices. This course will provide a sound ethical decisions making guideline for students to use when making business ethical decisions and encourage ethical conduct and discourage unethical conduct in the workplace. Student will also explore how business ethics impact the global business environment and the current thinking on business –society and the business-environment relationships.

FIN 490 Finance Capstone

3 Credits

This capstone course is designed to integrate methods and techniques of corporate finance with an emphasis on how the various financial theories and practices work together. This course will integrate computer simulations based on a case study. Students will be expected to run simulations and then analyze and report outcomes. Prerequisite: GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program. 

FIN 671 Financial Analysis & Security Valuation

3 Credits

This course is intended for graduate students who expect at some point in their careers to use financial statements to evaluate earnings quality, performance, prospects, and value of a business. The primary emphasis will be on the analysis of public companies, but most of the tools and techniques utilized are also relevant to private firms’ financial analysis. This course focuses on the fundamental analysis of valuation, with a focus on developing and applying methods for valuing firms using financial statement analysis.

FIN 672 Financial Instruments & Derivatives

3 Credits

This course develops an understanding of the basic derivative-related financial instruments (forwards, swaps, futures, etc.), and their use in transforming and managing risky investments and projects in the areas of risk management, portfolio insurance, and financial engineering. Students will apply appropriate analytical tools needed to effectively manage risky investments and price derivatives. Prerequisite: FIN 678.

FIN 673 Applied Portfolio Management

3 Credits
This course deals with the construction and management of an institutional investment portfolio. The course provides the necessary understanding and tools crucial in portfolio management activities. Students will develop an appreciation for the various perspectives and techniques associated with portfolio management and security analysis and apply their knowledge by analyzing stocks and other investments with the guidance of their professor.

FIN 674 Strategic Cost Analysis

3 Credits
This course focuses on the strategic use of cost information for planning and control, as well as costing products, services, and customers. Students will learn alternative ways of measuring costs to meet different management objectives, the role of budgeting as a planning and management tool, the use of cost analysis as a control tool to help management meet short- and long-term profit objectives, and the importance of ethics in achieving all of these objectives.

FIN 675 Financial Economics

3 Credits
This course is designed to give students a strong understanding of the theory and logic of financial economics. Students will review standard models of how consumers and producers behave in the financial environment, and the implications of these models for financial resource allocation and market efficiency. Students will also evaluate the basic tools of economics, including optimization, comparative statics, and equilibrium as it applies to finance. Applications to finance will be highlighted throughout the course, and special attention will be paid to how the tools of economics can be applied to problems in finance and business.

FIN 676 Financial Accounting

3 Credits
This course focuses on the source, nature, and interpretation of accounting data; analysis, measurement, presentation; significance, and relevance of output information to a variety of external needs; and financial reporting in a global economy. Students will also develop a better understanding of accounting information, especially the financial statements of businesses, and how information affects decisions, and especially how accounting information is used in decision making.

FIN 677 International Finance

3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce the principles and practices involving finance and investment decisions of multinational firms operating globally. Topics will include foreign exchange markets, financial instruments in the international capital markets, corporate exchange risk management, international investment decisions, global financing strategies, financial crises, and related issues. This course will be exclusively focused on financial management and investment as it relates to the international environment.

FIN 678 Statistics for Financial Managers

3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce the principles and practices of various financial decision-making tools and techniques, and the statistical methods which are used both in the direct solution of financial problems and as foundations for more advanced statistical models and analysis. Topics include collecting data; describing, sampling, and presenting data; probability; statistical inference; regression analysis; forecasting; and risk analysis. Microsoft Excel is used extensively for organizing, analyzing, and presenting data.

FIN 680 Corporate Finance Capstone

3 Credits

This capstone course is designed to integrate advanced methods and techniques of corporate finance with an emphasis on how the various financial theories and practices work together. This course will integrate computer simulations based on a case study. Students will be expected to run simulations and then analyze and report outcomes. Prerequisite: FIN 673, FIN 679, FIN 672 and FIN 683.

FIN 680 Corporate Finance Capstone

3 Credits

This capstone course is designed to integrate advanced methods and techniques of corporate finance with an emphasis on how the various financial theories and practices work together. This course will integrate computer simulations based on a case study. Students will be expected to run simulations and then analyze and report outcomes. Prerequisite: FIN 673, FIN 679, FIN 672 and FIN 683.

FIN 681 Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions

3 Credits
This course focuses on the essential elements of money, banking and financial markets. The emphasis is on macroeconomics including forms and functions of money, financial markets, the role of electronic trading, interest rates, efficient markets, depository institutions and regulations, money supply, central banks, the role of the Federal Reserve, and monetary policy. Students will explore advanced treatment of money and its role in the economy. Students will also examine and analyze the various financial structures and institutions, the Federal Reserve System, and the increasing importance of the global financial arena. Special emphasis is placed on financial events and policy issues.

FIN 683 Investment Analysis

3 Credits

This course is designed to explore the field of security analysis, beginning with an in-depth study of fixed income securities. Students will learn to apply theory of analysis and valuation of fixed income securities through course assignments and activities. Topics include markets and trading, valuation, risk and return, credit analysis models, and term structure theories.

FIN 689 Advanced Financial Management & Analysis

3 Credits

This course continues financial statement analysis of public companies, with a focus on special issues such as income taxes, post-employment compensation plans, and intercorporate investments. Students will investigate financial reporting in publicly traded companies, and develop an understanding of financial statement analysis from a global perspective. Techniques for adjusting financial statements and determining the quality of financial reports will be used throughout the course. The course will culminate in a research paper that comprehensively assesses the investment quality of a company based on its financial reports. Prerequisite: FIN 671

GEN General Education

GEN 102 Digital Literacy for Life & the Workplace

3 Credits

This course offers an overview of digital literacy as it applies to personal, academic, financial, and professional success. Students will analyze the impact of digital technology on personal and social communication to develop digital literacy skills that will assist in achieving academic and career goals. An overview of financial literacy in the digital age is introduced with practical strategies for application in personal and professional life.

GEN 103 Information Literacy

3 Credits

This course will provide a foundation in information literacy skills. Students will learn distinct research methods for various types of questions as well as develop methods to evaluate resources based on authorship, authority, credibility, information type, currency, and purpose. A focus on the use and acknowledgement of resources will provide students with a ground for future ethical research. The course will emphasize the use of academic research and organization tools with a focus on applying those methods to make informed choices and think critically about various sources of information.

GEN 104 College Reading Strategies

3 Credits
In this course, students will develop effective reading skills to engage with college-level course materials. Students will explore a variety of texts and analyze active reading strategies to develop personal reading approaches.

GEN 499 General Education Capstone

3 Credits

This course provides students with a cumulative and integrative learning experience grounded in their general education experience. Through the study of selected interdisciplinary topics and course-embedded assessments students will demonstrate mastery of essential competencies and application of different ways of knowing. Students will apply the general education principles informed by ethical and critical sensibility and provide evidence of growth in acquiring the habits of active citizenship. A minimum grade of “C – “ is required to meet course requirements.

GEO Geography

GEO 308 Geographic Information Systems

3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software that is widely used to conduct spatial analysis in the areas of environmental science, defense and intelligence, emergency response, business, education, government, health and human services, public safety, transportation, and utilities and communication.  Students will learn the ArcGIS system and become experienced in the analysis of spatially related data and the digitized map system.

Note: the software used in this course has specific computer requirements including, Windows 8 Operating System, 2.2 GHZ minimum speed, and 2GB minimum Memory/ RAM. 

GRO Gerontology

GRO 200 Introduction to Gerontology

3 Credits

This course will provide an introduction to aging and an overview of the field of gerontology. The major concepts, theories and principles of gerontology will be introduced. Students will explore ageism in the United States, current demographic trends in our society, old age as a stage of lifespan development, health and healthcare concerns of older persons, issues of work, retirement, housing and economics, family relationships and social support, quality of life, and political issues of an aging society. Concepts, practices and other issues of aging will be explored.

GRO 202 Psychology of Aging

3 Credits

This course covers normal aging from a cognitive perspective as well as various forms of dementia, including signs and symptoms, risk factors, and neuropathology. Students learn about cognitive changes that occur with normal aging as well as risk factors for transient cognitive impairments. Alzheimer’s disease is discussed in detail as well as non-Alzheimer’s forms of dementia, including frontotemporal dementia syndromes, Parkinson’s disease dementia, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia, and Creutzfeld Jakob disease. The course also includes a section on evidence-based factors related to successful aging and the future of aging research.

GRO 325 Aging & Health

3 Credits

This course examines the interface between health and aging. A broad range of health concerns and issues of older persons are explored from physical, mental, and emotional perspectives.

GRO 410 Death & Dying

3 Credits

This multi-disciplinary course offers an overview of psychosocial aspects of death and dying. Topics include attitudes toward death, preparation for death, care of terminally ill patients, funeral issues, mourning, grief practices, suicide, and euthanasia.

GRO 497 Gerontology Capstone

3 Credits

This course is a synthesis of the major ideas, perspectives, and concepts gained from the study of gerontology. A substantive paper is developed which requires students to critically analyze their experiences and integrate knowledge gained throughout the program.

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