Course Descriptions

EDCI 600: Classroom Management and Instructional Methodology

Focuses on research-based, scientifically-validated strategies for teaching, managing, and motivating students in classrooms and the schools. The course assists with the conceptualization, measurement, and improvement of classroom performance and management for grades K-12, in order to effectively impact, assess, and improve instruction and student academic performance and behavior.

EDCI 606: Effective Instructional Strategies

Focuses on research-based, scientifically-validated strategies for teaching students in the schools. The course assists with the conceptualization, measurement, and improvement of classroom performance and management for grades K-12 and features a variety of organizational patterns and practices, approaches to instruction and their impact on students' learning, and instruments for evaluating teacher behavior in specific contexts.

EDCI 617: Foundations and Curriculum of American Education

This course will provide the opportunities for future teachers to expand their ability to inquire, explore, engage, conclude and persuade in the foundations and curriculum of American education. The course explores historical, philosophical, sociological, and legal foundations and curriculum of public education. This course is designed to assist teachers in the decision-making processes necessary to implement a standards-based curriculum and both a formative and summative assessment process of curricular initiatives. There is also a focus on contemporary curricular issues and innovations as well as school culture.

EDHD 602: Human Development

Focuses on the development of the individual from conception through intricate changes of growth and aging over the life span, including information about scientific discoveries and personal insights throughout life.

EDLS 603: Legal and Ethical Issues

Explores the responsibility of the school as a social institution for students, parents, taxpayers, and employees; examines the legal framework of constitutional, case and statute law, and ethical issues pertaining to schools and identifies the implications for educational practice.

EDLS 609: Research Methods and Applications

Examines research methodology, tools, and resources for the educational leader. Particular emphasis is placed on action research focusing on effective schools and student achievement. Emphasis is given to the appropriate use of research tools and educational technology in the analysis of data including data-driven decision-making and implementing school and/or division-based research projects or school improvement plans. Both formative and summative evaluation strategies are emphasized.

EDLS 646: Improving the School Structure and Climate

Focuses on the forces and factors that influence the teaching/learning environment and encourages taking charge of change, as well as leading and facilitating the process and the people involved. Emphasis is placed on assessing current educational institutions and developing strategies for implementing improvements.

EDLS 653: Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction

Focuses on the nature and function of supervision as a means to improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness and examines the roles of the supervisor, the building administrator, and the teacher in establishing effective instruction in each classroom.

EDCI 690: Principles of Leadership

Emphasizes the study of leadership theories as they relate to PK-12 education, higher education, athletics, and any professional environment. Students review current literature on leadership, analyze their own leadership style, and work to expand their capacity to lead through knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Communication skills, team-building, and conflict management is emphasized. Additional focus is placed on developing leaders in a professional environment.

EDCI 676: Seminar in Instructional Leadership

Refines understanding of the role of teacher as a constructive leader in today's schools. A capstone course, it focuses on new role responsibilities and expectations for teachers as participatory decision makers in school-based change initiatives.

EDCI 699: Internship in Education

Prerequisites: Passing scores on Praxis I, Praxis II, and VCLA. The Reading for Virginia Educators (formerly VRA) is required for elementary and middle school licensure. In addition to completion of professional studies/licensure requirements, all content requirements for a student's particular endorsement must be completed prior to taking the class. Supervised field experience in a classroom setting and seminar sessions are required. Placement is arranged at the elementary, middle, or secondary level based on the teaching endorsement sought. All licensure coursework must be completed prior to or concurrently with the teaching internship.

SPED 600: Survey of Special Education

Provides an overview of the special education field. Particular attention is given to federal and state rules and regulations that govern implementation of special services, basic knowledge relating to disability characteristics and causes, and current trends in special education (e.g., the issue of inclusion and accommodation of special learners in general education settings). Note: This course (or its equivalent) is prerequisite to all other courses in special education.

RDNG 625: Survey of Effective Reading Methods

Focuses on the foundations of reading and reading development. Topics include children's basic language development as a precursor to reading and as a medium for instruction, methods for assessing and instructing the emergent reader, the beginning reader, and the instructional reader, as well as reading disability.

RDNG 640: Strategies for Teaching Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary

Prerequisite: RDNG 625 or permission of the instructor. Examination of theoretical and practical issues surrounding access to print. Advances basic knowledge of reading process, models multi-sensory approach to teaching reading, and develops understanding of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary acquisition.

RDNG 672: Reading and Study Skills in the Content Area

Methods, materials, and organizational patterns for reading and writing as a means to access text in content area texts and coursework. Reading strategies and study skills are improved to maximize learning for all students through effective use of course materials.