Course Descriptions

1. EDCI 617 Foundations and Curriculum of American Education (3) Provides 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.

2. EDHD 609 Research Methods and Applications (3) Examines research methodology, tools, and resources available to the educational practitioner with specific emphasis on the use of quantitative and qualitative research in problem identification and resolution. Enables students to identify and apply relevant research to persistent or emerging problems and to develop appropriate assessment tools and techniques for ongoing educational activities.


EDLS 609 Research Methods and Applications for Educational Leaders (3) 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.

3. EDHD 671 Professional Project in Education (3) Requires the presentation/approval of a project proposal the semester before enrollment. The format of the finished project must be consistent with a recognized and agreed on manual of style.

4. EDLS 603 Legal and Ethical Issues (3) 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.

The additional 24 hours required for this program will be selected from existing master's level courses.