MAED (Education Foundations) (EDF)

EDF 601  Psychology of Learning    3 sem. hrs.

An examination of theories of learning, creativity and fundamentals of human memory and cognition as related to psychology, counseling and education fields. A review of the historical development of learning theories and major learning theorists will be examined. Application of behavioral principles to student situations, evaluation of the progress of a participant in learning, demonstration of an ability to communicate using the specific language of learning and differentiate the various approaches across schools of learning. 10 field hours required. Offered every fall and summer.

EDF 606  Acc Learn w/Special Needs    3 sem. hrs.

Course is designed to provide students an overview of various exceptionalities/disabilities and educational implications. Issues such as inclusion, IDEA legislation, writing and implementing IEPs, positive behavioral supports, assessment, and teaching strategies are examined. 10 hours of field experience required. Offered every fall and May.

EDF 607  Research Methods    3 sem. hrs.

An in-depth study of the rationale, dynamics, tools and techniques of research. Course includes skills in reviewing the literature, designing studies, and analyzing data. 10 hours of field experience required. Offered every spring.

EDF 620  Teaching and Learning    3 sem. hrs.

Course examines research pertinent to effective teaching and learning. Selection of appropriate instructional behavior for specific learning settings and actual application of this knowledge are essentials of the course. Phenomena such as classroom climate, lesson planning, curriculum organization, and the need for creativity are studied and strategies devised to address these issues. 10 hours of field experience required. Offered every fall and spring.

EDF 621  Legal/Ethical Issues in Educ    3 sem. hrs.

In this course, legal and ethical issues are explored using case studies and topic-centered approaches. The responsibilities and rights of all parties involved in the educational process - teachers, students, parents, school board members, administrators, and others - are addressed. Using consequentialist and non-consequentialist ethical theories as well as the concepts of ordered liberty, class members. 10 hours of field experience required. Offered every fall and spring.

EDF 622  Philosophy of Education    3 sem. hrs.

The goal of this course is to make educational philosophy relevant and meaningful to teachers who view philosophical concepts as too abstract, theoretical, and complex. Teachers will examine themselves, their beliefs and practices, district philosophies, and other educators' actions according to the different schools of philosophical thought. At the end of this course, teachers will be able to state why they do what they do in their professional lives. Offered every fall and summer.

EDF 700  Sem: Current Trends in Educ    3 sem. hrs.

Course is designed to generate among practitioners a global view of the education profession. Using seminar format, students will examine issues and trends influencing the profession in total and day-to-day conduct of instruction. Discussion of the influence of these trends and issues in the daily instructional process is an essential activity in this course. Offered every June/July.

EDF 701  Capstone Experience    3 sem. hrs.

This practicum is designed as a culminating course for the M.A. in Education degree for non-licensure students. Current methodology and practice are reviewed. Information and strategies that could change individual instructional behavior are investigated, and students participate in on-site, clinical appraisals of teaching. program, all required foundation courses (one which may be taken concurrently with EDF 701) and formal advancement to candidacy for the degree. 10 hours of field experience required. Offered every fall and spring.

Prerequisites: Completion of at least 30 hours in the M.A.Ed.

EDF 705  Pupil Services    3 sem. hrs.

This course provides candidates with the background and mandates related to No Child Left Behind, HB1, special populations of students, the requirements for educating all children, and an analysis of current issues and trends. 10 hours of field experience required. Offered every spring and summer.

EDF 706  Principalship    3 sem. hrs.

The principal holds a unique position in the school in his or her role as the managerial and instructional leader. This course examines these roles in terms of the qualities of an effective leader who works with the various stakeholders in creating a shared vision on the based on high expectations with an emphasis on continuous improvement. This will be done in the context of the duties and responsibilities of the principal. Offered every fall.

EDF 707  Personnel Mgmt & Leadership    3 sem. hrs.

This course provides an introduction to the encompassing demands of personnel management and leadership. Applying the theory and practice to both certified and classified staff, the candidates will know and demonstrate and understanding of effective personnel scheduling, performance evaluation, growth planning, assistance plans, documentation strategies, delegation, and the interrelationship of leadership and management. Offered every fall and spring.

EDF 708  Internship I    1.5 sem. hrs.

This class is the first part of the culminating year-long experience for candidates pursuing principal licensure. The candidates will apply knowledge learned and skills developed in course work and prior field experiences. The course will provide candidates with practical and authentic onsite experiences under the direct supervision of a school principal or other building administrator. The candidate, school principal, and and university supervisor will develop a plan outlining the specific activities to be completed during the internship. Candidates must complete both Internship 1 and 2 to meet requirements for principal licensure. 75 hours of clinical experience required. Offered every fall and Spring.

EDF 709  School Finance for Sch Adminis    3 sem. hrs.

This course will examine the financial operations of school systems, including taxes, other sources of revenue, expenditures, budgeting, effects of economic factors, Federal and State funding, laws, and legal decisions. The course will also examine the importance of monitoring and evaluating the management and operational systems, utilizing human, fiscal, and technological resources, acting to influence local, district, state, and national decisions, and analyzing and anticipating trends to adapt leadership strategies. Offered every fall.

EDF 710  Internship 2    1.5 sem. hrs.

This class is the second part of the culminating year-long experience for candidates pursuing principal licensure. The candidates will apply knowledge learned and skills developed in course work and prior field experiences. The course will provide candidates with practical and authentic onsite experiences under the direct supervision of a school principal or other building administrator. The candidate, school principal, and and university supervisor will develop a plan outlining the specific activities to be completed during the internship. Candidates must complete both Internship 1 and 2 to meet requirements for principal licensure. 75 hours of clinical experience required. Offered every fall and Spring.