Chapter XI. Course Descriptions
DREEBEN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Adult Education (ADED)ADED 6381/7381 Adult Learning and Development
The study of how adults learn in a variety of institutional settings and in learning at their own initiative. Includes theories of learning, development, and participation and the social, political, and ethical concerns of making learning available to all adults who seek it.
ADED 6382/7382 Adult Literacy Education
This course is a study of topics related to the field of adult literacy education. Highlighted are the scope of the adult literacy problem, the implications of illiteracy for individual adults and for the larger society, the successes and failures of adult literacy programs, funding for adult literacy programs, and the governmental role in developing an effective adult literacy system. Cross Referenced with EDRD 6382: Adult Literacy Education. Prerequisite: ADED 6381
ADED 6384/7384 Contemporary Issues in Adult Education
Some important contemporary and controversial issues facing adult educators and the search for their appropriate resolution. Will vary in topic as issues develop.
ADED 6385/7385 Methods and Strategies in Adult Education
An examination of the various methods and strategies that can be used in the teaching-learning process of adults. Prerequisite: ADED 6381
ADED 6386/7386 Educational Gerontology (Education of the Older Adult)
Older Adults as a unique group of learners—their specific needs and the consequent implications for current practice and programs. Prerequisite: ADED 6381.
ADED 6387/7387 Program Development in Adult Education
Addresses those necessary conceptual tools needed to develop educational programs and materials for a variety of settings. Examination of concepts of planning, implementing, and evaluating, from a curriculum and instruction perspective stressed. Prerequisite: ADED 6381.
ADED 6388/7388 Effective Teams and Groups
An examination of and the consequent development of those skills necessary for facilitating learning in order to increase productivity in task-oriented groups of adults. Issues, problems, and concepts frequently encountered are addressed, as well as possible solutions.
ADED 6370/7370 College Teaching
The focus of this course is issues and trends in teaching and learning in higher education with attention to the research of best practices and the theories of college student development. This course will provide participants with a perspective of the process of applying for and managing employment, full or part-time, in academic context. Prerequisite: ADED 6381 Adult Learning and Development.
ADED 6390/7390 Practicum in Adult Learning Environments
Practical experience in planning and evaluating programs and in teaching adults. Seminar discussion of ethical, leadership, and professional issues facing adult education professionals. Prerequisite: ADED 6381, Approval of program advisor.
ADED 6398 Independent Study
ADED 6399 Selected Topics in Adult Education
Early Childhood Education (EDEC)EDEC 6335/7335 Emergent Literacy
This course examines the concept of emergent literacy as it provides insights on young children’s literacy, how they develop literacy knowledge and literate practices. Best practices in literacy teaching for child care, pre-school, and early elementary classrooms are studies and researched Cross Referenced with EDRD 6335 – Emergent Literacy.
EDEC 6339 Play and Play Environments
The nature of children’s play, contemporary issues in play, studying play environments, the evolution of the American playground, fundamentals of playground development and playground safety, the role of adults in children’s play, and the social context of play in the development of the young child.
EDEC 6375 Literature for Children and Young Adults
This course provides opportunities to become acquainted with the great wealth of trade books and other media forms available for today’s young adults and children. The course assists teachers so that they may guide children toward more comprehensive, creative, insightful, and diverse utilization of literary materials in a classroom setting. Extensive reading of young adult and children’s literature will be required. Cross Referenced with EDRD 6375 Literature for Children and Young Adults.
EDEC 6388 Practicum in Early Childhood
This practicum course provides the early childhood teacher with the opportunity to use all pertinent previous learning and to match theory and practice. Practicum students, working under the supervision of education faculty, will assess children’s needs and create strategies and lessons to address those needs. The practicum requires a minimum of 40 hours working in an early childhood setting.
EDEC 6391 Foundations of Literacy
Examines the major theories of literacy and their implications for classroom contexts. Models of reading and writing, recent research findings will be explored. Emphasis will be on reading theory and practice and their relationships to child development. Cross Referenced with EDRD 6391: Foundations of Literacy.
EDEC 6393 Approaches to Reading Assessment
This course provides an overview of methods of reading assessment with an emphasis on informal measures such as running records and informal inventories. It provides information on scoring and interpretation of high stakes tests in reading. It also provides practice in using assessment information to effectively plan reading instruction. Cross Referenced with EDRD 6393: Approaches to Reading Assessment.
EDEC 6398 Independent Study
EDED 6399 Selected Topics in Early Childhood
General Education (EDUC)EDUC 6301 Introduction to Educational Research
An overview of the common methodological procedures underlying research projects across disciplines; this course is interdisciplinary in scope. Content includes the epistemology of research decisions, knowledge of sources, methods of collecting data, writing, presenting, and criticizing research studies.
EDUC 6304/7304 Theories of Learning
Introduces the various theories of human learning: behaviorist, cognitive, social, and constructivist. The field of learning is ever dynamic and changing and will influence course content.
EDUC 6305/7305 Multicultural Concepts in Education
This course provides a theoretical framework for multiculturalism focusing on the divergent American cultural communities including the past, present, and future education of each. The attitudes, values, traditions, and customs effecting education will be examined.
EDUC 6306/7306 Philosophical Foundations in Education
An examination of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of learning and education from the classical era to contemporary authors.
EDUC 6307/7307 Critical Theory in Education
This course focuses on change theory and human behavior-both individual behavior and behavior within the dynamics of educational systems. Concepts of oppression, praxis and hegemony can best be understood against this theoretical background.
EDUC 6310 Technology in Education
An introduction to the application and adaptation of technology to classroom teaching. Development of technology skills that enable teachers to develop effective instructional materials. Fall and Spring
EDUC 6313 Teachers of Young Children I
Developmentally appropriate curriculum practices in early childhood education (EC-4th Grade), classroom teaching skills, management and guidance techniques; models of teaching, the lesson planning process, and instructional planning for both small and large groups. Supervised and directed participation in an EC-4 school setting will be a major component. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Certification Program.
EDUC 6315 Assessment in the Classroom
Provides opportunities for the analysis, interpretation and application of a variety of assessment procedures. Emphasis on the interrelationship of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in classroom situations. Prerequisite: EDUC 6304.
EDUC 6317 Teachers of Young Children II
An examination of the total early childhood (EC-4th grade) classroom, best practice and the variety of approaches to implementing best practice including providing choices and integrating the curriculum. Supervised and directed participation in an EC-4 school setting will be a major component. Prerequisite: Teachers of Young Children I.
EDUC 6320 Equity and Excellence for All
This course surveys diversity among students including cultural and linguistic factors as well as exceptionalities. Includes adaptive and sheltered English strategies for literacy development. Cross-referenced with EDRD 6320 Equity and Excellence for All.
EDUC 6325 Pedagogy in the Secondary School
A professional preparation course for prospective secondary teachers that encompasses various categories of knowledge related to professional skills, values, and decision-making. Prerequisite: EDUC 6304 and acceptance into the Teacher Certification Program.
EDUC 6326/7326 Behavior Management
Current research concerning major approaches to behavior management in a variety of settings; special attention to meeting the needs of individuals with emotional, social, and behavior problems.
EDUC 6327 Integrative Pedagogy for the Secondary School
A synthesis of learning theory, curriculum development and teaching techniques. This course will provide the participant with a perspective of how the schools, the curriculum, and the pedagogy actually work in today’s secondary schools. Prerequisite: 6325.
EDUC 6330 Comparative Education
Students will examine the philosophies and structures of formal/national systems of education, providing an overview of how the various cultures systematize their education. The major focus will be to identify commonalties and differences in those systems and to better understand how students and faculty might move freely in and out of systems. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of Education courses and permission of Program Advisor.
EDUC 6337 Leadership for Organizational Learning Environments
The focus of this seminar is the exploration of the philosophical bases of leadership, the context of leadership as a relationship process, and historic and futuristic views of leadership. As a forum for self-assessment and personal development, faculty and students will establish working groups that facilitate discussion of related topics. The outcome of this course is for the student to conceptualize new leadership paradigms and personal implications for change.
EDUC 6340 Law in Education
A study of legal concepts and issues relating to professionals in the field of education. Designed to develop a knowledge base in the origin and types of law that operate within schools as well as in institutions of higher education. Special emphasis is placed on the application and impact of the law as it relates to the profession of education in Texas.
EDUC 6342 Law and Policy for Organizational Leadership
A study of legal concepts and policy issues relating to professionals in Organizational Leadership. This course is designed to develop a knowledge base in the basic laws and policies that operate within common schools, higher education, and other organizations. Special emphasis is placed upon the application and impact of the law and organizational policy as it relates to human resource management and other commonalities among organizations for legal, ethical, and effective operation.
EDUC 6345/7345 Theories of Change
Applies findings from social systems theory and the theories of chaos and complexity as applied to the processes of change in organizations. Students are introduced to chaos theory, the principles of self-organization, and an understanding of complexity and uncertainly as concepts facing the exercise of leadership in organizations and groups. The course will introduce ways of dealing with diversity, dis-equilibrium, and change in order to explore new possibilities for leadership in a global society.
EDUC 6346/7346 Organizational Theory and Development
This course uses both a seminar approach and experiential activities to facilitate learning of (a) classical and contemporary organization theory, (b) the importance of culture in influencing organizational effectiveness and efficiency, (c) variables that affect organizational development, (d) organization structure and its relation to organizational culture and organizational development, (e) leadership roles and responsibilities related to effective organizational development and operation. This course may be taken in part through an off-campus learning format to illustrate key concepts. It will provide both theoretical comprehension and skill development.
EDUC 6355/7360 Cross-Cultural Communication: Teaching in Other Countries
This course introduces the field of intercultural communication, enhances the development of intercultural competence (in the participants and indirectly in their students), and explores implications and applications for the teaching and learning of EFL/ESL. The course examines theoretical perspectives of language, culture, and worldviews. Specific countries of study will be noted in the course schedule as offered.
EDUC 6360 Methods and Materials of Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Provides an overview of modern ESL teaching methods and the current state of our knowledge about second language acquisition (SLA). Students will learn about contemporary ideas of second language teaching, and will review contemporary ESL/EFL texts and materials. Observation and tutoring of ESL students is part of the course requirement.
EDUC 6373 Acquisition of a Second Language
This course examines the principles and psychosocial theories that support effective multicultural and multilingual pedagogy. The course will examine the educational implications of teaching a second language by addressing instructional approaches, assessment methodologies as well as the sociolinguistic and sociocultural issues that impact bilingualism and second language acquisition.
EDUC 6376 Linguistics for the ESL Classroom
This course will provide the classroom teacher with the opportunity to examine and analyze the structure of the English language, including phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, semantics, and pragmatics. The course will also analyze how language variation and discourse are influenced by speech communities, and how psycholinguistic factors impact the acquisition of a second language.
EDUC 6378 Reading and Writing in the ESL Classroom
This course examines the pedagogy of teaching reading and writing in English as a Second Language. The course investigates the relationship between second language reading and writing to language learning. Literacy development in a second language includes oral development and communicative competence. The course also provides a critical evaluation of existing literacy materials for second language learners.
EDUC 6379 Second Language Instruction Through the Content Areas
This course examines the theories and pedagogies that support instructional applications that integrate learning and the roles of oral language and literacy development in academic achievement. The course also integrates technology to support language teaching through the content areas.
EDUC 6380 Practicum in TEFL/TESL
Provides guidance in applying theory and methodology, as well as observation, in order to gain insights into the needs of second language learners and to develop strategies to facilitate their learning. Fieldwork, regular class meetings and journals will be required.
EDUC 6343 Curriculum Leadership
This course explores the approaches to curriculum study, revisions, and evaluation. It examines the role of the teacher leader in curriculum development and design and provides problem solving tools while working with other teachers. In this course, students will design high quality, developmentally appropriate, standards-aligned curriculum for a diverse student population.
EDUC 6333 Teaching and Learning: Action Research
This course provides students with the theoretical framework for understanding key ideas central to recent research on teaching and learning. It explores educational action research as a way to systematically look at educational practices and recording what was done, why it was done, collecting data, analyzing the data and reflecting on how the results might influence future teaching endeavors. It explores ways to apply knowledge of teaching and learning to establishing policy and transforming practice.
EDUC 6353 Supporting Teachers and Teaching
This course prepares teacher leaders for their roles of supporting teachers, conducting assessment for the purpose of improving practice, developing and conducting professional development and exploring how mentoring and peer coaching can support school improvement initiatives.
EDUC 6398 Independent Study
EDUC 6399/7399 Selected Topics in Education
EDUC 63CS Teacher Apprenticeship
This course is the last course in the Professional Development sequence required for Texas teacher certification. It requires a full time commitment by a prospective teacher during the normal school day and takes place ON SITE in an approved school. Part of course requirement is mandatory attendance at the weekly Teaching Seminars on campus at UIW. Serves as Capstone course in the M.A.T. degree. Prerequisites: 6325 and 6327 and permission of the Program Advisor.
EDUC 66CS Internship in Teacher Education
This course is the last course in the Professional Development sequence required for Texas teacher certification. This course replaces 6329CS for students who will spend one year teaching in approved schools with a mentor teacher and working with the UIW Teacher Education program to complete requirements for the Elementary or Secondary Teaching certificate. Part of course requirement is mandatory attendance at the weekly Teaching Seminars on campus at UIW. Serves as Capstone course in the M.A.T. degree. Prerequisites: 6325 and 6327 and permission of the Program Advisor
EDUC 63CS1 Capstone in Education
A capstone course that brings together the several experiences mastered by the graduate student. The course examines contemporary issues of leadership, ethics, and issues of professionalism facing the educators of tomorrow. Prerequisite: EDUC 6301; must be taken in last six hours of graduate program and requires permission of Program Advisor.
EDUC 63CS2 Teacher Leadership
This course is a blend of both academic and experiential learning -- theory and practice in the educational setting. It examines teacher leadership roles, teacher leadership characteristics, the need for teacher leadership, and the barriers to teacher leadership created by the school structure and the culture of teaching. In addition, this course examines the impact on schools as teachers assume new forms of leadership. Candidates are required to do a 45 hour practicum experience in the area of teacher leadership and complete a Graduate Project. The Graduate Project provides the student with a culminating experience through portfolio, requiring synthesis of skills and knowledge the student has gained. The portfolio requiring both analysis and action is proposed by the student.
Instructional Technology (EDIT) ONLINE
EDIT 6343/7343 Foundations of Instructional Technology
Introduction to the Instructional Technology profession. Course defines field, provides historical overview, and introduces research, practices, current trends and issues in the field. Summer
EDIT 6344/7344 Instructional System Design
Introduction to the major components of instructional design with a focus on the functions of systems models in planning, developing, and evaluating instruction. Participants, working individually and in groups, apply instructional design practices to the production of instructional materials. (Pre-requisite EDIT 6343)
EDIT 6345 Multimedia Authoring
Application of instructional systems design, research findings and design criteria to the production of computer-based and computer-generated instructional materials using various multimedia authoring tools. Skills in writing, graphic design, interface design, scripting, prototyping, editing and field-testing are introduced. (Prerequisite: EDIT 6344 Instructional Systems Design and EDIT 6346, well developed computer skills. Students must purchase multimedia authoring software)
EDIT 6346/7346 Information Technologies: Internet and the Web
Exploration of the educational implications of Internet and the World Wide Web. Application of instructional systems design, research findings and design criteria to the production of an educational web site using hypertext markup language. (Prerequisite: well-developed computer skills, not for computer novices. Students must purchase web editing software.)
EDIT 6347/7347 Distance Learning
Introduction to the types of technologies, delivery systems and methods used in teaching students at a distance. Overview of history and research in distance learning technologies, including radio, audiotape, computer-based instruction, television, teleconferencing and video conferencing.
EDIT 6348/7348 Management of Learning Environments
An introduction to management concepts for individuals who supervise personnel, materials and technology in learning environments ranging from school media centers to computer centers. Participants plan a technological learning environment, including preparing a budget, selecting technology resources, developing a floor plan and preparing job descriptions. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Instructional Technology or permission of Program Advisor.
63CS Advanced Instructional Design Project
Application of instructional design theory and research to the development of an instructional project or product under supervision of faculty mentor. Participants may do in-house project or do a project for a company or organization. Students will meet with the EDUC 63CS1 class during the semester in which they are enrolled in this class. (Capstone course, - prerequisite 30 hours of graduate courses. Offered on-campus only in the Masters of Education program.)
EDIT 6399 Selected Topics in Instructional Technology: Topics may vary.
Kinesiology (EDKE)EDKE 6377/7377 Instructional Development in Physical Education
Development of curriculum design and instructional methods to meet the developmental needs of learners from preschool through high school.
EDKE 6378/7378 Biomechanics in Human Performance
An overview of the laws and principles of human motion. Emphasis on analysis of sports movement with an application to the teaching and learning of motor skills.
EDKE 6379/7379 Adapted Physical Education and Sport
Physical education, motor and fitness development, and athletics for atypical individuals. Particular attention to the home, school, sports center, and organized sports and athletics.
EDKE 6381/7381 Topics in Exercise Physiology and Fitness
Current issues concerning exercise physiology, fitness, and overall wellness. Attention to student assessment, motivation, and prescription.
Literacy Education (EDRD)EDRD 6320 Equity and Excellence for All
This course surveys diversity among students including cultural and linguistic factors as well as exceptionalities. Includes adaptive and sheltered English strategies for literacy development. Cross Referenced with EDEC 6320: Equity and Excellence for All.
EDRD 6335 Emergent Literacy
This course examines the concept of emergent literacy as it provides insights on young children’s literacy, how they develop literacy knowledge and literate practices. Best practices in literacy teaching for child care, pre-school, and early elementary classrooms are studies and researched Cross Referenced with EDEC 6335 – Emergent Literacy.
EDRD 6375 Literature for Children and Young Adults
This course provides opportunities to become acquainted with the great wealth of trade books and other media forms available for today’s young adults and children. The course assists teachers so that they may guide children toward more comprehensive, creative, insightful, and diverse utilization of literary materials in a classroom setting. Extensive reading of young adult and children’s literature will be required. Cross Referenced with EDEC 6375 Literature for Children and Young Adults.
EDRD 6382 Adult Literacy
This course is a study of topics related to the field of adult literacy education. Highlighted are the scope of the adult literacy problem, the implications of illiteracy for individual adults and for the larger society, the successes and failures of adult literacy programs, funding for adult literacy programs, and the governmental role in developing an effective adult literacy system. Cross Referenced with EDRD 6382 Adult Literacy Education. Prerequisite: ADED 6381
EDRD 6391 Foundations of Literacy
Examines the major theories of literacy appropriation and their implications for classroom contexts. Models of reading and writing, recent research findings will be explored. Emphasis will be on reading theory and practice and their relationships to child development. Cross Referenced with EDEC 6391: Foundations of Literacy.
EDRD 6393/7393 Approaches to Reading Assessment
This course provides an overview of methods of reading assessment with an emphasis on informal measures such as running records and informal inventories. It provides information on scoring and interpretation of high stakes tests in reading. It also provides practice in using assessment information to effectively plan reading instruction. Cross Referenced with EDEC 6393: Approaches to Reading Assessment.
EDRD 6395 Practicum in Reading
Individualized prescriptive teaching under supervision in a field-based setting using varied approaches and techniques. Project is the case study of one student, supported with appropriate library research. Comprehensive exam required for course completion. Prerequisites: completion of all Reading courses required for degree.
EDRD 6396 Literacy Across the Curriculum
Application of theory and methodology for integrating language and literacy in content fields. Will include examination of curricula theory and organization, text analysis, and how to connect the reading and writing processes with content learning.
EDRD 6398 Independent Study
EDRD 6399 Selected Topics in Literacy Education
Special Education (EDSP)EDSP 6357 Neuropsychological Aspects of Learning Disabilities
Basic information about neuropsychology and the basic functional units of the human brain; this course includes assessment of neuropsychological dysfunction. Fee.
EDSP 6359 Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities
Models and approaches to meeting the needs of students with disabilities in a variety of instructional settings, specific instructional methods and techniques, locating, evaluating, selecting adapting and/or creating instructional materials and technology. Prerequisites: EDSP 6363.
EDSP 6363/7363 Survey of Exceptionalities
The types and characteristics of potentially disabling conditions including causative factors, models of service delivery, investigation of all federal and state laws and regulations affecting special education. This is the first course in Special Education at the graduate level and should be taken at the beginning of the program.
EDSP 6364 Testing for Teaching
Curriculum-based assessment. Alternatives for assessing status in academic subjects and adaptive functioning. Intervention strategies for remediation of academic and adaptive functioning. Norm-referenced and informal testing. Prerequisite: EDSP 6363 and EDUC 6304.
EDSP 6365 Accommodating Students with High Incidence Disabilities
Models and approaches to meeting the needs of students with high incidence disabilities in a variety of instructional settings. Specific instructional materials and techniques; locating, evaluating, selecting, creating and/or adapting instructional materials and technology.
EDSP 6366 Inclusive Classrooms and Communities
Philosophical and practical approaches to meet diverse needs in classrooms and communities in order to enable all students to be effectively included.
EDSP 6367 Accommodating Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
Models and approaches to meeting the needs of students with low incidence disabilities, often served in settings outside the regular classroom. Specific attention is paid to adaptive behavior, life skills, and vocational curricula for students of all ages. Critical emphasis on making appropriate decisions regarding the level of support needed, LRE placement decisions, adaptive technology, and transition into the community.
EDSP 6368 Seminar in Learning Disabilities
Study of individuals identified as learning disabled, history of the field, investigation of various intervention approaches and current research in the field. Prerequisite: EDSP 6363.
EDSP 6375 Vocational Assessment and Training
Approaches to assessment and planning at the secondary level for maximum post-secondary vocational and living independence. Special attention to designing Individual Transition Plans in cooperation with appropriate agencies. Prerequisite: EDSP 6363.
Interdisciplinary Doctorate (INDR)INDR 8199 Independent Study
This one hour course may be used for focus on an individual project under the guidance of an advisor.
INDR 8310 Concepts of Leadership
The focus of this course is the exploration of the philosophical bases of leadership, the context of leadership as a relationship process, and historic and futuristic views of leadership. The outcome of this course is for the student to conceptualize new leadership paradigms and personal implications for change.
INDR 8330 Belief Systems: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
This course explores the relationships between beliefs and knowledge that shape cultural practices. This examination will help students become aware of the limitations that may result from unexamined assumptions about other cultures. Critical examination of these issues allows students to view the cultural context of education and leadership with respect and empathy.
INDR 8340 Interdisciplinary Seminar
This course brings together students from all doctoral programs to discuss in an interdisciplinary and wide-ranging manner important intellectual and social issues that impinge upon them, this country, and the world as a whole. Pre-requisites: Concepts of Leadership
INDR 8350 Research Methods & Tools
This course will provide an overview of prevailing systematic planned investigation, including quantitative and qualitative methodologies, along with development of skills for critique of professional literature and internet searches. Students will be introduced to theories of epistemology and fundamentals of research design: data gathering, analysis and interpretation.
INDR 8375 Trends and Issues in Technology
The course gives students the opportunities to develop and apply technology skills as they research issues and trends in technology as it is used in business and education. Issues addressed include management of technology, the creation of technology-based work and learning environments, the societal impacts of technology and the legal implications of its use.
INDR 8370 Ethics for the Professions
This course explores theories of ethics and ethical decision-making with a focus on social justice in a global community with examination of moral issues and practical application in such areas as leadership, education and science.
INDR 8199 Selected Topics
The course is appropriate for a doctoral student wishing to prepare for or complete an extended project which may require extensive guidance by an advisor, such as qualifying examination or other project that does not easily fit in the parameters of other coursework.
INDR 9300 Dissertation Writing
INDR 9100 Dissertation
Available to students who have completed 12 hours of Dissertation Writing
Education (EDUC)EDUC 8330 History and Philosophy of Higher Education
This course examines the historical and philosophical foundations of American Higher Education. The thoughts of influential educators are introduced. Principles and ideas underlying policies and administration of higher education are discussed.
EDUC 8350 Constructing Research Design
This course explores qualitative and quantitative research methods in depth through evaluation and proposal writing techniques used in social science; includes nature of scientific inquiry in the social sciences; planning, evaluation of social science research, sampling, measurement; commonly used research designs, methods and includes the construction of the methodology chapter of a research prospectus.
EDUC 8355 Qualitative Research
This course develops the understanding of the concepts and methods of qualitative analysis and explores the practical issues related to designing, using and evaluating the qualitative methodology. Students study the philosophical assumptions underlying qualitative research, apply theory to an observed event, evaluate qualitative research articles and develop a qualitative proposal. Pre-requisite: Research Methods
EDUC 8390 Law in Higher Education
This seminar course is designed to facilitate learning to effectively criticize, analyze and understand legal concepts and issues related to Higher Education and to establish the inextricable link between effective organizational leadership in institutions of higher education and a sound understanding of related legal principles.
EDUC 8395 Practicum in Higher Education
This course identifies various types of institutions of higher education and the characteristics of effective higher education leadership. Students will explore issues in higher education through practicum experiences augmented by periodic seminar dialogue during the semester. Prerequisite: EDUC 8330 History and Philosophy of Higher Education and EDUC 8330 Law in Higher Education.
EDUC 83CS Capstone in Higher Education
This course gives students in the concentration in higher education the opportunity to synthesize the theory bases, philosophy, and practice of leadership in higher education as a scholar-practitioner.
International Education and Entrepreneurship (INEE)INEE 8320 Comparative Education Systems of the World
This course examines the philosophies and structures of formal/national systems of education, providing an overview of how the various cultures systematize their education. Its major focus is to identify commonalities and differences in those systems and to better understand how students and faculty might move freely in and out of one another’s systems.
INEE 8325 Research in Comparative Educational Systems of the World
This course builds on the content of Comparative Survey of Educational Systems of the World and focuses on the educational systems of two countries as viewed through the experiences of individual enrolled in those systems. Students self select the countries based on their plans for future internships. Prerequisite: INEE 8320 Analysis of Educational Systems of the World.
INEE 8335 Analysis of Belief Systems
This course expands the study of other cultures and value systems focusing on the country in which they intend to develop greatest expertise. The course combines the individuality of an independent study with the group support of a seminar.
INEE 8340 Entrepreneurship
This course prepares students to develop or support entrepreneurial endeavors in other countries where they may be guests or consultants. The course addresses the basic components of developing a business plan in the context of such an endeavor, including analysis of need, analysis of existing resources, funding potential, and awareness of cultural issues which impact the plan.
INEE 8345 International Organizations
This course is designed to help the student become acquainted with various international organizations as well as to develop an understanding of their working relationships with one another. Special emphasis is given to the goals and support bases of the various organizations, especially those functioning in developing countries.
INEE 8350 Research in Entrepreneurship
This course is designed to further develop research skills needed for an entrepreneurial endeavor through interaction with practicing entrepreneurs. Existing research and research designs in the field will also be addressed. Prerequisite: INEE 8340 Entrepreneurship.
INEE 8355 Cultural Aspects of Research
The emphasis of this course is the exploration of relevant cultural factors which influence the meaning and content of research participants’ responses and how these relate to a researcher’s theoretical, methodological and ethical concerns. Prerequisite: INDR 8330 System of Belief.
INEE 8360 Contemporary International Issues
This course will focus on exploring a single or several inter-related contemporary issues to stimulate a more critical understanding of our ever-changing world as the context of international education and entrepreneurship. Students will be encouraged to analyze a variety of perspectives that a leader in the 21st Century should be aware of, serving as guidelines for the ethically and socially conscious professional. While focusing on geographical divisions, topics will vary as issues become relevant.
INEE 8687/ INEE 8387 International Internship
Students, with their academic advisor, will locate and arrange a six-month internship in a country of special interest other than their own. Although goals will vary with each student’s interests and needs, it is expected that the internships will be six consecutive months in which the student becomes familiar with the host culture through immersion in the community and an entrepreneurial, business, education, or agency placement (paid or unpaid).
INEE 8688/INEE 8388 Domestic Internship
A student spends a minimum of nine weeks attached to a school, business, or international agency within their home country and take part in its planning and operations at the most immediate level. This internship seeks to offer balance between educational and business experiences of the individual. As far as possible, internships are developed to ensure that the experience and interests of the individual student are put to the most effective use, and to ensure that both students and host gain the maximum practical value from the endeavor.
Mathematics (MATH)MATH 8320 Readings in Mathematics Education
This course is designed to introduce the student to the current literature in mathematics education research. The major tools used in research in the field will be explored.
MATH 8325 Research and Development of Mathematics Programs
This is a three-hour course whose purpose is to prepare leaders in mathematics education to support the research and development of mathematics programs in K-12 education.
Organizational Leadership (ORGL)ORGL 8340 Organizational Policy Analysis & Design
A study of organizational policy construction, analysis and design issues related to executive (CEO) duties and responsibilities. This course is designed to develop a knowledge base in the analysis, design, and research in organizational policy and related issues. Special emphasis is on skills required by organizational leaders to facilitate policy construction.
ORGL 8360 Organizational Theory and Culture:
This course explores the importance of culture in influencing organizational effectiveness and efficiency; variables impacting and included within organizational culture; organizational structure and its relationship to its culture; and the leadership role and responsibilities related to organizational culture.
ORGL 8371 Practicum in Organizational Leadership
This course identifies various types of contemporary organizations and the characteristics of effective organizational leadership. Prerequisite: INDR 7310 Concepts of Leadership
ORGL 83CS Capstone in Organizational Leadership
This course is the culminating seminar for the program and directly precedes the Qualifying Examination.
ORGL 8370 Organizational Assessment & Survey Administration
This course focuses on human relations and organizational theories and philosophies. A major thrust of this course will be the integration, synthesis and evaluation of theory, research, philosophy and practical application in organizational environments.
ORGL 8399 Selected Topics