ED 260: Basic Statistics - 3 cr. (Prerequisite for ED 704)
Explores common descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, hypothesis testing of single and multiple populations, tests, correlations, and other common techniques used in educational research. Use of SPSS statistical package. Three hours of lecture. Three hours credit (pass/no credit).
ED 704: Foundations of Educational Research - 3 cr.
Prerequisite: PSYC 216 or equivalent or consent of department. A study of research methods in education and their empirical foundations, with emphasis on interpreting the literature in the field. The candidate will develop a written research proposal. Three hours of lecture.
ED 720: Curriculum - 3 cr.
A systematic study of the history, theory and practice of curriculum development in American education. Three hours of lecture.
ED 780: Educational Technology Applied to the Classroom - 3 cr.
A hands on, project-centered course using technology in the classroom, with attention to selection of hardware and software, use of multimedia authoring tools and communications technology in the development of instructional materials. Three hours of lecture.
PSYC 706: Principles and Theories of Learning 3 cr.
Prerequisite: Six hours of psychology or consent of the department. A review of principles and theories of learning, the research on which they are based, and their application to the teaching/learning process and psychotherapy. Three hours of lecture.
EDL 700: Creating a Professional Learning Community 3 cr.
The Professional Learning Community (PLC) provides potential teacher leaders and administrators with a structure for continuing professional growth and information and activities aligned with best practices and current research on initiatives that support the Louisiana Accountability System, the School Improvement Process, and the Standards for School Principals in Louisiana.
ED 798: M. ED. Final Project - 3 cr.
Prerequisite: M. Ed. candidacy, 30 hours toward degree plan, including ED 704. A research project developed and executed by the candidate. The candidate will present findings in an oral presentation and a written manuscript. The document will include an extensive review of existing research on the topic, methodology and data analysis implemented by the candidate, and discussion. The class includes 20 hours of field experience. Class will meet for informational seminars and students will work 1:1 with instructor. Candidate to receive three hours credit. OR
ED 799: Thesis 1-6 cr.
Prerequisite: Twenty-seven hours toward degree plan (exceptions may be made for full-time graduate students), ED 704, and consent of the department. Designed as a research option in the MEDCI degree program. Final grading is on a pass/no credit basis. One to six credits per term.
I. Academically Gifted:
ED 763: Teaching for Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted 3 cr.
This course focuses on the nature of gifted learners and how they differ developmentally in cognitive and affective behaviors from more typical learners. Candidates will examine theories of curriculum development, perspectives for integration of affective and cognitive instructions, and research-based, field-tested strategies through which to provide guidance and counsel to the gifted in classroom contexts. Three hours of lecture.
ED 764: Characteristics/Study of Gifted Individuals 3 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of the department. A study of the characteristics and identification of gifted individuals to include areas of concern in gifted education (handicapped gifted, underachieving gifted, disadvantaged gifted). Three hours of lecture.
ED 765: Methods of Teaching the Gifted 3 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of the department. A comprehensive review of teaching-learning strategies that can be used in the implementation of a curriculum for gifted students. Three hours of lecture.
ED 766: Curriculum Development for the Gifted 3 cr.
Prerequisite: Consent of the department. A study of modifications of the regular curriculum's content, processes, products, and learning environment to make it more appropriate for gifted students. Included will be recommendations for curriculum development with several examples of appropriate curriculum. Three hours of lecture.
ED 773: Developing Creative Thought in Gifted Learners 3 cr.
A study of identification procedures, teaching methods, and instructional processes for addressing needs of creative individuals.Emphases will include designing instruction to promote creative behavior. Candidates will examine theory, research, issues, and resources. Three hours of lecture.
ED 777: Practicum in Gifted Education 3 cr.
Prerequisite: a minimum of nine hours of coursework in gifted education and/or consent of the department. This course is designed to relate theory to practice in a realistic setting. The student is placed in a situation to obtain experiences relating directly or indirectly to the areas being studied. A minimum of 100 hours of practical experience will be required. Three hours of lecture/lab.
II. Educational Technology Facilitation
ED 781: Multimedia and Video in the Classroom 3 cr.
Prerequisite: ED 780. A hands on, project centered course on using multimedia and video more effectively in the classroom, with attention to the creation and effective use of sound and video in the development of instructional materials. Two hours of lecture; two hours of lab.
ED 782: Curriculum Development 3 cr.
Prerequisite: ED 780 and ED 781. The production of a CD and a video on selected topics in education. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab.
ED 783: Teaching Science and Math Using Technology 3 cr.
Prerequisite: ED 780. A hands-on, project centered course on using the latest technology to teach math and science in the classroom.Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory.
ED 784: Educational Telecommunications, Networks, and the Internet 3 cr.
Prerequisite: ED 780. Hands-on activities involving the planning, development, implementation, and management of distance learning,networking, and Internet use for teaching and learning.
ED 785: Technology Leadership in Schools 3 cr.
Prerequisite: ED 784. Development of foundation skills for managing technology at the school site. Skills include school-wide planning that incorporates instructional design, curriculum integration with standards, and logistics of technology implementation, training, and evaluation.
III. Library Science
LIBS 612: Library Materials for Adolescents - 3 cr.
Survey of literature and media including utilization practices and selection, reading interests and guidance, curricular correlations, and developmental needs. Wide reading and use of materials for young adults from middle school through high school. Three hours of lecture.
LIBS 615: Library Materials for Children - 3 cr.
This course focuses on identifying, assessing, and using books and other media, for the intellectual, emotional, and social development of children. Emphasis on the integration of library information resources into a school's instructional program. Three hours of lecture.
LIBS 617: Organization of Library Materials - 3 cr.
Descriptive cataloging and classification of library materials using the Dewey Decimal Classification system and Sears and Library of Congress subject headings. Organization and functions of library catalogs. Three hours of lecture.
LIBS 618: School Library Administration - 3 cr.
Organization and administration of elementary and secondary school libraries, including standards, evaluation, facilities, equipment, support, student assistants, and relationships to instructional and guidance programs of schools Three hours of lecture.
LIBS 627: Information Sources and Services - 3 cr.|
Evaluation and utilization of principal types of reference and information sources. Basic principles and techniques of reference and information services. Practice in reference and search and synthesis. Three hours of lecture.
LIBS 630: Library Practicum - 3 cr.
Prerequisite: At least six term hours of library science. Experience in a school library/media center, under the supervision of a cooperating teacher librarian working collaboratively with teachers, teaching information literacy skills, providing services to students and teachers, and managing resources. Seminars, individual coaching sessions, and other requirements focus on best practices, case studies and analysis. Grading is pass/no credit. Six hours of lab.
ED 740: Foundations in Reading 3 cr.
Study of the theories and models of reading and the various instructional approaches to the teaching of reading. Provides an overviewof the reading process from emergent literacy through adulthood. Includes practical training in vocabulary and comprehension development. Three hours of lecture.
ED 741: Reading Assessment 3 cr.
Prerequisite: ED 740 or consent of the department. Study of formal and informal diagnostic tests and techniques used in assessing reading ability with emphasis on organizing and implementing assessment based instruction. Three hours of lecture.
ED 743: Practicum in Reading 3 cr.
Prerequisite: ED 741. A supervised practicum for students seeking reading specialist certification. Emphasis is on the application of specialized remedial techniques in a classroom setting. Two hours lecture and two hours of lab.
ED 744: Reading in the Content Areas 3 cr.
Strategies and practices for teaching reading in the content areas including social studies, mathematics, English, science and other areas. The focus is on middle school and high school classroom instruction. Three hours of lecture.
ED 745: Seminar in Research Literature in Reading and Literacy 3 cr.
An examination of classic and contemporary research and theory in reading/literacy education. Study of the theories and models of reading and the various instructional approaches to the teaching of reading. Provides an overview of the reading process from emergent literacy through adulthood. Includes practical training in vocabulary and comprehension development. Three hours of lecture.
ED 746: Literacy Coaching 3 cr.
This course will apply in-depth knowledge of reading processes, acquisition, assessment, and instruction as it relates to the organizational patterns, instruction approaches, and appropriate materials that can be adapted to operation of a total reading program meeting individual, group, or special needs of children. Developing and providing support and professional development for implementation of effective instructional practices will be the focus of field experience projects. Three hours of lecture.
V. Secondary Content
Consult current LSUS catalog for graduate level courses in the following disciplines: English, math, science, or social studies.