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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Course Descriptions

Foundation Courses

ED 704: Foundations of Educational Research - 3 cr.  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.

ED 720: Curriculum - 3 cr.
A systematic study of the history, theory and practice of curriculum development in American education.

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.

ED 706: Learning and Education - 3 cr.

This course focuses on theories on how human learning occurs, with particular emphasis on their application in K-16 school settings. After reviewing background on the definition and purposes of learning theories, students study origins, features, and applications of various theories, including: behavioral, information processing, social cognitive, developmental, and constructivist. Course activities help, students explore how learning theories shape educational practices in schools and identify those theories that most influence their own teaching practices.

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.

Research Component

ED 798: M. ED. Final Project - 3 cr.
Prerequisite: 30 hours toward degree plan, including ED 704. The course requires a research project developed and executed by the candidate. The candidate will present findings in both oral and written formats, including a review of existing research, methodology, data analysis and discussion. The course includes 20 hours of field experience.

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.

Concentration Areas:

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

II.   Educational Technology Leader

ED 681:  Design and Development of Multimedia Instructional Units - 3 cr.

Prerequisite:  ED 202, 780 or consent of department.   Topics include instructional design and multimedia development, multimedia design principles, step-by-step design and development process, along with hands-on activities in instructional multimedia tools such as PowerPoint, Audacity, Windows Movie Maker Live, and Web authoring tools.  This course assesses advanced critical thinking skills through scholarly reading and written analysis of a more complex nature than is true for the undergraduate equivalent.  Three hours of lecture or equivalent.  

ED 684: Educational Telecommunications, Networks, and the Internet - 3 cr.
Prerequisite:  ED 202, 780 or consent of department.   Hands-on activities that allow the use of resources and the World Wide Web which include the planning, development, implementation, and management of distance learning, networking, and internet use in the workplace.  This course assesses advanced critical thinking skills through scholarly reading and written analysis of a more complex nature than is true for the undergraduate equivalent.  Three hours of lecture or equivalent.

ED 785: Technology Leadership in Schools - 3 cr.
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.

ED 786: Technology Planning and Administration - 3 cr.

Prerequisite:  ED 780 or consent of department.  This course provides the foundational skills for managing technology at the school site.  Topics include school-wide planning that incorporates instructional design, curriculum integration with standards, and logistics of technology implementation, training, and evaluation.  Three hours of lecture or equivalent.

ED 787: Professional Development for K-12 Technology Integration - 3 cr.

Prerequisite:  ED 780 or consent of department.  This course will focus on the development of specific technological skills and explore different methods of using technology in instruction, assessment, research, and professional development. Three hours of lecture or equivalent.

ED 788: Advanced Telecommunication and Distance Education - 3 cr.

Prerequisite:  ED 780 or consent of department.  This course covers the foundations of telecommunications and distance learning.  Topics to be studied include the history of distance education, the impact technology has on the traditional and electronic classroom, current trends, and research.  Three hours of lecture or equivalent. 

ED 789:  Educational Technology Research, Evaluation and Assessment - 3 cr.

Prerequisite:  ED 780 or consent of department.  This course will focus on researching the effectiveness of technology products and processes, selecting appropriate technology tools for assessment, and evaluating learner and program outcomes. This process includes the use of a needs assessment, program monitoring, stakeholder awareness and influence, and assessing effectiveness and efficiency. Three hours of lecture or equivalent.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

IV.   Reading and Literacy

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 overview of the reading process from emergent literacy through adulthood. Includes practical training in vocabulary and comprehension development.

ED 741: Reading Assessment - 3 cr.

Study of formal and informal diagnostic tests and techniques used in assessing reading ability with emphasis on organizing and implementing assessment based instruction.

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.

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.

 EDL 707: Utilizing Data for School Improvement - 3 cr.

This course focuses on the collection and analysis of data sources relevant in educational settings and emphasizes analyses of work samples, observations, inquiry data, artifacts, and standardized test scores. Throughout the course students collect and analyze school improvement data.

ED 734: Creating Multicultural Connections Through Literature - 3 cr.

This course emphasizes a critical approach to examination and selection of literature for K-16 school settings. Review and analysis of theories establish a foundation upon which to critique examples of literature, view personal practice, and adjust instructional approaches.  Candidates will explore and identify literature selections to generate a stronger connection for all learners.  Three hours of lecture or equivalent.

V.  English as a Second Language

ESL 601 Introduction to Language and Culture - 3 cr.

This course will examine interactions of language with geographic location, social status, age, ethnicity, gender, and school. Other components will be used of language in multilingual speech communities, displacement of one language by another, reasons for language changes, attitudes towards languages, and social aspects of language. This course assesses advanced critical thinking skills through scholarly reading and written analysis.

ESL 602 Linguistics for the ESL Educator - 3 cr.

This course will explore the relationship of linguistics to second language teaching and learning. Topics covered include an introduction to linguistics with more detailed study of phonetics and phonology, word structure/morphology, syntax, and language variation. This course assesses advanced critical thinking skills through scholarly reading and written analysis.

ESL 603: Methods for Teaching English as a Second Language - 3 cr.

This course will explore the various methods, techniques and approaches to the teaching of English as a second language. This course assesses advanced critical thinking skills through scholarly reading and written analysis.

ESL 604: Curriculum and the Multicultural Classroom - 3 cr.

This course will explore how to adapt curricula for the multicultural classroom and will review existing materials for English as a second language. This course assesses advanced critical thinking skills through scholarly reading and written analysis.

EDL 707: Utilizing Data for School Improvement - 3 cr.

This course focuses on the collection and analysis of data sources relevant in educational settings and emphasizes analyses of work samples, observations, inquiry data, artifacts, and standardized test scores. Throughout the course students collect and analyze school improvement data.

ED 734: Creating Multicultural Connections Through Literature - 3 cr.

This course emphasizes a critical approach to examination and selection of literature for K-16 school settings. Review and analysis of theories establish a foundation upon which to critique examples of literature, view personal practice, and adjust instructional approaches.  Candidates will explore and identify literature selections to generate a stronger connection for all learners.  Three hours of lecture or equivalent.

VI.   Secondary Content
Consult current LSUS catalog for graduate level courses in the following disciplines: English, math, science, or social studies.