Academic Catalog

ED: Curriculum & Instruction (EDCI)

EDCI 500  - Teaching and the Development of the Learner  (3 Credits)  

This course provides the teacher candidate with an orientation to the program- teaching- and the growth and development of the learner. The course introduces the knowledge- skills- and attitudes requisite to competent teaching that must be demonstrated by the candidate to successfully complete the program. Required performance-based standards in planning- instruction- classroom environment- communication- and professionalism- as well as key indicators and evaluation instruments used to access standards- will be presented. In compliance with state -mandated training, the teacher candidate will complete study in child abuse recognition and intervention. The teacher candidate should self-monitor his/her professional development throughout the program. Virginia Standards of Learning in subject areas and technology are introduced. The range of human development through adolescence, including physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and speech and language aspects, and its impact on instructional practices and decisions are examined.

EDCI 501  - Curriculum and Instruction: Secondary  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on the principles of learning, communication process, selection and use of course materials, and evaluation of pupil performance in middle and secondary school settings. Emphasis is placed on the theory of differentiation, assessment, and the relationship among assessment, instruction, and monitoring of student progress in order to make decisions about how to improve instruction. Field experience required

EDCI 502  - Educational Goals and Practices: Elementary  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite or corequisite: EDCI 500. This course focuses on the application of teaching and learning models in the elementary classroom. Special emphasis is placed on the relationships among assessments, instruction, and monitoring student progress. The course allows the prospective teacher to explore discipline-based curriculum methods, including practices for second language learners, English language learners, gifted and talented students, and those students with disabling conditions. Field experience required.

EDCI 506  - Foundations of American Education  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces the prospective teacher to the issues and challenges of schooling in the United States. Although historical and philosophical contexts are addressed- contemporary political- sociological- and economic issues are emphasized. Teaching is viewed in the context of the culture of schools and the influences that shape it, including the important role assessment plays in instructional design and decison making. The legal rights and responsibilities of teachers and students- diverse learner populations- and school community involvement are specific topics addresses in the course.

EDCI 507  - Early Literacy and Language Development  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDCI 500. This course focuses on early literacy instruction that is based on knowledge of language acquisition that promotes young children’s literacy development. Emphasis is placed on current theories, instructional approaches, assessment, and evaluation of teaching and learning language processes. Virginia Standards of Learning in elementary English and technology are addressed.

EDCI 509  - Intermediate Language and Literacy Development  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDCI 507 or corequisite EDCI 538. This course focuses on promoting the intermediate learner's literacy development and language acquisition. Emphasis is placed on current theories, models, and methods of teaching, learning, and communicating through the language processes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the content areas. Specific topics include comprehension skills, writing processes, questioning strategies, summarizing, and retelling. This course allows prospective teachers to explore literature to support instruction and independent reading. Field experience required.

EDCI 515  - Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum  (3 Credits)  

This course explores reading and language acquisition in the content areas. Emphasis will be placed on comprehension skills in all content areas including a repertoire of questioning strategies, summarizing and retelling skills, and strategies in literal, interpretive, critical, and evaluative comprehension. Students will explore strategies to foster appreciation of a variety of literature that supports the curriculum. Field experience required. This course is cross-listed with EDUC 415.

EDCI 519  - Managing the Classroom Environment: Elementary  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite or corequisite: EDCI 500. This course focuses on the understanding and application of classroom and behavior management techniques, the development of a classroom community environment, and individual interventions. The prospective teacher addresses behavioral, cognitive, social, affective, and ecological-based practices that support the development of social skills and self-discipline to promote learning in the elementary classroom. Field experience required.

EDCI 521  - Managing the Classroom Environment: Middle or Secondary  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on the understanding and application of classroom and behavior management techniques, the development of a classroom community environment, and individual interventions. The prospective teacher will address behavioral, cognitive, social, affective, and ecological based practices that support the development of social skills and self-discipline to promote learning in the middle and secondary classroom. Field experience required.

EDCI 525  - Mathematics Content for the Elementary Classroom  (3 Credits)  

This course addresses the content of the Virginia Standards of Learning for grades PreK-6 and covers the knowledge and skills necessary for effective mathematics instruction in the elementary classroom. Emphasis is placed on a diagnostic-prescriptive instructional approach to mathematics content.

EDCI 530  - Mathematics Methods for the Elementary School  (2 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDCI 502. Study of theory, research, and practice as it relates to planning, instruction and assessment in the teaching of mathematics in the elementary school.

EDCI 531  - Science Methods for the Elementary School  (2 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDCI 502. Study of theory, research, and practice as it relates to planning, instruction and assessment in the teaching of the sciences in the elementary school.

EDCI 532  - Social Studies Methods for the Elementary School  (2 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDCI 502. Study of theory, research, and practice as it relates to planning, instruction and assessment in the teaching of the social studies in the elementary school. Focus is placed on local and Virginia state government and civics.

EDCI 538  - Middle Grades Programs and Practices  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite or corequisite: EDCI 500. This course provides an orientation to middle grades (6-8) education. The course develops the teacher candidates¿ knowledge of young adolescent learning, appropriate instructional strategies, and assessment tools. Emphasis is placed on the foundational components, organizational patterns, instructional programs, the integrated curriculum, and current trends and issues in middle level schooling. Field experience required.

EDCI 540  - Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the characteristics of gifted students- including the various expressions of giftedness- their social- emotional needs- and gifted behaviors in special populations. Topics include integrating gifted and general education- best practices in gifted programs- and parent/community involvement.

EDCI 541  - Identification of Gifted Students  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDCI 540. This course explores the variety of techniques that can be used to identify gifted students- including psychometric procedures and performance and product assessment. Emphasis will be placed on identifying giftedness and the continuous assessment required to turn potential into maximal levels of performance. Topics include standardized testing; alternatives- such as performance assessment and portfolios- rating scales and checklists- evaluation of student records information- and case studies; and gathering- analyzing- and reporting formative and summative data.

EDCI 542  - Models and Strategies for Teaching Gifted Students  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDCI 540. This course is focuses on specific strategies and program models that adapt instruction for gifted students. Specific strategies that related to student differences will be applied in the classroom setting. Participants should develop an understanding of both the theoretical and practical implications of the models and strategies and learn how they can contribute to promoting academic challenge and learner independence. Topics include accelerated and enriched core academic programs, models and strategies that address specific expressions of giftedness, the integration of curriculum (both multiple disciplines and gifted curriculum into the regular school curriculum), and curricula for gifted students in special populations. Recommend prerequisite or corequisiste: EDCI 540

EDCI 543  - Differentiated Curriculum for the Gifted  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDCI 540. This course focuses on current theory and principles of differentiation and specific strategies that adapt instruction in order to meet the needs of the characteristics of gifted learners. Specific differentiation strategies that relate to student differences with high levels of ability will be applied in the classroom setting. Recommended prerequisite or corequisite: EDCI 540.

EDCI 546  - Evaluation for Instructional Improvement  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on models and practices for assessing student learning outcomes- including value-added assessment and the use of test data in establishing a program improvement plan. Topics include issues in accountability- data organizers and analysis- the use and interpre- tation of test scores- the identification of performance indicators and improvement objectives- and basic statistical analysis for test and program evaluation. Participants will write a data-based improvement plan.

EDCI 547  - Special Topics Seminar  (3-6 Credits)  

This course is designed to teach current topics in education that are a part of particular interest to program participants and faculty.

EDCI 550  - M. Ed. Initial Licensure Internship  (6 Credits)  

This is the capstone experience of the initial licensure program. The preservice teacher is challenged to blend personal and educational experiences to teach in the classroom under the mentorship of a skillful practicing teacher. This internship is a 14-week field-based teaching experience at the appropriate grade level or subject area. Self-analysis and reflection on planned and implemented instruction, and conferencing with the mentor teacher and university supervisor, are prominent aspects of the experience. Prospective teachers meet as a group throughout the experience for seminars and workshops. The internship experience and concurrent seminars are designed to assist the teacher candidate with performance of the required program standards and competencies, which must be demonstrated to successfully complete the initial licensure program.

EDCI 551  - Internship for Added Teaching Endorsement  (3 Credits)  

This internship is the capstone experience for an add-on endorsement. It provides the opportunity to apply the skills, understandings, and competencies requisite to the specific endorsement under the auspices of a mentor licensed in that endorsement. Credit requirements and placements are determined by the specific add-on endorsement sought. (Pass/Fail option only.)

EDCI 552  - The Teaching of Business and Information Technology  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDCI 501. This course prepares teacher candidates for planning instruction, selecting materials, developing and implementing instructional strategies, and designing assessments in their licensure area. Students become familiar with state and national standards and professional organizations. Field experience required.

EDCI 553  - The Teaching of English and Theatre Arts  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A or EDCI 501.In this course students will develop an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas: discipline specific teaching methods and standards, differentiation, assessment strategies, use of technology for instruction, and use of writing as an instructional and assessment tool. Professional organizations and methods to monitor student progress and analyze student data will be introduced. Field experience required. Writing Intensive Course. Cross-listed as EDCI 453 – The Teaching of English and Theater Arts.

EDCI 554  - The Teaching of Foreign Language  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A or EDCI 502 or EDCI 538. In this course students will develop an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas: discipline-specific teaching methods and standards, differentiation, assessment strategies, use of technology for instruction, and use of writing as an instructional and assessment tool. Professional organizations and methods to monitor student progress and analyze student data will be introduced. Field experience required. Writing Intensive Course. Cross-listed as EDUC 454 – The Teaching of Foreign Language.

EDCI 555  - The Teaching of History and Social Sciences  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A or EDCI 501. In this course students will develop an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas: discipline-specific teaching methods and standards, differentiation, assessment strategies, use of technology for instruction, and use of writing as an instructional and assessment tool. Professional organizations and methods to monitor student progress and analyze student data will be introduced. Field experience required. Writing Intensive Course. Cross-listed as EDUC 455 – The Teaching of History and Social Sciences.

EDCI 556  - The Teaching of Mathematics and Computer Science  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A or EDCI 501. In this course students will develop an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas: discipline-specific teaching methods and standards, differentiation, assessment strategies, use of technology for instruction, and use of writing as an instructional and assessment tool. Professional organizations and methods to monitor student progress and analyze student data will be introduced. Field experience required. Writing Intensive Course. Cross-listed as EDUC 456 – The Teaching of Mathematics and Computer Science.

EDCI 557  - The Teaching of Music  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A or EDCI 502 or EDCI 538. In this course students will develop an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas: discipline-specific teaching methods and standards, differentiation, assessment strategies, use of technology for instruction, and use of writing as an instructional and assessment tool. Professional organizations and methods to monitor student progress and analyze student data will be introduced. Field experience required. Writing Intensive Course. Cross-listed as EDUC 457 – The Teaching of Music.

EDCI 558  - The Teaching of Sciences  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A or EDCI 501. In this course students will develop an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas: discipline-specific teaching methods and standards, differentiation, assessment strategies, use of technology for instruction, and use of writing as an instructional and assessment tool. Professional organizations and methods to monitor student progress and analyze student data will be introduced. Field experience required. Writing Intensive Course. Cross-listed as EDCI 458 – The Teaching of Sciences

EDCI 559  - The Teaching of Visual Arts  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A or EDCI 502 or EDCI 538. In this course students will develop an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas: discipline-specific teaching methods and standards, differentiation, assessment strategies, use of technology for instruction, and use of writing as an instructional and assessment tool. Professional organizations and methods to monitor student progress and analyze student data will be introduced. Field experience required. Writing Intensive Course. Cross-listed as EDUC 459 – The Teaching of Visual Arts.

EDCI 580  - Introduction to Research  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces M.Ed. candidates to scholarly research and writing in the field of education. The emphasis is on understanding and conducting educational research for instructional improvement and professional development. It provides thorough exposure to theoretical and research literature and to quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. It also covers essentials of research project development, including development of topic, problem statement and annotated bibliography, review and synthesis of literature, research ethics, collection and analysis of data, process writing, and use of APA style. Students conduct a literature review and draft a quality research proposal.

EDCI 589  - Applied Research  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an experience in conducting and applying research for the advancement of the educational profession. In a workshop format, the course covers principles of educational research, including development of a topic, review and synthesis of scholarly literature, and practical application of research findings. Students write an in-depth literature review on a topic of their choice that is beyond the scope of regular course offerings. They also develop an authentic means of applying the findings from their literature review (such as a unit plan, web site, or professional development presentation). Final project reports are archived in the campus library.

EDCI 590  - Individual Research  (3 Credits)  

This is an experience in self-directed learning and research, which are primary goals of the program. M.Ed. candidates conduct original research on a topic of study in education that is beyond the scope of regular course offerings. Students review the pertinent literature, conduct qualitative or quantitative research, and write a report of their research following conventions of the discipline. A formal research proposal must be submitted for approval by the M.Ed. faculty prior to enrollment in the course. Final project reports may be archived in the campus library.

EDCI 591  - Individual Study  (1 Credits)  

By permission of the department chair, students may engage in 1-6 credits of individual study under the direction of a member of the full-time M.Ed. faculty. A detailed proposal for the study project and number of credits must be approved by the faculty member and department chair before registration. For elective credit only.