M.S. in Elementary Education

Master of Science in Elementary Education Course Offerings

Master of Science in Elementary Education course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of EDUC in the course listings.  

510 – The Inclusive Classroom (4)

Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S. degree program. Study of instructional methods to differentiate the curriculum and academic environment for learners with and without special needs. Field experience required.

514 – Models of Instruction(4)

Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair. Relates the theories of learning and development, brain research to effective instruction in elementary classrooms, and addresses ways to support English language learners in a constructivist classroom. Field experience required.

521 – Educational Research Methods (2)

Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S. degree program, Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: Secondary or Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathways: PreK-12. Study of research techniques, and methodology as preparation to conduct classroom- based teacher research. Field experience required.

522 – Arts Specialization (4)

Corequisite: EDUC 521.  Study of advanced content area teaching methods and current research in arts education.

523 – English Language Learners Specialization (4)

Corequisite: EDUC 521. Study of advanced content area teaching methods and current research in foreign language education.

524 – Instructional Technology Specialization (4)

Corequisite: EDUC 521.  Study of advanced content area teaching methods and current research in instructional technology.

525 – Literacy Specialization (4)

Corequisite: EDUC 521. Study of advanced content area teaching methods and current research in literacy.

526 – Mathematics Specialization (4)

Corequisite: EDUC 521.  Study of advanced content area teaching methods and current research in mathematics education.

527 – Science Specialization (4)

Corequisite: EDUC 521.  Study of advanced content area teaching methods and current research in science education.

528 – Social Studies Specialization (4)

Corequisite: EDUC 521.  Study of advanced content area teaching methods and current research in social studies education.

529 – Special Education Specialization (4)

Corequisite: EDUC 521.  Study of advanced content area teaching methods and current research in special education.

530 –Masters Research (3)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first semester of coursework and practicum experience in the M.S. in Elementary Education program, Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: Secondary or Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: PreK-12. Implementation of action research project in an elementary school classroom and final preparation of a research project. Field experience required.

531 – Introduction to Action Research (3)

Prerequisite or corequisite: EDUC 521.  This course introduces M.Ed. candidates to scholarly research and writing in the field of education.  the emphasis is on understanding how to plan and conduct action research for instructional improvement and professional development.  it builds on the content of EDUC 521 to utilize students’ knowledge of theoretical and research literature and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.  It also covers essentials of research proposal development, including development of research question, an extensive review and synthesis of related literature, plan for collection and analysis of data, and use of APA style.  Students conduct a literature review, draft a quality research proposal, and secure IRB approval from the university (and, if necessary, the school district where the research will occur) upon completion of the course.  Students’ proposals should be designed to be implemented in a future course, during EDUC 540 – Initial Licensure Internship.

535 – Advanced Pedagogy (3)

Corequisite: EDUC 536. Admission to the Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: Secondary or Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: PreK-12. Advanced study of theory, research, and practice as it relates to planning, instruction and assessment in the secondary and PreK-12 classroom.

536 – Advanced Pedagogy Internship (5)

Corequisite: EDUC 535. Prerequisite:  Admission to the Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: Secondary or Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: PreK-12.  Construct and implement a mini unit for secondary students using constructivist principles, aligned instruction an assessment, and varied models of instruction.  Analyze the effects and impact of one’s teaching practice on students.  Link the theory of advanced pedagogy with prior courses with practice in internship.

539 – Elementary Graduate Internship Seminar (1)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first semester of coursework and practicum experience in the M.S. in Elementary Education program. Co-requisite: EDUC 540. Students meet to discuss internship work and experiences, hear from guest speakers including public school personnel and graduates from the M.S. in Elementary Education now working as teachers, review and update internship assignments and expectations, and develop portfolios.

540 – Initial Licensure Internship (12)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first semester of coursework and practicum experience in the M.S. in Elementary Education program, Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: Secondary or Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: PreK-12. Co-requisite for Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: Secondary or Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: PreK-12. Orientation to teaching under the direction of cooperating teachers in the public schools.

541 – Secondary and PreK-12 Graduate Internship Seminar (1)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first semester graduate coursework and field experience in the Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: Secondary or Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: PreK-12. Co-requisite for Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: Secondary or Master of Education Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: PreK-12 students is EDUC 540: Initial Licensure Internship. Students meet to discuss internship work and experiences, hear from guest speakers including public school personnel and graduates.