Master of Education Courses

Master of Education Courses

EDU 6000 LEADERSHIP IN 21ST CENTURY SCHOOLS (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to develop leadership skills in decision-making, goal setting and collaboration for leaders in the 21st century. Candidates will examine the importance of organizational culture and their role in school and site based management.

EDU 6100 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on current and engaging available technologies.  Candidates will explore technologies that are powerful tools for facilitating learning and improving performance in today’s diverse population.

EDU 6200 RESEARCH METHODS (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to assist professionals in understanding, analyzing, and evaluating research findings. Candidates will explore quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.

EDU 6250 USE OF EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION (3 s.h.)

Candidates will examine how the instructional strategies used in the classroom align with known best practices and research findings, explore the alignment between what is being taught and state standards, and develop goals to improve student performance based on the analysis of achievement, demographic, and program data.

EDU 6300 TRENDS AND ISSUES IN EDUCATION (3 s.h.)

This course explores the political, economic, and historical issues and trends which currently impact education and society. Through an inquiry approach, candidates will explore changing views of curriculum and instruction and issues in accommodating individuals.

EDU 6350 MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES (3 s.h.)

This course examines the interactions among individuals, culture, and institutions. Candidates will explore human differences and the role they play in interpersonal and intergroup relations.

EDU 6600 LITERACY METHODS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3 s.h.)

Candidates will examine the nature of reading difficulties, and develop practical approaches for informal assessment and instruction. Intervention programs, multicultural strategies, and assessment methods will be evaluated. Candidates will explore the laws for education such as Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and Response to Intervention (RTI).

EDU 6610 DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF READING/MATH DIFFICULTIES (3 s.h.)

Candidates will develop an understanding of the relationship of the psychological factors to language arts and math.  This class will emphasize diagnosis of basic mathematics computation errors; types of errors will be illustrated, and suggested corrective procedures will be explored. Types of language arts errors will be analyzed and suggested corrective procedures will be explored.

EDU 6620 SPECIAL EDUCATION: LEGAL, ETHICAL, AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES (3 s.h.)

Candidates will examine the historical perspectives of special education and its classifications, philosophical and theoretical foundations, legal ramifications, and current trends and issues. Examination of ethical issues will include placement, transition, and behavior management. Family involvement, cultural diversity and collaboration will also be explored.

EDU 6630 CURRICULUM ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING FOR STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (3 s.h.)

Candidates will examine the principles and practices of curriculum assessment, planning, and instruction. Emphasis is placed on formal and informal assessment strategies including formative and summative assessments. The designing of assessment strategies that lead to the implementation of instructional methods and strategies is also an integral part of this course.

EDU 6640 TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES (3 s.h.)

Candidates will conduct an overview of children with cognitive disabilities with an emphasis on methods and materials for integrating students into general classrooms. Differentiated instruction for today’s diverse classrooms will be a focus for the course.

EDU 6700 FOUNDATIONS OF READING (3 s.h.)

This course examines the cognitive, linguistic, and affective factors impacting readers. Candidates will explore how literacy instruction has progressed utilizing a variety of instructional and management strategies. Critical reading of professional literature will support the understanding of the intersection of language, society, culture, and the reader.

EDU 6710 FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING (3 s.h.)

This course will examine current theories and models for the writing process. Candidates will examine the stages of writing and how to encourage and assist students who are at a variety of stages in the writing process. Emphasis will be on the use of literature for children and adolescents as a means of demonstrating effective writing. Writer’s Workshop, mini-lessons, teacher conferences, collaborative student revisions and editing groups will be examined. Candidates will develop a better understanding of the teaching of phonics, spelling, and grammar in context. Websites for supporting young writers and publishing their texts will be explored.

EDU 6720 DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF READING DIFFICULTIES (3 s.h.)

From reading interests to reading difficulties, candidates will learn to ascertain student strengths and weaknesses in the area of reading. Candidates will explore methods of diagnosis, disaggregation of data, and methods of instruction. Student reports for communication to parents will be designed. Research, analysis, and a field experience is required.

EDU 6730 LITERACY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (3 s.h.)

Candidates will focus on content literacy instruction and on instruction that is aligned with state standards and tests. Candidates will also focus on literacy that goes beyond that which is tested. Understanding literacy across content areas is a critical aspect of reading instruction. Attention is given to new digital literacies, (b) disciplinary literacies, and (c) English learners and students with disabilities. Emphasis is given to teacher planning and instruction that helps them provide the tools their students need to better comprehend content area reading. An instructional unit will be required.

EDU 6740 LITERACY AND LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

Candidates will survey children’s/adolescent fiction, non-fiction, and other reading materials, including instructional technology resources. Methods for choosing appropriate material for diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are reviewed. A major focus is the relationship between the reader and the literary text, the reading process, and the implications for reading instruction and comprehension skills.

EDU 6980 CAPSTONE (3 s.h.)

This course is the culmination of the Master of Education program. Candidates will develop a portfolio of the ongoing study that has been a part of their master’s program. Candidates will compile the electronic evidences that support the action research project developed during the program. The focus of the study will show the use of their research, technology, and use of assessment. The action research project is completed, and a presentation related to the research is given to the faculty and peer group as the final aspect of the course.

EDU 6990 THESIS (6 s.h.)

Independent study in research and the writing of a thesis related to the concentration.

PXS 6050 FOUNDATIONS OF COACHING (3 s.h.)

Coaching is both and art and a science. The purpose of this course is to learn how to become a better coach and teacher. The focus of this course will be to consider the emotions, motivations, expectations, relationships, and self-worth of the athlete-coach relationship. The course will examine theories, principles, paradigms and practices that lead to successful coaching. Students will learn how athletes learn and how coaches should teach.

PXS 6150 MARKETING AND FINANCE IN ATHLETICS (3 s.h.)      

This course will provide students with an overview of the marketing and finance of Athletics at the high school and collegiate levels. Students will gain an understanding of basic fiscal management concepts and financial analytical techniques. This includes setting goals and objectives, understanding the market, developing marketing strategies utilizing sales, sponsorship, licensing, advertising, use of media, pricing and promotions.

PXS 6250 SPORT PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)

This course will cover psychological influences on sport performance and exercise behaviors in a diverse population. Additionally, it will address how sport and exercise performance and behaviors impact psychological processes. Students will gain knowledge about sport, exercise and performance psychology theory and relevant applied practices that can be used to improve one’s mindset and approach in all performance venues.

PXS 6350 INJURY PREVENTION AND RISK MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)

This course will provide an overview of common injuries but focus on the prevention of injuries from the standpoint of the coach and athletic administrator. Risk management, including financial and managerial aspects will be addressed. Students will develop the tools to manage risk, including the financial and human costs involved in decisions and strategies often made on a daily basis.

PSX 6450 ADVANCED COACHING, PERFORMANCE, AND CONDITIONING (3 s.h.)

Materials in this class will cover the nature and philosophy of coaching, role models, preparation, administration, the relationship between the coach and the athlete, management concepts and financial support. Students will also study the use of effective teaching methods to introduce and refine sport principles and technical skills, and how to appropriately and effectively motivate athletes. Further, the class will cover the theoretical foundations and practical experiences for the development of the training process to improve sports performance for athletes of all genders and ages. Topics include critical movements and strategies for developing and implementing strength and conditioning programs and periodized training.

PXS 6550 MOTOR LEARNING (3 s.h.)

Motor learning is designed to further students’ understanding of motor learning theories, principles, and practice. Students will engage in readings and activities aimed at enhancing their ability to both understand and use motor learning concepts in everyday life and their future careers.

PXS 6000 QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF MOTOR SKILL PATERNS (3 s.h.)

Students analyze and enhance their qualitative assessment skills. The course identifies and works on approximately 10-15 qualitative skills chosen by the class. This course will provide the student with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to accurately assess K-12 student performance in physical education. Emphasis is given to analyzing skills, selecting & administering traditional assessment instruments, and developing authentic assessment tools.

PXS 6100 ACHIEVEMENT BASED CURRICULUM DESIGN (3 s.h.)

This course provides information on the philosophy, theory, and application of current curriculum foundations in K-12 physical education, including curriculum theory, organization, design, and assessment. Students will develop curricula for use in their professional futures.

PXS 6200 PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to provide even greater detail as to the physical/motor, personal/social and learning characteristics of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to exploring the nature of physical education services, physical education mandates and standards, legislation, administration and instructional processes for specific disabilities (including modification of activities, facilities, and equipment), individualized education plans (I.E.P’s) will be developed.

With an eye to the future the course will culminate with a focus on research for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (with particular emphasis on physical activity), including current advances and a vision for the future. Disabilities to be addressed include intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, emotional or behavioral disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and other disabilities, syndromes and disorders associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

PXS 6300 ADVANCED BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SETTINGS (3 s.h.)

This course presents concepts and strategies that have been found to be effective (even when working with individuals who exhibit extreme behavioral problems) in creating productive classroom learning environments. Assignments are designed to help develop strategies to be used in classroom settings. Topics include: establishing classroom rules and expectations, classroom organization and operation, supporting appropriate student behavior, understanding of cultural and religious differences, positive behavior management, and promoting student independence and intrinsic motivation.

PXS 6400 INSTRUCTIONAL METHODOLOGY FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SETTINGS (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to explore the teaching-learning process and develop teaching skills. This course focuses specifically on the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate physical education programs. This course is aligned with the NC Healthful Living Curriculum.

PXS 6500 PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH ORTHOPEDIC AND SENSORY DISABILITIES (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to provide even greater detail as to the physical/motor, personal/social and learning characteristics of individuals with orthopedic and sensory disabilities. In addition to exploring the nature of physical education services, physical education mandates and standards, legislation, administration and instructional processes for specific disabilities (including modification of activities, facilities, and equipment), individualized education plans (I.E.P’s) will be developed.

With an eye to the future the course will culminate with a focus on research for individuals with orthopedic and sensory disabilities (with particular emphasis on physical activity), including current advances and a vision for the future. Disabilities to be addressed include: visual disabilities, hearing disabilities, deafblind, orthopedic and motor disabilities, other health impairments and traumatic brain injury.

PXS 6600 STUDENT, TEACHING, AND PROGRAM EVALUATION (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to explore the student, teaching and program evaluation process to improve instruction and most importantly student achievement. This course focuses specifically on the evaluating all facets of the achievement based curriculum process and will lead to effective implementation of developmentally appropriate physical education programs. This course is aligned with the NC Healthful Living Curriculum.

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