Students enrolled in the English Language Development program must complete:
- Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
- Foundation courses for the specific concentration
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
EDGR 502 (3)
Developing Character Through the Curriculum
This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.
EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought
Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.
*This course is offered in a seminar format online, which consists of three one-week (1 credit) courses that are taken throughout the program.
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - English Language Development
EDCI 509 (3)
Essential Linguistics for Language Development
A basic understanding of linguistics is essential for the effective teaching of reading, writing, and - in reality - all content areas. With the number of students in our schools today living in poverty and language-poor environments, linguistics has real-life applications to effective teaching. It demands increased emphasis on phonemic awareness and phonics that teachers need to help students understand how language works. When teachers are familiar with basic linguistic concepts, they are better prepared to make decisions about how to teach reading, spelling, phonics, and grammar to all students, including English language learners.
In this course, practitioners will gain essential linguistic concepts. They will learn the connections between linguistic theory and classroom practice. They will learn that the greater the teacher's understanding of basic language structures and processes, the easier it is to make good decisions on important language areas such as phonics, spelling, and grammar.
EDCI 506 (3)
A Developmental Approach to Language Acquisition
Human beings are intimately and irrevocably linked to language. The topic of language acquisition poses profound questions about our understanding of the human mind and leads us to many fascinating and complex areas of study. In this class, students will start at the beginning of language development in children (Pinker, 2008). As Steven Pinker writes in The Language Instinct, "Languages are complex combinations of elegant principles and historical accidents. We cannot design new ones with independent properties: we are stuck with the confounded ones entrenched in communities." Students will, through an interdisciplinary approach, learn how language is acquired from birth through a child's developmental years. Since children are developing their cognitive, perceptual, social, and motor skills at the same time their linguistic systems and specific language repertoire is growing, this study will involve the diverse fields of neurobiology, ethology, naturalistic and experimental child psychology, cognitive psychology, and theoretical and applied computer science.
EDCI 510 (3)
Language Acquisition and Curriculum Development
The focus of this course is teaching language acquisition using transformational teaching and learning strategies that are focused on meeting the needs of all learners through a developmental, constructivist approach. There will be an emphasis on differentiation in all aspects of the learning environment: setting up the classroom, getting to know the learners, assessing learning styles and needs, differentiating teaching strategies, the iterative process and providing personalized anchor activities to solidify learning. The course will provide a plethora of practical ideas for creating a language acquisition curriculum that will be a positive and transformational experience for teachers and learners alike.
EDCI 521 (3)
The Language Development Classroom-Activities and Practice
The activities-based language acquisition classroom is enhanced through the use of innovative technology tools and resources that are available to classroom teachers. This course will focus on the use of educational technology and interactive classroom activities as a vital means to transform language acquisition through enhancing children's critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Children, especially those raised in poverty, have language deficits similar to second language students. The goal of this class is to provide classroom teachers the opportunity to learn and practice, language-rich opportunities that will challenge their students to dynamically engage in their learning through a variety of activities.
Research Course 1
EDGR 601 (3)
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.
Research Course 2
The Master of Education culminates with one of three additional research courses:
Any of the above options provide candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.