Students enrolled in The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) 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 - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)
EDCI 528 (3)
Foundation Concepts for Inclusive Teaching
The general education classroom teacher’s role in identifying and teaching a growing population of students with other special needs in the general education classroom is the major focus of the Foundation Concepts for Inclusive Teaching. This course presents the fundamental concepts related to teaching students with disabilities and students with other special needs in transformative general education classrooms. Information on the history of special education and the federal policies related to serving students with disabilities in public schools is reviewed in the initial phase of the course. Included in this review is an analysis of the general education teacher’s role in the various phases of serving students with disabilities in the general education classroom including the implementation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan. The second phase of the course will examine: the characteristics and needs of students with persistent academic disabilities, students with significant cognitive disabilities, and the categories of disabilities (high incidence and low incidence disabilities) as they relate to teaching students with disabilities in general education classrooms and are defined within the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). A similar analysis of the characteristics and needs of students with other special needs who are served in general education classrooms will also be conducted. Accommodations, modifications and adaptations that support the success of students with disabilities and students with other special needs in transformative general education classrooms will conclude this course of study.
EDCI 548 (3)
The Inclusive Classroom: Instructional Strategies and Interventions
The effective use of transformational instructional strategies and interventions to maximize teaching and learning for all students in an inclusive classroom will be studied. Accommodations and modifications that provide access to the general education curriculum specific to the categories of disabilities defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) will be identified. A focus on differentiated instruction and adaptations appropriate for students with other special learning needs (students with gifts and talents, English language learners and low language native English speakers, and students at-risk for school failure) will be included. Emphasis will be placed on practical instructional strategies and interventions that promote learning and can be readily implemented by the general education classroom teacher in an inclusive learning environment.
EDCI 549 (3)
Effective Classroom Management Strategies
The focus of this course is the use of strategies and procedures proven effective in establishing and maintaining a positive and supportive learning environment for all students in an inclusive general education classroom. Practical, preventative strategies rooted in positive teacher-student relationships and well-designed learning activities as well as more formal classroom management strategies will be studied. In addition, effective responses to inappropriate and disruptive behavior will be identified with an emphasis on appropriate academic and social behavior development that results in optimal student motivation and engagement.
EDCI 545 (3)
Principles of Collaboration and Partnerships
The role of the general education inclusive classroom teacher in establishing and working effectively in building partnerships through collaboration with school personnel, parents and community agencies will be defined and explored. Specific partnering and collaboration responsibilities of the general education classroom teacher as part of providing services to students with disabilities will be addressed including the general education pre-referral process, implementing a response to intervention model, co-teaching, and practices and procedures essential to the successful inclusion of students with disabilities.
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.
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.