Students enrolled in the STEAM 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 - STEAM
EDCI 561 (3)
Foundations of STEAM Education
Candidates will gain an in-depth understanding of the historical and contemporary practices of integrating the principles and skills of STEAM (STEM + Fine Arts: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) content into and across the PreK-12 curriculum as they understand the importance of developing critical thinkers in the classroom who value and promote investigation, inquiry, exploration, questioning, and testing. The specific principles and skills to be addressed as essential to comprehensive STEAM education throughout this concentration are presented in the new Next Generation Science Standards and include:
- Asking questions and defining problems
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations and designing solutions
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
EDCI 562 (3)
STEAM Integration in the PreK-12 Classroom
The use of scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical skills and principles more naturally occurs in those specific content area courses when the focus is solely STEM education. However, throughout this course, candidates will more intentionally focus on STEAM education, developing their integration of Liberal Arts (to include Language Arts and Social Studies) and Fine Arts in the PreK-12 classroom.
EDCI 563 (3)
From Theory to Practice: Developing a STEAM-Enhanced Curriculum
Candidates will further apply their knowledge of STEAM education whereby the implementation and assessment of STEAM principles and skills in both the teaching and learning process will be emphasized. Best practices in STEAM education will be discussed in order to improve student learning as they pertain to state and national standards. This course will culminate in the creation of a distinct year-long plan study that incorporates the eight NGSS science and engineering principles, STEAM content standards, best practices, and assessment across the curriculum and into each unit of study.
EDCI 564 (3)
STEAM Program Leadership
Candidates will engage in critical dialogue about what it means to begin, develop, and lead STEAM initiatives at the classroom, school, district, state, and/or national levels. Candidates will focus on becoming STEAM program leaders by recognizing their important role as change agents, program administrators, curricular leaders, and advocates for comprehensive STEAM education.
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.