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Master of Education Course Listings

EDM 550 Seminar Series: Special Studies I

In this course, students will work with the course instructor to design readings, experiences, and assignments that investigate a topic of interest related to their course of study.

EDM 551 Seminar Series: Special Studies II

In this course, students will work with the course instructor to design readings, experiences, and assignments that investigate a topic of interest related to their course of study.

  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Faculty

EDM 552 Seminar Series: Special Studies Practicum I

In this practicum students will work with the course instructor to design a 90 hour practicum experience. The practicum will support and expand on the content from the Special Studies I course. Expectations for the field work will be negotiated but must include some opportunity for a teaching role.

  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Faculty

EDM 553 Seminar Series: Special Studies Practicum II

In this practicum students will work with the course instructor to design a 90 hour practicum experience. The practicum will support and expand on the content from the Special Studies II course. Expectations for the field work will be negotiated but must include some opportunity for a teaching role.

  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Faculty

EDM 563 Educational Foundations: Theory, Practice, Self (3 credits)

Participants will examine their own educational beliefs, personal values, and instructional practices in light of historical/sociological issues, themes, and theoretical approaches to education. This course will emphasize that the structural basis of schooling and what does and doesn’t get taught in schools are deeply embedded in the social, cultural, and political context of a particular time. There will be an emphasis on educators making connections between current and historical struggles in education in order to analyze alternatives to current practices. Through dialogue, readings, and activities, educators will explore issues of equity and social justice for all children.

  • Offering: Fall semester

EDM 564 Contemporary Issues in Education (2 credits)

Building on the Educational Foundations course, this seminar course will facilitate individual students’ in-depth study of an educational topic of interest. Participants will engage in intensive discussion and analysis of current issues in education as they share and critique their evolving understandings of their selected topics of interest. This course is heavily driven by student interest and educational pursuits and will serve as a stepping stone for selection of a final research project as a literature review will be due at the end of this course.

  • Offering: Spring semester

EDM 581 Practitioner Inquiry 1 (3 credits)

The course introduces the concept of inquiry research as it relates to the historical tradition of action research and interpretive research and looks at both quantitative and qualitative approaches to such work. Teacher inquiry will be considered in relationship to other forms of research and emphasizes the role of educators as researchers of their own practices, experiences and contexts. Building off of the first semester courses, students will explore their classrooms as complex systems shaped by interpersonal, cultural, and political/structural dynamics. Participants build a framework as they begin to explore topics of interest for research projects conducted during year two. Various quantitative and qualitative data collection methods are introduced and practiced in order to gain insight into the educational setting.

  • Offering: Spring semester

EDM 582 Practitioner Inquiry 2 (3 credits)

This course focuses on participants as researchers and reflective leaders in their educational settings which are rich and varied sites for developing deeper understandings about teaching and learning. Participants conduct the data collection portion of their research projects and begin engaging in cycles of data analysis to help them understand learning/teaching experiences. This course shifts from conducting educational research to a focus on applying research practices both formally and informally to future learning/teaching experiences. Participants will actively engage in quantitative and qualitative data analysis practices that address the findings of their projects. Participants will explore ways to continue to engaging in educational research and reflection, identifying organizations and colleagues that might result in further collaboration about issues relevant to practice and inquiry. Participants will also learn more about opportunities for sharing the findings of their research work and prepare to participate in a culminating presentation of their work.

  • Offering: Fall semester

EDM 583 Educators as Leaders (2 credits)

This course will explore the role of educators as reflective leaders with opportunities to make a difference in the school setting for students from all backgrounds. Participants will explore how educators can disseminate their experiences with research in the educational settings in the local, state and national communities, how to actively work for change and improvements in public education and to better understand the relationships between participant/advocacy research, political contexts and education.

  • Offering: Spring semester

EDM 584 Educators as Writers: Life Writing, Narrative and Publishing (2 credits)

Part of becoming a researcher is becoming a writer. The role of writing in the educator research process can be a transformative one as researchers use writing to explore their own educational histories as a way to identify and analyze the ways in which their schooling experiences affect their current teaching beliefs and practices. Through a process of writing activities, workshops, assignments, and conferences students will not only investigate the ways that their teacher identities are affected by their educational histories, but also how to write a teacher research study and potentially publish their work as teachers. This course builds on the content from Educational Foundations, and Contemporary Issues in Education.

  • Offering: Fall semester

EDM 586 Assessment: Improving Student Learning (2 credits)

Participants will learn about current trends in educational assessment, uses for assessment data ranging from individual student to school level measures, how assessments can support or marginalize particular student populations, and how to critique and understand a variety of assessment tools and processes. Participants will engage in a review of assessment data and materials available to them as classroom teachers and explore opportunities to further analyze the assessment data through both qualitative and quantitative lenses from their own classrooms in light of their personal educational commitments to effective curriculum and instruction.

  • Offering: Fall semester

EDM 588 Innovations in Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)

Participants examine the theoretical, historical, multicultural, social, community, and political foundations of curriculum that serve as frameworks for examining the curriculum and instruction experienced by students and teachers in classrooms.  The course investigates current, research-based pedagogies (such as differentiated instruction) and instructional innovations including attention to recent developments in educational psychology as a foundation for learning.

  • Offering: Spring semester

EDM 591 Designing Educational Inquiry (2 credits)

Participants will work with course instructor to create a research design for their inquiry projects to be implemented during the next school year. Students will meet with the instructor and will construct the methodology section for their inquiry projects.

  • Offering: Spring semester

EDM 592 Educational Inquiry: Analysis & Dissemination (2 credits)

Participants will write up the final product of the inquiry project conducted through the second year of the master’s program and will synthesize their work in a narrative of the experiences and knowledge developed as a researcher.

  • Offering: Spring semester