EDUC-700: Technology for Teacher Leaders (3)

TPACK is the intersection of Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge. This course will examine theoretical and practical perspectives as they apply to effective teaching.

EDUC-710: Societal Issues and Education (3)

This course offers exploration and analysis of how societal issues impact cognitive and behavioral development in children and adolescents and the measures which are being taken to address these concerns. Topics will include issues of poverty, cultural diversity, gender identification, and changing social norms as they influence and impact the educational experience.

EDUC 720: Policy, Law, and Ethics for Teachers (3)

This course examines school policy, law, and ethics from historical and contemporary perspectives. Students will investigate, analyze, and discuss the ways in which educational policy, law, and ethics impact curriculum.

EDUC-730: Introduction to Education Research (3)

Basic course in qualitative and quantitative research methods in education. Students will become familiar with planning and conducting a research study:  developing skills in problem identification, data collection, analysis, and interpretation; preparation of research reports; and ethics. Students will identify and commit to a subject for research in EDUC 800 or EDUC 820.

EDUC-740: Instruction by Design (3)

Instructional design combines curriculum design and learning theory to maximize the effectiveness of education. This course explores instructional design from theoretical and practical perspectives, weaving hands-on practice while exploring instructional methods and principles of design.

EDUC-750: Leadership Seminar (3)

Examination of the changing roles and expectations as one moves from classroom teacher to teacher leader. Students will explore and discuss the role of teacher leader, as a professional who engages the school community in a dynamic way, and who actively participates in policy which bring about academic and social changes for students and stakeholders of the school community.

EDUC-760: Classroom Management Strategies (3)

This course will examine, analyze and evaluate best practices of classroom management. Students will investigate theories and practices aimed at establishing a more productive classroom climate, increasing student motivation, building positive student-teacher relationships, and developing effective partnerships between parents and school.

EDUC-800: Prospectus Development* (3)

Aimed at the student interested in publishing research or pursuing a doctoral degree, this course guides the student in developing a research prospectus. Students will apply research theories and techniques gained in EDUC 730, and critique existing literature as they develop a prospectus aimed at answering research questions. Prerequisite: EDUC 730

*(Student may select either this EDUC 800 or EDUC 820 for their research option)

EDUC-820: Action Research* (3)

This course will introduce students to action research which is a form of self-reflective systematic inquiry by practitioners on their own practice. The goals of action research are the improvement of practice, a better understanding of that practice, and an improvement in the situation in which the practice is carried out. The primary objective of the course is to prepare students to do action research in schools.

Prerequisite: EDUC 730 *(Student may select either this EDUC 820 or EDUC 800 for their research option)

EDUC-840: Folio Defense (3)

Development of electronic portfolio from all coursework aligned to the National Board Standards and Institutional Learning Outcomes. All relevant artifacts will be annotated, summarized and aligned to these standards with a rationale given how each artifact and the folio as a whole demonstrates mastery of the goals of the Teacher Leader Program. Folio must be presented in person or via live technology to graduate faculty.

EDUC-850: Internship Capstone (3)

Student will intern within an instructional leadership setting of their educational community. Throughout the semester the student will assist and collaborate in the actions and duties of their mentor.