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Master of Science in Education

Course Descriptions

 
 

INS 500 Diversity Issues in Education (1 hour)

This course is approved for the Human Relations requirement for certification.

 

Core Courses - Required

 

Educ 512 Technology and Mediated Instruction (3 hours)

Co-requisite: Educ 601

This course will provide participants with a solid understanding of educational technology and how to integrate computers and instructional technology into an educational environment. Students will research current educational issues related to instruction and learning with technology. Students will reflect on standards-based instruction through the application of the ISTE NETS-T and Peru State College Graduate Conceptual Framework.

 

Educ 600 Sociology of Education (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Educ 512, Educ 601

This course will involve an in-depth study of the environment of students and the relationship to the field of education. Emphasis will be placed on the educational institution’s multiple social roles within the community, the social structures found within educational organizations, and their implications for improving educational practice. This course requires a one-day practicum outside of the school setting where the degree-seeking candidate currently teaches.

 

Educ 601 Study Design and Data Collection (3 hours)

Co-requisite: Educ 512

This course focuses on understanding research methods and writing a research proposal.  The development of appropriately phrased research questions and alternative methods of inquiry are considered, as are factors influencing validity and reliability.  Although survey methods are considered in detail, qualitative approaches also receive attention.

 

Educ 602 Statistical Methods and Data Analysis (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Educ 512, Educ 601

This course offers training and understanding of common descriptive, and inferential statistical techniques for conducting research and engaging in scholarly activities.

 

Educ 605 Cognition and Learning (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Educ 600

The starting point for any understanding of learning in the classroom is what we scientifically know about how the brain learns.  This course will study brain organization as it applies to classroom learning.  The focus of this course will be on the latest research on the executive functions of the brain.  From recent brain research, principles of learning will be established and applied to classroom practice.  The principles of learning will be developed around three fundamentals:  climate for learning, instruction and student processing.

 

Educ 621 Curriculum Development (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Educ 600

This course is designed to examine the principles underlying the development of educational curriculum and the relationship to standards, instructional methodology, and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on the methods of determining priorities, objectives, scope and sequence, and organizational processes. The role of federal, state, and local governance will be examined.

 

Educ 623 Assessment of Instruction (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Educ 600

This course is designed to examine the principles underlying the development of appropriate assessment practices and methodology. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between assessment, instruction, and student achievement. The roles of federal, state and local government, as well as diversity issues, will be examined. An understanding of how to improve student achievement and standardized test results will be scrutinized.

 

Courses for Certificates of Achievement

Classroom Behavior and Management (CBM)

Educ 533 Classroom Management & Leadership (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

This course encompasses the role of management and leadership in the classroom as a system that is inter-linked with the individual, class, school, community, state, etc. Research on key aspects of management and/or leadership styles will be analyzed.

 

Educ 570 Attachment and the Defiant School Child (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

This course will study the relationship between attachment organization and the development of defiant school behavior.  It will focus on developing interventions for teachers to use in classroom management of oppositional, defiant children.

 

SpEd 540 Behavior Management (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

This course will focus on basic principles of behavior modification as well as survey practical applications of this approach.  Course content will include theoretical implications, behavioral and functional analysis, targeting behaviors, collecting information, interventions, positive behavioral support, and monitoring for change.

 

Instructional Mastery (IM)

 

Educ 530 Contemporary Instruction: Theory to Practice (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

This course is designed to provide the professional educator with opportunities to test educational theory and apply best practices in actual classrooms. The course should enhance and further develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of effective teaching. The five propositions of accomplished teaching (as defined by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards - NPBTS) will be analyzed and their applications investigated within working classroom environments at the elementary and secondary levels.

 

Educ 540 The Master Teacher (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

This is a course for classroom teachers who wish to analyze their teaching styles and methods to improve their repertoire with additional methods of teaching. Teachers will do micro-teachings in their subject, participate in critiques of micro-teachings, and learn and practice new methods.

 

Educ 569 Teachers as Collaborative Leaders (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status
In this course, teachers will understand the phenomenon of teacher leadership that will help teachers develop skills required to act as leaders and learners to impact school improvement from within.  By examining their personal and professional roles, teachers will learn to be more effective leaders in their professional communities.  Students will better understand the new opportunities for leadership in schools through communication strategies, facilitation methods, and mentoring.

Inclusionary Practices and Policies (IPP)

SpEd 500 Inclusionary Practices for Special Education (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status
This course will provide an overview of the handicapping conditions served under the legislation of IDEA. A review of the law and the eligibility requirements for each identified handicapping condition will be examined. The purpose of the course will be to train general and special educators in practices conducive to creating inclusionary environments in which to teach both regular education and special education students. Best practices regarding the development of an inclusionary program will be presented. Methods of alternative instruction designed to meet individual needs within large group settings at the K-12 level will be discussed. Practice in collaborative techniques will be provided. 

 

SpEd 540 Behavior Management (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

This course will focus on basic principles of behavior modification as well as survey practical applications of this approach.  Course content will include theoretical implications, behavioral and functional analysis, targeting behaviors, collecting information, interventions, positive behavioral support, and monitoring for change.

 

SpEd 574 Special Education Laws and Practices (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

This course explores the legal aspects of special education and how those aspects affect the student, the classroom, the school, and families. Participants will analyze laws, court cases, and case hearings. Participants will also develop a better understanding of best practices within the school environment and with parents and families. Course topics include: the history of special education law, significant special education laws, important court cases, assessment, IEP planning, least restrictive environment, procedural safeguards, and other relevant legal issues.

Instructional Technology (IT)

Educ 552 Introduction to Multimedia Authoring (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills associated with the principles of multimedia, and the means whereby they can utilize their knowledge and skills effectively in an educational setting. Through a variety of project-base learning experiences, students will explore the hardware and software related to multimedia authoring.

 

Educ 553 Using the Internet (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of how to utilize the various components of the Internet and integrate that knowledge into their professional practice. As students study a variety of topics associated with the Internet and its uses in the classroom, they will have the opportunity to share experiences and data with their peers, examine Web sites and develop curriculum for use in their own educational settings.

 

Educ 556 Desktop Publishing for Teachers (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

The course provides experiences in the production of quality documents and publications for use in educational settings. Students combine text and graphics to create a variety of documents including resumes, reports, flyers, brochures, etc. Application projects are integral to the course.

Elective Courses

Educ 505 Diversity in Education (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

Diversity in Education is a course designed to give teacher candidates a strong background in the conceptual, theoretical and philosophical issues surrounding diversity in educational settings.  Course content will offer the opportunity for students to adopt a philosophical position, design and implement effective teaching strategies that reflect ethnic and cultural diversity, and will explore notions of equity that will provide students with the information they need to create learning environments that are free of bias and provide a high quality education to all students.

 

Educ 509 Recertification Student Teaching (3 hours)

This course is designed for those persons whose teaching certificates have expired for longer than five (5) years.  The course will provide the opportunity for the person to spend a minimum of three weeks in a K-12 classroom to become reacquainted with students and classroom procedures.   EDUC 509 will fulfill the Nebraska Department of Education practicum requirement for renewal of an expired certificate.     

Educ 510 Current Issues in Education (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status
This course will provide participants with current information about a multitude of topics relating to educational programs and institutions. Issues include topics related to student and instructor rights and responsibilities, effective instructional and management strategies, legal aspects of providing an education, and employee accountability.

 

Educ 515 Technology Leadership (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

This course explores and applies key eductional leadership principles in technology use. Participants will analyze these principles in their professional settings and develop a proposal that has significant value to their role as a leader in educational technology. Course topics include: shared vision, planning, access, integration, assessment and evaluation, support, professional development, community relationships, and ethical and legal issues.

 

Educ 520 Moving from Discipline to Self-Discipline: A Developmental Approach

(3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

This course is designed to provide classroom teachers the opportunity to take a three hour graduate level course which will examine the key issues of classroom management as well as provide a model for teaching self discipline skills to students.  Research on key aspects of  classroom management strategies will be analyzed.

 

Educ 542 Supervision of Student Teachers (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

The thrust of this course will be to provide classroom teachers the opportunity to learn a systematic process of supervising student teachers based on scientific knowledge and theoretical constructs.  Supervision of teachers will be discussed, supervisory conferences will be explored, and evaluation models will be developed.

Prerequisite: Teacher Certification and employment in a school system.

 

Educ 695 Graduate Internship (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  Educ 600 and Permission of the Dean of Graduate Programs

 

Educ 696 Thesis/Action Research Project I (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  Educ 600 and Permission of the Dean of Graduate Programs

 

Educ 697 Thesis/Action Research Project II (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  Educ 600 and Permission of the Dean of Graduate Programs