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Curriculum Studies (EDCS)

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EDCS 415 Early Childhood: Foundations and Curriculum (3) Two-course sequence of theory, methods, and materials for teaching young children (21/2 to 5 years). Emphasizes foundations, observation skills, and the design of learning environment. Pre: ITE 312C. (Cross-listed as ITE 415)

EDCS 415L Early Childhood: Foundations and Curriculum Lab (3) Direct experience with children in early childhood settings in order to apply concepts from 415 and develop skills in observation, teaching, and classroom management. Co-requisite: 415. (Cross-listed as ITE 415L)

EDCS 416 Early Childhood: Foundations and Curriculum (3) Continuation of 415: focuses on appropriate curriculum for young children. Pre: 415. (Cross-listed as ITE 416)

EDCS 416L Early Childhood: Foundations and Curriculum Lab (3) Continuation of 415L. Co-requisite: 416. (Cross-listed as ITE 416L)

EDCS 431 Collaborative Language and Learning (3) Examination of language (talking, reading, and writing) processes within a collaborative teaching framework in the secondary curriculum. Field experience may be required.

EDCS 432 Adolescent Literature and Literacy (3) Selection and interpretation of young adult literature, including multicultural literature for middle level and high school students. Theory and teaching strategies for integrating literacy instruction in the literature program for diverse student populations. A-F only. Pre: ITE 312D (or concurrent) or consent. DL

EDCS 433 Interdisciplinary Science Curriculum (3) Conceptual schemes and processes for integrating science curricula within the sciences and with subject areas. Methods, tools, and models of integration. Repeatable two times.

EDCS 440 Curriculum Implications of Multicultural Education (3) Examination of trends, issues, school practices, and program in multicultural education and its related area of study—bilingual-bicultural education. (Cross-listed as ITE 440)

EDCS 450 Methods and Materials in Science (3) Selecting and using methods and materials, demonstrations and simulations, open-ended experimentation, inquiry and discovery, task analysis measurement tools and techniques, activities from various curricula, opportunity for individualized goals and projects. Repeatable two times. Pre: ITE 323, ITE 404(H), teaching experience, or consent.

EDCS 451 Programs for Infants/Toddlers (3) Examination of current theory, research, issues, and models in programs for infants and toddlers, including criteria for evaluation and planning. Pre: FAMR 230 (or concurrent), FAMR 331 (or concurrent), or consent. (Cross-listed as SPED 451)

EDCS 453 Gender Issues in Education (3) Examination of current and historical issues in education and how they are impacted upon by gender, with particular reference to gender as it intersects with ethnicity and class, locally and globally. Pre: WS 151 or junior standing, or consent. (Cross-listed as EDEF 453 and WS 453) DS

EDCS 471 Special Problems in Home Economics Education (2) Individual and group problems selected according to interests and needs of fourth- and fifth-year students in home economics education. Development of teaching materials.

EDCS 480 Issues in Computer Education (3) Integration of microcomputers into school curriculum and key issues related to microcomputer use in education. Pre: ETEC 442 or consent. (Cross-listed as ITE 480)

EDCS 494 Problem Solving in Mathematics Education (3) Experiencing and learning to teach heuristics of solving mathematical problems; designing curricula, classroom organization, evaluative measures for problem solving. Pre: ITE 324 or ITE 334, and teaching experience in mathematics; or consent.

EDCS 495 Difficulties in Learning Mathematics (3) Identification, analysis, and remediation of difficulties in learning mathematics. Pre: ITE 324 or ITE 334.

EDCS 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: Master’s Plan B or C candidate and consent.

EDCS 600 Language, Learning and Teaching (3) Examines the role that language plays in the social construction of knowledge within various disciplines, K–adult. Collaborative group learning strategies will be modeled. A-F only. Pre: student teaching or teaching experience or consent.

EDCS 601 Advanced Topics in Reading (3) Current theories and teaching strategies of reading throughout the life span within various social contexts. Topics include emergent literacy, critical comprehension, meta-linguistic awareness, monolingual-bilingual literacy, evaluation. Must have had student teaching or teaching experience. Pre: undergraduate course in reading.

EDCS 602 Advanced Topics in Writing and Oral Language (3) Examines language and literacy learning in the context of an integrated language arts approach to curriculum and instruction. Emphasis on oral and written language. Must have student teaching or teaching experience. Pre: undergraduate course in language arts.

EDCS 603 Children’s Literature in the Elementary Curriculum (3) In-depth examination of traditional and modern literature for children, with emphasis upon genre, historical development, research, curriculum development. Pre: undergraduate course in reading.

EDCS 610 Learning to Teach: The First Five Years (3) Focuses on research and practice related to the first five years of teaching. Especially recommended for beginning teachers and graduate students interested in this stage of teaching development. Repeatable one time. Pre: ITE 390 and ITE 391; or consent.

EDCS 618 Early Childhood Education: Advanced Topics (3) Analysis and practical application of selected early childhood education program and/or instructional materials. Restricted to majors. Repeatable. Pre: 415 and 416, or consent.

EDCS 622 (Alpha) School Curriculum (3) Development and improvement of curriculum. (B) early childhood; (C) elementary; (D) middle school; (E) secondary; (F) community college. Pre: ITE 312 or equivalent, and teaching experience; for (F) only: EDEA 657, EDEF 657, or community college teaching experience; and consent.

EDCS 623 Science Curriculum (3) Application of recent developments in science, curriculum construction, and learning theory to pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle level, and secondary schools. Science content and methodology stressed. Repeatable two times.

EDCS 624 (Alpha) School Mathematics Curriculum (3) Analysis of research related to teaching and learning school mathematics, application of research to classroom practices. Appraisal of recent curriculum trends; critical examination of assumptions underlying proposed curriculum changes. (C) elementary; (D) middle; (E) secondary. Pre: teaching experience or consent.

EDCS 625 Social Studies Curriculum (3) Examination and evaluation of social science content, societal values and research findings as basis for development and revision of social studies materials, texts, curriculum guides, methodology. Pre: ITE 322 or equivalent, social studies teaching experience or consent.

EDCS 626 Art in Elementary Education (3) Principles of and problems in teaching art in elementary school; curriculum development and current approaches in art education; laboratory experiences in art media. Pre: student teaching or teaching experience.

EDCS 628 Function of Play in Early Childhood Education (3) Review of research and theory illuminating the nature, purposes, and meanings of play as a critical aspect of early childhood education. Restricted to majors. Pre: 415 and 416, or consent.

EDCS 630 Cultural Diversity and Education (3) Examines issues, theories, perspectives and practices in multicultural education and promotes awareness, encourages knowledgeable reflection and develops skills necessary for multicultural practitioners. A-F only. (Cross-listed as EDEF 630)

EDCS 632 Qualitative Research Methods (3) Methods of qualitative research in education or related social science from an interdisciplinary framework.

EDCS 637 Art in Secondary Education (3) Principles of and problems in teaching art in secondary school; current approaches in teaching art. Pre: consent.

EDCS 639 Business and Marketing Education Curriculum (3) Theory, philosophy, objectives, and development of business and marketing education curriculum. Pre: ITE 390D or consent.

EDCS 640 (Alpha) Seminar in Teaching Field (3) Study in trends, research, and problems of implementation in teaching field. (B) business and marketing education; (C) English; (F) home economics; (G) industrial education; (H) mathematics; (I) reading; (J) science; (K) social studies; (M) interdisciplinary education; (N) art; (O) physical education; (P) health education. Pre: teaching experience or consent, and undergraduate special methods course in appropriate teaching field; for (B) only: ITE 390D or consent; for (O) only: KLS 405, KLS 406, KLS 643, and teaching experience; or consent.

EDCS 641 (Alpha) Seminar in Foreign Language (3) Study in trends, research, and problems of implementation of language education instruction. (B) French; (C) German; (D) Japanese; (F) Spanish. Pre: ITE 335, teaching experience, and consent.

EDCS 642 Seminar in Issues in Multicultural Middle Level Education (1) Examination of principles of multicultural and middle-level education. Restricted to middle-level related area of master’s in Secondary Education. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

EDCS 643 Public School Curriculum for Physical Education (3) Detailed examination of contents of adequate curriculum for physical education in public schools, K–12. Pre: KLS 343, ITE 405, and ITE 406; or consent. (Cross-listed as KLS 643)

EDCS 645 Seminar In Multicultural Literacy (3) Interdisciplinary examination of research and issues in the teaching and learning of literacy in diverse multicultural settings. A-F only. Pre: Course in teaching language arts of multicultural education, teaching experience, or consent.

EDCS 646 Reading Difficulties (3) Causes, prevention, and correction. Evaluation and remedial practices useful to classroom teacher. Pre: course in teaching reading and teaching experience.

EDCS 647 Clinical Procedures in Reading (3) Diagnosis; methods and materials for improvement of an individual’s reading ability. Repeatable. Pre: 646, consent, and teaching experience.

EDCS 649 Theory/Practice in Cooperative Occupational Education (3) Theory and practices of coordinating cooperative education in high school and community college. Pre: teaching experience or consent.

EDCS 653 (Alpha) Mathematics in the Schools (3) School mathematics, K-12 content, curricula, pedagogy, and standards; trends and issues; theory and research. (B) number and operation; (C) patterns, functions and algebra; (D) geometry and measurement; (E) probability and statistics; (F) integrated math content. Each alpha represents a different K-12 content area. Pre: teaching experience or consent.

EDCS 655 Music in Childhood Education (3) Principles and programs in teaching music to children in early childhood settings and elementary school. Curriculum development, analysis of research, and current approaches. Pre: MUS 353 or MUS 354, teaching experience, and graduate standing. (Cross-listed as MUS 655)

EDCS 656 Seminar in Issues in ECE (V) Concepts and inquiry regarding the application of early childhood educational principles and approaches to programs serving children between birth and age five. Study and discussion of topics and problems presented in required summer courses and by invited experts in early childhood education. Restricted to Masters in Early Childhood Education. Repeatable six times. A-F only. (Two times a year)

EDCS 667 (Alpha) Seminar in Curriculum (3) Curriculum trends and issues related to school organization, program, administration, faculty. Required for Plan B MEd candidates in their final semester or summer session. Repeatable one time. (B) early childhood; (C) elementary; (D) middle-level; (E) secondary. Pre: teaching experience, 622, or consent.

EDCS 677 Curriculum Design in Early Childhood Education (3) Designed to help classroom teacher understand sources and principles of curriculum in early childhood education and to provide experience in evaluating, selecting, and developing appropriate curriculum for young children.

EDCS 695 Plan B Master’s Project (V) Independent study for students working on a Plan B Master’s Project. A-F only.

EDCS 699 Directed Reading and/or Research (V) Individual reading and/or research. Pre: written consent.

EDCS 700 Thesis Research (V)

EDCS 732 Qualitative Data Analysis (3) Advanced seminar in qualitative research methods with an emphasis upon qualitative data analysis, theory construction, data presentation and reporting. Pre: 632, a course in introduction to qualitative research methods, or consent.

EDCS 737 Foundations in Art Education (3) Advanced study in development and growth of art in secondary education. Pre: student teaching or teaching experience.

EDCS 760 Research on Teaching and Teacher Education (3) Examination of alternative approaches and multidisciplinary perspectives on research on teaching and learning in and out of school, on educational change, and on teacher education and professional development. Pre: classified PhD student or consent.

EDCS 767 Issues and Trends in Curriculum (3) Uses problem-centered approach and field experiences. Topics include historical review of curriculum development since 1900, examination of current curriculum practices at all levels of education, and prediction of future directions in curriculum theory and design. Pre: classified PhD student or written consent of graduate field chair.

EDCS 768 Seminar in Curriculum and Instructional Theories (3) Analysis and critical examination of models and curriculum theory and theories of instruction leading to generation of theories by seminar members. Pre: classified PhD student or consent. Recommended: EDEP 408.

EDCS 769 Curriculum Evaluation (3) Analysis and critical examination of theoretical positions on curriculum evaluation and of models of the process of curriculum evaluation. Pre: consent. Recommended: EDEA 602, EDEP 408, or EDEP 608.