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Curriculum Studies (EDCS)

College of Education

EDCS 415 Foundations in the Field of Early Childhood Education (Birth to 8 Years) (3) Emphasizes interrelated historical and philosophical roots and socio-cultural context and their influence on policy and practice in early childhood education settings. A-F only. Pre: FAMR 331 or consent.

EDCS 415L Foundations in the Field of Early Childhood Education (Birth to 8 Years) Lab (3) Direct experience with children in early childhood settings in order to apply concepts from 415 and gain perspective on the role of the practitioner in ECE settings.

EDCS 416 Early Childhood: Foundations and Curriculum (3) Continuation of 415: focuses on the design, implementation, evaluation of meaningful, challenging integrated curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for diverse young children (pK-3). Pre: 415 or consent. (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.

EDCS 433 Interdisciplinary Science Curriculum (3) Conceptual schemes and processes for integrating science curricula within the sciences and with subject areas. Methods and models of curricular integration such as interdisciplinary, culturally relevant, place and community-based learning. Repeatable one time.

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 one time. 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 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: consent.

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

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 604 Effective Writing Practices (6) Analysis and practical application of principles and strategies of effective writing and informed writing instruction in K-12 classrooms. Pre: teaching experience and consent. (Summer only)

EDCS 605 Reading Supervision and Leadership (3) Examines varied roles and responsibilities of the reading specialist, including literacy intervention, development and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and professional in-services, and leadership. A-F only. Pre: consent.

EDCS 606 Introduction to Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3) Classroom-based research covers the fundamentals of qualitative, quantitative, Action Research, mixed methods, and Curriculum Based Assessment. Exploratory, explanatory, and confirmatory research will be highlighted culminating in an outline for Plan B/Thesis proposal. (Cross-listed as DIS 606)

EDCS 607 New Literacies, Schooling, and Culture (3) New approaches to analyzing 21st century new literacy theory and pedagogy K-12, including visual, media, digital, and critical literacies that address these new linguistic and interrelated meaning-making systems of communication within hypermediated cultures. A-F only.

EDCS 608 Literacy Across the Disciplines, K-12 (3) Explores theoretical and practical principles of literacy across academic disciplines K-12, investigating the role of language and literate practices of reading writing, speaking, visualizing, and representing in social, cultural, and educational contexts. Graduate students only. A-F only.

EDCS 610 Early Career Teaching, K-12 (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.

EDCS 617 Early Literacy and Language Development (3) Theory and practice for PK-3 early literacy and language development. Focus is on content knowledge and pedagogical strategies that support the optimal development of oral language, reading, and writing skills in PK-3 classrooms. A-F only.

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 two times. Pre: 415 and 416, or consent.

EDCS 622 (Alpha) School Curriculum (3) Development and improvement of curriculum. (B) early childhood; (D) middle school; (G) K-14. Pre: teaching experience or consent.

EDCS 623 (Alpha) Science and Science Curriculum (3) Application of recent developments in science, curriculum construction, and learning theory to pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle level, and secondary schools. Science philosophy, content and methodology stressed. (B) elementary; (C) secondary; (D) inquiry and nature of science; (E) science literacy. May be repeated one time in different alphas.

EDCS 624 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. 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 meaning of play as a critical aspect of early childhood education. (Summer only)

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 638 (Alpha) Curriculum and Instruction in Studio Art (3) Understanding art methods and materials related to art education for teachers grades K-12. Writing curricula, integrating visual arts across the curriculum, developing evaluation methods observing stages of artistic growth among students of multiple ages/abilities. (B) painting, drawing, printing; (C) fiber arts, ceramics, sculpture; (D) photography, technology, collage; (E) Combination of any three of B, C, and/or D. Previous BA, BS, BEd, and BFA only. Repeatable two times. A-F only. Pre: teaching experience or consent. (Once a year)

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 (3) Study in trends, research, and problems of implementation in teaching field. (C) English; (H) mathematics; (I) literacy; (J) science; (K) social studies; (M) interdisciplinary education; (N) art. Repeatable two times. Pre: 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: teaching experience, and consent.

EDCS 642 (Alpha) Seminar in Diversity Issues (1) Examination of principles in multicultural education and diversity. (D) middle level; (G) K-14; (R) reading K-12. Repeatable five times. A-F only. Pre: consent.

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 Literacy Assessment I (3) Theory and practice in classroom-based assessment of struggling readers and writers. Analyses of individual learners with implications for instruction. Pre: 601 and teaching experience or consent.

EDCS 647 Literacy Assessment II (3) Practicum in theory and methods of classroom-based and large-scale assessment. Analysis of the achievement of groups of learners and implementation of interventional instruction. Classroom field experience required. Pre: 646 or consent.

EDCS 648 Reading for English Language Learners (3) Presents key concepts and theories in teaching reading to K-12 English language learners. Topics include instructional decisions in teaching reading to ELLs, the interrelationship of language skills, strategies, and teaching academic content. A-F only. Pre: 601 or consent.

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 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; (D) middle-level; (G) K-14. Pre: 622 (any alpha), and 606 or EDEF 678 or EDEP 408, and 632 or EDEA 604 or EDEP 429 or EDEA 608; or consent.

EDCS 685 Museums and Education (3) Overview of museum education including museum learning theories, informal learning programs, audience research, national and international policies and reports, and community projects. Pre: AMST 683 (or concurrent) or consent. (Cross-listed as AMST 685)

EDCS 686 Information Literacy and Learning Resources (3) Study of information literacy models. Integration of information literacy with K-12 curriculum units and lessons. Evaluation of print and multimedia resources to meet student and curricular needs. Required for Librarian HDOE licensure. A-F only. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as ETEC 686 and LIS 686)

EDCS 690 Practicum: Leadership in School Reading Improvement (3) Application of roles and responsibilities of the reading specialist to a school context. Includes creating a professional development plan for literacy instruction, preferably in your own school. A-F only. Pre: 605 or consent.

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. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: written consent.

EDCS 700 Thesis Research (V) Repeatable up to 36 credits.

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 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 761 Dissertation Research and Writing (3) Intended for doctoral students who are at the dissertation stage in their program. Supports students in developing their dissertation proposals and/or initial dissertation drafts. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: consent. (Once a year)

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 doctoral student or consent.

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 doctoral student or consent.

EDCS 769 Curriculum and Program Evaluation (3) Critical examination of theoretical and methodological positions on curriculum and educational program evaluation. Pre: classified doctoral student or consent.

EDCS 780 Mixed Methods Research Design (3) Mixed methods research is designed for PhD and masters students in education and social sciences considering combining qualitative and quantitative research. Covers philosophical and practical implications culminating in a mixed methods dissertation/thesis proposal. Repeatable one time. (Once a year) (Cross-listed as DIS 780 and ETEC 780)