Curriculum and Instruction Course Descriptions
CI 7001: Educational Research for Masters Students (3 credits)
Students will explore the full range of educational research in current practice and develop an understanding of the role and limitations of research for informing educational practice. Students will select a topic of interest to them and conduct a literature review of this topic culminating in a final paper that demonstrates their knowledge of the literature, ability to read and synthesize research, and write according to standard protocols.
CI 7002: Curriculum and Instruction: Theories and Trends (3 hrs)
This course is part of the CI masters core. The course focuses on how curriculum and curricular activities are developed and impacted by legislative, and socio-political forces. The class will investigate the interaction of curriculum implementation and models of instruction in respect to student learning as well as how that curriculum is shaped.
CI 7003: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms (3 credits)
This course is a required course for middle childhood and secondary licensure. This course exposes students to the problems, issues, and experiences of students from under-represented groups based on race, ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and sexual identity. Students will use their experiences in field placements as starting points for reflection.
CI 7004: The Role of Teachers in a Democratic Society (3 hrs)
This class focuses on the historical, political, policy issues that are embedded in the development of classroom teaching and teachers in America. The course explores how teachers recreate social norms or are able to disrupt them leading to change. Participants will be expected to compare and reflect upon their own practices as teachers within our democratic society.
CI 7090: Master’s Project: Curriculum and Instruction (3 hrs)
This course involves writing a proposal and obtaining a master committee’s approval of that project proposal. The course also involves completing research and writing for the final master’s project.
C&I Concentration Courses
CI 7010: Improving Instructional Effectiveness: Clinical Experience (3 hrs)
Study of teacher behaviors that influence the academic achievement of students. Participants learn new effective pedagogy and implement one or more of the various strategies into their diverse clinical placements, gather data, and analyze the impact on student learning. This clinical experience can be completed in a student’s current work setting or in a arranged placement determined with their advisors. Students in the medical and advanced teaching master’s degree programs must participate in the field experience prior to the completion of their degree.
CI 8002: Attitude Formation and Change in the Classroom
Attitude formation and change theories will be studied relative to generally accepted goals of classroom instruction. Theoretically sound ideas for influencing student attitudes and the value decisions teachers must make when deciding to influence attitudes will be examined. Reactive and unobtrusive measures for assessing student attitudes will be presented. Each participant will be required to identify a specific attitude related to classroom instruction which she/he would like to change, to review relevant research literature related to the target attitude, to formulate theoretically sound strategies and activities for bringing about the desired attitude change, and to develop a suitable means for assessing changes in attitudes that result when the attitude change program is used in her/his setting. The focus of the course is on developing ideas that are pertinent to educational settings, but the examples and applications of attitude formation and change ideas will be suitable for other fields as well.