Candidates seeking the Master of Education in Instructional Practice will take 30 credit hours of coursework.
EG 5063 Building Classroom Communities (3)
This course is designed to analyze the relationship among classroom environment, classroom behavior, and learning. Students will explore various classroom discipline and management models and their relationship to degrees of teacher and student control. Particular attention is given to understanding how a teacher’s behavior and/or instructional strategies, styles, and techniques affect student behavior and learning. This course will also explore the importance of family and community collaboration.
EG 5023 Principles of Learning (3)
This course is designed to introduce teachers to the profession of teaching and the field of education. In this course students will consider social, cultural and economic issues which have shaped education and the impact of education on U.S. and global economic development. More specifically, the course will address human growth and development theories related to how people learn, social issues that impact schooling practices, the history of education, education in a multicultural society, and emerging trends and issues in education today. Students will learn to engage in critical reflection and will be required to do substantial amounts of reading and writing.
EG 5713 Balanced Literacy (3)
This course is an in-depth look into research on how children become literate and the practical implications of this research. It provides an understanding of research-based instruction regarding a balanced, comprehensive program of instruction in reading, writing and language arts. A balanced approach to reading/language arts instruction includes explicit instructions in basic reading skills and comprehensive strategies for all students, including students with varied reading levels and language backgrounds. Reading readiness, emergent literacy, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and a variety of reading models are examined. Course objectives and topics are aligned with Tennessee teacher candidate standards for reading and research from the National Reading Panel (2000) and the International Reading Association.
EG 5303 Teaching the Diverse Learner (3)
This course will examine student diversity, including developing and using appropriate, related vocabulary. The student will learn differentiated instructional and assessment strategies that support academic achievement for all students. The course will also develop and understanding of English language learners and special education students within family and community contexts, including contemporary legal issues concerning diverse learners.
EG 5053 Planning, Instruction & Assessment (3)
This course provides pre-service teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and apply effective pedagogical practices in various classroom settings. Students will analyze teaching strategies and will critique and analyze lessons presented in various settings. Likewise, students will write and develop effective unit and lesson plans and corresponding assessments. Students in the course will analyze lesson plans, examine the essential components of effective lesson and unit plans, and will develop plans for curriculum standards provided by the state of Tennessee. Likewise, students will be able to analyze effectively instructional practices and data in order to make sound curricular choices. Students will engage in practice teaching sessions in order to receive feedback from their colleagues and will design assessments in order to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts presented in the course.
EG 5083 Research in Action (3)
This course focuses on the foundations of educational research. The purpose of research as it impacts decision-making and educational practices will be explored. Students are introduced to the various elements of an action research proposal including writing style, literature review, research design, data collection, and data analysis. The purpose of statistics, as applied to educational research, is introduced. Students also identify ethical issues related to research including basic theory and practice, professional codes of ethics, confidentiality, and research using human subjects.
EG 5143 Teaching Methods K-6 (3)
This is an integrated methods course designed to meet the developmental needs of children in the various subject areas found in the elementary school curriculum (K-6). It includes discussion of current research and practice relative to teaching/learning objectives, planning, instruction, and classroom techniques. Students develop decision making skills through actual involvement in planned demonstration lessons using traditional and new techniques and innovations, including computer applications
EG 5153 Teaching Methods 7-12 (3)
This is an integrated methods course designed to meet the developmental needs of children in the various subject areas found in the secondary school curriculum (7-12). It includes discussion of current research and practice relative to teaching/learning objectives, planning, instruction, and classroom techniques. Students develop decision making skills through actual involvement in planned demonstration lessons using traditional and new techniques and innovations, including computer applications.
EG 5073 Language and Literacy Acquisition (3)
This course focuses on how early language practices from birth to age 5 impact the how a child learns to read and write. It provides a wide variety of researched literacy practices for teachers of PreK-6 students. Course objectives include teaching phonemic awareness and phonics with an emphasis on speech production, teaching writing along with reading through children's literature, understanding early literacy assessment tools, utilizing a variety of instructional groupings, and creating lifelong readers by focusing on story, vocabulary and comprehension. Course objectives and topics are aligned with Tennessee teacher candidate standards for reading and research from the National Reading Panel (2000) and the International Reading Association. This class is required for K-6 and 4-8 licensure candidates in the IP program.
AND/OR (depending upon licensure area)
EG 5723 Content Area Reading (3)
This course is designed for educators in all content areas in grades 7-12. The content includes information on the research basis, definitions of strategic reading in the content areas, and formats for working within those essential components of reading /learning strategies. Class participants will earn and practice reading/learning strategies that can be used in classrooms. Course objectives and topics are aligned with Tennessee’s teacher candidate standards for reading and research from the National Reading Panel (2000), the National Reading Conference (NCR), and the International Reading Association. This course is required for all 7-12, K-12, and 4-8 licensure candidates in the IP program.
Candidates seeking the Master of Education in Instructional Practice will take 6 credit hours of elective coursework in the Graduate College of Education. If both EG 5073 and EG 5723 are required for licensure area, then only one other 3 hour elective is required.
Additionally, candidates must take 541C Student Teaching (9) or EG513V Mentoring (4-8) (for individuals with Transitional Licenses only) to complete licensure requirements.