Candidates seeking the Masters of Education in Teaching, Learning & Leading will take the following 33 credit hours of core and major coursework.
EG 5103 Data-Driven Learning Culture (3)
This course will focus on using data to guide planning, instruction and evaluation at the classroom, school and district level. The student will exhibit an understanding of basic statistical analysis and research design methodology. The couse will address best practices for analyzing and evaluating the rigor of curriculum and insturction and monitoring the school's curricular program, as well as supporting a systematic process of student/reacher assessment and improvement, coaching, and supervision and family engagement. The student will identify a problem that can be investigated using action research, clarify the problem, propose a solution and determine appropriate methodology for research. In some programs, the student will complete the action reserarch project in EG 5363
EG 5203 How We Learn (3)
The student will participate in an advanced study of learning theories, human growth and development, and motivation, inluding: cognitive, emotional and pyscial characteristics of children in various age groups. The course will explore current brain research on teaching and learning, the importance of metacognition and strategies that increase student learning. The student may use cast studies and clinical observations to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to identify different learning styles among students and to develop appropriate instructional strategies. Students will learn observation methods used to evaluate and improve instruction.
EG 5213 Instructional Design (3)
This course examines research oneffective insturction, strategies to foster student learning at higher levels and ways to demonstrate that students are meeting high standards. In addition to learning strategic planning for instruction, teh student will exhibit skills and knowledge necessary to research, design and implement instruction for student success in both classroom and team approaches. This course will also consider professional collaboration and development needed to provide research-based instructional strategies that support their academic achievement. This course includes contemporary issues concerning diversity, global perpectives and family engagement.
EG 5013 Education in a Global Context (3)
The course places contemporary American education in the context of global, social, cultural and economic systems. Students will explore diversity among learners (e.g., cultural, socio-economic, linguistic, gender, special needs) and the differentiated insturctional and assessment strategies that support their academice achievement. This course includes contemporary issues concerning diversity, global perspectives and family engagement.
EG 5343 Curriculum & Assessment Design (3)
This course will include an analysis of curriculum standards, appropriate goals and objectives, formative and summative assessments, and implementation of effective instuctional strategies using backward design. The student will investigate the role of school/teacher leaders in curriculum implementatoin, mapping, gap analysis, pacing, and assessment procedures to address the needs of each learner. This course will emphasize group processes to foster a collaborative culutre to support educator development and student learning.
EG 5223 Communication, Collaboration & Communicty Relations (3)
The student will gain an understanding of the communication skills necessary to cultivate positive relationships and collarbortations with diverse stakeholders in a school culture focused on teaching and learning. In addition to identifiying strengths and weaknesses of their own communication process, students will study how to manage school and community resources, communicate assessment results, make decisions within an ethical context, and develop and implement appropriate policies that benefit all students.
EG 5233 Learning-Focused Leadership (3)
Instruction will focus on engaging stakeholders in effectively developing and implementing the school's vision, mission and goals; creating a culture conducive to learnig throughout the school community; making best use of resources to achieve the school mission; and carrying out responsibilities ethically. The student will understnad teh challenges of continuous improvement while managing the school and fostering a school culture focused on teaching and learning. The class will discuss the methods and procedures for evaluating and developing instructional staff and programs. Principles and techniques of effective leadership will be researched and discussed in relation to these and the legal, moreal and ethical implications of leaders' actions and beliefs.
EG 5033 Collaborative Professional Learning (3)
The student will gain an understanding of varied collarborative professional learning models including professional learning communities, coaching (instructional, data and content area), mentoring, lesson study, and online collaboration. Students will gain practical experience as members of a professional team in analyzing student worka nd data and creating lessons to improve student learning.
EG 5043 Addressing Learning Differences (3)
The course is designed to give students a theoretical background in differentiated modes of instruction and the skills needed tow ork with colleagues to imporve achievement for individual learners. Discussions and readings will explore classroom strategies that improve student achievement, the elements of effective instruction, instructional design and ways to use assessment to drive instruction. Finally, the course will discuss ways that teacher leaders can work with collegaues to enhance their instruction and student learning.
EG 5363 Action Research (3)
The student will implement the action research proposal from EG 5103 and test its effectiveness by applying the solution in a classroom/school setting.
3 hour elective to be chosen from:
EG 5243 Best Practices
EG 5253 Organizational Learning and Change
EG 5333 Professional Accountability
EG 570V Covey's 7 Habits