UAH

Elementary Concentration

Description of the Program

A focus on how to adjust instruction and assessment to maximize learning opportunities for all students in the K-6 classroom

Admission Requirements

  • Holds a minimum of a bachelor's degree;
  • Holds a teaching certificate in elementary education (K-6);
  • Pass the GRE/MAT requirements OR have 3 years of successful teaching.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses = 4 courses (12 hours)

ED 530

ApplieMulticulturalism

3 hours

Online

Through an examination of constructs such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation, studentwildevelop a theoretical understanding of the connections between identity, difference, power, and privilege and the role(sschool(could/should) play in perpetuating or ending discriminatory practices. Furthermore and importantly, students will develop an understanding of the wayresearch in botthe humanities and social sciences can be used tinterpret, analyze, and critiqumulticulturalism.

ED 535

Introduction to Applied Educational Research

3 hours

Online

Introduction to the naturof research and itrelationship to educational thought and practice.  Primarfocus wilbe on planning and executing research activities(i.e.action research, thesidevelopmentithe diverse classroom and analyzing the collected data timprove instruction, educational performance and adding tthe body of knowledge on educational practices.

ED 540

AdvanceCognitive Psychology

3 hours

Online

Designed to inform students abourecent developments in Cognitive Psychology and theiimplications for teaching and learning. Studentwilleave ED 565 with a variety of “cognitive understandings” for use in differentiated classrooms.

ED 565

Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

3 hours

Online

Provides an introduction tthe philosophy and practice of differentiation.  Examines the elements, content, process, product, affect and learning environment, by which instruction can be differentiated to address the complex challenges of meeting the diverse learning needs of all students.

 

Concentration Courses = 6 courses (18 hours)

ED 570

Differentiated Instruction for Special Populations

3 hours

Online

Provides practicastrategies to maximize learning for all students, particularlthose with disabilities, gifted/talented, and English language learner(ELL)Studentwillearn to utilize differentiated instruction to benefit both generaand special education students simultaneouslyThiwilincludlearning to selectimplement, and evaluatlesson accommodations and modifications for studentwith exceptional needs.

ED 620

Curriculum Integration of Technology

3 hours

Hybrid

Designed to teach homodern technolog(blogs, text-messaginand Skype) can be used to improve learninin classroomsAdditionally, teachers will use educational technologinon-school environments such as museumsradio and television broadcastsparks anrecreation centers, andistance educatioprograms to enhance learning.

ED 635

Using Assessment to Guide Differentiated Instruction

3 hours

Hybrid

The focuothis courswoulbe to usnorm-referenced and criterion-referenced data to inforinstructiofor a diverse classroowithin thRimodel. Studentwould learn to use formative ansummative assessments to determine thtypes of strategies needed to teach content.

ED 640

Differentiated Strategiefor Research and TeachinfoEnglish LanguagLearner(ELL)

3 hours

Hybrid

Designed to provide current educators thfoundatiofoinformed aneffective classroom teachinidiverse classroomwith ELstudentsIncludes theoretical underpinningof historical and contemporarELL education, instructional methods, analysis and critiquof methodologies, and strategies fopedagogicallsound classrooinstructioand lessoplanninwithin linguistically and culturalldiverse classrooms.

ED 650

Differentiating Elementary Mathematics and Science Instruction

3 hours

Hybrid

This course will focuoguidinthe learner to apply the concepts odifferentiated instructiowithin mathematics and science contextsParticipants will learhow to implemeneffectivstrategies fomanaginflexible groups, acquire ideas for providinstudents with a varietooptions to successfulltarget mathematics and science standards anunderstanhow to plan strategicalliorder to reach the needs odiverse learnerwithin the classroothrouginquiry-based learning.

ED 665

Differentiating ElementarLiteracy  (ReadinanWriting) Instruction

3 hours

Hybrid

This course will focuoguidinthe learner to apply the concepts odifferentiated instruction to elementary literacy conceptsAdvanced teacher candidates will develop animplemendifferentiated instructional planthat utilize individual anflexible groupinstrategies anresources to support the growtostrategic, independent readers anwriters.

 

Action Research Project = 1 course (3 hours)

ED 690

Master's Action Research Project

3 hours

Hybrid

After the completion of the courses, advanced candidates will complete a summative action research project. Working with an individual faculty member, the action research will be planned, completed, and presented for the department.

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