Elementary and Early Childhood Education

M.ED. Elementary Education Courses

Through the exploration of quantitative and qualitative educational research, candidates develop strategies to make informed decisions for intervention, as well as appropriate assessment for diverse student populations. A thorough study of literature related to candidate’s chosen research topic as well as completion of the Collaborative Training Initiative (CITI) helps gird candidates in the development of research skills appropriate to the graduate level.
Through the exploration of both traditional and advanced educational technologies, candidates develop technological skills and strategies of implementation to build an integrated plan of utilizing technology for improving classroom teaching and student learning.
This course will explore the mathematical content and processes, research on learning, and relevant pedagogy of number, operations, and algebraic thinking in Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Candidates will implement standards-based curriculum and research-based pedagogy in these content areas and assess the impact on student learning.
Candidates will implement integrated models of instruction into action research and classroom teaching. Candidates focus on completion of their prospectus integrating their learning from other courses in their program with their research design. This prospectus completion includes securing IRB and school district approval to conduct research.
This course further develops a sound foundation for master level students to complete the required action research project. Using work completed in the previous research courses, students implement their prospectus in their classrooms or placements, analyze data using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method methodologies, and synthesize what they’ve learned to improve their teaching practice.
Candidates explore and investigate a detailed curriculum design and assess its impact on student achievement. This course includes the integration of content areas of language arts, compostion, social studies, and detailed approaches to globalization.
An examination of contemporary trends and issues in science education in the P-5 setting. Focus includes historical, pedagogical and research-based information as well as age/grade appropriate content. Topics are inclusive of but not limited to professional growth activities, including action research, content appropriate for early childhood science education, scientific process, inquiry, curriculum and interdisciplinary issues and technology.
The purpose of this course is to prepare teachers for globally impacted classrooms filled with students from domestic, intercultural, and multicultural backgrounds. Teachers that have knowledge, skills, and attitudes to understand world cultures and events; analyze global systems; appreciate cultural differences; and apply this knowledge and appreciation to their lives are master teachers and world citizens.
Candidates will complete a portfolio based on work throughout the program. This portfolio will include evidence that supports a subject matter expert, a facilitator of learners, and a collaborative professional.

By collaborating with other cohort members, candidates plan and implement a conference. Each candidate presents a project from their portfolio highlighting their plan and focusing on reflection and changes made to improve student achievement in their classroom.