Secondary & Middle Grades Education

Ed.S. Middle Grades Social Studies - Courses

Education & Research Core (15 hours)

This course will serve as an introduction to qualitative research and methodologies. Methodological origins, theoretical frameworks, literature reviews, and basic methods of data collection and data analysis will be explored in conjunction with an analysis of relevant literature, educational research reports, and ethics in research. Students will apply basic skills of data collection and analysis. Students will differentiate between the types of qualitative research.
Candidates will demonstrate a functional understanding of the nature and design of quantitative research as applied to the educational arena including but not limited to the following topics; the nature and application of descriptive and basic inferential statistics including the concepts of variance, normal distribution, population, sample, power, effect size, hypothesis testing, parametric and nonparametric tests, interaction effects, validity, reliability; the strengths, weaknesses of quantitative research designs; the principles of data collection and analysis using computer software such as SPSS. Candidates will acquire and become proficient in analytical and interpretive skills; and will be prepared to conduct applied quantitative research that will bear positively on schools.
The course deepens experienced educators’ knowledge of research-based best practices in diverse classrooms. This is an advanced course with in-depth study of classic and current research on learning theories and related topics in educational psychology as they relate to teaching and learning in schools. Focus is on those theories and research which have transformed and are reforming educational practice.
This course offers a theoretical, historical, and practical foundation in critical multicultural and global education. Candidates will gain an understanding of how structures, policies, and practices of schools in U.S. and global contexts tend to perpetuate discriminatory inequities by their effects on students and teachers. Candidates will examine their own identities, cultural assumptions, and instructional practices to enact a philosophy of teaching that disrupts deficit discourses and ensures equitable outcomes for all learners.
This seminar focuses on critically reviewing research and applying best-practices in formative assessment. Recent research reports effective use of formative assessment enhances student learning and teaching effectiveness. Specific topics include barriers and misconceptions to the formative assessment process, effective practices in formative assessment, theoretical underpinnings of formative assessment, relationships of formative assessment to self-regulated learning and learner autonomy. Additionally, attention will be paid to multicultural formative assessment procedures and concerns relevant to external assessment programs.
This course prepares professional educators to examine the relationship between the research base and applied practice especially as they relate to diverse learners (academically and/or culturally and linguistically). Candidates will examine the characteristics and needs of English language learners and students with exceptionalities, explore evidence-based practices for specific populations, employ a curriculum decision-making process that aligns with the Georgia Performance Standards and the Common Core, and translates to improved pedagogy and student achievement, and critically analyze existing curriculum guidelines as they relate to traditionally marginalized learners.

Major (15 Credit Hours)

Area 1: Teaching Field Pedagogy (6 Credit Hours)
Candidates may choose any 2 from the following:

This course considers contemporary research addressing the cognitive, psycho-social, physical, and moral development of adolescents in the context of schools, relationships, and culture with applications to diverse P-12 settings. A major focus of the course includes how school, family, and community influences interact with and impact adolescents’ development and how educators, through a learner-centered approach, can support and facilitate positive outcomes for middle and high school students.
This course provides an in-depth study of the foundations, philosophies, and issues of curriculum as they affect teachers who participate in curriculum making as practitioners in the classroom. The course consists of two major components: curriculum theory, which is an interdisciplinary study of philosophical, historical, psychological, social, and cultural foundations of curriculum; and curriculum as it is practiced in secondary and middle schools. The focus of the class is on helping classroom teachers develop a deep understanding of foundations and philosophy of curriculum that will enable them to develop instructional practices to impact student learning.
Students examine the profession and themselves in relation to theories of social justice and service-learning. Investigating opportunities for service-learning in their own classrooms/schools, students will also participate in service-learning experiences themselves either in their own classroom or in the community. Through journaling, discussions, service to others, and readings, autoethnography is the methodology employed to explore the theories and concepts as well as being the end product of the investigation.
This course is designed to build the capacity of teachers to use co-generative and co-teaching to effectively communicate and resolve complex problems that emerge when teaching rigorous content to an increasingly diverse population of P-12 learners. The course is individualized to the candidate and contextualized to the classroom. The readins required for this course assist candidates in identifying, articulating and resolving problems that require a clear understanding of theory-to-practice and practice-to-theory issues related to the examination of student data, classroom management, and improving instruction. Each week the candidates will explore various aspects of co-teaching, including traditional approaches to co-teaching, pre-service co-teaching, co-generative dialogue and reflective practice.

Area 2: Teaching Field Content (9 Credit Hours)

Technology Course (3 Credit Hours)
Candidates may choose any 1 from the following:

This course introduces candidates to pedagogical methods and strategies for using the Internet effectively in the classroom in the candidate’s certification field. Students will experience a variety of Internet technologies and develop strategies for classroom implementation. The course includes guided tours of some of the best educational sites on the World Wide Web and explores ways to integrate use of the Internet into an educational setting. This course introduces students to systematic instructional methods and models for using the Internet effectively in the classroom. Candidates will create lessons that are current, highly motivating, and mentally engaging. Note Offered as an online course.
This course explores introductory topics in multimedia and emerging technologies and their role in education. Course coverage will include both theoretical understanding of multimedia technologies and hands-on experience with software and hardware. Topics may include research related to multimedia and emerging technologies; classroom applications; design and development techniques; hardware and software requirements; digitizing and manipulating images, voice, and video materials; and copyright and ethics. Students will apply instructional design processes and principles to designing and developing multimedia content. There will be a special focus on Internet technologies, such as podcasting. This course will also examine emerging technologies having potential to postively impact student achievement.
This course is designed to provide candidates with technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) and skills to design and develop multimedia and web-based projects to facilitate P-12 student learning. Topics include the design, development, and evaluation of multimedia and web-based learning environments; research related to multimedia and emerging technologies; classroom applications; design and development techniques; hardware and software requirements; digitizing and manipulating images, voice and video materials; universal design; and copyright and ethics. Candidates will apply instructional design processes and principles to design and develop multimedia and web-based projects in the candidate’s certification field. Note Offered as an online course.
This course is designed to provide candidates with knowledge and skills to design and develop multimedia and web-based projects to facilitate student learning. Topcis include media-based tools, distance learning systems, web-based authoring tools, telecommunications tools, and online curricular projects.
Focus is on the current effects and potential of technology for doing, teaching, and learning mathematics. Students explore mathematics as they develop skill in innovative mathematics technologies. Technologies include graphing calculators, data collection technologies (such as CBL, CBR), dynamic geometry software, statistics software, web simulations, web courseware, and other technology tools for mathematics.

Social Studies/ History Core (6 hours) - Required Course:

This course provides a critical analysis of contemporary issues in social studies education theory, research, and practice mainly as identified and discussed in recent scholarly research published in recognized journals, books, and standards adopted by state and national committees or councils for the social studies or social science fields.

Additional 3 credit hours are needed for Social Studies.

Total Program Hours = 30