Curriculum and Learning

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GOLDBERG, ADAM, Professor and Chairperson
ACHHPAL, BEENA D., Professor
BOWER-PHIPPS, LAURA A., Professor
LEVANDE, DAVID, Professor and Graduate Coordinator
MARX, HELEN, Associate Professor
MCVERRY, J. GREGORY, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
RANDALL, REGINE, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in Reading
RAYNOLDS, LAURA, Associate Professor
SHAW, LOUISE, Assistant Professor
TORRE, CARLOS, Professor
VILLANI, CHRISTINE J., Professor and 6th Year Coordinator



EDU 501 - Music in the Elementary Classroom

Materials and methodology for teaching a broad range of music activities in the elementary classroom, including singing, playing classroom instruments, moving, creating, and integrating music into other disciplines. Special attention will be given to ways of improving multi-cultural understanding through music.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

EDU 503 - Science in the Elementary School

The content, organization, and techniques of instruction in elementary science, from nursery school through grade eight. Field experience required. Scheduled fall, spring and summers in even years.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

EDU 504 - Mathematics in the Elementary School

The use and meaning of numbers in children’s lives. Trends and national standards in mathematics teaching are examined. Field experience required. Departmental permission required. Scheduled fall, spring, and summers in even years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

EDU 505 - Social Studies in the Elementary School.

Social experience, interests, and needs of children. Content and objectives of the social studies curriculum. Field experience required. Departmental permission required. Scheduled fall, spring, and summers in odd years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

EDU 506 - Language Arts and Children’s Literature

Integration of language arts in the phases of oral and written expression, such as dramatics, choral speaking, and creative writing. Appreciation and knowledge of children’s books, including both historical and contemporary literature. Field experience required. Departmental permission required. Scheduled fall, spring, and summers in odd years.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

EDU 508 - Introduction to Education

An introduction to the teaching profession. Course topics include introduction to curriculum theory, characteristics of effective teachers, instructional planning, etc. Students will complete 30-hour filed work experience in a public school.

Special Information: Background check required to enter public schools.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

EDU 509 - Student Teaching Seminar

A one-credit seminar in conjunction with student teaching that deals with issues and current practices in education. Topics will include Connecticut state regulations, classroom management, planning for and implementation of curriculum, and student experiences. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): to be taken concurrently with student tea ching.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

EDU 511 - Curriculum Experiences in Elementary Geometry

A hierarchy of geometry teaching techniques beginning with the pre-school child's first topological ideas and extending through the elementary school grades. Opportunity will be provided for development of instructional strategies for involving children in the study of geometry.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

EDU 512 - Curriculum Workshop

Recent research appraisal of current practices and the needs of today’s youth. Opportunity for individual projects. Scheduled wintersession and summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

EDU 514 - Education of the Gifted

Identification of gifted children; recognition of their characteristics, abilities, and needs; and provision of adequate facilities for their development. Scheduled summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

EDU 515 - Trends in Elementary Mathematics

Recent research, publications, films, programs and teaching. For teachers, principals, and supervisors of elementary mathematics. Opportunity for individual projects.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

EDU 517 - Developments in Science Education

A study of outstanding city and state syllabi, textbooks, research publications, and collateral reading is made to determine the science concepts, principles, and activities at various grade levels. Attention also is given to the psychology of science teaching. Also listed as SCE 517.

Prerequisite(s): Course in science teaching.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

EDU 520 - A Woman’s Place is in the Curriculum: A Multicultural Approach.

Introduction of multicultural women’s studies content to education professionals. Workshop facilitators demonstrate strategies for infusing women’s studies content into K-12 curriculum. Also listed as WMS 518, HIS 518, IDS 518. Scheduled summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

EDU 521 - Digital Teaching and Learning I

An introduction to the use of digital texts and tools in education. Topic will include the skills and strategies necessary for online research and media skills. Scheduled fall and summer.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

EDU 522 - Digital Teaching and Learning II

Continues the exploration of pedagogy and technology. Students learn how to use digital texts and tools to improve instruction and learning. Scheduled in spring and summer.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

EDU 524 - Law for the Classroom Teacher

Provides an introduction of school law as it applies to teachers' and students' rights and responsibilities within the school and the classroom. The course will include discussion of major legal decisions that affect teachers and students. Scheduled fall and spring semesters and summers in odd years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

EDU 525 - Fieldwork

Supervised field placement in a public school designed to allow implementation of skills and knowledge gained in courses. Students will collaborate with a classroom teacher to design and implements small group and whole group lessons. Background check required.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

EDU 528 - Differentiated Instruction

Strategies for differentiating instructional content, process and product to meet the needs of diverse student populations. Scheduled fall semester.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

EDU 532 - Enhancing the Learning Process Through the Creative Arts

The meaning of creativity, principles of creative teaching in the areas of art, music, movement, creative dramatics, and language arts at the elementary level.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

EDU 533 - Curriculum Design and Methods for Nursery — Grade 3

The theoretical framework for a developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive curriculum for children in nursery, kindergarten, and the early grades. Foundations for later learning. Workshops in music, art, literature, and multicultural education. Scheduled fall, spring, and summers in odd years. Field experience required.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

EDU 534 - Curriculum Design and Methods for the Elementary Classroom

The selection, planning, guidance and assessment of learning experiences in the elementary school. Language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, media and technology considered in the light of cognitive psychology and learning theory. Scheduled fall, spring and summers in even years. Field experience required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

EDU 538 - Parent Involvement in Education: Programs and Approaches

Theories and practices in parent involvement. Methods for helping teachers work sensitively and effectively with families and improving school-home communication. Scheduled spring semester.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

EDU 539 - Child Development for Elementary Grade Teachers

Developmental stages of children from ages six to twelve, the years of the elementary school, and their impact on the teaching/learning process. Scheduled fall, spring and summers in odd years. Field experience required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

EDU 543 - Energizing the Teaching of Science and Math: An Intensive Workshop

Promotes high energy in teaching as the primary modality for successful learning in math and science. It focuses on teaching energy as a matrix within which content is framed. Also listed as SCE 543.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

EDU 544 - Classroom Management

The proactive and reactive components of effective classroom management. Emphasis is on the link between normative student development, academic performance, and behavior. Topics include environmental design, organizational design, establishment of rules and procedures, management styles. Offered fall and spring semester.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

EDU 555 - Energizing Education Through Brain-Compatible Learning

Development and implementation of a "brain-based" approach to instruction and assessment that takes advantage of the brain's intrinsic nature to make connections, look for patterns, and search for meaning. Emphasis is on inquiry, discovery, and the problem-solving methodology endorsed by current reform efforts for achievement of optimum learning and comprehension.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

EDU 560 - Controversial Issues in Contemporary Education

Critical examination of controversial issues affecting education. Scheduled summer semester.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

EDU 566 - Media Utilization and Curriculum

The curriculum of the modern school is examined. Principles and methods of evaluation, selection, and utilization of media are related to curriculum and personal needs of children and youth. Scheduled fall, spring, and summer semesters. (Formerly LSC 509).

Prerequisite(s): ILS 562 or EDF 520 or departmental permis sion.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

EDU 573 - Language Arts: A Developmental Approach

Takes a developmental approach to the teaching of the language arts at the early childhood and elementary levels. Spelling, writing, and reading are studied in relation to child development and teaching applications. Scheduled spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

EDU 583 - Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools

Provides a series of learning experiences designed to facilitate participants’ abilities to be effective urban classroom teachers. Current knowledge regarding the effects of successful instructional processes is examined with an emphasis on practice and implementation rather than theory. Scheduled summer semester.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

EDU 587 - Curriculum Models in Operation

A practical in-depth view of specific elementary level curriculum models including on-sight involvement. Issues to be analyzed include the learning environment, diagnostic tools, the role of the teacher, and curriculum objectives.

Prerequisite(s): a course in curriculum theory.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2018-19

EDU 591 - Field Project in Education

Students plan, develop, and implement a project related to elementary education with the aid of the instructor. Required of master’s students in the special project track. Scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 592 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

EDU 592 - Research in Education

Research methods used in educational research and critical evaluation of published research. Scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

EDU 599 - Special Topics in Education

Special Topics in Education

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

EDU 600 - Directed Study and Research

Identification and investigation of a problem in the field of education and the preparation and presentation of a scholarly document summarizing the study or research. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

EDU 611 - Curriculum Theories: Development and Implementation in the Classroom

Demonstrations, lectures, workshops, learning centers, subject matter experts, and assigned observations to enliven and enlarge the scope of the school curriculum. Scheduled fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

EDU 612 - The Teaching-Learning Process: A Teacher’s Perspective

Psychological attitudes and assumptions and how they affect a teacher’s classroom performance. Course relates each student’s personal perspective to sound psychological practices and to the needs of the specific professional environment. Scheduled spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

EDU 613 - Diverse Classroom Models: Principles and Practices

Models of teaching in current use, the patterns on which they are based, and the alternative strategies possible for improvement of teacher competencies. Scheduled fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

EDU 618 - Field Study: Applied Research

An opportunity for the teacher to engage in research for professional growth and selfimprovement (by arrangement). Scheduled spring semesters. Cross listed with EDU 591.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

EDU 619 - Seminar: Current Issues Affecting Classroom Teachers

Sharing of knowledge, a means of improving professional understanding concerning education. The student will contribute information on the procedures and/or findings of a field study. Scheduled summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

EDU 999 - DSAP Supervision and Appraisal

DSAP Supervision and Appraisal. Course can be repeated once for a total of six (6) credits.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

IDS 506 - Techniques in Special and Regular Education Instruction

Utilization of mainstreaming techniques with both regular and special populations of children. Philosophical, methodological, and problematical issues will be examined.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

IDS 597 - Contemporary Issues: Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning — An Internet Based Course

Interdisciplinary teaching and learning in K-12 schools, including team-teaching across disciplines, leadership, inclusive and culturally sensitive classrooms, and technology. Students participate together in classroom activities as well as virtually with other students worldwide. A home computer internet connection is convenient but not mandatory. Scheduled fall and/or spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

RDG 517 - Content Area Literacy and Secondary Reading Instruction in Middle and High Schools

Provides an overview of content area literacy and developmentally appropriate reading instruction at middle and high school levels focusing on efficient reading, writing, and study strategies with diverse populations. Incorporates instructional technology and is required for secondary content area certification. Typically scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 520 - Fundamentals of Language and Literacy

Basics of oral and written language systems: Phonology, orthography, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Emphasizes implications for understanding stages of literacy development and literacy acquisition in typical and diverse learners. Includes models of reading. Typically scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 565 - Content Area Literacy and Reading/Language Arts Instruction in Middle and High Schools

An overview of the reading and language arts program at the middle and high school Levels; integration of discipline-specific and efficient reading, writing and study strategies across the curriculum with diverse populations. Use of instructional technology. Typically scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

RDG 566 - Developmental Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School

An overview of the elementary reading and language arts program focusing on current theories, practices, and materials. Includes historical trends in reading instruction, multicultural perspectives, and technological innovations. Typically scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 567 - Tests, Measurements, and Evaluation in Reading and Language Arts

Programs Methods of evaluating performance using a variety of tests and other assessment tools. Introduction of basic measurement concepts. Consideration of language, culture, and special needs. Use of technology in assessment and reporting. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 520, RDG 565, RDG 566, and RDG 585.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 568 - Practicum in Diagnosis of Reading and Language Arts Difficulties

Individual diagnostic evaluation of difficulties in reading and writing. Use of formal and informal assessment tools appropriate for students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Guided preparation of a case study report. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 567.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 570 - Literacy Interventions for Struggling Readers and Writers

Theory and practice of literacy interventions for students experiencing moderate to severe literacy difficulties, including dyslexia. Meeting the needs of students, including diverse learners, with data-driven, research-based and evidence-based interventions. Use of technology in intervention is explored. Typically scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): RDG 568.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 585 - Writing Instruction in the Reading and Language Arts Program

Connects reading and writing at the elementary through secondary levels. Develops the writing skills of all students, including learners with special needs. Includes technological applications to the writing process and evaluation of writing using formal and informal measures. Scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 649 - Diversity in Literacy

An in-depth understanding of the literacy challenges faced by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students is gained. Issues related to distinguishing language differences from language-based reading disabilities in CLD reading and writing will be examined. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 659 - Practicum in Remedial Reading and Language Arts

Provides a supervised clinical experience developing and implementing a data-driven, research-based literacy intervention for struggling literacy learners. Technology use in intervention is considered. Typically scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 568, RDG 570 and departmental permiss ion.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 662 - Developing and Leading the School Literacy Program

The first of two courses in leadership skills for the Reading and Language Arts Consultant which emphasize developing, organizing, administering and supervising effective school wide literacy programs K-12. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 659.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 665 - Practicum and Seminar in Reading and Language ArtsResearch

Understanding reading and language arts research and the application of evidence-based practice in an action research practicum and seminar. Students learn basic research principles, review educational research on effective literacy practice, and are supervised in designing and implementing an action research project in a school setting. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 659. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

RDG 672 - Designing and Implementing the School Literacy Intervention Program

Focuses on planning instruction for K-12 students in the school reading and language arts program who are experiencing difficulties in literacy development. Addresses the special needs of diverse learners. Use of technology to support the remedial reading and remedial language arts program. Scheduled fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 659. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

RDG 676 - Practicum in Developing and Leading the School Literacy Program

The second of two courses in leadership for the Reading and Language Arts Consultant. A site based practicum in which students apply principles of instructional programming, the change process, coaching, and professional development. Course also includes planning and participating in the annual SCSU Literacy Conference. Scheduled spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): RDG 662.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

SCE 570 - History and Dimensions of Scientific Thought

A course presenting the history and evolution of scientific thought and practice. Discusses the context in which scientific beliefs and paradigms are held. Will include significant advancements in science, as well as presenting trends, modes of thought and development of ethics.

Prerequisite(s): 18 credits of university level science or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

SCE 572 - Recent Developments in Science Education

A comprehensive study of reform programs and initiatives as they relate to science education. Examines designing learning environments, identification of effective methodologies, implementation of assessment techniques and curriculum development. Includes a discussion of state and national standards in science education.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

SCE 573 - Multimedia Technology in the Science Classroom

Focuses on student competencies in digital sound and image productions, and their manipulation for classroom teaching and learning. Interactive curriculum materials, such as WebQuests, will be developed as well as Webpage and Webauthoring (e.g. HTML) portfolios. Issues of electronic copyright standards, computer ethics, multimedia selection and evaluation, and management are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): CSC 301 or CSC 501 or departmental permis sion.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SCE 574 - Special Project in Science Education

This individualized special project would provide an opportunity for students to have an extended experience working in a mentorship, research experience in an area of science or science education. Potential mentors will come from industry, governmental agencies and universities (including SCSU). In consultation with a faculty adviser, students develop objectives and assessment methodologies. This intensive, selfdirected project culminates with a scientific research project or a comprehensive study in science education.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SCE 575 - Integrated Science Experience

Students are actively involved in a collaborative research project that integrates the various scientific disciplines. Working together, students develop a research topic, identify the materials and methods required and investigate a research question.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

SCE 590 - Research Methods for Science Education

This course is part 1 in a 2-part sequence that introduces science education graduate students to the different methodologies used in science education research. This course will prepare students with the fundamental understanding of how to conduct research in their own classrooms and will assist them in choosing a researchable question for part 2 - SCE 591 Action Research or EVE 551 Environmental Action Research.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017