Curriculum and Learning

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GOLDBERG, ADAM, Professor and Chairperson
GREENGROSS, STEVEN, Professor
VILLANI, CHRISTINE J., Professor and Graduate Coordinator
ACHHPAL, BEENA D., Professor
BOWER-PHIPPS, LAURA A., Associate Professor
LEVANDE, DAVID, Professor and Graduate Coordinator
MARX, HELEN, Associate Professor
MCVERRY, J. GREGORY, Assistant Professor
TORRE, CARLOS, Professor



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 2017

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 2017

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: Spring 2017

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: Spring 2017

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: Spring 2017

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2015

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 2017

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: Spring 2017

EDU 528 - Differentiated Instruction in the Elementary School

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: Winter Session 2017

EDU 532 - Creative Experiences for Children

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 2016

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: Spring 2017

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 2016

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: Spring 2017

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 2017

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 563 - Anti-Bias and Multicultural Perspectives in the Classroom

Designing and utilizing strategies, curriculum, materials, and resources to infuse multicultural perspectives into the classroom. Practical training to reduce bias and prejudice. Scheduled wintersession semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2014

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: Summer 2016

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 2016

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

EDU 599 - Special Topics in Education

Special Topics in Education

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

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: Spring 2017

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 2016

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 2017

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: Fall 2016

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: Spring 2017

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 2016

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: Spring 2017

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