Education Course Descriptions
Concentration: Literacy (K-12)
Core Coursework (M.S.Ed.)
This course will enhance your classroom-based experiences by linking those experiences with professional research skills. Teachers will learn how to locate and critically review a wide range of professional resources. Teachers will take significant steps toward becoming teacher leaders by combining their classroom based knowledge, articulating that knowledge from a research-based framework, successfully navigating school cultures, and learning from their seasoned peers. Exposure to this information will instill in teachers an understanding of their leadership potential and responsibilities in the school setting.
This course explores the theories of differentiated instruction and the associated models. Within the course, teachers design units and lessons incorporating differentiated strategies. Teachers share lessons and reflect with colleagues in their school and in the course. Requirements include lessons incorporating differentiation strategies, collegial reflection regarding lessons, and the creation of a final project that establishes teachers’ commitment to differentiation in their classrooms.
This course examines significant theories of student motivation in the classroom, classroom management, and the connections therein. Teachers taking this course create a program to address classroom management within their classroom and techniques for sharing their understanding with other teachers.
Research is the foundation for the improvement of teaching and learning in the classroom. Teachers taking this course research a classroom or school issue relevant to improving student learning. Requirements include conducting the research and preparing a formal report suitable for presentation at a state, regional, or national conference on educational research. The work submitted throughout this course will be graduate-level work, using the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual for organization, language, and citations.
This course develops reflective practices that assist participants to explore both professional and personal growth that has occurred throughout the University of New England’s MSE program. Participants will learn organizational tools that help formalize their working portfolios to a final presentation e-portfolio that reflects self-directed learning within their program experiences. The work submitted throughout this course will be graduate-level work; using American Psychological Association (APA) formatting for organization, language, and citations. As a prerequisite to this course, students should have successfully completed all MSE courses.
Concentration Coursework (M.S.Ed. and CAGS)
This course will address the foundational knowledge that teachers of literacy need in order to understand the reading and writing process for students. In this course, teachers will be exposed to major theories, research, and best practices in the literacy field. Teachers will be asked to draw upon this theoretical and practical knowledge to think about issues of instructional practice. Through engaging inquiry experiences, teachers will become active participants in developing a strong foundational base for literacy instruction for all learners in their classrooms.
This course focuses on the use of assessments in determining a student’s reading and/or writing skills. Teachers will examine, create, evaluate, and reflect on a variety of literacy assessments as they are directly connected to data-driven instruction and student literacy achievement. Each course module will engage teachers in becoming familiar with a range of assessments and how to use data from these assessments in developing lessons and activities that will allow students to learn subject content as well as develop and deepen literacy skills. Teachers will be engaged in the research around assessments as well as how to modify assessments and instruction based on assessments to meet the needs of diverse learners.
This course will provide teachers with the foundational knowledge of how to meaningfully integrate content area literacy into their classrooms. Teachers will be immersed in the most current research surrounding teaching our students to be active consumers of a variety of texts in the content area classroom. Each learning module will be devoted to answering an inquiry question that is based in research and best practice. Teachers will be expected to engage with this material as well as be active learners themselves by demonstrating how this would look in their practice as they deliver effective literacy instruction.
This course will immerse teachers in the theoretical and evidence-based reading and writing connection. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore this connection by examining and applying successful instructional strategies and activities. In addition, teachers will engage with the research that drives effective writing instruction. Each learning module will be devoted to answering an inquiry question that is based in research and best practice. Teachers, regardless of the level or content they teach, will be provided with tools that will help to maintain learners’ literacy development as they read and write to learn or learn to read and write.
This course will address how to engage in differentiated literacy practices to meet the needs of all diverse learners in current and future classrooms. Teachers will be immersed in the foundational knowledge that will assist them creating effective instruction that will assist students who need support in their literacy development. This class will deal with how to approach literacy challenges from the classroom and school levels in a systematic way. In addition, it will address diverse learners both in terms of learning differences (such as struggling readers, English Language Learners, and gifted learners) as well as incorporating a culturally responsive approach to pedagogy.