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EDUC 606 Educational Theory to Increase Student Achievement
(3) Presentation and application of theories and principles of human learning, cognition, and individual differences to the classroom. Participants will develop and use tools to determine the individual needs of learners and explore the appropriate use of such tools to increase student achievement.

EDUC 607 Research and Assessment in Today's Schools
(3) Study of the development of accurate and reliable assessment instruments for evaluating student achievement. The courses also focuses on how teachers can conduct educational research that will positively impact instruction.

EDUC 685 Strategies for Serving Diverse Learners
(3) Course designed to assist teachers in exploring issues in multicultural and special education to recognize how such factors as socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender, language proficiency, and disabilities may affect a child's performance. Teachers will study ways of making classrooms, curricula, and instructional strategies suitable for a diverse student population.

EDUC 692 Foundations and Services for Exceptional Students
(3) An overview of exceptionalities of children and youth as well as curricular and instructional modifications or accommodations that may be needed to meet their needs in the general education classroom. The philosophical and historical foundations of special education, current trends and issues in service delivery, federal and state laws, court cases, and regulations for special education programs are addressed.

621 Adolescent Growth & Development for Learn.& Teaching
This course is one of three graduate-level courses designed to provide current teachers with Middle Level certification. It examines the developmental patterns and current issues related to the education (learning and teaching) of early adolescents in middle level schools.

EDUC 625 Student Motivation and Management
(3) Student Motivation and Classroom Management explores basic concepts and theories related to student motivation and management in classroom settings. Special attention is given to guided problem solving and to best practice in teaching characteristics related to the teachers influence in problems of student motivation and management.

EDEC 681 Early Childhood Partnerships
(3) Analysis of programs and practices for involving families and the community in programs and schools serving young children. Emphasis on an exploration of the interconnectedness of childrens circles, home, school, and community, and role of the early childhood professional as advocate, and collaborator.

EDEL 695 Special Education for Teachers in Elementary Education
(3) Addresses Current issues and needs in instructional programming for students with high incidence disabilities (learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, and mental retardation) at the elementary level. Emphasizes methods for the development and acceleration of basic academic skills, study skills, learning strategies, and modification of course content to meet individual needs of students who are engaged in the general education curriculum.

EDUC 609 Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted and Talented
(3)Study of the background, purposes and current curriculum/instruction practices in the field of gifted education including theoretical applications to curriculum development for the gifted student. Problematic conditions and possible solutions are included.

EDEC 601 Emergent Literacy
(3) Application of child development knowledge in making thoughtful and appropriate decisions about early childhood literacy practices will be examined for both emergent and early literacy learners.

EDUC 620 The Middle School Curriculum
(3) A course intended to increase the student's knowledge and awareness of current trends and practices in middle school curriculum with an emphasis placed on the future direction of middle school education to prepare teachers for the demands of an increasingly advanced technological, multicultural society.

EDSC 650 Advanced Secondary Instructional Methods & Strategies
Advanced study of instructional strategies and best teaching practices applicable to teaching in secondary schools. Instructional planning, delivery and assessment are included.

EDEL 602 Developing Early Literacy
(3)Application of child development and language acquisiiton knowledge in making effective and appropriate decisions about early childhood and literacy practices for both emergent and early literacy learners.

EDEL 687 Differentiated Instruction in the Elementary Classroom
(3) Study of the concept of instructional differentiation as it relates to the special developmental and pedagogical environment of the elementary (2-6) classroom. Included is the application of skills related to recognizing students individual differences and using information to differentiate instruction across multiple content areas.

EDUC 680 Capstone Experience
(3)Study that focuses on the preparation of an action research project, paper and presentation that addresses a real problem found in the classroom/job assignment of the degree candidate and that applies the knowledge and skills gained in the degree program. A portfolio presentation documenting proficiency in designated national and college standards is also included.

EDEC 642 Advance Study of Early Childhood Curriculum and Models
(3) Historical traditions and contemporary programs and curriculum models are analyzed with an emphasis on dominant practices, methodologies, current research that influences curriculum development in programs serving young children and implications for todays classrooms.

EDEL 615 Advance Study of Elementary Curriculum and Models
(3) Critical study of the modern elementary school curriculum.

EDSC 675 Advanced Study of Secondary Curriculum and Program Models
(3) Study of effective principles of secondary curriculum development in schools today as related to standards-based instruction and assessment. Attention is given to the teacher's role in understanding curriculum, theory behind curriculum development, program models and implementing standards-based curriculum instruction and assessment.

EDUC 680 Capstone Experience
(3) Study that focuses on the preparation of an action research project. paper and presentation that addresses a real problem found in the classroom/job assignment of the degree candidate and that applies the knowledge and skills gained in the degree program. A portfolio presentation documenting proficiency in designated national and college standards is also included.

EDIT 604 Teaching with Technology
A standards-based investigation of instructional technologies and their potential to improve teaching practice, professional productivity, and student performance. The course is designed to meet the 2008 National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T), published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

EDUC 608 Nature and Needs of the Gifted and Talented
(3) This is an introductory survey course in the education of gifted and talented students. It provides an overview of the historical and philosophical background of gifted education, as well as a rationale for it. This course focuses on the characteristics, needs, problems, and developmental patterns of gifted and talented students, including special populations of gifted and talented students and methods of talent development. The following topics will be discussed: identification based on regulations governing gifted and talented in South Carolina, curriculum and instruction and program models.

EDUC 625 Student Motivation and Management
(3) Student Motivation and Classroom Management explores basic concepts and theories related to student motivation and management in classroom settings. Special attention is given to guided problem solving and to best practice in teaching characteristics related to the teachers influence in problems of student motivation and management.

EDUC 610 Integrated Reading and Writing Instruction
(3)Theoretical bases and techniques for teaching reading and writing using multiple subject areas.

EDEL 610 Social Studies in the Elementary Studies
(3)Selection, classification, and organization of materials in the field of social studies in the elementary school.

EDEL 640 Advanced Study of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
(3)The selection of teaching procedures and instructional materials which facilitate pupil discovery and learning. Research findings relative to current trends, diagnostic teacing, and mathematics as a comtemporary necessity will be examined.

621 Adolescent Growth & Development for Learn.& Teaching
This course is one of three graduate-level courses designed to provide current teachers with Middle Level certification. It examines the developmental patterns and current issues related to the education (learning and teaching) of early adolescents in middle level schools.

EDEC 640 Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education
(3)Study of the trends and issues that characterize early childhood education today. The course is designed to create an awareness of the directions the field is taking, the myriad problems early childhood education faces and how these problems may be resolved.

EDSC 618 Content Literacy
Course designed to assist teachers in developing methods and materials that will improve their students' literacy skills. After gaining a sound theoretical knowledge of the reading and writing processes and the basic tenets of the media literacy movement, teachers will apply what they've learned to their own disciplines, creating strategies that will support students in reading, writing, and working with media in the context of content area instruction.

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