Education (ED)

ED502: Transforming Teaching Practice

This course explores the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with the highest standards of teaching practice and guides you in the transformation of classroom performance through research and reflection on best practices, assessment strategies, and teacher skills that lead to improved student achievement.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED503: Educational Psychology

This course introduces students to prominent research-based theories of learning and examines the impact of these theories on students, learning and motivation, teaching, and assessment. Students critically evaluate opposing sides of current issues in educational psychology and articulate and defend personal positions on these issues.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED506: Teaching Special Populations

This course examines methods for teaching students with special needs in the general education classroom and the diversity of students in today's classroom. You will learn how students with special needs learn, strategies for effectively teaching and assessing exceptional students, and strategies for creating an inclusive classroom environment.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED507: Foundations of the Teaching Profession

This course will examine the essential skills and knowledge of the teaching profession. You will investigate the foundations of educational system in the United States, as well as different theories of learning and how to apply them in the classroom. You will learn about the ethical and legal obligations of teachers and the organization and dynamics of the school community. You will also examine how to create a healthy and safe environment for your students.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: None

ED508: Instructional Planning and Delivery

This course will provide you with the tools you will need to effectively plan and deliver instruction in your classroom. You will learn how to develop lesson plans with standards-based learning objectives, implement instructional strategies, incorporate technology into your curriculum, and identify essential components of the reading process. Through the use of research-based learning strategies you will be able to effectively implement your lesson plans in the classroom.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED509: Assessment Methods

Through this course, you will analyze different types of assessment techniques to gather data about your students' learning and to improve your teaching performance. You will be introduced to formative and summative assessment, types of classroom data, and techniques for analyzing data. Through case-studies and collaborative learning, you will use data and data analysis techniques to examine student mastery of objectives and evaluate your teaching practices.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED510: Managing the Learning Environment

This course explores various strategies for creating a learning environment that is open, fair, and conducive for effective instruction of students. You will examine various strategies for managing student behavior, creating a behavior management plan, and establishing a sense of community in your classroom, as well as communicating effectively with parents and other stakeholders. Through collaboration with your peers, development of authentic projects, and the use of technology, you will be prepared to create a supportive environment where all of your students can excel.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED511: Teaching Methods Through Differentiated Instruction

This course explores major middle and secondary school issues, providing prospective teachers with the opportunity to reflect upon and develop their own practical vision of building a classroom environment that effectively promotes student learning. Focus is placed on a variety of instructional strategies, principles, and best practices for helping students learn in secondary school settings.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED512: Action Research I

In this course, you will critically analyze readings and examples of action research, apply ideas from the action research paradigm to your own teaching and learning, and gain insight into methods of conducting action research. You will identify an educational topic for an action research plan, formulate research questions that address a narrowed focus of this topic, and create a timeline of an intervention plan for conducting your future research. You will also find, review, analyze, and synthesize prior research on your topic to construct a literature review. The course will conclude with an examination of ethical considerations and the preparation of your action research plan with possible data collection ideas. You will use this completed plan for the counterpart course, ED 572: Action Research II, and as a guide to conduct teacher inquiry in your classroom or other settings.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

ED513: Child and Adolescent Development

This course examines the course of normal child and adolescent development. Emphasis is placed on strategies for applying development theory to classroom management and educational practice, and understanding how development influences academic achievement. Students will learn how to apply knowledge of child and adolescent development to their teaching practice as a way to identify various student behaviors and create classroom management strategies that address those behaviors.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED518: Diversity in the Classroom

This course addresses the diversity of students in today's classroom. You will learn about cultural and linguistic factors that influence the classroom, strategies for effectively teaching students with special needs and English language learners, and strategies for creating an inclusive classroom environment.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED520: Skills Lab - Designing Quality Lesson Plans

In this Skills Lab, you will practice critiquing lessons using observation rubrics and design lesson plans that build on prior knowledge and accommodate different learner needs. You will develop instruction that employs higher-order thinking and supports student mastery of instructional outcomes. You will also examine research-based strategies for teaching reading and writing across the curriculum and incorporate the components of the reading process into instructional planning.

Quarter Credit Hours: 3 | Prerequisite: None

ED521: Reading in the Content Areas

This course, grounded in the theoretical bases of balanced literacy and constructivist learning, focuses on building prospective teachers' competence in the processes of planning, implementing, and evaluating content-area literacy learning for secondary students. Students will use a standards-based approach in crafting strategies to increase reading comprehension in different content areas. Topics covered include using writing to improve reading, teaching diverse students, and using technology in reading instruction.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED522: Classroom Management

In this course you will examine several classroom management theorists in order to provide a comprehensive overview of models and ideas on which to base your own philosophy and practice. Through a case-based approach, you will gain a clear understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of classroom management and its effect on student behavior and achievement. You will examine classroom management and discipline in contemporary schools, the effects of classroom management problems, and the need to consider student diversity.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

ED523: Research on Effective Teaching

This course acquaints students with the broad body of research on effective teaching, with an emphasis on applying research findings to students' own classroom instruction. Students will review and synthesize the theoretical and methodological contributions of current research on a selected topic related to K-12 teaching practice.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED526: Skills Lab - Developing Effective Lesson Plans

In this skills lab you will analyze lesson plans for sequencing, alignment to objectives, and adherence to applicable standards. You will practice critiquing lessons using observation rubrics, and design lesson plans that build on prior knowledge and accommodate different learner needs. You will develop instruction that employs higher-order thinking and supports student mastery of instructional outcomes. You will also examine research-based strategies for teaching reading and writing across the curriculum.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: None

ED530: Skills Lab - Creating the Ideal Learning Environment

In this Skills Lab, you will explore the physical, academic, and affective characteristics of an effective learning environment. You will analyze evidence from actual classrooms to better understand how to meet the differing needs of a diverse student population and examine the relationship between physical and instructional options. You will also design a plan for collaborating with learners and their families to establish mutual expectations and ongoing communication to support learner development and achievement.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: None

ED531: Secondary Student Assessment

This course examines best practices of assessing secondary student learning, with particular emphasis on the relationship between assessment procedures, instruction, and student achievement. Topics include the use of both formal and informal assessments, norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessments, formative and summative assessments, and methods of using assessment data to improve instruction and student achievement.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED532: Curriculum Design

This course examines current theories of curriculum design in K-12 education, with an emphasis on both the application and the evaluation of best practices in the context of local and national standards-based education. Focus will be on real-world integration of course content. Students are encouraged to personalize curricular approaches and share strategies and effective techniques in order to better understand connections between grade levels and subjects.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

ED533: Perspectives on Diversity

This course explores the various issues of student diversity and challenges students to examine and define their own educational experiences with regard to culture and ethnicity, socioeconomic class, race, gender, religion, language, learning style, and exceptionality. Particular emphasis will be placed on the practical implications of diversity issues in classroom practice.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED536: Skills Lab - Adapting Instruction for Student Mastery

In this skills lab, you will learn how to design challenging and engaging lessons that promote student mastery and self-regulation. You will explore various strategies that you can use to promote and encourage self-directed learning, critical thinking, and problem solving. You will also adapt instruction and apply various instructional strategies, technologies, and resources to meet diverse student learning needs.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: None

ED537: Skills Lab - Assessing Student Learning

In this Skills Lab, you will explore the use of various assessment designs to accommodate learning types and special needs. You will practice using formative and summative assessment data to measure learning and improve instruction. You will also review authentic student data to create a student intervention plan, create alternative assessments, and use assessment tools to monitor student achievement.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: None

ED540: Skills Lab - Continuous Professional Development

In this Skills Lab, you will review teaching competencies and use data to complete a self-assessment of your progress in achieving those outcomes. You will explore ways to strengthen your teaching practice and develop long- and short-term goals to guide future professional development.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: None

ED543: Education and Psychology of Exceptional Children

This course focuses on preparing you to plan and deliver appropriate instruction for all students in diverse and inclusive classroom settings, including students with disabilities, gifted/talented students, culturally or socioeconomically diverse students, and students with limited English proficiency. The course examines a range of learning, emotional, and physiological disabilities, the history of attitudes toward those disabilities, and the federal mandates governing them. You will develop a classroom environment to support the diverse students within the general student population using strategies and methodologies. Additionally, the course addresses individualized education programs, 504 plans, and the role you will play in implementing them.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED546: Student Teaching and Reflective Practice I

In this course, you will reflect on your own teaching experiences and use feedback from colleagues to assess your progress in achieving the teaching competencies and expectations for the state in which you plan to teach. You will also assemble a portfolio to demonstrate your achievement of these competencies and expectations. In addition, you will explore ways to use data in a variety of ways to guide and strengthen your teaching practice and revise your professional development goals.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED551: Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics

This course examines current research-based practices on effective math teaching and learning that are aligned to national and state standards. Students will gain experience in lesson planning and will learn about assessment techniques and teaching styles to accommodate students with different learning styles. The course presents information on technology resources for teaching mathematics. Finally, students will discuss the process of becoming an effective mathematics educator.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED552: Educational Leadership

This course introduces the concept of instructional leaders and explores strategies for managing change in educational settings including best practices for collaborative decision-making in schools. You will critically examine your current knowledge base, skillsets, and leadership abilities with the goal of improvement and increased self-awareness and reflection. You will explore the importance of the instructional leader in school cultures, the instructional leader's impact on student learning, and how you can help facilitate effective change in school culture and student achievement.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

ED553: History and Philosophy of Education

This course introduces philosophical viewpoints that can affect new teachers' priorities and strategy choices in their practice. This course will also provide a historical perspective of how public education has become a democratic right in the United States. Candidates will compare and contrast philosophical theories that have driven pedagogy over the past two centuries. Candidates will also evaluate current research in their quest to develop as reflective and creative practitioners in the twenty-first century classroom.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED555: Learning Theories

This course is an in-depth review of theoretical principles, concepts, and research findings on learning and education, with an emphasis on application to educational practices. Learning strategies for child, adolescent, and adult learners are reviewed. Students will explore additional concepts of learning including motivation and intelligence theories, learning styles, and technology-mediated learning. Case studies, problem-solving strategies, collaborative learning, emergent technologies, and distance-learning techniques are discussed and modeled throughout the course.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

ED556: Student Teaching and Reflective Practice II

In this course, you will reflect on your own teaching practices, use your experiences to develop and revise professional development goals, and design partnerships with stakeholders to support institutional and professional goals. You will use feedback from colleagues, as well as current research, to assess your progress in achieving the competencies and expectations for licensed educational professionals in the state in which you plan to teach. In addition, you will evaluate the role of teachers as consumers of research and as researchers in the classroom. Finally, you will assemble a portfolio to demonstrate your achievement of these competencies and expectations.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED557: Independent Study

In this course, you will research contemporary educational issues in the state in which you plan to teach, and develop a portfolio that demonstrates knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to your chosen teaching field. As part of your research, you will develop a set of relevant questions and interview an administrator or teacher in your chosen profession. This is an exciting opportunity for you to reflect on your learning and begin preparation for a teaching career.

Quarter Credit Hours: 1 | Prerequisite: None

ED559: Teaching Methods in Secondary Business

In this course, you will develop business instructional skills by examining current research based-practices in instructional methods, assessments, and techniques. You will analyze business instructional methods, consider student needs, and make connections to classroom instructional practices while incorporating appropriate media and technology as integral tools within the business classroom. You will analyze various instructional methods and best practices, develop lesson plans, and then apply them to specific situations and scenarios. Finally, you will design formative and summative assessments appropriate for business instruction.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED561: Methods of Teaching Secondary Science

This course surveys a broad range of concepts related to teaching various scientific disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, and physics) to diverse learners. The course emphasizes a standards-based approach that highlights connections among current research in natural science, real-world phenomena, and classroom instruction. Students will gain experience in lesson planning and will learn about assessment techniques and teaching styles to accommodate students with different learning styles. Students will also explore what it means to become an effective science educator.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED562: Student Assessment

This course provides you with a broad knowledge base of theory and best practices in the field of student assessment for learning and student assessment of learning. Topics include reviewing standard assessment techniques and their relationship to student achievement and teacher growth. This course will explore the use of formative and summative assessment techniques, as well as norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment. You will learn how to design valid assessments for specific instructional objectives within a content area. Additionally, you will examine methods for using assessment data to improve instruction, student achievement, and teacher's professional self-reflection. You will also learn how to analyze, interpret, and report the results of standardized achievement tests to students, parents, and other stakeholders. The ethical considerations associated with student assessment will be examined.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

ED566: Teaching Methods in Secondary English/Language Arts

This course focuses on methods of teaching English/language arts, including reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and visual representation. You will reflect on the constructivist approach to teaching and learning language arts at the secondary level. You will examine the process of reading and writing, which provides the foundation of the instructional approaches in this course. You will learn about national and state content standards, research-based instructional practices, the role technology plays in language arts instruction, and effective assessment strategies. Finally, you will apply your knowledge to create lesson plans and classroom activities as well as document how you will assess students' growth in language arts.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED567: Teaching Methods in Secondary Mathematics

In this course you will develop pedagogical skills by examining current research based-practices on effective mathematics teaching and learning that are aligned to national and state content standards. You will analyze mathematical teaching methods, consider student thinking about the topic, and make connections to classroom practice. You will incorporate appropriate media and technology as integral tools in the mathematics classroom. You will also design assessments for progress-monitoring and summative assessments that measure critical thinking and consider the classroom context.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED568: Teaching Methods in Secondary Science

This course surveys a broad range of concepts related to using methods of teaching science to diverse learners. The course emphasizes a standards-based, common core, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) approach that highlights current research in best practices, using strategies, and a variety of methods that promote deep understanding. You will gain experience in writing standards-based objectives and goals, applying the inquiry method of teaching and appropriate assessment techniques, and accommodating students with different learning needs. You will also explore what it means to become an effective science teacher and make connections between natural science, real-world phenomena, and classroom instruction.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED570: Teaching English Language Learners

This course addresses the diversity of students in today's classroom. You will learn how cultural and linguistic factors influence the classroom, strategies for effectively teaching linguistically diverse students, and strategies for creating an inclusive classroom environment which promotes achievement for all students.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED572: Advanced Action Research

Action research, unlike traditional research, places action at the center of research; it is the process of systematically evaluating the consequences of educational/organizational decisions and adjusting practice to maximize effectiveness. Practitioners use action research to answer questions about their organizations, schools, and classrooms. In this course you will prepare an action research report that reflects attention to a broad range of approaches and tools for a systematic inquiry focused on improving quality of practice. You will also synthesize action research results, use findings as a basis for evidence-based decision making, and reflect on the impact these decisions may have on your practice.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

ED576: Reading and Writing for Secondary Education

This course prepares you to teach content-based reading and writing skills to a full range of students including struggling readers, students with special needs, typologies of English learners, speakers of non-dominant varieties of English, and advanced learners.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED579: Skills Lab - Adapting Instruction for Special Populations and English Language Learners

In this skills lab you will learn how to design challenging and engaging lessons that promote student mastery and self-regulation. You will explore various strategies that you can use to promote and encourage self-directed learning, critical thinking, and problem solving. You will also adapt instruction and apply various instructional strategies, technologies, and resources to meet the needs of academically gifted students, students with low and high incidence special needs, and English language learners.

Quarter Credit Hours: 2 | Prerequisite: None

ED580: Student Teaching and Portfolio

In this course, you will apply what you have learned in the Educator Preparation Institute by developing and implementing effective instructional lesson plans that the meet the needs of diverse learners. As you develop and implement these instructional lesson plans in the classroom, you will collaborate with your supervising teacher to improve your teaching skills through the application of other essential duties, including applying effective classroom management strategies and designing and implementing both formative and summative assessments. Throughout the process, you will use personal reflection strategies and feedback from your supervising teacher to improve your teaching skills and prepare to be a professional educator. In order to document your teaching skills, you will create a portfolio that demonstrates how you have mastered the skills and knowledge in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs), the Professional Education Competencies and Skills for Teacher Certification (PECs), and the Reading Endorsement Competency 2.

Quarter Credit Hours: 1 | Prerequisite: None

ED581: Secondary Classroom Management

This course focuses on training teachers to organize their classroom to maximize the amount of time students are actively engaged in learning. The foundation of the course uses classroom-management strategies developed by leading educators, including Harry K. and Rosemary Wong. Students will go through online instruction and in-depth reflection, and will demonstrate mastery of course material by designing a personal Classroom Management Action Plan that will be easily implemented in their classroom.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

ED596: Student Teaching/Internship I

Student Teaching/Internship I is the first part of the capstone experience for Master of Arts in Teaching teacher candidates. This extended field experience provides a laboratory in which candidates test theories they have studied, discover the strategies and styles that work best for them and their students, and practice reflective decision making. During this experience, candidates begin to develop their skills in the nine Master of Arts in Teaching program competencies and engage regularly in professional discussion of their practice with their field supervisor, school mentor or cooperating teacher, classmates, and Iowa field instructor. They also participate in teachers' meetings, work with a variety of school staff members, and communicate with parents and caregivers. This course will be graded pass/fail.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

ED596A: Student Teaching/Internship I

Student Teaching/Internship I is the first part of the capstone experience for Master of Arts in Teaching teacher candidates. This extended field experience provides a laboratory in which candidates test theories they have studied, discover the strategies and styles that work best for them and their students, and practice reflective decision making. During this experience, candidates begin to develop their skills in the nine Master of Arts in Teaching program competencies and engage regularly in professional discussion of their prac­tice with their field supervisor, school mentor or cooperating teacher, classmates, and Iowa field instructor. They also participate in teachers' meetings, work with a variety of school staff mem­bers, and communicate with parents and caregivers.

Quarter Credit Hours: 0 | Prerequisite: None

ED596B: Student Teaching/Internship I

The Student Teaching/Internship I course is the first part of the capstone experience for Master of Arts in Teaching teacher candidates. This extended field experience provides a laboratory in which candidates test theories they have studied, discover the strategies and styles that work best for them and their students, and practice reflective decision making. During this experience, candidates begin to develop their skills in the nine Master of Arts in Teaching program competencies and engage regularly in professional discussion of their prac­tice with their field supervisor, school mentor or cooperating teacher, classmates, and Iowa field instructor. They also participate in teachers' meetings, work with a variety of school staff mem­bers, and communicate with parents and caregivers.

Quarter Credit Hours: 0 | Prerequisite: ED596

ED597: Student Teaching/Internship II

Student Teaching/Internship II is an extension to the final capstone experience for Master of Arts in Teaching teacher candidates. This extended field experience provides a laboratory in which candidates test theories they have studied, discover the strategies and styles that work best for them and their students, and practice reflective decision making. During this experience, candidates engage regularly in reflective, professional discussion of their practice with field supervisors, cooperating teachers or school mentors, instructors, and colleagues, refining their philosophy of education and demonstrating the knowledge, dispositions, and professional performance that indicate proficiency in all nine program competencies. This course will be graded pass/fail.

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: ED596

ED597A: Student Teaching/Internship II

Student Teaching/Internship II is an extension to the final capstone experience for Master of Arts in Teaching teacher candidates. This extended field experience provides a laboratory in which candidates test theories they have studied, discover the strategies and styles that work best for them and their students, and practice reflective decision making. During this experience, candidates engage regularly in reflective, professional discussion of their practice with field supervisors, cooperating teachers or school mentors, instructors, and colleagues, refining their philosophy of education and demonstrating the knowledge, dispositions, and professional performance that indicate proficiency in all nine program competencies.

Quarter Credit Hours: 0 | Prerequisite: None

ED597B: Student Teaching/Internship II

Student Teaching/Internship II is an extension to the final capstone experience for Master of Arts in Teaching teacher candidates. This extended field experience provides a laboratory in which candidates test theories they have studied, discover the strategies and styles that work best for them and their students, and practice reflective decision making. During this experience, candidates engage regularly in reflective, professional discussion of their practice with field supervisors, cooperating teachers or school mentors, instructors, and colleagues, refining their philosophy of education and demonstrating the knowledge, dispositions, and professional performance that indicate proficiency in all nine program competencies.

Quarter Credit Hours: 0 | Prerequisite: ED597