Language Arts - Middle Grades - Online and Distance Education

Language Arts - Middle Grades

 

Courses

The program consists of 33 credit hours including:

Core Course Requirements - 15 credit hours

ECI 507 - Social Justice Education

Units: 3

Introduction to principles of social justice education and their centrality in progressive policies and pedagogies that lead to equity in all teaching contexts. Students will develop strategies for successfully incorporating a social justice education framework in scholarship and professional practice.

Offered in Fall Only

ECI 508 - Teachers as Leaders

Units: 3

Examines teacher leadership research, theory, and practice. Prepares teachers to assume leadership roles in classrooms, schools, school systems, and the larger educational community. Independent research projects required.

Offered in Spring Only

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2022 Spring Term

ECI 570 - Learning Disabilities

Units: 3

Field of learning disabilities, including definitions, prevalence, etiology, characteristics and current educational trends for educating students with learning disabilities.

Offered in Summer

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ECI 571 - Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Units: 3

Methods and materials for teaching students with disabilities in elementary and secondary school. Focus on research-supported instructional strategies for teaching academic skills, Universal Design for Learning, implementation of appropriate academic interventions, and evaluation of instructional outcomes within the context of Response to Intervention and Multi-Tier Systems of Supports.

Offered in Spring Only

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2022 Spring Term

ECI 579 - Organization and Behavioral Management of Inclusive Classrooms

Units: 3

To increase students' knowledge of persons with high incidence disabilities [i.e., learning disability, mild intellectual disability, and serious emotional disability], and how to manage the behavior of all pupils in educational environments. Characteristics of students with high incidence disabilities will be emphasized , as well as strategies to reduce the likelihood of problem behavior of all pupils in the classroom.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2021 Fall Term 2022 Spring Term 2022 Summer Term 1

ECI 572 - Resource Teaching In Special Education

Units: 3

Resource teaching in area of special education, with emphasis on resource teaching with students with special needs. Types of resource programs, establishment and maintenance of a program, selection of students, curriculum and materials.

Offered in Summer

ECI 569 - Special Problems in Business and Marketing Education

Units: 1 - 6

In-depth study of topical problems in business and marketing education selected from areas of current concern to practitioners in education.

Offered in Fall Only

Specialty Area Course Requirements

ECI 550 - Foundations Of Middle Years Education

Units: 3

Examination of five major aspects of middle years education: [a] history and purposes of middle/junior high school, [b] pre- and early adolescent needs, interests and abilities, ? curriculum design and content, [d] teaching methods and [e] school organization. Emphasis on both theoretical understandings and effective classroom strategies.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2021 Fall Term 2022 Spring Term

ECI 509 - Special Problems in Curriculum and Instruction

Units: 1 - 6

In-depth study of topical problems in curriculum and instruction selected from areas of current concern to practitioners in education.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2021 Fall Term 2022 Spring Term

ECI 520 - The Teaching Of Composition

Units: 3

For classroom teachers. Practical field-tested ideas to help students improve as writers by focusing on composition as a process as well as a product. Activities for teaching prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, grammar and evaluating with suggestions for individual and group learning. Writing in content areas and composition research/ theory. To take this course in sum. as part of Capital Area Writing Project, student must apply and be selected

Offered in Spring Only

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2022 Spring Term

Language Arts Concentration - Choose One

ECI 521 - Teaching Literature For Young Adults

Units: 3

Designed to acquaint in-service and pre-service teachers with breadth and diversity of contemporary literature for adolescents, with emphasis on teaching young adult literature. Addresses history and themes of young adult literature, readability of materials, reading preferences, literary merit, skills that can be taught through literature, censorship, motivating students to read and organizing literature units.

Offered in Fall Only

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2021 Fall Term

ECI 545 - Theory and Research in Literacy

Units: 3

Advanced study of theoretical models of reading, research issues in reading and in other language processes. In-depth theoretical models of reading. Emphasis on critical examination and analysis of research investigating reading acquisition, maturereading behavior and related language processes.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

ECI 546 - New Literacies & Media

Units: 3

Critical analysis of new literacies that are prompted by emerging technologies and participatory media in K-12. Design and application of new literacies and media instructional practices to literacy curriculum and other discipline areas.

Offered in Fall Only

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2021 Fall Term

ECI 522 - Trends and Issues in English Language Arts Education

Units: 3

Consideration of past, current, and future trends and issues in English Language arts instruction, standards, and methodologies. Examination of research, theory, and practice in concert with trends, issues, and questions. Independent research projects required.