Social Studies - Middle Grades - Online and Distance Education

Social Studies - Middle Grades

 

Courses

The program consists of 33 credit hours including:

Core Course Requirements - 15 credit hours

ED 507 - Principles of Developing and Interpreting Assessment

Units: 2

Designed to enable students to understand and use appropriate classroom assessment practices by applying knowledge of pedagogy and development to high-quality strategies for formative and summative assessment. Students will explore best practices using developmentally-appropriate assessment strategies including authentic assessment, portfolios, and electronic portfolios, real-time feedback, open-and closed-ended formal assessments, and standardized testing. Particular attention will be paid to examining the rationale for assessment, and the implications of assessment.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2021 Fall Term 2022 Spring Term 2022 Summer Term 1

ED 508 - Exploring Diversity in Classroom and Community

Units: 3

Students will explore and apply the major philosophical and historical influences to current educational context as they relate to issues of diversity. Focus will be placed on theoretical and practical issues of diversity in classroom settings, especially related to culture, race, gender, ethnicity, language, and socio-economic levels. [Field-based experiences will be required].

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2021 Fall Term 2022 Spring Term 2022 Summer Term 1

ED 570 - Classroom Action Research

Units: 1

Provides a brief introduction to educational research focusing specifically on classroom action research. Requires admission to MAT; completion of 6 hours in the program.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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ED 571 - Inquiry and Professional Development

Units: 1

Builds on earlier course work [ED 570] preparing students to refine an action research proposal, collect data in a school setting, write a report, and to identify resources and activities that will support their ongoing professional development; requires 9 hours of graduate credit in the MAT curriculum.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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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

ED 569 - Teaching Internship: MAT

Units: 4

A supervised teaching experience requiring a minimum of 10 consecutive full-time weeks in an appropriate school classroom. Designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for teaching at the elementary, middle and/or secondary level. Includes regularly scheduled clinical observations and conferences. Requires successful completion of at least 21 hrs. in the MAT program and approval by specialty area faculty. Student responsible for transportation to placement site.

Offered in Fall and Spring

TYPE: Internship Course

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2021 Fall Term 2022 Spring Term

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 535 - Methods and Materials for Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades

Units: 3

For preservice middle school social studies teachers. Focus on: teaching and evaluation skills, adaptation of instruction to individual learner differences, identification and creation of instructional materials appropriate for use in social studies teaching. Cannot earn credit for ECI 435 and ECI 535.

Offered in Fall Only

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2021 Fall Term

ECI 526 - Theory and Research On Teaching and Learning Social Studies

Units: 3

A critical analysis of the literature relating to the teaching and learning of social studies and the drawing of implications for instructional practices.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2022 Summer Term 1

Social Studies Concentration - Choose One

ECI 630 - Independent Study in Curriculum and Instruction

Units: 1 - 3

Independent curriculum or research project in curriculum and instruction.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Spring Term 2022 Summer Term 2

ECI 620 - 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

ECI 727 - Special Problems in Social Studies Education

Units: 1 - 6

In-depth study of topical problems in social studies education selected from areas of current concern to practitioners in education.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Spring Term

ECI 524 - Theory and Research in Global Learning

Units: 3

An examination of theoretical frameworks for global learning and comparative studies of various national approaches to K-12 education. This course provides students with multiple lenses through which to consider how we teach and learn given the demands and opportunities present in our interconnected world.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2022 Spring Term 2022 Summer Term 2

Approved graduate social science course