Master of Education Courses

Course Descriptions

MEd Program Core

EDU 536: Philosophy of Education

Examines philosophical issues in educational theory and practice while considering influential work by classical and contemporary educational theorists.

EDU 532: Diversity in Education

Provides understanding of cultural, ethnic, economic, gender, and racial differences and similarities in American society; focuses on educational organizations implementing successful strategies for working successfully with the needs of diverse students to insure high quality educational outcomes.

EDU 541: Educational Research

Introduces methods of research in education; emphasizes research strategies and analysis of descriptive and judgmental information for selecting, planning, and evaluating research problems; uses library resources, data gathering, and writing research reports.

EDU 547: Technology for Educators

This graduate level course will extend studentsí competence with advanced applications commonly found in educational settings; emphasize evaluation, utilization, and collaboration with digital communication tools; integration of microcomputer hardware and software, database, and word processing uses across the educational curriculum and administrative support programs. This course will begin with a self-evaluation of the studentís own proficiency with diverse technologies, while keeping in focus the National Education Technology Standards for Teachers.

EDU 552: Educational Leadership

Emphasizes the philosophical, social, and political aspects of educational leadership; examines research on best practices in developing and adapting curriculum to impact positively students with disabilities; examines the varying models that support curriculum and instructional approaches with the aim of preparing educators for curricular leadership roles within their own school settings.

EDU 572: World History of Education

Surveys education from ancient Judaic schools to major contemporary education developments; emphasizes institutional developments and cultural events that have accompanied them; reviews historical background of contemporary theory, practice, and reform.

EDU 611: Psychology & Sociology of Learning

Presents differing concepts of the nature of the individual and society; considers psychological and sociological development of these concepts; evaluates basic premises and implicit assumptions; examines the psychological and social development of the ways in which the family, school, and community affect adolescent development, including effects on cognitive processes, identity formation, and peer relationships.

EDU 615: Ethical and Legal Issues in Education

Develops knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for making responsible professional decisions based on legal and ethical principles relevant to curriculum, pupils, liability, and finance. Emphasis on case studies.

EDU 680: ePortfolio Capstone Project

Prerequisite: Completion of at least 26 hours of coursework.

Throughout their MEd program, students will contribute work to an ePortfolio representing their progress. Various course materials will be systematically included in the ePortfolio. During this course, students will complete and refine an electronic media capstone project that provides a showcase for the work they have done. The ePortfolio will include representative artifacts drawn from all courses in the TU graduate program as well as individual professional development credentials they may have completed during the degree program. Students will organize presentations around their individual themes. Each student will include a summative paper that explains how the portfolio reflects what she/he has learned and what the degree will enable her/him to do in the future. The ePortfolio will provide both students and faculty with tangible evidence of the studentís academic scholarship and professionalism.

Courses in the Educational Technology Concentration

EDU 586: Instructional Design Principles

This course covers the process of instruction through the analysis of learning needs and systematic development of learning materials. The course covers how technology and multimedia can be used as tools to enhance instruction, and to enhance the assessment of the learning process.

EDU 591: Learning Management Systems

Educators must successfully add to current curriculum by using learning management systems, with the goal of teaching students not only curriculum content, but also how to use technology to complete tasks necessary to the skills of all future employees. This course reviews the student perspective in learning, using learning managements systems inside and outside the classroom, using learning managements systems for students with special abilities and/or disabilities, and using learning management systems for total online learning within both educational organizations and in educational arms of other organizations.

EDU 605: Game Based Learning and Analytics

Digital game-based learning (DGBL) is an instructional method that incorporates educational content and learning principles into digital games. The student will learn to identify the components of quality digital games, integration of DGBL with other types of learning curriculum, designing DGBL, and using DGBL with special needs learners.

EDU 619: Challenges in the Use of Technology in Education

This course discusses and analyzes the challenges facing educators in implementing technological advancements in technology in order to increase efficiency and efficacy in learning. Perspectives of educational challenges from the student, teacher, facilitator and administrator are covered.

EDU 625: Adaptive Learning Facilitation

Offers an overview of the issues, principles and teaching techniques used in facilitation student acquisition of knowledge and skills using an adaptive approach to education; explores the evolutionary and cognitive sciences of how people learn, the importance of timely, accurate and motivating feedback, how to structure just-in-time instructional support, effective grading practices, etc.

EDU 637: Legal and Regulatory Issues in the Use of Educational Technologies

This course covers the legal framework that facilitates or constrains the use of technology for learning objectives. Legal principles covered include understanding academic freedom, fair use and copyright in technology; the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and its integration with the Higher Ed Reauthorization Act, the TEACH act, FERPA considerations in security and privacy, CFAA, international law and regulation and conflict of laws.

Courses in the Higher Education Administration Concentration

EDU 520: Issues in Student Affairs

All colleges and universities center around students. This course focuses on issues that students face on campus, as well as issues that colleges and universities face as they try to help students live and learn in a higher education context.

EDU 585: Student Enrollment and Retention

This course covers a systematic set of activities designed to enable educational institutions to exert more influence over their student enrollments, ways to attract and retain a pool of students based on the goals of the educational organization in selectivity in enrollment practices. The student will learn the procedures involved in the application process, methods of marketing the university, and programs to attract applicants to the university. The course will also cover predictive models. The course will focus on undergraduate enrollment, covers both graduate and professional school enrollment. Students learn the roles involved in admissions and retention of students through academic, social and athletic integration.

EDU 590: Assessment and Student Learning

This course introduces how to develop assessment programs to support student learning. Higher education administrators will need to understand assessment techniques. In addition, the student will learn how to employ the applicable assessment strategies to insure that the goals of the organization are ultimately attained. The student will learn to identify evidence and use this evidence for assessment of and improvement of program objectives. This course will contain assignments that will guide the student in performing effective, high quality assessment and program evaluations.

EDU 624: Crisis Prevention in Education

This course will cover effective institutional management of crises impacting students and the stability of the educational organization. The curriculum covers an overview of the types of threats and hazards facing higher educational institutions. The student will learn traditional crises models of response, but also identify models of prevention. Identification of risk factors impacting organizational security will be covered, including student and employee mental health issues, alcohol and other drug use, and campus violence. Students will learn to structure systems to manage immediate emergency situations, and use assessment tools to identify changes in processes to enable strengthened safety structures. Students will learn to engage with the community and law enforcement to prevent and manage campus crises.

EDU 635: Human Resource Management in Educational Organizations

This course focuses on the organizational systems and activities that colleges and universities can use to create effective management of both faculty and staff employees. Topics included in this course include information systems and management of employee information, strategic planning for organizational needs and productivity, human resources processes, legal regulation and unionism and collective bargaining.

EDU 640: Higher Education and Budgeting

This course focuses on the language and processes in budget development and management. A study of budgeting models. This course includes the factors involved in implementing institutional budgets. Application of case studies.

EDU 642: Higher Education Athletic and Sports Management

This course focuses on a general understanding of the administration of athletic programs in higher education. Topics covered include the legal and ethical aspects in athletic department management, recruitment, educational support programs for athletes, media communication, promotion, finance, and event management.

Courses in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Concentration

EDU 512: TESOL Foundations Language Acquisition Theory

This course is designed to introduce educators to a variety of topics that will better familiarize them with the discipline of second language acquisition. Topics covered in this course will include an understanding of the second language acquisition process, an overview of past and current theory and research, an examination of cultural characteristics, and discourse on the various issues relevant to second language learners in the classroom.

EDU 522: Cultural Contexts in TESOL

This course focuses on the importance of cultural awareness as it pertains to the communication and learning process. In this global society, intercultural communication is increasingly significant in order to effectively teach, learn, and work in diverse environments. This course provides TESOL instructors with classroom techniques that help students overcome cultural challenges and foster intercultural awareness. This course requires TESOL students to reflect upon their own cultural identity, as well as develop a broad appreciation and understanding of different cultural issues relevant to English language instruction.

EDU 525: Linguistics 1: Grammar Structure & Syntax

This course provides a broad study of grammar and sentence structure; how words are formed to create meaningful thoughts. There is a specific emphasis on identifying  areas of difficulty for second language learners and addressing how English varies from other spoken languages. Students will identify and implement best practices for teaching ELLs in order to maximize comprehension of English grammar and encourage proper usage.

EDU 526: Linguistics 2: Phonology

This course provides a comprehensive study of sound systems and structures from a variety of languages, specifically English. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet though increased mastery of the phonetic transcription of speech sounds used in languages of the world. Students will be able to identify areas of pronunciation difficulty, as well as familiarize and practice pedagogical techniques that assist students with English language acquisition.

EDU 610: TESOL Instructional Methods

This course provides an overview of various teaching methodologies associated with instructing English language learners of different age levels within any content area. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of instructional strategies and techniques and will learn how to organize a classroom and a curriculum with lessons that are properly differentiated and adapted for ELLs.

EDU 620: Language Learning Assessment

This course explores the topic of assessment as it applies to the English language learner. This will involve an examination of assessment purposes, types, and alternatives, looking specifically at hot these relate to the stages of the language acquisition process and the development of the four language domains. In addition, current issues and approaches for ELL assessment will be explored.