iSTEM (Integrative STEM) Course Descriptions

Core Courses

EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3)

*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course examines the social, historical and philosophical foundations of American education. It explores the relationship between school and society, the development of the U.S. educational system from its inception to the present, and the philosophical questions that guide educational thought and practice. Students apply these philosophical questions to a variety of contemporary situations, including theories of learning and educational policies. 

EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (3)

*Cross Ref: EDGCI 527
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course is designed to address the assessment and evaluation of student progress toward meeting targeted standards, learning objectives and competencies. The development of interpretive skills across learning objectives will be stressed. Topics addressed include: standards-based assessment, standardized tests and interpreting their results, performance assessment, portfolio assessment, self-evaluation and dissemination of assessment results. 

EDGCC 513: Educational Research, Design and Development (3)

*Cross Ref: All sections of 513
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course initiates the graduate study research requirement. Course content differentiates the foundational assumptions, elements, methods and designs of educational research through both qualitative and quantitative paradigms. A statement of original research inquiry, a literature review and a plan for investigating a research problem are developed. 

EDGCC 514: Scholarship of Teaching: Finalizing the Inquiry Process (3)

*Prerequisite: EDGCC 513
*Offered as needed
This course is designed to guide and assist graduate students in the completion of the graduate research study. Students receive guidance in the collection and interpretation of data. Dissemination of research findings to peers, the educational community, and other relevant audiences is required. 

Required Coursework

EDGCI 522: Curriculum Integration of Educational Technology (3)

*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course is designed to introduce practical and theoretical integration of technology into the P-12 curriculum, with an emphasis on content-appropriate planning, teaching, assessment and management strategies, evaluation of educational technology tools, and the design of technology-enhanced environments for new teaching and learning roles. 

EDGIS 540: Integrative STEM Education Foundations (3)

This is a survey course that investigates the historical and philosophical foundations of the STEM education disciplines that led to the current focus on integrative STEM education. The course covers socio-cultural, economic, and political influences on the integrative STEM education.

EDGIS 541: Integrative STEM Pedagogies (3)

This course focuses on inquiry-based pedagogies characteristic of STEM education applying contemporary theories of teaching and learning. Integrating STEM disciplines through a variety of instructional strategies and models.

EDGIS 542: Integrative STEM Curriculum Development (3)

This course focuses on developing and implementing integrated STEM curricula. The course covers a variety of curricular development strategies that are effective for integrative STEM content.

EDGIS 543: Integrative STEM Education Trends and Issues (3)

This course is a seminar that focuses on the current integrative STEM education initiatives and issues related to emerging policies and legislation, current practice, teacher preparation and professional development.

EDGIS 544: Curriculum Practicum in the Subject Area (3)

*Offered as needed
This course focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of curricula in various subject areas. Theory will be tested in the efforts to implement curricular ideas examined in prior courses. Students will be expected to increase their awareness of the interconnections among the various subject areas as they develop model curricula. 

EDGCC 550: Literacy in the Content Area (3)

*Offered as needed
*NOTE:This course does not meet requirements for candidates in the graduate reading program
This course focuses on methods and materials used to teach literacy in the content areas. The course includes selection and differentiation of instructional approaches to meet students' literacy needs in the specific disciplines. Emphasizes vocabulary, comprehension, writing, motivation and critical thinking. 

EDGIS 570: Program Orientation (0)

Candidates' explore the School of Education's professional dispositions, which include the values, commitments and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward families, colleagues and communities that affect student learning. In addition, candidates complete the first of two professional dispositions self-assessment surveys. This course also explores key functions of course platforms (Canvas and LiveText) that will be utilized throughout the program. 

EDGIS 571: Program Reflection (0)

In this course the candidates reflect on their experience throughout the program. Candidates complete the final professional dispositions self-assessment survey. 

Electives

EDGIP 414: History and Philosophy of Education (3)

*5 field experience hours
*Cross Ref: EDU 341
*Offered every semester
This course provides a study of major educational concepts, the historical settings within which they have emerged and developed and their relevance to contemporary education. Investigation and examination of research related to educational concepts is included. 

EDGIP 416: Signing Exact English (1)

*Cross Ref: EDU 314
*Offered as needed
This course emphasizes vocabulary development and acquisition of alphabet letters, numbers and words in a manual form of communication. A training model of demonstration, return demonstration and frequent rehearsal is employed. Independent preparation of a presentation in sign as well as an oral report is required. 

EDGIP 417: Advanced Signing of Exact English (1)

*Cross Ref: EDU 316
*Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, or sign vocabulary of at least 200 words or Education 416
*Offered as needed
This course adds to vocabulary and skills from Education 416 and adds additional vocabulary around specific themes as generated by the class. Projects include presentations for the class. 

EDGIP 420: Curriculum and Instruction Workshops (0-3)

*Offered as needed
*NOTE: This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs
Workshops focus on various curricular and/or instruction questions. Each workshop focuses on a specific issue. 

EDGIP 422: Seminar on Secondary School: Selected Problems (3)

*Offered as needed
*NOTE: This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs
This course provides a study of current secondary school curricula: trends, materials, scheduling and organizational plans. 

EDGIP 449: Advanced Studies in the Psychology of the Atypical Child (3)

*10 field experience hours
*Offered as needed
This course provides an introduction to the child with intellectual, communicative, physical or emotional disorders. The course focuses on psychological experiences and educational rehabilitation services available to atypical children. Field experiences include observations of exceptional children.

EDGIP 450: Teaching English as a Second Language to Adult and Children (3)

This course is designed to develop Candidate theory, knowledge, and skills for teaching English in non-academic settings, e.g. community centers, adult education, and after-school programs, both in the U.S. and abroad.

EDGIP 457: Diversity in American Education (3)

*Cross Ref: EDU 315
*NOTE: Course includes a service-learning component
This course examines the historical, philosophical and social foundations that have shaped diversity in American education. It critically analyzes personal biases that affect teaching and learning. In addition, explores the role of schools as social-change agents that transmit cultural values and promote multiculturalism. 

EDGIP 459: Methods, Curriculum and Philosophy of Teaching in the Middle School (3)

*15 field experience hours
*Cross Ref: EDU 359
*Offered every semester
This course provides an overview of the middle school philosophy, middle school curriculum and instruction and instructional methods for designing teaching developmentally appropriate programs in middle schools. Materials, content and methodologies utilized by educators in middle grades, including team teaching, interdepartmental teaching, cooperative learning and teaching reading in the content area, are emphasized. Students explore principles in class and utilize them to develop various integrated lesson plans, approaches, activities and teaching aids. Research provides background for the investigations in this course. 

EDGIP 461: Methods of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities (3)

*Cross Ref: EDU 361
*Offered as needed
This course provides an overview of early childhood special education history and philosophy, reflected in current practices, curriculum development, material selection, assessment, intervention planning and lesson planning in the context of collaborative services to young children with disabilities. 

EDGIP 491: Methods of Teaching Mathematics for the Middle and Junior High Program (3)

*Cross Ref: MATH 491
*Offered as needed
The course is designed around open-ended explorations, allowing the participants to revisit middle school mathematics from a different point of view. The lessons bridge the gap between conceptual understanding and computational skill. Participants will work in small groups to focus on work that is promulgated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, as well as try some of the concepts in their own classrooms. 

EDGIP 499: Interdisciplinary Special Topics (1-3)

*Offered as needed
*NOTE: This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs
Courses planned under this title allow for unique educational needs. Students contract to study a selected and relevant topic that is not included in the regular course offerings. The student and professor jointly develop an individualized study and evaluation plan. 

EDGIP 500: Leadership in Catholic Education (1-3)

*Offered as needed
*NOTE: This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs
Courses planned under this title allow for unique educational needs. Students contract to study topics presented with a focus on Catholic education and featuring an individualized study and evaluation plan. 

EDGIP 510: Statistics for Educators (3)

*Offered as needed
This course is an introduction to statistical concepts and methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data. Descriptive statistics, elementary probability, sampling, linear regression, correlation, hypotheses testing and inferences are considered. 

EDGIP 522: Teaching Ethical Issues in Science (3)

*Offered as needed
This course will explore contemporary ethical issues in science. Students will develop thoughtful positions as they weigh benefits and harms of complex ethical issues in science. 

EDGIP 523: Alternative Energy Issues for the 21st Century (3)

*Offered as needed
This course will explore contemporary issues regarding non-renewable and renewable alternative energy resources in science. Students will develop thoughtful positions as they weigh strengths and weaknesses of complex energy issues in science for the 21st Century. 

EDGIP 531: Foundations of Educational Technology (3)

*Offered as needed
This course examines the field of educational technology including the design, development, utilization, management and evaluation of instructional systems. Additionally, the philosophy and principles that influence educational technology is addressed. 

EDGIP 532: Instructional Design Foundations (3)

*Offered as needed
This course covers the application of contemporary instructional design principles and models to real-world learning problems. The systems approach to designing instruction is emphasized. 

EDGIP 533: Computers, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving in the Content Area (3)

*Offered as needed
This course examines the use of computers for promoting higher order thinking and problem solving in the content areas. Contemporary research and instructional strategies are examined. Students also begin an action research project on a topic related to the course content. 

EDGIP 534: Emerging Technology Trends in Education (3)

*Offered as needed
The course examines the role of technology trends in educational institutions. The course focuses on understanding the life-cycle of technology change management strategies and ethical and legal issues associated with adapting and integrating technology into educational institutions. 

EDGIP 551: Resource Management in Schools (2)

*Offered as needed
This course examines the organization and administration of school personnel and other resources. Students examine all aspects of these administrative functions in the analysis of the effectiveness and efficiency of an educational organization. 

EDGIP 552: Administration of Special Education Programs (3)

*Offered as needed
This course introduces school administrators and special education teachers to the scope and trends of special education. It provides general examination of programs, legislation and responsibilities of both principals and teaching staff. 

EDGIP 553: Administrative Workshops (0-3)

*Offered as needed
*NOTE: This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs
Workshops focus on various administrative concerns. Each workshop concentrates on a specific area. 

EDGIP 554: Reading Workshops (0-3)

*Offered as needed
*NOTE: This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs
Workshops focus on various topics of concern to classroom teachers and reading specialists. Each workshop concentrates on a specific issue, enabling students to gain expertise in areas either covered briefly or not dealt with specifically in other course offerings. 

EDGIP 555: Internship in Reading (3-6)

*Prerequisite: EDGIP 577
*Offered as needed
Internships are designed to assist students in preparing for specific professional goals. Internships may take place in elementary or secondary schools or in community or city colleges. 

EDGIP 556: Seminar: Trends and Issues in Literacy (3)

*Prerequisite: EDGIP 577, 578 or consent of instructor
*Offered as needed
This course focuses on specific issues in the teaching of reading/literacy for all ages. Topics rotate to accommodate the changing role of the reading specialist and the teaching and importance of literacy in society. 

EDGIP 557: Administration of Private Schools (3)

*Offered as needed
This course reviews diversified roles of a private school leader as a faith leader educational leader and communication leader. The course emphasizes communication skills of a leader in a private school as they relate to the public, pastors, teachers, school board, parents and the outer religious community. Focus is on the ethics of leading a faith-related institution. It also reviews a strategic plan for the mission and viability of the school. 

EDGIP 558: Issues in Non-Public Schools (3)

*Offered as needed
This course provides students with an understanding of federal and state laws (e.g. IDEA and NCLB) and how they affect: private schools, the organizations that advocate non-public schools, the role of legislative persons as it relates to private schools, forming and implementing a working school budget as it relates to higher religious organizations, e.g. Catholic archdiocese. 

EDGIP 559: Independent Study (1-3)

*Prerequisite: Consent of dean of the School of Education is required
*Offered as needed
Students contract to study a selected and relevant topic, which is not included in the regular course offerings. The student and professor jointly develop an individualized study and evaluation plan.

EDGIS 570: Program Orientation (0)

Candidates' explore the School of Education's professional dispositions, which include the values, commitments and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward families, colleagues and communities that affect student learning. In addition, candidates complete the first of two professional dispositions self-assessment surveys. This course also explores key functions of course platforms (Canvas and LiveText) that will be utilized throughout the program. 

EDGIS 571: Program Reflection (0)

In this course the candidates reflect on their experience throughout the program. Candidates complete the final professional dispositions self-assessment survey. 

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