Individualized Program (EDGIP)

Course Descriptions

Core Courses

EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3)
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. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (3)
Cross Reference:  EDGCI and EDGAL 527
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. Offered according to the cohort schedule.

EDGCC 513: Educational Research, Design and Development (3)
Cross Reference: All sections of 513.
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. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGCC 514: Scholarship of Teaching: Finalizing the Inquiry Process (3)
Prerequisite: EDGCC 513
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. Offered as needed.

Coursework Required for Science Education Strand

EDGIP 520: Teaching Molecular Science Concepts (3)
This course will explore methods for teaching molecular concepts in science. The class will concentrate on methodology for developing critical thinking, conceptual understanding, problem solving and data organization and analysis. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 521: Teaching Physical Science Concepts (3)
This course will explore methods for teaching physical science concepts in science. The class will concentrate on methodology for developing critical thinking, conceptual understanding, problem solving, and data organization and analysis. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 522: Teaching Ethical Issues in Science (3)
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 523: Alternative Energy Issues for the 21st Century (3)
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 550: Literacy in the Content Area (3)
Focuses on methods and materials used to teach literacy in the content areas. Includes selection and differentiation of instructional approaches to meet students' literacy needs in the specific disciplines. Emphasizes vocabulary, comprehension, writing, motivation, and critical thinking. (This course does not meet requirements for candidates in the graduate reading program.) Offered as needed.

Coursework Required for Technology Education Strand

EDGIP 531: Foundations of Educational Technology (3)
This course examines the field of educational technology including the design, development, utilization, management and evaluation of instructional systems. Additionally, the philosophy and principals that influence educational technology is addressed. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 532: Instructional Design Foundations (3)
Application of contemporary instructional design principles and models to real-world learning problems. The systems approach to designing instruction is emphasized. Offered as needed.

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

EDGIP 534: Emerging Technology Trends in Education (3)
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 535: Administration and Management of Educational Technology (3)
The course examines how to plan and manage successful training, professional development, and technological projects in educational institutions. Topical areas include planning and developing technology projects, evaluating and analyzing school and district capacity and readiness for a new technology project, organizing and managing human resources and support systems, scheduling, budgeting, team structures, defining project requirements and quality assurance. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 536: 21st Century Literacies and Professional Development (3)
The course introduces instructional technology professionals to the fundamentals of computers, including terminology and operations. The course also examines the fundamental concepts of planning, designing, and managing computer networking and knowledge of server-based applications for instructional settings.   Offered as needed.

EDGIP 537: Educational computers and Network Applications (3)
The course introduces instructional technology professionals to the fundamentals of computers, including terminology and operations. The course also examines the fundamental concepts of planning, designing, and managing computer networking and knowledge of server-based applications for instructional settings.   Offered as needed.

Coursework Required for iSTEM Strand

EDGIP 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.

EDGIP 541: Integrative STEM Pedagogies (3)
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.

EDGIP 542: Integrative STEM Curriculum Development (3)
Developing and implementing integrated STEM curricula. The course covers a variety of curricular development strategies that are effective for integrative STEM content.

EDGIP 543: Integrative STEM Education Trends and Issues (3)
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.

EDGIP 544: Curriculum Practicum in the Subject Area (3)
Course focus is 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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 550: Literacy in the Content Area (3)
Focuses on methods and materials used to teach literacy in the content areas. Includes selection and differentiation of instructional approaches to meet students' literacy needs in the specific disciplines. Emphasizes vocabulary, comprehension, writing, motivation, and critical thinking. (This course does not meet requirements for candidates in the graduate reading program.) Offered as needed.

Courses Required for ESL Strand

EDGIP 479: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3)
Ten field experience hours
Cross Reference: EDU 363
This course is designed to introduce students to an understanding of the historical, philosophical, socioeconomic and educational issues that have led to the formation of ESL and bilingual education policies, programs and services for culturally diverse populations. An examination of the research concerning theories of language learning and acquisition as they pertain to ESL and bilingual education is included. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 480: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
Twenty-five field experience hours
Cross Reference: EDU 364
Relevant topics concerning English as a second language are included in this course, as well as the nature and function of language. Methods of teaching, listening, speaking, reading and writing are presented. Students select and critically analyze ESL materials and are placed in supervised ESL classrooms for clinical experience. Research on methodologies in ESL instruction is developed. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 481: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3)
Twenty field experience hours
Cross Reference: EDU 365
This course focuses on teaching children from diverse linguistic, cultural and racial backgrounds within the context of societal issues related to poverty, discrimination, racism and sexism. Learning and communication styles and the impact of teacher expectations on student achievement are examined. Effective utilization of home and community resources is explored, and a review of the professional literature is included. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 482: Methods and Materials of Teaching English in a Bilingual Program (3)
Twenty-five field experience hours
Cross Reference: EDU 366
A variety of program models, methodologies and strategies that are effective and appropriate for teaching the bilingual student are presented in this course. Methods and materials for integrating the English language arts into the teaching of mathematics, science and social studies are reviewed and employed. The course introduces techniques for managing a multi-level class and presents curricular development techniques for programs that assist students who are learning English in a bilingual educational setting. A supervised clinical experience in a bilingual classroom is provided. An overview of the research associated with teaching methodologies and bilingual education is included. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 483: Linguistics for Educators (3)
Ten field experience hours
Cross Reference: EDU 367
This course provides an introduction to contemporary theories of language structure, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Concentrates on applied linguistics relevant to the K-12 classroom and includes a review of pertinent professional literature. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 484: Assessment of Bilingual Students (3)
Ten field experience hours
Cross Reference: EDU 368
This course provides a theoretical and practical study of instruments and procedures for testing bilingual students. Formal and informal methods used to evaluate and assess language skills and academic proficiency are examined. Issues of non-discriminatory testing are addressed, and the professional literature on assessment and bilingual education is reviewed. Offered as needed.

Courses Required for Reading Teacher Endorsement

EDGIP 561: Foundations of Language and Literacy (3)
This foundational course investigates research relating to oral language and literacy development in grades PreK-12. Methods, materials and teaching practices for language and literacy instruction will be explored. The course focuses on an examination of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, listening, speaking and the reading/writing connection.

EDGIP 562: 21st Century Literacies (3)
The study of 21st century digital, media, visual and multi-literacies focusing on best practices for teaching K-12 readers.

EDGIP 550: Literacy in the Content Area (3)
This course focuses on best practices and strategies to read and write in content areas. The course includes selection and differentiation of instructional approaches to meet students' literacy needs in the specific disciplines with emphasis on vocabulary, comprehension, writing, motivation and critical thinking.

EDGIP 563: Children & Adolescent Literature (3)
The course expands knowledge of children and young adult literature with emphasis on using literature to create a classroom responsive to diversity and various social environments. A variety of genres and media formats are considered.

EDGIP 564: Teaching Writing in K-12 Setting (3)
This course explores research-based strategies that support writers in grades K-12. Candidates examine theoretical writing pedagogy with practical classroom applications. Focus is on the writing process, writing workshop, mini-lessons, multi-genre writing, assessing writing and the reading/writing connection.

EDGIP 565: Teaching Reading and Writing in a Second Language (3)
This course studies reading and writing development in English language learner,s emphasizing best practices for teaching literacy to multicultural/multilingual students.

EDGIP 566: Literacy Instruction, Materials and Resources for Diverse Learners (3)
This course explores research-based resources and materials that support proficient and struggling readers. Candidates will examine a variety of materials and resources used for literacy instruction and determine appropriateness for diverse learners.

EDGIP 567: Practicum I: Literacy Assessment & Evaluation (3)
This practicum course examines assessments appropriate for determining the literacy needs of struggling readers in the classroom. Assessment tools for screening, diagnosis, progress monitoring and outcome measurement are investigated.

EDGIP 568: Practicum II: Literacy Intervention for Diverse Learners (3)
This advanced practicum course extends experiences in creating and providing interventions for struggling readers. The course requires an analysis of assessment data to inform classroom instruction. 

Courses Required for Different Endorsements

EDGPI 459: Methods, Curriculum and Philosophy of Teaching in the Middle School (3)
Fifteen field experience hours
Cross Reference: EDU 359
This course provides an overview of the middle school philosophy, middle school curriculum and instruction and instructional methods for designing and teaching developmentally appropriate programs in middle school. 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 the background for the investigations in this course. Offered every semester.

EDGIP 461: Methods of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities (3)
Cross Reference: EDU 361
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. Offered as needed.

Additional Courses Offered

EDGIP 414: History and Philosophy of Education (3)
Five field experience hours
Cross Reference: EDU 341
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. Offered every semester.

EDGIP 416: Signing Exact English (1)
Cross Reference: EDU 314
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 417: Advanced Signing of Exact English (1)
Cross Reference: EDU 316
Prerequisite: consent of instructor, or sign vocabulary of at least 200 words, or Education 416
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 420: Curriculum and Instruction Workshops (0-3)
Workshops focus on various curricular and/or instruction questions. Each workshop focuses on a specific issue. This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 422: Seminar on Secondary School: Selected Problems (3)
This course provides a study of current secondary school curricula: trends, materials, scheduling, organizational plans. This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 449: Advanced Studies in the Psychology of the Atypical Child (3)
Ten field experience hours.
This course provides an introduction to the child with intellectual, communicative, physical or emotional disorders. Focuses on psychological experiences and educational rehabilitation services available to atypical children. Field experiences include observations of exceptional children. Offered as needed.

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 Reference: EDU 315
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. Course includes a service-learning component.

EDGIP 461: Methods of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities (3)
Cross Reference: EDU 361
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 491: Methods of Teaching Mathematics for the Middle and Junior High Program (3)
Cross Reference: MATH 491
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 499: Interdisciplinary Special Topics (1-3)
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. This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 500: Leadership in Catholic Education (1-3)
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. This course may be taken more than once with different topics. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 510: Statistics for Educators (3)
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 551: Resource Management in Schools (2)
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 552: Administration of Special Education Programs (3)
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 553: Administrative Workshops (0-3)
Workshops focus on various administrative concerns. Each workshop concentrates on a specific area. This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 554: Reading Workshops (0-3)
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. This course may be taken more than once if the topic differs. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 555: Internship in Reading (3-6)
Prerequisite: EDGIP 577
Course Description: 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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 556: Seminar: Trends and Issues in Literacy (3)
Prerequisite: EDGIP 577, 578, or consent of instructor
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 557: Administration of Private Schools (3)
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 558: Issues in Non-Public Schools (3)
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. Offered as needed.

EDGIP 559: Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: consent of dean of the School of Education is required
Course Description: 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. Offered as needed.

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