Course Descriptions - MAT, M.Ed., and MME

    Course Descriptions for Masters in Education and Masters of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Music Education

    M.Ed. Course Descriptions

    EDU 5000  Current Issues in K-12 Schools (3 credit hours)
    Policies, programs, and trends that directly or indirectly impact K-12 schools are examined and evaluated using research, analysis, and assessment in order to determine their relevance to teaching and learning in diverse school settings.

    EDU 5200 Intervention Strategies and Techniques (3 credit hours)
    This course will focus on examination of the educational literature regarding effective teaching practices and behavior change strategies for students with special educational needs. It provides an opportunity to explore, design, implement, and evaluate school-based interventions for students with high incidence disabilities.

    EDU 5250 Best Current Teaching Practices (3 credit hours)
    Strategies for effectively using and accommodating best current teaching procedures that have been proven by research to enhance classroom teaching and learning will be examined and assessed in terms of the integration of content areas, use of technology, national and state standards, the needs of diverse school populations, and policies/directives aimed at accountability issues.

    EDU 5350 Diversity and Social Issues in Education (3 credit hours)
    A study of the social, cultural, and political issues that affect decision-making and student achievement in schools, this course will examine the role of school in the enculturation or “Americanization” of students; the effects of student background and culture on achievement; and the different socio-cultural groups with a political stake in the curriculum and how these groups work to further their interests.

    EDU 5500 History and Philosophy of Education (3 credit hours)
    This course addresses the relationship between philosophy of education and how various philosophies have historically affected the practice of schooling, in the United States. It will examine how different philosophical schools answer questions related to the nature and purpose of schooling, and how these philosophies have been incorporated and modified to deal with social and cultural changes in United States history.

    EDU 5450 Issues in Professional Ethics (3 credit hours)
    A detailed study of ethical issues encountered by professionals in the contemporary cultural setting.  Traditional Judeo-Christian values and teachings will be explored as they relate to practical applications in the educational field.   Questions related to truthful communication, conflict resolution, power relations, professional integrity, and poverty as well as ethnic, cultural, and racial differences are addressed in the context of Christian leadership and decision-making.

    EDU 5700 Principles of Curriculum Development (3 credit hours)
    Study of K-12 school curriculum that includes a development of the philosophical and historical perspective of curriculum in the United States, the current relationship of curriculum to societal needs and policies governing learning and teaching, use and impact of technology, and strategies to equip teachers in the development and implementation of curriculum to meet the needs of today’s learners.

    EDU 5850  School and Community Relations (3 credit hours)
    Using inquiry, research, and evaluation strategies regarding school and community relations the interdependence of school and community is identified and defined in terms of societal expectations of America’s schools and the effects of these expectations on educational political, economic, and demographic changes on educational policy.

    EDU 6050 Assessment of Learners (3 credit hours)
    This course is a study of how to use assessment results to improve student learning. The course will consider test validity and reliability so that test results can be interpreted to indicate learners’ proximity to learning targets. Topics include test planning and formatting, strategies for learners' involvement in the testing process, communication with caregivers, portfolios, and scoring instruments.

    EDU 6100 Educational Leadership (3 credit hours)
    A study of administrative theory leadership principles, including the conceptual and structural organization of public education as well as educational governance at the federal, state, and local levels. It is also a study of administrative theory, leadership principles, the conceptual and structural organization of the environment, and the processes involved in educational leadership. The course is to provide an initial understanding of the nature and specific characteristics of educational leaders, the varied roles of educational leaders and the relevant theories and practices of effective educational leaders to improve student learning.

    EDU 6200 Theories of Learning (3 credit hours)
    This course provides an analysis of contemporary and historically important learning theories and their applications to K-12 settings. Emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge and ability to apply learning theory to instruction and assessment designed to make learning accessible to all learners.

    EDU 6500 Educator as Researcher (3 credit hours)
    This course is a study of methods and design in quantitative and qualitative research in education. The primary objective of the course is to conduct action research in schools.   A structure will be provided for systematically finding answers to questions that arise from practice. Techniques will be taught for individuals to identify problems in the school setting and then to select appropriate research methods from which they will collect and analyze data while drawing conclusions from the results.

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    MAT Course Descriptions

    EDU 5000  Current Issues in K-12 Schools (3 credit hours)
    Policies, programs, and trends that directly or indirectly impact K-12 schools are examined and evaluated using research, analysis, and assessment in order to determine their relevance to teaching and learning in diverse school settings.

    EDU 5200 Intervention Strategies and Techniques (3 credit hours)
    This course will focus on examination of the educational literature regarding effective teaching practices and behavior change strategies for students with special educational needs. It provides an opportunity to explore, design, implement, and evaluate school-based interventions for students with high incidence disabilities.

    EDU 5250 Best Current Teaching Practices (3 credit hours)
    Strategies for effectively using and accommodating best current teaching procedures that have been proven by research to enhance classroom teaching and learning will be examined and assessed in terms of the integration of content areas, use of technology, national and state standards, the needs of diverse school populations, and policies/directives aimed at accountability issues.

    EDU 5350 Diversity and Social Issues in Education (3 credit hours)
    A study of the social, cultural, and political issues that affect decision-making and student achievement in schools, this course will examine the role of school in the enculturation or “Americanization” of students; the effects of student background and culture on achievement; and the different socio-cultural groups with a political stake in the curriculum and how these groups work to further their interests.

    EDU 5500 History and Philosophy of Education (3 credit hours)
    This course addresses the relationship between philosophy of education and how various philosophies have historically affected the practice of schooling, in the United States. It will examine how different philosophical schools answer questions related to the nature and purpose of schooling, and how these philosophies have been incorporated and modified to deal with social and cultural changes in United States history.

    EDU 5750 Reading in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)

    Research-based teaching methods, study strategies, and technology focusing on the abilities to use language processes (reading, writing, speaking, listening) to learn subject matter across the curriculum.  This course shares essential techniques to support independent reading and learning and identifies opportunities for students to summarize ideas, take notes, and reflect on their learning.

    EDU 5800 Advanced Human Behavior, Development and Learning (3 credit hours)

    This course explores human development across the life span including emotional, physical and cognitive development. Key developmental topics such as adolescence are examined and special issues related to human growth and development will be discussed. Contemporary issues impacting the stages will be examined as well as cultural and cross-cultural influences.

    EDU 5900 Educational Technology (3 credit hours)

    This class is a survey of the field of educational technology. It surveys the pedagogical applications of widely used media, materials and technology that form part of the knowledge and skills that modern teachers should possess to instruct candidates in the classroom. Reviewing websites, selecting software, surfing the internet, construction of classroom web pages and using other Internet protocols and software to supplement classroom instruction are all possess that modern teachers should be familiar with and be able to handle well to enhance their teaching skills.

    EDU 5950 Principles of Curriculum Development (3 credit hours)
    Study of K-12 school curriculum that includes a development of the philosophical and historical perspective of curriculum in the United States, the current relationship of curriculum to societal needs and policies governing learning and teaching, use and impact of technology, and strategies to equip teachers in the development and implementation of curriculum to meet the needs of today’s learners.

    EDU 6000 Classroom Management and Discipline (3 credit hours)

    This course provides practical instruction on classroom management techniques for instructors in secondary settings. Different approaches to classroom management are introduced, including techniques for preventing problems, and for dealing with behavior problems that arise in the classroom.  Topics include management models, motivation, disruptive students, classroom expectations and procedures, communication, and record keeping. Managing materials and technology will also be addressed. Students will develop an individual classroom management plan.

    EDU 6150 Practicum in Methods and Materials for Teaching (3 credit hours)

    This course is designed as a co-requisite to the corresponding methods and materials for teaching course in which students are a observing, teaching, and assisting in a secondary classroom setting.  This will be under the direction of a classroom teacher and college supervisor.

    EDU 6250 Supervised Student Teaching (6 credit hours)

    Actual classroom teaching under supervision of cooperating schools in a secondary setting area. This will be under the direction of a classroom teacher and college supervisor.

    EDU 6350 Practicum in Education (6 credit hours)

    This practicum course is designed for those candidates completing the MAT degree and currently working in a public or private secondary school.  This will be under the direction of a classroom teacher mentor and college supervisor.

    ENG 6100 Methods and Materials for Teaching English (3 credit hours)

    This course is the study of methods and materials suitable for teaching English at secondary school levels. The intent is to introduce teachers to the burgeoning theories of teaching the various elements of an English class. Candidates will research the field of English instruction, develop a variety of daily and unit plans that incorporate new techniques and theories, practice writing evaluation, and study strategies suitable to English instruction.

    HIST 6100 Methods and Materials for Teaching Social Studies(3 credit hours)

    An analysis of content area, methodology, and instructional techniques; application of methods to the skill and content area of social studies.

    MATH 6100 Methods and Material for Teaching Math (3 credit hours)

    The study of the methods and materials suitable for teaching Mathematics at secondary grade levels. The intent is to introduce teachers to the ever-increasing theories of teaching the elements of mathematics in the curriculum. Candidates will take an active approach to teaching mathematics to learners. All candidates will study current relevant research in the field of mathematics instruction, develop a variety of daily and unit plans that incorporate new and current techniques and theories, practice evaluation techniques and to be introduced to other aspects which is appropriate for a mathematics instructors classroom.

    SCNS 6100 Methods and Materials for Teaching Science (3 credit hours)

    Designed as a survey of selected basic principles from earth/space science and the physical and biological sciences, this course provides a body of content essential for the teaching of science in the secondary schools.

    MMED Course Descriptions

    MMED 5000 Graduate Theory Review

    Graduate Music Theory Review is a survey of tonal functional harmony written skills, analysis, and aural dictation. The course begins with diatonic harmonies and progresses through chromatic harmonies via written and analysis assignments with corresponding aural dictation. In addition, there is an introduction to post-19th century analysis and concepts. Three semester hours credit.  Online and offered as necessary. This is a remedial course and as such does not count toward graduation, but is required if deficiencies are identified by the Graduate Music Theory Placement Exam.

    MMED 5010 Graduate Music History Review

    This course is designed to provide an overview of the historical and stylistic developments of western musical traditions through an intensive study of its basic materials. Students are expected to consult appropriate musical scores and use standard music dictionaries and encyclopedias to clarify concepts and add to factual knowledge.  The course gives factual information about composers and masterworks from each style period.  Aural skills will be emphasized through listening and score study.  Three semester hours credit.  Online, summer session, offered as necessary. This is a remedial course and as such does not count toward graduation, but is required if deficiencies are identified by the Graduate Music History Placement Exam.

    MMED 5110 Instrumental Repair/Woodwinds

    This course offers basic repair procedures for woodwind instruments that are encountered by all instrumental music educators.  One semester hour credit.

    MMED 5120 Instrumental Repair – Percussion

    This course offers basic repair procedures for percussion instruments that are encountered by all instrumental music educators.  One semester hour credit.

    MMED 5210 History of Music Education

    This course provides a historical background of the development of Music Education in the United States of America.   In addition to the investigation of the historical development of Music Education, the philosophical, aesthetic, and pedagogical principles from the earliest beginnings to contemporary Music Education will be covered in this class. 2 semester hours credit.

    MMED 5220 Current Issues in Music Education

    This course examines philosophies, perspectives, methods, and issues that impact music education in the K-12 setting. Music education issues are evaluated using research, analysis, and assessment to determine relevance to teaching and learning in the music classroom. 2 semester hours credit.

    MMED 5320 The Integration of Global Music into the Classroom

    This course offers a look into how music educators may integrate global music into their curriculum through different techniques and sequences.  Students will also gain a basic understanding of different cultures from around the globe.  Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 5325 Marching Band Techniques

    This course provides examination and instruction in the fundamental principles and effective practices with respect to the contemporary marching band. You will be challenged to examine your expectations and preconceptions regarding the role of the marching band in music education. Focus will be placed on the visual aspects of the marching band activity since for many musicians it is the most foreign area of concern. Students will display an understanding of the course material by programming, planning, and creating at least a portion of a marching band show with Pyware 3d. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 5330 Music Technology for Educators

    This course will explore the use of computers and technology in the field of music education. Topics will include the Mac OS; productivity applications; audio-visuals; computer-aided instructional software; digital audio; MIDI; and notation. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 5335 Teaching the Developing Singer

    This course provides foundational methods for teaching vocal-technique to children and adolescents; grades K-12. An analysis of vocal-technique for young voices will encompass vocal physiology and a review of research as it relates to the child and adolescent voice. Additional discourse includes a study of the basics of choral direction, and the application of learned vocal-technique in the K-12 setting. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 5340 Directing the High School Musical

    An intensive workshop that addresses all aspects of teaching related to a musical theatre production. This course examines the process of selecting an appropriate work to be performed, selecting a cast, building a rehearsal schedule, coaching student actors, and using healthy and balanced musical rehearsal techniques. This course also examines the process of building a production team and the roles of the music director, stage director, assistant director, choreographer, and stage manager. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 5345 Graduate Conducting Techniques

    Advanced study in band, orchestra, and choral conducting with an emphasis on gesture, conducting technique, score study, and score analysis. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 5355 Contemporary and Experimental Music of the 20th Century (1920-Present)
    This course offers a look into the music and thoughts of contemporary and experimental music composers of the 20th century, who generally fall outside the realm of mainstream classical or popular genres.  Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 5360 Romantic Music 1820 – 1920

    This course examines the period from the Congress of Vienna in 1815 through the advent of Modernism. Students should develop a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between music, aesthetics, social history, and politics in Nineteenth-century Romanticism.  They will also enlarge their knowledge of the musical repertoire of the period. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 5365 Vocal Pedagogy and Health

    Vocal Pedagogy and Health includes the examination of pedagogical approaches to vocal instruction. Assessment of scientific data, learning styles, and discipline specific language will assist in the formation of individual teaching philosophies and practical methods of analyzing and developing the primary parameters of vocal production: respiration, phonation, resonation, and articulation. Each student will acquire a moderately detailed understanding of the structure and function of the vocal mechanism as it is used for singing. Students will learn principles of caring for the singing voice, how to preserve one’s vocal health for a lifetime. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 5370 AP Theory

    This course is designed for Music Educators who wish to be certified to teach Advanced Placement Music Theory at the high school level in order to prepare students to be successful or exempt one or more semesters of college theory classes. The subject matter of the AP Music Theory Exam will be explored in depth, and the music educator will develop a course syllabus. Materials and resources will be available for examination. The class will meet 5 full days on campus, and the second week will be online. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 6245 Choral Arranging

    This course will investigate the concepts and principles of good choral arranging. Involved is a thorough knowledge of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, dynamics, and timbre. Two semester hours credit.

    MMED 6250 Instrumental Arranging

    This course will investigate the concepts and principles of good instrumental arranging. Involved is a thorough knowledge of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, dynamics, and timbre as well as the practicalities and idiosyncrasies of instruments. Two semester hours credit.

    MMED 6300 Analytic Techniques

    A review of traditional tonal and formal analysis, and analysis of the works of Debussy, Hindemith, Schoenberg, Webern, Stravinsky, and Bartok. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 6310 Techniques of Research in Music and Music Education

    Techniques of Research in Music and Music Education provides the student with the basic tools necessary to acquire, interpret and produce meaningful research materials that will be useful to themselves and others. Students will choose an area of interest, examine the work of other researchers in that area, and create a meaningful proposal for further study. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED 6320 Thesis Project

    This course provides the opportunity for the Master of Music Education candidate to meet with the Graduate Committee and make plans for the thesis/project, which serves as a synthesis for the total Master of Music Education degree. The thesis/project may be a research or a teaching project. Three semester hours credit

    MMED 6340 Psychology of Music and Music Education

    Psychology of Music and Music Education provides the student with information concerning the psychology of music and its practical application within the classroom. The course will deliver information relative to accepted and widely researched psychological theories and practices and will encourage students to closely examine their own classroom practices for areas of improvement. Three semester hours credit.

    MMED MUAPL 5110 Graduate Applied Piano

    Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session. One semester hour credit.

    MMED MUAPL 5120 Graduate Applied Voice

    Students study advanced repertoire beyond the level of the senior undergraduate Music Education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session. One semester hour credit.

    MMED MUAPL 5130 Graduate Applied Brass

    Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session. One semester hour credit.

    MMED 5140 Graduate Applied Organ

    Students study advanced repertoire beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session. One semester hour credit.

    MMED MUAPL 5150 Graduate Applied Percussion

    Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session. One semester hour credit.

    MMED MUAPL 5160 Graduate Applied Strings

    Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session. One semester hour credit.

    MMED MUAPL 5170 Graduate Applied Woodwinds

    Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session. One semester hour credit.

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