Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I M.Ed.). Concentration areas within the degree develop expertise needed to assume leadership roles in curriculum development, implementation and assessment.

The 30-33 hour traditional C&I M.Ed. program offers concentration areas in Educational Diagnostician, Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, Professional Reading Specialist, Secondary Education, Special Education, Instructional Design and Technology, Technology Applications, Technology Director, and Child and Family Studies.

The 36-hour TMATE (Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education) C&I M.Ed. program applies credits earned through TMATE's teaching certification to the C&I M.Ed. with concentration areas in Elementary Education, Secondary Education or Special Education.

The C&I M.Ed. program prepares students who aspire to positions such as curriculum coordinator, academic department head, reading specialist, educational diagnostician, technology director, mentor teacher, high school dual enrollment or advanced placement teachers, as well as community college faculty, higher education adjunct faculty, and instructional designers in industry and government.

Course requirements for the C&I M.Ed., including additional information for each concentration area, may be viewed at www.tarleton.edu/cimasters.

Application and Admission Procedures

Admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Application for admission should be made to the College of Graduate Studies at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester in which one intends to enroll. The application form may be obtained from www.tarleton.edu/graduate or by calling the College of Graduate Studies at 254-968-9104.

An application fee is required, and applicants must submit official transcripts of previous college work, official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and an essay addressing professional and career goals. A screening process is required for all certification programs.  Advisors for certification programs provide this screening.  Refer to the College of Graduate Studies section of the catalog for a more complete description of application and admission procedures.

Admission to the Degree Program in Curriculum and Instruction. After gaining admission to the College of Graduate Studies, new students are contacted by the general advisor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for guidance regarding initial advisement. The following advisors are available for consultation:

Applicants for the C&I M.Ed. are initially granted Conditional Admission, pending the completion of EDUC 5398 and grade point requirements of a 3.25 GPA.  Once the conditions are met, applicants develop a 3-faculty member committee (chair and 2 members) who file a degree plan and direct completion of the student's capstone project.  At this point applicants will be recommended for Full Admission to the C&I M.Ed.

The student's concentration area advisor assumes responsibility for advisement to satisfy specific concentration area requirements and completion of the culminating graduate experience.

Maintaining Good Standing. To remain in good standing, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on all courses required for the degree. Only courses listed on the degree plan will count in the calculation of grade point average for the purpose of determining "good standing". Failure to meet the standard for good standing will result in actions as described in the section, "Graduate Student Performance" in the College of Graduate Studies portion of the catalog (http://catalog.tarleton.edu/grad/).

Transfer Credits. Transfer credits will be considered only after a student has obtained Full Admission to the degree program. Credits transferred from an approved institution must meet the guidelines outlined in Limitations on Transfer and Correspondence Courses in General Requirements for the Master's Degree (http://catalog.tarleton.edu/grad/).

Time Limitations. Degree requirements must be completed within a six year span of time.

CAPSTONE AND COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

Students admitted to the program after Spring of 2013 develop a Capstone Project and complete a traditional Comprehensive Examination.  In both Capstone Project and Comprehensive exam students apply knowledge and concepts acquired throughout their course of study and demonstrate the proficiencies established within the degree.

THESIS OPTION

Students may elect to pursue the Thesis Option for the C&I M.Ed. The thesis option might be of value to persons considering advanced academic study leading to a doctoral degree. Committee chairs provide specific requirements for the thesis option to interested students.

Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Required Courses
EDUC 5303Foundations of Curriculum 13
EDUC 5338Curriculum Design and Implementation3
EDUC 5398Techniques of Research3
Select one of the following:
EDUC 5686Special Problems (3 hours required)1-6
EDUC 5385Education Seminar (Capstone Project - 3 hours required)1-3
EDTC 5370Intern/Service Learning Capstone (Technology Concentrations Only)3
EDSP 5399Internship for Educational Diagnosticians (Diagnostician Concentration Only)3
EDUC 5688Thesis (Not Required, Option Only - 6 hours required)1-6
Total M.Ed. Core Cours Hours12-15
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Concentration Area 1: Elementary Education - TMATE
TMATE Elementary Certification coursework
EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching3
EDUC 5314Creating and Managing the Learning Environment3
READ 5370Literacy Development3
EDUC 5399Internship in Teaching3
EDUC 5399Internship in Teaching (Student must enroll for two semesters)3
Additional coursework for M.Ed.
EDUC 5345Advanced Instructional Strategies3
READ 5375Reading Research and Assessment3
EDTC 5349Educational Media and Technology3
Total Elementary TMATE Concentration Course Hours24
Concentration Area 2: Secondary Education A or B Option - TMATE
TMATE Secondary Certification Coursework (A and B options)
EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching3
EDUC 5314Creating and Managing the Learning Environment3
READ 5370Literacy Development3
EDUC 5399Internship in Teaching3
EDUC 5399Internship in Teaching3
(A Option Only) Additional Coursework for Secondary TMATE M.Ed
EDUC 5307Adult Learners3
or EDUC 5345 Advanced Instructional Strategies
or EDUC 5350 Assessment Issues for Educational Leaders
EDTC 5349Educational Media and Technology3
EDTC 5353Designing Online Learning Environments3
or EDTC 5354 Facilitating Online Learning Environment
(B Option Only) Additional Coursework for Secondary TMATE M.Ed.
Graduate coursework in an approved academic content area9
Total Secondary TMATE Concentration Course Hours24
Concentration Area 3: Special Education - TMATE
TMATE Special Education Certification Coursework
EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching3
EDSP 5305Introduction to Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 5311Behavior Management in Special Education Environments3
READ 5370Literacy Development3
EDSP 5397Internship in Special Education Teaching (Student must enroll for two semesters)3
EDSP 5397Internship in Special Education Teaching3
Additional Coursework for M.Ed.
READ 5375Reading Research and Assessment3
EDUC 5345Advanced Instructional Strategies3
or EDTC 5349 Educational Media and Technology
Total Hours24
Concentration Area 4: Elementary Education
EDUC 5350Assessment Issues for Educational Leaders3
EDUC 5345Advanced Instructional Strategies3
READ 5373Foundations of Reading3
READ 5374Reading Resources and Materials3
EDTC 5349Educational Media and Technology3
EDTC 5353Designing Online Learning Environments3
or EDTC 5354 Facilitating Online Learning Environment
Total Hours18
Concentration Area 5: Secondary Education
18 hours of approved Graduate coursework in one academic content area18
Total Hours18
Concentration Area 6: Educational Diagnostician (see footnotes 1 and 2)
EDSP 5305Introduction to Exceptional Learners3
PSYC 5381Assessment and Evaluation Fundamentals3
EDSP 5315Advanced Study of Development Disabilities3
READ 5375Reading Research and Assessment3
EDSP 5325Appraisal of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 5329Assessing Cognitive Abilities of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 5328Case Management for Educational Diagnosticians3
EDSP 5325, 5328 and 5329 must be taken sequentially
Total Hours21
Concentration Area 7: Instructional Leadership
EDUC 5345Advanced Instructional Strategies3
EDUC 5350Assessment Issues for Educational Leaders3
READ 5373Foundations of Reading3
or READ 5374 Reading Resources and Materials
EDTC 5349Educational Media and Technology3
EDTC 5353Designing Online Learning Environments3
or EDTC 5354 Facilitating Online Learning Environment
EDAD 5316Instructional Leadership3
or EDUC 5307 Adult Learners
Total Hours18
Concentration Area 8: Professional Reading Specialist (see footnote 3)
READ 5373Foundations of Reading 33
READ 5374Reading Resources and Materials3
READ 5375Reading Research and Assessment3
READ 5376Organization and Administration of Reading Programs3
EDTC 5349Educational Media and Technology3
PSYC 5390Special Topics (Advanced Psycholinguistics - 3 hours required)1-3
Total Hours16-18
Concentration Area 9: Special Education
EDUC 5350Assessment Issues for Educational Leaders3
or READ 5375 Reading Research and Assessment
EDTC 5349Educational Media and Technology3
EDSP 5305Introduction to Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 5311Behavior Management in Special Education Environments3
EDSP 5313Advanced Studty of Learning Disabilities3
EDSP 5315Advanced Study of Development Disabilities3
Total Hours18
Concentration Area 10: Instructional Design and Technology
EDTC 5307Adult Learners3
EDTC 5338Principles of Instructional Design3
EDTC 5349Educational Media and Technology3
EDTC 5353Designing Online Learning Environments3
EDTC 5354Facilitating Online Learning Environment3
BCIS 5351IT Project Management3
Total Hours18
Concentration Area 11: Technology Applications
EDTC 5349Educational Media and Technology3
EDTC 5350Teaching Desktop Publishing3
EDTC 5351Multimedia and Animation for K-12 Instruction3
EDUC 5338Curriculum Design and Implementation3
EDTC 5358Web Mastering for K-12 Instruction3
EDTC 5359Leading and Learning with Technology3
Total Hours18
Concentration Area 12: Technology Director
EDTC 5349Educational Media and Technology3
EDTC 5353Designing Online Learning Environments3
EDTC 5386Educational Technology Problems (Telecommunications for Managers - 3 hours required)1-3
BCIS 5311Managing Information Systems3
BCIS 5351IT Project Management3
BCIS 5304Telecommunications for Managers3
or BCIS 5316 Applied Database Management
or BCIS 5376 Network Administration and Design
or EDTC 5353 Designing Online Learning Environments
Total Hours16-18
Concentration Area 13: Child and Family Studies
CHFS 5313Advanced Child Development3
CHFS 5321Family Theories and Research3
CHFS 5339Language and Cognitive Development in Childhood3
CHFS 5347Child and Family Advocacy3
EDSP 5305Introduction to Exceptional Learners3
MGMT 5301Organizational Behavior3
Total Hours18
1

 EDUC 5302 Cultural Diversity in Schools and Communities must be taken and substituted for EDUC 5303 Foundations of Curriculum for Educational Diagnosticians only.

2

 Other requirements for Educational Diagnostician Certificate include a Master's degree, successful completion of the state examination, valid classroom teaching certificate and two credible years of teaching experience.

3

 Other requirements for Reading Specialist Certificate include valid Texas Teaching Certificate; 3 years classroom teaching; and EDUC 3320 Professional Development I: Understanding Learners or ENGL 3370 An Introduction to Linguistics or PSYC 3320 Psycholinguistics

CERTIFICATION-ONLY OPTIONS

Three certification programs available for graduate students who do not wish to complete a Master's degree include the Educational Diagnostician Certificate, Professional Reading Specialist Certificate, and the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Certificate.

  • Educational Diagnostician Certificate1

Designed for educator's who already hold a Master's degree, the Educational Diagnostician Certificate requires a minimum of 2 years of public school teaching experience, completion of 24 hours of graduate coursework, and a passing score on the Texas certification test. More information about the Educational Diagnostician certification program can be found on the Curriculum and Instruction graduate website (www.tarleton.edu/cimasters).

Educational Diagnostician Certification Only - Non-Degree Requirements
EDSP 5305Introduction to Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 5311Behavior Management in Special Education Environments3
EDSP 5315Advanced Study of Development Disabilities3
EDSP 5329Assessing Cognitive Abilities of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 5325Appraisal of Exceptional Learners3
READ 5375Reading Research and Assessment3
EDSP 5328Case Management for Educational Diagnosticians3
EDSP 5399Internship for Educational Diagnosticians3
PSYC 5381Assessment and Evaluation Fundamentals3
Total Hours27
1

Other requirements for Educational Diagnostician Certificate include a Master's degree, successful completion of the state examination, valid classroom teaching certificate and two credible years of teaching experience.

  • Master Reading Teacher Certificate2

The Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Certificate requires a valid teaching certificate, a minimum of 3 years public school teaching experience, completion of 9 hours and two modules of graduate coursework, and a passing score of the Texas certification test (TExES). More information regarding the MRT certification program  is available on the Curriculum and Instruction graduate website (www.tarleton.edu/cimasters).

Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Certification Only - Non-Degree Requirements
READ 5373Foundations of Reading3
READ 5375Reading Research and Assessment3
PSYC 5390Special Topics1-3
Total Hours7-9
2

 Other requirements for Reading Specialist Certificate include valid Texas Teaching Certificate; 3 years classroom teaching; and EDUC 3320 Professional Development I: Understanding Learners or ENGL 3370 An Introduction to Linguistics or PSYC 3320 Psycholinguistics

  • Professional Reading Specialist Certificate3

Information regarding this certification is available from the Professional Reading Specialist concentration advisor listed at (www.tarleton.edu/cimasters).

Professional Reading Specialist Certification Only - Non-Degree Requirements
READ 5373Foundations of Reading3
READ 5374Reading Resources and Materials3
READ 5375Reading Research and Assessment3
READ 5376Organization and Administration of Reading Programs3
EDTC 5349Educational Media and Technology3
PSYC 5390Special Topics1-3
Total Hours16-18
3

Other requirements for Professional Reading Specialist Certificate include a Master’s degree, valid Texas Teaching Certificate; 2  years classroom teaching; and EDUC 3320 Professional Development I: Understanding Learners or ENGL 3370 An Introduction to Linguistics or PSYC 3320 Psycholinguistics

Educational Technology Courses

EDTC 5307. Adult Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the theory and research pertaining to adult learners. Topics for study include the characteristics of adult learners, human performance improvement, instructional and assessment strategies that are effective with adults, technology applications for instructional delivery, and program assessment. Students may not count both EDUC 5307 and EDTC 5307 for credit toward a degree.

EDTC 5338. Principles of Instructional Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an introduction to several models for instructional systems design and thoroughly examines the process of designing effective instruction. In addition to an in-depth study of instructional design theory, the course features an application of the instructional design process in a phased-based project.

EDTC 5349. Educational Media and Technology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an examination of the role of technology in school settings and an exploration of available technologies and the applications for instruction. Focus is on Web 2.0 applications for communication and collaboration that expand and extend learning environments.

EDTC 5350. Teaching Desktop Publishing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will prepare students to integrate the tools of desktop publishing and graphic applications to successfully demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to teach Desktop Publishing. Students will explore current research in the area of technology applications. Students will apply tools for enhancing their own professional growth and productivity and will use technology in communicating, collaborating, conducting research, and solving problems that typically arise in learning environments. Prerequisite: EDTC 5349.

EDTC 5351. Multimedia and Animation for K-12 Instruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will prepare students to integrate the tools of multimedia, graphics, and animation to successfully demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to teach the Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Students will explore current research in the area of multimedia and will use technology in communicating, collaborating, conducting research, and solving problems that typically arise in learning environments. Prerequisite: EDTC 5350.

EDTC 5352. Teaching K-12 Video Technology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will prepare students to integrate the tools of video, graphics, and animation to successfully demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to teach Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Students will explore current research in the area of and will use technology in communicating, collaborating, conducting research, and solving problems that typically arise in learning environments. Prerequisite: EDTC 5351.

EDTC 5353. Designing Online Learning Environments. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide an overview of designing and organizing effective online learning environments. Instructional design principles will serve as a guide as students study multiple Learning Management Systems and software used for developing online learning objects, learning modules, and interactive activities. Students will use their knowledge to actually develop an online course with consideration for the planning, implementation, evaluation and revision cycle needed for continuous updating of an online course.

EDTC 5354. Facilitating Online Learning Environment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will prepare students to use effective teaching strategies in an online learning environment with emphasis on communication, interaction, and organization skills necessary to facilitate online learning. Students will develop and apply appropriate strategies for promoting active and collaborative learning, managing workload and administrative issues related to online teaching, and articulating effective pedagogy for online students.

EDTC 5358. Web Mastering for K-12 Instruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will prepare students to successfully demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to teach Web mastering. Students will explore current research in the area of web-based applications and use technology in communicating, collaborating, conducting research, and solving problems that typically arise in learning environments. Prerequisite: EDTC 5352.

EDTC 5359. Leading and Learning with Technology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course focuses on using technology to study K-12 student learning outcomes, assessment, data analysis, and instructional decision making. Mentoring skills necessary for leadership and peer technology support are also explored. An analysis of Statewide TAKS data will be completed and applied to research of current educational problems. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Lab fee $20.

EDTC 5370. Intern/Service Learning Capstone. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A supervised internship in which the student applies knowledge from the course of study related to instructional design, online course development, online course teaching, or instructional technology for a public or private organization. Prerequisite: EDTC 5349, EDTC 5338, EDTC 5353, EDTC 5354.

EDTC 5386. Educational Technology Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Open to graduate students who are capable of developing a problem independently. Problems must be chosen by the student and approved in advance by the instructor and department head. Prerequisite: Full admission to the College of Graduate Studies and a graduate degree or certification program.

Education Courses

EDUC 5301. Readings in Professional Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of current issues in the professional development of educators. Topics include models of professional development, impact of professional development on public school student achievement, effective evaluation of professional development, and identification of best practice in writing and evaluating research with an emphasis on literature reviews.

EDUC 5302. Cultural Diversity in Schools and Communities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of various dimensions of culture related to teaching, learning, and support services in the community. Topics of study will include ethnicity, socio-economic status, language, gender, religion, age, and exceptionality.

EDUC 5303. Foundations of Curriculum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the philosophical, historical, psychological and social foundations of curriculum. Analysis and interpretation of theoretical research is required. Students must complete this course within the first twelve semester hours of graduate study. TMATE students will enroll in this course immediately following completion of certification requirements.

EDUC 5304. Human Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Increasing the understanding of human behavior with emphasis on the child, adolescent, and adult learner. An examination of the social and cultural forces in the formation of personality, the self, and roles in group membership.

EDUC 5307. Adult Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the theory and research pertaining to adult learners. Topics for study include the characteristics of adult learners, human performance improvement, instructional and assessment strategies that are effective with adults, technology applications for instructional delivery, and program assessment. Students may not count both EDUC 5307 and EDTC 5307 for credit toward a degree.

EDUC 5310. Foundations of Elementary and Middle School Curriculum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the elementary and middle school curricula, including English language arts and reading; mathematics; life, earth and physical science; social sciences; fine arts; health and physical education. Additional topics include the state adopted curriculum, local school instructional programs and national/state assessment programs. Field experience is required. Prerequisites: admission to the College of Graduate Studies; pending admission to the alternative teacher certification program at Tarleton.

EDUC 5311. Methods of Effective Teaching. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the research on effective teaching practices with an emphasis on direct instruction. Additional topics of study include mastery learning, assessment of learning and use of assessment to guide instruction. Students will apply technology and effective teaching practices to the design and delivery of instruction. Technology lab is required. Prerequisite: admission to the alternative teacher certification program at Tarleton. Lab fee $10.

EDUC 5312. Seminar in Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An integrated approach to teaching Social Studies through the application of the writing process, reading/writing connections, and children's literature. Prerequisite: 18 hours of professional education course work.

EDUC 5314. Creating and Managing the Learning Environment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the research on creating and maintaining a positive learning environment. Additional topics for study include: cultural dimensions of classroom management; motivating student achievement; fostering cooperation among students; reinforcing appropriate behavior; ethics and law governing teacher-student relations. Students will apply teaching and classroom management practices in a clinical laboratory setting. Prerequisite: admission to the alternative teacher certification program at Tarleton. Course fee $15.

EDUC 5320. Issues in the Education of Children. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The examination of issues related to the education of young children. Course content includes: applying stage development and learning theories to develop instructional strategies and classroom management practices; cultural and individual differences; teaching English language learners and learners with special needs. Prerequisite: admission to the alternative teacher certification program at Tarleton.

EDUC 5321. Issues in the Education of Adolescents. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The examination of issues related to the education of adolescents. Course content includes: applying stage development and learning theories to develop instructional strategies and classroom management practices; cultural and individual differences; the adolescent subculture and factors that place adolescents at risk; teaching English language learners and learners with special needs. Prerequisite: admission to the alternative teacher certification program at Tarleton.

EDUC 5322. Teaching Math and Science in the Elementary School. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An advanced study of methods and materials for the teaching of math and science. Emphasis will be on helping teachers become more effective in teaching math and science by developing questions, investigations, speculations, and explorations that reflect not only the content of each area of study, but the process involved in learning.

EDUC 5334. Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An advanced study will be made of early childhood education curriculum and practices. An examination will be made of current trends in early childhood curriculum with an emphasis on the modifications needed to ensure the success of all young children. Prerequisite: 18 hours of professional educational course work.

EDUC 5338. Curriculum Design and Implementation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The curriculum selection, design, implementation, and evaluation processes within the classroom and school district settings are examined. Factors that influence the curriculum decision-making process and a review of theories of curriculum development will be researched. Curriculum alignment and curriculum auditing will be major emphases of this course.

EDUC 5345. Advanced Instructional Strategies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The derivation of appropriate methods and techniques from basic principles of learning. The development of working skills needed in cooperative planning, selecting, and organizing teaching materials, utilization of the environment, individual and group guidance, and evaluation activities.

EDUC 5350. Assessment Issues for Educational Leaders. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The examination of assessment as a process with emphasis on assessment of student achievement and on data interpretation for the purpose of improving instruction.

EDUC 5355. Effective Instructional Programming. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of research-based best instructional and curricular practices and the evaluation and enhancement of instructional and curricular programs related to identified best practices.

EDUC 5360. The Gifted Learner. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An in-depth study of the characteristics and needs of gifted and talented students as they relate to both school and family settings. Different models and programs for gifted education will be studied. Formal and informal identification procedures will be examined in line with federal and state guidelines.

EDUC 5362. Creativity in the Classroom. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the theories and models of creativity. Emphasis will be given to identifying the creative potential of students in all classrooms. Instructional processes which accommodate the needs of creative learners will be examined and developed. Prerequisite: EDUC 5360.

EDUC 5364. Curriculum and Materials Development for the Gifted Learner. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A comparison of regular and gifted curricula with a focus on developing an interdisciplinary curriculum for gifted learners. Students will examine and evaluate existing materials and equipment which support instruction for the gifted in both regular and special programs. One focus will be on developing and evaluating teacher constructed materials. Prerequisite: EDUC 5360.

EDUC 5366. Instructional and Evaluation Methods for the Gifted Learner. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Methods of determining specific learning styles and talents will be learned, with emphasis placed on implementing appropriate instruction for programs. Methods and tools of informal and formal evaluation and assessment will be examined. Prerequisites: EDUC 5360 and 5364.

EDUC 5369. Practicum in Gifted Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervises professional activities in gifted and talented programs. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in the process of delivering a synergistic gifted and talented program. Prerequisites: Successful completion of EDUC 5360, 5362, 5364, and 5366. Field experience fee $50.

EDUC 5385. Education Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Presentation of project proposal, implementation, and conclusions. Must be repeated a minimum of 3 times for 1 hour credit each semester to complete masters project. Student must be continuously enrolled until the graduate project is completed.

EDUC 5390. Selected Topics in Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of different topics each semester with a focus on such subjects as the gifted student, the education of culturally disadvantaged, teacher evaluation, or other selected topics concerning the teaching/learning process. This semester may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

EDUC 5398. Techniques of Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Fundamental concepts and tools of research applied to psychological and educational problems. Rationale of research, analysis of problems, library skills, sampling, appraisal instruments, statistical description and inference, writing the research report, and representative research designs.

EDUC 5399. Internship in Teaching. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

supervised field-based experience in classroom teaching. Interns must demonstrate proficiency in applying effective teaching practices and classroom management strategies in a school classroom. Prerequisite: Admission to a teacher certification program at Tarleton; satisfactory performance in the professional development courses preceding the internship. May be repeated for credit. Field experience fee: $75.

EDUC 5686. Special Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Open to graduate students who are capable of developing a problem independently. Problems chosen by the student and approved in advance by the instructor. Prerequisite: Graduate major in Education.

EDUC 5688. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is completed. Prerequisites: EDUC 5398, 5357, and consent of major professor.

Reading Courses

READ 5370. Literacy Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Models of the reading and writing processes. Includes characteristics of emergent, early, transitional and fluent literacy; instructional strategies in reading and writing; phonics instruction and strategies for teaching English language learners; the essential knowledge and skills in the language arts curriculum. Prerequisite: admission to the alternative teacher certification program at Tarleton.

READ 5372. Language Arts for Today's Learner. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines research and strategies for implementing the reading/writing process in classrooms. Examines integrated curriculum, use of children's literature, classroom management and organization, evaluation, working with diverse learners, and developing support networks. Prerequisites: READ 5373 or 9 hours of undergraduate reading courses or approval of department head.

READ 5373. Foundations of Reading. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines theoretical models of the reading process, historical perspectives on reading instruction, and language learning. Develops an understanding of the construction of reading theory and its relationship to instructional practices. Prerequisite: Elementary, secondary, or all-level certification or approval of department head.

READ 5374. Reading Resources and Materials. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Surveys a variety of print and non-print materials including content-area textbooks, trade books, and computer software. Includes evaluation of materials and application of reading principles to instruction in content areas. Prerequisite: READ 5373 or 9 hours of undergraduate reading courses or approval of department head.

READ 5375. Reading Research and Assessment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines methods and techniques employed in reading research and assessment. Includes a review of research and the development, implementation, and dissemination of classroom research. Explores the application of appropriate diagnostic and correctional procedures for elementary, secondary, and adult learners having difficulty reading. Includes clinical practice. Prerequisite: READ 5373 or 9 hours of undergraduate reading courses or approval of department head.

READ 5376. Organization and Administration of Reading Programs. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Surveys state laws, trends and issues related to the administration of reading programs. Examines instructional issues and reading programs for pre-K through adult learners. Includes censorship issues, textbook/test adoption procedures, roles and responsibilities in the reading program, staff development, and change strategies. Prerequisite: READ 5373 or 9 hours of undergraduate reading courses or approval of department head.

READ 5377. Digital Literacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Surveys digital technology, communication tools, and multiple forms of media to locate, evaluate, use, and create information in the 21st century reading classroom. Examines the appropriate use of technology paired with best practices to scaffold reading instruction for diverse populations. Nine hours of undergraduate reading courses or approval of department head.

READ 5378. Adult Literacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An analysis of theoretical and practical applications of adult literacy development. Topics will include a current and historical understanding of literacy, English Language Learners, adult technology literacy needs and skills, and future directions for adult education and literacy. Implications for program development and implementation of successful adult literacy programs will also be discussed. Prerequisite: READ 5373 or 9 hours of undergraduate reading or approval of department head.

READ 5386. Reading Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Directed study of selected problems in reading. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

Special Education Courses

EDSP 5305. Introduction to Exceptional Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of learner characteristics and an examination of instructional techniques that promote academic, personal, and social growth in exceptional learners and an examination of the process and procedures relating to the placement of exceptional learners. Prerequisite: 18 hours of professional education or certification.

EDSP 5311. Behavior Management in Special Education Environments. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Characteristics of students with emotional disabilities, including the application of behavioral management strategies appropriate for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Course content includes: functional assessment of behavior; development of behavior intervention plans; strategies for teaching appropriate behavior; crisis management strategies; integrating behavior management with instructional programs in school, community and home settings. Prerequisite: admission to the alternative teacher certification program at Tarleton.

EDSP 5313. Advanced Studty of Learning Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the research on learning disabilities, including causation, diagnosis and educational programming. Course content includes: methods for teaching students with learning disabilities; adapting general education classrooms to accommodate the inclusion of students with learning disabilities; collaboration with parents, paraprofessionals and general education teachers. Students will conduct a case study. Prerequisite: admission to the alternative teacher certification program at Tarleton.

EDSP 5315. Advanced Study of Development Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of research-based instructional methods appropriate for students with developmental disabilities. Course content includes: the assessment and teaching of functional academic skills, life management and communication skills; collaborating with parents, paraprofessionals, general education teachers and related service providers; community-based instruction; vocational planning and preparation. Prerequisite: admission to the alternative teacher certification program at Tarleton.

EDSP 5325. Appraisal of Exceptional Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Standardized assessment of the academic achievement of students referred for or currently receiving special education services including test administration, analysis, and reporting of scores, and program planning. Prerequisites: Admission into Educational Diagnostician program; EDSP 5305 or concurrent enrollment; PSYC 5381; or approval of department head. Lab fee: $30.

EDSP 5327. Teaching Students with Severe to Profound Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Definitions, characteristics, and instructional techniques for students with severe and profound disabilities, including functional assessment, applied behavioral analysis, Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives, transition and placement issues. Prerequisite: EDSP 5305 or approval of department head.

EDSP 5328. Case Management for Educational Diagnosticians. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course addresses state and federal laws that affect the diagnosis, placements, and programs for students with disabilities and the diagnostician's role and responsibilities as compliance officers. Enrollment limited to students admitted to the Diagnostician Certification Program or permission of department head. Prerequisites: Admission to the Educational Diagnostician Certification Program, EDSP 505, PSY 581, EDSP 525 and EDSP 529.

EDSP 5329. Assessing Cognitive Abilities of Exceptional Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Standardized assessment of the cognitive and adaptive behavior abilities of exceptional students. Includes test administration, scoring, analysis, and program planning. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Educational Diagnostician program, EDSP 5305, PSY 5381, and EDSP 5325. Lab fee $30.

EDSP 5386. Special Education Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Open to graduate students who are capable of developing a problem independently. Problems are chosen by the student and approved in advance by the instructor and department head. Prerequisite: Full admission to the College of Graduate Studies and a graduate degree or certification program.

EDSP 5397. Internship in Special Education Teaching. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A supervised, field-based experience in a special education classroom. Interns must demonstrate proficiency in applying effective teaching practices and classroom management strategies in a school classroom. Prerequisite: Admission to a teacher certification program at Tarleton; satisfactory performance in the professional develoment courses preceding the internship. May be repeated for credit. Field experience fee: $75.

EDSP 5399. Internship for Educational Diagnosticians. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities for persons preparing for certification as an educational diagnostician. Professional activities will include test administration, scoring, analysis, diagnosis, report writing, and program planning. Interns will be required to demonstrate competence in the performance of professional duties as an educational diagnostician. A minimum of 300 hours of documented related professional activities will be required. Prerequisites: EDSP 5305, 5325, 5327, and 5329 or approval of department head. Field experience fee $50.

Dr. Susan Erwin
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Fort Worth Hickman Building
6777 Camp Bowie Blvd, Suite 316
Fort Worth, Texas 76116
(817) 717-7318
erwin@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/cimasters