EDU-614 Curriculum and Instruction Capstone Proj (3 credits)
In this capstone course, candidates work independently with an advisor as they design, edit and finalize their capstone project. Advisors are assigned the first week of classes and it is the candidate's responsibility to schedule meetings each semester with his or her advisor to discuss progress toward completing this project. Candidates develop an e-portfolio to showcase learning outcomes directly linked to applications of professional experience and knowledge to capstone topic. The e-portfolio provides an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their understanding of the links between content and pedagogy with special attention paid to the New York State and Common Core Standards and to highlight their own advanced understanding of knowledge and skills related to curriculum and instructional applications in their teaching area(s). In the final semester of the program, the candidate's e-portfolio is reviewed by three faculty members, including the candidate's advisor.
EDU-622 Needs of Exceptional Learners (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to special education. Emphasis is placed on the legal foundations of special education and learning and behavioral characteristics of students with special needs in the elementary and secondary school. Attention is given to models of effective collaboration with co-workers and on models which lead to education in the least restrictive environment. Individual instructional programming intervention and learning strategies are analyzed. The use of educational and assisting technology in planning for the needs of individual learners is a critical component of this course.
EDU-637 Technology Literacy for Adolescence Educ (3 credits)
Candidates will analyze and evaluate multiple literacies and modalities of literacy and their impact on adolescent learners, including critical reading of nontraditional text and how meaning is conveyed through multimodal representations. Emphasis is also placed on the impact of emergent technologies on adolescent development and learning, and on preparation of teachers to convey meaning through the new literacies' in all content areas. Special attention is paid to the impact of multiple literacies on English language learners, students at risk for school failure, and students with exceptionalities.
EDU-679 Special Topics (3 credits)