The Art of Inquiry- EDU 521
Participants will be introduced to the text “The Art of Inquiry,” familiarized with the various requirements and expectations associated with graduate level research, and presented with the overall final thesis paper expectations and timeline.
Creative Expressions in the Early Childhood Classroom- EDU 532
What better way to truly build a learning community that focuses on creativity, nature smart learners, and play-based initiatives than to be immersed in a highly interactive course taught by a team of talented individuals that allows you to fully explore artistic elements that can be integrated into education to include: Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, and more.
Developing the Early Childhood Learning Community- EDU 533
This hybrid-style introductory course will establish the necessity of establishing classroom communities focused on nature smart learning activities, storytelling, creative expressions, play-based learning, and developmentally appropriate practices. The course will set the foundation for all other courses and allow participants to experience these essential components of classroom communities in engaging and meaningful ways.
The Art of Inquiry: Action Research- EDU 522
Participants will work independently under the guidance of an EDU professor to establish an action research project to implement in their classrooms that encompasses the graduate research structure outlined in the “Art of Inquiry” text and connects back to the community of learners foundational text in a meaningful and impactful way.
Advanced Pedagogy and Methods in STEM Content- EDU 535
Math and science content classes merge into this exciting new course to produce teachers who are STEM knowledgeable and can create, manage, and assess Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math learning segments within their classroom communities.
Advance Reading and Writing Workshop Methods- EDU 536
This course will be taught through the workshop method so as to allow participants to experience a true workshop approach to teaching both Reading and Writing in a student-focused, community building way.
The Art of Inquiry: Analyzing Data- EDU 523
Participants will work independently under the guidance of an EDU professor to compile and analyze the data gathered from the action research project planned and implemented in the fall within their classroom communities. This section will be taken in conjunction with the MAT 513 Probability and Statistics course so that participants will also have access to the statistical tests, and measures needed to interpret and analyze their data.
Stories Make the World- EDU 530
The focus of this course will focus on the use of stories to convey social studies content and to drive the curriculum. Participants will not only listen to and share personal narratives and stories but will combine with our undergraduate class to host a story telling festival.
Probability, Statistics & Data Analysis- MAT 513
Some classes are just necessary along the way to obtain a graduate level degree. Possessing the ability to analyze quantitative data in order to diagnose trends and patterns in action research outcomes is necessary to complete the require Master’s thesis research paper. This course will provide participants the tools they need to analyze and interpret their data.
The Art of Inquiry: Publishing and Presenting- EDU 524
Participants will finalize the data from the action research projects into a publishable thesis paper that will be published following the graduate level thesis framework. Participants will also explore other options for sharing the outcomes and results of their studies with the larger community of educators via conference presentations, journal publications, workshops, or staff development opportunities.
Exploring Educational Venues- EDU 544
With an overall focus on building a united community of learners, participants will work together as a part of this class to plan and implement a group trip that revolves around a unified goal and purpose. Participants will reflect on the outcomes of the trip and the course and how they all connected for them throughout the 14 month program.
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