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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Focus of study

M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction Focus of Study

Tailor your online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus of study. Whether you want to study a specific content area, expand your technology skills, or improve your classroom management, ACE offers a range of options so that you can focus your degree plan to meet your career goals.

The following graduate-level focuses of study can supplement the online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction:

Focus of Study: Curriculum and Instruction

ED1523 Diverse Learners

This course examines the theory and research of andragogy, with an emphasis on the historical influences, practical applications, and critical analysis. Topics include fields of practice, schools of thought, clarification of concepts, and emerging issues and challenges.

ED5053 Community Engagement, Outreach, and Collaboration Instructional Strategies for the Adult Learner

This course examines a variety of learning and teaching strategies to enhance adult learning. Students analyze methods suited for adult learning in different settings, apply knowledge of adult learning theories, and explore ways in which adults learn critical thinking.

CI5423 Community of Learners 

This course focuses on theories and processes of measuring student learning in post-secondary educational settings to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs. Students explore accreditation procedures and standards, instructional approaches, engagement strategies, and management of instructional environments.

 

Focus of Study: Differentiated Instruction

CI5023 Differentiated Instruction: Theory to Practice

This course examines the major tenets of differentiated instruction in relation to the diverse needs of 21st century learners, establishing and authenticating the philosophy driving learning-centered teaching while exploring how neurological changes influence thinking. A range of instructional and assessment options are prospected to amplify the learning experience, exemplified by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
and other state frameworks.

LIT5373 21st Century Literacies

Exploring the impact of 21st century skills on traditional literacies, this course disseminates characteristics of the new literacies including visual, digital, critical, economic, and scientific as they influence sustainable learning in content areas while instruction shifts to accommodate these differences. By building connections and layering curriculum, this course probes effective frameworks to deliver a range of instructional options to brand the cognitive and affective domains.

CI5223 Differentiated Instruction: Principles in Action

Blending principles of thought with action, this course maximizes learning through integrated and inquiry-based experiences, enhanced creative expressions, and elements found in habits of the mind; applying brain-based research to augment instruction. Moving principles to form action, concepts of DI are infused into lesson plans by contrasting frameworks to deliver content, process and products, while influencing affective thought within the learning environment.

 

Focus of Study: Digital Learning and Teaching

DL5013 The Digital Learner

This course examines the impact of technology on learning as well as how today’s student navigates a media-rich world. Topics include the human-computer interface, technology and the brain, diffusion of innovations, and connectivity through social media. The course considers trends and issues in educational technologies as well as research into the effects of technology on society.

DL5023 The Digital Educator 

This course uses a project-based approach in studying technology in education, best practices for classroom teachers, and strategies for professional development in light of emerging technologies. The course addresses 21st century standards for education, educators’ digital presence, cloud computing, and digital ethics

DL5103 Instructional Models for Digital Learning

This course draws from multiple disciplines to explore design and strategies for computer- and web-based learning. Special attention is paid to collaborative learning, interactivity, assessment, and best use of technology tools.

Focus of Study: Effective Classroom Management

CI5503 Principles and Practices of Classroom Management

This course begins by discussing how school-wide Positive Behavioral Support Systems (PBSS) are needed to help students to consistently learn, master, and apply the skills needed for social, emotional, and behavioral competency and self-management in school and other settings. The six evidence-based components of a PBSS are studied along a three-tiered Response-to-Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) continuum that is further integrated into a well-established effective schools model. The PBSS, finally, is integrated into an effective school and schooling model. Educators will learn how to integrate classroom and school expectations, and how to respond to students’ inappropriate behavior so that they are held accountable for that behavior. Finally, educators will learn the importance of consistency, as well as the outcomes that occur when inconsistency is present.

CI5513 Developing Student Self-Management Skills

This course will use the Stop & Think approach to teaching social skills to children and youth from preschool through high school as an exemplar for using social skills instruction as an anchor to classroom management. The Stop & Think process teaches social skills through a cognitive-behavioral approach emphasizing modeling, roleplaying, performance feedback, and generalization. It will also demonstrate how to use the social skills pedagogy to also teach classroom and building routines, interpersonal skills, social problem solving skills, conflict prevention and resolution skills, and emotional coping skills. Particular attention will be focused on how to use social skills instruction to prevention teasing, taunting, bullying, harassment, and physical aggression; and how to apply these skills strategically when such inappropriate behavior occurs.

CI5523 Interventions for Behaviorally Challenging Students

This course focuses on social, emotional, and/or behavioral interventions that schools need to assist challenging students who are unsuccessful in these areas at school. In focusing on these interventions, ways to translate the research that typically underlies these interventions into practical and realistic classroom-based strategies is particularly emphasized. Thus, the interventions discussed are evidence-based, teacher-friendly, and field-tested. Much of the course will then focus on the strategic (Tier 2) interventions needed by students. It will conclude by addressing the services, supports, and interventions needed at the intensive need or crisis management (Tier 3) level.

Focus of Study: Elementary Literacy

LIT5053 Emerging Literacy for Elementary Teachers

This course builds key concepts and principles related to phonemic awareness and phonics, shaping an emerging understanding of the connection between language and the written code.Essential components of effective reading instruction will be explored using a Response to Instruction (Rtl) model. Learners will analyze critical elements of emerging skills to foster the use of appropriate strategies across developmental stages, content areas, technology, and diversity issues in learning to read.

LIT5073 Developing Literacy: Integrating Skills for Elementary Teachers

This course examines issues related to integrating reading skills to enhance fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension in a variety of text structures and across content areas.A range of instructional strategies for assessment, intervention, and enrichment will be evaluated as to their effectiveness for supporting engagement and motivation in reading to learn. Key dimensions for the development of differentiated instruction will promote blending of resources from the school environment, community and abroad, including the use of technology.

LIT5143 Social Studies and Reading/Language Arts for Elementary Teachers

This course considers how to develop an appreciation for the world beyond the classroom as found in writings and other literacies in relation to significant historical events and global perspectives. Principles and methods of inquiry to foster critical and creative thinking are utilized to explore methods for introducing genres and core ideas which have shaped regional, state, national, and global understanding from past eras to present day. Response to Instruction (RtI) procedures will engage strategies and methods appropriate for the delivery of reading/language arts and social studies through the use of differentiated instruction.

 

Focus of Study: English Language Arts K-6

LIT5153 Exploring Foundations of ELA

The course introduces the foundations of Common Core State Standards as illustrated by the integration of English and language arts applications for developing communications skills across disciplines. Specific examples explore the paradigm shift to rigorous and relevant study of real-world applications to prepare students to use language effectively, developing an appreciation for the world beyond the classroom as found in writings and through the use of other literacies in relation to significant historical events and global perspectives. Principles and methods of inquiry to foster critical and creative thinking are utilized to examine methods for introducing core ideas which have shaped understanding from past eras to present day.

LIT5163 Establishing Communication in ELA

This course builds key concepts and principles related to phonemic awareness and phonics, shaping an emerging understanding of the connection between language and the written code, listening and talking, and viewing with representing.  Essential components of effective reading instruction will be explored using Common Core State Standards as modeled by best practices. Students will analyze critical elements of emerging skills to foster the use of appropriate instruction and assessment strategies across developmental stages, content areas, technology, and diversity issues in learning to read for real world applications.

LIT5173 Extending Connections Beyond ELA

This course examines issues related to integrating communication skills to enhance fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension in a variety of text structures and literacies across the content areas.  Utilizing core concepts, ELA skills will be used to build connections between and beyond disciplines of thought, extending into real-world applications.  A range of instructional strategies for assessment, intervention, and enrichment will be evaluated as to their effectiveness for supporting engagement and motivation for use in modes of language. Key dimensions for the development of differentiated instruction will promote blending of resources from the school environment, community, and abroad, including the use of technology.

 

Focus of Study: English Language Arts 6-8

LIT5183 Investigating ELA Fundamentals

This course integrates English and language arts applications for developing communications skills across disciplines. Specific examples from middle school grades explore the paradigm shift to rigorous and relevant study of real-world applications to prepare students to use language effectively, developing an appreciation for the world beyond the classroom as found in writings and through the use of other literacies in relation to significant historical events and global perspectives.  Principles and methods of inquiry to foster critical and creative thinking are utilized to examine methods for introducing core ideas which have shaped understanding from past eras to present day.

LIT5193 Integrating ELA Concepts 

This course examines issues related to integrating communication skills to enhance fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension in a variety of text structures and literacies across the content areas for grades 6 through 8.  Utilizing core concepts, ELA skills will be used to build connections between and beyond disciplines of thought, extending into real-world applications.  A range of instructional strategies for assessment, intervention, and enrichment will be evaluated as to their effectiveness for supporting engagement and motivation for use in modes of language. Key dimensions for the development of differentiated instruction will promote blending of resources from the school environment, community, and abroad, including the use of technology.

LIT5123 Implementing ELA in Context

This course examines the use of language and modes of communications through content specific examples of ELA in context, promoting connectedness in and across the disciplines, focusing on the transferrable skills of analyzing, determining and developing, researching and creating, and classifying and generalizing. Utilizing content-specific illustrations, learners examine major components of ELA to support conceptualization of knowledge in real-life application, infusing learning with rigor and relevance. Prioritizing essential elements of thought characterized in a discipline, learners connect prior knowledge to authentic assessment options which support the Common Core State Standards.

 

Focus of Study: Integrated Science

SCI5203 Foundations of Integrated Science Education

This course provides a holistic overview of historical and current issues and trends impacting science education in today’s global society. Emphasis is placed on the examination of diverse viewpoints and approaches to integrated science education to examine research-based integrative models and strategies for the improvement of student learning. Participants will examine current STEM education initiatives related to policy, method, and engagement. Critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and writing skills are emphasized.

SCI5213 Engaging Diversity in the Science Classroom

The course will examine didactic strategies of pedagogy, andragogy, multiple intelligence theory, social learning theory and exchange theory to foster the innovative engagement of diverse learners. Emphasis will be placed on strategies related to the differentiation of instruction.

SCI5223 Modern Learning and Integrated Science Education

This course will examine the integration of digital resources into the integrated science learning environment. Participates will explore digital resources and develop strategies for effectively integrating technology with didactic strategies to address the needs of diverse learners and enhance learning.

 

Focus of Study: Mathematics K-6

MATH5203 Number Sense, Operations, Algebraic Thinking, and Problem-Solving

During this course, educators will explore state standards and the Common Core for K-6 mathematics and ways to balance instruction for procedures, concepts, and problem-solving. Educators will investigate and implement strategies to improve student performance in development of basic number and counting skills, estimation, number combinations and mathematical facts, operations on whole numbers, algebraic thinking, and problem solving.

MATH5213 Measurement, Data, Geometry, and Problem-Solving

During this course, educators will focus on state standards and the Common Core in K-6 mathematics related to measurement, data, geometry, and problem-solving applications. Educators will investigate and implement strategies to improve student performance in measurement and data, geometric concepts and applications, and problem solving. Concepts such as congruence, transformations, area, and perimeter will be investigated.

MATH5223 Fractions, Decimals, and Problem-Solving

During this course, educators will focus on state standards and the Common Core in K-6 mathematics related to fractions and decimals. Educators will investigate and implement strategies to improve student performance by understanding from a conceptual level the importance of equivalence, magnitude, part-whole relationships, the relationship between fractions and decimals, operations on fractions and decimals.

 

Focus of Study: Mathematics 6-8

MATH5843 Mathematical Structure

This course provides students an opportunity to become familiar with, reflect on, and develop practical ways to implement state standards and the Common Core State Standards for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade mathematics as they relate to mathematical structure.  The content standards covered include ratios, proportional relationships, and the number system.  Standards of mathematical practice covered include making sense of problems and persevering  in solving them, attending to precision, looking for and making use of structure, and looking for and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning.

MATH5853 Mathematical Reasoning

This course provides students an opportunity to become familiar with, reflect on, and develop practical ways to implement state standards and the Common Core State Standards for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade mathematics as they relate to mathematical reasoning.  The content standards covered include expressions, equations, and functions.  Standards of mathematical practice covered include making sense of problems and persevering in solving them, attending to precision, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, and constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others.

MATH5863 Mathematical Models and Tools

This course provides students an opportunity to become familiar with, reflect on, and develop practical ways to implement state standards and the Common Core State Standards for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade mathematics as they relate to using mathematical models and tools.  The content standards covered include geometry, statistics, and probability.  Standards of mathematical practice covered include making sense of problems and persevering in solving them, attending to precision, modeling with mathematics, and using appropriate tools strategically.

 

Focus of Study: Secondary Literacy

LIT5323 Investigating Literacy Fundamentals

This course integrates literature and literacy applications for developing communications skills across disciplines. Specific examples from secondary classrooms explore the paradigm shift to rigorous and relevant study of real-world applications to prepare students to use language effectively, developing an appreciation for the world beyond the classroom as found in writings and through the use of other literacies in relation to significant historical events and global perspectives. Principles and methods of inquiry to foster critical and creative thinking are utilized to examine methods for introducing core ideas which have shaped understanding from past eras to present day.

LIT5333 Integrating Literacy Concepts

This course prepares teachers to establish high expectations for all students and to effectively evaluate and implement theories of motivation and cognitive engagement in classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on different theories of motivation and how classroom, school, work, and social environments shape and influence student motivation.

LIT5343 Implementing Literacy in Context

This course examines the use of language and modes of communications through content specific examples of literacy in context, promoting connectedness in and across the disciplines, focusing on the transferable skills of analyzing, determining and developing, researching and creating, and classifying and generalizing. Utilizing content-specific illustrations, learners examine major components of effective reading to support conceptualization of knowledge in real-life application infusing learning with rigor and relevance. Prioritizing essential elements of thought characterized in a discipline, learners connect prior knowledge to authentic assessment options.

 

 

 

 

I have always wanted to be a teacher who understands the newest practices and strategies - the best teacher possible. Since graduating from ACE, I am.

Denise Steudlein M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction 2011