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MSE Program Options & Courses

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Program Options

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) program is designed for working adults. Courses are in a blended format--some courses are offered online while others are face-to-face. Courses are scheduled for either eight weeks (online) or the full semester (face-to-face) during the school year with block courses offered each summer. The M.S.E. program has two tracks from which to choose:

Teaching and Learning emphasis (30 semester hours) - This track emphasizes elements of effective curricular/instructional planning and assessment to enhance student learning. It is intended for those who have early childhood, elementary, or secondary teacher certification and want to study principles of effective instruction.

Literacy emphasis (30 semester hours) - This track emphasizes the research-based components of effective literacy instruction and assessment (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing). It is intended for those who have early childhood, elementary, or secondary teacher certification and want to study the science of literacy.

Track 1 – Teaching and Learning Emphasis
(Early Childhood/Elementary/ Secondary)


Core Requirements:

EDU 5001: Character Education (3 semester hours)
EDU 5002: Cognition (3 semester hours)
EDU 5003: Introduction to Research (3 semester hours)
EDU 5004: MSE Capstone (3 semester hours)

Program Requirements:

EDU 5101: Instructional Strategies (3 semester hours)
EDU 5102: Differentiated Learning (3 semester hours)
EDU 5103: Technology Applications (3 semester hours)
EDU 5104: Diversity in the Classroom (3 semester hours)
EDU 5201: (ECE/EED) Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Concepts (3 semester hours) or
EDU 5202: (EED/SED) Content Area Reading (3 semester hours)

Approved Electives: 3 semester hours

Track 2 – Literacy Emphasis
(Early Childhood/Elementary/Secondary)


Core Requirements:

EDU 5001: Character Education (3 semester hours)
EDU 5002: Cognition (3 semester hours)
EDU 5003: Introduction to Research (3 semester hours)
EDU 5004: Classroom Action Research Project (3 semester hours)

Program Requirements:

EDU 5201: (ECE/EED) Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Concepts (3 semester hours) or
EDU 5202: (EED/SED) Content Area Reading (3 semester hours)
EDU 5203: Vocabulary and Fluency Development (3 semester hours)
EDU 5204: Writing To Enhance Learning (3 semester hours)
EDU 5205: Comprehension (3 semester hours)
EDU 5206: Literacy Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching (3 semester hours)

Approved Electives: 3 semester hours

NOTE: Hannibal-LaGrange University reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is not sufficient enrollment as established by the Graduate Advisory Committee.

Course Descriptions

EDU 5001: Character Education - This course examines character formation by studying theories and principles of moral development. Ideas will be generated to help teachers promote character development in students, support character education in the classroom learning environment, and extend character practices into the community. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5002: Cognition - This course is designed to provide an introduction to the mental process of knowing and ways to structure information delivery so learning is enhanced in the classroom. Current neurological research on pattern recognition, memory, concept formation, knowledge, imagery, language, decision making, problem solving, and creativity will be explored. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5003: Introduction to Research - This course is designed to facilitate the development of the educated person who can interpret and evaluate research literature. Qualitative and quantitative research methodologies will be studied. A research proposal will be developed. To be taken within the first 12 hours of coursework. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5004: MSE Capstone - This course provides an opportunity for students to examine educational practice and apply research principles to design, conduct, and analyze an approved action research project. Findings will be presented in a public forum. To be taken at the conclusion of the graduate program (3 semester hours)

EDU 5101: Instructional Strategies – This course emphasizes principles of research-based effective teaching to plan and organize instruction and to assess student learning. Attention is given to strategies that will encourage problem-solving, active participation, and real-world applications of learning. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5102: Differentiated Learning – This course examines the challenges that educators face in creating inclusive classrooms for all students. Theory and practice will be studied to help educators design effective strategies for working with gifted students and supporting IEP goals for disabled and handicapped students. Assessment instruments, both group and individual, will be identified along with a variety of methods for measuring student growth and understanding. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5103: Technology Applications – This course is designed to enable teachers to become familiar with and fully utilize media and technology to enhance learning and assessment in the classroom. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5104: Diversity in the Classroom – This course examines human diversity in today’s schools. Social, cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, age, gender, and linguistic diversity will be explored for better understanding, to identify risks related to learning, and to plan provisions for student success. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5201: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Concepts – This course provides foundational knowledge related to linguistic principles as a basic component of literacy instruction and assessment. Emphasis is given to teaching and assessing manipulation of pho­nemes in spoken syllables and words through phonemic awareness and systematic and explicit phonics instruction and assessment. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5202: Content Area Reading – This course links reading skills across the curriculum through the use of instructional strategies and assessments. The use of textbooks, trade books, and electronic texts are explored with a focus on integrating a variety of strategies to enhance student understanding in content areas. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5203: Vocabulary Development and Fluency – This course examines indirect and direct vocabulary instruction and the use of guided repeated oral reading strategies as effective means to devel­op reading fluency and overall reading achievement. Attention is given to using appropriate instruments for assessing fluency. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5204: Writing To Enhance Learning – This course examines ways to design an effective writing environment and to integrate writing in the classroom to increase and assess literacy skills, and to develop critical thinking, deeper understanding, and more effective written communication. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5205: Comprehension – This course is designed to examine comprehension monitoring, cooperative learning, graphic and semantic organiz­ers including story maps, question answering, question generation, and summarization as well as discernment of when and how to teach them. Methods for measuring student growth and understanding will be emphasized. (3 semester hours)

EDU 5206: Literacy Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching – This course is a study of the causes of reading and writing disabilities, diagnostic procedures and methods for correction. It is designed to provide graduate students with instruction and experience in diagnosing reading and writing performance and prescribing and implementing teaching strategies that will remediate weaknesses and encourage an appreciation for reading and writing as means of personal growth, enjoyment, and lifelong learning in a diverse and constantly changing world. Graduate students will be required to assess and provide a minimum of 15 sessions (at least 30 minutes per session) of literacy tutoring to an elementary-age student. (3 semester hours)

Electives:

EDU 5391: Topical Studies in Education – Focusing on a curricular topic, structured literature study groups will examine current research for best practices and their implementation in today’s classrooms. (1 semester hour—maximum for 3 hours credit)

Any course from the opposite track.

Contact Information

Dr. Jill Arnold
Online
573-629-3103