Course Descriptions

MUE 503 - Methods for Early Childhood

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to foster students' understanding of best practice methods of instruction in the early childhood classroom, the role of play during early childhood, and the influence of families and cultures. Specifically, this course explores an interdisciplinary approach to teaching math, science, social studies and writing. The assessment topics include developing developmentally appropriate lesson/unit plans that consider the learning needs of diverse learners.

MUE 504 - Assessment and Instruction in Fine Arts

(Credits: 2.00)

The Fine Arts course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of the Fine Arts in schooling and the importance of the arts in past and present cultures. Emphasis will be placed on integrating art, music and movement with the regular curricular areas such as reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. The students will write lesson plans, explore art and music materials and engage in drama exercises in a cooperative group.

MUE 512 - Language, Literacy and Learning

(Credits: 4.00)

This course focuses on the relationship between language and literacy development. Students will learn how to plan and provide instruction in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Additionally, course participants will learn how to assess student learning and how assessment practices should be modified for students who receive general education services as well as for those students who have been identified with special education needs and language differences. A variety of contexts to facilitate the development of language and literacy will be explored. Modifications of content for students with learning disabilities and for students with language differences to make progress in the general curriculum will be explored.

MUE 513 - Field Experience Special Education I

(Credits: 1.00)

In this field-based course, teacher candidates will work to establish a classroom community that is positive and conducive to learning for all participants. Designing and implementing effective lessons will be a key component of the course. Students will have an assigned mentor who will conduct weekly visits and support them as they work in their classrooms.

MUE 514 - Literacy and Learning in the Upper Grade Levels

(Credits: 4.00)

The content of this course includes examination, discussion, and application of teacher and student strategies for promotion of word identification, fluency, comprehension, study skills, and written expression; selection of appropriate literature, practice materials, and technology; formats for organizing classroom instruction; and procedures for assessing and monitoring learner progress. The emphasis for students who enroll in this course is literacy learning and instruction for students in grades 4-8.

MUE 515 - Building Classroom Communities

(Credits: 2.00 - 3.00)

This course explores the creation of a classroom community that meets the needs of all students, including learners with disabilities and learners with diverse backgrounds. This encompasses a history of special education and major legal requirements, including definitions and causes of disabilities. As the meaning of learning differences is examined, the influence of cultural and linguistic diversity within classroom communities is emphasized.

MUE 525 - Supporting Individual Student Needs

(Credits: 3.00)

Teacher candidates will learn about classroom level strategies to support and enhance the learning and behavior of students with disabilities and other learning differences. This will include examination of the current environment in relationship to student needs and strategies for crisis intervention. The use of functional behavior assessment (FBA) to assess and interpret students' behaviors will be practiced.

MUE 530 - Student Teaching in Urban Settings

(Credits: 4.00)

Teacher candidates student teach full days for a full semester (18-20 weeks) in P-12 settings under supervision within the candidate’s targeted area(s) of certification. Focus is on the practices and roles of the beginning classroom teacher in a diverse, global world.

MUE 531 - Student Teaching in the Bilingual Classroom

(Credits: 2.00)

Teacher candidates student teach full days for a full semester (18-20 weeks) in P-12 settings under supervision within the candidate’s targeted area(s) of certification. Focus is on the practices and roles of the beginning classroom teacher in a diverse, global world.

MUE 533 - Field Experience Special Education III

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is designed to help prepare teacher candidates to build a community of learners while considering a wide range of academic, social, and emotional differences among K-12 students. Teacher candidates will continue to work with mentors in their classrooms and reflect upon their ability to design and implement effective lesson plans while building strong relationships with students.

MUE 540 - Field Experience Urban Education I

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates to build a community of learners while considering a wide range of academic, social, and emotional differences among pre-K-12 students. Instructional strategies that promote appropriate individual and group behavior, classroom techniques that effectively respond to inappropriate behaviors, and classroom methods that deal with the needs of "at-risk" students and those with severe behavior problems will be addressed. Prerequisite: Passing scores in PPST required. Corequisite: Praxis I.

MUE 542 - Field Experience Urban Education II

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates to build a community of learners while considering a wide range of academic, social, and emotional differences among pre-K-12 students. Instructional strategies that promote appropriate individual and group behavior, classroom techniques that effectively respond to inappropriate behaviors, and classroom methods that deal with the needs of "at-risk" students, second-language learners and students with severe behavior problems are addressed.

MUE 543 - Student Teaching: Urban Special Education

(Credits: 2.00)

Teacher candidates student teach full days for a full semester (18-20 weeks) in P-12 settings under supervision within the candidate’s targeted area(s) of certification. Focus is on the practices and roles of the beginning classroom teacher in a diverse, global world.

MUE 545 - Supporting Students in the School Environment

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will focus on knowledge of school-wide structures and school-wide support for special educators in order to navigate academic and behavioral support systems in schools. Individual support/interventions also will be introduced as part of the larger systemic support framework. Teacher candidates will learn to apply this knowledge in transition planning as program considerations.

MUE 555 - Collaborating with Families and Communities

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will focus on collaboration and communication skills necessary for special educators to work in partnership with parents, paraprofessionals, other school team members, and community agencies to plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs. Teacher candidates will learn to apply these skills in transition planning as program considerations for transition as a lifelong process. The concept of self-determination will be introduced and the importance of Self Advocacy for teachers and students will be discussed.

MUE 565 - Formal and Informal Assessment

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course teacher candidates will learn the use and interpretation of both norm-referenced standardized tests and informal assessment strategies for varied purposes, including eligibility decisions and ongoing classroom assessment. Assessment in varied areas (e.g. academic, social, behavioral, environmental) is examined and legal requirements stressed.

MUE 590 - History and Politics of Bilingual Education

(Credits: 3.00)

Students will reflect upon current teaching philosophy in relation to language acquisition and maintenance. Students will explore the history and theories of bilingual education as a method of instruction. This course examines the history behind current politics, policy and public attitude affecting bilingual education as well as the evolution of policy and practice in the United States. General public perception and attitudes and their effect on classroom practice are examined and discussed.

MUE 592 - Applied Linguistics

(Credits: 3.00)

Students will be provided an introduction to the study of linguistics including its application to teaching in K-12 multicultural/bilingual classrooms. The course looks at first- and second-language acquisition, with a focus on the understanding of the application of linguistic principles as they apply to Language Learners in the context of the bilingual/bicultural classroom. Students will study the pragmatics of the classroom, phonetic orthography to represent sounds, phonological analysis, morphophonological analysis as well as identify the structure of basic English and Spanish phrases, clauses, and sentences.

MUE 594 - Culture, Language and Education

(Credits: 3.00)

Throughout this course students will examine theories and methods used in the bilingual/bicultural classroom and their application to content-area teaching as well as language acquisition. Students will discuss and implement the integration of culture and language in content-area teaching in both English and Spanish in order to facilitate learning. Students will develop an understanding of different program models and their effectiveness in the education of bilingual students. Candidates also will apply knowledge to implement the use of instructional materials and activities that are appropriate and effective for the education of bilingual students.

MUE 596 - Bilingual Methods and Assessment

(Credits: 3.00)

This course, taught in both English and Spanish in order to foster the command of both languages in the context of the classroom, discusses methods and models of bilingual education. Various techniques implemented for instruction and language development will be discussed. Materials used in the bilingual classroom as well as the adaptation of materials will be examined. There is a focus on the measurement and assessment of language/bilingualism as well as content-area assessment as it pertains to the bilingual/bicultural child. Particular attention will be given to testing both in the classroom and at the district/state levels.

MUE 606 - Introduction to Research

(Credits: 2.00)

Students will develop an action research plan, write an annotated bibliography that serves as the foundation for Chapter Two of the Action Research Master’s Thesis, summarize a journal article, and prepare to implement their action research plans in the next course. This action research project will serve as the foundation for the master’s thesis.

MUE 614 - Teacher Research

(Credits: 2.00)

In this course, students will be introduced to the research process. They will draft their literature review and submit their IRB proposal for their action research process.

MUE 616 - Case Study Research

(Credits: 1.00)

Action Research is an opportunity to engage in classroom action research. Action research is defined as working in an authentic educational context with an authentic task that is both implemented and evaluated. The purpose of this course is to refine students' problem-solving abilities while providing hands-on experience in classrooms and schools. It is a requirement for the completion of the Master of Arts degree.

MUE 620 - Case Study Research

(Credits: 2.00)

Action Research is an opportunity to engage in classroom action research. Action research is defined as working in an authentic educational context with an authentic task that is both implemented and evaluated. The purpose of this course is to refine students' problem-solving abilities while providing hands-on experience in classrooms and schools. It is a requirement for the completion of the Master of Arts degree.