Course Descriptions

CEDU 549 - Technology Based Research and Statistics

(Credits: 3.00)

This course helps educators to read, understand and evaluate research. They will acquire knowledge of basic research design and guidelines for judging research quality. The course provides an instruction to basic descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis is on the roles such procedures play in interpreting research. The computer will be used to develop understanding of these statistics.

MUE 502 - Assessment and Instruction in Mathematics

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is designed to create competencies in mathematics methods for students preparing to teach in the Pre-K-8 classroom. Through reading, writing, and talking about mathematics as well as engaging in hands-on mathematics activities, students will develop the skills necessary to successfully create and implement appropriate mathematics activities for various grade levels. Included in these activities are assessment processes as well as NCTM and state standards for mathematics education. In addition, procedures for assessment and modification for children with disabilities are addressed as they relate to the teaching of elementary and middle school mathematics.

MUE 504 - Assessment and Instruction in Fine Arts

(Credits: 2.00)

This 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 is placed on integrating art, music, and physical education with the regular curricular areas such as reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. The students will write lesson plans, explore art materials, learn music strategies, and engage in physical education games in a cooperative group. Prerequisite: Passing scores in Praxis II required.

MUE 506 - Assessment and Instruction in Science

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is designed to create competencies in science methods for students preparing to teach science in the urban Pre-K-8 classroom. Through a lecture/discussion/hands-on/project approach, students will explore the philosophical and practical aspects of teaching elementary science in an urban setting. Participants will be engaged in strategies of engagement, lesson preparation and assessment. Attention will be focused on meeting Wisconsin Science and Common Core Standards. Prerequisite: Passing scores in Praxis II required.

MUE 508 - Assessment and Instruction in Social Studies

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is designed to explore and practice the skills necessary to fulfill the role of teacher of elementary and middle school social studies. Included is general information on curriculum development, component areas of broad field social studies, unit development, outcome and assessment development, methods specific to social studies, computer technology as integrated into the curriculum, and the relationship of social studies to all other subject areas. Course content examines minority group relations including history, culture and sovereignty of American Indian Tribes and bands located in Wisconsin as well a focus on women and various racial, cultural, language and economic groups in the United States to include but not limited to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Hmong and cultures of poverty. Prerequisite: Passing scores in PPST required.

MUE 511 - Literacy Development

(Credits: 3.00)

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, and to assess student performance for children identified with special needs. A variety of contexts to facilitate the development of language and literacy are explored including the role of phonics in the development of fluent readers. Modifications of content as needed for students with special needs to make progress are explored.

MUE 512 - Language, Literacy and Learning

(Credits: 4.00)

This course focuses on the relationship between language and literacy development in pre-kindergarten through primary grade-level students. Students will learn how to plan and provide instruction in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and to assess student performance for children in general education programs as well as students identified with learning disabilities. A variety of contexts to facilitate the development of language and literacy are explored including the role of phonics in the development of fluent readers. Modifications of content are explored as needed for students with learning disabilities to make progress in the general curriculum. Prerequisite: Passing scores in Praxis II required.

MUE 513 - Field Experience 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.

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. Modifications of content are explored as needed for students with learning disabilities to make progress in the general curriculum. Prerequisite: Passing scores in Praxis II required.

MUE 515 - Building Classroom Communities

(Credits: 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 518 - Social Studies for Special Educator

(Credits: 2.00)

In this course, teacher candidates will learn how to use a variety of strategies to help students with special needs be successful in the social studies classroom. Teacher candidates will have the opportunity to research the current state of social studies as it relates to students with special education needs, participate in collegial discussions regarding theory and practice in inclusive social studies classrooms, and develop state standards-based curricula and resources to implement within their schools.

MUE 521 - Math Methods for Special Educators

(Credits: 2.00)

This course will provide the student with the foundation for understanding math concepts covered in K-12 classrooms and ways to help students understand the whys as well as the algorithms used to be successful in mathematics. Teacher candidates will learn how to use a variety of strategies to help students be successful in the math classroom.

MUE 522 - Identifying and Supporting Children with Learning Disabilities

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides basic theoretical and practical approaches to the identification and instruction of students with learning disabilities. Historical foundations, major theoretical approaches, and current issues in the field of learning disabilities are examined. Formal and informal tools and procedures used to assess students suspected of having specific learning disabilities are explored. Characteristics of students with learning disabilities and related teaching strategies are described. Prerequisite: Passing scores in PPST required. Corequisite: Praxis I.

MUE 523 - Field Experience II

(Credits: 2.00)

Teacher candidates will work to establish a classroom community that is positive and conducive to learning for all participants. In addition, teacher candidates will focus on supporting the varying social and behavioral needs of the students.

MUE 524 - Adaptations for Students with Learning Disabilities

(Credits: 3.00)

This course includes a study of the curriculum content, instructional methodologies, and instructional materials appropriate for students with learning disabilities. Teaching and learning strategies in the areas of reading, mathematics, communication, and social skills development for students with specific learning disabilities are reviewed and practiced. An understanding of the processes, strategies, and interpersonal dynamics involved in curricular adaptation to meet the needs of students with LD who receive instruction in general education classroom is promoted. Prerequisite: Praxis I. Corequisite: Praxis II.

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)

Student teaching provides half-day, full-semester opportunities for student teachers in pre-K-8 urban settings under supervision within one's targeted area(s) of certification. Focus is on the practices and roles of the beginning classroom teacher in a diverse, global world. Prerequisite: Praxis II, Reading Foundations Test.

MUE 531 - Student Teaching in the Bilingual Classroom

(Credits: 2.00)

This course provides teacher candidates with an opportunity to teach in a bilingual classroom with guidance from a mentor. This experience focuses on the practices and roles of the beginning bilingual classroom teacher in a diverse, global world. Prerequisite: Praxis II, Reading Foundations Test.

MUE 532 - Student Teaching in Urban Settings II

(Credits: 2.00)

Student teaching provides full-day opportunities to student teach in pre-K-8 urban settings under supervision within the students' targeted area(s) of certification. Focus is on the practices and roles of the beginning classroom teacher in a diverse, global world. Prerequisite: Passing scores in Praxis II required.

MUE 533 - Field Experience III

(Credits: 1.00)

In this field-based course, teacher candidates will articulate a personal philosophy of special education; demonstrate their ability to involve students and their families as active participants in the educational team; teach essential concepts, vocabulary and content across the general curriculum; and modify the pace of instruction for students.

MUE 534 - Student Teaching in the Bilingual Classroom II

(Credits: 1.00)

This course provides teacher candidates with an opportunity to teach in a bilingual classroom with guidance from a mentor. This experience focuses on the practices and roles of the beginning bilingual classroom teacher in a diverse, global world.

MUE 535 - Self Determination and Advocacy

(Credits: 2.00)

This course targets the essential role of self-determination and self-advocacy in the urban special educator's professional life. Topics emphasized are ethical responsibilities; strategies, resources, and professional organizations to help educators remain current in the field; and legal systems to support individuals with disabilities. In addition, strategies to teach self-advocacy to students with disabilities are introduced.

MUE 540 - Seminar in 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 are addressed. Prerequisite: Passing scores in PPST required. Corequisite: Praxis I.

MUE 542 - Seminar in 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. Prerequisite: Praxis I. Corequisite: Praxis II.

MUE 543 - Student Teaching: Urban Special Education

(Credits: 2.00)

In this field-based course, teacher candidates will demonstrate their ability to meet the needs of individuals with special needs.

MUE 544 - Seminar in Urban Education III

(Credits: 2.00)

This course continues to build on the elements included in Seminars I and II. Using this knowledge, teacher candidates will establish networks, resources and tools for continuing to grow as urban educators. Teacher candidates will have the opportunity to participate in interactive presentations and role-plays, listen to urban principal and teacher panels, and fulfill the community service learning component. Prerequisite: Praxis II. Corequisite: Reading Foundations Test.

MUE 545 - Supporting Students in the School Environment

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course teacher candidates will learn about strategies to support and enhance the academic and behavioral success of students with disabilities in the school and larger community. This will include consideration of primary, secondary, and tertiary preventative interventions. Interventions such as classroom management, Response to Intervention (RtI) as a means of addressing challenging student behavior, and the use of the Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) process will be addressed. As teacher candidates examine these strategies, they will consider culturally responsive interventions and factors that influence the overrepresentation of learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in programs for students with disabilities.

MUE 549 - Technology Based Statistics for Educators

(Credits: 2.00)

This course provides an introduction to basic descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis is on the roles such procedures play in interpreting research and the possible application of these procedures to the educational environment. Technology will be used to develop understanding of these statistics.

MUE 555 - Collaborating with Families and Communities

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses 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 and legal requirements for transition as a life-long process will be highlighted.

MUE 557 - Literary Assessment and Strategies for the Special Educator

(Credits: 3.00)

The content of this course is designed to acquaint special educators with techniques for informal literacy assessment and effective instruction through literacy strategies in the areas of accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Related topics include planning appropriate instruction for students experiencing literacy difficulties and communication with parents and professionals.

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. Prerequisite: Praxis I. Corequisite: Praxis II.

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. Corequisite: Praxis I.

MUE 602 - Connecting Assessment and Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is designed to further educators' understanding of assessment tools that can be used to guide instruction and measure growth. Prerequisite: Passing scores in Praxis II required.

MUE 603 - Introduction to Case Study Research

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is designed to introduce students to case study research. Students will learn about the purpose of this form of research as well as explore multiple designs of case studies. As part of the requirements for this course, students will plan their own research project and write a proposal to be submitted to the Institutional Review Board. Prerequisite: Passing scores in Praxis II required.

MUE 606 - Introduction to 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.

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 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 degree.

MUE 620 - Case Study Research

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is an opportunity to engage in one-on-one or small-group classroom research. Case study research is used to study a phenomenon systematically. Case studies are often used when it is impossible to separate the variables from their context. The end product of a case study is a rich description of the case studied. The purpose of this course is to refine each student's ability to engage in the cycle of teaching involving assessment and instruction based on student needs. It is a requirement for the completion of the Master of Arts degree. Prerequisite: Passing scores in Praxis II required.

MUE 630 - Assessment and Instruction in Literacy II

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course, students will work one-on-one with a grade 1-12 student who has been identified as a student with special educational needs. Graduate students will pre-assess the student, plan and implement an intervention, and post test. The end product of this course is a case study that includes rich description of the participant studied. The purpose of this course is to refine students' ability to engage in the cycle of teaching involving assessment and instruction based on student needs.