Course Descriptions

CED 549 - Technology Based Research and Statistics

(Credits: 3.00)

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

EDM 624 - Action Research Methodology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an introduction to reading scholarly research and to research design in general, and focuses on action research methodology. Students will learn to identify, analyze, and summarize scholarly research. Students also will develop and conduct an initial literature review and proposal plan for the action research project associated with EDM 634. Students will develop an action research plan, write drafts of chapters one and three of the action research master’s thesis, and prepare to implement their action research plans in EDM 634. This action research project will serve as the foundation for the master’s thesis. Prerequisite: CED 549.

EDM 634 - Action Research Application

(Credits: 2.00)

This course provides an opportunity for teachers to engage in action research in their classrooms and schools. Students will engage in authentic research and write a formal five-chapter master's thesis. Passing EDM 634 is a requirement for the completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Prerequisite: EDM 624, IRB approval.

EMA 500 - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Seminar I

(Credits: 2.00)

This course introduces teacher candidates to the profession of education, the InTASC Core Teaching Standards, and the Common Core Academic Standards. Teacher candidates will examine their paradigm of learning and teaching, attitudes and dispositions of effective teachers, and their role in a cohort learning model. Other topics that will be addressed include the concept of best practice and cognitive neuroscience in education. Prerequisite: Admission to MAT or MAIE program.

EMA 511 - EC-MC and MC-EA Fundamentals of Instruction and Assessment

(Credits: 3.00)

This course addresses the conceptual framework that guides the art and science of teaching. It introduces teacher candidates to current learning theory, a lesson planning format, and differentiated instruction and assessment strategies that are developmentally appropriate. Prerequisite: Admission to MAT or MAIE program. Corequisite: EMA 550.

EMA 523 - Pre K-Primary Theories of Literacy and Learning

(Credits: 4.00)

This course focuses on the relationship between language and literacy development in pre-kindergarten/preschool through primary-grade-level students, and in elementary or secondary students who receive special education services and are in early levels of literacy development. Teacher candidates will learn how to plan and provide instruction in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking and to assess student performance. A variety of contexts to facilitate the development of language and literacy will be explored. This course requires 15 hours of field experience. Prerequisite: Admission to MAT or MAIE program.

EMA 530 - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Field Experience I

(Credits: 1.00)

This course provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to explore the teaching profession in a elementary/middle classroom setting. Teacher candidates will observe and participate in a variety of lessons and activities in the assigned placement. The goal of the observations is to identify the ten Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortiums (InTASC) Standards in action and teach lessons during the required 35 hours of field experience. Prerequisite: Admission to MAT or MAIE program. Corequisite: EMA 511.

EMA 535 - EC-MC and MC-EA Classroom Management and Cultural Diversity

(Credits: 1.00)

This course prepares teacher candidates to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction and active engagement in learning among P-8 students with a wide range of academic, social, and emotional differences. Course instruction is grounded in the understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures with the goal of supporting teacher candidates in moving toward cultural proficiency. Instructional strategies and classroom techniques that promote student learning and classroom community will be explored. In addition, a wide variety of classroom management challenges and issues will be addressed using current research. Prerequisite: Admission to MAT or MAIE program.

EMA 539 - Technologies to Teach: Intro

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is designed as an introduction to educational and instructional technology (-ies). The student will examine the intersections between technology, classroom learning, instructional design, and curriculum development. Although the course will not utilize specific platforms and/or tools, teacher candidates will have the opportunity to select from a range of technologies and tools to complete course projects. This course is designed to provide teacher candidates a basic knowledge and understanding of instructional technologies as well as practice applying these understandings to actual classroom practice and respond to the needs of an ever-changing academic environment.

EMA 543 - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Math Methods

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is designed to create competencies in mathematics methods for students preparing to teach in the P-8 classroom. Through reading, writing, and talking about mathematics as well as engaging in hands-on mathematics activities, teacher candidates will develop the skills necessary to successfully create, implement, and assess appropriate mathematics activities for P-8 grade levels. Prerequisite: Admission to MAT or MAIE program.

EMA 544 - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Science Methods

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is designed to help teacher candidates develop competencies in instructional methods appropriate for science content for various P-8 grade levels. Teacher candidates will research and investigate aspects of science lessons including student thought process, set-up time, topic adjustment, evaluation processes, environmental education, and meeting national and state science standards. Prerequisite: Admission to MAT or MAIE program.

EMA 546 - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Social Studies Methods

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is designed to develop competencies in instructional methods to successfully create and implement social studies lessons appropriate for various P-8 grade levels. Teacher candidates will research and investigate aspects of the social studies standards, including the topic of Wisconsin Indian treaties and tribal sovereignty, and become familiar with lesson and unit plan designs for the content area. Prerequisite: Admission to MAT or MAIE program.

EMA 547 - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Fine Art Methods

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is designed to develop competencies in instructional methods to successfully create and implement fine arts lessons appropriate for students in grades P-8. Teacher candidates will research and investigate aspects of the fine arts standards and become familiar with lesson and unit plan designs for the content area. Special attention will be focused on research-based integration strategies that connect the other academic content areas with arts areas. Prerequisite: Admission to MAT or MAIE program.

EMA 550 - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Portfolio I

(Credits: 1.00)

Portfolio 1 provides the teacher candidates/teachers an opportunity to demonstrate competency as it relates to the InTASC Teacher Standards and in the areas of planning, instruction, and assessment as defined by edTPA. Through the performance of and submission of oral, written and lesson planning, teacher candidates/teachers will provide evidence of their readiness for future field experiences. Portfolio I focuses on InTASC Model of Core Teacher Standards 2, 5, 9, and 10. Corequisite: EMA 511.

EMA 551 - EC-MC and MC-EA Advanced Methods and Assessment

(Credits: 4.00)

This course is designed specifically for the teacher candidate to develop confidence in designing lesson plans, instructing, and assessing the elementary and middle-level student. The teacher candidate will develop lesson plans and a unit plan which incorporates research-based methods, best practices and current assessment practices. Course topics include essential teaching strategies that are foundational for teacher effectiveness, instructional models designed to teach specific learning objectives, Understanding by Design unit plans, constructivist theory and media/technology literacy. The assessment topics include informal and formal classroom assessment designs, rubrics, grading methods, standardized testing and communicating assessment results. Teacher candidates are concurrently enrolled in EMA 551 and EMA 570 / INED 510. Prerequisite: EMA 550.

EMA 563 - Upper Elementary/Middle Theories of Literacy and Learning

(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; 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 teacher candidates in this course is literacy learning and instruction for students in grades 4-8. This course requires 15 hours of field experience. Prerequisite: EMA 550.

EMA 575 - EC-MC and MC-EA Advanced Classroom Management

(Credits: 2.00)

This course prepares teacher candidates to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction and active engagement in learning among P-8 students with a wide range of academic, social, and emotional differences. Course instruction is grounded in the understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures with the goal of supporting teacher candidates in moving toward cultural proficiency. Conflict resolution, motivation theories, and the impact of teacher expectations will be explored, including instructional strategies and classroom techniques that promote student learning and classroom community. A variety of classroom management challenges and issues also will be addressed using current research. Prerequisite: EMA 550.

EMA 580 - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Seminar II

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is designed to culminate the teacher candidate's experiences and learning from the MAT initial certification program. The course facilitates the production of Portfolio II: The Teacher Candidate Portfolio. Teacher candidates will link key assessments from previous coursework to the InTASC Teacher Standards and along with them the requirements for the edTPA, in order to demonstrate competencies for teaching and their readiness to student teach. This course also provides teacher candidates with an introduction to student teaching. Prerequisite: EMA 550. Corequisite: EMA 581.

EMA 581 - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Portfolio II

(Credits: None)

Portfolio II is an opportunity for teacher candidates to demonstrate increased competency in the InTASC Teacher Standards and their preparedness in the areas of planning, instruction, and assessment as defined by edTPA. Through the submission of coursework aligned with the requirements of edTPA and written, oral and portfolio portions of Portfolio II, teacher candidates will provide evidence of their readiness for student teaching and edTPA assessment process. Prerequisite: EMA 550. Corequisite: EMA 580.

EMA 604 - Professional Development Seminar

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces teacher candidates to the profession of education through the School of Education Program Framework for Teacher Effectiveness and the InTASC Core Teaching Standards. In addition, this course prepares teacher candidates to complete and submit an edTPA entry for local evaluation and/or Pearson. Teacher candidates will examine their paradigm of learning and teaching, attitudes and disposition of effective teachers, and their role in a cohort learning model. Other topics that are addressed include the concept of best practice and cognitive neuroscience in education. This course is to be taken concurrently with student teaching. Prerequisite: EMA 581 or EMA 583, Praxis II. Corequisite: Student teaching course.

INED 510 - Inclusive Field Experience II

(Credits: 1.00)

This pre-student teaching Inclusive Field Experience, MC-EA, provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to explore the teaching profession in an actual classroom setting. Teacher candidates will observe and participate in a variety of classroom activities. They will complete 35 hours at the assigned field site and deliver at least five instructional lessons related to the content in EMA 551. At least two of the five lessons must include students who are identified with special education needs. In the field experience, students also will spend 15 course hours in field experiences related to the content in EMA 563 (Literacy). Corequisite: EMA 551. Lab Fee Required.

INED 520 - Inclusive Field Experience III

(Credits: 1.00)

This pre-student teaching field experience provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to explore the teaching profession in an actual classroom setting. Teacher candidates will observe and participate in a variety of classroom activities, will complete 35 hours at the assigned field site and will deliver at least three instructional lessons working within a special education program with students with individualized education plans.

INED 534 - Autism and Communication Disorders

(Credits: 2.00)

This course provides an in-depth understanding of individuals who have the diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Characteristics of individuals with ASD are reviewed and discussed in the context of the student's unique educational needs and implications for inclusive educational practices. Components of successful inclusive programs will be reviewed. Students will become acquainted with ways to design and implement positive support strategies, communication, and accommodations for students with communication delays. In addition students will develop an understanding of language and literacy development, differences in language and literacy development for individuals with disorders and delays, and the importance of communication in the learning environment.

INED 536 - Individual Education Plans

(Credits: 1.00)

This course provides an understanding of the current Individualized Education Plan legislation and processes. The course focuses on: developing legal and useful Individualized Education Plans (IEP) using the current state developed IEP forms and methods for implementing, monitoring and analyzing the plans.

INED 592 - Student Teaching Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

(Credits: 3.00 - 10.00)

This course provides teacher candidates opportunities to student teach in a 1-8 regular education setting and special education setting under supervision within the teacher candidate’s targeted area(s) of certification. The course focuses on the practices and roles of the beginning classroom teacher in a diverse, global world. Student teaching consists of a 20-week placement in an inclusive setting or two 10-week placements: one in a regular education setting and one in a special education setting in a school setting(s) matching the teacher candidate’s area of certification. Student teachers will follow the hours of operation and academic calendar of their school placement(s). A University supervisor assigned by the site coordinator will evaluate student teachers. Teacher candidates will demonstrate competency based on the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, Association for Childhood Education International-Elementary Education Standards (ACEI), and CEC domain areas. Prerequisite: EMA 581, Praxis II, Foundations of Reading Test. Corequisite: EMA 604.

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 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 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 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.