Education (EDU)

EDU 515   Instructional Leadership   3 Units

This course will provide students with an understanding of the organization, management, and leadership of schools as effective techniques for instructional leaders to teach concepts, skills, and values are presented and modeled along with specific techniques to guide, motivate, delegate, and build consensus.

EDU 520   Curriculum Design and Evaluation   3 Units

This course will provide students with an intensive study of pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching including state curriculum documents, the curricular recommendations of professional associations, recommendations that have emerged from recent educational research, and the recommendations of recent reform movements. Specific emphasis will be given to the study of alternative approaches to curriculum theory, design, practice, and evaluation.

EDU 522   Assisting Change In Education   3 Units

This course will focus on change, the dominant influence of the present century, and its impact on public education. Students will explore how all levels of education are required to make the changes needed to bring educational practice in line with the needs of the 21st century learners as they review new models of learning that may be more appropriate for changing times, with an emphasis placed on innovations for curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

EDU 524   Coping with Stress and Violence in Today's Classroom   3 Units

This course will address a variety of issues regarding stress and violence in children's' lives as students discuss how the nature and content of culture are reflected in the symptoms and causes of stress and violence. Included in the discussion will be the role of schools and teachers, from preschool through high school, in providing support for children experiencing stress and/or violence and how teachers can provide assistance to the larger family structure through broadened knowledge of cultural stressors, use of age appropriate and culturally sensitive coping skills, and how they can serve as active agents of social change leading to advocacy for children.

EDU 542   School, Community and Diverse Family Structures   3 Units

This course will focus on equipping participants with skills that provide effective approaches in working with family and community members from culturally and social-economically diverse backgrounds within the larger political and social context of today’s world. The student will explore the relationship of schools to other community agencies and investigate approaches to provide socio-educational services to children and their families.

EDU 547   Brain-Based Teaching and Learning   3 Units

This course is designed to provide experienced, credentialed teachers with the latest in psychological research findings that can be directly applied to the classroom including the functions and anatomy of the brain and multiple intelligences, bringing together the most accurate depiction of how the brain works with the experience and expertise of classroom teachers.

EDU 550   Education Discourse: Change and Reform   3 Units

This course will examine the historical, legal, social, political, ethical, and economic perspectives that have impacted schools in America as students examine the dynamics of curriculum change and the key role leaders play in creating a learning community. Opportunity will be provided for students to debate the problems and possible approaches in dealing with the issues confronting schools with an emphasis on the importance of involving communities in the life of a school. Persons and groups involved in establishing and developing educational policies and practices meeting the diverse need of the public will be explored.

EDU 557   Differentiating Instruction for Special Populations   3 Units

This course will explore educational research on differentiating instruction to meet the special needs of target populations such as at-risk or under-challenged learners with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, and students who require more personalized instruction. This course will also delineate between what differentiated instruction is and is not along with multiple forms of data collection and analysis to provide students with on-going assessment and instructional strategies based on the practices of differentiated instruction. Additionally, this course will assist students in formulating and articulating the connection between theory and practice with a strong focus on providing advanced methods for accommodating the needs of struggling learners and supporting them in the regular classroom.

EDU 580   Educational Research: Methods and Analysis   3 Units

This course will examines the field of educational research by exploring models, analyzing research articles, applying measurement, and statistical techniques to research problems. Students will learn the essentials needed to carry out the research process and develop a proposal that will guide the project.

EDU 586   Educational Technology Level II   3 Units

This course equips teachers to be knowledgeable about educational technology standards as adopted by the state. It incorporates the California Technology Standards Level II and covers skills in using technology in the classroom. Upon successful completion, the student will have met the requirements for certification of Level II technology skills. Successful completion will be considered 84% or better as a final grade.

EDU 595   Developing Character and Ethics   3 Units

This course will incorporate the resources and skills necessary to integrate ethical themes and character development into a school setting. It will provide educators an arena in which to explore and develop their moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria. Focus will also be placed on putting into practice those skills and resources that integrate character themes and character development into their school setting.