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This course will provide an introduction to the M.Ed. Program and will examine 21st Century teaching and learning as it applies to current issues and future trends in education. In addition, education theory will be introduced to engage learners in professional scaffolding of knowledge and best practice for 21st Century teachers and learners.
In this first course, you assess your current technology skills and knowledge and set some learning goals for integrating technology in your classroom. You examine some of the trends and issues of technology integration, investigate some of the various types of educational software and technology tools available, and develop a technology integration plan for your classroom.
An overview of research in education that provides practicing professionals an opportunity to identify, read, interpret, and apply educational research. This includes a study of research methodologies, analyses of relevant literature, and the development of a literature review in a self-selected area of interest.
Introduces thinking skills taxonomies, thinking routines, and tools for inquiry-based instruction and assessment. Candidates analyze and create assessments, instructional materials, and teaching approaches for the development of inquiry and argument in one's practice.
Focus is on learning to use student assessment data to inform decisions related to planning and implementing instructional strategies at the classroom and individual student level. Participants learn how to collect and organize data, analyze and interpret that data, and make informed decisions. Participants will develop "data literacy"; a basic understanding of how data can be used to inform instruction.
Students examine characteristics of culturally responsive instruction and how to develop culturally responsive instruction techniques. Participants will engage in critical reflective exercises to understand current practice and barriers to student achievement, including examining the achievement gap. Students will examine inclusive learning environments and develop new strategies to meet the needs of a diverse student body.
Students work closely with their assigned faculty mentor to conduct their action research study and complete an original scholarly work. Reflection, analyses and dissemination of final work are required for successful completion of course.