The faculty of the School of Education take pride in the curriculum they teach. Whether just beginning in the field of education as an undergraduate student or pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree, the coursework will prepare students to confidently and effectively make a difference in classrooms, school districts, and communities.

Course Number Course Title Credits
GADS 501

Collaboration for Curricular Excellence

Concentrates on collaboration in the planning, implementation and evaluation of school programs. Special emphasis is place on developing skills for interdisciplinary team building, collaborative analysis of schedules and facilities to facilitate program implementation, construction and use of alternative assessments and evaluations across subject areas.

GADS 547

Advanced Strategies in Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum research; needs assessment; curriculum management; implementation; analysis of test data; curriculum models.

GADS 557

Supervision and Performance Evaluation

This course is intended to acquaint the perspective supervisor with principles and techniques of supervision as they evaluate and work with teachers in improving their ability to develop and deliver the curriculum.

GADS 574

Pupil Personnel Administration

Examination of the regulations and mandates from PDE that involve children in schools, including such issues as special education, child abuse, student assistance programs, community agencies, and pupil personnel services in Pennsylvania schools.

GADS 681

Educational Law, Ethics, and Advocacy

Principal provisions in school law affecting teachers, principals, and superintendents; constitutional, statutory, ruling case and common law bases for public education interpretations; legal procedures with emphasis on Pennsylvania school law.

GADS 700

Orientation to Educational Leadership and Practice for Improvement

This course provides an orientation to the structure and processes of administration and supervision leadership and to the program requirements. Solving real problems experienced by practicing leaders is a major part of this course and will help to inform candidates of what the job entails as well as giving them practical strategies for dealing with school based problems.

GADS 705

Supervisory Field Experience II

Competencies related to the thirteen program standards that form the programandrsquo;s conceptual framework are examined through a combination of class meetings, virtual learning and field experiences. A Reform Project specific to the area of concentration is the culminating project in this experience.

GADS 706

Supervisory Practice

This course is the final course before applying for supervisory certification. It requires field experiences that are developed in consultation with a university advisor as well as field site personnel at all three levels (elementary, middle and secondary). Four group seminars are scheduled during this final course.

GILT 512

Instructional Design

"Instructional Design is a ""hands-on"" course. As such, you will work on assignments to address some of the key issues confronting educators with respect to the design and implementation of technology-based lessons in the classroom. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of technology-based instruction by examining the pedagogy of teaching and the use of technology as a teaching tool. The instructional design theories that are introduced are equally applicable to education, training and learning in general. However, this course was designed specifically around the application of these theories and practices in the teaching of children. Blending these theories, participants design instructional materials that take full advantage of their target population's learning strengths, and help their learners master the material and identified learning objectives. The design activities are provided to guide you in the development of an overall unit of instruction and how the particular lesson you will create in this course fit into the grand scheme of the identified unit of instruction. "

GREV 500

Statistics in Behavioral Research

Skills necessary for critical analysis of quantitative research in the behavioral sciences are emphasized. The major goal is to understand and interpret the statistical analyses used to describe distributions and test hypothesis that are commonly used in empirical studies employing quantitative data.

GREV 501

Program Planning and Evaluation

An overview of evaluation models, theory, and techniques for conducting program evaluations. Content includes: measuring variables; reporting evaluation findings; using the results; and relationships among policy, planning, and evaluation.