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Courses for M.S.Ed. Educational Studies

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 NumberCourse TitleCredits
GFDE 503

Multicultural Education

Principles of adapting school programs and materials to the interests of a pluralistic society. Addresses specific approaches for implementing a curriculum responsive to diverse and multi-ethnic populations incorporating cultural, racial, socioeconomic, gender, and individual differences.

GFDE 508

Historical, Philosophical, and Social Foundations in Education

The course addresses fundamental contemporary educational issues by exploring, in historical perspective, the interaction of philosophical theories and societal dynamics in the development of American education.

GFDE 510

Theory of the Teaching and Learning Process

This course provides opportunities to analyze assumptions about knowing, teaching, and learning; to study theories of human learning and their relationships to motivation, development, and teaching; and to reflect on and project your own teaching and learning practice based on theoretically sound principles.

GFDE 520

Motivation in Education

This course enables students to examine the critical role that motivation plays in human learning by applying current theories and research in motivation to authentic issues of concern in educational settings. Students will use motivational theories as lenses through which to consider motivational issues from multiple perspectives, analyze their assumptions about motivation, and design theoretically based motivational practices.

GFDE 552

Educational Psychology in Pre-K Elementary Classrooms

This course will focus on the use of key theoretical principles of learning and motivation to create motivating learning environments for students in early childhood/elementary level classrooms. Emphasis will be placed on examination of beliefs about the teaching-learning process and use of theory and research to make effective decisions of teaching practice within developmentally-responsive classrooms.

GFDE 553

Field Experience in Social Justice - Level III

Students engage in service learning in off-campus community settings structured and guided reflective activities and assignments are implemented before, during, and after the off-campus meetings to facilitate student learning and social responsibility.

GFDE 554

Social Justice in Educational Settings

This course will focus on the role of social justice in educating a diverse student population. Social justice discourse is introduced as an educational tool that can be used to better understand the correlations between organizational, institutional, and/or social conditions and the widespread inequities in areas of, but not limited to, race, culture, class, and gender that challenge the educational system. This course is required of all education majors.

GFDE 555

Foundations of Assessment in Grades PreK-4

Covers foundations of assessing student learning with special emphasis on developmentally appropriate assessment of young children’s learning through informal and formal observation. Topics also include reliability and validity, teacher made tests, diagnostic, screening, achievement and other standardized tests, goals, objectives, targets and standards, ethics and legal issues, objective, subjective, performance and authentic approaches to assessment.

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.

GREV 502

Proposal and Grant Writing

Students are provided an overview of the process of identifying funding sources, receiving, and responding to Requests for Proposals. Content includes: resources for locating funding sources, including electronic resources; requests for proposals, parts of a grant proposal, writing and submitting proposals, budget planning and justification.

GREV 525

Educational Research Literacy

The goal of this course is to develop the skills and knowledge base necessary for the conceptual understanding of research presented in the literature. In doing so, it will provide the foundation to become critical readers of research.

GREV 550

Instrument Design

This course is designed to introduce the principles and procedures of questionnaire design. The course examines topics including: data collection (e.g., mail, telephone, online, in-person), mode of administration, questionnaire design, selection of respondents, data analysis, and presentation of results. Students will be expected to develop a questionnaire on a research topic of their choice.

GREV 701

Research Methods & Design

This course provides an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches to research design and methodology. Through the use of specific research cases, students will analyze the practical problems faced by a researcher and the solution he or she selected. Students will also learn to evaluate the researcher's solutions and consider alternatives.

GREV 721

Theoretical Foundations of Qualitative Research

This course is designed to explore the use of qualitative research techniques in educational and clinical applications. Course content will cover the historical, philosophical and cultural issues involved in qualitative research as well as strategies and tactics for fieldwork, types of ethnographic approaches, ethical concerns, types and nature of interpretative research and participatory approaches to research.