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Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree Core Course Descriptions

CI 590 Action Research Proposal (3 credits)
Designed to help educators see themselves as researchers, in order that they may conduct research in educational settings that contributes to the improvement of education. Research questions and methods appropriate for practicing educators will be covered.

CI 561 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
Review and development of modern viewpoints in educational psychology with particular attention to theories of learning and their application to school and educational problems; an examination of experimental material that seems most useful and relevant to educational psychology.

CI 567 Curriculum and Culture (3 credits)
Understanding the cultural basis of instructional materials in curriculum development and teaching and how the organization of knowledge in a subject area and the explanation of new ideas are influenced by cultural root metaphors. Planning and administering the instructional materials center in the modern school. The cooperative roles of the teacher, administrator, and librarian in curricular development and materials.

CI 510 Educational Measurement (3 credits) - cohorts only
Minimum competency, norm-referenced, and criterion-referenced tests; characteristics and levels of measurement; reliability; validity; interpreting test scores; standardized tests; using performance standards; planning and constructing classroom selection; supply and performance tests; portfolio assessment; evaluating test items. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

CI 510 Guidance for the Classroom Teacher (3 credits) [Formerly offered as COUN 525]
A study of the responsibilities and procedures of teachers for guiding students at all levels in becoming more effective and capable persons. Prerequisites: completion of 135 credits; student teaching or teaching experience.

CI 581 Issues in Education (3 credits)
An introduction to the study of contemporary issues that impact the teaching and learning environment for K-12 students and their teachers. Students identify critical issues in contemporary education and analyze those issues from a variety of perspectives.

CI 591 Special Projects: Action Research Implementation (3 credits)
This course will be partly arranged with your instructor. Action Research project presentations will be required.

CI 510 Teacher Leadership (3 credits) 
"Teacher Leadership" is a course for educators who would like to learn more about how to be effective leaders in their buildings and districts.  Participants will define teacher leadership, describe leadership roles, and learn about the skills of effective teacher leaders as distinct from those of building administrators. Participants will also examine the practices that bring about positive school change, and design and implement a project in their educational setting. This course is appropriate for teachers, curriculum developers, mentors and other leaders in education.

CI 580 Theories of Instruction (3 credits)
An investigation of what happens in the classroom, emphasizing the interrelatedness of learning, subject matter, and teaching; testing of scholars’ and the student’s own ideas against concrete case studies of instruction; formulation and defense of one’s own theory. Prerequisite: teaching experience or consent of instructor.

CI 565 Theoretical Models of Curriculum (3 credits)
Study of the history of curriculum and curriculum theory in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the historical, philosophical, and scientific foundations of curriculum theory. A main goal of the course is to provide a framework for evaluation, selection, and development of school curricula.

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