The Master of Education in Elementary Education program is designed for individuals interested in the education of children in elementary or middle school. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. Graduates of the master‛s in elementary education program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching license.
In this program, students study topics such as: Philosophical and social issues in education; classroom engagement and management; educating learners with diverse needs; English as a second language; structured English immersion; prescriptive reading and assessment; literacy curriculum, assessment and methods; math curriculum, assessment and methods; and social studies curriculum, assessment and methods. All courses are directly aligned with professional teaching standards and the associated national content standards.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|UNV-501||Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Education||This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Education. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success. No practicum/field experience required. No Fingerprint Clearance necessary.||2|
|EDU-576||Philosophical and Social Issues in Education||This course is designed to provide an overview of the education profession for students who are inspired to be teachers. A brief survey of the philosophical, historical, and sociological influences upon which educational theories and practices are constructed is presented. Students explore a variety of the common issues, trends, and opportunities that professional educators face in the field.||4|
|EDU-536||Classroom Engagement and Management||This course is designed to allow the prospective teacher the opportunity to learn techniques involved in the successful engagement and management of a learning environment. Major emphasis is given to the establishment of a realistic discipline plan to manage student behavior, as well as engagement and management techniques and strategies to maximize instructional time, classroom procedures, and physical space.||4|
|SPE-526||Educating Learners with Diverse Needs||Emphasis is placed on definitions, etiology, characteristics, and prevalence of various exceptionalities; laws and litigation protecting the rights of students with special needs and their families; current issues affecting persons with special needs; social perceptions, assessment, inclusion, and transition; and basic curriculum accommodations and supportive services for teaching students with special needs in the general classroom. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance.||4|
|ESL-523N||SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations & Methodologies||This course presents the historical, legal, theoretical, and sociological foundations of programs of instruction for English language learners. It includes an examination of the role of culture in learning and instructional program models, with a focus on Structured English Immersion. Students will be instructed in immersion strategies and the use of assessment data. The content of this course correlates with the NBPTS English as a New Language Standards, Standard I: Knowledge of Students, Standard III: Knowledge of Culture and Diversity, Standard VIII: Learning Environment, Standard IX: Assessment, Standard XI: Linkages with Families. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance.||3|
|ESL-533N||Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Immersion||In this course, students continue to examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Immersion and other instructional programs for English Language Learners. Theoretical principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning are examined. Methods of assessment are identified and analyzed. Students identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. They plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction for English language learners. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance and ESL 523N.||3|
|EED-544||Prescriptive Reading and Assessment||The focus of this course is on reading diagnostics, assessments, and strategies implemented with elementary students. Emphasis is also given to research-based systematic phonics instruction, as well as assessment and management methods. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance||4|
|EED-525||Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Literacy||This course is designed to develop a coherent, research-based program fostering literacy in the classroom. The course includes discourse theory as it pertains to the teaching of reading and writing. Emphasis is placed on planning, assessment, management, and delivery of lessons in reading comprehension, children and adolescent literature, phonics, writing, oral language, vocabulary, and evaluation of learning. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance||4|
|EED-510||Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Science and Mathematics||This course is designed to acquaint elementary teachers with curriculum and effective techniques for the teaching of science and mathematics. Students are involved in planning instruction, assessment, and employment of science and mathematics programs that are currently being used in public schools and in using instructional models. This course includes laboratory experiences. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance||4|
|EED-570||Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Social Studies||This course presents the current research-based curriculum developments and models of effective instruction and of assessment and management used in the field. Emphasis is placed on the construction of unit and daily lesson plans, materials, and resources with implementation in the elementary classroom. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance||4|
|Required Course Total Credit:||36|
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
An online education allows you the flexibility to fulfill your educational goals without distracting you from your career. Full-time faculty members support our online students while our dynamic tools allow for engaging and challenging discussions with classmates. Classes start every month.
To meet the demands of today's working adults, this degree is offered through our convenient evening program. Classes meet one evening per week and allow you to interact directly with instructors and peers face-to-face. Locations vary - speak with an enrollment counselor to learn more.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.
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