This course is an examination of principles and practices and of goals and processes in education. Course discussions will include analyses of topical challenges faced by the varying stakeholders in the education system. Some emphasis will be placed on the specific challenges in education in the 21st century.

The teacher is the most important factor influencing student achievement. Classroom management encompasses all of the teacher’s interactions with students, classroom environment, rules & procedures, instructional strategies and development of engaging work. This course is designed to assist teachers in developing the practical application of effective management techniques based upon current research of best practices. Also the distinction will be made between a "well managed" class and a class of engaged learners.

This course provides a base for those entering or presently in the teaching profession to explore the issues that can arise when teaching a diverse population of students. The course addresses various diversities including ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, exceptionalities, religion, age and language. Specific issues related to each type of diversity will be discussed, along with effective strategies for teaching the diverse populations.

This course is designed to provide a succinct overview of the history of American education and how philosophical ideas regarding education have developed over time with due regard to historical influences. This course examines the most influential persons, dates, events in history, and particular movements that have shaped the nation’s system of education. As we place current events and ideas in historical perspective, we will discover throughout the ensuing weeks that many of the "so-called" innovative ideas are only a reflection of history packaged under a different name that is already a significant part of educational history. This study of the history and philosophy of education should sharpen students’ ideas about education and give them a broader context and encourage practical perspectives on the importance of education.

This course discusses the history, philosophy and teaching goals of students in elementary and middle schools. Appropriate organization, curriculum integration, teaming and other strategies will be emphasized. Additionally, transition strategies for students moving on to high school will be included.

This course covers the study of human growth and development across the life span, with emphasis on normal growth and milestones as well as barriers to good development achieved in the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional systems. It also examines the context of culture as it relates to growth and development.

This class is a survey of the field of educational technology. It covers the pedagogical applications of widely used media, materials, and technology that form part of the knowledge base and skill sets that today’s teachers must possess to instruct students in the modern classroom. Reviewing Web sites, selecting software, surfing the Internet, experimenting with Web page design, and using other Internet protocols and software to supplement classroom instruction are all processes that today’s teachers must understand and be able to handle well to enhance their teaching skills. The course focuses on teaching strategies that make students aware of the ways in which media and technology affect the processes of teaching and learning.

Students review recent research on effective instruction and explore advanced classroom strategies and techniques designed to enhance their effectiveness in meeting the needs of diverse populations of learners. Examples include direct instruction, cooperative learning, dimensions of learning, creative problem solving, and applications of technology to thinking and learning. Students develop expert teaching skills and learn to diagnose and deliver the most appropriate instructional strategies for specific circumstances. Analysis of models and related research for the design and development of instructional programs is provided.

With middle school education at the forefront of the educational arena, it is imperative that the population at the heart of middle grades education, young adolescents be examined. It is highly important that middle school educators are apprised of the critical developmental stages and theories that affect this population: cognitive, physical, socioemotional and moral. It is essential that development theories as well as the biological changes of the middle school adolescent be thoroughly reviewed in the context of cultural situations: race, class and gender. This course seeks to add this multilevel, complex examination and its facets to the knowledge base of the middle school educator.

This course provides an in-depth study of curriculum development and delivery. The information and activities within the course will assist students in developing leadership ability in the curriculum area, along with techniques for evaluating and constructing curricula.