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M.A. in Education - Differentiated Instruction Emphasis

SPED580 Education of the Exceptional Learner (3 credits)
Students explore the various areas of exceptionality among learners of school age. Awareness of the scope and nature of exceptionality, essential educational procedures, and available resources are studied.

ED521 Educational Research and Application (3 credits)
Students are introduced to quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods. Requirements include reading and interpreting scholarly research, and delineating and posing research questions.

SPED594 Effective Practices in Differentiated Instruction (3 credits)
Differentiated instruction is presented as a philosophical approach to meeting the instructional needs of all learners - academically, emotionally and culturally. The course is focused on an understanding of differentiated learning and classroom structures that facilitates the implementation of meaningful instruction that helps all students succeed.

SPED583 Collaboration in Inclusive Settings (3 credits)
Students learn to develop the necessary skills to manage a program designed to meet the educational needs of children with mild to moderate learning and/or behavior problems in inclusive settings. Emphasis is placed on collaboration skills, instructional planning, effective team teaching strategies and adaptation of instructional methods and materials.

ED515 Family Systems for Educators (3 credits)
This course is a study of diversity in family systems to include a survey of current developments in the study of the family and an analysis of changes in American society and their influence on family life. It investigates the family as a system of relationships which interacts across the family life cycle.

SPED592 Teaching Students with Mental Health Needs (3 credits)
This course provides teachers of students with mental health needs with an understanding of the social/emotional needs of learners in contemporary classrooms and research-based practices for meeting those needs. Techniques are derived from ecological, behavioral and psycho-educational models for positive classroom interventions.

SPED582 Teaching Students with Linguistic Differences or Difficulties (3 credits)
This is a study of the linguistic foundation of language and how that foundation relates to both linguistic difference and disability. Students learn how to facilitate the development of the reading skills in students with reading disabilities as well as the transference of those skills developed in one language to a second one.

SPED590 Teaching Students with Language and Mathematics Disabilities (3 credits)
This course develops knowledge of normal development of written language and mathematical skills and common deviances in that developmental pattern. Procedures for differentiated assessment and instruction are reviewed and applied.

ED509 Issues in Differentiated and Gifted Education (3 credits)
This course is a study of the impact of educational research on the development and the improvement of educational practices in relation to differentiated instruction with emphasis on gifted education. The course continues the process of developing the individual capstone project.

ED590 Conducting Research and Completing the Capstone (3 credits)
The final work in the Master of Arts in Education - Differentiated Instruction involves completion of a selected project from defined options and final preparation and review of the master's e-folio. Students work with a major advisor in designing the project.