Courses

Degree Requirements (48 units)

EDUC 603. Effective Communication in Education (4)

Prerequisites: EDUC 306 or equivalent
Varying theoretical approaches with an emphasis on identifying ones personal/professional school of thought. Dynamics of interpersonal communication in educational structures: participation of individuals and small groups from a pluralistic perspective; writing for research purposes and professional speaking.

EDUC 605. Foundations of Education (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EDUC 603

History and theory of elementary, secondary and postsecondary education within the setting of American society: underlying assumptions, organizational structure, and educational change. Multiculturalism is studied in a balanced context relevant to the educational setting. Students apply what they learn to their school of thought in education, thereby connecting theory to the daily practice in the schools. Formerly EDUC 695.

EDUC 607. Introduction to Educational Research (4)

Prerequisites: EDUC 603 and 605

Introduction to the vocabulary, design, and sources of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and program evaluation research in education. Ethical strategies for collecting, treating, and reporting data are emphasized; research reports and identifying, developing and critiquing trends in research communities. Formerly EDUC 663.

EDUC 611 Foundations of Integrative and Holistic Models of Education (4)

Prerequisites: consent of department

Introduction to constructive post-modernist paradigms, systems theory, theories of meaning, constructivism and holistic theory. Students explore the importance of an engaging learning environment, a facilitative learning community and open-ended processes of problem solving.

EDUC 613. Integration and Meaning in Education (4)

Prerequisites: consent of department

Investigation of instructional applications of the neuro-sciences, holistic learning and constructivist principles. Emphasizing group processes, collaborative action research, integrating technology, implementing cooperative groups, and developing cultural sensitivity and awareness of social justice issues.

EDUC 615. Exploring Arts, Creativity and Sign Systems (4)

Prerequisites: consent of department

Application of the research on, and processes of art and creativity to learning. Exploration of the use of multiple modalities and somatic approaches to teaching, and semiotic understandings of disciplines. Introduction of intuitive development into the teaching/learning process.

EDUC 617. Exploring Integrative and Holistic Curriculum Theory (4)

Prerequisites: consent of department

Exploration of the dominant perspectives on curriculum and introduction to constructive postmodernist curriculum theory as a foundation for integrative and holistic curriculum design. Development and field testing of substantive and engaging curriculum projects.

EDUC 619. Seminar in Holistic Education (4)

Prerequisites: consent of department

Exploration of a variety of selected topics in holistic education through readings, class presentations, discussions, and reflective writing. Selection by student of an approved topic for in-depth exploration. Planning of a mini-conference in holistic education that includes presentations by each student, as well as outside speakers.

EDUC 621. Assessment and Research: Holistic Perspectives (4)

Prerequisites: consent of department

Focus on the skills, understandings and methodologies of assessment and research design from a holistic perspective. Includes both quantitative and qualitative models, evaluation design and scholarly writing.

EDUC 999. Comprehensive Examination (0)

Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the masters program, and in good academic standing.  An assessment of the students ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter.

EDUC600. Master’s Degree Project (4)

Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy