Education Graduate Courses

Education Graduate Courses (EDUC)

The courses are all offered online. Participants must have access to high-speed Internet and standard hardware and software operating systems.

  1. 401G Introduction to Teaching the Gifted
  2. 416G Graduate Reading Practicum
  3. 460G Growth and Development of the Middle School Level Student & Practicum
  4. 461G Middle School Curriculum and Methods & Practicum
  5. 501 Educational Research
  6. 502 Learning in Educational Settings
  7. 512 Issues in Education
  8. 522 Instructional Technology
  9. 580 Development and Management of Gifted Programs
  10. 581 Curriculum and Methods for the Gifted & Practicum
  11. 582 Internship: Gifted
  12. 595 Special Topics: Earth Science for the Middle School Teacher
  13. 595 Special Topics: Government for the Middle School Teacher
  14. 610 Reflective Teaching
  15. 611 Student Diversity and Educational Practice
  16. 624 Professional Seminar
  17. 705 ESL Methods
  18. 710 ESL Assessment
  19. 715 Linguistics for ESL Learners
  20. 720 Language, Culture and Classroom Practice
  21. 725 Second Language Acquisition
  22. 730 Internship: K-8 ESL
  23. 731 Internship: 5-12 ESL
  24. 740 Exploring Teacher Leadership
  25. 750 Foundations of Athletic Program Management
  26. 751 Athletic Facilities Management
  27. 752 Building Character in Student Athletes
  28. 753 Legal Issues for Athletic Programs
  29. 754 Special Topics for Athletic Program Management
  30. 755 Athletic Program Leadership
  31. 760 Reading Assessment
  32. 761 Reading in Content Areas
  33. 762 Diagnostic Teaching of Reading & Practicum
  34. 763 Oral and Written Language Development
  35. 764 Literacy for Grades K-4 and Practicum
  36. 765 Literacy for Grades 5-8 and Practicum
  37. 766 Literacy for Grades 9-12 and Practicum
  38. 767 Literacy Capstone
  39. 860 Algebra for the Middle School Teacher
  40. 861 Grammar for the Middle School Teacher
  41. 862 World History for the Middle School Teacher
  42. 863 Geography for the Middle School Teacher
  43. 864 Physical Science for the Middle School Teacher
  44. 865 American History for the Middle School Teacher
  45. 866 Life Science for the Middle School Teacher
  46. 869 Speech for the Middle School Teacher
  47. 870 Adolescent Literature
  48. 871 Basic Math and Measurement
  49. 872 Children's Literature
  50. 444G Special Topics: Literature Across Cultures

401G Introduction to Teaching the Gifted

3 Credits

Focuses on understanding gifted learners and their educational needs. Includes analyzing historical and philosophical theories and trends in gifted education.

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416G Graduate Reading Practicum

1 Credit

Meets practicum requirement for individuals who have taken a diagnostic teaching of reading or remedial reading course that lacked an adequate practicum component required by Morningside College.

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460G Growth and Development of the Middle School Level Student & Practicum

3 Credits

Takes a cultural approach to studying the middle level aged student. Examines family, peer and media influences on adolescents with emphasis on the role of schooling for the middle level student.

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461G Middle School Curriculum and Methods & Practicum

3 Credits

Focuses on designing developmentally appropriate instructional strategies, curriculum and daily lessons for the middle school learner. Addresses developmental theory, essential elements of middle-level philosophy, instructional theory and strategies, theories on motivation, and classroom management.

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501 Educational Research

3 Credits

Provides an understanding of educational research as reported by others and lays a foundation for active research. Focuses on methods of examining classroom or school-wide problems and issues in order to become a more effective educator.

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502 Learning in Educational Settings

3 Credits

Emphasizes learning theories and how brain functions affect learning and behavior in and out of the classroom. Explores research on how best to implement these theories to support the learning of all students.

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512 Issues in Education

3 Credits

Explores contemporary issues in education. Helps develop tools necessary to become leaders in the field and be able to participate in and facilitate the process of education reform in a clear, analytical, and thoughtful manner.

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522 Instructional Technology

3 Credits

Expands the use of technology tools in teaching situations and includes an action inquiry project using a technology-infused solution. Discusses issues related to technology and its use in schools.

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580 Development and Management of Gifted Programs

4 Credits

Creates an understanding of the necessary components for developing, managing, and supervising gifted programming and services.

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581 Curriculum and Methods for the Gifted & Practicum

3 Credits

Focuses on the use of appropriate curricular modifications and instructional strategies to meet the educational needs of gifted learners.

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582 Internship: Gifted

2 Credits

Provides participants with the opportunity to demonstrate competencies required of teachers of TAG students. Requires 50 contact hours with TAG students and an additional 25-30 hours of course activities.

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595 Special Topics: Earth Science for the Middle School Teacher

2 Credits

The purpose of this course is to learn the material needed to successfully teach a middle school level earth science course.  Topics include but are not limited to water testing, erosion control and local geology.

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595 Special Topics: Government for the Middle School Teacher

2 Credits

This course examines the U.S. government from the founding of the Constitution.  Topics will include but are not limited to the nature of power and politics and the roots of American democratic thought; the purpose of the U.S. Constitution, federalism and how U.S. citizens participate within our democratic republic.

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610 Reflective Teaching

3 Credits

Introduces theories and research regarding reflective practice in the educational setting. Focuses on Marzano's model of effective teaching and application of these elements. Learners will also set professional growth goals based on input, engage in focused practice, document data points and give specific feedback while discussing teaching.

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611 Student Diversity and Educational Practice

3 Credits

Expands understanding and appreciation of diversity. Focuses on the use of appropriate strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.

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624 Professional Seminar

3 Credits

Degree capstone course. Supports finalization of research report and comprehensive examination.

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705 ESL Methods

3 Credits

Explores contemporary approaches, methods and strategies for the appropriate instruction of second language learners. Provides a foundational perspective on ESL/dual language approaches, including the communicative, cognitive and grammatical.

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710 ESL Assessment

3 Credits

Provides an overview of current issues regarding the assessment of CLD students within classroom practice. Includes pre- and post-instructional student assessment, using assessment to impact classroom instruction and CLD students with special education needs.

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715 Linguistics for ESL Learners

Credits

Prepares educators with a background in linguistics germane to the ESL/dual language setting to understand the structure and function of language. Encompasses the theoretical underpinning educators need to better plan curriculum for their students.

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720 Language, Culture and Classroom Practice

3 Credits

Examines the many ways in which school educators may build the capacities for cultural and linguistic diversity in the classroom. Emphasizes readiness for mutually accommodative professional practices with culturally and linguistically diverse [CLD] students and families.

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725 Second Language Acquisition

3 Credits

Examines the relationship between second language acquisition (SLA) and content instruction. Engages participant in activities which will expand their knowledge of the theories of SLA. Connects the theories of first and second language development with practice.

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730 Internship: K-8 ESL

3 Credits

Capstone class for the ESL K-12 Endorsement. The K-8 Internship is required for teachers who already hold any 5-12 license.

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731 Internship: 5-12 ESL

3 Credits

Capstone class for the ESL K-12 Endorsement. The 5-12 Internship is required for teachers who already hold any K-6 or K-8 license.

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740 Exploring Teacher Leadership

3 Credits

An orientation to teacher leadership including the meaning of teacher leadership, characteristics of effective leaders, the connection between leadership and student achievement, professional learning communities, and school improvement in general.

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750 Foundations of Athletic Program Management

3 Credits

Introduces management of education-based, interscholastic athletic programs. Based upon materials developed by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and is part of the athletic directors strand.

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751 Athletic Facilities Management

3 Credits

Provides an overview of athletic facilities management. Based upon materials developed by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and is part of the athletic directors strand.

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752 Building Character in Student Athletes

3 Credits

Focuses on encouraging shared responsibility for positive sporting behavior among student athletes, coaches and community members. Based upon materials developed by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and is part of the athletic directors strand.

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753 Legal Issues for Athletic Programs

3 Credits

Provides an overview of risk management, sexual harassment, hazing, ADA and Title IX. Based upon materials developed by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and is part of the athletic directors strand.

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754 Special Topics for Athletic Program Management

3 Credits

Examines four varied components of athletic programs: sports medicine, strength and conditioning, interscholastic contest management and middle school athletic program management. Based upon materials developed by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and is part of the athletic directors strand.

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755 Athletic Program Leadership

3 Credits

Focuses upon assessment of athletic programs and personnel, communications, management, supervision and decision-making concepts. Based upon materials developed by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and is part of the athletic directors strand.

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760 Reading Assessment

2 Credits

Focuses on how to collect and use information about reading to make appropriate education decisions regarding reading instruction. In addition to conducting reading assessments, particular emphasis will be on how to use data for decision making and how to critically analyze assessment data.

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761 Reading in Content Areas

4 Credits

Emphasizes the literacy skills necessary to comprehend and learn subject matter across the curriculum. Includes methods and techniques of instruction in comprehension, writing, technology, vocabulary and assessment.

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762 Diagnostic Teaching of Reading & Practicum

4 Credits

Explores the causes of reading disabilities and helps participants recognize individual needs of students. Emphasizes design of lessons and methods to improve reading achievement.

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763 Oral and Written Language Development

4 Credits

Focuses on the language foundations that influence the teaching and learning of literacy—reading and writing—including the relationship between oral and written language, the structure of written language, the importance of spelling, and the development of speaking and listening skills of students with diverse language needs.

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764 Literacy for Grades K-4 and Practicum

3 Credits

Focuses on research-based strategies needed to help students in grades K–4 become proficient readers and communicators. Participants will examine ways to develop a balanced approach to literacy instruction, create a reading-rich environment, provide students with ongoing assessment, and meet students' individual needs with flexible grouping. Participants will acquire research-based skills and strategies for teaching reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency word identification and comprehension), writing, speaking, and listening to diverse students. Required for the K–8 Reading Endorsement and includes a 14-hour practicum with students in grades K–4.

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765 Literacy for Grades 5-8 and Practicum

3 Credits

Focuses on effective instruction in literacy (reading, writing, listening, viewing and speaking) for middle level learners. Emphasizes literacy instruction across the curriculum. Required for both K–8 and 5–12 Reading Endorsements and the Middle School Endorsement and includes a 14-hour practicum.

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766 Literacy for Grades 9-12 and Practicum

3 Credits

Focuses on review, discussion, and practice of effective instruction in reading, writing, listening, viewing and speaking for high school-level learners. Emphasis will be placed on implementing literacy instruction across the curriculum. Includes a required 14-hour practicum.

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767 Literacy Capstone

1 Credit

A portfolio demonstration of the knowledge and skills required for effective literacy teaching for all students; the capstone course for the K–8 and 5–12 Reading Endorsements.

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860 Algebra for the Middle School Teacher

2 Credits

Increases knowledge and understanding of algebraic principles and problem solving. Topics include working with whole numbers and integers, solving word problems and understanding various properties.

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861 Grammar for the Middle School Teacher

2 Credits

Increases knowledge and understanding of grammar skills required of middle level learners. Focuses on improving both personal and professional grammar skills and is designed to encourage participants to develop effective and innovative strategies for teaching grammar.

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862 World History for the Middle School Teacher

2 Credits

Focuses on historic events that have had a profound impact on our world. Intended for middle level teachers with content topics appropriate for middle school students.

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863 Geography for the Middle School Teacher

2 Credits

Familiarizes participants with the national geography standards and strategies for integrating them into art, music, children's literature and language arts through the use of technology.

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864 Physical Science for the Middle School Teacher

2 Credits

Focuses on measurement, motion and matter in physical science. Intended for middle level teachers with content topics appropriate for middle school students.

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865 American History for the Middle School Teacher

2 Credits

Examines the United States from its inception to present day in the frame of being a leader and how it impacts our world today. Intended for middle level teachers with content topics appropriate for middle school students.

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866 Life Science for the Middle School Teacher

2 Credits

This course is designed to not only teach Biology content knowledge and process skills, but also how to engage students in exploration. Students will learn about science inquiry, cells, energy production in living things, genetic inheritance, and the classification of different kingdoms of life. The study of natural selection, ecology, and the human body systems is also included. This course also assists students in developing scientific methods of becoming a lifelong learner through the development of critical thinking skills, problem solving, inquiry, and application of content knowledge in the study of living things. Intended for middle level teachers with content topics appropriate for middle school students. May be used to partially meet the science concentration area requirements for the Middle School Endorsement.

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869 Speech for the Middle School Teacher

2 Credits

An examination of the Common Core Essential Concepts and Skills for Speaking and Listening. Course content includes theory, methods, techniques for integrating speaking and listening into Middle School curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. This two-credit hour graduate course is intended for middle level educators with content topics appropriate for middle school students. It may be used to partially meet the Language Arts concentration area requirements for the Middle School Endorsement.

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870 Adolescent Literature

3 Credits

Examines adolescent literacy and its implications in the classroom. Focuses on common themes in adolescent literature, adolescent learning theory, the needs of struggling adolescent readers and instructional methods.

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871 Basic Math and Measurement

2 Credits

Increases knowledge and understanding in key math concepts required of middle level learners. Focuses on measurable attributes of objects; processes of measurement; and use of appropriate techniques, tools and formulas to determine measurements.

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872 Children's Literature

3 Credits

Assists participants in the integration of current children's literature across the curriculum, specifically in light of the Iowa core. Reading and writing strategies, as well as speaking and listening activities that enhance students' comprehension of the literature are addressed.

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444G Special Topics: Literature Across Cultures

3 Credits

Explores how other cultures' literatures contrast with our own Western tradition. Emphasizes how cultural histories overlap, intersect and contradict each other.

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