Education Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

ECI  501 CREATIVITY AND GIFTEDNESS IN THE CLASSROOM      (3)

The nature and nurture of creativity as a form of giftedness; selection and use of methods and materials for teaching students to think creatively about public school curricula.

 

ECI  508 TEACHER AIDE LAB      (1)

Field experience in a secondary school classroom; exposure to and practical experiences in the tasks of a classroom teacher.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  Corequisite:  ECI 540

 

ECI  521 QUESTIONING STRATEGIES      (3)

Elective professional renewal course for educators. Examines useful classroom techniques for improving classroom practice and beginning action research.

 

ECI  522 SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM      (3)

Provides graduate preservice teachers with experiences and knowledge necessary to develop and evaluate curriculum plans and materials that meet state and national standards and other educational goals.  Co-convenes with ECI 322.  Department consent.  Letter grade only.  This course contains an assessment that must be passed to be eligible to register for student teaching. Prerequisite:  Admission to the Teacher Education Program.    

 

ECI  524 SEMINAR IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE: YOUNG CHILDREN      (3)

Research and theories concerning language development, acquisition, and use by young children; emphasizes work of the developmentalists.  

 

ECI  525 DIVERSITY, TECHNOLOGY, AND LITERACY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION      (3)

Provides preservice teachers with experiences and knowledge to address the needs of diverse learners using a varied technology and appropriate literacy strategies.  Includes evaluation of teaching resources.  Co-convenes with ECI 350.  Department consent required.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite:  Admission to Teacher Education Program.  

 

ECI  526 PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN EDUCATION      (3)

Planning supervision and organization of parent involvement activities at home and center-based teaching.  

 

ECI  531 FOUNDATIONS OF READING INSTRUCTION      (3)

Theories of language acquisition and reading instruction including bilingual and bicultural considerations. Presents authorities, philosophies, methodology, and materials and evaluates their strengths and weaknesses.  

 

ECI  540 TEACHING AND MANAGING SECONDARY CLASSROOMS      (3)

High school teaching methods, integrating theory with practice, that involve classroom management, lesson planning, student evaluation and strategies to provide optimal learning environments in secondary classrooms.  Co-convenes with ECI 450.  Letter grade only. This course contains an assessment that must be passed to be eligible to register for student teaching. Prerequisite: Admission to Secondary Education-Certification (MEd)

 

ECI  541 CORRECTIVE AND REMEDIAL READING      (3)

Principles, methods, specialized materials, and diagnostic tests for use in remediation of basic skill deficiencies with disabled readers; clinical experience in test administration.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: ECI 531

 

ECI  551 CLINICAL PRACTICE IN READING      (3)

Clinical experience with tutoring children with serious disabilities in reading, diagnostic testing, case studies, and clinical report writing.  Prerequisite: ECI 541

 

ECI  565 EVALUATION OF LEARNING: SECONDARY      (3)

Principles and techniques of assessment at the secondary level, including formal and informal assessments, interpretation of standardized assessments and legal and ethical issues related to assessment.  Co-convenes with ECI 465.  Letter grade only.  This course contains an assessment that must be passed to be eligible to register for student teaching. Prerequisite: Admission to Secondary Education-Certification (MEd)

 

ECI  566 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring semester.  You must apply during fall semester; selection is competitive, and you must be a candidate for a graduate degree.  Registration is handled by the internship coordinator after the legislature has made its final selection.  Pass-fail only.  

 

ECI  570 CORE INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR      (1)

This course fosters the foundation for all subsequent coursework.  It initiates the theme of "Community" through a set of common readings and is linked to the capstone course to ensure program continuity.  Prerequisite:  Admission to Elem Ed-Certification (MEd)

 

ECI  571 READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS THEORY AND METHODOLOGY        (6)

This course links theories of literacy/language arts development and instruction.  It includes bilingual and bicultural considerations, as well as methods and materials for supporting best practices in elementary classroom settings. This course contains an assessment that must be passed to be eligible to register for student teaching.  Prerequisite:  Admission to Elem Ed-Certification (MEd) and Corequisite:  ECI 572

 

ECI  572 TEACHING LAB      (1)

The practicum ties students' coursework to an elementary classroom experience and links educational theory and methodology through reflective praxis within the ECI 571 classroom.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite:  Admission to Elem Ed-Certification (MEd) and Corequisite:  ECI 571

 

ECI  573 TEACHING AND LEARNING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS      (3)

Builds preservice teachers' understanding and appreciation of mathematics and of children's mathematical thinking, learning, development and diversity.  Course presents effective strategies, techniques for planning, teaching, assessing and adapting mathematics instruction. This course contains an assessment that must be passed to be eligible to register for student teaching.  Prerequisite:  Admission to Elem Ed-Certification (MEd)

 

ECI  574 INTEGRATED ELEMENTARY SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS      (4)

Course offers future educators a practical understanding of an integrated curricular approach by infusing inquiry-based science methods with social studies methods using a thematic approach.  This course contains an assessment that must be passed to be eligible to register for student teaching.  Prerequisite:  Admission to Elem Ed-Certification (MEd)

 

ECI  575 ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT      (4)

Students will explore various theoretical and methodological aspects of elementary school curriculum, as well as the role of assessment in the teaching and learning process. This course contains an assessment that must be passed to be eligible to register for student teaching.   Prerequisite:  Admission to Elem Ed-Certification (MEd)

 

ECI  576 STUDENT TEACHING AND INTERNSHIP        (3-11)

This field experience consists of directed teaching experience in an elementary school with directed and cooperative preparation, teaching and evaluation.   Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite:  Admission to Elem Ed-Certification (MEd)

 

ECI  577 STUDENT TEACHING REFLECTION SEMINAR      (1)

The seminar provides a forum for final reflection on program of study coursework and how it applies within the directed elementary Student Teaching experience.  Prerequisite:  Admission to Elem Ed-Certification (MEd)

 

ECI  593 IN-SERVICE TEACHER WORKSHOP      (1-3)

Topical instruction involving exchange of ideas, practical methods, skills, and principles. Normally you may count up to 3 hours of 593 toward your graduate program. Repeat for credit as needed.  Pass-fail.  

 

ECI  595 INTERNSHIP:  SECONDARY      (1-12)

Directed teaching in secondary schools and secondary school content areas; directed and cooperative preparation, teaching, and evaluation; conferences on the theories, issues, and practices in cooperation with the classroom teacher and university supervisor.  Department consent.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite:  COE Student Services approval.  

 

ECI  599 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular field of study.  May be offered no more than three times before being submitted for a permanent course number.  May be repeated for credit.  Pass-fail or letter grade.  

 

ECI  602 ADVANCED CHILDREN'S LITERATURE      (3)

Reviews the development of children's literature, past to present; types and characteristics of literature written for children; major award winners; practical uses in the classroom.  

 

ECI  603 ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS      (3)

This course is designed to prepare practicing teachers to be informed participants in the discussion and development of defensible assessment practices and programs.  Given the continued emphasis on accountability and high-stakes testing, it is crucial that professional educators understand the assessment process and potential consequences to students with special emphasis on developing defensible alternative assessments, evaluation of programs, alignment of curriculum and assessment, and individualized assessments (e.g., AIMS).  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing.  

 

ECI  604 ADVANCED STUDY IN EMERGENT LITERACY      (3)

Theories of emergent literacy, early childhood development of language, reading and writing, role of parent and teacher, and current thinking in areas of instructional strategies, environment, and assessment.  

 

ECI  607 ADVANCED STUDY IN PLAY EDUCATION      (3)

Theories of play; development of play, play types, social play categories; the relationship of play to personality, social development, gender differences, social class and culture; planning play (birth to age 8).

 

ECI  608 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.

 

ECI  620 EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM      (3)

Foundations of curriculum development and existing early childhood curricula.  

 

ECI  621 SELECTED TOPICS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION      (1-6)

Covers major issues in early childhood education.  

 

ECI  622 EARLY EDUCATION OF THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD      (3)

Early development of the exceptional child, emphasizing early perceptual, conceptual, and social development; introduction and discussion of curriculum modifications as well as methods and materials.

 

ECI  625 DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN'S LOGICAL CONCEPTS      (3)

Children's concepts and their development, with particular emphasis on the theories and research of developmental psychologists.  

 

ECI  630 VALUES EDUCATION      (3)

Explores current theories and practices of value education in elementary and secondary schools. Combines theory and practice with practical applications for classroom use.  

 

ECI  642 MODERN LANGUAGE-ARTS INSTRUCTION      (3)

Problems faced in the field of language arts, approached through study of research and current trends.  

 

ECI  643 MODERN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS      (3)

Problems faced in the field of arithmetic, approached through study of research and current trends.  

 

ECI  644 MODERN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOCIAL SCIENCE       (3)

Problems faced in the field of social science, approached through study of research and current trends.

 

ECI  645 MODERN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE      (3)

Evaluation of texts and reference material in science; use of homemade and commercial equipment; extension of subject matter concepts in the physical and biological fields.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

ECI  647 MULTIAGE EDUCATION      (3)

Philosophy and history of multiage groupings; foundations of how children learn and developmentally appropriate practices; instructional strategies, environment and assessment for mixed-age groupings, and implementation in schools.  

 

ECI  648 ADVANCED MULTIAGE EDUCATION      (3)

Multiage philosophy and practices; philosophy of a child-centered approach; research in multiage education, mixed-age learning theories; expanded strategies including the project approach, problem/inquiry-based learning and play.  

 

ECI  649 PROBLEMS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM      (3)

Basic curriculum problems facing educators; research techniques applicable to solving curriculum problems.  

 

ECI  650 ISSUES IN MULTIAGE EDUCATION      (3)

Issues of multiage education are studied in the context of school observations and research on a child-centered, mixed-age approach; a study tour of international classrooms in various countries around the world.  

 

ECI  651 ISSUES IN READING      (3)

Comprehensive range of philosophies, personalities, and pedagogical issues in reading and language-arts instruction.  

 

ECI  652 GENDER ISSUES IN EDUCATION      (3)

This course is an exploration of the complexities of issues surrounding the topic of gender in education.  Sociocultural, political, historical, and personal contexts will be covered in this course with a focus on teaching and learning within schools.  Cross-listed with WGS 652.  Letter grade only.  

 

ECI  659 INSTRUCTIONAL PROBLEMS IN JUNIOR HIGHS AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS      (3)

Role of junior high and middle school in American education. Instructional problems, philosophy, functions, curriculum, guidance, activities, personnel, and administration of junior high or middle school.

 

ECI  661 ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION OF READING PROGRAMS      (3)

Creation, maintenance, and evaluation of reading programs for kindergarten through adult. Administration, staffing, politics, training, evaluating strengths and weaknesses, finances, and leadership within reading programs.  Prerequisite: ECI 531

 

ECI  666 PROBLEMS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM      (3)

Analyzes contemporary and controversial issues in the development of secondary school curriculum.  

 

ECI  671 READING IN THE CONTENT AREA      (3)

This practicum presents reading methods appropriate for teaching content-area concepts and supportive research, including decoding skills. Involves developing and teaching lessons, using ideas from the course.

 

ECI  672 NORTHERN ARIZONA WRITING PROJECT SUMMER INSTITUTE        (6)

National Writing Project site brings master teachers together to demonstrate their most successful classroom practices, study current theory and research in the teaching of writing, and experience writing in a variety of forms. Cross-listed as ENG 672 and CTE 672.  Letter grade only.  

 

ECI  674 NORTHERN ARIZONA WRITING PROJECT ADVANCED SEMINAR      (3)

Helps participants build on knowledge and expertise gained in a National Writing Project Summer Institute. Explores recent writing theory in depth. Cross-listed with ENG 674 and CTE 674.  Letter grade only.

 

ECI  675 PRINCIPLES OF CURRICULUM CONSTRUCTION      (3)

Theories and practices of curriculum development and presentation of a modern and functional philosophy of curriculum construction.  

 

ECI  685 GRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Letter grade or pass-fail.  Department consent.

 

ECI  696 PROFESSIONAL PROBLEMS OF TEACHERS      (3)

Individual and group problems facing experienced teachers.  

 

ECI  697 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-3)

Letter grade or pass-fail.  Department consent.  

 

ECI  698 GRADUATE SEMINAR      (1-3)

Involves completing an action research or approved synthesis project demonstrating critical reflection about theoretical connections and practices. Take this course as part of the last 3-6 credits in your master's program. Letter grade or pass-fail.  Department consent.

 

ECI  699 THESIS      (1-9)

Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected thesis topic.  May be repeated as needed.  Department consent.  Prerequisite:  Admission to master's program.  

 

ECI  710 CONTEXTS OF SCHOOLING      (3)

Introduces multiple contexts that influence curricular and instructional decision-making-sociocultural, political, organization, and historical.

 

ECI  730 PARADIGMS FOR RESEARCH IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION     (3)

Frameworks for conducting research in curriculum and instruction, using paradigms reflecting distinctively different assumptions about ontology and epistemology by examining various disciplines of inquiry.

 

ECI  740 PRAXIS SEMINAR      (3)

Examines how theoretical frameworks in education can and often should be constructed from successful practice, thus demonstrating how practice can influence theory.  

 

ECI  751 CONTEXTS OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY      (3)

Focuses on historical, political, social, and cultural perspectives of technology within the context of teaching and learning.

 

ECI  760 DIRECTED READINGS IN CURRICULUM      (1-3)

May be repeated as needed.

 

ECI  761 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN CURRICULUM PROBLEMS      (3)

Prerequisite: ECI 675

 

ECI  771 CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN HIGHER EDUCATION      (3)

Issues and approaches to curricular developments, evaluation, and instructional processes in higher education.  

 

ECI  796 INTERNSHIP IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION        (3-6)  

Pass-fail only.  Department consent.

 

ECI  798 DISSERTATION SEMINAR      (3)

Assists in developing a dissertation proposal and prospectus.  Prerequisite: (EDR 610 or EDR 611) and (EDR 720 or EDR 725 or EDR 730)

 

ECI  799 DISSERTATION      (1-9)

Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected dissertation topic.  Department consent required.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: EDR 798