Curriculum & Instruction (CURR)

CURR 517 Teaching and Learning Number and Operations 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of the content and pedagogy for understanding early number theory. It addresses students’ mathematical understanding of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems; operations and how they relate to one another; and computation. Strong emphasis is placed on the cognitive development of children’s thinking in number and operations, and the instructional, curricular, and assessment implications for teaching. The course includes the NCTM Principles of problem solving, reasoning and proof, connections, communication, and multiple representations and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Practices.

CURR 518 Teaching and Learning Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of the content and pedagogy for understanding rational numbers and proportional reasoning. Content includes a variety of situations involving proportions, for example, real-world problems involving ratios, rates, and percents; geometry involving similarity; algebra involving linearity; and probability involving assigning a probability to an event. Distinguishing proportional situations from those that are not and reasoning proportionally in appropriate situations are emphasized. Emphasis is placed on children’s cognitive development of rational numbers and proportional reasoning, and the instructional, curricular, and assessment implications for teaching. The course includes the NCTM Principles of problem solving, reasoning and proof, connections, communication, and multiple representations and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Practices.

CURR 519 Teaching and Learning Algebraic Reasoning 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of the content and pedagogy necessary to facilitate the transition from concrete arithmetic reasoning to abstract algebraic reasoning. It addresses students' mathematical understanding of equality, variable, generalization, and functions; cognitive development of algebraic reasoning; and the instructional, curricular, and assessment implications for fostering algebraic reasoning in students. Strong emphasis is placed on the NCTM Principles of problem solving, reasoning and proof, connections, communication, and multiple representations and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics content and mathematical practices.

CURR 520 Teaching and Learning Geometric Understanding 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of the content and pedagogy for geometric understanding. It addresses students' mathematical understanding of shapes and their properties, location, transformation of shapes, and visualization; the cognitive development of geometric thinking; and the instructional, curricular, and assessment implications for teaching. Emphasis is placed on the NCTM Principles of problem solving, reasoning and proof, connections, communication, and multiple representations and on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Practices.

CURR 522 Teaching and Learning Measurement and Data 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of the content and pedagogy for measurement, data analysis, and probability. Mathematical content includes units, systems, and processes of measurement; techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements; data collection and display; statistical methods to analyze data; and, evaluating inferences and preditions. Emphasis is placed on children's cognitive development of measurement and data, and the instructional, curricula, and assessment implications for teaching. The course includes the NCTM Principles of problem solving, reasoning and proof, connections, communication, and multiple representations and the Common Core state Standards for Mathematics Practices.

CURR 523 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the High School 3 Credits

This course addresses issues central to teaching and learning mathematics in the high school; building learning communities, how students learn mathematics, use of worthwhile mathematical tasks, instructional modes, technology options, and assessment to inform instruction. Mathematical topics examined are number and quantity, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and statistics and probablility, and modeling. Strong emphasis is placed on the NCTM Principles of problem solving, reasoning and proof, connections, communication, and multiple representations and on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Practices.

CURR 524 Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School 3 Credits

This course has been designed to guide both in-service and pre-service teachers towards growth in teaching mathematics in middle school classrooms, according to the best of current practices. It is accepted that teaching and leraning is an ongoing process throughout our careers. Teaching math well requires: a) Deep undertanding of the mathematics content, b) Understanding of how students develop mathematical ideas, and c) The ability to shape appropriate learning environments and tasks. Realistically, the process of teaching mathematics, how student learn it, and how to build appropriate learning environments in courses like this one is only the first step towards developing the content and pedagogical skills needed to teach in the 21st century. The objective is to help students construct ideas that take them in the right direction, providing models for the continued long-term learning they will develop with their own classrooms clearly in mind. According to the best of current practice, this involves learning through exploration, inquiry and discovery. As students communicate and then reflect on teaching situations, they will form what has been described as a community of practice, a prototype for how groups of educators join forces, over months and years, to strenghten both their understanding and school practice.

CURR 526 Place Value Instruction: Navigating the Decimal 3 Credits

K-8 teachers examine the theory and practice of K-8 place value instruction during a weeklong course. Incorporating the ideas of the successful CONNECT-ED project, this seminar will examine place value theory and model instructional design that traces children's developmental levels and aligns with national and state standards. Participants will work with peers and experienced University faculty to design longitudinal instructional modules on other math topics. By engaging in this multi-grade design process, teachers will examine new ideas about mathematics, children's mathematical thinking, and mathematics instruction. Participants can earn professional development hours or college credit.

CURR 527 Curricular and Insructional Design for Fraction Understanding 3 Credits

K-8 teachers examine the theory and practice of K-8 fraction instruction during a weeklong course. Based on the successful CONNECT-ED project, this seminar will model how to design fraction instruction that traces children's developmental levels, and aligns with national and state standards. Participants will work with peers and experienced University faculty to design similar instructional activities. By engaging in this multi-grade design process, teachers will examine new ideas about mathematics, children's mathematical thinking, and mathematics instruction. Participants can earn professsional development hours or college credit.

CURR 531 Strategies for Curriculum Development, Design, Innovation and Change 3 Credits

This course will address the importance of philosophy, historical precedents, learning theory, developmental theory, emerging social trends and issues, and recent trends in content knowledge as bases for designing and developing the K-12 curriculum. The articulation of curriculum aims and goals, the development and selection of learning experiences, the organization of learning experiences, and plans for evaluating curriculum outcomes are used as steps for developing the curriculum. Students investigate the roles teachers, teacher leaders, supervisors and administrators play in implementing curriculum designs in school settings. Students are expected to demonstrate course understandings through actual school applications and field experiences that are referenced to core curriculum content standards, professional development standards and national school leadership standards.

CURR 532 Strategies for Curriculum Change 3 Credits

This course will examine organizational skills and knowledge necessary to effect curriculum development and change, K-12. The course will address the socio-political context of curriculum change along with alternative strategies for initiating, implementing and sustaining standards-based curriculum improvements. Topics of study include strategic planning, problem-solving strategies, needs assessments, curriculum alignment, program evaluation, staff development and the organization of staff members for collaborative deliberation and decision making as essential means for promoting successful curriculum change at all levels of schooling. Students will demonstrate course understandings through actual classroom and school applications that are referenced to state adopted core curriculum content standards and professional development standards, the Standards for School Leaders of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, and the candidate proficiencies developed by the Educational Leadership Constitutient Council.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 531.

CURR 533 Elementary School Curriculum 3 Credits

A review of principles, curriculum, and methodology in elementary education, examined in the framework of social, cultural, and psychological developments. Recent developments in theory and empirical knowledge are analyzed. Emphasizes developing the content and organization of an integrated curriculum with a concern for individual differences with provision for social environments best adapted to fulfill basic needs and interests.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 531.

CURR 534 Secondary School Curriculum 3 Credits

A survey of the changing aims and programs of the secondary school. General, specialized, vocational, and activity programs are discussed with an analysis and evaluation of recent curriculum developments and projects. Current issues and controversies, in addition to research findings affecting secondary curriculum, are studied.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 531.

CURR 535 Theory and Practices of Bilingual Education 3 Credits

Introduces the rationale and research as a basis for bilingual education as well as the varied and current approaches to implementing programs. Implications drawn from the social, psychological, and linguistic problems of bilingual learners are considered as they apply to the needs, goals, and issues of bilingual/bicultural programs.

CURR 536 Special Studies in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision 3 Credits

The content of this course varies for each offering. In-depth treatment of issues, problems, concerns, or developments in curriculum, instruction and/or supervision will be provided. Topics such as global education, teaching and learning styles, classroom management, etc., are announced in advance and serve as the focus of course content.

CURR 538 Assessment of Curriculum and Instruction to Improve the Performance of Teachers and Diverse Learners 3 Credits

This course establishes the implemented curriculum by establishing the relationship between curriculum goals and the instructional strategies needed to realize those purposes. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and using various instructional models to meet the learning expectations embodied in curriculum goals and core curriculum content standards from pre-school to high school. Students will examine instructional strategies from the perspectives of assessing research findings on effective practices, realizing curriculum standards, adapting the classroom to diverse learner needs, establishing appropriate staff development agendas, and providing forms of supervisory support to optimize learning and achievement. Students will demonstrate course understandings through actual classroom and school applications that are referenced to state adopted core curriculum content standards and professional development standards, the Standards for School Leaders of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, and the candidate proficiencies developed by the Educational Leadership Constitutient Council.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 531.

CURR 548 Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners 3 Credits

This course will examine the curricular and instructional issues that educational leaders must address in accommodating the school program to the needs and abilities of diverse learners. A historical perspective will be developed with an emphasis on how schools have responded to meet the needs of the exceptional child. Legal issues and programmatic trends will be examined and assessed since the inception of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Multicultural issues will be introduced within the context of school and society. The responsibility of the educational leader in fostering a multicultural perspective pertaining to curriculum and instruction, governance, bias and prejudice and school climate and culture will be emphasized. Students will identify and develop curricular possibilities and solutions in school settings to accommodate learners’ diverse needs. Students will demonstrate course understandings through actual classroom and school applications that are referenced to state adopted core curriculum content standards and professional development standards, the Standards for School Leaders of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, and the candidate proficiences developed by the Educational Leadership Constitutient Council.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 531 and CURR 538.

CURR 552 Creative, Ethical Teacher Leadership 3 Credits

In order to be effective, teacher leaders require in-depth unerstanding of the complex, threat-filled, 21st-century globalized environment that provides the context for their work. They must understand the problems, opportunities, and pressures generated by the current socioeconomic, political, and cultural system of the United States, which is characterized by dogmatism-saturated disputes over the purposes of education and the allocation of resources. In addition, they must appreciate the ways in which the larger forces of globalization influence these national trends and issues. Finally, they must understand the ways in which the principles of wise, ethical, intelligent, and creative leadership can help them and their colleagues in their efforts to maintain and strengthen student learning in these daunting conditions.

CURR 580 Action Research Tchg & Learn 3 Credits

CURR 585 Practicm Conductng Action Rsch 3 Credits

CURR 590 Seminar and Practicum in Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision 3 Credits

Taken at the completion of all course work in the program. Students study in seminar fashion the current literature and research in the general areas of curriculum, instruction and supervision. Each student is involved in an individualized field experience. Typically the experience involves work with supervisory assistance in a selected segment of the student’s school district, or in an approved location. The cooperation of the administrative staff of the student’s school district is essential for the effective completion of this project. The instructor is free to observe the project in progress, and to evaluate the completed research project and the finished project paper.

Prerequisite(s): all course work including EDUC 500, permission of instructor.

CURR 600 Independent Study and Research 1-3 Credits

Course content varies with academic research interests of students who wish to engage in independent study related to the overall content of curriculum, instruction and/or supervision.

CURR 630 Big Ideas Learn Phy Sci-Matter 1 Credits

CURR 631 Big Ideas Learn Phy Sci-Energy 1 Credits

CURR 632 Big Ideas Learn Phy Sci-Motion 1 Credits

CURR 633 Big Ideaas Earth&Space-Tecton 1 Credits

CURR 634 Big Ideas Earth&Space-Climate 1 Credits

CURR 635 Big Ideas Earth&Space-Universe 1 Credits

CURR 636 Big Ideas Life Sci-Cell Behavr 1 Credits

CURR 637 Big Ideas Life Sci-Evolution 1 Credits

CURR 638 Big Ideas in Life Sci-Energy 1 Credits

CURR 640 Teaching and Learning Physical Science 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of content and pedagogy for understanding selected physical science topics aligned with state and national standards. The course will be structured around big ideas identified in standards, common misconceptions, and appropriate learning progressions. While addressing the content, emphasis will also be placed on: effective instructional strategies and science practices through the use and study of such practices and strategies.

CURR 641 Teaching and Learning Life Science 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of content and pedagogy for understanding selected life science topics aligned with state and national standards. The course will be structured around big ideas identified in standards, common misconceptions, and appropriate learning progressions. While addressing the content, emphasis will also be placed on: effective instructional strategies and science practices through the use and study of such practices and strategies.

CURR 642 Teaching and Learning Earth and Space Science 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of content and pedagogy for understanding selected earth and space science topics aligned with state and national standards. The course will be structured around big ideas identified in standards. While addressing the content, emphasis will also be placed on: effective instructional strategies and science practices through the use and study of such practices and strategies.

CURR 643 Teaching & Learning Engineering & Design 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of the content and pedagogy for understanding selected technology, engineering and design topics aligned with state and national standards. The course will be structured around big ideas identified in standards, common misconceptions, and appropriate learning progressions. While addressing the content, emphasis will also be placed on: effective instructional strategies and science practices through the use and study of such practices and strategies.

CURR 644 Teaching&Learning Chemical Sci 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of content and pedagogy for understanding selected physical science topics aligned with state and national standards. The course will be structured around big ideas identified in standards, common misconceptions, and appropriate learning progressions. While addressing the content, emphasis will also be placed on: effective instructional strategies and science practices through the use and study of such practices and strategies.

CURR 650 Understanding Gifted Learners 3 Credits

The course explores the ways in which the gifted and talented can differ from more typical learners in terms of their cognition, social-emotional dimensions, behavior, and long-term development. It focuses on theories of intelligence, differing conceptions of giftedness and talent development, and learning processes. Some specific topics include underachievement, perfectionism, dual exceptionality, gender issues, and underserved populations. The course also addresses the ways in which gifted education can evolve to fit the demands and opportunities embedded in complex, 21st-century socioeconomic, cultural, and technological contexts.

CURR 652 Differentiating Instruction for the Gifted and Talented 3 Credits

This course provides the rationale and practical strategies for effective instructional differentiation for the gifted and talented within and beyond the regular classroom. Participants will learn how to differentiate within subject areas by adjusting content, process, product, and learning environment to meet the needs of learners. They also will explore the nature and nuances of differentiation by ability, readiness, and interest, as well as the implications of instructional differentiation for formative and summative assessment. Throughout the course they will design and share examples of differentiation including tiered assignments, complex instruction, independent studies, graphic organizers, and learning contracts.

CURR 654 Innovative Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education 3 Credits

This hands-on, experiential course immerses participants in simulations and analyses of new and revised student-centered teaching models and strategies that are conducive to creative and critical thinking, advanced content mastery, and the invigoration of students' interests. Participants analyze the potential of each model/strategy while considering the ways in which it can apply to content learning in various subject areas/domains. The course also engages participants in studying the fundamental principles of program design in gifted education so they can make the best possible use of the instructional models and strategies.

CURR 700 Educational Foundations 3 Credits

This course provides psychological and interdisciplinary perspectives on teaching and learning. Within the theme of optimal development of creative intelligence, students use these perspectives to guide their reflective professional development throughout their program. The course develops knowledge, skills, and dispositions pertinent to (a) child and adolescent development, (b) learning theories, (c) philosophical and historical perspectives on education, (d) sociocontextual and interdisciplinary influences on education, and (e) higher-order creative and critical thinking.

CURR 702 Early Literacy Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

Current strategies for teaching beginning learners vocabulary, comprehension, composition, and language study. Pedagogy for all learners, ranging from gifted to diverse learners. How to manage literacy instruction through content areas in general education in preschool and primary grades.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 700.

CURR 703 Teaching Content Area Literacies 3 Credits

Current strategies for providing instruction in vocabulary, comprehension, composition and language study in content areas in upper elementary grades through high school. Pedagogy for all learners, ranging from gifted to diverse learners in general education. Prerequisit(e): CURR 700.

CURR 704 Secondary English Language Arts Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

Students preparing to teach English in middle schools and senior high schools explore strategies for the imaginative teaching of literature, poetry, drama, grammar, composing processes, vocabulary, and oral language use. Students research, develop, and critique thematic units, analyze curriculum, and study the selection, development, and use of a wide variety of teaching materials. Traditional and alternative methods of assessment are explored.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 720.

CURR 705 Secondary Social Studies Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

The theoretical foundations of teaching social studies in junior and senior high schools. Basic goals and aims of social studies instruction are studied, and specific methodological techniques are described and practiced. Demonstration lessons are prepared and presented. Considers typical problems with which teachers are confronted.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 720.

CURR 706 Secondary Science Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

Classroom interaction analysis systems are utilized in the study of the teaching-learning process. Students develop their own repertoire of teaching strategies. Emphasis is on the investigation and interpretation of recent curriculum developments, and the use of the laboratory in science instruction.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 720.

CURR 707 Secondary Mathematics Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

The critical analysis of the aims of teaching mathematics in the secondary school; review of recent research in the content and teaching of mathematics by individuals and groups; demonstration lessons (reflective teaching) to illustrate techniques of teaching; the planning of lessons; selection and organization of materials and subject matter; and evaluation of lesson presentation.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 720.

CURR 710 Elementary Mathematics Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the elementary curriculum and focuses on the teaching of mathematics that is developmentally appropriate for students from nursery to grade eight. In keeping with NAEYC and NCTM standards, emphasis is placed on planning for and implementing an integrated curriculum approach, discovery learning, hands-on experiences, use of technology, lesson planning, and traditional and non-traditional assessment strategies. Students will also explore positive models for classroom management and discipline. Field experiences will consist of classroom observations and teaching individuals and/or small groups of students.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 702.

CURR 711 Pedagogy and Methodology in Dance 3 Credits

This course provides the student with first-hand experience inside a classroom setting to broaden the students’ understanding of dance techniques, teaching styles and strategies, analysis of skills and critical feedback, class preparation and design, and assessment. Course requirements include off-campus field work. Crosslisting the existing methods course in Dance for beginning teachers offered at the undergraduate level (DAN 450).

CURR 715 Elementary Science, Arts, and Social Studies Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

This course focuses on methods and materials of instruction in science, social studies, and the arts that are developmentally appropriate for students in preschool through grade eight. Emphasis is placed on integrated curriculum, theme cycles, unit planning, hands-on learning experiences, discovery learning, and traditional/non-traditional assessment strategies. Field experience will consist of observation and analysis of a unit of study over time in at least one field site as well as continued teaching of lessons to individual and/or groups of children.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 702.

CURR 720 Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Schools 3 Credits

This course is designed for students seeking the initial teaching certificate and introduces them to curriculum and instruction in middle, junior and senior high schools. The history and rationale for secondary-level education is developed. Students acquire skills in instructional planning and classroom management. Field experiences will supplement classroom instruction.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 703.

CURR 770 Clinical Experience and Seminar in Teaching 9 Credits

This course, designed for those seeking initial certification, requires full-time supervised daily participation in a school setting. The student gradually assumes a full load of teaching responsibility at the school. The experience will test the translation of educational theory into meaningful practice. A student-teaching fee is charged for this course. (nine semester hours).

Prerequisite(s): CURR 704, CURR 705, CURR 706, CURR 707, CURR 715 and (BSED 530 or ECED 550) or Permission of instructor.

CURR 771 Supervised Clinical Experience in Teaching 3 Credits

This practicum is a condensed version of the Internship in Teaching. It is available only to interns seeking teacher certification who already have a year of successful, full-time teaching experience or its equivalent. A special application must be made and approved for enrollment in the course. The practicum requires six weeks of full-time, supervised daily participation in a school setting. After a brief period of orientation to the school and classroom, the intern assumes a full load of teaching responsibility at the school. The experience finetunes the teaching abilities of interns and enables them to demonstrate competence in the specialty for which they seek certification.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 704, CURR 705, CURR 706, CURR 707, CURR 715 and (BSED 530 or ECED 550) or Permission of instructor.