Necessary skills for academic writing, including proper use of sources and avoiding plagiarism, organization, the basics of APA style, punctuation, and gender inclusive language. Academic writing ability and knowledge of research procedure is developed through class activities and feedback.

An exploration of the approaches that can be used by teachers for inclusion of exceptional learners, including gifted learners, in the regular classroom setting. The characteristics of enabling conditions will be analyzed, and appropriate educational programs and issues of assessment will be addressed. Current trends and the impact of legislation upon special education and inclusive practices will be reviewed. Strategies and methods for dealing with different levels of ability within the regular education classroom will be examined.

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Concepts covered in this course include measures of frequency, central tendency, and variation, transformed scores, normal distribution, central limit theorem, hypotheses testing, statistical power, and sampling. Students should be familiar with different kinds of distributions such as tf, and chi-square and other basic measurements in statistics such as bivariate correlation (Pearson r), simple regression, and differences (t test). The use of non-parametric statistics is also introduced. Students are expected to develop proficiency in using a major statistical package. If more than 5 years have elapsed since EDRM 615 Statistics was taken, knowledge of statistics must be reviewed through audit of this course or by preparation for and taking of a proficiency examination before taking courses requiring Statistics as a prerequisite.

Duration: August 14 - October 13, 2017

The study of leadership and its dynamics as it applies to the administration of elementary and secondary schools, highlighting planning and implementing change for school improvement. The course explores the principal’s role in providing moral, relational, instructional, and administrative leadership within the context of a school’s culture and potential resources.

Duration: June 5 - August 4, 2017

Designed to increase the teaching repertoire of teachers and other instructional leaders interested in improving instruction. The power and usefulness of research-based teaching models are presented. The emphasis is on developing a repertoire of complex teaching models or strategies of teaching/learning through guided practice and feedback. Participants develop their ability to reflect on their own teaching performance and provide effective feedback and support to others.

Duration: March 20 - May 19, 2017

Philosophical, technical, ethical, and practical issues in using technology in the classroom. The course emphasizes both developing technical skills in technological areas appropriate to education, as well as exploring the educational advantages and disadvantages of using technology. Topics include the selection, production, utilization, and evaluation of audio, graphic, and electronic educational materials. Students will develop educational materials using technology, and present them publicly. A computer laboratory fee will be charged.

Duration: January 9 - March 10, 2017