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Art

ART 530
Studio Problems
3 credit hours
A study concentrated on creative projects in a selective media. Six (6) hours conference and laboratory per week. A strong background in art or instructor permission required. May be repeated.
 

Business

BADM/BUOL 530
Specialized Studies in Accounting, Business Administration, and Secretarial Practice
3 credit hours
Directed study in the areas of accounting, business administration, and/or secretarial practice. May be repeated.
BADM/BUOL 539
Research and Report Writing
3 credit hours
This class is a directed study of the analysis and report research of accounting and business topics. The purpose of the course is to afford students an opportunity to engage in an analysis of scholarly research in functional business areas.
 

Computer Information Systems

BMIS/CSOL 530
Microcomputers in Education
3 credit hours
Introduction to the tools used for classroom instruction and classroom management with a focus on word processing, spreadsheets and presentation management. Emphasis is also placed on the use of the Internet as a research tool. Concepts such as evaluation of computer hardware and software appropriate for use in the classroom will be addressed. (Credit will not be awarded if student has received credit for EDUC/EDOL 533)
BMIS/CSOL 630
Advanced Educational Applications
3 credit hours
Intended for the teacher with a working understanding of microcomputer use. The course focuses on advanced applications such as telecommunications, LAN networking, web page design and creation. The course will also deal with such issues as computer ethics, software evaluation, copyright laws, and public domain software acquisition and use. Prerequisite: BMIS 530 or equivalent.
 

Counseling

COU/OL 530
Introduction to School Counseling
3 credit hours
This course is the introductory course in the school counseling program and provides a basic introduction to school counseling at the K-12 level. This course is designed to give students an overview of current trends in school counseling, on both a local and national level. Topics to be covered include: Historical basis for school counseling, assessing school guidance needs, and planning, implementing, and evaluating a guidance program based on the National School model. This course is a prerequisite for ALL other counseling courses. (Field experience required).
COU/OL 531
Social and Cultural Foundations of School Counseling
3 credit hours
This course provides an understanding and application of the social and cultural foundations associated with school counseling. This course is also designed to emphasize various cultural factors, poverty, ethnicity, ageism and disabilities and how those factors impact and affect cognition, emotion, behavior and social interactions in both the school and community. Ethical issues related to multicultural aspects of counseling will be addressed as well.
COU/OL 536
Psychological Assessments
3 credit hours
The course is intended to provide a survey of key areas of relevance in psychological assessment across a variety of settings. As an introduction to psychological assessment, the course focuses on the fundamental goals and principles of psychological assessment in both applied and theoretical contexts. Ability, interest, personality, vocational, marital and clinical tests will be examined.
COU/OL 537
Personality Assessments
3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce advanced candidates to the concepts and applications of personality assessment with a specific focus on objective assessment methods. This course is intended to provide a thorough understanding of theory and concepts relevant to objective personality assessment, as well as to build skills needed to administer, score, and interpret well-known personality inventories.
COU/OL 538 -Counseling Individuals with Diverse Needs 3 credit hours
This course is designed to help prepare school counselors to provide the collaborative services for individuals with diverse needs in elementary, secondary and post-secondary educational settings. The course includes topics including IDEA, Section 504, learning disabilities, identification of students suspected of having a disability, transition planning, working with parents and collaboration with related service specialists. (Field Experience Required).
COU/OL 539
Career Development
3 credit hours
The purpose of this course is to introduce candidates wishing to become school counselors to various career development theories, career counseling procedures and techniques, career assessment tools, career development program planning, and sources of occupational information. Emphasis is placed on empirically-based theories, theoretically based counseling interventions, and current issues in the world of work and vocational counseling. (Field Experience Required).
COU/OL 630
Introduction to Drug/Alcohol Counseling
3 credit hours
Students in this course explore the fundamental concepts and issues necessary to gain an understanding of drug/alcohol counseling. Participants will be able to define chemical dependency and describe the various models of addiction. Criteria for Substance Abuse Disorders will be examined and applied to illustrative case studies. Participants will also be able to identify and discuss the unique clinical issues involved in treating the rising population. These include: denial and defenses, stages of recovery, relapse and relapse prevention counseling, shame and guilt, co-occurring disorders, effects on the family, intervention, and 12-Step groups. Modalities of treatment and treatment practices will also be discussed. The participants will gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to be an effective counselor. The participants will be introduced to a code of ethics for the professional and will be able to discuss its importance. (Field Experience Required).
COU/OL 631
Legal and Ethical Issues in School Counseling
3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of the school counseling profession with an emphasis on the application of ethical and legal processes to current school issues. The course explores the basics of ethics, values, and morals against the backdrop of school counseling. Ethical and legal issues are analyzed including: informed consent, confidentiality and privileged communications, records, technology and, professionalism and malpractice, resolving legal and ethical issues, codes of ethics and standards of practice.
COU/OL 634
Group Counseling in Public Schools
3 credit hours
Students investigate group dynamics processes related to counseling theory and participate in group counseling demonstrations. Group counseling will be clearly differentiated from group guidance. Potential uses of group counseling in schools and methods of organizing group counseling sessions are addressed. Students are expected to arrange a visit to a school or agency to observe an actual group at the level for which they are seeking certification or the age groups with which they will be involved. (Field Experience Required).
COU/OL 636
Counseling Aspects of Grief and Loss
3 credit hours
This course will address the relevant knowledge and skill base needed to provide the school counselor to work effectively with individuals and families coping with a range of experiences life transitions, divorce, physical health changes, foster placement, as well as death and bereavement experiences. Students will explore the dynamics of attachment and loss, life cycle reactions and needs of the dying and bereaved. The grief process and factors to consider in work with grieving children, adolescents and adults will be introduced. The assessment of complicated grief reactions and social work roles and tasks in facilitating the grief process will also be presented.
COU/OL 637
Counseling Practicum
3 credit hours
The practicum is a class that allows candidates to promote their development as a skilled practitioner capable of applying the knowledge base in counseling in an ethical, reflective, and culturally responsive manner. This course is intended to provide candidates with faculty supervision of direct counseling experience at placement sites and supplements the on-site and on-line supervision experience. This course is intended to serve as a prerequisite for COU/OL 638. Prerequisite: Comprehensive Exam.
COU/OL 638
Counseling Internship
3 credit hours
The internship is the culminating field experience of the Masters of Arts in Education School Counseling program. The internship is designed to provide the advanced candidate with an on-site placement in a public or private school setting that will create the necessary bridge between training and professionalism. Students are expected to function per the expectations of other full-time employees and counseling staff at the internship site. The internship is the final course in the prescribed program and must follow a successful practicum experience.
 

Educational Administration

EDAD/ADOL 630
Introduction to Educational Administration
3 credit hours
This course reviews the theories of administration and practice at the district and community levels. This class is designed to introduce the student to the theories and concepts of administration including personnel, finance, law, school organization and curriculum. Research studies which have been completed by state and regional administrative groups and frequent seminars in administration are held.
EDAD/ADOL 632
Human Resource Management and Supervision
3 credit hours
This course is a study of the role of the school administrator in managing the human resource function. Included in this course is a study of the organizational dimensions of the personnel function, along with planning, recruitment, selection, placement, development, and appraisal of the individual. This course also deals with the school administrator in his/her capacity as supervisor of the human resources of the school. In addition, the legal aspects of Human Resource Administration are discussed.
EDAD/ADOL 633
Applied Research in Education
3 credit hours
The interpretation, synthesis, and analysis of educational research findings as they relate to action research and program management. The emphasis is placed on conducting applied research or program evaluation, including the development of instruments, collection and interpretation of data, and presentation of findings. Prereq: EDOL 630.
EDAD/ADOL 634
Business Management in Public Schools
3 credit hours
This course analyzes the principles, practices, policies, revenues and expenditures of school funds and school resource allocation at the district and school level. Special attention is given to school budgeting. Other topics in this course may be discussed featuring – but not limited to – finance formulas, financial accounting, purchasing and supply problems, school construction, school equipment, and school insurance.
EDAD/ADOL 635
The Politics of School and Community
3 credit hours
The purpose of this course is to provide a critical understanding of the political and social forces shaping educational politics in the United States. During the course, students will analyze how policy is made for American schools, and its effect on all of our lives and thinking. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the complex interrelationship between politicians, private foundations and think tanks, teachers' unions, special-interest groups, educational politicians, school administrators, boards of education, courts, and the knowledge industry.
EDAD/ADOL 636
School Law I
3 credit hours
A course that is designed to provide basic legal information to the educational professional. Students in this course examine court decisions at both the federal and state level. Topics examined in this class include teacher dismissal and non-renewal, the rights of students and teachers, religious expressions in the school, etc.
EDAD/ADOL 643
Special Education and School Leadership
3 credit hours
The administration of the special education program in public and private schools is a significant component of an administrator’s duties. This course seeks to familiarize prospective school administrators with the laws of special education and other laws related to handicapped children in schools. Three legislative enactments IDEA, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be addressed. The course also focuses on related topics including; (1) due process hearings, (2) remedies available to parents and school districts, (3) school records, (4) the identification and evaluation of children with disabilities including the process for evaluations, individualized education plans, placement, notice and consent, (5) discipline and (6) best practices for establishing a working relationship with parents of special education students.
EDAD/ADOL 664 Practicum
Principalship
3 credit hours
A course designed to allow the student to gain practical experience in the everyday supervision management and leadership of a school. The student will work under the guidance of a public school principal or other administrator for seventy-five (75) or more clock hours. The hours must be divided into the different areas of the Principalship including budget/finance, personnel, curriculum issues, community relations and transportation if possible. Formal documentation is required. The college professor will direct the practicum and provide in-class time for study, analysis, and reflection. This course has a $75 fee. This course should be taken at the end of the program. Permission of Department Chair required.
 

Education

EDUC 532
Evaluation, Measurement, and Assessment
3 credit hours
A survey of materials and procedures in the diagnosis of pupil needs and difficulties; the place and use of measurement in guidance, instruction, and evaluation; types of tests, test construction, rating techniques, and the measurement of aptitudes and abilities.
EDUC/EDOL 533
Educational Technology
3 credit hours
This class is a survey of the field of educational technology. It surveys the pedagogical applications of widely used media, materials and technology that form part of the knowledge and skills that modern teachers should possess to instruct students in the classroom. Reviewing websites, selecting software, surfing the internet, construction of classroom web pages and using other Internet protocols and software to supplement classroom instruction are all possess that modern teachers should be familiar with and be able to handle well to enhance their teaching skills.
EDUC/EDOL 537
The Middle School
3 credit hours
Provides students with a conceptual framework and a practical guide for teaching in the middle school. The objectives of this course are to understand the differences between middle school and junior high; to explore the history of the Middle School Movement; to become familiar with defining characteristics of middle schools; and to study the behaviors and learning of middle school students. This course includes a field experience component.
EDUC/EDOL 538
The Modern Secondary School
3 credit hours
This course provides students with a conceptual framework and a practical guide for teaching a variety of courses at the secondary school level. The course features a study of current methods and materials for approved subject areas in secondary school. Emphasis is placed on planning for instruction, the selection and implementation of appropriate teaching models, instructional materials, instructional delivery, and evaluation techniques. Field Hours Required.
EDUC/EDOL 539
Modern Elementary School
3 credit hours
This course seeks to explore and analyze contrasting strategies for the instruction and assessment of elementary school students as well as to examine the infusion of technology and software applications into student instruction and assessment. Students will research and compare and contrast curriculum standards for Kentucky and other states. New and innovative practices for effective and appropriate classroom, school-wide, and district policies will also be examined. Attention will focus on reducing the achievement gap between sub-populations. Required for all elementary majors.
EDUC/EDOL 630
Research Methods in Education
3 credit hours
Introduction to research in education, the purpose of research and ethical considerations, and identification of appropriate research methods and interpretation of findings. Standards for written reviews of literature.
EDUC/EDOL 631
Advanced Human Behavior
3 credit hours
Study of the lifespan from conception to young adulthood is studied with emphasis upon biological, intellectual, and psychosocial development. Also included are units on exceptional pupils and understanding of multicultural education. Required for all Masters Degree programs.
EDUC/EDOL 633
Instructional Leadership in Technology
3 credit hours
Technology is constantly expanding and changing the way we teach and learn. Instructional leaders are called upon everyday to make ethical and important decisions about what technology to use and how to use it in the classroom. Consequently, courses in educational technology are becoming critical part of teacher education programs across the curriculum. By completing this course, students will be equipped with skills that they need to meet the challenges posed by technology in a modern classroom.
EDOL 636
Problems in Education
3 credit hours
An examination of principles and practices, changing goals and processes in Education. Analysis of topical problems faced by society in shaping educational programs in the school. May be taken more than once.
EDUC/EDOL 637
Supervision of Student Teachers
3 credit hours
The nature and role of supervision, techniques of observation, constructive counseling, evaluation and aids to the teacher in the school.
EDUC/EDOL 660
Thesis
6 credit hours over 2 semesters
See section entitled Thesis Option.
 

English Courses

ENGL/ENOL 531
Writing Instruction for the Content Areas
3 credit hours
This course teaches the methods of including writing exercises and projects into all curricular divisions. The intent is to show teachers in fields other than English that writing can become an integral academic component in their fields in grades K-12. Students will study research in the field of writing across the curriculum and develop a variety of daily and unit plans that incorporate writing experiences.
ENGL/ENOL 532
Methods and Materials for Teaching English
3 credit hours
This course is the study of methods and materials suitable for teaching English at various public school grade levels. The intent is to introduce teachers to the burgeoning theories of teaching the various elements of an English class. Students will research the field of English instruction, develop a variety of daily and unit plans that incorporate new techniques and theories, practice writing evaluation, and study strategies suitable to English instruction.
 

Health Courses

HESS/HEOL 530
Methods and Materials for Teaching Health
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to plan and implement a variety of health promotion lessons and methods in elementary, middle and secondary school classrooms. Emphasis will be on facilitating prepared units/lessons to respective target.
ESS/PEOL 530
Methods and Materials for Teaching Physical Education
3 credit hours
The purpose of this course is to prepare students to plan, organize and conduct a physical education program for students in grades P-12. Students will be provided background knowledge about physical education content, skill themes and movement concepts. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in various individual and team sports including life sports.
 

History Courses

HIST/HIOL 530
Methods and Materials for Teaching Social Studies
3 credit hours
An analysis of content area, methodology, and instructional techniques; application of methods to the skill and content area of social studies.
HIST/HIOL 531
Studies in History
3 credit hours
Different topics will be offered on a specific period of history. The course may be repeated for up to six hours credit and upper class undergraduates may take the course with permission of the Department chair.
HIST/HIOL 630
Social Studies Subject Matter Resources
3 credit hours
Provides a comprehensive study of the bibliographic and instructional resources available to secondary teachers.
POLS/PLOL 531
Studies in Political Science
3 credit hours
Different topics will be offered as a specific area of Political Science. The course may be repeated for up to six hours credit and upper-class undergraduates may take the course with permission of the Department Chair.
 

Mathematics Courses

MATH/MAOL 530
Topics in Mathematics I
3 credit hours
Topics are selected from arithmetic and number theory, statistics in research, geometry, and other topics. May be repeated.
MATH/MAOL 531
Teaching Math to Learners with Disabilities
3 credit hours
The overall context in which these teaching approaches are considered are the national curricular reforms in mathematics. This course focuses on pedagogy and its relationship to subject matter, curriculum, and pedagogical knowledge. The roles of learners within the context of the school are also considered. Specific attention is provided in this course to the teaching that responds to the reform recommendations identified by the NCTM and higher standards in mathematics in education present KERA.
MATH/MAOL 532
Methods and Material for Teaching Math
3 credit hours
The study of the methods and materials suitable for teaching Mathematics at various public/private school grade levels. The intent is to introduce teachers to the ever-increasing theories of teaching the elements of mathematics in the curriculum. Students will take an active approach to teaching mathematics to learners. All students will study current relevant research in the field of mathematics instruction, develop a variety of daily and unit plans that incorporate new and current techniques and theories, practice evaluation techniques and to be introduced to other aspects which classroom.
MATH 630
Topics in Mathematics II
3 credit hours
Topics are selected from statistics, calculus, and Mathematical structure and analysis. May be repeated.
MATH 631
Topics in Geometry
3 credit hours
Designed for both the student in the field of education and for the student pursuing further study in mathematics. The student is provided the opportunity to study Euclidean Geometry as an axiomatic system and the work completed in this course is intended to serve as resource material for teaching geometry in the public school, for teaching geometry in the junior college or college and in further mathematics study.
 

Music Courses

MUSC 530
Opera Workshop
3 credit hours
Designed to develop the student’s knowledge and experience in characterization and stage movement necessary for opera. Offered on-site only.
MUSC 537
Music Theatre Production
3 credit hours
Designed to give students knowledge, skill, and experience in all aspects of musical theatre production. Offered on-site only.
MUOL 531
Applications of Music Theory
3 credit hours
Designed to help the student develop a broad knowledge of various pedagogical and analytical approaches toward music theory, develop an understanding of various interdisciplinary approaches to learning and teaching music-related topics, and to develop a bibliography of sources for various theoretical concepts.
MUOL 532 Advanced Music Literature 3 credit hours
Analysis of solo vocal and choral music literature of all historical periods with emphasis on compositional techniques and repertoire of composers.
MUOL 630
Graduate Music Core Seminar
3 credit hours
This course is designed as a review of music theory and music history in order to assist graduate students with the Music Specialty Area of the PRAXIS. Reviewed topics include: music theory, orchestration, form and analysis, and music history.
MUOL 639
Selected Topics in Music Education
3-9 credit hours
Designed to help the student develop a broad knowledge of concepts in music education including but not restricted to curriculum design, core music content, and program administration.
 

Reading and Writing

READ/REOL 531
Reading and Writing Foundations
3 credit hours
This course is designed as an introductory course in reading. Basic skills in readiness, word recognition, comprehension, study skills, and rate will be emphasized. Different approaches to the teaching of reading (basal, LEA, linguistics, and integrated literature content area reading). This course is a required prerequisite to ALL READING COURSES. (Exception: students who have satisfactorily completed ELEM 331 and ELEM 338 or their equivalents.)
READ/REOL 534
Reading Readiness in Primary Programs
3 credit hours
An intensive study of methods and materials appropriate for developing reading readiness and for getting reading instruction in the kindergarten and early primary grades. The emphasis is on the newer approaches and latest research.
READ/REOL 535
Methods and Materials of Language Arts in Public Schools
3 credit hours
An Analysis of methodologies and instructional techniques, application and methods to the skills and content areas of language arts.
READ/REOL 536
Young Adult and Children’s Literature.
3 credit hours
Designed to encompass all grade levels. Children’s books and young adult novels with varying topics and maturity levels will be examined with a focus on how to incorporate them into the curriculum. Opportunities to discover a study on the importance technology plays in teaching literature.
READ/REOL 630
Diagnosis of Reading Problems
3 credit hours
Current research in the implementation of standardized and informal diagnostic procedures for the appraisal of reading problems. Emphasis in assessing reading disability using the various measures. Prerequisite: READ 531. This course is a prerequisite to REOL 631 and 632.
READ/REOL 631
Diagnosis of Procedures in Teaching Reading and Practicum
3 credit hours
This course will deal with a diagnostic-prescriptive approach to teaching and learning. The diagnosis will relate to (1) informal testing; (2) standardized tests; and (3) criterion-referenced tests. The prescriptions for teaching will be directly related to the diagnostic data gathered from testing. Tests and materials from reading and content areas will be used as a basis for identifying and planning for individual needs. Prerequisites: READ 531 and READ 630.
READ/REOL 632
Strategies for Reading Programs and Practicum
3 credit hours
Techniques and materials appropriate for the correction of reading disabilities. Emphasis is on non-traditional, high interest materials used in innovative procedures. Pre-requisite: READ 531 and READ 630. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: READ 631.
READ/REOL 633
Advanced Strategies in Reading and Writing Methods
3 credit hours
Intensive and comprehensive investigation of problems related to reading and writing will be addressed as well as a review and practice of current teaching methods and innovative approaches.
 

Science

SCNS/SCOL 530
Methods and Materials for Teaching Science
3 credit hours
Designed as a survey of selected basic principles from earth/space science and the physical and biological sciences, this course provides a body of content essential for the teaching of science in the elementary school.
SCNS/SCOL 630
Science Topics: Principles, Applications, and Implications
3 credit hours
Surveys selected basic principles from earth and space science, physical and biological sciences. This course provides a body of science content essential for the teaching of science in the public schools. (May be repeated).
 

Special Education

SPED/SPOL 530
Issues and Trends
3 credit hours
This is a course of directed study designed to explore current trends and issues in the education of students with disabilities. Topics include most recent legislation that outlines the categories for eligibility, and issues affecting the identification of individuals with disabilities, and educational programming. This course is a prerequisite for students entering the special education program for certification (SPED 233 may also be a prerequisite option). This course may be taken as the special education requirement for students in the leadership program.
SPED/SPOL 533
Middle and Secondary School: Transition
3 credit hours
This is a course of directed study designed to explore the area of career education, transition, and practices at the middle and secondary school levels that support successful community integration of individuals with disabilities. Course topics include characteristics of adolescents, current outcomes for individuals with disabilities, learning strategies, and methods and materials appropriate for adolescents. Other topics include school drop-out prevention, family centered planning, self-determination training, and supported employment.
SPED/SPOL 535
Early Childhood Special Education
3 credit hours
Prepares teachers to develop and manage programs of specially designed instruction for preschool children that have been identified as at-risk, or with disabilities, or having developmental delays. This course of study includes assessment, criteria, curricula and material modifications for pre-school children with disabilities. Topics include development of interdisciplinary, trans- disciplinary, or multidisciplinary service delivery systems and IFSP/IEP development.
SPED/SPOL 630
Inclusive Classrooms: Strategies for Effective Instruction
3 credit hours
Surveys knowledge and skills of effective instruction and classroom management skills that are prerequisites for providing programs for individuals with disabilities who are within inclusive classrooms today. This course provides strategies that promote success for the student identified as eligible for special education as well as those students with learning needs related to culture, race, etc. (diversity). Skills are developed that enable special educators to align students’ IEP objectives with the regular education curriculum within the academic areas (literacy, mathematics, science) as well as, addressing the areas of social skills, vocational and career education, and special areas of art, music, and physical education.
SPED/SPOL 631
Special Education Evaluation
3 credit hours
Principles of evaluation regarding the areas of academic, social, and personal characteristics of individuals with disabilities. Evaluation as a basis for program design and management is emphasized.
SPED/SPOL 632
Consultation and Collaboration for Curriculum Design
3 credit hours
This course is designed to assist teachers in collaborating and consulting with colleagues regarding specially designed instruction for individuals with disabilities. Knowledge and skills include designing, adapting, and evaluating materials, methods, and resources for individuals with a variety of characteristics. Teaching the core curriculum is included. Various models of instruction including strategic teaching are explored. Communications skills and barriers to professional relationships are discussed. Assistive technology, adaptive devices and equipment are discussed. Field experience is required.
SPED/SPOL 634
Working with Parents of Students with Disabilities
3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare teachers to interact appropriately with parents of students with disabilities. The course includes the development of competencies in conducting parent conferences, interviews, home-family assessments, and parent training programs.
SPED/SPOL 635
Classroom and Behavior Management for Individuals with Disabilities
3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare teachers to perform functional assessments of behavior and social skills in educational settings. This course includes designing and implementing instruction using operant conditioning or behavior modification techniques as well as social skills instruction and personal adaptation instructional techniques. General principles of classroom management are included.
SPED 636
Advanced Assessment Strategies and Prescriptive Writing
3 credit hours
This course contains advanced preparation in assessment foundations, techniques, procedures, data interpretation, and writing of prescriptive programs of specially designed instruction for individuals with learning and behavior disabilities.
 

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