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Master's Degree in New Jersey

Program Outline

Any course listed below can be taken online or face-to-face.

Required Instructional Core Courses (four 3-credit courses) 

Differentiated Instruction  EDIN570 – The focus of this course is to provide a framework to design effective instruction for all students using students’ learning styles, interests and level of readiness.

Styles of Teaching: Personality Type in the Classroom  EDIN548 – Based on Jung’s four temperaments, issues pertaining to teaching, learning, classroom management, communication, conflict resolution, esteem building, and problem solving will be examined and applied to classroom situations.

Brain-Based Teaching and Learning  EDIN560 – Current research in neuroscience indicate ways that brains naturally learn best, and applications to the K-12 classroom.

Assessment Techniques:  Assessing for Student Learning  EDIN542 – Experience and analyze authentic assessment, as well as study the progression of the standards-based movement and how the Common Core State Standards will better allow educators to prepare students for the future.

Required Classroom Action Research (three 3-credit courses) 

With an advisor, the candidate will determine the topic, body of research, research techniques, applied research strategies and the writing/recording of the capstone project.

EDUC510 – Exploration of Classroom Inquiry *Note: To be taken within the first 9 credits of this 30 credit program

EDUC601 – Modes of Inquiry and Research

EDUC602/700 – Inquiry in Practice

 

Concentration Options

Select one option

Option 1:  Teaching Strategies 

select three (3-credit courses) of the following options

Encouraging Skillful, Critical, and Creative Thinking  EDIN545 – A practical, experiential course for all educators to explore and apply a variety of instructional strategies to teach students to be better thinkers.

Technology with Ease: Enhancing the Modern Classroom  EDIN573 – Focus on keeping ahead of the technological curve, regardless of your initial comfort working with technology.  This course is designed to increase confidence in integrating technology using emerging web applications. Explore the use of educational technology to facilitate student learning and have students become digitally prepared for the 21st Century.

Universal Design for Learning: Reaching All Learners in the Digital Age  EDIN536 – A blueprint for creating flexible goals, methods, materials and assessments that enable students with diverse needs and learning styles to succeed in an inclusive, standards-based, digital classroom.

The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement  EDIN553 – Instructional content can be enlivened in the K-12 classroom through the use of dynamic movement and kinesthetic activity. By using movement, academic standards can be met, test scores can be improved and important life skills can be developed.

The Kinesthetic Classroom II: Moving Across the Standards EDIN554 - Design kinesthetic activities for the K-12 classroom focusing on teaching Common Core and national standards based on content.  Design effective action plans to increase movement in the school environment.

 

Option 2:  The Diverse Classroom

select three (3-credit courses) of the following options

The Bully Proof Classroom  EDIN559 – Bullying is an important issue facing families, schools, communities, and society.  Understand the issues and develop strategies to address the problem.

Skills and Strategies for Inclusion and Disability Awareness  EDIN555 – Educators will gain a deeper understanding of disabilities, and examine the social, academic and physical considerations in school, community and home as factors in the learning environment.

The Gendered Brain  EDIN558 – Current research on gender differences will be examined and discussed, and how to provide educational equality enhancing each student’s personal worth and meaning through a variety of gender specific activities.

Strategies for ADHD, LD, and a Spectrum of Learners  EDIN552 – Today's classrooms include a spectrum of learners who have different levels of attention, learning, communication, and behaviors.  Learn how to tap into your students' strengths with appropriate interventions and curriculum practices.

The Culturally Distinctive Classroom  EDIN546 - Strategies for classroom engagement and lesson delivery in a changing diverse classroom will be examined.  The focus is on understanding ourselves in today's society in order to understand and guide our young learners.  A study of multiculturalism, the changing diverse learners through a lens of their socioeconomic status and making lasting parental connections within our school communities will be explored.

 

Option 3:  Classroom Management and Classroom Climate

select three (3-credit courses) of the following options

Increasing Student Responsibility and Self-Discipline in Learning Communities  EDIN544 – Develop approaches to help students resolve their inner conflicts, and improve responsibility and self-discipline.

Cooperative Discipline  EDIN565 – Shift discipline from controlling student behavior by rewards and punishment to managing and motivating students by building self-esteem and helping them make better choices.

Skills for Building the Collaborative Classroom  EDIN528 – Collaboration, cooperation, innovation, creativity and critical thinking are demonstrated using interactive hands-on structures and activities.

Motivation: The Art and Science of Inspiring Classroom Success  EDIN556 – Increase awareness of various motivational techniques through research, literature, simulations, discussions, applications and reflection.

The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement  EDIN553 - Instructional content can be enlivened in the K-12 classroom through the use of dynamic movement and kinesthetic activity.  By using movement, academic standards can be met, test scores can be improved and important life skills can be developed.

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