Electives -- M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

Electives

Within the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program of study, you have three electives in which you can elect to complete an endorsement/certificate program. Please review your choices below:

Elementary Reading Endorsement

ESOL -- English for Speakers of Other Languages

Gifted Endorsement

Online Teaching Endorsement

Educational Assessment and Measurement Certificate

Teacher Leadership Endorsement

Leadership Preservice (Not an Endorsement)

 


Elementary Reading Endorsement

Departments within the Bagwell College of Education offer graduate courses in literacy to give classroom teachers additional training to meet the literacy needs of students at the early childhood, middle childhood, and secondary school levels. Courses which apply to Georgia’s Reading Add-on for classroom teachers focus on understanding readers and the reading process, linking assessment and instruction, and using instructional strategies in specific content courses.

All three courses are fully online.

EDRD 7715 - Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Literature
An advanced study of the socio-psycholinguistic foundations of literacy. This course examines theories of language development and acquisition of reading and writing as well as the theoretical foundations for a range of instructional practices related to the five dimensions of reading. Candidates will also explore historical perspectives of literacy as well as prominent researchers and theorists. This course serves as the prerequisite for other courses in the Reading Endorsement.

EDRD 7719 - Reading Assessment and Instruction
An advanced study of reading assessment and the instruments used for understanding the literacy needs of all grade-level readers. Candidates will use assessment data to plan, evaluate, and revise effective reading instruction. Current trends and issues in testing and assessment in US schools will be studied.

EDRD 7718 - Content Area Reading and Writing
An advanced study of the processes and problems of literacy instruction in content area classrooms. This course explores components of the reading and writing processes related to content area instruction including technical reading and writing, prior knowledge, research-based strategies, supplemental texts, and methods of grouping. Special emphasis is placed upon teaching struggling readers and/or diverse learners.  Note: A field component is required.

Contact Dr. Barry Bogan for further information - bbogan@kennesaw.edu


ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages

The English of Speakers of Other Languages endorsement program (P-12) prepares certified teachers to teach in ESOL classrooms and to work with students in a variety of classroom environments who are native speakers of other languages. The ESOL endorsement provides the pedagogical foundation you need to successfully work with linguistically and culturally diverse students. You will develop cultural competencies to meet the growing diversity in today's classroom, attain deeper understandings of ways in which language affects cognition and learning, and discover research-based best practices for ensuring academic success for all students.

All three courses are fully online.

INED 7781 - Cultural Issues for ESOL Teachers 
This course is designed to develop a knowledge base about culture, its influence on learning and teaching, and its role in intercultural classroom settings. In this course, prospective ESOL teachers will examine major theories related to educating a culturally diverse student body, and teachers will develop strategies for ensuring that ESOL students develop knowledge of mainstream culture as they become proficient in English.

INED 7782 - Applied Linguistics for ESOL Teachers 
This course investigates principles of linguistic systems and their acquisition as they occur in first and second languages. Candidates will explore the relationship of oral and written language and become familiar with assessment techniques and devices for evaluation of the development of English as an additional language.

INED 7783 - Methods & Materials for Teaching ESOL
In this course, prospective ESOL teachers will develop skills in writing, adapting, and implementing curricula; critiquing and selecting materials, and applying strategies for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening to speakers of other languages based upon English language proficiency level and development. This course also includes a 40 hour supervised field experience, which can be satisfied at the same time as a field placement in their major as long as there are ESOL students in the placement. If the candidate is employed, the practicum may be conducted on-the-job. If not, the site of the teaching experience must be organized through the Center for Educational Placements and Partnerships (CEPP).

Contact Dr. Linda Evans for more information - levans39@kennesaw.edu


Gifted Endorsement

The Gifted Certification Endorsement Program prepares certified teachers to work with Gifted students in their field of primary certification. As there are four courses in this certification, one additional course is required beyond the M.Ed. program of study to earn this certification.

All four courses are fully online.

EDUC 7761 - Characteristics of Gifted Children

This course provides an introduction to the psychological and personality characteristics of gifted and talented children with implications for their education. It includes: philosophy of gifted education; definition (according to federal, state and local guidelines); identification procedures; characteristics; types of gifted children; learning styles; learning environments, description of teaching-learning models; implications for program development, administration and evaluation; and characteristics of teachers and other personnel concerned with the education of gifted students

EDUC 7762 – Methods and Materials for Teaching Gifted Children

This course is designed to explore and apply knowledge about curriculum theory, measurement, learning theories and evaluation procedures to plan qualitatively different educational experiences for the gifted and talented. The course will orient prospective gifted educators to the attitudes, skills and knowledge deemed appropriate and necessary for assuming instructional leadership roles.

EDUC 7763 – Assessment of Gifted Children and Youth

This course explores theories of mental abilities and provides knowledge and skills in the measurement of intelligence, achievement, creativity and other dimensions of giftedness. Various plans for identification are examined including the case study and State of Georgia regulations.

EDUC 7764 – Curriculum Development and Program Design in Gifted Education

This course is designed to explore and apply knowledge about curriculum theory for the development of effective programs in gifted education. A number of exemplary models recommended by national authorities are examined for their use in creating and evaluating programs for gifted students. The course will orient prospective educators of the gifted to the attitudes, skills and knowledge deemed appropriate and necessary for assuming instructional leadership roles. This course provides a study of program planning for gifted students, including curriculum inventory and development, program models, and evaluation.

Contact Dr. Alice Terry for more information – aterry@kennesaw.edu


Online Teaching Endorsement

Online teaching is becoming more and more prevalent, even in K-5 levels. The Department of Instructional Technology in the Bagwell College of Education is offering an Online Teaching Endorsement. The purpose of the program is to prepare candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become effective online teachers. Over the course of three semesters, candidates in the Online Teaching Certificate program will complete three (3) online courses (9 credit hours), two (2) field experiences, two (2) online practicum experiences, and an electronic portfolio.

All three courses are fully online.

ITEC 7480 - Introduction to Online Learning

This course explores principles for effective online learning and provides an introduction to key terms, issues, policies, challenges, and emerging trends in the field. Topics include published standards for quality online teaching and course design, accessibility to online courses, online assessment principles, accommodations for students with disabilities, strategies for supporting cultural and linguistic diversity, internet safety, student privacy and copyright. Candidates learn pedagogical strategies for use in an online learning environment and apply them to their certification fields.

ITEC 7481 - Designing & Developing Online Learning

In this course, candidates develop a high-quality online learning experience for students using research-based elements and instructional design principles in online education. Candidates learn how to assess student learning needs, organize content into learning odules, create authentic and meaningful assessments, and engage learners in varied technologically-based activities to achieve learning outcomes. Candidates create this online course in a widely-used learning management system. As a practicum experience, candidates are enrolled in an onlie course currently being taught by an experienced online teacher. Candidates discuss how these experienced teachers apply principles discussed in class and how they organize, manage, and facilitate online teaching and learning.

ITEC 7482 - Facilitating Online Learning

This course addresses expectations, challenges, and issues specific to facilitating online learning. Topics include motivating students, creating a sense of community, monitoring progress, providing feedback, differentiating instruction, encouraging interactivity, collaboration and dialogue, and preventing plagiarism and other forms of cheating. Under the supervision of their professor, candidates complete and reflect upon an extended practicum experience as an online teacher.

Contact Dr. Anissa Vega for more information - avega4@kennesaw.edu


Educational Assessment and Measurement Certificate

This certificate prepares school and teacher leaders to meet learning and accountability needs in K-12 schools. Courses focus on effective classroom assessment for learning, effective use of school data for school improvement, and the concepts and principles underlying large-scale educational testing.

All three courses are fully online.

EDL 7305 - Data Analysis & School Improvement

In this course, educators will learn to utilize data to identify school improvement needs and make informed decision in effectuating change. The ultimate goal of this course is to produce educational leaders who effectively collect, analyze, and use data to improve schools through successfully demonstrated change models. In this course, educators will learn to systemically collect and analyze multiple sources of data to identify improvement needs, determine an effective response, monitor and correct progress, and demonstrate success to stakeholders. Additionally, students will learn to drive and sustain change in a collegial environment, culminating in students’ understanding of, and ability to use, a wide range of applicable leadership practices. Finally, students will learn a variety of technology tools to use for data analysis. They will also learn a variety of Web 2.0 tools to facilitate school communication.

EDUC 7705 - Assessment and Evaluation 

This course focuses on planning, constructing, analyzing, and applying educational assessment to document student performance for instructional and accountability purposes. Specific topics include guidelines for the development of traditional assessment questions, including the use of multiple-choice questions to measure critical thinking and problem-solving skills; guidelines and rubrics for the development and scoring of performance, writing and portfolio assessments; assessing affective outcomes; describing, analyzing and refining data to improve assessment; and the application and interpretation of standardized norm and criterion-referenced measures. Additionally, attention will be paid to multicultural assessment procedures and concerns relevant to external assessment programs.

EDUC 7710 - Principles, Trends, and Issues in Standardized Educational Testing

This graduate course for educators focuses on the critical analysis of national and global large-scale educational testing, emphasizing the core principles, trends and issues surrounding the testing and measurement of achievement. This course is deisgned for master-level students without extensive mathematical training and covers topics such as the evolution of testing in the US and globally, issues surrounding testing of students with disabilities or English language learners, item analysis with statistics, test domains, sampling, population, measurement error, reliability, validity, score inflation, factors influencing scale scores, scaling, test statistics, performance-based statistics, and testing bias. Graduate candidates will explore these topics within the frameworks of common large-scale tests.

Contact Dr. Lynn Stallings for more information - lstallin@kennesaw.edu


Teacher Leadership Endorsement

The Teacher Leadership Endorsement program is offered by the Bagwell College of Education (BCOE) and the Professional Teacher Education Unit (PTEU) and is supported by the literature on the distributed leadership concept that calls for the collaboration of teacher leaders and school administrators to improve their schools and student learning at the P-12 level. 

All three courses are offered online.

EDL 7100 - Leadership Theory and Practice

The course provides students with an introduction to leadership theory and practice, both generally and specifically in the context of school leadership. Course concepts include, but are not limited to, assessing and changing organizational culture, identifying and cultivating effective school practices that have a positive impact on all students including those with learning disabilities and those who come from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Course concepts also include leading change in schools that will lead to the academic success of all P-12 students.

EDL 7305 - Data Analysis & School Improvement

In this course, educators will learn to utilize data to identify school improvement needs and make informed decision in effectuating change. The ultimate goal of this course is to produce educational leaders who effectively collect, analyze, and use data to improve schools through successfully demonstrated change models. In this course, educators will learn to systemically collect and analyze multiple sources of data to identify improvement needs, determine an effective response, monitor and correct progress, and demonstrate success to stakeholders. Additionally, students will learn to drive and sustain change in a collegial environment, culminating in students’ understanding of, and ability to use, a wide range of applicable leadership practices. Finally, students will learn a variety of technology tools to use for data analysis. They will also learn a variety of Web 2.0 tools to facilitate school communication.

EDUC 7725 - Best Practices in Teaching and Learning in Content Area

This course focuses on preparing expert teacher-leaders to implement research-based best practices of exemplary schools. Course provides extensive examination of learning theories and their application to diverse classrooms. Current renewal and reform initiatives in American schools are examined in depth with the aim of preparing expert teacher-leaders for collaborative roles in their school and district.

Contact Dr. Mike Dishman for further information - mdishma2@kennesaw.edu


Leadership Preservice (Not an endorsement)

The Leadership Preservice program qualifies candidates to enter a PL-6 Performance-based Leadership Program.. If you think you might want to enter leadership in the future, this is a good option for you.

Both courses are offered online.

EDL 7305 - Data Analysis & School Improvement

In this course, educators will learn to utilize data to identify school improvement needs and make informed decision in effectuating change. The ultimate goal of this course is to produce educational leaders who effectively collect, analyze, and use data to improve schools through successfully demonstrated change models. In this course, educators will learn to systemically collect and analyze multiple sources of data to identify improvement needs, determine an effective response, monitor and correct progress, and demonstrate success to stakeholders. Additionally, students will learn to drive and sustain change in a collegial environment, culminating in students’ understanding of, and ability to use, a wide range of applicable leadership practices. Finally, students will learn a variety of technology tools to use for data analysis. They will also learn a variety of Web 2.0 tools to facilitate school communication.

EDL 7500 – Educational Law & Ethics

In this course, future educational leaders learn how to be ethically and legally compliant in school operations that lead to the academic success of all P-12 students, including those with learning disabilities and those from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The ultimate goal of the course is to produce future leaders who are cognizant of their ethical and legal obligations in managing schools, and who understand and appreciate the importance of legal and ethical compliance to daily administrative practice (Levine, 2005). Additionally, future educational leaders learn how to act with integrity by demonstrating ethical and equitable leadership behaviors; abide by Georgia and federal law and the Code of Ethics for Georgia Educators in professional practice; manage school operations consistently with requirements of Georgia and federal law; and observe student and faculty legal rights and privileges.

Contact Dr. Mike Dishman for further information - mdishma2@kennesaw.edu