Arizona Community Colleges Partnership: Elementary or Secondary Education

Designed specifically for Maricopa/Pima Community College students interested in pursuing teaching opportunities at the elementary or high school-levels, the 33-credit MEd in Curriculum and Instruction can be completed in as few as 12 months. Post-baccalaureate teacher certification graduates from Maricopa Community College (Rio Salado College and Scottsdale Community College) or Pima Community College are invited to enroll in this accelerated course of study which builds upon theory and coursework gained during the post-baccalaureate experience.

Students will complete six PSU graduate courses through online coursework or a combination of online and face-to-face courses held in the Phoenix or Tucson area. Up to 15 graduate credits can be earned by submitting a portfolio based on work from the post-baccalaureate program. Be sure to check these pre-class requirements for all online coursework.

  • Master’s Core Component – 15 credits
  • 3
    This course is designed to investigate the principles of assessment educational technology that relate to the design, development, and assessment of electronic portfolios. Students will learn about the history, types, components, process, delivery, presentation, and assessment of electronic portfolios. Student will be expected to define the assessment approach, construct an electronic portfolio, and collaboratively design assessment tools that will be used to evaluate electronic portfolios. Additional areas of study in the course may include the influence of educational policy on the implementation of electronic portfolios, the role of the electronic portfolios in professional development and recertification, or innovate technologies used in electronic portfolio development.
  • 3
    This course will provide an in-depth study of the social/cultural basis of behavior and examine the role of mythology as a vehicle for intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding. The major theoretical, empirical, and applied lines of work in the following topics in contemporary social psychology will be explored, including social cognition, interpersonal perception, attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, the self, and interpersonal and group relations. Mythology will be employed as a mechanism for cross-cultural comparison and as a unifying construct to enhance multicultural understanding.
  • 3
    A study of the historical, philosophical, and social-philosophic foundations of education. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the classical, medieval, Enlightenment, and post-Enlightenment periods that have influenced types of American educational systems relative to their mission and purpose. Analysis of how these systems have defined ethics and the characteristics of the virtuous person.
  • 3
    Knowledge and understanding of the commonly accepted research designs. Study of research instruments and statistics used in educational research. Wide reading in various types of research design. Critical analysis of research design.
  • 3
    Participants in this course will utilize myPlymouth to access email, online course, and Lamson Library and Learning Commons? resources along with navigate and operate within Moodle, download resources, and upload documents. Participants will research using Google Scholar and Lamson Library?s online resources, identify and critique scholarly literature, practice synthesizing literature, format writing and identify sources using APA formatting, and critique others? writing offering suggestions for substantive improvement.
  • Specialization Component (minimum of 15 credits in partnership with AZ-MCC)
  • 3
    An introduction to the teaching profession and the realities of teaching in today's schools. A series of seminars includes such topics as the history and structure of education, societal issues, the role of the teacher, instructional planning, legal rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, learning styles and effective teaching. A school observation/participation experience of a minimum of 30 hours is required.
  • 3
    An overview of current theories concerning the brain, development, and learning. Analysis of developmental concepts from birth through adolescence and adulthood. Discussion of language acquisition, thinking and learning styles, multiple intelligence, and creativity. Topics include teaching, learning, and assessment issues related to cultural diversity, technology, and learning differences.
  • 3
    Analysis of models and dynamics involved in planning, teaching, and evaluating environments for special needs students. An overview of special education, characteristics of individuals with disabilities, individualized educational plans, functional behavior assessment, practical teaching strategies, and the New Hampshire Special Education Process and Policies. An observation component of 15 hours will be required of all students not presently in a school or teaching situation.
  • 3
    In this course, participants will examine the nature of language, language systems and language in context. The focus will be on the relevance of linguistic and sociolinguistic knowledge to teaching languages, the nature of language development, and the theory and practice of various teaching methods for different age groups and classroom situations.
  • 3
    Focuses on providing students interested in elementary or secondary teaching with prerequisite skills necessary for successful student teaching. Students will demonstrate competence in: knowledge of curriculum, lesson and interdisciplinary unit planning, organizing and delivering instruction, adjusting instruction for diverse learning styles, individual needs and cultures, evaluating outcomes of instruction and use of a variety of classroom management strategies. Seminars will address issues related to teaching and emphasize student reflection and evaluation of their teaching. All students will be required to complete directed observation, participation and teaching in an assigned school. Discussions of ethical practices and professionalism will permeate the course. Prerequisite: ED 5270.
  • Capstone Experience – 3 credits
  • 3
    The purpose of the graduate capstone is to apply knowledge learned in previous coursework through an approved project. Capstone projects should focus on the following questions: How will the theories learned throughout the program be integrated into a coherent project or experience? How will this work enhance individual career goals? Who are the stakeholders and how will this work assist them? How does this work serve the professional community? How will this work help move the profession forward? Process: Students should plan for approximately 40 hours of work per credit to be earned. The total number of credits earned must be approved by their advisor and noted on their program contract. Candidates must submit Graduate Capstone Project forms with their registration and Capstone Projects must be approved by candidates' advisors and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies. Once completed, candidates are expected to present their final products to their adviser and/or PSU faculty members. Students who anticipate working on their project for more than one term should register for the appropriate number of credits in each term so that they remain registered throughout the course of the project.
    • Minimum Total for MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona Community Colleges Partnership, Elementary or Secondary Education – 33 credits

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