THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA GRADUATE CATALOG

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10.8  DEPARTMENT OF CURRICULUM and INSTRUCTION
Department Head: Professor Cynthia Sunal, Office: 201C Graves Hall


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction consists of the following:
     10.8.1
Elementary Education Program
     10.8.2
Programs in Secondary Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning

 

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10.8.1 ELEMENTARY EDUCATION PROGRAM (CEE)
Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Diane Carver Sekeres, Office: 208-B Graves Hall


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Graduate School (Admission Criteria) and the College of Education (General Admission) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog.


MA Degree Requirements

Admission requires appropriate prior certification. A minimum of 30 hrs of course credit must be earned, and a comprehensive exam must be successfully completed. Course of study includes curriculum and instruction, 6 hrs; foundations of professional studies, 3 hrs; educational research, 3 hrs; teaching field, 12 hrs; electives (which may be specified), 6 hrs. If the special education requirement has not been fulfilled, the student may be required to complete an additional 3-hour survey course in special education. If the evaluation of classroom learning requirement has not been fulfilled, the student may be required to complete an additional 3-hour course. Courses that fulfill these requirements are listed here: (http://education.ua.edu/departments/ci/elementary-education/master-of-arts) or a list may be obtained from the program secretary in 204 Graves Hall. Students may not count more than 6 hrs in certain seminar/workshop/problems courses toward the completion of the degree. A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, if approved by the studentís advisor, may be applied toward the degree. Students should see their advisors regarding which courses are appropriate for transfer credit.
 

Nontraditional, Alternative Initial Teacher Certification Program

A minimum of 36 semester hours of specific graduate credit plus some undergraduate prerequisites are required for the certificate. The program of study must be planned with an advisor. Also, see the Elementary Education Program webpage.

 

EdS Degree Requirements

Admission requires appropriate prior certification. A minimum of 30 hrs of appropriate work beyond the MA degree and the completion of a comprehensive exam are required for the educational specialist degree. The course of study includes: foundations of professional studies, 3 hrs; educational research, 3 hrs; teaching field courses, 12 hrs; action research, 6 hrs; electives (which may be specified), 6 hrs. Courses that fulfill these requirements are listed here: (http://education.ua.edu/departments/ci/elementary-education/eds), or a list may be obtained from the departmental secretary in 204 Graves Hall.  A maximum of 6 hrs of approved transfer credit (maximum of 9 hrs from UAB/UAH) may be applied toward the degree.   
 
Class AA Certification Required Courses

A minimum of 30 hrs of appropriate work beyond the MA degree is required for the Class AA certificate (see EdS above). Students who are pursuing certification options must be certain that their planned programs meet all certification requirements according to programs approved by the Alabama State Department of Education. Approved program checklists are available from the program office. Courses used to qualify for a lower-level supporting certificate may not be used again in a higher-level certification program.

Additional
Degree Requirements by the Graduate School and the College of Education (Masterís, Professional Certification, and EdS) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog. 

 

Course Descriptions (Note: see also CIE and CRD courses)

CEE 501 Managing Effective Classrooms. One to six hours.
This course is designed to teach students the principles of classroom management, theory, methods, and techniques.
 

CEE 515 Science in Elementary School. Three hours.
Designed to expand knowledge and competencies of elementary teachers of science with specific focus on current standards, research, and inquiry models of instruction.

CEE 516 Social Sciences in the Elementary School. Three hours.
The focus is on current trends in elementary social studies, with particular attention to innovative instructional modes and to relating learning to the learners' social environment.

CEE 517 The Language Arts Program in Elementary Schools. Three hours.
Designed to extend and strengthen the knowledge and competencies of experienced teachers of communication arts and skills in the elementary school.

CEE 525 Issues Trends in Elementary School Science. Three hours.
Focus on current research and trends in elementary science with respect to historical, political, and socio-cultural contexts.

CEE 526 Implementing Social Studies. Three hours.
The focus is on considering and applying the research base of investigating social studies curricula and instruction to one's own classroom.

CEE 530 Modern Elementary School Programs. Three hours.

This course is an exploration of evolving elementary and secondary schools and their programs, with an emphasis upon an analysis of current trends, issues, and problems which impact directly upon modern school practices.


CEE 532 The Elementary School Curriculum. Three hours.
The evolving elementary school curriculum, from historical, current trends, and projective perspectives.

CEE 550 Introduction to Teaching Elementary School Science. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Elementary Education Alternative Certification program.
Introduction to the teaching of science. Current research is emphasized supporting best instructional practices in science. Intensive field experience is required.

CEE 560 Introduction to Teaching Social Studies. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Elementary Education Alternative Certification program.
Teaching elementary social studies using research-based instructional strategies and curriculum. Intensive field experience is required.

CEE 565 Classics and Modern Literature for Children. Three hours.
Deals with major developments in literature for children; the areas of children's literature; and effective methods of helping children enjoy and use literature.

CEE 570 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Elementary Education Alternative Certification program.
A foundation for the teaching of reading in the elementary grades (K-6) with an emphasis on development, assessment, and instruction for individual students. Intensive field experience is required.

CEE 574 Guiding Pupil Learning. Three hours.
Focuses on understanding how children learn, what factors influence learning, and how teachers can facilitate learning using brain based learning. Application of these principles of learning to classroom situations.

CEE 578 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Elementary Education Alternative Certification program.
Deepening understanding of teaching reading/language arts with emphasis on planning a balanced literacy program. Intensive field experience is required.

CEE 580 Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics. Three hours.
Focuses on the current research in mathematics education concerning how children learn mathematics.

CEE 581 Mathematics Curriculum Design. Three hours.
Designing mathematics curricula using current research from mathematics education.

CEE 582 Teaching Mathematics for Elementary Alternative Students. Three hours.
Prerequisites: Admission to Elementary Education Alternative Certification program.
This course prepares students to effectively teach mathematics in grades KĖ6. Emphasis is on the current research in mathematics education. Intensive field experience is required.

CEE 592 Fieldwork in Elementary Education. One to three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Field-based opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of individual or collective concern. Topics vary.

CEE 594 Problems in Elementary Education. One to six hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Opportunities to study or work independently on topics or projects of individual concern. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CEE 595 Practicum in Elementary Education. Variable credit.
Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program.

Corequisites: CEE 570, CEE 582
Supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CEE 596 Advanced Practicum. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program.

Corequisites: CEE 550, CEE 560, CEE 578.
A field-based course providing graduate students with opportunities to practice authentic classroom application of various content areas in elementary education.

CEE 597 Internship in Elementary Education. Three to twelve hours.
Prerequisites: Admission to the teacher education program, a minimum GPA of 2.75 for all work attempted, and a minimum of 2.75 in the major. Observation, participation, and teaching experiences supervised by selected cooperating teachers in public elementary schools. Additional supervision is provided by College of ducation personnel.

 

CEE 598 Nonthesis Research. Variable credit.


CEE 616 Advanced Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom. Three hours.
The focus in on current trends and research in elementary social studies with particular attention to innovative instructional modes and relating learning to the learner's social environment.

CEE 687 Topical Research Review. Three hours.
Supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CEE 690 Advanced Seminar in Elementary Education. One to three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
In-class opportunities to analyze and discuss current topics, problems, and/or projects of collective concern. Topics vary.

CEE 692 Advanced Fieldwork in Elementary Education. One to three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Field-based opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of individual or collective concern. Topics vary.


CEE 694 Advanced Problems in Elementary Education. One to six hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Opportunities to study or work independently on topics or projects of individual concern. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CEE 695 Practicum in Elementary Education. Variable credit.
Supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CEE 697 Educational Specialist Degree Research. Variable credit.

Prerequisite: CEE 687
Systematic classroom inquiry is used to engage students in a teacher action research project. Advisor recommendation required.

 

CEE 698 Nonthesis Research. Variable credit.


CEE 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit. Three-hour minimum.


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