THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA GRADUATE CATALOG
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10.8  DEPARTMENT OF CURRICULUM and INSTRUCTION
Interim Department Head: Professor Vivian H. Wright, 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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10.8.2 Programs in Secondary Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning (CSE, CIE, CRD)
Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Karen Spector, Office: 212A Graves Hall


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction consists of programs in Secondary Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, the Elementary Education Program, and Programs in Literacy Education.
 
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

A minimum of 30 hours of course credit must be earned; see specific program checklists. The program of study must be planned with an advisor.

 

Nontraditional, Alternative Initial Teacher Certification Program

A minimum of 42 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.

 
EdS Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 hours of appropriate work beyond the MA degree and the completion of a research project are required for the educational specialist degree. Graduate coursework must include the following: curriculum and teaching, 9 hours; foundations of professional studies, 3 hours; evaluation of teaching and learning, 3 hours; teaching field, 12 hours; electives (which may be specified), 6 hours. 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.
 
Postsecondary Instruction

Graduate students in both the MA and EdS programs who have an interest in teaching in postsecondary institutions may take advantage of the program's flexibility to acquire a maximum of 18 hours in cognate field courses. Students who have this option in mind should coordinate the program of study carefully with their advisors.
 
Class AA Certificate Required Courses

A minimum of 30 hours of appropriate work beyond the MA degree is required for the Class AA certificate. Students who are pursuing certification options must be certain that their planned programs meet all certification requirements according to programs approved by the state department of education. Approved program check lists are available from the program office.


Students who earned initial credit toward Class AA professional certification during the fall of 1992 or later must enroll in and complete the EdS degree program. Courses used to qualify for a lower-level supporting certificate may not be used again in a higher-level certification program.

See the Graduate School (Degree Requirements) and the College of Education (Master’s, Professional Certification, and EdS) degree requirements detailed in earlier sections of this catalog for all degrees. 

 

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PROGRAMS IN SECONDARY CURRICULUM, TEACHING, AND LEARNING COURSES

Course Descriptions (CSE) (See also CIE and CRD courses listed below)

CSE 530 The Modern Secondary School Program. Three hours.
The evolving secondary school and its program, with emphasis on analysis of current trends that directly affect modern school practices in a societal context.

CSE 531 Teaching of Family and Consumer Sciences. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in nontraditional, alternative certification program.
Implementation of competency-based professional education in home economics at the preprofessional level. Competencies are developed in the following categories: philosophy, professional role, program planning and execution, educative process, and research.

CSE 532 The Secondary School Curriculum. Three hours.
The evolving secondary school curriculum, from historical, current trends, and projective perspectives.

CSE 555 Adolescent Literature. Three hours.
An introduction to literature appropriate for the adolescent reader; reading patterns and major concerns of adolescents.

CSE 562 Improving Family and Consumer Sciences Instruction. Three hours.
Identification and development of teaching-learning strategies and resources within the context of professional development education in home economics.

CSE 563 Improving English Instruction. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CSE 479 or equivalent.
Principles of learning applied to concepts, skills, attitudes, and problem solving in English and speech; diagnosis, enrichment, remedial teaching, and evaluation.

CSE 564 Improving Social Science Instruction. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CSE 487 or equivalent.
Exploration and examination of methods and materials for improving social studies instruction. Focuses on teaching for diverse learners, constructivist methods, critical thinking, interdisciplinary teaching, and various technologies as they apply to secondary social studies classrooms.

CSE 565 Improving Science Instruction. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CSE 486 or equivalent.
Principles of learning applied to concepts, skills, attitudes, and problem solving in science; diagnosis, enrichment, remedial teaching, and classroom evaluation, and application and evaluation of technologies.

CSE 566 Improving Mathematics Instruction. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CSE 483 or equivalent.
Principles of learning applied to concepts, skills, attitudes, and problem solving; proper use and evaluation of teaching aids; construction and utilization of teaching instruments; and examination and exploration of alternative assessment strategies and technologies for use in secondary mathematics classrooms.

CSE 569 Pedagogical Grammar. Three hours.
Exploration of structural, transformational, and traditional approaches to teaching grammar.

CSE 570 Teaching Writing 6-12. Three hours.

This course is designed to prepare prospective and current English teachers to successfully teach and evaluate writing ingrades 6-12.

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP or graduate program

 

CSE 574 Guiding Pupil Learning. Three hours.
Understanding ways children and youth learn, factors influencing learning, and ways in which teachers can facilitate learning through brain based research. Application of principles of learning to classroom situations. Usually offered during summer school.
 

CSE 575 Developing Mathematics Teaching with New Technology. Three hours.
Focuses on the development of teaching secondary mathematics with new and emerging technologies. Explores the appropriate use of technologies to enhance conceptual understanding and problem solving in mathematics. Development of advanced classroom lessons and assessments in a technology classroom.

CSE 576 Improving Science Teaching through New Technologies. Three hours.
Examination and evaluation of appropriate technologies for the secondary science curriculum.

CSE 579 Teaching Secondary School English. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.
Corequisite:
CRD 512 and CSE 592.
Methods and media essential to effective instruction in English in the secondary school.

CSE 580 Teaching Secondary School Foreign Languages. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.
Corequisite:
CRD 512 and CSE 592.
Theories, methods, techniques, and essential media for teaching foreign languages effectively in the secondary school.

CSE 583 Teaching Secondary School Mathematics. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.
Corequisite:
CRD 512 and CSE 592.
Methods, media, and techniques of teaching mathematics in the secondary school, including selected topics in mathematics and exploration and examination of various technologies for use in secondary mathematics classrooms, including, but not limited to, calculators and various computer software.

CSE 586 Teaching Secondary School Science. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.
Corequisite:
CRD 512 and CSE 592.
Methods and technologies essential to effective instruction in science in the secondary school.

CSE 587 Teaching Secondary School Social Science. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.
Corequisite:
CRD 512 and CSE 592.
Theories and methods of teaching social studies in secondary schools, including examination and exploration of instructional materials, various technologies, constructivist methods, and assessments.

CSE 592 Fieldwork in Secondary Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program.
Corequisite: Appropriate content methods course. A clinical experience taken concurrently with the methods course and designed to facilitate students' development of pedagogical skills, effective thinking, and professional problem solving.

CSE 593 Workshop in Secondary Education. One to three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. In-class opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of collective concern. Topics vary. May be repeated.

CSE 594 Problems in Secondary Education. One to six hours.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the program chair in secondary education. Opportunities to study or work independently on topics or projects of individual concern. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CSE 595 Practicum. Three hours.
Focuses on analysis and performance of teaching strategies and the evaluation of teaching-learning problems.

CSE 597 Internship in Secondary Education. Six to nine hours.
Prerequisites: A minimum GPA of 2.75 in graduate teaching field and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in professional courses; a minimum GPA of 2.75 on all work attempted (undergraduate and graduate); an overall graduate GPA of 3.0; and satisfactory completion of 12 hours in the graduate teaching field courses.
Full-time internship as a teacher in the major teaching field.

CSE 598 Nonthesis Research. Variable credit.

 

CSE 652 Investigating Opportunity to Learn in Secondary English. Three hours.
Students will explore and investigate opportunity to learn (OTL) in secondary English classes. Methods for describing, analyzing, and interpreting OTL in secondary English classes will be identified. The course also focuses on the effects of differing levels of OTL on literacy achievement.

CSE 663 Secondary School English. Three hours.
Literature, research, and content in English and speech; current trends; experimental programs; gradation or sequence of subject matter; criteria for program evaluation; and basic issues.

CSE 664 Secondary School Social Science. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
CSE 564 or equivalent.
Focuses on curriculum and research in social studies education, including materials development and current issues in the field.

CSE 665 Secondary School Science. Three hours. Prerequisite:
CSE 565 or equivalent.
Literature, research, and content in science; current trends; experimental programs; gradation of subject matter; criteria for program evaluation; and basic issues.

CSE 666 Improving Mathematics Instruction. Three hours.
Prerequisite:
CSE 566 or equivalent.
Principles of learning applied to concepts, skills, attitudes, and problem solving; proper use and evaluation of teaching aids; construction and utilization of teaching instruments; and examination and exploration of alternative assessment strategies and technologies for use in secondary mathematics classrooms.

CSE 667 Secondary School Foreign Language. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CSE 567 or equivalent.
Literature, research, and content in foreign languages; current trends; experimental programs; criteria for program evaluation; special problems; and graduation of subject matter.

CSE 670 Research and Theory in Secondary Education. Three hours.
An examination of the relationship between theory and research. Students learn to search and evaluate the research literature and develop a proposal for research.

 

CSE 675 Improving Mathematics Teaching with New Technology. Three hours.
Focuses on the implementation, refinement, and assessment of mathematics teaching using advanced and new technologies including advancing critical thinking and cognitive task levels of classroom mathematics instruction.
 

CSE 690 Advanced Seminar in Secondary Education. One to three hours.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the program chair in secondary education.

In-class opportunities to analyze and discuss current topics, problems, and projects of collective concern. Topics vary.

 

CSE 692 Advanced Fieldwork in Secondary Education.  One to three hours.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the program chair in secondary education.

Field-based opportunities to study and work on projects or topics of individual or collective concern. Topics vary. 
 

CSE 693 Advanced Workshop in Secondary Education. One to three hours.
Prerequisites: CSE670.
In-class opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of collective concern. Topics vary. May be repeated.

CSE 694 Advanced Problems in Secondary Education. One to six hours.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the Department Head.
Opportunities to study or work independently on topics or projects of individual concern. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CSE 695 Practicum in Secondary Education. Variable credit.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CSE 697 Educational Specialist Degree Research. Three hours.

Prerequisites: CSE670.
Systematic classroom inquiry is used to engage students in a teacher action research project. Advisor recommendation required.

CSE 698 Nonthesis Research. Variable credit.

CSE 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit. Minimum of three hours' enrollment per semester.

 

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CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (CIE) COURSES

The courses are designed to meet the continuing professional-growth needs of teaching personnel. In all programs, heavy emphasis is placed on the proper blend of theoretical and conceptual considerations with the realities of the classrooms in which graduates work. Doctoral degrees utilizing these courses are available in the traditional fields of elementary and secondary education, and these courses may be applicable in other departments. Doctoral minors and supporting concentrations have recently been developed from a generic perspective. The latter option was developed especially for doctoral students in educational research and evaluation who have not had previous school-based experience, although others may qualify.


Course Descriptions (CIE)

The following courses are designed to serve students in all programs.

CIE 562 TESL: Basic Methods. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Theories, methods, and strategies for English as a second language that focus on communicative competence and cross-cultural understanding.

CIE 567 Improving Foreign Language Instruction. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Critical examination of theoretical perspectives, methods, major issues, and controversies pertinent to teaching foreign language; use of technology in language instruction is a critical component.

CIE 576 Linguistics for Classroom Teachers. Three hours.
This linguistic course enables teachers to understand the basics of how the English language functions. Provides information essential for dealing with students whose native language is not English. Offers useful information about various English dialects as well.

CIE 577 Second Language Acquisition: Issues, Theories, and Instructional Implications. Three hours.
Introduction to and analysis of the main issues and theories in second language acquisition (SLA); students deduce and demonstrate instructional implications.

CIE 578 Second Language Testing, Assessment, and Evaluation. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Preparation in the background and skills necessary to construct classroom-based tests, appropriately use published tests, and understand second or foreign language program evaluation.

CIE 579 Teaching English as a Second Language: Programs and Policies. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Theories of language learning, acquiring a second language, and current linguistic theories; emphasis is on programs, policies, and instructional methods of ESL education.

CIE 580 Teaching Foreign Languages. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Theories, methods, and strategies for foreign language teaching that focus on communicative competence and cross-cultural understanding; use of technology in language education is a critical component.
 

CIE 582 Devl Util Instr Matrls. Three hours.

Critical examination of theoretical perspectives, methods, major issues and controversies pertinent to teaching second languages, as well as the use of technology as a critical component.


CIE 592 Fieldwork in Curriculum and Instruction. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program.
Corequisite: Appropriate content methods course.
A clinical experience taken concurrently with the methods course and designed to facilitate students' development of pedagogical skills, effective thinking, and professional problem solving.

CIE 597 Internship in Elementary and Secondary Schools. Six hours.

CIE 605 Teaching Practices Across the World. Three hours.

The focus of this course is research on teachers and their teaching practice in real classrooms.

Prerequisite: Admission to Doc. Core

 

CIE 610 Effective Teaching Concepts and Processes. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Graduate course in educational or cognitive psychology, graduate course in learning theory, or permission of the instructor.
Examination of the knowledge base in effective teaching practice through in-depth study of the research literature on classroom instructional practices and conditions, and on the classroom teacher. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

CIE 620 Designing and Conducting Research on Classroom Teaching. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Graduate course in research methods or permission of the instructor.
The practice and use of reflection and action research with emphasis on developing professional skills in performing and applying research on classroom teaching and learning leading to teacher empowerment and school reform. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.


CIE 623 Models and Strategies of Instruction. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to EdS or doctoral program.
Exploration of a variety of instructional models. Emphasis is on the current research of effective instructional practices in the secondary school.

CIE 625 Research Seminar in Science Curriculum. Three hours.
Designed to enable students to understand and synthesize current research and to develop a theoretical framework in the science curriculum for K–12.

CIE 626 Seminar in Research in Social Studies Curriculum. Three hours.
Designed to enable students to understand and synthesize current research and to develop a theoretical framework in social studies education for K–12.

CIE 627 Second Language Literacy. Three hours.
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the major issues in research and instruction in second language (L2) literacy (reading and writing). An emphasis in this course is on literacy as a cognitive skill. The psycholinguistic processes of reading and writing in a second language will be addressed.

CIE 630 Curriculum for the Classroom Teacher. Three hours.
This course discusses the major issues in curriculum design and implementation for the classroom teacher. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

CIE 638 Seminar in ESL Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Examination and critical analysis of a wide range of perspectives from the professional literature on teaching and learning ESL.

CIE 640 Seminar in Teacher Education Processes. Three hours.
The course focuses on issues, problems, trends, and research associated with undergraduate and graduate teacher education and certification programs in Alabama , the U.S. , and the world. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

CIE 644 Teacher-Intern Supervision. Three hours.
Organization and administration of student-teaching programs and methods of supervising student-teaching in schools. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

CIE 645 Professional Continuum: Teaching and Learning Communities. Three hours.
Research-based focus using theoretical frameworks to examine and analyze the professional development continuum.

CIE 650 Individual/Context Variables. Three hours.
This course deals with learning styles, personality factors, and social-environmental issues that affect curriculum and instruction. Theoretical and practical aspects are covered. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

CIE 656 Seminar in Foreign Language Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Examination and critical analysis of a wide range of perspectives from the professional literature on teaching and learning a foreign language.

CIE 660 Cognitive Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in K–12 Classrooms. Three hours.
The course focuses on systematic descriptions and analysis of major learning theories for classroom application. The intent is to contribute education insight toward more effective teaching through cognitive processes.

CIE 667 Foreign Language Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Designed for experienced language teachers, this course critically examines the professional literature and various methods of teaching foreign languages.

CIE 670 Critical Inquiry into Curriculum and Pedagogy. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Advanced standing or permission of the instructor.
Examinations of different conceptualizations of curriculum and pedagogy in K–12; emphasis on critical theory and postmodern theory and critique.

CIE 676 Advanced Linguistics. Three hours.
This course involves advanced investigation within general areas of applied linguistic studies such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, writing systems, etc., and their impact on second language acquisition.

CIE 680 Seminar in Mathematics Education Research. Three hours.
Designed to enable students to understand and synthesize current research and to develop a theoretical framework in mathematics education.

CIE 682 Advanced Issues in ESL Education. Three hours. Critical examination of theoretical perspectives, methods, policies, major issues, and controversies pertinent to teaching second languages in the United States and around the world.

CIE 692 Advanced Fieldwork in Curriculum and Instruction. One to three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Field-based opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of collective concern.

CIE 693 Advanced Workshop in Curriculum and Instruction. One to three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
In-class opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of collective concern. Topics vary. May be repeated. Offered according to demand.

 

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PROGRAMS IN LITERACY EDUCATION COURSES

Course Descriptions (CRD)

CRD 500 Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners. Three hours.
A foundation in the materials and methods for teaching reading and the language arts K-12, with emphasis on intervention programs, assessment, and instruction for individual and small groups of students. Intensive field experience is required.
 

CRD 510 Expanding Reading in the Elementary Grades. Three hours.
A comprehensive study of the major factors involved in teaching reading at the intermediate grade levels. Techniques for teaching word recognition and comprehension skills are studied extensively.

CRD 511 Beginning Reading in PK–Primary Grades. Three hours.
Attends to the theory and practice of beginning reading; key areas of study include diagnostic and evaluative procedures and the organization and implementation of appropriate instruction. A field component is required.

CRD 512 Improvement of Reading in Secondary Schools. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.

Corequisite: Content methods course and CSE 592.
A comprehensive study of the major components involved in literacy instruction at the secondary level. A 10-hour field component is required. This course should be taken concurrently with the content methods course and CSE 592.

CRD 553 Foundation of Reading P–12. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

A comprehensive study of the theoretical foundations and history of literacy development and instruction in PK–12 settings.
 

CRD 569 Intro to Literacy Education. Three hours.

This course provides an overview to the foundations of literacy development and instruction grades PK-12.

 

CRD 590 Seminar in Literacy Coaching. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
A comprehensive study of the major theories of and components involved in providing professional development in literacy to teachers and schools.

CRD 593 Practicum in Literacy Coaching. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Provides reading specialist graduate students supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills of literacy coaching and professional development in a P-12 school setting.

CRD 595 Practicum in Reading Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Provides graduate students supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in primary grade settings (preschool-2nd).

CRD 654 Assessment and Instruction of At-Risk Readers. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Provides advanced study of theoretical perspectives of diagnostic methods and materials for P-12 students at risk of reading failure.


CRD 690 Advanced Seminar in Literacy. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Provides students with a knowledge base of the relationship between theory, research, and practice in regard to K–12 literacy education.

CRD 693 Advanced Workshop in Reading Education. One to three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. In-class opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of collective concern. Topics vary. May be repeated.

CRD 695 Advanced Practicum in Reading Education. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Provides graduate students supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in intermediate grade settings (3rd-6th).

CRD 696 Advanced Reading Specialist Practicum. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Provides reading specialist graduate students supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in middle school and high school settings (7th-12th).

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