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CURR: Curriculum and Instruction

Department of Professional Studies in Education

College of Education and Educational Technology

CURR 590 Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings 1-3 cr.

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CURR 591 Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings 1-3 cr.

Reviews current research in instructional practices, motivational techniques, and professional issues. May focus on any of these aspects of teaching, learning, or professional practice. In addition, the course may be presented with a kindergarten through grade twelve, elementary, middle school, secondary, or adult orientation. Offered only for continuous professional development and may not be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Appropriate teaching certificate or other professional credential or preparation.

CURR 781/981 Special Topics 1-3 cr.

CURR 798 Supervised Doctoral Internship 6 cr.

Applied field experience chosen by doctoral students with the approval of the dissertation advisory committee. Prerequisite: Permission only.

CURR 905 Curriculum Evaluation 3 cr.

Provides students with a framework for the systematic analysis of curriculum from the context of social, historical, and philosophical foundations and theory and research in the field. Emphasis is on curricular evaluation in the context of theoretical foundations of curriculum. Prerequisite: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program.

CURR 910 Advanced Topics in Human Development and Learning 3 cr.

Students analyze, evaluate, and synthesize theories of human development and learning. Emphasis is on learning and development throughout the life span. Prerequisite: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program.

CURR 915 Writing for Professional Publication 3 cr.

Designed to enhance the scholarly and publishable writing skills of doctoral students in education. Students produce and submit a proposal for a presentation at a professional conference. Students also develop a full manuscript to be submitted to a scholarly journal and a book prospectus. Skills in responding to editorial feedback, peer review, and public presentation of scholarly work are developed. Prerequisites: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program and permission of program coordinator.

 CURR 918 Qualitative Research Design in Education 3 cr.

Introduces doctoral students to four dimensions of qualitative research: understanding traditions and purposes, formulating research questions, collecting data, and analyzing data. Students will develop the basic skills of the qualitative researcher and be introduced to the major types of qualitative studies. Prerequisite: None

CURR 920 Doctoral Seminar in Research Methods 3 cr.

Provides students with the opportunity to acquire, refine, and apply the knowledge and skills to evaluate and design educationally relevant research. Emphasis is on quantitative and qualitative research approaches within educational settings. Prerequisites: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program and permission of program coordinator.

CURR 925 Critical Analysis of Issues in Education 3 cr.

Examines current issues and innovations which influence reform in basic and postsecondary education. Relationships between research, policymaking, and implementation are emphasized. Prerequisites: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program and permission of program coordinator.

CURR 930 Analysis of Effective Instruction 3 cr.

Explores reflective practice as it relates to the design, implementation, and evaluation of instruction at all educational levels, with particular emphasis on preparation for teaching and supervising in teacher education. Topics include contemporary models of supervision and research on teaching and learning. Prerequisites: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program and permission of program coordinator.

CURR 935 Education for Cultural Pluralism 3 cr.

Combines theory and practice related to culture and perceived social and philosophical ideology of pluralism as significant forces in education. Critical analysis of research, theory and practice, and curriculum design in multicultural environments. Focus is on the exploration of a variety of perspectives related to race, gender, culture, disability, and socioeconomic status. Prerequisites: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program and permission of program coordinator.

CURR 940 Technology in the Curriculum 3 cr.

Focuses on the dynamics of technology and how technology permeates all educational processes. The course is designed for those working in curriculum development at the district level or teaching in higher education. Through critical inquiry and reflection of relevant research, students explore the theoretical and the practical issues of technology in the curriculum as they apply to education in the twenty-first century. Prerequisites: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program and permission of program coordinator.

CURR 945 Literacy: Theory, Research, and Practice 3 cr.

Examines critical issues and cognitive processes in language learning. Topics include changing definitions for literacy, cultural aspects of literacy, methods of fostering literacy development, and alternative assessment practices. Research and theory on strategies used to support a developmental view of literacy are critically evaluated. Prerequisites: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program and permission of program coordinator.

CURR 951 Issues and Processes in Curricular Change 3 cr.

Designed to provide students opportunities to analyze and evaluate critically curricular development processes and to examine those elements as they affect school curricula. Prerequisites: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program and permission of program coordinator.

CURR 955 Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction 3 cr.

Students engage in collegial discourse about scholarly works that they have produced and refine those works based on responses from instructors and peers. Reviewed material will become part of the professional portfolio. Prerequisites: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program and permission of program coordinator.

 CURR 960 Comprehensive Evaluation of Educational Programs 3 cr. 

Field-based course that uses the case study method to delve into the theories, models, and evidence-based methods that are used to evaluate educational programs. Doctoral candidates will identify an educational program in basic or higher education, select an appropriate evaluation model, plan a data gathering strategy that involves various stakeholders, and conduct a comprehensive program evaluation that conforms to national ethical standards for evaluators. Prerequisite: CURR 905 Curriculum Evaluation

CURR 982 Research Instrument Design 3 cr.

Designed to prepare doctoral students to critique and develop research instruments for use in dissertation research. Emphasizes identifying the key issues associated with instrument design, critiquing the published instruments, writing instrument items, and conducting instrument reliability and validity analysis. Students will learn to evaluate and develop instruments through hands-on activities and individual projects.

CURR 983 Qualitative Research Methods in Education 3 cr.

Designed to prepare doctoral students to conduct qualitative data analysis in dissertation research. Emphasizes identifying the key issues associated with qualitative research, critiquing the published qualitative research, transcribing qualitative data, interpreting patterns, and using computers to perform data analysis. Students will learn to analyze, present, and write qualitative research reports.

CURR 995 Dissertation 1-12 cr.

Students preparing a doctoral dissertation for credit must register for this course. Number of credits assigned and the extent of time for which research activity is scheduled depend on nature and scope of student’s research problem and his/her general doctoral program.

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