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Courses: Summer 2011

This summer we are excited to offer both workshops and courses for your professional development.

Calendar of course offerings and workshop offerings. Courses are $420 per semester hour or $1,260 per course.

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Education 510 Advanced Educational Foundations (3) OC June 13 - 24
Spoelhof Center 322

This course includes exploration into the disciplines of philosophy, history and socio-cultural context of education.  Course material, lectures and assignments engages students in developing a perspectival orientation centered on shalom and social justice. That Christian lens shapes an examination of the interaction between schooling and sustainability, globalization, economic and social justice, and the role of educators as agents of change and transformation. Course content focuses on investigating philosophy’s questions regarding the nature of humanness and schooling, history’s account of the role of schools, and social science’s view of structures, ideologies and agency as they relate to schooling. Pre-class assignment required, register by June 3.

Education 511 Consulting, Collaborating, and Coaching (3) Hybrid June 27 - July 8
Spoelhof Center 322

The course offers an advanced study of professional responsibilities necessary in advocating and developing learning opportunities for learners identified with disabilities, literacy difficulties or diverse learning needs and gifts. Students will explore, practice, and critique models and methods of collaboration, consultation, and coaching that involve teachers, learners, specialists, parents, paraprofessionals, and community agencies in interdependent relationships. Particular emphasis is placed on developing effective communication skills, understanding self and others, group visioning activities, and providing professional development to colleagues. Prerequisite: Education 202 or Education 606. Pre-class assignment required, register by June 17.

Education 513 Cognition, Learning, and Literacy Development (3) Hybrid May 14 and
June 20 - 30
This course will meet on campus Saturday May 14 from 8:30 - 3:00, then some on-line time during the weeks in between, then you will meet on campus the weeks of June 20 - 30 Monday through Thursday from 8:30 - 3:00 daily.
Spoelhof Center
300 for May 14 only, then SC 312

This course examines underlying concepts associated with the acquisition of reading and writing. Social and cultural factors contributing to literacy development are considered from the perspectives of educational psychology, cognitive psychology, and language development. Current issues related to classroom instruction are addressed in lectures, discussions, and classroom application. Pre-class assignment required, register by May 6.

Education 521 Curriculum Theory and Development (3) OC August 8 - 19
Spoelhof Center

A study of curriculum theories and model curricula for pre-school through grade 12. This course includes a study of issues relating to understanding historical, political, social, intellectual and spiritual implications of curriculum theories that do and don’t transfer into school curricula. Topics include investigating an in-depth understanding of subject matters, creating learning opportunities, selecting effective learning resources, and implementing curricular change in a school setting. Christian perspectives, including issues of social justice, are integrated throughout. Pre-class assignment required, register by July 29.

Education 530 Introduction to School Leadership(3) OC July 25 - Aug 5
Spoelhof Center 318

A study of leadership theory and practice relating to building school communities that promote learning for all students. This introductory course in school leadership will focus on organizational and leadership theory; establishing a school mission; collaborative problem-solving and community building; decision-making skills and procedures; and personal leadership qualities. Special emphasis will be given to exploring Biblical principles which guide Christian leaders in school settings.Pre-class assignment required, register by July 15

Education 542 Diagnosis and Remediation of Literacy Difficulties (3) Hybrid May 14, and
June 13 -17 with on-line time in between. This course will meet on campus Saturday May 14
8:30 - 12:30, then you will have several on-line times during the weeks of May 16 - June 10, then you will meet on campus the week of June 13 - 17 from 8:30 - 3:00 daily.
Class will meet in Spoelhof Center 318

This course examines the literate identities of students and adults across of range of social contexts including schools, workplace, home, on-line, church, etc.   It examines the range of skills needed to navigate these literate domains and considers the extent to which schools both foster the literacy skills needed in the 21st Century as well as the degree to which existing student competencies are appropriated in formal educational contexts to support new learning.   Programs and strategies for supporting the struggling adolescent reader and writer will be explored along with an examination of the school curriculum more broadly to examine the ways in which literate tools can be introduced and appropriated across a range of disciplinary and vocational contexts.  Practicum required. Pre-class assignment required, register by May 6

Education 550 Foundations of Learning Disabilities (3) Hybrid July 5 - 15
Spoelhof Center 312

This course is designed to provide a foundation for understanding learning disabilities. Students will    
become acquainted with historical trends associated with the development of the field and will review   
related federal and state legislation. Research related to general characteristics of learning disabilities, cognitive processing patterns, and the academic and social performance of the learning disabled is examined. Approaches to the education of students with learning disabilities based on the theoretical models are also considered. Prerequisite: Education 202 or Education 606. Pre-class assignment required, register by June 23.

Education 591 Educational Research and Evaluation (3) OC July 18 - August 5
Spoelhof Center 312

This course engages graduate students in understanding and examining the theories, methods, and paradigmatic frames of social science research through a Biblical lens.  In addition, the course prepares students to use data appropriately to support educational and organizational decision-making.  Students will learn how to read and critique qualitative and quantitative educational research and will learn how to use research and assessment data to make decisions related to the work of P-12 schools particularly as it relates to Calvin’s four M. Ed. specialty areas.

Science Education Studies 526 Teaching the Nature of Science (3) OC July 25 - Aug 5
Science Building SB 237

This course presents historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological interpretations of the nature of science, its implications for scientific literacy, and methodologies related to implementation in the science classroom. Through discussions, readings, and scientific activities/investigations, students will experience and consider how teachers, textbooks, and science curricula both accurately and inaccurately portray science. Students will also modify and develop lesson plans in order to more accurately represent and teach the nature of science to students. Prerequisites: At least one science methods course at the undergraduate or graduate level.




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