Course Descriptions

JBU's Master of Education in Curriclum & Instruction with a concentration in TESOL requires 36 hours of coursework, including 18 hours of Curriculum & Instruction core coursework and 18 hours of TESOL coursework.

Curriculum & Instruction Core Courses

ED 7033 - Christian Foundations and Instructional Facilitation (3 credit hours)
Challenges individuals to consider the strong connections between a Christian application of life and instructional facilitation while also considering historical, philosophical foundations of education. Connections between the role of a mentor/facilitator and the role of biblical “shepherding” will be explored and discussed; students will identify the similarities and differences between mentoring/facilitating and shepherding.

ED 7233 - Human Development (3 credit hours)
Reviews the developmental characteristics of children from birth through adolescence in five domains: physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral. The developmental characteristics will be investigated in many contexts for infants/preschooler, elementary, middle school and high school children. Both developmental characteristics and context will be used to understand individual children. Field experience required.

ED 7353 - Human Intellect and the Brain (3 credit hours)
Focuses on a broad understanding of human intelligence and cognition while exploring answers to the following questions: What is human intelligence? Can we know and measure a person’s intellectual capabilities? Can intelligence be increased or improved? How does the brain learn? What do teachers do that affect learning?

ED 7513 - Action Research and Data Analysis for School and Classroom Use (3 credit hours)
Focuses on basic knowledge of statistics as applied to the field of education (broadly and content-specific); multiple methods of assessment; using assessment to inform instruction; and being advised by school leaders as they create an action research proposal that could benefit a regional school and move students toward established goals. Field experience required.

ED 7733 - Differentiated Learning (3 credit hours)
Promotes the value of all learners and their unique contributions to the classroom as individuals. This course encompasses teacher preparation for the diverse learners in their classroom and provides the skills and knowledge necessary to allow for customization of instruction for learners with a range of differences. Learners will develop knowledge about the categories of disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act as well as English Language Learners and gifted learners. Strategies to differentiate instruction, apply modifications and accommodations and incorporate assistive technology will also be emphasized. Field experience required.

 

TESOL Courses

ED 8353 - Second Language Acquisition (3 credit hours)
Focuses on key terminology and theories in the field of second language acquisition considering implications of research for classroom pedagogy and differentiation.

ED 8533 - Curriculum and Instruction: TESOL (3 credit hours)
The characteristics of English language learners, history, and approaches of TESOL, classroom practice, the development of the four components of language and cultural influences/implications will be presented.
 
ED 8553 - Educational Assessment: TESOL (3 credit hours)
An investigation of the principles of assessment that are of primary importance to educators of students who have a primary home language other than English. This includes relating objectives to assessment constructing tests (e.g., language assessment, designing formative and summative assessments, content area achievement, and diagnostic), interpreting and using test results (including modification strategies) and utilizing portfolios and other means of authentic assessment.

ED 8563 - Intercultural Communications (3 credit hours)
A study of the process of interpersonal communications in one's own culture and the principles of effective communication within another cultural context and in the context of teaching and learning. Attention is given to cultural values and beliefs, effects of racism/stereotyping/discrimination, cultural conflicts, communication between home and school, cultural competency, cultural identity, ethnocentricity, and nonverbal communication and how these impact English Language Learners' learning.
 
ED 8623 - Literacy and Linguistics (3 credit hours)
Designed to provide students with a critical understanding of instructional delivery which caters to the linguistic/bilinguistic and literacy/biliteracy needs of English language learners from diverse language backgrounds. Topics will include linguistics, biliteracy, multilingualism, discourse analysis, and computer mediated communication.

ED 8813 - Action Research Practicum (3 credit hours)
Students take on the role of teacher-as-researcher while constructing, implementing, analyzing, and writing about an action research project in cooperation with a local educational institution. Field experience required.