Course Descriptions

JBU's Master of Education in Curriclum and Instruction requires 36 hours of coursework, including 18 hours of Curriculum & Instruction core coursework and 18 hours of Teacher as Leader 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.


Teacher as Leader Courses

ED 8133 - Building Learning Communities (3 credit hours)
In response to known needs, the teacher-as-leader must cast a vision and oversee the construction of a strategic plan in an environment that fosters trust among and between all stakeholders. Taking on the role of Instructional Facilitator, students will work collaboratively to analyze data and construct a plan for leading a professional community toward achievement of goals that are aligned with the local institution's school improvement plan. Opportunities and training for planning regular staff meetings and designing professional development geared toward the needs of individual faculty and staff members will be a strong emphasis for this course. Field experience required.

ED 8173 - Instructional Facilitation/Teacher Leadership (3 credit hours)
Emphasis on theoretical foundations for Instructional Facilitators (IF); taking on the role of IF while applying knowledge of adult learning theories and practicing strategies for working with faculty to improve in identified areas of need. Application of good questioning skills for diagnosis and for instruction is an important part of this course; students will work together while experiencing/role-playing leadership aspects of an IF, demonstrating their ability to lead in-service teachers to higher levels of competency related to but not limited to the following: content, classroom management, instruction, and assessment. Field experience required.

ED 8233 - Advanced Curriculum Design (3 credit hours)
Emphasis on mastery of the curriculum development process, along with knowledge of adult learning theories and the dynamics of collaboration between and among colleagues and community members. This course seeks to fine tune the intuitive and informed practice of a teacher who will be facilitating the professional development of colleagues. Field experience required.

ED 8473 - Technology for School Leaders (3 credit hours)
Students will take on the role of an instructional leader with regard to use of technology in the classroom and with classroom management. Emphasis on the most important things leaders need to know and know how to do with regard to use of technology, including application of adult learning theories while demonstrating skills related to use of technology. Field experience required.

ED 8633 - Curriculum Alignment and Assessment (3 credit hours)
Application of assessment practices; using assessment for formative and summative purposes; collecting, organizing, and analyzing data for the purpose of program and instructional improvement; using technology for assessment; implementing assessment plans with integrity and fairness.  Systematic alignment of curriculum to intentionally reinforce concepts and also to avoid repetition of learning at the same level; responding to diagnostic tools to align sequence of and concept density of content. Field experience required.

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.