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the growth in theory, practice and application of instructional technology. (3 s.h.) EDU 536 Adolescent Literacy The unique needs of the adolescent literacy learner are examined in this course. Foundational principles based on current research provide an opportunity to develop understanding of workshop approaches for reading and writing designed to provide rigor and relevance for students in grades 4-8. (3 s.h.) EDU 537 Foundations of Literacy This course explores the foundational knowledge about reading and writing processes, instructional practices, and curriculum materials needed by literacy specialists to support the creation of effective literacy environments that support all readers and writers. The course explores theoretical principles and practices based on current research with an emphasis on early literacy acquisition. The role of language and cognitive development in learning to read forms the foundation for study. Emergent and early instructional approaches provide a theory to practice experience. The concepts presented will emphasize the teacher as cognitive mediator, evaluator, manager, communicator and researcher. (3 s.h.) EDU 538 Practicum: Literacy (K-12) This course includes the application of literacy curricula from developmental reading and writing programs. Students apply research-based knowledge of strategies for phonemic awareness, word identification, vocabulary and background knowledge, fluency, comprehension strategies and motivation used in fluent reading. Students will also demonstrate the application of skills required by literacy specialists that show support for readers and writers of all abilities and backgrounds, knowledge of children’s and adolescent literature, application of leadership skills, integration of technology into the curriculum, development of classroom study aids, and program adaptations that support the development of an effective literacy environment. The concepts presented will emphasize the teacher as cognitive mediator, servant-leader, evaluator, communicator and researcher. Prerequisites: EDU 537 (3 s.h.). EDU 551 Professional, Student and Staff Development Graduate students will add to their vision of effective schools by gaining knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with supervision of classroom and school instruction that builds positive school cultures. Students learn to plan and implement direct assistance to teachers and non-instructional staff, to plan and evaluate staff development programs, and to research exemplary school-wide discipline models. Participants will understand the importance of leadership influence toward managing human and professional development resources to promote student success and build collaboration with stakeholders. (3 s.h.) EDU 554 Leadership Issues in Educational Technology This online course will focus on researching key issues that surround the use of technology in K-12 school systems. Issues include the roles of technology, management, assessment, trends, technology’s impact on schools, staff development and legal and ethical concerns. (3 s.h.)

EDU 555 Research and Instructional Management This class gives prospective teachers information and strategies regarding the organization and management of teaching. (3 s.h.) EDU 556 Secondary/K-12 Student Teaching This course involves teaching in the secondary or K-12 school environment under the direction and supervision of classroom and university teachers. A portfolio is required as part of the application process, which is completed the semester prior to student teaching. (5 s.h.) EDU 557 Literacy Across the Curriculum for Middle Level and ELL Learners Application of literacy strategies across all curricular areas and in a variety of contexts is the focus of this course. The use of children’s and adolescent literature integrated throughout the disciplines will provide strategic use of a variety of text features and structures. Attention is given to the needs of English Language Learners and reading in the middle school. (3 s.h.) EDU 561 Management of School and Community Resources During this course, students will cast a clearer vision of how best to utilize leadership skills based on integrity, ethical behavior, and servanthood in order to manage a school's financial and other resources. Additional focus will be given to collaboration among families, school, and community service providers in order to offer needed programs and services for students. Students will also consider use of technology and information systems to enhance management and develop an effective community relations program. (3 s.h.) EDU 562 Diversity Issues in Education This course will prepare school leaders with the background necessary to work with a broad spectrum of people from the school and community to reduce barriers to student learning. The course will increase the student's understanding of diversity issues in special education, religion, literacy, poverty, gender and culture. (3 s.h.) EDU 564 Multimedia/HyperMedia Applications in Education This course will focus on the use of interactive multimedia and hypermedia for instruction. Topics addressed include the use of digital video editing, scanners, digital cameras, presentation software, presentation equipment, K-12 multimedia software and research on the uses of multimedia/hypermedia in education. (3 s.h.) EDU 566 Site-Based Fiscal Administration This course will prepare building-level school leaders to use problem-solving skills in responsible fiscal planning, budgeting, allocating and monitoring of resources to promote student learning. Candidates will examine the various resources available to generate additional revenue and will design a long-range fiscal plan. Course focus will comprise fiscal, human and material resources as well as student learning, safety, curriculum and instruction. (2 s.h.) EDU 585 Research Methods An introduction to the basics of research, including principles of behavioral studies, research terminology, structure of research

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2015-2017 USF Academic Catalog  
2015-2017 USF Academic Catalog  

2015-2017 academic catalog for the University of Sioux Falls.