Alternative Education Courses

 

ALTE300 Helping Skills in Alternative Education

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course is an introduction to working with at-risk youth in alternative education settings. The course is designed to prepare future educators and others for work in alternative education settings by introducing the scope and purpose of alternative education, the characteristics and dynamics of at-risk conditions for youth, and by providing opportunities to develop basic helping skills. Students will learn basic helping skills necessary for effective intervention with at-risk students including helping communication, referral/case-management, conflict management, interviewing and assessment. Approximately one-half of the course is designed to examine at-risk youth issues and the programmatic considerations related to those issues and one-half of the course is devoted to examining alternative education settings and the development of helping skills appropriate to working in those settings. Restricted to Elementary and Special Education majors with a minimum of 60 credit hours; others by permission.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE480 Alternative Education Practicum

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The capstone course for the Alternative Education minor. It includes four weeks of classroom-only experience and eleven weeks in a placement at an alternative education program site. The four weeks of classroom experience emphasize alternative education theory and skills development. The eleven-week placement allows students to participate in a supervised participation experience, emphasizing practical application of alternative education classroom interventions.

Prerequisite: ( ALTE300 )

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE600 Introduction: Inquiry and Educational Change

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Introduces the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning and Alternative Education. In this course graduate students will be introduced to the program expectations, tools and objectives including the technologies utilized for program delivery and electronic portfolio development, online learning strategies, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, and educational research.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE604 Designing Assessments Using Performance Standards

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students an understanding of and practice with the design and analysis of assessments and rubrics that can be employed in a standards-based classroom. Readings and activities are grounded in educational research and illustrated with meaningful classroom practices of teaching and learning in a standards-based environment.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE607 Projects, Readings and Case Studies in Alternative Education

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Concentration on a project, readings, or reflective practice case studies in alternative education.   Students choose from the following: (1) identify a curriculum, instruction, staff development, classroom management or leadership problem and design a plan or project to investigate that problem; (2) summarize and analyze scholarly writings in curriculum, instruction, classroom management, leadership, and other related areas in alternative education; (3) identify a curriculum, instruction, classroom management, leadership issue, and then plan and construct an inquiry regarding the issue.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE608 Education Reform

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An in-depth look at efforts to reform the education system in the United States. The course includes a historical overview of American education during the past 100 years; an analysis of reform efforts; contributions by various cultures, inside and outside of the United States to reform efforts; an overview of the process of reform; and, an exploration of current reform initiatives.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE609 Classroom Management and Control
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Designed to promote student mastery of theory and practice related to classroom management. Students develop a repertoire of strategies to use for preventing and managing classroom discipline with all types of students and situations.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE610 Classroom Environment
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
An introduction to working with at-risk students in alternative and regular education classroom settings.  The course is designed to prepare educators and others to work in challenging classrooms.  Students review the characteristics and dynamics of at-risk conditions for youth and strategies for developing advanced classroom environment competencies and skills.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

ALTE611 Character Education: Developing Students to Become Productive Citizens

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Focuses on the need for developing students’ ability to make good decisions based on reasoned principles and an approach to incorporate this skill as a part of the regular curriculum. Graduate students enrolled in this course will trace the history of moral education and evaluate various approaches to improve the moral behavior of grade school learners. In addition, the graduate students will choose one area of the curriculum and devise a long-range plan that will enhance the character development of their student learners.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE612 Number and Number Systems and Pedagogy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Utilizes the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the associated discipline/grade level standards as a framework. Graduate students will utilize best practice in mathematical pedagogy and collaborate with other teachers to plan, teach and revise lesson plans in a format that follows Lesson Study research.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE615 Alternative Education: An Introduction to Theory and Practice

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course is designed to be an introduction to theories and practices in Alternative Education. An array of topics is explored to bring research, theories and practices together in a meaningful format. The inquiry nature of this course will serve as a building block for issues in other courses and the capstone research project. Emphasis is placed upon the practical application of theories in the classroom, best practices and characteristics of effective programs.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE616 Curriculum Issues 

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to curriculum issues in education settings.  This course will empower educators to facilitate a framework for instructional design in the classroom.  This course introduces best practices that can be used to empower teachers to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment to meet the core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  Educators will be able to prepare environments that will promote success for at-risk students by utilizing differentiated instructional and management techniques.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE617 Grant Writing

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Focuses on the process of writing grants in human services and education. Students will explore and analyze the various components of a grant, the process of developing and writing proposals, research techniques that produce results, the budgeting process, and how to develop a unified proposal. Students will write a grant proposal as a final product for the course.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE618 Understanding the Role of Cognition and Social Skills in the Classroom

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

This course is designed to promote student mastery of theory and practice related to cognitive and social skills training. Specifically, students will explore brain-based learning, cognitive skills research, social skills research, and the practical uses of these concepts with students in the classroom.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE625 Investigating Curriculum Issues in Education
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Students may select one issue from the following: curriculum mapping, designing assessment using performance standards, differentiated instruction, brain-based learning. In the alternative, they may propose another issue for instructor approval. Through investigation, analyzation, and discussion, students investigate and formulate criteria necessary for the implementation of best practices within the classroom. (ALTE625 does not supplant ALTE616.)

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE645 Topics in Urban Education
[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
An intensive approach to urban education issues and practices designed to explore specialized knowledge and skill pertinent to the field of education. Topics may include, among others, equity and diversity in the classroom, multi-ability classroom practices, urban curriculum issues, urban minority families and communities, and other relevant federal legislations, classroom management, and poverty. Emphasis is placed on written work and discussion.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

ALTE648 Topics in Alternative Education

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An intensive approach to alternative education issues and practices designed to explore specialized knowledge and skill pertinent to the field of education. Topics may include, among others, correctional education, school and/or educational reform, charter schools, specialized alternative learning environments, residential settings, and urban education.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE692 Reflective Practice and Action Research 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The first of two courses designed to promote thoughtful consideration and application of educational theory and research to the analysis of student learning in the teacher's daily decision-making process.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE694 Reflective Practice and Action Research 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The second of two courses designed to promote thoughtful consideration and application of educational theory and research to the analysis of student learning in the teacher's daily decision-making process.

Prerequisite: ( ALTE692 ) OR ( EDTL692 )

Corequisite:   None


 

ALTE695 Advanced Field Experience

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The culminating course in the M.Ed. graduate program that allows the graduate student to apply knowledge and demonstrate skills gained in their professions. This course is restricted to graduate students and is a core requirement in the M.Ed. Teaching and Learning and Alternative Education programs.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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