Admissions Information
Application and any transcripts are to be submitted directly to:
The Graduate School Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5667 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5667
Fax (734) 432-5862
Email: grad@madonna.edu

MAT Curriculum and Instruction Plan of Study

MAT Curriculum and Instruction
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MAT Curriculum and Instruction


   Program Requirements (31 cr. to be chosen)


      Education Foundation Core (6 cr. to be chosen)


         EDU 5050/5070 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)

            EDU 5050   American Education: Historical, Social, and Political Perspectives 3 cr.  A focus on the historical events, ideological controversies, and political and social forces that have shaped the American education system from the colonial period to the present. Designed to develop in educational leaders an understanding of the relationship between schooling and society. 
            EDU 5070   Schooling in Comparative and International Perspectives 3 cr.  Provides an overview of education systems and developments in selected countries; describes major similarities and differences among these systems of education; and delineates exemplary practices of some countries that may be worth emulating by others. Particular attention is given to assessing Americans education in international context, and to inquiring about developments around the world that may have important implications for the improvement of American schools. 
         EDU 5060   Research and Educational Practice 3 cr.  A focus on the knowledge and skills needed by educators to understand, evaluate, and use research. Critical analysis of the major principles of teaching and classroom learning. Applying research skills to researching and critically analyzing recent trends and traditional theories in the field of education. 

      Concentration (22 cr. to be chosen)

         EDU 5240   Application of Technology in P-12 Schools 3 cr.  Exploration of the historical and social context of current technology and projection of future roles and trends based on published research. Discussion of issues relating to professional development, resources evaluation, professional empowerment, and diversity. Examination of social and ethical issues facing P-12 schools. Students survey the software and hardware available to support teaching, communication, and multimedia. 
         EDU 5510   Innovations in Classroom Literacy 3 cr.  The study of current issues and best classroom practices that inform the ongoing evolution of reading/writing education. The course emphasizes the theoretical perspectives of each practice, and the implications for program development. Best practice research is drawn from the areas of reading and writing across the curriculum. Students complete a theory-to-practice study of literacy that demonstrates their professional growth. 
         EDU 5710   Change in Educational Organizations 3 cr.  Important components of educational change and collaborative leadership are explored. The course emphasizes methods for fostering analysis and communication necessary for changing standards of practice. A field component encouraging participating as an educational change agent is a vital part of this experience, enabling students to make connections to holistic evaluation, program improvement, and community involvement. Recommended to be taken early in the master’s program. 
         EDU 5720   Diversity, Local Communities and Global Connections 3 cr.  Study of diversity in modern eLearning settings and the implications for practice. The course focuses on a critical theory interpretation of multiculturalism, changing demographics, and the building of partnerships. Global connections are made in order to enable instructors to work professionally with their diverse learning communities. A field component consisting of a learning community case study is integrated into the course. 
         EDU 5950   Curriculum Leadership 3 cr.  Examines a broad perspective of leadership in instructional areas, current issues in the educational field, and processes of change and reculturing in teaching and learning based on the latest research. Focus on leaders in the field of educational change and curriculum theory; managing change within the committee infrastructure and collaborative process to improve student instruction; communication processes; the restructuring movement; and leadership qualities of teachers and administrators involved in systemic change. Emphasis on the concept of the coherent curriculum and the interconnection of teaching and learning standards, as well as the “best practices” research. Learning opportunities are kept flexible to reflect current issues in instructional leadership, student growth, and staff professional development. 
         EDU 6240   Information Management in the Classroom 3 cr.  The study of technology-based strategies for the collection, management, and analysis of classroom information to enhance learning and increase teacher productivity. Students learn to develop web-based resources for instruction and for communication with parents. Emphasizes the use of both generic and education-specific applications for data management and statistical computation. Connections are made to student motivation, holistic evaluation, program improvement, and parental involvement. 
         EDU 6360   Motivation for Achievement 2 cr.  The study of contemporary motivation theories and the potential application of this knowledge in educational settings. The course stresses the costs of competitive learning environments that emphasize performance goals and the benefits of learning environments that maximize learning goals and students’ intrinsic interest in learning. The relationships among achievement goals, social goals, cognition, and assessment are highlighted throughout. 
         EDU 6610   Best Practice Classrooms 2 cr.  The study of best practice in classrooms involves a critical analysis of current best instructional practices. The course emphasizes an investigation of the research and theoretical foundations of each practice, as they relate to practical applications in the classroom. A field component, consisting of classroom observations focusing on comparative analyses of each practice is a vital part of the experience. Connections are made to student motivation, program improvement, and enhanced pedagogy. 

      Seminar (3 cr. to be chosen)

         EDU 6950   Project in Teaching and Learning Seminar 3 cr.  Provides a synthesis of course work and professional experiences as students near completion of their program. Action research topics will be classroom-centered and drawn from the professional experiences of the students. The culminating portfolio assignment consists of an oral presentation and a written report of a classroom-based or school district-based action research project. 
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