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Lists all Education courses. Specific offerings by term, including specific selected topics, can be viewed for spring, fall and summer terms.

EDUC 303U Partners in the Arts
Semester hours: 3
Description
Explores theory and pedagogy of integrating all arts form (visual, music, drama, dance, literary) across the curriculum and throughout the teaching and learning environment. Includes best practices, skill building, and exploration of resources to provide educators the tools and ability to effectively address and variety of students' learning styles while promoting curiosity, mastery of content and collaborative problem-solving skills.

EDUC 306U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Science and Social Studies
Semester hours: 3
Description
In-depth examination of core elementary science and social studies concepts and subject-specific pedagogy. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, curriculum integration strategies, content area literacy, and current research.

EDUC 317U Foundations of Education
Semester hours: 3
Description
Introduction to the American educational system. Explores the philosophical, sociological, historical, and political roots of schools today. Attention also given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education.

EDUC 318U Diverse Learners
Semester hours: 3
Description
Introduction to the wide range of diversity that exists across today's general school population and examination of the increased professional demands that inclusion makes upon teachers. Exploration of physical, social, emotional, intellectual development, individual learning styles, and prior learning as well as language, culture, family and community values, and how they influence student learning.

EDUC 324U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
Semester hours: 3
Description
In-depth examination of the teaching methods, literacy concepts and development, and materials that are used to support and scaffold children's literacy acquisition from birth to the primary grades. A foundational understanding of the components of reading including phonemic awareness, concepts of print, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing will be addressed. Participants will examine early literacy assessment tools and will determine how to implement interventions for diverse learners. Language development, children's literature, and classroom strategies for early literacy instruction will also be investigated.

EDUC 326U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
Semester hours: 3
Description
In-depth examination of reading comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking, word study, and writing instruction within elementary classrooms. Study of the methods, materials, and assessment tools associated with elementary literacy instruction will be explored across the components of reading. Participants will examine assessment tools and learn techniques for meeting the needs of struggling readers. A supervised practical experience will be incorporated into the course. Emphasis is placed on making decisions based upon students' individual needs and critical reflection to improve instructional effectiveness. Participants will learn to analyze assessment data and use this information to inform instructional practices including developing reading and writing interventions. Effective literacy techniques designed to support diverse learners will be studied.
Prerequisites
EDUC 324U.

EDUC 327U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics
Semester hours: 3
Description
In-depth examination of fundamental mathematics concepts and subject-specific pedagogy. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, use of manipulatives and technology, current research, and learning theory.

EDUC 338U Instructional Technology Applications for the Classroom
Semester hours: 3
Description
Theory and pedagogy of integrating common and practical instructional technologies within the teaching and learning environment and across the curriculum. Includes current practice, skill building and exploration of resources to better prepare educators to fully understand the potential, the consequences and future uses of instructional technology to address the needs of all learners.
Prerequisites
EDUC 306U and EDUC 342U.

EDUC 342U Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools
Semester hours: 3
Description
Comprehensive introduction to pedagogy to include principles of learning; application of skills in discipline and grade-specific methodology; selection and use of materials; state and national curriculum standards; and evaluation of student performance.

EDUC 343U Seminar in Middle and Secondary Teaching
Semester hours: 1
Description
Overview of content-specific assessment strategies for middle and high school teachers. Course will include a review of standards-based testing items as well as strategies for improving teacher-made tests. In addition, the seminar will utilize peer review of content-specific lesson plans and instructional strategies, and provide opportunities for microteaching using the University of Richmond lesson plan template.
Prerequisites
Concurrent registration in EDUC 342U.

EDUC 350U Content Area Literacy
Semester hours: 3
Description
Examination of reading, writing and critical thinking in secondary content areas. Specific techniques for teaching and assessing comprehensions, vocabulary knowledge, and study skills will be addressed. The effects of text organization and relationship between reading and writing are investigated. The course integrates theory with practice and is designed to help content area instructors learn how to integrate literacy principles into subject matter instruction. A strong emphasis will be placed on the elements of effective comprehension instruction. Literacy techniques designed to support the needs of diverse learners will be studied. Participants will learn strategies to foster motivation and appreciation of a variety of types of literature utilized for independent and collaborative reading.

EDUC 358U Classroom and Behavior Management
Semester hours: 3
Description
Behavioral principles and procedures for reducing classroom problems, increasing motivation, and strengthening desired classroom behavior.

EDUC 398U Selected Topics
Semester hours: 3

EDUC 399U Independent Study
Semester hours: 1-6

EDUC 475U Student Teaching, Elementary (PreK-6)
Semester hours: 12
Description
Direct contact with students in a classroom on a full-time basis for 15 weeks under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a University supervisor. Student assumes full teacher responsibility for all instructional periods and school activities. Graded pass/fail; however a comprehensive evaluation is completed for each student teacher.
Prerequisites
Completion of all core courses.

EDUC 477U Student Teaching, Secondary (6-12)
Semester hours: 12
Description
Direct contact with students in a classroom on a full-time basis for 15 weeks under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a University supervisor. Student assumes full teacher responsibility for all instructional periods and school activities. Graded pass/fail; however a comprehensive evaluation is completed for each student teacher.
Prerequisites
Completion of all core courses.

EDUC 478U Student Teaching, Comprehensive (PreK-12)
Semester hours: 12
Description
Direct contact with students in a classroom on a full-time basis for 15 weeks under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a University supervisor. Student assumes full teacher responsibility for all instructional periods and school activities. Graded pass/fail; however a comprehensive evaluation is completed for each student teacher.
Prerequisites
Completion of all core courses.

EDUC 485U Student Teaching Seminar
Semester hours: 2
Description
This weekly seminar for student teachers provides a forum for discussion and examination of critical issues related to students' teaching responsibilities and competence. Also provides guidance in the preparation of the Teacher Work Sample.

EDUC 503U Partners in the Arts
Semester hours: 3
Description
Explores theory and pedagogy of integrating all arts form (visual, music, drama, dance, literary) across the curriculum and throughout the teaching and learning environment. Includes best practices, skill building, and exploration of resources to provide educators the tools and ability to effectively address and variety of students' learning styles while promoting curiosity, mastery of content and collaborative problem-solving skills.

EDUC 504U The Story of Virginia, an American Experience
Semester hours: 3
Description
The course provides an overview of the history of Virginia from earliest habitation to the present and follows the curriculum framework for Virginia Studies. Participants will work with the staff of the Virginia Historical Society and outside pedagogical specialists and engage the topic through lectures, discussions of readings, written exercises, workshops, and interactive gallery activities.

EDUC 505U Geography of the Commonwealth
Semester hours: 3
Description
The objective of this course is to provide a general understanding of the Geography of the Commonwealth of Virginia and explore various spatial interests in depth. No textbooks or lab manuals are required for this course, only the ability to use Blackboard and explore the web. You will also learn how to use ArcGIS Online.

EDUC 506U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Science and Social Studies
Semester hours: 3
Description
In-depth examination of core elementary science and social studies concepts and subject-specific pedagogy. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, curriculum integration strategies, content area literacy, and current research.

EDUC 509U Teaching Students from Poverty
Semester hours: 3
Description
An overview of the challenges of teaching students from poverty. Dr. Ruby Payne's groundbreaking book will be the centerpiece for teachers (K-12). Teachers will learn skills and techniques to manage behavior, build relationships and raise achievement.

EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
Semester hours: 3
Description
Introduction to the American educational system. Explores the philosophical, sociological, historical, and political roots of schools today. Attention also given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education.

EDUC 518U Diverse Learners
Semester hours: 3
Description
Introduction to the wide range of diversity that exists across today's general school population and examination of the increased professional demands that inclusion makes upon teachers. Exploration of physical, social, emotional, intellectual development, individual learning styles, and prior learning as well as language, culture, family and community values, and how they influence student learning.

EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
Semester hours: 3
Description
In-depth examination of the teaching methods, literacy concepts and development, and materials that are used to support and scaffold children's literacy acquisition from birth to the primary grades. A foundational understanding of the components of reading including phonemic awareness, concepts of print, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing will be addressed. Participants will examine early literacy assessment tools and will determine how to implement interventions for diverse learners. Language development, children's literature, and classroom strategies for early literacy instruction will also be investigated.

EDUC 526U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
Semester hours: 3
Description
In-depth examination of reading comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking, word study, and writing instruction within elementary classrooms. Study of the methods, materials, and assessment tools associated with elementary literacy instruction will be explored across the components of reading. Participants will examine assessment tools and learn techniques for meeting the needs of struggling readers. A supervised practical experience will be incorporated into the course. Emphasis is placed on making decisions based upon students' individual needs and critical reflection to improve instructional effectiveness. Participants will learn to analyze assessment data and use this information to inform instructional practices including developing reading and writing interventions. Effective literacy techniques designed to support diverse learners will be studied.
Prerequisites
EDUC 524U.

EDUC 527U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics
Semester hours: 3
Description
In-depth examination of fundamental mathematics concepts and subject-specific pedagogy. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, use of manipulatives and technology, current research, and learning theory.

EDUC 529U Improving Elementary Math
Semester hours: 3
Description
Exploration of teachers' content knowledge and pedagogical skills in teaching elementary math with a focus on differentiated instruction using developmental grouping (math workshop and work stations) to improve elementary math achievement. Class sessions will involve participants in activities that address concrete, representational, and abstract stages of learning.

EDUC 530U Teaching Middle School Life Science: Content and Pedagogy
Semester hours: 3
Description
This graduate course will examine the psychology of the middle school learner, the instructional strategies and practices essential to developing successful student learners, including knowledge and understanding of the life science curriculum and the application of its standards.

EDUC 531U Teaching Middle School Earth Science: Content and Pedagogy
Semester hours: 3
Description
This graduate course will examine the psychology of the middle school learner, the instructional strategies and practices essential to developing successful student learners, including knowledge and understanding of the earth science curriculum and the application of its standards.

EDUC 532U Teaching Middle School Physical Science: Content and Pedagogy
Semester hours: 3
Description
This graduate course will examine the psychology of the middle school learner, the instructional strategies and practices essential to developing successful student learners, including knowledge and understanding of the physical science curriculum and the application of its standards.

EDUC 533U Sustainability and Nature Institute
Semester hours: 3
Description
An exploration of the science and design behind creating a successful outdoor classroom and is suited for classroom teachers, administrators, PTA representatives and Not for Profit educators. Participants will work with other educators from throughout the mid-Atlantic region to develop a plan for an outdoor classroom where students can explore opportunities for decision making, learning, social development, and establishing sustainable practices grounded in the natural world. Central to the program will be hands-on lab work emphasizing the science of soil, plant biology, and proper planting practices, which are increasingly important as we move towards a more sustainable future in the outdoor world.

EDUC 536U Human Growth and Development
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course explores the theory and research related to education, human development and counseling. A strong emphasis is placed on the adolescent period of development and the psychological, emotional, physical and social changes that occur. Meets the criteria for a licensure class and is provided for current K-12 teachers and teachers who are seeking initial licensure.

EDUC 538U Instructional Technology Applications for the Classroom
Semester hours: 3
Description
Theory and pedagogy of integrating common and practical instructional technologies within the teaching and learning environment and across the curriculum. Includes current practice, skill building and exploration of resources to better prepare educators to fully understand the potential, the consequences, and future uses of instructional technology to address the needs of all learners.
Prerequisites
EDUC 506U and EDUC 542U.

EDUC 542U Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools
Description
Comprehensive introduction to pedagogy to include principles of learning; application of skills in discipline and grade-specific methodology; selection and use of materials; state and national curriculum standards; and evaluation of student performance.
Prerequisites
3

EDUC 543U Seminar in Middle and Secondary Teaching
Semester hours: 1
Description
Overview of content-specific assessment strategies for middle and high school teachers. Course will include a review of standards-based testing items as well as strategies for improving teacher-made tests. In addition, the seminar will utilize peer review of content-specific lesson plans and instructional strategies, and provide opportunities for microteaching using the University of Richmond lesson plan template.
Prerequisites
Concurrent registration in EDUC 542U.

EDUC 544U Tools for Teaching
Semester hours: 3
Description
An integrated discipline, instruction and motivation system. Intended for the practicing teacher (K-12), participants will learn how to organize a classroom to reduce disruption and increase time on task, increase learning and retention of material with the Say, See, Do instructional approach and Visual Instruction Plans (VIPs), eliminate backtalk and teacher nagging, and turn problem students around with an incentive system that builds responsible behavior.

EDUC 548U Emergent Reading
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course is designed for teachers to develop language acquisition skills and methodologies that nurture emerging reading and writing abilities of young learners. Emphasis is placed on the critical issue of early intervention for students at-risk for falling behind in the development of reading and comprehension skills and on current research of the developmental nature of reading and writing. Sound educational practices for beginning readers and writers and intervention techniques for children who need support are explored. This course is recommended for professional educators seeking to expand their skills for working with young learners.

EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy
Semester hours: 3
Description
Examination of reading, writing and critical thinking in secondary content areas. Specific techniques for teaching and assessing comprehensions, vocabulary knowledge, and study skills will be addressed. The effects of text organization and relationship between reading and writing are investigated. The course integrates theory with practice and is designed to help content area instructors learn how to integrate literacy principles into subject matter instruction. A strong emphasis will be placed on the elements of effective comprehension instruction. Literacy techniques designed to support the needs of diverse learners will be studied. Participants will learn strategies to foster motivation and appreciation of a variety of types of literature utilized for independent and collaborative reading.

EDUC 551U Cross Cultural Communications
Semester hours: 3
Description
After completing this course, candidates will know, understand, and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs (Domain 2. Culture). Candidates will keep current with new instructional techniques, research results, advances in the ESL field, and education policy issues, and demonstrate knowledge of the history of ESL teaching. They use such information to reflect on and improve their instruction and assessment practices. Candidates work collaboratively with school staff and the community to improve the learning environment, to provide support, and to advocate for ELLs and their families (Domain 5. Professionalism).

EDUC 552U English Linguistics for TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Semester hours: 3
Description
After completing this course, candidates will know, understand, and use the major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language to help English language learners (ELL) develop language and literacy and achieve in the content areas (Domain 1. Language).

EDUC 553U Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language
Semester hours: 3
Description
This introductory course addresses the effects of language acquisition theories and learner development on instructional planning and practice and builds upon the relationship of foreign language program models and language outcomes. Participants will become familiar with the state standards for foreign language learning and recognize the connection between the state and national standards.

EDUC 554U Assessment of English Learners
Semester hours: 3
Description
Addresses issues and concepts of assessment and using standards based procedures with English Language Learners (ELL). Identifies purposes of assessment (e.g., diagnostic, language proficiency, academic achievement) and basic concepts of assessment in order to assess ELL. Examines national and state requirements, procedures, and instruments for ELL identification, reclassification, and exit from language support programs. Covers the interdependent relationship between teaching and assessment and developing instructional tasks and assessment tools that promote and measure student learning. (Domain 4. Assessment)

EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course focuses on curriculum adjustments, methods and techniques, as well as classroom organization necessary for teaching gifted and talented students. Emphasis is on curriculum in gifted programs within the context of school reform and restructuring. Topics include development of learner outcomes, selection of resources, and classroom management.

EDUC 556U Differentiated Instruction and Research-Based Strategies for Gifted Students
Semester hours: 3
Description
Exploration of the philosophy of differentiation and strategies that are used to meet the needs of gifted students. Instructional decision-making based on the educational characteristics and subsequent modification within the classroom environment will be the emphasis through this online course. Research-based instructional strategies for gifted and talented learners will be explored in addition to classroom-based differentiated instruction; individualization; flexible grouping strategies; dialogue and questioning strategies; enrichment, and instructional responsiveness to the affective needs of gifted learners.

EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
Semester hours: 3
Description
Behavioral principles and procedures for reducing classroom problems, increasing motivation, and strengthening desired classroom behavior.

EDUC 559U Politics and Legal Issues in Education
Semester hours: 3
Description
Provides historical and contemporary perspectives regarding how the American political and legal systems affect the care and instruction of students in today's schools; and an understanding of the political issues and laws that govern the operation and conduct of American schools.

EDUC 561U Perspectives in Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course explores the concepts of Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity (GETDC), and examines their factors, measurement, and application to education. Topics include characteristics of creative individuals, barriers to creative productivity, strategies to increase creative and critical thinking, and teaching creativity in special populations of gifted learners.

EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course provides a critical survey of the research, issues, policy, ethics, and practices related to culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient, twice exceptional, highly gifted, or very young gifted and talented students. Includes examination of topics such as personal attitudes about diversity, identification of students from special populations, differentiated instruction for students from special populations.

EDUC 563U Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Student
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course examines the social, emotional, and psychological aspects of gifted children, adolescents, and adults. The course reviews current literature on affective growth and potential adjustment issues such as self-concept, self-acceptance and understanding, peer relations, and perfectionism. Family relations and potential sources of problems such as underachievement and career and college planning are also included. Classroom adjustments to facilitate development will also be reviewed.

EDUC 564U School-wide Positive Behavior Support
Semester hours: 3
Description
Examines positive behavioral interventions and support (PBIS) with emphasis on school-wide approaches designed to enhance school climate and emotional well-being of all students. Covers creating and nurturing a problem-solving team of professionals responsible for developing evidence-based strategies for improving the behavior and academic achievement of students.

EDUC 565U Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
Semester hours: 3
Description
This is an introductory course that provides an overview of the nature and educational implications of serving students with disabilities and emphasizes the legal aspects of special education at national, state, and local levels. Relevant legislation associated with the identification, education and evaluation of students with disabilities will be included in this foundations course.

EDUC 566U Response to Intervention
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively implement a Response To Intervention approach for academics and behavior. Response to Intervention is the practice of providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to students.

EDUC 567U Questions of Conscience: Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide
Semester hours: 3
Description
The Teacher Education Institute (TEI) is taught by museum staff, including university, research, and classroom educators. TEI assists history, English/language arts, music, art, science, math, foreign language and administrators with their understanding of the Holocaust and modern genocide and the application of it within their classrooms and schools and considers the Virginia Standards of Learning requirements as well as the requirements of the Holocaust Education Bill, HB2409 recently passed by the General Assembly.

EDUC 568U Successful Transition through Consultation and Collaboration
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates with the ability to prepare their students and work with families to provide successful student transitions throughout the educational experience. Additionally, teacher candidates will learn strategies for successful consultation, case management and collaboration for establishing an effective school environment, postsecondary training, employment, and independent living that address an understanding of long-term planning, career development, life skills, community experiences and resources, self-advocacy, and self-determination, guardianship and legal considerations.

EDUC 569U Recognizing and Teaching Students with Disabilities - Accessing the General Education Curriculum
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course explores the characteristics and supports needs of students with disabilities in the general education setting and delves into the development of individual education planning and group instruction at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Specific learning strategies, multisensory approaches, and organizational and environmental considerations will be investigated through the scope and sequence of the general education curriculum. Alternative ways of instruction and assessment will be examined to support student learning needs with effective and student-appropriate strategies and accommodations to promote successful integration with nondisabled peers in general education classrooms and, as appropriate, in other instructional settings, representing the continuum of special education services.

EDUC 570U Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers and parents who would like more information about the talented and gifted.

EDUC 571U Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course is designed to introduce teacher candidates to the variety of assessment and evaluation techniques and their specific purposes, including eligibility for students with disabilities, instructional decision making, and program improvement. This course explores the relationship among the general curriculum, formal and informal assessment results, and instruction for students with disabilities to support instructional planning, decision-making and self-reflection.

EDUC 572U Effective Instruction for an Inclusive Classroom
Semester hours: 3
Description
A survey of models, history, current issues and strategies in providing collaborative supports, accommodations, and differentiated curriculum to students with disabilities, special needs, as well as mainstream students with multiple abilities in general education classes.

EDUC 575U Student Teaching, Elementary (PreK-6)
Semester hours: 12
Description
Direct contact with students in a classroom on a full-time basis for 15 weeks under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a University supervisor. Student assumes full teacher responsibility for all instructional periods and school activities.
Prerequisites
Completion of all professional studies coursework.

EDUC 577U Student Teaching, Secondary (6-12)
Semester hours: 12
Description
Direct contact with students in a classroom on a full-time basis for 15 weeks under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a University supervisor. Student assumes full teacher responsibility for all instructional periods and school activities.
Prerequisites
Completion of all professional studies coursework.

EDUC 578U Student Teaching, Comprehensive (PreK-12)
Semester hours: 12
Description
Direct contact with students in a classroom on a full-time basis for 15 weeks under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a University supervisor. Student assumes full teacher responsibility for all instructional periods and school activities.
Prerequisites
Completion of all professional studies coursework.

EDUC 580U Curriculum Development and Instructional Strategies for Teaching English Learners
Semester hours: 3
Description
A training class for those wishing to gain appropriate skills for teaching ESL students. This class will focus on understanding the method of teaching conversational English; understanding the international Phonetic Alphabet; application of target language groups; essentials of English - know what you teach; methods of instruction (includes drills, activities, lesson resources); and application of knowledge as students have guided practice in developing skills.

EDUC 585U Student Teaching Seminar
Semester hours: 2
Description
This weekly seminar for student teachers provides a forum for discussion and examination of critical issues related to students' teaching responsibilities and competence. Also provides guidance in the preparation of the Teacher Work Sample.
Prerequisites
Completion of all professional studies coursework.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics
Semester hours: 3

EDUC 599U Independent Study
Semester hours: 1-6

EDUC 601U Foundations of Educational Leadership Studies
Semester hours: 3
Description
A survey of the fundamental leadership theories and models as they apply to educational leadership. Includes historical and contemporary conceptions, collaborative case study work on current educational leadership approaches, personal reflection and leadership development, and bridging theory and practice in twenty-first century schools.

EDUC 602U Data for Decision-Making
Semester hours: 3
Description
A survey of tools and techniques used in conducting and utilizing assessment data. Includes current research approaches, project design, and data collection. Also included are methods for using data to identify school needs, evaluate personnel, track student performance, and develop strategies for increasing performance as necessary.

EDUC 603U Leading and Supervising Instruction
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course will prepare students to effectively oversee instructional practices in their school. These include aligning curriculum and instruction with assessment to achieve high academic success, innovative instructional techniques, strategies for monitoring instruction and providing feedback, and encouraging academic freedom and innovation while respecting benchmarks and standards.

EDUC 604U Communicating and Leading
Semester hours: 3
Description
A broad review of communication as a critical skill in effective school leadership. This includes understanding how students communicate with each other and their instructors, helping students develop basic communication techniques and strategies, communicating effectively with teachers and administrators, and understanding the impact of the new communications age as well as how to effectively use it to improve communication within schools.

EDUC 605U School Law and Ethics
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course will examine the legal and moral aspects of educational leadership. Includes evolution of school law, major ethical spheres of thought, current trends and school law, and critical thinking and problem-solving strategies. Course will utilize case studies and consider Virginia School Code.

EDUC 610U Reflective Leadership Seminar I
Semester hours: 1
Description
Students will apply their coursework to modern education settings and reflect on where and how the lessons and theory from those courses are relevant to working and leading in today's schools. This includes assessing how and where strategies and ideas explored in previous coursework can be infused into school leadership.

EDUC 611U Reflective Leadership Seminar II
Semester hours: 6
Description
The second of two required seminars to complete the practicum. Students will continue the reflective process by studying leadership first-hand in a school. Students will spend a minimum of 170 hours in a designated school and regularly report on a series of online reflection prompts addressing various issues affecting educational leadership.

EDUC 620U Children's Literature
Semester hours: 3
Description
The course provides a survey of children's literature with emphasis on recent trends and evaluative criteria used in selecting books based on school and recreational needs and interests of young readers. Course participants will explore multiple genres, including historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, traditional literature, nonfiction, and multicultural, and ways of integrating these books into curricula.

EDUC 621U Young Adult Literature
Semester hours: 3
Description
The course provides a survey of young adult literature with emphasis on recent trends and evaluative criteria used in selecting books based on school and recreational needs and interests of adolescent readers. Course participants will explore multiple genres, including historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, traditional literature, nonfiction, graphic novels, and multicultural, and ways of integrating these books into curricula.

EDUC 630U School Technology
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course is designed to advance technological literacy for school leaders. This includes running software, using programs to generate and manipulate data, compiling data in order to present it, troubleshooting basic computer challenges, using technology to communicate and collaborate with others, and using technology to support instruction.

EDUC 631U Fiscal Leadership
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course will introduce students to the principles of human resource and financial management. This includes recruiting and developing quality personnel, the budgeting process, and fiscal decision-making.

EDUC 632U Leading Change in Educational Settings
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course will focus on identifying new trends in schools and education policy as well as preparing for and successfully embracing change. This includes demographic shifts, the impact of globalization and the computer age, the evolving relationship between schools and their greater communities, implementing new policy, and ensuring successful transitions to changes involving policy, personnel, and student body.

EDUC 633U School Culture and Human Resource Leadership
Description
This course will explore the sociological trends impacting the modern school environment and how to lead various groups within a school. This includes conflict resolution, balancing interests and decision-making, promoting a learning environment that maximizes student performance, and managing relationships among groups operating within a school as well as the larger community.
Prerequisites
3

EDUC 634U Context of Educational Public Policy and Politics
Semester hours: 3
Description
A survey of contemporary issues and legislation affecting education policy. Includes review of current and emerging issues, strategies for influencing policy, and techniques for adopting new policy into current school culture and process.

EDUC 637U Education and Public Policy
Semester hours: 3
Description
Survey of contemporary issues and examination of legislation affecting educational policy at both the state and local level. In depth examination of current and emerging policy issues, strategies for influencing policy, and techniques for adapting new policy into current school culture and processes.

EDUC 650U Advanced Educational Psychology
Semester hours: 3
Description
Advanced study of the basic principles of cognitive psychology and its position in education, to include cognitive processes, knowledge acquisition and transfer, beliefs and motivation, and the application of these ideas to classroom instruction.

EDUC 651U Assessment and Evaluation in Education
Semester hours: 3
Description
Introduction to testing, measurement, and evaluation related to instruction, the construction and use of teacher-made tests, a survey of standardized tests, test interpretation, and basic statistical procedures.

EDUC 652U Differentiated Instruction
Semester hours: 3
Description
Introduction to differentiated instruction and examination of why it is appropriate for all learners, how to plan for it, and how to become comfortable enough with student differences to make school comfortable for every learner in the classroom.

EDUC 653U Issues, Ethics and Policy in Education
Semester hours: 3
Description
Examination and reflection on the critical issues in policy, ethics, and law that teachers need in order to make informed decisions regarding a variety of issues facing schools today.

EDUC 660U Curriculum Development
Semester hours: 3
Description
Identification and understanding of the underlying philosophical principles, societal expectations, and practical demands that must be reflected in the development, delivery and evaluation of school curricula.

EDUC 661U Instructional Leadership
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course emphasizes techniques of improving instruction through application of research on effective schools and models of instruction. Topics covered include foundations of leadership, leadership for curriculum instruction and assessment, leadership for supervision and professional development, leadership for communication and community partnerships, and leadership for organizational management.

EDUC 675U Reflective Teaching Experience
Semester hours: 3
Description
Involves full time teaching and working closely with a mentor/coach to further develop skills in curriculum planning and delivery, reflection and self-assessment. Encompasses an entire semester.

EDUC 676U Reflective Practitioner Seminar
Semester hours: 3
Description
This biweekly seminar for teachers provides a forum for discussion of and reflection on critical issues related to their daily responsibilities as classroom teachers. Also provides guidance in the development and implementation of a Professional Growth Plan.
Prerequisites
EDUC 675U.

EDUC 680U Content Specialization and Research I
Semester hours: 3
Description
Review of basic knowledge and skills required for reading, interpreting, and evaluating, followed by the examination of step-by-step procedures for planning, implementing, and evaluating classroom research.

EDUC 681U Content Specialization and Research II
Semester hours: 3
Description
Design and implement an educational research project focusing on improving student learning, school culture, educational leadership, or other topics relevant in educational settings as well as recommendations for improvement based on research findings. Students will provide formal dissemination of research results.
Prerequisites
EDUC 680U

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Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8427
spcs@richmond.edu