Academy for Catholic Teaching (ACT)
Academy for Catholic Teaching is a University of San Diego and San Diego Diocesan Collaborative.
ACT is an innovative three-year collaborative that creates pathways for outstanding individuals to teach in San Diego's K-12 Catholic schools, while earning a Master of Education and California Teaching Credential. If you are creative, enthusiastic, energetic and passionate about Catholic education and have a strong commitment to faith, service and community, this program is designed specifically for you.
ACT is designed to provide elementary, middle and high school teacher candidates with rigorous coursework, internships and field experiences leading to a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and a preliminary Multiple, Single Subject or Education Specialist teaching credential. The program emphasizes the connection between theory and practice, weaving together university-based coursework and thoughtfully designed internship and field experiences.
ACT is centered on the following three essential pillars:
Service through Teaching: Participants will commit to teaching three years in a Catholic K-12 school in the Diocese of San Diego.
Living in Community: Participants create community in the classroom and have the opportunity to live in community with their teaching peers. ACT seeks individuals who desire a strong community experience and professional growth in partnership with peers.
Spirituality: Participants are expected to proactively attend to their spiritual lives through both formal and informal practices. Activities to promote spiritual growth and development will include a retreat, an international experience, and facilitated activities.
|EDUC 583P |
|Methods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary|
Methods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society
|EDUC 585P |
|Elementary Curriculum Methods for Global Classrooms|
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms
|EDUC 551P||MCC Extended Practicum||2|
|EDUC 581C||Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society||3|
|EDUC 584C||Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts||3|
|EDUC 551P||MCC Extended Practicum||2|
|EDUC 540||Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic||3|
|EDUC 582||Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society||3|
|EDUC 551P||MCC Extended Practicum||2|
|EDUC 535 |
|Curriculum Design and Evaluation|
Learning and Technology
|EDSP 589P||Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society||3|
|EDUC 551P||MCC Extended Practicum||1|
|EDUC 557||Action Research for MCC Candidates I||3|
|EDUC 579||Experimental Topics (Theology and Education)||3|
|EDUC 552P||MCC Student Teaching||2|
|EDUC 510, 511, |
|Cognition and Learning|
The Struggle for Educational Equity
|EDUC 558||Action Research for MCC Candidates II||1|
|EDUC 552P||MCC Student Teaching||2|
EDUC 500 | RESEARCH DESIGN METHODOLOGY
This course is an introduction to research methods with an emphasis on methods of reflective, practitioner-directed inquiry. The course includes a focus on action research aimed at improvement of professional practice in leadership, teaching and counseling. The course also surveys quantitative methods and logic in the social sciences to prepare professionals to access and critically consume traditional research findings to support and extend their own inquiries. The political implications of traditional and practitioner driven research models are discussed.
EDUC 501 | FAMILY, SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
This course focuses on the structure, common elements, and impact of successful and effective family, school, and community partnerships. It is designed to encourage the development of teachers’ and other educators’ awareness of students’ family and community histories, funds of knowledge and sociocultural capital, and it requires close examination of attitudes, misconceptions, and expectations that impact relationship building with families and communities. This course exposes candidates to different types of home-school-community partnerships, current knowledge on community-based frameworks, and programs serving families who traditionally do not participate in schools. Additionally, this course facilitates and guides the analysis and development of instructional approaches and programs that foster relationship building, communication, student achievement, and families’ knowledge of the school/classroom curricula and educational system.
EDUC 502 | HISTORY TEACHING SEMINAR
This course, offered by the School of Education, or SOLES, will discuss teaching methods, evaluate course content, instruct students in the use audio-visual materials and make use of oral presentations to simulate classroom lectures. Essential for those preparing to become teachers or continuing the pursuit of graduate degrees in history.
EDUC 503 | INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP
Units: 3 Repeatability: No
This course addresses the development, implementation, and assessment of rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment designed to promote each student’s academic success. Targeted focus on effective strategies to develop the professional capacity of teachers and other school personnel through effective hiring, coaching, mentoring, and accountability structures.
EDUC 504 | INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE EDUCATION
This course provides an overview of major concepts, methods and current debates in international and comparative education. Among the issues discussed will be gender, race, class, language, socio-political and economic structures, and their relationship to the schooling process. Particular attention will be placed on the development of the field and to the styles of social analysis, which may be applied to comparative and cross-national studies in education, such as the exploration of the relationship between education, culture and society in a global context. The course emphasizes comparative policy studies in education, including studies on globalization and policy borrowing/lending. Each time the course is offered it will address specific issues (e/g/, comparative and international education in the Spanish speaking world) in international educational development as well as comparative studies that analyze teaching and learning in different national contexts.
EDUC 505 | DISCOURSE, SCHOOLING AND LEARNING COMMUNITIES
This course is designed for both master’s and doctoral students in literacy who already have some understanding of sociocultural theories of language and learning and who wish to construct a deeper understanding of the role that discursive interaction plays in teaching and learning (e.g. who wish to explore the dialogic and socially situated aspects of semiotic mediation). Course readings include studies informed by anthropology, linguistics, psychology and sociology and are conducted from a social constructivist perspective that views learning as participation in social contexts. Three shared course texts have been selected to provide an introduction and overview of the theories and methods of discourse analysis. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to choose to participate in one of two inquiry groups.
EDUC 506 | DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING
Units: 3 Repeatability: No
This course is a rigorous exploration of how school leaders use data, including standardized and school-based assessments, to drive continuous improvement through site-based decision-making for the express purpose of promoting equitable and culturally responsive opportunities for all students.
EDUC 507 | CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS AND MATH
Examination of points of convergence and divergence in the creative processes of artists, scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Candidates will develop a strong foundation of theoretical and applied STEAM knowledge, practical guidance in the development their own unique STEAM toolkits and opportunities to experience and experiment with STEAM learning in their classrooms.
EDUC 508 | ARTISTIC MODELING AND REPRESENTATION IN SCIENCE AND MATH EDUCATION
An exploration of educational strategies and classroom approaches that leverage the multi-dimensional connections between artistic and scientific observation, inquiry and investigation to strengthen students’ content knowledge, critical thinking skills and capacity for innovation.
EDUC 509 | ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS IN MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
Investigation of the intersection between conceptual understanding and real-world
application. Candidates will explore strategies for using creative representation, exhibition and project-based learning to enhance student understanding and ensure knowledge transfer.
EDUC 510 | COGNITION AND LEARNING
This advanced course in educational psychology focuses on recent advances in theories of learning and motivation and their practical implications for teaching. This course encompasses key cognitive and developmental studies on human cognition and learning. Students will critically discuss research and contemporary debates on cognitive processes, learning, memory, reasoning, problem-solving, developmental mechanism, cognitive styles, motivation and the socio-cultural foundations of learning, as well as other essential topics in human cognition and learning with an emphasis on the implications for educators and educational researchers.
EDUC 511 | EDUCATIONAL REFORM
This course explores school reform and restructuring from the perspective of the federal, state, district, school and classroom level. Students examine topics related to leadership, pedagogy and social justice. The course includes a deep investigation into the historical and contemporary purpose(s) of education and the reasons behind the push for increased accountability and school change.
EDUC 512 | THE STRUGGLE FOR EDUCATIONAL EQUITY
Students will analyze the history of the development of the American educational system and acquire theoretical knowledge regarding the social construction of education with a particular focus on issues of diversity, inequity, conflict and social justice within a school context. We will use the U.S. educational system to analyze the struggle to achieve equity and peaceful relations among all groups. As well, we will explore the conflicts and tensions that plague other countries facing similar struggles. The history of the U.S. is a history of conflict and struggle for peace. Racial turmoil and inequity have characterized our political, social, and educational systems. Educators and political leaders from all races have attempted to attain peace among its citizenry and achieve educational access and opportunity for all students, yet racial violence, discrimination, and educational inequity persists. This situation is not unique to the U.S., but rather, is replicated throughout the globe. It begs the question: How do you educate all children equally in multiracial multicultural societies? How do you educate the immigrant, the native, the formerly enslaved and the former slaveholder? We will conduct comparative investigations of educational systems in such places as Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa and expose the theoretical foundations of their educational systems. Focusing on the similarities and/or differences globally, students will critically analyze conventional assumptions about educational access and opportunity and consider ways to reframe problems and improvements that hold the potential for educational change. This course will provide graduate students an opportunity to investigate and reconsider the foundations of education on a global scale. Ball and Cohen (2000) point out that ¿how professionals and researchers understand the enterprise [of education] matters for how they frame problems, for the improvements that seem plausible, and for what they expect from schooling¿. This course will help students to rethink education in a way that challenges individual deficit perspectives of educational outcomes and instead, examines the historical, legal, political, structural, and cultural factors that have shaped the way schools are organized and the disparate academic achievement that results.
EDUC 513 | HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
This course aims to establish a deep understanding of the cognitive, physical, social, moral and personality development and their relationship to learning in an
educational context. The emphasis is placed on a holistic understanding of human development, the roles of community and the socio-cultural foundation of learning.
Students will establish an in-depth understanding of human development from early childhood to adolescence and consider its implications for educational practices.
EDUC 514 | INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY: DESIGN AND EVALUATION
This course is an advanced graduate-level computer technology course requiring a working knowledge of computers in education. The emphasis is on design, delivery
and evaluation of software as an instructional enhancement for teaching and learning in a variety of instructional settings. Software, multimedia resources and the Internet are explored to equip instructional leaders with the resources and evaluation techniques to enhance learning and teaching.
EDUC 515 | ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN AN ERA OF SCHOOL REFORM
Units: 3 Repeatability: No
Contextualized within the evolving high stakes accountability context of public K-12 education, this course will consider the challenges and opportunities facing educational leaders. The course will examine the history and impact of national, state, and local reform movements, and explore how educational leaders develop, advocate for, and enact a shared mission and vision for excellence and equity within schools and districts. The course will include a focus on ethical and professional norms for school leaders and address legal rights and responsibilities.
EDUC 520 | SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EDUCATIONAL EQUITY
Analysis of the American educational system with a particular focus on issues of diversity, inequity, conflict and social justice within a school context. Historical case studies, contemporary policies and practices, and international comparisons compel consideration of the social construction of education.
EDUC 521 | LEARNING AND COGNITION
Explore key cognitive studies on human cognition and learning. You will critically discuss research and contemporary debates on cognitive processes, learning, memory, reasoning, problem-solving, developmental mechanism, cognitive styles, motivation, and the socio-cultural foundations of learning with an emphasis on the implications for educators and educational researchers.
EDUC 522 | EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Introduction to the major educational research methods and paradigms with an emphasis on reflective, practitioner-directed inquiry. The course encompasses quantitative methods, qualitative methods, mixed methods, and action research frameworks. Particular emphasis is placed on action research as a reflective and collaborate inquiry for improving educational practices.
EDUC 523 | QUALITATIVE METHODS IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
Applied exploration of qualitative research methodologies such as ethnography, grounded theory, case-study and cross-case comparisons, surveys, observations, document analyses, focus groups and interviews. Opportunity to learn and apply a variety of techniques to analyze data and interpret findings.
EDUC 526 | ADVANCED METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE & ACADEMIC DEV
This course examines the theoretical perspectives of second language acquisition with a focus on effective practices for literacy and academic language proficiency of English language learners. Participants explore different theories of second language acquisition and strategies for the development of language and academic development in English.
EDUC 527 | COMMUNICATION, TECHNOLOGY AND CURRICULUM DESIGN
Theoretical and practical exploration of instructional design principles and their application to STEAM teaching and learning. Candidates will design STEAM-based units for their classrooms and develop evaluation tools to assess students’ content learning, skill development and creative processes.
EDUC 528 | STEAM AND SPECIAL STUDENT POPULATIONS
Investigation of classroom practices that contribute to historical and contemporary inequities in learning outcomes in STEM subjects for students based on gender, race, language and need. Exploration of how STEAM methodologies provide opportunities to increase equity and improve outcomes for all students.
EDUC 529 | LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND CULTURE
This course highlights the perspective of teachers as border crossers and “cultural workers” (Freire, 1998). It provides a foundation in the intersection between language, literacy and culture and its impact on educational practices by exposing candidates to relevant theory and research and an in-depth experiential learning component in an international context (e.g. Mexico, Brazil, Spain, etc.). It encourages teachers to reflect upon and develop their own insights about the interactions between culture, language, literacy and schooling and how they promote or interrupt processes that lead to educational equity and teaching for social justice. Candidates are expected to reflect on their own cultural understandings, expectations and social positioning. This course also focuses on culturally sensitive curriculum and instruction and ways in which teachers can bridge students’ and families’ cultural practices and funds of knowledge into the curriculum, as well as develop positive, two-way relationships with families.
EDUC 530 | CRITICAL LITERACY, POPULAR CULTURE AND MEDIA STUDIES
This course examines literacy through several critical lenses, including school-based perspectives. The course explores, for example, how issues of power, access and success/failure relate to social and culturally based literacy practices. It will also consider pedagogical implications, such as the ways in which teachers can support students in learning how to be critical consumers of popular culture and the media.
EDUC 531 | ISSUES IN ADULT DEV IN ESL
This course examines the theories of adult development as they relate to learn new languages and cultures. Candidates understand the psychology of adults learning in communities different from their own. Candidates will identify the educational challenges this population faces and their implications for personnel working with these learners.
EDUC 532P | CURRICULUM AND METHODS OF TEACHING IN TODAY'S GLOBAL SECONDARY CLASSROOMS
Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)
A general curriculum and methods course emphasizing best practices in curriculum design, assessment, and instructional methodologies. Candidates practice various teaching techniques, writing objectives, lesson and unit planning, close examination of student work, classroom management, and subject matter applications. A 50-hour practicum is required in a secondary school.
EDUC 533 | DESIGNING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR ALL
Theoretical and practical exploration of the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Investigation of brain research into recognition networks, strategic networks and affective networks and consideration of how these networks can inform instructional design decisions.
EDUC 534P | METHODS OF TEACHING LITERACY IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY
The focus will be on teaching literacy in the content areas. Students will develop a cultural lens. During the course of this semester, we will examine current issues, theories, and practices in secondary literacy from local, national, and global perspectives. Students will also design and deliver learning activities for diverse student populations, participating in a community of practice by supportively critiquing each other¿s efforts. A 50-hour practicum is required in a secondary school. Grade level and site are appropriate to the student¿s credential and must involve the teaching of reading and/or other language arts and communication skills.
EDUC 535 | CURRICULUM DESIGN AND EVALUATION
In order to be effective, instruction must be designed to foster enduring understanding of the core concepts of a discipline. This course will take students through the process of designing and implementing an effective unit of study appropriate to their area of interest. Students will identify goals worthy of enduring understanding, craft essential questions to frame the unit, design formal, informal and project-based assessments and develop lessons and instructional activities to engage students in the process of constructing deep understanding of the unit concepts.
EDUC 536 | CURRICULUM INNOVATIONS
A course focusing on teacher-initiated curricular changes with emphasis on independent student techniques, the nature of creativity and methods of program design.
EDUC 538 | IDENTIFYING AND RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF DIVERSE LEARNERS
Examination of variability of ability and experience among students. Investigation and application of assessment tools and instructional design strategies that provide differentiated support for the success of all students.
EDUC 540 | INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURE OF LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTIC
Candidates will gain an awareness of the structure and nature of language and the process of linguistic analysis. Candidates will also become acquainted with phonological, morphological, syntactic and sociolinguistic concepts affecting pedagogical methods and language learning as it applies in and out of the classroom settings in college/university, adult education and language learning programs abroad.
EDUC 541 | SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT
Candidates will learn theories, research and apply concepts on language learning and practice to facilitate the development of a second language in a variety of educational settings. Individual, socio-cultural, political and pedagogical factors affecting the acquisition of language will be examined. Fifteen hours of field experience required.
EDUC 543C | METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES
This course is designed to provide candidates with the theory and practice of pedagogy in ESL, including assessment, curricular approaches, strategies and activities in different educational contexts. Candidates will have opportunities to develop effective lesson plans to address the need of students at different language proficiency levels for listening, speaking, reading and writing (including grammar) of adult ESL learners. Field Experience: 40 hours (of community service learning) tutoring one-on-one, teaching small groups and teaching whole groups in English as a second language literacy program.
EDUC 544 | TECHNOLOGY IN TESOL
This course is designed to expose candidates to pedagogical approaches to language learning and teaching using technology. Students will understand how to use different tools to enhance learning environments where students and teachers explore, create and communicate using technology to develop language proficiency in oral, reading and writing in ESL.
EDUC 545 | LANGUAGE POLITICS AND EDUCATION
This course is designed to help students analyze the complexity of language politics and policies from global, national and local perspectives as they relate to K-16 education. Educators must understand the links between language, power and social justice. In this course, students will examine and begin to consider the roles of schools and responsibilities of educators to create language education approaches and policies that are democratic in nature, specifically with respect to English learners in the United States.
EDUC 546 | TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
This course examines pedagogical, organizational and socio-cultural issues that teachers may encounter when teaching in countries other than the United States.
Candidates will identify alternative pedagogical and attitudinal strategies to effectively function in educational settings that vary in terms of organizational structures, type of programs, curriculum content, materials and resources available, space limitations, size of classes, type of students and educational needs of their pupils.
EDUC 547 | DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF TESOL PROGRAM
Candidates will learn theories, research and apply concepts for assessing the different components of programs for ESL learners in a variety of educational settings. Candidates will acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions for developing effective ESL curriculum and programs in college and adult education in North America and language learning programs abroad. The course also reviews the theory and application of assessment of ESL students for placement and instructional purposes.
EDUC 548 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ESL
This course addresses a variety of topics that are relevant to teaching English as a second or foreign language. The goal is to increase the candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions in an area that is currently regarded as important to prepare effective educators/leaders in the field.
EDUC 549P | PRACTICUM IN TESOL
In this field experience students have the opportunity to bring theory into practice and demonstrate they have acquired the knowledge, skills and dispositions to develop and implement effective instruction for ESL literacy development in real contexts that fit their interest. The seminar is designed to support the candidates’ field experience where methodology, cultural, linguistic, behavioral and organizational issues among other topics are addressed. Culminating Field Experience: 50 hours.
EDUC 550 | CAPSTONE SEMINAR
The capstone seminar is the final course in the on-line MEd program sequence. This course supports candidates as they engage in an action research project appropriate to their area of specialization and responsive to the needs of their
classroom. The AR project is a requirment to earn a degree in this program.
EDUC 551P | MCC EXTENDED PRACTICUM
Units: 1-2 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)
During extended practicum, members of the Masters Credential Cohort will spend a minimum of two periods/20 hours week observing in a classroom. In one of those periods the candidate will take increasing responsibility and will teach at least one unit independently.
EDUC 552P | MCC STUDENT TEACHING
Units: 1-6 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)
During the student teaching, members of the Masters Credential Cohort will spend a minimum of three periods working in a secondary classroom with the guidance of a cooperating teacher. During two of those periods, the candidate will be expected to begin the semester teaching the class and to gradually take responsibility for planning instruction.
EDUC 553 | CURRICULUM AND PROGRAMS IN CHARACTER EDUCATION
The purpose of this course is to enable candidates to examine the historical development of character education programs in the U.S., to investigate research findings about selected programs, to examine character education programs in state and local school districts, to assess commercial curricula and programs and to examine best practices using a specific set of standards. Another purpose is to assist candidates in planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating character education curricula and programs in a school and community.
EDUC 554 | CHARACTER BASED CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
This course will enhance candidates’ knowledge and skills in fostering the social-emotional growth of students. It will examine effective school and classroom disciplinary policies and practices based on the school’s core values and investigate ways to promote civility and citizenship (community service learning) in schools and in homes. It will also introduce candidates to several effective characterbased discipline plans such as the “Raising Responsibility Plan,” “Win-Win Discipline,” “Second Chance,” and “Discipline With Dignity.”.
EDUC 555 | LEADING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Candidates will better understand the critical role they play in creating a climate of continuous, systemic improvement in schools through the establishment of professional learning communities and the concurrent development of teacher leadership. Candidates will develop the capacity to communicate and lead others in continuous improvement and monitoring of school improvement efforts based on student and school data including developing strategies for designing data collection, organizing data analysis, and developing instructional improvements strategies based on data trends.
EDUC 556 | INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES IN CHARACTER EDUCATION
This course examines several instructional strategies that have been found effective for teaching character development. Among the strategies to be studied are those that relate to literature-based programs, the importance of language, cooperative learning, teaching for thinking, conflict resolution and parental involvement. The course also offers candidates the opportunity to examine the research on each of these strategies and to evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies for meeting their school and program expectations.
EDUC 557 | ACTION RESEARCH FOR MCC CANDIDATES I
EDUC 557 and 558 are a sequence of two courses focused on action research in the secondary classroom setting. EDUC 557 focuses on the nature of action research and action research methodology. Candidates will identify classroom-focused research questions, design appropriate 151 research projects and initiate those projects in their student teaching classrooms. EDUC 558 will treat data analysis and reporting. It will support candidates as they work to analyze data collected in their classrooms and prepare to present their research as a capstone project.
EDUC 558 | ACTION RESEARCH FOR MCC CANDIDATES II
Prerequisites: EDUC 557
EDUC 557 and 558 are a sequence of two courses focused on action research in the secondary classroom setting. EDUC 557 focuses on the nature of action research and action research methodology. Candidates will identify classroom-focused research questions, design appropriate research projects and initiate those projects in their student teaching classrooms. EDUC 558 will treat data analysis and reporting. It will support candidates as they work to analyze data collected in their classrooms and prepare to present their research as a capstone project.
EDUC 559 | TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY IN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
and empirical level. Specifically, the course will examine the process and environments in which technology can promote learning. The following questions will be explored throughout the course.
1. How does learning occur?
2. In what environment can technology promote learning?
3. What is the process by which technology enhances learning?
Theoretical frameworks for the course include both sociocultural theory and critical pedagogy. Above all, this class is about making connections between theory, empirical research, and educational practice with regard to the use (benefits and drawbacks) of different technologies.
EDUC 560 | ORIENTATION
This course develops candidates’ technology skills and knowledge relevant to school leadership. Candidates will learn to communicate effectively using technology and to use technology to support their professional practice as leaders of teaching and learning.
EDUC 561 | CRITICAL MEDIA LITERACY IN THE CLASSROOM
An examination of important new media literacy skills and their application in the K-12 classroom. Candidates will actively consider, analyze, construct and synthesize digital content while considering issues of identity, ethics and privacy.
EDUC 562 | TEACHING DIGITAL READERS
Exploration of digital texts, online comprehension skills, multimodal annotation and other new literacy practices required in digital reading environments. Candidates will investigate their own pedagogy, integrating new literacies pedagogies into their practices and closely studying the impact on student learning.
EDUC 563 | YOUTH AND DIGITAL MEDIA
Consideration of the ways in which young people leverage digital media for composing, accessing information, finding new audiences and creating communities or practice and purpose. Examination of implications of youth practices with digital media on content instruction, schooling and learning in and out of school.
EDUC 564 | CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
In an increasingly interconnected global society, learning to think differently about ourselves in a border context, making crossings and connections, reflecting on our own position and power and articulating a vision of social justice have become necessary civic skills. This course is intended to provide students with the skills to become educational border crossers who move beyond stereotyping and the tourist’s gaze to deeply engage with culturally diverse populations.
EDUC 565 | TEACHING DIGITAL WRITERS
Investigation of theories about how and why we write and how we teach writing in 21st century classrooms. Exploration of how these theories inform pedagogy, professional learning and research.
EDUC 566 | PARTICIPATORY LEARNING IN 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOMS
Theoretical and practical foundation to consider what it means to teach and learn within participatory networks and affinity groups. Topics explored include motivation, assessment, collaboration and creativity.
EDUC 567S | MCC EXTENDED PRACTICUM SEMINAR
Students in the Masters Credential Cohort share, discuss and evaluate their current practice in creating positive classroom environments. Through readings, observations, reflections and sharing personal experiences, students will address current educational issues affecting school children with an emphasis on diverse populations.
EDUC 568 | CHARACTER AND ATHLETICS
This course examines the interplay between character and athletics. Students will investigate and critique programs that are designed to enhance the character of athletes. Students will examine specific programs in the sports industry that claim that their programs contribute to one’s character development. Students will interact with USD athletic department leaders, and discuss/debate current issues that promote or negate character development.
EDUC 575P | INCLUSIVE CURRICULA FOR LEARNERS 5-22
This course is designed to provide candidates with subjectspecific pedagogical knowledge and skills in the following areas: mathematics, science, history-social science, the visual and performing arts and physical education. In each major subject area candidates learn to use appropriate research-based instructional strategies and materials to plan and implement instruction that fosters student achievement of state-adopted academic content standards and to interrelate ideas and information within and across the major subject areas. Emphasis is placed on insuring that all students meet the California state content area standards and federal No Child Left Behind mandates. Field Experience: 30 hours structured practicum required in an elementary setting. Single-subject candidates may substitute the appropriate course substitution for EDUC 375P/575P if it meets required competencies covered in this course. A course substitution form must be on file for a substitution.
EDUC 578 | LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY
This course will explore the relationship between learning and technology at both a theoretical and empirical level. Specifically, the course will examine the process and environments in which technology can promote learning. The following questions will be explored throughout the course.
1. How does learning occur?
2. In what environment can technology promote learning?
3. What is the process by which technology enhances learning?
The theoretical framework for the course includes sociocultural theory. Above all, this class is about making connections between theory, empirical research, and educational practice with regard to the use (benefits and drawbacks) of different technologies.
EDUC 579 | EXPERIMENTAL TOPICS
Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)
This course number is used by SOLES for experimental topics courses. The title and content of each 579 course will vary by topic and program/department. If more than one 579 course is offered during a single semester, section numbers will allow for identification of the course.
EDUC 579I | EXPERIMENTAL TOPICS: INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)
This course number is used by SOLES for international experience experimental topics courses. The title and content of each 579I course will vary by topic and program/department. If more than one 579I course is offered during a single semester, section numbers will allow for identification of the course.
EDUC 580 | MASTER'S CAPSTONE SEMINAR
Prerequisites: EDUC 500
Candidates will design and implement an original research project and present findings in both a written format and an oral presentation.
EDUC 581C | MULTICULTURAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY
This course examines philosophical, sociological, and historical foundations of multicultural education. Issues related to the education of diverse learners in a global society will be explored. The research on multicultural and multiethnic education will be evaluated in light of current school reform movements. Community service-learning is required.
EDUC 582 | PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY
The psycho-physical development of children through adolescence is studied, with emphasis on the developmental aspects of the psychology of learning. Includes observations of children and adolescents in school settings.
EDUC 583P | METHODS OF TEACHING READING & LANGUAGE ARTS IN ELEMENTARY
This course assists in the development of a personal theory of the reading process and a repertoire of strategies consistent with that theory. Students explore relationships among reading, writing and the language arts. The course stresses the use of children’s literature including an international children’s literature and global perspective to promote reading and ways to create environments that support literacy development throughout the world. This course prepares students for the RICA exam.
EDUC 584C | METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT IN CROSSCULTURAL CONTEXTS
This course aims to provide candidates with socio-cultural knowledge, pedagogical skills and dispositions to support English Language Learners (ELL's) from diverse cultures and languages. This course examines the theoretical perspectives of second language (L2) acquisition and effective/ineffective practices and programs for the development of oral, reading, writing and academic language proficiency of learners in the cross-cultural classroom. Candidates implement literacy assessments, use strategies and develop lesson plans for English language development as a second language and for Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English. Course content includes acquiring awareness about the education of minority students globally. The course includes 20 hours of community service learning.
EDUC 585P | ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM METHODS FOR GLOBAL CLASSROOMS
This course is designed to provide candidates with subject-specific pedagogical knowledge and skills in the following areas: mathematics, science, history-social science, the visual and performing arts, and physical education. In each major subject area candidates learn to use appropriate instructional strategies and materials, plan and implement instruction that fosters student achievement of state-adopted academic content standards, and interrelate ideas and information within and across the major subject areas. Candidates learn to assist students to develop as globally competent citizens who possess knowledge of other world regions, cultures, and global issues. 50-hour practicum.
EDUC 586 | TEACHING STUDENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
Exploration of our evolving understanding of autism in the research literature, educational practice and popular imagination. Examination and application of instructional strategies for supporting autistic students in communication, organization and social interaction.
EDUC 587 | CO-TEACHING: COLLABORATING IN AN INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT
Examination of research, policy and practice of co-teaching and collaboration models that support general education and special education students in inclusive classrooms.
EDUC 588 | DISABILITY IN EDUCATION POLICY AND LAW
Investigation of the historical, philosophical, legal, political and sociological constructions of disability in education. Analysis of application of current law to classroom and school policies and practices.
EDUC 590P | STUDENT TEACHING FOR MULTIPLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL PRACTICUM
Supervised student teaching assignments are in selected classrooms of participating school districts throughout San Diego County. Students work full time for 16 weeks, with their level of responsibility increasing as the semester progresses. Students
must register for EDUC 590S–Student Teaching Seminar for Multiple Subject Credential concurrent with this course.
EDUC 590S | STUDENT TEACHING FOR MULTIPLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL SEMINAR
Students are required to take this seminar concurrent with EDUC 590P– Student Teaching for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Seminar meetings are mandatory and include reviews of instructional strategies and pedagogical competencies designed to support students with their student teaching experience. Specific time and date are announced each semester by the director of field experience.
EDUC 591P | STUDENT TEACHING FOR SINGLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL PRACTICUM
Supervised student teaching assignments are in selected classrooms of participating school districts throughout San Diego County. Students work full time for 20 weeks, with their level of responsibility increasing as the semester progresses. Candidates for student teaching must file a Student Teaching Application, with evidence of fingerprint clearance, passing CBEST score and passing CSET scores (if applicable) by October for a spring semester student teaching placement and by March for a fall semester student teaching placement (contact the Director of Field Experiences for the exact date each semester). In order to be admitted into student teaching, all other credential program requirements must be completed by the end of the prior semester. Go to www.sandiego.edu/academics/soles/currstudents/policies.php for the complete list of
requirements. Students must register for EDUC 591S–Student Teaching Seminar for Single Subject Credential concurrent with this course.
EDUC 591S | STUDENT TEACHING FOR SINGLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL SEMINAR
Students are required to take this 3-unit seminar concurrent with EDUC 591P–Student Teaching for the Single Subject Teaching Credential. Seminar meetings are mandatory and include reviews of instructional strategies and pedagogical competencies designed to support students with their student teaching experience. Specific time and date are announced each semester by the director of field
EDUC 595 | THESIS
Students completing a master’s thesis must enroll in a minimum of 3 total thesis units under the course number EDUC 595. Similar to an independent study course, the purpose of EDUC 595 is to allow students the opportunity to work closely with their thesis chair towards the completion of their thesis. Students can take a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 thesis units per semester. Grading for thesis units, as well as assignments and deadlines are to be set by the thesis chair and student.
EDUC 599 | INDEPENDENT STUDY
Independent study designed for individual student needs. Students must complete the Application for Independent Study or Research form and obtain the signatures of the faculty supervisor, Department Chair and the Associate Dean prior to registering for the course.