Education Courses Spring 2007

Experienced Educators Program Course Descriptions
Waldorf Program – Maine Site
Integrated Learning & Waldorf Course Descriptions


Experienced Educators Program


EDP 599
Action Research & Educational Change

Competency Area: Education & Social Policy
Restricted to Experienced Educator students; others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.

This course will introduce students to the theory and strategies behind action research and will enable them to begin work on selecting an appropriate topic for their Master’s Projects and to develop a proposal for their project. Strategies for framing a question, collecting data and determining samples will be part of the discussion. Methods of quantitative and qualitative research will be discussed and the relationship of purpose to method examined. Emphasis will be on the living changing nature of qualitative research during the process of developing the Master’s Project Proposal.

Section D: Kingston NH Cluster 2006: Peter Eppig
Section E: Springfield VT Cluster 2006: Jane Miller
Time: Fridays, January 19, February 16 and March 9, 4:30 – 8:30 pm and
Saturdays, January 20, February 17 and March 10, 9:00 – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 18 per section
Credits: 2


EDP 600
Contemporary Social & Political Issues in Education

Competency Area: Education & Social Policy
Restricted to Experienced Educator students; others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.

This course will look at the context for schooling in America in the twenty-first and latter half of the twentieth centuries. We will look at the relationship between what is happening in society and public education; we will also look at the forces both within and outside the school that direct and constrain the process of education. We will pay particular attention to the role of the teacher in the patterns of teaching, learning, determining curricula and governance that characterize schools.

Section D: Kingston NH Cluster 2006: Judy Coven
Section E: Springfield VT Cluster 2006: Peter Eppig
Time: Fridays, March 30, April 20 and May 11,
4:30 – 8:30 pm and
Saturdays, March 31, April 21 and May 12,
9:00 – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 18 per section
Credits: 2


EDC 520
Curriculum Theory and Application

Competency Area: Curriculum and Instruction
Restricted to Experienced Educators School Choice Cluster 2006. Others by written permission of the Program Director attached to or on registration form.

This course will include an exploration of curriculum theory and practice from the classroom to the district and state levels. We will examine historical and modern conceptions of curriculum theory, curriculum design, and curriculum implementation. Given all we know about the world inside and outside the school, we will both individually and as a group: 1) articulate what is quality curriculum, 2) determine how to design curriculum to achieve desired results, 3) produce exemplars of curriculum that make these ideas concrete and practical. During class sessions we will engage in large group discussion, small group work, individual reflection, and curriculum design.

Section C: School Choice Cluster 2006: Tom Julius
Time: Fridays, January 19, February 16, March 9 & 30,
4:30 – 8:30 and
Saturdays, January 20, February 17, March 10 & 31, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 18
Credits: 3


EDP 650
Data Driven Decision Making

Competency Area: Educational Research
Restricted to Experienced Educator students who entered Fall 2005.

The goal of this course is for students to use data they have collected and analyzed to develop a plan for change in their school. This course will be taught during the same semester as the School Change course and the two courses will build on one another to further work toward completing the Master’s Project Portfolio. Using previously collected and analyzed data, students develop a strategic action plan for using the data to inform and influence their own school’s decision-making processes. In this course students maintain a data-drive decision-making journal; and work closely with their advisors. Students also engage in small and large group discussion in the context of the cluster weekend. As a part of this course students will participate in Symposium Day, an opportunity for finishing students to share their works in progress with other graduate students.

Section A: Pembroke NH Cluster 2005: Staff
Section B: Springfield VT Cluster 2005: Staff
Maximum: 18 per section
Credits: 1


ED 699C
Master’s Project Continuation

Students who have completed coursework must register for a Master’s Project continuation every semester until the project has been completed and signed off by the Master’s Project reader. Enrollment in Master’s Project continuation confers half-time status for Financial Aid and loan deferment purposes through May 11, 2007.

Section A: Education Faculty
Credits: uncredited


ED 693C
Practicum
Practicum Seminar

The purpose of the Practicum is to assist students in integrating theoretical knowledge gained through reading and seminars with their experience as teachers. During this Practicum semester students will be completing their Practicum portfolios. The emphasis in the Practicum is upon self-evaluation, reflection, and articulation of experience. Students may call on faculty consultants for particular assistance with classroom practices. A reflective journal is required of all students, and at least one visit to another classroom; an annotated bibliography and a sustained observation of a student are also required. One hour of the monthly core course meetings will be devoted to practicum-related issues, such as discussion of classroom practice, reflective journal writing, and theoretical applications to teaching.

Section D: Kingston NH Cluster 2006: Staff
Section E: Springfield VT Cluster 2006: Staff
Time: TBA
Credits: 2


ED 693E
Practicum
Practicum Seminar –
Leadership for Change

Restricted to Experienced Educators School Choice Cluster 2006.

This practicum is designed explore students’ roles as leaders in their schools, school districts and in relation to implementing their change project. We will identify qualities of effective leadership and strategies for building leadership capacity in oneself and others. Students will engage in taking leadership roles, reflect and write about their developing leadership skills, interview leaders they admire, and become knowledgeable about current leadership theory. Practicum work for this semester will culminate in a plan for building leadership capacity to implement a change project in the student’s school.

Section C: School Choice Cluster 2006: Staff
Time: TBA
Credits: 3
Changed 11/30/06 to: Credits: 2


ED 693F
Practicum