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MSE-Master of Arts Teaching

MSE641 - Orientation to 7-12 Education

A course for prospective teachers designed to begin their professional development. Different instructional activities will allow the student to become proficient in the theories of modern secondary education instructional development, basic history and philosophy of secondary education, and pedagogy in general. (3 crs.)

MSE642 - Standards-Based Instruction in 7-12 Education

The Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System (SAS) is a collaborative product of research and good practice that identifies six distinct elements which, if utilized together, will provide schools and districts a common framework for continuous school and district enhancement and improvement. There are many intangible components; however, research supports the notion that great schools and school systems tend to have six common elements that ensure student achievement: Clear Standards, Fair Assessments, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials and Resources, and Interventions. (3 crs.)

MSE643 - Content Area Literacy in 7-12 Education

The purpose of this course is to help the prospective teachers of the secondary education academic subject areas develop an understanding and appreciation of the necessary reading skills needed by their students. Methods of establishing awareness of general reading needs as well as the special skills unique to their subject area will be stressed. Prerequistes: MSE 641 and MSE 642. (3 crs.) Spring

MSE644 - Instructional Stategies in 7-12 Education

This course is for prospective teachers designed to begin their professional development. Different instructional activities will allow the student to become proficient in the theories of modern secondary education instructional development, basic history and philosophy of secondary education, and of pedagogy in general. Students will participate in observation at selected field sites, grades 7-12. Students will begin development of their professional portfolio. Prerequisites: MSE 641 and MSE 642. (3 crs.) Spring

MSE645 - Technology in 7-12 Education

The purpose of this couse is to help the teacher candidates learn how to effectively analyze, select, and integrate current educational technologies into the design, implementation and assessment of learning experiences to engage a diverse student population. Prerequisite: MSE 644. (3 crs.) Summer

MSE646 - Assessments and Inverventions Education

Part of this course is designed to provide insight into the design, implementation, and analysis of assessment instruments used in 7-12 education. The second part of this course is to allow the secondary education candidate to become aware of, and to gain experience in, the contemporary interventions that teachers use to prevent, minimize, or eliminate negative behaviors in the classroom. Prerequisite: MSE 644. (3crs.)

MSE647 - Classroom Management in 7-12 Education

This course will allow the Master of Arts Teaching, Track I major to explore different methods of classroom management, from the physical set-up of the classroom, classroom rules and procedures for secondary education to dealing with problem students in the classroom. Prerequisite: SEC 710. (3 crs.) Spring

MSE651 - Methods of English

This course is designed to provide insight into the teaching of general English, writing, literature, public speaking, communication, media and theater in grades 7-12. Students become aware of and use the resources and methods of instruction for teaching English at the secondary level. Open to secondary English education majors only. Prerequisite: MSE 644. (3 crs.)

MSE652 - Methods of Mathematics

This course is designed to provide insight into the teaching of general mathematics, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics in grades 7-12. Students become aware of and use the resources and methods of instruction for teaching mathematics at the secondary level. Open to secondary mathematics education majors only. Prerequisite: MSE 644. (3 crs.) Summer

MSE653 - Methods of Science

This course is designed to provide insight into the teaching of biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics in grades 7-12. Students become aware of and use the resources and methods of instruction for teaching science at the secondary level. Open to secondary biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics education majors only. Prerequisite: MSE 644. (3 crs.) Summer

MSE654 - Methods of Social Studies Teaching 7-12

This course is designed to provide insight into the teaching of general social studies, history, political science, geography, economics, anthropology, psychology, and world cultures in grades 7-12. Students become aware of and use the resources and methods of instruction for teaching social studies at the secondary level. Pre-requisite: MSE 644. (3crs.)

MSE655 - Methods of Art in Teaching K-12

This course is designed to provide insight into the teaching of general art, art history, ceramics, crafts, drawing, painting, and printmaking in grades 7-12. Students become aware of and use the resources and methods of instruction for teaching art at the secondary level. Open to secondary art education majors only. Prerequisite: MSE 644. (3 crs.) Summer

MSE656 - Methods of Foreign Language Teaching

This course is designed to provide insight into the teaching of foreign language in grades 7-12. Students become aware of and use the resources and methods of instruction for teaching languages and cultures at the secondary level. Open to secondary foreign language majors only only. Prerequisite: MSE 644. (3 crs.) Summer

MSE660 - Professional Practices in Secondary Education

The development and refinement of contemporary pedagogical skills constitute the primary learning purpose for student teachers. Specific teacher-learning skills that are developed are lesson planning, delivery methods, organizational procedures, class control, and educational measurement and evaluation. An integral component of the student teaching experience is a bi-weekly class. The class serves as a means of coordinating activities and exchanging ideas and experiences of the student teachers. (3 crs.)

MSE720 - Advanced Standards-Aligned Instruction 7-12

This course focuses on planning instructional units and lessons that are aligned with state standards. Using the Standards Aligned System (SAS), teachers will develop a thorough understanding of curriculum planning and the importance of diagnostic and formative assessment. All aspects of the SAS- Clear Standards, Fair Assessments, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials and Resources, and Interventions-will be utilized to provide a common framework for the design of instruction and assessment. Cohort Sequence. (3 crs.) Spring

MSE740 - Advanced Instructional Technology

This course provides the learner with concepts and skills that build a foundation for applying computers, software and Web-based activities in educational settings. The course focuses on computers and the World Wide Web as an object of instruction, a productivity tool and an adjunct to instruction in the classroom. (3 crs.) Fall

MSE745 - Advanced Classroom Management

This course will explore the research that demonstrates the different methods of classroom management, from the physical set-up of the classroom, classroom rules and procedures for secondary education to dealing with problem students in the classroom. (3 crs.) Summer

MSE750 - Online Technologies in Education

This course provides the learner with concepts and skills that build a foundation for applying computers, software and web-based activities in educational settings. The course focuses on computers and the World Wide Web as an object of instruction, a productivity tool and an adjunct to instruction in the classroom. Prerequisite: MSE 740. (3 crs.) Spring

MSE755 - Constructivist Instructional Strategies

This course emphasizes strategies that engage students in active inquiry, collaboration with peers, and acquiring and using tools of learning in an experiential learning environment. The approach of the course is experiential, inquiry-oriented and reflective. (3 crs.) Fall

MSE760 - Reflective Practitioner

This course provides guidelines for the successful teacher to continually engage in the cycle of review and adjustment for the purpose of professional growth and improvement of instruction. (3 crs.) Spring

MSE765 - Curriculum Design

This course in curriculum design provides the learner with the fundamental concepts and skills that will help teachers develop a thorough understanding of curriculum development. This course is designed for teachers to help bridge theory and practice in curriculum development. The focus will be on presenting the concepts and skills of curriculum development and showing how to apply them to actual curriculum planning. (3 crs.) Summer

MSE766 - Instructional Design and Assessment

This course in instructional design and assessment provides the learner with the fundamental concepts and skills that will help teachers develop a thorough understanding of curriculum development. This course is designed for teachers to help bridge theory and practice in instructional development. The focus will be to present the concepts and skills of curriculum development and assessment and show how to apply them to actual curriculum planning. Pre-requisite: MSE 740 and MSE 745. (3 crs) Summer

MSE771 - Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms in 7-12

This course focuses on instructional strategies for the inclusive classroom. Teachers will develop a thorough understanding of differentiation and instructional techniques used to maximize learning for all students. It will address research-proven strategies to help special learners and to manage the inclusive classroom. Teachers will use assessment to identify students’ needs, plan differentiated instruction, and assess student achievement. (3 crs.)

MSE780 - Assessment of Learning

This course in assessment of student learning provides the learner with the fundamental concepts and skills that will help teachers develop a thorough understanding of various forms of assessment, designing effective assessments to measure student learning, analyzing student work to improve learning and instruction, and applying the results of assessment. (3 crs.) Spring

MSE790 - Thesis in Secondary Education

The thesis will usually be empirical in nature and involve the manipulation of independent variables, use of statistical methods or experimental design. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association will be required for this thesis. The thesis requires at least three members. Prerequisite: MSE 725. (3 crs.) Spring