M.Ed. Coursework

The M.Ed. program emphasizes research in its 30 semester hours of coursework. LaGrange students have the opportunity to conduct applied or theoretical research that centers on local and national research issues. The capstone requirement of the program is a graduate field project or a graduate thesis.

EDUC 6015 Educational Assessment and Decision-Making in the content areas
(3)
To enable teachers to become competent instructional leaders through the analysis and use of data about their classrooms and schools, this course expands teachers' knowledge and skills in assessment techniques for all students.  By conducting and using research and through varied assignments, teachers will be prepared to improve instruction using varied assessment techniques and data-driven decision making.

EDUC 6035 Social Foundations
(3)
This course engages the candidate in a comprehensive investigation of the social forces that affect schools and communities.  In combination with research found in the field of education, social foundations relies on an interdisciplinary approach where knowledge from history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and political science are studied to develop interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives on education. 

EDUC 6050 Historical Perspectives in Education
(3)
From local histories and the beginnings of the American school to contemporary events, Historical Perspectives of Education is a multi-perspective journey through our collective pasts.  This course illuminates our present by using a historical lens to explain why educational practices are as they are today. 

EDUC 6065 Reading in the Content Areas
(3)
This course addresses why literacy matters, evidence-based best practices, RTI, new literacies, culturally responsive teaching in diverse classrooms, instruction for content literacy, writing across the curriculum, and learning with trade books.

EDUC 6066 Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
(3)
Explores issues in curriculum and instruction from an educational literature perspective.  Candidates will investigate curriculum theory, development, implementation, and evaluation as well as local and national standards.  Candidates will utilize texts and professional journals to become knowledgeable practitioners with regard to curriculum and instruction.

EDUC 6080 Education of Culturally Diverse Students in the content areas
(3)
By increasing an understanding of the students they teach, teachers will enhance their skills in developing engaging and culturally sensitive curriculum for diverse students through the use of a repertoire of instructional strategies that are appropriate for diverse learners to become contributing members of learning communities.  

EDUC 6090 Research and Thesis Preparation
(3)
This course focuses upon theory, methods, and basics of educational research. Students explore the inquiry process, fundamental statistics, and consider issues of reliability and validity. Use of Galileo, references and resources, statement of a problem, expression of hypotheses, research design, organizing the review of literature, gathering data, basic statistical analysis of data, reporting and discussing findings, and drawing conclusions are components of the course. Candidates will consider research opportunities for their Graduate Project or thesis.

EDUC 6100 Theories of Constructivist Learning
(3)
This course is based on developmental, social and cultural theories for cognitive, emotional and moral growth. From a multicultural perspective, the course will focus on the ways in which individual development is shaped both by biological and environmental forces within specific social contexts.


EDUC 6200 Internship in the Content Areas
(3)
Designed to meet individual needs of graduate students who are preparing their thesis or graduate field project. This course is generally taken during the Interim term.


EDUC 6300 Graduate Thesis Seminar
(3)
Working under the guidance of the candidate's chair, this course is taken during the semester in which the candidate plans to defend her or his thesis or graduate project.