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.
Educational Assessment and Decision-Making in the Content Areas
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
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.
Historical Perspectives in Education
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.
Reading in the Content Areas
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.
Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
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.
Education of Culturally Diverse Students in the content areas
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.
Research and Thesis Preparation
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.
Theories of Constructivist Learning
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.
Internship in the Content Areas
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
Graduate Thesis Seminar
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