The Department of Education offers select undergraduate coursework, including a minor in Education, that allows students to explore teaching as a profession and fulfills the prerequisites for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, which leads to Texas teacher certification. In addition, the department offers two other masters-level programs, which include the Master of Education in School Leadership and the Master of Arts in School Psychology.

Course Offerings: Education (EDUC)
Course Offerings: School Leadership (ELED)
Course Offerings: School Psychology (EPSY)

Master of Arts in School Psychology (EPSY)

EPSY-5181 Human Development and Learning Lab
Description
Practice in the application of human development and learning theories. The lab project addresses a selected case study's theoretical development stage and the construction of an intervention from learning theories. Monitoring, graphing, and development conclusions will be conducted throughout the semester. Must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 5381.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5183 Cognitive Academic Assessment Lab
Description
Practice in the administration and scoring of mental abilities tests. Course must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 5382.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5184 Behavior Management Intervention Lab
Description
Supervised Lab on writing Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and Behavior Management Plans for students with learning and emotional problems. The plans are developed based on actual cases that the student will observe and test. This lab must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 5384.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5187 Emotional/Personality Assessment Lab
Description
This class consists of various exercises and activities designed to provide students with opportunities to practice scoring, formulate interpretive hypothesis , synthesize and integrate data from a variety of assessment measures, and prepare written reports. Must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 5386.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5378 Ethics, Standards and Procedures in School Psychology
Description
This course is the introductory course to the School Psychology Program. Students will acquire knowledge of school psychology professional roles, ethics, standards, laws, rules and regulations, and historical foundations of the profession. Students will engage in projects, class discussions, research and presentations to learn and apply foundational knowledge for the practice of school psychology. (Offered every Fall.)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5379 Psychological Assessment: Cognitive and Academic II
Description
The second course in the series of addressing the assessment of student cognitive and academic functioning. Focus is on the analysis of data and conveying results in a meaningful report with relevant recommendations for the intended audience. Prerequisite: EDUC 5382 Psychological Assessment: Cognitive and Academic I
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5380 Biosocial Basis of Behavior and Emotion
Description
A critical study of disorders of thought, behavior, and emotions throughout the lifespan. The impact of both social and biological factors on abnormal development are examined. The taxonomies to classify emotional and behavioral disorders are presented.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5381 Human Development and Learning
Description
A consideration of the major contribution of scientific research to an understanding of human development and learning. Emphasis on the biological, social, cultural, and psychological factors determining individual differences in children and adolescents. The major learning theories are studied in relation to their implications for teaching, and counseling and assessment.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5382 Psychological Assessment: Cognitive and Academic I
Description
The first in the two-course sequence in the assessment of cognitive and academic functioning. This course begins with a study of the theory of intelligence and achievement testing. Practice in administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing using a variety of norm-referenced individual tests. Presentation of assessment strategies to assure reliable and valid appraisal of students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5384 Behavior Management and Special Education
Description
Study of behavior management systems that are based on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and developmental theoretical orientations. Specific intervention strategies are presented to reduce the behavioral and learning problems that interfere with achievement and psychosocial functioning.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5385 Research Methods I - Advanced Statistics
Description
This course, the first in the graduate research methods sequence, covers major statistical procedures and their associated knowledge paradigms, including: 1) descriptive and correlational statistics; 2) inferential statistics; 3) nonparametric statistics; and 4) univariate and multivariate procedures.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5386 Psychological Assessment: Emotions and Personality
Description
A study of test and interview-based assessment methods to assess psychosocial development. Focus on how diagnostic formulation is used to prepare comprehensive intervention plans. Intensive training in administration, scoring, and interpretation of projective personality tests. Must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 5187.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5388 Neuropsychological Assessment and Remediation
Description
A study of brain-behavior relationships and neuropsychological-based learning disorders most commonly seen in youth. Administration, scoring, and interpretation of neuropsychological tests with emphasis on how to modify instruction to teach and counsel individuals with learning disabilities.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-5389 Counseling Theory and Methods
Description
Theories of counseling and psychotherapy are presented. Counseling methods and approaches are studied and demonstrated according to the major theoretical paradigms in Psychology. Multicultural issues are discussed in implementing counseling services in schools.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6183 Interventions Lab
Description
Practice in group and family interventions. Must be taken in conjunction with EPSY 5389.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6185 Developmental Assessment Lab
Description
Practical experience in administering, scoring, and interpreting various instruments designed for the evaluation of cognitive, adaptive, social/ emotional, language, and motor skills of young children will be provided. Preparation of informative written reports that include appropriate recommendations for early childhood interventions will be emphasized. This lab must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 6385.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6378 Interventions and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Description
The course covers a range of prevention and intervention strategies for children and adolescents to address academic and behavioral concerns in their developmental contexts such as family, peer, school and community. Students will learn to critically evaluate evidence based practices and techniques for assessing the effectiveness of interventions. In addition, students will review the basic academic instruction strategies for reading, math and writing and social emotional learning. Students will explore the role of the school psychologist in a multi-tiered system of support including assessment, consultation and direct intervention. (Offered every Fall.)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6380 Consultation Theory and Methods
Description
The types of school and mental health consultation are presented. The role of the consultant at all phases of the consultation process is studied. Specific techniques for case, program, and consultee-centered consultation are discussed and simulated.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6381 Research Methods II: Design and Application
Description
The second course in the sequence focuses on issues related to research methods for applied settings and the practice of making empirically-supported decisions related to underlying psychological and educational research. Topics addressed include: 1) the philosophy of science underlying research; 2) ethical issues in research, 3) challenges to internal and external validity; 4) research designs for applied settings; and 5) appropriate operations on different types of measurement scales.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6382 Group and Family Interventions
Description
Current theories, methods, and applications of group and family interventions are studied. Recognition of the influence of small group dynamics and process on learning and communication are analyzed. Must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 6183.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6384 School Psychology Practice
Description
Overview of the legal, ethical, and professional issues in the practice of school psychology. Examination of the role of the school psychologist in culturally and socially diverse educational and community organizations. Exploration of the interrelationship of the school psychologist to the campus student services personnel.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6385 Developmental Assessment: Infants and Young Children
Description
Presentation of methods and theory in the developmental/psychoeducational assessment of infants and young children. Mastery of skills to administer and interpret psychological tests to identify cognitive, language, motor, adaptive, and socioemotional problems in the birth-5 age group (with an emphasis on children ages 3-5). Community/family/school collaboration and educational/behavioral interventions for young children will be discussed. Must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 6185.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6386 Supervised Practicum-School Psychology
Description
Required for certification and/or licensure. Consists of supervised experiences in appropriate institutions and/or agency settings. Credit may vary. Open to a limited number of qualified students in School Psychology. Practicum placement is in a multi-cultural setting.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6387 Educational Planning for the Exceptional Student
Description
Seminar and applied practice based upon state and federal education laws and their implementation in the school setting. Includes principles and methods to write psychoeducational evaluation reports, treatment plans, and individualized education plans (IEP). Lecture, case study, and field assignment.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6388 Legal and Ethical Issues
Description
Advanced Seminar and applied practice based upon state and federal regulations, compliance standards, and their implementation in the public school setting. Specific cases are utilized to study the legal and ethical requirements for professionals in education and specifically in school psychology. Collaboration with other professionals is emphasized.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6389 Psychological Assessment Ii: Emotions And Personality Advanced
Description
This course builds upon information and work in EDUC 5386 Psychological Assessment: Emotions and Personality and EDUC 5187 Emotional/Personality Laboratory. Graduate students participate in an advanced study and application of several instruments utilized to assess emotional functioning and personality characteristics in children and adolescents. Administration, scoring, and interpretation of these assessments are taught and applied in several cases. Recommendations for school and family settings are also included. (Offered every Fall.) Prerequisites: EDUC 5386 and 5187
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6390 Multicultural Issues in School Psychology
Description
The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop a multicultural awareness as they explore the impact of an increasingly diverse society in the United States. Particular emphasis will be placed on gaining self-awareness around issues of cultural diversity. The course is designed to help professionals in educational settings (as well as other settings) have a knowledge base for working more effectively with children and adults of varying cultural backgrounds. Students will become familiar with race and ethnicity concepts, cultural identity, and issues surrounding a variety of other psychosocial and psychoeducational variables.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-7380 School Psychology Internship: Part I
Description
Supervised internship in the practice of school psychology. Experience provides opportunities for counseling, assessment, and consultation in school systems and community agencies.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-7381 School Psychology Internship: Part II
Description
Supervised internship in the practice of school psychology. Experience provides opportunities for counseling, assessment, and consultation in school systems and community agencies.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate

Master of Arts in Teaching (EDUC)

EDUC-5038 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Grades I
Description
Beginning study of literacy and reading in Grades 6-12 with an emphasis on the development of reading and writing processes, as well as teaching reading in the content areas. May only be taken pass/fail. (Offered every Fall.)
Credits
0 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5145 Independent Study
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5199 Problems in Education
Description
A conference course in education. The student pursues independent research in the area in which he/she is concentrating. Credit can vary according to work prescribed. May be taken more than once provided content differs. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5245 Independent Study
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5263 Graduate Intern Seminar: EC-6
Description
This weekly seminar is designed to help interns prepare for and make sense of their classroom-based experiences. Interns engage in action research, develop an exit portfolio, examine student work through use of protocols, and discuss professional readings. To be taken concurrently with EDUC 5763 or EDUC 5464.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5273 Graduate Intern Seminar: Secondary
Description
This weekly seminar is designed to help interns prepare for and make sense of their classroom-based experiences. Interns engage in action research, develop an exit portfolio, examine student work through the use of protocols, and discuss professional readings. To be taken concurrently with EDUC 5773 or EDUC 5474.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5299 Problems in Education
Description
A conference course in education. The student pursues independent research in the area in which he/she is concentrating. Credit can vary according to work prescribed. May be taken more than once provided content differs. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5334 Curriculum Inquiry and Practice in Special Education
Description
A study of the historical and recent curriculum development trends; the impact of national curriculum studies and movements; and current issues in curriculum planning and assessment as they relate to creating and modifying curricula for students with academic deficiencies.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5335 Teaching Inquiry and Practice in Special Education
Description
Presentation of curriculum and instructional approaches to teach special education and high-risk students. Study of methods, strategies, and materials to remotivate, reinforce, and instruct students with academic deficiencies in the least restrictive setting. Field placement required.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5336 Clinical Practice in Special Education
Description
Exploration of programming techniques appropriate for students with learning problems. Topics include interpretation of assessment as it relates to learning styles, individualization of instruction, classroom management, and interaction with teachers, administrators, and aides. On-site observation and participation. Fall semester.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5337 Advanced Clinical Practice-Special Education
Description
Demonstration of special education teaching methods and behavior management approaches in the classroom. Study of evaluation procedures to determine program and individual progress in special education and related services. Students will be assigned to a special education classroom for the student teaching experience.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5338 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Grades II
Description
Advanced study of literacy and reading in Grades 6-12 with an emphasis on the development of reading and writing processes, as well as teaching reading in the content area. EDUC 5038 is a prerequisite. Prerequisite: EDUC 5038
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5339 Teaching Diverse Learners
Description
This course examines programming and instructional strategies to facilitate effective instruction of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students with and without disabilities. Applied experience incorporated into the Master of Arts in Teaching's fifth-year internship.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5340 Advanced Seminar in Special Populations
Description
This course supplements M.A.T. interns' clinical practice for those pursuing supplemental certificates in special education and/or English as a second language (ESL). The course provides an opportunity for students to experience the continuum of placements in which special populations receive services.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5342 Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading
Description
Methods of diagnosing and remediation of reading disabilities in individual pupils. Remedial reading is considered from the viewpoint of prevention as well as correction.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5345 Independent Study
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5346 Music Pedagogics
Description
A field-based course dealing with music education in the elementary, middle and high schools.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5349 Advanced Music Pedagogics
Description
A field-based course dealing with the administration and supervision of programs in music education in the elementary, middle, and high schools. Prerequisite: EDUC 5346
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5350 Curriculum Inquiry and Practice
Description
A study of the historical and recent curriculum development trends; the impact of national curriculum studies; current issues in curriculum planning and assessment; competing theories of curriculum design; and in-depth study of the content taught in public schools focusing on Early Childhood - Grade 6, Grades 4-8, or Grades 8-12.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5351 Teaching Inquiry and Practice
Description
An analysis of the research on teaching and models of teaching, contingency theories of teaching, the role of the teacher as decision maker and the nature of reflective practice. Emphasis is given to how scientific knowledge and context-specific knowledge can be used to inform professional judgment and to create knowledge in use.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5352 School Leadership, Supervision and Evaluation
Description
A study of basic concepts, techniques and practices for understanding school leadership as it affects teacher professionalism and school improvement. Emphasis is given to the teacher's leadership role in collegial and clinical supervision, mentoring, staff development and evaluation. Concepts and practices are examined from political and nonrational perspectives of how schools as organizations work.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5353 Elementary Reading and Literacy
Description
An introduction to the essential components of reading instruction, including vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, phonics, and phonemic awareness. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively teach reading to diverse populations by exploring the meaning of reading, assessing students' reading progress, and identifying instructional strategies to help students grow as readers. (Offered every year.)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5360 Pedagogics: Early Childhood-Grade 6
Description
The study and application to teaching and learning of elementary school curriculum and methodology. Experiences in the university and the public schools are used to interpret, apply, and evaluate elementary school teaching and learning practices. Planning and teaching through various modalities and techniques is researched and developed to enhance individual teaching and learning styles.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5370 Pedagogics: Secondary
Description
The study and application to teaching and learning of middle grades and secondary school curriculum and methodology. Experiences in the university and the public schools are used to interpret, apply, and evaluate grade-specific teaching and learning practices. Planning and teaching through various modalities and techniques are researched and developed to enhance individual teaching and learning styles at either the middle grades or secondary level. (Offered every Fall).
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5387 Independent Study: Problems in Practice
Description
This course will help students to link theories of school leadership with actual administrative practice during their last semester of the two- year program, while they are immersed in their internship. In solving real and simulated problems, students will have the opportunity to practice and refine skills that they have begun to develop. Problems will be aligned to NCATE standards that require field experience so that students can document their solutions as evidence in their portfolios.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5399 Problems in Education
Description
A conference course in education. The student pursues independent research in the area in which he/she is concentrating. Credit can vary according to work prescribed. May be taken more than once provided content differs. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5464 Advanced Clinical Practice: Early Childhood - Grade 6
Description
An internship in elementary school sites where students assume full responsibility for teaching and classroom management in an independent, but supervised, experience for a full semester. To be taken concurrently with EDUC 5337.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5474 Advanced Clinical Practice: Secondary
Description
An internship in secondary school sites where students assume full responsibility for teaching and classroom management in an independent, but supervised, experience for a full semester. To be taken concurrently with EDUC 5337.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5636 Clinical Practice in Special Education
Description
Exploration of programming techniques appropriate for students with learning problems. Topics include interpretation of assessment as it relates to learning styles, individualization of instruction, classroom management, and interaction with teachers, administrators, and aides. Activities will include on-site observation and participation. Students will spend extended time in two different field placements.
Credits
6 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5645 Independent Study
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
6 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5647 Clinical Practice in Music
Description
A supervised internship in music education in the elementary, middle and high schools.
Credits
6 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5661 Clinical Practice: Early Childhood- Grade 6
Description
A supervised internship in elementary school sites where comprehensive experiences involving the school and community are provided. Students work with a team of professors, classroom teachers, and other school personnel to research, assess, and assimilate the teaching-learning process. These teams rotate through a variety of settings in the elementary schools. To be taken concurrently with EDUC 5360.
Credits
6 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5671 Clinical Practice: Secondary
Description
A supervised internship in secondary school sites where comprehensive practical experiences involving the school and community are provided. Students work with a team of professors, classroom teachers, and other school personnel to research, assess, and internalize the teaching-learning process. These teams rotate through a variety of settings in the secondary schools.
Credits
6 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5699 Problems in Education
Description
A conference course in education. The student pursues independent research in the area in which he/she is concentrating. Credit can vary according to work prescribed. May be taken more than once provided content differs. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
6 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5763 Advanced Clinical Practice: Early Childhood - Grade 6
Description
An internship in elementary school sites where students assume full responsibility for teaching and classroom management in an independent, but supervised experience for a full semester.
Credits
7 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5773 Advanced Clinical Practice: Secondary
Description
An internship in secondary school sites where students assume full responsibility for teaching and classroom management in an independent, but supervised, experience for a full semester.
Credits
7 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5948 Advanced Clinical Practice in Music
Description
An independent, but supervised, internship in music education in the elementary, middle, and high school. Prerequisite: EDUC 5647.
Credits
9 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5999 Problems in Education
Description
A conference course in education. The student pursues independent research in the area in which he/she is concentrating. Credit can vary according to work prescribed. May be taken more than once provided content differs. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
9 credits
Level
Graduate

Master of Education in School Leadership (ELED)

ELED-5390 Educational Leadership
Description
Administrative theory as a means for directing attention to process and relationships. Organization of American public education. Principles and concepts of educational administration and leadership as related to the major administrative tasks. Knowledge of organizational patterns and administrative process, particularly as needed for the development and operation of special and compensatory education. Communication with the public. Examines components of administration and boards of control. Planning as a prerequisite to the implementation of programs and changes.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-5391 School Management and Finance
Description
This course deals with the basic management functions required for the successful organization and operation of schools and school districts. An overview of administrative responsibility as it relates to school personnel, students, facilities, and the general public is provided.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-5392 Leadership in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Description
A study of administration of elementary and secondary schools with emphasis upon organizing techniques, program management, and student and parent involvement. Stress is upon skills needed by a principal for success at each level.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-5393 Research, Assessment, and Data-Driven Decision Making
Description
This course focuses on statistical and research methods underlying psychological and educational research and analysis, and its application to understanding and utilizing the wealth of data available in schools regarding students, student performance, and trends of achievement over time in order to improve student achievement as well as the overall performance of the school.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-5394 Clinical Practice - Internship
Description
This course focuses on the application of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a school leader in a diverse school-based setting. Structured learning activities, aligned to state and national standards, will comprise the applied portion of this course paired with reflective, analytical written entries of the experience which will be included in candidate's professional portfolio.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-5395 Instructnl & Curricular Ldrship
Description
An examination of modern curricular programs and instructional methodologies, analyzing philosophical backgrounds, purposes, and implications for implementation in schools. Studies include a major look at instructional needs, practices, new programs of instruction, how these programs operate at the elementary and secondary school levels, and how they are influenced by national and state entities.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-5396 Problems in Administration
Description
Students are required to do in-depth reading in a variety of areas, make field trips to observe model programs in school administration, and conduct field studies.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-5397 Curricular and Instructional Leadership In Grades Ec-6 In Grades EC-6
Description
This course will focus on the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for school-based leadership in an early childhood, elementary or K-8 academy setting. Leading at the EC-6 grade level will be the lens through which students will review the State standards and TEKS for EC-6, experience research-based instructional and assessment practices for the early years, understand the science of reading and language acquisition, examine brain research, developmental milestones and their impact on schooling, and research specific schooling models that support high quality early learning. (Offered every Spring.)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-6390 School Law and Policy Analysis
Description
This class focuses on the laws, rules, structures and processes that define education in Texas and how to change them through analysis and argumentation. Students will: 1) explain the constitutional, statutory and organizational framework of the Texas public educations system; 2) apply their understanding of school law in response to common demands made on school administrators by parents, students, school employees and other stakeholders; 3) analyze and develop arguments for changes in education policies and administrative structures, processes and programs; and 4) research school related court cases, statutes and administrative policies.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-6391 Advanced Problems in Administration
Description
Problem solving and inductive inquiry themed to live and persistent problems of administrative practice through case study and simulation.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-6392 Supervision and Evaluation of Teaching
Description
Emphasis is on supervision as a means to improve teaching by promoting reflection, action research, and enhanced staff development. Students review the research on teaching and examine philosophical and moral issues. Clinical supervision, portfolio development, and other evaluation techniques are developed and practiced.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-6393 Community Building and Civic Engagement
Description
It is no longer sufficient for school leaders to solely focus on the operations of their school. They must interact with and form partnerships with the varying constituencies that impact their schools across the community, region and nation. This course will focus on the examination of these constituencies and will analyze successful school programs across the nation and beyond that leverage community and civic partnerships to add value to the educational experience for students and the success of the school in general.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-6394 Systems Design & Implementation
Description
This course is designed to introduce a variety of school design and redesign structures and processes to equip prospective principles with a diverse set of tools to use in school transformation work. Topics will include: design thinking, principles of strategic planning, systems thinking and system dynamics, research related to school turnaround, and developing an entrepreneurial stance regarding school system design and redesign.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-6395 Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Description
This course is designed to engage school leadership candidates in an exploration of the current models of innovation that are most prevalent in the field of education. Topics may include: computer-mediated curriculum, blending learning, global education, "classrooms without walls", expeditionary learning, and other evolving educational models. Students will visit, in person or virtually, a variety of these models and analyze the strengths, challenges, and possible impact of the innovations in the maximizing of student learning.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
ELED-6693 Clinical Practice - Advanced Internship
Description
Field work in school administration under the direction and supervision of both a public school administrator and a university staff member.
Credits
6 credits
Level
Graduate

Education (EDUC)

EDUC-1105 Seminar on Current Issues in Education
Description
A study of the principal issues in public education that affect teaching and learning. Sessions include field trips to selected institutions in the San Antonio community.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Lower Division
EDUC-1106 Seminar on School and Community
Description
A study of selected schools and the communities they serve. Seminar includes field trips to school and community sites.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Lower Division
EDUC-1110 Service Learning in Education
Description
This course will allow undergraduates to design and execute a service learning project in partnership with an area school or community site. In consultation with a faculty advisor, participants will design a suitable project comprising significant volunteer service. Students will prepare a written proposal outlining the intended project, document their field experience, and summarize contributions in a reflective paper. May be take more than once provided project differs. Prerequisite: Departmental Chair approval required.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Lower Division
EDUC-1310 Seminar in Urban Education Policy and Practice
Description
This seminar focuses on critical issues involved in urban education in America. The course will introduce students to a broad framework for considering educational equity and accountability that includes schools, teachers, students, parents and community, government, and the broader society. The class will feature field experiences and dialogue introducing students to the primary policy debates in urban education including: the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, school desegregation and re-segregation, charter schools, assessment and evaluation, teacher quality, the dropout problem, and culturally responsive teaching. School Visits and field site research will be integral course activities. (Offered every Fall.)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities
EDUC-1331 Understanding Learners With Exceptionalities in School and Society
Description
An introduction to the causes, characteristics, strategies, trends, and issues in teaching students with exceptionalities. Identification, assessment, and instruction for learners with exceptionalities, including English Language Learners, are discussed. Students will engage in studies of human exceptionality and explore the legal and theoretical foundations for supporting diverse learners. Students will learn about planning and providing instruction that is differentiated, inclusive, and incorporates universal design principles, technology and instructional tools with appropriate accommodations, modifications, and interventions. This course includes a field placement working with students with exceptionalities in a range of educational and community settings. (Offered every semester).
Credits
3 credits
Level
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities, The Interdisciplinary Clusters
EDUC-2201 Practicum: Early Childhood Teaching Exploration
Description
An introduction to the development needs of young children in conjunction with a field placement in one or more early childhood classrooms. Study will include learning and teaching in early childhood classrooms. (Offered every Spring).
Credits
2 credits
Level
Lower Division
EDUC-2202 Practicum: Secondary Teaching Exploration
Description
This course provides an exploration in secondary teaching and a foundation for continued study in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. It focuses on adolescent learners and their development, as well as teacher and school best practices. The course provides experiences in secondary classrooms and schools. (Offered every Fall).
Credits
2 credits
Level
Lower Division
EDUC-2204 Practicum: Music EC-6
Description
An introduction to music in the preschool through the fourth grade in conjunction with a field placement in a pre-kindergarten or elementary music classroom.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities
EDUC-2205 Practicum: Music 5-12
Description
An introduction to music in the middle schools and high schools in conjunction with a field placement in a middle or high school band, orchestra, or choral music program.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities
EDUC-3301 Field Seminar in Elementary Literacy
Description
A study of literacy learning and instruction in the elementary school that integrates theory (seminars) and practice (field experiences). (Offered every Fall). Prerequisite: EDUC 2201.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-3302 Secondary Field Seminar
Description
A study of innovation and best practice in secondary school teaching and organization. The course integrates theory (seminars, reading and research) with practice (school and classroom experiences). (Offered every Spring).
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-3310 The Natural Environment & Well-Being
Description
The course introduces students to the benefits of natural environments on human health and well- being. Topics of study include the historical and cultural traditions of human's connections to nature, theoretical frameworks and mechanisms of human/nature connections, implementation of interdisciplinary research agendas, as well as implications for education, health policy, and urban planning. A significant portion of the course will take place in the field, where students will explore local and regional parks, nature-based educational settings, and the practice of forest therapy. While most field work will take place during the 3-hour course time frame, there will be one full-day field trip required, plus additional local field work completed in small groups outside of class time.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities
EDUC-3320 Child & Adolescent Development Worldwide
Description
The cognitive, emotional, and social factors influencing children and adolescents in contemporary society will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of current theories in human development and learning related to the family, school, and peer groups.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities, The Interdisciplinary Clusters
EDUC-3320 Child and Adolescent Development
Description
The cognitive, emotional, and social factors influencing children and adolescents in contemporary society will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of current theories in human development and learning related to the family, school, and peer groups. (Offered Every Semester)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters
EDUC-3321 Schooling in America
Description
A study of the American school and its role in contemporary society. Includes an analysis of the literature related to effective schools and successful teaching and learning practices.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-3330 Teaching Students With Learning and Behavior Problems
Description
The purpose of this course is to develop skills and knowledge relative to providing instruction, interventions, and leadership in curricular and instructional methods and strategies appropriate for use with individuals who exhibit learning and behavior problems. Issues and trends in the identification, systems, and assessment of students with learning and behavior problems will also be addressed. This course includes a 20-hour field experience, where emphasis is placed on learning about strategies and specialized methods of instructing students with learning and behavior differences. (Offered every Fall).
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-3332 Reading Difficulties With Diverse Populations
Description
This course focuses on learning about reading theory, assessment, materials, and strategies for instructing diverse elementary school students with reading difficulties. On-site supervised experiences will focus on conducting assessments and developing instructional plans for students. Credit may not be earned for both EDUC 3332 and 3335. Prerequisite: EDUC 1331
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-3333 Positive Behavioral Supports for Students With Challenging Behavior
Description
An introduction to the principles of positive behavioral supports and their application to designing effective classrooms for students with challenging behaviors. This course includes a field placement where teachers will learn strategies to reduce behavior challenges of students with and without identified disabilities.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-3335 Reading Difficulties With Diverse Population in the Middle School
Description
This course focuses on learning about reading theory, assessment, materials and strategies for instructing middle school students with reading difficulties. On-site supervised experiences will focus on conducting assessments and developing instructional plans for students. Credit may not be earned for both EDUC 3335 and 3332. Prerequisite: EDUC 1331
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-3341 Teaching Science in Elementary School
Description
This course is designed to introduce pre-service elementary teachers to the principles of curriculum design and instruction for teaching science to elementary school teachers. Pre-service teachers in the course explore relevant research, national and state science standards, and curricular resources in an effort to understand the history, goals, and methods of science education. Class work throughout the semester is organized around the development of a project-based science unit that may be enacted in pre-service teachers' future classrooms.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-3342 Teaching Science and Mathematics in Secondary Schools
Description
This course is designed to introduce undergraduate pre-service teachers to the principles of teaching science and mathematics to middle and high school students. The course will examine the state and national content standards, discuss results from recent research on learning, and explore the implications of standards and research on curriculum design, instruction, and assessment practices in secondary science and mathematics classrooms. Class work throughout the semester is organized around the development of a project-based science unit that may be enacted in pre-service teachers' future classrooms. (Offered every Spring).
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-3344 Teaching in the Bilingual (English/Spanish)classroom
Description
An introduction to the education of second language learners in the context of bilingual education and English as a second language (ESL) programs. This course includes field experience in working with bilingual and ESL populations in an educational setting. (Also listed as LAC 3344.)
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-3345 Principles and Practices for Teaching English Learners
Description
This course is designed for students who would like to add the English as a Second Language (ESL) supplemental certification to their teaching credentials in the MAT program or for students who may wish to teach English abroad through international programs such as the Peace Corps or teaching abroad programs. The course will focus on the design and application of ESL instruction using research-based ESL strategies and the identification and use of appropriate ESL materials.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Clusters, The Core Capacities
EDUC-3351 Mathematics in Elementary School
Description
This course examines key content, strategies and skills as well as methods of teaching and learning mathematics at the Early Childhood - Grade 6 level. The pre-service teachers in this course will reflect on their beliefs about teaching and learning mathematics and beliefs about how children learn mathematics. Assignments will familiarize students with the state and national instructional standards for Early childhood - Grade 6 level mathematics.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-4100 Senior Seminar
Description
In this capstone course, students will integrate their experiences in the undergraduate course of study in education and the liberal arts and sciences. Individually and collectively, students from EC-4, 4-8, and 8-12 certification levels will examine issues in education from multiple perspectives through seminars and discussions, inquiry and research, and the on-going development of a portfolio. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member and peers to organize, integrate, and extend their knowledge of schooling in the United States. This course fulfills the Senior Experience requirement of the University's Common Curriculum. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-4102 Secondary Advanced Field Seminar
Description
The course provides students who have completed the Secondary Field Seminar (EDUC 3302) the opportunity for additional school-based experience via a placement with a secondary teacher. This course can be repeated for up to 3 credits with different school-based placements. (Offered every semester). Prerequisite: EDUC 3302
Credits
1 credit
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-4190 Problems in Education
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Prerequisites: Departmental approval and six semester hours of Education.
Credits
1 credit
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-4290 Problems in Education
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Prerequisites: Departmental approval and six semester hours of Education.
Credits
2 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-4338 Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools
Description
The study of literacy and learning in Grades 4-8 with an emphasis on the development of reading and writing processes as well as teaching reading in the content areas. (Offered every Fall).
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-4341 Workshop in Education
Description
Intensive study into some facets of the school curriculum. Equivalence of 3 class hours a week for 1 semester; may be taken more than once provided content differs.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-4390 Problems in Education
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Prerequisites: Departmental approval and six semester hours of Education.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-4490 Problems in Education
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Prerequisites: Departmental approval and six semester hours of Education.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-4590 Problems in Education
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Prerequisites: Departmental approval and six semester hours of Education.
Credits
5 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-4690 Problems in Education
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Prerequisites: Departmental approval and six semester hours of Education.
Credits
6 credits
Level
Upper Division
EDUC-5445 Independent Study
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5499 Problems in Education
Description
A conference course in education. The student pursues independent research in the area in which he/she is concentrating. Credit can vary according to work prescribed. May be taken more than once provided content differs. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
4 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5545 Independent Study
Description
Independent study in selected areas. One to six semester hours. Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
5 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5599 Problems in Education
Description
A conference course in education. The student pursues independent research in the area in which he/she is concentrating. Credit can vary according to work prescribed. May be taken more than once provided content differs. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
5 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5799 Problems in Education
Description
A conference course in education. The student pursues independent research in the area in which he/she is concentrating. Credit can vary according to work prescribed. May be taken more than once provided content differs. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
7 credits
Level
Graduate
EDUC-5899 Problems in Education
Description
A conference course in education. The student pursues independent research in the area in which he/she is concentrating. Credit can vary according to work prescribed. May be taken more than once provided content differs. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and instructor.
Credits
8 credits
Level
Graduate

School Psychology (EPSY)

EPSY-5377 Supervised Practicum I - School Psychology
Description
Required for certification and/or licensure. Consists of supervised experiences in appropriate institutions and/or agency settings.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
EPSY-6386 Supervised Practicum II - School Psychology
Description
Required for certification and/or licensure. Consists of supervised experiences in appropriate institutions and/or agency settings. Credit may vary. Open to a limited number of qualified students in School Psychology. Practicum placement is in a multi-cultural setting.
Credits
3 credits
Level
Graduate
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Angela Breidenstein, Ed.D.
Department Chair
Professor
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Evangeline Aguilera, Ed.D.
Educational Leadership Coordinator
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Enrique Alemán, Jr, Ph.D.
Lillian Radford Endowed Professor of Education
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Laura Allen, Ph.D.
Professor
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School Leadership Coach
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School Leadership Coach
Ellen Barnett
Ellen Barnett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Pita Canales
School Leadership Coach
Courtney Crim
Courtney Crim, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Rocio Delgado
Rocio Delgado, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Judith Espinoza
Admin Assist & Coordinator of Certification & Assessment
Joseph Farnsworth
Director of School Design & Leadership
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Alexandro Flores
Executive Director & Chief Academic Officer of TSDN
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Gabriel Garcia
Administrative Assistant
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Halyssa Garza
Program Secretary
Steven Hayward, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Diana Kenny, M.A.
Interim Director, School Psychology Program
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Lisa Knecht
Educational Research Associate
Sarah Leslie-Hayes
Program Coordinator
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School Leadership Coach
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Teresa Neuman
School Leadership Coach
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Habiba Noor
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Melody Perez
Administrative Assistant
Sarah Ramos
Sarah Ramos
Project Director
Heather Smith
Heather Haynes Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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