Course Descriptions

Master of Science in Education: Art and Science of Teaching

A master’s degree in the Art and Science of Teaching from Wilkes University gives you an opportunity to advance your professional career. Complete the courses below to earn your degree in as little as three years!

EDAM 5040: Foundations of the Art and Science of Teaching

Introduction to the work of Dr. Robert Marzano and his meta-analysis of research regarding effective teaching practices. Learners will review research on effective teaching, develop a framework for designing units, and be introduced to a research-based observation and feedback protocol. This course will also lay the foundation for the core courses in this degree program by presenting learners with Dr. Marzano’s 10 instructional design questions.

3 credits
Prerequisites: None

EDAM 5041: Establishing Learning Goals to Support Learning and Instructional Design

An in-depth exploration of the importance of learning goals that address various levels of cognitive processing. Learners will develop learning goals to address high levels of learning for students in their classrooms. Additionally, learners will facilitate the development of learning goals with their students.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5040

EDAM 5042: Monitoring and Measuring Student Progress

Defines standards-based systems and standards-referenced systems. Learners will differentiate between the two systems and develop a system for tracking student progress toward learning. Learners will also use summative and formative assessments that will allow them to report student progress and measure student achievement.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5041

EDAM 5043: Actively Processing New Content

Focuses on developing a comprehensive approach to introducing new content, which will provide learners with tools to support student construction of meaning through active interaction with content. Learners will acquire the skills needed to introduce new knowledge through critical input experiences using active processing strategies that will allow students in their classrooms to achieve their learning goals.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5041

EDAM 5044: Extending Student Learning

Learners will gain the knowledge and skills needed to provide their students with opportunities to generate and test hypotheses by applying new information with relevant content. Learners will engage in activities that apply evidence-based methods in the classroom for long-term retention of knowledge and use of content to move beyond levels of knowing.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5041

EDAM 5045: Designing Instruction for Student Engagement

Examines research findings around theory and practice on student engagement. Learners are provided methods to motivate and engage students in ways that enhance academic performance.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5041

EDAM 5046: Creating an Effective Classroom Environment

Encourages learners to reexamine their current routines and procedures and how they are developed, maintained, and adjusted in order to support a positive classroom climate. Learners will focus on creating conditions for effective relationships with their students through cooperation, concern, and empathy for students, as well as appropriate levels of objectivity, guidance, and control.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5041

EDAM 5047: Developing Relationships and High Expectations for Student Learning

The teacher-student relationship provides foundational support for effective instruction. This course enables learners to examine the often hidden dynamic of personal beliefs and expectations, and its impact on student achievement.

3 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5041

EDAM 5048: Applying the Art and Science of Teaching

This capstone course engages learners in a formal action research project to determine the impact on student learning or specific instructional, curricular, and management strategies used in the classroom. Learners will reflect upon the knowledge acquired throughout the previous courses in the degree program to develop a practicum where they will apply theory and practice directly to their classrooms.

6 credits
Prerequisites: EDAM 5042, EDAM 5043, EDAM 5044, EDAM 5045, EDAM 5046, EDAM 5047

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Registration Dates

Spring III 2017Ends 2/11
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