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Program Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the program for specific course availability for each semester:

C&T 4002 Curriculum theory and history
The nature and design of educational activities: theory, research, and practice of curriculum design.
Instructor(s): Daniel Friedrich

C&T 4004 School change

Major themes include state of the field regarding school change, schools as social organizations, the individual in the organization, theories of change, and implementation strategies and processes.


Instructor(s): Thomas Hatch, Michelle Knight

C&T 4005 Principles of teaching and learning
Examination of the relationships among teaching, learning, and assessment; teaching as a profession; and schools as complex social organizations.
Instructor(s): Robert Monson

C&T 4021 Nature and needs of gifted students

This introductory course in gifted education explores a number of issues related to the psychology and education of gifted students, including conceptions of giftedness, educational provisions for gifted students, creativity, and economically disadvantaged gifted students. Issues of race, class, gender, and disability status as they interact with the construct of giftedness are examined.

C&T 4022 Instructional models in the education of gifted students

What should gifted students learn? How can we differentiate the curriculum for gifted learners in order to meet their special needs more effectively? These and other questions will be addressed in this course devoted to the discussion, analysis, and evaluation of instructional models designed or adapted for gifted students. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of curricular differentiation and on providing an overview of a range of models designed to modify content, enhance the development of thinking skills, and enhance creativity. Issues of defining giftedness and of defensible differentiated curriculum will also be explored.

C&T 4023 Differentiated curriculum for gifted students
This course examines the characteristics of appropriate and defensible curriculum for gifted children and youth. Particular emphasis is placed on instructional strategies, curriculum theories, flexible grouping techniques, and meeting the needs of gifted learning in the regular classroom.
Instructor(s): Lisa Wright

C&T 4024 Planning and implementing programs for gifted students

Examination of factors affecting planning and implementation of programs for the gifted, components of gifted programs, and a systems approach to program planning. Students develop written program plans for specific settings.  Issues of race, class, gender, and disability status as they affect the planning of gifted programs are examined.

C&T 4026 Exceptionality and intelligence: Theoretical approaches

Professor Borland. In this course, we explore theories of intelligence, which have served as a theoretical basis for the field of gifted education from its beginning. Starting with the work of Francis Galton in the 19th century and following through to the present day, we will critically examine and problematize such constructs as intelligence, creativity, and giftedness as well as such related topics as mental measurements.

C&T 4027 Differentiated instruction of gifted students in the heterogeneous classroom

Gifted students are present in almost every elementary, middle school, and high school classroom. The educational needs of these students can and must be met within this context. This workshop will provide an overview of curricular and instructional strategies designed to enhance the optimal development of gifted learners (and all learners) in the regular classroom. Topics will include general curricular modifications, management techniques, instructional strategies, individual learning opportunities, and outcomes and assessments. Special consideration will be given to those methods of differentiation that can be integrated readily into the learning environment of mixed-ability classrooms.

C&T 4032 Gender, difference, and curriculum

This course offers a multifaceted, interdisciplinary introduction to thinking about school curricula, policies, and practices as gendered. Gender will not be considered in isolation but as interwoven and complicated with cultural, racial, religious, class, and sexual identities, among others. The course materials will move beyond the identification of the problems to examine various efforts to create gender-sensitive curricula and programs.

C&T 4052 Designing curriculum and instruction
Application of models for designing curriculum and instruction. Students design curriculum in collaborative groups.

C&T 4121 Early childhood teaching strategies within a social context
Exploration of the teaching strategies used in early childhood education through analysis of the social contexts out of which they have arisen. Emphasis on assimilation and application of differing strategies through workshop format.

C&T 4130 Critical perspectives in elementary education
Required for all professional certification M.A. students (elementary). Co-requisite: C&T 4502 (section 1). Examination of issues related to contemporary elementary education in the United States from the perspective of teacher as a reflective practitioner and curriculum maker, with a focus on teaching for social justice. Designed to complement students' master's action research projects.
Instructor(s): Daniel Friedrich, Karen Zumwalt

C&T 4138 Teaching literacy in the early years
Examination of theory, research, and practice of literacy learning and teaching in the early years, including children who are English language learners and children experiencing difficulty with school literacy. Emphasis on alternative models of designing literacy curricula, selection and use of materials (including technologies), and methods of assessing and teaching decoding, spelling, fluency, text use, and comprehension.
Instructor(s): Marjorie Siegel

C&T 4140 Literature for younger children
Critical study of literary trends and materials for children in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and early grades. Consideration of developmental issues and reader response theory relating to young children.

C&T 4141 Literature for older children
The course integrates theory and practice for teachers. Topics include writing development, research on writing, models for responding to and evaluating student writing, and classroom methods for teaching the writing process in elementary classrooms.

C&T 4145 Critical perspectives in secondary education
A comprehensive examination of adolescent development and learning as they relate to issues of curriculum, teaching, and learning.
Instructor(s): Michelle Knight

C&T 4151 Teaching of writing
The course integrates theory and practice for teachers. Topics include writing development, research on writing, curriculum development, methods of teaching writing, models for responding to and evaluating student writing, and classroom methods for teaching the writing process in elementary classrooms.

C&T 4501 Teaching and learning in the multicultural, multilingual classroom

Student diversity (characterized by gender, race, ethnicity, language, special needs, and sexual orientation) is examined in relation to decisions about methodology, curriculum, instructional materials, student grouping, home-school-community relationships, and teachers' professional growth and development.

C&T 4502 Master's project
Permission required. Required for M.A. students in the Curriculum and Teaching Program. Students work to develop proposals to initiate required Master's action research project.
Instructor(s): Daniel Friedrich, Michelle Knight, Jodene Morrell, Karen Zumwalt

C&T 4615 Young children and social policy: Issues and problems
Overview of social policy towards young children as it affects classroom practice and professional goals. Situations such as child abuse, divorce and custody, student classification, and foster care are examined.

C&T 5000 Theory and inquiry in curriculum and teaching
Required of and limited to first-year Ed.D. students in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching; must be taken in both the fall and spring semesters. Introduction to and exploration of important problems and issues in curriculum and teaching, methods of formulating questions, and modes of inquiry appropriate to doctoral-level research.
Instructor(s): James Borland, Michelle Knight, Nancy Lesko

C&T 5042 Special topics in children's literature
Study of specific genres or curriculum issues in children's literature. Topics are announced in course schedules distributed each semester. Registration not limited to one term.

C&T 5074 Curriculum and teaching policy
Prerequisite: C&T 4004. Examination of the theoretical and political bases of curriculum and teaching policies and their influences on school organizations and teaching practices. Explores the policy-making process from policy design through implemen-tation.
Instructor(s): Daniel Friedrich

C&T 5506 Seminar in gifted education

This is a topical seminar that examines such issues as identification of gifted students in New York City schools, equity in gifted education, the effects of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, and whether gifted students are necessary for gifted education. In addition, students choose topics of interest to them as the basis for class sessions.

C&T 5800 Institute: Teaching of writing
The focus of the institute will be on the teaching of writing with the participants also working on their own writing. There will be a combination of large group presentations, small interactive sessions, and writing workshops. Separate sections will be offered for advanced participants. A partial list of topics to be covered includes: the central role of planning and curriculum development in the teaching of writing, methods for holding our students accountable for doing their best work, classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration, and using literature to help students craft their writing. The Institute is appropriate for elementary and secondary teachers.

C&T 6532 Seminar in reading/language arts and related research
Permission required. Open only to advanced master's and doctoral students with a specialization in literacy or a related area who have completed recent methods courses in literacy. In-depth study and discussion of trends and issues in literacy development and instruction.

C&T 7500 Dissertation seminar in curriculum and teaching
Two semesters required of all doctoral candidates in the department unless proposal is defended in the first semester. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of proposals for approval.
Instructor(s): Michelle Knight, Karen Zumwalt

Other Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the program for specific course availability for each semester:

HBSK4074 Development of Reading Comprehension Strategies and Study Skills

Reading and study skills: Practical procedures based on research findings appropriate for teachers, counselors, and others. Discussion focuses on students in the middle elementary grades through young adulthood.


Instructor: Stephen Peverly

HBSK5373 Practicum in literacy assessment and intervention I

Prerequisite or corequisite:  HBSK 4072, grade of B or better.  This course is the first of three practica that prepare students to assess, analyze, and remediate literacy difficulties using research and theory.  In class sessions, students learn to understand assessment and instruction across a broad spectrum of skill areas reflecting the most common areas of difficulty for struggling readers and writers.   Students apply those skills in their work in the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (CEPS) with an individual who has literacy difficulties. Materials fee:  $100.

HBSK5376 Practicum in literacy assessment and intervention II

Prerequisites:  HBSK 4072, HBSK 5373 with grade of B+ or better. This course is the second of three practica that prepare students to assess and remediate literacy difficulties. HBSK 5376 utilizes a more advanced learning model in which a student works to assess and tutor a client at the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (CEPS). In class sessions, students continue to learn techniques, skills, and materials for assessment and intervention for use with those who struggle with reading and writing.  Students are expected to apply class content in clinical sessions with an individual with literacy difficulties. Attendance at supervision sessions is also mandatory. Materials fee:  $100.

HUDK5024 Language development
Survey of research and theory in the development of language, beginning with communication and the origins of language in infancy and emphasizing acquisition of the forms of language in relation to their content and use.
Instructor: Peter Gordon

HUDM4122 Probability and statistical inference
Prerequisite: HUDM 4120 or undergraduate statistics course. Elementary probability theory; random variables and probability distributions; sampling distributions; estimation theory and hypothesis testing using binomial, normal, T, chi square, and F distributions.Lab fee $50.00
Instructor: James Corter

HUDM5122 Applied regression analysis
Prerequisite: HUDM 4122 or permission of instructor. Least squares estimation theory. Traditional simple and multiple regression models and polynomial regression models, with grouping variables including one-way ANOVA, two-way ANOVA, and analysis of covariance. Lab devoted to applications of SPSS regression program. Lab fee: $50.
Instructor: James Corter