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C&T 4002 Curriculum theory and history

The nature and design of educational activities: theory, research, and practice of curriculum design.

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.

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.

C&T 4024 Planning and implementing programs for gifted students

In this course, we examine factors affecting the planning and implementation of programs for students identified as 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. No prior experience with or knowledge of gifted education is required.

C&T 4026 Giftedness and Intelligence

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

Critical examination of issues bearing on lived experiences, practices, and purposes of elementary teachers and students in the US today. Includes child study with focus on two questions of educational justice: What does this child have a right to, in her/his education, today, here, now? Where does or can, this child contribute to and be recognized in this classroom? Readings include classroom studies, critical interventions in current events, and foundational texts for democratic, public education. Open to all; required for CUED students. Preferably students have opportunity concurrent with course to observe children at least one hour/week.

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.

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

This course is a collaborative investigation of children’s literature for older readers. It provides opportunities to develop and deepen your familiarity with contemporary texts, and to explore ways of facilitating enjoyable, effective, and critical literary experiences in grades 3-8. We will consider works from a variety of genres, as well as issues and practices in children’s literature and children’s responses to text.

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.

C&T 4151 Teaching of writing

This course integrates theory and practice for teachers. Topics include writing development, reading-writing connections, 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

Students work to develop proposals to initiate required Master's integrative research projects. This course requires at least 30 hours of out-of-classroom work

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 5004 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.

C&T 5024 Planning and Implementing Gifted Programs

In this course, we examine factors affecting the planning and implementation of programs for students identified as 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. No prior experience with or knowledge of gifted education is required.

C&T 5037 Literacy, Culture and the Teaching of Reading

This 2-3 variable point course is a collaborative investigation into literacy as a social, cultural, and political practice. It provides opportunities for participants to unpack and re-imagine literacy learning and teaching for all students, but especially for those labeled “at risk” due to race/ethnicity, social class, nationality/language, gender, dis/ability, and sexuality. Rooted in the assumption that power circulates in culture, literacy, and education, this course looks closely at the role of power in reading texts, whether print-based, multimodal, digital, filmic, or embodied.

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.

C&T 5095 Memory, History and Curriculum

This seminar will explore the role that readings of the past have in contemporary life, by historicizing history itself. We will examine issues of collective memory as it relates to the assumption of a collective in the processes of constituting identities, and we will look at schooling as a central location in the production of those identities and the dissemination of particular notions linked to the past and our ability to draw lessons from it.

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. Discussions by Skype with leading scholars in the field of gifted education will expose students to contemporary concerns in this field. No prior experience with or knowledge of gifted education is required.

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. Attention! Online application required, you must submit an application on the Reading & Writing Project website to be registered for sessions and to receive a grade and course materials. Contact MaryAnn Mustac,, for more information. Course is pass/fail.

C&T 6100 Theory and Inquiry in Curriculum and Teaching I

Required of and limited to first-year Ed.D students in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching; must be taken in the fall semester in conjunction with C&T 6101; C&T 6102 is required for all first-year Ed.D students in the following spring semester. 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.

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.

HBSK 4072 Theory and Techniques of Assessment and Intervention in Reading

Provides an overview of theories and research pertaining to reading acquisition and assessment and intervention techniques for reading across the lifespan. Content is organized according to four major themes: the psychology of reading development, language structures, assessment, and intervention.

HBSK 4074 Development of Reading Comprehension

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.

HBSK 5373 Practicum in literacy assessment and intervention I

Prerequisite or corequisite: HBSK 4072, grade of B or better. This course prepares 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. The practicum counts for 50 clock hours of field experience.

HBSK 5376 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. Each practicum counts for 50 clock hours weekly of field experience. Attendance at supervision sessions is also mandatory.

HUDK 5024 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.

HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference

An introduction to statistical theory, including elementary probability theory; random variables and probability distributions; sampling distributions; estimation theory and hypothesis testing using binomial, normal, T, chi square, and F distributions. Calculus not required.

HUDM 5122 Applied regression analysis

Least squares estimation theory. Traditional simple and multiple regression models and polynomial regression models, including use of categorical predictors. Logistic regression for dichotomous outcome variables is also covered. Class time includes lab time devoted to applications with IBM SPSS. Prerequisite: HUDM 4122 or HUDM 4125.

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