8: Curry School of Graduate Education

General Information | Categories of Graduate Degree Status and Program/Degree Requirements
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Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Department of Human Services | Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy

Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy

EDLF 501 - (3) (Y)
Learning and Development

Survey course featuring the major principles of human growth, development, and learning that are central to the practice of teaching. Students will be provided with opportunities to apply what they have learned in a professional context. (Concurrent registration in EDIS 388 is required.) Credit cannot be earned in both EDLF 301 and EDLF 501.

EDLF 545 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Classroom Computing

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required; education majors given preference
Explores the use of computers to teach. The course includes a survey of languages and tools often used in educational settings including Logo. Spreadsheets, database, and word processing are taught with direct application to teacher use in the classroom. Laboratory exercises and assignments enable students to practice skills, learn management techniques, review courseware, evaluate software, and develop instructional activities while completing professionally related projects.

EDLF 546 - (3) (Y)
Software Applications in Education

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required; education majors given preference
Experiences in using major generic utility software: data base management, data graphing tools, graphic production. Students apply a wide variety of software to instructional and administrative problems.

EDLF 555 - (3) (Y)
Multicultural Education

Prepares students to deal with themselves and others in the increasingly multicultural educational milieu. Emphasis is on the process of understanding one's own bias and prejudices and how they effect the school and classroom learning environment. Included are readings, class discussions, field projects, journal writing and other methods of directed self explorations.

EDLF 561 - (3) (Y)
Production of Instructional Materials

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required
Provides teachers and instructors with the skills and competencies needed to design and produce appropriate instructional media. Topics include: media production planning; selecting appropriate media formats; illustrating concepts, processes and techniques; lettering for captions and text; mounting & preserving materials; audio design; supporting print materials; media format translation.

EDLF 562 - (3) (Y)
Educational Video Production

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required
Introductory experience for teachers and instructors in producing educational video programs. Emphasizes design and production of video materials in education and industry. Participants operate as production crews in studio simulations and as producers-directors of field projects. Competencies of program design, production, and utilization are emphasized.

EDLF 563 - (3-6) (SI)
Advanced Video Technology

Prerequisite: EDLF 562 or equivalent. Video design/production experience. Permission of instructor required
Field experience in the design, production and post-production phases of video programs. The participants function as production team members. Emphasis is on producing programs that meet the research, instructional and information dissemination needs of the Curry School of Education.

EDLF 564 - (3) (Y)
Instructional Photography

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required
Photography as a Research Technique and as a Classroom Activity. Emphasis on the basic competencies required to visualize images and execute the steps of exposing, processing and printing them. Topics include: Basic Darkroom Equipment, Chemistry and Processes; Camera Operation; Film Exposure and Filtration; Image Control with the View Camera; Studio Lighting; Copy Techniques; Audio Narration and Synchronization. Students need access to an adjustable camera and have to provide their own film, paper, and other supplies.

EDLF 565 - (3-6) (Y)
Advanced Photography

Prerequisite: EDLF 564 or equivalent experience; permission of instructor required
Initial lectures and demonstrations cover a selected range of skills that are requisite to the serious use of the medium. This is followed by presentations and discussions on the application of photography to specific areas such as instruction (visual media design and production), research, (principles of visual anthropology and other fieldwork applications) and aesthetics (photography as human expression).

EDLF 586 - (3) (Y)
Museums and Education

Introduction to the history and development of museums and their educational work in America. Themes include an overview of museum history; exemplary museum interpretation and educational programs; instructional designs for teaching with objects and collections; and strategies for working with school groups and other audiences.

EDLF 589 - (1-3) (S)
Selected Topics

Section 1 - Selected Topics    Course organized around current issues and is designed to extend school resources to the field. It is primarily intended to meet in-service and recertification needs of practicing educators.
Section 2 - Seminar on Research and Writing    Seminar portion of course acquaints faculty and students with new developments in educational research and provides them with assistance in writing grants and writing for publication. Speakers for the seminar include nationally recognized scholars and outstanding professors from the Curry School.

EDLF 590 - (1-3) (IR)

Special topics offered as needed. Generally on experimental or shortened course format.

EDLF 591 - (1-6) (IR)

A special assignment providing a unique experience in an educational setting that is consistent with the students' professional objectives and program focus and that is agreed to by the advisor. A written description of the experience must be agreed upon by the advisor and supervisor and filed in the Office of Student Affairs.

EDLF 700 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Instructional Design

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Introduces systematic approach to instructional design (ID), drawing from a number of ID theories and models. This knowledge is applied in team-based ID projects, by: performing needs assessments, specifying instructional goals, objectives and criterion-referenced testing; designing instructional activities; developing instructional materials; and executing formative evaluation of the instructional product. Skills learned are applicable in a variety of environments.

EDLF 701 - (3) (Y)
Computer Courseware Tools

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Software tools which can be used in support of instruction are addressed in this course, including graphics tools, digitized audio synthesized speech, and digitized video images. Hypermedia authoring systems are reviewed. Course projects include development of desktop presentations which incorporate digitized video and audio as well as original graphics created by the developer.

EDLF 702 - (3) (Y)
Computer Courseware Design

Prerequisites: EDLF 562, EDLF 701, and permission of instructor
Course continues the review of hypermedia authoring techniques. Courseware development tools presented in the previous course are used to design and implement a complete unit of interactive instruction. Methods underlying design and evaluation of effective interactive software are addressed throughout the course.

EDLF 703 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Interactive Technologies I

Prerequisites: EDLF 562, 700, 702 and permission of instructor
Building on instructional design, video production, and computer-based development skills, this course explores emerging interactive technologies through periodic competencies and a major development project. Existing interactive products are examined and design techniques discussed.

EDLF 704 - (3) (Y)
Seminar in Instructional Technology

There are four background segments of this course: History, Current Issues, Specializations and Competencies and International Perspectives. These four units have been designed to provide all IT majors with the requisite professional understanding of their discipline's heritage. Following the above, there are units that guide the participants through the exploration of the application of specific media to the instruction process. These will include research on media, selection, utilization and evaluation as well as the relevant characteristics of the media.

EDLF 710 - (3) (S)
Contemporary Educational Issues

Prerequisite: Master of Teaching Program
Identifies the defining issues in the profession of teaching. Lectures, panel discussions and videos are used to present a variety of contemporary issues. Small group instruction is used to maximize the participation of students.

EDLF 715 - (3) (S)
Educational Psychology

Overview of the contributions of psychology to the teaching-learning process. Topics include learning theory, individual differences, motivation, human development and personality, teaching methodology, and measurement and evaluation.

EDLF 716 - (3) (Y)
Human Development

Principles of development covering the entire life span. The development of the child through education, the unfolding of human abilities in terms of both personal adjustment and achievement beyond the period of youth, and the work life of the individual are examined. The development of principal psychological qualities such as motivation, emotion, and personality, are, in like manner, considered with respect to the life span. Designed broadly to accommodate various professional specialists within education and other areas of human welfare.

EDLF 717 - (3) (Y)
Concepts of Learning

Content addresses both theoretical and practical issues relating to human adaptation. Particular attention is paid to underlying motivational forces as translated in behavioristic and humanistic terms. Content coverage reflects an integrative rather than a descriptive approach.

EDLF 718 - (2) (S)
Tests and Measurements

Introductory course concentrating on the development of the ability to evaluate and interpret assessment tools. Topics include reliability and validity, social and ethical considerations of testing, summarizing and interpreting measurements, and the use of standardized tests, rating scales and observational scales. Following completion, students must enroll in at least one course that focuses on a specific area of tests and measurements. This may include using tests in counseling, classroom assessment, tests and measurements in physical education, techniques of instrument development, or psychoeducational assessment of exceptional children. To receive credit for EDLF 718 a specific area course must be satisfactorily completed. EDLF 718 or equivalent competency demonstrated by examination is prerequisite to the specific area courses.

EDLF 719 - (1) (S)
Classroom Assessment

Prerequisite: EDLF 718 or the equivalent
Focus of course is on the development of skills in constructing, evaluating and interpreting the results of teacher-made educational assessment. Principles of constructing and evaluating paper-and-pencil tests (objective and essay), rating scales, observational scales, and other non-paper-and-pencil techniques are included.

EDLF 720 - (3) (Y)
Child Development

A Master's level course in which several prominent theories of child development are examined and applied to parenting and teaching. A variety of viewpoints are explored, but emphasis is on the constructionist position. Although there are no prerequisites, an undergraduate background in child or human development is useful.

EDLF 721 - (3) (SS)
Adolescent Development

Intermediate level course designed to explore modern concepts of adolescence. The interrelationships of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development as well as the treatments of specific adolescent problems are examined.

EDLF 722 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to the Gifted

Introductory survey course emphasizing the characteristics and needs of individuals identified as gifted and talented. Topics included are: characteristics and needs of the gifted, identification, programming options, special populations, and an introduction to practices in curriculum differentiation, creativity and special issues in working with the gifted.

EDLF 723 - (3) (Y)
Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented

A review of current theory and practice in planning and executing curriculum and instruction for the gifted and talented. Stresses design of instruction as a response to the specific cognitive and affective needs of gifted learners and in-depth investigation of curricular differentiation by content, process, product, affect and learning environment. Provides opportunity for both assessment and development of curriculum for the gifted.

EDLF 724 - (3) (Y)
Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students

Designed for teachers, administrators, parents and others who work with high ability learners. Participants investigate similarities and differences between the development of gifted learners and other students. Implications of these comparisons are explored. Course focuses on strategies to assist gifted learners in school and home environments.

EDLF 725 - (3) (Y)
Models and Strategies for Teaching the Gifted

Examines programming and curricular models for teaching gifted and talented learners, as well as a variety of instructional strategies commonly used with gifted and talented learners. Also encourages development of modes of assessing the effectiveness of models and strategies for use with gifted and talented learners.

EDLF 727 - (3) (S)
Adult Development

Introductory-level course focuses on key issues in successful adult adaptation. Through a lecture-discussion format, students explore topics including cognition, personality, interpersonal relationships, work adjustment, physical and psychological health, and biological and psychological aging.

EDLF 728 - (3) (Y)
Creativity and Problem Solving

Course provides a look at theories of creativity through study of creative people, the creative process, and creative products. Focus is on assessment of creativity, research on creativity and its applications to education, development of environments conducive to the development of creativity, and heuristics which are designed to encourage creativity.

EDLF 729 - (1-3) (S)
Seminar in Educational Psychology

Advanced study of topics in educational psychology.

EDLF 730 - (3) (S)
Introduction to Educational Research

Orientation to methods and procedures utilized in educational research; emphasizing basic principles for conducting, interpreting, and criticizing published articles representative of educational problems and issues.

EDLF 731 - (3) (S)
Educational Statistics: Stat I

Topics range from descriptive to inferential techniques. Specific procedures include the logic of hypotheses testing, t tests, chi square, correlation, and simple linear regression.

EDLF 732 - (1-3) (S)
Educational Statistics Laboratory

Designed to familiarize students with the use of the computer in Educational Studies. Using such "canned" programs as SPSS, students learn to do computer-based data analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlation, regression, analysis of variance, and factor analysis. Students run programs weekly, and interpret the output in written reports.

EDLF 733 - (3) (S)
Single-Subject Research

Detailed examination of design and interpretation of single-subject research. Foci for the course include rationale for single-subject research; methods for planning, implementing, and evaluating studies; and issues in the use of this methodology.

EDLF 734 - (3) (Y)
Information Management

Use of integrated software: wordprocessing, spreadsheet, database management, graphics and telecommunications. Educational applications focus on program planning, monitoring student progress, fiscal analysis, budgeting and inventory control. Standard and customized reporting is emphasized.

EDLF 735 - (1-3) (S)
Seminar in Educational Research

Advanced study of topics in educational research.

EDLF 740 - (3) (IR)
Seminar: Educational Studies

Topical seminar. Focus changes from offering to offering.

EDLF 750 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Program Evaluation

Provides students with an overview of current program evaluation approaches. Emphasis is on introducing the student to the terminology of educational evaluation and to a wide variety of theoretical approaches to program evaluation. Consideration is also given to the application of evaluation approaches to non-educational settings.

EDLF 752 - (3) (Y)
Techniques of Instrument Constructions

Prerequisite: A course in tests and measurements and/or a basic understanding of the concepts of reliability and validity
In educational evaluation there is a continual need for measurement instruments specific to unique settings and problems. These are developed by the evaluator who must often strike compromises with sound test and measurement theory as well as with time constraints in order to collect data under field conditions. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the ability to make such compromises intelligently, and with practical experience in the design of evaluation instruments serving a wide variety of purposes, audiences and roles. Topics include construction of observation forms, interview schedules and questionnaires. Specific methods include rating scales, checklists, ranking methods, paired comparison, semantic differential, Q sorts, content analysis and goal attainment scaling. Each method is dealt with in terms of item writing, data analysis, reliability and validity.

EDLF 753 - (3) (S)
Qualitative Analysis

Introduction to the central concepts of qualitative methods in research and evaluation. This course focuses upon the appropriateness of qualitative information and its analysis in various inquiry research and evaluation contexts. Although primary emphasis is on the development of skills required to conduct qualitative inquiry, the philosophy and background of the methodology are discussed.

EDLF 754 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Program Evaluation

A topical seminar in program evaluation. Topics change from offering to offering.

EDLF 760 - (3) (S)
Social Foundations of Education

Introduction to the scope and nature of education in American society as reflected in the historical, sociological and philosophical forces affecting the school and other social institutions. Primary emphasis upon contemporary educational problems.

EDLF 761 - (3) (Y)
History of American Education

Development of education in the United States since colonial times. Primary stress on social-historical forces and ideological concepts which determined the direction and nature of education in the United States to the present.

EDLF 762 - (3) (Y)
Philosophy of Education

Inquiry into the applicability to present problems of selected philosophical themes and approaches. Issues considered: conceptions of pupils, theories of learning and teaching, educational equity and justice, indoctrination and the adequacy of educational research itself.

EDLF 763 - (3) (Y)
Sociology of Education

Study of sociological theory and research which applies to a systematic analysis of education as its functions in modern society. Selected social and educational problems are discussed to interpret the sociological nature of the educational process and the role of the school as a complex social organization. Research of educational outcomes and consequences is considered. The effects of school on social stratification are also considered.

EDLF 764 - (3) (Y)
Anthropology of Education

Analysis of education and development in primitive and modern societies interpreted from an anthropological perspective. International studies from the Eastern and Western worlds are examined to assess the nature and process of education and cultural change.

EDLF 765 - (3-6) (Y)
Comparative Education

Analysis of the relationship between education and society through a study of social, political, and economic determinants of education in selected foreign countries and the United States. The role of education in political socialization, national development, and foreign policy formation is examined.

EDLF 766 - (3-6) (IR)
Asian Education

Study of the nature and scope of educational planning in selected Asian countries. The planning process is explored in terms of education and nation-building, economic investment in education, educational policy formation, extension and diversification of educational opportunities, and the education of modern elites.

EDLF 767 - (3) (IR)
Aesthetics and Education

Interdisciplinary endeavor which considers aesthetics as more than a specialized philosophical study of fine arts, and education as wider than the school or college. Study includes historical and theoretical understandings, cultural and public dimensions of aesthetics and education, psychological considerations, as well as the discipline of various art forms.

EDLF 768 - (3) (IR)
Futurism and Education

An inter-disciplinary approach to focus on the theoretical contests of the future; the science and practice of futurism; the nature of the human condition; trends and projections of the future; ethical considerations; teaching strategies; and educational policy for the future.

EDLF 769 - (3) (Y)

Section 1 - Problems in Educational Studies
Section 2 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence   Introduction to artificial intelligence for those in education and the behavioral sciences. Topics: problem-solving and planning, knowledge representation, natural language and understanding, intelligent tutoring systems, and expert systems. Works back and forth between theoretical concepts and practical implementation of these ideas. The Prolog computer language is used for building working models.

EDLF 770 - (1-3) (Y)
Seminar: Social Foundations of Education

EDLF 775 - (1-3) (SI)
Problems in Administering School Systems

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
A study of special problems involving school administration, school district management, and central office management.

EDLF 776 - (3) (Y)
Public School Administration

Introduction to school administration including: the organization and structure of the school system; legal basis for school administration; authority, responsibility and control of different levels of government for education; the administration and supervision of the instructional program; and the application of theories of leadership and organization to enduring problems of schooling.

EDLF 777 - (1-3) (Y)
School Personnel Administration

Theory and practice in administrative problems of the teaching staff and school employees; selection, salaries, tenure, retirement classification and promotion, training-in-service. Emphasis is on the participation of educational workers in administrative activities.

EDLF 778 - (1-3) (Y)
School and Community Relations

Study of philosophy, principles, techniques, agencies, and practices involved in a desirable school and community relations program. Special attention is given to the role of the school administrators in coordinating system-wide and building-level communication networks.

EDLF 779 - (3) (SS)
Elementary School Principalship

Emphasizes educational leadership, working with individual school and community power structures, and the principal's responsibility for curriculum development, public relations, personnel development, restructuring, scheduling, and managing programs with an emphasis on at-risk students.

EDLF 780 - (3) (SS)
Secondary School Principalship

Introduction to the structure and culture of secondary schools, the current and projected responsibilities of secondary administrators, and the literature on secondary school reform. Special emphasis is given to teacher evaluation, student discipline, and policy development at the secondary level.

EDLF 781 - (3) (SS)
Middle School Principalship

Introduction to the structure and culture of middle schools, the current and projected responsibilities of middle school administrators, and the literature of middle school reform. Special emphasis is given to teacher evaluation, student discipline, and policy development at the middle school level.

EDLF 782 - (3) (SS)
Evaluation and Development of Educational Staff

Evaluation and development of educational personnel is a major responsibility of school administration. Provides students with a conceptual framework for staff development and evaluation and facilitates and enhances student skill in data collection, analysis of teacher performance, and plans of assistance development. Legal and policy issues related to recruitment, selection, and staff development are discussed.

EDLF 783 - (2-3) (Y)
School Finance

Problems and principles involved in finance in an individual school with special emphasis on budgeting procedures and accounting systems.

EDLF 784 - (3) (Y)
Organizational Communications

Designed for individuals interested in the theory and practice of communications in educational organizations, this course involves a variety of practica. Students study rhetoric, in preparation for delivering a persuasive speech, and research on conflict resolution and effective interpersonal communications. Communications related to instructional diagnosis and leadership are investigated.

EDLF 785 - (2-3) (Y)
Exit Seminar for Administrative Interns

Designed as a capstone experience for interns in school leadership programs, the Exit Seminar provides opportunities to reflect on administrative practice and integrate and apply course learnings to the resolution of these problems. The Exit Seminar consists of Administrative Rounds; Ethical Dilemmas of School Leadership; Review and Application of Key Readings; and Career Planning.

EDLF 786 - (3) (Y)
Instructional Decision-Making in Schools

Deals with selected issues related to school level instructional decision- making. Information and strategies related to monitoring and assessing instruction, formulating policies on grading practices, utilizing test data for purposes of instructional decision-making, and implementing special education law and programs are included.

EDLF 789 - (1-3) (Y)
Topical Seminar

Current topics or issues seminar

EDLF 793 - (1-6) (S-SS)
Independent Study: Leadership and Policy Studies

Course permits students to work under close guidance of an individual faculty member on areas of particular need and interest to a student when such need and interest cannot be met in regularly scheduled courses. Enrollment in this course is limited to three credits in a master's degree program.

EDLF 800 - (3) (Y)
Seminar in Instructional Computing

Advanced study of special topics and issues in the use of computers in education with an emphasis on recent developments in the field.

EDLF 801 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Instructional Design

Prerequisites: EDLF 700, EDLF 704
Focus on assisting the student in becoming an instructional design (ID) professional by refining skills as a designer, building knowledge about practice of ID, and encouraging the development of platform presentation skills. Students work in self-directed teams to analyze an instructional need for an outside client, design and develop instruction to meet the need, and evaluate and revise the instruction. Students also research and deliver presentations on current topics within instructional technology.

EDLF 802 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Interactive Technologies II

Prerequisites: EDLF 703 or permission of instructor
Students expand their interactive design and development skills by working together in project teams to develop interactive products of increased sophistication. Projects may be for an outside client or may serve as a base for research on interactive technologies.

EDLF 803 - (1-9) (Y)
Advanced Seminar in Instructional Technology

Prerequisites: EDLF 730, 830 and permission of instructor
Section 1 - Quantitative Research in Instructional Technology (3 credits)
As a prelude to dissertation research, each student conducts a pilot quantitative research study on instructional technology. Prior to enrollment, students must submit a research proposal to the instructor for approval. Students assemble research materials, make arrangements for study participants, conduct the study, analyze the data obtained and write up the research report. Students critique and assist in the research of their colleagues.

EDLF 815 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Tests and Measurements

Prerequisites: EDLF 718 and 719
Presents a comprehensive analysis of traditional, latent-trait, criterion-referenced and psychophysiological tests. Course builds upon the introductory course in measurement and is assigned for students who sense a need for further study of measurement theory and practice.

EDLF 816 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Child Development

Focuses on the developing child as a growing, active, and changing organism. The process and mechanisms of growth are investigated rather than static stages or normative milestones. Although applications for child rearing, clinical practice, and classroom teaching are drawn, emphasis is on the articulate understanding of the developmental process. To this end, a sample of both theoretical and empirical studies is examined in depth.

EDLF 817 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Seminar in Creativity

Encourages advanced individual and group study in theory of creativity and its applications to classroom practice. Includes the history and thought about creativity, brain research and creativity, effects of environments on creativity, intelligence and creativity, motivation and creativity, assessment of creativity, empirical research on creativity, applications of creativity research to education and other settings.

EDLF 818 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Seminar in Curriculum for the Gifted

Designed for participants with a strong background in the study of curriculum development for gifted learners. Provides an opportunity for advanced study research and application of principles and issues central to appropriate instruction of gifted learners. Students examine current thinking about teaching and learning, current contexts of education, as well as applications and impacts of those elements on instructing gifted learners.

EDLF 819 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Seminar Research on the Gifted

Specific research issues in this field (definition of population, instrument ceilings, control group issues) are explored using current empirical studies. Students are required to develop a proposal for a research study or to work on an on-going research project in the field of gifted education. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches are considered.

EDLF 820 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Seminar Issues in Gifted Education

Focus on fundamental beliefs about gifted students, programs for gifted students and general education and its relationship to the gifted. Students examine philosophical and theoretical arguments and empirical studies relating to unresolved issues in gifted education.

EDLF 821 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Seminar on Underserved Gifted Students

Focus on groups of gifted students who have been underserved or who have unique characteristics and needs. Issues in identification, programming and curriculum development and instruction will be addressed. The groups to be studied are cultural and ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged, handicapped, underachievers and women.

EDLF 822 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Seminar in Educational Psychology

EDLF 830 - (3) (S)
Experimental Design: Stat II

Prerequisite: EDLF 731
Major focus: extend analytic abilities to the design and analysis of more complex experiments. This major objective is accomplished through construction of a research proposal.

EDLF 831 - (3) (S)
Correlation and Regression Analysis: Stat III

Prerequisites: EDLF 731 and 830, or permission of instructor
Course considers basic correlation and regression analysis. Topics include: regression theory, dummy coding, and a general overview of basic multivariate techniques.

EDLF 832 - (3) (IR)
Non-Parametric Statistics

Prerequisite: EDLF 731
Course considers a wide-range of non-parametric statistical techniques. Typical procedures such as (a) one sample, (b) two sample, (c) k-sample, and (d) correlation procedures are covered.

EDLF 833 - (3) (IR)
Bayesian Statistics

Prerequisites: EDLF 731 and 830 or permission of instructor
Basic theory, rationale, and application of Bayesian statistics and techniques. Topics: Bayes' theorem, conditional probabilities, posterior densities, and Bayesian inference for the binomial and normal models. Emphasizes case studies and computer-assisted data analysis.

EDLF 834 - (3) (IR)
Measurement Theory I

Prerequisites: EDLF 731, 830, 831 or permission of instructor
Focuses on theory and techniques of models of measurement. Models based on one-parameter (Rasch model), two-parameter, and three parameter item characteristic curves are analyzed and current research is evaluated.

EDLF 835 - (3) (IR)
Multivariate Statistics

Prerequisites: EDLF 830 and 831 or permission of instructor
Course presents the theory and rationale of selected multivariate statistical techniques. Topics include multivariate analysis of variance canonical correlation, and discriminant analysis. Emphasis is placed on computer-assisted analysis and application of appropriate statistical methods to research data.

EDLF 836 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Advanced Statistics

Course is open to advanced research majors and is conducted as a seminar. The objective of the course is to bring about a synthesis and mastery of research and analytic techniques previously introduced in the research course sequence, and utilizes current literature in psychometrical, biometrical and statistical journals. Mathematics background recommended.

EDLF 837 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Seminar in Educational Research and Measurement

Prerequisite: Completion of measurement theory courses
Addresses current measurement issues as presented in measurement journals, in national or regional conferences, or in legislative policy. Objectives are to bring about a synthesis and mastery of measurement theory previously presented and to provide an opportunity to understand and critique the most recent measurement developments.

EDLF 840 - (3) (Y)
Program Evaluation Design

Students explore problems of designing, conducting, and reporting evaluation research studies. Time is spent examining philosophies of science that underlie evaluation studies; conceptualizing a total evaluation study; planning for the use of time and resources in conducting an evaluation study; assembling the evidence for or against a particular proposition; analyzing costs; and learning how to avoid common pitfalls in working with clients and program participants to design and conduct an evaluation study.

EDLF 841 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Seminar In Program Evaluation

A topical seminar that focuses on advanced topics in Program Evaluation. Topics change from offering to offering

EDLF 843 - (3) (Y)
Evaluation of Teaching

Evaluating teaching in worthwhile ways involves understanding: (1) needs and abilities of teachers, (2) tasks teachers must accomplish, (3) environmental effects on teachers, and (4) behaviors demonstrated in teaching. This course examines the independent and interactive effects of these four factors. Heavy emphasis is placed on formative evaluation, or of helping teachers improve via in-class observation and feedback, and on the translation of results of research on teaching into practice. Requirements include various combinations of project work, writing, and tests.

EDLF 844 - (3) (S)
Advanced Qualitative Analysis

Advanced course in methods and practices of qualitative research. The purpose of the course is for students to determine their own philosophy of inquiry and to become increasingly proficient in the application of qualitative methods. Assumes an introductory course in qualitative methods. Focus is on research design and proposal development, data collection and analysis techniques, and presentation of findings. The course is field-based and guides students through the complete qualitative research cycle.

EDLF 845 - (3) (S)
Qualitative Data Analysis with Computers

An advanced course in qualitative research methods that emphasizes the applied and computing aspects of qualitative data analysis. Focuses primarily on various types of qualitative analysis software and presumes that the student has at least a general knowledge about qualitative research methods and techniques (especially research design and data collection). Prior knowledge about microcomputers is helpful. Class activities include lectures, demonstrations, exercises and discussion of readings. Students are required to complete a pilot research project demonstrating their ability to apply computer assisted qualitative research methods.

EDLF 846 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Aesthetics and Education

Advanced seminar on aesthetic and education which focuses on the evolution of aesthetic ideas, their relationship to education, aesthetic experiences and the human mind, the use of aesthetics in the public domain, aesthetics and educational strategies for improving the quality of experiences in American education.

EDLF 847 - (3) (IR)
Folklore and Education

Introduces the participants to the field of Folklore and Folklife studies. This exciting branch of the humanities provides an especially powerful framework for understanding educational patterns, problems and issues in traditional and modern societies. Blends the substance and methodology of the discipline with the pragmatic needs of the educator in the Schools.

EDLF 848 - (3-6) (IR)
Advanced Seminar in Foundations of Education

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

EDLF 849 - (1-6) (Y)
Advanced Seminar in Educational Studies

EDLF 850 - (3) (Y)
History of Higher Education

Study of the growth of colleges and universities and the major philosophical and sociological forces which have shaped their development. Major emphasis is on the historical development of American higher education.

EDLF 851 - (1-3) (IR)
Curry Forum on Educational Issues

School-wide interdisciplinary course on the key issues in education. Faculty from the Curry School and nationally recognized scholars introduce selected issues and topics. Small discussion groups explore these subjects in greater detail. Sponsored by all four departments. Open to all master's and doctoral students.

EDLF 852 - (3) (Y)
College Student Development

Promotes the understanding of contemporary, traditional-aged college students from sociological, psychological and historical perspectives. Topics: social and cultural context of entering college students, student development theory, student outcomes assessment, student attrition, and dynamics of student change.

EDLF 853 - (3) (Y)
Curriculum in Higher Education

Study of curricular patterns and processes in post-secondary educational institutions. Includes social, historical, and philosophical perspectives on current curricular trends and processes of change among various institutional types.

EDLF 854 - (3) (Y)
Governance and Management of Colleges and Universities

Study of the organizational structure, governance, and administrative patterns in institutions of higher education in America. Managerial behavior and decision-making in academia are the focus.

EDLF 855 - (3) (Y)
Student Affairs in Higher Education

Survey of current theory and practice in student affairs programming, organizations, and administration in institutions of higher education. Emphasis is on philosophy, services provided, trends and issues within the profession, including research and literature analysis.

EDLF 856 - (3) (Y)
Organization and Administration of Student Affairs Programs in Higher Education

Prerequisite: EDLF 855 or permission of instructor
Principles of the organization and administration of student affairs programs in institutions of higher education. Attention is given to relating theory to practice and the evaluation of programs. Course content includes case studies of contemporary issues.

EDLF 857 - (3) (Y)
Economics and Finance of Higher Education

Study of contemporary policies and practices in the finance of American higher education. The interpretation and uses of financial data in the administration of institutions; sources and methods of securing funds; budget processes; and policies and issues regarding the finance of higher education are some of the topics considered.

EDLF 858 - (3) (Y)
Management Planning in Higher Education

Study of information gathering and analysis in institutions of higher education for decision-making activities concerning short-term and long-range planning.

EDLF 859 - (3) (Y)
Legal Aspects of College Administration

Study of the legal implications of problems and issues with personnel in higher education are confronted. This topical seminar is designed to provide the educator with an understanding of the legal aspects of policy development in higher education.

EDLF 860 - (3) (O)
The Adult Learner

Study of adults as learners and the implications of their characteristics for adult learning and the practice of adult education. Attention is given to current issues facing adult education.

EDLF 861 - (3) (E)
The Community College

Study of the institutional character of the community college including a review of history, purposes, clientele, organization, finance, programs, and societal functions. Current issues facing community colleges is studied

EDLF 863 - (3) (IR)
Contemporary Issues in American Higher Education

Overview of selected issues facing contemporary American higher education. Due to the size of the higher education enterprise, focus is on selected major problems or issues.

EDLF 864 - (3) (Y)
The American Professoriate

Provides students with an understanding of the role and circumstances of American faculty members and the issues and policy forces which impact the professoriate. Various aspects of the professoriate are explored along with institutional policies and external factors which shape the viability and vitality of the profession.

EDLF 865 - (3) (Y)
Educational Policy Formulation and Implementation I

Current theories of political allocation and processes of public policy formulation in relation to selected current issues in education. Students will acquire knowledge and skills required to interpret and conduct research studies related to educational policy.

EDLF 866 - (3) (SS)
Policy in Curriculum and Instruction

Focuses on policy development and implementation at the local level. The formal responsibility for local policy rests with the School Board, however, policy decisions are also made daily at the central office and school levels by administrators and teachers. The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities for the analysis of policies developed and implemented at the local school division level.

EDLF 867 - (3) (Y)
Educational Politics and Decision-Making

Serves as a foundation course in the politics of education, tracing the means by which American schools can be viewed as political. Foci for analysis include the origins, foundations, demand inputs, local, state and federal conversion processes and access channels to school decision making and policy making. Controversial political theories, cross-cultural research and analysis and dominant conceptual frameworks will inform and guide discussions.

EDLF 868 - (3) (Y)
Economics and Education Policy

Designed for persons without training in economics to gain a better understanding of how economic concepts and methods are used in the analysis of public policy issues relating to education. Market concepts and forms of government involvement in the market are examined. Students develop the skills of economic analysis by applying them to current issues in public education. Economic research in education is utilized.

EDLF 869 - (3) (Y)
Educational Policy Formulation and Implementation II

Provides in-depth analysis of processes of policy development at federal, state, and local levels; processes of policy implementation; and critical issues in the analysis of implementation strategies and policy effects.

EDLF 870 - (3) (Y)
Seminar: Contemporary Policy Studies

Topical seminar in policy studies.

EDLF 871 - (3) (Y)
Moral and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership

Provides students with an understanding of the moral and ethical dimensions of leadership within the context of education. The underlying assumption is that educational administration is fundamentally an ethical undertaking, or, as Christopher Hodgkinson claims, "philosophy in action." The readings, activities and discussions are all designed to assist practicing and aspiring administrators, as well as other educators, in the explication and resolution of ethical dilemmas. Different moral positions are considered, and students are encouraged to examine both personal values and professional ethics.

EDLF 872 - (3) (IR)
School Design

The main focus is those factors which influence the design and operation of educational facilities. Topics include learning environments, facility planning, change and versatility, technology, energy issues, and finance.

EDLF 873 - (2-3) (Y-SS)
Education Finance, Policy and Practice

A general orientation to the problems and principles involved in financing public schools in addition to the following topics: the economics of education; characteristics of selected taxes for school purposes; the role of federal, state and local governments in financing education; finance litigation, and the concepts of equality of educational opportunity, liberty and efficiency as a basis for resource allocation policies in education.

EDLF 874 - (3) (Y)
Public School Superintendency

For students who have the superintendency as a career goal. Focuses on the complexity of the role of the superintendent in leading and managing a school division.

EDLF 875 - (1-3) (Y)
School Law

School laws, school regulations, regulations of state boards of education, and court decisions; legal status of the teacher and the pupil; legal and illegal use of school funds and property; legal responsibility of school officials with respect to contracts and purchases; liability of school officials. All of these topics are considered with particular reference to the state of Virginia.

EDLF 876 - (1-14) (IR)
Problems in School Business Administration

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and admission to the School of Education
Focus selected problems in school business administration and the administrative uses of computers. The sub-titles used to designate problem areas are: (a) accounting and finance; (b) data processing; (c) school indebtedness; (d) insurance management; (e) maintenance and operations; (f) personnel administration; (g) purchasing and supply management; (h) food service management; (i) schoolhouse planning and construction; (j) school store management; (k) management techniques and development; (l) systems analysis; (m) written and oral communication; (n) transportation. May be repeated for credit.

EDLF 877 - (3) (Y)
Applications of Organizational and Administrative Theory
in Education
Orientation to the nature of organizational and administrative theory and its uses in the management and functioning of school systems. Attention is given to the requisites for adequate theory and to methodological considerations in the study of organizations and administrative processes. Open to all majors in educational leadership and policy studies and, with permission of the instructor, to graduate students in other schools and departments.

EDLF 878 - (3) (Y)
Implementing Instructional and Organizational Change

Examines the relationships between instructional change and the intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, political, and professional contexts of teaching. Topics include the nature of instructional change, case studies of successful and unsuccessful change, planning for instructional improvement, and implementing and evaluating instructional change.

EDLF 879 - (3) (O)
Grant and Proposal Development

Focuses on the principal investigator role and the process of obtaining financial support from external sources to support desired projects and activities. Emphasis is on phases of developing ideas; identifying sources of funds; researching funding sources; writing, submitting, and reviewing proposals; administering grants.

EDLF 880 - (3-6) (E)
Leadership Assessment and Development

Analysis of the research related to leadership effectiveness with an emphasis on the individual as a leader and the role of the educational leaders in management of human resources. Participants use leadership assessment procedures and programmed simulation to provide indicators of the individual leadership style and effectiveness.

EDLF 881 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Supervision of Instruction

Basic concepts involved in modern educational supervision. A service course to serve the requirements of administrative positions or of curriculum specialists.

EDLF 882 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Theory and Practice of Educational Supervision

Prerequisite: EDLF 881
Course provides students with depth of understanding and some practice in selected aspects of educational supervision, such as group process, leadership theory and techniques, human relations, evaluation of teaching and supervision, in-service teacher education.

EDLF 883 - (1-3) (IR)
Elementary Administration Seminar

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Advanced study of current major problems in administering the elementary school. May be repeated for credit.

EDLF 884 - (1-3) (IR)
Secondary School Administration Seminar

Advanced study of current major problems encountered in administering the secondary school.

EDLF 885 - (1-3) (IR)
Special Seminar-Elementary Administration

A multidisciplinary approach to the advanced study of current major problems encountered in administering the elementary school.

EDLF 887 - (1-3) (IR)
Seminar-Secondary Administration

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
A multidisciplinary approach to the advanced study of current major problems encountered in administering the secondary school.

EDLF 888 - (1-3) (IR)
Middle School Administration Seminar

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Advanced study of current major problems in administering the middle school.

EDLF 893 - (1-12) (S)
Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Students work under close guidance of a faculty member on areas of particular interest to the student when such need and interest can not be met by a regularly scheduled course. A plan of study should be signed by the faculty sponsor and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs.

EDLF 894 - (1-12) (S)

EDLF 895 - (1-12) (S)

EDLF 896 - (3-6) (Y)
Practicum in Educational Administration

A semester- or year-long project in educational administration supervised by a resident faculty member.

EDLF 897 - (1-6) (IR)
Topical Seminar: Leadership

May be repeated for credit.

EDLF 898 - (1-6) (IR)
Supervised Research

EDLF 899 - (1-6) (SI)
Master's Thesis

A thesis project conducted under the guidance of the master's advisor or others approved by the departmental chair. A formal plan should be filed in the Office of Student Affairs, and the final project must be approved by at least two Curry faculty members.

EDLF 900 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Seminar: Administration and Supervision

This seminar deals with dissertation proposal development for doctoral students in educational administration. This seminar is a requirement for all doctoral degree candidates.

EDLF 966 - (3-6) (Y)
Policy Studies Seminar

May be repeated for credit.

EDLF 980 - (3) (IR)
Higher Education Seminar: Current Literature

May be repeated for credit.

EDLF 981 - (3) (Y)
Research Seminar in Higher Education

Specialized seminar for advanced doctoral students in higher education. Current research topics and strategies in the field are discussed and dissertation topics are developed.

EDLF 993 - (1-6) (SI)
Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Students work under close guidance of a faculty member on areas of particular interest to the student when such need and interest can not be met by a regularly scheduled course. A plan of study should be signed by the faculty sponsor and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs.

EDLF 995 - (1-6) (SI)
Supervised Research

Prerequisite: Permission of advisor
Permits students to work jointly with faculty or other students in cooperatively designing and executing research projects. The nature and scope of such projects are advanced beyond the master's level, and a plan of research should be signed and filed in the student's permanent file.

EDLF 996 - (1-12) (SI)
Independent Research

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Permits students to work independently under the supervision of a Curry faculty member. A plan of research should be signed by the faculty member and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs.

EDLF 997 - (3-6) (Y)
Internship: Ed.D. or Ph.D.

Section 1 -   A supervised internship designed for doctoral students to gain experience in the profession of education. Must be completed after admission to the doctoral program, and under the direct supervision of a Curry faculty member.
Section 2 - Practicum in Educational Administration.   A semester or year long project in educational administration supervised by a resident faculty member. A formal "contract" must be created, signed by the student and faculty advisor, and filed in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
Section 3 -   A supervised experience in higher education.

EDLF 999 - (1-12) (S)
Doctoral Dissertation

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