The purpose of this course is to introduce candidates to a study of human growth and development, to explore historical perspectives in education, and to build a philosophy of teaching and learning. The course will emphasize physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development. Each developmental area will emphasize the process of socialization in diverse familial, linguistic, and cultural settings. Specific issues regarding physical education, health, play, attachment, gender, culture, self concept, specific learning needs, along with other current issues will be discussed. Using practical and theoretical objectives, the class will explore the relevance of the developmental process as it applies in academic and social settings and provide theory- based research approaches for working with critical areas of development.

MATP 600 Human Development (4)

The purpose of this course is to introduce candidates to a study of human learning and knowledge construction. The course will emphasize connections between theoretical principles, concepts, research findings, and applications in settings where teaching and learning occur. Components of psychology, human development, and instructional technology that have contributed to the expansion of education as an academic discipline will be integrated into learning activities. Specific issues regarding constructivism, situated cognition, implicit theories, brain development, apprenticeships, peer collaboration, distance education, and e-learning will be discussed.

MAED 620 Learning Theory (3)

In this course, candidates will work toward establishing a personally compelling professional identity situated within a socially-constructed context. Candidates will examine the roles of mentor, collaborator, and leader in professional settings. Sessions will focus on professional identity and leadership styles within the workplace community. Candidates will analyze the impact of educational and workplace experiences on their identities and expectations as leaders. The course will foster the dispositions necessary to lead effectively within a learning community. Candidates will identify connections between theory and practice through critical dialogue and reflection. This course will include opportunities to discuss advocacy, facilitation of professional growth, community organization and outreach, and issues in diverse cultural contexts.

MAED 630 Professional Identity/Leadership (3)

The purpose of this course is to introduce candidates to the research process and the development of a small-scale study that will be conducted in the workplace environment. Candidates will investigate an educational question within a chosen area under the supervision of a faculty advisor, write a review of literature in the field, and plan the data collection phase.

MATP 691 Action Research 1 (3)

This course offers an issues-based study of social, cultural, philosophical, and historical perspectives on the role of education and schools in society. These issues include demographics, economic factors, cultural diversity, gender, exceptionalities, equity, policy and law, immigration, reform and standards-based movements, the profession of teaching, and the variety of educational structures and purposes. Focus is placed on helping education candidates use this foundational knowledge toward effective teaching and learning in classroom settings and learning environments.

MAED 640 Educational Foundations (3)

This course focuses on the theory and practice of building and nurturing complex reasoning and problem solving competencies that involve science and mathematics. It explores the lineage of problem-solving emphases in science and mathematics education, including the ascendancy of problem-based learning, design, constructivism, and modeling. It surveys different strategies currently employed internationally to build complex reasoning and problem-solving competencies in science and math learning. The course probes scientific and mathematical modeling more deeply, defining it as an emphasis on systems thinking, the conceptual evolution of mathematizing real-world situations knowledge forms, and the adaptation of “big ideas” in science and mathematics to new contexts. This course will feature the design and implementation of multiple Problem-Based-Learning, design, and Model-Eliciting Activity scenarios that are relevant across upper primary through middle and secondary science and mathematics courses.

MAED 690 Complex Reasoning (4)

The purpose of this course is to introduce candidates to the research process and the development of a small-scale study that will be conducted in the workplace environment. Candidates will collect data related to the educational question in their chosen area under the supervision of a faculty advisor, analyze the findings, and present the outcomes in a professional setting.

MATP 692 Action Research 2 (3)

Multiple Literacies means being cognitively and socially literate with paper, live, and electronic texts. This course will explore the increasing complexity of what constitutes literacy and literate practices in a constantly changing, socially and culturally diverse, globalized, and technological world. Candidates will investigate how multiple literacies can equip the students for learning in all content areas. Emphasis will be on rethinking literacy and its role in society by exploring the nature of literacies and how they influence educational demands and promote literacy learning for a diverse range of learners. Critical literacy will be covered in an effort to examine how literacy impacts the development of diverse learners. The capacity to interpret print and multimedia texts for learning in various content areas will be examined. New texts, such as multimodal texts, nonlinear arrangements of information and visual texts will be critiqued. Emphasis will be placed on how multi-literate people are problem solvers and strategic thinkers. A socio-cultural framework will inform the projects, practices and pedagogies directed at preparing individuals to effectively function in a global society and think critically in a world that is marked by change.

MAED 650 Multiple Literacies (3)

This course immerses candidates in exposure to and use of advanced technologies that have a bearing on current and future science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. It examines how various technologies can furnish access to deeper experiences with authentic problem-solving and complex reasoning. Topics such as participatory simulations, augmented, alternate and virtual worlds that highlight scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical structures, problem solving in social spaces, systems that render science and mathematics more visible, computer-supported collaboration, rapid feedback systems and user-generated content and creativity are discussed in depth. Opportunities for students to meaningfully engage in the use of the respective technologies will occur throughout the course.

MAED 691 Advanced Technologies (4)

This Pathways is 30 units to completion.