Course Offerings


Upper Division

540. Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction
Methods of designing curriculum and instruction to accommodate differences and diversity in learners, with an emphasis on utilizing differentiated instructional methodologies to meet the needs of gifted learners in the regular classroom. (4 units)
543. Creativity, Thinking and Problem Solving
Emphasis on characteristics, needs and appropriate education of creatively gifted individuals. Strategies for regular classroom applications of creative and critical thinking skills and infusion of problem solving across the curriculum. (4 units)


May not be taken by undergraduate students.
620. School Curriculum
History, organization and operation of American K-12 schools; curriculum trends; recent practices in K-12 education. Formerly EELB 622, 640, 662; ESEC 662 and 699. (4 units)
624. Advanced Teaching Methodology
Development of various advanced teaching methods as well as self and peer coaching for the improvement of teaching. Formerly EELB 580, 624; ESEC 516 and 624. (4 units)
628. Educational Assessment in K-12 Schools
Development and utilization of educational assessment techniques to obtain reliable and useful information to document student achievement in K-12 schools. Includes the study of traditional assessment measures as well as authentic assessment and outcome-based methods. Formerly EELB 644 and ESEC 644. (4 units)
630. Children's Literature in the Classroom
Intensive study of children's literature as it applies in elementary and middle school classrooms with an emphasis on developing familiarity with the variety and wealth of literature available, strategies for classroom instruction and appropriate assessment tools. Formerly EELB 630. Prerequisite: EELB 345 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
632. Mathematics Clinic
Administration of diagnostic instruments and assessment procedures to elementary school students, followed by prescription and initiation of remedial measures to strengthen the mathematics areas. Formerly EELB 632. Prerequisites: MATH 301 and four additional quarter units in mathematics. (4 units)
634. Advanced Social Studies Methods
Advanced seminar for elementary educators exploring current research, curriculum, and methods in social studies instruction. Formerly EELB 634. (4 units)
636. Advanced Science Methods
Intensive study of teaching science in elementary school. Exploration, analysis, interpretation and implementation of science process teaching. Intended for experienced teachers. Formerly EELB 636. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (4 units)
638. Advanced Educational Psychology
Advanced seminar exploring recent theory and research on cognition, personality, and psychosocial development with an emphasis on examining their interactions with the learning process. Formerly EELB 620 and ESEC 620. Prerequisite: an upper-division child development course. (4 units)
645. Instructional Strategies for Language Development
Assessment and implementation of instructional models and strategies for language development to enhance pedagogy and learning in K-12 schools. (4 units)
650. Professional Teacher Development
  1. Seminar A: Designed to support teachers pursuing National Board Certification. Teachers will review research of effective teaching strategies and examine their own practice as a foundation for effective decision making. Emphasis on student learning and development, student motivation, and the influence of context and culture on student learning and behavior. In addition, teachers will examine subject matter knowledge including how disciplinary knowledge is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and applied to real world settings. Formerly EELB 650A and ESEC 650A. (4 units)
  2. Seminar B: Assists teachers pursuing National Board Certification. Examines instructional settings and techniques designed to capture and sustain student interest and ensure academic success. In addition, teachers will examine the use of multiple methods for measuring student growth and understanding. Formerly EELB 650B and ESEC 650B. Prerequisite or corequisite: EDCI 650A. (4 units)
652. Service Learning in Public Schools
Study of service learning, a pedagogy that integrates academic curriculum with community service. Examines the principles and best practices of including service learning in classrooms. Includes a field component. Formerly EELB 652 and ESEC 652. (4 units)
653. Supervision and Mentoring of Classroom Teachers
Emphasizes the skills needed to support and mentor teachers as outlined in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. Formerly EELB 653 and ESEC 653. (4 units)
655. Early Adolescent Educational Psychology
Advanced seminar exploring recent theory and research on cognition, personality, and psycho-social development in early adolescents (grades 5-9) with emphasis on examining their interactions with the learning process. (4 units)
656. Curriculum for Early Adolescents
Curriculum development and alignment to the state standards for grades 5-9, including assessment and accountability methods and measures. Formerly ESEC 517 and 617. Prerequisites: EDCI 620 and 628. (4 units)
657. Instructional Strategies for Early Adolescent Education
Effective instructional methods and evaluation procedures that address the needs of early adolescents in grades 5-9. Formerly ESEC 521 and 621. Prerequisite: EDCI 624. (4 units)
663. Comprehensive Evaluation in Curriculum and Instruction
Review and preparation for the written comprehensive examination as well as the administration of the comprehensive examination. Formerly EELB 633 and ESEC 633. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and consent of program coordinator. (2 units)
664. Thesis/Project Design in Curriculum and Instruction
Steps and processes involved in the design and development of research proposals with emphasis on master's thesis/project. Formerly EELB 664, 698 and ESEC 664. Prerequisites: completion of all core and required program courses in the M.A. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction Option. (2 units)
999. Comprehensive Examination
An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the master's program, and in good academic standing. (0 units)

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