2017-2018 Academic Year
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GEPY 6601

Statistics0.5 unit
Focuses attention on descriptive statistics and parametric and non-parametric univariate inferential statistics, such as correlation, chi-square, analysis of variance and analysis of covariance. It also introduces the student to the use of one statistical computer package.

GEPY 6602
Theories of Learning and Instruction

0.5 unit
Examines historical and contemporary theories of learning and instruction.

GEPY 6603
Program Evaluation

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: GEDU 6170 or equivalent

A review of contemporary methods for evaluating social programs, particularly educational programs and curricula. Students will learn to choose among models, design evaluation plans, and critically appraise evaluation reports. Results of major evaluations will be studied.

GEPY 6604

Problems in Educational Measurement and Assessment0.5 unit
Prerequisite: GEDU 6170 or equivalent
An intermediate course designed to examine the foundations of measurement and the implications these have for the principles and practice of standardized testing.

GEPY 6605

Evaluation in the Classroom0.5 unit
Prerequisite: GEDU 6170
A critical examination of theories and practices in classroom evaluation. The focus of the course is on current classroom practice and the establishment of principles which guide "best" practice. Examples from students' own experience will be used, as well as cases contributed by the instructor. The relationship of classroom evaluation practice to larger system evaluation issues will be explored. Students will have an opportunity to undertake an in-depth exploration of a particular aspect of evaluation in the classroom.

GEPY 6606

Values Reasoning0.5 unit
An analysis of issues using the process of values reasoning. This process involved assessing value questions or claims, making justified value judgements and resolving value conflicts. Values reasoning entails viewing issues with greater insight, dealing with complexity, understanding different perspectives, developing empathy and acceptance and becoming more sensitive to the ethical dimensions of issues and problems.

GEPY 6607

Practicum in Evaluation0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEPY 6603 or 6605
Individual evaluation placements in schools or other agencies designed to provide experience with planning, conducting and reporting on program evaluations. Issues addressed in the seminar will include team dynamics, political factors, ethical considerations and project management.

GEPY 6608

Intermediate Statistics and Research Design0.5 unit
Prerequisite: GEPY 6601 or equivalent
This course examines more advanced topics in analysis of variance such as repeated measures in one-way and factorial designs. It also includes multiple regression and multivariate statistics such as discriminant analysis and factor analysis. The use of data analysis by computer is emphasized.

GEPY 6641

Theory and Practice of Human Relations I0.5 unit

GEPY 6642

Theory and Practice of Human Relations II0.5 unit
Introductory courses which explore the dynamics of human communication and relationships, with particular attention to relationships in educational settings. Support of effective communication is given particular attention. An emphasis is placed on experiential approaches to developing skills.

GEPY 6643

Current Theories of Personality0.5 unit
A study of the meaning, various theories, structure and fundamental principles involved in the development of the methods and results of personality study and measurement.

GEPY 6644

Group Process in Education0.5 unit
Explores the dynamics of groups and group communication, formation of groups, and stages (initial, transition, working and ending) of groups. The relationship of classes of students and groups of teaching staff to group process will be examined. There will be an emphasis on the skills and attitudes required to become an effective member of a group. Students will develop their skills through experience as a member of a group.

GEPY 6645

Mediation and Conflict Resolution0.5 unit
The course will focus on learning how to respond to conflict in classrooms, how to support students involved in conflict, and how to support students to develop strategies to independently respond to conflict, as classroom teachers. Consideration will be given to conflict resolution in relationships with colleagues. Examples will be taken from students' own professional experiences as well as cases provided by the instructor. An emphasis on an experiential approach is followed throughout the course.

GEPY 6646

Human Relations Program Design0.5 unit
An evaluation of programs for psychological services and curriculum in human relations from a variety of frameworks. Programs may include anger management, self-esteem, anti-bullying, sexuality and gender relations. Students also design new programs or revise existing programs to reflect their choice of frameworks and consider implementation strategies for school and workplace settings.

GEPY 6647

Issues in Human Relations0.5 unit
Prerequisite: registration in the Human Relations route.
This is normally the last course taken in the Human Relations concentration.
A seminar designed to help achieve synthesis of the program and to provide an opportunity to explore issues of interest to individual students. An opportunity to review assumptions about human relations in the light of current research and practice and to reflect on one's own perspective. Students will engage in in-depth study in a human relations issue relevant to their professional practice.

GEPY 6653

Research Seminar in Educational Psychology0.5 unit

GEPY 6654

Research Seminar in Educational Psychology0.5 unit

GEPY 6655

Research Seminar in Educational Psychology1.0 unit
A seminar course for MEd or MA students in a topic related to Educational Psychology. Topics will vary. May be taken more than once for credential credit.

GEPY 6656

Special Topics in Educational Psychology0.5 unit

GEPY 6657

Special Topics in Educational Psychology0.5 unit

GEPY 6658

Special Topics in Educational Psychology

1.0 unit
These courses are designed to allow students to study in greater depth a topic in educational psychology that is treated more briefly in another graduate course or a related topic that is not covered in another graduate course. Note: These courses may be taken more than once for credential credit.

Note: The following courses are specialized courses for the education of the blind or visually impaired and the deaf or hard of hearing. Courses are taught online for Fall, Winter and Spring. The summer courses normally are taught off-campus at the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) in Halifax. As well, students should be aware that practicums in the first and second year of the program are required. These normally involve concentrations of 4 weeks in the first year and 6 weeks in the second year in sites selected by the program committee in consultation with the field and the student. It is important to note that while program representatives consult with students, options for placement are determined based on availability and may involve travel and/or relocation for brief periods.

GEPY 6903

Audiology for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

0.5 unit
An introduction to audiology, diagnosis and management of hearing loss, speech perception and acoustic environments.

GEPY 6904

Aural/Oral Rehabilitation

0.5 unit
An introduction to aural/oral rehabilitation with a focus on phonetics, speech reading, speech perception, speech development, auditory skill development and the use of remedial hearing including the use of hearing aids and cochlear implants.

GEPY 6905

Communication for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

0.5 unit
An examination of the linguistics of visual, non-verbal language codes. Students will be introduced to different sign language codes, with particular emphasis on ASL and Signed English, and their applications in educational and social settings. The course will also provide students the opportunity to develop skills at a basic level in the receptive and expressive use of sign language.

GEPY 6906

Seminar and Internship in Deaf Education

1.0 unit
A minimum of 500 hours of observation and student teaching of deaf children at all levels from preschool to high school and in all settings, including self-contained settings, inclusive settings, one to one instruction, consultation and direct service. The seminar component of the course provides trainees with the opportunity for discussion and feedback on the internship experience. The internship will focus on the development of such skills as the identification of the special educational needs of deaf children; use of appropriate and differentiated teaching methods; planning, delivery and evaluation of an appropriate curriculum; effective time management in a range of educational settings; working effectively with professional colleagues and other adults; promotion of language development and communication skills in deaf children.

GEPY 6907

Special Topics in Deaf/Hard of Hearing0.5 unit

GEPY 6908

Special Topics in Deaf/Hard of Hearing

0.5 unit
Pre-requisite: permission of the instructor
These courses are designed to allow students to study in greater depth a topic in Deaf Education that is treated more briefly in another graduate course or a related topic not covered in another graduate course.

GEPY 6909

Implications of Deafness for Diagnostic Assessments and Curriculum Access I

0.5 unit
An introduction to current knowledge in the area of assessment, curriculum development and implementation for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Note: Students who have received credit for GEPY 6901 may not take this course for credit.

GEPY 6910

Implications of Deafness for Diagnostic Assessments and Curriculum Access II

0.5 unit
A more advanced course in assessment, curriculum development and strategies for curriculum implementation for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. This course will focus on the adaptation of current public school curriculum for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Note: Students who have received credit for GEPY 6901 may not take this course for credit.

GEPY 6911

Functional Implications of Visual Impairment

0.5 unit
This course examines the educational and rehabilitative implications of visual dysfunction. Structure and function of the visual system including the neural pathways are examined. The assessment of visual performance, both medical and functional, is examined. The interpretation of ophthalmic and optometric data essential for individualized program planning with the visually impaired is addressed.

GEPY 6912

Foundations of Orientation and Mobility for Teachers of the Visually Impaired

0.5 unit
This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles and fundamentals of orientation and mobility. Emphasis is placed on the study of the human sensory motor systems, concept formation, and spatial orientation as these topics relate to environmental orientation and mobility. The student will gain insight into travel problems of the visually impaired, travel options (e.g., dog guide, sighted guide, long cane), the effective use of remaining senses, and methodologies in orientation and mobility skills for those who are totally blind, have low vision or who have multiple disabilities. The orientation and mobility needs of individuals of various ages will also be presented.

GEPY 6913

Literacy for Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired

0.5 unit
An examination of the implications for both the learner and the educator when the student must use tactual codes for reading, writing, and mathematics. The topics will include: the development of tactual codes; a comparison of visual and tactual perception; braille reading readiness; principles of teaching braille reading and writing; the Nemeth code and teaching strategies; and codes used for music, foreign languages, and computer programming. The student will be required to master the Grade II level of the braille literary code and the Nemeth code for mathematics.

GEPY 6914

Assistive Technology for Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired

0.5 unit
An examination of technology designed or adapted for students with a visual impairment. The main focus of the course will be to acquaint students with electronic reading/writing/typing systems; tactile and spoken word output reading machines; braille, speech and large print computer terminals and microcomputers; and other adaptive technological devices currently being implemented in educational programs for students who are visually impaired. Hands-on experience with commercially available devices will help students to develop skills in equipment operations and interfacing.

GEPY 6915

Assessment and Program Planning for Students with a Visual Impairment

0.5 unit
The focus of this course is a critical analysis of assessment including psychometric tests; curriculum-based assessment; informal assessment; and observations, as well as the function of assessment in relation to adaptive instruction for the visually impaired. Implications for interpreting test results relative to the implications of visual impairment upon test performance will be examined. This course prepares the participant to function as a member of a multidisciplinary team in educational settings. Skills in administering a variety of assessment tools, planning and implementing teaching strategies, and evaluating the teaching process will be developed.

GEPY 6917

Seminar and Internship

1.0 unit
A minimum of 350 hours of field-based practicum experience is required. These may be arranged in the following settings: itinerant programs for school age children; residential programs for students with a visual impairment; itinerant programs for preschool children; regular classrooms in which a student with a visual impairment is integrated; consultant-teacher position; other agencies/programs serving those with a visual impairment. In most placements, students will be assigned specific teaching responsibilities under the direction of the supervising staff member. Each student will be expected to complete observations and teaching assignments in a variety of settings during their internship.

GEPY 6918

Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments I

0.5 unit
An introduction to strategies and techniques required to adapt curricula to make it accessible to students with a visual impairment. The focus will be on strategies to teach disability specific skills essential to the learner with limited visual input. Note: Students who have received credit for GEPY 6919 may not take this course for credit.

GEPY 6919

Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments II

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: GEPY 6918
An examination of curriculum development and adaptation in various educational programs. The course focuses on the implications of educating students with a visual impairment in the regular classroom. Note: Students who have received credit for GEPY 6919 may not take this course for credit.

GEPY 6920

Special Topics in the Education of Learners with Visual Impairments0.5 unit

GEPY 6921

Special Topics in the Education of Learners with Visual Impairments0.5 unit
These courses are designed to enable students to study a topic in education learners with visual impairments in greater depth a topic in visual impairment that is treated more briefly in another graduate course or a related topic not covered in another graduate course.

GEPY 6922

A Comparative Analysis of Language Development in Students with Normal Hearing and Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing I0.5 unit
An introduction to linguistics, theories of language development, and the process of language acquisition in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Note: Students who have received credit for GEPY 6902 may not take this course for credit.

GEPY 6923

A Comparative Analysis of Language Development in Students with Normal Hearing and Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing II0.5 unit
An advanced examination of linguistics, theories of language development, and the process of language acquisition in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The course also focuses on the development of literacy skills including teaching English as a second language to, and the diagnostic assessment of reading achievement of, students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Note: Students who have received credit for GEPY 6902 may not take this course for credit.


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