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Creative Arts

GEMS 6410

Art in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice I0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in art in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6411

Art in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice II0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEMS 6410 and permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in art in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6412

Creative Arts in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice I0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in the creative arts in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6413

Creative Arts in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice II0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEMS 6412 and permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in the creative arts in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6414

Drama in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice I0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in drama in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6415
Drama in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice II0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEMS 6414 and permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in drama in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6416
Music in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice I0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in music in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6417
Music in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice II0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEMS 6416 and permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in music in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6418
Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Creative Arts

1.0 unit

GEMS 6419

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Creative Arts0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
These courses are designed to allow students to study in greater depth a topic in the creative arts that is treated more briefly in another graduate course or a related topic that is not covered in another graduate course.

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Foundations

GEMS 6421

Principles and Practices of Curriculum Construction

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
Concepts of the curriculum: basic principles of construction; social influence; selection of subject matter; placement problems; organization of instruction; evaluation of outcome.

GEMS 6422

Knowledge and the Curriculum

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
A study of the implications of the nature of knowledge for the elementary and middle school curriculum: the conditions of knowledge; the structure of knowledge theories; the patterns of curriculum; the current debate on curriculum; the justification of curricular decisions.

GEMS 6423

Crucial Issues in Elementary and Middle School Education

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
The course addresses a range of crucial issues related to the foundations of elementary and middle school education. It focuses on such issues as the changing child, school, aims, and social attitudes; curriculum, teaching, assessment; and alternatives to schooling. The topic under which the issues will be discussed may vary from year to year.

GEMS 6424

Seminar and Project: Focus on Teaching

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This course is designed to integrate the student’s coursework through the completion of a project related to some aspect of elementary or middle school education. It will normally be the last course students take in the Master of Education, elementary and middle school education program.

GEMS 6425

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Education: Psychological Perspectives

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This course is designed to allow students to study in greater depth topics in psychological issues relating to elementary and middle school education.

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French

GEMS 6431

French in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice I

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in French in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6432

French in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice II

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEMS 6431 and permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in French in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6436

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School French

1.0 unit

GEMS 6437

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School French

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

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Language Arts

GLIT 6727

Foundations of Literacy Learning I

0.5 unit
See Literacy Education course listings.

GLIT 6728

Foundations of Literacy Learning II

0.5 unit
See Literacy Education course listings.

GEMS 6446

Special Topics in Language Arts1.0 unit

GEMS 6447

Special Topics in Language Arts

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

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Mathematics

GEMS 6401/GCRD 6336
Numeracy in the Curriculum I

0.5 unit
An examination of the concepts of number and operations from grades primary to twelve. Research on number sense is investigated with the aim to develop classroom instruction strategies that foster students’ quantitative thinking.

GEMS 6402/GCRD 6337
Numeracy in the Curriculum II

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: GEMS 6401/GCRD 6336
An examination of number concepts as they apply in the areas of measurement, probability, and statistics from grades primary to twelve. Research on these areas of application of number sense is investigated with the aim to develop classroom instruction strategies that foster students’ quantitative thinking.

GEMS 6403/GCRD 6338
Problem Solving and Problem Posing in School Mathematics

0.5 unit
An investigation of the literature pertaining to problem solving and problem posing in the context of mathematics learning. Students will learn about divergent and convergent thinking processes in mathematics, the integration of creativity and problem solving strategies and their place in the mathematics classroom.

GEMS 6404/GCRD 6339
Educational Perspectives on the Nature of Mathematics

0.5 unit
An examination of mathematics, as a form of knowledge and a teachable subject, from multiple perspectives, including philosophy of mathematics education, psychology and cognitive science, and the philosophy, history and sociology of mathematics. Students will consider implications of these perspectives for their teaching practice.

GEMS 6426/GCRD 6326

Learning Difficulties in School Mathematics
0.5 unit
An examination of research on mathematics anxiety, mathematics disabilities, and other learning issues. The course provides an opportunity to use existing tools or to develop specific instruments for determining problematic areas and to plan appropriate teaching strategies.

GEMS 6427/GCRD 6327

Interdisciplinary Study of School Mathematics
0.5 unit
An examination of research on the learning of mathematics in the context of other subject areas, or other fields of applications. This course provides an opportunity to study mathematical experiences that offer meaningful and authentic connections to various topics of educational interest.

GEMS 6428/GCRD 6328

Pedagogical Approaches in School Mathematics
0.5 unit
An examination of pedagogical approaches in mathematics education. Research on techniques beyond direct instruction is investigated with the aim to develop an extensive pedagogical toolbox of strategies for teaching mathematics. While mathematical content is not the major emphasis of the course, it is often the vehicle for discussion of the pedagogical approaches. Note: Students who have received credit for GEMS 6462 may not take this course for credit.

GEMS 6429

Curricular Topics in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics
0.5 unit
An examination of current perspectives in mathematics education regarding content knowledge at the elementary and middle school levels. Areas to be reviewed include research on students’ development of quantitative, algebraic, spatial, and statistical reasoning. Note: Students who have received credit for GEMS 6461 may not take this course for credit.

GEMS 6466

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics

1.0 unit

GEMS 6467

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
These courses are designed to allow students to study in greater depth a topic in elementary and middle school mathematics that is treated more briefly in another graduate course or a related topic that is not covered in another graduate course.

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Science

GEMS 6471

Science in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice I

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in science in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6472

Science in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice II

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEMS 6471 and permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in science in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6476

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Science1.0 unit

GEMS 6477

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Science

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
These courses are designed to allow students to study in greater depth a topic in elementary and middle school science that is treated more briefly in another graduate course or a related topic that is not covered in another graduate course.

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Social Studies

GEMS 6481

Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice I

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in social studies in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6482

Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum: Theory and Practice II

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEMS 6481 and permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in social studies in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6486

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies 1.0 unit

GEMS 6487

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
These courses are designed to allow students to study in greater depth a topic in elementary and middle school social studies that is treated more briefly in another graduate course or a related topic that is not covered in another graduate course.

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Values/Morals/Religious Education

GEMS 6491

Values/Moral/Religious Education: Theory and Practice I

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in values/moral/religious education in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6492

Values/Moral/Religious Education: Theory and Practice II

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: GEMS 6425 and permission of the instructor
This course will deal with curricular applications and organization in values/moral/religious education in the elementary and middle school as they arise from the examination of theoretical perspectives.

GEMS 6496

Special Topics in Values/Moral/Religious Education 1.0 unit

GEMS 6497

Special Topics in Values/Moral/Religious Education

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
These courses are designed to allow students to study in greater depth a topic in values/moral/religious education that is treated more briefly in another graduate course or a related topic that is not covered in another graduate course.

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General Courses

GEMS 6453

Research Seminar in Elementary and Middle School Education0.5 unit

GEMS 6454

Research Seminar in Elementary and Middle School Education

0.5 unit

GEMS 6455

Research Seminar in Elementary and Middle School Education

1.0 unit
A seminar course for MEd or MA students in a topic related to elementary and middle school education. Topics will vary. May be taken more than once for credential credit.

GEMS 6456

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Education

0.5 unit

GEMS 6457

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Education

0.5 unit

GEMS 6458

Special Topics in Elementary and Middle School Education1.0 unit
Special topics courses are designed to allow students to study in greater depth a topic that is treated more briefly in another graduate course or a related topic that is not covered in another graduate course. May be taken more than once for credential credit.

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