Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

EDMG - Middle Grades Education

EDMG 5001 Prof Seminar & Field Studies

Candidates will demonstrate in public school classrooms, their entry level proficiency as teachers by drawing on deep content knowledge; planning, implementing, and evaluating curriculum; fostering and assessing student learning; identifying and planning for the needs of diverse learners; and contributing positively to the educational life of the school and community.

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EDMG 5002 Prof Sem/Field Studies/MG MAT

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all courses required during summer of the MAT program: EDMG 5001, EDMG 5212, EDMG 5250, and EDIT 5220. As part of the teacher education program, the student demonstrates in public school classrooms the abilities to draw on deep content knowledge in order to plan, implement and evaluate curriculum; to foster and to assess student learning; to identify and plan for the needs of diverse learners; to contribute positively to the educational life of the school and community.

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EDMG 5212 Learning and the Learner

As part of the teacher education program, the student demonstrates in public school classrooms the abilities to draw on deep content and pedagogical content knowledge in order to plan, implement and evaluate curriculum; to foster and to assess student learning; to identify and plan for the needs of diverse learners; to contribute positively to the educational life of the school and community. Co-requisites: EDMG 5250, EDMG 5001, and EDIT 5220.

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EDMG 5214 Middle Grades Learner

The course content and activities develops the teacher candidate’s knowledge of middle level learners to include the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and moral characteristics, needs, and interests of young adolescents as well as the role community plays in their lives. The middle grades philosophy is also integrated into the content.

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EDMG 5240 Curriculum & Instruction

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses in the Middle Grades Master of Arts in Teaching Math and Science (MG MAT M&S): EDMG 5212, EDMG 5250, and EDIT 5220. As part of the Middle Grades MAT in mathematics and science, the student learns to study, analyze and implement appropriate curriculum and instruction for young adolescents.

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EDMG 5243 Capstone

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses in the Middle Grades Master of Arts in Teaching Math and Science (MG MAT M&S): EDMG 5001, EDMG 5212, EDMG 5250, EDIT 5220, EDMG 5240, EDMG 5245, EDMG 5002, EDRD 5210, EDEX 6111, and EDIT 5222. This experience is planned with the MAT mentor leader and may involve the public schools.

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EDMG 5245 Curriculum & Assessment

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses in the Middle Grades Master of Arts in Teaching Math and Science (MG MAT M&S): EDMG 5001, EDMG 5212, EDMG 5250, and EDIT 5220. As part of the Middle Grades MAT in mathematics and science, the student learns to study, analyze and implement appropriate curriculum and assessment for young adolescents.

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EDMG 5250 Pedagogy & Nature/Disciplines

As part of the Middle Grades MAT in mathematics and science, the student learns to study the organization and major themes of the content disciplines, and to apply this knowledge to the development of curricular themes. Co-requisites: EDMG 5212 and EDMG 5001.

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EDMG 5255 Family/School/Community

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses in the Middle Grades Master of Arts in Teaching Math and Science (MG MAT M&S): EDMG 5212, EDMG 5250, EDIT 5220, EDMG 5240, EDMG 5245, EDMG 5002, EDRD 5210, EDEX 6111, and EDIT 5222. This course examines the interactive relationships among families, communities, and middle schools that can provide for a more responsive education for young adolescents. Graduate students will study recent research in order to deepen their understanding of the ways that these relationships have an impact on student learning and create a plan for improving this aspect of middle grades education before becoming certified teachers.

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EDMG 5960 Internship

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous courses in the Middle Grades Master of Arts in Teaching Math and Science (MG MAT M&S): EDMG 5001, EDMG 5212, EDMG 5250, EDIT 5220, EDMG 5240, EDMG 5245, EDMG 5002, EDRD 5210, EDEX 6111, and EDIT 5222. An individually designed and planned learning experience involving field experience. Must be approved by department chairperson. A course fee is required for student teaching. The monies are used to provide a stipend for host teachers. This course is repeatable for credit.

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EDMG 6050 Teachers as Researchers I

The course is designed to provide opportunities for classroom teachers to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions as a teacher researcher; analyze theories and practical applications of action research, understand the components of a professional research study; reflect upon one’s own practice; and examine the ethical, legal, and professional issues and responsibilities of conducting research.

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EDMG 6060 Teachers as Researchers II

Prerequisite: EDMG 6050. Teachers as Researchers II builds on knowledge, skills, and dispositions from Teachers as Researchers I to help students further refine their research question as well as design and implement their study centered on improving their teaching practice.

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EDMG 6123 Positive Behavior Interv & Sup

This course focuses specifically on an introduction to school climate and culture and its influence on student achievement and behavior. Emphasis will be placed on an introduction to the PBIS framework, philosophy, core beliefs, and components and its role within school culture and climate, and concludes with a project in which students will design a school-wide PBIS program from scratch. The ultimate purpose of each of these steps is to assist students in developing a foundation upon which students may become architects of change within their districts and schools.

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EDMG 6211 Soc Stds in the Middle Grades

A study of the social studies disciplines and instructional strategies appropriate for the middle grades. Emphasis is placed on developing concepts in geography, history, economics, and government.

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EDMG 6214 Early Adolescent Literature

A study of current literature for the preadolescent/adolescent, focusing on contemporary realistic fiction, biographies, science fiction, poetry, and historical fiction.

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EDMG 6225 Life Science for Middle Grades

A content course which integrates physical and life science. Students acquire a basis for understanding the electrical nature of all matter by relating matter and energy between organisms and their environment.

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EDMG 6226 Physical Science for Midl Grds

A content course introducing the concept of the scientific model. Students acquire basis for understanding the electrical nature of all matter by relating matter and energy to electrical phenomena.

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EDMG 6227 Geol for Middle Grde Teachers

A content course built upon the unifying theory of plate tectonics and explores how this concept can be used to explain the occurrences of volcanoes, earthquakes, and other geologic phenomena.

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EDMG 6228 Ast/Met for Mdl Grade Teachers

A content course built upon the theme of the uniqueness of the Earth among all planets in the solar system and the features that produce weather. The focus is on planetary astronomy and topics in weather.

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EDMG 6233 Capstone

The course will serve as a culmination of coursework in the candidate’s major field of study and the study of how educational research methodologies can be used to test assumptions related to collaborative school improvement. Candidates will present a portfolio of their work to provide evidence of their ability to meet NMSA/NCATE Master’s Standards and the Georgia Systematic Teacher Education Program (GSTEP) Framework.

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EDMG 6240 Curr & Methods MG Education

Emphasis on characteristics of preadolescent, curriculum for the middle grade student, and instructional strategies appropriate for the preadolescent learner.

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EDMG 6241 Contemp Iss & Trends in MG Ed

Current events, trends, and opinions of middle level education related to the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs of the adolescent focusing on the teacher as a practitioner of research.

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EDMG 6242 STEM Methods

The purpose of this course is to provide teacher candidates with content-specific knowledge, methods, and theoretical basis necessary for success in the middle school science and mathematics classrooms. The course content emphasizes: teaching for conceptual understanding, problem solving, reasoning and sense making, inquiry (hands-on and minds-on instruction), modeling, representations, use of technology, and especially, design of interdisciplinary, integrated curricular units. The course is also designed to help teacher candidates to develop an understanding of how to use national and state science (e.g., the Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS]) and mathematics (e.g., the Common Core State Standards-Mathematics [CCSSM]) standards in lesson planning, instruction, and assessment, and become aware of various teaching resources that are available to enrich math instruction.

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EDMG 6245 MG Assessment Theory & Pract

Examines in-depth the integral role of assessment in the teaching-learning process that occurs in elementary schools. It includes discuss and experiences with issues related to student assessment, teaching assessment, curriculum assessment and school assessment.

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EDMG 6255 Family & School Partnerships

This course examines the interactive relationships among families, schools, and communities. Students will examine recent research in order to deepen their understanding of the ways that these relationships have an impact on student learning.

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EDMG 6260 Writng Inst in the Midl Grades

A study of the reading and writing processes in the middle grades. Emphasis will be placed on current trends in written discourse language, and evaluating writing.

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EDMG 6290 Devel of Log and Creat Thought

This course focuses on the development of the thinking processes of middle grades children. Particular emphasis is placed on the learning of mathematics in the middle grades.

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EDMG 7269 EdS Capstone in Mid Grades Ed

Prerequisites: EDCI 7741, EDCI 7742, EDCI 7743, EDCI 7744. This course will serve as a culmination of coursework in the candidate's major field of study and a research-based investigation of "Authentic Learning Communities" and becoming a dynamic leader in Middle Grades Education and the candidate's content discipline. Candidates should complete all prerequisite courses before taking this course within the last 6 hours of their Specialist degree coursework. Candidates will present a portfolio of their work to provide evidence of their ability to meet AMLE Advanced Degree Standards and the John H. Lounsbury College of Education Specialist Degree in Education Standards.

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