Department of Curriculum & Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction consists of programs in Secondary Education, Elementary Education, and Literacy Education.

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Faculty

Department Head
  • Cynthia Sunal
Program Coordinators
  • Holly Swain, Elementary
  • Karen Spector, Secondary
  • Julianne Coleman, Literacy
Professors
  • Miguel Mantero
  • Cynthia Sunal
  • Dennis Sunal
  • Elizabeth K. Wilson
Associate professors
  • Cory Callahan
  • Julianne Coleman
  • Janie Hubbard
  • Latrise Johnson
  • Jonathan Shemwell
  • Karen Spector
  • Jeremy Zelkowski
Assistant professors
  • Justin Boyle
  • Lauren Colley
  • Tracey Hodges
  • Alison Hooper
  • Todd Hutner
  • Stephanie Saclarides
  • Jee Kyung Suh
  • Bedrettin Yazan
Clinical associate professor
  • Melisa Fowler
Clinical assistant professors
  • Cailin Kerch
  • Lisa Matherson
  • Holly Swain

Courses

 Elementary Education Programs

CEE
515
Hours
3
Science in Early Childhood and Elementary School

Designed to expand knowledge and competencies of early childhood and elementary teachers of science with specific focus on current standards, research, and inquiry models of instruction.

CEE
516
Hours
3
Social Science in Early Childhood and Elementary School

The focus is on current trends in early childhood and elementary social studies, with particular attention to innovative instructional modes and to relating learning to the learners' social environment.

CEE
517
Hours
3
Lang Arts In Elemy Sch

Designed to extend and strengthen the knowledge and competencies of experienced teachers of communication arts and skills in the elementary school.

CEE
525
Hours
3
Issues Trends in Early Childhood and Elem School Science

Focus on current research and trends in early childhood and elementary science with respect to historical, political, and socio-cultural contexts.

CEE
526
Hours
3
Implementing Early Childhood and Elementary Social Studies

The focus is on considering and applying to one's own classroom the research base of investigating social studies curricula and instruction in early childhood and elementary education.

CEE
530
Hours
3
Modern Elementary School Programs

The evolving elementary school and its program, with emphasis on analysis of current trends that directly affect modern school practices in a societal context.

CEE
532
Hours
3
Early Childhood and Elementary School Curriculum

The purpose of this course is to focus on historical, current trends, and projective perspectives that influence the evolving early childhood and elementary school curriculum framework.

CEE
550
Hours
3
Intro to Teaching Early Childhood and Elementary School Science

Introduction to the teaching of science. Current research is emphasized supporting best instructional practices in science.

CEE
560
Hours
3
Intro to Teaching Early Childhood and Elementary Social Studies

Teaching P-6 social studies using research-based instructional strategies and curriculum.

CEE
565
Hours
3
Classics & Modern Literature for Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Designed to extend and strengthen the knowledge and competencies of experienced teachers in the following areas: major developments in literature for children; genres of children's literature; and effective methods of helping early childhood and elementary children enjoy and use literature.

CEE
570
Hours
3
Teach Reading in Early Childhood and Elementary School

The course provides a foundation in the materials and methods of teaching of early childhood and elementary reading with emphasis on development, assessment, and instruction for individual and small groups of students. Intensive field experience is required.

CEE
574
Hours
3
Guiding Early Childhood and Elementary Pupil Learning

Focuses on understanding how students learn, what physiological and environmental factors influence learning and how teachers can facilitate learning using brain-compatible learning. Included are theories-to-applications of brain-based learning research to classroom instructional situations in early childhood and elementary education.

CEE
578
Hours
3
Teaching Language Arts in the Early Childhood and Elementary School

Deepening understanding of the materials for teaching of language arts in early childhood and elementary schools with emphasis on planning and implementing a writing program. Intensive field experience. Writing proficiency within the discipline is required for a passing grade in the course.

CEE
580
Hours
3
Concepts of Early Childhood and Elementary School Mathematics

Focuses on the current research in P-6 mathematics education concerning how children learn mathematics.

CEE
581
Hours
3
Early Childhood and Elementary Math Curriculum Research

Students learn the role and influence of mathematics curriculum and its interconnectedness to instruction and reflect about school, district, state and/or national curriculums. Explore current issues with US mathematics curriculum and unpack curriculum into intended, enacted, and assessed components for early childhood and elementary education.

CEE
582
Hours
3
Teaching Mathematics to Early Childhood and Elementary Students

This course prepares students to effectively teach mathematics in P-6. Emphasis is on the current research in mathematics education.

CEE
594
Hours
1-6
Problems

Opportunities to study or work independently on topics or projects of individual concern. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CEE
595
Hours
3
Practicum in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in a P-6 setting. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement. Admission to TEP Program is required.

Prerequisite(s): CRD 369, CEE 320, CEE 491, and MUE 385
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CEE 365, CEE 401, CEE 492, CEE 570, and CEE 582
CEE
596
Hours
3
Advanced Practicum

A field-based course providing graduate students with opportunities to practice authentic classroom application of various content areas in P-6 education. Admission to TEP Program is required.

Prerequisite(s): CEE 365, CEE 492, CEE 570, CEE 582 and CEE 595
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CEE 401, CEE 550, CEE 560, CEE 578, BER 450
CEE
597
Hours
3-12
Internship in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education

Observation, participation, and teaching experiences supervised by selected cooperating teachers in P-6 schools. Additional supervision is provided by College of Education personnel.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: EDU 500
CEE
598
Hours
1-3
Non-Thesis Research

No description available.

CEE
616
Hours
3
Adv Soc Studies Elem Sch

The focus in on current trends and research in elementary social studies with particular attention to innovative instructional modes and relating learning to the learner's social environment.

CEE
687
Hours
3
Topical Research Review

Supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CEE
690
Hours
1-3
Advanced Seminar

In-class opportunities to analyze and discuss current topics, problems, and/or projects of collective concern. Topics vary.

CEE
694
Hours
1-6
Problems

Opportunities to study or work independently on topics or projects of individual concern. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CEE
695
Hours
1-12
Practicum

Supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CEE
697
Hours
1-6
Specialist Degree Res

Systematic classroom inquiry is used to engage students in a teacher action research project.

Prerequisite(s): CEE 687
CEE
698
Hours
1-3
Non-Thesis Research

No description available.

CEE
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

No description available.

Curriculum and Instruction Courses

CIE
523
Hours
3
Teaching Visual Arts

This course will focus on the practice of teaching art education in pre-kindergarten, primary, middle and secondary levels. The theory supporting engaging art education and the available and appropriate tools, strategies and resources will be investigated. Students will develop a working knowledge of art materials and methods appropriate for each level of growth.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CIE 592, CRD 512
CIE
524
Hours
3
Improving Visual Arts Instruction

This course will focus on the practice of teaching visual arts education in pre-kindergarten, primary, middle and secondary levels. The theory supporting engaging visual arts education and the available and appropriate tools, strategies and resources will be investigated. Students will develop a working knowledge of art materials and methods appropriate for each level of growth.

CIE
562
Hours
3
Tesol: Basic Methods

Theories, methods, and strategies for English as a second language that focus on communicative competence and cross-cultural understanding. Admission to TEP Program is required.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CSE 592
CIE
567
Hours
3
Improv Foreign Lang Instruct

Critical examination of theoretical perspectives, methods, major issues, and controversies pertinent to teaching foreign language; use of technology in language instruction is a critical component.

CIE
576
Hours
3
Linguistics Classroom Teachers

This linguistic course enables teachers to understand the basics of how the English language functions. Provides information essential for dealing with students whose native language is not English. Offers useful information about various English dialects as well.

CIE
577
Hours
3
Second Language Acquisition

Introduction to and analysis of the main issues and theories in second language acquisition (SLA); students deduce and demonstrate instructional implications.

CIE
578
Hours
3
Second Lang Test Assess Evaln

Preparation in the background and skills necessary to construct classroom-based tests, appropriately use published tests, and understand second or foreign language program evaluation.

CIE
579
Hours
3
Tch English For Lang Prog/Pol

Theories of language learning, acquiring a second language, and current linguistic theories; emphasis is on programs, policies, and instructional methods of ESL education.

CIE
580
Hours
3
Teaching Foreign Languages

Theories, methods, and strategies for foreign language teaching that focus on communicative competence and cross-cultural understanding; use of technology in language education is a critical component. Admission to the TEP Program is required.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CSE 592
CIE
582
Hours
3
Dev Util Instr Matrls

No description available.

CIE
592
Hours
1-3
Field Work

A clinical experience taken concurrently with the methods course and designed to facilitate students' development of pedagogical skills, effective thinking, and professional problem solving.

CIE
597
Hours
3-9
Elementary/Secondary Internsh

Elementary/Secondary Internship.

CIE
599
Hours
1-6
Special Topics in Early Childhood, Elementary, and/or Secondary Education

This course, offered on campus or abroad, provides opportunities to engage with topics or projects of collective concern in early childhood, elementary, and/or secondary education. Topics vary. May be repeated. Offered according to demand.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor
CIE
605
Hours
3
Teachers and Teaching Practices in Classrooms across the World

The focus of this course is research on teachers and their teaching practice in real classrooms.

CIE
606
Hours
3
New Literacies

This course explores and applies theories of new literacies communication, learning, and research.

CIE
609
Hours
3
Discourse & Pedagogy

This seminar will provide foundational training for doing discourse analytic work within research of teaching and learning, with a focus on the integration of theory and methodology. Participants will be asked to conduct an analysis of classroom discourse for final evaluation.

CIE
610
Hours
3
Effective Teaching

Examination of the knowledge base in effective teaching practice through in-depth study of the research literature on classroom instructional practices and conditions, and on the classroom teacher. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

CIE
620
Hours
3
Design Res Classrm Teach

The practice and use of reflection and action research with emphasis on developing professional skills in performing and applying research on classroom teaching and learning leading to teacher empowerment and school reform. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

CIE
621
Hours
3
Writing for Academic Publication

This course will provide doctoral students with information about academic writing and project management. The tools, strategies and resources will be useful as students plan their thesis or dissertation and prepare research for dissemination. Students will learn writing habits, strategies for synthesizing research, and techniques for writing with clarity.

CIE
625
Hours
3
Res Sem Science Curriculum

Designed to enable students to understand and synthesize current research and to develop a theoretical framework in the science curriculum for K-12.

CIE
626
Hours
3
Res Sem Social Studies Curricl

Designed to enable students to understand and synthesize current research and to develop a theoretical framework in social studies education for K-12.

CIE
627
Hours
3
Second Language Literacy

This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the major issues in research and instruction in second language (L2) literacy (reading and writing). An emphasis in this course is on literacy as a cognitive skill. The psycholinguistic processes of reading and writing in a second language will be addressed.

CIE
630
Hours
3
Curric Classroom Teacher

This course discusses the major issues in curriculum design and implementation for the classroom teacher. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

CIE
640
Hours
3
Sem Teachr Educ Program

The course focuses on issues, problems, trends, and research associated with undergraduate and graduate teacher education and certification programs in Alabama , the U.S. , and the world. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

CIE
644
Hours
3
Student Teach Supervision

Organization and administration of student-teaching programs and methods of supervising student-teaching in schools. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

CIE
645
Hours
3
Prof Cont: Tching & Lrning Com

Research-based focus using theoretical frameworks to examine and analyze the professional development continuum.

CIE
656
Hours
3
Sem For Language Eductn Resear

Examination and critical analysis of a wide range of perspectives from the professional literature on teaching and learning a foreign language.

CIE
660
Hours
3
Cognitive Perspectives

The course focuses on systematic descriptions and analysis of major learning theories for classroom application. The intent is to contribute education insight toward more effective teaching through cognitive processes.

CIE
670
Hours
3
Critical Inquiry Curric Pedago

Examinations of different conceptualizations of curriculum and pedagogy in K-12; emphasis on critical theory and postmodern theory and critique.

CIE
675
Hours
3
Theory and Research on Emergent Multilinguals

This course explores the current research base and theoretical frameworks for doctoral students to understand the pedagogies of translingual literacies and study emergent multilinguals in the U.S. public schools.

CIE
676
Hours
3
Linguistics Classroom Teachers

This course involves advanced investigation within general areas of applied linguistic studies such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, writing systems, etc., and their impact on second language acquisition.

CIE
680
Hours
3
Sem In Math Educ Research

Designed to enable students to understand and synthesize current research and to develop a theoretical framework in mathematics education.

CIE
686
Hours
3
Research on Science Teaching

Principles and practices of research into science teaching with a focus on building researchers' professional identities in the field. Topics include the field-specific nature, purposes, methods, rhetoric and impact of research into science teaching.

Prerequisite(s): BER 600, BER 631, and BER 640. Instructor Permission required.
CIE
692
Hours
1-3
Field Work

Field-based opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of collective concern.

CIE
693
Hours
1-6
Workshop

In-class opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of collective concern. Topics vary. May be repeated. Offered according to demand.

Reading Education

CRD
500
Hours
3
Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners

A foundation in the materials and methods for teaching reading and the language arts K-12, with emphasis on intervention programs, assessment, and instruction for individual and small groups of students. Intensive field experience is required.

Prerequisite(s): CRD 369
CRD
510
Hours
3
Expanding Reading

A comprehensive study of the major factors involved in teaching reading at the intermediate grade levels. Techniques for teaching word recognition and comprehension skills are studied extensively.

CRD
511
Hours
3
Beginning Reading in Pre-K and Primary Grades

Attends to the theory and practice of beginning reading; key areas of study include diagnostic and evaluative procedures and the organization and implementation of appropriate instruction for P-6. A field component is required.

CRD
512
Hours
3
Impr Read Second Schools

A comprehensive study of the major components involved in literacy instruction at the secondary level. A field component is required. This course should be taken concurrently with the content methods course and CSE 592.

CRD
553
Hours
3
Foundations Reading Pk-12

A comprehensive study of the theoretical foundations and history of literacy development and instruction in PK-12 settings.

CRD
569
Hours
3
Introduction to Literacy Education

This course provides an overview to the foundations of literacy development and instruction grades PK-12.

CRD
590
Hours
3
Seminar In Literacy Coaching

A comprehensive study of the major theories of and components involved in providing professional development in literacy to teachers and schools.

CRD
593
Hours
3
Practicum in Literacy Coaching

This course provides students with the ability to implement the knowledge base of current research in coaching teachers' literacy instruction by conducting literacy coaching and literacy professional development in P-12 schools.

CRD
595
Hours
1-12
Practicum In Reading

Provides graduate students supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in primary grade settings (preschool-2nd).

Prerequisite(s): Corequisites: CRD 510, CRD 511,and CRD 512
CRD
653
Hours
3
Foundations of Literacy Education P-12

This course explores multiple theories of literacy from a variety of perspectives and lenses. Additional areas of emphasis include a comprehensive study of the theoretical foundations and the history of literacy development and instruction in PK-12 settings, non-traditional settings (e.g. out of school context(s), and social contexts.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
CRD
654
Hours
3
Re-envisioning Reading Assessment and Instruction

Provides advanced study of theoretical perspectives of diagnostic methods and materials for P-12 students at risk of reading failure.

CRD
690
Hours
1-3
Advanced Seminar Crd

Provides students with a knowledge base of the relationship between theory, research and practice in regard to K-12 literacy education.

CRD
693
Hours
1-3
Advanced Workshop

In-class opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of collective concern. Topics vary. May be repeated.

CRD
695
Hours
3
Adv Practicum Readg Education

Provides graduate students supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in intermediate grade settings (3rd-6th).

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CRD 510. and and Corequisite: CRD 654
CRD
696
Hours
3
Adv Reading Specialist Practic

Provides reading specialist graduate students supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in middle school and high school settings (7th-12th).

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CRD 654

Secondary Education Courses

CSE
530
Hours
3
Mod Sec School Program

The evolving secondary school and its program, with emphasis on analysis of current trends that directly affect modern school practices in a societal context.

CSE
532
Hours
3
Secondary Sch Curric

The evolving secondary school curriculum, from historical, current trends, and projective perspectives.

CSE
555
Hours
3
Adolescent Literature

An introduction to literature appropriate for the adolescent reader; reading patterns and major concerns of adolescents.

CSE
563
Hours
3
Improvg English Instr

Principles of learning applied to concepts, skills, attitudes, and problem solving in English and speech; diagnosis, enrichment, remedial teaching, and evaluation.

CSE
564
Hours
3
Imprvg Soc Sci Instr

Exploration and examination of methods and materials for improving social studies instruction. Focuses on teaching for diverse learners, constructivist methods, critical thinking, interdisciplinary teaching, and various technologies as they apply to secondary social studies classrooms.

CSE
565
Hours
3
Improvg Science Instr

Principles of learning applied to concepts, skills, attitudes, and problem solving in science; diagnosis, enrichment, remedial teaching, and classroom evaluation, and application and evaluation of technologies.

CSE
566
Hours
3
Impv Math Instr

Principles of learning applied to concepts, skills, attitudes, and problem solving; proper use and evaluation of teaching aids; construction and utilization of teaching instruments; and examination and exploration of alternative assessment strategies and technologies for use in secondary mathematics classrooms.

CSE
569
Hours
3
Pedagogical Grammar

Exploration of structural, transformational, and traditional approaches to teaching grammar.

CSE
570
Hours
3
Teaching Writing 6-12

This course is designed to prepare prospective and current English teachers to successfully teach and evaluate writing in grades 6-12.

CSE
574
Hours
3
Guiding Early Childhood and Elementary Pupil Learning

Focuses on understanding how students learn, what psychological and environmental factors influence learning, and how teachers can facilitate meaningful classroom instructional learning through insights into brain compatible learning, included are theories-to-applications of brain-based learning research to classroom instructional situations in early childhood and elementary education.

CSE
575
Hours
3
Devlpn Math Teaching w/Tech

Focuses on the development of teaching secondary mathematics with new and emerging technologies. Explores the appropriate use of technologies to enhance conceptual understanding and problem solving in mathematics. Development of advanced classroom lessons and assessments in a technology classroom.

CSE
576
Hours
3
Improving Science Teaching

Examination and evaluation of emerging and existing technologies specific to secondary science teaching. Students will grow their capacity to employ technologies to plan, enact, and access science teaching and learning.

CSE
579
Hours
3
Teach Sec School English

Methods and media essential to effective instruction in English in the secondary school.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CSE 592, CRD 512, BER 550
CSE
580
Hours
3
Teach Sec Sch For Lang

Theories, methods, techniques, and essential media for teaching foreign languages effectively in the secondary school. Admission to TEP Program is required.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CSE 592 OR CRD 512
CSE
583
Hours
3
Teach Sec School Math

Methods, media, and techniques of teaching mathematics in the secondary school, including selected topics in mathematics and exploration and examination of various technologies for use in secondary mathematics classrooms, including, but not limited to, calculators and various computer software.

Prerequisite(s): CSE 406 with a minimum passing grade of C-
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CSE 592, CRD 512
CSE
585
Hours
3
Advanced Teaching Inquiry in Secondary Social Studies

This course is designed to assist students' understanding of and application of powerful, inquiry-based strategies to the design of meaningful 21st century social studies instruction and assessment.

Prerequisite(s): TEP
CSE
586
Hours
3
Teach Sec School Science

Methods and technologies essential to effective instruction in science in the secondary school.

CSE
587
Hours
3
Teach Sec School Soc Sci

Theories and methods of teaching social studies in secondary schools, including examination and exploration of instructional materials, various technologies, constructivist methods, and assessments.

CSE
592
Hours
1-3
Field Work

A clinical experience taken concurrently with the methods course and designed to facilitate students' development of pedagogical skills, effective thinking, and professional problem solving.

Prerequisite(s): Unconditional admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
CSE
593
Hours
1-3
Workshop

In-class opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of collective concern. Topics vary. May be repeated.

CSE
594
Hours
1-6
Problems

Opportunities to study or work independently on topics or projects of individual concern. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CSE
595
Hours
3-6
Practicum

Focuses on analysis and performance of teaching strategies and the evaluation of teaching-learning problems.

CSE
597
Hours
3-12
Internship

Full-time internship as a teacher in the major teaching field.

Prerequisite(s): CSE 579 or CSE 583 with a minimum passing grade of C
CSE
598
Hours
1-6
Non-Thesis Research

No description available.

CSE
663
Hours
3
Sec School English

Literature, research, and content in English and speech; current trends; experimental programs; gradation or sequence of subject matter; criteria for program evaluation; and basic issues.

CSE
664
Hours
3
Sec Sch Social Science

Focuses on curriculum and research in social studies education, including materials development and current issues in the field.

CSE
665
Hours
3
Sec School Science

Literature, research, and content in science; current trends; experimental programs; gradation of subject matter; criteria for program evaluation; and basic issues.

CSE
666
Hours
3
Sec School Mathematics

Principles of learning applied to concepts, skills, attitudes, and problem solving; proper use and evaluation of teaching aids; construction and utilization of teaching instruments; and examination and exploration of alternative assessment strategies and technologies for use in secondary mathematics classrooms.

CSE
670
Hours
3
Res & Theory In Sec Ed

An examination of the relationship between theory and research. Students learn to search and evaluate the research literature and develop a proposal for research.

CSE
675
Hours
3
Imprvg Math Teaching w/Tech

Focuses on the implementation, refinement, and assessment of mathematics teaching using advanced and new technologies including advancing critical thinking and cognitive task levels of classroom mathematics instructions.

CSE
690
Hours
1-3
Advanced Seminar

In-class opportunities to analyze and discuss current topics, problems, and projects of collective concern. Topics vary.

CSE
693
Hours
1-9
Advanced Workshop

In-class opportunities to study or work on topics or projects of collective concern. Topics vary. May be repeated.

Prerequisite(s): CSE 670
CSE
694
Hours
1-6
Advanced Problems

Opportunities to study or work independently on topics or projects of individual concern. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CSE
695
Hours
1-12
Practicum

Supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Credit is based on the nature and degree of student involvement.

CSE
697
Hours
1-6
Specialist Degree Res

Systematic classroom inquiry is used to engage students in a teacher action research project. Advisor recommendation required.

Prerequisite(s): CSE 670
CSE
698
Hours
1-3
Non-Thesis Research

No description available.

CSE
699
Hours
1-15
Dissertation Research

No description available.