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 Coordinator
  • Lee Freeman, Elementary
  • Karen Spector, Secondary
Professors
  • Miguel Mantero
  • Cynthia Sunal
  • Dennis Sunal
  • Elizabeth K. Wilson
Associate professors
  • Julianne Coleman
  • Janie Hubbard
  • Jonathan Shemwell
  • Craig Shwery
  • Karen Spector
  • Jeremy Zelkowski
Assistant professors
  • Melanie Acosta
  • Justin Boyle
  • Cory Callahan
  • Lauren Colley
  • Kristin Harbour
  • Tracy Hodges
  • Allison Hooper
  • Latrise Johnson
  • Jee Kyung Suh
  • Bedrettin Yazan
Clinical professor
  • Lee Freeman
Clinical associate professor
  • Melisa Fowler
Clinical assistant professors
  • Lisa Matherson
  • Holly Swain

Courses

 Elementary Education Programs

CEE
501
Hours
1-6
Managing Effective Classrooms

This course is designed to teach students the principles of classroom management, theory, methods, and techniques.

CEE
515
Hours
3
Science In Elementary School

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

CEE
516
Hours
3
Social Sci In Elem Sch

The focus is on current trends in 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 Elem Sch Science

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

CEE
526
Hours
3
Implementing Social Studies

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

CEE
530
Hours
3
Modern Elementary School Progr

No description available.

CEE
532
Hours
3
Elementary Sch Curric

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

CEE
550
Hours
3
Intro Teach Elem School Scienc

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

CEE
560
Hours
3
Intro Teaching Social Studies

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

CEE
565
Hours
3
Classics & Modern Lit

Deals with major developments in literature for children; the areas of children's literature; and effective methods of helping children enjoy and use literature.

CEE
570
Hours
3
Teach Reading Elementary Schoo

A foundation for the teaching of reading in the elementary grades (K-6) with an emphasis on development, assessment, and instruction for individual students. Intensive field experience is required.

CEE
574
Hours
3
Guiding Pupil Learning

Focuses on understanding how children learn, what factors influence learning, and how teachers can facilitate learning using brain based learning. Application of these principles of learning to classroom situations.

CEE
578
Hours
3
Teach Lang Arts In Elem School

Deepening understanding of teaching reading/language arts with emphasis on planning a balanced literacy program. Intensive field experience is required.

CEE
580
Hours
3
Concepts Elem School Math

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

CEE
581
Hours
3
Math Curriculum Design

Designing mathematics curricula using current research from mathematics education.

CEE
582
Hours
3
Teach Math Elem Altern Student

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

Prerequisite(s): None. Corequisites: CEE 570 and CEE 595
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
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
596
Hours
3
Advanced Practicum

A field-based course providing graduate students with opportunities to practice authentic classroom application of various content areas in elementary education.

Prerequisite(s): None. Corequisites: CEE 550, CEE 560, and CEE 578
CEE
597
Hours
3-12
Internship Elem Educ

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

Prerequisite(s): None. Corequisite: CEE 501
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
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.

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.

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
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
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
650
Hours
3
Indiv/Context Variables

This course deals with learning styles, personality factors, and social-environmental issues that affect curriculum and instruction. Theoretical and practical aspects are covered. Designed specifically for doctoral-level students.

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
667
Hours
3
Adv Foreign Language Education

Designed for experienced language teachers, this course critically examines the professional literature and various methods of teaching foreign languages.

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
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
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

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. 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
654
Hours
3
At Risk Readers

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