General Pedagogical Courses
EDSN 650 Educational Technology in General and Special Education
This course focuses on the use of computers and other technological devices that facilitate communication, learning, and related functions in both general and special education contexts; use of technology to foster literacy, remediate reading problems, and promote access to curriculum for all students; special applications with computers in the classroom; information literacy; and recent developments in the field of assistive technology for students with disabilities, including students with autism.
* For Touro College undergraduate education majors who took this course and received a grade of "B" or better, the credits earned will also count as graduate course credit toward the MS degree. However, in the event an undergraduate student does poorly in a graduate-level course and must take it again in their graduate program, financial aid will not be available for such coursework and both grades will appear on the student’s transcript. There are other collateral consequences to such coursework; please consult your advisor or Program Director for more details.
EDPN 620 Child Development and Learning in Cultural Context
This course focuses on the nature of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and moral development from birth through adolescence with implications for learning and teaching; major orientations in the study of child development, including Vygotsky and the neo-Vygotskian theories of child development and learning; periods of child development from birth through adolescence seen in a socio-cultural context, with implications for learning and teaching; integration of theory and research findings from the fields of developmental and educational psychology; and exploration of multicultural contexts for growth, development, and learning with diverse student populations. Students are also exposed to evidence-based methods of instruction and critically examine the idea that instruction should be evidence-based.
Specific Literacy Courses
EDDN 602 Applied Linguistics for Teachers of Literacy
This course examines language acquisition, the structure of language, the theoretical approaches to language, and language variations as applied to teaching literacy with respect to reading principles, methods, and materials. An in-depth analysis of the stages of first and second language acquisition and the interdependence between literacy background and language acquisition is offered. Research which focuses on the relationship between language and reading is also examined.
EDDN 605 Literacy Instruction - Birth through Grade 6
This course focuses on a thorough study of the principles, practices, methodologies and assessment tools utilized in the teaching of early literacy skills and strategies. Differentiating instruction for the at-risk student and English Language Learner will be explored. The creation of a balanced literacy program for grades 1-6 will be explored in-depth. Children’s literature is examined within the context of literacy instruction at the level of Birth- Grade 6
EDDN 606 Effective Implementation of Literacy for the Intermediate and Secondary Student
This course focuses on the reading and literacy skills identified by the International Reading Association and the New York State English Language Standards for middle and secondary students. The importance of both content and process are emphasized and strategies are practiced for enhancing student comprehension before, during, and after reading. Effective ways of using differentiated instruction are also discussed. Providing for individual differences in middle and senior high schools is considered.
EDDN 609 Literacy Instruction - Grades 5-12
This course reviews the skills and knowledge required to support the developmental reading and literacy skills of middle and secondary students. Participants examine methods of teaching reading across the curriculum, including teaching reading of literature in individual, group, and whole-class settings in junior and senior high schools. Effective instructional practices for teaching reading skills to learn new information and to write reports, strategies for teaching writing skills to foster literary understanding, and differences in literacy instruction for junior and senior high school levels are also examined.
EDDN 618 Literacy Curriculum: Research and Evaluation
Current scientific research related to effective literacy instruction and research findings about curriculum development are reviewed in depth. Students also learn to analyze curricula to determine appropriateness with respect to specific school populations, intended learning outcomes, and congruence with the International Reading Association Standards as well as the New York State Standards
EDSN 665 Basic Reading and Writing Instruction
This course focuses on current approaches to teaching reading in a developmental context, creation of language rich environment, the nature of oral and written communication, assessment of language and reading skills, factors influencing literacy development, approaches to organizing a functional literacy program in the classroom, approaches to working with general education student including English Language Learners and approaches to using technology to teach literacy skills in the classroom. The first half of the course will be devoted to instruction from Birth-Grade 6 and the second half to instruction in Grades 5-12.
SEDN 667 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Disabilities
This course focuses on developmental and cultural contexts for understanding symptoms and causes of reading disabilities; and diagnostic instruments and approaches to assessment of reading disabilities. Participants also examine programs, materials, and methods for nurturing literacy and for providing instruction to students with reading disabilities. The course includes one-on-one work with a child with reading disabilities and completion of a comprehensive case study. Prerequisite: EDSN 665
EDDN 677 Literacy in the Bilingual / Multicultural Classroom
Students examine research and theories of first and second language acquisition as related to methods of teaching, listening, speaking, reading, and writing in bilingual/multicultural classrooms. The course also includes examination of current pedagogical methodologies, assessment procedures, and literature related to the specialized needs of the bilingual student and the multicultural classroom. [The first half of the course focuses on Birth - Grade 6 and the second half focuses on Grades 5-12.]
EDSN 692 Clinical Practicum I: Diagnosing and Treating Reading Disabilities, PreK-6
Students perform 90 clock hours of a college-supervised Practicum in PreK-6th grade. Students acquire proficiency in the use of various test materials in the diagnosis of reading and writing difficulties under the guidance and supervision of appropriately certified cooperating teachers who evaluate students’ progress. Cooperating teachers also observe and evaluate students in their professional settings. In addition, scheduled group meetings are held for all students participating in the Practicum. A case study is required and students are required to keep a log and prepare lesson plans. Prerequisite: at least 15 credits in literacy, excluding EDPS 620 and EDSE 650 and including EDSE 665 and SPED 667.
(Please note: Students may not registerfor EDSE 692 and EDSE 693 in the samesemester.)
EDSN 693 Clinical Practicum II: Diagnosing and Treating Reading Disabilities, Grades 7-12
Students perform 90 clock hours of a college-supervised Practicum in Grades 7-12. Students acquire proficiency in the use of various test materials in the diagnosis of reading and writing difficulties under the supervision of appropriately certified cooperating teachers who evaluate students’ progress. Cooperating teachers also evaluate students in their professional settings. In addition, scheduled group meetings are held for all students participating in the Practicum. A case study that integrates relevant research is required. Students are also required to keep a log, prepare lesson plans, and submit a culminating project that analyzes and discusses the way in which various aspects of the course work and the two Practica (EDSE 692 and EDSE 693) have furthered their understanding and ability to diagnose and treat reading difficulties. Prerequisite EDSE 692.
(Please note: Students may not register for the two Practica, EDSE 692 and EDSE 693, in the same semester.)
Non-Credit Tuition Free Seminars and Workshops (required for NYSED certification)
Online Blended Programs: Students living in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) can complete all course requirements online with the exception of the two practica, which can be completed in students' local areas.
EDDN 511 Seminar in Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
Seminar on the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect; signs and symptoms to look for; ways to approach children; understanding the variety of ways children may convey that they are being abused or neglected; teacher concerns regarding reporting abuse or neglect; rationalizations for not reporting; working with systems; and the aftermath of reporting abuse or neglect.
EDDN 513 Seminar in School Violence Prevention and Intervention
Seminar on statutes, regulations and policies relating to a safe, nonviolent school climate; effective classroom management techniques and academic supports that promote a nonviolent school climate and enhance learning; social and problem-solving skill development for students within the regular school curriculum; warning signs within a developmental and social context that relate to violence and other troubling behaviors in children; intervention techniques to address school violence situations, and how to participate in an effective school/community referral process for students exhibiting violent behavior.
EDDN 565 6-hour Bullying and Harassment Workshop (required for NYSED certification)
6-hour Bullying and Harassment Workshop (required for NYSED certification)