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Curriculum and Instruction Courses


CIGENRL 510 (ESL 510)

Survey of Educational Linguistics 3 u

In Survey of Educational Linguistics, students will examine certain core areas of linguistics (phonology, morphology and syntax), with special attention to language acquisition. Course assignments will relate to the teaching of linguistically diverse communities.

Prereq: ENGLISH 101 and ENGLISH 102 or consent of the instructor.

CIGENRL 520 (ESL 520)

The Spoken Language and Discourse Analysis 3 u

In The Spoken Language & Discourse Analysis, students will develop working knowledge of contemporary issues in the teaching of oral communication (speaking and listening skills) to learners of ESL. Linguistic principles studied are also pertinent for those teaching foreign languages.

CIGENRL 530 (ESL 530)

Teaching Grammar in the ESL/BE Classroom 3 u

Teaching Grammar in the ESL/BE Classroom is a component of the licensure minor in Teaching ESL/Bilingual-Bicultural Education. This course prepares teachers to instruct non-native learners in English grammar. Students examine selected grammatical topics to better comprehend the structure of English and to develop a repertoire of techniques for teaching them.

Prereq: ENGLISH 101,ENGLISH 102, Admission to the College of Education, or consent of instructor

CIGENRL 550 (ESL 550) (SECNDED 550)

Introduction To ESL and Bilingual-Bicultural Education 3 u

History, philosophy and rationale for bilingual/ bicultural education. A study of different models of bilingual education programs as well as different types of bilinguals. Cultural, socioeconomic and psychological factors influencing learning in the bilingual child.

Unreq: SECNDED 550.

CIGENRL 603 (ESL 603)

ESL Methods and Curriculum 3 u

ESL Curricula and Materials will provide students with the background to develop or select appropriate curricula and to design materials which enhance language learning. The approach to curricular design and materials development is one that is learner centered.

CIGENRL 605 (ESL 605)

Assessment in the ESL/Bilingual Classroom 3 u

This course explores policies, procedures, and instruments used to assess English language proficiency and academic achievement of limited English proficient students in American public schools. Included in this are the areas of English and native language competence; program placement, progress, and exit; alternative assessments in ESL, bilingual and mainstream classrooms.

Prereq: Admission to the College of Education or consent of instructor.


Art for the Exceptional Child 3 u

An undergraduate/Graduate Level course in Art Education for teachers of exceptional children and adolescents. The course will provide a background for curriculum development in art for children and adolescents with specific physical, mental, learning and emotional needs.

CIGENRL 655 (ESL 655) (SECNDED 655)

Teaching Content in the Bilingual Classroom 3 u

This course is an examination of various techniques and materials being used to teach content area subject matter in ESL/bilingual education programs. Other topics of discussion include language assessment and adaptation of materials to the learner’s language proficiency and cultural experience. The course is taught in English, but discussion will take place in other languages so that students have the opportunity to expand and improve their command of the language used as a medium of instruction.

Unreq: SECNDED 455/655.


Current Topics In Instructional Computing 3 u

A topic or topics not otherwise accounted for in other computer education courses will be chosen as the focus of each course. For instance, the use of multimedia in the schools could be one suggested topic. Each topic would be explored in a variety of ways: 1) what does the current research say about the topic?, 2) what potential impact can this technology have in the schools?, 3) are there special hardware, software, personnel, or other require-ments necessary for successful implementation of this topic in the schools?, 4) what potential does this topic have for integration into the curriculum?, 5) whenever possible, a hands-on experience with the topic will be part of the overall experience. This would be possible if the topic involved a particular computer application.


Drama in Education 3 u

The course is an introduction to the philosophy, methodologies, and practice of educational drama. The course explores how drama can alter the social relationships and modes of interactions among diverse teachers and students so that learning, can become more engaging and more critical.


Employment Strategies 1 u

Includes consideration of professional ethics, preparation of placement credentials, teacher certification practices, interviewing techniques and teaching contracts. Reviews opportunities for professional advancement through graduate study. (Open to teacher education students. Should be taken the semester prior to graduation or the semester of graduation.)

Unreq: SPECED-489/689.



Reflective Practice And Action Research 3 u

The course assists teachers in planning, organizing, implementing, and assessing inquiry-related strategies appropriate for their classrooms. Participants will investigate current issues by way of action research, ethnographic, symbolic interactionist, and qualitative inquiry techniques. Projects will be conducted that relate to individual classroom needs and situations.

Prereq: Graduate standing.


Seminar: Current Topics In Curriculum And Instruction 3 u

An in-depth examination of a single current topic of interest to teachers in grades 6-12. Topics will vary from semester to semester, and may include, for example, national curriculum standards for school subjects, writing across the curriculum, cooperative learning in a specific subject, the school-to-work transition, or instruction on specific themes such as the environment or communication. Repeatable for credit.


Integrating Software And Technology Into The Reading And Early Childhood Curriculum 3 u

This course introduces teachers to the evaluation of software, and to the integration of software into the reading and early childhood curriculum.


Trends in K-12 English Language Arts 3 u

Survey and critical appraisal of research programs, problems, practices and trends in the study and teaching of the language arts, media, composition and the application of linguistic knowledge.


Trends In Art Education 3 u

A course designed to acquaint the teacher with recent trends, issues, and practices in the teaching of art. The sources of contemporary knowledge about the function and structure of art education will be considered as well as recent theoretical and research studies in art and art education. Opportunity for a specific level or teaching situation.


Issues, Perspectives, And Directions: A Professional Seminar In Education 3u

As the introductory course for graduate studies and education, this seminar will provide an introduction to the use of research to support practice through an investigation of essential philosophical questions and current educational issues. Students will connect these studies to reflections on their own practice as they develop skills of analysis and argumentation.

Unreq: EDFOUND 723.


Curriculum Development And Integration 3 u

This course focuses primarily on the processes of curriculum development. The students will be involved in curriculum design activities which will require consideration of the socio-political and philosophical forces as well as consideration of learning and developmental theory.


Introduction to Elem and Secondary Educational Administration 3 u

Introduction to K-12 Elementary and Secondary Administration (728) is a three-credit graduate course designed to introduce students to the main themes of research and practice in American primary and secondary school leadership through a sustained investigation of the conditions for successful instructional leadership.

Our working definition is that an introduction to educational administration needs to focus on the core practices of instructional leadership. In this view of educational administration, management and leadership form a complementary relation in schools – management is necessary to create and promote stable conditions for teaching and learning, and leadership is necessary to envision and guide a school toward new frontiers of teaching and learning. 

The course centers on an argument on the possibility for instructional leadership to improve student learning. Given the loosely-coupled arrangement of leadership and instructional practice, the course outlines an argument for why professional community plays a central role in sharing pedagogical content knowledge between teachers.

The anchors for this argument are drawn from Leading for Learning, a recent report from the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy.  The report argues that instructional leadership in schools begins with what goes on in the classroom, but extends to the school organization and the school’s relation to external communities. 


School and Community Relations 3 u

School and Community Relations is a 3 credit graduate class designed to help guide educators in engaging the public in our schools with the idea that schools benefit from parent and citizen involvement, input and understanding of what happens in public schools. The following are areas covered in this class: social, economic, and political characteristics of communities; marketing theory, marketing plans, and public relations; communications theory, mass media and group processes; political theory, community power, and conflict resolution; organization, operation, and evaluation of schoolcommunity relations programs. Special emphasis will be to ensure engagement of all members of the community, including diverse populations, both racially and income level.


Managing And Implementing Instructional Computing Programs 3 u

This course is designed for individuals in leadership roles in computing programs in their school districts. The course will provide information for school district computer coordinators, resource teachers, administrators, and others about technology-related instructional needs. Since information gathering and evaluation is the main focus of the course rather than skill building, a lecture/demonstration format will be used.


Microcomputer Applications In The Classroom 3 u

This course is designed for teachers who have little or no knowledge about microcomputers and are interested in learning about microcomputers and their use in schools. This introduction to microcomputer applications in education will include teaching about computers, teaching with microcomputers, managing instruction with microcomputers, developing instructional materials using computers, and evaluating software designed to be used in schools. This course does not satisfy any of the requirements for K-12 certification on computer science.


Curriculum Concerns In Art Education 3 u

A course designed to develop the student’s ability to make art curricular judgments through the planning, designing, and ordering of art learning experiences.


Advanced Techniques In The Teaching Of Mathematics 2-3 u

Consideration of the current trends in methods and curriculum in (elementary) school mathematics; the scope, sequence and content of the modern mathematics program with special emphasis on modern innovations in mathematical content and methods; and the relationship of methods, curriculum and evaluation to child development.


Advanced Techniques In The Teaching Of Social Studies 2-3 u

A comprehensive consideration of the K-12 social studies curriculum, its traditions, underlying assumptions, and approaches to curriculum improvement; special emphasis placed on effective teaching techniques designed to facilitate the learning of social studies content and skills.


Supervision Of Instruction 3 u

Analysis of basic concepts of supervision and competencies essential to effective supervisory performance. Extended examination of current and emerging supervisory practices found in local school districts. Supervision as a process is considered in a variety of roles and positions of leadership.


Supervision Of Student Teachers 2-3 u

Basic course in supervision of student teachers, open to UW-W cooperating teachers, explores the respective roles and responsibilities of all student teaching personnel, nature of student teaching programs, procedures followed in the selection of cooperating teachers and assignment of student teachers. Attention is also given to the recognition of skills and activities fundamental to the development of effective teachers.

Prereq: Previous arrangements with instructor and admission to the Graduate School.


Legal Aspects Of Education 3 u

Seeks to present in nontechnical language to educational practitioners legal information on all facets of school operation, including the liability of school districts and school employees, school fund and indebtedness administration; the admission, attendance and instruction of pupils; retirement benefits; and the employment contract and professional negotiations.


The School Principalship 3 u

Study of the application of theories to the administrative behavior problems of leadership in schools. The course content will present research concerning the operation and management of schools. It is designed for students who will have a leaderships function role in their school duties, such as a team leader, supervisor, coordinator or principal.


Organizational Theory and Administrative Behavior in Education 3 u

Theoretical constructs and empirical research relating to administering organizations in education will be presented. The course will emphasize administrative behavior with special attention to planning and organizational improvement.



Thesis Research 1-6 u

Students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form in the Graduate Studies Office before registering for this course.



Nutrition And Health: Early Childhood 3 u

This course pertains to the needs of the young child of preschool age through the third grade, with emphasis on knowledge of nutrition, safety, and health in homes and community and school settings.

Prereq: Professional Ed Admission; Restricted to students with curriculum elementary education.


Literature 3 u

A study of literature and media for Early Childhood, PreK-6; emphasis on evaluating, selecting, and presenting materials related to the interests and needs of children and the curriculum.

Prereq: Restricted to students with Professional Ed admission.


Programs And Curriculum For Infants And Toddlers 3 u

This course will enable students to plan a sequential curriculum for children from birth to age three. Issues, concepts and research findings pertaining to group care of infants and toddlers in a variety of settings will be considered, as well as teaching strategies employed with very young children.

Prereq: Professional Ed admission; restricted to students with curriculum elementary education, emphasis: Pre K-6 (EC/MC)


Administration Of Preschool Programs 3 u

The concentration of this course is on managerial skills. Areas of emphasis are licensing, writing policies, programming, staffing, finances, professional ethics, and public relations.

Prereq: Restricted to students with Professional Ed admission.


Early Childhood Education: From Theory To Pratice 3 u

A study of the historical and theoretical foundations, current models and practices, and significant research regarding early childhood education.


Trends In Curriculum For The Preschool/Primary Child 3 u

This course is designed to give students sufficient skills to develop, implement and evaluate curriculum for children from ages 3-8.


Current Issues In Early Childhood Education 3 u

Identification of significant issues and consideration of research having an impact on emerging trends as well as current practices in early childhood education.


Children In Crisis 3 u

Feelings experienced by parents and children who are going through crises, the behavioral effects of these crises, and effective ways for the school to relate to them at these times. Students will also become familiar with adult reading and children’s books in these areas.


Children At Risk: Community/School Programs 3 u

This course acquaints teachers and school personnel with the Wisconsin Children-At-Risk Initiative and prepares them to participate in collaborative home/ school/ community efforts to serve children who are at risk for educational failure.



Children’s Literature 3 u

A study of literature for older children including fiction and nonfiction. Multimedia as related to literature, selection, and usage are also explored.



Workshop 1-6 u


Seminar 1-3 u


Special Studies 1-3 u


Workshop 1-6 u


Practicum 1-6 u


Seminar 1-3 u


Individual Studies 1-3 u


Thesis Research 1-6 u


Students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form in the Graduate Studies Office before registering for this course.


CIGENRL 550 (ESL 550)

Introduction To ESL and Bilingual-Bicultural Education 3 u

History, philosophy and rationale for bilingual/ bicultural education. A study of different models of bilingual education programs as well as different types of bilinguals. Cultural, socioeconomic and psychological factors influencing learning in the bilingual child.


Methods Of Teaching Physical Education K-12 3 u

Techniques of teaching physical education including selection of content, methods of presentation, class management, supervision, community influences, curriculum planning and professional responsibilities.

Prereq: Restricted to students with Professional Ed admission.


Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages and ESL 3 u

An introduction to the principles and techniques of teaching modern foreign languages including English as a second language designed to prepare students for the Teaching Practicum. Emphasis is placed on the communicative approach to lesson planning, classroom instruction and proficiency assessment in accordance with the WI Academic Standards.


Methods Of Teaching Mathematics 3 u

A study of the materials, methods, curriculum and structure of secondary school mathematics. Review of current objectives in secondary school mathematics.

Prereq: Restricted to students with Professional Ed admission.


Methods Of Teaching Science 3 u

Designed to acquaint students with basic educational techniques; to develop in students the ability to utilize effectively techniques characteristic of science programs, namely, laboratory learning to acquaint students with new approaches to science; to familiarize students with new developments in the science curriculum; to help students gain a broad vision of their teaching profession, their science area and their responsibilities to all students.

Prereq: Restricted to students with Professional Ed admission.


Methods Of Teaching Social Studies 3 u

The study of the teaching-learning process, objectives in social studies, planning for teaching, selection of content and resources, teaching-learning strategies and evaluative methods.

Prereq: Restricted to students with Professional Ed admission.


Representations of Learning 2 u *

An investigation of the methods of representing through formalizing of meaning through imaging. Special consideration will be given to applicants for alternative education programs.


Learning and Diversity 2 u *

A critical view of social and intellectual development. Special consideration will be given to culturally and economically diverse populations within common educational settings.


Formal and Informal Learning Environments 1-3 u

An examination of a variety of structures within which learning occurs. The classroom will be considered both context and content for learning and the construction of meaning. Through an analysis of classroom environments participants will synthesize potentials for change in their concept of teaching and learning.


The Marginalized Learner 2 u *

This course will act to sensitize students to the characteristics of the marginal student and the forces that cause that marginalization. Students will evaluate the effects of their choices and actions on others (students, parents, other professionals, and the community).


Learning and Teaching for Empowerment: * 2 u

An investigation of educational practice and its application to critical theory. Democracy, community, collaboration, and empowerment relative to the alternative education programs will be considered.

*These courses must be taken to satisfy the requirements for the 952 (Alternative Education) license. Applicants for this license must hold a valid teaching license and be currently employed in a school setting.



Practicum (Elementary) (Secondary) 1-6 u

Prereq: Graduate status, application and interview, completion of 9 credits at UW-Whitewater, and designated curriculum check sheet requirements (Not to be used for first-time certification.)