Course Descriptions

Educational Administration and Supervision

EDAD 626 School Superintendency. (3 Hours) Organization and management of the total school district.

Educational Leadership

EDFL 511 History and Philosophy of Education. (3 Hours) This course is concerned primarily with the review of dominating ideals and institutions that have affected the course of educational development in the western world. Special emphasis is placed on the review of the leading philosophies of education and their implications for modern education.

EDFL 514 Elementary Statistics (3 Hours) This course is designed to enable students to determine appropriate statistical procedures for data analysis, to utilize the computer, and to have sufficient confidence in their understanding and not be intimidated by statistical experts.

EDFL 515 Methods of  Educational Research. (3 Hours) Prerequisite: EDFL 514, PSY 531 or its equivalent; Elementary Statistics or its equivalent. An introductory course which will consider the nature of problems in the field of educational research and the various techniques used in the solution of these problems. Emphasis will be placed on selecting appropriate statistical treatments in experimental and descriptive research. The applicability of the computer to educational research will be introduced.
EDFL 516 Becoming Skillful Consumers for Educational Research (3 Hours) The emphasis in this course will be placed on identifying problems and on selecting the appropriate methodologies used for the various research investigations. The student will produce and develop research proposals which will aid in the solution to present day problems within the American school system. The student will exit the course as consumers of research and critical readers of research related to education and with the tools to make sound judgments on the appropriateness of transporting the research into practice.

EDFL 566 Teaching In the Multi-Cultural Classroom. (3 Hours) This course will provide training in interaction analyses. Communication skills, discipline in the classroom, behavior modification and competency based education. The participants will be introduced to concepts through role playing, confrontations and simulation exercises and through the use of outside consultants.

EDFL 568 Curriculum Methods. (3 Hours) This course is designed to provide "educators" with a comprehensive understanding of Curriculum Methods. Special emphasis will be placed on the philosophical and historical antecedents of the various curricula in practice at the present time and possible future curriculum developments as related to specific disciplines.

EDFL 568 A Special Projects: Planning the Curriculum for Secondary Schools. (3 Hours) This course is designed primarily for in-service personnel in education desiring enrichment activities in Secondary Education. Students taking this course will be engaged in activities directed toward planning, developing, and evaluating curricular materials that may be used for teaching K-12 grades.

EDFL 569 Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Urban Settings. (3 Hours) This course is designed to provide educational leaders with a comprehensive understanding of curriculum methods their design, implementation, assessment, improvement, and evaluation in urban settings. It will provide practical approaches to curriculum development and curriculum management. Special emphasis will be placed on the historical and philosophical influences on curriculum from the early stages to the present. It is also an assumption that students in this course are familiar with Mississippi State Curriculum Structures in the various disciplines and the curriculum standards from the different academic disciplines and can apply them. The student will become familiar with and skilled in the process of curriculum alignment-which is the correlation of the curriculum with state and national standards, state and national assessment programs and resources.

EDFL 581 Principles of Measurement. (3 Hours) A study of theoretical principles of measurement which are applicable to both teaching and research. Part of the course will be devoted to current issues in measurement and to practical applications of these theoretical principles.

EDFL 601 Advanced Research and Statistics. (3Hours) Prerequisites: EDFL 514, EDFL 515 or their equivalent. This course is designed to promote understanding of research designs, the spirit of research, and the relationship that research bears to statistical trends and techniques. The computer is used extensively in the solution of statistical problems.

EDFL 610 School and Community Relation. (3 Hours) A study of the relationships of school administration to the community. The community school concept, public opinion, community analysis, public relations practiced, community characteristics affecting the quality of education, and public participation in educational planning.

EDFL 634 Computers in Education (3 Hours) This course is designed to cover theory, techniques, and practices in using computers and computer-assisted instruction (CAI) in education. No previous background in computers and programming is assumed.
 EDFL  691 Project Writing (1-6 Hours) Candidates for the Specialist degree may choose to present a project embodying the results of the individual’s research. The candidate chooses the problem but approval by the advisor and committee is required.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education

EDCI 500 Introduction to Teaching Internship. (6Hours) An exploration of the teaching profession to include historical perspectives, current issues and practices, influences of legislation and future projections. Through the field-based mentorship component of the course, students will have the opportunity to test theories of teaching and learning, to plan and guide learning experiences for elementary and secondary learners, and to analyze functions of different levels of schools.
EDCI 556 Special Topics In Early Childhood/Elementary Education. (1-6 Hours) This course deals with topics which may be treated more effectively as a mini-course, institute, or as a workshop instead of as a regular scheduled course.
EDCI 589 Teacher Education Programs and Technology. (3 Hours) Current development in college programs for the preparation of teachers for elementary and secondary schools; analysis of technological developments in teacher education ¬simulation situations, video tapes and film feedback, models of teaching, interaction analysis and micro-teaching systems in teacher education.



RE 501 Basic Speed Reading. (1 Hour). An individualized course designed for students who desired to increase their speed of reading.

RE 502 Workshop: Current Problems and Issues in Reading Instruction. (3 Hours). Designed to meet the needs of teachers, students, administrators, and community leaders who have special interests in selected areas of reading. Content developed around need of specific groups.

RE 503 Theory and Research in Reading Instruction (3 hours) Designed for candidates to identify controversies in the field of reading and become knowledgeable of research literature and theoretical bases for the issues.

RE 504 Pre-Reading Skills for Preschoolers and Early Primary Grades. (3 Hours) Students will participate in situations involving reading readiness skills, oral language, concept development, early experiences with children's literature-creative storytelling and the study of management systems.

RE 505 Problems of Reading Instruction in the Multi- Cultural Classroom. (3 Hours) A thorough investigation of the techniques, materials, and approaches for teaching culturally different students in a multi-cultural environment.

RE 507 Basic Skills in Reading. (3 Hours) Designed as an in-depth study of the major reading skills. It focuses on the techniques and activities essential in the teaching of these skills.

RE 509 Introduction to Reading. (3 Hours) This course is designed to introduce factors related to word attack, word recognition, vocabulary development, comprehension skill, study skills and reading speed.  Emphasis is placed on terminology that is basic to the understanding of the reading process.

RE 510 Teaching Reading to Content Areas. (3 Hours) A thorough study of techniques for promoting reading growth through teaching content materials.

RE 511 The Reading and Writing Connection. (3 Hours) A study of the principles, strategies and current literature that demonstrates the interrelatedness of reading and writing in all content areas and throughout the learner's development. Students will enhance their knowledge of the relationship between reading and writing through practicum experiences.

RE 512 Using Literature to Teach Reading Skills. (3 Hours) A thorough study of integrating the teaching of reading skills through literary selections. Special emphasis will be placed on vocabulary and comprehension skills and concepts that are applicable to the teaching and learning of literary content.

RE 550 Psychology of Reading Instruction. (3 Hours) A thorough study of psychological principles underlying the teaching of reading.

RE 551 Methods and Materials for Primary Reading Instruction. (3 Hours) An in-depth study of materials and techniques for the teaching of reading at the primary level.

RE 552 Methods and Materials for Teaching Elementary Reading. (3 Hours) A study of the methods, materials, media, and current approaches for elementary reading instruction.

RE 553 Phonics for the Reading Teacher. (3 Hours) A thorough study of phonics knowledge needed by teachers for the effective teaching of word perception.

RE 554 Teaching Reading to the Gifted. (3 Hours) The identification of the gifted and creative techniques and materials for meeting the needs of these learners will be emphasized. (F, Sum)

RE 555 Methods and Materials for Secondary Reading Instruction. (3 Hours) A study of goals, materials, media techniques, and approaches for secondary reading instruction.

RE 556 Supervised Practicum In Reading I. (3 Hours) Procedures for diagnosing and correcting learning problems in reading.

RE 557 Supervised Practicum in Reading II (3 Hours) Provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the reading process by designing and implementing appropriate instructional plans to correct reading difficulties of diverse learners.

RE 558 Teaching Reading in an Integrated Language Arts Program. (3 Hours) A thorough study of materials and techniques for teaching in an integrated manner.

RE 587 Action Research in Literacy Instruction. (3 Hours) This course provides for intensive analysis of research in the area of reading as relates to theories, practices, and special topics in teaching and learning.

RE 588 Technology and Literacy Instruction(3 hours) An in-depth study of current and emergent technologies in reading instruction and issues related to literacy and technology instruction across the curriculum.

RE 590 Thesis. (3-6 Hours) Prerequisite: Completion of required courses. Research to be completed under the direction of major professor.

RE 591 Internships: Observation and Supervised Field Work in Reading. (2-9 Hours) Designed for students who have not taken EDCI 401S, Practicum: Principles and Problems of Teaching in the Secondary or Elementary Schools; EDCI 401E, Practicum: Principles and Problems of Teaching in Secondary or Elementary Schools; EDCI 401EC, Practicum: Supervised teaching experience in an off-campus elementary or secondary school setting.

Special Education

SPED 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth. (3 Hours) A study of definitions, characteristics, educational programs and problems of exceptional individuals. (Prerequisite: SPED 503) man eye, and clinical and functional vision assessments. A strong component of low vision is provided within this course, which includes functional vision assessments, environmental vision assessments, optics, the use of optical devices, and the principles of optimizing visual efficiency. (Prerequisites: SPED 543, 540)