Wayne State College

Program of Study - Community of Learning

Required Courses

This is a 36-hour program, including 30 hours of education core classes, and 6 hours of electives to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

EDU 510 Culturally Responsive Teaching (3)

Understanding techniques, curriculum, and programming that exemplify culturally responsive teaching. An emphasis on positive student-teacher relationships that nurture and enhance culturally responsive classrooms.

EDU 603 Introduction to Educational Research and Design (3)

Beginning graduate students will develop a practical knowledge and application of basic types of research, as well as basic research tools and skills that will be helpful to them throughout their program.  Graduate students will create a research plan and write a review of literature (paper).  Students will create appropriate survey and interview questions, develop a beginning understanding of educational statistics, and the process for developing a research proposal including Institutional Review Board requirements and application processes.

EDU 626 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)

A study of theories of learning and motivation, conditions and processes of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning; personal qualities of a teacher; the teaching process, classroom management; teaching the exceptional learner; and the role of evaluation in learning and teaching.

EDU 627 Current Issues and Trends in Education (3)

This course offers an intensive study of specific issues and trends that have a direct impact upon education. Individuals will choose a topic to examine in breadth and depth. It presents a comprehensive approach to the exploration of the selected topics. The course offers opportunities for the student to examine relevant topics affecting education in breadth and depth.

EDU 635 Differentiated Methodology (3)

Differentiated lesson planning and unit designs within all content areas.

EDU 651 Classroom Assessment (3)

Prerequisite - Community of Learning Commitment.  This class is designed to acquaint students with the latest research related to classroom assessment techniques and, further, to create opportunities for teachers to try out new assessment practices in their own classrooms. Special attention will be given to efficient classroom data management routines that can minimize the time burden for teachers while maximizing their understanding of individual student strengths and weaknesses. Enrollment in this class is limited to those students pursuing an MSE in Curriculum and Instruction-Instructional Leadership through the Community of Learning format.

EDU 652 Instructional Theory and Practice (3)

This class is designed to acquaint students with the latest research to instructional theory and to further create opportunities for teacher to try new instructional approaches. The course surveys systems that teacher may use to assess the pros and cons of various instructional approaches.

EDU 658 Fundamentals of Curriculum Development PK-16 (3)

A course designed to examine the principles of underlying the development of a PreK-12 public school and post-secondary program curriculum. Emphasis is on methods of determining priorities, objectives, scope and sequence, and organizational patterns. The roles of state and local involvement will also be examined.

EDU 674 History and Philosophy of Education (3)

Philosophies and theories underlying the American educational system. An analysis of the differing philosophies of education and their implications for education in a democratic society.

EDU 693 Final Research (3)

Original research in the content area designed and conducted by the student and directed by a faculty advisor. The results of the research project may be present to faculty, school boards, community groups, or other appropriate groups. This course is the capstone research project for the MSE Instructional Leadership emphasis. It should be taken during the final semester of the program. (For an emphasis that requires a thesis, the student completes 6 credit hours of EDU 699 in place of the EDU 693 and one, three credit hour elective to meet the 36 hour degree requirement.)


Participants will also need to take 6 hours of electives or transfer from another school for a total of 36 hours to complete the degree.