Dr. Kelli Nipper
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Morrow, GA 30260-0285
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EDUC 5100 - Social and Cultural Awareness in American Education (3-0-3): An examination of multicultural and social concerns that influence the teaching and learning process. Study current issues and trends impacting American public schools as related to preparing pre-service teachers to teach diverse learners in a cross-cultural society. Technology will be used to perform word processing, Internet research, software reviews and electronic portfolio assignments. Pre-requisite: Admission to M.A.T. program
EDUC 5101 - Exceptionalities and Cognitive Development of Learners (3-0-3): A survey of basic characteristics and educational needs of learners with physical, emotional, intellectual disabilities. Additional study will concentrate on the cognitive and learning developmental aspects of teaching adolescents and young adults with a variety of abilities and disabilities. Course will focus on learning theories and models used in education. Technology will be used to conduct word processing, Internet research, software reviews and electronic portfolio assignments. Pre-requisite: Admission to M.A.T. program
EDUC 5102 - Practicum I (0-3-1): This course will be the Summer Semester portion of the field experiences for this program. It is designed for candidates to observe and participate in experiential learning in public school classrooms, before or after school programs, youth centers, or similar situations where diverse groups of adolescents are engaged in the teaching and learning process. The practicum experiences will allow candidates to observe, reflect and/or work with learners based on topics presented in EDUC 5100-5101. Candidates will be required to spend approximately ten hours per week in the field and must have proof of liability insurance to participate in the course. Co-requisite: EDUC 5100 and EDUC 5101
EDUC 5200 - Curriculum and Instruction for Teaching Secondary School Learners (3-0-3): This course is designed to teach candidates the theory and best practices for developing and delivering instruction in high school settings. Focus will be on instructional strategies, motivational and classroom management techniques, pedagogical knowledge, skills and dispositions for effective teaching and learning, and the construction and administration of learning assessment instruments. Technology will be used to perform word processing, Internet research, software reviews and electronic portfolio assignments. Pre-requisite: Admission to M.A.T. program
EDUC 5201 - Practicum II (0-3-1): This course is the Fall Semester portion of the field experiences for the program. It is designed for candidates to observe and participate in experiential learning in public school classrooms, before- or after-school programs, youth centers, or similar situations where diverse groups of adolescents are engaged in the teaching and learning process. The practicum experiences will allow candidates to observe, reflect and/or work with learners based on topics presented in EDUC 5200 and in content courses. Candidates will be required to spend approximately ten hours per week in the field and must have proof of liability insurance to participate in the course. Pre-requisite: EDUC 5102; Co-requisite: EDUC 5200
EDUC 5300 - Internship Seminar (1-0-1): This seminar is designed to discuss common issues, concerns and successes that candidates are having as teaching interns. Some topics will include developing curriculum and instruction for diverse and special needs learners, designing and implementing thematic units using Georgia Performance Standards (GPS), using classroom management techniques, developing and using data from student assessments, interpreting standardized testing data, using instructional technology to facilitate student learning, and recognizing legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities. Technology will be used to perform word processing, Internet research, software review, and electronic portfolio assignments. Co-requisite: EDUC 5301
EDUC 5301 - Secondary School Internship (0-12-4): This course is a clinical experience in high school settings for teaching the major concentration during the Spring semester. Candidates will be responsible for two weeks of observations and reflections before eight weeks of taking full-time responsibility for classroom instruction, and end with two final weeks of observations and reflections. School-based mentor teachers will work with interns in meeting program outcomes through teaching assignments. University field supervisors will observe and assess performance. Candidates must have proof of liability insurance to participate in course. Co-requisite: EDUC 5300
EDUC 5400 - Action Research Project (2-1-2): This course provides candidates with an opportunity to develop an action research project based on coursework, practicums, and clinical experiences. Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the theory behind action research in teacher education and will utilize qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. They will design and implement an action research project, independently or in small groups, with the goals of publication, staff development, school policy change, or curriculum restructuring, in mind. All projects must be approved by the instructor and follow IRB specifications. Participants will define questions, determine research methods, and gather and assess data. This directed research project is a capstone experience in the M.A.T. degree program. Pre-requisites: EDUC 5300 & 5301.
MAED 6200 - Theory and Research in Mathematics Education (3-0-3): Designed to enhance appreciation for and understanding of research methods and findings in mathematics education with emphasis on the application to the secondary or post-secondary learning environment. Students will develop a broad outlook on contemporary issues from both international and local perspectives by exploring, evaluating, and synthesizing various theories of mathematics teaching and learning.
MAED 6300 - Internship in Teaching College Mathematics (3-0-3): This practicum provides an opportunity for graduate students to engage in experimental teaching situations in an undergraduate mathematics classroom under the supervision of a faculty member. Interns will have the opportunity to develop and teach lessons in a lower-division mathematics course. Participants may enroll for up to two semesters, but the teaching experiences must involve different courses. Pre-requisite: MAED 6200.
MAED 6400 - Directed Research in Mathematics Education (3-0-3): Individuals will complete the research and writing on a project in consultation with a graduate faculty member. Students will be guided in research methods and practical applications for academic writing and publishing. Pre-requisite: MAED 6200.
MATH 5010 - Modern Methods of Mathematics Instruction (3-0-3): This course will explore theory and pedagogy of mathematics instruction with a focus on teaching methods across a variety of topics. Appropriate integration of technology into mathematics teaching and learning will be emphasized. Pre-requisite: MATH 3005 or Admission to M.A.T. program.
MATH 5100 - History of Mathematics (3-0-3): This course is an exploration of the historical development of mathematics in various civilizations, ranging from Ancient Egypt through classical Greece, the Middle and Far East, and on to modern Europe. Topics may include the development of areas such as arithmetic, geometry (practical, deductive, and axiomatic), number theory, trigonometry, syncopated and symbolic algebra, probability and statistics, algebraic geometry, and calculus. Prerequisite(s): MATH 3005 or Permission of the instructor.
MATH 5130 - Applied Algebra (3-0-3): This course is an investigation of how the theory of abstract algebra is applied to solve non-theoretical problems. Topics are selected from applications in exact computing, error correcting codes, block designs, crystallography, integer programming, cryptography and combinatorics. Students will work both individually and in groups on projects from the chosen topics. Prerequisite(s): MATH 3005 or Permission of the instructor
MATH 5220 - Applied Statistics (3-0-3): This course is an introduction to multiple regressions, analysis of variance, and other selected inference methods. Topics will be selected from chi-square tests, non-parametric statistical methods, analysis of variance using simple experimental designs, and multiple regression methods, including model building, model checking, and analysis of residuals. Throughout the course, real data and computer software will be utilized. Prerequisite(s): MATH 1231 or Permission of the instructor
MATH 5250 - Elementary Number Theory (3-0-3): This course is an introduction to the mathematical treatment of concepts related to the system of integers. Topics will include divisibility, factorization, prime numbers, congruencies, number theoretic functions, and Diophantine equations. Prerequisite(s): MATH 3005 or Permission of the instructor
MATH 5231 - Modern Geometry (3-0-3): This course is a study of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries. Topics will be explored through historical perspectives, formal geometric proofs, technology-based investigations, and modern applications. Prerequisite(s): MATH 3005 or Permission of the instructor
MATH 5520 - Introduction to Analysis (3-0-3): This course is a rigorous introduction to analysis functions on Euclidean space. Topics include limits, continuity, sequences, series, differentiation, integration, and sequences and series of functions. Prerequisite(s): MATH 2503 and MATH 3005 or permission of the instructor
MATH 5800 - Special Topics (3-0-3): This course is a directed study in areas of special interest not covered in listed courses. This course may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor