King's College Graduate Courses - Fall 2011

15-week evening classes - August 29 - December 17, 2011
COURSE
COURSE NAME
INSTRUCTOR
DAY
TIME
M.Ed. in Reading
Educ 500
Educational Research for Teachers
Staff
Mon
5:00-7:45 p.m.
Educ 505
ELL Adaptations
Swaditch
Wed
6:00-8:45 p.m.
Educ 510
Developmental Nature of Reading
Yurko
Tues
6:00-8:45 p.m.
Educ 515

Reading in the Content Area **CLOSED**

Caprari
Mon.
5:00-7:45 p.m.
Educ 517

Org., Admin., & Superv. of Rdg. Progs **CLOSED**

Carr
Wed
6:00-8:45 p.m.

Educ 520

The Writing Process K-12
Yurko
Thurs
6:00-8:45 p.m.
Educ 575
Reading Research Project
Armstrong
Wed
5:00-7:45 p.m.
Educ 605
ESL Instructional Materials **CLOSED**
Carr
see below, Weekend Schedule
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
Educ 580-T Curriculum Theory and Design
Staff
Tues.
6:00-8:45 p.m.
Educ 580-Th Curriculum Theory and Design  **CLOSED**
Carr
Thurs.
6:00-8:45 p.m.
Educ 582 Currents Issues and Trends in Educ.
Tosh
see below, Weekend Schedule
Educ 586 Inclusionary Classroom Practices
Pryor
see below, Weekend Schedule
Educ 590

Educational Research and Statistics

Drazdowski

Wed.

6:00-8:45 p.m.
Educ 510 Developmental Nature of Reading
Yurko
Tues.
6:00-8:45 p.m.
Educ 625 PK-4 Instructional Materials
Thomas
see below, Weekend Schedule
Educ 635 Master’s Project in Pk-4 Elem. Educ.
Staff
t.b.a.; permission required
Educ 605 ESL Instructional Materials **CLOSED**
Carr
see below, Weekend Schedule
Educ 610 ESL Assessment and Evaluation
Donovan
see below, Weekend Schedule
Educ 615 ESL Cultural and Ling. Diversities
Armstrong
see below, Weekend Schedule
Educ 620 ESL Master’s Project
Carr
Tues.
5:00-7:45 p.m.
Educ 647 Assessment in Mathematics
Elias
Thurs.
6:00-8:45 p.m.
Educ 650 Master’s Project in Mathematics Educ.
Staff
t.b.a.; permission required
Educ 662 Science Instructional Materials
Staff
Wed.
6:00-8:45 p.m.
Educ 670 Master’s Project in Science Educ.
Staff
t.b.a.; permission required
Educ 530 Standards Aligned System (SAS)
Grieco
see below, Weekend Schedule
Other electives in the concentration in Excellence in Teaching
t.b.a.; see PDC flyer for Fall 2011
M.Ed. in Health Care Administration
HCA 504-M Health Care Economics
Healey
Mon.
6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 504-Th

Health Care Economics

Healey
Thurs..
6:15-9:00 p.m.
HCA 541 Managerial Accounting for Health Care
McGowan
Tues.
6:15-9:00 p.m.

 

First accelerated session - August 27 - October 15, 2011
COURSE
COURSE NAME
INSTRUCTOR
DAY
TIME
HCA 500
Intro to Health Services Systems
Healey
Sat.
8:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
HCA 507-RP
Health Care Financial Management
McGowan
Moodle on-line; permission req.
HCA 521
Community Health Administration
Healey
Moodle on-line course

 

Second accelerated session - October 22 - December 17, 2011
COURSE
COURSE NAME
INSTRUCTOR
DAY
TIME

HCA 502

Human Resources Management
Marchese
Moodle on-line course

HCA 572-RP

Health Law
O’Donnell
Moodle on-line; permission req.

HCA 576

Operations Management in Health Care
McGowan
Sat.
8:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

 

Weekend Accelerated Scheduling: Two weekends, Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
COURSE
COURSE NAME
INSTRUCTOR
DAY
Educ 582
Currents Issues and Trends in Educ.
Tosh
Nov. 4-6 and Nov. 18-20
Educ 586
Inclusionary Classroom Practices
Pryor
Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 28-30
Educ 605
ESL Instructional Materials **CLOSED**
Carr
Sept. 9-11 and Sept. 23-25
Educ 610
ESL Assessment and Evaluation
Donovan

Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 21-23

Educ 615
ESL Cultural and Ling. Diversities
Staff

Nov. 4-6 and Nov. 18-20

Educ 625
PK-4 Instructional Materials
Thomas

Sept. 30, Oct. 1/2 and Oct. 14/15/16

Educ 530
Standards Aligned System (SAS)
Grieco

blended format: Sat., Oct. 29 + Nov. 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with on-line instruction between meetings


Course Descriptions - M.Ed. in Reading

Educ 500 – Educational Research for Teachers.  This course deals with understanding, developing, and utilizing data as applied to educational problems.  The course will include an overview of quantitative and qualitative educational research.  The major emphasis of the course will be teacher involvement in the action research process.  This course is normally taken just before undertaking the Reading Research Project (Educ 575).  Permission required.  (3 credits)

Educ 505 – ELL Adaptations.  This course is designed to instruct reading specialists in the foundations, instructions, assessment, professionalism and culture of the E.L.L. student.  It will introduce the prospective reading specialist to the current need for reading assistance for the E.L.L. student.  Participants will explore the methods, strategies, research and resources to develop and implement ESL programs to help English Language Learners acquire both the English language and academic cognitive understandings and skills.  Participants will design resource and teaching materials, implement them with their students, and provide reports to the class.  This course is required of all degree students admitted into the Reading program after 2/1/11.  It may be taken as an elective by students admitted into the program prior to that date.  (3 credits)

Educ 510 – Developmental Nature of Reading.  The nature of literacy learning is explored from the perspective of children constructing meaning and being actively involved in their learning.  The reading-writing relationship and authentic assessment procedures are stressed.  (3 credits) This course is being offered through the Reading program, but it may also be taken as a concentration course in the Curriculum and Instruction program.

Educ 515 – Reading in the Content Area.  This course emphasizes strategies that enhance a student’s ability to understand content-area reading.  Understanding the complexity of expository texts will be reviewed, along with techniques for improving vocabulary, comprehension, and study skills.  (3 credits)

Educ 517 – Organizational, Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs.  The effectiveness of managing reading programs will be explored.  The human resources, structural, economic, political, and symbolic relationships impacting on instruction will be examined.  The organizational framework of actual settings and leadership styles will be analyzed.  (3 credits)

Educ 520 – The Writing Process K-12.  This course examines writing as a means of facilitating language development and learning.  Practical means of implementing writing and the writing process into all aspects of the curriculum are examined, along with the reading-writing connection and writer’s workshop. The goal of the course is to develop an understanding of the purpose for writing in K-12 classrooms.  (3 credits)

Educ 575 – Reading Research Project.  Each student will engage in a reading research project in an area of special interest.  Upon completion of the project, students will write a professional-quality academic paper.  Prerequisite: Educ 500. Permission required.  (3 credits)

 

Course Description - M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Educ 510 – Developmental Nature of Reading.  The nature of literacy learning is explored from the perspective of children constructing meaning and being actively involved in their learning.  The reading-writing relationship and authentic assessment procedures are stressed.  (3 credits) This course is being offered through the Reading program, but it may also be taken as a concentration course in the Curriculum and Instruction program.

Educ 580 – Curriculum Theory and Design.  This course is designed to explore the developmental nature of curriculum in the elementary, middle and secondary school settings.  Distinct theories will be explored as they relate to public, charter, private, and magnet schools.  The interrelated nature of curriculum is stressed.  In addition, the concepts of goals and objectives as they relate to the curriculum will be investigated.  Current curricular trends will be studied, analyzed and evaluated using the principles of curriculum development discussed in the course.  (3 credits)

Educ 582 – Current Issues and Trends in Education.  This course will focus on an examination of contemporary issues in education and their historical perspectives.  The development of school organizations and higher education; instructional programs and curricula; and the delivery systems and functions of education will be examined in light of contemporary issues.  (3 credits)

Educ 586 – Inclusionary Classroom Practices.  This course will address the development, implementation, and monitoring of individualized management, instructional, curricular, and environmental strategies and adaptations for all students within a heterogeneous classroom, based upon the curriculum of the school.  Pedagogical recommendations and research-based effective instruction methodology is emphasized on a needs-based model incorporating the cognitive, language, attentional, affective, physical and sensory needs of children.  (3 credits)

Educ 590 – Educational Research and Statistics.  This course deals with understanding, developing, and utilizing data as applied to educational problems.  Methodology and techniques of empirical educational research will be explored.  Specific techniques of gathering and analyzing educational data will be explored.  This course will include an overview of quantitative and qualitative educational research.  Special emphasis will be placed upon the action research process.  (3 credits)

Educ 605 – ESL Instructional Materials, Technologies and their DevelopmentSee below.

Educ 610 – ESL Assessment and EvaluationSee below.

Educ 615 – ESL Cultural and Linguistic DiversitiesSee below.

Educ 620 – ESL Master’s Project.  A topic relevant to the teaching of English as a Second Language in the classroom will be researched and/or conducted with the approval of the instructor.  The topic of the research should be well documented in professional journals and studies. Upon completion of the project, the student will write a professional quality academic paper.   Prerequisite: Educ 590. Permission required.  (3 credits)

Educ 625 – Instructional Methods, Technologies and their Development in the Elementary Classroom.  This course is designed around the methods, strategies, research and resources that enable students to develop and implement programs to assist students in the language of and academic cognitive understanding and skills within the content area while understanding its impact upon the elementary curriculum.  Graduate students design resource and teaching materials, implement them with their students, and provide reports to the class.  Students also learn and practice adaptations of lesson content and present actual lesson activities within the structure of the course.  (3 credits)

Educ 635 – Master’s Project in PK-4 Elementary Education.  A topic relevant to the teaching of elementary education in the classroom will be researched and/or conducted with the approval of the instructor.  The topic of the research must be well documented in professional journals and studies.  Upon completion of the project, the student will write a professional quality academic paper.  Prerequisite: Educ 590.  Permission required.  (3 credits)

Educ 647 – Assessment in Mathematics.  A variety of assessment techniques that assist in the evaluation of the student and the curriculum will be presented. The focus will be on developing and adapting authentic assessment for all learners of mathematics.  The statistical portion of this course will introduce commonly used statistical methods that a teacher may employ to analyze instructional, local and state assessments for differentiation of instruction and improved student performance.  Topics will include data analysis, calculation and interpreting data for use in decisions about the cause-and-effect relationships of instruction.  (3 credits)

Educ 650 – Master’s Project in Mathematics Education.  A topic relevant to the teaching of mathematics in the classroom will be researched and/or conducted with the approval of the instructor.  The topic of the research must be well documented in professional journals and studies.  Upon completion of the project, the student will write a professional quality academic paper.  Prerequisite: Educ 590.  Permission required.  (3 credits)

Educ 662 – Science Instructional Materials.  This course is designed around the science methods, strategies, research and resources that enable students to develop and implement science programs, to assist students in the language of and academic cognitive understanding and skills within the content area while understanding its impact upon the science curriculum.  Graduate students design resource and teaching materials, implement them with their students, and provide reports to the class.  Students also learn and practice adaptations of lesson content and present actual lesson activities within the structure of the course.  (3 credits)

Educ 670 – Master’s Project in Science Education.  A topic relevant to the teaching of science in the classroom will be researched and/or conducted with the approval of the instructor.  The topic of the research must be well documented in professional journals and studies.  Upon completion of the project, the student will write a professional quality academic paper.  Prerequisite: Educ 590.  Permission required.  (3 credits)

Educ 680 – Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction.  This course will focus on curriculum development and implementation using the National and Pennsylvania Standards in Social Studies.  Students will learn to plan, execute and evaluate standards driven Social Studies experiences in the classroom.  Students will work together to explore the way children develop ideas related to diversity and multiculturalism.  Current developments in Social Studies education will be addressed especially in the area of patterns throughout history.  (3 credits)

Educ 530 (Educ 5883) – Standards Aligned System (SAS).  This course will focus on the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System (SAS) curriculum alignment framework.  Each of the six SAS circles will be examined: Clear Standards, Curriculum Framework, Fair Assessments, Interventions, Instruction, and Materials/Resources.  Class participants will learn how the six circles of SAS relate to student achievement in their classrooms, interacting with the SAS website to realign curriculum, understand the impact and uses of the Classroom Diagnostic Tests, and the free interactive curriculum mapping tools embedded in the website.  Other topics will include the “Understanding by Design” curriculum framework and the relationship between SAS and the resiliency model.  (3 credits)

 



Course Descriptions - Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL)

Educ 605 – Instructional Materials, Technologies and Their Development.  This course is designed around the methods, strategies, research and resources that enable students to develop and implement an ESL program, to help English Language Learners acquire English language and academic cognitive understanding and skills.  Students design resource and teaching materials, implement them with their students, and provide reports to the class.  Students also learn and practice adaptations of lesson content  and  present actual  lesson  activities  to ESL classroom  students.  Emphasis is placed on working with colleagues in schools, to help them understand that they, as well as ESL teachers, must adapt and modify content/lessons to enable ESL students to develop social and academic cognitive English.  (3 credits) This course is being offered through the ESL graduate certificate program, but it may also be taken as a concentration course in the Curriculum and Instruction program, or as an elective in the Reading program.

Educ 610 – Assessment and Evaluation of Student, Program, Instruction, Family Involvement and Support Services.  This course emphasizes multiple assessment models to determine English language performance and proficiency.  Emphasis is placed on linking instruction with assessment results using individual and small group activities.   As a culminating project, students develop and present a performance unit either for ESL students in a particular grade or for an ESL program across multiple grades.  Finally, the WIDA assessment mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is examined.  (3 credits) This course is being offered through the ESL graduate certificate program, but it may also be taken as a concentration course in the Curriculum and Instruction program.

Educ 615 – Cultural and Linguistic Diversities, Approaches and Collaborative Methods for Developing Cultural Awareness.  In this course, cultural and linguistic diversities are examined through the mosaic of groups immigrating to the United States.  The analyses focus on: time period of immigration, reasons for immigrating, and differences among immigrating groups in education, occupation, religion, native language, ESL mode or type used with these groups, and other variables.  Melting-pot perspectives of assimilation and acculturation are covered, as well as the “salad bowl” view.  Methods of working with culturally and linguistically diverse families and ways to collaborate with them and their needs are examined.  (3 credits) This course is being offered through the ESL graduate certificate program, but it may also be taken as a concentration course in the Curriculum and Instruction program.

 

Course Descriptions - Master's in Health Care Administration

HCA 500 – Introduction to Health Services Systems.  This course is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the organization of the U.S. health care “system.”  It examines the major institutions, professions, and political forces that influence the provision of health care services in the United States.  Students explore the development of each major component of the medical care system from an historical perspective by examining the changes in their organization and role over time.  They also consider the major problems presently confronting each aspect of health care and discuss alternative means of resolving these issues for the future.  (3 credits)

HCA 502 – Human Resources Management.  This course surveys the activities and decision-making functions of the human resources manager, including personnel planning, recruitment, interviewing, training and development, compensation practices, benefits administration, maintaining personnel records, employee communication, labor relations and succession planning, with an emphasis on the legal dimensions of these various activities.  Attention is also drawn to the professional and legal responsibilities of the individual manager or team leader in matters such as employee rights, privacy, sexual harassment, discrimination in the workplace, employee evaluations, workers’ compensation and recruitment of personnel.  This comprehensive review occurs from the unique perspective of the health services organization.  Offered on-line, via the internet.  (3 credits)

HCA 504 – Health Care Economics.  This course is an in-depth study of the major topics in health care economics.  The course examines the production, cost, and financing of health care services, delivery mechanisms and their effects, health labor markets and professional training, and use of economic evaluation tools (cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses) in making decisions about allocation of scarce resources.  Students comprehend the essential economic concepts, critically review relevant research evidence, and consider the policy implications for the various interest groups in both private and public sector.  (3 credits)

HCA 507 – Health Care Financial Management.  This course introduces both the theory and concepts behind financial decision making in the health services industry.   The primary goal of this course is to provide an operational knowledge of financial management theory and concepts.  Students will be given the opportunity to apply these ideas to real-world healthcare business settings and to use spreadsheet analyses to help make better financial decisions.  Offered on-line, via the internetPrerequisites: completion of HCA 541 and/or permission of Dr. Bernie Healey, director, graduate program in Health Care Administration.   (3 credits)

HCA 521 – Community Health Administration.  This course examines community health initiatives designed to protect and advance the general health of the public. Topics to be covered include: history of public health, epidemiology, community assessment, public health management, health education, child health programs, communicable and chronic diseases, environmental health, and the future of the public health.  Particular attention is paid to partnering with managed care organizations in order to acquire needed resources.  Offered on-line, via the internet.  (3 credits)

HCA 541 – Managerial Accounting for Health Care Administration.  This course is intended to provide an overview of the subject of accounting. Students will learn financial and managerial accounting concepts with an emphasis on contemporary management control theory as applied in the health services industry. The course begins with the characteristics of the management control function. It then examines the nature and purpose of financial statements and introduces fund accounting. The course concludes with coverage of full cost accounting, the measurement and use of differential costs, and pricing decisions.  (3 credits)

HCA 572 – Health Law.  This course will explore the legal aspects of the health care environment. Particular emphasis will be placed on the court system’s effect on the health care executive.  Topics to be discussed include the following: medical negligence, employment/agency relationships, prolongation of life, patients’ rights, and corporate liability.  Offered on-line, via the internetPermission of Dr. Bernie Healey, director, graduate program in Health Care Administration, required.  (3 credits)

HCA 576 – Operations Management in Health Care.  This course provides an in-depth understanding of the essential concepts, tools, and strategies in operations research and their application to health care.  The course focuses on the use of quantitative methods to address complex operational issues and realistic problems, with the ultimate goal of ensuring improved system effectiveness and efficiency.  Main topics covered include break-even analysis, demand forecasting, linear programming, and project and inventory management, and quality control.  (3 credits)

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