General Course Information for MAT642: Program Design

Course: MAT642 - Program Design
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Course Description: This course will examine the underlying principles that have shaped standards, assessments, accountability and the need for educational reform. The course will emphasize evaluation of school programs, student assessment and program design using appropriate review criteria.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge competency of a quality educational program, which create democratic learning communities that succeed for a diverse population. a) creating small size for the school or learning communities within the school. b) structures that allow for personalization and strong relationships; c) intellectually challenging and relevant relationships; d) performance-based assessment; e) highly competent teachers who collaborate in planning and problem solving.
  • Analyze the need for change, reforming, and restructuring of schools and the issues of accountability.
  • Investigate the literature on what makes curriculum standards work, and how to implement standards-based assessment in the classroom, school and district.
  • Analyze the design and implementation of curriculum including the philosophy, assessment, management and expectations as they relate to the mission of the school.
  • Review state and federal assessment guidelines as they apply to school performance and expectations as well as meeting the state and federal compliance issues.
  • Investigate the factors that affect what qualifies given standards for distinguished Schools.
  • Investigate the procedures for doing self-studies, visitations by district and state personnel and requirements for further study.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze diversity issues in education to support equity pedagogy, social justice, and community collaboration.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and active reflection to evaluate and improve professional practice.
  • Apply information literacy skills to inquire, research, teach, and learn.
  • Build learning communities within their school/classroom.
  • Build professional relationships/networks.
  • Design and Implement assessments in the classroom, school, and district.
  • Implement, assess, and evaluate standards-based curriculum.
  • Use multiple teaching models and assessment strategies.
  • Use technology for research and teaching.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures