Electives

PRED 502Qualitative Research Methods
Credit:
3
Introduction to methods of qualitative research in educational research; overview of the issues of design, data collection and methods of data analyses; ethical issues; reporting qualitative research.
PRED 503Theories and Models of Learning in Primary Years
Credit:
3
Theories of development in primary years; contemporary socio-cultural and socio-cognitive perspectives and paradigms of learning with special emphasis on connections to practice
PRED 510 Issues and Trends in Special Education
Credit:
3
In depth understanding of issues and problems related to selected areas of special education (e.g., early childhood special education, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and developmental disorders). Examination of theories related to current issues. Implications for teachers, parents, children, and schools.
PRED 522 Assessment and Evaluation in Early Years
Credit:
3
Advanced theory and methods on assessment and evaluation in the early years; focus at individual child and teacher, group, program, and policy levels.
PRED 524Field Experience
Credit:
3
In depth supervised practical experience and examination of early childhood settings.
PRED 552Administration, Supervision, and Leadership
Credit:
3
Advanced study of administration, leadership, supervision and management theory and techniques in early childhood settings.
PRED 556Teaching and Instruction in Early Years
Credit:
3
Examination of classroom practices, teaching strategies, instructional materials and techniques for early childhood settings.
PRED 561Curriculum Development in Primary Education
Credit:
3
Study of issues in science curriculum design and development; analysis and critique of current curricula in terms of parameters, constraints and materials; cross cultural comparisons.
PRED 563History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science for Primary Educators
Credit:
3
Investigating the discovery and the development of a scientific concept, principle or theory from a historical, philosophical and sociological perspective; discussion of science and its influence and place in primary education.
PRED 564Learning Environments in Primary Mathematics and Science
Credit:
3
Examination and designing of learning environments in primary math and science education; focus on informal and formal learning environments.
PRED 570Guided Reading in Primary Education
Credit:
3
Review and critique of relevant research.
PRED 574Advanced Measurement and Evaluation in Primary Education
Credit:
3
Critical review of measurement theories: classical test theory, and contemporary models; planning, construction, analysis and evaluation of measuring instruments in primary education.
PRED 575Cognition and Metacognition in Primary Years
Credit:
3
Investigating the development of scientific thinking, logical reasoning and problem solving processes; identification and assessment of metacognition and self regulation; focusing on the implications for instruction.
PRED 584Special Topic: War, Migration, Minority and Poverty in Early Childhood: Resilience & Vulnerability Perspective
Credit:
3
This course examines effects of various social adversities experienced by ‘’disadvantaged/at-risk’’ populations in early childhood years. Risk factors that social adversities engender as well as protective factors to withstand their negative effects are delineated under each respective adversity. Children of poverty, maltreatment, war/migration, and social exclusion are main focus.
PRED 585Special Topic:Historical and Contemporary Conceptualizations of Childhood
Credit:
3
This course is designed to examine children’s rights from a range of theoretical, practical, historical, cultural, and global perspectives and to understand the status of the child under international law, the rights of the child under international human rights conventions, and mechanisms available for enforcing such rights. The course aims to enable students to take account of children's interests, views and rights, and understand the complex relations between the protection, provision and participation rights defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The course elaborates on selected issues of children’s rights and the key struggles for rights on a national and international level. Throughout the course case studies conducted in a number of countries are explored.