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*CI 5303. Teaching Math in the Elementary School. (For MMT only.) This course is an in-depth study of the mathematics content and methodology derived from principles of learning and research. The course will explore the skills needed in cooperative planning, provide methods of organizing mathematical principles into lessons for pupils, and examine techniques for evaluating pupil progress.

CI 5304. Teaching Mathematics and Science in the Elementary School. The importance of problem solving in elementary mathematics and science is explored. Class activities emphasize the role of mathematics in collecting, recording, analyzing, and communicating scientific observations.

*CI 5305. Methods in Geometry for Elementary Math Teachers. This course focuses on study of congruency, similarity, transformations, coordinate geometry, and measurement using cognitively guided instruction. Van Hiele’s model will be used, and the importance of modeling relationships with and without technology will be taught. This course is designed for elementary school teachers with a mathematics specialization.

*CI 5306. Evaluative Techniques for the Classroom Teacher. An in-depth study of the objectives of evaluation, teacher-made tests, interpretation of standardized test results, self-evaluation, program evaluation, school evaluation, socio-metric techniques and their use, and reporting to parents.

*CI 5307. Probability and Statistics Methods for Elementary Math Teachers. This course for elementary math teachers covers graphical and numerical techniques to explore data and describe patterns and departures from patterns using cognitively guided instruction. The course focuses on statistical inference, making and evaluating predictions, and designing problems to solve using the theory of probability and its relationship to sampling.

CI 5310. Creativity: Theories, Research, and Applications. A multidisciplinary exploration of creativity theories, research, and applications. Implications of current theory and research for creative thinking and innovation. Designed for Master’s degree students in Education.

*CI 5315. Coaching Skills for Elementary Math Mentors. This course focuses on using guidance and feedback to help teachers improve math instruction. Specific attention is given to roles and responsibilities of math content coaches, including their function in coaching a professional learning community, and the roles of math mentors in helping new and experienced teachers.

CI 5316. Problem-Solving, Reasoning, and Modeling for Elementary Math Teachers. This course examines numerical reasoning and problem-solving with particular attention to heuristics, strategies, and modeling. Students will learn methods for mental computation and computational estimation, and algorithmic processes. The course is for elementary math teachers.

CI 5330. Multicultural Teaching and Learning. Course topics include multicultural education theory and principles; research; current issues and trends; culturally responsive curriculum, teaching methods and materials, and teaching English language learners. Students will explore their cultures and other cultures to develop knowledge and sensitivity needed to teach in a multicultural multilingual society.

CI 5339. Project-Based Instruction. This course will examine a theory driven perspective accounting for how adolescents and young adults learn and how project-based instruction (PBI) may be our best choice for bridging the gap between theory and practice. Students will observe secondary PBI classes, participate in a project and design a PBI unit.

CI 5389. Action Research for Practitioners. This course prepares practicing teachers to conduct action research in educational settings. Students will design and implement an action research project based on a self-selected topic.

CI 5390. Research Seminar in Education. Study of problems in the education of children in the schools. Topics include basic research procedures needed in the preparation of thesis or other research reports and development or skill in reading, analysis, and application of educational and behavioral research. A research paper is required of each student.