Elective Courses

Select Courses to Match Your Professional Goals

All courses listed below are approved electives in the Master of Science in Education degree program.
You may mix and match single courses to match your professional goals, or you may enroll in a sequence of courses to complete a certificate or certification. Some courses require prerequisites. NOTE: Practicum courses (EDUC 764 and RDGED 707) are not approved electives.

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  • Electives
    Mix and match electives to meet your professional goals

  • Reading Teacher Certification Courses
    Earn graduate credits via online courses and meet your professional development goals for Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction (WI 316) Reading Teacher licensure requirements.

  • e-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Courses
    Earn graduate credits via online courses and meet your professional development goals to be certified as highly qualified in the area of e-learning instruction and training.

  • Instructional Design Certificate
    Earn graduate credits via online courses and meet your professional development goals to be certified as highly qualified in the area of instructional design.

  • Reading Specialist Certification Courses
    Earn graduate credits via online courses and meet your professional development goals for Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction (WI 17) Reading Specialist licensure requirements.


EDUC-726 Administration
Philosophy and principles underlying organization and operation of public education on the local, state and national levels in the United States. Examinations of prevailing practices and current problems of school management. (3 credit)

EDUC- 650 Integrating Social Media Instructional Strategies

Social media instructional strategies for professional development, global collaborative initiatives, learning-community development and collaborations. Digital citizenship and learning outcomes and assessment using social media. (1 credit)

EDUC-646  Using Games for Learning and Assessment

Integration of interactive games and simulations with the curriculum, implications for effective assessment. Use of games to support collaboration, problem-solving, decision-making, and to increase motivation and engagement in the classroom including benefits and drawbacks.
(1 credit)

EDUC-648 Math Assessment for RTI
Principles of using universal screeners and curriculum-based measures (CBMs) to assess student performance in mathematics.  Use of assessment tools in mathematics to identify learning problems, to monitor student growth, and to implement Response to Intervention practices. (2 credits)

EDUC-651 Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom
Instructional strategies for design, management, and assessment of standards-focused, project-based learning (PBL) in the flipped classroom. Use of multimedia and online resources to support collaboration and increase learner motivation and engagement. (1 credit)

EDUC-744-911 Effective Classroom Management
Research-based strategies for effective management of the K-12 classroom including organization of time, physical space, curriculum, instruction, and assessment to minimize and prevent classroom management problems and create a classroom culture that supports cooperative learning (2 credits)

EDUC-744-914 Methods of Teaching Middle School Math
Research, issues and problems related to current reform in teaching middle school mathematics. Planning curriculum, assessing student learning, managing instruction, and providing for individual needs. (3 Credits)

EDUC-744-920 PK-Elementary 6-Traits Writing Instruction
Application of the 6-Traits theory to assessment and instruction of student writing in PK through grade 4. Study of the continuum of primary and elementary language arts skills and writing across the curriculum. (3 Credits)

EDUC-744-909 Middle School through Adult 6-Traits Writing Instruction
Concepts, instructional methods and assessment strategies for improving writing instruction, middle school through post-secondary. Self-assessment strategies, application of 6-traits, technology and software applications, and writing across the curriculum. (3 Credits)

EDUC-744-925 Bullying in Schools
Issues, interventions and instructional strategies for creating a safe learning environment. Best practices for breaking the cycle of bullying and cyberbullying. (2 Credits)

EDUC-642 Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas
Research-based strategies for analyzing, critiquing and engaging with digital text, video, images and diverse multimedia primary sources in the PK-12 classroom to stimulate inquiry, creativity and critical thinking. (2 Credits)

EDUC-643 Differentiated Instruction
Research-based instructional methods to meet the varied needs of all learners in today's classrooms, including English language learners, students with a variety of learning styles and abilities and interests. Alternative assessment methods and strategies to manage a differentiated instructional setting. (3 Credits)

EDUC-644  Problem, Project, and Inquiry Based Learning in Science Education
Evidence-based strategies for motivating and engaging students in learning science through problem, project, and inquiry based learning.  Applications of learning theory and evidence-based strategies will be employed to revise and create standards-based curriculum for the classroom. (3 credits)

EDUC-645 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
interventions and supports (PBIS). Roles and functions of the PBIS team, action planning for sustainable practices, data collection systems and tools, and data analysis for decision making and action planning. (3 credits)

EDUC-640 Poverty in Schools
Characteristics and issues facing economically disadvantaged students. Traits of high-performing, high-poverty schools with emphasis onstrategies to reduce the achievement gap and build community partnerships. (2 credits)

EDUC-647 Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Strategies to address the varied social and academic needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the inclusive classroom; educational interventions and technology considerations. (3 credits)

EDUC-641 Mobile Learning Instructional Design

Mobile learning research, trends, instructional strategies, curriculum integration, professional development.  (3 credits)

EDUC-744-970 Strategies for Dealing with Disruptive Behavior

Evidence-based preventive strategies, positive behavioral supports, effective interventions, and classroom management strategies for addressing problem behaviors, chronic noncompliance and intermittent disruptive conduct. (3 credits)

EDUC-744-971 Integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Curricular integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); research based instructional strategies for engaging diverse learners, and career pathways, in STEM-related fields. (3 credits)

Reading Teacher Certification Courses

RDGED-701 Developmental Reading K-12
This course focuses on evidence-based instructional practices for promoting literacy development of beginning, developing and fluent readers and writers including those of varying levels and abilities. Comprehensive review of concepts, methods, research, and historical developments that form the conceptual foundations of teaching reading. Pedagogical considerations, including general conditions for learning to read and write; developmental phases of reading; principles of good reading instruction; development of a personal philosophy about teaching reading as a reflective practitioner. (3 Credits)

RDGED-702 Seminar: Reading in the Content Areas K-12
Research-based teaching methods, study strategies, and technology focusing on the abilities to use language processes (reading, writing, speaking, listening) to learn subject matter across the curriculum. Consideration will be given to individual differences among readers in relationship to the cultural and political aspects of content literacy. (3 Credits)

RDGED-703 Children's Literature in the Reading Program
Evaluation, selection, and teaching of literature in the elementary school language arts program. A survey of historically significant books with a focus on authors and illustrators writing for today's young readers. (3 Credits)

RDGED-704 Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12)
Surveys literature for and about the young adult (ages 12-18). Examines literature themes, writing techniques, and opportunities for integrating into classroom/library programs. Focuses on building an appreciation of literature, encouraging student reading, and building critical thinking and literacy skills across the curriculum. Topics include the culture of teens and popular fiction, as well as information books and books cited for literary qualities. (3 Credits)

RDGED-705 Instructional Techniques for
Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties

Integration of psycholinguistic theory into an interactive strategic model of remedial interventions based on the foundational research of literacy acquisition in a community environment. Integrating reading, writing and spelling into an effective and viable program for struggling readers and special populations, including the learning disabled. This is one of the required courses for the Wisconsin 316 Reading Teacher License. (3 Credits)

RDGED-706 Assessment and Evaluation
of Reading and Language Development

A study of the interrelationship of qualitative assessment and evaluation to literacy development including current research in reading and language arts practices. Selection, administration and interpretation of formative and summative literacy assessments for the purpose of evaluating reading and language processes. (3 Credits)

Reading Specialist Certification Courses

RDGED 720 Leading and Directing the Reading Program
Using theory, research data, evidence, and organizational change principles to develop, lead, evaluate, and improve PK-12 literacy and professional development programs. Leadership in developing and promoting effective literacy programs for all students is emphasized. (3 credits)

RDGED 721 Supporting Literacy Instruction

Supervised school-based practicum in reading program implementation and evaluation.  Emphasis is directed toward developing coaching practices, planning professional development programs, and facilitating evidence-based reading programs. (3 credits)

RDGED 722 Reading Specialist Field Experience

Supporting teachers in learning about effective literacy instruction through coaching, consultation, and ongoing professional development. Special attention will be given to analyzing data and mastering the complexities of observing, modeling, and providing feedback to teachers. Prerequisites: RDGED 720, RDGED 721. (3 credits)

e-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Courses

EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators fulfills the required 30 hours of professional development for Wisconsin K-12 online teachers. Beginning July 1, 2010, no person may teach an online course in a public school, including a charter school, unless he or she has completed at least 30 hours of professional development designed to prepare a teacher for online teaching [Wisconsin State Statute 118.19(13)].  http://dpi.wi.gov/imt/pdf/online_course_pd.pdf

EDUC-760 E-Learning for Educators
Historical background and current trends in e-learning. Concepts and foundations of best practices for successful teaching online. E-learning theory, principles, learning management systems, and web-based technology tools. (3 Credits)

EDUC-761 Creating Collaborative Communities in e-Learning
Concepts, methods and research for creating and facilitating a collaborative online community of practice. Dynamics of facilitated synchronous and asynchronous discussion, questioning skills, conflict resolution, netiquette, and collaborative learning through problem-based scenarios, simulations, and hands-on practice moderating online discussions. (3 Credits)

EDUC-762 Assessment in e-Learning
Performance-based assessment. Summative and formative feedback methods to assess student learning in the online classroom. Best practices for grading procedures, prevention of plagiarism in the digital environment, electronic evaluation tools, using electronic record keeping systems and methods for evaluating e-portfolios, discussion postings, and group projects. (3 Credits)

EDUC-763 Instructional Design for e-Learning
Evaluation, discussion, and application of instructional design theories and principles for e-learning. Examination of hybrid, self-paced and facilitated e-learning experiences delivered via learning management systems. Scenario based simulations and case study analysis. Creating interactive multimedia learning objects. Application of accessibility and usability guidelines in web-based course design. (3 Credits)

EDUC-764  e-Learning Practicum
Practicum in teaching online with a cooperating online instructor. Application of online pedagogy and technology evaluated through observation, discussion and reflections. Completion of a professional development plan and an e-portfolio of evidence of attainment of online learning standards. Prerequisites: EDUC 760-763. (3 Credits)

Instructional Design Certificate

EDUC-765 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
In-depth comparison of current instructional design theories and models, variables that affect adult learning, techniques for stimulating and sustaining learner motivation, reinforcement of learning, skill transfer, and use of cognitive task analysis to determine instructional content. (3 Credits)

EDUC-766 Instructional Strategies and Assessment Methods|
Development of instructional goals, objectives and assessment of outcomes. Methods for assessing learner performance and mapping appropriate assessment methods to instructional strategies and learning objectives. Performance-based assessment and evaluation tools to assess learner performance. Design of formative and summative evaluation methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 765. (3 Credits)

EDUC-767 Designing Computer-Based Training (CBT)
Just-in time scenario-based modular development, user interface design, visual design, usability testing, and execution of common instructional strategies employed in self-paced products. Research, trends and standards in computer-based training; development of reusable learning objects using multimedia software. Prerequisites: EDUC 765, EDUC 766. (3 Credits)

EDUC-768 Project Management for Instructional Development
Examination of the initiation, planning, and closure of instructional development projects and practical knowledge on managing project scope, work breakdown structure, schedules, and resources including budgeting. Analysis of instructional development project life cycle. Prerequisites: EDUC 765, EDUC 766, EDUC 767. (3 Credits)