Ashford University Catalog
Not all courses are offered in all modalities or with the same frequency. Please reference the academic programs sections of this Catalog to find a list of courses offered and/or required in each degree program. Course prerequisites may also be listed in the individual program sections.
Course descriptions that reference “successful completion” of a prerequisite course assume the student will have earned a grade of “C-” or higher, unless otherwise noted in the program requirements. Term offerings are subject to change.
Course Numbering System
While many courses cross lines between class levels, the following offers a general correlation between course numbers and grade levels:
Grade Level Course Number Range
Lower Division 100–299
Upper Division 300–499
Master's Level 500–699/5000-6999
Doctoral Level 700-899/7000-8999
Ashford University awards semester credit hours.
ABS 200 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science
This course provides an introduction and overview of the application and use of applied behavioral science. Basic terms and definitions are reviewed, and students are introduced to the varied components of applied behavioral science. Topics covered include definition of the field, sub-specialties, and real world applications, and aspects of the field.
ABS 300 Psychological Assessment
This course will survey instruments of psychometric assessment that are frequently used in education and clinical practice. Fundamental theory and research pertaining to the quantitative measurement of human traits will be reviewed. Psychometric instruments will include standardized neuropsychological tests, intelligence tests, and personality tests. Strengths and limitations of these instruments will be carefully examined. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and PSY 325.
ABS 415 Leadership & Ethics in a Changing World
This course examines leadership and ethics from a broad perspective, and includes an overview of key leadership theories. Students explore leadership characteristics and values as applied to ethical decision-making, and challenges, as well as in regard to their own lives. Also included is an exploration of future leadership trends in a dynamic evolving world.
ABS 417 Community Organizing & Development
This course examines methods, techniques, and theories involved in working with people to solve problems in community-based settings.
ABS 497 Applied Behavioral Sciences Capstone
This course provides the opportunity for the synthesis and application of content learned throughout the degree program. Students complete a project that demonstrates application of concepts presented throughout the degree coursework. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.
ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting
This course is an introduction to financial accounting for non-accounting business majors. Emphasis is on construction of basic financial statements from a given set of transactions that include accruals and deferrals, and use of financial statement analysis to evaluate firm performance and quality of earnings.
ACC 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting
This course is an introduction to managerial accounting for non-accounting business majors. Emphasis is given on the internal accounting methods of business organizations for planning and control. Various topics include determining accounting systems for manufacturing operations, cost-volume profit analysis, differential analysis and produce pricing, budgeting and standard costs, decentralized operations, and capital investment analysis.
ACC 205 Principles of Accounting I
Introduction to the principles and procedures of general financial accounting with an emphasis on reporting to individuals outside the organization. Development of accounting reports on an accrual basis. Students who successfully complete ACC 205 may waive ACC 201, in approved circumstances.
ACC 206 Principles of Accounting II
Primarily covers the principles of managerial accounting. Emphasis on reporting to individuals inside the organization. Major concepts include job order costing, process costing, budgets and standards, and statement analysis. Prerequisite: ACC 205. Students who successfully complete ACC 206 may waive ACC 202, in approved circumstances.
ACC 208 Accounting for Managers
This course is designed to explain how data can be interpreted and used by managers in making decisions. Additionally, this course introduces the student to the analysis and interpretation of financial reports.
ACC 281 Accounting Concepts for Health Care Professionals
This course is designed as an applied managerial and financial accounting course, designed to provide health care decision-makers with fundamental concepts of health care accounting practices and procedures. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Quantitative Reasoning core competency and Digital Literacy competency.
ACC 305 Intermediate Accounting I
This is the first of three intermediate accounting courses. The course covers accounting theory and a review of the accounting cycle. Additional topics covered include net income and comprehensive income, cash flows and the time value of money.. Prerequisite: ACC 206.
ACC 306 Intermediate Accounting II
This is the second of three intermediate accounting courses. The first part of the course covers revenue recognition accounting theory. Additional topics covered include cash and receivables, inventory, long-term assets and liabilities. Prerequisite ACC 305.
ACC 307 Intermediate Accounting III
ACC 308 Accounting Information Systems
This course serves to advance the knowledge of computerized accounting for service and merchandising businesses, the underlying differences between manual and computerized accounting, and build students’ understanding of the accounting cycle and business processes including bookkeeping, invoicing, billing, and business trends.
ACC 310 Cost Accounting I
Covers traditional “cost” concepts: factory overhead, cost accumulation, job order cost system, process cost system, joint product and byproduct costing, standard costs and variances. Prerequisite: ACC 206.
ACC 345 Leadership & Financial Analysis
ACC 380 Accounting for Not-for-Profit Organizations
Examines the differences in accounting between not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Accounting for funds including general funds, special revenue funds, capital projects funds, debts service funds, special assessment funds, internal service funds, enterprise funds, fiduciary funds, the general fixed asset group of accounts, and the general long-term debt group of accounts. Prerequisite: ACC 206.
ACC 401 Federal Income Taxes I
A study of federal income tax laws and their application to individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Prerequisite: ACC 205.
ACC 407 Advanced Accounting
Primarily a course dealing with combined business entities. Topics include mergers, acquisitions and combinations, consolidated financial statements, intercompany profit, changes in equity, international operations, and partnerships. Prerequisite: ACC 306 and ACC 310.
ACC 408 International Accounting
The course focus encompasses the global perspective accountants are exposed to regularly. Many firms conduct business abroad thanks to internet sales, and accountants need a broader understanding of the impact of these business transactions on the accounting and financial reporting activities required of today’s accountant as a team partner. Prerequisite: ACC 407.
ACC 410 Auditing
Principles, procedures, and standards of public accounting. Emphasis on auditor’s working papers and submission of audit statements. Prerequisites: ACC 306, ACC 310 and GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program.
ACC 610 Advanced Federal Taxation
This course is an introduction to federal taxation for entities other than individuals. Topics include structure, regulations, administration and compliance of federal taxation in the US from the perspective of corporations, partnerships, S corporations, trusts and estates.
ACC 611 Advanced Tax Research
This course is designed with an emphasis on developing research skills related to complex tax issues. The focus is on interpretation of tax law and finding support for various positions on difficult tax issues related to a variety of business, personal and estate tax issues.
ACC 612 Advanced Financial Accounting
This course expands on the basic financial reporting concept with a focus on business combination reporting for corporations and partnerships, foreign currency transaction reporting and financial statement translation, and financial statement note disclosure.
ACC 614 Auditing & Fraud Detection
This course will cover the components of the auditing process with a strong emphasis on planning, risk assessment and gathering audit evidence. The course will provide a foundation in the fundamentals of assurance, attestation and auditing.
ACC 615 Current Issues in Advanced Taxation
This course is designed to focus on selected taxation issues relevant to today’s economic climate. Topics will vary based on changing tax law and current political climate with an emphasis on interpretation of new tax regulations and pronouncements.
ACC 616 Forensic Accounting
This course will cover the basic concepts of forensic accounting including identifying, detecting, and preventing fraud. There will be an emphasis on investigating documentary evidence, interviewing witnesses and potential suspects, writing investigative reports and testifying to findings.
ACC 617 Current Issues in Advanced Auditing
This course will examine current and advanced issues affecting the auditing profession. Topics will include the study of audit risk, corporate governance, audit planning and execution, special reports and assurance engagements.
ACC 618 Professional Ethics for the Accountant
This course will provide an understanding of the ethics and code of professional conduct provided by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In addition, ethic guidelines and codes of conduct endorsed by other professional accounting organizations such as the Institute of Managerial Accountants will be introduced.
ACC 622 Accounting Information Systems
This course will include a review of accounting information systems application controls and internal control. Topics include hardware and software concepts, application internal controls, internal control procedures, integrated audit software, generalized general ledger software, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) internal control requirements and required company and audit documentation.
ACC 623 Advanced Topics in Excel & Access
This course utilizes the Microsoft Access database management system and Excel spreadsheet tools to build the accounting system elements for each of the four main transaction cycles: revenue, purchase, payroll, and production. Access topics include creating and maintaining tables; designing, maintaining and querying a database; creating forms and reports; and using VBA procedures on a database. Excel topics include the use of functions and formulas of Excel with emphasis on accounting as a financial analysis tool.
ACC 624 Current Issues in Accounting Information Systems
This advanced course provides an in-depth study of Accounting Information System concepts including business intelligence solutions, computerized accounting, enterprise resource planning, information technology strategy, data integrity, security techniques, user interface design, and internal controls. Emphasis is placed on understanding how accounting information systems can ensure the accuracy and reliability of financial information and aid in the decision-making process of an organization.
ACC 626 Accounting in a Global Environment
This course will include the study of an entity reported as either a multinational company or an entity whose reporting obligations to stakeholders are located in a country other than that of the reporting entity. Conceptual and practical applications of accounting are investigated from a global perspective. Special emphasis is placed on managing multinational enterprises with respect to how accounting applies to global strategies and the key accounting issues that influence multinational decision making. In addition, a detailed investigation on the convergence of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are covered in this course. Also discussed are the effects of financial reporting, international taxation, and international financial statement analysis on a multinational reporting entity.
ACC 630 Advanced Government and Non-Profit Accounting
This course introduces specialized accounting principles applicable to state and local governments and other non-profit organizations. Emphasis will be on fund accounting and students will gain an understanding of the differences between private and public sector accounting.
ACC 640 Advanced Managerial & Cost Accounting
This course explores advanced managerial and cost accounting topics as they relate to problem solving skills for managers. Topics include activity based costing, activity based management, cost of quality, theory of constraints related to capacity planning and new emerging practices that support management decision making.
ACC 695 Accounting Capstone
This course is designed to bring together knowledge gained from the previous program courses and allow the student to demonstrate how the various components of an accounting system work together. Broadly the course encompasses complex accounting concepts, financial statement reporting, taxes, risks, information systems, auditing, business law, and ethics.
ACC 696 Tax Capstone
This Capstone course will integrate the knowledge learned from prior courses using comprehensive business/individual taxation problems. The course will examine principles and policies that underlie the tax systems and rules. Students will research complicated tax issues involving a variety of tax topics, including businesses, financial tax planning, estates and wills. The culmination of the course involves a complex comprehensive tax research case.
ACC 697 Audit Capstone
This course is designed to bring together knowledge gained from the previous program courses. Broadly the course emphasizes complex auditing concepts and will also encompass accounting concepts, financial statement reporting, taxes, risks, information systems, business law, and ethics.
ACC 698 Accounting Information Systems Capstone
This course requires students to use all of the skills and knowledge gained during completion of the program by applying them to contemporary information systems issues and problems facing the profession. Students will be required to apply accounting information systems to complex areas of accounting and taxation. The course emphasizes both the practical and ethical issues of the practice of accounting.
ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Students explore culture in its role of guiding human behavior and providing social order, structure, and stability for individuals and groups of people. Culture is presented as a system of adaptation involving beliefs, behavior, language, customs, socio/political strategies, traditions, and technology that evolve over time. Recommended prerequisite: ENG 122.
ANT 202 Human Origins & Prehistory
This course will introduce students to the anthropological study of human evolution and prehistory. Students will be introduced to the theory of natural selection and to humanity as a member of the primate order. Topics covered will be the human ancestors, the Neolithic revolution, and how humans both differ and are similar to other primates. Prerequisite: Written Communication Competency and ANT 101 or Intercultural & Global Awareness.
ANT 234 Family, Kin, & Groups
The course explores kinship systems, ethnicity, neighborhood and other social arrangements in various cultural settings through the reading of selected ethnographic materials. Students will study the kinship on a cross-cultural and worldwide basis, beginning with immediate social ties in familial contexts to broad connotations in ethnic, national, and universal domains. Prerequisite: Written Communication Competency and ANT 101 or Intercultural & Global Awareness.
ANT 307 Anthropology of War
An examination of the nature of war, primarily as it occurs in pre-industrial societies, and a survey of the anthropological explanations regarding this phenomenon. Emphasis is on understanding the complexity, variability, and cultural embeddedness of war as it occurs around the world. Prerequisite: Written Communication Competency and ANT 101 or Intercultural & Global Awareness.
ANT 315 Material Culture: Archaeology and the Human Condition
This course examines the anthropological sub-discipline of archaeology, the study of the human past, looking specifically at the theories and methods used by archaeologists. Students will learn how archaeologists gather and use data, and how this information is relevant to contemporary society. Students will explore the history and background of archaeology, as well as how archaeologists approach such topics as the origins of inequality, gender roles, complex societies, and ethical issues such as who owns the past. Prerequisite: ANT 202.
ANT 340 Anthropological Theory
This course explores anthropological theory in a historical perspective focusing on the rise of a distinct anthropological perspective on the comparative study of human societies and cultures. The course will detail various theoretical models developed in the 19th and 20th centuries to explain the similarities and differences in cultural systems. Prerequisite: Written Communication Competency and ANT 101 or Intercultural & Global Awareness.
ANT 343 Language, Culture, & Communication
This course is an introduction to the study of the relationship of language and culture, including examination of the characteristics and structural principles of natural language. After exploring the basic characteristics of sound, word formation, and sentence structure, these principles are applied to such topics as: language variation, language change, psycholinguistics, and pragmatics. Prerequisite: Written Communication Competency and ANT 101 or Intercultural & Global Awareness.
ANT 348 Native American Anthropology
This course examines the nature and distribution of North American Indian cultures from the pre-Columbian period to the present. Through the use of archeological, anthropological, and contemporary community studies, this course will explore the diversity of traditional North American Indian and Inuit cultures and the adaptation of indigenous peoples to America. Prerequisite: Written Communication Competency and ANT 101 or Intercultural & Global Awareness.
ANT 351 Anthropology of Religion, Magic, & Ritual
This course examines the nature of religious belief systems, myth and ritual, witchcraft, and magic and sorcery in various societies of the world. These behavioral and symbolic forms exist or have existed in virtually all human societies and cultures. In this course, students will study many different belief systems, define these entities; and develop an understanding of how they work in societies. The differences among traditions in nation states on cultures and political systems will be explored. Prerequisite: Written Communication Competency Written Communication Competency and ANT 101 or Intercultural & Global Awareness.
ANT 353 Anthropology of Gender
This course examines cross-cultural analysis of gender roles, while focusing on non-Western societies, using data from other societies to better understand the gender system of our own culture. Issues include status of women and men, the meaning of “femaleness” and “maleness” historically and in contemporary society. Gender roles, transnational migrations, social movements, international relations and religion are explored.
ANT 462 Anthropological Research Methods
The course introduces students to qualitative research methods. Students will learn techniques such as participant observation, informal and formal interviewing, archival research, and explore the connection between theory and methodology. The perspective guiding the course is qualitative research as an empirical, rigorous approach that analyzes and interprets social and cultural aspects of human life. Prerequisite: All 300 level courses required for major and GEN 499. Recommended Prerequisite: Senior Level Status
ANT 499 Ethnographic Study Capstone
This course will provide an opportunity for students to engage in a qualitative research project to practice the skills and concepts acquired throughout their programs. Particularly attentive to the problems of conducting ethnographic research in a changing world characterized by transnational ties, the course is meant to form the capstone experience for anthropology and social science majors. Prerequisite: ANT 462, no more than 12 additional credits required before graduation, and Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course
ART 101 Art Appreciation
A survey course providing an overview of the history of Western Art and the principles of art as they relate to society. Students are encouraged to discover personal interests through their own research on historical or contemporary styles and themes in art.
BUS 119 Principles of Personal & Organizational Leadership
This is a leadership skills development course. This course provides an overview and introduction to leadership principles and leadership applications in various organizational settings. It examines the concept of leadership, leadership styles, traits, and types, and the evolution of leadership behaviors observed during recent generations.
BUS 201 Principles of Management
This course is an introduction to the nature and problems of management and organizations, leadership and control. The relationships between the needs of the individual, the organization and society are examined.
BUS 202 Professional & Business Communications
In today’s modern business world, professionals must excel in verbal, written, and visual business communication practices, including electronic and in-person communication. Almost every job posting includes a requirement for proficiency in verbal and written communication. As a result, to move up in one’s career, it is a critical necessity to develop these essential employability skills. In this course, students will learn the techniques of effective and appropriate business and professional communications for speech, video presentations, emails, PowerPoints, Web content, professional networking, and visual representations of data and be able to apply these techniques to all professional and business communications.
BUS 215 Personal Financial Management
This course provides an introduction to the field of personal financial management and planning, focusing on the tools individuals and families employ to manage their financial affairs.
BUS 226 Introduction to Personnel Administration
This course examines relationships and issues in personnel administration within a broad range of
organizations. Students study personnel management, organizational development, recruitment and selection, performance management systems, discipline, and collective bargaining.
BUS 235 Introduction to Marketing
This course is an introduction to marketing principles, concepts and theories that define the marketing discipline. Basic marketing strategies relating to product, price, promotion and distribution, cultural trends, societal behavior, technology, and legal environments that influence effective marketing decisions are examined.
BUS 250 Corporate & Social Responsibility
This course explores philosophic perspectives for understanding the meaning of corporate responsibility in society, and considers the leadership roles of managers in implementing corporate and social responsibilities. Topics include uses of power, government regulations, environmental issues, employee rights and responsibilities, consumer protection, and ethical integrity.
BUS 303 Human Resource Management
An introduction to the field of human resource management. Topics to be discussed include
communication, motivation, and management of personnel. The course will include a review of current standards and practices as well as the legal environment as it pertains to the human resource field.
BUS 307 Operations Management & Quantitative Techniques
A survey of relevant quantitative techniques commonly used in accounting, business, and information systems. Topics will vary but, typically, elementary probability theory and applications, decision theory, and linear programming are included. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of Quantitative Reasoning Core Competency.
BUS 308 Statistics for Managers
This course examines the application of statistical analysis, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis in business decision making. Additionally, the course focuses on the utilization of statistical methods as applied to business problems and operations. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of Quantitative Reasoning Core Competency.
BUS 311 Business Law I
Introduction to the legal environment of business in the United States. Examination of the Constitution, administrative law, contracts, agency, and the protection of competition, consumers, employees, investors, the environment, and international trade.
BUS 317 Introduction to Advertising
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of advertising as a promotional force with emphasis on institutions, planning, strategic practices, and tactical decisions made by advertising executives. It will also explore the various career opportunities including account executive, media buying, copywriting, production, and research.
BUS 318 Organizational Behavior
This course is designed to develop the student’s skills in the understanding of factors that affect how individuals and groups act and interact with one another and with management. It also looks at how organizations manage their internal environment with the aim of improving productivity, efficiency, and communications among members. Prerequisite: BUS 201 or MGT 330.
BUS 319 The Social Responsibility of Organization
The course is designed to provide students with insights into the complex environment that organizations of any size operate. Organizational leaders’ and organizational members’ responsibility to use ethical thinking to balance stakeholder interests with organizational duty are examined. Modern managers and leaders face increasing demands in local, regional, national and global environments with competing value expectations. The values and beliefs of organizational members fundamentally impact the success of the organization. In this course, students will gain appreciation for and understanding of social responsibility of the organization under such conditions. Prerequisites: ENG 121 and ENG 122.
BUS 323 Risk Management & Insurance
In this course, students study identification and quantification of risk, the span of methods of handling risk, and common contracts for managing risk. Common commercial/industrial situations and personal risk management situations are addressed.
BUS 330 Principles of Marketing
The methods used by producers of goods and services to determine and satisfy the wants of society. An examination of external and internal environments that impact marketing decisions, the basic elements of a marketing program, and issues in ethics and social responsibility.
BUS 336 Marketing Strategy
The objective of this course is to advance the students ability to develop, implement, and critically evaluate the marketing strategy for a product or service. It will provide the conceptual frameworks and hone the analytical and creative skills that are necessary to define and develop superior value, persuasively communicate that value, profitably deliver it to a carefully selected target market, and sustain both the value and the profitability in the face of ever-changing customer needs and competitive offerings.
BUS 337 Principles of Retail Management
Principles and practices used in management of retail businesses. The course covers topics such as site selection, layout, organization, staffing, positioning, customer service, promotional techniques, and all aspects of the critical buying function.
BUS 339 Marketing Research
Study and analysis of the marketing information system. Includes the organizational characteristics of marketing research, basic tools and procedures, and management science applications.
BUS 340 Business Communications
Every aspect of contemporary business communications — from determining what information to communicate to processing information and sharing it — depends on technology. Students will learn to compose, format, and manage business letters, memos, reports, email, and resumes. Students will use software to access information and to evaluate the quality of the information they receive. Students will create electronic presentations to communicate information.
BUS 342 Financial Planning & Practice
This course is a study of the various aspects of family financial planning from the perspective of the
financial planning professional. It introduces the legal and regulatory issues affecting financial planners, defines the client-planner relationship, and prepares the planner to conduct family financial analysis. Emphasis is on providing the student with the knowledge and tools necessary to help families make informed financial decisions.
BUS 343 International Marketing
Examination of cultural, economic, and political factors that affect marketing of goods and services worldwide. Emphasis is on adapting the marketing strategies of domestic marketers to international operations and the institutional structure that exists in international markets. Marketing strategies of firms operation within these markets are also examined.
BUS 350 Consumer Behavior
This course illustrates the psychological, socio-cultural, and decision-making aspects of consumer
behavior. Students study behavioral concepts, motivation, and the role of consumer behavior in our society.
BUS 351 Integrated Marketing Communications
This course is designed to reinforce the concept of integrated marketing communications (IMC). It aims to increase students' understanding of the planning, implementation, and evaluation process of an IMC campaign. Particular emphasis is on the integration of key elements of the marketing communication mix (e.g., advertising, promotion, direct marketing, interactive marketing, PR and publicity, etc.). Students will also learn how different types of media are employed in IMC. Prerequisite: BUS 330.
BUS 352 e-Business
An introduction to the fundamental concepts used in e-business and e-commerce. This course identifies and describes the wide range of applications in business. It explains what the Internet is and how it can be used for business applications in a competitive environment. Through Internet labs, this course will compare various Web strategies of current businesses. Students need to be proficient in using the Internet to find information.
BUS 357 International Business
Students examine functional areas of business from an international perspective. The importance of differing cultural and political assumptions in business is also addressed.
BUS 362 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
This dynamic course is based on a unique model of entrepreneurial methodology developed by Forbes School of Business and Technology at Ashford University. Entrepreneurship encompasses imagining the unknown, taking inspired action, and embracing uncertainty to create a new future. It involves the identification, evaluation, and exploitation of opportunities to address challenges and to solve problems. Students will learn how to use imagination, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship to bring new ideas to fruition that inspire others. Students will create a feasible blueprint for a venture opportunity idea of their own. This course will be the beginning of the journey to becoming an entrepreneur.
BUS 365 Creativity & Innovation
This course emphasizes developing knowledge and skills of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. This iterative process transforms business opportunities into outcomes of inspirational value for customers and stakeholders alike. This practice based approach enables students to engage with obstacles as opportunities for devising unique solutions that create desirable, feasible, and viable outcomes. The course also examines how individuals can be innovative in organizations and the challenge of building creative, innovative organizations as entrepreneurs. Prerequisite: BUS 362.
BUS 368 Venture Capital & Banking
BUS 368 provides students the opportunity to gain fundamental finance knowledge needed to start, grow and value new business ventures. The emphasis is on using theory to inform practice rather than focusing on complex terms and calculations. Real-world case studies that demonstrate entrepreneurial finance concepts in action are used throughout the course. These concepts provide the foundation for obtaining financing and executing part of the management function of control when business-as-usual activities are evaluated. Prerequisite: BUS 362.
BUS 370 Organizational Development
The course overviews how, why, and when to integrate the behavioral sciences with human resources management principles to increase individual and organizational effectiveness. Students will also be introduced to many types of interpersonal, intra-group, inter-group, and organizational interventions that are used to effect comprehensive and lasting changes. Prerequisite: BUS 201,MGT 330 or HCA 459.
BUS 372 Employee & Labor Relations
The course provides students with both the common and complex issues related to human behavior in the workplace as it relates to employee relations, and an examination of relationships among unions, workers, management, laws and government regulation. Prerequisite: BUS 303.
BUS 375 Employee Training
This course provides essential managerial-level comprehension of training theory and its practical applications in the business and management environment. Students learn the functions and duties of training: trainer/developer, the identification and assessment of training needs, program design and development, selection of delivery methods and means of instruction, the implementation of training programs, and evaluation. Prerequisite: BUS 303.
BUS 378 International Business Law
This courses focuses on the legal environment associated with international commercial transactions, including an analysis of major Western and non-Western legal traditions and the supranational law of the European Community, a detailed analysis of the negotiation, formation, enforcement, and financing of international sales contracts, an analysis of international trade regulation, analysis of methods of regulating global competition, and of the protection of business property rights in international transactions.
BUS 401 Principles of Finance
Basic corporate finance is presented with the emphasis on risk and return, bond and equity markets,valuation of bonds and equities, present value analysis, internal rate of return analysis, and project analysis using the weighted average cost of capital. Prerequisites: ACC 205 or ACC 208 or ACC 281 and fulfillment of the Quantitative Reasoning Core Competency. (Equivalent to BUS 320.)
BUS 402 Strategic Management & Business Policy
A case-based course that discusses the set of managerial decisions and actions that determines the long-run performance of a company. The course includes environmental scanning, strategy formulation, strategy implementation, and evaluation and control. Prerequisites: GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program.
BUS 405 Principles of Investments
The study and analysis of securities and other forms of investments. Emphasis is on investment
principles from the manager’s point of view. Prerequisite: BUS 401.
BUS 410 Digital Marketing Essentials
This course is designed to provide the theoretical understanding of the digital marketplace necessary to adapt to its many changes, while also equipping students with the skills they will need to perform vital functions of digital marketing. Prerequisite: BUS 330.
BUS 421 PR/Marketing Capstone
This course is designed to bring together the knowledge gained through the entire program and permits the student to demonstrate mastery in the various course competencies. Students are expected to apply and integrate a variety of skills, tools, and knowledge to assess real-world problems offering realistic solutions. Students will analyze, design, implement, and document an appropriate solution for a capstone project. The project should exemplify the student’s ability to apply program outcomes. Prerequisites: GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program.
BUS 427 Sustainable Business Practices
Using readings and cases, students examine business strategies in response to and anticipation of opportunities resulting from shifting economic, political, and environmental conditions including social change, market failures, or interruption of business operations. Compliance and risk management strategies will be emphasized while emphasis focuses on business innovation and business sustainability.
BUS 430 Finance Seminar
Using readings and case studies, students gain understanding the types of analysis performed and decisions made by the financial managers of corporations, focusing on valuation concepts and managing for value. Students also explore specific financing and investing decisions made by the firm’s management to mitigate corporate risk using insurance and financial derivatives; valuation of real options; real estate investment decision; issues and methods of corporate financial management in an international environment. Prerequisite: BUS 405.
BUS 433 New Business Strategy
This course is intended to provide prospective entrepreneurs with information and tools for evaluating opportunities for starting a new firm—how to choose markets for entry, when to enter, and what resources and capabilities it will take to enter and provide a platform for future growth. Prerequisite: BUS 362.
BUS 434 Compensation & Benefits Management
This course reviews the fundamentals of wage and salary programs, including conducting salary surveys, defining compensable factors, adjusting pay structures, evaluating pay differentials, and relating pay to performance. Benefit programs and related employee incentive and service programs are also covered. Prerequisite: BUS 303.
BUS 435 Small Business Ventures
This course incorporates the concepts and practices of entrepreneurial methodology in developing the framework for a small business venture based on each student's individual entrepreneurial desires and goals. The course provides students with a unique opportunity for engaging in the practice of entrepreneurship that focuses on the creation of a feasible working prototype for an actual small business venture. Students will explore the application of sound management practices related to strategic planning, operating, financing, and launching a small business venture or operating family-owned and managed companies or privately-held firms. Prerequisite: BUS 362 (Completion of BUS 365, BUS 368, & BUS 433 recommended).
BUS 437 Business Plan Development
BUS 437 is a capstone course in which students use prior learning to create a comprehensive business plan for a new venture. The emphasis is on using a systematic four-step method to frame business plan development activities. Each week student teams will develop one segment of the team’s business plan and receive feedback from the instructor through a game simulation. Prerequisites: BUS 362 and successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.
BUS 439 International Human Resources Management
In this course, students will examine human resources practices in an international business environment. The course also addresses HR strategies and practices to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency as well as international compliance problems faced by HR professionals.
BUS 441 Retail Pricing Management
The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of the issues and considerations in the pricing of retail products, illustrate the role of pricing and product management in achieving strategic retail business goals, and demonstrate the link between pricing and product management within the context of the marketing mix within the marketing management process. Prerequisites: ECO 204 and SRV 340.
BUS 442 Retail Merchandising
This course addresses the central issues of retailing business while emphasizing issues related to channel options available to the final consumer. The course features concepts applied to both store based (e.g., specialty store, department store, multi-unit retail) and non-store based (e.g., Internet and catalog) retailing channels.
BUS 443 Quality Management for Organizational Excellence
BUS 445 Total Quality Management
This course presents quality procedures and concepts for enhancing goods, services and the entire business environment. Students learn various methods of process control and acceptance sampling, including using control charts and sampling plans. Quality planning, assurance and control are covered as parts of a total quality system. Probability and statistical concepts are further explored as related to process control.
BUS 446 Production Operations Control
Students analyze production control requirements as applied to both "push" and "pull" production environments. Students will gain an understanding of the ideologies related to forecasting, planning, scheduling, and managing operations with regard to the important relationship between the supply chain and production control. Students further learn to capture data to produce goods and services.
BUS 450 International Finance
An examination of the international aspects of corporate finance and investing, the course covers balance of payments, foreign exchange with emphasis on exchange rate determination, exchange risk, hedging, and interest arbitrage, international money and capital markets, international financing, and international banking.
BUS 455 Internet & Social Media Marketing
This course is an introduction to the use of the Internet and social media applications as part of an integrated marketing strategy. Students will be exposed to a variety of alternative media as well as other online marketing tools and strategies. The course will also evaluate how these tools fit into the marketing theoretical framework. Prerequisite: BUS 330.
BUS 458 Consumer & Family Finance Capstone
This course provides a link between the traditional advisement services (finance, investment, tax, insurance, retirement planning, trust planning) and the client’s life plan to manage financial affairs. As a final exercise, students complete a model financial plan for a mock client. Prerequisites: GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program.
BUS 461 Decision Modeling & Analysis
An introduction to the application of management science techniques and statistical tools to business decisions. Students will learn the assumptions and techniques necessary to apply and to implement solutions from optimization and other decision science models. The focus of the course will be on problem solving, which includes problem definition, problem analysis, evaluation and choice of alternatives, and implementation and evaluation of the decision. Prerequisites: MGT 330 and BUS 308 or MAT 332.
BUS 495 Marketing Capstone
This course is designed to bring together marketing knowledge gained throughout the entire program. Students will demonstrate a mastery of marketing components by designing and developing a strategic marketing plan for a product or service. The plan will reflect an understanding of the real-world problems by offering realistic solutions to business-to-business markets as well as domestic and global markets. Students will formulate the marketing plan sustainably and responsibly by evaluating various concepts such as consumer behavior, environmental analysis, market research, marketing mix (product, price, place, promotion), and digital and social marketing practices. Prerequisites: GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program.
BUS 497 e-Marketing Capstone
This course discusses the elements of a marketing plan as they are applied in an internet marketing situation. Students will create an e-marketing plan, beginning with an environmental scan and progressing through product strategy, channel strategy, and marketing communication. Prerequisites: GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program.
BUS 590 General Cost Accounting
This course covers principles of planning, measuring, recording, and controlling costs in different types of organizations. Key concepts will include cost records, cost behavior and allocation, inventory valuation, product costing, standard costs, responsibility accounting, and cost planning and control. Emphasis is placed on costing analysis, evaluation, and reporting in order to assist management with the decision-making process.
BUS 591 Financial Accounting & Analysis
This course is a study of how the firm’s management captures and uses financial information for reporting and analysis to both internal and external stakeholders. Various course topics include the accounting cycle, sources of the information contained in financial statements, time value of money, ratio analysis, the preparation and analysis of income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flows.
BUS 592 Financial Business Overview
BUS 600 Management Communications with Technology Tools
This course is designed to introduce the student to the Ashford University Graduate Business programs, with emphases upon conceptualizing communication and communication processes in the contexts of organizations and leadership. Emphasis will be on technology, theories and models, qualitative communication research methodologies, and research writing.
BUS 604 New Business Venture Management
This course focuses on the important aspects of starting a new business enterprise with emphasis on the challenges faced by the entrepreneur in initiating a business venture and directing its early development. The course also addresses the process of forming business ventures, the identification and evaluation of new venture opportunities, and the development of appropriate entry strategies.
BUS 605 Venture Capital & Private Equity
This course will examine the role of finance and the formation of financial strategies needed to support each phase of the business start-up. Sources of equity and debt capital along with entry strategies such as franchising and acquisition are examined. Alternative working capital, capital structure, and investment strategies unique to the start-up are presented.
BUS 606 Global Comparative Management
This course reviews management systems within their political, social, and economic environments with a global perspective. This course also emphasizes the managerial processes in a global business environment and provides a strategic assessment of the fundamental issues involved in the management of multinational corporations. Topics include comparative studies of practices of management in foreign nations and examination of the influences of culture on business operations.
BUS 607 Business Law for the Accountant
This course involves in-depth study of specific laws and practices as related to contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, commercial paper, secured transactions, real and personal property, estates, and bankruptcy.
BUS 610 Organizational Behavior
This course investigates behavioral factors that affect modern organizations and their management. Topics include group and team dynamics, organizational structure, motivation, leadership, power, and change management.
BUS 611 Project Planning & Management
This course introduces students to the art and science of project management as applied to different types of project situations. Topics such as project life-cycle management, project organizations and leadership, project team building, RFPs, proposals and contracts, techniques for project scope definition, work definition, estimating, scheduling, risk management, control and closeout, the project management methodology, and PM software are covered.
BUS 612 Advanced Project Procurement
This course emphasizes a hands-on approach to using project management knowledge areas to facilitate scheduling, estimating, tracking and controlling the schedule and costs of the project. A project baseline will be set so that actual schedule and cost variances can be compared to the project baseline and corrective actions can be developed to address the variances. In this course students will learn about the legal, ethical, and fiscal considerations in procurement and contracts. Students will examine ways of identifying, evaluating and mitigating risk in scheduling, cost control, contracting and procurement.
BUS 616 International Business
This course studies the major functional business areas in a global context. Taking into consideration socio-political structural differences, the multinational corporation is investigated with applications in management, finance, marketing and operations.
BUS 620 Managerial Marketing
This course examines the marketing function, focusing on the managerial application of marketing tools and methodology. Emphasis is placed on marketing decisions associated with allocating organizational resources including: product development and design, pricing, promotional strategies, and distribution-based activities. Course coverage includes the marketing concept, buyer psychology, strategic planning and implementation of marketing plans.
BUS 621 Leadership & Teamwork
This course provides a high-level learning experience that involves the analysis of leadership skills, models and practices, organizational settings, team development, global markets, and cultural factors impacting leadership. Students will focus on ethical considerations impacting leaders within modern organizations nationally and internationally. Students will utilize communication technologies to demonstrate communication skills useful to leaders.
BUS 622 Global Marketing
The Global Marketing course develops a comprehensive understanding of global competition. It focuses on the managerial application of marketing tools and methodology utilized in gaining global competitive advantage and creating socially responsible marketing strategies. It covers the analysis of various environmental forces in the global arena such as economic environment, political, legal, and regulatory climates, as well as trade, cultural and social environments. Emphasis is placed on tools and tactics used in the development of a successful global marketing plan including information systems, market research, segmentation, targeting and positioning, various global marketing strategies, and the four major components of a marketing plan: products and brand, price, channels of distribution, and promotion.
BUS 623 Human Capital Management Using Applied Psychology
BUS 624 Law & Ethics in the Business Environment
The Law and Ethics in the Business Environment course covers major areas of legal regulation, including anti-trust, consumer protection, employment and labor law, intellectual property law, environmental regulations, securities and contract laws. While studying the laws, students will be acquainted with ethical decision-making tools to enhance ethical thinking and problem solving in both domestic and international contemporary business settings. Emphasis is placed on active, experiential application of legal and ethical reasoning and analysis as applied in diverse cultural environments.
BUS 625 Data & Decision Analytics
The Data and Decision Analytics course will provide students with the knowledge on how to analyze and dissect data into useful information. Students will use a variety of skills, including data collection, data assembly, and data dissemination to provide a synopsis of organizational operations. Students will create a comprehensive data proposal and use data to come to operational and strategic decisions. Prerequisite: BUS 592
BUS 626 Global Economics & Political Influence (Featuring Steve Forbes)
The Global Economics and Political Influence (featuring Steve Forbes) course introduces skills and perspective necessary to understand domestic and international macroeconomic events. The course will provide an overview of macroeconomic topics including, unemployment, inflation, money supply, and the tools employed by the Federal Reserve System and the federal government to create and implement monetary and fiscal policies. This course will also include international trade and the foreign exchange markets. Finally, real life important policy debates such as government spending and taxes, social security, the role of government with contrasting views from Keynes and Hayek, the importance of a sound money system, and the causes of the Great Recession of 2008-2009 will be critically explored. Prerequisite: BUS 592.
BUS 627 Financial Statement Analysis
The Financial Statement Analysis course provides a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of the financial statements to aid in short-term and strategic long-term decision making. Accounting concepts will be studied from a manager’s perspective rather than a detailed accountant’s perspective to allow students to analyze and interpret financial results. Students will study both Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to gain an understanding of the basic accounting concepts and language. Financial ratios, horizontal, and vertical analysis will be calculated to interpret and understand financial statements. Students will have the opportunity to explore accounting concepts at the corporate level and apply several concepts at the personal finance level as well. Prerequisite: BUS 592.
BUS 629 Financial Budgeting, Forecasting & Analysis
The Financial Budgeting, Forecasting and Analysis course provides the concepts and tools to make sound comprehensive short-term and strategic long-term financial decisions. Topics include working capital management, capital budgeting, long-term financing, capital allocation, and international financial management. Importance will be placed on basic budgeting and forecasting as this is a critical management skill. Emphasis will also be placed on contemporary global issues such as Bitcoin, micro lending, crowd funding and green financing. Finally, the course will relate many of the corporate financial concepts to personal finances as there is an increased responsibility for individuals to manage their own wealth. Overall the course will aid in developing a financial intuition to help students make better financial decisions in both career and life. Prerequisite: BUS 592.
BUS 630 Managerial Accounting
This course studies the role and major functions of the managerial accountant within the organization. Students of managerial accounting should not only be able to produce accounting information but also understand how managers are likely to use and react to that information. The goal of this course is to acquaint students of business with the fundamental tools of management accounting and to promote their understanding of the dramatic ways in which the field is changing. The emphasis through the text and course is on using account information to help manage an organization. Some topics covered in this course include: cost management, various budgeting theories and techniques, and decision-making processes. Prerequisite: BUS 591 or equivalent.
BUS 631 Integrated Supply Chain Management
Study and analysis of supply chain management for products/services and the dynamic interaction of companies within an integrated supply chain. Topics include factors guiding companies’ supply chain development and management; Technology as a supply chain tool; Positioning of a company in terms of its role as a valuable member of the supply chain; and, performance measures used across the supply chain.
BUS 632 Advanced Logistics
This course provides an overview of current logistics and distribution practices intended to advance current knowledge. Students should gain an understanding of the significant components of logistics management and the dynamics of what is considered best practice. Focuses on the complexities associated with the integrated flow of raw materials, in-process goods, finished goods, and information from point-of-origin through the production process to the end consumer.
BUS 633 Project & Operations Management
The Project and Operations Management course includes critical project planning basics as well as methods to achieve efficiency in manufacturing and service industries in today’s marketplace. Students will explore the connections between various business activities and processes which impact production. Some of these areas include the organization’s ability to utilize project management methods, meet product specifications, adhere to contractual requirements, schedule deliverables, and effectively utilize available resources to attain profitability. Students will study the influences on operations outcomes, with an emphasis on the scorecard concept of matrix management, capacity management, process analysis, quantitative work measurement, and production control. Additionally, this course will enhance students’ understanding of project and operations management by investigating business tools for effective global operations management.
BUS 635 Media Markets & Systems
The course examines the various segments of the market that utilize media resources for organizational growth and communication. Examination of the components of media, stakeholders, markets available and cultures impacted by media will include assessment of technological and economic drivers that establish a congruent approach to the marketplace.
BUS 636 Media Management & Innovation
Utilizing the key principles of organizational management, this course will focus on the media approach in an organization and providing systematic guidelines for oversight of the institutional media team. Creating a culture of innovation in the media team will be a strategic element in the course content.
BUS 637 Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur
The Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur course examines key aspects of the roles of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs within organizations. Both roles are important to the continued success and competitiveness of an organization. This course explores new and innovative ways for organizations to overcome challenges in their internal and external operating environments. Additionally, this course examines financial elements that are associated with new venture start-ups in addition to studying the ethical implication with global growth strategy. Students will focus on the internal activities of intrapreneurs and the external activities of entrepreneurs that can positively impact organizations as a whole and individual careers. Prerequisite: As this course is an elective option for the student in the MBA program, elective courses must be completed after all other major courses and prior to the capstone course.
BUS 638 International Business
The International Business (Virtual Experience) course is designed to offer students opportunities for analyzing information and strategies for conducting business in the international marketplace. The course will allow students to examine international business practice and their impact on the global market via business process analysis such as PESTLE, SOAR, and SWOT. In addition, the course will expand on students’ knowledge of international business strategies and procedures, global corporate social responsibility and current international norms. The course will also demonstrate the impact of financial risks and currency fluctuation on foreign investment. Lastly, this course will give students the opportunity to examine various cultures through interactive activities. Prerequisite: As this course is an elective option for the student, elective courses must be completed after all other major courses and prior to the capstone course.
BUS 639 Technology & Innovation
The Technology and Innovation course takes an in-depth look at innovatively driven organizations and the use of technology to advance in competitive markets. Students explore various products and processes within organizations in addition to examining stages of innovation and opportunity as synthesized with a corporate strategy. Topics include; structure and support of control processes in personnel, financial strategy and organizational culture. This course also explores avenues for acquiring technology through alliances and mergers in addition to studying sustainable competitive advantages with social, ethical, political and legal responsibilities with relation to integrating new technology into existing structures. Prerequisite: As this course is an elective option for the student in the MBA program, elective courses must be completed after all other major courses and prior to the capstone course.
BUS 640 Managerial Economics
This course is designed to provide a solid foundation of economic understanding for use in managerial decision-making. The course offers an intuitive non-calculus based treatment of economic theory and analysis. A variety of examples is used to illustrate the application of managerial economics to diverse practical situations. The role that economic analysis plays in that process is emphasized throughout this course. Prerequisite: MAT 540 or equivalent.
BUS 642 Business Research Methods & Tools
This course examines the use of quantitative techniques business decision-making. Using spreadsheet software, the course addresses managerial problem solving through the use descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression (single and multiple) analysis. This course also provides a graduate foundation for conducting business research. Topic coverage includes: research methodology, literature review, hypothesis generation, data collection and summary techniques. Additional coverage includes study of qualitative and quantitative data as well as reviewing conceptual versus empirical research studies. Prerequisite: MAT 540 or equivalent.
BUS 644 Operations Management
This course focuses on the principles associated with the effective design, implementation and management of organizational processes and systems. With an emphasis on efficiency, course coverage includes: systems design for products and services, inventory management systems, distribution and supply chain management.
BUS 650 Managerial Finance
This course studies the role and major functions of corporate finance within the organization. Upon developing an understanding of the theoretical foundation of corporate finance, students will use financial tools in an applied case and problem format. Topics covered include: net present value analysis (time value of money), risk assessment, security valuation, decisions on capital structure and allocation, and the weighted average cost of capital. Prerequisite: BUS 591 or equivalent.
BUS 655 Financial Investment Management
The central focus of this course is to develop an understanding of how security markets function, factors that influence security valuation, differentiating between various investment types and understanding investment risk and return principles. This course covers security markets operations, investment information, portfolio asset allocation; financial environment analysis; and evaluation of equity and fixed income securities.
BUS 657 Corporate Managerial Finance
This course introduces the financial theory and practices firm managers use to attain their goal of maximizing corporate shareholder wealth. Topics covered are: analysis techniques of financial statement and cash flows; working capital management and financial forecasting; valuation methods for debt and equity capital; risk and rate of return theory; cost of capital, capital project budgeting decisions and cash flow estimation; optimal capital structure and dividend policy.
BUS 660 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership
This course provides an in-depth examination of the multi-faceted concept of leadership studies by presenting the student with the vocabulary, concepts, theories, and applicable research that are fundamental to the understanding of leadership. The course examines contemporary and historical leadership issues, moral and ethical responsibilities of leadership, and leadership in a variety of contexts. Leadership as a social and political influence process is examined.
BUS 661 Leading Organizational Change
This course blends theories of leadership with concepts and models of organizational change. The change process consists of a series of steps that focuses on vision, implementation, change agents, and other internal and external components. The course provides insight into types of changes that impact organizations and possible strategies to effectively address those changes.
BUS 665 Environmental Law & Compliance
This course begins with an analysis of The Solid Waste Disposal Act/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Further, it will familiarize students with an environmental manager’s duties in permitting, reporting, record keeping and sampling. It emphasizes a systematic approach to identifying obligations with respect to regulated media and developing appropriate responses. Obligations under United States environmental laws, their relationship to state and local laws, and state and local obligations are considered as a model for analysis and response.
BUS 667 Energy, Environment & Economics
This course deals with the linkage of energy, environmental and economic issues. The impact of energy supply and end-use on human well-being and the ecosystem is covered. It also includes a comprehensive approach to the resolution of resource, technical, economic, strategic, environmental, socio- and geopolitical problems of the energy industries. In addition, pathways to a sustainable global energy system are presented.
BUS 668 Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
This course examines the monetary aspects of production, spending, borrowing, and lending decisions, organization, performance and scope of services provided by financial markets and institutions, and the powers of the Federal Reserve System to use monetary policy and limits to credit expansion. The regulatory and globalization aspects and relevance of market behavior to the financial system are also examined.
BUS 669 Managerial Economic Analysis
Managerial economics introduces the basic principles of economic analysis as applied to managerial decisions to determine how an organization can achieve its aims most efficiently. This course applies statistical and quantitative tools and the methodological approaches commonly used by economists to business problems as demand estimation, product pricing, profit maximizing level of output, cost minimizing level of input use, and forecasting.
BUS 670 Legal Environment
This course involves the study of business law, its foundations, and the role it plays in managing a business, with a particular emphasis on the corporate form. Topics of relevance to be explored include the following core concepts: constitutional law, case law, government regulation, ethics, contracts, anti-trust law, securities regulations, employment law, environmental law, and crimes and torts.
BUS 680 Training & Development
This course provides in-depth knowledge of training and performance development concepts essential for line managers or human resource specialists. Beginning with fundamental principles of performance, the course focus is on identifying critical factors in workplace performance and in determining how to analyze the causes of performance problems. Additionally, this course distinguishes between training and development and addresses their complementary functions in the modern organization.
BUS 681 Compensation & Benefits
This course provides in-depth knowledge into compensation theories, policies, systems, and practices, with particular emphasis toward designing effective compensation programs.
BUS 687 MBA Capstone
This course provides a personalized, directed, and experiential learning process that involves practical application of knowledge and skills developed and acquired during the MBA degree program. In this course, students will examine practical application of finance, marketing, human resources management, and information technology. Students are required to conduct research, analysis, and implementation of strategic plans related to business establishment, growth, and longevity. The course provides experience with ethical conduct associated within a socially-responsible business. Prerequisites: Successful completion of MBA program core courses.
BUS 686 Capstone Strategic Simulation
The Capstone Strategic Simulation course is a culminating experience for the MBA program. The course focuses on the application of strategic and managerial tools critical for success in today’s marketplace. Students will manage and lead a startup enterprise through an on-line competitive business simulation. The simulation will integrate concepts learned throughout the program, emphasizing a crossfunctional framework that assesses short and long term strategies, as well as interpersonal and quantifiable skills. Students will have the opportunity to create a business strategy and operationalize decision making to achieve success. This capstone course must be taken last in the program.
BUS 688 Business Strategy: The Sustainable Enterprise
This course integrates environmental management issues with use of strategic planning tools for assessing and responding to the driving forces of the “next” economy: globalization, technology, demographics and the environment. The course examines the challenge of corporations competing in the global economy of the new millennium in such a way that will allow the planet to support them indefinitely. Emphasis is on the company’s ability to build and sustain a competitive advantage utilizing traditional management concepts as well as new sustainability practices.
BUS 689 Market Structure & Firm Strategy
This course focuses on the study of markets, laws, and government regulations used to smooth significant market imperfections, especially the problems caused by market structure and market power. The course further examines how firms formulate business strategies and activities to position themselves for profit advantage. This course is cumulative in nature, integrating knowledge and information attained while completing the entire MBA/Business Economics curriculum. In addition, the course project requires the generation and presentation of an industry economic analysis.
BUS 690 Business Strategy
This course explores the formulation, implementation, and evaluation/control of organizational strategic management. In the context of a globally competitive market, students will explore methods of directing an entire organization through applied case analysis. Topics include analysis of competitive position, value creation, development of system-wide goals and objectives, and creation of a strategic plan. This course is cumulative in nature, integrating knowledge and information attained while completing the entire MBA curriculum. Additionally, the course project requires the generation and presentation of an industry analysis.
BUS 691 Strategies in Organizational Leadership
This course builds on leadership, business, and management concepts. This strategy course provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize all prior learning in leadership and related coursework and experiences, both personal and professional. The course expands the leader’s thinking and explores the arena of leadership and how it will impact the future of the individual, the organization, and the world in which we live.
BUS 692 Strategies in Human Resource Management
This course examines how to manage human resources effectively in the dynamic legal, social, and economic environment currently impacting organizations. The course examines human resource management in the current business environment and develops alignment with vision, strategy, organizational values, and HR functions. Emphasis is placed on integrating human resource management with the overall business strategy.
BUS 693 Global Business Strategy
This course builds on the leadership, business, and management concepts while integrating a comprehensive look at strategic planning and management in a global environment. The course is designed to employ case analyses, critical assessments, global market evaluations, and a comprehensive strategic planning project to lead the student to fluency in the global strategic planning process.
BUS 694 Finance Seminar
This course will cover advanced financial topics including: International financial management, corporate risk management, merger and acquisitions, portfolio management theory and real options.
BUS 695 Marketing Seminar
This course builds on the leadership, business, and management concepts contained in the MBA program while introducing the principles and tools for managers to apply in the development, implementation, and review of marketing strategy for organizations. Topics include internal and external environmental analysis; value, competition, and strategic choice; strategic positioning; and implementation and control issues. In addition, the project requires the generation and presentation of strategic marketing plan.
BUS 696 Strategic Thinking for Entrepreneurs
This course focuses on application of key strategic and managerial approaches necessary for entrepreneurs to implement the strategy for a start-up or business takeover enterprise. It examines and discusses how entrepreneurial firms develop and implement innovative business plans, create functional operations, and incorporate technology strategies. Emphasis is placed on the vision of the firm, the strategic planning process, and strategic management. The final component is the generation of a business plan.
BUS 697 Project Management Strategy
This course focuses on application of managerial approaches necessary to align significant projects with organizational strategy. It examines and discusses how firms determine business benefits and project feasibility, report progress, and measure project quality while communicating with key organizational stakeholders. Emphasis is placed on Earned Value Management techniques and achieving project progress and technical performance of the project.
BUS 698 Supply Chain Strategic Management
This covers addresses the strategic implications of sourcing and supplier relationships in the context of supply chain management. Critical elements including identifying and selecting suppliers, negotiating contract terms and conditions, implementing contracts, and measuring performance in the context of the organization’s strategic plans are covered. Practical examples of sourcing excellence are provided.
BUS 699 Media Strategies & Applications
The course is designed to integrate media management concepts in to a strategic plan. The course is focused on building and implementing the media strategies for an integrated and comprehensive plan that is consistent with an institution’s vision and mission and follows standard strategic planning theory and practice.
CAH 390 Introduction to Chinese Medicine
Introduction to Chinese medicine is the study of the medical system and healing practices traditionally used in China, and more recently, in the United States and other countries. The course endeavors to explore the conceptual framework of Chinese medicine; in particular, from a contextual and historical perspective. Additionally the course will focus on how Chinese Medicine understands the concepts of health and disease, creating context for how health imbalances are understood in the medical system. Prerequisites: HCS 321 and HCS 326
CGD 218 Visual Literacy in Business
This course examines the evolution and trends in digital media utilized in business. Course content and activities focus on message content and creation and the visual principles and theories that shape effective visual communication in the business environment. Legal and ethical issues relating to visual communication will be introduced and incorporated into projects that develop visual literacy and visual problem-solving skills.
CGD 240 Media Writing & Editing
An introduction to the process of writing for varied media. Emphasis is on gathering information, writing styles, editing, and organization of written communication.
CGD 318 Public Relations Practices & Promotional Writing
An introduction to current procedures and duties of public relations personnel will be studied. Students will write news releases, brochures, speeches, reports, memos, scripts, and ad copy using workshop format.
COM 101 Introduction to Communication
This course serves as an introduction to the study of human communication. Students will examine classic and modern views of communication as well as theories and research relating to various sub-disciplines of communication such as interpersonal, group, organizational, mass and public communication. They will discuss and evaluate these theories and research findings and assess the impact of technology on the communication process. Relationship stages, theories, and contemporary views of “family” are examined, as well as the impact of family, culture, and gender on communication patterns. Types of groups and organizations are identified, as well as concepts of power and interaction in group, organizational, and public settings. Mass communication and its impact on individuals and society will be explored. In this class, students will also have an opportunity to examine the practical implications of these concepts in building their own communication skills as well as future career path.
COM 200 Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to aid students in understanding the dynamics of interpersonal relationships. Verbal and nonverbal communication patterns between people in personal, social, academic, and professional settings will be examined, and the nature of those interactions will be evaluated using contemporary communication theory. The course will enable students to identify their interpersonal communication behaviors and to more critically evaluate their own oral communication and that of others. A primary goal of the course is to improve the quality of students’ communication in their personal and professional relationships.
COM 223 Persuasion in Communication
Students learn to analyze and evaluate persuasive messages and determine which contribute to effective and non-effective persuasion. Students formulate persuasive arguments and learn to deliver those arguments effectively, in a variety of forms. This course examines the purpose and function of research in supporting elements of persuasion and the need to understand receiver variables.
COM 325 Communication & Conflict
The course provides students with conflict resolution techniques through communication. Students will analyze the purpose of conflict, learn to work with difficult people, and understand communication as a significant factor in the development, management, and resolution of conflict at the interpersonal, small group, organization, and societal levels. Prerequisites: ENG 121 and ENG 122 or equivalents.
COM 327 Visual Communication
This course will teach students the importance of visual elements in communication, and how to effectively incorporate visual elements into messages for various media platforms. Students will also be introduced to communication fields’ standards related to the design of visual messages and the various software programs that are used.
COM 340 Technical Writing
This course provides students with technical writing concepts and principles and the skills necessary to compose effective technical documents for a broad range of professions. Emphasis is placed on making complex and technical information understandable to a variety of audiences. Students will explore types of technical documents and the specific techniques applicable to technical writing such as outlines, abstracts, definition, and classification strategies. They will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge by writing a process or mechanism description, a proposal/recommendation report, and a detailed instruction for performing a task or operation.
COM 345 Media Writing for Communication
This course is an introduction to the process of writing for varied media. Emphasis is on gathering information, writing styles, editing, and organization of written communication.
COM 355 Technology & Communication
Students will be introduced to communication fields’ standards related to the design of visual messages and the various software programs within the field. This course will teach students the importance of visual elements in communication, and how to effectively incorporate visual elements into messages for various media platforms.
COM 360 Advanced Communications in Society
This course integrates the use of advanced communication techniques into a variety of contexts shaped by socially and culturally-constructed distinctions between and among individuals and groups. Topics include intercultural, multicultural, international, and inter-gender communications.
COM 370 Intercultural Communication
This course integrates the use of advanced communication techniques into a variety of contexts shaped by socially and culturally constructed distinctions between and among individuals and groups. Topics include intercultural, multicultural, international, and inter-gender communications.
COM 425 Communication in Organizations
This course investigates the role of communication in creating an effective and ethical organizational environment. Students will be assisted in developing and strengthening such communication skills as self- awareness, intrapersonal efficacy, interpersonal competence, and leadership and team skills.
COM 480 Communication Studies Capstone
This course is a summative compilation of representative work from each course in the program. Students will create an electronic portfolio containing the assignments completed throughout the program to demonstrate professional achievement. Students will complete a comprehensive research project on a selected career field. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.
CPT 200 Fundamentals of Programming Languages
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of computer programming. Students will learn fundamentals of computer programming including primitive data types, expressions, control statements, functions, and arrays. Students in this course will be using Python programing language. Python is a widely used high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Prerequisite: INT 100.
CPT 301 Computer Organization & Architecture
This course provides students with an opportunity to form a strong understanding of the design and architecture of modern computers. In this course, students will learn the principles of computer organization and basic architecture concepts, including computer instruction, arithmetic of computers, and memory hierarchy and technologies.Prerequisite: CPT 200.
CPT 304 Operating Systems Theory & Design
This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques for Operating Systems Theory and Design. Students will learn the operating system concepts including implementation, processes, deadlocks, communication, multi-processing, multilevel memory management, file systems, protection, resource allocation, and scheduling. This course is designed to provide students an overview of operating systems principles, implementations, and methodologies. Prerequisite: CPT 200.
CPT 307 Data Structures, Algorithms, & Designs
In this course, students will learn data structure foundations; concepts and features of object-oriented-programming, arrays, stacks, queues, lists; and trees. Students will analyze different sorting and searching algorithms. Emphasis is placed on the appropriate use and choice of standard data structures. Prerequisite: CPT 200.
CPT 310 Database Systems & Management
This course introduces the students to fundamentals of database design, modeling, and relational databases. Students will utilize the concepts to construct and test a database and associated application components. The developments of efficient database application systems require an understanding of fundamentals of database management system. Prerequisite: CPT 307.
CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course considers processes for law enforcement, the judiciary, corrections and juvenile justice. In addition, this course considers criminal justice issues, applications for criminology, and critical perspectives in the study of criminal justice.
CRJ 301 Juvenile Justice
This course describes prevalent patterns of juvenile delinquency, relates these patterns to theories of child and adolescent development, and examines various theories pertaining to the causes of criminal behavior among juveniles. In addition, the course surveys the roles of police, courts, and delinquency intervention programs in the administration of juvenile justice. Emphasis will be given to strategies of prevention and early intervention.
CRJ 303 Corrections
An analysis of correctional procedures and institutions, especially jails, prisons, parole, and probation is the focus of this course. Other topics include inmate subcultures, rehabilitation, and prisonization.
CRJ 305 Crime Prevention
This course explores strategies of crime prevention including programs designed to reduce opportunities to commit crime, programs to alleviate demoralizing community social and economic conditions that foster criminal behavior, programs to improve police/community cooperation, and programs to educate young people as to likely consequences of criminal behavior.
CRJ 306 Criminal Law & Procedure
A survey of constitutional rights, police compliance to constitutional rights, and constitutional amendments that specifically apply to the individual. The course examines the application of these rights in the enforcement, investigation, and adjudication of specific crimes.
CRJ 308 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Introduction to the Psychology of Criminal Behavior provides an overview of the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. The biopsychosocial factors that may influence criminal behavior are examined such as aggression, psychopathy, mental health disorders, and brain dysfunction. Finally, appropriate psychological interventions are evaluated to determine the best course of action for predicting and treating criminal behavior in both juveniles and adults.
CRJ 310 Applied Constitutional Issues
This course will introduce students to constitutional rights and issues as they apply to the work of police departments and other law enforcement organizations at the federal, state, and local level. The course will focus on the Bill of Rights, particularly the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment. The course examines the application of these rights in the enforcement, investigation, and adjudication of crime.
CRJ 311 Forensics
Forensic science applies scientific methodology to crime scene investigation and crime solving. This course analyzes techniques of crime scene investigation and the lawful gathering of evidence. Emphasis is placed upon the Federal Rules of Evidence, including the admissibility of physical evidence at trial, as well as the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system and the identification, collection, and preservation of physical evidence (chain of custody issues).
CRJ 312 Crime & Society
The purpose and procedures pertaining to probation and parole are analyzed in this course. Topics include pre-sentence investigation, supervision of probationers, parole administration and services, treatment theory, juvenile services, and parole officers. Students are introduced to such new concepts as community-based corrections, the justice model, and determinate sentencing and their impact on traditional policy and practice.
CRJ 422 Criminal Justice Capstone
Students will review all learning objectives achieved throughout previous coursework and develop a comprehensive, focused study of a modern criminal justice issue while applying solutions and predictions for future trends in criminal and social justice. Successful students will focus on the pragmatic application of principles and theories that guide criminal justice practice in the United States. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.
CRJ 501 Criminal Justice, Criminal Law & the Constitution
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the criminal justice system, substantive criminal law, and the U.S. Constitution. This course may be waived for students holding undergraduate degrees in criminal justice or having completed certain courses.
CRJ 510 Criminal Justice Policy & Theory
CRJ 512 Criminological Theory
This course explores classical and contemporary literature in criminology and criminal justice. Both theory and empirical research will be used to examine criminal behavior as well as the structure, function, and interaction of the criminal justice system.
CRJ 514 Constitutional & Judicial Processes
This course examines the structure, functions, and operations of the constitution and judicial processes. The impact of historical and contemporary constitutional issues on the criminal justice process will also be examined.
CRJ 520 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
This course introduces the use of research methods in the study of criminal justice. The focus is on the examination of the issues related to collecting, analyzing, and using data. Students will learn to test hypotheses, draw inferences, and write a research report.
CRJ 522 Psychological Factors in Criminal Justice
This course introduces students to the use of psychological methods and theoretical models in the criminal justice system. Students will examine criminal and police psychology with an overview of forensic psychology.
CRJ 524 Ethics in Criminal Justice
This course examines theoretical and applied criminal justice ethical standards as they relate to criminal justice decision-making. Students will evaluate issues concerning discretion, due process, truthfulness, corruption, and discrimination.
CRJ 613 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
This course provides an international perspective on law enforcement. Students will focus on the phenomena of globalization of criminal activity, major aspects of the legal traditions and criminal justice systems of selected countries, as well as international legal and law enforcement institutions.
CRJ 615 Victimology
This course provides an overview of the principles and concepts of victimology, an analysis of patterns and trends, as well as theoretical reasoning and responses to criminal victimization. Students will examine the consequences suffered by victims as well as the services and resources available to them.
CRJ 620 Organizational Behavior in Law Enforcement & Corrections
This course provides an analysis of the various issues facing criminal justice and correctional organizations in the context of professional practice, including, the theoretical concepts of organizational behavior, management and leadership of human resources, and design and structural processes of such organizations. Included topics are fiscal accountability; personnel deployment; implementation of change, motivation and retention of personnel, the hiring, assignment, and promotion of personnel, organizational communication; professional development, and applicable legal issues as they pertain to agency operations.
CRJ 621 Cybercrime Investigation
This course will introduce students to the methods for investigating internet crime. Students will learn how to gather evidence, build a case against the perpetrator, and manage an Internet crime scene.
CRJ 622 Introduction to Forensic Science
This course will introduce students to the history of forensic science along with current technologies, procedures and methods of laboratory analysis in use today. Topics covered will include recognition, protection, documentation and collection of physical evidence as well as analysis of such physical evidence. Legal recognition of new technologies will also be reviewed.
CRJ 623 Homeland Security
This course introduces the student to the responsibilities and functions across agencies at various jurisdictional levels that have the charge of mitigating hostilities, threats, hazards, and consequences. Additionally, this course will study the methods of the most effective response systems. Students will develop the skills to identify, evaluate and resolve complex policy issues and initiate practical actions.
CRJ 625 Employment & Policy Law for Law Enforcement & Corrections Administrators
This course explores specialized topics in substantive and procedural law with a special emphasis on employment law, and how these legal issues impact ethics and leadership in criminal justice and correctional organizations. This course is well suited for command-level personnel in response to a variety of potential agency and personal liability issues.
CRJ 626 Computer Forensics
This course will introduce students to the methods for preventing and detecting cybercrime. Students will learn the basics of retrieving and analyzing data from various mediums, such as computers, global positioning systems, or removable storage devices.
CRJ 627 Advanced Forensic Science
This course will review the forensic science subjects covered in CRJ 622 and introduce the student to the scientific techniques used in processing evidence found at investigations and crime scenes. This course is designed to allow the student to complete exercises in the forensic fields most commonly used today.
CRJ 628 Terrorism: Threats & Strategy
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of terrorism, both international and domestic. The course will explore the causes and effects of terrorism as they relate to political structures from both religious and historical perspectives; with particular focus on present day impacts.
CRJ 630 Budgeting for Finance Law Enforcement & Corrections Administrators
This course will introduce students to public program budgeting and finance concepts. Special emphasis is given to methods of financing public programs and the preparation and management of budgets for the programs. This course is intended to provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice the technical aspects of program budgeting and finance in the public safety arena.
CRJ 631 Security & Protection for Cybercrime
This course will instruct students of the basic rights of business and individuals who are affected by cybercrime as well as the means to protect them. Students will learn how to protect potential victims whether minors in chat rooms or multinational businesses from cyber criminals.
CRJ 632 Crime Scene Investigation & Management
This course will introduce the student to the forensic techniques utilized in crime scene investigations (CSI). Students will learn how to process and retrieve trace evidence such as DNA and other items of evidentiary value. Student will also learn accepted methodologies employed in contemporary crime scene management. Students will also become familiarized with commonly accepted forensic techniques, contemporary specialized techniques, and judicial expectations and requirements relative to the admittance of evidence collected by forensic crime scene investigators.
CRJ 633 Risk Assessment
This course is intended to provide the student with advanced knowledge and understanding of the area of risk assessment and management. The focus is on the recognition of real and perceived threats, sharing information between communities and agencies, the collaboration of resources, and the management of risk. Students will examine the concepts of risk assessment, risk analysis, and the impacts of actual and suspected threats.
CRJ 697 Capstone: Evaluation & Program Analysis in Criminal Justice
Students will research key concepts, methods, and issues in the field of evaluation research. In addition, students will analyze and develop an evaluation proposal on a discreet topic within the field of criminal justice. The focus will center on needs assessment, impact, monitoring, as well as the application of quantitative and qualitative techniques.
CST 301 Software Technology & Design
In this course, students will learn the application of theory, knowledge, and practices to effectively and efficiently build reliable software systems that satisfy the requirements of customers and users. Students will understand all phases of the lifecycle of a software system, including requirements analysis and specification, software architecture, design patterns and concerns, software development methodologies (i.e. waterfall and agile process development), and software testing. Prerequisite: CPT 310.
CST 304 Software Requirements & Analysis
The course will discuss concepts for systematically establishing, defining and managing the requirements for a large, complex, changing and software-intensive systems, from technical, organizational and management perspectives. The course will involve building models of both requirements Technology process and requirements Technology product, concerning both functional and non-functional. Prerequisite: CST 301
CST 307 Software Architecture & Design
This course introduces basic concepts and principles about software architecture and design. It starts with discussion on architectural structures and styles, followed by coverage of design issues and design patterns. The emphasis is on the interaction between software design and quality attributes such as availability, performance, security, interoperability, and modifiability. Prerequisite: CST 301
CST 310 Software Development
This course introduces students to modern software development principles and practices. It provides the necessary grounding on the different technologies associated with developing business websites. Students in this course will learn client-side web development (such as HTML5, CSS3, and Bootstrap); as well as server-side web development using PHP programing language. Prerequisite: CST 301
CST 313 Software Testing
This course introduces students to software testing and quality control concepts, principles, and methodologies. The emphasis here is on understanding software testing process, planning, strategy, criteria, and testing methods, as well as software quality assurance concepts & control process. It covers the various subjects, including test models, test design techniques (black box and white-box testing techniques), integration, regression, and system testing methods. Prerequisite: CST 301
CST 316 Information Security Management
This course introduces students to skills, knowledge, techniques, and tools required by information technology security professionals. Topics include application security principles and techniques, network security mechanisms, cryptography, and secure programming techniques including cross site scripting, and SQL injection. Prerequisite: CST 301
CST 499 Capstone for Computer Software Technology
This course will offer an opportunity for students to work on real life problems through an applied project in a teamwork environment. This course will cover the major software development lifecycle phases: software requirements gathering, software architecture & design, software development, software testing, and software project management. Students are required to apply appropriate methodologies to the activities in the aforementioned phases based on the selected topic. Each group of students will report their progress through a weekly interactive assignment and receive feedback from the instructor. Upon the completion of the course, each group will be required to submit a professional technical report and a working software demonstration. Prerequisites: GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program.
CYB 300 System Administration & Security
In this course, students will learn how to manage the technology that affects organizations. Concepts covered include security best practices, access control, network components and services, change management, and configuration management. Students will gain an understanding of how the services offered by the various network components should be managed and protected. Prerequisite: INT 301.
CYB 301 Introduction to Cyber & Data Security Technology
This course introduces students to the principles of information systems security (confidentiality, integrity, and availability) and the seven domains of the typical IT infrastructure. Risks, threats, and vulnerabilities will be defined. Creation of an IT security policy framework will be emphasized. The following topics will be introduced: the risk management process, cryptography, compliance laws, and information security standards. At the end of the course, students will be able to apply the security life cycle to an information system.
CYB 302 Secure Web Applications & Social Networking
This course introduces the risks associated with connecting to the Internet via web applications and social networking. Students will learn the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 threats to web applications and the threat classifications of the Web Application Security Consortium (WASC). Instruction on how to maintain PCI-DSS compliance in e-commerce sites will be provided. At the end of the course, students will be able to secure web applications and mitigate vulnerabilities with web applications on the Linux and Windows platforms.
CYB 400 Cryptography
This course expands upon the cryptography concepts learned in CYB 301 Introduction to Cyber & Data Security Technology. A history of cryptography will be presented. Topics include symmetric encryption algorithms, asymmetric encryption algorithms, and hashing functions. The protocols, tools, and techniques used in cryptography will be reviewed. Hacking techniques that use cryptography will be introduced. At the end of the course, students will be able to design a cryptography plan to safeguard information that is electronically transmitted.
CYB 401 Risk Management & Infrastructure
This course builds upon the risk management concepts learned in CYB 301 Introduction to Cyber & Data Security Technology. Topics presented are risk management standards, methods, and tools and IT governance and control frameworks. Methods to prepare a risk analysis will be reviewed. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify an organization’s threats and vulnerabilities, and the associated risks along with the probability that the risks will occur.
CYB 402 Computer Forensics
This course builds upon the compliance concepts learned in CYB 301 Introduction to Cyber & Data Security Technology. Students will examine laws and/or regulations that may apply to an organization. The various types of evidence and how to protect the evidence via the chain of custody will be emphasized. Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to perform a digital forensic investigation.
CYB 499 Capstone for Cyber & Data Security Technology
In the Cyber & Data Security Technology Capstone course, students will complete an original and significant project that integrates concepts, principles, and tools taught throughout the program. In this course, the student will design, implement, test, and document a secured solution of the seven domains of an organization’s IT infrastructure. A presentation will be made by the individual for evaluation and approval. Prerequisites: GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program.
DOC 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar
This seminar provides students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their curriculum to highly realistic case studies related to their fields of specialization for the doctorate. Through discussions among students and the instructor, students will review, analyze and evaluate case studies emphasizing the practice of the content in their curriculum. The course will involve the analysis and evaluation of one or more case studies. Students will contemplate complex questions posed by their instructor, reply to those questions, respond to other students’ analyses and evaluations, and receive faculty feedback. Each student will submit a final assignment on each case, involving his or her critical thinking on the core issues presented in the case and the presentation and defense of an approach to addressing those core issues. (This course may not be transferred in.)
ECA 380 Becoming an Early Childhood Education Leader in Today’s Society
This course will provide students with a clear and practical introduction to the leadership foundation including the knowledge, skills, theories, roles, and responsibilities prevalent in early childhood education administration today. This course will provide students with the framework to begin to build their leadership philosophy. Prerequisite: ECE 312.
ECA 400 Building, Maintaining and Leading Early Childhood Education Programs
This course will further explore the knowledge, skills and roles of an early childhood professional in leading staff, families, children and communities. Students will explore the building, maintaining, and leading of early childhood programs fostering communication, collaboration, and high quality practices. Prerequisite: ECA 380
ECA 435 Leading the future of Early Childhood Education
This course explores fiscal management, policy and law topics surrounding the field of early childhood education. This course culminates in the development of student’s personal vision of leadership and a plan for a high quality early childhood education program. Prerequisite: ECA 400.
ECD 101 Foundations of Early Learning and Development
ECD 201 Atypical Development
In this course students will study atypical development. Students will differentiate between genetic and environmental factors that impact development. Students will also examine contemporary issues and trends related to children with exceptionalities. In addition students will analyze strategies for professionals and families that best support children with high incidence disabilities. Finally, students will summarize evidence based best practices for meeting the needs of diverse learners in inclusive settings. Prerequisite: ECD 101
ECD 301 Foundations of Early Intervention
This course provides an introduction to early intervention for children and their families (birth to age 3). Students will explain the historical, legal and educational basis for early intervention. Subsequently, students will describe professional standards and ethics and their relationship to early intervention. Students will analyze the roles of early educators in the delivery of instructional services for young children. In addition, students will explain early intervention strategies and services and create a plan for collaborating with families and other professionals. Prerequisite: ECD 201
ECD 302 Safe and Healthy Learning Environments
In this course students will learn about creating safe and healthy learning environments. Students will explain the influence that contemporary issues have on establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment. Students will examine the roles of professionals in creating and maintaining healthy learning environments. In addition, students will apply required codes and regulations to create a safe and healthy environment for young learners. Finally, students will describe resources that support a commitment to professionalism. Prerequisite: ECD 201
ECD 305 Positive Learning Environments
In this course, students will learn about creating developmentally appropriate and positive learning environments for a diverse childhood population. The students will identify effective instructional planning for diverse learners. Students will recommend strategies for classroom management and establishing learning environments. Finally students will create a high quality learning environment that meets the needs of all learners. Prerequisite: ECD 301 or 302
ECD 310 Exceptional Learning & Inclusion
This course provides an examination of historical approaches for inclusion and their influence on current trends for learning environments for children with exceptionalities. Students will apply evidence based instructional methods and strategies to support children with diverse needs. In addition, students will analyze the collaborative models in inclusive settings that support and serve children and their families. Finally students will create a professional and ethical-based philosophy of inclusion for children with exceptionalities.
ECD 315 Curriculum Planning & Design for Early Learners
This course provides an examination of the essential elements of curriculum planning and design for diverse settings and learners. Students will analyze developmentally appropriate planning, teaching and assessment strategies used with a diverse childhood population. In addition, students will assess the role of educators in fostering each child’s development and joy of learning. Finally, students will create individualized objectives and design integrated standards-based lessons for a diverse childhood population. Prerequisite: ECD 310
ECD 320 Cognition and Language Development
This course provides students with a foundation of the theoretical frameworks related to cognitive and language development in children from birth to age three. Using this foundation, students will analyze current research and its influence on language acquisition and cognitive development. Additionally, students will explore the relationship between cognitive and language development. Finally, students will prepare an analysis of referral and intervention strategies for students with exceptionalities related to language and cognitive development. Prerequisite: ECD 310
ECD 330 Ethics and Legal Responsibility in Early Learning Settings
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to special education in early learning settings. Students will examine legislation that impacts current special education practices in early learning settings. In addition, students will analyze the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part C) and identify the components of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP). Students will also focus on the process of Individualized Education Plans and how to differentiate placement consideration mandates for diverse learners. Prerequisite: ECD 315 or 320
ECD 336 Examining Multicultural & Anti-Bias Education
In this course, students will examine approaches and critical perspectives in multicultural education that acknowledge and support the needs of diverse children and families. Students will design activities and environments that are culturally and linguistically inclusive as well assess personal cultural competence and context for the purpose of building respectful, reciprocal relationships with diverse children and families. Finally, students will evaluate how families and culture affect the development of the child in order to plan for bias-free interactions and environments.
ECD 340 Language and Literacy Development
This course focuses on language and literacy development in children. In this course, students will examine foundational theories, milestones and research related to the development of language and literacy in young children. Students will promote effective strategies for involving families and explain a variety of assessment tools for language and literacy development. In addition, students will develop a theoretical-based philosophy of language and literacy development and examine the influence of linguistic and cultural diversity on the development of language and literacy. Finally, students will design developmentally appropriate standards-based lessons that foster language and literacy development. Prerequisite: ECD 335
ECD 345 Family Systems and Community Resources
This course provides students with an analysis of theories and approaches for working with children, families, and the community. Students will examine how culture and family structure influences a child’s learning and development. Additionally, students will synthesize how children’s needs are met and supported through the family and community environment as socializing agents. Finally, students will evaluate family and community programs, agencies and resources that support the diverse needs of children. Prerequisite: ECD 335
ECD 405 Assessment & Intervention
The content in this course will allow students to analyze the purpose of assessment in supporting children across all developmental domains. Using this foundation, students will examine the practical application of assessment tools and utilize assessment strategies to enhance the growth and development of children. Finally, students will synthesize their learning by developing an assessment portfolio that contains intervention strategies for meeting the developmental needs of children.
ECD 410 Behavioral Methods and Strategies
In this course students will analyze the major theories of behavior. Students will evaluate effective strategies for both practitioners and families to use to promote optimal behavior in a diverse childhood population. In addition, students will create an environment that is inclusive of different behavioral needs. Finally, students will design an individual behavioral support plan for specific disruptive behaviors. Prerequisite: ECD 405
ECD 415 Foundations of Play and Learning
This course focuses on play as the primary learning modality for young children. In this course, students will explain the function of play as a teaching and learning tool as well as analyze the role of play as a means of assessment. Students will evaluate the cultural and individual student factors that impact play in diverse settings. Finally, students will design appropriate play based activities and formulate a framework of play and learning for working with young children. Prerequisite: ECD 405
ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education including history, philosophy, advocacy, public policy, issues, trends, and careers.
ECE 201 Introduction to Early Childhood Behavior Management
ECE 203 Introduction to Curriculum & Instruction for the Early Childhood Classroom
Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction for the Early Childhood Classroom examines the relationship between curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply developmentally appropriate practices to lessons. In addition, students will create lessons that are inclusive of culture and individual differences. Finally, students will apply knowledge of aligning professional standards to the curriculum and to the classroom. The final project will include a comprehensive curriculum plan.
ECE 205 Introduction to Child Development
Introduction to Child Development examines the principles of child development from birth to adolescence. The course begins with students discussing the major developmental stages, domains, and milestones of child development. Students will also analyze how knowledge of theories, developmental stages, and domains of development support developmentally appropriate practices. Throughout the course students will explore the importance of family involvement and the strategies that foster communication and engagement from families. Finally, using their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices, students will describe environments that nurture the physical, socio-emotional, language and cognitive growth of every child.
ECE 207 Professional Responsibilities in the Early Childhood Environment
Professional Responsibilities in the Early Childhood Environment examines key topics related to high quality early learning environments. In this course, students will discuss ways to involve families in the health, safety and nutritional growth of their children. Students will also utilize their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices to plan for high-quality learning environments for young children. Finally, this course examines administrative practices, workforce issues, professional standards, and ethical behaviors associated with operating a high quality early childhood environment.
ECE 214 Nutrition & Health of Children & Families
This course provides a study of the health and nutrition needs of children and families.
ECE 312 Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
This course focuses on the development and implementation of early childhood programs for a variety of age groups and purposes. Specifically, curriculum development, materials, teaching strategies, evaluation, budgets, hiring procedures and state guidelines/regulations are addressed as are the skills and competencies to implement the above.
ECE 313 Collaboration with Parents & Community
Factors that promote effective communication and collaboration with parents of babies and preschool-aged children, families and community resources are considered in this course.
ECE 315 Language Development in Young Children
This course provides an introduction to the developmental stages of language acquisition in young children from birth to the age of 6. The focus of the course is on the facilitation of language acquisition in young children.
ECE 320 Supporting Adolescent Development
Adolescence is the largest developmental period other than infancy. The purpose of this course is to provide a solid foundation for educators and other professionals to be able to support the developing adolescent. In this course, students will examine the key physical, social-emotional, behavioral, and cognitive changes in adolescence and explain methods for fostering positive peer and family relationships. Students will analyze the role of media and technology and its impact on adolescent development. Additionally, students will summarize the key elements that influence adolescent identity-development and propose strategies for supporting adolescents facing mental health and behavioral issues.
ECE 332 Child Development
This course provides a basic introduction to the nature of human growth and development as it occurs from conception through early childhood. Students learn about motor, cognitive, social, emotional, moral, aesthetic, and language development in early childhood.
ECE 335 Children’s Literature
Students learn how to select and use children’s books and other media relating to physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of babies and preschool-aged children.
ECE 341 Social & Emotional Growth of Infants & Toddlers
Social-emotional development including the management of emotions and the ability to establish positive relationships with others will be covered in this course. Students will learn the important elements in a childcare setting that support healthy social, emotional, and behavioral adjustment in infants and toddlers.
ECE 343 Quality Care Environments for Infants & Toddlers
Students will learn both theory and application of why and how to set up, arrange and change early childhood learning environments to effectively meet the developmental needs of very young children. The role of the teacher, the importance of the environment, design principles, health and safety will be covered in this course.
ECE 345 Infant & Toddler Learning & Development
Emphasis will be placed on effective activities and practices to promote language development, cognitive development and motor skill development in young children. Sensory, music and movement development will also be covered in this course. Appropriate behavior teaching and coaching for infants, toddlers, and 2-year-olds will be discussed.
ECE 347 Culture, Family & Childcare
This course will increase the students expertise and understanding of all the components that must work together to create an effective childcare setting in which all children can thrive. Elements to be covered in the planning of a childcare environment include discipline and behavior management as well as consideration of the child’s developmental level, the family and cultural context.
ECE 351 Play & Learning for the Young Child
In this course students explore the significant role and impact of play on the development of children. Students will actively participate in discussions and activities related to major theorists, current research on play, the developmental stages of play, cultural influences, and current trends and topic related to play.
ECE 353 Cognitive Development of Infants & Young Children
Students examine the theoretical frameworks related to cognitive development in children providing them with a foundational understanding of the theories of brain development. Using that foundation, students evaluate the relationship between cognitive development and the developmental domains in children and the influences on brain development. Additionally, students analyze how environment and genetics impact brain development and cognitive functioning and evaluate the educational and societal implications for children in the context of cognitive development and functioning. Throughout the course, students also synthesize their learning from the course to develop strategies and techniques in their work with children in a variety of educational settings to promote optimal cognitive development.
ECE 354 Assessment & Intervention During Early Childhood
Throughout this course, students analyze the purpose of assessment in supporting children across all developmental domains. Using this foundation, students examine the practical application of assessment tools and utilize assessment strategies to enhance the growth and development of children. Finally, students synthesize their learning by developing an assessment portfolio that contains intervention strategies for meeting the developmental needs of children.
ECE 355 Understanding Behavior & Family Dynamics
This course explores developmental theory and the relationship to the socialization and education of young children in child rearing, caring, and education. Special emphasis will be placed upon exploring how the child is viewed in the context of his or her family and the community at large.
ECE 405 Children & Families in a Diverse Society
This course will provide a clear and practical introduction to multicultural and anti-bias issues, and aid students in developing culturally relevant methods in working with children and families in early childhood settings.
ECE 600 Leadership, Innovation, and Social Justice in Early Childhood Education
Students in this course will be introduced to the professional knowledge, skills, dispositions, and standards expected of early childhood education professionals and innovative leaders in the field. Further, this course will introduce several programmatic themes—social justice, 21st century teaching and learning, and leadership—to inspire students to be active early childhood advocates for children. Students will also gain insights and understanding related to the academic, personal, and professional expectations of graduate students to support their success in the MAECEL program and in their profession.
ECE 601 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education including history, philosophy, advocacy, public policy, issues, trends, and careers.
ECE 605 Children & Families in a Diverse Society
This course will provide a clear and practical introduction to multicultural and anti-bias issues and will aid students in developing culturally relevant methods in working with children and families in early childhood settings.
ECE 611 Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods
This course focuses on curriculum development in early childhood and teaching strategies with a developmentally appropriate approach. Students will prepare curriculum and practice teaching strategies which illustrate the characteristics of play and creativity. The guidance of young children to include behavior management and creating positive learning environments will also be emphasized.
ECE 612 Administration of Early Childhood Education
This course focuses on the development and implementation of early childhood programs for a variety of age groups and purposes. Specifically, curriculum development, materials, teaching strategies, evaluation, budgets, hiring procedures and state guidelines/regulations are addressed as are the skills and competencies to implement the above.
ECE 624 Advanced Topics in Child Development, Learning, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
This course examines current issues, trends, theories, and research related to child development and developmentally appropriate practices in the early childhood classroom. Students generate ethical solutions to relevant issues in the field of early childhood education and social justice. Further, students will examine how various leadership models foster professional knowledge and skills within their chosen field of study. Using this information, students design a classroom environment that incorporates evidence-based and developmentally appropriate strategies that promote optimal learning and development in young children. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650
ECE 625 Family & Community Engagement
This course focuses on factors that promote effective engagement with families of infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children, and the impact of this relationship on young children’s development, learning and behavior. Integration of concepts with best practice in early care and education, as well as family context and community resources are considered in this course.
ECE 630 Language, Physical & Social Development in Young Children
This course provides an introduction to the developmental stages of language acquisition, physical and social development in young children from birth to 6. The focus of the course is on the specific developmental milestones in young children.
ECE 631 Building Family and Community Partnerships
This course provides opportunities for students to examine partnerships among early childhood professionals, families, and the communities in which they work. Throughout the course, students evaluate how their daily instructional practices promote positive outcomes for young children. Students explore the various partnerships necessary in early childhood education and discover how these partnerships can support curriculum, learners’ development, and the learning environment. Course requirements provide several opportunities for students to examine and discuss the effectiveness of ethical communication and collaboration strategies. Approaching course topics as reflective practitioners, students are able to determine how these specific partnerships fit into their future roles. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650
ECE 642 Quality Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
In this course, students examine the relationship between theory, research, and practice in creating quality curriculum for the early childhood classroom. In addition, students evaluate a wide array of approaches, instructional strategies, and tools utilized to positively influence each child’s learning and development. Students also analyze their roles as leaders in evaluating curriculum materials and models that align with state and national standards. Utilizing this information, students design challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive development and learning outcomes for all young children and across all domains of development. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650
ECE 653 Cognitive Development of Infants & Young Children
This course deals with theories regarding cognitive development in children from birth to eight years of age including knowledge resulting from brain research. The relationship between the rate of cognitive development and overall development will be explored throughout the course. Students will apply this knowledge to design programs to meet the needs of children with varying needs and abilities.
ECE 654 Assessment & Intervention in Early Childhood
This course explores the issues around early assessment and intervention with young children. Specific developmental concerns will be identified and intervention programs will be examined.
ECE 657 Assessment to Support Young Children and Families
In this course, students examine the purpose and ethical use of assessment and evaluation strategies, tools, and procedures in early childhood education. In addition, students analyze assessment methods related to developmental concerns and intervention strategies in early childhood settings. Students also evaluate leadership roles and responsibilities in building effective learning environments and programs through assessment partnerships and action research initiatives with families and colleagues. Throughout the course, students learn how to utilize effective assessment strategies to positively influence child development.
ECE 660 Action Research and Inquiry in Education
Students enrolled in this course are introduced to action research and are provided with an explanation of the goals, rationale, and value of action research in the early childhood environment. Students will demonstrate effective use of research sources using digital tools and evaluative methods. They will apply methodologies and use ethics to evaluate various educational theories and research and acquire skills that support best practices. During this course, students will identify a problem, construct an action research proposal, collect and analyze data, and identify implications for future action research while considering their professional and leadership capabilities. Prerequisite: ECE 631, ECE 642 and ECE 657
ECE 671 Management and Administration of Early Childhood Programs
This course provides students with an overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and administrate an early childhood facility. Students will create a personal definition of leadership and evaluate high-quality early childhood programs that meet the needs of diverse children, families, and communities. In addition, students will develop a strategic plan that meets high-quality and developmentally appropriate aspects of early childhood programs. Students will also examine how early childhood administrators evaluate faculty and staff. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650
ECE 672 Personnel Management & Staff Development for Early Childhood Administrators
In this course, students evaluate professional early childhood learning resources that target learning outcomes, program needs, and support family and community partnerships. Students also develop a strategic plan to foster professional learning and development for early childhood staff and teachers that includes professional learning models. In addition, students create a system that supports the development of effective personnel management practices and promotes high-quality programs. Throughout the course, students analyze ethical and professionally sound decision-making and leadership practices used in early childhood education.
ECE 673 Advocacy, Policy, and Social Justice in Early Childhood Education
In this course, students will learn about public policy and law as it relates to early childhood education. Students will leverage leadership skills, advocacy skills, and professional knowledge to promote educational transformation, social justice, and positive change in early childhood education. Prerequisite: ECE 671
ECE 695 Professional and Ethical Leadership in Early Childhood Education Capstone
The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education Leadership program. In this course, students integrate concepts they have learned through a capstone project designed to propose solutions to complex ethical dilemmas in the field of early childhood. In addition, students critique and showcase their attainment of program learning outcomes through a professional e-portfolio designed for program and professional purposes. Prerequisite: All Core course requirements
ECI 601 Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction: The Science of Learning and Teaching
This introductory course examines the science of learning and the impact that brain compatible instruction can have on learning. Students in the course analyze how learning theories, practices, and brain research-based strategies can support the development of effective curriculum & instruction and promote student success.
ECI 605 Contemporary Educational Issues, Trends, & Challenges
Effective curriculum design and implementation requires knowledge of educational and organizational issues, challenges, and trends. Professionals must use this knowledge collaboratively to make informed curriculum and instructional design decisions that positively impact learner, school, and organization achievement while sharing a belief that all learners can succeed. In this course, students are introduced to legislative reform policies, issues and trends pertaining to learning standards, college and career readiness, assessment and accountability, as well as improved accessibility to resources and the call for technology-based teaching, training, and learning. Prerequisite: ECI 601
ECI 610 21st Century Curriculum, Standards, and Assessment
This course establishes the relationship between curriculum design and instructional strategies deemed best practices. Students design creative, student-centered, and standards-based learning opportunities incorporating 21st century skills. Participation in this course challenges students to commit to a shift away from educational approaches of the past and embrace proven effective methods to engage diverse learners in a variety of learning environments. Prerequisite: ECI 601
ECI 615 Intentional Approaches to Intervention
This course is designed to get students thinking about appropriate and intentional interventions to address a variety of challenges faced by learners in the instructional setting. Students apply practical, yet innovative instructional strategies to realistic situations in which interventions are needed to advance learners to the next level of success. A variety of evidence-based curriculum adaptations and interventions are examined with the goal of improved outcomes for learners, schools, districts or organizations. Prerequisite: ECI 601
ECI 630 Authentic Technology Integration in the Classroom
In this engaging course, students develop distinct understandings of the relationships between motivation and learning as exemplified through technology-based experiences. Students are challenged to discover ways technology impacts curriculum and instruction design as a means to deliver the most effective learning experiences to meet the needs of diverse learners in diverse learning environments. No previous technology experience is required; only a desire to be change agents and harness 21st-century learning to improve educational outcomes. Prerequisite: ECI 601.
ECI 680 Collaborative Approaches to Curriculum Alignment & Design
With increased national attention on improved responsibility for curriculum, standards and assessment, having a shared belief of universal achievement and collaboration has never been more important. In this course, students will not only practice the steps of the curriculum design process, but do so in the spirit of collaboration. A variety of effective collaboration models are explored as students develop an understanding of curriculum improvement as an ongoing process while paying attention to both the curriculum ("what") and the instruction ("how"). Prerequisite: ECI 601.
ECI 685 Transforming Curriculum & Instruction Through Empowering Leadership
When it comes to school or organizational improvement, leaders play a pivotal role in ensuring that a culture of achievement and growth is shared by all. In this course, students investigate a variety of principles including; growth mindset, transformational leadership, transparency, fostering a culture of continuous growth and achievement, principles of servant leadership, and the power of collaboration. The role professional development plays in laying a foundation for the curriculum design and implementation process is also examined. Leadership experience is not required to be successful in this course. Teachers, trainers, and educational leaders or administrators will learn practical, yet powerful ways to improve their professional practice. Prerequisites: ECI 601 and EDU 650 or ECI 680.
ECO 100 Survey of Contemporary Economic Issues
Contemporary economic issues are discussed and relevant economic theory is introduced throughout this course of study. The economic theories of supply and demand, competitive markets, and price elasticity are explored.
ECO 203 Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to national income determination and the equilibrium level of output and employment. Monetary and fiscal policies as well as open economy issues are discussed. Recommended prerequisites: Fulfillment of the General Education Critical Thinking core competency and Digital Literacy competency.
ECO 204 Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to the theory of consumer equilibrium, market structure, and wage determination. Recommended prerequisites: Fulfillment of the General Education Critical Thinking competency, Quantitative Reasoning Core competency, and Digital Literacy competency. (Equivalent to ECO 308).
ECO 308 Economics for Managers
This course will provide a survey of the field of economics as it relates to effective management. The course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the principles, concepts, and operational aspects of our economic system.
ECO 316 Financial Institutions & Markets
A study of money and capital markets concentrating on interest rate determination, the major public and private financial institutions in the U.S. economy, and the major types of financial instruments including bonds, equities, and derivative instruments. Prerequisite: ECO 100 or ECO 203.
ECO 320 International Economics
This course will focus on the global environment of firms with particular emphasis on economic variables such as GDP, inflation, interest rates, and exchange rates. Topics include international trade, international finance, and regional issues in the global economy.
ECO 342 Principles of Econometrics
This course introduces students to multiple regression methods for analyzing data in economics and related disciplines. The mathematics of econometrics will be introduced only as needed and will not be a central focus. Prerequisites: BUS 308, and fulfillment of the Quantitative Reasoning Core competency.
ECO 406 Business Cycles & Growth
Topics include analysis of economic fluctuations and their impact on corporations and consumers; different explanations for business cycles; monetary and fiscal policy for stabilizing economic fluctuations; effects of public debt, investment, employment and trade policy on economic growth. Prerequisite: ECO 203.
ECO 408 Managerial Economics
This course will focus on the application of economic principles and analyses to contemporary business problems and managerial decision making. Emphasis will be given to price and production decision making for profit maximization, investment decision making for a new project, strategic decision making in various business situations, and decision making with risks and uncertainty. Prerequisite: ECO 204.
ECO 610 Global Economics
This course will study international economics with respect to the global aspects of supply and demand. This class will review and evaluate international trade theories, geographic trade patterns, globalization, multinational corporations, and international variations of corporate and national economic policies. By the conclusion of this class, the student will be able to compare and contrast international financial and trade frameworks, and describe the problems and challenges facing the multinational corporation.
EDU 100 Issues in Education
This is an introductory course for students considering teaching as a career path or individuals seeking an increased understanding of the complexity and importance of education. The first focus is on topics in education that include, but are not limited to, teaching as a profession, diversity in the classroom, facilitation of student achievement and accountability, classroom management, and requirements for continuing professionalism in the field. The second focus of this course is on academic writing as a necessary component in the field of education.
EDU 108 Introduction to Policy & Education
This course examines the theory, analysis, development, and implementation of educational policy. It will explore the reasons for change in educational policy, ways to track its evolution, and manners in which educational policy may be influenced. The history of educational policy will also be explored.
EDU 120 Principles of Instructional Design
This introductory course will cover learning theories including behaviorist, cognitive, constructivist and social learning as well as examine their relationship to instructional practices and course design. Basic principles and vocabulary for instructional design will be introduced. Additional topics covered will include factors that influence learning including motivation, learner engagement and learning styles. Students will begin to identify learning outcomes that can be addressed in an instructional design setting.
EDU 232 Instructional Design for E-Learning
This course will introduce students to a variety of eLearning strategies preparing them to select and evaluate eLearning for a variety of learners and organizational contexts. Throughout this course, students will have an opportunity to evaluate eLearning and create effective assessments for eLearning activities. Additionally, students build on prior learning about needs assessment in instructional design contexts. Prerequisite: EDU 120.
EDU 302 Foundations of Library & Information Science
This foundational course will introduce students to the variety of libraries and other institutions that serve different communities reading, information, and other needs. Students will learn the history of the library profession, including the ethics, values and standards that guide library work. Students will acquire an overview of policies, laws, library services and programs, and other tenets that guide library work.
EDU 304 Introduction to Education
This course is designed to provide students with a broad view of the various components involved in education and schools today. An introduction to current legislation and trends in education as well as curriculum standards will be covered. The complex diversity of students today, as well as assessment and accountability issues, will also be addressed.
EDU 306 Library Programs & Services
In this course, students will explore and evaluate library services and programs designed to meet diverse user needs. The course includes a strong focus on customer service and creating welcoming and flexible library environments. Students will explore methods of communicating the library’s message to the community, including social networking. Students will discuss ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding programs and services, especially in the area of equal access for all patrons.
EDU 307 Library Collection Development & Management
This course is an introduction to collection development and management. Students will learn the essential skills needed to manage a library collection in a variety of library settings. Learners will explore multiple categories of resources, including informational books, digital material, and media, and develop instructional materials to promote learning. Students will also examine policies and procedures related to library collections, and learn how library materials are classified and organized.
EDU 308 Reference & Research Services
This course provides knowledge and skills using general and specialized reference tools, materials and services for patrons. It includes topics including an exploration of the role of teaching, information literacy and the research process, the reference interview, information seeking behavior, and evaluation of reference resources and services.
EDU 321 Introduction to Serving English Language Learners
This course provides a sufficiently broad yet detailed exposure to the realities of teaching English Language Learners. The course is designed to prepare students to deliver content area instruction to English Language Learners with diverse abilities using the sheltered instruction approach.
EDU 324 History of American Education
This course provides an overview of sentinel events, theories, and important historical figures that have shaped the United States education system.
EDU 335 Design Concepts & Application for Online Learning
The application of instructional design for online learning will be emphasized as students apply their knowledge to analyze, select and design instructional strategies that are most effective for engaging and teaching online learners. Students will learn methods for managing and delivering online instruction utilizing course management tools and multimedia technologies in both synchronous and asynchronous environments. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.
EDU 336 Evaluation of E-Learning
In this course, students will examine eLearning in a variety of forms. Students will explore various instructional design eLearning principles, their application to eLearning materials, and will develop the skills necessary to evaluate eLearning products. Through the study of eLearning, students will also learn to identify evaluation methods that are appropriate to both context and audience. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.
EDU 337 Collaboration in the Virtual Classroom
The use of e-learning to promote collaboration and teamwork in a virtual environment will be explored in this course. Opportunities for collaboration utilizing social networking and other tools will be evaluated. Students will utilize a variety of tools to experience real-time learning in the virtual classroom. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.
EDU 338 Human Development & Learning
Brain development as related to human development and the capacity for learning will be explored throughout this course. The neuroscience of brain development and how this information translates into education, as well as the implications of this information for maximizing learning, memory, behavior and overall functioning, are topics that will be addressed.
EDU 352 Foundations of Educational Technology
Strategies and ideas for the use of technology to enhance learning will be explored in this course. The latest in Web applications will be explored and evaluated for their instructional application.
EDU 356 Emerging Issues in Educational Technology
Strategies and ideas of including the latest in technology advancements to promote student engagement and learner success will be examined in this course. Mobil learning, the use of social media such as blogs, Facebook, etc. as well as other Web 2.0 applications will be explored and evaluated for instructional application. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.
EDU 358 Assessment of Student Learning
Students will learn to identify the differences in formative and summative evaluation data and design online learning scenarios to address both of these. The effectiveness of e-learning will be explored through research. The philosophy, use and development of grading rubrics for assignments will be explored. Issues of plagiarism and cheating in e-learning will also be examined. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.
EDU 362 Adult Learning & Instruction
Students will learn about the various theories and practices associated with adult learning. Various modalities of instruction will be addressed including e-learning, accelerated courses, and training sessions.
EDU 363 Education & Social Justice
The influences of educational policy and its convergence with social justice will be studied in this course. Issues of race, gender, sexuality, globalism, and other multicultural issues within the study of politics and policy will be explored throughout this course.
EDU 365 Politics of American Education
The political dimensions of policy formation/implementation in education and the use of power to influence educational policy will be explored. Conflict resolution and the analysis of consequences and impact will be examined.
EDU 367 Elementary & Secondary School Media
This class will explore the role of the teacher librarian and role of the library media center at three different levels of education (elementary, middle, and high school). Students will research programs, library practices, teaching styles and management in the facilitation of a library media center.
EDU 371 Phonics-Based Reading & Decoding
This course provides an overview of research, curricular content, and instructional practices associated with Research Based Systematic Phonics Instruction (RBSPI) and other methods for teaching reading. Emphasis and focus are on methods mandated by Arizona legislation. This course covers the history of written language, alphabetic reading and writing systems, and implementation of effective methods for reading instruction. Note: Students enrolled in EDU 371 will be required to find a student to teach or instruct for this course. The student can be a child or adult, age 5 or above. The time commitment will be approximately 3 hours per week for three weeks beginning the second week of this course. There are no exceptions to this requirement. Prerequisite: EDU 372.
EDU 372 Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology explores the theories of how people learn. Selected learning theories are analyzed from the perspective of teaching and learning. Developmental theory and environmental and social factors are explored as they interface with the learning process. Educational psychology’s research is applied to the measurement, assessment, and evaluation of learning and the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching-learning interactions.
EDU 381 Curriculum & Instructional Design
Students will examine the pedagogy involved in designing, selecting and assessing curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners. The basics such as how to write learning outcomes based on academic standards to selecting the research based materials and activities to support student learning, will be covered. Evaluation of student learning will be included in the course.
EDU 382 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
Students will explore the variety of learning differences found in the classroom today including linguistically diverse students, students with mild to moderate disabilities as well as Gifted and Talented learners. Specific strategies and classroom accommodations that may be used at all levels to meet the needs of all students will be addressed. Working as a member of a collaborative team will also be covered.
EDU 400 Library Materials for Mid-Grade & Young Adults
In this course students will explore, read, discuss, and assess a variety of middle grade and young adult literature, including informational text, award winning fiction, multicultural materials and more. Students will focus on recommending materials for library purchase from the perspective of the librarian, explore review sources, recommend materials for individual users, and learn about resources in the YA and middle grades fields. Students will examine programs that promote reading and other library activities and examine legal, ethical and other issues surrounding youth services in libraries.
EDU 401 Literature for Children
This class will expose students to many different types of children’s literature and resources. Students will develop material lists for different genres, explore current trends in children’s interests, and exhibit knowledge of library review sources.
EDU 411 Reading & Cognition
The task of learning to read is a very complex process involving the application of perceptual, sensory, linguistic, and cognitive skills to making meaning of text. Exploration of the specific cognitive functions that are applied while reading and strategies supporting reading instruction and reading comprehension skills will be addressed. The implications of digital media on reading skills will also be explored in this course.
EDU 416 Intelligence Assessment
This course will explore the definition of intelligence, different theories of intelligence, the use of intelligence tests in a variety of settings, and the impact of family and culture on intelligence. Educational and learning expectations, programs based on intelligence scores, and cultural biases that may impact educational opportunities will be investigated across the lifespan. Prerequisite: ABS 300
EDU 417 Cognitive Studies Capstone
In this capstone course, students in the Cognitive Studies degree program will demonstrate their attainment of the program learning outcomes through the completion of a project. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.
EDU 422 Public Policy & Special Education
A study of the educational, legal, sociological and ethical issues that influence public policy related to the provision of special education to students with disabilities.
EDU 428 Student Achievement in Public Schools
This course will examine various factors influencing student achievement in public schools. Influencing factors will include motivation theories, as well as the impact of families, teachers and schools on student success. Issues of equity and access to quality educational programs will be considered.
EDU 431 Advanced Instructional Design
In this course, students will apply the systematic approach of instructional design to design and develop instruction for online delivery. Throughout this course, students will evaluate trends and issues in the field of instructional design. Students will apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design program to assess the quality of instructional design projects. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.
EDU 433 Project Management for Instructional Design
Instructional design requires careful and thoughtful collaboration among a variety of design team members. In this course various project management tools, procedures, and methodologies will be introduced as they are applied to projects in education or training. Students will explore the relationship of time constraints, cost, scope and the nature of the project being designed. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.
EDU 440 Information Literacy
This course will prepare students to be information-literate practitioners within a library environment. Students will learn the six frameworks of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, and will examine ways of teaching information literacy to library users.
EDU 441 Research & Analysis Skills
This course will introduce students to the theory and methods of evaluating research methods. It explores the ways in which professionals identify and frame research and evaluation questions, assess current scholarly literature on specific topics, locate and critically use primary and secondary source data, and formulate worthwhile evaluation projects. Emphasis will be placed on the research tools and processes professionals use and the role information professionals play in their development, dissemination, and use.
EDU 443 Literature for Children & Teens
This class will expose students to many different types of children and young adult literature, media, and resources. Students will develop material lists for different genres, explore current trends in student interests, and exhibit knowledge of library published journals.
EDU 471 Public Policy Issues in Education
Public policy issues in education including historical, international and political will be examined in light of current research perspectives. Current policy strategies for reforming U.S. public schools will be highlighted.
EDU 473 Divergent Perspectives in Educational Policy & Practice
Current issues and debates in the field of education will be investigated. Students will examine the purpose of schooling and the challenges of meeting a variety of visions for what the school system should accomplish today.
EDU 486 Educational Policy & Administration
This course focuses on the societal and political contexts in educational settings. Students will examine various issues that are likely to have an impact on teaching and learning in diverse educational settings. Educational policy areas considered include governance, curriculum, accountability, personnel development, and school finance.
EDU 490 Interdisciplinary Capstone
This is the capstone course for social science majors with a concentration in education. The course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply learning from their professional programs of study in a comprehensive manner. Students will also assess the impact of their educational experiences on their ethical perspectives and critical thinking skills. Students will reflect on and evaluate their personal and professional growth, the benefits of lifelong learning, knowledge and strategy evaluation, and the impact of these elements on their future.
EDU 497 Capstone: Education & Public Policy Development
The capstone course is an examination of influences affecting policy development and decision-making in the education arena. It will cover policy management, policy execution, establishing and measuring criteria for policy success, and effective communication throughout the public policy process. This course is cumulative in nature, integrating knowledge and information attained throughout the completion of the EPP major. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.
EDU 499 College of Education Capstone
The capstone will tie together the themes and concepts students have learned throughout their degree program. With this information as the foundation, students will synthesize theories, knowledge, and professional standards related to their field of study. Students will assess multiple influences, such as social and cultural factors, contemporary issues, and trends have on their practice. Students will further demonstrate their knowledge of the field by applying evidence-based strategies, approaches, and technologies to their work. The students will explain environments that support optimal outcomes to the field of study. Finally, students will propose professional and ethical based practices that emphasize access, participation, and partnerships with children and families. Prerequisite: GEN 499 & majority of major coursework
EDU 500 Differentiation: Designing for Student Differences
What is differentiated instruction and why do instructors need to know how to differentiate? Participants enrolled in this course will explore a variety of evidence-based strategies and tools that help to effectively meet the diverse needs of learners in the classroom. With opportunities to observe, analyze, plan, and execute differentiated instructional practices, participants in this course will deepen their understanding through direct application and self-reflection. This course is only available as non-degree seeking and is not transferable to an Ashford program.
EDU 501 Social and Emotional Learning: Integrating its Elements with Ease
This course examines the concepts of social and emotional learning and mindset and their potential impact on teaching and learning. Participants in this course analyze how strategies related to social and emotional learning and having a growth mindset enhance student learning, engagement, and motivation in the classroom. Participants will leave with a repertoire of strategies to infuse social emotional learning into their practice. This course is only available as non-degree seeking and is not transferable to an Ashford program.
EDU 502 Standards and Assessment: Gauging Student Growth
This course takes a deeper look at assessment, focusing on how teachers can effectively design and use multiple types of assessments to inform instruction and make data-driven decisions about students. Formal, informal, formative, and summative assessments will be evaluated and linked to key objectives based on standards for learning. Critical elements of assessment will be explored including the role of assessment in a teacher’s planning and design of curriculum, management of data, consideration of special populations, and monitoring of student progress. This course is only available as non-degree seeking and is not transferable to an Ashford program.
EDU 503 Classroom Culture: Managing the Classroom Environment
This course provides participants with opportunities to discover and implement a variety of classroom management strategies. With a focus on evidence-based practices, participants will explore and apply methods for creating positive classroom culture, engaging learning environments, and proactive behavior management. Through inquiry-based learning, participants will have ample opportunities for practical application in their own classroom settings. This course is only available as non-degree seeking and is not transferable to an Ashford program.
EDU 586 Foundations of American Higher Education
This course provides an examination of the development of higher education in America as seen through historical, legal, philosophical, and social lenses. Students analyze influences of the European model and alternative approaches and the complex social settings in which these events occur. The development and range of today’s institutions are reviewed with implications for policy development.
EDU 587 Adult Learning and Development
This course reviews aspects of higher education including curriculum development, delivery, and assessment. Students will study theoretical foundations, models, and methods appropriate for adult learning. A review of literature on adult learning and development will be included.
EDU 588 Student Services
This course examines the development and implementation of student support systems in higher education. Supports for student success and the environment in which these occur will be analyzed. Major issues and trends in diversity, security, accommodations, and ethics will be addressed.
EDU 589 Issues and Innovations in Higher Education
This course analyzes the primary areas of operation in institutions of higher education including organizational structure and control, finance, institutional effectiveness, and accreditation. An analysis of recent innovations in higher education will be included.
EDU 590 Climate, Culture, and Managing the Learning Environment
This course brings focus to the skills, strategies, and considerations a facilitating educator must master to create and maintain a safe, orderly, and flexible environment that is conducive for learning. Participants in this class will increase their knowledge of techniques and strategies proven effective for classroom instruction and individual student behavior management.
EDU 591 Assessing Learners
This course emphasizes how formative and summative systems are embedded in a problem-based approach to assessment, and how different types of assessments appeal to different learners. Participants analyze research-proven assessment strategies and how to implement these to impact educational and program improvement. Participants will explore the issue of integrating instruction with assessment, or what has been popularly referred to as “teaching to the test.” The paradigm shift from assessment of learning to assessment for learning is highlighted.
EDU 592 Planning for Diverse Learners
Instructional Practice specialization graduates engage in continuous and collaborative planning processes to address the needs of diverse learners they encounter in today’s educational environments. Graduates will address planning and preparation techniques to accommodate English language learners, special education, gifted, physically challenged, and mainstreamed students that are consistent with strategies that benefit all. Emphasis is on triangulating curricular demands, assessment, and the lesson-planning process. A variety of instructional models and strategically-placed combinations of formative and summative assessments are employed to ensure mastery of targeted goals.
EDU 593 Student Engagement and Literacy in STEM
This course has several main objectives. First, it will explore what it means to integrate STEM. Second, it will investigate what skills students should be learning to aid them in integrating STEM into their curriculum. Third, it will analyze the importance of teaching reading in the content area. Fourth, it will critique and develop activities with an emphasis on bringing "excitement" to the STEM and Literacy classrooms. Finally, it will align learning practices with the New Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core Standards, and classroom strategies.
EDU 600 Introduction to Online Learning
This course presents an overview of the online learning environment from the instructor's point of view. It is a description of the terminology, tools, and skills needed to create a successful online learning experience. Areas addressed in this course include basic online learning concepts, the roles of the teacher and student in online learning, and the components of the online learning environment. Also covered in the course are teaching methodologies, types of blended learning, and guidelines for making the transition from the traditional classroom to the online classroom. Hardware, software, and other tools and technologies used in online learning are discussed.
EDU 601 Promoting Student Success in the Online Learning Environment
This course covers the basic tools needed for student success in an online learning environment. Topics include communication, collaboration, and software skills required to succeed in online learning. Also covered are instructor and student responsibilities and expectations, as well as potential roadblocks to success. Tools and techniques for organizing, prioritizing, and completing course tasks are discussed. Finally, instructional methods for guiding students and evaluating student progress in online courses are also addressed. Prerequisite: EDU 602.
EDU 602 Assessing Knowledge & Skills in the Online Learning Environment
This course examines approaches that assess student knowledge and skills in the online learning environment. Directed instruction, or objectivism, is compared and contrasted with constructivist or inquiry-based learning and assessment theories. Traditional assessment strategies are discussed as applied in directed instructional models of online learning. Nontraditional assessment approaches are explored in constructivist models, such as group products, web pages, multimedia projects, student portfolios, and student projects graded by self-report assessment instruments and rubrics. This course will focus on the use of discussions, pre- and post-testing, writing activities, graded assessments, self-grading assessments, and hands-on projects on student learning and assessment. Prerequisite: EDU 600.
EDU 608 Children’s & Young Adult Literature
Students will explore contemporary literature for children and young adults at the early childhood, elementary, middle and high school levels. The ability to select and evaluate quality literature for children and youth, and the skills necessary to plan and integrate literature into a K-12 program will be addressed.
EDU 609 Online Teaching Internship
In previous courses, students developed an online course within a Learning Management System (LMS) using principles and strategies of quality online learning. In this capstone course, students will collect data and feedback around the online teaching and learning experience. Students will then make further improvements to their online courses based on the evaluative data. Finally, students will create a professional portfolio piece using their revised online course as a model to demonstrate the principles and strategies used in the field to ensure quality online learning. Prerequisite: EDU 601 & EDU 602.
EDU 617 School, Family & Community Partnerships
Parent and community involvement is a crucial element to school success. Promoting the social, emotional and academic skills necessary for student success in the 21st century requires a team effort of collaboration with schools, families and the community. Students in this course will explore strategies and research for engaging partners in the ongoing education of children in the community.
EDU 620 Meeting Individual Student Needs With Technology
This course fosters awareness of individual learner characteristics that impede successful achievement. Milder forms of learning disabilities, emotional disorders, and dysfunctional social conditions that are prevalent in typical instructional situations are evaluated. Alternative pedagogies utilizing computer technology applications to alleviate such barriers are explored. Prerequisite: EDU 673 or ESE 601 or ECI 601
EDU 629 Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners
This course explores strategies and techniques to support the success of language and culturally diverse students. The values, customs, and communication styles of cultural groups and their implication for teaching are considered. Research-based instructional approaches to developing English learner literacy will be examined.
EDU 635 Community & Youth Development
This course will support teachers and others with the development of practical strategies and tools to support community-wide efforts to strengthen and support youth today. Advocacy for youth development as well as strategies to support youth from a wide range of backgrounds will be addressed.
EDU 642 Understanding & Teaching English Language
In this course students will study the structure of the English language in order to better understand the difficulties that arise in learning a second language. English phonology, syntax, analysis, and application of linguistic theory will be studied.
EDU 643 Methods, Materials & Technology for Learning a Second Language
Strategies for English Language Learners in the content areas while maintaining a language development focus will be illustrated. Specific strategies, materials, technology, and learning activities will be examined to support learning.
EDU 644 Child & Family Welfare
This course will examine public policies in place to support children and families in at-risk situations. A focus on the services and programs offered to support families and children as well as the development of protective factors in families will be offered in this course.
EDU 645 Learning & Assessment for the 21st Century
EDU 647 Families, Communities & Diversity
This course will focus on establishing relationships and partnerships within families and community of diverse cultures. Specific strategies in developing programs promoting cultural competence within families and communities will be explored. Students will analyze available family and community resources within their community in promoting and supporting cultural diversity.
EDU 648 Teaching & Learning with Technology
This first course is an overview of the field of educational technology including instructional design, influence of learning theory on technology application as well as the various technologies available and their application to learning.
EDU 649 Technologies for Teaching & Learning
This course focuses on identifying appropriate technologies for teaching and learning. Special attention will be directed in analyzing teaching and learning styles. Identifying and evaluating technologies to meet individual needs will be explored in both educational and corporate environments.
EDU 650 Teaching, Learning & Leading in the 21st Century
This course is designed give students a real world perspective into what it is like to teach, learn, and lead in the 21st century classroom. This course provides an opportunity for students to experience the world of the classroom and analyze the range of perspectives and topics that impact being a successful teacher, learner, and leader in the 21st century. The course will bring together a unique set of ‘voices’ from the field, to explore the contemporary nature of what it is like to teach in today’s changing schools while focusing on identifying innovations that can develop students’ capacity to be agents of innovation, collaboration, and creativity.
EDU 651 Collaboration & Learning in a Virtual Environment
Students will explore teaching and learning in virtual worlds. Project-based design, facilitation, and evaluation of instruction, research, and other resources will be examined. The use of online collaboration for student learning and effective uses of various technologies for social networking will be explored.
EDU 652 Instructional Design & Delivery
This course covers various elements of the instructional design process including needs assessment, instructional problems, learner characteristics, instructional objectives, content sequencing, instructional strategies, and evaluation instruments. Students are expected to learn how to plan, develop, evaluate, and manage the design of effective instructional materials.
EDU 653 Teaching in Higher Education
The course will examine education theories, methods, and strategies for the improvement of instruction in higher education. Emphasis will be placed on the unique challenges of teaching in a changing environment in higher education. Students will explore factors that affect adult learning and the organizational cultures that promote or inhibit learning.
EDU 654 Student Development in Higher Education
The course will examine student development theories from a socio-cultural and psychological developmental perspective. Factors affecting the teaching and learning related to the college environment will be analyzed. Theories of student development and their applications in student affair programs, services, and activities will be reviewed.
EDU 655 Trends & Issues in Instructional Design & Technology for Online Learning
Students gain the necessary skills and knowledge to design effective instructional materials for use in an on-line learning environment. Powerful innovations that may redefine teaching and learning practices will be explored throughout the course.
EDU 656 Technology Solutions for Just in Time Training & Learning
This course will allow students to develop an understanding of the planning for and application of technology for training that meets institutional and organizational needs. Students will utilize technology to effectively develop a request for proposal plan for training utilizing technology to inform, motivate, and prepare learners.
EDU 657 History & Philosophy of American Higher Education
The course will provide an overview of the historical development and cultural backgrounds of higher education in America. Emphasis will be placed on the major themes and developments in American higher education including the ideologies, people, cultures, and movements that have particularly influenced those developments. Current issues and trends in higher education will be explored.
EDU 658 Instructional Leadership
This course focuses on leadership in the educational or corporate environment to bring about change required to meet learning and training needs. Students will evaluate their personal leadership in their professional environment. Leadership tools to provide increased learning opportunities will be used to design learning experiences and evaluate results.
EDU 659 Testing & Assessment for English Language Learners
Various tools and methodologies for assessing English proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing for both ELL children and adults will be critiqued. Formative and summative assessments will be explored with an emphasis on the application and appropriateness of their use for instructional design.
EDU 662 Curriculum & Assessment in Higher Education
The course will study the relationships between planning and student learning at course, program, and institutional levels. Modes of curriculum design, development and change in higher education will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on examining curricular leadership and assessment strategies.
EDU 667 Reading Instruction & Early Intervention
Reviews of various research based reading programs will be examined critically. Evaluation will be based on cost, alignment to standards, and research in regard to program effectiveness. Intervention programs for struggling readers and their role in a traditional school setting will be explored.
EDU 668 Reading Comprehension Across the Curriculum
This course will support teachers and others in working with students to improve reading comprehension across all areas of the curriculum. Research investigations into the brain activity required for reading comprehension will be reviewed. Specific strategies for addressing reading comprehension difficulty will be explored.
EDU 669 The Reading, Writing Connection
This course will emphasize the connection of reading and writing with a focus on the content areas. Students will be exposed to a variety of approaches including vocabulary techniques, comprehension strategies, and study techniques to use with learners. Issues of assessment, motivation, and cultural as well as linguistic diversity will also be addressed.
EDU 671 Fundamentals of Educational Research
This educational research course is designed to teach students how to use digital sources to locate and evaluate research articles and apply that information in a learning environment. Students will also consider ethical aspects of research. Finally, students will evaluate and propose ways to become change agents by effectively applying action research principles to real world educational problems and issues. Prerequisite: EDU 620 or EDU 652.
EDU 673 Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching & Learning
During this course, students will learn about and use evidence-based differentiated strategies and materials to meet diverse academic instruction that incorporate the progressive needs of 21st century learners using student’s cultural schemata (i.e., personal experiences, cultural/language norms and family belief systems). Instruction will align with the Common Core State Standards and alternative assessment methods to provide a rich inquiry of learning styles while applying strategies that promote critical thinking and incorporate digital tools and resources. Prerequisite: EDU 650.
EDU 674 Foundations & Trends in Curriculum & Instruction
The course will provide an overview of the foundational pieces necessary for effective design and delivery of curriculum and instruction. Current trends will be compared and contrasted with brain-based research from the field. Emphasis will be placed on processes and procedures for developing both an engaging curriculum and a caring and responsive learning environment.
EDU 675 Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment
Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment is designed to ensure that students demonstrate mastery of the MAED program learning outcomes through the continuation of the capstone project. This course bridges the learning activities between EDU 671 Fundamentals of Educational Research and EDU 695 MAED Capstone. This course experience is designed to ensure that students continue their exploration of action research principles in which they will seek out and solve an organizational problem within their area of concentration. Topics in this course will be related to implementing change in an organization, evaluating the impact of the applied intervention, communicating outcomes, collaboration, and 21st century leadership practices.
EDU 676 Curriculum & Instruction Design for Increased Achievement
The course will teach a backward design model for curriculum and instruction that emphasizes clear targets and goals for increased achievement. Curriculum integration and mapping techniques will be examined and implemented as students model the power of collaborative planning and individual reflection. A variety of delivery models will be explored.
EDU 677 Monitoring & Evaluating Curriculum & Instruction through Systems Thinking
The course will define and apply the concepts of differentiated instruction and systems thinking in the development of curriculum and instruction. Processes and procedures for monitoring and evaluating programs will lead to an understanding of the complexity of an effective change process for increased achievement.
EDU 678 Seminar in Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Needs
EDU 679 Technology Solutions for Organizational Improvement
In this course, students will examine theories, organizational learning outcomes, and models of assessment and evaluation that lead to institutional improvement and effectiveness in the use of technology. Students will follow a logic model to conduct a program evaluation and develop a proposal for organizational improvement.
EDU 684 Shared Vision of Learning
EDU 687 Building a Learning-Centered Culture
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to learn how to advocate, nurture, and sustain a school culture and instructional program that is conducive to student learning and staff professional growth in a standards-based system of learning. In this course students will develop an understanding of the rationale for and the components of standards based curriculum and instruction and how they link to students’ learning needs. Students will learn to apply student data to determine policy decisions and leadership actions to improve the instructional program. They will learn to apply site-based teacher-practice data to determine leadership actions to drive professional development and identify student support systems that result in increased student performance. Students will also explore research on diverse learning styles and differentiating instruction for all learners. It is in this course that students learn the power of a system-based approach that builds coherence through a standards-based curriculum and instruction; supervision that supports differentiated instruction in support of accelerating student learning, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of professional development that supports standards-based curriculum and instruction.
EDU 688 Organizational Management for Student Learning
Students are introduced to safe school environments, data-driven decision-making strategies, practice using various assessment tools and monitoring systems for teaching and learning, and learn district, state, and federal accountability systems. Students will gain an understanding of the legal polices pertaining to classified and certificated personnel. Students will also continue to apply a system-based approach that builds coherence through the alignment of fiscal, human, and material resources to support the learning of all sub-groups of students.
EDU 689 Personal Ethics & Leadership Capacity
This course develops students' ability to model integrity and justice while learning and applying a variety of decision-making and problem-solving strategies. In this course, students will write a personal code of ethics that includes their moral purpose and belief system for the improvement of teaching and learning. Students will also address issues of equity such as race, language, religions, and sexual harassment. Students will learn ways to inspire and motivate others, and to effectively communicate shared decision-making outcomes to stakeholders. Students will continue to build understanding around the leadership practices that create a learning-centered and trustworthy school community that provides high levels of learning for all students.
EDU 692 Creativity, Culture, & Global Contexts in Education Decision Making
This course provides rich opportunities for participants to learn how culture, creativity, and innovation impact teaching and student learning in the 21st century. Participants will adopt a global perspective of teaching and learning to understand how the infusion of 21st century skills impacts curriculum and prepares learners for the challenges associated with living and working in the 21st century. Through scenario-based activities, participants will directly apply skills needed to make informed decisions about the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of culturally relevant instructional practices to support the learning of 21st century skills. Prerequisite: EDU 650.
EDU 694 Capstone I: Educational Research
Capstone I: Educational Research guides students through the process of becoming an effective change agent by applying action research principles to current educational challenges and issues. Students will locate and evaluate research articles for scholarship, relevancy, and ethical neutrality. The topics covered during this course include implementing change in an education-based organization, evaluating the impact of the applied intervention, communicating outcomes, collaboration, and 21st-century leadership practices. Prerequisite: ECI 685, EDU 620, or ECE 673
EDU 696 Capstone II: Culminating Project
Capstone II: Culminating Project is a course in which students will demonstrate their attainment of the program outcomes through a spiraled process of skill demonstration including reflection, application, and evaluation. First, students will reflect on patterns in academic work as well as design and development challenges associated with previous coursework so as to take control of one’s professional growth and become a more self-directed learner. Next, students apply the framework of 21st century teaching and learning to redesign prior coursework and then evaluate how 21st century skills influence program learning outcomes. Last, students will use digital tools to showcase their scholarly artifacts through the creation of a digital portfolio for both courses, and for professionally related purposes. Prerequisite: EDU 694 or ECE 660.
EDU 697 MATLT Capstone: A Project Approach
This Capstone course requires students to synthesize their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the MATLT program. The Capstone project must present a practical application that is appropriate for a professional environment in the students’ chosen field of work, be appropriate for inclusion in a professional portfolio, and incorporate a relevant problem or issue that can be supported through formal research. Furthermore, the project should demonstrate significant content across the spectrum of MATLT courses and promote the accomplishment of professional and personal goals. In addition, students will create a professional brochure highlighting their skills, strengths, and educational preparation.
EDU 7000 Learning & Cognition
Educational practice is based on theories and philosophies of learning and cognition. These accepted theories have evolved, from idealism to realism, pragmatism to constructivism, and are incorporating new research in brain-based learning. This course will focus on theories and philosophies of learning and cognition along with ways in which these theories are studied and applied in educational practice.
EDU 7100 History of Education & Social Change
EDU 7120 Transformative Issues & Trends in Education
EDU 7130 Educational Leadership Theories & Strategies
EDU 7220 Educational Leadership: Challenges & Opportunities
EDU 7240 Diversity in Education
EDU 8225 Culture, Curriculum & Learning
This course explores literature and recent debate related to culture and linguistic diversity, learning, and instruction both within the United States and globally. Emphasis will be placed on an exploration of the history of and recent debates related to social, cultural and linguistic diversity, learning, and instruction in the service of leveraging resources and systems to support student learning in diverse populations.
EDU 8240 Theories & Models of Instructional Systems Design
This course will include an examination of the major instructional design models and their theoretical, empirical, historical, and philosophical foundations in technology and media. Students will evaluate current theories and models and examine the historical and philosophical foundations of these theories and will present their analyses of instructional design examples as well as prepare an outline for an instructional design project, incorporating relevant learning theory, media, and other technology applications.
EDU 8250 Curriculum, Assessment, Design, & Evaluation
EDU 8260 Integrating Technology
EDU 8300 Governance & Politics of Education
EDU 8320 Change in People, Society, Bureaucracies & Institutions
ELL 240 Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners
This course explores strategies and techniques to support the success of language and culturally diverse students. The values, customs, and communication styles of cultural groups and their implication for teaching are considered. Research-based instructional approaches to developing English learner literacy will be examined.
ELL 242 Understanding & Teaching English Language
In this course students will study the structure of the English language in order to better understand the difficulties that arise in learning a second language. English phonology, syntax, analysis, and application of linguistic theory will be studied.
ELL 351 Listening & Speaking in a Second Language
ELL 353 Reading & Writing in a Second Language
The relationship between first and second language comprehension as well as the reading comprehension and writing connection will be explored in this course. The use of differentiated literacy instruction for English Language Learners will be the central focus.
ELL 354 Grammar in a Second Language
This course will provide students with foundational knowledge of how and why English grammar is necessary for teaching the four language skills, and recognizing and correcting student errors. This course provides students with an overview of English grammar and strategies for implementing grammar instruction. Students will critique lesson plans in terms of best practices, and create their own lesson plans for specific student populations by applying their knowledge of English grammar and language pedagogy.
ELL 355 Methods, Materials, & Technology for Learning a Second Language
Strategies for English Language Learners in the content areas while maintaining a language development focus will be illustrated. Specific strategies, materials, technology, and learning activities will be examined to support learning.
ELL 357 English Language Teaching & Adult Learners
Theory and methodology applicable to English language instruction are integrated in the context of working with adults. Materials and methods suitable for working with adult English learners will be explored and evaluated in this course.
ELL 359 Contemporary Issues in English Language Instruction
ELL 361 Language Learning in a Global Context
This course introduces students to the issues surrounding second language learning around the world. Emphasis will be given to educational, civic, business, governmental, and cultural issues.
ELL 420 Testing & Assessment for ELL Students
Various tools and methodologies for assessing English proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing for both ELL children and adults will be critiqued. Formative and summative assessments will be explored with an emphasis on the application and appropriateness of their use for instructional design.
ENG 121 English Composition I
This course is designed to enable students to develop competence in analyzing, organizing, and developing ideas. Additionally, students will locate and use library resources to support ideas, and to adapt their writing to various audiences. The course focuses on instruction and practice in writing and critical reading.
ENG 122 English Composition II
This course provides instruction and practice in writing a well-structured, logical, and effective academic essay. Students will engage with the instructor, classmates, course materials, and additional resources to develop research, writing, revision, and editing processes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG 121 or equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG 121 or equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better
ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
This course is an introduction to the basic elements of fiction, poetry, and drama. Emphasis is on reading literature to perceive the techniques used in each genre, to understand the basic theoretical approaches to literature, to acquire the vocabulary associated with literary criticism, and to analyze and evaluate literature.
ENG 201 American Literature to 1865
This course will examine American literature from early colonization through 1865, including texts from the colonial, revolutionary, and antebellum periods. The focus will be upon literary analysis and literary movements contextualized by American history and culture.
ENG 202 American Literature After 1865
This course will examine American literature focusing on a selection of works published between 1865 and the present. We will explore the impact of social and cultural transformations on our national literature working through literary movements and paying close attention to the development of ideas about gender, race, region and nation as expressed in fiction, poetry, and drama.
ENG 225 Introduction to Film
This course is designed to help students understand and appreciate movies and film more completely. The course examines the ways in which movies and films are shot, tell stories, develop characters, and depict physical reality. Classes consist of critique and analysis of movies and films.
ENG 301 American Literature to 1865
This course will examine American literature from early colonization through 1865, including texts from the colonial, revolutionary, and antebellum periods. The focus will be upon literary analysis and literary movements contextualized by American history and culture.
ENG 302 American Literature After 1865
This course will examine American literature focusing on a selection of works published between 1865 and the present. We will explore the impact of social and cultural transformations on our national literature working through literary movements and paying close attention to the development of ideas about gender, race, region and nation as expressed in fiction, poetry, and drama.
ENG 315 Business & Professional Writing
Instruction in the planning, organization, construction, style, and tone of several forms of business and professional correspondence: letters, interoffice communication, resumes, and formal reports. A review of grammar, punctuation, and usage is incorporated into the course. Prerequisites: ENG 122 and junior standing or permission of the instructor.
ENG 317 International Voices
An introduction to recent international writing in its cultural context. Students read fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interview, and are introduced to music, art, film, and cuisine of cultures beyond U.S. borders. Prerequisites: Fulfillment of English Proficiency requirement.
ENG 318 Creative Writing
This course provides writing experiences in fiction, nonfiction and poetry for students who have a strong interest in creative expression and have some experience in writing in one of these genres. Various aspects of the imaginative process are explored with separate application made to the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students write in each genre, participate in workshops with instructors, join with instructors and writing practitioners in critiquing colleagues’ work, and make presentations of their own work.
ENG 325 Intermediate Composition
Students in this course will practice writing for multiple audiences and purposes. In addition to researching academic arguments, the course emphasizes the analysis of discourse and writing in a variety of contexts, including public, personal, political, and professional. Students will synthesize the various voices that are involved in conversation, debate, and action, as well as add to the dialog with their own nuanced contributions. This course will focus on advancing critical thinking, analytical research, and written communication skills through English composition assignments and activities. Prerequisites: ENG 122 or equivalent.
ENG 328 Scientific & Technical Writing
Students will develop the skills necessary for writing about scientific, environmental, medical, and technological topics. Emphasis is placed on making complex and technical information understandable to a variety of audiences. Prerequisites: ENG 122 and fulfillment of the General Education Scientific Reasoning requirement.
ENG 341 Studies in Literary Genres
This course will introduce students to literary genres such as poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and the novel. Students will read, analyze, and write critically about representative selections in the various genres.
ENG 345 British Literature I
This course examines writing by representative British authors in various genres from the Anglo-Saxon period through the mid-eighteenth century.
ENG 346 British Literature II
This course provides a survey of writing by representative British authors in various genres from the Romantic Period to the present.
ENG 353 Evolution & History of the English Language
Where did English come from, how has it evolved into the language that is used today, and why does American English behave differently than, for example, the English spoken in Ireland? Also, in what ways are different languages distinct, and how are they similar? Students will trace the historical origins and influences of the transformation of the English language. Students will also explore the major theories of the evolution of language.
ENG 380 Literary Research
This course is designed to teach the techniques for conducting literary research. Students will focus on particular authors while focusing on the essential skills of literary research. In addition to short critical essays, students will produce a major research paper.
ENG 438 Literary Theory
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and tools to develop an understanding of the nature of literature, what functions it has, and what the relation of the text is to the author, the reader, language, society, and history.
ENG 497 English Capstone
Students will demonstrate mastery of the concepts and methodology in the major by producing a final project that includes extensive research into the selected topic. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.
ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Studies
This course introduces students to the scientific information and key concepts that underlie thefunctioning of earth’s systems with emphasis on how these systems are shaped by human activities.Students examine the social, economic, political, ethical, and technical dimensions related toenvironmental issues and solutions. Topics include population growth, natural environmental cycles,industrialized food systems, air and water pollution, and urbanization.
ENV 322 Energy & Environmental Systems
This course is designed to provide knowledge relative to the relationship between energy consumption,energy generation, their related externalities, and conservation in the context of diminishing reserves of fossil fuels and increasing availability of renewable resources. Students will defend a position related to a particular energy source and its effect on the environment.
ENV 325 Environmental Management
This course examines the issues in the urban environment and the interactions between theory andpolicy relating to urbanization, industrialization and the impact of population growth on theenvironment.
ENV 326 Ecology & Evolution
This course examines the ecological and evolutionary processes across several levels of organization,including individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Students analyze the interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment, with an emphasis on natural selection. The course demonstrates the methods used by ecologists to answer questions about ecological systems including experimental, statistical, theoretical modeling, and visual representations of data. Prerequisites: ENV 100 and SCI 207.
ENV 330 Environmental Ethics
This course is a study of the ethical dimensions of selected contemporary environmental controversies.Students will examine the major theoretical approaches to environmental ethics, value systems, and specific issues including biodiversity and wilderness preservation.
ENV 333 Environmental Impact
Following the guidelines set by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its subsequent modifications, students will learn the fundamental methods of analysis required for conducting a robustEnvironment Impact Statement (EIS). Students will learn the fundamental elements of an EIS through the examination of contemporary cases.
ENV 345 Business & the Environment
An environmental economics approach is used to illustrate the impact of the firm on the environment and environmental policy on the firm. Cost-benefits analysis is developed in student-driven research projects.
ENV 350 Conservation Biology
Conservation biology examines the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, conservation approaches and strategies, and the ecological and evolutionary theory used in these approaches. Students evaluate practices that conserve biological diversity at the gene, population, ecosystem, landscape and global scales. The course incorporates topics in culture, ethics, economics and politics to monitor and protect global biodiversity. Prerequisite: ENV 326.
ENV 385 Chemistry & Toxicology
This course examines the underlying scientific principles of toxicants, the sources, fate, and effects of chemicals on organisms and the environment. Students will analyze the accumulation and transport of toxicants in food webs and evaluate their effects on organism physiology, reproduction, and behavior. The course will also include an examination of experimental methods used to assess toxicity, forensic toxicology, ecotoxicology, risk assessment development, role of government regulation, and global and historical contexts.
ENV 495 Environmental Research
This course introduces students to the various stages in the environmental research process. Course design focuses intensely on scientific journal article construction as well as research design, data collection, and statistical analysis.
ENV 497 Environmental Studies Capstone
Students will utilize knowledge gained throughout the program to construct a final Capstone Project focused on the design and implementation of a sustainable community. This Project will allow students to display content area knowledge over all completed courses. Prerequisite: GEN 499.
EPP 511 English Language Learners in the Classroom
This course provides a sufficiently broad yet detailed exposure to the realities of teaching English language learners. The course is designed to prepare students to deliver content area instruction to English language learners with diverse abilities using the sheltered instruction approach. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 520 Effective Classroom Management in Elementary Classrooms
Students will learn research-based strategies and best practices for developing effective instructional programs and managing safe, supportive learning environments in elementary classrooms. The course will introduce participants to practical, field-tested approaches in the related areas of classroom discipline and behavior management, strategies for classroom teachers, and methods that apply to a wide range of classrooms including low-income and multicultural environments. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 521 Effective Classroom Management in Secondary Classrooms
Students will learn research-based strategies and best practices for developing effective instructional programs and managing safe, supportive learning environments in secondary classrooms. The course will introduce participants to practical, field-tested approaches in the related areas of classroom discipline and behavior management, strategies for classroom teachers, and methods that apply to a wide range of classrooms including low-income and multicultural environments. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 530 Serving Exceptional Learners
EPP 531 Assessing Learners
EPP 540 Elementary Social Science Methods
Designed to provide teacher candidates with models of instruction consistent with basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in teaching elementary school social sciences. This course implements current understanding of learning strategies, and opportunities to develop related process skills, use of technology in the teaching and learning of social science, and skills in implementing instructional models. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 541 Elementary STEM Methods I
This course focuses on the development of science teaching competencies, basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in elementary school science. The course content is designed to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate science lessons. Unit planning, laboratory activities, evaluation strategies and science learning centers are emphasized. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 542 Elementary STEM Methods II
The primary purpose of this course is to learn about teaching methods and practices designed to make critical academic areas accessible to elementary students. Students will study lesson plan design, assessment strategies and learning activities for maximizing the engagement of their students. Learning centers, games and diagnostic/prescriptive treatment are explored. Students will gain initial information on how to relate national and statewide content standards and frameworks to lesson plan design, a variety of assessment strategies, and ELD/SDAIE strategies. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 543 Elementary Integrated Reading Methods
This course is intended to help elementary school teachers understand the relationship between literacy instruction and content across all areas of study. Particular emphasis is given to the reading and study of expository materials at all levels of the curriculum. The major areas of study include levels of thinking and questioning, textbooks, assessments, factors in learning, reader strategies, and teacher strategies. The instructional strategies discussed are appropriate for elementary grade levels and all content areas. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 551 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar I
This is the first course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 552 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar II
This is the second course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 553 Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar III
This is the third course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in elementary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 561 Secondary English Methods
This course will learn, practice and reflect on the specific pedagogical knowledge needed to teach English to secondary students. Students will explore a variety of teaching strategies for organizing a secondary English curriculum using the Common Core Standards. Teacher candidates will discuss, plan, implement and assess appropriate instruction using current best practices for the effective teaching of English in secondary classes. The course addresses various curricular areas of English arts, including the teaching of writing, reading comprehension and literature, language applications, grammar, speaking applications and visual media and how they can be effectively integrated into daily lesson planning while meeting Common Core Standards. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 562 Secondary History-Social Science Methods
This course is intended to prepare students to be effective History-Social Science teachers in secondary classrooms and is designed to develop the capacities models of instruction consistent with basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in teaching secondary school social sciences. Emphasis is placed on curriculum, materials, and instructional methods and strategies specific to teaching social sciences to diverse student populations. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 564 Secondary STEM Methods
This course focuses on the development of teaching competencies, basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in secondary school Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). The course content is designed to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate STEM lessons. Unit planning, laboratory activities, evaluation strategies and math and science learning centers are emphasized. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 571 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar I
This is the first course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in secondary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
EPP 573 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar III
This is the third course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in secondary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.
ESE 315 Survey of Exceptional Students
An investigation into the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to identify and instruct students with disabilities in varied school settings. Attention will be given to the variety of students that special educators are likely to come into contact with. Students will examine the issues of providing services to identified individuals within and outside school settings.
ESE 370 Learning & the Brain
Teaching and learning issues within a cognitive processes context are explored. This course covers the study of emotion, memory, and recall as well as early brain development and its relationship to learning.
ESE 601 Students with Exceptionalities in the School Setting
This course provides an introduction to the education of students in the school setting with exceptional needs, specifically those with mild to moderate disabilities, who qualify for services under one or more of the eligibility criteria covered by special education federal laws. Special education key terms and common strategies that influence learning and behavior as well as ethical and legal privacy rights of families of children with disabilities are introduced. Additionally, variations, characteristics, and patterns of individual differences in learning and academic progress are investigated.
ESE 603 Law & Ethics in Special Education
Law & Ethics in Special Education explores the fundamental civil and legal principals and pivotal legislation that contribute to the placement, instruction, service delivery, and privacy issues of those who have a qualifying disability under federal laws. Learners will identify critical issues that may lead to ethical and legal conflicts of interdisciplinary team participants as well as proactive strategies for resolution. Furthermore, the course offers multiple opportunities for analysis of personal biases regarding professional ethics and practice standards. Prerequisite: ESE 601.
ESE 610 Assessment & Evaluation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
Assessment & Evaluation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities provides a comprehensive examination of the assessment and evaluation cycle employed within the special education process. During this course, learners will distinguish the special educator’s role within the multidisciplinary assessment process including how the evaluative data drives the planning and development of an individualized program. Additionally, the mandatory safeguards that assure ethical evaluation and assessment practices do not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, or native language are examined.
ESE 631 Survey of the Exceptional Child
This course provides an introduction to the education of students with diverse learning abilities and styles, including children with mental retardation, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, those identified as gifted and talented, and those diagnosed as having attention deficit disorder. These and other disabilities and special abilities are explored with a focus on the identification of individual differences in development and learning, and risk factors associated with exceptionalities. Developmental variations and patterns of these exceptionalities are examined along with the educational support strategies, the effects on the family and the rights of children.
ESE 633 Collaborative Relationships & Transition
This course focuses on effective education-based collaboration strategies for special educators who have multiple roles and serve numerous functions when designing and implementing developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences for students with a disability. As the special educator job is multifaceted, additional focus is on formulating a team-centered framework that provides academic support for various service delivery models. Additionally, candidates will learn how to effectively collaborate through verbal, written, and digital communication with collaborative transition team members who enable students to meet 21st century standards post-high school completion.
ESE 634 Education-Based Collaborative Relationships
This course focuses on collaboration strategies for special educators in the school environment who work with other professionals, services providers, and families of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Emphasis is placed on educators who provide academic support for various service delivery models. Communication, teamwork, and strategies for dealing effectively with conflict are emphasized. Prerequisite: ESE 601.
ESE 645 Lesson Design for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
This course explores the methods of effective instructional planning, lesson design, and teaching strategies for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Learners will develop quality differentiated instruction techniques for various student profiles. Additionally, learners will create individualized goals and objectives for students with disabilities. Prerequisite: ESE 601.
ESE 656 Positive Behavior Supports in the Classroom
This course introduces the underpinnings of behavior theory and offers real-world strategies for the 21st-century classroom that assist today’s educators in meeting the needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Behavior functions and modifications as well as various methods of observation and documentation are emphasized. Diverse cultural and environmental factors contributing to student behavior are also examined. Prerequisite: ESE 601.
ESE 668 Evidenced-Based Instructional Methods for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
In this course, learners will explore multiple aspects of curriculum design and delivery, apply their knowledge of the characteristics of varying disabilities, and create meaningful classroom instruction that aligns with curriculum, standards, and individualized education program goals. Data-driven instruction derived from individualized assessment results will be accessed and applied to instructional methods. Emphasis will be placed on evidence-based instructional strategies including collaboration with service providers to best meet the academic needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Prerequisite: ESE 601.
ESE 691 Behavior Management in the Classroom
This course provides strategies for changing inappropriate behaviors and prompting the acquisition of adaptive behaviors through positive management procedures. Designed to provide the teacher practical “how to” skills in classroom management, modification of behavior, and other management skills directed toward establishing an environment of learning.
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
This course is designed to help adult learners beginning their university studies to achieve academic success. Students will explore learning theories, communication strategies, and personal management skills. Adult learners will develop strategies for achieving success in school and work. Students will also be introduced to the University’s institutional outcomes and learning resources. Successful completion with a “C-” or better or equivalent is required.
EXP 200 Fundamentals of Adult Learning
This course presents adult and experiential learning theories and applies them to the student’s life and experiences. Kolb’s Model of Experiential Learning will be examined and used to analyze prior learning experiences. Students will investigate the roles of reflection and metacognition in the learning process. Guidance and practice will be given in developing an experiential essay structure that will plausibly demonstrate college-level experiential learning outcomes. The experiential essay written in the course can be submitted to the Prior Learning Assessment Center at the completion of the course for a potential of three additional credits.
FIN 301 Ethics for Finance Professional
In this course, students will examine some of the most recent and classical organizational ethics cases using the framework from managing business ethical procedures and practices. This course will provide a sound ethical decisions making guideline for students to use when making business ethical decisions and encourage ethical conduct and discourage unethical conduct in the workplace. Student will also explore how business ethics impact the global business environment and the current thinking on business –society and the business-environment relationships.
FIN 490 Finance Capstone
This capstone course is designed to integrate methods and techniques of corporate finance with an emphasis on how the various financial theories and practices work together. This course will integrate computer simulations based on a case study. Students will be expected to run simulations and then analyze and report outcomes. Prerequisite: GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program.
FIN 671 Financial Analysis & Security Valuation
This course is intended for graduate students who expect at some point in their careers to use financial statements to evaluate earnings quality, performance, prospects, and value of a business. The primary emphasis will be on the analysis of public companies, but most of the tools and techniques utilized are also relevant to private firms’ financial analysis. This course focuses on the fundamental analysis of valuation, with a focus on developing and applying methods for valuing firms using financial statement analysis.
FIN 672 Financial Instruments & Derivatives
This course develops an understanding of the basic derivative-related financial instruments (forwards, swaps, futures, etc.), and their use in transforming and managing risky investments and projects in the areas of risk management, portfolio insurance, and financial engineering. Students will apply appropriate analytical tools needed to effectively manage risky investments and price derivatives.
FIN 673 Applied Portfolio Management
FIN 674 Strategic Cost Analysis
FIN 675 Financial Economics
FIN 676 Financial Accounting
FIN 677 International Finance
FIN 678 Statistics for Financial Managers
FIN 679 Advanced Corporate Finance
FIN 680 Corporate Finance Capstone
FIN 681 Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions
FIN 683 Investment Analysis
This course is designed to explore the field of security analysis, beginning with an in-depth study of fixed income securities. Students will learn to apply theory of analysis and valuation of fixed income securities through course assignments and activities. Topics include markets and trading, valuation, risk and return, credit analysis models, and term structure theories.
FIN 689 Advanced Financial Management & Analysis
This course continues financial statement analysis of public companies, with a focus on special issues such as income taxes, post-employment compensation plans, and intercorporate investments. Students will investigate financial reporting in publicly traded companies, and develop an understanding of financial statement analysis from a global perspective. Techniques for adjusting financial statements and determining the quality of financial reports will be used throughout the course. The course will culminate in a research paper that comprehensively assesses the investment quality of a company based on its financial reports.
GEN 102 Digital Literacy for Life & the Workplace
This course offers an overview of digital literacy as it applies to personal, academic, financial, and professional success. Students will analyze the impact of digital technology on personal and social communication to develop digital literacy skills that will assist in achieving academic and career goals. An overview of financial literacy in the digital age is introduced with practical strategies for application in personal and professional life.
GEN 103 Information Literacy
This course will provide a foundation in information literacy skills. Students will learn distinct research methods for various types of questions as well as develop methods to evaluate resources based on authorship, authority, credibility, information type, currency, and purpose. A focus on the use and acknowledgement of resources will provide students with a ground for future ethical research. The course will emphasize the use of academic research and organization tools with a focus on applying those methods to make informed choices and think critically about various sources of information.
GEN 104 College Reading Strategies
GEN 499 General Education Capstone
This course provides students with a cumulative and integrative learning experience grounded in their general education experience. Through the study of selected interdisciplinary topics and course-embedded assessments students will demonstrate mastery of essential competencies and application of different ways of knowing. Students will apply the general education principles informed by ethical and critical sensibility and provide evidence of growth in acquiring the habits of active citizenship. A minimum grade of “C – “ is required to meet course requirements.
GEO 308 Geographic Information Systems
This course is an introduction to the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software that is widely used to conduct spatial analysis in the areas of environmental science, defense and intelligence, emergency response, business, education, government, health and human services, public safety, transportation, and utilities and communication. Students will learn the ArcGIS system and become experienced in the analysis of spatially related data and the digitized map system.
Note: the software used in this course has specific computer requirements including, Windows 8 Operating System, 2.2 GHZ minimum speed, and 2GB minimum Memory/ RAM.
GRO 200 Introduction to Gerontology
This course will provide an introduction to aging and an overview of the field of gerontology. The major concepts, theories and principles of gerontology will be introduced. Students will explore ageism in the United States, current demographic trends in our society, old age as a stage of lifespan development, health and healthcare concerns of older persons, issues of work, retirement, housing and economics, family relationships and social support, quality of life, and political issues of an aging society. Concepts, practices and other issues of aging will be explored.
GRO 202 Psychology of Aging
GRO 325 Aging & Health
This course examines the interface between health and aging. A broad range of health concerns and issues of older persons are explored from physical, mental, and emotional perspectives.
GRO 410 Death & Dying
This multi-disciplinary course offers an overview of psychosocial aspects of death and dying. Topics include attitudes toward death, preparation for death, care of terminally ill patients, funeral issues, mourning, grief practices, suicide, and euthanasia.
GRO 497 Gerontology Capstone
This course is a synthesis of the major ideas, perspectives, and concepts gained from the study of gerontology. A substantive paper is developed which requires students to critically analyze their experiences and integrate knowledge gained throughout the program.