Online Elementary Education Master’s Program

This concentration offers students an opportunity to focus on material that pertains specifically to leading K-5 classrooms. Those who choose to complete this concentration examine a number of diverse topics over the course of the program, including literacy development, enabling personal expression, and the use of creative exercises to encourage student engagement. The techniques students practice throughout the courses below can help them refine their existing curricula and present material in new, more effective ways. Those who complete the WNE online elementary education master’s program can develop an entirely new base of skills that can be applied immediately to their lesson plans.

ED 610 – Literacy Strategies for Struggling Readers
In this course, students will learn how to collect and analyze student data during literacy events. They will build a repertoire of strategies for fostering and strengthening children’s abilities to fully participate in the processes of communication and interpretation that fluent reading requires. Students will also examine cognitive, linguistic, and cultural impacts on the literacy learning process.

ED 611 – Integrating Curriculum through Children’s Literature
This course focuses on identifying quality children’s literature to use in classroom settings from both a literary and topical perspective. Students will develop a repertoire of strategies for using relevant children’s literature throughout the curriculum (across different subject matter) and will learn to read children’s literature with a content learning lens. Students will also practice creating lessons that effectively use literature to support and deepen content area learning.

ED 612 – Infusing Content Areas with Art – Elementary
In this course, students will develop a repertoire of activities that they can integrate into the elementary class curriculum, allowing their students to experience art as another way to see, represent, and interpret the world around them; another language in which to express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Students will also experience ways to incorporate the purposes of art in societies, the contributions of various artists, and using artistic interpretation to meet content area objectives.

ED 613 – Deepening Mathematical Content Knowledge
This course focuses on the concepts and skills key to the elementary mathematics curriculum. Students will engage in activities that will strengthen their own conceptual and factual mathematical knowledge. They will also practice designing lesson plans and assessment tools that effectively support and monitor development of students’ mathematical understandings.

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