Course Descriptions

JBU's Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education requires 36 hours of coursework, which includes 15 hours of Curriculum & Instruction core coursework and 21 hours of Standard Licensure coursework.

Curriculum & Instruction Core Courses

ED 7033 - Christian Foundations and Instructional Facilitation (3 credit hours)
Challenges individuals to consider the strong connections between a Christian application of life and instructional facilitation while also considering historical, philosophical foundations of education. Connections between the role of a mentor/facilitator and the role of biblical “shepherding” will be explored and discussed; students will identify the similarities and differences between mentoring/facilitating and shepherding.

ED 7233 - Human Development (3 credit hours)
Reviews the developmental characteristics of children from birth through adolescence in five domains: physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral. The developmental characteristics will be investigated in many contexts for infants/preschooler, elementary, middle school and high school children. Both developmental characteristics and context will be used to understand individual children. Field experience required.

ED 7353 - Human Intellect and the Brain (3 credit hours)
Focuses on a broad understanding of human intelligence and cognition while exploring answers to the following questions: What is human intelligence? Can we know and measure a person’s intellectual capabilities? Can intelligence be increased or improved? How does the brain learn? What do teachers do that affect learning?

ED 7513 - Action Research and Data Analysis for School and Classroom Use (3 credit hours)
Focuses on basic knowledge of statistics as applied to the field of education (broadly and content-specific); multiple methods of assessment; using assessment to inform instruction; and being advised by school leaders as they create an action research proposal that could benefit a regional school and move students toward established goals. Field experience required.

ED 7733 - Differentiated Learning (3 credit hours)
Promotes the value of all learners and their unique contributions to the classroom as individuals. This course encompasses teacher preparation for the diverse learners in their classroom and provides the skills and knowledge necessary to allow for customization of instruction for learners with a range of differences. Learners will develop knowledge about the categories of disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act as well as English Language Learners and gifted learners. Strategies to differentiate instruction, apply modifications and accommodations and incorporate assistive technology will also be emphasized. Field experience required.

Standard Licensure Courses


ED 8423 - Pedagogy: Classroom Instruction (3 credit hours)
Focuses on general pedagogies, strategies, and methodologies that work well with all disciplines; students will learn how to create learning objectives and how to create a comprehensive lesson plan; students will learn how to create and select appropriate objective and subjective test items. General behavior management and assessment principles will be integrated into the content area; the students will know and use the Danielson Framework when constructing lesson plans and a unit of study.
Taken concurrently with ED 8711: Practicum 1. Field experience required.

ED 8443 - Pedagogy: Management and Assessment (3 credit hours)
Focuses on two major professional responsibilities that foster classroom learning: classroom management and assessment. Learners will explore how the assessment system and classroom management system in a classroom work together to create a learning environment marked by high expectations, optimism, responsibility, resilience, and success. Candidates will construct an overall assessment plan and a behavior management plan for their future classroom. Field experience required.

ED 8623 - Literacy and Linguistics (3 credit hours)
Designed to provide students with a critical understanding of instructional delivery which caters to the linguistic/bilinguistic, and literacy/biliteracy needs of English language learners from diverse language backgrounds. Topics will include linguistics, biliteracy, multilingualism, discourse analysis, and computer mediated communication.

ED 8643 - Literacy: Content Specific (3 credit hours)
Designed for content teachers (grades 7-12) who will be expected to teach literacy strategies and methods while also teaching content. Learners will write objectives and lesson plans using the Danielson Framework, Common Core Standards, and the Bloom Taxonomy; they will teach a lesson in a school classroom. Learners will lead a minimum of one class discussion, taking responsibility for content during part of one class session.
Taken concurrently with ED 8721: Practicum 2. Field experience required.

ED 8711 - Practicum I (1 credit hour)
Provides an opportunity for the candidate to gain experience in a school setting for a minimum of 15 hours, prior to internship. The candidate will play the role of participant-observer, making focused observations that are intentionally correlated with content learned in ED 8423 and throughout the post-baccalaureate initial licensure program of study at John Brown University.
Taken concurrently with ED 8423: Pedagogy: Classroom Instruction. Field experience required.

ED 8721 - Practicum II (1 credit hour)
Provides an opportunity for the candidate to gain experience in a school setting for a minimum of 15 hours, prior to internship. The candidate will play the role of participant-observer, making focused observations that are intentionally correlated with content learned in ED 8643 and throughout the post-baccalaureate initial licensure program of study at John Brown University.
Taken concurrently with ED 8643: Literacy: Content Specific. Field experience required.

ED 8881 - Intern Seminar (1 credit hour)
Interns meet one hour per week to participate in presentations and discussions focused on issues common to all teachers such as but not limited to: concepts of classroom management, safety, legal, and ethical issues affecting teaching, working with parents, portfolio assessment, current school issues, and cultural diversity. The seminar is also used as a place for groups of interns to meet with their supervisors.
Co-Requisite: ED 8886 Internship

ED 8886 - Internship (6 credit hours)
Interns complete a full 15-week semester of internship: two placements (different levels and/or courses), with three weeks of full-time responsibility for each placement. Interns work under the joint supervision of an experienced classroom teacher and a university faculty member.
Pre-requisites: completion of all program coursework; completion of required Gate Portfolio and Gate Interview; evidence of passing the Praxis II Content area of exam related to the intern’s licensure discipline.
Co-requisite: ED 8881 Intern Seminar