TCH 7621 Critical Thinking for Teaching and Learning (3 units)
An in-depth study of the art of critical thinking and its application to teaching at all levels of education. Three dimensions of reasoning are examined including the elements of critical thinking, university intellectual standards and intellectual virtues, which in combination make up the process of fair-minded critical thinking. This course, significantly, includes the application of specific critical thinking strategies to the international school classroom.
TES 7040 Developing Cross-Cultural Competencies (3 units)
Study of the influence of culture and society on educational systems, communities and workplaces, notably on schools. The course focuses on the nature and manifestation of culture, cultural contact and cultural diversity in the international school setting and communities and families of the school. Investigation of values, behaviors and beliefs of cultural groups is crucial to the development of the international teacher’s multicultural and cross-cultural communication skills. Students examine various comparative case studies.
ELM 7850 School, Family and Community Relations (3 units)
Learn ways of linking schools and homes in a culturally diverse community. The class indentifies and cultivates their own community resources that strengthen an international school’s relationships with its families and community. Effective home-school partnerships and school-community partnerships are examined and collaboratively developed for the international teacher.
TES 7430 Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to Second Language Learners (3 units)
Explores techniques and approaches for teaching reading and writing to second language learners, both for students learning to read and write and for students utilizing English reading and writing in their subject-specific courses. Experience is provided in designing curriculum, creating materials and developing evaluation instruments for assessing reading and writing skills for second language learners.
TEL 7170 Technology in the Curriculum (3 units)
Addresses the integration of technology into the curriculum as it relates to adopted international school frameworks, standards, and best practices in the international school. Current research, hardware and software resources available for the international teacher are both introduced and applied immediately to the classroom setting. Students will gain capacity in educational and basic programs and electronic techniques to assure a media rich teaching environment and lesson planning. Each student will build their own website for use by their students and parents.
ELM 7810 International Administrative Leadership (3 units)
Incorporates theoretical paradigms and pragmatic approaches to the leadership of an international school, both for the teacher in a professional learning community of colleagues and the school administrator. Candidates are challenged to examine themselves as leaders as well as their capacity to assess the international school environment context and structure to support high level learning.
TCH 7640 New Models of Instruction and Learning (3 units)
Explores a variety of instructional strategies, curriculum theories and research. Emerging trends in instructional delivery systems, pedagogical strategies and techniques, and analysis of learning support materials within the classroom are examined. Elements of critical thinking, university intellectual standards and intellectual virtues are examined and combine for the international teacher to make up the process of fair-minded critical thinking. Critical thinking strategies are applied to the construction of the international classroom in a strategical manner. Capstone projects call for the international teacher to develop implementable systems for curriculum development, classroom models, and text selection considerations, for example.
TCH 7660 Methods of Assessment (3 units)
A critical examination of contemporary and traditional techniques for evaluating both individual learners and the international learning environment (school and classroom). Various methods of assessment are analyzed and opportunities for embedding data systems into the international classroom are required of the data-driven teacher.
TCH 7685 Research Methods Seminar (3 units)
Prepares the international teacher to become not only a producer of data – driven research but also an informed and analytical consumer of educational research. The course surveys research methodologies applicator to schools in data-driven environments. Technology considerations in data-drive research and international classroom learning are embedded. Candidates begin to prepare the methodological framework for their capstone Masters Project.
TCH 7690 Practicum Project in Teaching (3 units)
Sets the standards for and calls upon the international Candidate and Cohort to identify, develop and assess a practical project for advancement of student learning within their own international school. This course assures development of the Candidate’s collaborative Capstone Project which incorporates the theory and improved practiced developed through the Masters Program. The project must give clear and present evidence of improving the identified international school classroom, international student learning, and international school site.