Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction Courses and Curriculum

Required Courses for the Master's Degree in Differentiated Instruction (24 credit hours)

EDDI 505

Introduction to Differentiated Instruction 

(3)

EDDI 500

Dimensions of Learning I

(3)

EDDI 510

Introduction to Gifted Education and Collaboration            

(3)

EDDI 515

Identification and Assessment of Students in Gifted Education

(3)

EDDI 520

Curriculum Development for Gifted Students  Prerequisite: EDDI 505

(3)

EDDI 575

Enhancing the Differentiated Classroom through Creativity

(3)

EDDI 615

Action Research for a Differentiated Classroom

(3)

EDDI 600

Practicum and Seminar in Gifted Education  Prerequisites: EDDI 510, 515, 520

(3)

Elective Courses   (6 credit hours)

Required Courses for the Gifted Education Extension
EDDI 510 Introduction to Gifted Education and Collaboration      (3)
EDDI 515 Identification and Assessment of Students in Gifted Education (3)
EDDI 520 Curriculum Development for Gifted Students  Prerequisite: EDDI 505 (3)
EDDI 600 Practicum and Seminar in Gifted Education  Prerequisites: EDDI 510, 515, 520 (3)

Successful candidates must pass the New York State Content Specialty Test in Gifted Education and apply to NYS for certification through the online TEACH system.

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Courses

EDDI 500 Dimensions of Learning I     3 credits
Participants will explore and understand a learning-centered framework for instructional planning. This course translates the latest research on cognition and learning into practical classroom strategies. Participants learn how to help students develop positive attitudes and perceptions about learning, develop habits of mind for critical, creative and self-regulated behaviors, construct meaning for declarative and procedural knowledge and extend and refine knowledge.

EDDI 505 Introduction to Differentiated Instruction     3 credits
Provides an introduction to the philosophy of differentiation. This course will examine ways that classrooms can effectively support differentiating instruction and assessment to address the complex challenges of meeting the diverse learning needs of all students. Participants will gain an understanding of the reasons and assumptions underlying differentiation and acquire the ability to identify key indicators in a classroom. Knowledge of the characteristics of students who learn at different paces and levels will be developed. Students will study a variety of curriculum options such as those of content and implementation of differentiated lessons that optimize learning for all students, including gifted students and other high-ability learners.

EDDI 510 Introduction to Gifted Education and Collaboration     3 credits
Participants will explore the history, research, laws and varied philosophies of gifted education. The class will also focus on developing skills in communication and collaboration to individualize instruction for gifted students. Participants will learn how to develop a support system and manage open communication among classroom teachers, special area teachers, administrators, parents and outside agencies.

EDDI 515 Identification and Assessment of Students in Gifted Education     3 credits
This course will provide an overview of tools and methods for identifying and assessing students who learn at a pace and level that is significantly different from that of their classmates. Assessment tools will be examined, utilized and evaluated. Implications for instruction will be discussed.

EDDI 520 Curriculum Development for Gifted Students     3 credits
This course focuses on methods of instruction for gifted students. Participants will develop knowledge and skills for planning, providing, coordinating and evaluating differentiated teaching and learning environments to challenge and assist gifted students in learning to their highest levels of achievement. Participants will learn how to develop a layered curriculum in order to maximize each student’s growth and individual success. Instructional strategies for differentiating the key elements of content, process and products will be addressed.

EDDI 530 Differentiated Instruction in Mathematics K-12     3 credits
Differentiating instruction means providing students with options for learning new information, helping them to make sense of ideas and express what they learn. This course will focus on helping the teacher learn approaches for differentiating mathematics instruction in the classroom. Participants will discuss and apply the principles of differentiated instruction to math instruction, learn effective strategies for managing flexible groups, acquire ideas for providing students with a variety of options that successfully target math standards and understand how to plan strategically in order to reach the needs of diverse learners in the classroom.

EDDI 540 Social and Emotional Implications of Differentiation     3 credits
This course focuses on social and emotional issues in a differentiated classroom. Students will explore issues such as fairness and grading, taking charge of individual learning, developing organization and study skills, procrastination and perfectionism, fear of failure, struggling with appropriately challenging activities, and underachievement behaviors. The role the parent plays in supporting a child in a differentiated classroom will also be explored.

EDDI 550 Dimensions of Learning II     3 credits
Participants will continue to explore and understand the learning-centered framework for instructional planning. This course translates the latest research on cognition and learning into practical classroom strategies. Participants learn how to help students use knowledge meaningfully. A focus will be on integrating dimensions strategies into lesson and unit planning for differentiated curriculum in order to optimize learning for all students, including those with exceptionalities.

EDDI 556 Art Integration in the Differentiated Classroom     3 credits
Participants will develop skills and strategies in adapting differentiated lessons utilizing the visual arts. Integration of art history, creative process and production will result in meaningful and connected experiences for K-12 students. Participants will explore and extend themes and content relative to their own disciplines while modeling and assessing their own creative outcomes.

EDDI 575 Enhancing the Differentiated Classroom through Creativity     3 credits
This course will offer students the opportunity to learn about the field of creativity and current research supporting its value in enhancing the learning environment. Participants will discuss and experience ways to nurture individual creativity in order to recognize and support creativity in students. Activities and resources to develop creativity will be explored and evaluated.

EDDI 585 Integrating Technology in the Differentiated Classroom     3 credits
This course introduces educators to technology that can be used to support, supplement and deliver differentiated content and assessment in the mixed ability classroom. The benefits and challenges of incorporating technology will be considered while participants learn how to integrate technology into their curriculum. Participants will gain hands-on experience using technological strategies for differentiation that will engage learners of all styles, ranging from new uses for basic software applications and online collaboration to the production of multimedia.

EDDI 590 Using Primary Sources as an Inquiry-Based Tool for Differentiation     3 credits
This course focuses on inquiry-based instruction utilizing primary sources for all students, including the gifted population. Participants will develop knowledge and skills relating to primary sources and inquiry-based learning that will enable planning, providing, coordinating and evaluating differentiated teaching and learning environments to challenge and assist gifted students in learning to their highest levels of achievement. Participants will learn how to implement a layered curriculum, which will differentiate instruction in order to maximize each student’s growth and individual success. Instructional strategies incorporating primary sources for differentiating the key elements of content, process and products will be addressed. ON-LINE COURSE

EDDI 600 Practicum and Seminar in Gifted Education     3 credits
This course involves completing a college supervised practicum experience of 50 hours teaching gifted students. The practicum is individualized and takes place during regular school hours near the end of the program. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the practicum experiences in on-campus seminars.

EDDI 615 Action Research for a Differentiated Classroom     3 credits
Focuses on the study of the background of educational research, understanding research methodologies and designs, tools and techniques of educational research, and the collection, treatment, analysis and interpretation of research data. The student will develop an action research project that will be implemented during their practicum.