Program Curriculum

Standard Core Curriculum

Seminar credit may be granted based upon meeting one of the following conditions: transfer credit based upon similar university or ACP coursework; challenging a seminar by earning a passing score on the seminar final examination; or earning a passing score on a state-approved examination.

ME 530: Introduction to Education (3 semester hours)

This seminar provides an introduction to the teaching profession, state licensure requirements, personal professional development plans, and code of ethical behaviors for professional educators. The US public education system is examined through a historical, philosophical, social, legal, and ethical framework. Seminar includes preparation resources for the state content examination.

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ME 531: Introduction to Inclusive Education and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) (3 semester hours)

This seminar is a concentrated study of individuals with unique learning needs, particularly students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have mild to severe disabilities. Formal coursework critically examines the following exceptional human conditions through a categorical viewpoint: the instructional implications of diversity and disability; developmental, intellectual, linguistic, and emotional patterns associated with diversity and human exceptionality; the contributions of medical and educational science to learner-centered instructional practices; techniques of behavioral management; assessment to inform instructional planning; professional standards of ethical and collaborative practice; the theoretical, historical, and legal foundations of bilingual, general, and special education; learning and developmental characteristics (cognitive, academic, social, behavioral, etc.); service delivery programming and placement options; and an introduction to standards-based instructional planning, delivery, and monitoring for students with exceptional learning needs.

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ME 532: UDL and Instructional Planning: Educational Neuroscience Implications of Professional Practice (3 semester hours)

This seminar is a concentrated study of evidence-based instructional methodologies and materials for teaching students with diverse cultural, linguistic, and exceptional learning needs. Formal coursework begins with a critical examination of standards-based, culturally competent classroom instruction and management. The course introduces effective literacy instruction for EC-12 students with cultural and linguistic diversity. The seminar culminates with the development of UDL-based lesson plans and individualized educational plans directly linked to the objectives of the state standards.

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ME 533: UDL and Instructional Assessment: Educational Neuroscience Implications of Professional Practice (3 semester hours)

This seminar is a concentrated study of formal and informal assessment practices that guide instructional planning for students with diverse cultural, linguistic, and exceptional learning needs. Formal coursework begins with an introductory survey of formative and summative assessment instruments/techniques designed to inform classroom instruction and behavioral management. Program candidates develop skills in the administration/interpretation of curriculum-based assessments and progress monitoring tools to promote academic and behavioral success.

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ME 565A or ME 565B: Professional Practicum for Probationary Teachers: Connecting Educational Neuroscience to Classroom Instruction (12 semester hours) or Professional Practicum for Clinical Teachers: Connecting Educational Neuroscience to Classroom Instruction (12 semester hours)

ME 565A spans one academic year. ME 565B spans 12 weeks. The purpose of the practicum is to ensure that program candidates are developing an expanding knowledge base and repertoire of skills related to UDL-based instruction, local and state assessment, classroom environment, communication, and professional development. The practicum experience enables candidates to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions at an independent mastery level. Induction and support for teacher candidates is based on the Texas Beginning Educator Support System (TXBESS) Framework. Field supervisors conduct classroom visits throughout the practicum.

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Supplemental Core Curriculum

ME 534: Teaching Literacy to Students with Diverse Learning Needs (3 semester hours)

This seminar is a concentrated study of teaching literacy to diverse learners. Candidates explore developmental milestones, evidence-based instructional methodologies, and classroom assessment practices that impact the reading and writing skills of K-12 students. Candidates develop expertise and proficiency in using the Universal Design for Learning framework to promote literacy across grade and developmental levels.

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ME 535: Teaching Mathematics to Students with Diverse Learning Needs (3 semester hours)

This seminar is a concentrated study of teaching mathematics across K-12 grade levels. Candidates explore developmental milestones, evidence-based instructional methodologies, and classroom assessment practices that impact the acquisition, maintenance, and generalization of math skills. Candidates develop expertise and proficiency in applying the Universal Design for Learning framework to promote mathematic skills across grade and developmental levels.

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ME 536: Teaching Science to Students with Diverse Learning Needs (3 semester hours)

This seminar is a concentrated study of teaching science across K-12 grade levels. Candidates explore developmental milestones, evidence-based instructional methodologies, and classroom assessment practices that impact the scientific perspective of K-12 students. Candidates develop expertise and proficiency in applying the Universal Design for Learning framework to promote scientific understanding across grade and developmental levels.

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