GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ACCOUNTING (ACCT)
BIOLOGY (BIOL)
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (BUSA)
CHEMISTRY (CHEM)
COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS (CIS)
COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSCI)
ECONOMICS (ECON)
EDUCATION - CERTIFICATION (EDCF)
EARLY CHILDHOOD (EDEC)
EDUCATION - MIDDLE GRADES (EDMG)
EDUCATION - READING (P-12) (EDRG)
EDUCATION - SECONDARY EDUCATION (6-12) (EDSC)
EDUCATION - SPECIAL EDUCATION (P-12) (EDSP)
EDUCATION (EDUC)
ENGLISH (ENGL)
GEOLOGY (GEOL)
HISTORY (HIST)
MATHEMATICS (MATH)
HEALTH AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE (PHEG)
PHYSICS (PHYS)
POLITICAL SCIENCE (POLS)
SOCIAL SCIENCES (SOSC)

ACCOUNTING

ACCT 5180.  Contemporary Issues in Accounting.  An in-depth discussion and synthesis of selected issues of current importance to the accounting profession.  A simulation project designed to promote a greater understanding of the business environment is required.  This course may not be applied to master’s degree requirements.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing and ACCT 2102.  (3-0-3)

ACCT 5230.  Income Tax Accounting.  A graduate-level study of federal income tax laws with emphasis on the taxation of individuals.  This course may not be applied to master’s degree requirements.  A research project or projects will be required.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing and ACCT 2102.  (3-0-3)

ACCT 5240.  Not-for-Profit Accounting.  Accounting principles and practices for governmental and nonprofit organizations, with emphasis on state and local governments.  A case study or research paper on a governmental or nonprofit accounting topic is required.  This course is offered on the graduate level but may not be applied to master’s degree requirements.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing and two intermediate-level courses in financial accounting.  (3-0-3)

ACCT 5290. Internal Controls and Auditing. A survey of the range of attest services currently provided by accounting professionals, with particular emphasis on the evaluation of internal controls and the independent financial audit.  An individual research project is required.  This course is offered on the graduate level but may not be applied to master’s degree requirements.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing and two intermediate-level courses in financial accounting.  (3-0-3)

ACCT 6110. Advanced Cost Accounting.  A seminar on selected topics in developing areas related to the costing of products and services for a variety of entities. Prerequisites: ACCT 3280 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. (3-0-3)

ACCT 6130. Income Tax Accounting For Business. Interpretation and application of the income tax laws to business organizations, particularly corporations and partnerships. Prerequisite:  ACCT 4230 or equivalent with grade of C or better. (3-0-3)

ACCT 6140. Advanced Financial Accounting. An in-depth study of selected problems in financial accounting. Topics may vary but will likely include the preparation of consolidated financial statements, accounting for international transactions, and partnership accounting. Prerequisite: Two intermediate-level courses in financial accounting. (3-0-3)

ACCT 6150. Not-For-Profit Accounting. Accounting theory and practice related to non-business organizations, governments and other not-for-profit organizations. Prerequisite: Two intermediate-level courses in financial accounting. (3-0-3)

ACCT 6160. Advanced Internal Controls And Auditing.  An in-depth study of selected problems related to independent financial audit and other attest services. Topics may vary but will likely include professional roles in public accounting, ethical standards, statistical sampling, reporting requirements, and EDP auditing. Prerequisite: Two intermediate-lvel courses in financial accounting and ACCT 4290. (3-0-3)

ACCT 6170. Accounting Information Systems. An advanced study of computerized information systems with special emphasis on the preparation and reporting of financial information and an analysis of the organization’s internal controls. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ACCT 2102. (3-0-3)

ACCT 6180. Contemporary Issues In Accounting.  A seminar on special problems and topics of current importance related to various specialties within the accounting profession. These specialties may include financial and/or managerial accounting, systems, tax, and/or other areas and will draw upon students’ knowledge of related fields, such as finance, economics, and law. Prerequisite: Two intermediate-level courses in financial accounting. (3-0-3)

ACCT 6390. Accounting Internship. Students will participate in a professional accounting work experience with a public accounting firm, a business, or other organization under the supervision of a CPA or management official with the sponsoring organization. Students will be expected to complete a significantly challenging project at the sponsoring organization and submit a written report summarizing the experience. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the  Master of Business Administration degree program and permission of the Dean. Students must have completed one semester of academic work at GSW, although this requirement might be fulfilled at the undergraduate level if the student received his/her baccalaureate degree at this institution. Student's overall GPA must be at least 3.0. (0-V-3)

BIOLOGY

BIOL 6750. Special Problems in Biology. Individual work providing the student an opportunity to follow a specific program of study under the direction of a qualified instructor of his choice. Must be prearranged with advisor, department chair, and instructor. May be used only once in the student’s program. (0-3-3)

BIOL 7900. History and Philosophy of Natural Sciences.  A study of the historical development of the sciences demonstrating the interdependence of science and technology and the social, economic, and political forces in society.  Taught when enrollment justifies.  (3-0-3)

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

BUSA 6025. Business Internship. Practical experience gained by “employment” in the workplace and in the accomplishment of one or more special projects pertinent to the activities of the sponsoring agency or organization. Graduate students will assume leadership roles in this course, and will receive assignments based on their areas of expertise. Prerequisite:  MBA standing. (0-V-3)

BUSA 6045. Honors course in Free Enterprise. ) This course is designed to inform, instruct, enlighten students about the free enterprise system. Students should gain, through an APPLIED approach, an appreciation of a myriad of business concepts vital in today’s business environment including, but not limited to: market research, new product development, advertising and sales promotion, salesmanship, management, and accounting/financial. Graduate students will assume leadership roles in this course, and will receive assignments based on their areas of expertise. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6100. History And Philosophy of Management. A review of the history of the development of the philosophy and practice of managing people in organizations and organized activity. Emphasis is upon independent research and in-depth discussions of results of case studies and projects. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6100. History and Philosophy of Management. A review of the history of the development of the philosophy and practice of managing people in organizations and organized activity. Emphasis is upon independent research and in-depth discussions of results of case studies and projects. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6110. Business Ethics. This course is designed to examine the relationship between ethical theory and business decision making. The goal is an integration of ethics and social responsibility into real-world business situations. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6120. Marketing Management. This is an integrative course designed to demonstrate the complexity and dimensional nature of marketing decisions. The course will focus on marketing policy and strategy from a manager’s prospective. Prerequisite: MKTG 3800 or BUSA 5800 (with a grade of C or better), and MGNT 3600 or BUSA 5600 (with a grade of C or better). (3-0-3)

BUSA 6130. Production/Operations Management. ) This course focuses on methods for designing and improving productive systems. Focus will be placed on the value added transformation of inputs to output and the creation of product and services. Students utilize and develop critical and strategic thinking skills in order to analyze current concepts and developments in the field of operations management. Prerequisite: BUSA 3050 or equivalent, MGNT 3600 or BUSA 5600 (with a grade of C or better). (3-0-3)

BUSA 6140. Advanced Business Finance. A seminar focusing on selected issues in contemporary corporate finance and the current business environment. Topics will vary but will likely include issues related to international finance, management of working capital, financial distress, and merger acquisitions. Prerequisite: BUSA 3150 or BUSA 5150 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6150. Human Resource Management. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the field of human resource management with emphasis on management responsibilities regarding the organization’s human resources. Prerequisite: BUSA 5600 or MGNT 3600. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6170. Quantitative Management. An introduction to quantitative decision making techniques to problems of business. It includes material on Decision Analysis, Linear Programming, Inventory Management and Project Scheduling, Stochastic Models as well as some advanced statistical topics like Regression, ANOVA, Quality Analysis, and Non Parametric Tests. Prerequisite: BUSA 3050 or equivalent. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6180. International Business Practices. A course designed to focus on five aspects of the cross-border environment: exchange rates and international capital markets, trading patterns and regimes, regulatory content, and political content. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6200. Managerial Control. A study of the concepts for analysis and interpretation of financial data as a basis for business decisions. Prerequisite: ACCT 2102. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6300. Not-For-Profit Fundraising. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a variety of fundraising methods, provide the context in which these methods might be used, and provide an understanding of how fundraising operations within not-for-profit organizations. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6400. Not-For-Profit Marketing. The intent of this course is to discuss the utilization of marketing principles by nonprofit organizations – the problems, benefits, obstacles, and opportunities – involved with a marketing orientation. A variety of marketing concepts, techniques, and strategies will be discussed and their relevance to nonprofit organizations examined. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6540. Organizational Leadership. Leadership theory is explored as it relates to management in organizations. Students analyze aspects of leadership and organizational behavior as they view current firms and use this analysis to connect theory to application. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6550. Small Business Management. Students are provided an opportunity to learn how to manage a newly-organized or acquired business. Major emphasis is placed on design, integration and operation of all aspects of small business. Extensive use made of experiential exercises. Prerequisite: MGNT 3600 or BUSA 5600 or equivalent with grade of C or better. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6560. Purchasing Management. Emphasizing problem identification, analysis and solution as they related to the purchasing function. While the course focuses mainly on the industrial sector, purchasing in the area of consumer goods will also be addressed. Prerequisite: MGNT 3600 or BUSA 5600 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6570. Labor Management Relations. This course focuses on understanding the process through which employers and union negotiate, constraints on both groups, and the shared responsibility for administering negotiated contracts. Analysis of problems in the process, and procedures for minimizing these problems will be explored. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. (3-0-3)

BUS 6615.  International Business Experience.  A study of how business is constructed in foreign countries and how culture impacts business decisions. Emphasis will be placed on relations between the U.S. and a selected country, with an end-of-semester trip to visit businesses in the country studies. In this course, graduate students assume leadership roles and will receive assignments based on their areas of expertise. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and minimum GPA of 3.50. (3-0-3)

BUSA 6950. Not-For-Profit Internship. Practical experience gained by “employment” in the workplace and in the accomplishment of one or more special projects pertinent to the activities of the not-for-profit organization. Graduate students will assume leadership roles in this course, and will receive assignments based on their areas of expertise. (0-V-3)

CHEMISTRY

CHEM 6680. Advanced Topics in Chemistry. A three hour directed study course designed to provide the student an opportunity to investigate a specific advanced topic of interest through research, experimentation, and data interpretation. Written and oral presentation of project results will be required. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department chair. (3-0-3)

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

CIS 5310.  Decision Support Systems.  This course concentrates in the use of computer systems to help and assist in the decision making process.  The first part of the course has been designed to cover the fundamental conceptual aspects of human decision making.  The second part of the course will focus in the design and construction of the decision support systems (DSSs).  Prerequisite:  CSCI 3500.  (3-0-3)

CIS 5320.  Object-Oriented Design and Analysis.  This course introduces students to the formal process of system development using the Unified Modeling Language (UML).  The course emphasizes object-oriented systems analysis and design with primary focus on the analysis phase through logical modeling techniques (use case diagrams, class diagrams, sequence diagrams, etc.).  Students are required to submit a project using UML diagrams and available software.  Prerequisite:  CSCI 1302.  (3-0-3)

CIS 6410. Client-Server Systems. This course will discuss all major issues of client/server architecture, including applications, communications, distributed database systems and specialization of clients and servers. Students will implement a complete client/server system on a popular client/server database management system such as ORACLE. Prerequisite: CSCI 4400. (3-0-3)

CIS 6420.  Data Mining.  This course is aimed at preparing students with comprehensive, practical look at the concepts and techniques needed to get the most out of business data.  It includes several algorithms for data mining, provides in-depth, practical coverage of essential data mining topics, including OLAP and data warehousing , data preprocessing, concept description, association rules, classification and prediction, and cluster analysis.  Prerequisite:  CSCI 4400.  (3-0-3)

CIS 6720.  Distributed Web Applications.  This course will survey the tools, techniques, and design principles behind distributed web applications, and will cover many of the design, deployment, and maintenance issues.  You'll learn the concepts of web services architecture, SOAP (Simple Open Access Protocol) and other leading web services standards- WSDL (Web Service Description Language) and UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration protocol).  Prerequisite:  CSCI 1302 or CSCI 4310.  (3-0-3)

CIS 6800. Human Computer, Interaction & Interface Design. This course will discuss interface design between user and computer, user capabilities and limitations, designing systems for people, evaluation and testing of systems, usability engineering, and ergonomics.  Software and GUI languages/packages will be used.  Prerequisite:  CSCI 4300. (3-0-3)

COMPUTER SCIENCE

CSCI 5110.  HDLs with Applications to Digital System.  This course introduces students to hardware description languages and associated methodologies for digital and computer system design.  In-depth coverage includes applications to the simulation and synthesis of digital systems.  Prerequisite:  CSCI 3100.  (3-0-3)

CSCI 5120.  Topics in Information Security.  Complete examination of the issues and problems in providing security for information processing systems - security goals and vulnerabilities - encryption and decryption, secure general purpose operating systems and applications,  network security, Digital Signatures and Public Key Cryptosystems, security protocols, etc.  Prerequisite:  CSCI 4210.  (3-0-3)

CSCI 6120. Advanced Computer Architecture. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of  parallel computer architectures including   pipelining, interconnection networks, multiprocessors, and multicomputers.  It covers MISD, SIMD, and MIMD parallel processings. Parallel algorithm structures will also be discussed.   Prerequisite:  CSCI 4100.  (3-0-3)

CSCI 6220. Distributed Operating Systems. This course will cover taxonomy of distributed systems and distributed operating systems. Topics will include mutual exclusion, atomic transaction, deadlock handling, threads, processor allocation, scheduling, distributed file systems, distributed shared memory, and system programming issues in distributed systems. Prerequisite: CSCI 6200. (3-0-3)

CSCI 6230.  Internetworking Architecture and Protocols.  This course deals with the principles and issues underlying the provision of wide area connectivity through the interconnection of autonomous networks.  Detailed discussion of the problems and solution techniques that arise in internetworking.  Emphasis will be placed on the Internet architecture and protocols.  Topics include routing, quality of service and security.  Prerequisite:  CSCI 4210.  (3-0-3)

CSCI 6320. Advanced Software Engineering. This course is a follow-up to the software engineering course. Students are introduced to topics such as formal specification techniques and software verification and validation. Model-based and algebraic formal specification methods will be introduced in detail and applied to software development. Students will also be introduced to software quality metrics, software testing strategies, software configuration management and software reliability. Prerequisite: CSCI 4300. (3-0-3)

CSCI 6410. Advanced Database Design. This course will discuss emerging advanced database technology to expose and prepare the students with currently practiced database tools  in the industry. The students will do comparative study of different database systems. The course will also discuss design, development, and implementation strategies involving such database applications. Prerequisite: CSCI 4400. (3-0-3)

CSCI 6810. Modeling & Simulation. In this course, students are introduced to different types of simulation techniques and the concept of time in a simulation.  Different approaches to validate output data from a simulation, selecting probability distributions, random-number generators, transient and steady state analysis, variance reduction techniques and generating discrete and continuous random variates are also covered.  Prerequisites:  CSCI 3500. (3-0-3)

CSCI 6821. Advanced Computer Graphics. This course is an exposition of the techniques needed to generate and render three-dimensional computer images. It will provide a theoretical understanding of these techniques together with the programming expertise required to implement them. Prerequisite: CSCI 4820. (3-0-3)

CSCI 6831. Topics in Advanced Artificial Intelligence. This course provides an in-depth study of the major disciplines of Artificial Intelligence.  Possible topics include natural language processing, machine learning, expert systems, knowledge representation, neural networks, computer vision, robotics, speech recognition and synthesis, and genetic algorithms.  Prerequisites:  CSCI 4830.  (3-0-3)

CSCI 6900. Special Problems in CS and CIS. This course provides students with an opportunity to study and explore current computer science topics not covered in any other course. Students will also have the opportunity to design and implement software systems for business environments  and to expand on projects from previous classes Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (3-0-3)

CSCI 6930.  Internship.  The Internship gives students an opportunity to apply and extend the theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom to a practical experience.  Students have to submit a formal paper describing and evaluating the internship experience and examining its implications for future work.  Prerequisite:  approval by the School of Computer and Information Sciences.  (3-0-3)

CSCI 7900. Thesis. With the approval of his/her major professor, a candidate for the M.S. degree may take 6 credit hours of thesis. Prerequisite: Permission of advisor. (6-0-6)

ECONOMICS

ECON 6811. Developmental Economics.  This course examines the theoretical and practical perspectives of economic analysis of development.  The goal is to provide a better understanding of the issues and choices faded by policy makers in developing countries and the effects of various policies.  After analyzing the history, principles, and theories of economic development, the course focuses on the importance of capital in economic development; the role of trade, fiscal and monetary policy, and industrialization; structural adjustment, foreign aid, and debt; education, population, human welfare, and sustainable development.  Prerequisites for this course are the successful completion of ECON 4811, ECON 2105, and ECON 2106, or permission of the instructor.  (3-0-3)

EDUCATION - CERTIFICATION

EDCF 5700. Internship in Educational Resources and Needs Assessment. An internship with emphasis on planning, selecting, preparing, and evaluating instructional materials in P-12 teaching fields and developing needs assessment for the classroom teacher to prepare for Georgia Teacher Observation Assessment (GTOI) or system assessment. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Prerequisites: Application filed with Director of Clinical Experiences one full semester in advance; permission of instructor; at least 9 semester hours of credit at Georgia Southwestern State University, which includes the materials and methods course specific to age and certification field requested. (0-15-6)

EDCF 5800. Internship in Educational Methodology. An internship with emphasis placed on curriculum planning, methodology, and evaluating instructional materials in P-12 teaching fields. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Prerequisite: EDCF 5700, Internship in Educational Resources and Needs Assessment. (0-15-6)

EARLY CHILDHOOD

EDEC 6100. Advanced Study of Early Childhood Language Arts. An intensive study of methods, materials, and experiences in the language arts as the basis for emotional, social, and mental growth by young children, evaluation of materials and procedures for teaching the language skills necessary for success in school. (3-0-3)

EDEC 6120. Children’s Literature for Early Childhood. An advanced study of various genre of books for children.  Emphasis is placed on identifying the various roles quality literature plays in the educational programs for children.  Pedagogical implications are incorporated.  (3-0-3)

EDEC 6400. Advanced Study of Early Childhood Science. A course which focuses on teaching strategies that promote equity in Science and Technology. It incorporates innovative instructional strategies, science content, educational technology, and classroom management. The participants apply their understandings by adapting, implementing, and evaluating equitable teaching strategies in their classrooms. (3-0-3)

EDEC 6500. Advanced Study of Early Childhood Social Studies. A study of recent developments in Early Childhood Social Studies with emphasis on current theory and experimentation in curriculum and teaching practices. (3-0-3)

EDEC 6600. The Teaching of Early Childhood Mathematics I. Activity oriented course that models student centered, discovery approaches to teaching the basic mathematics skills that are based on the NCTM Standards. Major focus will be placed on creating and maintaining a classroom management style that promotes a “safe” classroom environment and fosters the development of personal responsibility. Alternatives will be offered for teaching, assessing and grading student growth in mathematical thinking and mathematical power. (3-0-3)

EDEC 6610. The Teaching of Early Childhood Mathematics II. A continuation of EDEC 6600, with learning experiences focused on topics in number patterns, geometry, and general problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on teaching practices that promote the development of life-long learning skills and on alternative assessment/grading practices. Prerequisite: EDEC 6600. (3-0-3)

EDEC 6700. The Arts in Early Childhood.  The course investigates elements of art and principles of design that support children’s artistic development.  Various two-and three-dimensional art processes are explored in relation to how they can be used to support children’s affective and academic development across curricular areas.  (3-0-3)

EDEC 7020. Special Problems in Early Childhood Education. A study of problems related to specific curriculum and certification areas in the Early Childhood program. Emphasis is placed upon special projects and independent study. (May be repeated for credit in a different curriculum area.) (3-0-3)

EDEC 7050. Early Childhood Theoretical Frameworks and Their Application.  The course provides a comprehensive study of theories that provide a foundation for understanding young children and the impact of their growth and development for planning appropriate educational programs.  Emphasis in the course is placed on children in grades P-5.  The course also explores how various theories underlie teaching decisions in early childhood programs and practices.  (3-0-3)

EDEC 7110. Educational Computing and Language Development. A course designed to provide inservice teachers with an understanding of the major theories of language development and the uses of computers and computer software in the development of language and communication skills. Emphasis is given to written communication and to communication through Hypermedia. (3-0-3)

EDEC 7550.  Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education.  The course examines issues, trends, and problems in early childhood education.  Information sources for research, including print and media resources, will be included.  Content will include conceptualizing, completing, and presenting an extensive literature review for a research project to enhance professional writing and presentation skills. (3-0-3)

EDEC 7750.  Assessment in Early Childhood Education.  The course provides an in-depth study of appropriate strategies for assessing the learning of young children.  Assessment instruments and procedures for examining development in the cognitive, physical, and social domains are included.  The course will also explore issues related to standardized testing in relation to the importance of testing in early childhood education.  (3-0-3)

EDEC 7800. Role of Collaboration in Early Childhood Education. This course is designed to acquaint and expand the knowledge of teachers in early childhood education with a variety of innovative programs in existence involving parents as partners in education. The history of parental involvement, research, leadership development, benefits to children, parents, school, and community, as well as strategies for promoting  parent involvement, are emphasized. (3-0-3)

EDEC 7900. Curriculum Strategies. The course provides a study of Early Childhood Education with emphasis on curriculum decision-making, and curriculum content.  Procedures for planning, implementing, and evaluating curriculum appropriate for the young learner is presented. (3-0-3)

Specialist (Open Only to Admitted 6th Year Students)

EDEC 8000. Advanced Graduate Seminar in Early Childhood. Public policy, issues, and concerns as well as futuristic issues in Early Childhood Education will be presented for consideration in the open forum. (3-0-3)

EDEC 8080. Early Childhood Education in Modern Society. A study of contemporary Early Childhood Education with emphasis upon political and sociological elements, program development, and leaders in the field. (3-0-3)

EDEC 8100. Measurement and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education. Investigation and practical application of measurement techniques and instruments used in the evaluation of the growth of young children. (3-0-3)

EDEC 8120. Qualitative Research. A course designed to expand students’ understanding of educational research methodology. The course will explore currently accepted qualitative research methods and appropriate interpretations. Students will design a qualitative research proposal for implementation in their classrooms. This course is a prerequisite for EDEC 8780. (3-0-3)

EDEC 8380. Language Development and Reading. A study of productive and receptive language development and processes with implications for planningn and implementing appropriate language curriculum for children in grades P-5. (3-0-3)

EDEC 8400. Strategies for Teaching Science. Planning, implementation, and evaluation of early grades science programs will be emphasized. The class will be conducted in a seminar format with class activities built on the science programs of the students’ schools. (3-0-3)

EDEC 8480. Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs. A course designed to support the development of teacher leaders in Early Childhood Education. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership skills in the areas of mentoring and supervising pre-service and new teachers, participating in site-based management, and providing leadership in areas of education accountability in Early Childhood Education. (3-0-3)

EDEC 8500. Strategies for Teaching Social Studies. A course designed to lead advanced students in the examination of instructional strategies, content material, and evaluation techniques applicable to Early Childhood social studies. Attention will focus on both cognitive and affective learning. (3-0-3)

EDEC 8600. Advanced Strategies for Teaching Early Childhood Mathematics. Advanced study of issues and techniques that are critical to effective Mathematics teaching and learning. Focused attention on diagnostic, instructional, and assessment techniques that involve self monitoring and self assessment. (3-0-3)

EDEC 8770. Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education and Technology. An examination of Early Childhood Education as a dynamic field influencing and influenced by various political, social, and educational trends and issues. Emphasis is placed on examining contemporary issues and trends in relation to current education literature. (0-6-3)

EDEC 8780. Practicum in Early Childhood Education. A course designed to allow the student in the field to integrate theory and practice by enabling the student to test within the school environment appropriate teaching-learning programs. (0-6-3)

EDEC 8800. Readings in Early Childhood Education. A course in selected readings on Early Childhood Education. Open only to specialist level students. (3-0-3)

EDUCATION - MIDDLE GRADES

EDMG 6100. Advanced Study of Middle Grades Language Arts. An in-depth study of recent developments in teaching oral and written composition, spelling, handwriting, grammar, and usage in the middle school. (3-0-3)

EDMG 6120. Children’s Literature for the Middle Grades. An advanced study of the works of fine authors and illustrators, new and old, as well as the broad spectrum of contemporary and traditional young adult literature. A practical and explicit overview of ways in which teachers (4-8) can evaluate and select books and involve students in literature, with specific suggestions for goals and techniques. Exploration of adolescent preferences and aesthetic responses to visual aspects of their books. Emphasis is on the importance of extending literature throughout the school curriculum. (3-0-3)

EDMG 6400. Advanced Study of Middle Grades Science. A course which is focused on teaching strategies that promote equity in science. Innovation instructional strategies, science content, educational technology and classroom management will be incorporated. The participants apply their understandings by adapting, implementing and evaluating teaching strategies in their classrooms. (2-2-3)

EDMG 6450. Science Workshop for Middle Grades Teachers. A workshop for updating the knowledge and skills of Middle Grades science teachers. Included are uses of technology in science instruction encompassing computers, software, and other media; laboratory activities; and the examination of commercial science programs. (3-0-3)

EDMG 6500. Advanced Study of Middle Grades Social Studies. A study of recent developments in Middle Grades social studies with emphasis on current theory and experimentation in curriculum and teaching practices. (3-0-3)

EDMG 6600. The Teaching of Middle Grades Mathematics I. Activity oriented course that models student centered, discovery approaches to ) teaching topics in problem solving, set theory, number theory, probability, and introductory geometry based on the NCTM Principles and Standards. “Best teaching practices” for mathematics instruction at the middle school level will be researched and analyzed. Also, alternatives will be offered for teaching and assessing student growth in mathematical thinking and mathematical power. (2-2-3)

EDMG 6610. The Teaching of Middle Grades Mathematics II. A continuation of EDMG 6600, with learning experiences focused on topics in statistics, measurement, and geometry. Emphasis will be placed on research into best practices that promote the development of life-long learning skills and on alternative assessment/grading practices for mathematics instruction in the middle grades. (2-2-3)

EDMG 6650. Investigations of Mathematical Art. A course designed to provide teachers with classroom tested ideas that will allow students to experience aesthetics in mathematics. By investigating patterns and geometric transformations students will create vivid and interesting posters and models to decorate any classroom grades 4-8, and at the same time learn how mathematical structures themselves are elegant and beautiful. (3-0-3)

EDMG 6700. The Arts in the Middle Grades. An advanced study of the role of the expressive arts in the development of young children with recommended practices in qualitative curriculum planning, together with laboratory projects that identify problems in Middle Grades art, including philosophical, motivational, and evaluative aspects. (3-0-3)

EDMG 7020. Special Problems in Middle Grades Education. An investigation into problems and issues related to middle school teaching and middle grades curricula. Special readings and field experiences required. (3-0-3)

EDMG 7110. Educational Computing and Language Development. A course which provides inservice teachers with an understanding of the major theories of language development and the use of computers and computer software in the development of language and communication skills. Emphasis is given to written communication and communication through Hypermedia. (3-0-3)

EDMG 7700. Middle Grades Growth and Development. A study of the human growth and development focusing on developmental characteristics and nature and needs of young adolescents. Field experience required. (3-0-3)

EDMG 7800. Innovations in Parent, Family and School Collaboration in Education. A course designed to acquaint and expand the knowledge of teachers in the field of education with a variety of innovative programs in existence involving parents as partners in education. The history of parental involvement, the benefits to children, parents, school, and the community, as well as research and leadership training in parental involvement are emphasized. Specific programs in early childhood, middle grades, and secondary fields will be examined. (3-0-3)

EDMG 7900. Middle Grades Curriculum Planning and Trends. A study of the content and methodology of Middle Grades school curricula. Emphasis is placed on trends in modern curriculum development focusing upon such issues as the nature of the pupil, the nature of learning, function and aims of the middle school, influence of society, and evaluation and revision of the middle school curriculum. (3-0-3)

Specialist (Open Only to Admitted 6th Year Students)

EDMG 8000. Advanced Seminar in Selected Discipline Areas. Study of objectives, competencies, content, techniques of instruction and remediation, materials, principles of evaluation and research in discipline area. Trends and problems in discipline area will also be emphasized. (3-0-3)

EDMG 8020. Organization, Administration, and Supervision of Middle Grades Education. Problems of organization, administration, and supervision of the middle schools with emphasis on proper staff utilization, instruction, and evaluation procedures, and approaches to the problem of influencing staff members in relation to efficiency. (3-0-3)

EDMG 8130. Special Problems in Middle Grades Education. A study of problems related to specific topical areas in the Middle Grades program. In-depth projects will be required as a part of the independent study process under an appropriate instructor. (3-0-3)

EDMG 8300. The Adolescent Learner. An advanced growth and development course covering the historical, biological, sociological, and moral realities of today’s teenagers. Emphasis will be placed on how to deal more effectively with adolescents in the school, home, and community. Prerequisite: A graduate course in human growth and development. (3-0-3)

EDMG 8380. Language Development and Reading. A course designed to examine the development and operation of an effective language arts program in the Middle Grades. Attention will be given to the four language arts areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. (3-0-3)

EDMG 8400. Strategies for Teaching Science. A course which focuses on thematic and science, technology, and society (STS) approaches to the curriculum. The participants take part in, review, and evaluate units from innovative curriculum projects and apply their understandings by adapting, implementing, and evaluating a unit in their classrooms. (3-0-3)

EDMG 8500. Strategies for Teaching Social Studies. A course designed to lead advanced students in the examination of instructional strategies, content material, and evaluation techniques applicable to Middle Grades social studies. Attention will focus on both cognitive and affective learning. (3-0-3)

EDMG 8600. Advanced Strategies for Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics. Advanced study of issues and techniques that are critical to effective mathematics teaching and learning. Focused attention on diagnostic, instructional, and assessment techniques that involve self monitoring and self assessment. Students will participate in a mathematics institute as they work with children in a closely supervised teaching situation in order that they might practice and improve their own teaching. Prerequisite: EDMG 6600. (3-0-3)

EDMG 8700. Strategies for Teaching Art in the Middle Grades. An in-depth study of various learning and teaching styles in art for Middle Grades Education. A focus will be made on innovative programs in the arts and the teaching strategies employed. (3-0-3)

PHEG 8050. Current Problems and Issues in Health and Physical Education for the Middle Grades. A study of problems met in a Middle Grades program of health and physical education. Special emphasis is given to problems encountered when teaching Middle Grades. (3-0-3)

EDUCATION - READING (P-12)

EDRG 6200. The Teaching of Reading. An advanced study of instructional techniques and materials for the teaching of reading from preschool through grade twelve. Emphasis is given to the extension of reading competencies, word recognition and comprehension strategies required for success in content areas, and integrated literature-based reading programs, as well as the instructional implications of the psycholinguistic theory. (3-0-3)

EDRG 6210. Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties. Advanced study designed for the teaching of reading from preschool through grade twelve in identification, diagnosis, and remediation of reading difficulties. Emphasis is on diagnostic-prescriptive reading instruction through mastery of varied diagnostic instruments, instructional procedures, and materials appropriate for use with readers requiring remediation. Clinical experience includes a case study with a child. Prerequisite: Previous course in reading. (3-0-3)

EDRG 6220. Teaching Reading in the Secondary School. An advanced study in methods and materials of teaching basic and developmental reading competencies to students in grades 7-12. Attention is given to the organization of reading programs, the special services in reading instruction, and the effective use of assessment devices in secondary schools. Designed for reading majors and secondary English teachers. (3-0-3)

EDRG 6230. Trends and Practices in the Teaching of Reading. A critical analysis of new programs, materials and methods, and developments in reading instruction. Emphasis is given to innovative reading programs as well as to current trends and issues in the teaching of reading. For Reading Majors only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, previous course in reading. (3-0-3)

EDRG 6240. Special Problems in Reading Education. A seminar for reading majors only which provides students with an opportunity to study and explore reading topics from selections in the education and psychology libraries which are of individual interest and which strengthen a particular area in the student’s program or background. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; previous reading course work. (3-0-3)

EDRG 6250. Organization and Supervision of the Reading Program. An analysis of the organization of reading programs P-12, and an investigation of varied supervision techniques. Focus is on the design, management, and evaluation of reading programs at the classroom, school, and district levels. Particular attention is given to the techniques of assessing needs, setting goals and objectives; determining program resource requirements; coordinating, organizing, and monitoring program development and implementation activities; and designing program evaluation strategies. For Reading Majors only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, previous course in reading. (3-0-3)

EDRG 6280. Teaching of Reading in the Content Fields. Designed to offer all content area teachers detailed and practical explanations of reading and study strategies needed by students to acquire and use new information. Instruction is built on research-based techniques for teaching these strategies in a broad range of disciplines. Emphasis is on helping students become more efficient, effective readers of content materials and facilitating their learning of the subject matter content. Designed for Middle Grades and secondary teachers and for reading majors. (3-0-3)

EDUCATION - SECONDARY EDUCATION (6-12)

EDSC 7020. Special Problems in Secondary Education. A study of problems related to specific curriculum areas in the secondary program. Emphasis is placed upon special projects and independent study. (3-0-3)

EDSC 7700. Adolescent Growth and Development. A study of human growth and development from conception through aging with special readings and field experiences appropriate for the adolescent years. Field experience required. (3-1-3)

EDSC 7900. Secondary Curriculum Planning and Trends. A study of the content and methodology of secondary school curricula with emphasis upon trends in modern curriculum development. The course focuses on such issues as the nature of the pupil, the nature of learning, functions and aims of the school, influence of society, and evaluation and revision of curriculum. (3-0-3)

EDUCATION - SPECIAL EDUCATION (P-12)

EDSP 6000. Special Problems in Special Education. A study of problems related to curriculum and instruction in Special Education. Recent trends in the education of exceptional individuals. Emphasis is placed upon special projects and independent study. Prerequisite: EDSP 2010 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit. (1-0-1, 2-0-2, or 3-0-3)

EDSP 6040. Principles of Behavior Modification and Management of Classroom Behavior Problems. Application of psychological and educational techniques for management of behavioral and classroom problems. Emphasis on current use of behavior modification techniques in the school and home. Prerequisite: EDUC 7300 or permission of the instructor. Field experience required. (3-0-3)

EDSP 6050. Techniques of Counseling as Applied to Exceptional Individuals. Theories and techniques for counseling exceptional individuals and their families. A study of the interactions among exceptional individuals and their families, dynamics of family interaction, parental attitudes, and parental reactions. Prerequisite: EDSP 2010 and permission of instructor. (3-2-3)

EDSP 6060. Advanced Study of Language Development. An in-depth study of speech and language development of young individuals. An investigation of psycholinguistic processes of exceptional individuals and the techniques for working with psycholinguistic problems. Prerequisite: EDSP 2010 and permission of instructor. (3-0-3)

EDSP 6070. Curriculum Trends and Practices in Special Education. A study of the content and methodology of Special Education curricula with emphasis upon recent developments. May be repeated for credit. (1-0-1, 2-0-2, or 3-0-3)

EDSP 6110. Characteristics of Individuals with Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disabilities. Study of the nature and characteristics of individuals with intellectual disabilities, classification, etiology and incidence, psychological and biological aspects, sociological aspects, learning, and education. Field experience required. (3-2-3)

EDSP 6120. Curriculum and Methods in the Education of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Study of curriculum construction, classroom organization, and collaboration with others and to ancillary and community services. Prerequisites: EDSP 2010, EDSP 6110. Field experience required. (3-3-3)

EDSP 6130. Curriculum and Methods in the Education of Severe/Profound Intellectually Disabled Individuals. A study of curriculum construction, classroom organization, parental involvement, and ancillary services for students with profound intellectual disabilities. Materials and instructional methods are discussed and implemented in field settings. (3-2-3)

EDSP 6150. Practicum in Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disabilities. Supervised teaching and participation in an approved instructional setting with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Seminar is required. Prerequisites: Application filed with Special Education Coordinator one full semester in advance; permission of instructor; at least 6 semester hours from Georgia Southwestern State University including EDSP 6110 and EDSP 6120. May be repeated for credit. (0-15-3)

EDSP 6210. Characteristics of Gifted Individuals. Identification, characteristics, needs, and implications for educational planning for gifted individuals. (3-1-3)

EDSP 6220. Materials and Methods in the Education of the Gifted Individual. Study of the materials, methods, techniques, and approaches used in an instructional program for gifted students. (3-1-3)

EDSP 6230. Curriculum and Program Development for Gifted Education. An in-depth study of curriculum construction and program development for gifted and talented students P-12. Prerequisite: EDSP 6210. Field experience required. (3-1-3)

EDSP 6250. Practicum in Gifted Education I, II, III. Supervised teaching and participation in an approved instructional setting with gifted students. Seminar required. Prerequisites: Application filed with Special Education Coordinator one full semester in advance; permission of instructor; at least 6 hours from Georgia Southwestern State University including EDSP 6210 and EDSP 6220. May be repeated for credit. Field experience required. (0-15-3)

EDSP 6310. Characteristics of Individuals with Learning Disabilities. Study of the nature of learning disabilities with emphasis on definitions, causes, characteristics, and needs of individuals with learning disabilities. Field experience required. (3-2-3)

EDSP 6320. Materials and Methods in the Education of Individuals with Learning Disabilities. Study of curriculum construction, resources, diagnosis, remediation practices, and working with families of individuals with learning disabilities. Prerequisites: EDSP 6310, EDSP 2010. Field experience required. (3-2-3)

EDSP 6330. Individualization of Instruction: Diagnostic-Prescriptive Teaching. Analysis of the remediation process with emphasis on the diagnostic prescriptive approach as used with individuals with difficulty in learning. Includes the use of assessment instruments and Individualized Education Plans. Prerequisite: EDSP 7510 and permission of the instructor. Field experience required. (3-1-3)

EDSP 6350. Practicum in Learning Disabilities. Supervised teaching and participation in an approved instructional setting with learning disabled individuals. Seminar required. Prerequisites: Application filed with Special Education Coordinator one full semester in advance, permission of instructor; at least 6 semester hours from Georgia Southwestern State University including EDSP 6130 and EDSP 6320. May be repeated for credit. (0-15-3)

EDSP 6410. Characteristics of the Individual with Behavior Disorders. An in-depth study of the definition, identification, and characteristics of students with emotional or behavioral disorders as well as philosophical bases for treatment. Prerequisite: EDSP 2010. Field experience required. (3-2-3)

EDSP 6420. Materials and Methods for Teaching Behavior Disordered and Emotionally Disturbed Individuals.Planning and implementing educational programs for individuals with behavior disorders and emotional disturbances. Emphasizes intervention techniques and behavior management. Methods, materials, and curriculum for regular education and self-contained settings. Prerequisites: EDSP 2010, EDSP 6410. Field experience required. (3-2-3)

EDSP 6450. Practicum in Behavior Disorders/Emotional Disturbances. Supervised teaching and participation in an approved instructional setting with behavior disordered/emotionally disturbed individuals. Seminar required. Prerequisites: Application filed with Special Education coordinator one full semester in advance; at least 6 hours from Georgia Southwestern State University including EDSP 6410 and EDSP 6420. May be repeated for credit. (0-15-3)

EDSP 6550. Practicum in Mild Disabilities. Supervised teaching and participation in an approved instructional setting with individuals having mild disabilities. Seminar required. Prerequisites: Application filed with Special Education coordinator one full semester in advance; permission of instructor; at least 15 hours from Georgia Southwestern State University including EDSP 6410, EDSP 6110, EDSP 6310, and EDSP 6120 or EDSP 6320 or EDSP 6420. May be repeated for credit. (0-15-3)

EDSP 6610. Characteristics of Preschool Special Education Children. A study of the characteristics of preschool children needing Special Education, including severely developmentally delayed individuals. Course includes working with families in home services, parent training of disabled children, interdisciplinary teams, other agencies, and collaborative teaching. (3-2-3)

EDSP 6620. Methods and Curriculum in Preschool Special Education. A study of the methods and curriculum for preschool Special Education. Includes instructional methods and services in structured and unstructured settings for teaching children with severe developmental disabilities at the preschool level. Physical handling and assessment of preschool disabled children included. Field experience required. (3-2-3)

EDSP 6630. Preschool Language Development. A study of preschool language development. Course includes pre-language and pre-cognitive development. Detailed study of language development and language disabilities for young disabled children is included. The use of diagnostic instruments and implications of communication and educational methods are studied. Field experience required. (3-2-3)

EDSP 6900. Secondary and Adult Programs in Special Education. Secondary, vocational, and adult programs for individuals with exceptional needs, including types of programs for various exceptionalities, occupational objectives, curricular content, and cooperation with community agencies. Prerequisite: EDSP 2010 and permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (1-0-1, 2-0-2, or 3-0-3)

EDSP 7000. Special Topics in Special Education. Special Topics in Special Education on selected issues, problems, and literature. Prerequisite: Approval of the School Dean. May be repeated for credit. (1-0-1, 2-0-2, or 3-0-3)

EDSP 7050. Adaptive and Corrective Physical Education and Recreation. A study of principles and procedures for conducting a program of physical education and recreation appropriate for exceptional individuals. (3-0-3)

EDSP 7080. Legal, Ethical, and Professional Aspects of Special Education. A study of litigation, legislation, ethical and moral issues, and codes of professional conduct in the field of Special Education. (3-0-3)

EDSP 7120. Teaching Individuals with Severe and Profound Disabilities. A study of the nature, needs, and medical aspects of individuals with severe and multiple disabilities. Prerequisite: EDSP 2010. (3-1-3)

EDSP 7510. Psychoeducational Evaluation and Assessments. Study of assessment techniques and procedures for use with exceptional individuals. Experience in administration and reporting formal and informal diagnostic and prescriptive techniques. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (3-0-3)

EDSP 7800. Administration and Supervision of Programs for Exceptional Individuals. Factors and processes involved in the administration and supervision of programs for exceptional individuals. Includes skills related to staff supervision, program development, and evaluation. (1-0-1, 2-0-2, or 3-0-3)

EDSP 7990. Seminar: Readings and Research in Special Education. Current research and topics in Special Education. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Must be taken within two semesters of graduation. May be repeated for credit. (3-0-3)

EDUCATION

EDUC 7000. Leadership in Education. A study of the issues related to induction of new teachers and supervision of preservice teachers with emphasis on mentoring and conferencing skills. Three years acceptable teaching experience in Georgia Public Schools (P-12), Practicum in Supervision, and completion of this course lead to the Teacher Support Specialist endorsement to a professional teaching certificate. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7010. Foundations of Public Education. A study of the historical, philosophical, socio-cultural, legal, political, economic, and technological foundations of American education. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7020. Special Problems in Education. A study of problems related to specific curriculum and certification areas. Emphasis is placed upon special projects and independent study. (May be repeated for credit in a different curriculum area.) (3-0-3)

EDUC 7030. Practicum in Supervision. A practicum for teachers to develop and practice the mentoring and supervision skills necessary to implement a successful Teacher Support Specialist program. Upon successful completion of this course and three years acceptable teaching experience in Georgia Public Schools (P-12), teachers will be eligible for Teacher Support Specialist endorsement. Prerequisite: Leadership in Education (EDUC 7000). (0-30-3)

EDUC 7040. The Teacher and the Law. A study of the legal ramifications of decisions in the school. Case studies and case law will be analyzed. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7070. Computer Applications for Curriculum and Classroom. To provide teachers with an understanding of the capabilities, uses, and limitations of computers, related technology, and software as instructional, management, and personal tools. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7080. Introduction to Statistics in Health and Physical Education. A course designed to introduce basic statistical concepts and their application to Health and Physical Education research problems. Topics include issues related to descriptive and inferential statistics. (Required for students in the Health and Physical Education program). (3-0-3)

EDUC 7100. Design and Development of Computer-based Instructional Media. A course focused on presentation and multimedia authoring programs for personal computers. The intent is to give the teachers the ability to create and integrate computer presentations in their daily instruction. A prior knowledge of personal computers is necessary. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7110. Educational Computing and Language Development. A course designed to provide inservice teachers with an understanding of the major theories of language development and the use of computers and computer software in the development of language and in the development of communication skills. Emphasis is given to written communication, to communication through Hypermedia software, and to Internet communication. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7150. Assessment and Management of Classroom Problems. A study of appropriate techniques of classroom management and discipline relating to student behavior, learning, and motivation. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7300. Conditions and Processes of Learning. Study of the learner, the learning process, and learning situations as they interrelate in the classroom.

EDUC 7400. Methodology of Educational Research. A study of methods and techniques used in analyzing and solving educational problems. A research proposal will be developed. This course should be taken on campus within the student’s initial 12 hours of study. (3-0-3)

EDUC 741X. Thesis Option I. Thesis option is open to all students who elect study in depth in a specific area. Prerequisite: EDUC 7400. (1-0-3)

EDUC 741Y. Thesis Option II. Thesis option is open to all students who elect study in depth in a specific area. Prerequisite: EDUC 7400. (1-0-3)

EDUC 7420. Directed Study or Field Project. A research-oriented study or project selected according to interests or needs of student. Prerequisite: EDUC 7400. (1-0-3)

EDUC 7510. Educational Measurement and Evaluation. Study of formal and informal tests and measurements and their role in student-based decisions regarding eligibility for programs, classification, and instructional delivery. Includes test construction, selection, interpretation, and criteria for administration. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7600. Problems in Producing and Utilizing Instructional Materials. Instruction in planning, selecting, producing, utilizing, and evaluating instructional materials. Problems selected will reflect the student’s interest and needs. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7700. Growth and Development. A study of human growth and development from conception through aging with special readings. Field experience required. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7800. Innovations in Parent, Family and School Collaboration in Education. A course designed to acquaint and expand the knowledge of teachers in the field of education with a variety of innovative programs in existence involving parents as partners in education. The history of parental involvement, the benefits to children, parents, school, and the community as well as research and leadership training in parental involvement are emphasized. Specific programs in early childhood, middle grades, and secondary fields will be examined. (3-0-3)

EDUC 7900. Curriculum Planning and Trends. A study of the content and methodology of the total school curricula with emphasis upon procedures and factors in curriculum development such as the nature of the pupil, the nature of learning, function and aims of the school, influence of society and its culture and values, evaluation and revision of the program, consideration of recent trends in curriculum development. (3-0-3)

SPECIALIST (Open only to the 6th year student)

EDUC 8010. Philosophy of Education. An in-depth investigation of the alternatives of philosophical approaches to education and the relevance to education decision making. (3-0-3)

EDUC 8110. Advanced Research Methodology. A study of advanced research methodology and applied research. Problem solving, measurement, experimental design consideration, and report presentation. (3-0-3)

ENGLISH

ENGL 5000. Seminar in Literary Criticism and Bibliography. This course examines the principle schools of contemporary literary theory and their practical application to literature and to the classroom.  In addition, the student will be given the opportunity to learn and practice advanced methods of literary research.  (Must be taken with GSW faculty, either on campus or on-line).  (3-0-3)

ENGL 5215.  Seminar in Advanced Composition.  Emphasizes the various methods of discourse as a basis for individual writing and for the teaching of writing.  The course also includes a study of research in the teaching of writing.  Recommended for graduate students who are interested in writing and teaching writing.  (3-0-3)

ENGL 5225. Seminar in Introductory Studies in Composition. A survey of the history and theories of rhetoric, an introduction to research in composition, and a study of approaches to composition with emphasis on writing as a process. (3-0-3)

ENGL 6020. Seminar in the History of the English Language.  This seminar is an intensive study of the history of English from its origin as the purely oral language of the Proto-Indo-Europeans to its current status as the lingua franca of much of the so-called first world. (3-0-3)

ENGL 6170.  Seminar in Advanced Studies in British Literature- Special Topics.  An in-depth, graduate seminar on a major author, or authors, time period, or theme in British literary studies.  (3-0-3)

ENGL 6230.  Seminar in Advanced Studies in American Literature- Special Topics.  An in-depth, graduate seminar on a major author, or authors, time period, or theme in American literary studies.  (3-0-3)

ENGL 6950. Seminar in Special Problems in the Teaching of English. A course to study issues in the teaching of composition K-12 with specific emphasis on developing a successful model for staff development. (3-0-3)

GEOLOGY

GEOL 5111. Special Problems in Earth Science. A graduate-level course to provide the graduate student with an opportunity to follow a specific program of study in the Earth sciences under the direction of an instructor of the student’s choice. 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. (3-0-3)

GEOL 6121. Earth Science for Teachers. A physical geology course designed for middle and secondary science teachers. An integrated lab and lecture format will provide a better understanding of geologic processes and proficiency in distinguishing and classifying common Earth materials. The course will also allow the participants to develop new classroom techniques and assemble useful resource materials. Prerequisite: None. (3-2-4)

GEOL 6131. Environmental Science for Teachers. An experience-oriented environmental science course that utilizes field trips, laboratory experiments, data interpretation exercises, and up-to-date resource materials. Teaching techniques will be emphasized that not only involve the participants in the collection and interpretation of environmental data, but also increase their awareness and interest in widespread environmental problems. Prerequisite: None. (3-2-4)

GEOL 6141. Special Problems in Earth Science. Individual work providing the student an opportunity to follow a specific program of study under the direction of a qualified instructor of his choice. A term research paper is required. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (3-2-4)

HISTORY

HIST 5000. Advanced Historiography. This class is required of all those in the M.Ed. Program in Social Science/History.  It requires students to integrate the basic concepts, methods, and sub fields of history, and to relate them to the contemporary world. (3-0-3)

HIST 5570. Advanced Studies in the American Civil War Era. An advanced study of specialized issues and problems of the American Civil War era. (3-0-3)

HIST 5810. Georgia Studies. Advanced course work in the history of Georgia. (3-0-3)

HIST 7010. Studies in Early Modern European History (to 1500). Seminar in aspects of European history before 1500. (3-0-3)

HIST 7020. Studies in Modern European History (Since 1500). Seminar in aspects of European history since 1500. (3-0-3)

HIST 7035. Studies in United States History.  Directed readings and research in selected topics in the history of the United States, with a primary focus on historiographical questions.  (3-0-3)

HIST 7800. Studies in the Emergence of the Third World.  A research seminar in aspects of Third World history since 1945. (3-0-3)

MATHEMATICS

MATH 5000.  Algebra for Middle Grades.  Introduces students to concepts of algebra appropriate for middle grades classrooms, including equation, functions, rates of change, modeling, and real-world applications.  The use of calculators, electronic resources and manipulatives is an integral element of this course.  Offered in alternate summer terms.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing.  (3-0-3)

MATH 5001.  Geometry for Middle Grades.  Introduces students to concepts of geometry appropriate for middle grades classrooms, including construction and similarity, measurement, motion geometry, transformations and tessellations, along with applications to image processing, global positioning systems, robotics, art, and architecture.  Offered in alternate summer terms.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing.  (3-0-3)

MATH 5002.  Number Theory and Discrete Probability for Middle Grades.  Introduces students to concepts of number theory and finite probability appropriate for middle grades classrooms, including number bases, primes, congruence arithmetic, counting principles, discrete probability models, along with applications to secret codes, random number models, geometry, art, and simple games of chance.  Offered in alternate summer terms.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing.  (3-0-3)

MATH 5003.  Statistics for Middle Grades.  Introduces students to concepts of statistics appropriate for middle grades classrooms, including exploratory data analysis, relationships (correlation and causality), inference, and resampling statistics.  Offered in alternate summer terms.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing.  (3-0-3)

MATH 6618. Advanced Scientific Computation. This course is designed to give graduate students experience in using advanced numerical techniques that are a part of modern scientific computing. Topics include parallel and vector computing, discretization and large sparse systems, direct and parallel-direct methods, iterative and conjugate gradient-type methods, level set methods. Prerequisite: graduate standing and MATH 3320 or its equivalent. Offered yearly in Summer Term. (3-0-3)

MATH 6619. Computational Geometry. This course is designed to give graduate students a working knowledge of algorithms for solving geometric problems on a computer. Topics include polygonal triangulation and partitioning, convex hulls, Voronoi diagrams and arrangements, search and intersection algorithms, motion planning, robustness, and randomized algorithms. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Offered Summer Term in alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 6620. Operations Research. This course is designed to give graduate students experience in using a wide variety of mathematical techniques that are part of the decision process in the operations of organized systems. Topics include linear programming, mathematical programming (networks, dynamic, integer and non-linear programming), probabilistic models and simulation. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Offered Summer Term in alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 6640. Partial Differential Equations. This course introduces graduate students to those elements of partial differential equations that play a central role in science, geometry, analysis and computational modeling. Prerequisites: graduate standing and MATH 3313. Offered Fall Semester of alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 6642. Complex Analysis. This course provides graduate students with an introduction to the theory of functions of one complex variable and its applications. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Offered Spring Semester of alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 6675. Special Problems in Mathematics. Individual work providing students with the opportunity to follow a specific program of study under the direction of a qualified instructor. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Offered when enrollment justifies. (3-0-3)

MATH 7708. Materials and Methods for Mathematics. Curriculum resources and modern, effective methods of instruction for teachers, supervisors and consultants of mathematics. Special attention is paid to cooperative learning, mathematical manipulatives, calculator and computer techniques, applied mathematics, and grant proposal preparation. Prerequisite: admission to the T-5 or T-6 program. Offered Summer Term of alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 7709. Applied Numerical Linear Algebra. This course is designed to give graduate students experience in using a wide variety of numerical techniques from linear algebra that have applications to basic science, image processing, robotics, optimal processing. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Offered Summer Term in alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 7710. Foundations of Algebra. The course offers graduate students a comprehensive overview of algebraic theories and structures including number theory, theory of equations and number fields, as they relate to the teaching of secondary mathematics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Offered Summer Term of alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 7711. Foundations of Statistics. This course is designed to give teachers of secondary mathematics a rigorous overview of probability and statistics, following AP and NCTM guidelines. Prerequisites: MATH 2204 and graduate standing. Offered Spring Semester alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 7712. Foundations of Geometry. A study of Euclidean axiomatic geometry, betweenness, congruence, parallelism, axiomatic systems, and non-Euclidean geometries. Prerequisite: MATH 3002 or permission of instructor, and graduate standing. Offered in Summer Term of alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 7713. Foundations of Analysis. This course is designed to give teachers of calculus in secondary schools a rigorous overview of the subject, following AP and NCTM guidelines. Prerequisites: MATH 2221 and graduate standing. Offered Summer Term in alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 7715. Algebraic Geometry I. This course introduces students to modern computational algebraic geometry using algorithms of Buchberger and Hironaka. Topics include affine varieties, Groebner bases, elimination theory, nullstellensatz, applications to robotics and automatic geometric theorem proving. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Offered Summer Term in alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 7716. Algebraic Geometry II. A continuation of Algebraic Geometry I. Topics include correspondence principles, invariance, dimension, projective models, and applications to computer vision. Prerequisite: MATH 7715. Offered Summer Term in alternate years. (3-0-3)

MATH 7775. Topics in Mathematics and Technology.  Survey of advanced topics in mathematics and technology for students at the post master level in mathematics education.  Topics include image processing, geographic information systems, programmable robotics, internet applications and security, electronic modeling and analysis.  Offered as needed.  (3-0-3)

MATH 7790. History and Philosophy of Mathematics. Graduate level survey with emphasis on topical and thematic research, and their use in teaching mathematics.  Prerequisites:  MATH 2221, or permission of instructor, and graduate standing.  Offered every Fall semester.  (3-0-3)

HEALTH AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE

PHEG 6000. Problems and Trends in Health and Physical Education. A study of the current pertinent problems and trends an instructor may expect to encounter when teaching health and physical education. (3-0-3)

PHEG 6010. Physiology of Exercise. Lectures and readings in current literature to provide reasonable depth in selected areas of physiology as applied to activity and health. Lab fee required. (3-1-3)

PHEG 6020. Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries. Analysis of common athletic injuries, conditioning, and safety practices. (3-0-3)

PHEG 6030. Foundations in Health and Physical Education. A study of the history, philosophy, concepts, and scientific foundations of health and physical education. (3-0-3)

PHEG 6050. Physical Education in the Elementary School. A study of current trends and developments in activity programs for elementary school physical education. (3-2-3)

PHEG 7010. Organization and Administration of Health and Physical Education. Basic principles and procedures for the effective organization, administration, and supervision of health and physical education programs. (3-0-3)

PHEG 7020. Measurements and Evaluations in Health and Physical Education. The selection, application, and evaluation of certain existing tests and measures appropriate in health and physical education. (3-1-3)

PHEG 7030. School Health Program. Principles, procedures, materials, and methods of school health education. (3-1-3)

PHEG 7040. Curriculum Construction in Health and Physical Education. Deals with the principles, problems, and procedures in the development of the physical education and health education curriculum in public schools. (3-0-3)

PHEG 7050. Adaptive and Corrective Physical Education. Emphasis upon the acquisition of specific information about the causes, nature, and psychological implications of the various handicapping disabilities, and to translate medical findings in terms of needed physical activities. (3-1-3)

PHEG 7060. Motor Learning. Presents research and theory of learning, performance, and related factors as applied to gross motor skills, intended for teachers, coaches, and those concerned with human performance in motor activity. (3-0-3)

PHEG 7070. Readings in Health. Deals with current research in the field of health designed to help guide and inform the nonprofessional health consumer. (3-0-3)

PHEG 8050. Current Problems and Issues in Health and Physical Education for Middle Grades. A study of current problems and trends encountered when teaching Health and Physical Education in the Middle Grades. (3-0-3)

PHYSICS

PHYS 5111. Special Problems in Physics. The course provides graduate students with an opportunity to follow a specific program of study in physics under the direction of an instructor of their choice. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. (3-0-3)

POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLS 6100. Political Parties.  A study of American political parties as political activists or organizations, coalitions of political leaders, coalitions of voters, and their functions in campaigns and elections.  This course will analyze scholarly literature on each part of the tripartite party and their roles in elections, as ell as on the conceptualization and development of parties, and their interactions to define a party system.  (3-0-3)

POLS 6240. American Political Behavior. This course examines the research, approaches, methods, and literature on mass political behavior in the U.S.  (3-0-3)

POLS 6470. The Presidency. This course examines the research, theoretical approaches, methods, and literature on the American Presidency and on presidential nominations, campaigns, and elections. (3-0-3)

POLS 6630. Seminar in International Relations. An examination of the major theoretical frameworks and methodologies in the study of international relations.  Attention is given to debates over theories of power, anarcy, cooperation, and organization in the international system. (3-0-3)

POLS 7010. Seminar in Comparative Politics. This course presents the theories, concepts, issues, and debates in comparative politics.  The course emphasizes the logic of comparative inquiry as applied to political behavior and institutional arrangements.  Attention is given to case study and historical analysis methodologies versus formal theory and statistical approaches to comparative analysis. (3-0-3)

POLS 7570. Studies in the Structure of American Government.  This seminar will focus on the basic underlying principles of American government as explicated by the U.S. Supreme Court. (3-0-3)

POLS 7580. Studies in Civil Rights and Liberties.  This seminar will focus on constitutional rights and liberties as explicated by the U.S. Supreme Court. (3-0-3)

POLS 7700. Seminar in Political Philosophy.  This seminar will focus on the classic works of political philosophy and the perennial issues with which it deals.  (3-0-3)

SOCIAL SCIENCES

SOSC 7990. Special Topics in Social Science. A course on selected issues, problems, and literature in social science. (3-0-3)