EDCI 781 - Teaching the Theoretical Foundations of Constitutional Government (1 credit)
- Examines the theories (e.g., natural rights, classical republicanism and constitutionalism) and theorists (e.g., Aristotle, Locke, Hobbes and Montesquieu) that most influenced constitutional thinking in the U.S. Explores how to teach effectively about these theories and theorists.
EDCI 782 - Teaching the Historical Origins of Constitutional Government (1 credit)
- Examines seminal ideas, documents and events in the creation of the U.S. Constitution, such as problems with the Articles of Confederation, characteristics of good government, the debates at the Philadelphia Convention, the Federalist Papers and the Antifederalist Papers. Explores how to teach effectively these ideas, documents and events.
EDCI 783 - Teaching the Development of Constitutional Principles (1 credit)
- Examines the development of political ideas and constitutional thinking since the founding. Focuses on how the Bill of Rights, the amendment process, judicial review and the Fourteenth Amendment are used to empower and limit government. Explores how to teach effectively about developments in constitutional thought.
EDCI 784 - Teaching the Institutions of Government (1 credit)
- Examines the powers, limits and development of political institutions such as Congress, the President, the Supreme Court and political parties. Explores how to teach effectively about these institutions.
EDCI 785 - Teaching the Bill of Rights (1 credit)
- Examines the rights protected by the U.S. Constitution and the ways that rights empower citizens, limit government and contribute to constitutional government. Explores how to teach effectively about rights.
EDCI 787 - Teaching Citizenship (1 credit)
- Examines development of the rights, responsibilities and challenges of citizenship in the U.S. Explores how to teach effectively about citizenship.
EDCI 788 - Teaching Constitutional Principles of America's Founders (3 credits)
- Examines civic education in America and the central place of founding ideas in the civic education curriculum. Participants will analyze the core ideas of constitutional government as put forth in founding documents. Using ideas from the founding era, participants will investigate the strengths, weaknesses and pitfalls of constitutional democracy. Finally, the concluding unit examines why and how these ideas are useful to citizenship in America today. This course emphasizes primary document analysis and ongoing issues about the constitutional ideas of the founders.
EDCI 789 - Methods and Materials for Civic Education and Engagement (3 credits)
- Explores approaches to teaching civic education and engagement in K-12 settings, including concept attainment, skill development, discussion and deliberation. Participants will analyze curriculum materials and programs that apply these pedagogies to advance civic knowledge, skill and engagement.
EDCI 790 - Engaged Citizens: Public Policy Issues and Processes (3 credits)
- Examines the workings of constitutional government in the U.S. today as seen primarily through the wide lens of the public policy-making process. In the interests of manageability, this course narrows that lens by focusing on the federal policy-making process and the role of individual voters, organized publics, the media and state and local governments in that process. By definition, public policy is a purposive course of action or inaction by government and other public institutions in response to a problem or issue of substantial public concern and impact. Public policy-making is a process composed of five stages: agenda setting, policy formulation, policy adoption, policy implementation and policy evaluation.
All areas of specialization areas within the curriculum and instruction master’s degree require three hours in each of the following core areas: curriculum, teaching and learning, diversity, educational technology, and research/scholarship. In addition, at least 15 hours in an area of specialization are required. All students are required to complete the Master’s Project (1 credit).