Course Descriptions

MA in Curriculum and Instruction with Teachign Certificate Program

CI 507 Educational Research

The course is designed to introduce key concepts in quantitative and qualitative research in general. It will explore the different research methods used in educational research. Topics will include formulating research questions, reviewing the literature, synthesising sources, selecting appropriate research designs, sampling, designing valid and reliable instruments for data gathering, and analysing data. Action research as a qualitative approach to research will be given particular emphasis.

CI 509 Thesis Seminar

The seminar guides students in their thesis work. Research methods, literature reviews, elaboration of topics, organization of material in relation to each student’s research will be discussed, leading to a thorough consideration of, and guidance in, the preparation of the thesis. Students will make presentations of their research to date in order to share their progress and learn from each other.

CI 512 Written Academic Discourse I

The course focuses on developing essential skills for effective presentation of academic language in written discussion. Participants learn the APA system of referencing, and prepare the introduction and literature review for their thesis.

CI 513 Statistics

The course introduces measures of central tendency, measures of variability, measures of relative standing (percentile, z-scores), graphing data, sampling, point and interval estimation, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, t-tests, introduction to analysis of variance, statistical software applications.

CI 532 Written Academic Discourse

This course focuses on developing essential skills for effective presentation of academic language in written discussion. Students continue to focus on the APA system for referencing, and prepare their proposals including the introduction, literature review and methodology of their thesis.

Restricted Electives

CI 501 Learning Development and Cultural Context for Teaching

The course will focus on the holistic development of school students in their current cultural context. Topics for study include the development of cognitive abilities, critical, creative, and imaginative thinking, Gardner’s multiple intelligences, and cognitive and affective taxonomies. The sociology of educability will be considered: the effect of the family and home environment on a child’s development and ability to learn and achieve, as well as the impact of other social factors on development.

CI 503 Educational Leadership and School Development

This course provides candidates with insights into managing the school as an organization and looks at defining goals and objectives for the school as well as how to carry out strategic and operational planning. The course will explore ways of creating an effective learning and teaching environment from an administrative perspective. Emphasis will be given to the process of introducing successful innovation within schools and to improving the processes of decision making and communication.

CI 504 Contemporary Issues in Curriculum Development and Evaluation

The course will examine curriculum theory for elementary and high school courses of study. It will consider current trends and issues in curriculum development, the determinants of the curriculum, and conditions for curriculum change. The evaluation of the implementation of new curricula will be included. The role of the teacher, the school, other members of the school community, and the values and attitudes of society, in curriculum implementation will be studied.

CI 511 Curriculum in an International Context

The course examines education, specifically education in schools and the school curriculum, in several countries. In particular, course participants study and compare the International Baccalaureate (IB) system of curricula and assessment from primary to high school, and the nature and role of international education. Such study includes the nature of the IB diploma program; planning, teaching and assessing IB courses; together with critical thinking and the Theory of Knowledge course. The International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSE) is also considered. International large scale comparative studies are included, particularly the findings from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

CI 514 Curriculum Development and Evaluation

The course is designed to examine approaches to curriculum development and evaluation. It considers curriculum theorizing, curriculum models and curriculum planning at different levels. The course also provides evaluation models and techniques to analyse curriculum and its components. Also studied are procedures and issues for curriculum development and evaluation, factors that impact the curriculum, and curriculum decision making.

CI 515 Trends and Issues in Instruction and Assessment

The course will provide participants with an understanding of current trends and issues in instruction and assessment. It will explore procedures for instructional design, delivery, and evaluation. The course will also survey current methods and techniques used to assess student performance. Participants will critically reflect on, and evaluate, current practices and future directions.

CI 516 Child and Adolescent Psychology

The course provides an introduction to the milestones of development from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. It covers developmental research methods, the biological and social contextual contributions to individual development, and the fundamental theories of cognitive and psychological development (such as those of Piaget and Erickson). These theories are integrated into a consideration of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence. Aspects of developmental research which focus on the implications for parenting and education are discussed.

CI 517 Learning Theories and Practice

The course focuses on theories of human learning and their implications for education, how we develop and acquire knowledge and skills. It will present behaviourist, social, cognitive and constructivist learning theories, and consider their contribution to teaching practices and to the understanding of students' learning processes.

CI 518 Science of Learning

The course involves examining how data is learned, remembered, processed, interpreted and applied. The course will also show connections between the functions of the brain and effective learning/teaching strategies. The course begins with a study of the brain itself, including its anatomy, physiology and health, and how its structure and working relate to learning. Awareness and the biology of conscious thought will be explored through research related to brain development, information processing, memory and retention, transferring learning, and critical thinking. Participants will review this research, and examine how it applies to effective learning and teaching in their subject areas. A related aim of the course is for trainee-teachers to identify teaching methodologies, strategies and activities that best assist learning.

TE 529 Turkish Language and Literature Curriculum Review

The course provides students with knowledge and experience to assist them to become effective Turkish language and literature (TLL) teachers. The major areas of TLL taught in school will be reviewed in detail and related to the high school curriculum and the demands made on high school teachers and students. The skills covered include knowledge of the appropriate level of subject area content and relevancy, together with a working knowledge of school TLL text books, and the application of these skills in the classroom. National, IB and IGCSE curricula will be discussed.

TE 560 Physics Curriculum Review

The course provides students with knowledge and experience to assist them to become effective physics teachers. The major areas of the physics curriculum taught in high schools will be reviewed in detail and related to the demands made on high school teachers and students. The topics covered include curriculum objectives, content and implementation, assessment, the school-based physics curriculum, textbooks used in schools, the national curriculum, the IGCSE curriculum, and IB curricula.

BTE 501 Biology Curriculum Review

The major areas of biology will be reviewed in detail and related to the high school curriculum and the demands made on high school teachers and students. Students will be required to extend and update their subject knowledge by consideration of the school biology curriculum and textbooks in Turkish and English. National, IB, and IGCSE curricula and assessment will be considered.

ETE 503 English Curriculum Review

The course provides students with knowledge and experience to assist them to become effective English language and literature teachers. The major areas of the English curriculum taught in school will be reviewed in detail and related to the high school curriculum and the demands made on high school teachers and students. The topics covered include variations in curriculum objectives, content and implementation, school-based language curriculum, IB language curricula, and IGCSE curriculum.

MTE 501 Mathematics Curriculum Review

The course provides students with knowledge and experience to assist them to become effective mathematics teachers. The major areas of mathematics taught in school will be reviewed in detail and related to the high school curriculum and the demands made on high school teachers and students. The skills covered include knowledge of the appropriate level of mathematical content and relevancy, together with a working knowledge of school mathematics textbooks, and the application of these skills in the classroom. National standards in mathematics will be discussed.

PHIL 521 History of Political and Educational Philosophy

The relationship between human nature, society, and education. The study of key texts in the history of philosophy and educational thought including the writings of John Dewey. There is a strong emphasis on the development of students’ critical reasoning skills. Students take responsibility for their own learning, and think about the implications of the views discussed for their own pedagogical practice.


Certificate Program

TE 518 Measurement and Evaluation in Education

Role and significance of measurement and evaluation in education, fundamental concepts of measurement and evaluation, desirable qualities of measurement tools (reliability, validity, practicality), measurement tools used in education and their characteristics. Traditional tools (written examinations, short-answer tests, objective tests (true-false, multiple choice, matching pairs), oral examinations, assignments. Tools which assess multiple facets of student performance (observation, interview, performance-based assessment, portfolios, research papers, research projects, peer assessment, self-assessment, attitude scales). Use of basic statistical tools to process the results of assessment. Evaluating learner outcomes, grading, development of subject area specific assessment tools.

TE 519 Classroom Management

Fundamental concepts of classroom management, classroom communication and interactions. Definition of classroom management, various aspects of classroom management other than discipline. External and internal factors affecting classroom climate. Models of classroom management, development and implementation of classroom rules. The physical arrangement of the classroom. Managing undesirable behavior, time management, class organization, developing a class environment conducive to learning (cases and suggestions).

TE 520 Instructional Technology and Materials Design

Concepts of instructional technology, characteristics of various types of instructional technology. Role and use of instructional technology in teaching, identification of technology needs in the classroom and in school. Appropriate planning and management of the use of technology. Using technology to develop 2-D and 3-D materials, developing teaching tools (worksheets, activities, slides, visual media tools such as DVD, smart boards, and computer-based tools). Analyzing educational software, evaluating teaching tools of varying quality. Internet and distance education, principles of visual design, research pertaining to the effectiveness of teaching materials. The state of instructional technology for teaching in Turkey and the wider world.

TE 528 Introduction to Educational Science

Basic concepts in education. Relationship of education to other disciplines (the philosophical, social, legal, psychological, economic and political foundations of education). History of educational science. Major trends in educational science in the 21st century. Research methods in educational science. Structure and characteristics of the Turkish Education System. Role of teachers in education. Characteristics of the teaching profession. Developments and practices in teacher education.

TE 531-537 Special Teaching Methods I

There are separate methodology courses for each subject area. Each course provides an introduction to the teaching of that subject, and to the classroom techniques which may be used in the teaching of it. Specific teaching methods and strategies will be explored, together with their application to a range of teaching/learning contexts and reference to current research. Practical applications of the methods will be experienced through a number of activities including microteaching, project work and simulation situations. Students will be asked to engage in extensive reflection on the methods and applications considered.

TE 541-547 Special Teaching Methods II

There are separate methodology courses for each subject area. Each course continues the developmental work in the teaching of that subject. Students gain further understanding of the teaching and learning methods which may be used with different groups of students, and of the context in which learning is set. There will be further practical applications and classroom experience.

TE 550 Educational Psychology

The relationship between education and psychology, definition and functions of educational psychology. Basic concepts of learning and development. Physical, mental, emotional, social and ethical development. Theories of learning, a consideration of learning theories in relation to the teaching process. Effective learning. Factors affecting learning: motivation, individual characteristics, group dynamics; their effects on in-class teaching.

TE 551-557 School Experience I

One day a week in a high school under the daily supervision of an experienced school teacher who acts as mentor. Students use structured activities which involve lesson observation and interviews to understand the organization and daily work of the school. They analyze particular teaching skills, and consider whole school issues. There is a one-hour seminar which consolidates the work done in school.

TE 561-567 School Experience II

Students spend one day a week in a school, under the daily supervision of their mentor. Structured activities enable them to concentrate on particular teaching skills, which students practice in class. There is a one-hour seminar which consolidates the work done in school.

TE 571-577 Teaching Practice

Students spend thirty days in a school, under the supervision of their school mentor and faculty supervisor. They teach full lessons in their subject area. The course includes a weekly seminar which allows students to share experience and plan their work with their supervisor.

TE 581 Principles and Methods of Instruction

The basic concepts of instruction. The principles of teaching and learning. The importance and benefits of instructional planning. The planning of instruction (yearly plans containing units, daily plans and sample activities). Teaching and learning strategies. Instructional methods and techniques, and their relation to practice. Instructional materials. The teacher's roles and responsibilities in improving the quality of instruction. Teacher competencies.

TE 590 Advanced Teaching Practice

Students participate in teaching/learning activities in schools in England over a period of five weeks. They extend their pre-service teacher education studies at Cambridge University, and experience other approaches to high school student learning in an independent school in England.


Restricted Electives

TE 318 Turkish Education System and School Management

Aims and basic principles of the Turkish education system. Legal aspects of education. Structure and operation of the Turkish education system. Theories and processes of management. School organization and management. School administration related to staff, students, teaching and management. Community involvement in schools.

TE 509 Developmental Psychology

Basic concepts and principles of development. Theories of development. Stages of development. Physical, cognitive, personal and moral development during childhood and adolescence. Problems during puberty and coping strategies.

TE 524 Guidance

Fundamental concepts. Student support services, the role of guidance and counseling in student support services. Principles and development of guidance, types of guidance and counseling, services, techniques, organization and personnel. Recent developments in the field. Techniques for getting to know students, counselor-teacher cooperation, guidance duties of the teacher.

TE 540 Curriculum Development in Education

This course is designed to examine approaches to curriculum development. It considers curriculum theorizing, curriculum models and curriculum planning at different levels. Procedures and issues for curriculum development and evaluation, factors that impact curriculum, and curriculum decision making are also studied.

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