King's College - Graduate - Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Special Education Program Requirements


Reading Program Requirements and Electives


Curriculum and Instruction Program Core Requirements


Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in PK-4 Elementary Education


Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL)


Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in Mathematics Education


Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in Science Education

Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in Social Studies Education

Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in Excellence in Teaching

Instructional Coaching Endorsement Requirements

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Endorsement Requirements


Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language-Requirements


Health Care Administration Program Requirements and Electives


Physician Assistant Course Requirements


Special Education Program Requirements

Educ 516 - Reading Disabilities: Diagnosis and Prescription (3 credits) | back to top
The course will review strategies for improving reading, writing, and study skills. Intervention based on assessment results to provide effective instruction will also be discussed.

Educ 584 - Interactive Learning (3 credits) | back to top
This course is designed to help students understand different key learning theories and their effective use in the design of accessible learning activities. Students will focus on the identification, design and development of classroom materials and lessons that involve technology. Ways to incorporate multimedia design and appropriate software into instructional methodology for the classroom will also be explored. Students will apply learning theory principles to develop model lessons using emerging technologies.

Educ 586 - Inclusionary Classroom Practices (3 credits) | back to top
This course will address the development, implementation, and monitoring of individualized management, instructional, curricular, and environmental strategies and adaptations for all students within a heterogeneous classroom, based upon the curriculum of the school. Pedagogical recommendations and research-based effective instruction methodology is emphasized on a needs-based model incorporating the cognitive, language, attentional, affective, physical and sensory needs of children.

Educ 590 - Research Design in Education (3 credits) | back to top
This course deals with understanding, developing, and utilizing data as applied to educational problems. Methodology and techniques of empirical educational research will be explored. Specific techniques of gathering and analyzing educational data will be explored. This course will include an overview of quantitative and qualitative educational research. Special emphasis will be placed upon the action research process.

Educ 770 - Master's Project (3 credits) | back to top
A topic relevant to teaching of special education students in the classroom will be researched and/or conducted with the approval of the instructor. The topic of research must be well documented in professional journals and studies. Upon completion of the project, the students will write a professional quality academic paper. Prerequisite: Educ 590.

Educ 720 - Special Education School Law and Regulations (3 credits) | back to top
This course will give teachers the information necessary to remain in compliance with federal and state law affecting special educators in regular education, gifted education, and special education. Topics will include Individual Disabilities in Education Act/State Regulations and the relation to Individual Education Plan, constitutional rights, curriculum law, social media, student records, disciplinary policies, and policy making. Inclusionary practices, the IEP process, teacher participation in the IEP process, and educational liability will also be discussed. This course will use a case-study and case law approach to explore, debate and apply content to everyday workplace settings.

Educ 730 - Early Intervention Infant/Preschool (3 credits) | back to top
This course will enhance the students' knowledge of Early Intervention supports and services designed to meet the developmental needs of children with a disability as well as the needs of the family related to enhancing the child's development in one or more of the following areas, physical development, including vision and hearing, Cognitive development, Communication development, Social or emotional development and adaptive development.

Educ 740 - Universal Design for Learning and Response to Intervention (3 credits) | back to top
This course provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs. This course is designed with the objective to assist the graduate student in connecting core standards to acceptable accommodations, adaptations, and viable modifications to adjust the curriculum of the teaching/learning process for individualized learning.

Educ 750 - School-wide Behavior Support and Behavior Management (3 credits) | back to top
Techniques in the teaching, management, and intervention of students with behavior disorders, school wide behavior support encompassing universal design, applied behavior analyses, cognitive behavior modification, and social skills training will be the focus of the course work.

Educ 760 - Transition Systems from School to Adult (3 credits) | back to top
This course is has a two-fold objective that will concentrate on strategies and techniques used to assist IEPs of children in Early Intervention who are within one year of transition to a school age program, to include goals and objectives which address the transition process and strategies used in and out of the classroom transitioning students with disabilities and their families think about their life after high school and identify long-range goals designing the high school experience to ensure that students gain the skills and connections they need to achieve these goals the provision of funds and services to local school districts to assist in the transition process.


Reading Program Requirements and Electives

Educ 500 - Educational Research for Teachers (3 credits) | back to top
This course deals with understanding, developing, and utilizing data as applied to educational problems. The course will include an overview of quantitative and qualitative educational research. The major emphasis of the course will be teacher involvement in the action research process. This course is normally taken just before undertaking the Reading Research Project (Educ 575).

Educ 503 - Educational Statistics (3 credits) | back to top
Basic concepts of statistical reasoning and the underlying assumptions are presented. Analysis of variance is discussed. Designs for educational research are reviewed.

Educ 505 - ELL Adaptations (3 credits) | back to top
This course is designed to instruct reading specialists in the foundations, instructions, assessment, professionalism and culture of the E.L.L. student. It will introduce the prospective reading specialist to the current need for reading assistance for the E.L.L. student. Participants will explore the methods, strategies, research and resources to develop and implement ESL programs to help English Language Learners acquire both the English language and academic cognitive understandings and skills. Participants will design resource and teaching materials, implement them with their students, and provide reports to the class.

Educ 510 - Developmental Nature of Reading (3 credits) | back to top
The nature of literacy learning is explored from the perspective of children constructing meaning and being actively involved in their learning. The reading-writing relationship and authentic assessment procedures are stressed.

Educ 515 - Reading in the Content Area (3 credits) | back to top
The course emphasizes strategies that enhance a student's ability to understand content-area reading. Understanding the complexity of expository texts will be reviewed, along with techniques for improving vocabulary, comprehension, and study skills.

Educ 516 - Reading Disabilities: Diagnosis and Prescription (3 credits) | back to top
The course will review strategies for improving reading, writing, and study skills. Intervention based on assessment results to provide effective instruction will also be discussed. This course is the first half of the Reading practicum experience, which concludes with Educ 550.

Educ 517 - Literacy Leadership and Instructional Coaching  (3 credits) | back to top
The effectiveness of managing reading programs will be explored and defined.  The human resources, structural, economic, political, and symbolic relationships impacting on instruction will be examined.  The organizational framework of actual settings and leadership styles will be analyzed to prepare the reading professional for their evolving professional roles and challenges as reading specialists and literacy coaches.

Educ 518 - Computer Applications for Reading Instruction (3 credits) | back to top
This course explores how computer technology can be effectively used to support various theories of literacy instruction and learning. The course will provide hands-on opportunities to use and critique computer programs for use in reading programs. The course emphasizes effective integration of technology into teaching.

Educ 519 - Reading Instruction for the Exceptional Child (3 credits) | back to top
This course is designed to familiarize K-12 classroom teachers and reading specialists with children of varied exceptionalities, including behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, mental retardation, ADD/ADHD, and physical disabilities. While a theoretical base will be presented, the course will center around gathering useful pedagogical information from various sources that develop the literacy ability of these children and enhance instruction in all subject areas.

Educ 520 - The Writing Process K-12 (3 credits) | back to top
The course examines writing as a means of facilitating language development and learning. Practical means of implementing writing and the writing process into all aspects of the curriculum are examined, along with the reading-writing connection and writer's workshop. The goal of the course is to develop an understanding of the purpose for writing in K-12 classrooms.

Educ 521 - Assessment Strategies in the Classroom (3 credits) | back to top
Examines a variety of assessment tools available for use in the classroom and how those assessment strategies may impact instruction.

Educ 522 - Curriculum Development K-12 (3 credits) | back to top
This course examines the developmental nature of curriculum through elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Basic principles of curricular design are studied, as well as current curricular trends.

Educ 523 - Children's and Adolescent Literature in Reading Instruction (3 credits) | back to top
Students will survey the selection, evaluation, and utilization of literacy materials for children and adolescents. The course will focus upon the study of different literary genres, aesthetic and efferent responses to literature, and integrating literature into all curriculum areas.

Educ 524 - Seminar in Topics of Reading (3 credits) | back to top
This course examines current issues and trends in reading and literacy.

Educ 525 - Independent Study (3 credits) | back to top
Independent studies will be offered under special circumstance and will be designed with the program director. Permission required.

Educ 527 - Special Topics in Education (3 credits) | back to top
This course examines current issues in the field of education.

Educ 550 - Reading Clinic Practicum (3 credits) | back to top
The course is a clinic to implement instruction to improve a child's literacy abilities. The course provides for the application of the assessment and strategies discussed in Educ 516 and concludes the two-part Reading practicum experience. After working with a client, each student will write a report of the child's literacy ability, with a description of instruction, and recommend procedures for further assistance. Permission required.

Educ 575 - Reading Research Project (3 credits) | back to top
Each student will engage in a reading research project in an area of special interest. Upon completion of the project, students will write a professional-quality academic paper. Prerequisite: Educ 500. Permission required.


Curriculum and Instruction Program Core Requirements

Educ 580 - Curriculum Theory and Design (3 credits) | back to top

This course is designed to explore the developmental nature of curriculum in the elementary, middle and secondary school settings. Distinct theories will be explored as they relate to public, charter, private, and magnet schools. The interrelated nature of curriculum is stressed. In addition, the concepts of goals and objectives as they relate to the curriculum will be investigated. Current curricular trends will be studied, analyzed and evaluated using the principles of curriculum development discussed in the course.

Educ 582 - Current Issues and Trends in Education (3 credits) | back to top

This course will focus on an examination of contemporary issues in education and their historical perspectives. The development of school organizations and higher education; instructional programs and curricula; and the delivery systems and functions of education will be examined in light of contemporary issues.

Educ 584 - Interactive Learning (3 credits) | back to top

This course is designed to help students understand different key learning theories and their effective use in the design of accessible learning activities. Students will focus on the identification, design and development of classroom materials and lessons that involve technology. Ways to incorporate multimedia design and appropriate software into instructional methodology for the classroom will also be explored. Students will apply learning theory principles to develop model lessons using emerging technologies.

Educ 586 - Inclusionary Classroom Practices (3 credits) | back to top

This course will address the development, implementation, and monitoring of individualized management, instructional, curricular, and environmental strategies and adaptations for all students within a heterogeneous classroom, based upon the curriculum of the school. Pedagogical recommendations and research-based effective instruction methodology is emphasized on a needs-based model incorporating the cognitive, language, attentional, affective, physical and sensory needs of children.

Educ 590 - Educational Research Design (3 credits) | back to top

This course deals with understanding, developing, and utilizing data as applied to educational problems. Methodology and techniques of empirical educational research will be explored. Specific techniques of gathering and analyzing educational data will be explored. This course will include an overview of quantitative and qualitative educational research. Special emphasis will be placed upon the action research process.


Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in PK-4 Elementary Education

Educ 510 - Developmental Nature of Reading (3 credits) | back to top

The nature of literacy learning is explored from the perspective of children constructing meaning and being actively involved in their learning. The reading-writing relationship and authentic assessment procedures are stressed.

Educ 625 - Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits) | back to top

This course is designed around the methods, strategies, research and resources that enable students to develop and implement programs to assist students in the language of and academic cognitive understanding and skills within the content area while understanding its impact upon the elementary curriculum. Graduate students design resource and teaching materials, implement them with their students, and provide reports to the class. Students also learn and practice adaptations of lesson content and present actual lesson activities within the structure of the course.

Educ 630 - Elementary Mathematics and Science Instruction (3 credits) | back to top

This course involves the study of the development of the elementary school child, the relationship between theory and practice, balancing traditional expectations with current concerns, and the selection and implementation of successful learning experiences in mathematics and science instruction. The curriculum within this area will concentrate on national and state standards as they apply to what is actually taught in the schools.

Educ 521 - Alternative Assessment (3 credits) | back to top

This course considers alternative assessments for measuring performance, including portfolios, performance assessments, checklists, anecdotal records, and the development of rubrics to measure the effectiveness of the curriculum. The alternative assessments will enhance the evaluation of a school's curriculum.

Educ 635 - Master's Project (3 credits) | back to top

A topic relevant to the teaching of elementary education in the classroom will be researched and/or conducted with the approval of the instructor. The topic of the research must be well documented in professional journals and studies. Upon completion of the project, the student will write a professional quality academic paper. Prerequisite: Educ 590. Permission required.


Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL)

Educ 600 - ESL:  Second Language Acquisition:  Theory & Practice (3 credits) | back to top

This course focuses on the grammar and structure of the English language including the components: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language function and discourse, and dialects.  Theoretical perspectives of first and second language acquisition are examined with a pragmatic and sociolinguistic views relating relationships among language, culture, accent, identify, and public perceptions.  Through an understanding of applied linguistics, linguistic challenges for language minority students are identified and research-based instructional strategies are reviewed and applied.  Professional resources will be developed to foster collaboration with colleagues and the school/community.

Educ 601 - ESL: Clinical Field Practicum (3 credits) | back to top

The course is a clinical field practicum for 15 weeks to meet the 60 hours of field experience required for the Pennsylvania ESL Program Specialist Certificate. This 60 hours of field experience (Educ 601) includes experience with a certified ESL Program specialist in a public school setting as well as community activities to meet the ESL Program Specialist competencies.  Activities will be documented in a portfolio format and monitored by a King's College supervisor who holds an ESL Program Specialist certificate.  The semester long field experience will underscore the coursework by providing opportunities for practical application of theory and feedback from the practicing ESL Program Specialist as well as the King's College supervisor.

Educ 605 – ESL Instruction:  Theory and Practice (3 credits)

This course is designed to explore the methods, strategies, research and resources that enable the student to develop and implement ESL programs to support English Language Learners' acquisition of the English language and academic cognitive understandings and skills.  The students design resources and teaching materials, implement them with their field experiences and provide reports to the class.  The students learn, observe, and practice standards-based language proficiency leveled expectations of content lessons and assessments.  Emphasis is placed on working with colleagues in their schools to develop resources and trainings facilitating collaboration from school to community to enable ESL students to develop social and academic cognitive.

Educ 610 - ESL Assessment: Theory and Practice (3 credits) | back to top

This course emphasizes techniques for multiple formative and summative assessment administration, interpretation, and management. Testing accommodations and testing aligned with instruction, data, and English Language Proficiency level expectations to achieve benchmarks as required for annual measurable achievement objectives will be developed.  Strategies for sharing student progress and appropriate assessment practices with families and colleagues will be reviewed.

Educ 615 - Dimensions of Culture (3 credits) back to top

In this course, cultural and linguistic dimensions of culture are addressed within the mosaic of groups immigrating to the United States analyzing the “melting pot” and “salad bowl” perspectives of assimilation and acculturation. The analyses focus on the view of culture as a dynamic and multilayered system of symbolic resources impacting individuals’ identify, values, and behaviors in varying degrees. Participants will develop an awareness of their own cultural identify and its impact on cultural and educational expectations. Participants will develop strategies to collaborate with colleagues and culturally and linguistically diverse families to better understand the deep and invisible dimensions of culture in the classroom and the target language community.


Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in Mathematics Education

Educ 640 - Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits) | back to top

This course will focus on curriculum development and implementation using the National and Pennsylvania Standards. Students will learn to plan, execute and evaluate standards-driven mathematics experiences in the classroom. Students will work together to explore the way children develop mathematical ideas. Current developments in mathematics education will be addressed.

Educ 642 - Mathematics Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development (3 credits) | back to top

This course is designed around the mathematics methods, strategies, research and resources that enable students to develop and implement mathematics programs, to assist students in the language of and academic cognitive understanding and skills within the content area while understanding its impact upon the mathematics curriculum. Graduate students design resource and teaching materials, implement them with their students, and provide reports to the class. Students also learn and practice adaptations of lesson content and present actual lesson activities within the structure of the course.

Educ 644 - Advanced Studies in Mathematics (3 credits) | back to top

This course is designed to further the skills of the student in the field of mathematics curriculum. Students will explore contemporary models and in particular the newest advancements within mathematics through books, news magazines, newspapers, and the internet. Emphasis will be placed on a mathematics literate population who are able to solve problems, and can function as critical thinkers. Ethical issues involving mathematics and technology will be discussed.

Educ 647 - Assessment in Mathematics (3 credits) | back to top

A variety of assessment techniques, especially applicable to hands-on, mind-on will be presented that will assist in the evaluation of the student and the curriculum. The focus will be on developing and adapting authentic assessment for all learners of mathematics. The statistical portion of this course will introduce commonly used statistical methods that a teacher may employ to analyze instructional, local and state assessments for differentiation of instruction and improved student performance. Topics will include data analysis, calculation and interpreting data for use in decisions about the cause-and-effect relationships of instruction.

Educ 650 - Master's Project (3 credits) | back to top

A topic relevant to the teaching of mathematics in the classroom will be researched and/or conducted with the approval of the instructor. The topic of the research must be well documented in professional journals and studies. Upon completion of the project, the student will write a professional quality academic paper. Prerequisite: Educ 590. Permission required.


Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in Science Education

Educ 660 - Science Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits) | back to top

This course will focus on curriculum development and implementation using the National and Pennsylvania Standards. Students will learn to plan, execute and evaluate standards driven Science experiences in the classroom. Students will work together to explore the way children develop mathematical ideas. Current developments in Science education will be addressed.

Educ 662 - Science Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development (3 credits) | back to top

This course is designed around the science methods, strategies, research and resources that enable students to develop and implement science programs, to assist students in the language of and academic cognitive understanding and skills within the content area while understanding its impact upon the science curriculum. Graduate students design resource and teaching materials, implement them with their students, and provide reports to the class. Students also learn and practice adaptations of lesson content and present actual lesson activities within the structure of the course

Educ 664 - Advanced Studies in Science (3 credits) | back to top

This course is designed to further the skills of the student in the field of science curriculum. Students will explore contemporary models and in particular the newest advancements within science through books, news magazines, newspapers, and the internet. Emphasis will be placed on a science-literate population that is able to solve problems and can function as critical thinkers. Ethical issues involving science and technology will be discussed.

Educ 667 - Assessment in Science (3 credits) | back to top

A variety of assessment techniques, especially applicable to hands-on, mind-on will be presented that will assist in the evaluation of the student and the curriculum. The focus will be on developing and adapting authentic assessment for all learners of science. The statistical portion of this course will introduce commonly used statistical methods that a teacher may employ to analyze instructional, local and state assessments for differentiation of instruction and improved student performance. Topics will include data analysis, calculation and interpreting data for use in decisions about the cause-and-effect relationships of instruction.

Educ 670 - Master's Project (3 credits) | back to top

A topic relevant to the teaching of science in the classroom will be researched and/or conducted with the approval of the instructor. The topic of the research must be well documented in professional journals and studies. Upon completion of the project, the student will write a professional quality academic paper. Prerequisite: Educ 590. Permission required.


Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in Social Studies Education

Educ 680 - Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits) | back to top

This course will focus on curriculum development and implementation using the National and Pennsylvania Standards. Students will learn to plan, execute and evaluate standards-driven social studies experiences in the classroom. Students will work together to explore the way children develop social studies ideas. Current developments in social studies education will be addressed.

Educ 682 - Social Studies Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development (3 credits) | back to top

This course is designed around the social studies methods, strategies, research and resources that enable students to develop and implement science programs, to assist students in the language of and academic cognitive understanding and skills within the content area while understanding its impact upon the social studies curriculum. Graduate students design resource and teaching materials, implement them with their students, and provide reports to the class. Students also learn and practice adaptations of lesson content and present actual lesson activities within the structure of the course.

Educ 684 - Advanced Studies in Social Studies (3 credits) | back to top

This course is designed to further the skills of the student in the field of social studies curriculum. Students will explore contemporary models and in particular the newest advancements within social studies through books, news magazines, newspapers, and the internet. Emphasis will be placed on a social studies-literate population that is able to solve problems and can function as critical thinkers. Ethical issues involving social studies will be discussed. Two areas to be emphasized will be teaching world history and the history of the United States.

Educ 687 - Assessment in Social Studies (3 credits) | back to top

A variety of assessment techniques, especially applicable to social studies will be presented that will assist in the evaluation of the student and the curriculum. The focus will be on developing and adapting authentic assessment for all learners of social studies. The statistical portion of this course will introduce commonly used statistical methods that a teacher may employ to analyze instructional, local and state assessments for differentiation of instruction and improved student performance.

Educ 690 - Master's Project (3 credits) | back to top

A topic relevant to the teaching of social studies in the classroom will be researched and/or conducted with the approval of the instructor. The topic of the research must be well documented in professional journals and studies. Upon completion of the project, the student will write a professional quality academic paper. Prerequisite: Educ 590. Permission required.


Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements for Concentration in Excellence in Teaching

Educ 530 - Standards Aligned System (SAS) | back to top

See below under Excellence in Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

Educ 532 - Assessment | back to top

See below under Excellence in Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

Educ 536 - Literacy in the Content Are | back to top

See below under Excellence in Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

Educ 537 - Classroom Set-up and Management | back to top

See below under Excellence in Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

Educ 538 - Differentiating Instruction | back to top

See below under Excellence in Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

Educ 539 - Exceptional Learners: Gifted and Special Education | back to top

See below under Excellence in Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

Educ 540 - School Law for Today's Teacher | back to top

See below under Excellence in Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

Educ 541 - Developing Collaboration with Parents | back to top

See below under Excellence in Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

Educ 542 - ELL Learners | back to top

See below under Excellence in Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

Educ 535 - Master's Project | back to top

A topic relevant to excellence in teaching in the classroom will be researched and/or conducted with the approval of the instructor. The topic of the research must be well documented in professional journals and studies. Upon completion of the project, the student will write a professional quality academic paper. Prerequisite: Educ 590. Permission required.


Instructional Coaching Endorsement Requirements

Educ 501 - Foundations of Instructional Coaching (3 credits) | back to top
Designed for educators at all levels developing the foundational knowledge of Instructional Coaching and focusing on specific roles for Instructional Coaches.

Educ 517 - Literacy Leadership and Instructional Coaching (also in Reading Program) (3 credits) | back to top
Examines the effectiveness of managing reading and general instructional programs through analysis of organizational frameworks and leadership styles of actual settings.

Educ 521 - Assessment Strategies in the Classroom (also in Reading Program) (3 credits) | back to top
Examines A variety of assessment tools available for use in the classroom and how those assessment strategies may impact instruction.

Educ 525 - Instructional Coaching Practicum | back to top
Knowledge will be put into practice in an authentic clinic setting with a 45 hour field practicum.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Endorsement Requirements

Educ 700 – ASD: Etiology (3 credits) | back to top
This course is an introduction and overview of characteristics and learning traits of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The course is an examination of the common manifestations of ASD including the psychological, physiological, behavioral, social, communication, and educational characteristics of individuals who have been identified on the spectrum as having Autism, Pervasive Developmental disorder, Rhett's disorder, Asperger's syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. The classification system, assessment strategies / issues, approaches, and interventions related to individuals with ASD will be explored. Focus will be on causes, diagnosis and intervention. The theoretical, prevalence, and scientific hypothesis related to the etiology of ASD will be researched and explored.

Educ 705 – ASD: Instruction & Intervention (3 credits) | back to top
This course is designed to focus upon the various methodologies and intervention strategies that are currently being used to instruct students with ASD. The positive features and the limitations of each research-based method will be examined for integrity and validity. In addition to methodology, classroom management, intervention strategies, accommodations, and adaptations that are successful in the general education setting will be introduced. These accommodations are used to ensure to provide for least restrictive environments in education and the community settings along with the use of augmentative and alternative communication.

Educ 710 – ASD: Assessment (3 credits) | back to top
This course will create a framework for understanding and implementing effective interventions for children and adolescents with ASD in consideration of their cultural values and beliefs. The role of the families and collaborative, interdisciplinary models of service delivery will be examined. Effective research-based assessment and interventions will be reviewed utilizing current research regarding neuro-developmental issues in autism. This course requires a 20 hour practicum consisting of a field experience in a school and community based agency setting providing direct clinical, instructional, and social interaction with individuals with ASD. These experiences will take place in regular and specialized settings in order to ensure the student an opportunity to observe and participate in the assessment and instructional levels.

Educ 715 – ASD: Community Collaboration (3 credits) | back to top
This course is designed to promote the collaboration process between, schools, family, and community. Schools can no longer rely on just the educational system to deliver the services needed to the diverse student populations in our schools. Advocacy reaches out not only to the educational community but also to officials involved with law enforcement, health care (including first responders) and individual groups that connect with the family needs. The course will also emphasis the importance of the transition process in the schools in identifying instructional programs to meet the unique individual needs of each student for school to work partnerships. Legal mandates and requirements will be examined.


Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language-Requirements

Educ 600 - Basics of English Grammar, First and Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Strategies for Second Language Acquisition (3 credits) | back to top
This course focuses on the grammar and structure of the English language including the components: lexical, syntactical, phonological and morphological and semantic. Theoretical perspectives of first and second language acquisition are examined. Students develop activities to demonstrate selected instructional strategies and theoretical acquisition perspectives.

Educ 601 - ESL Clinical Field Practicum (3 credits) | back to top

The course is a clinical field practicum for 15 weeks to meet the 60 hours of field experience required for the Pennsylvania ESL Program Specialist Certificate. This 60 hours of field experience (Educ 601) includes experience with a certified ESL Program specialist in a public school setting as well as community activities to meet the ESL Program Specialist competencies. Activities will be documented in a portfolio format and monitored by a King's College supervisor who holds an ESL Program Specialist certificate. The semester long field experience will underscore the coursework by providing opportunities for practical application of theory and feedback from the practicing ESL Program Specialist as well as the King's College supervisor.

Educ 605 - Instructional Materials, Technologies and Their Development (3 credits) | back to top
This course is designed around the methods, strategies, research and resources that enable students to develop and implement an ESL program, to help English Language Learners acquire English language and academic cognitive understanding and skills. Students design resource and teaching materials, implement them with their students, and provide reports to the class. Emphasis is placed on working with colleagues in schools, to help them understand that they, as well as ESL teachers, must adapt and modify content/lessons to enable ESL students to develop social and academic cognitive English.

Educ 610 - Assessment and Evaluation of Student, Program, Instruction, Family Involvement and Support Services (3 credits) | back to top
This course emphasizes multiple assessment models to determine English language performance and proficiency. Models include: paper and pencil tests, authentic assessment, and conferencing evaluation methods. Emphasis is placed on linking instruction with assessment results using individual and small group activities. Students design an ESL Unit to be implemented with ESL students in their classrooms. Additional ways of assisting families to participate in their children's learning are examined. Finally, the ESL placement and annual state tests mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) are examined.

Educ 615 - Cultural and Linguistic Diversities, Approaches and Collaborative Methods for Developing Cultural Awareness (3 credits) | back to top
In this course, cultural and linguistic diversities are examined through the mosaic of groups immigrating to the United States. The analyses focus on: time period of immigration, reasons for immigrating, and differences among immigrating groups in education, occupation, religion, native language, ESL mode or type used with these groups, and other variables. Methods of working with culturally and linguistically diverse families and ways to collaborate with them and their needs are examined.


Health Care Administration Program Requirements and Electives

HCA 500 - Introduction to Health Services Systems (3 credits)
This course is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the organization of the U.S. health care "system." Students will examine the major institutions, professions, and political forces that influence the provision of health care services in the United States. We will explore the development of each major component of the medical care system from an historical perspective by examining the changes in their organization and role over time. Students will also consider the major problems presently confronting each aspect of health care and will discuss alternative means of resolving these issues for the future. A secondary, but important objective of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the concepts and language requisite for many of the subsequent courses in the HCA program, including health policy, healthcare financial management, and healthcare economics.

HCA 501 - Health Policy (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to current major issues in health policy. This course discusses the politics of health policy in terms of legislation at both the state and federal level. Key forces such as power development, special interest groups, economics and cost benefit analysis are discussed. Major policy issues that are reviewed include managed care, public health, Medicare and Medicaid, technology assessment, and population-based medicine.

HCA 502 - Human Resources Management (3 credits)
This course surveys the activities and decision-making functions of the human resources manager, including personnel planning, recruitment, interviewing, training and development, compensation practices, benefits administration, maintaining personnel records, employee communication, labor relations and succession planning, with an emphasis on the legal dimensions of these various activities. Attention is also drawn to the professional and legal responsibilities of the individual manager or team leader in matters such as employee rights, privacy, sexual harassment, discrimination in the workplace, employee evaluations, workers' compensation and recruitment of personnel. This comprehensive review occurs from the unique perspective of the health services organization.

HCA 504 - Healthcare Economics (3 credits)
This course is designed as an in-depth study of the major topics in health care economics. We will study the production, cost, and financing of health care services, delivery mechanisms and their effects, health labor markets and professional training, and use of economic evaluation tools (cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses) in making decisions about allocation of scarce resources. The overall goal of HCA 504 is to teach the students to understand how the framework of economics can be applied to health care markets.

HCA 505 - Epidemiology for Healthcare Managers (3 credits)
This course is an in-depth study of the distribution and determinants of health, disease, and disability in human populations. Specific topics include: descriptive and analytical epidemiology, community assessment, and study design. Case studies that involve all of the tools of epidemiology are utilized. The student becomes aware of the uses of epidemiology in population-based medicine and managerial decision-making.

HCA 507 - Healthcare Financial Management (3 credits)
This course is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the financial management function in the context of health care organizations. In addition to basic finance and accounting concepts, topics covered include the concepts of health insurance and third party reimbursement, cost concepts and decision analysis, budgeting requirements, long-term financing, capital budgeting and risk, and financial and operating analyses. The course will integrate corporate finance and accounting theories, institutional knowledge of health care finance, and applications to specific real-world problems. The primary goal of this course is to increase analytical and decision-making skills using finance theories, principles, concepts, and techniques most important to managers in the health care industry.

HCA 511 - Quantitative Business Methods for Healthcare (3 credits)
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of selected research and quantitative methods used in conducting health services research. The course will address all phases of the research process, from generating research questions and hypotheses, to study design, sampling, measurement, data collection, and data analyses. Proper use of statistical methods and computer applications for secondary data analysis will also be covered.

HCA 521 - Community Health Administration in Global Context (3 credits)
Designed to give students the theory and practice experience in the local, regional, national, and global community to work on health issues and concerns. Critically explores global public health issues as they pertain to different populations throughout the world and discusses health needs of special populations. Class discussions and written reports will examine the meaning of service and leadership in the health field.

HCA 531 - Understanding Organizational Ethics (3 credits)
This course is designed to expose graduate students to the kinds of moral problems they will encounter as professionals in their functional areas. The focus of the course is policy formulation and implementation, with emphasis placed on the ethical dimensions and ramifications of that process. A series of current corporate case problems is reviewed and discussed in order to raise some of the major ethical issues involved in managing the organization's relationships with its many publics.

HCA 541 - Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Administration (3 credits)
This course is intended to provide an overview of the subject of accounting. Students will learn financial and managerial accounting concepts with an emphasis on contemporary management control theory as applied in the health services industry. The course begins with the characteristics of the management control function. It then examines the nature and purpose of financial statements and introduces fund accounting. The course concludes with coverage of full cost accounting, the measurement and use of differential costs, and pricing decisions.

HCA 570 - Comparative Health Care Systems (3 credits)
This course examines both global health issues and health systems from a comparative perspective with a focus on assessing performance of diverse health systems. Fist, a conceptual framework for benchmarking among health systems will be introduced. Students will then study the configuration of health systems, alternative delivery, financing, coverage, and allocation of resources for selected developed and developing countries. Recent health reform initiatives of each country will also be discussed to appraise the effects of reforms on system-wide outcomes and to identify possible lessons for the United States.

HCA 571 - Healthcare Marketing and Branding (3 credits)
This course provides a survey of marketing concepts as applied to health services organizations. An examination of marketing strategies useful in the delivery of health care services is provided to students. Special attention will be focused on market research, pricing, targeting a market, new product development, innovation, and the development of a marketing plan.

HCA 572 - Health Law (3 credits)
This course will explore the legal aspects of the health care environment. Particular emphasis will be placed on the court system's effect on the health care executive. Topics to be discussed include the following: medical negligence, employment/agency relationships, prolongation of life, patients' rights, and corporate liability.

HCA 573 - Healthcare Information Systems (3 credits)
This course explores the theory, technical requirements and applications of information systems in the health care field. It is essential that health care professionals understand the scope and role of information in today’s health care system and the opportunity that better management of information offers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care services. Students will develop and demonstrate a fundamental working understanding of key attributes of healthcare information systems in contemporary and evolving health services environments, emphasizing clinical applications, health information management and decision support, and policy implications of health information technology.

HCA 575 - Health Promotion (3 credits)
This course explores the various methods of delivering messages related to good health habits. The development, implementation, and evaluation of health messages will be discussed. Health education and promotional strategies will be outlined, in addition to the evaluation of various case studies of successful health communication programs.

HCA 576 - Operations Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the application of operations research/management science and industrial engineering techniques to health care organizations, hence the title Operations Management in Health Care. The course focuses on the use of quantitative methods to address complex operational issues and realistic problems, with the ultimate goal of ensuring improved organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Health care applications of operations analysis considered in the course include forecasting, demand & decision analysis, reengineering, productivity, supply chain management, quality control, and project management. The course presents these topics from a managerial perspective with emphasis on effective use of quantitative analysis in management decisions. The main goal of this course is to improve problem-solving and decision-making skills using essential concepts, tools, and strategies in operations research most important to managers in the health care industry. The quantitative approach to decision making is balanced with discussions of qualitative issues in decision making such as the role of values, beliefs, power, and other aspects of decision-making.

HCA 591 - Directed Study in Healthcare Administration (3 credits)
Students pursue independent research of a special topic in the healthcare field under the guidance of a faculty member.  Students are required to identify the topic fully and receive prior approval of their topic from a member of the M.S. in Health Care Administration program faculty.

HCA 595 - Leadership and Executive Skills For Health Care Managers (3 credits)
This course focuses on a value-added and process-centered method of goal attainment. Topics include leadership theories, culture, human resources management, contingency and transformational theories, communication skills, mentorship, and team building and change theories.

HCA 596 - Leadership for Quality Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course integrates all of the major components covered in the core courses. Students will take the various competencies they have acquired and learn how to apply them to real-life cases involving applications of leadership and quality total management in health care delivery systems. Topics include: leadership theories, culture building, relationship management, contingency and transformational theories, communication skills, change management, conflict management, mentorship, and team building.

HCA 597 - Strategic Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course will examine strategic planning processes and issues with an emphasis on environmental scanning, competitive analysis, strategic decision making, plan making and implementation in health care settings. Additional topics include ethical concerns in plan development and implementation with especial emphasis on social justice and managing the dual tracks of strategic and operational planning.

HCA 598 - Capstone Project (1 credit)
Designed to assist students in the transition from theory to practice. Emphasis on sharpening analytical and intuitive leadership practices through the use of interactive case studies, team building exercises and field projects.

HCA 599 - Health Care Administration Internship (3 or 6 credits)
An internship provides students with administrative experience in a health service agency. Internships with a health-care facility may be substituted for one elective course. The internship is coordinated through the Career Planning and Placement Office. Permission of the director of the Health Care Administrative Program is required.

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