EDU5001 Issues in Education   3 Credits
An overview of the critical issues affecting public and private education, including American pluralism/multiculturalism and the common school ideal, demographic shifts and their effects on education, outreach and evangelism, marketing the school, choice proposals and vouchers, economic issues, competition for students, high‐stakes testing and assessment, standards‐based education, and others. The focus will be on helping teachers and principals understand the research related to these issues and reflect on their effects on Christian education.

EDU5005 Foundations of Educational Research   3 Credits
Understanding quantitative and qualitative research and the critical analysis and application of such research to educational issues. Includes such topics as measurement theory, research designs, sampling, appropriate statistical analyses, developing research problems and hypotheses, and the use of variables in research.

EDU6200 Field Project   3 Credits
An applied project that investigates an educational problem or issue. The professional paper details the project and its results.

EDU6302 Internship   3 Credits
The internship is completed in an educational setting focusing on specific learning disabilities, under the supervision of a licensed special education teacher who is approved by MLC Graduate Studies.

EDU6900 Introduction to Graduate Writing   0 Credits
A self-paced, introductory writing course for graduate students in education programs. The primary focus is to understand the current edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) writing style, with an emphasis on citations and references. Basics of good writing are encouraged by introducing participants to the MLC provided software tool, Grammarly.

EDU6999 Continued Graduate Study   0 Credits
Maintains active status for students not enrolled in coursework.

SPE5201 Educating the Exceptional Learner   3 Credits
Study of legislation, current issues, instruction, and resources as they apply to the needs and characteristics of exceptional learners, ages birth to 21.

SPE5202 Diagnosis and Assessment of Students with Special Needs   3 Credits
Administration and interpretation of standardized instruments used in the identification of students with disabilities.

SPE5203 Transition Planning and Collaboration in Special Education   3 Credits
Facilitating effective planning for transitions (preschool, elementary, middle, high school, and postsecondary/adult) and collaboration with parents and professionals.

SPE5204 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties   3 Credits
Explores causes, diagnosis and assessment, prevention and correction of reading difficulties, as well as intervention practices useful to the classroom teacher and reading specialist.

SPE5206 Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities   3 Credits
A survey in the field of learning disabilities designed for educators and administrators. Addresses the theoretical foundation and the practical issues in the field of learning disabilities. Topics include the following: characteristics of children with learning disabilities, assessment of specific learning disabilities, strategies that help children with learning disabilities, and contributions from other disciplines.

SPE5208 Teaching Reading and Mathematics to Students with Disabilities   3 Credits
Addresses the cognitive needs of reading and mathematics underachievers through an exploration of pedagogy, research, materials, and practices related to reading and math instruction. Applying skills in real contexts using practices such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), progress monitoring, Database Individualization (DBI), and designing differentiated unit plans for literacy and mathematics.

SPE5209 Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders   3 Credits
Identification and instructional supports for students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) and emotional or behavioral disorders (EBD).

SPE5211 Foundations of Special Education   3 Credits
An introduction to a variety of disabling conditions in children as described in IDEIA Special Education guides.

SPE5213 The IEP Process and Professional Practice   3 Credits
Roles and responsibilities of the special education teacher in planning and delivering instruction.