Course Descriptions

Secondary Education


MAS 7601
Education of Diverse Populations and Exceptional Children in the Middle and High School
3 credits

Students will learn about and apply concepts directly relating to the educational needs of all learners presented in the classroom. Assessment instruments used to identify eligibility for specialized instruction and/or related services and the use of evaluation data appropriate to the design and implementation of individualized educational programs (IEPs) will also be studied and applied to the professional and ethical responsibilities required of general education teachers in multi-cultural settings. Interventions for specific disabilities, as generated by evaluation data, will be created. Federal, state, and local legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures will be reviewed and analyzed as appropriate to the delivery of services to students with special needs. The social, emotional, and intellectual characteristics of gifted students will be examined, including an analysis of identification procedures and service delivery models. Pedagogy and resources that support IEP goals and objectives for gifted students will be presented.


MAS 7602
School in a Multicultural Society
3 credits

Students will examine schooling and the local, regional, and national demographics of cultures in American society. Concepts and strategies for infusing cultural understanding into the classroom will be presented, and standards for critiquing textbooks, videos, and library materials for cultural bias will be reviewed and applied. A research paper reviewing current efforts of school districts in this regard is required.


MAS 7603
Strategies for Effective Teaching
3 credits

Students review research and strategies for maximizing learning time in the classroom. Effective teacher/student interaction, classroom management, and lesson design and delivery are studied. Fundamentals of test theory and test design are included, as well as an overview of the uses and interpretation of standardized tests.


MAS 7604
Technology for Instruction
2 credits

Contemporary technology and its applications to individual and group learning are reviewed. Interactive media, the computer, and the video camera are studied as instruments for learning, diagnosis, and evaluation. The student is required to design a project or unit integrating technology in the learning and/or evaluation processes.


MAS 7651
Adolescent Growth and Development
3 credits

This course is a survey and examination of development from birth through early adulthood with emphasis on the characteristics of students who are in secondary grades. Social, cognitive, and physical development are included. The roles of the family, school, and peers for this age group are a focus. Students are required to prepare a case study of a student in a secondary grade that includes an evaluation of the student and recommendations for a course of action.


MAS 7652
Reading in Content Areas
3 credits

Theories about the reading process and reading to learn are explored. Emphasis is on practical strategies for acquiring knowledge through reading in a variety of subject areas. The relationship of listening, speaking, reading and writing, plus implications for instruction are included. Clinical observation and study of the reading behavior of a secondary student is an optional requirement.


MAS 7701
Classroom Culture and Student Behavior
3 credits

This course is an in-depth study of practical techniques applied by teachers to deal effectively with student behavior problems when such problems arise in classrooms and schools. Different students misbehave in different ways and for different reasons. As a result, not all misbehavior can be resolved by teachers in the same way. In this course, teacher candidates will learn about reasons for misbehavior and about several discipline models or options that can be applied by teachers when students misbehave.

Prerequisite(s): MAS 7603


MAS 7801
Practicum/Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching in the Middle and High School
4 credits

This course provides the candidate with the pedagogical approaches and methods needed to effectively plan and deliver lessons in middle level and high school classrooms. The course will focus on approaches to planning lessons, strategies for delivering those lessons in the classroom, skills in assessing student learning during the delivery of lessons, and processes for using assessment data to evaluate student achievement and lesson effectiveness in the classroom. The practicum component of the course will require the candidate to complete 24 clock hours in a classroom setting in the content area in which the candidate is preparing to teach. In that setting, the candidate will observe instruction, work with individual and small groups of students, and will plan and deliver a lesson.

Prerequisite(s): AS 7601, 7602, 7603, 7604, 7651, 7652, 7701 and 7998. Completion of a 30-hour concentration as determined through transcript analysis by a specific Wilmington University advisor, and all required course work.


MAS 7996
Practicum I
1 credits

Practicum I is a structured, field-based, semester-long exploratory clinical course that requires at least 50 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting. Fieldwork is monitored by Wilmington University Practicum advisors and mentor teachers. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. Fieldwork is supported by 30 hours of Practicum seminar sessions. Seminars are conducted at the University sites by faculty of the College of Education. Practicum I introduces the teacher candidate to essential content and pedagogical knowledge related to the components of professional practice, Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching and DPAS II (Delaware Performance Appraisal System II). Practicum I provides the teacher candidate with opportunities to observe, describe, interpret, and understand all aspects of professional practice and to reflect on the personal and professional attributes required for success in teaching. Candidates in Practicum I focus on the development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, dispositions expected of professionals within the education field, learning environments and social interaction. Prerequisite(s): MED 6102. A Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report sent / delivered to the Office of Clinical Studies in its original sealed envelope. A new TB/PPD and a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) uploaded into Taskstream. A completed Practicum Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring. Effective July 1, 2014, scores and sub-scores that meet Delaware minimum requirements on the PRAXIS CORE SERIES FOR EDUCATORS are pre-requisites for Practicum I. It is the responsibility of candidates to make sure that complete test score reports are provided to the College of Education. All test score requirements for Delaware certification can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.

Prerequisite(s): MED 6102. A Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report sent / delivered to the Office of Clinical Studies in its original sealed envelope. A new TB/PPD and a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) uploaded into Taskstream. A completed Practicum Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring. Effective July 1, 2014, scores and sub-scores that meet Delaware minimum requirements on the PRAXIS CORE SERIES FOR EDUCATORS are pre-requisites for Practicum I. It is the responsibility of candidates to make sure that complete test score reports are provided to the College of Education. All test score requirements for Delaware certification can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.


MAS 7997
Practicum II
1 credits

Practicum II is a structured, field-based, semester-long exploratory clinical course that requires at least 50 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting. Fieldwork is monitored by Wilmington University Practicum advisors and mentor teachers. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. Fieldwork is supported by 30 hours of Practicum seminar sessions. Practicum II requires the teacher candidate to implement, analyze and reflect on all aspects of professional practice in direct relation to current research, current professional standards and the Delaware Performance Appraisal System II. Candidates will learn to explore decision-making processes through the application of knowledge and skills gained in the prerequisite courses. Candidates are provided opportunities to reflect on their performance in teaching content lessons to K-12 students with disabilities. Candidates will plan, prepare and teach two lessons within an approved classroom setting, as well as working with individual students. Prerequisite(s): MED 6102, MAS 7996. On file with the Office of Clinical Studies; A Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, and a TB/PPD report. Submitted into Taskstream a new completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form). A completed Practicum Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring. As of July 1, 2015 all students must submit Passing PRAXIS CORE scores and SUBSET scores to the College of Education. Those requirements can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.

Prerequisite(s): MED 6102, MAS 7996. On file with the Office of Clinical Studies; A Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, and a TB/PPD report. Submitted into Taskstream a new completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form). A completed Practicum Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring. As of July 1, 2015 all students must submit Passing PRAXIS CORE scores and SUBSET scores to the College of Education. Those requirements can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.


MAS 7998
Practicum III
1 credits

Practicum III is a structured, field-based, semester-long exploratory clinical course that requires at least 50 hours of supervised classroom experience in an approved setting. Fieldwork is monitored by Wilmington University Practicum advisors and mentor teachers. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. MSE Practicum III placements are in inclusive learning environments serving students with identified / diagnosed learning needs. Fieldwork is supported by 30 hours of Practicum seminar sessions. Practicum III is an extension of Practicum II in which the teacher candidate refines and enhances the implementation, analysis and reflection on all aspects of professional practice in direct relation to current research, current professional standards and the Delaware Performance Appraisal System II. Candidates enhance instructional strategies, learning activities, classroom management skills and lesson planning through the application of knowledge and skills gained in the prerequisite courses. Candidates are provided opportunities to reflect on their performance in teaching content lessons to K-12 students with disabilities. Candidates will plan, prepare and teach two lessons from full units within an approved classroom setting, as well as working with individual students. Prerequisite(s): MED 6102, MAS 7996 and MAS 7997. On file with the Office of Clinical Studies; A Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, and a TB/PPD report. Submitted into Taskstream a new completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form). A completed Practicum Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring. As of July 1, 2015 all students must submit Passing PRAXIS CORE scores and SUBSET scores to the College of Education. Those requirements can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.

Prerequisite(s): MED 6102, MAS 7996 and MAS 7997. On file with the Office of Clinical Studies; A Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, and a TB/PPD report. Submitted into Taskstream a new completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form). A completed Practicum Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring. As of July 1, 2015 all students must submit Passing PRAXIS CORE scores and SUBSET scores to the College of Education. Those requirements can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements.


MAS 8800
Applied Assessment and Research in the Classroom
3 credits

This course gives the candidate the necessary skills to understand assessment techniques and information, to effectively assess student learning, and to analyze assessment data to evaluate and reflect upon student learning and his/her teaching in the classroom. Candidates will learn approaches used to evaluate learning and will learn how to develop classroom assessments that align with instruction. Candidates will also learn how to use assessment data to make informed decisions about teaching and learning in the classroom. In addition, candidates will develop skills for conducting action research in school and classroom settings and will learn how to use such research for solving problems in those settings.


MAS 8801
Student Teaching/Internship
9 credits

This supervised field experience requires at least 80 full student teaching days. Areas of concentration are Secondary Education; 7-12. Teacher candidates are placed with individual cooperating teachers or with teams of cooperating teachers in approved clinical settings. Teacher Candidates are monitored and supported by Wilmington University supervisors. Placement priority is given to settings that serve culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. A minimum of 15 clock hours is scheduled by the Wilmington University supervisors to address professional issues related to the clinical semester and to provide support and assistance with the completion of the required professional portfolio. Student Teaching is graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): A new Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report sent / delivered to the Office of Clinical Studies in its original sealed envelope. A new TB/PPD, Health Authorization Form and completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) uploaded into Taskstream. A completed Student Teaching Fieldwork application in Taskstream by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall and August 1 for placement in Spring. At the time of application, candidates must have submitted passing scores and subset scores for Praxis CORE and Praxis II Content Specific Examination. It is the responsibility of candidates to make sure that complete test score reports are provided to the College of Education. All test score requirements for Delaware certification can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/praxis/de/requirements. Program Chair approval is required for course registration.