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Featured Courses - Charlottesville

We welcome you to the UVA Curry School fall term course selection and registration. 

The courses below are taught in-person on Grounds in Charlottesville. Most are taught in the late afternoons or evenings for the convenience of working professionals. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

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EDHS 2260 - Keeping Children Safe:  What Citizens Should Know and Communities Can Do
Applying knowledge about the nature, causes, and correlates of child abuse and neglect, the course builds on experience in implementing Strong Communities for Children to engage entire communities in prevention of child maltreatment and promotion of family well-being. Many class sessions feature discussions with international, national, and grassroots leaders about participation of diverse community sectors in child protection and family support.

EDHS 4810 - Personal Adjustment and the Science of Happiness
What does it mean to be normal, well-adjusted or happy? Examine the common conception of how people adjust to life. What are appropriate ways of being, and what behaviors are abnormal or deviant? Learn factors that influence psychological adjustment in normal human development and the relationship between adjustment and personal happiness. Includes study, self-examination, mindfulness, personal projects and the science of creating happiness.

EDHS 7260 - Community Leadership in Child Protection and Family Support
Historical, philosophical, legal, and theological foundations of child protection in the United States. Community factors in child maltreatment. Community interventions in preventing child maltreatment and promoting family well-being. Planning for community initiatives to ensure fulfillment of children's right to personal security, with attention to involvement of schools, workplaces, religious institutions, civic organizations, etc.

EDIS 5710 - Reading in the Content Areas
This course provides strategies for helping secondary students learn content through reading and writing, not merely through lecture. They include evidence-based approaches to teaching disciplinary vocabulary, building prior knowledge, ensuring comprehension of texts, conducting effective discussions, employing technology, motivating students to read within a content area, and teaching students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

EDIS 7720 - Word Study: Language, Structures and Phonics
Focuses on the theory and research underlying the acquisition of orthographic knowledge. Explores the increasingly inextricable relationship between orthography and phonology, and the language structures inherent in morphological aspects of English spelling. Building on the history of English spelling, the course touches on cross-linguistic issues related to different orthographies

EDIS 7805 - Past as Prologue: Examining Past Innovations to Envision the Future
Can a modern innovation actually be old? This course examines key historical moments of innovation in teaching and learning from the Common Schools through modern EdTech with the goal of helping those who are interested in improving schools today become better prepared to do so by exploring the purpose, context, and legacy of similar efforts in the past.

EDIS 7886 - Comprehension of Text
Explores what it means to comprehend a text and how the ability develops in children and adolescents. Examines comprehension theories from the perspectives of psychology, education, linguistics, and literacy theory. Participants also study the research on teaching reading comprehension to determine if schools can improve how students think and learn with texts.

EDLF 7810 - School Law
The purpose of this course is to explore legal issues relevant to education. Basic legal principles and guidelines for assisting administrators in fulfilling their many duties in schools are developed. The tensions and legal controversies that contribute to and in many ways shape the teaching and learning environments of public education in the United States are explored and discussed. Legal opinions and the analysis of selected cases provide the content for the course. The material is intended to assist school personnel in understanding the current application of the law and to encourage further and continuous study of the law. Knowledge and understanding of educational law allows educators to avoid harmful litigation and to interpret legal mandates and statutes in such a way that educational opportunities for all students are enhanced.

EDLF 7812 - Leadership in Low Performing Schools
The futures of millions of young Americans depend on the efforts of teachers and principals to turn around chronically low-performing schools. This course investigates the various causes of school failure and current approaches to addressing these causes. The course culminates in the development of a School Improvement Plan for an actual low-performing school. The course is required for those seeking a principal's credential.

EDLF 7605 - Anthropology of Education
Anthropology's unique contribution to the study of human life centers around the concept of culture and the methodology of ethnography. In the course of the semester, we will examine the relationship between culture and education and the ways in which the study and understanding of education can be enhanced by attention to culture. Using cases drawn from studies of learning and schooling in cultures around the world as well as among minority cultures and societies in the United States , students will be challenged to begin to see education through cultural comparative frames of reference.

EDLF 7606 - Comparative Education
Both similarities and differences in educational practices, problems, and cultures abound in the world today. We will focus throughout the course on the sociocultural context of education, addressing values, ideology, practices and policies as they are found across a diverse selection of nations and societies. What can we learn from comparisons? What theories currently shape international educational developments? By gaining knowledge about how other countries approach key issues in education, it is hoped that students can broaden their understanding of their own educational practices, beliefs, and policies, and work toward more effective educational practice in an increasingly global educational arena.

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