Adult Program Graduate Course Descriptions

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Expand/Collapse Subject : DAN - Dance ‎(46)
626
  
Intermediate/advanced ballet technique for graduate study.  (Equivalent to Ballet III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit. Placement class required.
511
  
Introduction to advanced studies in dance.
585
  
An introduction to somatic methods and practices in dance technique and performance.
671
  
Advanced study of improvisational movement for performance
576
  
Advanced study of the theories and methodologies for dance instruction
543
  
Performance in faculty and guest artist works. May be repeated for additional credit.
544
  
Performance in faculty and guest artist works. May be repeated for additional credit.
643
  
Performance in faculty and guest artist works. May be repeated for additional credit.
644
  
Performance in faculty and guest artist works. May be repeated for additional credit.
525
  
Intermediate/advanced ballet technique for graduate study. (Equivalent to Ballet III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit.
526
  
Intermediate/advanced ballet technique for graduate study. (Equivalent to Ballet III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit.
533
  
Intermediate/advanced modern technique for graduate study. (Equivalent to Modern III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit.
534
  
Intermediate/advanced modern technique for graduate study. (Equivalent to Modern III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit.
633
  
Intermediate/advanced modern technique for graduate study. (Equivalent to Modern III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit.
634
  
Intermediate/advanced modern technique for graduate study. (Equivalent to Modern III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit.
733
  
Intermediate/advanced modern technique for graduate study. (Equivalent to Modern III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit.
734
  
Intermediate/advanced modern technique for graduate study. (Equivalent to Modern III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit.
550
  
A practical means by which graduate students can receive concentrated mentorship in an area of interest, such as teaching, choreography, arts administration, etc.
590
  
A means by which graduate students can explore topics not offered in the standard program of study.
591
  
This course provides an opportunity for small groups of graduate students to pursue interests in topics not addressed in the core curriculum.
650
  
A practical means by which graduate students can receive concentrated mentorship in an area of interest, such as teaching, choreography, arts administration, etc.
700
  
Prerequisite 1: DAN-570; Prerequisite 2: DAN-571; Prerequisite 3: DAN-670
The culminating project of graduate level study, including thesis concert and supporting document. (May be taken up to nine hours.)
701
  
Prerequisite 1: DAN-570; Prerequisite 2: DAN-571; Prerequisite 3: DAN-670
The culminating project of graduate level study, including thesis concert and supporting document. (May be taken up to nine hours.)
702
  
Prerequisite 1: DAN-570; Prerequisite 2: DAN-571; Prerequisite 3: DAN-670
The culminating project of graduate level study, including thesis concert and supporting document. (May be taken up to nine hours.)
660
  
Advanced study of composition techniques for dance technology.
500
  
Advanced study of the models and methods for dance management, including grant writing and arts advocacy
502
  
Advanced study of production elements, including lighting, staging, costume design, etc.
662
  
Advanced study of research methodology and scholarly writing strategies, including fieldwork processes in data gathering, analysis and interpretation, and final write-up.
680
  
Advanced study of dance criticism, including methodologies from poststructuralism, feminism, performance studies, gender studies, etc.
501
  
Advanced study of kinesiological principles, including designing classes for injury prevention, conditioning, etc.
570
  
Advanced choreographic theory and methods for graduate study. Includes choreographic project.
571
  
DAN-570
Advanced solo and ensemble choreographic theory and methods for graduate study. Includes choreographic project.
670
  
Prerequisite 1: DAN-570; Prerequisite 2: DAN-571
Advanced study of the pedagogical processes for teaching choreography
625
  
Intermediate/advanced ballet technique for graduate study. (Equivalent to Ballet III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit
575
  
Advanced study of the theories and methodologies for dance instruction.
503
  
Advanced study of kinesiological principles, including designing classes for injury prevention, conditioning, etc.
560
  
Advanced study of the theory and methods for the integration of dance and technology. 
545
  
Advanced study of the methods and models for integrating dance in Christian ministry contexts. 
565
  
Advanced study of music theory for dance practice and pedagogy
580
  
Advanced study of the theories and methodologies for the philosophical approach to dance with an emphasis on engagement of Christian worldview. 
672
  
Advanced study of improvisational movement for performance
685
  
An introduction to somatic methods for dance pedagogy. 
690
  
A means by which graduate students can explore topics not offered in the standard program of study. 
691
  
This course provides an opportunity for small groups of graduate students to pursue interests in topics not addressed in the core curriculum.
725
  
Intermediate/advanced ballet technique for graduate study.  (Equivalent to Ballet III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit.
726
  
Intermediate/advanced ballet technique for graduate study.  (Equivalent to Ballet III/IV for undergraduates.) May be repeated for additional credit.
Expand/Collapse Subject : EDU - Education ‎(24)
646
  
This course engages candidates in the practice of school law as it relates to legal policies, practice, politics, the relationship of a school district's organization to other units of government, various state boards of education, and the appellate functions of the state and federal court systems. Candidates study school law through a process of reviewing and discussing the federal and state constitutions, statutes, regulations, board of education policies, and case law.  Consideration and discussion is given to policies regarding "freedom issues" for Christian educators and students in the public school system. This course explores the ethical dimensions of leadership behavior and the state of Mississippi's Professional Code of Ethics.  Candidates examine various ethical dilemmas that educational leaders confront and apply ethical frameworks to resolve those dilemmas. Candidates will read, discuss, analyze, and apply frameworks of professional ethical leadership and decision making to gain the knowledge and skills to create a culture of ethical integrity through their individual leadership.  This course addresses Standard 2.2, - 2.4: Ethics and Professional Norms, Standard 3.1, - 3.4: Equity and Cultural Leadership, and Standard 6.4: Operations and Management- Legal Compliance of the NELP Standards
644
  
In this course candidates will gain an understanding of the political, social, and economic factors that affect a school's relationship with various community agencies and constituencies.  Candidates will also have the opportunity to develop professional administrative sensitivity to the various communities that they will be involved.  As part of the process, candidates will develop skills in group dynamics and communications as they work with faculty, staff, community leaders, and school families to build a sense of school community.  Candidates will become aware of the need to give attention to issues of social justice, fairness, equity, and student achievement.  Candidates will learn how to facilitate change and conflict resolution, communicate with parents and community, and involve stakeholders in developing school-wide improvement plans.  This course addresses Standard 3.1-3.4: Equity and Cultural Leadership, and Standard 5.1-5.4: Community and External Leadership of the NELP Standards
501
  
A study of assessment and evaluation theory based on developmental criteria from cognitive, social, language, motor, and affective domains. Students use strategies for analyzing both group performance and individual needs using authentic and ecological measures. Theoretical foundations for evaluation are applied to a practicum experience at one of four levels of licensure: primary, elementary, middle, and secondary.
502
  
Supervised internship which provides an emphasis on the application of principles and theories of education using field-based experiences.
503
  
A study of the foundations of school law, social and cultural aspects of the school setting. Includes applications in the field.
506
  
Emphasis on the development of strategies for establishing effective classroom organization and for managing and monitoring student behavior. Strategies encourage the intellectual, personal, and moral development of students.
602
  
A study of the child who follows atypical patterns. Includes assessment practices and teaching techniques applicable to students with various disabilities.
610
  
An introduction to educational research methodologies that are used to improve instructional decision-making. Research techniques are applied to classroom situations with an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics.
611
  
612
  
The development, analysis, and evaluation of the school curriculum with emphasis upon input from the school and community and current research.
620
  
621
  
REA-617
An exploration of instructional assessment measures: traditional assessment, norm/criterion-referenced testing, and alternative assessment (performance, portfolio, and product).
622
  
An advanced study in the selection and use of materials and methods of teaching reading in the elementary schools with emphasis upon current research.
623
  
This course is a study in the integration of the use of the computer in the classroom through an investigation of different tools currently available for educators. An opportunity to develop materials for use in the classroom will be provided.
624
  
A study of current research into critical issues in the elementary school curriculum, organization, and innovations that affect achievement potential.
625
  
27+ hours of Graduate Education courses
This Capstone Course is required to be taken by all Master Degree Candidates: MAT, M.Ed. (3 areas of emphasis), and M.Ed.R/L. The development of skills and attributes necessary to establish and maintain a positive learning environment that maximizes student achievement. Teaching strategies and models of behavioral management and instruction are emphasized. Candidates will also complete the required Comprehensive Paper: Educator as Servant Leader: Living and Modeling a Christian Worldview as a Reflective Practitioner
626
  
628
  
The course focuses on advanced teaching strategies with emphasis on the development of curricular units that promote student understanding through the integration of content from a variety of disciplines, the inclusion of inquiry, and the use of appropriate technologies as tools for teaching and learning.
630
  
A study of diagnostic instruments and procedures for identifying learning problems and planning remedial instruction appropriate for students in all subject areas.
631
  
A study of strategies for providing appropriate educational services for children with mild to moderate learning problems by the use of intervention techniques.
636
  
Emphasis is on developing leadership skills in the classroom and with peer teachers, teaching assistants, and other community and school personnel.
633
  
640
  
Provides an opportunity for the student to complete field work which will be tied into research course, if needed. Gives the student an option for practicum based on individual needs.
614
  
Expand/Collapse Subject : MBA - Master Business Admin ‎(12)
688
  
687
  
Prerequisite 1: MSL-601; Prerequisite 2: MBA-624; Prerequisite 3: MBA-640; Prerequisite 4: MBA-643; Prerequisite 5: MBA-646; Prerequisite 6: MBA-658; Prerequisite 7: MBA-664; Prerequisite 8: Take MBA-680 or MBA-686; Prerequisite 9: MBA-612 & MBA-613.
The role of leadership to maintain a congruent proactive approach for organization effectiveness is studied. Stages in the strategic process including development, implementing, and evaluation are examined. Special focus on organizational alignment in achieving objectives and desired outcomes is studied.
682
  
An in-depth examination of leadership on an executive level with an emphasis on managerial competencies. Topics relating to corporate governance, decision making, contingency models, competency, and performance are covered. Special emphasis on the biblical leadership principles and role models are included.
680
  
Complete MBA-613.
This course is designed to prepare that business administration student with quantitative skills and abilities which will be applied in a business-related environment. Areas covered include: designing goods and services, managing quality, forecasting, location and layout strategies, supply chain management, , inventory management, just-intime and lean operations, descriptive statistics, probability techniques, and regression analysis.
664
  
Marketing principles are reviewed along with managerial responsibilities concerning ethics, efficiency, effectiveness, and resource availability. Students learn how to develop a marketing plan and how it supports organizational objectives. Fundamentals of marketing research including design, delivery, data collection, and analysis are covered.
658
  
Complete MBA-613..
Economic theory is examined along with its application to business planning and strategy. Students learn the value of understanding economic principles and information in business decision making. Topics such as supply and demand, consumer choices, and monetary policies, forecasting, economic development and growth are covered.
646
  
Students learn the fundamentals of legal contracts, torts, regulatory issues, and managerial responsibilities as agents of an organization. An overview of jurisprudence along with the role of biblical principles in its formation is reviewed. Human resource issues and ethics are also examined.
643
  
Complete MBA-612.
Students study an array of management and financial concepts and processes including cost of capital, financial planning, resource acquisition, cash flow, financial analysis, risk assessment and reporting. Effects from government fiscal policies are examined along with market influences. Students acquire skills necessary to conduct a comprehensive evaluation in determining an organization's financial viability.
640
  
Fundamental components of organizational structure and design are examined as it relates to behavioral topics including motivation, performance, group and interpersonal dynamics, along with management and leadership issues.
624
  
Christ centered solutions are emphasized as a means to resolve ethical problems in the business place. Classic ethical systems are reviewed and critiqued through a Christian worldview along with contemporary concerns including social responsibility. Case studies are utilized to help students understand issues relating to real world dilemmas.
613
  
A continuation of MBA 612 Business Principles I.
612
  
An introduction to business fundamentals including Financial Accounting, Business Math and Statistics and Economics. Application of the Christian worldview to the field of business is also discussed.
Expand/Collapse Subject : MPA - Public Administration ‎(10)
612
  
Policy development and implementation are examined. Studies include who contributes to policy formation, overview of the process, and implications of policymaking. Influence of politics on the process is analyzed by using case studies. Additional topics of study include setting agendas, evaluating, succession, and policy adaptation.
611
  
An overview of the role of law in society is presented with an emphasis on regulatory responsibilities pertinent to public administrators. Specific topics of study include judicial review, liability issues, regulatory processes, administrative processes and procedures.
610
  
The relationship and role of economics are examined as it relates to public policy implementation and administrative decision making. How government affects market economy, fluctuations, and trade policy is studied. The relationship between markets and resource availability is reviewed along understanding efficiency verses effectiveness and concerns regarding equity.
609
  
This course lays the foundation for effective financial management that includes planning, budgets, controls, and revenue collection. Fiscal policies on a local, state, and federal level are covered along with intergovernmental relations.
608
  
MPA-603
The continuation of the research process initiated in MPA603. Students deliver an oral and written summary of their research efforts to date. Elements included this progress report include the history and selection of the project topic, methods selected to investigate and collect information, and bibliographical resources.
607
  
The relevance and application of biblically based ethical principles to the issues facing today's leaders. Christian value systems are contrasted with post-modern relativism and other conflicting worldviews as the student is challenged to review and refine individual values. Included are obligations of the organization to employees and the public-at-large (society).
606
  
Develops skills in techniques of personnel administration and management. Examines recruitment, selection, training, motivation, performance evaluation, compensation, discipline, and career development.
605
  
A study of the behavioral sciences as they apply to various leadership theories and models, both classical and contemporary. This course examines the distinction between leadership and management, servanthood leadership from a Christian perspective, participative management, group dynamics and motivation.
604
  
A study of the classical and contemporary theories of organization, management, and administration in public and private institutions. This advanced study of group dynamics examines the forces in individuals, groups and organizations which affect the achievement of organizational goals and objectives. Issues include organization culture, organizational design, individual and collective motivation, developing the learning organization, political behavior, conflict and resolution.
603
  
Basic components of applied research are studied providing students with skills in design, development, and analysis of the results of research projects relevant to administrative needs. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are compared along with assessing various data collection methods. Students also gain practical experience in developing questionnaires and interviewing skills.
Expand/Collapse Subject : MSL - Leadership ‎(12)
686
  
The focus of this course is developing and implementing effective strategies to maximize leadership and organizational effectiveness. Innovative approaches in leading organizations in adapting to changing external environmental factors are studied through the use of case studies. Mergers, acquisitions, and multiple approaches to partnerships are analyzed.
670
  
Prerequisite 1: MSL-601; Prerequisite 2: MSL-630; Prerequisite 3: MSL-658; Prerequisite 4: MSL-660; Prerequisite 5: MSL-665; Prerequisite 6: MSL-668
This capstone course integrates core content from all of the courses to demonstrate biblical leadership in providing real world solutions to organizational issues. Special emphasis on decision making and solution development.
668
  
Developing leaders as effective change agents is the focus of this course. Approaches for assessing organizational readiness for change and strategic planning for effective organizational development are scrutinized. Strategies for overcoming resistance to change are examined. Students are challenged to integrate biblical principles to compliment contemporary change models.
665
  
Students study biblical principles and biblical approaches in resolving workplace conflicts. Special emphasis on personal responsibility and pragmatic outcomes. Personal responsibility and Christ-like character are stressed.
663
  
A study of current research into critical issues in the human resources, and innovations that affect managing human resources to reach their full potential within organizations.
662
  
This course offers an overview of Total Rewards and compensation package. Students will develop a total compensation philosophy, design and implement a total rewards system. Job analysis, Job evaluation, Job descriptions, FLSA and Compensation Law, Employee Benefits Law, Government Mandated Benefits, and Employer-sponsored Benefits will also be discussed. Finally, compensation and benefits will be discussed in the context of a Christian world view.
660
  
An advanced study of the utilization and challenges of human resources in contemporary organizations. The emphasis is upon external trends in law, society, and competitors. In addition, issues related to today's workforce are discussed and include topics such as diversity, values, recruiting and developing today's employee.
658
  
This course investigates leadership at the executive level through the use of qualitative research, student exercises, and a skills development project. In the course, students will research different executive leadership models and case studies in how the models are applied at the executive level. The concept of level three leadership is studied addressing working with and motivating people at the level of their fundamental values, beliefs, and expectations. The foundations of Christian leadership are explored.
643
  
An overview of financial, accounting, and budgeting practices and its relationship with organization responsibilities for executive leadership. Planning and control issues, cost of capital, cost and cash budgeting practices, reporting, and working capital management topics are covered. Students develop skills necessary to evaluate an organization's financial viability.
640
  
Understanding organizational behavioral principles as it relates to underlying structure, design, culture, communication, and interpersonal processes. Special emphasis is placed on analyzing behavioral characteristics of contemporary leadership approaches with biblical principles. Specific approaches and tools to maximize organizational effectiveness are reviewed.
630
  
An analysis of team dynamics and the role of leadership in supporting effective team outcomes is examined. Small group development and team effectiveness are reviewed. Clarifying roles and expectations with the support of a team contract is stressed. Issues relating to diversity, culture, individual proficiency, performance pay, and collective performance evaluations are examined.
601
  
A review of the basic concepts and skills necessary for success in graduate study. Concepts of teamwork and team learning are covered along with an overview of requirements for graduate programs. Students are introduced to leadership principles and applications in the context of a Christian world view. Topics include library use, research, critical thinking skills, writing expectations, analysis of case studies in leadership, and worldview.
Expand/Collapse Subject : REA - Reading ‎(7)
632
  
Prerequisite 1: REA-617; Prerequisite 2: Complete 27 credits of Graduate Education Courses.; Prerequisite 3: Complete the Foundations of Reading Test.
This practicum course provides directed field-based applications of effective teaching, research in reading instruction, and instructional methodology to promote reading progress and prevent reading difficulties with diverse populations.
629
  
A study of reading problems, assessment procedures and use of test results; planning individualized instructional programs and differenced instruction for problem readers or English language learners. Includes case study with field experience.
627
  
A study of reading-thinking skills, concepts, methods, and materials for literacy instruction and learning for upper elementary and young adolescents. Emphasis will be on comprehension, strategy instruction, assessment and writing for diverse student populations.
622
  
A study in the selection and use of materials and methods of teaching reading in the elementary schools with emphasis upon current research. Research based teaching strategies for oral language development and early systematic reading and writing instruction specific to vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension and scaffolding of the reading process.
617
  
The methods and materials for teaching reading through the content areas  in upper elementary, middle, and secondary schools; attention is given to techniques of diagnosing difficulties, teaching reading skills and comprehension with a focus on individualizing instruction, and assessing student achievement.
611
  
A study of literary materials and resources that is appropriate for elementary instruction. Emphasis will be given to integrating literature into all curriculum areas. Identifies resources and research-based practices that create language rich environments.
608
  
This course is a study of concepts, materials and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction, specific to concepts about print, phonemic awareness, and phonics. The course includes a systematic study of scientifically research-based instructional methods and learning activities for beginning reading.
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