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CORE COURSES

EDP 6010

Advanced Educational Psychology

(3 credit hours)

This course surveys the Islamic approaches to the teaching and practice of educational psychology. Western and Islamic approaches to educational psychology are compared. An in-depth analysis of modern learning theories as they relate to the school and everyday life is also investigated.

EDP 6150

Research Methodology

(3 credit hours)

This course aims to develop in the student the method of thinking through application of scientific method. It aims to enable students to understand and be able to apply basic research methodology and scientific method in practical research relevant to the field of education. Through the course the students are expected to learn the principles of research methodology and to plan and design a research project relevant to their specific area of specialization.

EDP 6110

Educational Measurement and Statistics

(3 credit hours)

The focus of this course is on measurement and statistical techniques available for analyzing and interpreting data. Evaluation of the use of statistics (i.e. its use and limitations) in social science research is reviewed.

EDF 6050

Advanced History and Philosophy of Islamic Education

(3 credit hours)

An overview of the history and philosophy of Islamic education is the thrust of this course. Major educational figures, theories, institutions, and developments from early Muslim history through modern times are examined and interpreted in their cultural contexts. The distinct nature of philosophic inquiry functioning within a socio-cultural setting in the construction of Islamic educational theory is emphasized.

RESEARCH

EDU 6998

Thesis Related to the Field of Specialization

(6 credit hours)

EDU 6997

Directed Research Practicum (For Non-Thesis Option)

(3 credit hours)

This course is offered to the Master of Education students who will be opting for the non-thesis option only. It will focus on current issues of importance to the education profession. Students will be guided in selecting a feasible research topic and writing a quality research paper employing all the basic research skills they have acquired in the course on research methodology. The research paper will be a description, an analysis, an evaluation and synthesis of the selected topic. The research paper will be about 6000 words in length or between 25 to 30 pages.

EDU 6995

Comprehensive Examination (For Non-Thesis Option)

(No credit hours)

Philosophically, the comprehensive examination is theoretically based and will

cover the general and broad area of his specialization. It comprises two papers, each three hours in duration, which will cover some aspects of the specialized and core courses. The examinations will be set and evaluated by two faculty members

in the area of specialization. An authoritative figure would be appointed as an

additional examiner if there were a discrepancy between the two examiners. To establish the reliability of the examination an evaluation or marking scheme will be developed. The examination will be offered only in the regular semester. A

candidate will be allowed to repeat once if he or she fails in the first attempt.

SPECIALIZED COURSES

TEACHING OF ARABIC TO NON ARABIC SPEAKERS

Specialized

EDL 6530

Issues in Arabic Grammar

(3 credit hours)

This course introduces the proper use of Arabic grammar for students of ASL (Arabic as a second language). An overview of the different Arabic grammarian schools of thought is also covered in this course.

EDL 6210

Issues in Arabic Teaching Methodology

(3 credit hours)

A

detailed account of major twentieth century trends in Arabic language Teaching

is

introduced in this course. An examination of historical, political, social, and

literary factors influencing trends in Arabic language teaching methodology will

be covered, together with implications on the formulation of theories in Arabic language learning and teaching.

EDL 6510

Arabic Literature and Text Analysis

(3 credit hours)

This course focuses on critical examination of selected Arabic literature. Discussion on the development of Arabic literature from pre-Islamic era to modern times will also be covered.

EDL 6520

An Introduction to Ilm al-Lughah

(3 credit hours)

Introduction to the historical development of the field of linguistics, with an emphasis on the Arabic language is the core of this course. The impact of Arabic on past and modern civilizations will also be investigated.

Electives

EDL 6540

Rhetoric and Criticism

(3 credit hours)

A survey on principles and rules of Arabic rhetoric and the concept of criticism in Arabic literature will be covered in this course. An examination of major historical trends in Arabic rhetoric and criticism, and their application in evaluating Arabic literature will also be reviewed.

EDL 6550

Psycholinguistics

(3 credit hours)

Critical evaluation of recent research and theory on the psychological processes underlying acquisition and development of language are covered by this course. Emphasis on the processes and strategies of Arabic acquisition and learning as a second language are also reviewed.

EDL 6650

Malay-Islamic Literature

(3 credit hours)

This course introduces the origin, historical development, and current usages of Islamic literature in the Malay Archipelago. The mutual impact of Malay literature and the coming of Islam to the Malay Archipelago, its implications on the role of language in the Islamization process will be studied.

EDL 6610

Islamic Culture and Civilization

(3 credit hours)

Underlying factors affecting the formation of Islamic culture and civilization throughout history will be discussed. Comparison and contrast of Islamic cultural and civilization formation and growth with those in other societies will be investigated together with enduring aspects of Islamic culture and civilization.

EDL 6320

Instructional Materials in the Teaching of Arabic

(3 credit hours)

Students will be introduced to the systematic design and development of instructional materials for teaching Arabic in schools. Skill development in the selection, utilization, and evaluation of available instructional media for Arabic language teaching, will also be investigated.

EDL 6350

Textbook Development in the Teaching of Arabic

(3 credit hours)

The focus of this course will be the principles in the systematic design and development of textbooks and supporting teacher guides for teaching Arabic in schools. Skill development in the selection, utilization, and evaluation of available textbook materials for teaching Arabic will be reviewed.

EDL 6560

Contrastive and Error Analysis

(3 credit hours)

Comparison and contrast of relevant aspects of Arabic and other selected languages will be investigated. Analysis of language learning problems via error analysis faced by Malay studies, in particular, will be done.

TEACHING OF ISLAMIC EDUCATION

Specialized

EDC 6220

Issues in Methods of Teaching Islamic Education

(3 credit hours)

The topics to be discussed in this course will be:

a. Basic issues in the teaching of Islamic education in schools

b. Teaching methods in Islamic education from early Muslim history to

modern times are examined; and

c. Implications for the role of the teacher and the development of a

teaching theory in Islamic education.

EDC 6770

Advanced Psychological Foundations of Islamic Education (3 credit hours)

This course will cover the following aspects:

a. A Qur'anic perspective on the psychological bases of Islamic Education.

b. Examination of early and contemporary Muslim scholarly contributions to the advancement of Islamic educational psychology; and

EDC 6810

Advanced Social Foundations of Islamic Education

(3 credit hours)

To be covered in this course will be the following:

a. Qur’anic perspective on the social bases of Islamic Education.

b. Examination of early and contemporary Muslim scholarly contribution to the advancement of Islamic educational sociology; and

c. Implications on the planning of educational programs in contemporary

Muslim societies.

EDC 6315

Curriculum of Islamic Education (3 credit hours)

This course is a study of Islamic education curriculum, its relationship to society and to present practices in schools. An analysis and interpretation of factors that shape the development of Islamic education curricula from early Muslim history to the present, focusing on the role of the Qur'an and Sunnah. The design and implementation of Islamic education curriculum in past and contemporary multifaith societies will also be reviewed.

Electives

EDC 6330

Instructional Materials for Islamic Education (3 credit hours)

This course is the systematic design and development of instructional materials for teaching Islamic education in schools. Skill development in the selection, utilization, and evaluation of available instructional media for Islamic education will be investigated.

EDC 6360

Textbook Development in Islamic Education (3 credit hours)

This course covers the principles in the systematic design and development of textbooks and supporting teacher guides in teaching Islamic education in schools. Skill development in the selection, utilization, and evaluation of available textbook materials for teaching Islamic education will also be highlighted.

EDC 6410

Teacher Education for Islamic Education (3 credit hours)

Two major topics will be covered in this course, i.e.:

a. Philosophical and historical analysis of the purposes, processes, and

forms of Islamic teacher education programmes; and

b. Implications on the role of teacher education programmes in

contemporary society.

The aim of this course is to help students to understand:

a. The Quranic basis of the scientific investigations of psychology in

Islam including the works of Muslim scholars

b. The principles of guidance and counseling and groups in guidance and

counseling

c. Leadership and programme management and principles of programme

construction and evaluation; and

d. Techniques, practices and group dynamics, foundations and theoretical

assumptions of counseling, and schools of counseling such as

psychoanalysis, social learning and gestalt.

EDC 6740

Communication Aspects in Islamic Education

(3 credit hours)

This course will review the role of spoken communication, especially Arabic and Arabic-based languages, in the origin, growth, and maintenance of Islamic education throughout Muslim history, and its implications on the importance of the language curriculum in Islamic educational planning and implementation.

EDC 6745

Mass Media in Islamic Education

(3 credit hours)

The focus of this course is how mass media shapes an individual's creation of social reality with regard to the dissemination of Islamic values and knowledge. It will also investigate the development, structure, and functions of mass media and media systems as they affect the nature, form, and progress of Islamic education.

EDC 6760

The Non-Formal Aspects in Islamic Education

(3 credit hours)

Two components of this course are: -

a. Analysis of the origin and development of non-formal Islamic educational

institutions throughout Muslim history; and

b. Implications on contemporary approaches to Islamic educational planning

and organization.

EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION

Specialized

EDA 6565

Basic Theories in Educational Administration

The course covers the following topics:

(3 credit hours)

a.

Principles and theories in educational administration.

b.

Development of an awareness and understanding of the social, political,

historical, economic, and cultural bases for educational organization and

administration; and

c.

Discussion of such principles and theories in the context of Muslim

educational history.

EDA 6775

Islamic Perspectives in Administration and Human Relation (3 credit hours)

The three topics to be covered are:

a) Qur'anic perspective on the philosophical, social, and psychological bases of administration and human relations.

b) Examination of early and contemporary Muslim scholarly contributions to the advancement of Islamic educational administrative thought.

c) Implications on the administration of educational programmes in contemporary Muslim societies.

EDA 6590

Educational Planning and Evaluation

(3 credit hours)

EDA 6480

This course exposes students to the application of curriculum development and program planning principles to the design and implementation of educational programmes. Methods of evaluating educational programmes, and emphasis on the planning and evaluation of Islamic educational programmes will also be investigated Human Resource Development and Management (3 credit hours)

This course investigates the nature and function of programmes for developing human resources in educational, business, government and organizational settings. Analysis of the organismic, psychological, spiritual and social domains of the person functioning within the context of a Muslim Ummah will also be reviewed.

Electives

EDA 6450

Economics of Education

(3 credit hours)

The relationship between economics/economic systems and the development and growth of Islamic education/educational institutions throughout Muslim history, together with an analysis of issues and problems in financing and promoting

Islamic educational programmes in Muslim societies, will be investigated in this

course.

EDA 6465

Curriculum and Instructional Leadership

(3 credit hours)

The course reviews the interrelationships of various components of a curriculum design as a basis for decision-making in constructing and improving instructional

programmes.

EDA 6475

Computer in Administration

(3 credit hours)

The thrust of this course is an examination of various computer-based technologies used in school administration. In addition theories and models relating to computer-assisted instruction, computer-based training, computer literacy, and other uses of computers as instructional and administrative media, will also be investigated.

EDA 6570

Teacher Education and Administration

(3 credit hours)

The core of this course covers the following aspects:

a. The design, management, and evaluation of teacher training programmes at the preservice, in-service, and continuing education levels.

b. Comparison and contrast of teacher training programme across different societies; and

c. Implications on the role of teacher education in Muslim societies.

EDA 6585

System Analysis and Management

(3 credit hours)

The following will be investigated in this course:

a. The application of a systems approach to educational planning and management.

b. Emphasis on the person as a valuable resource person in an Organization; and

c. Development of an appreciation for the Islamic concept of human and organizational interdependence.

EDA 6660

Educational Issues in Malaysia

(3 credit hours)

This course reviews the integration and synthesis of the concepts, principles, trends, and pertinent issues in education and schooling in Malaysia. Emphasis will also be made on the Islamic paradigm as a framework in which responses to educational issues and challenges are addressed.

EDA 6665

Current Issues in Educational Administration

(3 credit hours)

This course analysis the integration and synthesis of the concepts, principles, trends, and pertinent issues in educational administration. Emphasis will also be made on the Islamic paradigm as a framework in which responses to educational administration issues and challenges are addressed.

EDA 6670

Current Issues in Educational Planning

(3 credit hours)

This course reviews the integration and synthesis of the concepts, principles, trends, and pertinent issues in educational planning. Emphasis on the Islamic paradigm as a framework in which responses to educational planning issues and challenges will also be addressed.

EDA 6725

Management and Administration in Pre-School

(3 credit hours)

This course investigates the concepts, principles, and procedures for planning, managing, and interpreting the learning environment for young children. Identification and analysis of problems and issues in preschool education administration, and emphasis on Islamically - based concepts, principles, and procedures will also be highlighted.

EDA 6735

Management and Administration in Primary Schools (3 credit hours)

The course focuses on the concepts, principles, and procedures for planning, managing, and interpreting the learning environment for primary school children. Identification and analysis of problems and issues in primary education administration, and emphasis on Islamically-based concepts, principles, and procedures will also be investigated.

EDA 6747

Management and Administration in Secondary Schools (3 credit hours)

Concepts, principles, and procedures for planning, managing, and interpreting the learning environment for secondary school children, will be the main thrust of this course. Identification and analysis of problems and issues in secondary education administration will be discussed.

EDA 6755 Management and Administration in Tertiary Institutions (3 credit hours)

This course reviews the development of tertiary education in Malaysia and how the universities are managed. Topics for discussion include the role of university administrators, the faculty, support staff, curriculum development, planning, programming and budgeting and student affairs. Special issues of university administration such as evaluation of academic staff, problems concerning students, Higher Education Acts and others will be highlighted together with an emphasis on Islamically-based concepts, principles, and procedures.

COUNSELING

Specialized

EDG 6430

Principles and Theories of Guidance and Counseling

(3 credit hours)

This course analysis the constructs, principles, and techniques of major counseling theories. Emphasis on Islamic theory of counseling and the role of counseling in Islam will also be highlighted.

EDG 6495

Mental Health

(3 credit hours)

This course overviews and analyzes of mental health concepts, research and the dynamics of human behavior. An examination of human mental health will be given to the Western and Islamic Psychological paradigms. In addition, early Muslim scholars’ approach to mental health will also be discussed.

EDG 6440

Techniques in Counseling

(3 credit hours)

This course covers the following components:

a. Counseling skill development drawing from various counseling theories.

b. Premises on which western and Islamic approaches to counseling are based, examined and compared; and

c. Implications on the model counsellor in Islam.

EDG 6275

Counseling Practicum

(3 credit hours)

The practice of supervised counseling in laboratory and field settings is the strength of this course. The use of cases, tapes, role-playing and analysis of counseling processes and counselor responses will be encouraged/required. Ethics in counseling in Islam will be observed.

Electives

EDG 6280

Career Development

(3 credit hours)

Theory of Careers and counseling techniques for those intending to be counselors in schools, agencies, higher education institutions, and organizational settings will be analyzed. The concepts of working as Obadiah in Islam and the Islamic work ethic are explored in this course.

EDG 6490

Guidance and Counseling in Schools (3 credit hours)

Two major components of this course include:

a. Principles of developmental guidance, role and function of the school counsellor, group guidance and case techniques, and parent and teacher consultation; and

b. Effective programming in school counseling including developmental curriculum, academic program planning, motivation, retention, consultation, and reference.

EDG 6415

Career Counseling

(3 credit hours)

The aim of this course is to help students:

a. To understand themselves and their environment

b. To help them make life adjustment

c. To achieve emotional maturity; and

d. To involve in career planning and decision-making processes.

EDG 6425

Family Counseling

(3 credit hours)

This course introduces students to the family as a social unit within a changing social and cultural environment. An examination and discussion of the theoretical and historical development of family therapy will be made together with implications for the development of an Islamic theory of family therapy.

EDG 6445

Counseling From An Islamic Perspective

(3 credit hours)

This course is meant to expose students to the various aspects of counseling from the Islamic perspective, according to the following outlines: to help students to understand the concepts of Guidance and Counseling, to discuss in detail the concept and principles of Islam as a basic to Islamic Counseling; to discuss human nature in the Holy Quran and the Hadith, to evaluate the views of human nature in psychology as a basis for counseling in non-Muslim countries; and to discuss the code of ethics in Islamic Counseling.

EDG 6455

Peer Counseling

(3 credit hours)

This course introduces constructs, principles, and techniques of peer group counseling in school and non-school settings. The practical aspects of peer group counseling and developmental programming, including leadership and participatory experiences in the formation, maintenance, development, and closing stages of peer group counseling, will be discussed.

EDG 6498

Group Dynamics

This course aims at studying the dynamics of group behavior. Emphasis on the analysis and attainment of leadership behaviors that are most facilitative of individual and group purposes and goals will be highlighted together with implications in educational settings.

(3 credit hours)

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Specialized

EDP 6601

Theories of Human Development

(3 credit hours)

This course is an analysis of recent literature in the field of human development with special emphasis on early experiences at home and at school, peer relationships, socio- cultural influences, and determinants of self-concepts.

EDP 6605

Child Psychology

(3 credit hours)

This course studies various theories and research findings in child psychology, which essentially reviews critically child development from all aspects namely the physical, intellectual, spiritual, moral, emotional and social aspects. The critical review emphasizes the understanding of child development from the Islamic perspective as against secular-based ones.

EDP 6610

Theories of Personality

(3 credit hours)

The biological, psychological and spiritual foundations of personality will be studied in this course. Emphasis will be placed on the integrative aspects of personality.

EDP 6615

School Testing Programme

(3 credit hours)

This course is an analytical study of school testing programmes, with reference to the purpose, philosophy, and plan of testing that will relate testing to the total programmes of instruction, guidance and administrative education in schools and school systems.

Electives

EDP 6620

Analysis of Behaviour in Groups

(3 credit hours)

This course is concerned with observation and measurement of behavior in educational groups, such as classroom, playground, therapy groups, administrative and staff groups. An introduction to group dynamics will also be emphasized.

EDP 6625

Psychology of Classroom Learning

(3 credit hours)

This course involves the analytical study of learning of activities in the classroom, with reference to the learning of school subjects. The focus is on the learning process. Theories and principles of learning related to classroom situations will also be discussed.

EDP 6285

Personality Disorders

(3 credit hours)

This course is a systematic study of the theoretical contributions of major psychologists to a basic understanding of the dynamics of human personality. It also discuses and critically examines personality theories from an Islamic perspective, with emphasis on the spiritual dimension in the formation of human personality, and the Islamic concept of insan kamil (the perfect human being).

EDP 6332

Social Psychology in Education

(3 credit hours)

This course will examine the social-psychological millieux of education. The course focuses on the underpinning issues of social psychology and its importance to education. Students will be encouraged to analyze and examine the issues in the context of educational setting and from the ummatic perspective.

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

Specialized

EDC 6701

Curriculum Theory and Organization

(3 credit hours)

The purpose of this course is to explore the foundations, design development and implementation of curriculum K- 12 and other settings and to examine the

administrators’, teachers', and leaders' role in curriculum decision-making, development, and implementation.

EDC 6705

Models of Teaching

(3 credit hours)

This course is a study of instruction. Although considerable focus will be on the models presented in the text book, the intent is for the student to explore the area of instruction, including research base, learning styles, and communication.

EDC 6710

Issues in Curriculum and Instruction

(3 credit hours)

The purpose of this course is to engage students in the exploration and discussion of critical issues in education, which directly affect their work as educators.

EDC 6715

The Teaching of Thinking

(3 credit hours)

The course provides an instructional framework for teaching specific thinking skills and for developing and nurturing the teaching of skillful and reflective thinking in all content areas

(k - 12).

Electives

EDC 6720

Educational Technology

(3 credit hours)

This is an elective course for the M. Ed Programme, which cuts across specific subject specialization and aims to introduce participants to current ideas and concepts related to the development of educational technology, particularly in its applications to teaching and learning. The course attempts to strike a balance between theory and practical / hands-on activities and aims at increasing participants’ awareness of the need for the applications of educational technology in today’s educational system.

SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

Specialized

EDF 6805

History of Muslim Education

(3 credit hours)

This is a descriptive and analytical study of the history of Muslim education as it developed with the rise of Islam, in the time of the Prophet, the Khulafa’ al- Rashidun and the Umayyad Caliphate in the 7th and 8th centuries and its crystallization and blooming during the Abbasid Caliphate in the 9th and 10th centuries as an advanced and progressive system of education. It also looks into the theoretical and philosophical framework that informed it and the curricular and pedagogical concepts and practices that were employed in Muslim education. The course also examines the different stages of Muslim education, the ancillary systems, waqf system, the role and status of Muslim teachers. It then reviews the causes of stagnation that later set in the Muslim education and the processes of modernization that started with the changes that were introduced during the colonial period. Finally, the course surveys the post-colonial and contemporary problems of Muslim education as well as the emergent movements and ideologies designed to eradicate decline in and revitalize Muslim education in the present times and for the future.

EDF 6801

Qualitative Research Methods (3 credit hours)

This course is a general introduction to the philosophy and methods of qualitative research. It is an introduction to philosophical, historical, and other methodologies as aspects of qualitative educational research. The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of the idea of qualitative research as a whole and the various ways in which such research is done. However, it is necessary also to work through the special methods e.g. philosophical, anthropological, sociological, historical, and so on, those are taken to be qualitative. There will be a consideration of these special methods and viewpoints.

There will also be an examination of theses, to determine their qualitative characteristics and how (and why) they are done well or not so well. An operating assumption of the course is that students in the class are, or will be writing a thesis or dissertation using the qualitative method of research.

EDF 6810

Advanced Social Foundations of Islamic Education

(3 credit hours)

This course focuses on Quranic perspective on the sociological bases of Islamic Education. Examination of early and contemporary Muslim scholarly contributions to the advancement of social foundational thought in Islamic education, and implications on the planning of educational programmes in contemporary Muslim societies will also be covered.

EDF 6815

Islamic Critical Pedagogy

(3 credit hours)

This course analyzes Education not only as the transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next, but rather a process by which the present generation critically appropriates knowledge created by the previous one, in order to understand the present better and if need be to change it. To learn, therefore, is to understand critically. Where the Quran underscores the importance of personal effort in understanding the signs (ayah) of Allah for the faithful, it also gives preference to critical thinking over passive acceptance (taqleed) of the past. Understanding the signs of Allah, however, cannot be a one time event but an ongoing historical process. It has to be a process by which the previous understanding of the signs of Allah is appropriated critically. That is how it should be if knowledge is to grow.

This course is designed to re-introduce into Islamic education a forgotten element of Islamic tradition, i.e. critical thinking. It will do this by way of discussing the various theories of critique in vogue at present in the West.

Electives

EDF 6010

Philosophy in Education for Thinking

(3 credit hours)

This course introduces students to the central issues of philosophy and the role of philosophy in education for thinking, in particular, the contribution of logic, ethics and aesthetics. Effort will also be made to deal with particular subject areas at particular educational levels to illustrate how philosophy can be relevant there. Some reflections will also be made on the significance of philosophy for curriculum development, teacher preparation and teaching for thinking classroom.

EDF 6825

Educational Classics

(3 credit hours)

This course involves a critical examination of enduring writings on education in Muslim and non-Muslim civilizations. This exercise is meant to provide an insight into educational thoughts and how society and culture shape educational ideas. The thinkers’ concern over the concept of education, its goals and the means of producing the “educated” man will be among the central focus of the course. This course will include the works of Plato, Al-Ghazali, Ibn Al-Arabi, Ibn Khaldun, and Dewey

EDF 6830

Comparative Issues in Islamic Education (3 credit hours)

This course introduces a cross-cultural perspective on the integration and synthesis of the concepts, principles, trends, and pertinent issues in education and schooling especially in Muslim countries. Emphasis on the Islamic paradigm as a framework in which responses to educational issues and challenges will also be

EDF 6835

addressed.

Education and Society

(3 credit hours)

This course involves an analysis of the relationships existing between education and its social context. Past, present, and future purposes and practices of education and schooling, together with emphasis on educational institutions in Muslim societies will be discussed.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Specialized

EDC 6610

Instructional Design and Theory for Instruction

(3 credit hours)

This course introduces students to an overview of instructional design development and relates it with developments in instructional technology. It then focuses on the five domains of instructional design and examines each domain critically. Theoretical bases from other disciplines as well as major learning theories will also be discussed, with special emphasis on instructional strategies, the formulation of instructional objectives and assessment of learning.

EDC 6620

Instructional Technology Development and Utilization

(3 credit hours)

In this course, five areas of instructional technology development/ utilization will be examined in detail namely print technologies, audiovisual technologies, computer-based technologies, integrated technologies and process-based technologies. While the primary focus of the course is on the use of technology in school settings, the course will also be relevant to persons involved in training and adult education. The intent of the course is to provide a general understanding of instructional theory and media, and enable educators and trainers to make more rationale choices regarding technology. Not only will key characteristics of different media be surveyed, but the principles and issues concerning their appropriate use will also be discussed.

EDC 6630

Communication and Innovation Theory in Instructional Technology

(3 credit hours)

This course reviews communication and innovation theory as it relates to instructional technology. It covers the nature of communication problems from western and Islamic perspective, communication variables discussed in research literature, functions of communications, elements of innovation and the instructional technologist’s role in applying both communication and innovation theory. The course emphasizes practice of communication skills that will be required in instructional technology positions, especially writing and speaking about proposed innovations.

EDC 6640

Management and Evaluation in Instructional Technology

(3 credit hours)

The course examines two main aspects; i.e. management of instructional technology and evaluation of instructional technology. The management component will cover the areas of project management, resource management, delivery system management and information management. The evaluation component includes problem analysis, criterion-referenced measurement, formative and summative evaluation.

Electives

EDC 6650

Design and Implementation of Educational Software

(3 credit hours)

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn about design and implementation issues related to the creation of software applications for education and training purposes. It is hands-on course that requires the completion of an educational software project. While the project can take a number of forms, it is assumed that most will be multimedia and/or web-based.

EDC 6470

Managing Educational Resources and Technology

(3 credit hours)

The focus of this course is on management of instructional technology services, theories and methods for creating efficient and effective instructional technology centers and programmes in schools.

TEACHING THINKING

Specialized

EDC 6110

Islamic Foundation of Critical and Creative Thinking

(3 credit hours)

Creativity and critical thinking are two important elements emphasized in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Islamic legacy has furnished brilliant examples of creativity and critical thinking by early Muslim intellectuals who laid the foundations of Islamic law and thought. This course aims at familiarizing students with the Islamic foundation of thinking and to motivate them to be creative and critical thinkers.

EDC 6120

Human Cognition

(3 credit hours)

The course is geared towards understanding the human mind. Its domain include questions concerning how people perceive the world, acquire and remember information, use knowledge, understand language, learn psychology, as well as from other cognitive sciences.

EDC 6130

Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

(3 credit hours)

The course discusses the foundations of critical and creative thinking. To be able to acquire the critical and creative thinking skills, there would be a need to initiate a variety of mental processes, and also to exhibit certain abilities and dispositions on the part of the person. These basic elements would be the foundations to critical and creative thinking. Such thinking is to be appreciated as a necessity to ensure the effectiveness of problem solving, decision-making and judgments specifically, and to ensure that the role of ubudiyyah (servanthood) and khilafah (vicegerency) is done well.

EDC 6140

Methodology of Teaching Thinking Skills

(3 credit hours)

This course will discuss the various approaches and methods of teaching of thinking as required by different educational systems/curriculum designs, and how these are operationalized in the classroom lesson plans. Also this course will focus on identifying and developing teaching materials that enhance the teaching of thinking and also the techniques to evaluate the acquisition of thinking skills. Finally, in an effort to see theory translate into practice, microteaching will also be conducted.

DIPLOMA LEVEL FOUNDATION COURSES

EDF 5391

Introduction to Education

(4 credit hours)

This survey course introduces students to the foundations of education, namely the philosophical, sociological, historical and psychological foundations of education. The foundations will emphasize the Islamic Perspective.

EDC 5392

Principles of Teaching

(3 credit hours)

This course will provide an overview of issues in teaching and learning while providing much insight into learning how to teach for the beginning teacher. The concept of the effective teacher would be discussed and various instructional strategies would be given emphasis. Students would also be guided on the principles of classroom management on handling discipline, motivating students and on assessment and evaluation.

EDC 5393

Practice of Teaching

(2 credit hours)

This course aims to develop the skills of teaching. Students will be guided in and sensitized to instructional practices in schools. The focus will be on the practical/practicum aspect of the course in terms of mentoring.