Education Policy Committee

MEMORANDUM: Responses to discussion of proposed curriculum changes at EPC meeting held November 29, 2001

Persuant to the request of the EPC our program committee met to discuss the following issues:

  1. The proposed college teaching course, PYXXX: Teaching Psychology ╔
  2. The staffing of PY714, that is, the option of Faculty Credit
  3. Electives in our PhD program

Based on our conversations and discussions with Ana Martinez-Aleman about ED773 we revise our proposal in the following way:

  1. We withdraw our proposal for a new course on Teaching Psychology and have worked with Dr. Martinez-Aleman and Dr. Arnold to ensure that the needs of our students can be met through ED773. To wit Dr Arnold will give at least one lecture on student development in this course and Dr. Martinez-Aleman has added readings that will address the needs of psychology students. As this course is offered every other year doctoral students in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology will therefore be required to take ED773 in either their first or second year of their doctoral studies.
  2. We agree with the Dean's recommendation that the PY714 course should be staffed and that we would rotate the listed professor of this course. For academic staff it would count as one course for the year. NOTE that for students it is two 3-credit courses, one in the fall and one in the spring. ALSO note that although there will be only 5-6 students in the section each semester since staff receives only one course credit it will meet the minimum of 10 students.
  3. We have followed the suggestions of the EPC to add additional suggested electives to the clusters of electives proposed in the earlier version of our proposal. ADDITIONAL POSSIBILITIES FOR ELECTIVES are listed below in italics and bold. PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR PROPOSAL IS ONLY SUGGESTIVE OF ELECTIVES. Students will be encouraged to take electives through the university and in our consortium.

    SOCIAL POLICY
    PS 552 Children, Families and Social Policy
    PS 565 Human Development and Social Policy
    ED 619 Ethics and Equity in Education

    ED 705 Education Law and Public Policy
    PY 620 Educational and Social Issues and Social Policy
    ED 808 Public Policy, Politics, and Higher Education
    PY 910 Readings and Research in Counseling and Developmental Psychology
    [Note: independent study can be used for research or a field placement]

    EDUCATION AND TEACHING
    ED 674 Teaching Mathematical Problemsolving╔
    ED 675 Consultation and Collaboration in Education
    ED 771 Historical and Political Contexts of Curriculum
    ED 729 Controversies in Curriculum&Instructio
    n
    ED 773 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
    PY 778 College Student Development
    PY 910 Readings and Research in Counseling and Developmental Psychology
    [Note: independent study can be used for research or a field placement]

    THEORY AND APPLICATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY
    PS 545 Emotion: Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective
    PS 550 Advanced Topics in Cultural Psychology
    PY 611 Learning and Development: The Special Needs of Early Learners
    PY 740 Psychology of Women

    PY 741 Advanced Seminar in Psychopathology
    PY 744 Psychology of Aging
    PY 745 Biological Bases of Behavior
    PY 817 Applied Adolescent and Adult Development: Theories and Research
    PY 910 Readings and Research in Counseling and Developmental Psychology
    [Note: independent study can be used for research or a field placement]
    PY 915 Critical Perspectives: Race and Class

    We are confident that with these changes we have responded to all of the concerns discussed at the EPC and trust that we
    can move towards a speedy reconsideration of our proposal and a vote. As we have mentioned to you in our earlier correspondence
    we would hope to make these changes to take effect for the entering class of the fall, 2002. We look forward to discussing these
    issues with the EPC at its January meeting.

    Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and response.