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Examines the early and current theories of child
development in the areas of physical/ motor, psychosocial (cultural
influences), and cognitive/language/literacy development of students
ages seven to 12 years. Focuses on the integration of research findings
and theories of growth and development in elementary school practice.
Guided field experience required.
Prereq: EDUC 196
or concurrent. Co-registration in EDUC 104 and scores on
PRAXIS I. F, Sp
Examines the early and current theories of adolescent/young adult
development in the areas of physical, psychosocial (cultural influences),
and cognitive/language/literacy development of adolescent/young adult
students. Focuses on the integration of research findings and theories of
growth and development in high school practice. Guided field experience
Prereq: EDUC 196 or concurrent. Co-registration in EDUC 105 and scores on
PRAXIS I. F, Sp
A survey course designed to introduce and explore traditional and contemporary children's literature through immersion into a variety of authors, illustrators, and genres. This course is designed to enhance teacher candidates' understanding of children's literature and how these books can be used effectively with children of all ages.
Prereq: ENG 101 with a grade of C or better. F, Sp, Su
This course introduces teacher candidates to best practices in teaching writing in the elementary and middle school classroom in all subject areas. Students examine theoretical perspectives on the teaching of writing and the connections between writing and other literacies (reading, speaking, and listening). The course will incorporate strategies for using writing to enhance children's learning in all disciplines.
Prereq: ENG 201 with grade of C or better.
This course defines and examines the nature and needs of exceptional children. Special education foundations and legal mandates will be discussed. Appropriate accommodations and teaching methods that address each area of exceptionality and the effectiveness of these techniques will be covered. The role of teachers, parents, and other relevant personnel will be investigated in relation to current practices which include individual education program (IEP), inclusion, and least restrictive environment (LRE).
Prereq: Admission to the Exploration Phase of Teacher Education.
Explores the use of the technology to enhance the teaching and learning
process. Students will explore current research, issues, and methodology
related to the design, development, and use of technology resources.
Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation and selection of Internet
resources, educational software, productivity tools, and other emerging
technologies in the educational environment. Students will develop skills in
the production and effective use of print, projected, and displayed
communication using technology tools.
Prereq: EDUC 196. F, Sp, Su
The purpose of this course is to explore the theory and knowledge base that supports multicultural education and an awareness of diversity within American society. Topics may include the critical study of issues as they relate to race and ethnicity, exceptionality, language and dialect, religion, gender, and age.
Prereq: Grade C or higher in ENG 101.
Practical consideration of recent trends and techniques for the
education of young children in nursery school, kindergarten, and primary
grades. Observation and first-hand experiences with young children
Examines the development of the early years and the ways to assess development in the growth domains. Examines the importance of observation and documentation, compares assessment instruments, and examines appropriateness of each tool. Guided field experience required.
Examines the importance of observation and documentation to the
assessment process. Techniques for each area will be considered.
Field experience required.
Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 242.
Examines the process of language and literacy development in young
children. The course focuses on ways teachers of young children
integrate research-based knowledge with early school and family
literacy. Field experience required.
Prereq: EDUC 242.
Examines the growth and development of infants
and toddlers with an emphasis on the uniqueness of the earliest years and the implications for care in group settings. Theoretical and philosophical approaches to infant/toddler care will be studied. Programs and activities for infants and toddlers will be discussed and planned, incorporating accommodations for early intervention. Required field work involves experiences with infants and toddlers (B-2 years).
Prereq: Current criminal background check.
Studies various theories and practices related to the guidance of young
children. Emphasis on selfawareness for teachers and parents leading to
setting program goals and promoting prosocial behavior.
Prereq: EDUC 242.
Examines theoretical approaches in infant/toddler care. Emphasis will be on developing programs and activities for infants and toddlers in group care. Field experience required.
Prereq: EDUC 242 and 255
Studies the various special needs conditions, early identification and intervention approaches, and the subsequent adaptations necessary for a classroom setting. Field experience required.
Prereq: EDUC 242
Studies the link between proper nutrition, health, and child development. Special health and safety needs of young children will be explored as they relate to program plans in early childhood settings. Information for teachers to share with families will be developed. Field experience required.
Prereq: EDUC 242
Three semester hours designed to integrate the fundamental aspects of adolescent development, teaching adolescents with exceptionalities, and teaching adolescents reading strategies in departmentalized middle or secondary (5-12) school setting. The course will include a field experience in a local school.
Prereq: Admission to Exploration Phase in Teacher Education and prerequisite or co-requisite of EDUC 221.
Taken concurrently with EDUC 283: Exploration in Secondary Education and Schooling. Three semester hours designed around a field experience in a local school. Applied projects and experiences occur through one-on-one after-school mentoring programs and small group instruction. The clinical experiences emphasizes the application of content related to adolescent development, teaching adolescents with exceptionalities, and teaching adolescents reading strategies in a secondary education setting.
Prereq: Admission to Exploration Phase in Teacher Education and prerequisite or co-requisite of EDUC 221. Con-current enrollment in EDUC 283 required.
Analyzes and evaluates current educational programs for young children with emphasis on the management aspects of child care programs including personnel matters (employment, training, and dismissal); policies and procedures related to health, safety, fire regulations and facility maintenance; financial planning and budgeting; supervision of program; and parent relationships. Field experience required.
Prereq: Completion of 15 hours in early childhood education
This course will provide a broad overview of current issues and practices in education. The candidates will know, understand, and use the major child development concepts, learning theories, socio-historical contexts, and research related to teaching special education and literacy. This six-hour course will include a field experience in a local school.
Prereq: Admission to Exploration Phase of Teacher Education.
Examines the nature and functions of schools, using philosophical, historical, and sociological perspectives. Special attention will be given to the ways in which the pre-service teacher's beliefs (especially about knowledge, ethics, and human life) influence educational outcomes by helping to shape classroom life.