Courses

Education Courses

Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI)

EDCI B210 - CLINICAL OBSERVATION AND ANALYSIS (3).
Clinical experience in an early childhood setting. Observation and analysis in classroom setting includes focus on the following topics: learning climate, classroom management, lesson clarity, instructional variety, task orientation, leaning process, student success, performance outcomes and higher thought processes.

EDCI B243 TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES IN TEACHING (3).
(Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EDCI B210)  Introduction to technological resources relevant to the teaching profession including computer technology, educational software, and telecommunications.   This course focuses on examining how applying technology in the classroom can be used to support teaching and learning and addresses the methods and materials used for technology integration.

EDCI B399 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN EDUCATION (1-6).
(Prerequisite: Contract approval is required).

EDCI B400 SELECTED TOPICS IN EDUCATION (3).
Intensive study of selected topics, themes, and/or interdisciplinary concerns in education. Course and content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes by topic title.  Topics may include: Gifted Education; Teaching English Language Learners; Play, Music and Movement in Early Childhood Education; Classroom Management, Assessment & Approaches in Differentiating Instruction, etc.

EDCI B441 - ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT IN A DIVERSE CLASSROOM (3).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Department of Education's Teacher Education Professional Program for Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education) Structuring of the physical, social, and instructional environment to maximize learning in a supportive, diverse classroom. Development of a comprehensive understanding of practice, proactive, and reactive approaches to management with attention to motivation and culturally diverse settings will be addressed. Behaviorists and constructivist approaches, inclusive education, ESOL learner needs, conflict resolution, and the promotion of learning communities are components of this course.


Early Childhood Education (EDEC)

EDEC B340 - EDUCATION OF THE YOUNG CHILD (3).
(Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EDCI B210). A study of the physical, emotional, intellectual and social components of development, birth through age eight and their relationship to the education of the young child birth - age eight. Diagnosis and assessment of development are addressed. Programs serving young children and their families will be discussed. The administration of these programs as well as advocacy efforts are included. Observation and participation in early childhood settings is required.

EDEC B342  -  CURRICULUM PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (3).
(Prerequisite or Co-requisites: EDCI B210; EDEC B340; EDPY B335). This curriculum course is designed for prospective teachers in the nursery, kindergarten and primary schools. The course explores various issues involved in the development and education of children from the ages of four to eight. Attention is given to learning activities, materials and equipment suitable for teaching at this level. Emphasis is given to appropriate methods for assessment of children ages four through eight and to the relationship of various subject areas to the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of the child. Philosophy, history of early childhood education, classroom management, societal influences, parental involvement and community resources are included.

EDEC B345 - FAMILY LIFE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD (3).
(Prerequisite: PSYC B209 or PSYC B321; Admission to the Professional Program in Education or consent of the Department Chair) Principles, practices and content of family life and family-school relations as related to young children’s learning and development in various settings during the early childhood years, birth through eight. This course will provide a foundation for using family life knowledge in relating to young children and families in effective ways.

EDEC B435 - MATH EXPERIENCES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (3). 
(Prerequisite: EDCI B210; Admission to the Professional Program in Education or consent of the Department Chair; Co-requisites: EDEC B436, EDEC B444, EDEC B440P). This methods course includes the basic content of the academic area of mathematics to be presented to PreK-3rd grade children. Developmentally appropriate experiences, learning activities, materials and equipment to aid in the development of math concepts in young children are presented. Diversity-related influences and needs of exceptional learners are also addressed.

EDEC B436SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES EXPERIENCES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (3).
(Prerequisite: EDCI B210; Admission to Professional Program in Education or consent of the Department Chair; Co-requisites: EDEC B435, EDEC B444, EDEC B440P). This methods course includes the basic content in the inquiry areas of science and social studies to be presented to PreK - 3rd grade children. Developmentally appropriate inquiry experiences, learning activities, materials and equipment are presented. Diversity-related influences and needs of exceptional learners are also addressed.

EDEC B440P - PRACTICUM II: TEACHING INTEGRATED LESSONS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (2).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Program or consent of the Department Chair; Co-requisite EDEC B435, EDEC B436, and EDEC B444). Supervised clinical experience in an early childhood setting. Teacher candidates will apply principles of planning, instruction, assessment, management, and professionalism in diverse field-based settings serving students in grades P-3. Offered in Fall.

EDEC B469 - INTERNSHIP IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (12).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Program in Education and the Internship; Co-requisite: EDEC B476) A program of observation and teaching in the public schools under the supervision of university and public school personnel.

EDEC B476 - SENIOR SEMINAR IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (3).
(Co-requisite: EDEC B469) The synthesis and critical evaluation of professional studies in early childhood education.

Foundations of American Education (EDFO)

EDFO B321 - Foundations of American Education (3). Extensive treatment of social, political, economic, and philosophical influences that have shaped public education. Study of the financial, organizational and legal aspects of education. Library assignments provide a working knowledge of professional standard references and journals.


Educational Psychology (EDPY)

EDPY B333 - Introduction to Child Growth and Development (3). Basic course designed to familiarize the prospective teacher with the patterns of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of the individual. Development of these growth patterns from the prenatal stage to the onset of adolescence.

EDPY B335 - Introduction to Educational Psychology (3). This course will introduce pre-service teachers and education majors to psychological principles, theory, and data upon which effective classroom practice are based, including general methods and techniques. A variety of teaching models for classroom management will be considered with the focus on the teacher as a decision maker in planning, evaluation, and control. Emphasis will be placed on student motivation, learning problems, individual differences, and measurement.


Reading and Literature (EDRD)

EDRD B318FOUNDATIONS OF READING (3).
(Prerequisite: EDCI B210, or EDCI B243, or special permission of the Department Chair) This course focuses on the foundations of reading, including language development, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Offered in Fall.

EDRD B425ASSESSMENT OF LITERACY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ELEMENTARY TEACHERS (3).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Program in Education or consent of the Department Chair, and EDCI B210, EDCI B243, and EDRD B318; Co-requisite: EDRD B430, and EDRD B450P)  This course instructs teacher candidates to administer and analyze a variety of formal and informal assessments for screening and diagnosis of reading problems at the early childhood and elementary level. The course utilizes both standardized and portfolio assessments.  Offered in Spring.

EDRD B428CONTENT AREA LITERACY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ELEMENTARY TEACHERS (3).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Program or special permission of the Department Chair and EDCI B210, EDCI B243, and EDRD B318)  This course is designed to instruct teacher candidates, grades pre-K through 6, in developing methods and materials that will improve their students’ literacy skills in content area reading and writing. Offered in Fall.

EDRD B430INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES IN LITERACY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ELEMENTARY TEACHERS (3).
(Prerequisite: EDCI B210; EDCI B243; EDRD B318; Admission to the Professional Program or special permission of the Department Chair. Co-requisite: EDRD B425 & EDRD B450P). This course focuses on research-based instruction strategies for literacy in early childhood and elementary classroom. Course content includes cooperative learning, critical literacy, Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop. Specific instruction in the five elements of teaching reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension and the 6+1 traits of writing. Offered in Spring.

EDRD B450P - Practicum II: Teaching Emergent and Intermediate Readers (2).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Program in Education and the Internship; Co-requisite: EDRD B420 and EDRD B430).  Supervised clinical experience in an early childhood or elementary setting. Teacher candidates will demonstrate proficiency in planning, assessing and teaching various methods of reading and providing individualized differentiated instruction for struggling/ELL students.


Exceptional Learner (EDEX)

EDEX B300 - INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER (3).
(Admission to the Professional Program or consent of Department Chair). A survey of the development of special education, the current legal guidelines with emphasis on public school mandates, the various clusters of exceptionalities: their definition, classification, identification, prevalence, causes, characteristics and educational needs, including mainstreaming in the regular classroom.


Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (EDPH)

EDPH B231 - PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH (3).
(Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EDCI 210)  A study of the principles and practices of personal and community health and their application to the health education of the young child.

Elementary Education (EDEL)

EDEL B320 - CURRICULUM PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3).
(Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EDCI B210) This course explores issues involved in the development and education of children including curriculum, instruction, activities, materials, grouping, grading and appropriate methods of authentic assessment, as well as analysis of standardized test results in relation to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of grade 2-6 learners for optimal learning. Parental involvement, community resources and collaborative relationships with specialists are included components of this course.

EDEL B330INTERGRATING THE ARTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUATION: ART, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT (3)
(Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EDCI B210) Provides opportunities to develop competence in selecting and using a variety of high quality instructional methods, resources, and assessment strategies for teaching art, music, and movement to elementary children.

EDEL B431 - TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Department of Education's Professional Program for Elementary Education) Materials, resources, programs, and methods for teaching mathematics to diverse learners in grades 2-6. Problem solving, mathematical content and process connections, as well as assessment, diagnosis, and remediation will be addressed. Included are supervised practicum experiences that promote reflective teaching in elementary school settings.

EDEL B432 - TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Department of Education's Professional Program for Elementary Education) Materials, resources, programs, and methods for teaching science in an inquiry format to diverse learners in grades 2-6. Included are supervised practicum experiences that promote reflective teaching in elementary school settings.

EDEL B434 - LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3).
(Prerequisite: EDCI B210, EDRD B218 and admission to the Department of Education's Teacher Education Professional Program for Elementary Education) This course focuses on methods of teaching language arts and writing in grades 2-6. Course content includes strategies for teaching the conventions of language, the writing process, writing traits, assessment methods, and incorporating content area reading and writing.

EDEL B440P - PRACTICUM II: TEACHING INTEGRATED LESSONS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Program or permission of the Department Chair; Co-requisite EDEL B431, EDELB432, and EDEL B434) Supervised clinical experience in an elementary education setting. Teacher candidates will apply principles of planning, instruction, assessment, management, and professionalism in diverse field-based settings serving students in grades 2-6. Offered in Fall.

EDEL B443 - TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Department of Education's Professional Program for Elementary Education) Materials, resources, programs, and methods for teaching social studies to grades 2-6 for learners to become well-informed citizens in a culturally diverse and democratic society. Included are supervised practicum experiences that promote reflective teaching in the elementary school setting.

EDEL B470 - INTERNSHIP IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (12).
(Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Program in Education and the Internship; Co-requisite: EDEL B476)  A program of observation and teaching in the public schools under the supervision of university and public school personnel.

EDEL B476 - SENIOR SEMINAR (3).
(Co-requisite: EDEL B469) The synthesis and critical evaluation of professional studies in elementary education.