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, learning process, student success, and performance outcomes and higher thought process.

EDCI B243 – Technology Resources Teaching (3). 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.


Early Childhood Education (EDEC)

EDEC B340 – Education of the Young Child (3). (Prerequisite: EDPY 333) A study of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social components of development, birth through age four and their relationship to the education of the young child birth - four. 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.

EDEC B342 – Curriculum Planning and Development in Early Childhood Education (3). (Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Program in Education or permission of the Department Chair). 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 through 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 aged 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: EDPY 333; Admission to the Professional Program in Education or permission 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 210, Admission to Professional Program in Education or permission of Department Chair; Co-requisite: EDEC 435P). This methods course includes the basic content of the inquiry area of math as it is to be presented to PreK-3rd grade children. Appropriate experiences, learning activities, materials, and equipment to aid the development of math concepts in young children are presented. Diversity influences and needs of exceptional children are addressed.

EDEC B435P - Practicum in Teaching Math in Early Childhood Education (1). (Prerequisite: EDCI B210, admission to Professional Program in Education or permission of Department Chair; Co-requisite: EDEC 435). Supervised clinical experience in an early childhood setting. Observation and participation in classroom setting is required with a focus on math learning experiences, materials and equipment. Seminar and group discussions included.

EDEC B436 – Science and Social Studies Experiences in Early Childhood Education (3). (Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Program in Education or permission of Department Chair; Co-requisite: EDEC B436P). This methods course includes basic content in the academic areas of science and social studies as they are presented to preprimary and primary children. Developmentally appropriate experiences, learning activities, materials and equipment, as well as diversity influences and needs of exceptional children are addressed.

EDEC B436P - Practicum in Teaching Science and Social Studies in Early Childhood Education (1). (Prerequisite: EDCI 210, admission to Professional Program in Education or permission of Department Chair; Co-requisite: EDEC 436). Supervised clinical experience in an early childhood setting. Observation and participation in classroom setting is required with a focus on science and social studies learning experience, materials and equipment. Seminar and group discussions included.

EDEC B444 - Language Development and Communicative Skills (3). (Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Program in Education or permission of Department Chair). The course deals with the relationship of language development and thinking to teaching communicative skills to young children. Specific areas covered are activities to develop oral language facility, writing (handwriting, spelling, functional and creative writing) and listening. Also, specific techniques dealing with diagnosis of language development will be handled.

EDEC B469 – Internship in Early Childhood Education (12). (Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Program in Education; 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 B218 - Children’s Literature (3). Reading interests of children and their curricular and developmental needs for literature are explored. The course presents basic information in the field of children’s literature including authors, illustrators and appropriate reference materials.

EDRD B420 - Emergent Reading Methods and Assessment. (3) (Prerequisite: EDCI B210,  Admission to the Professional Program in Education or permission of the Department Chair; Co-requisite: EDRD B420P). This course focuses on literacy development, acquisition of phonemic awareness and phonics, evidence-based methods of reading instruction and the use of effective assessments for emergent readers.

EDRD B420P - Practicum in Emergent Reading (1). (Prerequisite: EDCE B210, Admission to the Professional Program or permission of the Department Chair; Co-requisite: EDEC B420. This practicum provides supervised clinical experience in an emergent literacy setting. Demonstration teaching in a classroom setting is required, with a focus on assessment and remediation of struggling readers.

EDRD B430 – Intermediate Reading Methods and Assessment. (3) (Prerequisite: EDCI B210, Admission to the Professional Program in Education or permission of the Department Chair; Co-requisite: EDEC 430P). Course focus is on instruction and assessment for intermediate readers, with an emphasis on vocabulary, fluency and comprehension strategies. Content includes cooperative learning, critical literacy, cross-curricular teaching, and Reader's Workshop.

EDRD B430P –   Practicum in Intermediate Reading. (3) (Prerequisite: EDCI B210, Admission to the Professional Program in Education or permission of the Department Chair; Co-requisite: EDEC B430). This practicum provides supervised clinical experience in an elementary grade setting. Demonstration teaching in a classroom setting is required, with a focus on assessment and remediation of struggling readers.


Exceptional Learner (EDEX)

EDEX B300 - Introduction to Exceptional Learner. (3) 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 inclusion in the regular classroom.


Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (EDPH)

EDPH B231 – Personal and Community Health. (3) (Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EDCI B210) 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 B330 - Integrating the Arts in Elementary Education: 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.

Note: The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is a new program and was implemented in Fall 2013. Curriculum development for the remaining Elementary Education courses will take place during 2013-2014.