Course Descriptions

EDU 550 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education (3 credits)
American education as a dynamic, sometimes cyclic, process. The origins, evolution, and realities of contemporary public and private schools are examined through critical reading original documents. Visits to elementary or secondary classrooms in multicultural setting provide a strong link to the teacher's world. EDU 552 is linked with this course.

EDU 552 FE Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education (1 credit)
This one-credit lab enables students to apply their theoretical understandings related to critical readings discussed in class. In addition, students experience first hand a variety of multicultural classroom settings.

EDU 551 Psychology of Teaching: Developmental Perspectives (3 credits)
This course introduces theoretical models of instructional design, student motivation, classroom management, and assessment. Attention is directed to instructional objectives; to lesson formats; to motivational strategies; to classroom discipline; to teacher attitudes and expectations; and tests and measurements. Particular attention is given to recent developments in schema theory and to constructivist models. Field activity is a required component of this course. EDU 4036 is a required link with this course. Prerequisite: EDU 553.

EDU 553 FE Psychology of Teaching: Developmental Perspectives (1 credit)
This one-credit lab will enable students to apply theoretical concepts related to cognition, language, and personality theories as evidenced in classroom settings. In addition, students examine the significance of critical thinking in classrooms.

SPE 550 Foundations in Special Education (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide teachers in training with an understanding of the exceptional child in various instructional settings. Students will be provided with an overview of Special Education with emphasis on historical and emerging perspectives. Topics to be examined will include types and natures of exceptionalities, legal and ethical responsibilities of teachers, least restrictive environment, various instructional settings, the inclusion of exceptional children in regular education, services and programs and services for the exceptional child.

EDU 711 Language & Culture (3 credits)
This course examines the relationship between culture, language and communication, and explores their implications for second language learning. The course also examines the federal and state laws and support services for English language learners. The focus of the course is to help candidates develop sensitivity to diversity and the knowledge and skills in working with the culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families, and in collaborating with ESL and other schools staff. 

EDL 600 Educational Leader as Researcher and Reflective Practitioner (3 credits)
This course will focus on contemporary educational practices.  Introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches from different theoretical perspectives will be presented.  Content will include literature reviews and analysis and implications of existing research as connected to students' educational experience.  The role of the educational leader as reflective practitioner will be connected to educational research.  

EDU 653 Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
The teaching of reading in various fields in middle and secondary schools will be the focus of this course. Topics examined will include reading in the school programs, problems in curricular materials, meeting individual needs, general and specific reading/study skills, critical reading, and adjustment of instruction to meet individual learning styles. Special focus on the use of audiovisual materials in the classroom is a core component of the course. Restricted to students in Level I Secondary Certification programs. Prerequisite: EDU 551.

EDU 610 Instructional Techniques -  English (3 credits)
Intensive study and practice of teaching modalities and classroom management strategies appropriate for a secondary classroom. The study of curriculum resources in the student’s area of certification is included. Topics in the course include instructional management, student motivation, the implications of learning theory for classrooms, and the procedures for the measurement of student achievement. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in these skills for successful completion of the course. EDU 611 is a required link with this course. Prerequisite: EDU 551.

EDU 611 FE Instructional Techniques - English (1 credit)
This is a one-credit lab that enables students to apply their theoretical understandings of pedagogical theory in actual classrooms. Students investigate the relationship between concept development specific to the discipline and critical thinking.

EDU 612 Instructional Techniques - Social Studies (3 credits)
Intensive study and practice of teaching modalities and classroom management strategies appropriate for a secondary classroom. The study of curriculum resources in the student’s area of certification is included. Topics in the course include instructional management, student motivation, the implications of learning theory for classrooms, and the procedures for the measurement of student achievement. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in these skills for successful completion of the course. EDU 613 is a required link with this course. Prerequisite: EDU 551.

EDU 613 FE Instructional Techniques - Social Studies (1 credit)
This is a one-credit lab that enables students to apply their theoretical understandings of pedagogical theory in actual classrooms. Students investigate the relationship between concept development specific to the discipline and critical thinking.

EDU 614 Instructional Techniques - Foreign Languages (3 credits)
Intensive study and practice of teaching modalities and classroom management strategies appropriate for a secondary classroom. The study of curriculum resources in the student’s area of certification is included. Topics in the course include instructional management, student motivation, the implications of learning theory for classrooms, and the procedures for the measurement of student achievement. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in these skills for successful completion of the course. EDU 615 is a required link with this course. Prerequisite: EDU 551.

EDU 615 FE Instructional Techniques - Foreign Language (1 credit)
This is a one-credit lab that enables students to apply their theoretical understandings of pedagogical theory in actual classrooms. Students investigate the relationship between concept development specific to the discipline and critical thinking. EDU 616 is a required link with this course. Prerequisite: EDU 551.

EDU 616 Instructional Techniques - Mathematics (3 credits)
Intensive study and practice of teaching modalities and classroom management strategies appropriate for a secondary classroom. The study of curriculum resources in the student’s area of certification is included. Topics in the course include instructional management, student motivation, the implications of learning theory for classrooms, and the procedures for the measurement of student achievement. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in these skills for successful completion of the course. EDU 617 is a required link with this course. Prerequisite: EDU 551.

EDU 617 FE Instructional Techniques - Mathematics (1 credit)
This is a one-credit lab that enables students to apply their theoretical understandings of pedagogical theory in actual classrooms. Students investigate the relationship between concept development specific to the discipline and critical thinking.

EDU 618 Instructional Techniques - Science (3 credits)
Intensive study and practice of teaching modalities and classroom management strategies appropriate for a secondary classroom. The study of curriculum resources in the student’s area of certification is included. Topics in the course include instructional management, student motivation, the implications of learning theory for classrooms, and the procedures for the measurement of student achievement. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in these skills for successful completion of the course. EDU 619 is a required link with this course. Prerequisite: EDU 551.

EDU 619 FE Instructional Techniques - Science (1 credit)
This is a one-credit lab that enables students to apply their theoretical understandings of pedagogical theory in actual classrooms. Students investigate the relationship between concept development specific to the discipline and critical thinking.

EDU 622 Instructional Techniques - Art Education (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce pre-service teachers of Art to instructional processes, teaching strategies, materials, lesson planning, assessment practices, and classroom management theory that will be of practical value in the classroom. EDU 623 is a required link with this course. Prerequisitie: EDU 551.

EDU 623 FE Instructional Techniques - Art Education (1 credit)
This course is taken in conjunction with the pedagogy course in Art. Students will be placed in a K-12 classroom where they will study issues related to teaching pedagogy.

EDU 710 English Linguistics (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to Linguistics for the Education Major. The course will fulfill certification requirements for (1) secondary level Foreign Language Teachers and (2) secondary level English Teachers, and is recommended for Reading Teachers.

SPE 602 Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring (3 credits)
This course will provide an in-depth presentation of the complex issue of assessment, including an examination of evaluation procedures, from pre-referral intervention, eligibility/placement/ program decision-making to progress monitoring of scientifically-based instructional interventions based on Response to Intervention (RTI).  Focus will include academic, affective, work-study skill, adaptive functioning, fine motor, and environmental measures. Content coverage will consist of an overview of assessment models including traditional, informal, dynamic, performance, curriculum-based, and alternative techniques. Addition course topics will address legislation, regulations, topical issues, emerging evaluation trends, test modifications/accommodations, parent involvement and assessment/progress reporting. Prerequisite: SPE 550, EDU 551.

EDU 691 Secondary Student Teaching in Inclusive Environments (6 credits)
Student or Intern teaching (or individually designed field experience) under approved supervision (including seminar meetings). This experience is designed as the capstone professional course for the certification student. The fieldwork experience approximates a full-time working/teaching experience for one full semester. At the conclusion of the experience students must have demonstrated proficiencies in instructional management, student motivation, curriculum planning, learning theory, problem solving in an educational setting, using computers in the classroom, using reading, language, and literacy skills in all classrooms, the use of audiovisual materials in the classroom, the identification of instructional resources, and the assessment of student achievement. The fieldwork course is typically the final course in a certification sequence. Students should apply to the Director of Student Teaching based on the application deadlines established by the Department. Includes a weekly seminar.

EDU 671 Writing in the Classroom (3 credits)
A practical course in the teaching of writing across the curriculum. Practice in personal, creative, and expository writing. Methods of teaching writing and steps in the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing) are emphasized in the course. Restricted to certified teachers.

EDU 709 Adolescent Literature (3 credits)
An exploration of the literature about and for young adults. The focus of the course will be on themes that reflect developmental concerns and parallels between contemporary young adult literature and selected classics. The course will also emphasize evaluation criteria for selecting bibliographical sources. Issues of appropriate social and cultural balance in the literature will be included in the course.