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Teacher Education Course Descriptions

EDUC 248, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits
The applications of the principles of general psychology to the school situation, emphasizing psychological factors affecting student motivation and performance. Test construction, selection, and interpretation are introduced, and the course also includes a survey of exceptional children, with emphasis on related concepts, issues, and procedures. May require supervised field placement in a school setting in which exceptional and other children are observed.

EDUC 250, FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF TEACHING, 1 credit
For students seeking either elementary or secondary licensure. Fundamental professional and legal standards in teaching, and the role of teachers and schools in protecting the physical and mental health of young people. The course includes first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training and preparation for the PRAXIS I Academic Skills Assessment Test, which is part of the final examination for the course. Students may not apply for admission to the teacher education program without first having completed this course.

EDUC 260, THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TEACHING, 3 credits
For students seeking either elementary or secondary licensure. An introduction to education, including the ethics of education, education law, and public educational policy; the structure of schools and the teaching profession; and the literature of educational research and theory. Includes field observation in educational settings.

EDUC 320, ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM AND METHODS I, 3 credits
Introduction to the elementary school curriculum and the selection of ageappropriate activities for children; classroom management; setting long and short range instructional goals and objectives; lesson planning and use of materials and technological and other resources; communication skills needed by elementary teachers. Special focus on the teaching of reading and language arts. Course includes field assignments in educational settings. Prerequisites: EDUC 250 and admission to the elementary teacher education program. In addition, students should have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, PSY 205.

EDUC 330, ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM AND METHODS II, 3 credits
Continued treatment of themes from EDUC 320, with focus also on development of students' study skills; adapting instruction to students with special needs; and the teaching of science, mathematics, and social studies. Course includes field assignments in educational settings. Prerequisites: EDUC 250, PSY 205, and admission to the elementary teacher education program.

EDUC 340, SECONDARY CURRICULUM AND METHODS I, 3 credits
Introduction to the secondary school curriculum; selection of developmentally appropriate activities for adolescent learners; classroom management; setting long and short range instructional goals and objectives; lesson planning and use of materials and technological and other resources; communication skills needed by secondary teachers. Special focus on the teaching of reading and writing in the content area. Course includes field assignments in educational settings. Prerequisites: EDUC 250 and admission to the secondary teacher education program. In addition, students should have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, PSY 205.

EDUC 350, SECONDARY CURRICULUM AND METHODS II, 3 credits
Continued treatment of themes from EDUC 340, with focus also on development of students' study skills; adapting instruction to students with special needs; home, school, and community coordination. Students carry out curriculum and teaching projects in the content area, supervised by faculty members from their major departments as well as by teacher education faculty. Course includes field assignments in educational settings. Prerequisites: EDUC 250, PSY 205, and admission to the secondary teacher education program.

EDUC 400, ELEMENTARY STUDENT TEACHING, 9 credits nondegree only
Requires concurrent enrollment in EDUC 410, Elementary Education Seminar. Normally no other concurrent coursework is permitted for students who are enrolled in Student Teaching. Prerequisites: EDUC 320 and 330, and admission to the elementary teacher education program.

EDUC 410, ELEMENTARY EDUCATION SEMINAR, 3 credits
Required of, and limited to, students concurrently enrolled in EDUC 400. Evaluating one's own performance in teaching; further study of curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom management in light of the student teaching experience.

EDUC 450, SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING, 9 credits, non degree only.
Requires concurrent enrollment in EDUC 460, Secondary Education Seminar. Normally no other concurrent coursework is permitted for students who are enrolled in Student Teaching. Prerequisites: EDUC 340 and 350, and admission to the secondary teacher education program; and completion of at least 75 percent of all departmental requirements for the major corresponding to the student’s teaching field.

EDUC 460, SECONDARY EDUCATION SEMINAR, 3 credits
Required of, and limited to, students concurrently enrolled in EDUC 450. Faculty participation from the student's major department as well as from the Teacher Education Program, with focus on curriculum and teaching skills specific to the content area; on classroom management; and on evaluating one's own performance in teaching.