EDUC 100, Elementary Health and Physical Activity During this course, prospective teachers will learn how to create an environment that stimulates children to be active, manage the current sociological issues involved in children moving, and demonstrate ways to integrate movement and exercise knowledge into the classroom practice as well as during recess time. The course includes first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. EDUC 248, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits This course compares the application 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. 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 This course explores the fundamental professional and legal standards in teaching along with the role of teachers and schools in protecting the physical and mental health of young people. Preparation for the PRAXIS I Academic Skills Assessment Test is an essential part of this course (this does not apply to students that met the requirements on the ACT or SAT). Students may not apply for admission to the Teacher Education program without completing this course. EDUC 260, THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TEACHING, 3 credits The course is an introduction to education, including the ethics of education, education law, and public educational policy. It also explores the structure of schools and the teaching profession, the literature of educational research and theory, and includes field observations in educational settings. EDUC 320, ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM AND METHODS I, 3 credits This course is an introduction to the elementary school curriculum and the selection of age-appropriate activities for children; classroom management; how to develop long- and short-range instructional goals and objectives; lesson planning that incorporates the use of technology and other resource materials; and development of communication skills needed by elementary teachers. Special focus is 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 This course continues treatment of themes from EDUC 320, with focus on fine-tuning students' study skills, adapting instruction to students with special needs, and the teaching of science, mathematics, and English language arts. 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, classroom management, setting long and short instructional goals, objectives, lesson planning, materials, technological, resources, and communication skills. Special focus on the teaching of reading and writing in the content area. The 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 This course continues treatment of themes from EDUC 340, with focus also on development of students' study skills, adapting instruction to students with special needs and instructional goals, objectives, lesson planning, and coordination. Students carry out curriculum and teaching strategies in the content area. Course includes field assignments in educational settings. Prerequisites: EDUC 250, PSY 205, and admission to the secondary teacher education program. EDUC 360, Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools, 3 credits This course will investigate children's literacy learning and development, as well as the teaching of literacy with a focus on grades K-5. Students in the course can expect to gain a sound theoretical knowledge of emergent and early literacy, as well as related practical knowledge of instructional frameworks, teaching strategies, and other classroom applications. EDUC 400, ELEMENTARY STUDENT TEACHING, 9 credits This is the capstone course for the elementary education and requires concurrent enrollment in EDUC 410, Elementary Education Seminar. The course has as its primary objective to give each elementary education scholar the opportunity to observe, connect theory to practice; transfer knowledge from the program of study to the classroom, and reflect upon instruction delivered to K-5 students under the supervision of an experienced elementary classroom teacher. 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. Passing scores on Praxis II are required to be enrolled. EDUC 410, ELEMENTARY EDUCATION SEMINAR, 3 credits This course is required of limited to students concurrently enrolled in EDUC 400. The student participates in an evaluative analysis of his/her own teaching performance along with further application of curriculum, grade level pedagogy examination, and classroom management while actively involved in the student teaching experience. EDUC 450, SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING, 9 credits 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. Passing scores on Praxis II are required to be enrolled. 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, classroom management and evaluating one's own performance in teaching.
SPED 210, INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION, 3 credits A course that explores principles, characteristics, and special needs; local and state programs for diagnosis and care; educational provisions in regular or special classes, home teaching, social and vocational guidance. Field experience required. SPED 270, PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION, 3 credits This course focuses on the development of skills in communication and collaborating effectively with parents, general education teachers, school administrators, support service personnel in school, and with other service providers in the community. A family systems framework is presented and studied. An emphasis is placed on training in problem identification and problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, and communications. SPED 280, PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION, 3 credits This course addresses the education of students with disabilities from a practical and multicultural perspective. An overview of history, legislation, and practice in the areas of community and employment integration of students with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on facilitating the student’s success in making the transition from school to community living. Field experience required. SPED 310, CHARACTERISTICS AND NEEDS OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN, 3 credits A course that addresses the characteristics, and needs of children with disabilities. Included are psycho-social developmental and legal aspects. Field experience required. SPED 311, NATURE OF THE LEARNING DISABLED CHILDREN, 3 credits A course that covers characteristics, identification and diagnosis, relationships to other conditions, issues, and trends. Field experience required. SPED 350, TECHNIQUES AND STRATEGIES (MODIFIED), 3 credits. This course focuses on effective instructional techniques and strategies to use in teaching students with special needs. The course includes strategies for academic studies as well as social behavior. SPED 360, MANAGING INAPPROPRIATE CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR, 3 credits This course is designed to acquaint students with the origin of inappropriate behavior on the part of children with special needs. An emphasis is placed on understanding the social and emotional aspects of behavior and how misbehavior impacts academic achievement. Students will also gain an understanding of effective techniques and approaches to deal with inappropriate behavior. SPED 400, PROCEDURES FOR TEACHING THE GIFTED, 3 credits Addresses the characteristics and needs of the gifted child. Identifying, cognitive, behavioral, communication aspects, as well as, instructional approaches and teaching tactics. Provisions made through alternative special education services. Field experience required. SPED 410, ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION, 3 credits This course is concerned with appropriate assessment instruments and procedures for students with disabilities or suspected of having disabilities. Provides training in the administration and interpretation of psycho-educational tests. Field experience required. SPED 420, INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN SPECIAL EDUCATION, 3 credits A course that addresses the implementation and strategies for utilizing various computer-based technology in the Special Education classroom. SPED 480, STUDENT TEACHING OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN, 9 credits This course requires concurrent enrollment in EDUC 460, Secondary Education Seminar or EDUC 410, Elementary Seminar. Normally no other concurrent coursework is permitted for students who are enrolled in Student Teaching. This course deals with observation and supervised field experience with exceptional children within an inclusion classroom. Prerequisites: Completion of all course requirements and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Passing scores on Praxis II are required to be enrolled.