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130 Principles of Teaching and Learning
This course outlines the historical, economic, and social foundations of American education. It identifies current issues in education and explores recent efforts in school reform. The course introduces students to learning theories, classroom management, lesson plan development, assessment, and different philosophies of K-12 education. It is required of all students in one of the Teacher Education Programs (formerly Introduction to American Education). Sophomore Early Field Experience (SEFE) is a required 30 hour clinical experience embedded in this course.

315 Human Growth and Development
This course provides a survey of human development through the lifespan. Various theoretical perspectives on development will be explored. Students will be required to explore how theories and concepts can be applied through direct observations, projects and research.

322 Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Education
This course provides an overview of the characteristics of individuals with disabilities. Emphasis concentrates on different learning styles as well as differentiated instruction. Topics include a history of special education, federal and state regulations, classroom management, inclusive education, response to intervention and other current issues which impact teaching and learning. It is required of all students in one of the Teacher Education Programs. A required 20 hour service learning practicum is embedded in this course.

Prerequisite: ED130

340 Curriculum and Assessment in Teaching
Various theoretical approaches to instruction and assessment will be explored. Curriculum development will focus on the types of instruction provided and the goals of instruction. Assessment methods will include classroom assessment and standardized assessments for K-12. Students will develop and share a variety of assessment tools and formats for classroom use. Students will become aware of the wider scope of assessment issues beyond the classroom including national, state, and local initiatives. Students will understand the impact of these assessments on the teaching and learning process. It is a required course of all students in one of the Teacher Education Programs.

Prerequisites: ED130 and ED322

350 Special Topics

360 Language, Literacy and Assessment Across the Curriculum
This course examines the major principles, theories, and research of first and second language acquisition (SLA). Emphasis will be placed on application of cultural influences on language learning, school achievement, and social adjustment. Various theoretical approaches to instruction and assessment in second language acquisition will be explored. Curriculum development will focus on the types of instruction provided and the goals of instruction. Assessment methods will include classroom assessment, standardized assessment, authentic and alternative forms of assessment for ELL.

Prerequisites: ED130, EN355, ED315 or PY202

361 Theoretical Perspectives on ESOL
The purpose of this course is to provide education students with an understanding of the various theoretical frameworks used to understand how ESOL students acquire a second language. Particular focus will be paid to behaviorist, Innatist, cognitivist, and interactionist theories. Students will also explore ways of linking these theories to effective classroom practices.

Prerequisites: ED130, EN355, ED315 or PY202

375 Theory and Methods of Teaching Elementary Reading
Reading methods introduces knowledge and strategies for teaching reading and language arts at the elementary level. Students learn about instructional strategies, developing a classroom context for literacy, and the relationship between reading and assessment. Topics include guided reading, literature circles, emergent literacy, comprehension, phonics, language conventions, and children's literature. A required 20 hour clinical experience at a lab school is an integral part of this course.

Prerequisites: ED130 and ED340

380 Theory and Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics
Mathematics methods explores the nature of learning and teaching mathematics with an emphasis on developing student understanding through active involvement. Using experiences with a variety of instructional materials, classroom activities with children, and diverse teaching strategies, students develop an understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures. Prerequisites: ED130 and ED340 or students may obtain permission from the instructor.

Prerequisites: ED130 and ED340

430 Methods of Teaching Elementary Reading and Mathematics
This course examines the role of teacher as decision maker, introduces students to strategies to enhance learning in the various content areas, and explores characteristics of an effective teacher such as reflective practice, classroom management, etc. Current issues and trends including a standards-based curriculum in elementary reading and mathematics instruction will be explored. Prerequisites include completion of all content requirements, core college requirements, Teacher Education certification requirements, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50. It is expected that this course will be taken concurrently with ED432 and ED450. It is only open to seniors pursuing elementary certification

Prerequisites: ED130, ED315, ED322, ED340, ED375, ED380

431 Fundamentals of Teaching (Secondary)
This is a year-long senior seminar which examines the role of teacher as decision maker, introduces students to strategies to enhance learning in the various content areas, and explores characteristics of an effective teacher such as reflective practice, classroom management, etc. Prerequisites include completion of all content requirements, core college requirements, Teacher Education certification requirements, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50.

432 Supervised Student Teaching
Supervised Student Teaching is a capstone experience. This course is a full- time teaching/ clinical experience (for a minimum of 13 weeks) in a local elementary, intermediate, middle, or high school. The primary focus is a gradual introduction to teaching through a progression of experiences from observation, to participation, to teaching. Student teaching is designed to apply theories, pedagogy, and critical thinking skills. Prerequisites include completion of all content requirements, teacher education certification requirements, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50. It is expected that this course will be taken concurrently with a Methods course. It is only open to seniors pursuing certification.

Prerequisites: ED130, ED315, ED322, ED340

440-445 Methods of Teaching Secondary Content
This course emphasizes best practices of teaching content at the middle and high school levels. It is expected that this course will be taken concurrently with ED431 and ED432. It is only open to seniors pursuing secondary certification. Depending upon their content major, a student may select from the following offerings:

440 English

441 Modern Languages

442 Science

443 Social Studies

444 Mathematics

445 Latin

Prerequisites: ED130, PY203 or ED315, ED322 and ED340.

446 Methods of Teaching ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages)
This course emphasizes best practices of teaching English Language Learners at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. It is expected that this course will be taken concurrently with ED432. It is only open to seniors pursuing ESOL K-12 certification.

Prerequisites: ED130; PY202, PY203, or ED315; ED322, ED340, EN355, ED360, and ED361.

450 Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies and Science
Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies and Science provides an integrative approach to ensure teachers a broad knowledge base when they enter the classroom. It is expected that this course will be taken concurrently with 430 and 432. It is only open to seniors pursuing elementary certification K-6.

Prerequisites: ED130, PY202 or ED315, ED322, ED340, ED375 and ED380.

480 Internship in Education
Typically students who have not met criteria to student teach take Internship in Education. The purpose of the internship is to connect theory and practice in a supervised educational setting. It is open to seniors and may be repeated. This course is required for minors without certification.

Prerequisites: ED130, ED315, ED322, ED340, ED350