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EDUC 106 College Learning Skills (.25)

This class is open to all students and deals with helping individuals advance their knowledge and skills in the following areas: aggressive reading, paper writing, study skills and applying principles of learning.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 280 Education Topics (.25 or .5)

Specific and timely topics in the field of education. In-depth exploration of current and important issues in education, of interest to both those in general studies and those considering education as a career.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 305 (W) Introduction to Teaching (.5)

A writing-centered study of teaching through classroom field experiences, service learning, simulations, readings, and written reflections and critiques. Lesson presentations and evaluations by the student, peers and faculty on the student's potential as a teacher. Includes 24 hours of practicum in public school classrooms. (Weekly 2-3 hour blocks recommended.) Not open to first-semester freshmen.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Hamlin, Tamura, Staff

EDUC 335 (W) The School, Teacher and Student (.5)

This writing-centered course deals with public school structure and curriculum, social and legal roles of the schools, minority and ethnic awareness, ethics of learner study, principles of instruction, accountability, group processes and career education.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 350 Foundations of Reading (.5)

A study of the process of developmental reading, appropriate methods of instruction, critical selection of materials and usable management systems and techniques.

Prerequisite: EDUC 305 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 390 Pre-Practicum Internship (.25 or .5)

Open to sophomores and above. This internship is to be utilized to provide in-the-classroom experiences for students who desire additional practicum time (6-8 hr/wk) beyond what is experienced in EDUC 305.

Prerequisite: EDUC 305

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 450 Management of Reading Systems (.25)

A study of management of reading systems, including assessment organization, space and time management, and record keeping. The systems include basal readers, language experience, individualized instruction and the eclectic approach.

Prerequisite: EDUC 305 and 350 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 451 Administration of Reading Programs (.25)

A study in the implementation and administration of reading programs for all students, as well as those needing special assistance. Emphasis is given to procedures required by state and federally funded programs.

Prerequisite: EDUC 305 and 350 or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 452 Diagnosis and Corrections of Reading Difficulties (.5)

A study of the diagnosis and correction of reading difficulties. Course includes topics applicable to both the reading specialist and the classroom teacher. A practicum competency is included.

Prerequisite: EDUC 305 and 350.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 490 Research and Independent Study (.5 or 1)

This course is intended only for the qualified advanced student with a solid preparation in theory and methods of education who wishes to do intensive research or advanced independent study in an area not covered by the present departmental course offerings.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 510 The Professional Educator (.25)

An orientation to the teaching profession, the MAT program, and professional ethics of teachers. An examination of professional readings, analysis of educational issues, and participation in cooperative group exercises. Assessment of students’ potential for success as teachers, examination of their roles as student teachers, and preparation for visits/interviews with administrators and teachers at their school sites.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 520 Educational Technology (.25)

A course in instructional technology and its use in classrooms and schools. Attention to the use of the computer in planning, teaching, record keeping and the development and/or evaluation of appropriate software.

  • Offering: Fall (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staebler, Miller, Rhine (FT); Staff (Aspire)

EDUC 522 Assessment of Teaching and Learning (.5)

This course presents the knowledge and skills required to design effective methods for assessing student knowledge and the effects of instruction. Techniques of test development, alternative strategies for student assessment, and appropriate use of findings in guiding instruction.

  • Offering: Fall (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Fromherz, Staff, Bryant (FT); Miller (Aspire)

EDUC 525 Literacy Methods (.25)

Strategies for integrating the instruction of reading. This course follows up on Introduction to the Foundations of Reading.

  • Offering: Fall or Spring (Str. I, Str. II, Str. III and Aspire Year 1)
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 529 Middle Level Methods (.5)

Intensive examination of methods research, and materials critical to establishing a positive learning environment and implementing effective instruction of early adolescents. This course will assist students in developing a repertoire of skills and strategies to address issues of cognitive and affective development appropriate to the middle grades.

  • Offering: Year-long (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 530 Methods and Research in Art Education (.5)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within art education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, technologies, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques.

  • Offering: Year-long (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 531 Methods and Research in English Education (.5)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within English education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques.

  • Offering: Every semester (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 532 Methods and Research in Foreign Language (.5)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within foreign language education. Special emphasis on instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques.

  • Offering: Every Semester (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 533 Methods and Research in Mathematics Education (.5)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within mathematics education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques.

  • Offering: Every semester (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 534 Methods and Materials in Health Education (.5)

Methods and materials for developing behavior changes in health for individuals and groups. Methods and materials section, the use of analysis, investigative techniques, and development of materials pertaining to health education and/or promotion.

  • Offering: Fall (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 535 Methods and Research in Science Education (.5)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within science education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques.

  • Offering: Every semester (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 536 Methods and Research in Social Studies Education (.5)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within social studies education. Special emphasis upon instructional materials, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques.

  • Offering: Every semester (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 537A Methods and Research in Early Childhood Education (.5)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research in early childhood education. Special emphasis upon content standards, teaching strategies, technologies, and methods of instruction, integrated curriculum and thematic unit development, instructional materials and resource development, classroom activities, assessment, and evaluative techniques.

  • Offering: Year-long (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 537B Methods and Research in Elementary Education (.5)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research in elementary education. Special emphasis upon content standards, teaching strategies, technologies, and methods of instruction, integrated curriculum and thematic unit development, instructional materials and resource development, classroom activities, assessment, and evaluative techniques.

  • Offering: Year-long (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 538 Public School Music Methods: Elementary (.5)

Principles, procedures, research, and objectives in school music on the elementary level, both vocal and classroom instruments. Learning processes, technologies, maturation, and materials are considered in adapting music study to the student. Class procedures; ensembles, programming, and performance; general administration of a music program. Directed observation of public school music practice.

  • Offering: Fall (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 539 Public School Music Methods: Secondary (.5)

Principles, procedures, research, and objectives in school music on the secondary level, both vocal and instrumental. Learning processes, technologies, maturation, and materials are considered in adapting music study to the student. Class procedures; ensembles, programming, and performance; general administration of a music program. Directed observation of public school music practice.

  • Offering: Fall (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 540 Physical Education Teaching: Research Techniques and Methods I (.25)

District, unit, and daily goal development based upon research within physical education. Special emphasis upon content standards, instructional materials, technologies, activities, physical space constraints, and evaluative techniques. 

  • Offering: Fall (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 541 Physical Education Teaching: Research Techniques and Methods II (.25)

Description and critique technologies, of teaching methods, and teacher evaluation procedures for physical education. Lecture, laboratory, and field experience.

  • Offering: Spring (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 542 Methods and Research in Theatre (.25)

This course will examine specific physical approaches and stage adaptation, technologies, set design, lighting and sound resources, construction methods and safety considerations for student workers in the diverse environments of school theatre.

  • Offering: Fall (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 543 Student, Actor, and Play (.25)

This course will examine specific approaches to acting for the public school student, with particular attention to maturation of personality as well as limitations of vocal and physical development. It will also include an examination of play selection criteria in terms of actor development, technologies, staging analysis, and audience acceptance.

  • Offering: Fall (FT); Year 2 (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 545 Educational and Developmental Psychology (.5)

Theories and methodology as they relate to human development, skill acquisition, motivation and achievement. Impact of emotional, social and physical climate upon behavior.

  • Offering: Fall (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff, Musser, Rhine (FT); Staff (Aspire)

EDUC 546 Special Populations (.25)

Understanding the gifted, disabled and other populations. Focus on mainstreaming into the public school classroom. Principles of educational equity related to social, linguistic and gender differences. Focus on legal rights of students, parents and schools.

  • Offering: Fall (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff, Weddington (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 548 Introduction to the Foundations of Reading (.25)

Introduction to Foundations of Reading is designed to provide a background of reading information for students interested in teaching at all levels of education. Follows the developmental process of learning to read through the complexities of reading to learn. Includes the history of teaching reading, a developmental overview of reading, discussion of reading techniques, exploration of reading and diverse backgrounds, and the use of computer technology in teaching to read.

  • Offering: Fall (FT); Spring (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Fromherz, Staff (FT); Staff (Aspire)

EDUC 550 Graduate Seminar I (.5)

Directed reflection and group problem-solving for students involved in field experience. The emphasis will be on examining current educational practices and on integrating educational theory and practice.

  • Offering: Fall (FT MAT); Fall/Spring (Aspire MAT)
  • Instructor: Education Faculty (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 551 Graduate Seminar II (.5)

Directed reflection and group problem-solving for students involved in field experience. The emphasis is on examining current educational practices and on integrating educational theory and practice.

  • Offering: Spring (FT MAT); Fall/Spring (Aspire MAT)
  • Instructor: Education Faculty (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 555 Planning and Implementation of Instruction (.5)

Long and short term unit development. Emphasis on lesson plan development, instructional material selection, appropriate teaching techniques, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and time management. Lesson adaptation for special populations.

  • Offering: Fall (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Tamura, Musser, Hamlin (FT); Staff (Aspire)

EDUC 556 Classroom Management (.5)

A study of strategies for creating an optimal learning environment and classroom community. Students will examine ways to promote productive student behavior, integrate motivation and learning strategies to maximize on-task behavior and involve parents in the learning process.

  • Offering: Fall (FT); Spring (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Tamura, Staff, Hamlin (FT); Miller (Aspire)

EDUC 558 Field Studies in Education: Action Research in the Classroom I (.5)

The development and writing of action research projects, designed to improve classroom practice and self reflection. Students will explore their teaching and beliefs about teaching and learning as they begin the inquiry process. Includes the key elements of practitioner research and how the research process can lead to effective teaching.

  • Offering: Fall (FT); Spring (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Weddington, Bryant (FT); Miller (Aspire)

EDUC 559 Field  Studies in Education: Action Research in the Classroom II (.5)

A continuation of the research process students began during the first semester (EDUC 558). Students refine their research questions and follow the inquiry process through their student teaching classrooms. As students explore their research questions, they collect and analyze classroom data, write conclusions and present their findings and completed action research projects at the School of Education Symposium.

  • Offering: Spring (FT); Fall (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Weddington, Bryant (FT); Staff (Aspire)

EDUC 560 Professional Development: The 21st Century Teacher (.5)

A study of topics affecting the development and maintenance of a professional teaching career. This course will acquaint students with specific policies and procedures appropriate to the profession, contractual and legal issues, professional organizations, and professional ethics in current education.

  • Offering: Spring (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Staff

EDUC 567 Educating for Equity in a Diverse Society (.5)

This course critically examines social, cultural, political and economic issues directly and indirectly affecting public school education. Issues are analyzed through the multiple lenses of human diversity existing in all classroom environments. The aim of such analysis is to expand the cultural competence of future teachers so that they may create just and equitable educational experiences for their students.

  • Offering: Fall (FT); Spring (Aspire)
  • Instructor: Fromherz, Weddington, Rhine (FT); Staff (Aspire)

EDUC 591 Pre-Student Teaching (.5)

An extensive, on-site study of the nature of schools including culture, politics and services. An examination of teaching through formal observation, data collection and analysis. An introduction to the teaching role including one-on-one, small group, and whole class instruction of students, lesson development and assessment of student performance, and grading practices.

  • Offering: Fall (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Education Faculty (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 592 Practicum (.75)

An introductory classroom experience and an extended practicum, most often at the MAT student's second level of authorization. However, if the MAT student is preparing for one level of authorization only, the Practicum II assignment will be at that level. An examination of the student-teacher relationship and the role of the teacher within the context of the classroom, school and community with an emphasis on the level of authorization. MAT students observe, gather and analyze data, assist, co-teach, and teach during their practicum. Work sample instruction and assessment under the guidance and supervision of classroom supervisors.

  • Offering: Fall (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Education Faculty (FT and Aspire)

EDUC 595 Student Teaching (3.0)

Minimum of 18 weeks of full-time involvement at the public school site under the guidance of experienced teachers and supervisors. This experience includes observation, full-responsibility planning and teaching, and involvement in the culture of the school setting. Unit and work sample preparation, instruction and assessment required.

  • Offering: Spring (FT and Aspire)
  • Instructor: Education Faculty (FT and Aspire)