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Department of Education Program Highlights


EDUC 150 - Foundations of Education

An introduction to public schools and the teaching profession, including control of curriculum, the history of American education, philosophies which have influenced educators, how schools are financed, and laws which govern teachers and students. Requires 30 clock hours of field experience in a public school classroom.

EDUC 205 - Technology Applications in Education

Introduces pre-service teachers to a teaching design under which technology (computer hardware, software, and ancillary equipment) is used to help change how teachers teach and students learn. Students will learn basic computer and multimedia equipment operation, techniques of multimedia authoring and how to use the Internet effectively in teaching across the curriculum.

EDUC 230 - Educational Psychology

Applications to teaching and school learning of behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic learning theories, human development and motivational concepts, and assessment and evaluation procedures.

EDUC 240 - Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students

An overview of linguistically and culturally appropriate teaching strategies for teaching English Language Learners (ELL) in the mainstream classroom. A review of current second language learning theory and an application of these theories to planning effective instruction for students with limited English proficiency. An examination of second language development and cultural issues that affect ELL’s academic performance in the mainstream classroom.

EDUC 245 - Educational Linguistics and Language Acquisition for ESOL

Current theory and research in first and second language acquisition and issues in linguistics applied to linguistically and culturally diverse students. Topics in language acquisition include historical and current theories, language stages, as well as the factors that influence learning an additional language. Topics in educational linguistics include concepts in phonology, orthography, phonics, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with a focus on classroom applications. 

EDUC 250 Language Policy, Issues and Advocacy for ESOL

Analyze and evaluate the historical, political, socio-cultural, and linguistic issues related to local, state, and federal laws and policies regarding English Language Learners (ELL), their families, schools and community. Assess and advocate for ELL students to develop policies and systems of support for ELL students. 

EDUC 270 - Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher

An overview of the philosophy, methods, and materials used in child care, preschool, kindergarten, and primary classrooms. Beginning with birth experiences, following the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children through the primary grades. Educational programs for child care centers, preschools, kindergartens, and the primary grades. Requires 30 clock hours of field experience in a pre-school setting.

EDUC 275 - Teaching Art

Projects in several media appropriate for teaching art in the schools. Art teaching methods.

EDUC 290 - Content Literacy and Development in Adolescence

An exploration of adolescent development and literacy. Physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children from the intermediate grades through high school. An examination of theories, strategies, and assessment of multiple literacies to enhance learning in secondary subject matter classrooms.

EDUC 301 - Supervised Teaching Assistant

Supervised work in a public school setting to develop skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction as well as in establishing a climate conducive to learning. Enrollment by departmental directive for those students who, in the judgment of the department, require more extensive time in a clinical experience at a pre-student teaching level before assuming the responsibilities of student teaching.

EDUC 302 - Diversity and Inclusion

A broad interdisciplinary examination of the school-society relationship in the United States and of the many issues embedded in this relationship including equal opportunity, students with special needs, human diversity, ideology, politics, and social change.

EDUC 305 - General Methods and Management

Techniques of classroom teaching: the planning process, implementation of instruction, assessment of learning, use of educational resources, and classroom management. An introduction to teaching methods and classroom management as a foundation for future development in content specific methods courses.

EDUC 340 - Planning, Implementing and Assessing Instruction for ESOL

Current curriculum models, materials, teaching approaches and assessment techniques that maximize the language development and academic achievement of English language learners. Emphasizes strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing instruction that enable students in different proficiency levels to access the core curriculum and develop language skills. 

EDUC 401 - Teaching Literacy I

Theories, concepts, methods, and materials for developing literacy skills in children from primary through fourth grade. Matching instruction to individual student’s needs, abilities, and interests. Integrating children’s literature. Using assessment to drive instruction. Aligning to state and federal standards.

EDUC 402 - Teaching Literacy II

Theories, concepts, methods, and materials for developing literacy skills in students from fourth through tenth grade. Matching instruction to individual student’s needs, abilities, and interests. Integrating children’s and young adult’s literature. Using assessment to drive instruction. Aligning to state and federal standards.

EDUC 420 - Content-Area Literacy for Middle and High Schools

Theories and strategies for using reading and writing to enhance student learning in secondary subject matter classrooms. Use of technology, study strategies, and assessment techniques for the reading/writing process.

EDUC 430 - Content Methods for Middle and High School Teachers

Curriculum, methods and assessment in the middle and high school content fields. Assignment to sections based upon teaching major. Observation and application in middle and high school classrooms. May be repeated for credit with different subjects.

EDUC 448 - Teaching Mathematics

Approaches to teaching mathematics with a focus on how children learn concepts, develop skills, and apply mathematics to their daily lives. Overview of the mathematics curriculum. Emphasis on teaching problem solving, number concepts, technology, basic operations with whole and rational numbers, probability and statistics, geometry, measurement, and algebra.

EDUC 449 - Teaching Science

Dimensions of science; science curriculum, observation, model building, discrepant events, inquiry, application of the scientific process, reporting findings, resources for teaching science, and assessment of science education.

EDUC 450 - Teaching Social Studies

Current trends in social studies, inquiry, discovery and group processes, creative activities and experiences, community resources, technology in social studies, thematic and integrative planning.

EDUC 496 - Seminar for Full-Time Student Teaching

 Examination of topics related to entering the teaching profession, challenges associated with student teaching and personal teaching effectiveness.

EDUC 497 - Seminar for Part-Time Student Teaching

Examination of topics related to beginning student teaching, challenges associated with student teaching, and personal teaching effectiveness.