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EDUC 217 Foundations of Education
Units: 1
Description
Introduction to the American educational system. Explores the philosophical, sociological, historical, and political roots of schools today. Attention also given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education including the use of relevant data in instructional decision-making.

EDUC 218 Diverse Learners
Units: 1
Description
Introduces students to the developmental stages experienced by students between the ages of birth through adolescence with an examination of speech/language, social, physical, intellectual, and emotional development. Explores diverse cultures, communities, and family values. Provides a historical and contemporary perspective on critical issues, professional practices, and sate and federal laws influencing the teaching of students with diverse learning needs.

EDUC 220 Education in America
Units: 1
Description
Exploration of contemporary public education and its impact on American society and citizenship. Includes an examination of the history of education in creating responsible citizens in the United States and the interaction of policy and reform in contemporary education.

EDUC 306 Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Science and Social Studies
Units: 1
Description
In-depth examination of core elementary science and social studies concepts and subject-specific pedagogy. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, curriculum integration strategies, content area literacy, and current research.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 218.

EDUC 307 Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
Units: 1
Description
In-depth examination of fundamental science concepts and subject-specific pedagogy, focusing on Earth, life, and physical sciences, the nature of science and scientific inquiry, the social and cultural significance of science, the relationship of science to technology, and the historical development of scientific concepts and scientific reasoning. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, curriculum integration strategies, content area literacy, and current research.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 218.

EDUC 312 Independent Study in Education
Units: .25-1
Description
Special projects and practical experience in educational programs.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

EDUC 313 Independent Study in Education
Units: .25-1
Description
Special projects and practical experience in educational programs.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

EDUC 314 Independent Study in Education
Units: .25-1
Description
Special projects and practical experience in educational programs.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

EDUC 324 Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
Units: 1
Description
In-depth examination of the teaching methods, literacy concepts and development, and materials which are utilized to support and scaffold children's literacy acquisition from birth to the primary grades. Addresses a foundational understanding of the components of reading including phonemic awareness, concepts of print, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing. Examines early literacy assessment tools and how to implement interventions for diverse learners. Investigates language development, children's literature, and classroom strategies for early literacy instruction.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 218.

EDUC 326 Assessment, Intervention, and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
Units: 1
Description
In-depth examination of reading comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking, word study, and writing instruction within elementary classrooms. Exploration across the components of reading of the methods, materials, and assessment tools associated with elementary literacy instruction. Examines assessment tools and learn techniques for meeting the needs of struggling readers. A supervised practical experience will be incorporated into the course. Emphasis is placed on making decisions based upon students' individual needs and critical reflection to improve instructional effectiveness. Analysis of assessment data and use of this information to inform instructional practices including developing reading and writing interventions. Studies effective literacy techniques designed to support diverse learners.
Prerequisites
EDUC 324.

EDUC 327 Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics
Units: 1
Description
In-depth examination of fundamental mathematical concepts and subject-specific pedagogy. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, use of manipulatives and technology, current research, and learning theory.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 218.

EDUC 333 Alternate Approaches to K-12 Education
Units: 1
Description
Examination of the multiple alternatives to traditional PK-12 public schools currently available across the United States, including the increasing variety of public, private, parochial, charter, and virtual opportunities available to families seeking choices beyond traditional public education.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 220

EDUC 334 American Educational History
Units: 1
Description
Examination of the development of American education from the Colonial Period through today. Includes an examination of how political change, economic growth, immigration, social movements, and related factors influenced the content of the American curriculum and the nature of the educational experience. Emphasis placed on the period since 1945, examining how integration, changes in special education law, the growth of English-language learners, the accountability movement, educational technology, and economic conditions have shaped today's public schools.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 220

EDUC 335 Education and Globalization
Units: 1
Description
Investigation of the influence of globalization and technology on America's school systems. Globalization is characterized by the power of individuals living around the world to communicate, collaborate, and compete. The death of distance resulting from technological advances has resulted in a new "global village" or "flat world". Examination of how today's global world is transforming education and the role of America's schools in preparing students for this interconnected, global world.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 220

EDUC 337 Education and Public Policy
Units: 1
Description
Survey of contemporary issues and examination of legislation affecting educational policy at both the state and local level. In-depth examination of current and emerging policy issues, strategies for influencing policy, and techniques for adapting new policy into current school culture and processes.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 220

EDUC 338 Instructional Technology Applications for the Classroom
Units: 1
Description
Theory and pedagogy of integrating common and practical instructional technologies within the teaching and learning environment and across the curriculum. Includes current practice, skill building and exploration of resources to better prepare educators to fully understand the potential, the consequences, and future uses of instructional technology to address the needs of all learners.
Prerequisites
Education 306 or 342.

EDUC 339 Education of Minority Groups in America
Units: 1
Description
Introduction to the educational histories of minority groups in the United States with a primary focus on Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican American, and Asian/Pacific Americans. Perspectives will be primarily explored from the late eighteenth century to the early twenty-first century. Includes an an-depth examination of issues of equity and opportunity as it pertains to these minority groups, particularly as it relates to funding. Also includes an examination of how education can serve as an effective means to increase social tolerance and improve relations between various groups in society.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 220

EDUC 340 Gender and Education
Units: 1
Description
Exploration of the multiple and complex relationships between gender and education, primarily in the context of formalized schooling. Topics include the history of women's education; gender identity and socialization, gender discrimination and biases in curriculum and classroom teaching, gender gaps in academic performance, stratification in schools, and the relationship between educational choices and gender. In all topics, gender will be explored in connection with other socially constructed aspects of identity, such as race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 220

EDUC 341 Leadership and Education
Units: 1
Description
Examination of the role of leadership in education through a historical, philosophical, theoretical and political/policy lens. Critical review of how leadership is the cornerstone of understanding the importance of education and citizenship in American society. Includes profiles of historical and contemporary leaders in education who have been at the forefront of public school reform efforts. Examines the role that followers or stakeholders have played in historical movements for public school reform.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 220

EDUC 342 Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools
Units: 1
Description
Comprehensive introduction to pedagogy to include principles of learning; application of skills in discipline and grade-specific methodology; selection and use of materials; state and national curriculum standards; and evaluation of student performance.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 218.

EDUC 344 School Law for the Layman
Units: 1
Description
Overview of school law with an emphasis on how public law and court decisions have shaped the practice of public schools today. Includes an in-depth examination of critical court decisions that have shaped educational practice, the legal environment today, and the influence of school law on students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 220

EDUC 345 Urban Education
Units: 1
Description
Examination of the relationship between urban issues and education policies and practices. Includes a broad interdisciplinary look at the relationship between school and urban society and communities. Sociological and philosophical theories will be used to examine how culture, race, and class influence the structure and function of urban education systems. A critical self-reflection on schooling, socio-cultural identity, and philosophical beliefs about education.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 220

EDUC 346 Philosophy of Education
Units: 1
Description
Examines exemplars of educational philosophy from ancient times to the present day, emphasizing important thinkers and writers that contributed to the philosophy of the American public education system. Includes a consideration of their relevance and application to current controversies in education (e.g., multiculturalism, gender equity, and school choice).
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 220

EDUC 347 Improving America's Schools
Units: 1
Description
Examines K-12 American public schools and the variety of programs, policies, and structures in place that influence students, teachers, and parents within the educational system.
Prerequisites
EDUC 220

EDUC 350 Content Area Literacy
Units: 1
Description
In-depth examination of reading, writing, and critical thinking in secondary content areas. Specific techniques for teaching and assessing comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, and study skills. The effects of text organization and relationship between reading and writing are investigated. Integrates theory with practice and is designed to help content area instructors learn how to integrate literacy principles into subject matter instruction. A strong emphasis on the elements of effective comprehension instruction. Literacy techniques designed to support the needs of diverse learners.
Prerequisites
Education 217 or 218.

EDUC 356 Elementary Classroom and Behavior Management
Units: 1
Description
Introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of classroom and behavior management with an emphasis on strong instruction, positive learning climate, individual interventions, including techniques to promote educational well-being, maximize learning time, increase motivation, and address inappropriate behavior. Examination of approaches based on theory and practice to meet the needs of diverse learners. Includes weekly practicum experience in an elementary classroom.
Prerequisites
EDUC 327.

EDUC 357 Secondary Classroom and Behavior Management
Units: 1
Description
Introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of classroom and behavior management with an emphasis on strong instruction, positive learning climate, individual interventions, including techniques to promote educational well-being, maximize learning time, increase motivation, and address inappropriate behavior. Examination of approaches based on theory and practice to meet the needs of diverse learners. Includes weekly practicum experience in a middle school classroom.
Prerequisites
EDUC 342.

EDUC 398 Selected Topics
Units: .5-1
Description
Topics will vary from semester to semester.

EDUC 440 Contemporary Issues in Education
Units: 1
Description
Capstone requirement in the Education and Society minor.
Prerequisites
Senior standing and completion of Education and Society minor electives.

EDUC 451 Cross Cultural Communications
Units: 1
Description
Knowledge, understanding, and use of the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs (Domain 2. Culture). New instructional techniques, research results, advances in the ESL field, and education policy issues, as well as the history of ESL teaching. Reflection on instruction and assessment practices. Collaborative work with school staff and the community to improve the learning environment, provide support, and advocate for ELLs and their families (Domain 5. Professionalism).
Prerequisites
EDUC 324 or 342

EDUC 452 English Linguistics for TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Units: 1
Description
Major theories and research related to the structure and acquisition of language to help English language learners (ELL) develop language and literacy and achieve in the content areas (Domain 1. Language).
Prerequisites
EDUC 324 or 342

EDUC 454 Assessment of English Learners
Units: 1
Description
Addresses issues and concepts of assessment and using standards based procedures with English Language Learners (ELL). Identifies purposes of assessment (e.g., diagnostic, language proficiency, academic achievement) and basic concepts of assessment in order to assess ELL. Examines national and state requirements, procedures, and instruments for ELL identification, reclassification, and exit from language support programs. Covers the interdependent relationship between teaching and assessment and developing instructional tasks and assessment tools that promote and measure student learning. (Domain 4. Assessment).
Prerequisites
EDUC 324 or 342

EDUC 465 Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
Units: 1
Description
Introductory course providing an overview of the nature and educational implications of serving students with disabilities and emphasizes the legal aspects of special education at national, state, and local levels. Relevant legislation associated with the identification, education and evaluation of students with disabilities will be included in this foundations course.
Prerequisites
EDUC 324

EDUC 468 Successful Transition through Consulation and Collaboration
Units: 1
Description
Prepares teacher candidates with the ability to prepare their students and work with families to provide successful student transitions throughout the educational experience. Strategies for successful consultation, case management and collaboration for establishing an effective school environment, postsecondary training, employment, and independent living that address an understanding of long-term planning, career development, life skills, community experiences and resources, self-advocacy, and self-determination, guardianship and legal considerations.
Prerequisites
EDUC 324

EDUC 469 Recognizing and Teaching Students with Disabilities-Accessing the General Education Curriculum
Units: 1
Description
Explores the characteristics and supports needs of students with disabilities in the general education setting and delves into the development of individual education planning and group instruction at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Specific learning strategies, multisensory approaches, and organizational and environmental considerations will be investigated through the scope and sequence of the general education curriculum. Alternative ways of instruction and assessment will be examined to support student learning needs with effective and student-appropriate strategies and accommodations to promote successful integration with nondisabled peers in general education classrooms and, as appropriate, in other instructional settings, representing the continuum of special education services.
Prerequisites
EDUC 324

EDUC 471 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
Units: 1
Description
Introduces teacher candidates to the variety of assessment and evaluation techniques and their specific purposes, including eligibility for students with disabilities, instructional decision making, and program improvement. This course explores the relationship among the general curriculum, formal and informal assessment results, and instruction for students with disabilities to support instructional planning, decision-making and self-reflection.
Prerequisites
EDUC 324

EDUC 475 Student Teaching, Elementary Education (preK-6)
Units: 3.5
Description
A fifteen-week field experience which involves the application of theory and skills while working directly with students in the public school classroom on a full-time basis under the direction and support of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor. The student assumes full teacher responsibility for all instructional periods and school activities. Graded pass/fail with a comprehensive evaluation completed for each student teacher. Requires concurrent registration in Education 485, Student Teaching Seminar.
Prerequisites
Department approval.

EDUC 477 Student Teaching, Secondary Education (6-12)
Units: 3.5
Description
(See description under Education 475.)
Prerequisites
Department approval.

EDUC 478 Student Teaching, Comprehensive Endorsement (preK-12)
Units: 3.5
Description
(See description under Education 475.)
Prerequisites
Department approval.

EDUC 480 Curriculum Development and Instructional Strategies for Teaching English Learners
Units: 1
Description
Training class for those wishing to gain appropriate skills for teaching ESL students. Focuses on understanding the method of teaching conversational English; understanding the international Phonetic Alphabet; application of target language groups; essentials of English - know what you teach; methods of instruction (includes drills, activities, lesson resources); and application of knowledge as students have guided practice in developing skills.
Prerequisites
EDUC 324 or 342

EDUC 485 Student Teaching Seminar
Units: .5
Description
Weekly seminar for student teachers. Provides a forum for reflective discussion and examination of critical issues related to students' teaching responsibilities and competence, specifically, employing best practices in the planning, delivery, and assessment of instruction and student learning. In addition, guidance is provided in the preparation of the Teacher Work Sample Portfolio.
Prerequisites
Education 475, 477, or 478 (corequisite).