Education Courses

Education Courses

EDU 2000 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (3 s.h.)

The cognitive, physical, social-emotional, and moral development of children from conception to adolescence. Emphasis will be placed on the implications and applications for effective teaching. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

EDU 2400 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (3 s.h.)

For Teacher Education students. Social, health, and ethical issues in educational technology, instructional design, educational hardware and software, technology for students with special needs, Internet and Web 2.0 in the classroom, audiovisual and instructional systems, distance education, formative and summative assessment, and collecting electronic evidence for school and district reporting. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course, except on review and agreement by the course professor and Chair of the Education Department. Prerequisites: CSC 1000 or permission of the instructor

EDU 2420 FIELD EXPERIENCE II (1 s.h.)

This course includes on-campus seminars and labs that require a minimum of thirty hours in an accredited school, engaging in non-instructional activities and limited instruction. Formal application for a Field Experience Placement is required at the time of pre-registration. Students enrolled in this course are expected to complete any test required by the Teacher Education Program or by NCDPI. Students who have not passed the required test (s) by the end of this course will meet with their advisor and the Chair of the Department of Education to either plan a program which allows time for additional Testing or plan for an alternate major. This course is offered every fall and spring semester. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course. Prerequisite: EDU 2510.

EDU 2460 ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (K-6) (3 s.h.)

Curriculum development; activities, classroom management, and techniques for elementary education (primary and intermediate grades); and parent-school-community relationships. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course, except on review and agreement by the course professor and Chair of the Education Department. This course is offered every fall semester.

EDU 2510 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION (4 s.h.)

This course offers the Teacher Candidate an opportunity to discover information about the organization, governance and importance of the public education systems in America. The course will explore teaching as a profession in the 21st century; professional ethics and goal setting; the roles of the classroom teacher in the school and community. Fifteen hours in an accredited public school with emphasis on directed observation is required. Formal application for a Field Experience placement is required at the time of pre-registration. This is a writing enrichment course. Sophomore status is required. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

EDU 2600 REVIEW & APPLICATION OF GRAMMAR FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS (3 s.h.)

Review and application in writing of traditional grammar and standard English usage for future elementary school teachers (K-6). Current elementary level language arts textbooks will be considered. Fulfills no general core requirement either in English or in Humanities; not credited toward majors or minors in Communications, English, or Writing. Prerequisite: Second semester sophomore.

EDU 3100 MEASUREMENT, ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF EDUCATIONAL GROWTH (2 s.h.)

This course is designed to study advanced principles of measurement of students’ work product to include both formative and summative assessments of End of Grade/Year tests. Knowledge of and competencies for analyzing learner needs, instructional adaptation, differences in learner cognitive, social, linguistic, cultural, emotional and physical needs of students in the 21st century will be examined. This course is offered every fall semester.

EDU 3300 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)

Educational Psychology ranges from the study of stage theory development, developmental characteristics, research practices, student motivation, information processing and effective learning environments. Students will develop a strategy resource handbook with application techniques. Additionally, candidates will participate in simulated classroom learning experiences and actual tutoring with students who are educationally classified. Prerequisite: Formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program is required for admission. With permission of the instructor, this course is open to licensed teachers and lateral entry candidates. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

EDU 3410 INTEGRATING THE ARTS IN THE CLASSROOM (3 s.h.)

The course provides learning and exploratory experiences for prospective classroom teachers to comprehend basic principles and elements of the arts (art, music, and drama). Emphasis is on techniques and strategies that integrate the arts with the teaching of other subject areas in the elementary classroom. This course is offered every fall semester. Prerequisites: Taken after or concurrently with EDU 2420 or with permission of the instructor.

EDU 3420 FIELD EXPERIENCE III (2 s.h.)

Campus seminars and labs that require a minimum of thirty hours in an accredited school, engaging in non-instructional activities and limited instruction. Supervised by a cooperating teacher, a member of the Education Department faculty, and a faculty member from the candidate’s content area. Recommended the semester before student teaching. Formal application for a Field Experience placement is required at the time of pre-registration. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education program required for admission. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

EDU 3450 TESTING AND DIAGNOSING READING DIFFICULTIES (2 s.h.)

The course content will focus on professional terminology, correlates of reading disability, a history of reading theory, as well as formative and summative diagnostic procedures. The course provides opportunities for teacher candidates to use these resources to assess an assigned student, pinpoint areas of weakness needing remediating and prepare an individualized remediation plan for the student. The course will also provide experiences in working cooperatively with a classroom teacher and communicating with parents. Requires a minimum of 10 hours in an accredited school. This course is offered during the fall semester. Cross listed as SPE 3450. Prerequisites: EDU 3560 and 3570.

EDU 3550 INTERDISCIPLINARY METHODS (4 s.h.)

This method for teaching course integrates subject areas taught in the elementary classroom. It is designed to demonstrate the inter-connectiveness of subjects and the positive benefits on children’s learning outcomes using this methodology. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program required for admission. This course is offered every spring semester.

EDU 3560 INVESTIGATING METHODS AND STRATEGIES IN TEACHING READING (2 s.h.)

This course focuses on an introduction to the essential of phonics, phonological awareness and phonemic awareness. It provides and emphasizes the application to word identification and principles and practices in teaching children about sound structure of oral and written language. In addition the course will introduce reading programs such as Wilson Reading, Fast Forward and other research based programs currently in place in many schools. This course is offered during the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites: This course is a pre-requisite for EDU 3570.

EDU 3570 TEACHING READING THROUGH LITERATURE (4 s.h.)

This is an introductory course to the basics of reading instruction with an emphasis on fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies utilizing the various genres of children’s literature. This course requires a practicum of working one on one with a student implementing the strategies discussed in class. This course is offered every spring Prerequisites: EDU 3560 or with permission of the instructor.

EDU 3620 LITERATURE FOR ADOLESCENTS (3 s.h.)

Literature available to students in middle and secondary schools (grades 6-12) with emphasis on integrating literature in the communication skills program and on strategies for promoting appreciation of literature among students in middle and secondary schools. Not credited toward either the 3 s.h. major or 18 s.h. minor in English. Cross listed as ENG 3620. This course is offered as needed.

EDU 4070 PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION (ALL LICENSES) (2 s.h.)

This course is a part of the Professional Studies Sequence for all Teacher candidates in preparation for entry into the teaching profession. Teacher candidates will explore laws pertinent to today’s schools and classrooms. Trends and issues in education will be identified and examined. Formal acceptance to Student Teaching by the Teacher Education Committee is required.

EDU 4100-4180 TEACHING METHODS FOR SECONDARY AND SPECIAL SUBJECT AREAS (9-12) (2-3 s.h.)

Methods, materials, and evaluation procedures for teaching a given secondary or special subject. Education 4100, Elementary Music 4110, (must be taken the semester prior to student teaching);, English; 4120 , Social Studies; 4130, Physical Education and Health Education; 4140, Mathematics; 4150, Science; 4160, Foreign Languages and ESL; 4170, Art; 4180, Secondary Music. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education programJM is required for admission. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of these courses. These courses are offered every fall and spring semester as needed.

EDU 4190 SEMINAR IN POSITIVE BEHAVIOR DEVELOPMENT (3 s.h.)

This course models strategies and techniques for building self-concept and managing behaviors that promote success in the learning environment; focuses on inclusion classrooms and social and emotional needs of individuals with and without disabilities. Requires a minimum of ten observation hours in an accredited school. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program is required. Cross listed as SPE 4190. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except upon review and agreement by the course professor and Chair of the Education Department. This course is offered every semester.

EDU 4200 READING AND WRITING IN THE CONTENT AREAS (6-8, 9-12, K-12) (3 s.h.)

This class is required for those seeking K-12 licensure (Special Education majors can take EDU 4470 in lieu of this course) and for those seeking middle grades or high school licensure. While not a requirement for K-6 licensure, elementary education majors are welcome to take the course. Course work focuses on implementing reading and writing as tools to facilitate students’ learning of content area material. Students in this course are required to complete a 2-week content area unit plan integrating literacy strategies and technology. Formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program is required for admission. This course is offered every fall and spring semester

EDU 4210 STUDENT TEACHING (ALL LICENSES) (10 s.h.)

An extended full-time experience in a classroom. The student teacher candidate progresses gradually from observation to full teaching responsibility, supervised by the classroom teacher and University faculty. Formal application for a Student Teaching placement is required at the time of pre-registration. Formal acceptance to Student Teaching by the Teacher Education Committee is required for admission. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

EDU 4470 EDUCATION IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS (6-9) (3 s.h.)

Curriculum, activities, and techniques for middle grades education. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program is required for admission. This course is offered as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course, except on review and agreement by the course professor and Chair of the Education Department.

EDU 4480 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR GIFTED (ADD-ON LICENSURE) (3 s.h.)

Modifying basic curricula in content, process, products, and learning environments for the gifted and talented. The approaches outlined in the North Carolina Curriculum Framework for Gifted Education are used in this course. Emphasis is on interdisciplinary approaches to instruction as well as other integrative methods for designing appropriate learning experiences for gifted learners. This course is offered Spring Term II and as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor and Chair of the Education Department.

EDU 4500 SEMINAR IN EDUCATION (2 s.h.)

This course will serve as a culminating experience requiring the Teacher candidate to present a well written scholarly paper to faculty and peers that demonstrates the Teacher candidate’s depth of understanding and application of content knowledge in the specialty area. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program is required for admission.

EDU 4510 METHODS OF TEACHING THE GIFTED AND TALENTED (ADD-ON LICENSURE) (3 s.h.)

Design, development, and implementation of methods, materials and teaching models relevant to the needs of the gifted and talented. This course is offered Summer Term IV and as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor and Chair of the Education Department.

EDU 4550 NATURE AND NURTURE OF GIFTED AND TALENTED (ADD-ON LICENSURE) (3 s.h.)

Introductory course for Gifted Education. Course focuses on historical overview of Gifted Education from state and national perspective, nature and identification of gifted students and educational practices impacting on gifted and talented students. Special emphasis is given to North Carolina Services of Gifted Students and the North Carolina Curriculum Framework. This course is offered in Spring Term I and as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor and Chair of the Education Department.

EDU 4650 ISSUES AND TRENDS IN GIFTED EDUCATION (ADD-ON LICENSURE) (3 s.h.)

Course addresses current problems, issues and trends in gifted education focusing on social/emotional needs of gifted learners, underachieving and learning disabled gifted, and educational program concerns. This course is offered Fall Term II and as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor and Chair of the Education Department.

EDU 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN EDUCATION (1-3 s.h.)

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program is required for admission. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department Chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course.

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