Education Courses

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

This course covers the cognitive, physical, social-emotional, and moral development of children from birth to adolescence. Emphasis will be placed on the implications and applications for effective teaching.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall and spring


EDU 2400 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (3 s.h.)

This course will provide Teacher Education candidates with theoretical and practical information regarding current instructional technology. As Teacher Candidates discover the uses of technology on the classroom, they will expand their understanding of how students learn through technology; investigate adaptive technology for students with special needs; study Web 2.0 apps (e.g. virtual reality field trips, basic robotic programing, and more); and discover how these applications can be used in the classroom. 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 is a computer intensive course.

Prerequisites: CSC 1000 or permission of the instructor
Offered: fall and spring


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

This course includes on-campus seminars and labs that require a minimum of twenty hours in an accredited school. Students should expect to engage 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(s) required by the Teacher Education Program, the Department of Public Instruction, and state/federal law prior to admission into the Teacher Education Program. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course.

Prerequisite: EDU 2510
Offered: fall and spring


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

This course covers curriculum development, instructional activities, classroom management, techniques for elementary education, 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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall


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; and the roles of the classroom teacher in the school and community. Ten hours in an accredited public school with emphasis on directed observation is required. Formal application for Field Experience Placement is required at the time of pre-registration.

Offered: fall and spring


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

Designed for Elementary Education and Special Education majors, EDU 2600 involves the review and application of Standard Written English. Specific attention will be paid to the holistic teaching of Standard Written English through literature. Current elementary-level language arts textbooks will be considered.

Cross-listed: ENG 2600
Offered: fall and spring


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

This course focuses on advanced principles of measurement of students’ work product to include both formative and summative assessments as well as End of Grade (EOG) and End of Course (EOC) tests. Topics covered include needs analysis; instructional adaptations; and differences in learner cognitive abilities. As well, the social, linguistic, cultural, emotional and academic needs of students in schools of the 21st Century will be examined.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall


EDU 3300 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)

This course surveys foundational theory and research in educational psychology, with a focus on the cognitive, motivational, social-emotional, and ethical development of K-12 students. Students will be introduced to historical and contemporary approaches to psychological theory and research; learn how to apply theoretical knowledge to student learning and assessment; and determine whether a study design adheres to accepted ethical standards for human subjects research.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Teacher Education Program or permission of instructor and Department Chair. With permission of the instructor, this course is open to additional categories of candidates.
Offered: fall and spring


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 visual art, music, and theatre. Emphasis is on techniques and strategies that integrate the arts with the teaching of other subject areas in the elementary classroom.

Prerequisites: Taken after or concurrently with EDU 2420, or with permission of the instructor
Offered: fall


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

This course includes on-campus seminars and labs that require a minimum of thirty hours in an accredited school. Students should expect to engage in non-instructional activities and limited instruction. Formal application for a Field Experience Placement is required at the time of pre-registration. Students are recommended to take this course the semester before student teaching.

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
Offered: fall and spring


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

This course introduces the Teacher Candidates to professional terminology, the various facets of reading disabilities, and a history of reading theory. Content includes formative and summative assessment procedures used to pinpoint areas of weaknesses in reading. The course involves the Teacher Candidate with hands-on experiences with a student to informally assess and identify individual student weaknesses in reading that require remediation. Teacher Candidates develop an individualized remediation plan based on the test results for the assigned student. The course provides experience working cooperatively with an experienced classroom teacher and communicating with parents. The course requires a practicum in an accredited school.

Prerequisite: none
Cross-listed: SPE 3450
Offered: fall


EDU 3550 INTERDISCIPLINARY METHODS (4 s.h.)

This method course integrates all subject areas taught in the elementary classroom. It is designed to demonstrate the inter-connectedness of subjects and the positive benefits on students’ learning outcomes.

Prerequisite: Formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor is required.
Offered: spring.


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 emphasizes the application of word identification, principles, and pedagogy related to the sound structure of oral and written language. In addition, the course will introduce assessments and research-based teaching strategies to support literacy pedagogy.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall


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. These skills are taught within the context of 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.

Prerequisites: EDU 3560 or permission of the instructor
Offered: spring


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

This course introduces students to appropriate middle grades and secondary school literature (grades 6-12), with an emphasis on integrating literature in the communication skills program. Students will learn strategies for promoting an appreciation of literature and ludic reading among middle and high school students. This course does not count toward either the major or minor in English.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


EDU 3845 TOPICS IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (3 s.h.)

Topics in Mathematics Education

Prerequisites: none
Cross-listed: MAT 3845
Offered: as needed


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

Professional Orientation addresses critical legislation and case law relating to education in North Carolina and the United States. This course is designed to provide preservice teachers with basic legal literacy, legal history, and legal research skills. EDU 4070 is a part of the Professional Studies Sequence for all Teacher Candidates. It is designed to work in conjunction with EDU 4210 (student teaching).

Co-requisite: EDU 4210
Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into Student Teaching
Offered: fall and spring


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

These courses introduce pre-service candidates to methods, materials, and evaluation procedures for teaching a given secondary or special subject. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of these courses. Methods courses must be taken the semester prior to student teaching.

  • EDU 4100: Elementary Music
  • EDU 4110: Secondary English (9-12)
  • EDU 4120: Secondary Social Studies (9-12)
  • EDU 4130: Physical Education and Health Education
  • EDU 4140: Mathematics (9-12)
  • EDU 4150: Science (9-12)
  • EDU 4160: Foreign Languages and ESL
  • EDU 4170: Art (K-12)
  • EDU 4180: Secondary Music

Prerequisite: Formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program
Offered: as needed


EDU 4145 METHODS OF TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE MIDDLE & SECONDARY SCHOOLS (3 s.h.)

A combination of lecture and laboratory using materials and procedures appropriate for the teaching of middle/secondary school mathematics. For teachers of secondary school mathematics. See EDU 4110-4190.

Prerequisite: MAT 1140
Cross-listed: MAT 4145
Offered: 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. It focuses on inclusion classrooms and the social-emotional needs of individuals with and without disabilities. This course requires a practicum. 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.

Prerequisite: Formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor is required for admission.
Cross-listed: SPE 4190
Offered: fall and spring


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

This course focuses on implementing reading and writing as tools to facilitate students’ learning of content area material. It covers various aspects of disciplinary literacy, content writing pedagogy, and writing across the curriculum (WAC).

Prerequisite: Formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor
Offered: fall and spring


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. No other courses except EDU 4070 may be taken during the student teaching semester. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course.

Prerequisite: Formal acceptance to student teaching
Co-requisite: EDU 4070
Offered: fall and spring


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

This course teaches pre-service candidates instructional design, activities, and techniques for middle grades education. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education program is required. 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.

Prerequisite: Formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor
Offered: as needed


EDU 4480 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR GIFTED (3 s.h.)

This course instructs candidates in the modification of basic curricular environments for the gifted and talented. Modifications of in content, process, products, and learning are discussed, as are approaches outlined in the North Carolina Curriculum Framework for Gifted Education. Assignments emphasize interdisciplinary approaches and integrative methods for designing appropriate instruction for gifted learners. 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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


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

EDU 4500 is an upper-level seminar course that focuses on relevant theory and disciplinary writing techniques. Students will design, write, and present a Capstone project on an approved topic. The projects must demonstrate the Teacher Candidate’s depth of understanding and application of theoretical knowledge regarding teaching and learning.

Prerequisite: Formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor
Offered: fall and spring


EDU 4510 METHODS OF TEACHING THE GIFTED AND TALENTED (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on the design, development, and implementation of methods, materials and teaching models relevant to the needs of the gifted and talented. This course is required for add-on AIG licensure. 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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


EDU 4550 NATURE AND NURTURE OF GIFTED AND TALENTED (3 s.h.)

This course presents a historical overview of Gifted Education from state and national perspectives. Topics include the nature and identification of gifted students, as well as past and current educational practices impacting gifted students. Special emphasis is given to North Carolina Services of Gifted Students and the North Carolina Curriculum

Framework. 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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


EDU 4650 ISSUES AND TRENDS IN GIFTED EDUCATION (3 s.h.)

EDU 4650 addresses current problems, issues and trends in gifted education. Students will explore the unique social/emotional needs of gifted learners; characteristics of underachieving gifted individuals; needs of twice-exceptional students (those who are simultaneously gifted and learning disabled); and educational program concerns. 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.

Prerequisites: none
Offered: as needed


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. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the Education Department Chair, and the school dean before approval by the Provost. Credit to be determined. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Teacher Education program/consent of the instructor, Chair, Dean, and Provost
Offered: as needed