Residency Licensure Program Courses

ART 3620 THEORY & PRACTICE IN ART EDUCATION (4 s.h.)

Current trends and theories in art education investigating the role of art in society, the school curriculum, and child development, with emphasis on positive self-expression, creative thinking, and perceptual sensitivity. Lesson planning, student presentations and a wide variety of studio experiences, including photographic techniques and computer graphics. Grades P-12. The course includes one hour of lecture and three hours of studio. The course does not count toward a major or minor in studio art or design. Major costs for this course will include the purchase of a textbook, paint, brushes, paper, and other miscellaneous art supplies, which will be in the range of $500 or more. This course is only for art education majors.

Prerequisites: Junior status and successful completion of EDU 2420
Offered: as needed


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 3550 INTERDISCIPLINARY METHODS (4 s.h.)

This method course integrates all subject areas taught in the elementary classroom. It is designed to demonstrate the interconnectedness 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 & STRATEGIES IN TEACHING READING (3 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 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 4150: Science (9-12)
  • 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 SCHOOL (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 4200 READING & 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 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 6310 ADVANCED BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES (3 s.h.)

This course presents concepts and strategies that have been found to be effective (even when working with individuals who exhibit extreme behavioral problems) in creating productive classroom learning environments. Assignments are designed to help develop strategies to be used in classroom settings. Topics include: establishing classroom rules and expectations, classroom organization and operation, supporting appropriate student behavior, understanding of cultural and religious differences, positive behavior management, and promoting student independence and intrinsic motivation.


EDU 6620 SPECIAL EDUCATION: LEGAL, ETHICAL, AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES (3 s.h.)

Candidates will examine the historical perspectives of special education and its classifications, philosophical and theoretical foundations, and legal ramifications. Examination of ethical issues will include placement, transition, and behavior management. Candidates will review the laws impacting education such as Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and No Child Left Behind.


EDU 6630 CURRICULUM ASSESSMENT & PLANNING FOR STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (3 s.h.)

Candidates will examine the principles and practices of curriculum planning and instruction. This course will focus on Multi-Tiered Support Systems (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI). Candidates will review general curriculum content standards along with extend 2 content standards.


EDU 6640 TEACHING & LEARNING STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (3 s.h.)

Candidates will conduct an overview of children with disabilities with an emphasis on differentiated instruction for today’s diverse classrooms. This class will include methods and materials related to all content areas with a primary focus on math and language arts. Math will focus on diagnosis of basic mathematics computation errors; types of errors will be illustrated, and suggested corrective procedures will be explored. The language arts will focus on planning for instruction.


EDU 6720 DIAGNOSIS &ASSESSMENT OF READING DIFFICULTIES (3 s.h.) 

Candidates will learn to ascertain student strengths and weaknesses in the area of reading. Candidates will explore a variety of methods to assess reading, analyze and disaggregate of data, and link methods of instruction to assessment results. Candidates will review reports and methods to communicate assessment results with stakeholders (e.g. parents, intervention specialists, administrators, and students). Field experience is required.


EDU 6730 LITERACY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (3 s.h.)

This course will examine current theories and models for the writing process for grades 6-12. Candidates will examine the stages of writing and how to encourage and assist students who are at a variety of stages in the writing process. Emphasis will be on narrative, informational, and opinion writing. Writer’s Workshop, mini-lessons, teacher conferences, collaborative student revisions and editing groups will be examined.


EDU 6900 STUDENT, TEACHING, AND PROGRAM EVALUATION (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to explore the student, teaching and program evaluation process to improve instruction and most importantly student achievement. This course focuses specifically on the evaluating all facets of the achievement based curriculum process and will lead to effective implementation of developmentally appropriate pedagogy. This course is aligned with the NC Standard Course of Study.


MAT 1060 TOPICS IN ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS I (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to acquaint prospective PK-8, vocational, and special education teachers with the structure of the real numbers system and its subsystems, properties, operations, and algorithms. Topics include problem solving, logic, number theory, mathematical operations over natural, integer, and rational numbers, and algebraic expressions. Students are required to earn a final grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: Appropriate SAT/ACT or placement score or MAT 1030 with a grade of C or better. (This course is to be taken by Elementary Education and Special Education Majors and does not fulfill the general core requirement in Mathematics.)
Offered: as needed


MAT 2060 TOPICS IN ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II (3 s.h.)

A course designed to introduce problem-solving skills and heuristic instruction to prospective PK-8, vocational, and special education teachers. Topics include probability, statistics, geometry, and measurement. Students are required to earn a final grade of C or better. Prerequisite: Appropriate SAT/ACT or placement score or MAT 1030 with a grade of C or better. (This course is to be taken by Elementary Education and Special Education Majors and does not fulfill the general core requirement in Mathematics.)

Offered: as needed


PXS 2090 SPORT PEDAGOGY I (3 s.h.)

The first of two courses in the pedagogy sequence is designed to explore the teaching-learning process and develop teaching skills. This course focuses specifically on the planning and the implementation of developmentally appropriate physical education programs in the elementary school. The course is aligned with the NC Healthful Living curriculum.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: spring


PXS 3400 SPORT PEDAGOGY II (3 s.h.)

This is the second course in the pedagogy sequence and is designed to explore the teaching-learning process and develop teaching skills. This course focuses specifically on the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate physical education programs in the secondary schools. The course is aligned with the NC Healthful Living curriculum.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall


PXS 4050 MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION (3 s.h.)

The development of competencies needed for evaluation in Physical Education and Exercise Science and related programs with emphasis on basic statistics, selection and administration of standardized tests, and test construction; assessment, evaluation of programs; and appropriate microcomputer applications.

Prerequisite: Completion of MAT 1050 or higher or permission of the instructor
Offered: fall


PXS 6310 ADVANCED BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES (3 s.h.)

This course presents concepts and strategies that have been found to be effective (even when working with individuals who exhibit extreme behavioral problems) in creating productive classroom learning environments. Assignments are designed to help develop strategies to be used in classroom settings. Topics include: establishing classroom rules and expectations, classroom organization and operation, supporting appropriate student behavior, understanding of cultural and religious differences, positive behavior management, and promoting student independence and intrinsic motivation.


PXS 6600 STUDENT, TEACHING, AND PROGRAM EVALUATION (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to explore the student, teaching and program evaluation process to improve instruction and most importantly student achievement. This course focuses specifically on the evaluating all facets of the achievement based curriculum process and will lead to effective implementation of developmentally appropriate pedagogy. This course is aligned with the NC Standard Course of Study.


SPE 2600 EDUCATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN AND YOUTH (3 s.h.)

The course addresses current issues and trends pertaining to exceptional children and youth. Appropriate educational approaches and the processes and procedures for providing special education services are emphasized.

Prerequisite: SPE 2550. With permission of the instructor this course is open to licensed teachers and lateral entry candidates
Offered: spring


SPE 4010 SCIENTIFICALLY BASED RESEARCH METHODS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (4 s.h.)

The course focuses on research-validated learning and behavior strategies, assessment, multi-sensory methods and curricula to facilitate learning across the curriculum. Designing and evaluating instructional plans, organizing effective student learning environments, and using technology throughout the curriculum are stressed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course. Requires a minimum of 10 hours in an accredited school.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: spring