Course Topics

EDUC 215: Clinical Experience I in the Schools

Student works as an observer-aide under a teacher in a public/private area school. Concentrated instruction in preparation for these duties plus seminars that accompany the experience. Seminars include the following topics: ethics, professionalism, an introduction to program competencies; and dispositions, including reflective practice.

EDUC 221: The Diverse and Exceptional Learner

This course introduces students to learner differences as they are related to culture, ethnicity, language, disability, gender, and socioeconomic status. Students will explore how these factors influence individual educational performance, experience, and development in the institution of the school. With a major emphasis on human intergroup relations in a pluralistic society, the course will also introduce students to significant legislation, models of service delivery, and instructional modifications.

EDUC 222: Instructional Strategies with Computer Applications K–6

This course examines the use of behavioral objectives, lesson planning, testing, evaluation, classroom management, instructional techniques, learning theory applications, and instructional media in elementary education. Course objectives are achieved through writing instruction and practice using conventional writing tools and computer applications.

EDUC 240: Home, School, and Community

This pre-K to 12 course examines the dynamic relationship between families, school, and the community. Evaluation, legal aspects, and services to preschool students with disabilities including the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be explored. The course offers continued focus on collaborative team efforts and the importance of establishing strong links between home, school, and other service providers so the learning experiences of students from preschool through transition to the adult life are maximized.

EDUC 330: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course is an introduction to early childhood education: the history of the field; educational philosophies for the pre-kindergarten/kindergarten learner; and developmentally appropriate curriculum in language arts, sciences, social sciences, and mathematics.

EDUC 331: Early Childhood Education II

A review of the current research on curricular models, materials, and methodology in early childhood education. Particular attention given to research translation and implementation for working with infants and toddlers.

EDUC 376: Advanced Literacy: Assessment and Instructional Design for At Risk Readers

This course will present constructs and protocols for the assessment, diagnosis and evaluation of student learning and literacy skills in the elementary/middle school classroom. The course explores the developmental nature of the exceptional reader, including underachieving and gifted students. It also examines: current research on learner characteristics, instructional approaches and best-practices in classroom assessment of reading skills, both formal and informal.