Undergraduate Course Information
The following are current courses in the department.
201. Educational Policy and Practice. (3h) Philosophical, historical, and sociological foundations of education, including analysis of contemporary accountability systems. (CD, D)
201L. Field Lab I. (2h) Practical experiences in classrooms with focus on school and society. Weekly public school experience and seminar. Pass/Fail only. Service Learning.
202. Field Experience One. (2h) Practical experiences in classrooms. Weekly public school experience and seminar. Pass/Fail only.
203. Methodology and Management Lab. (2h) Elementary education students observe classroom pedagogy and gain teaching experience in a diverse elementary school classroom through weekly observations and WFU seminars. Pass/Fail only. P-POI. Service Learning.
204 Integrating Literacy, Technology and the Arts across the Elementary Curriculum. (2h) Practical strategies for integrating literacy, technology and the arts in all areas of the elementary curriculum, including math, science, social studies and health. C-EDU 250.
205. Developing Literacy and Communication Skills in Elementary Schools. (4h) Implementing research-based strategies for teaching and assessing reading, writing, listening and speaking in kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms. P-POI.
206. Assessment for Positive Student Outcomes. (2h) An exploration of K-6 assessment models and strategies to support positive student outcomes. C-EDU 250.
221. Children’s Literature. (2h) Surveys the types and uses of literature appropriate for elementary grades, including multicultural literature.
222. Integrating the Arts and Movement into the Elementary Curriculum. (2h) Surveys the materials, methods, and techniques of integrating the arts and physical development into the elementary curriculum. P-POI.
223. Theatre in Education. (3h) Practical experience for theatre and education students to work together with children in the classroom using theatre to teach core curriculum. Emphasizes methods and techniques as well as the development and implementation of creative lesson plans. Weekly public school teaching experience and seminar. Also listed as THE 270.
231. Adolescent Literature. (3h) Study of recent fiction centering on the lives of adolescents. Attention is given to interpretation of literature ranging from the reader response approach to critical pluralism.
250. Student Teaching/Seminar: Elementary. (10h) Supervised teaching experience in grades K-6. Full-time. Includes a weekly reflective seminar. Service Learning. Pass/Fail only. P-POI.
293. Elementary School Curriculum. (3h) General principles of curriculum and teaching methods, including adaptations for exceptional learners of all types and integration among all curriculum areas.
294. Teaching Elementary Language Arts. (3h) Methods and materials for teaching language arts, including adaptations for diverse and exceptional learners. P-POI.
295. Teaching Elementary Social Studies. (2h) Methods and materials for teaching social studies, including adaptations for diverse and exceptional learners. P-POI.
296. Elementary Mathematics Methods: Inquiry Teaching and Learning. (3h) Methods and materials for teaching elementary Mathematics content, including adaptations for diverse and exceptional learners. P-POI.
298. Elementary Science Methods: Inquiry Teaching and Learning. (3h) Methods and materials for teaching elementary Science content, including adaptations for diverse and exceptional learners. P-POI.
307. Instructional Design, Assessment, and Technology. (3h) Introduction to contemporary technologies and their applications for supporting instruction, assessment, and professional practice. P-POI.
311. Learning and Cognitive Science. (3h) Theories and principles of cognition applied to teaching and learning.
311L. Field Lab II. (2h) Practical experiences in classrooms with focus on classrooms and learners. Weekly public school experience and seminar. Pass/Fail only. Service Learning.
312. Teaching Exceptional Children. (3h) Surveys the various types of learning differences in K-6 students. Emphasis is on effective teaching and assessment techniques to support diverse learner needs. P-POI.
315. Literacy Interventions. (3h). Strategies for assessing the literacy skills of students who struggle with reading and writing and providing them with appropriate interventions. Students attend seminars focused on diagnosis and remediation, provide remedial instruction for one student, and complete a research case study on that student. Service Learning
354. Content Pedagogy. (3h) Methods, materials, and techniques used in teaching particular secondary subjects (English, mathematics, science, second languages, social studies). P-POI.
354L. Field Lab III. (2h) Practical experiences in classrooms with focus on pedagogy and content. Weekly public school experience and seminar. Pass/Fail only. Service Learning.
358. Studies in Contemporary Leadership. (3h) Examines contemporary leadership theory and its various applications in society. Students engage in practical leadership exercises, read on a variety of leadership topics, and develop their own philosophy of leadership. A 25 contact hour internship is required.
364L. Field Lab IV. (9h) Supervised teaching internship in grades 9-12 (K-12 for foreign language). Full-time, 15-week field experience. Pass/Fail only. Service Learning. P-POI.
365. Professional Development Seminars. (3h) Analysis and discussion of problems and issues in secondary school teaching. Examination of research and practice-based strategies. Pass/Fail only.
382. Teaching Elementary Reading. (3h) Methods and materials for teaching reading, including adaptations for diverse and exceptional learners. P-POI.
390. Methods and Materials for Teaching Foreign Languages (K-6). (3h) Surveys basic materials, methods, and techniques of teaching foreign languages in the elementary and middle grades. Emphasizes issues and problems involved in planning and implementing effective second language programs in grades K-6.