Undergraduate Course Information

The following are current courses in the department. Please note that all courses are not taught each semester.

101. Issues and Trends in Education.  (3h) Educational issues and trends with a focus on K-12 schools and teachers. Focus will vary by instructor. (D)

120. Personal Framework for Career Exploration. (1.5h) First course in the College to Career series. Focuses on Student self-assessment including personal attributes such as values, interests, personality/temperament, strengths, and beliefs. Begins the process of connecting student attributes with the exploration of options in the world of work. Open to all students, but designed especially for first- and second-year students. Half semester.

220. Options in the World of Work. (1.5) Second course in the College to Career series. Explores structure of the world of work, job functions and roles. Focus on nature and expectations of the world of work, including exploration of opportunities aligned with interests of students, and correlation between careers and education, career trajectories, graduate school, employment trends and the unique role work plays in creating meaning in the life of the individual. Open to all students, but designed for first- and second-year students. Half semester. P/C – EDU 120 or POI.

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.

205a. Developing Literacy and Communication Skills in Elementary Schools, K-2. (2h) Implementing research-based strategies for teaching and assessing reading, writing, listening and speaking in grades K-2. P—POI.

205b. Developing Literacy and Communication Skills in Elementary Schools, Grades 3-6. (2h) Implementing research-based strategies for teaching and assessing reading, writing, listening and speaking in grades 3-6. 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.

300. School Leadership. (1h) Development of leadership skills within the context of school and professional learning communities. P—EDU 250.

304. Social Justice Issues in Education. (3h) This course facilitates exploration of issues of social justice and schooling from both theoretical and practical perspectives. It includes a focus on multicultural education, global awareness, issues of equity in school funding, urban and rural education, poverty, and marginalized populations. (CD, D)

307. Instructional Design, Assessment, and Technology. (3h) Introduction to contemporary technologies and their applications for supporting instruction, assessment, and professional practice. P-POI.

309L. Introduction to Secondary Education. (2h) Practical experiences in classrooms with focus on secondary classrooms and learners. Weekly public school experience and seminar. Pass/Fail only. Service Learning.

310. Race, Class, and Gender in a Color-blind Society. (3h) Examines issues surrounding race, class, and gender in the U.S. Topics include income and wealth, theories of discrimination, public education, gender bias, and patterns of occupational and industrial segregation. Also listed as AES 310.

311. Learning and Cognitive Science. (3h) Theories and principles of cognition applied to teaching and 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.

320. Strategic Job Search Processes. (1.5h) Third course in the College to Career series. Provides students with the fundamental knowledge, strategies, and skills required to conduct an effective job search including professional written and verbal communication; interviewing techniques, networking and other job search strategies; the branding and marketing of oneself; and evaluating offers and negotiation. P – EDU 120 and 220 or POI. Half semester.

337. TESOL Linguistics. (3h) Introduces the theoretical and practical linguistics resources and skills for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) within the U.S. or abroad. Also listed as LIN 337. P—LIN/ANT 150 or ENG 304; knowledge of a second language is recommended.

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.

360. Professional and Life Skills. (1.5h) Fourth course in the College to Career series. Transition to life and work after college. Discusses work ethics and etiquette, work relationships, and ongoing career management. Also covers personal skills such as budgeting and financial management, stress management, and avocations. Course applies liberal arts education to successful, meaningful like after college, including creation of an e-portfolio demonstrating professional competencies gained through the course of their Wake Forest experience. Senior standing only. Half semester.

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.

368. Professional Experiences in Education. (3h) This course offers students a placement in an educational setting under the supervision of a professional mentor. During this internship, students examine a critical topic in a local school, a community agency, a nonprofit organization, or other educational setting. P—POI.

374. Student Teaching Seminar. (1.5h) Analysis and discussion of problems and issues in the teaching of particular secondary subjects (English, mathematics, science, second languages, social studies). Emphasizes the application of effective instructional methods and materials.

377. Literacy in the 21st Century. (3h) This course examines the impact of emerging literacy trends on 21st century students in a digital, global world. There is specific focus on engaging reluctant and struggling readers.

382. Teaching Elementary Reading. (3h) Methods and materials for teaching reading, including adaptations for diverse and exceptional learners. P-POI.

388. Writing Pedagogy. (3h) This course blends theory and practice, providing students from all content areas with a foundational understanding of writing-pedagogy methods and approaches. Topics of study will include writing across the curriculum, writing research, and assessment of writing.

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.

395. Teaching Diverse Learners. (3h) This course addresses diversity in the classroom, particularly the needs of English Language Learners (ELL) and Exceptional Populations (EC). Examines differentiated instruction with appropriate instructional and behavioral strategies to meet the needs of all students.