App-ED Elem Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Education (EDUC)

EDUC1120. Foundations of Teaching (3)
This course is to help the student understand the historical, social, political and philosophical foundations of the American educational system.  Classical works on education will be reviewed along with current and emerging ideas related to teaching.  Other issues will be explored to examine present and potential future impact on learning.  A 30-hour field experience at the grade level of the student's interest.  Fees: Additional non-refundable technology fee required.

EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2)
A reflective exploration of race, privilege, and changing demographics in communities and schools. Includes a focus on common beliefs held by teachers that may affect the achievement gap between white and minority students. Culturally relevant teaching practices will be developed to enhance learning opportunities for students of color. Course includes a 10-hour field experience. Fulfills a General Education Tier II cross-cultural experience.

EDUC2750. Technology in the Classroom (3)
This course is designed to help students gain an awareness of current and emerging educational and computer technologies and develop practical skills in integrating these technologies in educational settings. The course focuses on helping students acquire the skills necessary to demonstrate technology competency based on the current ISTE NETS-T standards.

EDUC3000. Mathematics Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)
Lab-oriented exploration of mathematical concepts to provide understanding of basic mathematical structures and strategies for the elementary teacher. Prerequisites: MATH2010, MATH2020; may be taken same semester as MATH2010, MATH2020.

EDUC3150. Education of Exceptional Children (3)
A survey of the characteristics and educational needs of students with learning challenges and those identified as gifted. Course emphasizes causes, incidence, and implications of disabilities and practical strategies for assisting all students to succeed in the regular classroom. Also included is information on special education law and individual educational plans as they apply to general education teachers. A 15-hour field experience is included. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program or instructor approval. 

EDUC3160.  Learning and the Brain  (3)
A study of the psychological implications involved in the teaching-learning situation with emphasis on those psychological principles applicable to children ages 6-12 and adolescents 13-18. A variety of learning and developmental theories based on research from the field of psychology are covered. Also, examines accepted theories and current research in learning behavior and explores the unique styles of learning and recent studies in brain function and behavior as they relate to the learning process. 

EDUC3240. Classroom Management in Elementary Schools (3)
An in-depth study of classroom management principles and practices for elementary teachers. Focus is on equipping future teachers with knowledge and skills for effectively managing a classroom. Course explores motivation, classroom environment, minimizing management problems through proactive strategies, and systematically modifying inappropriate behavior. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program; junior classification.

EDUC3250. Fundamentals of Reading (3)
An in-depth study of essential components necessary for developing literacy capabilities of elementary children. Focus includes research-based practices to develop word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. Course includes a 25-hour field experience in an elementary classroom during which the student observes the set up and administration of a reading program and participates in reading instruction. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program; junior classification.

EDUC3260. Content Literacy in Elementary Classrooms (3)
An exploration of principles and strategies for helping elementary students acquire reading and writing skills essential for effective learning in subject areas. Emphasis is on helping future teachers design instruction that develops vocabulary concepts, enhances comprehension, and addresses the varying backgrounds and needs of elementary students as they interact with text. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program; junior classification.

EDUC3310. Teaching English Language Learners (1)
Exploration of the unique cultural values of children and families whose primary language is not English and study of teaching strategies for helping all students to succeed. Course includes a 15-hour multicultural field experience. Fulfills a General Education Tier II Cross-Cultural Experience.  Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program or instructor approval.

EDUC3380. Teaching Physical Education in the Elementary Schools (2)
This course introduces students to the basic principles of physical education for children in grades kindergarten through six. Emphasis will be on the development of systematic physical education programming. Students will participate in simulated teaching experiences and/or field observations. 

EDUC4460. Assessment and Intervention in Reading (3)
An examination and application of research-based practices for using assessment to guide instruction in literacy. Included is a field experience in which the intern diagnoses literacy needs of a struggling reader and designs and delivers interventions to support that elementary student's literacy development. Prerequisites: Approval for intern year; senior classification. 

EDUC4540. Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom (4)
A course of integrated study of teaching methodology encompassing elementary school social studies and language arts. Students design instruction to meet curriculum standards, devise accommodations for students with diverse needs, and plan assessment procedures to monitor student progress. A focus on unit and lesson planning, classroom environment, instruction, and professionalism equips students for the student teaching experience. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program; Department approval. 

EDUC4550. Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom (4)
A study of teaching methodology encompassing elementary school science and mathematics. Students design instruction to meet curriculum standards, devise accommodations for students with diverse needs, and plan assessment procedures to monitor student progress. A focus on unit and lesson planning, classroom environment, instruction, and professionalism equips students for the student teaching experience. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program; Department approval. 

EDUC4810. Elementary School Start-Up (1)
A fall field experience to acquaint the intern with practices for beginning the school year in an elementary school. Interns attend opening faculty meetings in the school and observe and assist the teacher during the first week of school. Materials and instructions for this course must be secured from the Director of Student Teaching three months in advance of the opening of school. Prerequisites: Approval for student teaching; senior classification. 

EDUC4900. Student Teaching in Elementary Schools (10)
Directed observation, participation, and responsible teaching by ACE students, conducted under the supervision or mentoring of an elementary school teacher and NNU supervisors. Weekly seminars are a part of this experience. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program; approval for student teaching. Fees: Additional fee required.

EDUC4950.  Seminar/Capstone (1)
Weekly reflection and discussion about changes in thinking and professional practice resulting from growth in teaching competency as it intersects with growth in the four university outcomes. Corequisites: Student teaching, Senior classification.