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Professional Education (ED)

College-Program Codes: 4-13


5160 PHILOSOPHY AND ORGANIZATION OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL (2 credits) Specific information and skills relative to the development of a philosophy and rationale for a middle school. Emphasis on the relationship between the middle school student, the middle school teacher, and the philosophy, organization (including interdisciplinary planning, advisor/advisee plan, etc.), and program of the middle school.

5170 EDUCATION OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN (3 credits) Survey of traditional and western models used in the education of American Indians from colonial times to the present.

5201 LANGUAGE ARTS I (3 credits) A survey of various approaches and an investigation of the multiplicity of tasks involved in the teaching of elementary school reading. Focuses on emerging literacy development as well as assessment in the early years of learning to read.

5221 ELEMENTARY MATH METHODS (3 credits) Objectives, materials and methods of teaching modern mathematics. Requires visits to elementary schools.

5250 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (1 credit) Philosophy, objectives, methods, and materials of environmental education. Designed to teach students how to integrate environmental education into the classes of elementary schools.

5257 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND INTERPRETATION (3 credits) Objectives, program ideas, methods, and materials of outdoor education. General and specific techniques of implementing a program of environmental education and interpretation.

5258 ENVIRONMENTAL INTERPRETATION (3 credits) Introduces the student to the profession of interpretation. Students gain an understanding of the principles of interpretation and their application in interpretative services in a wide variety of settings including museums, zoological gardens, industrial sites, and parks.

5410 MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE METHODS (2 credits) Introduces methods and materials for teaching science for grades 5-9. Discusses the teaching of science through a hands on process methodology. These methods are practiced through a required practicum with public school students. Various process oriented science curriculum materials are used during class.

5500 YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (3 credits) Introduction to teaching young children with special needs. Includes discussion of important aspects of education for young children in special education and mainstreamed settings. Students interrelate experiences working with young children having special needs to developing an educational philosophy.

5507 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (3 credits) Measurement procedures appropriate for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children with disabilities. Covers the involvement of parents in the screening and assessment process, and observation in the home and educational environment. A variety of screening and assessment tools are demonstrated and competency in the use of one will be required. Note: ED 5808: Assessment Applications in ECSE is a follow-up application experience in screening and assessment procedures. Prerequisite: ED 5500.

5508 PARENT/PROFESSIONAL TEAM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD (3 credits) Emphasizes cooperative and coordinated educational programming with parents of normally and atypically developing infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. Models of early intervention and parent-teacher educational programs are presented and adapted for use with parents. First is interagency staffing patterns and cooperation among agencies and second is geographic, economic and social factors and related problems. Prerequisites: ED 5670 and/or ED 5500.

5509 WORKING WITH INFANTS AND TODDLERS HAVING SPECIAL NEEDS (3 credits) Offers practical assessment and intervention strategies for children with mild, moderate, severe, or multiple disabilities in the birth to 24-month developmental age range. Studies functional communications between infants and caregivers, adaptive strategies for infants/toddlers with sensory limitations, and integration activities for greater generalization of learning. Prerequisites: ED 5500, and ED 5507.

5510 SENSORY INTEGRATION IN YOUNG CHILDREN (3 credits) This course includes identification and analysis of perceptual motor activities for young children. It focuses on conducting holistically accurate assessments of young children using natural play interactions as well as formal assessments. Students will learn collaborative strategies for developing integrated intervention activities that foster growth across domains in home-based and center-based environments. Prerequisite: ED 5500.

5517 TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES (4 credits) Course covers the severe range of disabilities diagnosed in young children. It addresses cooperating in a medical/education team, identifying resources for providing medical treatment for children in rural areas, and acceptance stages of parents with children having severe developmental delays. Program models including sensory stimulation, medical treatment, therapy, and educational programs which have been successful in the United States and other countries are introduced. Language disorders observed in young children with intellectual delays, sensory impairments, and emotional disorders are discussed. Atypical social and emotional development of young children is addressed. Prerequisites: ED 5500, ED 5507, and ED 5509.

5600 STUDY OF THE LEARNER WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (3 credits) Study of the development of various exceptionalities in children.

5601 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (3 credits) An overview of assistive technology for use by individuals with disabilities will be covered. Five types of devices will be examined and their uses discussed. They include environmental control devices; simple augmentative communication devices; switches, modules, and mounting systems; computer adapted input devices; and special needs software. This course provides a format via e-mail for discussion regarding application and analysis of assistive technology devices. In addition, students will synthesize and evaluate information on disabilities and assistive technology devices found on the Internet.

5608 MATHEMATICS FOR LEARNERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (2 credits) Study of the problems of dealing with pupils who have special learning difficulties in mathematics. Diagnostic and remediation activities will be developed to guide the pupil back toward the mainstream of instruction. Prerequisites: ED 5600, and ED 5221 or MATH 5052.

5620 TEACHING THE LEARNER WITH SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES I (2 credits) Introduction to the field of learning disabilities. A study of learners whose special learning problems inhibit their ability to meet academic performance standards and developmental expectations for their age. Requires an approved clinical experience in an elementary (K-6) setting. Prerequisite: ED 5600 or consent of instructor.

5630 TEACHING THE LEARNER WITH EMOTIONAL BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS I (2 credits) Introduction to the characteristics and needs of students with emotional and behavioral disorders within the context of school, family, and community settings. Students are helped to understand key concepts through participation in an approved elementary (K-6) special education clinical experience. Prerequisite: ED 5600 or consent of instructor.

5640 DUE PROCESS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (2 credits) Study of special educators’ role in the special education process. Reviews standards in application from referral, evaluation, team planning, and placement procedures. Issues in family and ethical concerns are addressed with technical writing of required individual education plans, transition plans, and evaluation reports. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ED 5600.

5650 COLLABORATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATORS (3 credits) A study of techniques when collaborating with parents, caregivers, community services, and other support services to enhance the learning of the learner with special needs, within an academic setting. An approved clinical experience includes a parent interview, working with outside agencies such as social services, medical facilities, parent advocacy, and service providers from outside the school district, and transition service agencies. Prerequisite: ED 5600.

5670 FOUNDATIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (3 credits) Social, psychological, historical, and educational foundations of kindergarten and prekindergarten programming are explored. Emphasis is placed on efforts of modern programs to adapt curriculum and instruction to the developmental levels and experience backgrounds of young children. Content is geared toward teaching at either the kindergarten or prekindergarten levels. Requirements: Practicum at level of professional interest.

5677 RELATIONS AND MANAGEMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (3 credits) Study and develop skills in relations with young children, parents, and co-workers. Guidance and group management techniques are addressed for working effectively with prekindergarten and young school aged children. Practicum in prekindergarten or school settings is a part of the class.

5700 DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PREPRIMARY EDUCATION (3 credits) Course studies developmentally appropriate curriculum and methods for young learners, prekindergarten - third grade. The use of learning centers, thematic instruction, culturally sensitive teaching techniques, emergent literacy and numeracy, and constructivist educational theory are explored. This is the culminating seminar in early childhood programs and includes a practicum in prekindergarten or kindergarten classroom. Prerequisite: ED 5670

5715 CURRICULUM TECHNIQUES WITH SPECIAL POPULATIONS (3 credits) Students learn to design curricular interventions in academic and socio-emotional arenas and techniques for accommodating diverse learners within regular education settings. Requires an approved clinical experience developing an Individual Application Project in collaboration with a mainstream teacher. Prerequisite ED 5600.

ED 5737 CONTENT AREA READING (2 credits) Intensive study of content area reading issues. Assessment techniques and instructional strategies appropriate for grades four through twelve.

5740 METHODS OF USING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (4 credits) Fundamentals of theory and practice in using instructional technology in teaching. Explores current and future methods of teaching with technology. Assists teachers and prospective teachers in utilizing various instructional technologies in their teaching. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

5747 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (4 credits) How to modify existing curriculum to incorporate instructional technologies into the educational program. Focuses on curriculum development processes that link advanced multi-media technologies to the curriculum.

5750 FAMILY, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY RELATIONS (3 credits) Course focuses on family involvement as essential in the successful education of the prekindergarten-12th grade learner. Study is given to family dynamics, trends in family-school relations, problems that inhibit parent involvement, and strategies for productive family involvement. Community and cultural considerations in family-school-community relations are examined. Pertinent "field activities" are required.

5757 PHILOSOPHY AND METHODS OF PARENT EDUCATION (3 credits) Historical, cultural, social, and psychological foundations in the philosophy of parent education are explored. Methods in the education of adults in the context of the family are studied. Models of parent/family education are examined. Visitations to early childhood family education programs are required. Prerequisites: ED 5500, ED 5670, and ED 5677.

5758 TEACHING THE LEARNER AT RISK: AN ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE (2 credits) The course explores family and school factors that put the learner at risk for academic and social failure. Strategies are developed for addressing these factors, including collaborative efforts within and outside of the classroom. This is the introductory course in teaching the learner at-risk programs.

5759 TEACHING ANATOMY OF HATE FROM TOPICAL ISSUES (3 credits) The study of educational delivery approaches to the causes of hate. The mentality and culture of various hate groups will be explored with connections between historical and contemporary events. Dissemination of this material in the K-12 environment will be explored. Focus conditions and groups will vary with offering.

5760 VOCAL MUSIC CONSULTANT IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (1 credit) Music resources, films, records, song literature, and community resources; demonstration and observation lessons; workshop, staff relations, purchase and maintenance of materials and equipment.

5770 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND INTERPRETATION (2 credits) The organization and administration of environmental education and interpretation experiences in varying lengths, and the acquisition, development, and maintenance of outdoor education facilities and programs. Prerequisite: ED 5257.

5777 FIELD EXPERIENCES IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND INTERPRETATION (3 credits) An interdisciplinary field oriented course designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of the natural environment and its relationship to the total school curriculum. Each student will design and execute an environmental or outdoor education project related to their major field of study. Arrangements will be made to test out the activity on an appropriate group (e.g. school children, adults, etc.) Prerequisite: ED 5257.

5808 ASSESSMENT APPLICATIONS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (2 credits) Emphasizes assessment procedures with young children having disabilities. Provides experiences in working with preschool age children, parents, teachers, and support personnel. Prerequisites:ED 5500 and ED 5507.

5811 PREPRIMARY STUDENT TEACHING (5 credits) Students integrate theory and practice through working as a member of a teaching team in a split prekindergarten and kindergarten placement. Forty-five clock hours are necessary for each semester credit. Includes application of content and methods from ED 5700, as well as portfolio documentation of attainment of BOT/INTASC outcomes as specified in the syllabus. Prerequisites: ED 5670, ED 5677; Corequisite: ED 5700.

5818 FIELD EXPERIENCE IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (4 credits) The purpose of this course is to provide a capstone experience for the students in the Instructional Technology area of emphasis. Students will develop integrated instructional technology materials and field test them in actual educational settings.

5870 MATHEMATICS IN THE PRIMARY GRADES (3 credits) Students gain understanding of theory, curriculum, and methods in a developmentally appropriate mathematics program for the primary grades

5877 SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE IN THE PRIMARY GRADES (3 credits) Students gain understanding of theory, curriculum, and methods in developmentally appropriate social studies and science education in the primary grades.

6100 EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH (2 credits) Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods. Includes reading and interpreting scholarly research, delineating and posing research questions, selecting research designs, writing research proposals, and planning for writing a research paper or thesis. This course should be taken early in the program to provide a sound basis for subsequent graduate-level coursework.

6107 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits) Study of how individuals are alike and different in terms of development, learning, and motivation. Cognitive, intellectual, psychosocial, and moral developmental theories, and behavioral, information processing, and constructivist theories of learning are analyzed and transformed into effective teaching practices.

6108 THE LEARNING COMMUNITY (3 credits) Study of instructional policy, curriculum theory and development, and staff development. Addresses current educational issues -- national, state, and local educational standards; resources; parental and community involvement in educational decision making; and historical, gender-fair, muticultural, and international perspectives. Prerequisites: ED 6100 and ED 6107.

6110 COMPARATIVE EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHIES (3 credits) Study of diverse views of education, including predominant educational philosophies of the United States and educational systems around the world. Topics to be considered are the relationship of philosophy, theory, and educational practice.

6117 CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING (3 credits) Analysis of learner capacities that are prerequisites for intellectual growth, including the ability to take multiple perspectives, be creative and take risks, and adopt an experimental and problem-solving orientation. Through an understanding of developmental and learning theories, accomplished teachers critically examine their teaching practices, seek to expand their repertoire, deepen their knowledge, and adapt their teaching to new ideas.

6118 PROGRAM EVALUATION (3 credits) Focuses on philosophical foundations of program evaluation within the context of organizational renewal and school change initiatives. Case study methodology is used for curricula and delivery design in contemporary curricular issues.

6120 CRITICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION (2 credits) Analyzes issues confronting American education. Specific and detailed study is given to selected issues by individual members of the class.

6140 SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION (2 credits) Past, present, and future social issues that influence the development of American education are examined.

6150 HISTORY OF AMERICAN EDUCATION (2 credits) Study of the development of public education in the United States with attention to the European background as it has influenced the expansion of education facilities in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

6160 EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS (2 credits) The principles and foundations of statistical method as applied to educational measurement are examined.

6210 RECENT RESEARCH IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUBJECTS (2 credits) A study of recent research in selected elementary school subjects.

6220 MODERN CURRICULA IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUBJECTS (2 credits) Designed to develop basic understanding for the individual in science methods for the elementary school. Emphasizes modern approaches and resource development in science curricula.

6230 CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN DEVELOPMENTAL READING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (2 credits) The skills, methods and materials basic to the teaching of reading at the elementary level are studied.

6237 DIAGNOSIS AND CORRECTION OF READING DIFFICULTIES (2 credits) Emphasizes theory and practice in diagnosing and correcting problems in reading. Requires an approved clinical experience in a high school (9-12) setting. Prerequisite: ED 5201 or ED 6230.

6238 ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION OF THE READING PROGRAM (2 credits) Objectives, procedures, and problems in the administration and supervision of reading programs. Prerequisites: ED 6450, ED 6810, and ED 6880.

6240 CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS (2 credits) This course is intended to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the objectives, content materials, and processes of modern mathematics in elementary school.

6250 CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES (2 credits) An analysis of recent research in curricula design and pedagogical practice, overarching goals of the social studies, the sources of content through which those goals may be realized, and the theoretical basis for organizing the social studies curriculum in the elementary school. Efforts will be made to explain the interrelationships between history, social sciences, school social studies, and pedagogy.

6300 KEY CONCEPTS OF MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION (2 credits) An opportunity for in-depth exploration of the components that make up contemporary middle schools. Prerequisite: ED 5160 or equivalent.

6307 TEACHING THE YOUNG ADOLESCENT (2 credits) Designed to improve participants' ability to deliver instruction to transescent (10 to 15 years old) students. Prerequisite: ED 5160 or equivalent.

6334 CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (3 credits) Study of how content knowledge is created, organized, and linked to other disciplines and applied to real-world settings. Focuses on how to convey and reveal content knowledge to students by creating multiple paths of learning.

6336 INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN (3 credits) Examines a range of effective instructional techniques for elementary, middle-level, and secondary teachers. Reviews instructional design models that focus on selecting content knowledge, transforming content knowledge into instructional standards, selecting appropriate teaching strategies and media, managing the classroom environment, assessing learning, and reflecting on the effectiveness of instructional decisions. Requires a foundation in educational psychology. Prerequisite: ED 6107.

6400 SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP (3 credits) Examine leadership theory within a school setting and provide application of theory to the daily responsibilities of a school administrator through simulations and case studies. Aspects of organizational behavior and learning, school culture, systems thinking, vision building and change are applied to school leadership processes. Critical issues of leadership and education are analyzed.

6407 THE ACCOMPLISHED TEACHER (3 credits) Assessment of individual leadership styles and their application to the organizational setting. Team building, change processes, strategic planning and leadership theory are analyzed.

6410 PUBLIC SCHOOL LAW (3 credits) Study of principles of law relating to public school in relationship to case law, torts, statutes and legal system of the United States. Relationships of federal, state and local governments are analyzed as well as the legal status of schools, administrators, teachers and students.

6420 SCHOOL FINANCE (3 credits) Addresses the financial implications of the education program including theoretical foundations of educational finance, budgeting, management of funds, fiscal policies, and the business management function and facilities financing.

6430 STUDENT PERSONNEL SERVICES (3 credits) Develop strategies for student services programs with attention to student personal and developmental needs, family profiles, social issues, and peer interaction. Counseling and guidance services, student management programs, activity programs, school safety and policy development are examined and applied to simulations and case studies.

6440 SUPERVISION OF STUDENT TEACHERS (2 credits) Course designed for experienced teachers who supervise, or expect to supervise, students in a student teaching experience assigned to off-campus schools.

6450 EDUCATIONAL SUPERVISION (3 credits) Focus is on the major problems of supervision in the context of a school viewed as a social organization. Issues examined are the process of change, initiation of innovations, and the improvement of teachers' in-service.

6460 PUBLIC RELATIONS (3 credits) Basic knowledge needed by teachers and administrators to conduct or participate in a school public relations program.

6480 PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION (3 credits) Examines the historical evolution of personnel administration and focuses attention on school personnel tasks, staff selection, in-service training, performance evaluation, and professional negotiations.

6608 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITIES (3 credits) Develops knowledge of normal language development and common differences in that developmental pattern. Procedures for effective language assessment are reviewed and applied in academic and social settings. Emphasizes correlating language assessment with effective language instructional strategies. Requires an approved clinical experience in a middle school (5-8) setting. Prerequisites: ED 5600 and ED 5640, and ED 5620 or ED 5630.

6609 DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF LEARNERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (3 credits) Promotes competencies in the development, use, and interpretation of formal and informal instruments to measure educational achievement and to monitor student progress. Requires an approved clinical experience in a middle school (5-8) setting. Prerequisites: ED 5600 and ED 5640, and ED 5620 or ED 5630.

6610 CURRENT ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (2 credits) Designed to introduce the student to current issues in the field of special education including legislation, litigation, and current practices. Prerequisite: ED 6100.

6620 TEACHING THE LEARNER WITH SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES II (2 credits) Provides continuing study in the field of learning disabilities. Emphasizes designing individual education program plans to implement developmentally appropriate instruction for students with learning disabilities or learning deficits. Studies teaching strategies to assist students in developing lifelong skills to transfer into general education and transition areas. Requires an approved clinical experience in a high school (7-12) setting. Prerequisites: ED 5600 and ED 5620.

6630 TEACHING THE LEARNER WITH EMOTIONAL BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS II (2 credits) Study of the assessment and management of behavior problems in the classroom. Techniques include functional behavioral assessment, cognitive strategies, and crisis prevention. Students apply behavior modification techniques in an approved clinical special education setting, grades 7-12. Prerequisites: ED 5600 and ED 5630.

6637 ADVANCED THEORIES OF EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE (2 credits) Provides teachers of emotionally/behaviorally disordered students with an understanding of and practice with techniques derived from ecological, behavioral and psycho-educational models for classroom interventions. Prerequisites: ED 5600 and ED 5750.

6800 PRACTICUM IN DIAGNOSIS OF READING DIFFICULTIES (2 credits) Practical experience in diagnosing children's learning difficulties in reading. Prerequisite: ED 6237.

6810 PRACTICUM IN CORRECTION OF READING DIFFICULTIES (2 credits) Practical experience in correcting children's learning difficulties in reading. Prerequisite: ED 6237.

6840 PRACTICUM IN PARENT AND FAMILY EDUCATION (3 credits) Students complete the practicum in an early childhood family education program. Working with a mentor parent educator in a group setting with adults, students participate in planning, implementation, and evaluation of a parent and family education program. Taken at the end of the Parent and Family Education licensure. Completion of a journal and weekly seminar is a part of the practicum.

6920 DIRECTED GROUP STUDY: RESEARCH (Arranged credits) When taken as a Seminar in Selected Elementary School Subjects, the following description applies: This course is offered with a specific seminar or small group focus indicated in the title. It is a continuation of ED 6100 and is taken near the end of the program. Students synthesize M.S. in Teacher Education program standards one through five by writing a proposal for a research paper or thesis. Prerequisites: ED 6100, ED 6107, and at least 20 semester credits completed in the master's program.

6970 INTERNSHIP IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION (Arranged Credits) See advisor for description and permission to enroll.

6980 RESEARCH PAPER (Arranged credits) When taken as a requirement for the M.S. in Teacher Education, the following description applies: Students who propose to complete a research paper in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a master's program are required to take this course.

6990 THESIS (Arranged credits) Students who propose to complete a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a master's program are required to take this course.


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