Elementary Education Course Descriptions

EDUC ● Education

201 Introduction to Education (3)
Extensive treatment of the social, political, economic, and philosophical influences that have shaped American education will be covered in this course.

350 Literacy Technology and Instruction (3)
(PR: Acceptance into Teacher Education Program) This course is designed to assist teacher candidates with the necessary skills to develop instructional practices that will allow them to incorporate technologies successfully into their classrooms. Projects might include web pages, web quests, computer based grade books, newsletters, book making, etc.

371 Meeting the Needs of All Learners: Exceptional and Diverse (3)
An examination of current research and practices related to diverse student populations to include race, ethnicity, language, gender, exceptionalities, socio-economic status and cultural differences. Emphasis is placed on factors that influence learning, instructional strategies, assessment and interventions.

391, 392, 393 Practicum (1, 1, 1)
(PR: Acceptance into Teacher Education Program; grade of “C” or higher in each practicum course ● XL: EDEC 391,392 and 393 and MUSC 330L, 331L, and 332L) The three practicum experiences comprise the fieldwork component of the Teacher Education Program. Fieldwork totals over 100 hours and is conducted in school settings. Seminars include EEDA, culturally responsive teaching, service learning, health, safety, and legal issues, assessment, etc.

440 Capstone Seminar in Education (3)
(PR: Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program or consent of department chair) This course uses a seminar format in which students engage in discussion, conduct original research, and present their findings in both oral and written reports. The capstone stresses students’ skills in analysis and research.

EDEL ● Elementary Education

305 Science Methods (3)
(PR: Acceptance into Teacher Education Program) This course focuses on the content, methods, and materials for teaching science to elementary students. Teacher candidates will use elementary science standards, developmentally appropriate pedagogies, and a variety of assessment strategies in designing, implementing, and evaluating science experiences in elementary settings. Classroom management strategies, safety considerations, family and community connections, and the use of technology will also be addressed.

306 Social Studies Methods (3)
(PR: EDEC 311) This course focuses on the content, methods, and materials for teaching social studies to elementary students. Teacher candidates will use elementary social studies standards, developmentally appropriate pedagogies, and a variety of assessment strategies in designing, implementing, and evaluating social studies experiences in elementary settings. Classroom management strategies, safety considerations, family and community connections, and the use of technology will also be addressed.

312 Math for Elementary Teachers (3)
(PR: EDEC 311) This course focuses on the content, methods, and materials for teaching math to elementary student. Teacher candidates will use elementary math standards, developmentally appropriate pedagogies, and a variety of assessment strategies in designing, implementing, and evaluating mathematics in elementary settings. Classroom management strategies, safety considerations, family and community connections, and the use of technology will also be addressed.

313 Teaching Reading at the Elementary Level (3)
(PR: EDEC 311 and EDMS 342) The content focuses on effective pedagogy for early and fluent readers and writers; developmentally appropriate literacy materials and experiences; cultural and linguistic diversity; and diagnosis and remediation for struggling readers and writers. Candidates will have the opportunity to engage early and fluent readers and writers in literacy activities through field-based experiences.

394 Practicum in Classroom Management and Organization (1)
(PR: EDEC/EDUC 392 ● XL: EDEC, EDMS and EDSD 394) This practicum in classroom management and organization provides for direct involvement in the school and classroom setting during the week of preplanning and the first week of school. Students study the school context; learn effective procedures necessary for the establishing, managing, and organizing a classroom; and participate in opening school experiences.

398 Honors Research (3)
(PR: Acceptance into Teacher Education Program) See Catalog.

405 Observation/Assessment; 406 Planning; and 407 Teaching: Directed Teaching in Elementary Education (3, 3, 6)
(PR: Acceptance into Teacher Education Program; SR status and successful completion of all requirements for clinical practice) Provides for directed and closely supervised performance of student teachers in the full range of duties of classroom teachers. Regular seminars and personal conferences are an integral component of the course. A minimum grade of “C” is required to receive the College’s recommendation for certification.

442 Directed Studies (1-6)
(PR: JR or SR status; departmental majors and students in teacher certification programs only; minimum GPA 2.5) Designed to allow the student to pursue a topic of special interest. See Catalog.

444 Internships (1-6)
(PR: minimum GPA 2.5) See Catalog.

446 Readings (1-6)
See Catalog.

448 Research (1-6)
(PR: departmental majors and students in teacher certification programs; minimum GPA 2.5) See Catalog.

450 Seminar (3)
See Catalog.

452 Special Projects (1-6)
See Catalog.

458 Special Topics (1-6)
See Catalog.

CO = Co-requisite ● POI = Permission of Instructor ● PR = Prerequisite ● RE = Recommended ● XL = Cross-listed