Middle Level 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.

EDMS ● Middle School Education

341 Middle School Philosophy and Organization (3)
This course will explore the historical perspective of middle schools and examine current trends and issues in middle-level schooling, curriculum, and research. Effective programs and practices in the middle school are explored. A minimum grade of “C” is required.

342 Interdisciplinary Connections through Reading and Writing (3)
(PR: Acceptance into Teacher Education Program) The focus of this course is the active engagement of students as readers and writers across the content areas. Students evaluate texts and learn ways to make reading and writing more meaningful for middle-level learners. A minimum grade of “C” is required.

394 Practicum in Classroom Management and Organization (1)
(PR: EDEC/EDUC 392 ● XL: EDEC, EDEL 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 of a classroom; and participate in opening school experiences.

398 Honors Research (3-6)
(PR: Acceptance into Teacher Education Program) See Catalog.

400 Middle School – Language Arts Methods (2)
(PR: EDMS 341 and 342; SR status) A study of content-specific methodology for middle-level language arts. The course focuses on planning, instruction, assessment, teacher resources, technology, and classroom climate. Teacher candidates will work with middle-level language arts students, classes, teams, and teachers and will use middle-level language arts standards.

401 Middle School – Social Studies Methods (2)
(PR: EDMS 341 and 342; SR status) A study of content-specific methodology for middle-level social studies. The course focuses on planning, instruction, assessment, teacher resources, technology, and classroom climate. Teacher candidates will work with middle-level social studies students, classes, teams, and teachers and will use middle-level standards, pedagogy, and assessments.

402 Middle School – Science Methods (2)
(PR: EDMS 341 and 342; SR status) A study of content-specific methodology for middle-level science. The course focuses on planning, instruction, assessment, teacher resources, technology, and classroom climate. Teacher candidates will work with middle-level science students, classes, teams, and teachers and will use middle-level science standards, pedagogy, and assessments.

403 Middle School – Math Methods (2)
(PR: EDMS 341 and 342; SR status) A study of content-specific methodology for middle-level math. The course focuses on planning, instruction, assessment, teacher resources, technology, and classroom climate. Teacher candidates will work with middle-level math students, classes, teams, and teachers and will use middle-level math standards, pedagogy, and assessments.

410 Observation/Assessment; 411 Planning; and 412 Teaching: Directed Teaching in Middle-School Education (3, 3, 6)
(PR: Acceptance into Teacher Education Program; SR status and successful completion of all requirements for clinical practice) These courses provide for directed and closely supervised performance in the full range of duties of a middle-school teacher. Conducted in cooperating middle schools and accompanied by conferences and seminars. Students observe, assess, plan, and teach. 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