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EDUCATION (EDU) COURSES | SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSES

200 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (3 s.h.)
The cognitive, physical, social-emotional, and moral development of children from conception to adolescence. Emphasis will be placed on the implications and applications for effective teaching. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

240 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (3 s.h.)
For Teacher Education students. Social, health, and ethical issues in education technology, instructional design, education hardware and software, technology for students with special needs, Internet and Web 2.0 in the classroom, audiovisual and instructional systems, distance education, formative and summative assessment, and collecting electronic evidence for school and district reporting. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course, except on review and agreement by the course professor and Chair of the Education Department. Prerequisites: CSC 100 or permission of the instructor.

242 FIELD EXPERIENCE II (1 s.h.)
Campus seminars and labs that require a minimum of thirty hours in an accredited school, engaging in non-instructional activities and limited instruction. Supervised by a cooperating teacher, a member of the Education Department faculty, and a faculty member from the candidate’s content area. Recommended for the sophomore or junior year. Formal application for a Field Experience Placement required at the time of pre-registration. Students enrolled in this course are expected to complete the requirements for passing PRAXIS I (reading, writing, and math). A candidate who has not passed PRAXIS I by the end of this course will meet with their advisor and the Chair of the Department of Education to either plan a program which allows time for additional PRAXIS I Testing or plan for an alternate major. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

246 ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (K-6) (3 s.h.)
Curriculum development; activities, classroom management, and techniques for elementary education (primary and intermediate grades); and parent-school-community relationships. This course is offered every fall and spring semester. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course, except on review and agreement by the course professor and Chair of the Education Department.

251 INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION (4 s.h.)
This course offers the Teacher Candidate an opportunity to discover information about the organization, governance and importance of the public education system in America. The course will explore teaching as a profession in the 21st Century, professional ethics and goal setting, the roles of the classroom teacher in the school and community. Fifteen hours in an accredited public school with emphasis on directed observations period. Formal application for a Field Experience Placement required at the time of pre-registration. This is a writing enrichment course. Prerequisite: sophomore. This course is offered fall and spring.

260 REVIEW & APPLICATION OF GRAMMAR FOR ELEM SCHOOL TEACHERS (3 s.h.)
Review and application in writing of traditional grammar and standard English usage for future elementary school teachers (K-6). Current elementary level language arts textbooks will be considered. Fulfills no general core requirements either in English or in Humanities; not credited toward majors or minors in Communications, English, or Writing. This course is offered every fall and spring semester. Prerequisite: Second semester sophomore status.

310 MEASUREMENT ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF EDUCATIONAL GROWTH (2 s.h.)
Assessment and Evaluation of Educational Growth 2 SH
This course is designed to study advanced principles of measurement of students' work product to include both formative and summative assessments of End-of-Grade/Year Tests. Knowledge of competencies for analyzing learner needs, instructional adaptation, differences in learners cognitive, social, linguistic, cultural, emotional and physical needs.

330 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)
Study ranges from stage theories of development, age level characteristics, and pupil variability to learning theories, motivation, evaluation, and the learning environment. Students will develop a resource handbook with application techniques. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program is required for admission. With permission of the instructor, this course is open to licensed teachers and lateral entry candidates. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

341 INTEGRATING THE ARTS IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM (3 s.h.)
The course provides learning and exploratory experiences for prospective classroom teachers to comprehend basic principles and elements of the arts (art, music, and drama). Emphasis is on techniques and strategies that integrate the arts with the teaching of other subject areas in the elementary classroom. Prerequisites: EDU 142 and 242. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

342 FIELD EXPERIENCE III (2 s.h.)
Campus seminars and labs that require a minimum of thirty hours in an accredited school, engaging in non-instructional activities and limited instruction. Supervised by a cooperating teacher, a member of the Education Department faculty, and a faculty member from the candidate’s content area. Recommended the semester before student teaching. Formal application for a Field Experience Placement required at the time of pre-registration. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program required for admission. This course is offered every fall and spring semester. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course.

345 TESTING AND DIAGNOSING READING DIFFICULTIES (2 s.h.)
This course content will focus on professional terminology, correlates of reading disability, a history of reading theory, as well as formative and summative diagnostic procedures. The course provides opportunities for teaching Candidates to use these resources to assess an assigned student, pinpoint areas of weakness needing remediating and prepare an individualized remediation plan for the student. The course will also provide experiences in working cooperatively with a classroom teacher and communicating with parents. Requires a minimum of 20 hours in an accredited school. Fall only. Cross listed as SPE 345.

355 INTERDISCIPLINARY METHODS (4 s.h.)
This method for teaching course integrates subject areas taught in the elementary classroom. It is designed to demonstrate the inter-connectedness of subjects and the positive benefits on children’s learning outcomes using this methodology. Formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program is required for admission.

356 INVESTIGATING METHODS AND STRATEGIES IN TEACHING READING (2s.h.)
This course focuses on an introduction to the essential of phonics, phonological awareness and phonemic awareness. It provides and emphasizes the application to word identification and principles and practices in teaching children about sound structure of oral and written language. Fall only.

357 TEACHING READING THROUGH LITERATURE (4 s.h.)
This is an introductory course to the basics of reading instruction, emphasis on reading readiness, initial stages of reading development, integrating and using children's literature in the reading program, understanding the relationship of reading and writing, and developing and using literacy centers in the classroom. This course requires a practicum of working one on one with a student implementing the strategies discusses in class. Prerequisite: EDU 356. Spring only.

362 LITERATURE FOR ADOLESCENTS (3 s.h.)
Literature available to students in middle and secondary schools (grades 6-12) with emphasis on integrating literature in the communication skills program and on strategies for promoting appreciation of literature among students in middle and secondary schools. Not credited toward either the 3 s.h. major or 18 s.h. minor in English. This course is offered as needed.

407 PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION (ALL LICENSES) (2 s.h.)
Preparation for entry into the teaching profession. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program by the Teacher Education Committee required for admission. This course is offered during the student-teaching semester.

410-418 TEACHING METHODS FOR SECONDARY & SPECIAL SUBJECT AREAS (9-12) (2-3 s.h.)
Methods, materials, and evaluation procedures for teaching a given secondary or special subject. Education 410, Elementary and Secondary Music, (must be taken the semester prior to student teaching); 411, English; 412, Social Studies; 413, Physical Education & Health Education; 414, Mathematics; 415, Science; 416, Foreign Languages; 417, Art; 418, Elementary and Secondary Music. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program by the Teacher Education Committee required for admission. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of these courses. These courses are offered every fall and spring semester as needed.

419 SEMINAR IN POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT (3 s.h.)
Models and strategies, techniques for building self concept and managing behaviors that promote success in the learning environment; focus on inclusion classrooms and social and emotional needs of individuals with disabilities. Requires a minimum of ten observation hours in an accredited school. This course is offered every spring semester and as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except upon review and agreement by the course professor and Chair of the Education Department. Cross listed as SPE 419

420 READING AND WRITING IN THE CONTENT AREAS (6-9, 9-12, K-12) (3 s.h.)
Instructional strategies to assist middle school and secondary students to read assigned texts and other printed matter. Formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program required for admission. This course is offered during the spring evening term.

421 STUDENT TEACHING (ALL LICENSES) 10 s.h.
An extended full-time experience in a classroom. The student progresses gradually from observation to full teaching responsibility, supervised by the classroom teacher and university faculty. Formal application for a Student Teaching Placement required at the time of pre-registration. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program required for admission. This course is offered in the fall and spring. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course.

442 PRACTICUM AND SEMINAR (3 s.h.)
Designed to provide tutoring experiences that interrelate reading and the different content and subject areas in the curriculum. Emphasis is given to outlining and implementing reading instructional programs for students, including continuous diagnosis, selection and use of materials, and developing reading record-keeping procedures. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program required for admission. Requires sixty hours of field experience. Prerequisites: EDU 331 and 345. This course is offered as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course.

447 EDUCATION IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS (6-9) (3 s.h.)
Curriculum, activities, and techniques for middle grades education. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program required for admission. This course is offered as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course, except on review and agreement by the course professor and Chair of the Education Department.

448 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR GIFTED (3 s.h.)
Modifying basic curricula in content, process, products, and learning environments for the gifted and talented. The approaches outlined in the North Carolina Curriculum Framework for Gifted Education are used in this course. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary approaches to instruction as well as other integrative methods for designing appropriate learning experiences for gifted learners. This course is offered as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor and Chair of the Education Department.

451 METHODS OF TEACHING THE GIFTED AND TALENTED (3 s.h.)
Design, development, and implementation of methods; materials and teaching models relevant to the needs of the gifted and talented. This course is offered as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor.

455 NATURE AND NURTURE OF GIFTED AND TALENTED (3 s.h.)
Introductory course for Gifted Education. Course focuses on historical overview of Gifted Education from state and national perspectives, nature, and identification of gifted students and educational practices impacting gifted and talented students. Special emphasis is given to North Carolina Services of Gifted Students and the North Carolina Curriculum Framework. This course is offered in the summer semester and as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor and Chair of the Education Department.

465 ISSUES AND TRENDS IN GIFTED EDUCATION (3 s.h.)
Course addresses current problems, issues, and trends in gifted education focusing on social/emotional needs of gifted learners, underachieving and learning disabled gifted, and educational program concerns. This course is offered as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor and Chair of the Education Department.

485 SPECIAL TOPICS IN EDUCATION (1-3 s.h.)
Selected problems in theory and practice in education with emphasis on individual research. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program required for admission. Prerequisite: permission of the Chair, Department of Education. This course is offered as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course.

499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN EDUCATION (1-3 s.h.)
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Formal acceptance to Teacher Education Program required for admission. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course.

 

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