Education Department

Course Descriptions

EDU 106 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education
1 Credit(s)
An overview of the Mary Randall Preschool program and a survey of general considerations such as instructional strategies, cognitive development, classroom management and discipline.

EDU 200 - The Elements of English Grammar
3 Credit(s)
This course covers the elements of English grammar. Students will study the eight parts of speech, sentence construction, and punctuation. Students will also learn about the role of grammar in a liberal arts education and develop some basic pedagogical strategies—including sentence diagramming—for teaching grammar. There are no prerequisites.

EDU 206 - Child Development and Early Childhood Education
3 Credit(s)
An overview of the development of children in three developmental stages: infancy, toddlerhood and preschool.

EDU 295 - Technology for the Classroom
2 Credit(s)
This course is designed to combine practical experience in the classroom with ideas for the integration or computers, computer software, and multimedia. Students will review, modify and design teacher-created instructional material that meet their specific curricular needs.

EDU 299 - Educational Psychology
3 Credit(s)
The application of psychological principles to such problems as understanding of mental and social growth, individual differences and their measurement, the learning process and the guidance and adjustment of the school child. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

EDU 306 - Early Childhood Education Instructional Programs
3 Credit(s)
A comparative study of the curriculum and philosophy of various early childhood education programs. Students learn accepted methods of teaching and guiding children in preschool and early elementary years. Prerequisite: EDU 206.

EDU 333 - Contemporary Issues in Education
3 Credit(s)
Students will deepen their understanding of educational policy and institutional practices by engaging in thorough and systematic examination of contemporary issues in education.

EDU 360 - Philosophy of Education
3 Credit(s)
Through close study of writers such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Rousseau, Freud, Dewey, and C.S. Lewis, students learn to identify the conceptions of human nature and the good life that inform educational practice while examining the relationship between education and politics. During this exploration of the philosophical dimensions of educational theory and the educational dimensions of political theory, the course addresses such vital questions as the nature of justification, the role of character education in addressing the problem of preservation, and the adequacy of a naturalistic conception of man and the universe.

EDU 400 - Practicum
3 Credit(s)
The placement of students in local schools specific to their anticipated certification and endorsements. The student actively participates with children, in both individual and group settings and assists the classroom teacher as requested. The practicum requires a minimum of 44 clock hours. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education.

EDU 401 - Liberal Arts Teacher Apprenticeship
3 or 6 Credit(s)
Students complete a part-time (10-20 hours per week) or full-time (30-40 hours per week) apprenticeship in an approved private or charter school.

EDU 406 - Children's Literature
3 Credit(s)
A survey of classic children’s literature from preschool through secondary grades, with occasional comparisons to modern children’s literature.

EDU 444 - Explicit Phonics Reading Instruction
3 Credit(s)
The study of how children best learn to read alphabetic language, and practice in explicit phonics instruction.

EDU 450 - Teaching Language Arts
2 Credit(s)
This course is designed to assist prospective teachers in their understanding of important concepts, instructional methods, and curricular issues related to the teaching of English language arts at the elementary level.

EDU 456 - Teaching the Exceptional Child
3 Credit(s)
The course is designed to assist teachers in understanding the diagnostic categories as well as the practices and methods for working with exceptional children in the regular classroom. Prerequisites: EDU 299 and admission to Teacher Education.

EDU 472 - The Teaching of Reading in the Secondary Content Areas
3 Credit(s)
This course is designed to help the prospective middle school or secondary teacher in the acquisition of understanding and skills in the area of reading. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education.

EDU 476 - Assessment and Screening in Early Childhood Education
3 Credit(s)
An examination of techniques, materials and purposes for assessing preschool children in various areas of growth and development. Specific measurement instruments, professional ethics, legal restrictions and the application of assessment results are discussed. Prerequisite: EDU 306.

EDU 481 - The Teaching of Reading in the Elementary Content Areas
3 Credit(s)
This course is designed to help the prospective elementary school teacher in the acquisition of understanding and skills in the area of reading. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education.

EDU 491 - Teaching Methods in the Elementary School
3 Credit(s)
Study of the principles and methods involved in classroom instruction at the elementary level. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education.

EDU 492 - Teaching Methods in the Secondary School
3 Credit(s)
Study of the principles and methods involved in classroom instruction at the secondary level. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education.

EDU 506 - Preschool Directed Teaching
7 Credit(s)
Requires planning and delivering instruction for preschool children. Students teach and assist at the Mary Proctor Randall Preschool during morning or afternoon sessions for the entire semester. The student must plan his or her program so that each morning or afternoon is free from courses which meet during EDU 506. Students cannot enroll in Tuesday-Thursday classes that meet before 3:00 p.m. Students cannot enroll in Monday-Wednesday-Friday classes that meet at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. Prerequisite: EDU 476.

EDU 555 - Elementary Directed Teaching in Grades K-8
6, 9, or 12 Credit(s)
The full-time, full semester placement of students in local schools specific to their anticipated certification and endorsements. Prerequisites: admission to Teacher Education, an approved field experience and EDU 444 and 491.

EDU 559 - Secondary Directed Teaching in Grades 7-12
6, 9, or 12 Credit(s)
The full-time, full semester placement of students in local schools specific to their anticipated certification and endorsements. Prerequisites: admission to Teacher Education, an approved field experience and EDU 492.

EDU 597 - Special Problems in Education
1-3 Credit(s)
An elective course involving individual work on an approved topic of study in order to meet individual interests not covered by other courses. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

EDU 599 - Assistantship
1-3 Credit(s)