Descriptions for Elementary Education
EDU 1610-3 (MDL
1610, SPE 1610) American Sign Language I
Prerequisite: Minimum performance on the reading and writing pre-assessment placement test
This course will provide students with a basic understanding of American Sign Language and beginning conversational skills. Students will be introduced to Deaf culture. (General Studies-Level I, Communications)
EDU 2340-3 Urban Early Childhood Education (3 + 0)
Corequisite: EDU 2350
This course introduces the historical and philosophical foundations of early childhood education, as well as current social and educational issues and trends. Emphasis will be on the knowledge, attitudes and decision-making skills essential for continued academic work and field experience in urban, multicultural and early-childhood settings serving children from birth through age eight.
EDU 2350-2 Urban Early Childhood Education Field Experience (1 + 2)
Corequisite: EDU 2340
This laboratory experience provides guided observation and participation in Metropolitan State College's Child Development Center ensuring practical application of the instruction received in the companion course, EDU 2340 (Urban Early Childhood Education). The emphasis is on observation skills, interactions with children of differing ages and from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, and implementation of developmentally appropriate activities in the daily program of an urban early childhood program.
EDU 2360-2 Expressive Arts for the Young Child (2 + 0)
The facilitation of children's creative expression and problem-solving in music, movement, art, drama, literature and other forms is considered. Emphasis is on ways to make decisions and create a developmentally appropriate curriculum as well as maintain a classroom atmosphere and environment that allows creative expression and encourages and supports the creativity and talents of children.
EDU 3100-5 Social Foundations and Multicultural Education (4.5 + 1)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the social foundations and diverse contexts involved in elementary education in a changing society. Historical, philosophical, financial and legal constraints, as well as cultural variations, socio-economic status, gender equity, language background, human relations and the school as a social institution are investigated as contexts that will affect the decisions that teachers make. Students will be required to spend 15 hours of observation in a variety of classrooms. (Multicultural)
(CHS 3300) Education of Chicano Children (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: CHS 2000
Presents the Chicano perspective on current public education policy and its implementation in the schools. Examines learning and teaching differences in students and teachers. Credit will be granted for only one prefix: EDU or CHS.
EDU 3340-4 Administration of Early Childhood Programs (4 + 0)
Prerequisites: EDU 2340, 2350, PSY 1800 or equivalent
Provides an overall view of program administration and specific concepts applicable in a variety of early childhood settings: preschools, child care, infant/toddler care, and after-school programs. Examines personnel management, program development, fiscal administration, marketing, and fund-raising.
EDU 3350-3 Documentation, Assessment and Decision Making for Early Childhood (2 + 2)
Prerequisite: PSY 1800 or permission of instructor
This course emphasizes the basic foundations for documentation, assessment and decisions to facilitate children's growth and emerging curriculum with children from birth to age eight. Informal and observational methods of assessment will be stressed along with portfolio development and more traditional teacher-made tests.
EDU 3370-3 Language Arts and Social Studies Methods for Early Childhood (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: PSY 1800
This course covers theoretical approaches to and various influences upon the acquisition and development of language and literacy in the early childhood years and the introduction and integration of social studies concepts in early childhood classrooms. Students design, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate language arts and social studies curricula to meet the needs of diverse learners.
EDU 3460-3 Introduction to the Education of the Gifted and Talented (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: SED 3600
Focuses on the history, myths, and characteristics of gifted and talented students as learners. Presents procedures for identification and service models, as well as teaching and learning models for appropriate curriculum.
EDU 3510-4 Perspectives in Bilingual-Bicultural Education (4 + 0)
An introductory course in bilingual and multicultural education, with emphasis on the linguistically and culturally diverse learner. Acquaints the student with historical perspectives, philosophical frameworks, legal implications, subject matter methodologies, and current issues that affect these educational programs.
EDU 3640-3 Basic Techniques of Instruction, Assessment and Management (3 + 0)
Prerequisites: EDU 3100 or EDU 2340; PSY 1800, SED 3600
Corequisite: EDU 3650
Students will learn to make effective decisions regarding standards and objectives, instructional planning, methodology, classroom management and assessment. Students will practice these skills in the diverse contexts of clinical internship placements. Students must take EDU 3650, a 45-hour internship, concurrently.
EDU 3650-1 Elementary Instruction, Assessment and Management Internship (0 + 3)
Prerequisite: EDU 3100
Corequisite: EDU 3640
This internship is taken in conjunction with EDU 3640. The student will spend three hours per week practicing decision-making, planning, instructional techniques, assessment and management skills in an urban multicultural public school classroom.
EDU 3750-3 Integrating Expressive Arts and Physical Activity in the Elementary Classroom (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: EDU 3100
This course is designed to help elementary teachers develop the skills to work with art, music and physical education specialists in schools and to integrate expressive arts and physical activities with the academic subjects in the elementary classrooms.
EDU 4070-3 Designing and Implementing Programs for Adult Learners (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: PAR 2050, HSP 2020, or permission of instructor
Prepares students to develop, implement, and evaluate programs for the growing population of adult learners. Emphasizes a practical design process and teaching techniques that are particularly appropriate for the adult learner. Provides the experience of implementing and evaluating a program.
EDU 4100-4 Integrated Methods of Teaching Language Arts and the Social Studies: K-6 (4 + 0)
Prerequisites: PSY 1800, ENG 3460, RDG 3130, EDU 3640
Corequisite: EDU 4105
This course presents an overview of the integrated methods, materials and curricula currently in use in elementary language arts and social studies education. Decision making skills to foster the integration of reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing skills in all academic areas will be stressed. Use of social studies topics as the integrating core will be explored within the content of age appropriate context and methods. Students will incorporate state and national standards, and make decisions, based on the diverse contexts of their classroom and pupils, to use technology and develop appropriate assessment strategies to support effective instruction. Students must take EDU 4105, a 45-hour internship, concurrently.
EDU 4105-1 Integrated Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies Internship (0 + 3)
Prerequisite: EDU 3640
Corequisite: EDU 4100
This course is an internship taken in conjunction with EDU 4100. The student will spend three hours per week practicing making instructional, assessment and management decisions in language arts and social studies in the diverse contexts of a public school classroom.
EDU 4120-4 Integrated Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics: K-6 (4 + 0)
Prerequisites: RDG 3130, EDU 3640, PSY 1800, MTH 1610, SCI 2610, and SCI 2620
Corequisite: EDU 4125
This course presents an overview of the integrated methods, materials and curricula currently in use in elementary science, health and mathematics education. Promotion of positive attitudes, gender equity, inquiry, discovery and problem-solving techniques and strategies will be stressed. Students will make decisions based on the diverse contexts of the classroom and pupils, incorporating state and national standards, to include the appropriate use of technology and development of appropriate assessment strategies to support effective instruction. Students must take EDU 4125, a 45-hour internship, concurrently.
EDU 4125-1 Integrated Elementary Math and Science Internship (0 + 3)
Prerequisite: EDU 3640
Corequisite: EDU 4120
This course is an internship taken in conjunction with EDU 4120. The student will spend three hours per week practicing making instructional, assessment and management decisions in math and science in the diverse contexts of a public school classroom.
EDU 4190-6, 8, 10, 12 Student Teaching and Seminar: Elementary K-6 (1 + 12.5, 17.5, 22.5, 27.5)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of all requirements of the major, minor, elementary licensure program and general studies. Satisfaction of all student teaching application requirements by the required deadline including initial sign-off on the teacher candidate portfolio by the education advisor
This is a supervised full-time field experience in an accredited public or private elementary school, providing increasing responsibility for the teaching, supervision and assessment of learners (K-6). A 15-hour semester is part of the field experience requirement. Each student teacher is required to present a completed teacher candidate portfolio to the college supervisor and peers at a student teaching seminar. (Senior Experience)
EDU 4310-3 Parents as Partners in Education (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: PSY 1800 or permission of instructor
This course focuses on parents as partners in the education of their children and emphasizes planning and activities that encourage parent involvement. In addition to parent education and involvement, it covers the history of parent education, the family, communication skills, parent-teacher conferences, the exceptional child, child abuse, and rights and responsibilities of parents.
EDU 4330-2 Science, Health and Mathematics for the Young Child (2 + 0)
Prerequisites: PSY 1800 and EDU 3640 or permission of instructor
Emphasis is on the practical application of methods used by teachers of young children to build appropriate knowledge and conceptual foundations for science, health and mathematics. Students will make decisions regarding planning, implementing and evaluating lessons and activities appropriate for children through the third grade.
EDU 4370-3 Planning a Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Classroom (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: EDU 2340, EDU 2350, PSY 1800 and EDU 3640 or permission of instructor
Students learn how to make decisions to organize, schedule, sequence and integrate available resources to plan and implement developmentally appropriate early childhood programs responsive to children's diverse needs. Content areas include planning, classroom organization and management, curriculum, securing and implementing resources to achieve child and program outcomes, and practices of effective teaching techniques.
EDU 4380-3-6 Teaching Practicum in Pre-Primary Early Childhood Education (1 + 4-10)
Prerequisites: PSY 1800, EDU 2340, EDU 2350 and EDU 3640 or permission of instructor
Corequisites: EDU 4370
This course provides guided participation and teaching in a pre-primary school or center to prepare students to take charge of an entire class. Students will develop competencies in classroom planning, organization and management to achieve specific content and process goals in an early childhood education setting. (Senior Experience)
EDU 4390-6-8-10 Student Teaching and Seminar: Early Childhood (Preschool through Third Grade) (1 + 12.5, 17.5, 22.5)
Prerequisites: completion of all requirements of the major, early childhood licensure program, and General Studies. Initial sign-off on the teacher candidate portfolio by the education advisor is also required
This course requires assignments in an accredited public or private school as follows: one assignment in either Pre-K or K grade levels and one assignment in either first, second or third grade levels for a total of 13 weeks. Both field experiences provide increasing responsibility for the teaching, supervision and direction of a group of learners. (Senior Experience)
EDU 4510-4 Development of Methods and Materials for the Bilingual/Bicultural Classroom (4 + 0)
Prerequisites: EDU 3510 and proficiency in Spanish
Designed to help students identify appropriate instructional materials in the areas of language arts, math and science, social studies, and the fine arts. Emphasizes planning, implementing, and evaluating curriculum for the lin-
guistically and culturally diverse student with alternatives in approaches and methodology. Includes clinical experience in a bilingual classroom.
EDU 4520-3 Practicum in Bilingual/Bicultural Education (1 + 4)
Prerequisites: EDU 4510, proficiency in Spanish
Considers bilingual/bicultural techniques and their development and implementation in a bilingual/bicultural classroom. Requires six hours per week in a bilingual school or community setting.
(HSP 4540, CJC 405B) Youth, Drugs and Gangs (2 +0)
Prerequisites: HSP 2030 and HSP 2040
Child abuse, neglect and substance abuse are underlying issues for gang members. This course explores the reasons youth are attracted to and join gangs and the correlation between psychoactive substances and violence.
EDU 4650-3 Current Issues in Education: Variable Topics (3 + 0)
Prerequisite: advanced students in education
An in-depth examination of selected current topics and issues in education. Topics vary, but all are of current importance, requiring the study of recent writings, research, and legislation. This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.
EDU 4690-1-6 Professional Practicum (0 + 2.5-15)
Prerequisites: completion of student teaching or permission of college supervisor of student teaching; satisfaction of all Level I and Level II General Studies course requirements, senior standing
A five-week clinical experience designed cooperatively by the student and a designated college supervisor. Experiences range from remedial work to internships in education-related organizations. Students may elect variable credit in consultation with their advisor. (Senior Experience)
EDU 4700-1 Substitute Teacher Workshop (1 + 0)
Prerequisites: bachelor's degree or permission of instructor
This course provides the background knowledge, methods, techniques and materials for substitute teachers at the elementary and middle school levels to be more confident and competent substitute instructors.
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