Department of Professional Studies in Education
College of Education and Educational Technology
Traces the purposes and impact of major educational philosophies on elementary education throughout history. Candidates for elementary teacher certification will examine personal assumptions about the process of education, develop understanding of the contributions and limitations of various educational philosophies, analyze values and practices in the field, and apply these insights as they fulfill the role of elementary school teacher. Prerequisite: None.
Study of educational programming and curricular initiatives designed to meet the learning needs of elementary school children, kindergarten through sixth grade. Candidates for elementary certification at the graduate level will examine principles of curriculum design and effective ways of integrating subject matter in the elementary school as well as compare/contrast elementary curriculum from various districts, states, and countries. Students are required to design a unit that emphasizes literacy and integrates the fine arts with the traditional content areas of the curriculum. Prerequisite: None.
Examines issues and strategies affecting the assessment of the five-to-ten-year-old child’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and aesthetic development and the evaluation of elementary curriculum. Naturalistic observation, rating scales, standardized tests, state academic standards, teacher-constructed tests, portfolio assessment of children’s work, and program evaluation will be emphasized. Prerequisite: None.
Designed to orient graduate students seeking elementary teacher certification to general teaching methods, pedagogical perspectives, and instructional practices suitable for children in the elementary grades. Candidates will acquire skills in identifying significant issues in elementary education by using problem-solving strategies, communicating ideas, and functioning as change agents in educational institutions. Interpersonal skills and collaborative relationships with colleagues, families, communities, and agencies will be emphasized. Prerequisite: None.
A field-based course that examines the teaching of social studies from a multicultural education and diversity perspective. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these principles through the design and implementation of lessons that meet the standards of national professional organizations in social studies, citizenship, and multicultural education for elementary students. Prerequisite: None.
A field-based course that focuses on legal issues in the elementary school context and supports the professional development of novice teachers. Students will demonstrate knowledge of school law precepts that govern professional practice and document their professional growth throughout the program in a teacher portfolio. Prerequisite: Permission.
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