CCPS Education Course Descriptions

200 Level Courses:
EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
EDUC 201: Teacher Aide
EDUC 202: Technology Practicum
EDUC 203: The American Classroom
EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
EDUC 221: Economics Education
EDUC 290: A-Z Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology
EDUC 303: Secondary School Field Experience
EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
EDUC 331: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Field
EDUC 338: Elementary School Curriculum
EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 350: Methods of Teaching the Biological and Physical Sciences
EDUC 356: Methods of Teaching Children's Literature
EDUC 360: Classroom Management
EDUC 364: Methods of Teaching Art K-12
EDUC 380: Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics
EDUC 382: Methods of Teaching Elementary Science
EDUC 384: Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies and Economics
EDUC 385: Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 390: A-Z Selected Topics

400 Level Courses:
EDUC 401: Reading Practicum
EDUC 402: Reading Practicum II
EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Reading–Elementary
EDUC 409: Methods of Teaching Language Arts–Elementary
EDUC 411: History and Philosophy of Science
EDUC 446: Methods of Teaching Secondary English
EDUC 452: Correction of Reading Problems
EDUC 475: Review for Teacher Certification Examinations
EDUC 476: Student Teaching on the Elementary School Level
EDUC 477: Student Teaching on the Middle School Level
EDUC 478: Student Teaching on the Secondary School Level
EDUC 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
EDUC 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research


EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom. 3 hours.
This is an introductory course in educational technology. In this course the participants will explore a number of technologies that can be used in the classroom. The focus of the course will be threefold: (1) how to operate the technologies, (2) how to use technologies to enhance personal productivity, and (3) how to use technologies in a learning/instructional environment.

EDUC 201: Teacher Aide. 1 hour.
A clinical experience where students determine the specific three-hour time block to be spent in public schools. 30 hours total required. Three seminars, time announced. S/U grading. Offered each semester. Taken concurrently with EDUC 203.

EDUC 202: Technology Practicum. 1 hour.
An elective clinical experience aiding in a technology center. Three seminars. Time announced. Scheduled each semester. S/U grading.

EDUC 203: The American Classroom. 3 hours.
Considers the historical and philosophical backgrounds of modern public education and school organization and management. Students clarify values in relation to teaching and work three hours concurrently per week with children in the public schools by enrolling concurrently in EDUC 201. Offered each semester.

EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development. 3 hours.
A study of the process of human development from conception through adolescence with particular emphasis on development during the elementary school, middle school and high school age periods of growth and development. The course will emphasize the contemporary research, theory, and findings in the areas of cognitive, emotional and physical development with a focus on psychological processes and structures and their implications for the education process.

EDUC 212 Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education. 1 hour.
This course provides students with the essential information necessary to pursue admission to the teacher education program at Drury University. In addition, the course focuses on the general expectations of the program in terms of professional dispositions, background checks, electronic portfolio and other candidate assessments, design of lesson plans, and the three levels of clinical and internship experiences. Students learn how to access university resources and supports and develop an understanding of the roles of faculty, staff, advisors, and administrators at the Springfield and St. Robert campuses. This course is required for all transfer students and may be prescribed by the Director for individual students enrolled in foundations classes at the main and branch campuses.

EDUC 221: Economics Education. 3 hours.
This course examines the economic reasoning used by individuals as consumers, producers, investors, workers, voters and government agencies to make the best economic decisions. Key elements include the study of scarcity of resources, supply and demand, market structures, role of government, national outcome determination and performance, fiscal monetary policies and international trade. This course cannot be applied to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

EDUC 302: Educational Psychology. 3 hours.
This course is designed to introduce different theories and principles of development, learning, motivation and assessment of student learning. The major emphasis in this course is how to apply these principles in classroom practice in both typical and multicultural settings. Normally taken in the second semester of the sophomore or junior year. Offered each semester. Same as PSYC 302. Prerequisite: EDUC 203 and EDUC 207.

EDUC 303: Secondary School Field Experience. 1 hour.
A clinical experience required of secondary education majors prior to enrollment in student teaching. S/U grading. Offered each semester. Taken concurrently with EDUC 304.

EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms. 2 hours.
A clinical experience required of secondary education majors prior to enrollment in student teaching. Secondary level education majors will aide in a subject area they plan to teach. Three seminars. Time arranged. Scheduled fall semester. Taken concurrently with EDUC 303. Prerequisite: Formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 331: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Field. 2 hours.
This course will include strategies for teaching subject matter to utilize and further develop functional reading. Methodology of teaching reading skills, vocabulary development in specific subject areas, and study skills will be included. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 338: Elementary School Curriculum. 3 hours.
A course that provides the elementary school teacher with the competencies to teach art, music, and social studies. Lesson planning, effective teaching techniques, and evaluation of instructional outcomes are studied in a unified approach to curriculum development. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child. 3 hours.
This course surveys all areas of exceptionalities. It is designed to help the prospective teacher identify and understand the problems of those who deviate from the mean. Prerequisite: EDUC 203.

EDUC 350: Methods of Teaching the Biological and Physical Sciences. 3 hours.
Must be taken prior to student teaching. A course adapted to the needs of those preparing to teach the natural sciences in the public school at the middle school and high school level. Offered fall semester. Taken concurrently with EDUC 304. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 356: Methods of Teaching Children's Literature. 2 hours.
A study of historical and current trends with opportunity to both read extensively and explore strategies for enriching the elementary school curriculum through the use of children's literature. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 360: Classroom Management. 3 hours.
A course designed to acquaint students with concepts and techniques of behavioral intervention; practical application of principles of behavioral intervention; practical application of principles of behavioral management techniques is emphasized. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 364: Methods of Teaching Art K-12. 3 hours.
The course covers problems of technical instruction and the education philosophy of school art. Offered to art majors preparing for K-12 art certification. Offered fall semester. Taken concurrently with EDUC 304. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education. Required before student teaching.

EDUC 380: Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics. 3 hours.
Basic principles of instruction and curriculum development in elementary school mathematics. Learning centers, games, diagnostic/prescriptive treatment are explored. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 382: Methods of Teaching Elementary Science. 3 hours.
Basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in elementary school science. Unit planning, laboratory activities, evaluation strategies and science learning centers are emphasized. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 384: Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies and Economics. 3 hours.
Must be taken prior to student teaching. A methods course that prepares students to teach secondary social studies. Course will include a study of the social studies curriculum at the middle school and high school levels, lesson planning, simulation games, value clarification, inquiry approach to teaching, materials and textbooks. Taken concurrently with EDUC 304. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 385: Secondary School Curriculum. 3 hours.
Students study principles of instruction and curriculum development. They create courses, units, micro-teach and prepare learning situations utilizing different teaching strategies. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 401: Reading Practicum. 1 hour.
Provides the student with the opportunity to integrate reading theory and practice by working with learners in classrooms or other field settings. S/U grading. Taken concurrently with EDUC 407. Prerequisite: Formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 402: Reading Practicum II. 1 hour.
A clinical experience that provides the student with the opportunity to utilize remedial reading teaching methods with learners experiencing difficulty learning to read. S/U grading. Taken concurrently with EDUC 452. Prerequisite: Formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Reading–Elementary. 3 hours.
Principles and strategies for teaching elementary school reading. Introduction to emerging concepts for meeting individual differences through diagnosing differences. Foundations of reading instruction will be discussed as well as varying approaches. Application of current research findings will be included. Taken concurrently with EDUC 401. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 409: Methods of Teaching Language Arts–Elementary. 2 hours.
Basic principles and new trends of instruction for development of oral language, writing, and spelling skills at the elementary school level. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 411: History and Philosophy of Science. 3 hours.
A philosophic study of the conceptual foundations and methodology of modern science, especially pertaining to pedagogical practice, including the logical structure and verification of theories and the relations between scientific finding and ethical, social and metaphysical problems.

EDUC 446: Methods of Teaching Secondary English. 3 hours.
Must be taken prior to student teaching. Units related to methods of teaching middle school and high school students the novel, poetry, short story and a unit on methods of teaching writing and grammar will be included. Teaching of writing unit fulfills one semester hour credit toward completion requirement for certification in English. Offered fall semester. Taken concurrently with EDUC 304. Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 452: Correction of Reading Problems. 3 hours.
A presentation of remedial methods of teaching reading to elementary and secondary school students who exhibit reading difficulty with emphasis on recent research, on diagnostic, and prescriptive teaching strategies. Taken concurrently with EDUC 402. Prerequisite: EDUC 407, and formal admission to teacher education.

EDUC 475: Review for Teacher Certification Examinations. 0 hours.
A course designed to review and synthesize the skills and content knowledge related to the various fields of teacher certification including analysis and techniques for solving problems on teacher certification examinations. Scheduled each semester and summer session. Enroll through the education department. S/U grading. Taken concurrently with EDUC 476, EDUC 477, or EDUC 478. Prerequisite: Admitted to teacher certification program.

EDUC 476: Student Teaching on the Elementary School Level. 3-8 hours.
Observation and supervised practice teaching at the elementary school level (Grades 1-6). Taken concurrently with EDUC 475. Prerequisite: Approval of the Teacher Education Council.

EDUC 477: Student Teaching on the Middle School Level. 3-8 hours.
Observation and supervised teaching at the middle school level (Grades 5-9). Taken concurrently with EDUC 475. Prerequisite: Approval of the Teacher Education Council.

EDUC 478: Student Teaching on the Secondary School Level. 3-8 hours.
Observation and supervised practice teaching at the secondary school level (Grades 9-12). Taken concurrently with EDUC 475. Prerequisite: Approval of the Teacher Education Council.

EDUC 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

EDUC 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research.