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: Selected Topics
EDUC 291, 292: Research

300 Level Courses:
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
EDUC 303: Secondary Education Field Experience I
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 374: Elementary and Secondary Music Methods
EDUC 375: Speech/Theatre Methods
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: Selected Topics
EDUC 391, 392: Research

400 Level Courses:
EDUC 401: Reading Practicum I
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 442: Methods of Teaching Modern Foreign Languages
EDUC 444: Methods of Teaching Secondary Journalism
EDUC 446: Methods of Teaching Secondary English
EDUC 448: Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics
EDUC 452: Correction of Reading Problems
EDUC 455: Correction of Disabilities in Mathematics
EDUC 475: Review for Teacher Certification Examinations
EDUC 476: Student Teaching on the Elementary School Level
EDUC 478: Student Teaching on the Secondary School Level
EDUC 490: Selected Topics
EDUC 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:  how to operate the technologies, how to use technologies to enhance personal productivity, and how to use technologies in a learning/instructional environment.

EDUC 201: Teacher Aide. 1 hour.
A clinical experience where students determine the specific time block to be spent in public schools.  Complete placement application in teacher education office.  30 hours total required.  Three seminars, time announced. S/U grading. Taken concurrently with EDUC 203 and EDUC 212Course fee required.

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

EDUC 203: The American Classroom. 3 hours.
Examines principle influences on the foundations of American education with a strong focus on the impact of culture on education and schooling in the United States. In this course, students will (1) explore the historical context of diversity in the American classroom; (2) explore knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for working successfully with students and families from diverse backgrounds; and (3) relate readings and class discussions to the required initial internship in an educational setting serving a diverse student population. Special emphasis will be placed on ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, linguistic, and gender diversity. Taken concurrently with EDUC 201.

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 educational process.

EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education. 0 hours.
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.  This course must be taken concurrently with EDUC 201 in the first semester of the education program.  S/U grading.  

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 income 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 and Assessment. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Behavioral science majors:  PSYC 230; Education majors: EDUC 203 and EDUC 207.  
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 on 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.  Same as PSYC 302.  All EDUC 302 students are required to provide instructors with documentation that they have completed a program of study (core sheet) signed by an approved advisor or verification of the accuracy of existing programs of study by an approved advisor at either the St. Robert or Springfield campus.  Students must contact either Dr. Laurie Edmondson, Director of the School of Education (SECD) at the Springfield campus or Dr. Ed Williamson, Associate Director of SECD at the St. Robert campus for the names of approved education advisors.

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

EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms. 2 hours.
Prerequisite:  Formal admission to teacher education program.
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. Offered fall semester. Taken concurrently with EDUC 303.

EDUC 331: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Field. 2 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program.
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.

EDUC 338: Elementary School Curriculum. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program.
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. 

EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203.
This course surveys all areas of exceptionality. It is designed to help the prospective teacher identify and understand the problems of students with atypical learning patterns. Same as PSYC 340.

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

EDUC 356: Methods of Teaching Children's Literature. 2 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program.
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.

EDUC 360: Classroom Management. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302.
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.

EDUC 364: Methods of Teaching Art K-12. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. Must be taken prior to student teaching.
The course covers problems of technical instruction and the education philosophy of school art. Offered to students preparing for K-12 art certification. Offered fall semester.

EDUC 374: Elementary and Secondary Music Methods. 4 hours.
Music majors only. Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, MUSC 117, MUSC 118, formal admission to teacher education program.
This course will deal with philosophical ideals and practical application of those ideals in the elementary and secondary music programs. Emphasis also will be placed on both performance and non-performance courses and will include studies of the high school musical, theory class and general music appreciation class. Some practical observation will be required. Same as MUSC 374.

EDUC 375: Speech/Theatre Methods. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. Must be taken prior to student teaching.
Discussion of methods and materials for teaching speech and dramatic art in the secondary school. Offered fall semester.

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

EDUC 382: Methods of Teaching Elementary Science. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program.
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.

EDUC 384: Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies and Economics. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. 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. Offered fall semester. 

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

EDUC 401: Reading Practicum I. 1 hour.
Prerequisite:  Formal admission to teacher education program.
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.

EDUC 402: Reading Practicum II. 1 hour.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 401, formal admission to teacher education program.
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.

EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Reading – Elementary. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program.
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.

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

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 442: Methods of Teaching Modern Foreign Languages. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. Must be taken prior to student teaching.
For French or Spanish majors intending to teach in the K-12 public schools; practical applications of techniques and methods. Offered fall semester.

EDUC 444: Methods of Teaching Secondary Journalism. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. Must be taken prior to student teaching.
A course designed to meet the needs of persons preparing to teach journalism at the secondary school level; practical applications of techniques and methods. Offered fall semester.

EDUC 446: Methods of Teaching Secondary English. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program.  Must be taken prior to student teaching. 
Units related to methods of teaching the middle school and high school student the novel, poetry and 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.

EDUC 448: Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  EDUC 203, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. Must be taken prior to student teaching.
Principles of presenting mathematical concepts to middle school and high school students, curriculum trends and general instructional methodology. Offered fall semester.

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

EDUC 455: Correction of Disabilities in Mathematics. 3 hours.
A presentation of methods of teaching remedial mathematics to elementary and secondary school students who exhibit difficulty with mathematics with emphasis on recent research, diagnosis and prescriptive teaching strategies.

EDUC 475: Review for Teacher Certification Examinations. 0 hours.
Prerequisite:  Formal admission to teacher education program.
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. Attempting the appropriate state-determined content exam(s) is required for approval to student teach, so only those students who do not pass the state-determined content exam(s) will be administratively enrolled in the course.  Offered each semester and summer session. S/U grading. Taken concurrently with EDUC 476 or EDUC 478.

EDUC 476: Student Teaching on the Elementary School Level. 3-10 hours.
Prerequisite:  Completion of all appropriate methods courses and approval of the Teacher Education Council. Observation and supervised practice teaching at the elementary school level (grades 1-6). Taken concurrently with EDUC 475 if a passing Praxis II score is not obtained.  Course fee required.

EDUC 478: Student Teaching on the Secondary School Level. 3-10 hours.
Prerequisite:  Completion of all appropriate methods courses and approval of the Teacher Education Council. Observation and supervised practice teaching at the secondary school level (grades 9-12). Taken concurrently with EDUC 475 if a passing Praxis II score is not obtained. Course fee required.

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

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