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Education Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses: 
EDUC 110: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking I

200 Level Courses:
EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
EDUC 201: Teacher Aide
EDUC 202: Technology Practicum
EDUC 205: Diversity and Social Justice in Education
EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
EDUC 210: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking II
EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
EDUC 290: Selected Topics
EDUC 291, 292: Research

300 Level Courses:
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology
EDUC 303: Secondary Education Field Experience I
EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
EDUC 308: Secondary Content Area Literacy
EDUC 310: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking III
EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy
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 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments
EDUC 364: Methods of Teaching Art K-12
EDUC 367: Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education
EDUC 370: Curriculum and Assessment
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: Literacy Practicum I
EDUC 402: Literacy Practicum II
EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Literacy
EDUC 409: Methods of Teaching Language Arts – Elementary
EDUC 410: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking IV
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 Literacy 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 110 Professional Learning and Critical Thinking I. 1 hour.

This course is a year-long forum for reflection and application of the learning from other teacher preparation coursework. The predominant format will be small, collegial groups of teacher candidates, receiving dedicated mentorship from faculty. Specific effort will be made to invoke critical thinking strategies as they relate to self-directed learning.

EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom. 3 hours.

This is an introductory course in educational technology. Candidates will learn how educational technologies can be applied to enhance teacher effectiveness and assist students in reaching learning objectives. Candidates will develop foundational skills in the evaluation, selection and use of technologies according to best practices and educational theories.

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 205 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 205: Diversity and Social Justice in Education. 3 hours.

This courses focuses on issues of diversity, oppression and social justice. It is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to be knowledgeable of biases based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, social and economic status, political ideology, disability and how these contribute to discrimination and oppression. Students will learn about diverse cultures, family structures, roles, immigration and assimilation experiences of marginalized groups. Students will also learn about the influence of dominant culture on these diverse and marginalized groups. Additionally, this course will examine the adaptive capabilities and strengths of these marginalized groups and how such capabilities and strengths can be used in effective educational settings. The course will assist pre-service teachers in understanding the complex nature and dynamics of social oppression, diversity and social functioning. Students will explore their own personal beliefs, and behaviors that may limit their ability to effectively interact in educational settings with people of diverse backgrounds, in particular, disadvantaged and oppressed persons. Themes included justice, suffering, the role of the government, poverty, and society’s response to them. Initiatives and response of both secular and faith-based groups to injustices in the past (e.g. Civil Rights, abolitionism), will be examined.

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 210: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking II. 1 hour.

This course is a year-long forum for reflection and application of the learning from other teacher preparation coursework. The predominant format will be small, collegial groups of teacher candidates, receiving dedicated mentorship from faculty. Specific effort will be made to invoke critical thinking strategies as they relate to self-directed learning.

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 302: Educational Psychology. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Behavioral science majors: PSYC 230; Education majors: EDUC 205 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.  

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 308 Secondary Content Area Literacy. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education program.
A three-credit hour course designed to acquaint candidates with the role of literacy at the secondary level. Emphasis is placed on factors which influence literacy and learning from content-specific text material as well as the acquisition and refinement of associated teaching practices. This course will include reviewing current research regarding adolescent literacy; implementing best practices to foster constructive literacy skills; and integrating literacy, writing, and study skills into secondary school content areas.

EDUC 310 Professional Learning and Critical Thinking III. 1 hour.

This course is a year-long forum for reflection and application of the learning from other teacher preparation coursework. The predominant format will be small, collegial groups of teacher candidates, receiving dedicated mentorship from faculty. Specific effort will be made to invoke critical thinking strategies as they relate to self-directed learning.

EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy. 2 hours.

Prerequisite:  EDUC 205, 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 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program.
A course that provides the elementary school teacher with methods to integrate the humanities (art and music), physical education and health, and social sciences. 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 205.
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.

EDUC 350: Methods of Teaching the Biological and Physical Sciences. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  EDUC 205, 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 205, 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 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EDUC 205
This course is designed to maintain positive classroom environments by acquainting students with concepts and techniques of behavioral interventions; practical applications of behavior management techniques is emphasized. Students will learn how to design learning environments that are inclusive for all students.

EDUC 364: Methods of Teaching Art K-12. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. Must be taken prior to student teaching.
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 367 Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education. 3 hours.

A study in class organization and teaching methods in individual and team physical activities. A review of the fundamental skills and important teaching techniques of the different individual/team activities applicable to motor learning and growth and development. Preparation of sequential unit lesson plans and evaluation procedures are included. Offered fall semester.

EDUC 370: Curriculum and Assessment. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program.
This course is designed to assist students in developing those skills essential for curriculum restructuring, planning, and implementation in the classroom. Two essential processes. Curriculum development (including elements of instruction) and assessment will be considered with respect to relevant theory, research, and practice. K-12 classroom visits designed to provide a clinical setting for the demonstration of theory applied to practice will be an integral part of the course. 

EDUC 375: Speech/Theatre Methods. 2 hours.

Prerequisite:  EDUC 205, 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 205, 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 205, 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 205, 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 205, 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: Literacy Practicum I. 1 hour.

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

EDUC 402: Literacy 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 literacy teaching methods with learners experiencing difficulty with literacy. S/U grading. Taken concurrently with EDUC 452.

EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Literacy. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program.
Principles and strategies for teaching elementary school literacy. Introduction to emerging concepts for meeting individual differences through diagnosing differences. Foundations of literacy 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 205, 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 410: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking IV. 1 hour.

This course is a year-long forum for reflection and application of the learning from other teacher preparation coursework. The predominant format will be small, collegial groups of teacher candidates, receiving dedicated mentorship from faculty. Specific effort will be made to invoke critical thinking strategies as they relate to self-directed learning.

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 205, 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 205, 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 205, 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 205, 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 Literacy Problems. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  EDUC 407, formal admission to teacher education program.
A presentation of remedial methods of teaching literacy to elementary and secondary school students who exhibit literacy 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.

Correction of Disabilities in Mathematics will focus on the causes of, diagnosis of, and treatment for difficulties in mathematics. 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 state content assessment score is not obtainedCourse 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 state content assessment score is not obtained. Course fee required.

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

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