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CCPS Education Course Descriptions

200 Level Courses
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 212Course fee required.

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

This course 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 education 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 or in the first semester of the education program. S/U grading.

EDUC 213: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education. 0 hours.

This course provides transfer students with the essential information necessary to pursue admission into 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 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 in the first semester of the education program. S/U grading.

300 Level Courses
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: Behavioral Science majors: PSYC 230; Education majors: EDUC 205EDUC 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.

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program.
A clinical experience required of secondary education majors prior to enrollment in student teaching. S/U Grading.

EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms. 2 hours.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education program.
This course recognizes the need to support the learning of all students and will expose undergraduate-level students to the challenges and issues, and experiences faced by students from groups identified by race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, exceptionalities, sexual identity, religion, and culture.

EDUC 308: Secondary Content Area Literacy. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 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 331: Content Area Literacy. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 302.
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.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 302, and formal admission to the 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. 2 hours.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302 and formal admission to the 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.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 302, and formal admission to the 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 357: Families of Exceptional Learners. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EDUC 340.
Children learn best when close cooperation exists between school and home. For children with learning problems, it is all the more necessary for skills learned in school to be reinforced in the home. This course will include the study of legal aspects specific to working with families of children with exceptionalities including the rights of families. In addition, requirements will include researching and reporting on effective practices and resources to support families and their children. Objectives and assignments will address the effects of exceptionalities on children’s learning and on family dynamics. The impact of primary language, culture, and familial backgrounds on children’s academic and social abilities, their attitudes, values, interests, and career options will be examined. Students will review techniques for advocacy and collaboration with families and others who are involved in students’ educational programs.

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 368: Introduction to Evaluation & Assessment. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EDU 302.
This course will include an overview of varied assessment methods, procedures, and tools. Students will review administration and interpretation procedures for formal and informal assessments used in the evaluative processed for identifying education disabilities of school-age students. Psychometric principles of assessment will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on developing knowledge and skills related to assessment across domains including social, communication, academic, cognitive, and adaptive. Students will participate in application activities to include the review of case history data and collection of data to apply to the development of evaluation plans. Students will demonstrate professional dispositions related to the ethics of testing and practice using assessment data to design and execute educational programming. Roles of multidisciplinary team members will be discussed including general educators, special educators, administrators, students, and family members. Supporting the assessment needs of diverse learners to include individuals with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds will be emphasized.

EDUC 369: Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EDUC 340.
The physical, psychological, social, and educational characteristics of school-age children with mild/moderate disabilities will be reviewed in this course. In addition, Federal and State criteria for identification of categorical disabilities as well as supporting legal mandates will be reviewed. Students will learn strategies for differentiation of instruction, approaches for integrating these students into regular education classrooms, and methods for collaborating with other educators to identify and address the needs of students with disabilities. Course content will also address assessment procedures and practices used to identify children with disabilities and monitor their performance across academic settings. Students will complete applied activities and discussions, case analyses, and literature reviews.

EDUC 379: Middle School Philosophy. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program.
This course provides an understanding of the philosophy, history, structure, and future direction of the middle level education, as well as how those topics relate to the characteristics of the adolescent. Topics include an overview of curriculum and instructional strategies appropriate for middle level education. These topics also consider culturally diverse populations and special needs students.

EDUC 380: Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 302 and formal admission to the 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.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 302 and formal admission to the 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 383: Middle School Curriculum and Instruction. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program.
Candidates will examine education programs appropriate for students in late childhood and early adolescence. The course will review and evaluate curriculum, instruction and organization associated with middle schools. Curricular and instructional programs designed especially for pre-adolescent youth will be examined and contrasted with other levels of education. Distinctive physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs of the middle school student will be researched.

EDUC 384: Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies and Economics. 2 hours.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302 and formal admission to the 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.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 302 and formal admission to the 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.

400 Level Courses
EDUC 401: Literacy Practicum I. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the 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: formal admission to the 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.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 302 and formal admission to the 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.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 302 and formal admission to the 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 446: Methods of Teaching Secondary English. 2 hours.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205, EDUC 207,and EDUC 302 and formal admission to the 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 452: Correction of Literacy Problems. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: EDUC 407 and formal admission to the 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, on diagnosis and prescriptive teaching strategies. Taken concurrently with EDUC 402.

EDUC 455: Correction of Disabilities in Mathematics. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302 and formal admission to the teacher education program
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 the 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 - Elementary. 3-10 hours.

Prerequisite:  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 obtained. Course fee required.

EDUC 477: Student Teaching - Middle School (Grades 5-9) . 3-10 hours.

Prerequisite: Approval of the Teacher Education Council. 
Observation and supervised teaching at the middle school level (grades 5-9). Taken concurrently with EDUC 475 if a passing state content assessment score is not obtained. Only available to post-baccalaureate students. Course fee required.

EDUC 478: Student Teaching - Secondary. 3-10 hours.

Prerequisite: 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 480: Student Teaching Support Seminar. 2 hours.

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program.
This course is designed to provide both professional and personal support during a teacher candidate’s student teaching experience. Teacher candidates will engage in discussion and assignments related to lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, communication, and collaboration in their student teaching environment. Guidance in professional development and career planning will be provided. Taken concurrently with EDUC 476 or EDUC 478. S/U grading.