Techer Education Course Descriptions

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EDUC 110 Math Concepts in the Elementary Curriculum — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed to address the math concepts that are taught in the elementary curriculum.  It is a survey of mathematical concepts which include:  concepts of elementary algebra, geometry, fractions, ratios, percents, introductory probability and statistics and problem solving.  It is intended to strengthen the math content of elementary education majors while meeting the knowledge indicators for mathematics as outlined by the Kansas State Department of Education’s Elementary Education standards.
SPES 120* Personal & Community Health — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is a study of the contemporary health problems facing the college student and today’s society. Areas to be covered include emotional and mental health, personal and dental hygiene, AIDS, school objectives, basic body chemistry, sexually transmitted diseases, drug and alcohol usage, environmental issues, nutritional concerns, communicable diseases, consumer health knowledge, safety education, physical and mental exceptionalities, human sexuality, parenting, and the overall health and well-being of the body’s systems.
SPES 200 PE Activities for Elementary and Middle School Children — 2 Credit Hours
  The course is designed for prospective elementary classroom teachers and elementary physical education teachers. It covers theory and techniques used for teaching games, sports, dance, and gymnastics at the elementary and middle school levels. It has been designed to integrate theory and concept learning with practical laboratory experiences. Observation is required.
EDUC 208 Foundations and History of American Education — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed as a first course in education. It does not assume classroom experience or previous courses in education. It is designed to provide an understanding of the field of education, an overview of the historical development of education in the United States from the colonial period through the twentieth century, and the background for making a personal decision concerning a future in the teaching profession. Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing.  Early Field Experience is required.
EDUC 210 Instructional Technology — 2 Credit Hours
  This course emphasizes the development of skills in three areas: the preparation of instructional materials, the utilization and operation of audio-visual equipment, and the study and utilization of computers in the classroom. Prerequisite: 3 hrs. of Computer Science
EDUC 240 Music Methods for the Classroom Teacher  — 2 Credit Hours 
  This is a course designed to prepare the future elementary classroom teacher in the handling of music materials and methods. Emphasis will be placed upon the fundamentals of music, teaching aids and equipment, and the organization of music curricula.
EDUC 244* Developmental Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
  The course offers a comprehensive study of human growth and development from conception to death. Major areas of study will include physical, mental, social and emotional development.
EDUC 245 Child and Adolescent Literature — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is an introduction to literature written for children and young adolescents in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.  The literature covers the range from picture books through young adolescent chapter books.  The course introduces the various genres found in literature; addresses issues related to children/young adolescent books; explores the topic of the teacher as reader; and presents ideas for motivating K-6 students in reading and involving them in reading related activities.
ARTS 248 Art in the Elementary School — 2 Credit Hours
  This course seeks to provide prospective elementary teachers with a practical body of knowledge and skills which can be used in the classroom. Areas covered include the foundations of art and art education, the fundamentals of teaching art, curriculum development in art, art media and techniques, and procedures and instruments of art education.
EDUC 250 Education of the Exceptional Individual—3 Credit Hours
  This course includes a study of the mentally handicapped, gifted, learning and behavior disordered, and the communication, hearing, visually, and physically impaired. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills necessary to work with exceptional children in the regular classroom. Early Field Experience is required.
Admission to the Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for the following:
EDUC 330 Methods of Teaching in the Middle School – 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed to provide prospective elementary and secondary students with a body of knowledge and skills which can be effectively used in teaching adolescents in the middle school setting.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding adolescent development, middle school philosophy and organization, appropriate curriculum development and effective instruction and assessment techniques for emerging adolescents.  The course is required for elementary candidates seeking middle school content area endorsement.
EDUC 333 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers — 3 Credit Hours
  Emphasis will be placed on the development of a mathematics program from kindergarten through grade six. Students will learn the chronological order of what is taught and the teaching strategies beneficial for teaching children at each grade level. Early Field Experience is required.  Prerequisite:  EDUC110.
EDUC 335  Science for Elementary Teachers — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed to provide elementary education majors with the knowledge base and instructional strategies needed to plan and implement a science program in which children are actively involved in the process skills of the discipline. Emphasis includes the nature of science, the meaning of science communicated, and the integration of science. Study is focused on the science process skills of observing, classifying, questioning, inferring, and problem-solving.  Early Field Experience is required.
EDUC 339  Reading and Language Arts for the Beginning Reader
  4 Credit Hours -- This course is designed to provide elementary education majors with the knowledge base and instructional strategies needed to plan and implement an integrated reading/language arts program in grades kindergarten through third. A balanced literacy approach is emphasized which includes listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics include historical and current trends in literacy environment in the classroom.  Early Field Experience is required.
EDUC 346 Social Studies for Elementary Teachers— 3 Credit Hours
  History, geography, and other social science disciplines serve as a foundation for a study of curricula and instruction in the social studies. Emphasis will be placed on methods for developing knowledge and skills essential to group and individual instruction in the elementary classroom.  Early Field Experience is required.
ARTS 349  Art in the Secondary School — 2 Credit Hours
  This course seeks to provide prospective secondary art teachers with a practical body of knowledge and skills which can be effectively used in the teaching of art in the classroom. The areas covered include the foundations of art and art education, the fundamentals of teaching art, curriculum development in art, media and techniques in teaching, and procedures and instruments development. Art administration and supervision also may be included.
EDUC 380  Classroom Management — 2 Credit Hours
  This course offers techniques for developing academic and social management of a classroom. Focus will be on school-wide, classroom, and individual management systems.  Part of the class will focus on classroom assessments and modifications to academic and social behavior.  SPED345 Behavior Management can be substituted for this course.
EDUC 382  Reading and Language Arts for the Developing Reader
  -- 3 Credit Hours    The emphasis of this course will be on strategies for teaching expository reading, reading in the content areas, and writing across the curriculum for students in grades 4th through 6th. In addition, the course will address assessments to detect reading problems at these grade levels.  Attention will be given to English language learners and the necessary techniques to address their problems.  Early Field Experience is required.
EDUC 385  Reading in the Content Area — 2 Credit Hours
  This course is designed for future secondary teachers and attempts to explore three components of content area reading:  study skills, advanced organizing, and  comprehension skills. Teacher strategies to foster concept and comprehension growth will be examined. Questioning skills, formative and summative test preparation, textbook readability and a guided reading procedure for a culturally diverse population will be included. Early Field Experience is required.
EDUC 387 Methods for Teaching ESL in the Classroom – 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed to assist students in becoming confident and effective educators in ESL instruction.  Students will become familiar with a variety of specific methods to use with English language students so that they can be successful in learning academic content.  In addition to methodology, topics will include identification processes, curriculum development, and current trends and research in working with second language learners.  Students will have the opportunity to apply specific ESL strategies in large and small group instructional settings using a variety of technologies.  Students will be made aware of the socio-cultural factors in the English language learner’s environment which may affect communication and learning.  Each student will develop a unit of instruction suitable for an English language learner.  Prerequisite:  Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
EDUC 388 Methods of Teaching in Secondary School — 3 Credit Hours
  Emphasis will be placed on planning for the clinical practice experience. Through classroom observation candidates will become aware of the resources and skills essential for teaching. 
EDUC 415 Educational Psychology — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed to provide a thorough study of the learning process as it takes place in the classroom setting. Theories and applications related to cognitive development, readiness, motivation, classroom management, cognitive strategies, and classroom and student assessment will be among the topics considered.
EDUC/ Methods for Teaching Health and Physical Education — 2 Credit Hours
SPES 420 This course offers a study of the basic methods and techniques used for teaching health  and  physical  education  at the elementary, middle, and secondary school  levels. It includes methods and modalities for teaching human sexuality, especially focusing on sexually transmitted diseases and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Prerequisite: EDUC388 Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School.
EDUC 438  Clinical Practice Seminar  — 2 Credit Hours
  The seminar is to be taken concurrently with the clinical practice and will meet for two hours once a week. This seminar will provide the candidate the opportunity to investigate issues directly related to teaching as well as to develop skills that are essential to teachers. The seminar will also include a time for processing the clinical practice experience and also a time to complete the portfolio, a credential file, and generally enhance the skills for job seeking.
EDUC 470  Clinical Practice
  Elementary 10 Credit Hours
  Secondary 210 Credit Hours
  Pre K-12 10 Credit Hours
  Special Education 5 Credit Hours
  English as a Second Language (ESL) 5 Credit hours
  Clinical practice is one semester of full-time directed teaching at the elementary or secondary levels. The beginning date will coincide with the public school calendar. Students seeking licensure in the Pre K-12 areas will do half of the student teaching at the elementary and half at the secondary level. Observation will be stressed during the early part of the clinical practice with responsible teaching emphasized as the semester progresses. Prerequisite:  Admission into the Teacher Education Program and approval of the Teacher Education Committee. Clinical practice will be available both Fall and Spring semesters.