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Education Course Descriptions

EDU 203 The Teaching Profession 3 hours
Prerequisites:  None
This course is designed as an in-depth introduction to multiple considerations of the career of teaching. This course provides students with an opportunity to explore the important aspects of teaching, and allows students to observe the teaching profession in action. Course requires 25 service hours in a classroom setting.

EDU 321 Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers 3 hours
Prerequisites:  PSY 205
This is an introductory course in the psychology of learning and teaching (Grades K-6), emphasizing mental abilities, individual differences, motivation and application of psychological theory and research in learning. The course emphasizes constructivist theories of learning and cognition, examining the effects of culture and gender on learning, and studies the classroom as a social setting for elementary teachers.

EDU 322 Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers 3 hours
Prerequisites: PSY 205
This is an introductory course in the psychology of learning and teaching (Grades 6-8), emphasizing mental abilities, individual differences, motivation and application of psychological theory and research in learning. The course emphasizes constructivist theories of learning and cognition, examining the effects of culture and gender on learning, and studies the classroom as a social setting for secondary teachers.

EDU 330 Technology in the Classroom 3 hours
Prerequisites:EDU 203 and program acceptance as an Elementary or Secondary Pre-Candidate
This course explores the use of multimedia teaching tools. Students develop plans of action integrating technology in support of instruction and learning. They explore, evaluate, and use technology to accomplish learning tasks independently and cooperatively. Course includes appropriate field based experiences.

EDU 344 Clinical Experiences and Methods for Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Schools 3 hours
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 321, EDU 330, EDU 351, and program acceptance as an Elementary Candidate
This course addresses approaches for teaching mathematics to grades K-8. Emphasis is on developing Math concepts through discovery, problem solving, observing patterns and relationships, and meeting the individual needs of children of various abilities and experience levels. Field based experiences required.

EDU 347 General Secondary Methods 3 hours
Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 322, EDU 330, EDU 348, EDU 351 and program acceptance as a Secondary Candidate
This course focuses on techniques for developing lesson plans, unit plans and course overviews which incorporate objectives, evaluation and a variety of teaching-learning strategies. Field based experiences and simulations in lesson presentation and classroom management required.

EDU 348/ ENG 348 Teaching Writing and Speaking in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom 3 hours
Prerequisites: none
This course presents an introduction to the theories and practices of teaching written and oral literacy at the elementary and secondary levels.

EDU 351 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 3 hours
Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240 or EDU 343, EDU 275 and program acceptance as an Elementary or Secondary Pre-Candidate
This course offers approaches to curriculum, instruction and assessment designed to engage students in an integrated process of teaching and learning. Students design units and create supporting lesson plans based on Grade Level Content Standards that focus on using differentiated instructional strategies, assessment practices, and technology integration. Students practice collaboration skills, applying peer review processes aimed at improving unit design and lesson plans.

EDU 353 Designing and Managing Effective Learning Environments for Diverse Learners 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 321 or EDU 322, EDU 330, EDU 348, EDU 351, and program acceptance as an Elementary or Secondary Candidate
This course addresses the design and management of curriculum, instruction and classrooms to provide meaningful learning for diverse groups of students. The educational implications of the characteristics of students with exceptionalities are explored. Research in practices of effective teaching is examined, with specific emphasis on teacher and student behaviors related to aspects of diversity in urban settings. Techniques for developing effective communication with parents and community are explored. Field-based experiences required.

EDU 354 Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Social Studies 3 hours
Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 321, EDU 330, EDU 351, and program acceptance as an Elementary Candidate
This course offers a combination of theoretical and practical models, providing multicultural approaches to activities, materials, and resources necessary for teaching social studies grades K-8. Field based experiences required.

EDU 357 Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading 3 hours
Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 322, EDU 330, EDU 348, EDU 351 and program acceptance as a Secondary Candidate
This course addresses adapting content instruction to meet the needs of middle school and secondary school students with reading problems. The course presents analysis of variations in vocabulary, format, comprehension, and study procedures in various content areas, and develops teaching strategies for improving basic reading skills and proficiency. Field based experiences required.

EDU 366 Literacy in Elementary Education 3 hours
Prerequisites: none
This course addresses the reading, writing, listening, and speaking processes in literacy development. Students examine teaching strategies and materials that support integrated language arts instruction. Strategies for organization and management of classroom reading programs in grades K-8 are developed. Related software applications are explored. Guided observation and field-based experience required.

EDU 367 Clinical Experiences and Methods for Teaching Literacy in Elementary Schools 3 hours
Prerequisites:Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 321, EDU 330, EDU 351, and program acceptance as an Elementary Candidate
This course presents strategies for developing and implementing detailed lesson plans based on a diagnostic instruction model for both developmental skills in reading and reading in the content areas. First half of the course prepares the student for field-based experience. Peer, instructor, and self-evaluation of lessons.

EDU 374 Clinical Experiences and Methods for Teaching Integrated Science in Elementary Schools  3 hours
Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 321, EDU 330, EDU 351, and program acceptance as an Elementary Candidate
This course presents methodology appropriate for teaching scientific concepts. Teaching demonstrations, projects, daily and unit planning are approaches addressed in this course. Students participate in field experiences. The course makes extensive use of media in Marygrove’s Library Resources Room. Emphasis is placed on the inquiry-based strategies, problem solving activities, hands-on activities, the interdisciplinary nature of science, children’s understandings, objectives of school science programs, science education reform, methods of instruction, assessment practices, experimental programs, and content in the physical, life, and earth sciences. Emphasis is on content and methods for grades K-8. Field based experience required.

EDU 491 Independent Study 3 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of Advisor and Instructor.
When necessary and with approval of advisor, students are permitted to request an independent study.

EDU 499 Student Teaching and Seminar 8-10 hours
Prerequisites: Completion of all required teacher certification coursework, Admission to Student Teaching
This capstone course includes observation and guided‚ full-time professional laboratory experience in public or private school classrooms at the appropriate level. Seminar required. Fall and winter terms only.