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John Rowe
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Graduate Education Program 

Course Descriptions

EDU 501–Foundations of Literacy (3)
Theory and methods of literacy development.
Assessment and diagnostic procedures.
Development of critical thinking and individualized
reading programs. 20 hours of field
work in high need schools required.

EDU 502–Literacy and Comprehension:
Birth–Childhood (3)
Advanced theory and methods of literacy
development age 0 - grade 6. Instructional
planning, assessment and evaluation, diagnostic
procedures, cultural and linguistic differences,
writing to learn, English/Language Arts
Learning Standards. 20 hours of field work
required.

EDU 503–Literacy and Comprehension:
Middle-Adolescent (3)

Advanced theory and methods of literacy
development, grades 7-12. Instructional planning,
assessment and evaluation, diagnostic
procedures, cultural and linguistic differences,
writing to learn, English/Language Arts
Learning Standards. 20 hours of field work
required.

EDU 506–Foundations of Teaching (9)
Pre-service course of study. Role of education.
Rights and responsibilities. Child development
and learning. Instructional planning.
Effective teaching strategies. State Learning
Standards. Teaching children with special
needs. School organization and classroom
management. Educational technology.
Reporting child abuse and maltreatment.
Preventing alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse;
child abduction; and improving safety. This
course is taught in modules. All modules must
be successfully completed in order to earn
credit for this course.

EDU 507–Mentoring I (1)
Mentored teaching experience. Monthly
observations. Weekly seminar. Corequisites:
EDU 524 (Methods of Teaching in the
Content Areas) and full-time teaching
assignment.

EDU 508–Mentoring II (1)
Mentored teaching experience. Monthly
observations. Weekly seminar. Corequisites:
EDU 503 (Literacy and Comprehension:
Middle Adolescence) & full-time teaching
assignment. Prerequisite: EDU 507
Mentoring I.

EDU 511–Introduction to Teaching (1)
Ethical guidelines; identifying and reporting
child abuse; prevention of child abduction;
alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse prevention;
safety education, fire and arson prevention;
violence prevention; current issues.

EDU 512–Practical Teaching
Methodologies (3)
Basic lesson planning; effective teaching; oral
communication skills; writing and learning;
school-to-work; classroom technology; learning
standards. 20 hours of field work required.

EDU 516–Social Studies/Literacy Methods:
Birth-Childhood (3)

Application of literacy skills to the content
and instructional materials used to teach
social studies in pre-school through grade six.
Social studies and English Language Arts
Learning Standards. 20 hours of field work in
high need schools required.

EDU 517–Math/Science Methods: Birth-
Childhood (3)

Objectives, content, instructional materials,
activities, and theoretical principles for teaching
mathematics, science, and technology use
in pre-school through grade six. Math,
Science, and Technology Learning Standards.
20 hours of field work in high needs schools
required.

EDU 521–Foundations of American
Education (3)
Examination of American public education.
Includes organization, finance, administration,
curriculum, and current issues.
Professional portfolio. 20 hours of field work
required.

EDU 524–Methods of Teaching in the
Content Areas (3)

Lesson, unit, and course planning; classroom
management; curriculum implementation;
student evaluation; application of technology
to the content areas; interdisciplinary planning.

EDU 525–Assessment of Children and
Youth with Special Needs (3)

Assessment process in special education:
observational assessment; norm-referenced
standardized tests; criterion-referenced assessments,
performance-based, authentic, and
portfolio assessment. 10 hours fieldwork
required.

EDU 526–Childhood Special Education
Methods (3)
Special education services for grades 1-6:
Individualized Education Plans, teaching
practices, curriculum implementation, assessment,
assistive technology, service delivery
models, team collaboration. 15 hours of fieldwork
required.

EDU 527–Adolescence Special Education
Methods (3)
Special education services for grades 7-12:
Individualized Education Plans and transitional
planning, teaching practices, curriculum
implementation, assessment, assistive
technology, service delivery models, team collaboration.
15 hours of fieldwork required.

EDU 528–Methods and Curriculum:
Pervasive Disabilities (3)
Characteristics of students with pervasive disabilities.
Authentic assessment, Individualized
Education Plans. Classroom accommodations,
assistive technology, positive behavior supports
in inclusive environments.
Collaboration, community-based instruction,
and educational transitions. 10 hours of fieldwork
required.
 


Lesson, unit, and course planning; classroom management; curriculum implementation; student evaluation; application of technology to English; interdisciplinary planning.  20 hours of fieldwork required.
Prerequisite: EDU 512

 

 

EDU 534-Adolescent Social Studies Methods (3)

Lesson, unit, and course planning; classroom management; curriculum implementation; student evaluation; application of technology to Social Studies; interdisciplinary planning.  20 hours of fieldwork required.
Prerequisite: EDU 512

 

 

EDU 535-Adolescent Mathematics Methods (3)

Lesson, unit, and course planning; classroom management; curriculum implementation; student evaluation; application of technology to Mathematics including the use of a graphic calculator; interdisciplinary planning.  20 hours of fieldwork required.
Prerequisite: EDU 512

 

 

EDU 537-Adolescent Science Methods (3)

Lesson, unit, and course planning; classroom management; curriculum implementation; student evaluation; application of technology to the sciences; interdisciplinary planning.  20 hours of fieldwork required.
Prerequisite: EDU 512

 

 

EDU 538-Business & Marketing Education Methods (3)

Lesson, unit, and course planning; classroom management; curriculum implementation; student evaluation; application of technology to business and marketing education; interdisciplinary planning.  20 hours of fieldwork required.
Prerequisite: EDU 512

 

EDU 571–Student Teaching Seminar (0)
Discuss issues relevant to student teaching.
Classroom management, professional behavior,
certification, supervision, and portfolio
development. Meets weekly. Corequisites:
EDU 575 Student Teaching I and EDU 576
Student Teaching II.

EDU 575–Student Teaching I (6)
Supervised teaching experience in either elementary
or secondary schools with seminars
and conferences required. Includes discussions,
written assignments, and evaluations.
Graded on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: The
preparation course sequence in Childhood, or
Adolescence Education. Permission of director
required.

EDU 576–Student Teaching II (6)
Supervised teaching experience in either elementary
or secondary schools with seminars
and conferences required. Includes discussions,
written assignments, and evaluations.
Graded on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: The
preparation course sequence in Early
Childhood, Childhood, Middle Childhood,
Adolescence, Business and Marketing, or
Teaching English to Speakers of Other
Languages Education. Permission of director
required.

EDU 577–Mentored Internship I (6)
For students with a full-time teaching position
in the area of certification for a minimum of
eight weeks. Supervised teaching experience
with seminars and conferences required.
Includes discussions, written assignments, and
evaluations.

EDU 578–Mentored Internship II (6)
For students with a full-time teaching position
in the area of certification for a minimum of
eight weeks. Supervised teaching experience
with seminars and conferences required.
Includes discussions, written assignments, and
evaluations.

EDU 590–Independent Study (1-6)
Individual reading or research in a topic of
interest between the student and the instructor.
Must be approved in advance by the
appropriate graduate program director.

EDU 601–Inclusive Classroom Observation/
Evaluation (1)

Field experience of 20 hours observing inclusive
classrooms. Periodic conferences and
written work required. Permission of director.

EDU 604–Inclusive Practicum (2)
Field experience of 40 hours in inclusive settings.
On-campus seminar every other week
and written work required.

EDU 615–Learning and Cognition (3)
Theoretical concepts underlying learning and
cognition. Applications of the theoretical base
to teaching in classrooms with diverse student
populations.

EDU 616–Environmental Design for
Effective Inclusion (3)
Adapting the physical, social, and instructional
environment of the regular classroom so
that students with disabilities have successful
access to general education curriculum and
assessment.

EDU 621–Inclusive Classroom Strategies I
(3)

Learning characteristics of students with disabilities.
Classroom accommodations, assistive
technology, and curriculum adaptations to
facilitate access to the general education curriculum.

EDU 622–Inclusive Classroom Strategies II (3)
Content area instructional planning and
teaching; interdisciplinary planning; adapting
general content area curriculum, curriculumbased
assessment and grading modifications
for effective teaching of all students in inclusive
settings.

EDU 625–Leadership and Collaboration for
Quality Inclusion (3)

Collaboration models for inclusion.
Leadership skills for collaborative teaming,
data-based decision making, building partnerships
for technological access, and school
reform.

EDU 626–Current Issues in Inclusive
Education (3)

Advanced consideration of selected topics in
general education and inclusion. Educational
research, technology, school reform, school
and community collaboration, current legislative
issues. Lecture, discussion, and group
exploration of issues with contemporary interest.

EDU 632–Data-based Decision Making (3)
Using qualitative and quantitative research
methodologies to make data-based decisions
regarding student placement, teaching strategies
and student performance, reflective
teaching, program evaluation and school
reform.

EDU 633–Data Interpretation and
Analysis (3)

Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Application to inclusive education settings.
Students will write a research proposal
for their master’s thesis and will do a literature
review. Prerequisite: EDU 632 Data-based
Decision Making.

EDU 690–Independent Study (1-6)
Individual reading or research in a topic of
interest between the student and the instructor.
Must be approved in advance by the
appropriate graduate program director.

EDU 533-Adolescent English/Language Arts Methods (3)