Elementary Education and Pre-School-3 Program

Elementary Education Majors with a concentration in Pre-School-3 is a program designed to prepare individuals seeking to become teachers in grades preschool through six.  Individuals completing this program sequence will be able to apply for both a K-6 certification and a P-3 certification. The program's course sequence provides individuals with the ability to provide expertise in creating developmentally appropriate learning environments, designing curriculum, learn how children develop and learn, and develop the skills and knowledge to inspire lifelong learning.

Sophomore Year (7 credits)
ED-160Education and Schooling in a Multicultural Society3
ED-170Child and Adolescent Psychology3
ED-490Clinical Experience I1
Junior Year (26 credits)
EP-201Child Development in the Early Years3
EP-202Developing Home, School, and Family Partnerships3
EP-302Fundamentals of Methodology, Curriculum, and Assessment in the Elementary/Early Childhood Classroom3
ED-201Fundamentals of Speech3
EE-204Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School Using Technology3
EE-206Teaching Reading in the Elementary School3
EE-212Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School3
EE-214Teaching Science in the Elementary School Using Technology3
EP-491Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings2
Senior Year (17 credits)
ED-301Test and Measurements3
EP-301Introduction to Special Education3
EP-492Clinical Practice I and Seminar in an Inclusive Early Childhood Setting3
EP-495Clinical Practice II and Seminar in an Inclusive Early Childhood Setting8
Total Credits50

ED Courses

ED-001. Reading Lab. 0 Credits.

ED-010. Dynamics of College Reading. 3 Credits.

A program of selected readings, vocabulary enrichment, and guided study which enables students to develop effective study and critical reading skills by introducing them to selected readings in diverse fields including their major.

ED-101. Dynamics of College Learning I. 3 Credits.

Using multiple interdisciplinary methods, students will become familiar with the University and develop skills they need to be successful in college. Transition course topics include: test-taking strategies, math, reading, writing, technology, and study skills.

ED-102. Dynamics of College Learning II. 1 Credit.

A multidisciplinary course for freshmen to assist in their development as responsible college students and to further their potential for academic success.

ED-103. Career Development. 1 Credit.

This course will provide you with the basics needed in your academic and career planning process. Through guided self-assessment, exploration, and career preparedness activity, students refine and identify potential career interests and understanding of how their major relates to various careers and professions. Students will gain exposure to identifying internships, resume writing, interviewing, networking and developing a personal brand. This course will put students on the road to career success.

ED-104. Experiential Learning. 1 Credit.

Lab for Trio students to guide students as they participate in a chosen experiential learning activity.

ED-160. Education and Schooling in a Multicultural Society. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to education in a diverse and multicultural world. Students learn about the teaching profession by focusing on career readiness and the historical and philosophical foundations of education in the U.S. and other parts of the world. There will be a focus on students with disabilities, and effective instruction. The course introduces students to lesson planning, the certification process, and required curriculum standards.

ED-170. Child and Adolescent Psychology. 3 Credits.

A study of the growth and development from birth to adolescence within the context of the school.

ED-201. Fundamentals of Speech. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on child development from birth to age eight. Students will learn about theories of child development and how cognitive and linguistic factors affect development and learning. Students will learn about learning styles and multiple intelligences.

ED-203. Educational Psychology. 3 Credits.

A study of the psychological backgrounds. Topics include: adolescent growth and development, individual differences, the learning process, motivation, the process of effective study, transfer of training, and measurement of intelligence.

ED-250. Educational Pedagogy of World Languages. 3 Credits.

Methods of foreign-language pedagogy, lesson planning, syllabi, classroom activities, and methods of evaluation. Taught in English; recommended for education majors and/or minors.

ED-295. Co-Op. 3 Credits.

ED-301. Test and Measurements. 3 Credits.

An overview of essential concepts and principles of classroom and school-wide formative and summative assessments in the elementary classroom. An examination of tests and trends in psychological, standardized, and achievement tests and the rationale and assumptions underlying these assessments. Consideration and evaluation of the types of tests commonly used such as state, local, and national assessments as well as discussion of the interpretation of the results.

ED-390. Innovative Projects in Education I. 3 Credits.

Special projects of merit under the direction of a mentor. Open to juniors and seniors only.

ED-391. Innovative Projects in Education II. 3 Credits.

Special projects of merit under the direction of a mentor. Open to juniors and seniors only.

ED-395. Special Topics in Education. 1 Credit.

Exploration of a selected topic in the field of education.

ED-397. Professional Assessment Strategies. 3 Credits.

Course would incorporate subject specific content and strategies for taking standardized assessments.

ED-399. Tutorial. 3 Credits.

ED-428. Literature, Culture and Society Issues of West Africa. 3 Credits.

A study of seminal texts representing the Malinke, Igbo, Ghanaian, Wolof, Bambara, and Senegalese peoples of West Africa.

ED-429. Southern African Literature. 3 Credits.

Students will study the literature and cultures of Southern Africa.

ED-490. Clinical Experience I. 1 Credit.

This course will provide clinical experience in an elementary, middle or secondary classroom setting and will provide students with the skills to become effective and caring teachers.

ED-491. Clinical Experience II. 2 Credits.

This course will allow students to use their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and the role that families and communities play in the development of children and adolescents. Students will be reflective practitioners as they work in the classroom to assess children's learning, incorporate effective classroom management plans and obtain resources for families, colleagues, and administrators. Prerequisites: ED-490.

ED-492. Clinical Practice I and Seminar in an Elementary, Middle or Secondary Setting. 3 Credits.

Clinical practice in an elementary, middle or secondary setting in order to provide students with the skills and disposition necessary to become effective elementary school teachers and develop relationships with school colleagues, families, and community. Students will provide learning activities that support cognitive, emotional, and social development. They will design learning experiences that support culturally responsive teaching, and plan and assess developmentally appropriate lessons and units.

ED-493. Practicum in Reading. 3 Credits.

A field experience designed to provide the opportunity for students to work with reading teachers in a classroom setting.

ED-494. Seminar of Education TPA. 3 Credits.

An indepth analysis of the requirements and implementation of ed.TPA Prerequisites: ED-491.

ED-495. Clinical Practice II and Seminar. 8 Credits.

Students plan and implement developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum in an elementary, middle or secondary classroom which demonstrates their knowledge of development and the role of the school community with regard to student's learning. Students implement the required State standards through an integrated curriculum. They use multiple strategies to assess learning and demonstrate effective classroom management.

ED-498. Education of the Disadvantaged Child. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the impact of discrimination, social conditions, and deprivation on the educational process, particularly in cities.

EE Courses

EE-202. Elementary Curriculum. 3 Credits.

A comprehensive overview of the total elementary school program as a vehicle for the education of the child in contemporary society. This course will focus on effective curriculum planning. Students will develop unit plans that integrate state standards, differentiated instructional strategies and meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles, disabilities and English Language Learners.

EE-204. Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School Using Technology. 3 Credits.

This course introduces future elementary school educators to traditional and technological materials and techniques of instruction appropriate to the teaching of spelling, handwriting, listening, and oral and written language skills in the elementary school. The course explores digital literacy in the classroom discussing technological topics such as classroom web page design, using Google Apps, podcasting, screencasting, digital storytelling, blogging, and using Twitter as well as other forms of social media in the elementary classroom. This course has been designated as Writing Intensive.

EE-206. Teaching Reading in the Elementary School. 3 Credits.

Instruction in modern techniques for teaching children to read. Group and individual approaches: phonetic, basic text, and experimental techniques. Study of literature appropriate to reading development, appreciation, and enjoyment.

EE-212. Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School. 3 Credits.

Materials and techniques of teaching mathematics, with appropriate emphasis on the traditional and modern developments in the field. Class activities, teaching aids, planning and evaluation of mathematics learning.

EE-214. Teaching Science in the Elementary School Using Technology. 3 Credits.

Materials and techniques of teaching science with emphasis on the discovery approach to equip the child with basic science learning and to awaken a desire for further science study in elementary school. This course will engage students in hands-on activities supported by technology. Students will apply skills, concepts and principles that unite the science discipline into their lessons and unit plans.

EE-495. Student Teaching: Elementary. 8 Credits.

A supervised classroom teaching experience on the elementary level (K-8), including seminar meetings and conferences scheduled prior to and during the student-teaching term. Prerequisites: ED-490 ED-491.

EE-499. Student Teaching: Elementary. 6 Credits.

A supervised classroom teaching experience on the elementary level (K-8), including seminar meetings and conferences scheduled prior to and during the student-teaching term. Prerequisites: ED-490 ED-491.

EP Courses

EP-201. Child Development in the Early Years. 3 Credits.

This course surveys and focuses on child growth and development from birth through early adolescence. Theory related to individual stages of growth and educational methods related to those stages are discussed. The psychological, physiological, and sociological aspects and impacts of growth and development are also covered. Prerequisites: ED-170.

EP-202. Developing Home, School, and Family Partnerships. 3 Credits.

This course addresses the role of the home, school and family in the development of and learning of young children. Students will examine the philosophical, historical, political, and social trends and ideologies that impact the care of young children. Students will develop an understanding of diverse family units and identify resources to address their needs.

EP-301. Introduction to Special Education. 3 Credits.

This course will provide an overview and introduction to educational disabilities, special education laws, and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) planning process. Characteristics and prevalence of a wide range of disabilities will be explored. Students will consider contemporary instructional approaches used for specialized populations.

EP-302. Fundamentals of Methodology, Curriculum, and Assessment in the Elementary/Early Childhood Classroom. 3 Credits.

This course will focus on implementing developmentally appropriate teaching practices, classroom management techniques, successful motivational strategies, objectives, lesson plans, and innovative methods. In addition, students will be provided situations to assess professional goals, develop authentic assessment practices, and respond to the cultural, linguistic, and learning needs of all students.

EP-490. Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings. 1 Credit.

This course will provide clinical experiences in an elementary or early childhood settings and will provide students with the skills to become effective and caring teachers. (Sophomore year) 50 hours.

EP-491. Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings. 2 Credits.

This course will allow students to use their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and the role that families and communities play in the development of children. Students will be reflective practitioners as they work in the classroom to assess children's learning, incorporate effective classroom management plan and obtain resources for families, colleagues and administrators. (Junior year) 75 hours.

EP-492. Clinical Practice I and Seminar in an Inclusive Early Childhood Setting. 3 Credits.

Clinical practice in an early childhood or elementary setting in order to provide students with the skills and dispositions necessary to become effective early childhood teachers and develop relationships with school colleagues, families and community. Students will provide learning activities that support cognitive, emotional and social development. They will design learning experiences that support culturally responsive teaching, plan and assess developmentally appropriate lessons and units. (100 hours).

EP-495. Clinical Practice II and Seminar in an Inclusive Early Childhood Setting. 8 Credits.

Students plan and implement developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum in an early childhood/elementary classroom which demonstrates their knowledge of child development and the role of the school community with regard to children's learning. Students implement the Core Curriculum Content Standard through an integrated curriculum. They use multiple strategies to assess learning and demonstrate effective classroom management. (450 hours).