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Teacher Education (EDUC)
Department of Teacher Education

EDUC 2100   Practicum I
This course is designed to provide field experiences for a student enrolled in EDUC 2101, EDUC 2201, or EDUC 2301. This practicum will enable the student to participate in an observational, interviewing and an assistant capacity in the assigned classroom setting(s) for 20 clock hours. The student will observe all aspects of teaching including lesson planning, classroom set-up, scheduling, meetings, and basic teaching procedures. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade. Corequisite: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2201, or EDUC 2301 (Spring)

EDUC 2101   Introduction To EC-4th Grade Teaching
Students are introduced to requirements for becoming a teacher in Texas, legal and ethical aspects of teaching, organization and structure of elementary schools, and methods of motivation and discipline in Early Childhood through 4th Grade classroom. Students observe and participate for one hour a week in assigned schools. Class 1. (Spring)

EDUC 2201   Introduction To 4th - 8th Grade Teaching
Students are introduced to requirements for becoming a teacher in Texas, legal and ethical aspects of teaching, organization and structure of the middle school and methods of motivation and discipline in 4th - 8th grade classroom. Students observe and participate in assigned schools. Class 1. (Spring)

EDUC 2301   Introduction To 8th - 12th Grade Teaching
Students are introduced to requirements for becoming a teacher in Texas, legal and ethical aspects of teaching, organization and structure of secondary schools, and methods of motivation and discipline in 8th-12th grade classroom. Students observe and participate in assigned schools. Class 1. (Spring)

EDUC 3010   Practicum II
Students will observe, participate, and reflect on classroom experiences as a part of an educational experience that involves 20 hours of time beyond the course. As a part of the practicum, students will complete field experiences for a minimum of two hours a week for ten weeks in their certification area ECE-4, 4-8, 8-12, or all level Kinesiology. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade. Corequisites: EDUC 3343 (Fall)

EDUC 3013   Home, School, And Community
Students focus on the purposes of education, state and federal laws related to education, teacher and student rights and responsibilities, ethics, educational philosophy, effective schools research, equity and excellence in education, human developmental processes, classroom climate, the relationship of the school to the larger community, and requirements for teaching in Texas. Students will observe and participate in Early Childhood through 12th grade classrooms in assigned schools. Class 3. (Fall)

EDUC 3033   Instructional Design For Elementary/Middle School
This course focuses on instructional design for the elementary and middle school classroom. Students will explore all phases of instructional planning, including modifications for exceptional learners. Other course topics will include authentic assessment, TEKS integration, thematic design, and content across the curriculum. Class 3. (Fall)

EDUC 3113   Family And School For Early Childhood
This course focuses on the synergistic relationship between home and learning environment in impacting student achievement. Course topics include preschool experiences in diverse settings, out-of-home care, models for strong parent-school-community partnerships, and effective social settings for learning. Class 3. (Fall)

EDUC 3123   Cognitive, Social, And Emotional Development Of The Young Child
Students explore the development, assessment, and enhancement of cognitive, social and emotional abilities in young children. An emphasis is placed on learning centers and on the young child's understanding of mathematical and scientific knowledge. Students observe and participate in an early childhood laboratory setting. Class 3. (Spring)

EDUC 3133   Methods Of Elementary Math And Science Instruction
Students focus on making mathematics and science meaningful to children. Objectives cover TEKS required to prepare teachers of mathematics and science in Texas, as well as national standards. Topics include use of manipulatives, use of technology, planning and evaluating developmentally appropriate lessons, direct instructions, cooperative learning, planning for diversity, and adaptations for special populations. Students observe, then design and teach mathematics and science lessons in elementary school classrooms. Class 3. (Fall)

EDUC 3143   Creative Expression for the Young Child
This course provides hands-on experiences in selecting, preparing, and presenting discovery learning activities. Students plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning activities and create manipulatives for EC-4 art, literature, music, movement, dramatic play, science, and mathematics lessons. Class 3. Prerequisites: KINE 2502.

EDUC 3320   Practicum III
Students will observe, participate in, and reflect on classroom experiences as a part of this educational practicum. As a part of the practicum, students will complete field experiences for a minimum of two hours a week for ten weeks in their certification area ECE-4, 4-8, 8-12, or all level Kinesiology. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade. Corequisites: EDUC 3323 (Spring)

EDUC 3323   Planning And Assessment
This course focuses on instructional design for the classroom. Students will explore all phases of instructional planning, including modifications for diverse populations and exceptional learners. It will give them practical experience in writing objectives, using various formats of lesson plans, planning units of instruction, and planning assessment. Other topics will include authentic assessment, TEKS integration, thematic design, and content across the curriculum. Class 3. Corequisite: EDUC 3320 (Spring)

EDUC 3343   Foundations of American Education and Culture
The study of the present educational system and its social impact and future implications in historical, philosophical, and sociological perspective. Class 3. Corequisite: EDUC 3010

EDUC 3353   Development and Learning of the Young Child
Students explore the theoretical perspectives, development, and enhancement of cognitive, social, and emotional abilities in young children as it relates to classroom learning. Special emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate practices as it relates to the early years. Class 3.

EDUC 4101   Certification Preparation Seminar (EC-4th)
This course is designed to review the TExES competencies for the EC-4th certification areas in reading, English/language arts, math, science, social studies, fine arts, health and fitness, and professional development. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade. Class 1.

EDUC 4113   Overview of Special Education
This course is a study of the history, philosophy and structure of educational programs for exceptional learners from birth-21; analysis of state and federal regulations affecting special education; and the professional roles and responsibilities required in the educational setting. Class 3. Prerequisite: The student must currently be enrolled in or have successfully completed the Teacher Education program. (Summer)

EDUC 4133   Methods Of Elementary Language Arts And Social Studies Instruction
Students focus on providing an integrated approach to social studies and language arts. The social studies emphasis is on the geography of Texas, the United States, and the world, including map skills. Language Arts emphasis is on focus of methods of developing communication skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking - in elementary students. Objectives cover the TEKS, required to prepare teachers of social studies and language arts in Texas elementary schools, as well as national standards. Topics include design and evaluation of developmentally appropriate inquiry and problem-solving lessons, cooperative learning, construction of unit plan, planning for diversity, learning styles, discipline for group activities, and adaptations for special populations. Students observe, then design and teach language arts and social studies lessons in elementary-level classrooms. Class 3. (Fall)

EDUC 4143   Language Development Of The Young Child
Students study the development, assessment and enhancement of oral and written language. Emphasis is placed on emerging literacy from birth to five years old. Students observe and participate in early childhood language development activities in assigned schools. Class 3. (Fall)

EDUC 4153   Classroom Management And Organization For The Elementary/Middle School
Students focus on motivation and discipline for elementary and middle school students, as well as methods of organization of students, materials, and resources in the classroom. Topics include setting up and enforcing rules, consequences, and rewards; adaptations for special needs students; arranging the classroom for efficient use; and managing skills lessons such as physical education, art, and music. Students will observe and participate in assigned classrooms. This course is taken as a part of the student teaching block. Class 3. (Spring)

EDUC 4183,4186   Student Teaching In The Elementary School
Students apply what they have learned about lesson design and evaluation, discipline, diversity, learning styles, teaching strategies, adaptations for special populations, classroom management, and motivation. Students will have teaching experiences in at least two levels from EC-4th. See the director to determine which course(s) to take. A total of 6 credit hours is required. A weekly afternoon seminar is required. Student teaching 12 weeks. Class 3,6. (Spring)

EDUC 4201   Certification Preparation Seminar (4th-8th)
This course is designed to review the TExES competencies for the 4th-8th certification areas in two content area specializations and professional development. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade. Class 1.

EDUC 4213   Planning And Assessment For Grades 4-8
Instruction focuses on human diversity, needs of diverse populations (handicapped, gifted, ESL, disadvantages), the planning process for outcome-oriented learning experiences, higher-level thinking, curriculum adaptation for students from special populations, teaching for three domains (cognitive, affective, and psychomotor), environmental factors affecting achievement, self-esteem, informal and formal assessment, and principles of test development. Class 3. (Fall)

EDUC 4223   Teaching The Middle School Student
Students will design and implement instructional models for the middle school classroom. Diverse instructional techniques, such as cooperative learning, team teaching, technology integration, and experiential learning, which address diverse learning styles and developmentally appropriate practices for students in grades 4-8 will be emphasized. Class 3.

EDUC 4233   Teaching Students with Learning Differences and Behavior Disorders
This course will provide review the principles of behavior management for classroom and community use with students with disabilities. An examination will be made of the etiology of these disorders, theoretical approaches, and educational placement decisions. In addition, the course will provide a wide range of the most current research-based information about curriculum and instruction for teaching youngsters with mild to moderate learning and behavior problems. Class 3. Prerequisite: The student must currently be enrolled in or have successfully completed a Teacher Education program. (Summer)

EDUC 4283,4286   Student Teaching In The Middle School
Students apply principles of planning, instruction, evaluation, management, and discipline; selecting appropriate teaching and learning strategies; developing a variety of appropriate lesson plans and assessments; demonstrating effective teaching practices with diverse populations; using effective discipline management techniques; managing students and classrooms; promoting personal professional growth; and working cooperatively with other professionals in the 4th - 8th grade classroom. A total of 6 credit hours is required. A weekly afternoon seminar is required. Student teaching 12 weeks. Class 3,6.

EDUC 4301   Certification Preparation Seminar (8th-12th)
This course is designed to review the TExES competencies for the 8th-12th certification areas in one or more secondary content areas and professional development. Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory Grade. Class 1.

EDUC 4313   Education Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities
This course will provide in-depth descriptions of methods and strategies for teaching students with disabilities, managing professional roles, and collaborating with families, professionals and paraprofessionals. Class 3. Prerequisite: The student must currently be enrolled in or have successfully completed a Teacher Education program. (Summer)

EDUC 4330   Practicum IV
This course is designed to provide field experiences for a senior level student, enrolled as a preservice teacher during the semester prior to student teaching. The student will serve a minimum of five weeks in each student teaching placement classroom for a minimum of three hours per week to equal a total of thirty clock hours or more for this practicum experience. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade. Corequisites: EDUC 4333, EDUC 4223, or EDUC 4133 (Fall)

EDUC 4333   Instructional Methods For Grades 8-12
Students focus on learning theory, effective teaching practices, instructional strategies, and roles, including self-directed learning and collaboration, ways of encouraging independent thinkers and problem solvers, and selection and evaluations of textbooks and other instructional materials. Students will observe and participate in 8th - 12th grade classrooms in assigned schools. Class 3. (Fall)

EDUC 4343   Classroom Management And Organization For The Secondary School
Students focus on structuring and managing the high school learning environment, understanding how motivation affects group and individual behavior, developing a supportive and responsive classroom community, fostering supportive school-home relationships, applying reinforcement theory, maintaining a supportive environment, and providing feedback on student progress during instruction. This course is taken as part of the student teaching block. Class 3. (Spring)

EDUC 4353   Teaching Diverse Populations
This course surveys multicultural education in P-12 schools, while incorporating the analysis of the relationship between cultural pluralism and the learning process within American schools. Special emphasis will be on instructional and language acquisition strategies for at-risk populations. Class 3. Prerequisite: The student must currently be enrolled in or have successfully completed a Teacher Education program. (Summer)

EDUC 4383,4386   Student Teaching In The High School
Students apply principles of planning, instruction, evaluation, management, and discipline; selecting appropriate teaching and learning strategies; developing a variety of appropriate lesson plans and assessments; demonstrating effective teaching practices with diverse populations; using effective discipline management techniques; managing students and classrooms; promoting personal professional growth; and working cooperatively with other professionals in grades 8-12. A total of 6 credit hours is required. A weekly afternoon seminar is required. Student teaching 12 weeks. Class 3,6.

EDUC 4923   Elementary Internship
This course is designed for post-baccalaureate teachers-of-record. It includes classroom applications of planning, instruction, evaluation, management, and discipline; selecting appropriate teaching and learning strategies; developing a variety of appropriate lesson plans and tests; demonstrating effective teaching practices with diverse populations; using effective discipline management techniques; managing students and classroom; promoting professional growth; and working cooperatively with other professionals. Must be repeated for one additional semester to meet internship requirements. Class 3.

EDUC 4943   Secondary Internship
This course is designed for post-baccalaureate teachers-of-record. It includes classroom applications of planning, instruction, evaluation, management, and discipline; selecting appropriate teaching and learning strategies; developing a variety of appropriate lesson plans and tests; demonstrating effective teaching practices with diverse populations; using effective discipline management techniques; managing students and classroom; promoting professional growth; and working cooperatively with other professionals. Must be repeated for one additional semester to meet internship requirements. Class 3.