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Teacher Education (EDUC)
Department of Teacher Education

EDUC 2001   Field Experience I
Students will complete a minimum of 15 field experience clock-hours in public/private schools, professional meetings, and service activities. Field experience hours will be assigned during and outside of the regularly scheduled class lecture times. Corequisite: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2201, or EDUC 2301. (Spring)

EDUC 2101   Introduction to American Education for EC-6 Teaching
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the organization and structure of the elementary, middle, and high school experience, with a focus on American elementary schools. Emphasis will be given to teaching as a profession, expectations for new teachers, and potential job options in education. Students will also examine the requirements for becoming a certified teacher in Texas. A 10-hour field experience is required as part of the requirements for this course. Class 1. Corequisite: EDUC 2001 (Spring)

EDUC 2201   Introduction to American Education for 4-8 Teaching
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the organization and structure of the elementary, middle, and high school experience, with a focus on American middle schools. Emphasis will be given to teaching as a profession, expectations for new teachers, and potential job options in education. Students will also examine the requirements for becoming a certified teacher in Texas. A 10-hour field experience is required as part of the requirements for this course. Class 1. Corequisite: EDUC 2001 (Spring)

EDUC 2301   Introduction to American Education for 8-12 Teaching
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the organization and structure of the elementary, middle, and high school experience, with a focus on American high schools. Emphasis will be given to teaching as a profession, expectations for new teachers, and potential job options in education. Students will also examine the requirements for becoming a certified teacher in Texas. A 10-hour field experience is required as part of the requirements for this course. Class 1. Corequisite: EDUC 2001 (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-6 art, literature, music, movement, dramatic play, science, and mathematics lessons. Class 3. (Fall)

EDUC 3301   Field Experience II
Students will complete a minimum of 20 field experience clock-hours in public/private schools, professional meetings, and service activities. Field experience hours require student-provided transportation to local schools for observation and participation. Field experience hours will be assigned outside of regular lecture schedule. Assignments in this course focus on the historical, philosophical, sociological, and contemporary issues. Corequisites: EDUC 3343. (Fall)

EDUC 3323   Planning And Assessment
The emphasis of the course is lesson planning, curriculum organization, and assessment that is appropriate for today’s diverse school classroom. The course provides practical experience in writing behavioral objectives, using various formats of lesson plans, planning units of instruction, and planning assessment. The goal is to help pre-service teachers use assessment to drive instruction. Class 3. Corequisite: EDUC 3401.

EDUC 3343   Foundations of American Education and Culture
Students have opportunities to develop an understanding of the historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of U.S. public and private education, and their influences on current issues and the future of education. Upon completion, students should be able to contribute an informed voice in the democratic process affecting the quality of education and the teaching profession. A significant aim of this survey course is to help students develop an understanding of the vital relationships teachers have between school and society. Class 3. Corequisite: EDUC 3301

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. (Spring)

EDUC 3401   Field Experience III
Students will complete a minimum of 20 field experience clock-hours in public/private schools, professional meetings, and service activities. Field experience hours require student-provided transportation to local schools for observation and participation. Field experience hours will be assigned outside of regular lecture schedule. Assignments in this course will focus on analyzing effective classrooms, implementing Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), creating Lesson plans, evaluating lesson designs, and critiquing various assessment practices. Corequisites: EDUC 3323.

EDUC 4001   Philosophy of Christian School Education

EDUC 4101   Certification Preparation Seminar (EC-6th)
This course is designed to review the TExES competencies for the EC-6th certification areas in reading, English/language arts, math, science, social studies, fine arts, health and fitness, and professional development. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade. Class 1. (Fall)

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. Class 3. (Spring)

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 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-6th. 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 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. (Fall, Odd years)

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 4323   Ethical and Legal Topics in Education
Provides teacher education majors with a current overview of legal and ethical issues in public and private schools. Topics may include: legal and ethical rights; responsibilities of teachers and students; legal cases that have impacted our educational system; terms and conditions of employment; religious freedoms; liability; student discipline; due process rights; gender issues; censorship. Class 3. Corequisite: EDUC 4186, EDUC 4286, or EDUC 4386

EDUC 4333   Secondary Instructional Methods
Students will focus on effective lesson planning, engaging instructional strategies, and the use of technology as part of the instructional process. Emphasis is given to self-directed learning and collaboration, methods for encouraging independent critical thinkers and problem solvers as well as selection and evaluation of textbooks and other instructional materials. Students prepare and teach a variety of lessons in the university classroom and their corequisite field experience IV placement in public and/or private schools. Class 3. Corequisite: EDCU 4401. (Fall)

EDUC 4343   Classroom Management And Organization For The Middle & Secondary School
Students focus on structuring and managing the 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 4363   Examination of Exceptionalities
This course is a comprehensive overview of historical trends, theoretical background, and empirical research that addresses issues related to instruction of individuals with disabilities. Emphasis given to legal issues, definitions, characteristics, professions roles, identification procedures, technology, and interagency coordination. Academic experiences in an instructional setting will be included. Class 3. Prerequisite: The student must currently be enrolled in or have successfully completed the Teacher Education program..

EDUC 4373   Methods of Differentiating Instruction for Individuals with Disabilities
This course will emphasize research-based methods and strategies for teaching individuals with exceptionalities. Emphasis given to differentiation in response to the various disability categories identified in individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA). Academic experiences in an instructional setting will be included. Class 3. Prerequisites: : The student must be enrolled in or have successfully completed the Teacher Education program and EDUC 4173..

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 4401   Field Experience IV
Students will complete a minimum of 30 field experience clock-hours in public/private schools. Field experience hours require student-provided transportation to local schools for observation and participation. Assignments in this course focus on researching and implementing effective models of instruction. In addition to lesson planning, modeling of instructional strategies and observation, students familiarize themselves with their mentor teacher/s’ routines and procedures for preparation of their student teaching experience. A university supervisor will observe a minimum of one lesson taught by the student in the assigned field experience classroom. Corequisite: EDUC 4333 or READ 4103. (Fall)

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.