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Education Courses

EDUC:

200 Educational Foundations for Prospective Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Teachers

Offered:  Fall and Spring

 3 credit hours

This course provides an overview of education including the historical perspective of American Education. Topics studied include the philosophy of education, the structure of education, the financing of education, socio-economics issues of education, the roles of contemporary teachers and current status of education reform including the implications of KERA upon public education in Kentucky. Field Experience and hours required. 


Educ 220 Practicum in Education

Prerequisite: To be taken while enrolled in Educ 200

Offered: Fall and Spring

1 credit hour

This is a practical hands on seminar class absorbing all required field experience before student teaching. The student is required to be enrolled in practicum classes each semester they are enrolled in Teacher Education Program courses. The course will be progressive from the first enrollment to the next, culminating in degree to the semester prior the student teaching experience.


211 Racial and Cultural Minorities (also Soc 211)

Prerequisite: Declared Education major

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

Analysis of the relationships between racial/ethnic groups and behavior. Sources and results of intergroup tension, prejudice and discrimination are examined.


305 Psychology of the Young Child

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

This course presents a study of the physical, cognitive, and psycho-social development of the child from birth through late childhood. The major factors that influence development are also examined: family, community, school, socio-economic status, culture, and ethnicity. Field experience hours are required.


Educ 311, 312, 313 Practicum in Education

Prerequisite: Admission to the TEP

Offered: Fall and Spring

1 credit hour

This is a practical hands on seminar class absorbing all required field experience before student teaching. The student is required to be enrolled in practicum classes each semester they are enrolled in Teacher Education Program courses. The course will be progressive from the first enrollment to the next, culminating in degree to the semester prior the the student teaching experience.


309 Exceptional Education

Prerequisite: Admission to the TEP

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This is the basic foundational course for understanding exceptionality: physical, mental, and emotional disorders are examined, as well as the special needs of the gifted. Principles, procedures and materials for accommodating the needs of exceptional students in the general education classroom, as well as, special education service provisions, are examined. Field experience hours are required.


310 Health, Nutrition and Physical Education for Elementary Grades

Prerequisite: Elementary Education (P-5) majors admitted to the TEP

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

This course is designed to introduce the elementary major to curriculum and practices in the areas of health and physical education. P-5 Practical Living Kentucky Core Academic Standards are addressed. Field experience hours are required.


315 Classroom Management in Elementary (P-5)

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This course is a study of classroom management techniques at the primary level (P-5), utilizing theories of student behavior, effective teacher behavior, effective classroom environments, and conferencing. Field experience hours are required.


316 Pedagogy for Secondary Schools

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

An intermediate course for secondary school teacher candidates to explore and demonstrate classroom environment outcomes; class and unit lesson plans that include technology, diversity as related to the content area; creating appropriate assessments and rubrics; analysis of assessment, and preparation of the working portfolio. Field experience hours are required.


320 Adolescent Psychology (also Psy 320)

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

This course is an examination of the adolescent in view of modern research of mental, physical and emotional changes that occur. Interrelationships of development, adolescent interests, social consciousness, behavior and the major contexts of adolescent development are studied. Field experience hours are required.


321 Foundations of Teaching Reading

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

A study of the philosophies, principles and strategies for teaching 131 reading and language arts. Emphasis is placed on the foundations of reading development as well as all aspects of literacy development. Field experience hours are required.


322 Content Area Reading

Prerequisite: Educ 321; Admission to TEP or permission of the instructor.

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This is a basic course in methods and procedures for teaching reading and language arts in grades 5-12. The course is designed to address the various aspects of teaching reading in the content areas of the curriculum. Instructional strategies for fostering independence reading in content areas are emphasized. Field experience hours are required.


323 Reading and Language Arts for Elementary Child

Prerequisite: Educ 321; Admission to TEP or permission of the instructor.

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This course is an in-depth study of reading and language arts education for children at the primary level (P-5). Emphasis is placed on theory, techniques and procedures for reading and language arts with special students serving as a focal point. Areas of study include emergent literacy, comprehension, motivation, creativity, and lesson plan development. Field experience hours are required.


324 Assessment in Exceptional Education

Prerequisite: Admission to the TEP and successful completion of Educ 309 with a ‘C’ or better.

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

This is a course that teaches a comprehensive study of diagnostic and assessment procedures in Exceptional Education. The course emphasizes tests and measures commonly used in Exceptional Education, formative and summative assessments, test administration, and the use of assessment data in instructional applications. Field experience hours are required.


325 Methods of Teaching Exceptional Children P-5

Prerequisite: Admission to the TEP and successful completion of Educ 309 with a ‘C’ or better.

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This course teaches best practice methods in the teaching of exceptional students from preschool through grade 5. The course emphasizes reading, writing and mathematics remedial instructional strategies, materials, and procedures common to the field. The methods include strategies applied in a pull out, tutoring, or push in 132 setting. Field experience hours are required.


326 Methods of Teaching Exceptional Children 6-12

Prerequisite: Admission to the TEP and successful completion of Educ 309 with a ‘C’ or better.

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This course teaches best practice methods in the teaching of exceptional students from middle school through high school. The course emphasizes reading, writing and mathematics remedial instructional strategies, materials, and procedures common to the field. The methods include strategies applied in a pull out, tutoring, or push in setting. Field experience hours are required.


327 Processes, Programs and Procedures in Exceptional Education

Prerequisite: Admission to the TEP and successful completion of Educ 309 with a ‘C’ or better.

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

This course teaches basic legal processes, common program models, and compliance procedures in all aspects of public school exceptional education. The course emphasizes the Child Find Process, Assessment Process (including RTI), IEP process, and Legal Due Process and procedures. In addition, the course looks at common legal precedents, federal and state compliance mandates and procedures, as well as collaboration required in today’s Exceptional Education. Field experience hours are required.


328 Behavior Management for Exceptional Students

Prerequisite: Admission to the TEP and successful completion of Educ 309 with a ‘C’ or better.

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

This course teaches techniques and basic knowledge needed to manage behaviors of children with disabilities. The course emphasizes classroom management, collaboration around behavioral problems and management, behavioral theory and positive behavioral supports. The course also teaches how to construct a quality Functional Behavioral Analysis as well as a Positive Behavior Intervention Plan. Field experience hours are required.


330 Methods and Materials in the Middle and Secondary School

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

This course is designed to acquaint prospective middle and secondary education teachers with materials, methods, and strategies for teaching and planning the middle or secondary curriculum. In addition to a study of the principles and techniques of teaching and classroom management, students are expected to select, develop, and demonstrate appropriate materials and strategies for teaching their content areas. Field experience hours are required.


343 Children’s Literature

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

A survey of children’s literature from oral tradition through contemporary times including different types of literature and media appropriate for elementary and middle school. Emphasis is on criteria for evaluation selection and use of books and materials as related to the developmental needs and interests of children. Field experience hours are required.


350 Science for the Elementary Teacher

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.

Offered: Fall

3 credit hours

This course examines specific concepts and instructional techniques appropriate for elementary children. Field experience hours are required.


353 Classroom Management in Middle and Secondary Schools

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

The course provides instruction for establishing a positive learning climate with the use of differentiated instructional strategies that provide for diverse learners. Various research-based discipline models are addressed. Consideration is given to at risk students in rural schools. Field experience hours are required.


360 Social Studies for the Elementary Teacher

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.

Offered: Spring

3 credit hours

This course will explore the scope and sequence of understandings, attitudes and skills taught in an elementary social studies program, and will examine methodologies used in the elementary grades. Field experience hours are required.


370 Computers and Multimedia for Teachers

Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.

Offered: Fall and Spring

3 credit hours

The purpose of this course is to integrate electronic media into the school classroom. Each project is designed to forge electronic communication media with constructivist learning theory. Students will develop and construct useful electronic multimedia skills and abilities that are necessary in today’s modern school classroom. Electronic digital equipment will be manipulated and structured into the instructional course of studies to enhance the teacher’s classroom performance.


380 Praxis II Workshop

Prerequisite: Junior status and admission to the TEP.

Offered: Fall and Spring

no credit hours

This workshop provides students with information regarding the Praxis II series including registration information, preparation tips, test-taking skills, and study sessions.


409 Clinical Practicum

Offered: Fall and Spring

6 credit hours

This course is to be taken the semester prior to student teaching. Teacher candidates will be assigned to a teacher in a local school to gain knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions to promote learning in all students. Teacher candidates will spend three hours, four days a week in the school setting and three hours, one day a week in a seminar. Required if certifying in two or more areas or needs more teaching time prior to student teaching.


410 Student Teaching and Seminar-Elementary (P-5)

Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.

Offered: Fall and Spring

12 credit hours

Students will observe and teach under the direction of classroom cooperating teachers and a campus supervising instructor. Teaching experience will be divided between K-3 and 4-5. Student teachers will meet with their cooperating and campus supervisors on a regular basis to discuss their experiences. Regularly scheduled seminars will be conducted during the semester. This is the capstone course for the Elementary Education (P-5) major.


411 Student Teaching and Seminar-Middle School (5-9)

Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.

Offered: Fall and Spring

12 credit hours

Students will observe and teach under the direction of classroom cooperating teachers and a campus supervising instructor. Teaching experience will be students’ areas of concentration. Student teachers 135 will meet with their cooperating and campus supervisors on a regular basis to discuss their experiences. Regularly scheduled seminars will be conducted during the semester. This is the capstone course for the Middle School Education (5-9) major.


412 Student Teaching and Seminar (8-12)

Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.

Offered: Fall and Spring

12 credit hours

Students will observe and teach under the direction of classroom cooperating teachers and a campus supervising instructor. Teaching experience will be provided in students’ major subjects fields. Student teachers will meet with their cooperating and campus supervisors on a regular basis to discuss their experiences. Regularly scheduled seminars will be conducted during the semester. This is the capstone course for the Education major in the following areas: Biological Sciences (8-12), English (8-12), Mathematics (8-12) and Social Studies (8-12).


413 Student Teaching and Seminar- Physical Education (P-12)

Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.

Offered: Fall and Spring

12 credit hours

Students will observe and teach under the direction of classroom cooperating teachers and a campus supervising instructor. Teaching experience will be divided between elementary and middle/high. Student teachers will meet with their cooperating and campus supervisor on a regular basis to discuss their experiences. Regularly scheduled seminars will be conducted during the semester. This is the capstone course for the Physical Education (P-12) major.


414 Student Teaching and Seminar Learning and Behavior Disorders Dual Certification (P-12)

Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.

Offered: Fall and Spring

12 credit hours

Students will observe and teach under the direction of classroom cooperating teachers and a campus supervising instructor. Teaching experience will be provided in students’ major subject fields. Student teachers will meet with their cooperating and campus supervisors on a regular basis to discuss their experiences. Regularly scheduled seminars will be conducted during the semester. This is the capstone course for the Education major in the following areas: Learning and Behavior Disorders and one of the following: P-5, 5-9, Biological Sciences (8-12), English (8-12), Mathematics (8-12) and Social Studies (8-12).


420 Diagnostic Assessment for Instructional Planning

Prerequisite: Educ 200, 309, and 305 or 320; Admission to TEP.

Offered: As needed.

3 credit hours

This course will prepare students to administer and score various diagnostic instruments. Students will be able to utilize diagnostic assessments to assist in developing written educational profiles for individual students with school-related problems.


421 Instructional Strategies for Exceptional Children

Prerequisite: Educ 200, 309; Admission to TEP

Offered: As needed.

3 credit hours

The major emphasis of this course is directed toward teaching the student to make the appropriate choice of instructional strategy for exceptional children. A variety of instructional strategies and remedial methods will assist the student in designing a classroom environment that encourages active participation, cognitive development, and lifelong learning.