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Education Course Descriptions

New York State Learning Standards are embedded in all Teacher Education courses.

EDU 1010 Foundations of Education
3 credits
This course provides the philosophical and historical context for the rights and responsibilities of and influences on teachers, other professional staff, students, parents, community members and school administrators. Work in this course focuses on the interrelationship of these roles and the way they enhance student growth and development through the learning process. Models of instruction, curriculum designs, New York State Learning and Common Core Standards, and assessment devices will be analyzed. A variety of educational topics will be explored in order to assist students to think about the future of education in a diverse, multicultural, and global community. Offered every Term I and Term II.

EDU 1920 Introductory Fieldwork and Seminar in Education
3 credits
This entry-level field course enables pre-service teachers to assist with diverse learners and students with disabilities in today’s high-need schools. By working with individuals or small groups of students under the tutelage of cooperating teachers, pre-service teachers will develop an understanding of basic patterns of teaching and learning. Fifteen hours of time spent is focused on students with disabilities. Prerequisites: PSY 1010, EDU 1010, and an application for Introductory Fieldwork and Seminar in Education. Offered every Term III.

EDU 2020 Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom
3 credits
This course provides teacher education candidates with a background in special education in order to develop the skills necessary to provide instruction that promotes the participation and progress of students with disabilities in the general education curriculum. The fundamentals of special education are reviewed, including special education laws and regulations, the knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with special education teachers and other supportive colleagues, and all categories of students with disabilities and special learning needs. Candidates also examine effective inclusive classroom strategies and tools such as differentiated instruction, behavior management, maximizing academic engagement time, and types of assessments and modifications. Additionally, they study the challenges posed by specific content area curriculum and develop the appropriate accommodations and modifications to insure classroom success. Candidates examine the impact that State and National Standards have on the inclusive classroom curriculum. Prerequisites: EDU 1010, PSY 1010 and EDU 1920.

EDU 3335 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Childhood Education: Social Studies and the Arts
3 credits
In this course, pre-service teachers apply learning theories to designing curriculum that aligns with State Learning and Common Core Standards and developing lessons for childhood learners of all needs and abilities in elementary school subject areas. Emphasis is on designing, organizing, planning, and assessing curriculum as it applies to instructional techniques in childhood classrooms. Prerequisites: Junior class standing and EDU 2020. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered every Term I.

EDU 3336 Curriculum Design and Instruction: Middle Childhood Education
3 credits
This course provides instruction in applying learning theories to designing curriculum in the students’ certification areas. Emphasis is placed on developing curriculum in grades five through nine that aligns with State Learning and Common Core Standards. Prerequisites: Junior class standing and EDU 2020. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered every Term I.

EDU 3337 Curriculum Design and Instruction: Adolescence Education
3 credits
This course provides instruction in applying learning theories to designing curriculum in the students’ certification areas. Emphasis is placed on developing curriculum in grades seven through twelve that aligns with State Learning and Common Core Standards. Prerequisites: Junior class standing and EDU 2020. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered every Term I.

EDU 3338 Curriculum Design and Instruction: Visual Arts
3 credits
This course introduces students to the concepts, methods, and practices of designing curriculum in the visual arts that aligns with State Learning and Common Core Standards. Students explore historical and contemporary issues relevant to building instructional frameworks in the arts for kindergarten through grade twelve. Students demonstrate the knowledge and creativity essential to developing units, lessons, visuals and assessments in the arts. Prerequisites: Junior class standing and EDU 2020. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered every Term I.

EDU 3345 Literacy Acquisition and Development for Preschool and Elementary School Learners
3 credits
This course provides prospective teachers with the principles and practices for teaching literacy acquisition and development to all children in preschool through grade three based on State Learning and Common Core Standards. Emphasis is placed on assisting young students to use listening, speaking, reading, and writing for acquiring information, developing understandings, constructing literary responses, creating literary expressions, conducting critical analyses, carrying out assessments, and developing social interactions. Prerequisites: Junior class standing and EDU 2020. Prerequisites For Speech and Language Disabilities majors only: Junior class standing and SPH 2250. Offered every Term I.

EDU 3347 Content Area Literacy in the Middle Schools
3 credits
Prospective teachers examine curriculum and instructional theories of and practices in acquiring and developing literacy in grades five through eight based on State Learning and Common Core Standards. The major focus is on assisting all students to use listening, speaking, reading, and writing for acquiring information, developing understandings, constructing literary responses, creating literary expressions, conducting critical analyses, performing evaluations, and developing social interactions. Prerequisites: Junior class standing and EDU 2020. Offered every Term I.

EDU 3355 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Childhood Education: Mathematics, Science, and Technology
3 credits
This course enables students to develop knowledge and skills in the methods of teaching math, science, and technology to elementary school children in grades one through six. Students plan, implement, and assess mathematics and science lessons that emphasize hands-on inquiry experiments and problem solving strategies that are based on State, Common Core, and National Standards. Students integrate appropriate technology in their instructional practices and improve their knowledge of both math and science content and processes by applying these concepts to teaching. Prerequisites: Junior class standing, EDU 3335 and EDU 3345. Offered every Term II.

EDU 3356 Methodologies of Teaching: Middle Childhood Education
3 credits
This course focuses on methods of instruction used in middle school classrooms. Emphasis is on designing, developing, implementing, and assessing lessons based on State Learning and Common Core Standards. Students study and apply these instructional practices in-depth to their respective content area. Prerequisites: Junior class standing, EDU 3335 and EDU 3345; or Junior class standing, EDU 3336 and EDU 3347; or Junior class standing, EDU 3337 and 3347. Offered every Term II.

EDU 3357 Methodologies of Teaching: Adolescence Education
3 credits
This course focuses on methods of instruction used in Adolescent classrooms. Emphasis is on designing, developing, implementing, and assessing lessons based on State Learning and Common Core Standards. Students study and apply these instructional practices in-depth to their respective content area. Prerequisites: Junior class standing, EDU 3337 and EDU 3347. Offered every Term II.

EDU 3358 Methodologies of Teaching: Visual Arts
3 credits
The course consists of demonstrations of studio projects designed around the following art concepts: line, shape and form, texture, value, color, space and depth, and composition. The course addresses the integration of art into the curriculum based on State Learning and Common Core Standards and is aimed at art teachers, elementary school teachers, and those in other fields. Course fees associated with course. Prerequisites: Junior class standing, EDU 2020, and EDU 3338. Offered every Term II.

EDU 3365 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Schools
3 credits
Prospective teachers examine curriculum and instructional theories of and practices in acquiring and developing literacy in grades four through six based on State Learning and Common Core Standards. The major focus is on assisting all students to use listening, speaking, reading, and writing for acquiring information, developing understandings, constructing literary responses, creating literary expressions, conducting critical analyses, performing evaluations, and developing social interactions. Prerequisites: Junior class standing, EDU 3335 and EDU 3345. Offered every Term II.

EDU 3367 Content Area Literacy in the Secondary Schools
3 credits
Pre-service teachers seeking Adolescence Education certification examine literacy instruction in grades nine through twelve based on State Learning and Common Core Standards. Emphasis is placed on incorporating reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills across the curriculum. Further, pre-service teachers interface New York State Standards with methods of assessment and instruction to strengthen content area literacy skills. Prerequisites: Junior class standing, EDU 2020 and EDU 3347. Offered every Term II.

EDU 3935 Student Teaching I and Seminar: Childhood Education
5 credits
This course provides pre-service teachers with classroom instruction within the grade range of their respective certification area. Students work with cooperating teachers to plan, implement, and assess lessons based on State Learning and Common Core Standards as well as to participate in other daily school activities. Whenever possible, students are placed in schools where they work with diverse populations across a variety of developmental levels, including students with special learning needs. Additionally, they participate in workshops and weekly seminars that provide a series of topics, including classroom instruction and management. Students must register for co-requisite EDU 3955. Prerequisites: Junior class standing, completion of the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), and Educating All Students Test (EAS), EDU 3355, EDU 3365, an application for Student Teaching I, a minimum 2.700 GPA in the content major or concentration, and a minimum 2.700 GPA in Teacher Education coursework. Offered every Term III.

EDU 3937 Student Teaching I and Seminar: Adolescence Education
6 credits
This course provides pre-service teachers with classroom instruction within the grade range of their respective certification area. Students work with cooperating teachers to plan, implement, and assess lessons based on State Learning and Common Core Standards as well as to participate in other daily school activities. Whenever possible, students are placed in schools where they work with diverse populations across a variety of developmental levels, including students with special learning needs. Additionally, they participate in workshops and weekly seminars that provide a series of topics, including classroom instruction and management. Prerequisites: Junior class standing, completion of the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), and Educating All Students Test (EAS), EDU 3357, EDU 3367, an application for Student Teaching I, a minimum 2.700 GPA in the content major or concentration, and a minimum 2.700 GPA in Teacher Education coursework. Offered every Term III.

EDU 3938 Student Teaching I and Seminar: Visual Arts
6 credits
This course provides pre-service teachers with classroom instruction within the grade range of their respective certification area. Students work with cooperating teachers to plan, implement, and assess lessons based on State Learning and Common Core Standards as well as to participate in other daily school activities. Whenever possible, students are placed in schools where they work with diverse populations across a variety of developmental levels, including students with special learning needs. Additionally, they participate in workshops and weekly seminars that provide a series of topics, including classroom instruction and management. Prerequisites: Junior class standing, completion of the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), and Educating All Students Test (EAS), EDU 3338, EDU-ART 3358, one of the following: EDU 3345 or EDU 3347, an application for Student Teaching I, a minimum 2.700 GPA in the content major or concentration, and a minimum 2.700 GPA in Teacher Education coursework. Offered every Term III. EDU 3955 Literacy Intervention and Enrichment: Childhood Education 1 credit This field course emphasizes observing literacy behaviors and devising strategies for developing and enriching literacy learning based on State Learning and Common Core Standards. Students must register for the co-requisite EDU 3935. Prerequisites: Junior class standing, completion of the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), and Educating All Students Test (EAS), EDU 3355, EDU 3365, a minimum 2.700 GPA in the content major or concentration, and a minimum 2.700 GPA in Teacher Education coursework. Offered every Term III.

EDU 4395 Student Teaching II and Seminar: Childhood Education
12 credits
This course is the second of two student teaching experiences. Pre-service teachers demonstrate their teaching knowledge, dispositions and performances as they assume the full instructional load of their cooperating teachers and are given the responsibility to design, implement, and assess a wide range of learning experiences that include national, Common Core, and New York State Learning Standards. Additionally, pre-service teachers attend seminars and workshops to discuss such topics as classroom instruction and management; child abduction prevention; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention; safety instruction; fire and arson prevention; child abuse identification and reporting; and safe schools against violence in education (SAVE). Prerequisites: Senior class standing, completion of the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test, (ALST), and Educating All Students Test (EAS), EDU 3935, EDU 3955, an application for Student Teaching II, a minimum 2.700 GPA in the content major or concentration, and a minimum 2.700 GPA and in the Teacher Education coursework. Offered every Term I and Term II.

EDU 4397 Student Teaching II and Seminar: Adolescence Education
12 credits
This course is the second of two student teaching experiences. Pre-service teachers demonstrate their teaching knowledge, dispositions and performances as they assume the full instructional load of their cooperating teachers and are given the responsibility to design, implement, and assess a wide range of learning experiences that include national, Common Core, and New York State Learning Standards. Additionally, pre-service teachers attend seminars and workshops to discuss such topics as classroom instruction and management; child abduction prevention; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention; safety instruction; fire and arson prevention; child abuse identification and reporting; and safe schools against violence in education (SAVE). Prerequisites: Senior class standing, completion of the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test, (ALST), and Educating All Students Test (EAS), EDU 3937, an application for Student Teaching II, a minimum 2.700 GPA in the major, and a minimum 2.700 GPA in Teacher Education coursework. Offered every Term I and Term II.

EDU 4398 Student Teaching II and Seminar: Visual Arts
12 credits
This course is the second of two student teaching experiences. Pre-service teachers demonstrate their teaching knowledge, dispositions and performances as they assume the full instructional load of their cooperating teachers and are given the responsibility to design, implement, and assess a wide range of learning experiences that include national, Common Core, and New York State Learning Standards. Additionally, pre-service teachers attend seminars and workshops to discuss such topics as classroom instruction and management; child abduction prevention; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention; safety instruction; fire and arson prevention; child abuse identification and reporting; and safe schools against violence in education (SAVE). Prerequisites: Senior class standing, completion of the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test(ALST), and Educating All Students Test (EAS), EDU 3938, an application for Student Teaching II, a minimum 2.700 GPA in the Visual Arts major, and a 2.700 minimum GPA in Teacher Education coursework. Offered every Term I and Term II.