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Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers Today: Striving for Excellence


IMPORTANT PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S PENDING CURRICULUM CHANGES

The State Board of Education adopted changes that affect all of PA’s teacher certification programs by adding 9 credits or 270 hours or equivalent combination for adaptations and accommodations for diverse students in an inclusive setting and 3 credits or 90 hours or equivalent combination to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learners.  Although these regulatory changes became effective on September 22, 2007, the PA Department of Education has not yet developed final requirements for colleges/universities to follow.  Therefore, additional program requirements will be developed and incorporated into the certification program to comply with new regulations for certifying teachers that become effective on January 1, 2013. 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

EDU-100 Reading and Study Skills 4 credits
This course is designed to help students utilize their knowledge of language and their past experiences as aids to the comprehension of college textbooks. Students will be expected to develop flexible purposes for reading, analyzing relationships between ideas, developing test taking and study skills, and increasing their chances for the successful completion of a university curriculum.

EDU-101 Critical Reading Skills 3 credits
The course is designed to develop the student's ability to critically analyze and evaluate what he or she reads as well as to provide a firm understanding of the reading process. The student will be required to independently establish mature purpose for reading and will be trained in the detection and refutation of a wide variety of logical errors in the writing and speech of others.

EDU-102 Oral Communications 3 credits
The course is designed to improve the student's ability to communicate orally using Standard English.

EDU-150 Education and Society 3 credits
This course is designed to provide knowledge and information necessary for students to evaluate their prior educational and schooling experiences and to pursue lifelong learning in and beyond any discipline. In this course students will analyze the political, economic, and social aspects of schooling though various theoretical perspectives, look at different definitions of “education” narrowly and broadly defined, and evaluate related contemporary issues in schooling.

EDU-201 Introduction to Education 3 credits
This course includes an overview of the aims, organization and procedures to provide a systematic view of the whole field. Information is provided regarding the opportunities and requirements in education as a profession. The course also includes information pertaining to the philosophy and history of education and contains material designed for the general education of all students and professional orientation for prospective teachers. This is a course is for future education majors. Co-requisites: EDU-101 and/or ENG-102

EDU-202 Educational Psychology 3 credits
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the human learning process and how learning is affected by personality, language, intelligence and values. The role of the teacher and/or parent in enhancing learning will be explored in detail as well as the effect of learning theories on classroom practice and procedures. The course will also provide students with practice in the construction, administration, and evaluation of classroom tests and the analysis of test results. 
Co-requisite: EDU-201

EDU-203 The Education and Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3 credits
Students will be presented with an overview of the current theories, major issues, and educational services for exceptional children. They will have an opportunity to examine and assess various educational settings. They will also become familiar with various instructional techniques for exceptional children. 
Pre-requisite: EDU-20, co-requisite EDU-202

EDU-204 Creative Arts in Elementary Classroom 3 credits
This course is designed to prepare the pre-service elementary school teacher to be facile with art, music and movement in the elementary classroom setting. Fieldwork placements are provided in this course, which is open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. 
Co-requisite: EDU-201

EDU-205 Communication for Educators 3 credits
This course will provide an opportunity for Education majors to improve the oral language skills they will need in the context of a classroom setting.
Co-requisite: EDU-201

EDU-206 Foundations in Special Education 3 credits
Foundations of Special Education introduce students to basic facts and educational strategies for working with mentally retarded, learning disabled, emotionally and physically disabled students and gifted students. A brief history of special education programs will be included. Inclusion strategies and the Americans with Disabilities Act will be discussed. Students will receive an essential introduction and understanding of the purpose and goals of special education programs. 
Pre-requisite: EDU-201, EDU-203

EDU-207 Sophomore Field Experience 1 credit
Students majoring in Education are required to complete a one-credit field experience, which includes twenty hours of on-site observation, participation in non-teaching duties and completion of a unit, which they will teach for the class. Students will meet to discuss the duties, academic assignment they complete and to hand in the final evaluation from their cooperating teacher to the field placement coordinator. 
Pre-requisite: EDU-201, departmental approval, all clearance required and submitted to the department

EDU-208 Educational Technology 3 credits
This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to learn about current audiovisual technology, media, and methods for instructional or commercial use. Both classroom and hands-on instruction is educational applications of the microcomputer are included. The course will meet two hours a week to introduce topics and/or instructional materials. A laboratory session of at least two hours per week will be required for students to practice and apply what they have learned in class and in the required reading. This course is open to Juniors. 
Pre-requisite: EDU-201

EDU-212 The Preschool Child 3 credits
The course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the behavior of the preschool child. It will focus on cognitive development, theories of language acquisition and the relationship between language acquisition and mental development. Attention will also be given to the practical environmental dimensions of the day care center as they affect the learning of the preschool child. Opportunities for observation of preschool children will be provided. 
Pre-requisite: EDU-201

EDU-217 Philadelphia Urban Schools Seminar 6 credits
The program is a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The course is structured as a two-week field experience within the School District of Philadelphia for pre-service teachers at the end of their sophomore year. The students are actively working within their assigned classroom. Additionally, the students will be conducting a service-learning project within the community during the weekend.
Pre-requisite: EDU-201, EDU-202, departmental approval

EDU-220 Survival in the Testing and Assessment World 3 credits
This course is designed to improve the students understanding of tests as they are used in academic settings and to assist the students in improving their scores on standardized tests through increased awareness of test-taking strategies and critical thinking. The sociological, psychological, and educational implications of training students in the various techniques of test taking are emphasized. The course will also emphasize how students' attitude toward test taking affects their ability to achieve a higher score on tests. Students will be provided the opportunity to apply techniques across disciplines using simulated and computer materials.
Pre-requisite: EDU-201

STUDENTS MUST PASS TWO OF THE THREE SECTIONS OF THE PRAXIS I EXAM BEFORE TAKING EDUCATION COURSES THAT ARE IN THE 300-LEVEL OR HIGHER

(For more information on the Praxis exam, click the following link Praxis Link)

EDU-300 Curriculum Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education 3 credits
Curriculum Methods and Assessments in Early Childhood Education gives an examination of early childhood education methodology with emphasis on the implementation of integrated curriculum which develops young children's ability to construct knowledge regarding language and writing, mathematics, science and inquiry, aesthetic expression and awareness, and social and group dynamics. It also explores the creation and management of learning environments that emphasize play, active manipulation of concrete materials, child choice and decision-making, exploration of the environment, and interaction with others. Several assessment strategies of early childhood students will be emphasized. Students will be required to complete a 20-hour field experience. 
Pre-requisite: EDU-201, departmental approval

EDU-302 Methods in Secondary Education 3 credits
The methods and techniques of teaching in the school will be examined. Students will be taught methods of classroom management, the use and development of instructional materials, and approaches to guiding the learning experience. 
Pre-requisite: EDU-201, departmental approval

EDU-303 Reading in the Content Area 3 credits
This course will provide a thorough examination of the reading process from a theoretical and practical point of view. Students will be given opportunities to develop instructional strategies and techniques grounded in an understanding of the reading process and the role that reading plays in the development of language. Pre-requisite: EDU-201, departmental approval

EDU-307 Junior Field Experience 1 credit
Students majoring in Education are required to complete a one-credit field experience, which includes twenty hours on on-site observation, participation in non-teaching duties and completion of a unit, which they will teach for the class. Students will meet to discuss the duties, the academic assignments they complete and to hand in the final evaluation from their cooperating teacher to the field placement coordinator. 
Pre-requisite: EDU-201, departmental approval, all clearances required and submitted to the department

EDU-308 Foundations in Urban Education 3 credits
This course is designed to provide a framework understanding of urban education and place it into context. Essentially, the course will provide exposure to issues that impact the urban schools. Students will explore the various factors that confront and challenge urban schools, i.e. financial, social, and political.  In addition, the course will examine the impact of the urban context on students, teachers, parents, and the community.
Pre-requisite: EDU-201

EDU-310 Methods: Language Arts 3 credits
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to plan and implement instructional strategies in the Language Arts. Instructional methodologies and activities will be provided from which students can plan and evaluate their lessons. The students will be provided with an opportunity to teach in an elementary classroom in a local school. This is a speaking emphasis course. EDU-310 is taught in conjunction with EDU-312.
Prerequisite: EDU-207 and EDU-307 , departmental approval

EDU-311 Methods: Science and Social Studies 3 credits
This course is designed to provide students with the natural and social science concepts that are taught in the Early Childhood and Elementary classroom settings as well as the various teaching methodologies for the teaching of these concepts. Students will develop lessons in the content areas and have the opportunity for the evaluation of these lessons.
Prerequisite: EDU-201 and EDU-202, departmental approval

EDU-312 Methods: Mathematics 3 credits
This course is designed to provide students with the teaching methodologies for the mathematical concepts developed in the Early Childhood and Elementary School settings. The foundation for this course content is the theory of children's cognitive development, which is taught, in lower level Education courses. The course is taught in conjunction with EDU-310.  
Prerequisite: EDU-207 and EDU-307 , departmental approval

EDU-313 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3 credits
This course is designed to help students develop an understanding and appreciation of the literature for children and adolescents. The course will focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of the study of literature and its various genres. Students will be given opportunities to develop instructional strategies and techniques necessary for the integration of literature into the Elementary or Secondary school curriculum. 
Pre-requisite: EDU-201, EDU-202, departmental approval

EDU-325 Curriculum and Assessment Strategies in Special Education 3 credits
This course will present a variety of teaching strategies and educational materials designed to meet the individual needs of the learning disabled. It will concentrate on academic, language and perceptual motor programs as well as curriculum development for the educational environment. This course also focuses on experiences in testing children, writing prescriptions, and developing educational evaluations. It will include the study of tests used for psychological and educational assessment and the translation and interpretation of those data into remedial plans for different types of handicapped children.
Prerequisite: EDU-206, departmental approval

EDU-326 Teaching Special Education in the Secondary Education Classroom 3 credits
This course will instruct learners in methods for teaching Special Education students mainstreamed at the secondary level (Grades 9-12). This course will teach adaptations for instruction, managing classroom behavior, coordinating the learning environment, using computers and other learning equipment as well as constructing Individual Education Plans for a variety of disabilities. Using faculty and agency team collaboration will be discussed. Use of non-disabled peers to facilitate positive interaction with special education students will also be discussed. Developing the learning strengths of special education students will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: EDU-206, departmental approval

EDU-327 Teaching Students with Physical Disabilities 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to provide special education teachers with information regarding the types, therapies and specially designed interventions to be used in providing an appropriate education for students who have varied neuromuscular conditions. The role of parents, professional therapists and educators in collaborating to diagnose, prescribe and nurture the student will be discussed as will teaching peers to interact appropriately with the student who is disabled. 
Pre-requisite: EDU-206, departmental approval

EDU-330 Effective Classroom Management Strategies 3 credits
This course incorporates current research on the most effective strategies for improving classroom discipline, motivation, interpersonal relationships and academic performance. Attention will be given to aspects of diversity and/or multicultural factors that influence perceptions about classroom management, and to factors that may help facilitate mainstreaming efforts. 
Prerequisite: EDU-201, departmental approval

EDU-390 University Seminar II 3 credits
See Requirements for Graduation in Academic Regulations. University Seminar II courses are designed to serve as a capstone experience. Students must take a University Seminar II in a department other than the department of their major. The courses are not intended to provide complete coverage of the topics reflected in the titles of the courses.

EDU-401 Student Teaching 12 credits
The course aims to review important theories and practices in education resulting from recent experimental research, to prepare the students for a period of student teaching in cooperating schools, and to supervise and direct an actual teaching experience in such schools. This course is taken in conjunction with Edu 420. Students have to meet all the university and department requirements prior to taking this course.

EDU-420 Student Teaching Research Seminar 3 credits
This course is designed for the purpose of providing students with the opportunity to conduct research in education. The student will select an area of emphasis and conduct a survey of theories, issues and research related to that area. This course will also provide an opportunity for students to discuss the student teaching and learning experience in relation to the current research on teaching.
Pre-requisite: departmental approval

EDU-422 Research Seminar 3 credits
This course is designed for the purpose of providing students with the opportunity to conduct research in their area of education. The student will select an area of emphasis and conduct a survey of theories, issues and research related to that area. This course will also provide an opportunity for students to discuss the student teaching experience in relation to the current research on teaching.

EDU-495 Independent Research/Study 1-4 credits
Independent research or study projects supervised by a member of the faculty.


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