Courses in Education

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EDUC 1000 Human Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective (4 sem. hours).

Human Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective examines continuity and change in individuals across the lifespan, including development in the physical, cognitive, and social domains. Emphasis is placed on development as a context-bound process, we examine how factors external to the individual interact with those within the individual to shape the course of development. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.

EDUC 2000 Problems in Human Creativity (4 sem. hours).

An exploration of social sciences–based approaches to understanding, explaining, and enhancing creativity. Offered occasionally.

EDUC 2750–2753 Special Topics (1–4 sem. hours).

In-depth study of specific aspects of education, including K–12 literacy assessment guided instruction with response to intervention. Prerequisites: EDUC 1000, EDUC 3000.

EDUC 3000 Effective Pedagogy and Classroom Management (K–12) (4 sem. hours).

A field-based study of effective instructional and behavioral management techniques appropriate for elementary, middle school, and high school teachers with special attention to assessment guided instruction, differentiated instruction, brain research in teaching and learning, and best pedagogical practices. Prerequisite: EDUC 1000 and at least sophomore standing. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.

EDUC 3100 Education of the Exceptional Population (4 sem. hours).

A study of exceptional individuals with special attention to the instructional needs of the child and adolescent. The course emphasizes the identification and remediation processes, differential diagnosis, IEPs, RTI, and etiologies. Prerequisite: EDUC 1000 and at least sophomore standing. Offered every year in the fall semester.

EDUC 3200 Early Literacy Instruction I (4 sem. hours).

Concepts, materials, and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction specific to concepts about print, phonemic awareness, and phonics. Differentiated instruction and depth of knowledge are foci. Prerequisites: EDUC 1000 and EDUC 3000. Offered every year in the fall semester.

EDUC 3220 Early Literacy Instruction II (4 sem. hours).

Concepts, materials, and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction specific to vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Differentiated instruction, depth of knowledge, and RTI are emphasized. Prerequisites: EDUC 1000, EDUC 3000, and EDUC 3200. Offered every year in the spring semester.

EDUC 3290 New Media Literacies: Plugging In to Connected Learning (4 sem. hours).

Students design new media learning experiences for K–12 partners while discussing various tools and theories underlying the effective use of digital platforms in meaning-making. Students will explore the importance of creating connected learning spaces to empower citizens to participate in the 21st century by recognizing the multiple nature of literacy practices. Offered occasionally.

EDUC 3300 Performance Assessment in Content Area Reading (4 sem. hours).

A study of the concepts and statistical methods used in the assessment of content area reading, including the construction and use of classroom assessment instruments, standardized tests of intelligence and reading performance, RTI practices, and the use of statistics in the assessment of student learning and data analysis for informed decision making. Prerequisites: EDUC 1000, EDUC 3000, and EDUC 3200. Offered every year in the spring semester.

EDUC 3400 Instructional Methods for Elementary Mathematics (4 sem. hours).

Students will closely examine standards from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, College and Career Readiness, along with state and local requirements for teaching math in the elementary school. Students will acquire the foundational skills for designing and implementing developmentally appropriate math lessons (e.g., using manipulatives, technology, problem solving strategies, and ongoing assessment) that impact K–6 student learning and development. Offered every year in the spring semester beginning Spring 2018.

EDUC 3500 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching of Reading (4 sem. hours).

The ideology of reading problems, the assessment of reading skills, interpretation of assessment data, various instructional interventions, and implications for future student assessment and instruction are investigated. Diagnostic thinking and action research are reviewed and inform decisions regarding assessment, instruction, and recommendations for remediation. RTI in emphasized. Prerequisites: EDUC 1000 and EDUC 3000. Offered occasionally.

EDUC 3600 Child Development in Context (4 sem. hours).

In this field-based course, students design and implement strategies to foster child self-regulation in classrooms at a local high poverty elementary school. The course examines the role of social context in child development with special attention to the ways in which classroom practices can reproduce or disrupt the inequities associated with poverty. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.

EDUC 3650 Educating Future Leaders for Peace and Non-Violence (4 sem. hours).

A field-based course in which students implement a nonviolence program for children. The course will survey techniques for developing leadership, tolerance, and conflict resolution skills in young people. Offered occasionally.

EDUC 3660 Practicum in Arts Education (4 sem. hours).

In this course, students lead an arts enrichment program in the Jackson community. The course explores foundational thinkers on developing creativity and artistic sensibility in young people and incorporates topics such as child development and best practices of instruction. Offered occasionally.

EDUC 3750–3753 Special Topics (1–4 sem. hours).

In-depth study of specific aspects of education, including K–12 literacy assessment guided instruction with response to intervention. Prerequisites: EDUC 1000, EDUC 3200. Offered occasionally.

EDUC 4000 Field Research in Reading Intervention (4 sem. hours).

A model for field-based classroom research and RTI intervention in the schools that fosters the development of teacher candidates as scholars, leaders, and researchers. The course involves an informal reading inventory approach to teaching reading, and utilizing pre- and post-testing procedures with the monitoring of student progress. Prerequisites: EDUC 1000. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.

EDUC 4100 Practicum in Reading Instruction (4 sem. hours).

A field-based course emphasizing systematic, explicit instruction in developing vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension through assessment driven instruction. Prerequisite: EDUC 4000. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.

EDUC 4200 Advanced Practicum in Special Education (4 sem. hours).

Offers students the opportunity to further explore areas of interest within the field of special education with special emphasis on the chosen exceptionalities for supplemental licensure. Disciplinary focus and field site placements are individualized. This course is required for supplemental licensure in special education. Prerequisites: EDUC 1000 and EDUC 3000. Offered occasionally.

EDUC 4500 Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice Senior Seminar (4 sem. hours).

The study of educational theory and the philosophies which underlie the development of curricula, instructional programs, and educational policy regarding the enhancement of literacy. Special attention is given to the relationship between educational theory, policy development, and modern educational practice. Prerequisites: EDUC 1000, EDUC 3000, and EDUC 3100. Offered every year in the fall semester.

EDUC 4700–4703 Research in Education (1–4 sem. hours).

Students contribute to the design, implementation, and dissemination of education research. Enrollment by permission of instructor only. Offered occasionally.

EDUC 4750–4753 Special Topics (1–4 sem. hours).

In-depth study of specific aspects of education, including K–12 literacy assessment guided instruction with response to intervention. Prerequisites: EDUC 1000, EDUC 3000, and EDUC 3100. Offered occasionally.

EDUC 4800 Directed Study (1–4 sem. hours).

If students wish to pursue a subject or problem beyond the standard curricular offerings, they must plan such a course with an instructor and obtain that instructor’s permission to register for this option. Offered occasionally.

EDUC 4850–4853 Internship (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered Occationally.

EDUC 4900 Clinical Practice (12 sem. hours).

Intensive field experience involving student teaching all day for a minimum of 12 weeks at an elementary, middle, or high school in the metropolitan tri-county area. Enrollment by department permission only. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.

EDUC HI–HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.