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EDE-Elementary Education

EDE700 - Foundations and History of American Education

This course is designed to provide a historical review of elementary education from the past to the present day. (3 crs.)

EDE701 - Standards Aligned Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

This course is designed to provide a complete understanding of the history, organizational patterns and resources available for the development of the school curriculum. Emphasis is on recent developments in curricula for infant/toddler programs, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grades 1-12. Students receive an introduction to the many facets of curriculum development. Varied opportunities are provided for the students to apply, synthesize and evaluate information through cooperative and interactive learning experiences. (3 crs.)

EDE702 - Instructional Strategies

Topics covered in this course include research on effective teaching, written behavioral objectives, Bloom's Taxonomy of Cognitive Development, questioning and discussing behaviors, utilization of thinking skills, integration of subject areas, inductive and deductive teaching, observation and assessment of children, cognitive, psychomotor and affective concerns of children, content presentation skills, conflict resolution, values and problem-solving as classroom management strategies, portfolio development for children and professionals, use of technology for students and teachers, and strategies for teaching special learners in the regular classroom. Through class discussions, practice sessions, role-playing and microteaching, students will learn how to plan for and utilize strategies and effectively teach elementary and early childhood children. (3 crs.)

EDE703 - Field Experience

This course is designed to provide students with a field experience in an elementary classroom for a minimum of 45 hours. Students will function as teacher's aides and develop and teach five lesson plans. (3 crs.)

EDE704 - Introduction to English as a Second Language

The five domains of teaching English language learners are explored: culture, language, planning instruction, assessment and professionalism. Emphasis is placed on the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teaching standards and English as a second language (ESL) K-12 standards. Teachers will examine research-based practices in relation to the five domains and identify their role as an ESL teacher. (3 crs.)

EDE706 - Evaluation and Measurement

Emphasis is placed on practical methods and techniques for planning, construction and use of oral, performance, essay and objective tests with an assumption that evaluation's role in the teaching learning process is both active and fundamental. (3 crs.)

EDE708 - Teaching Reading

Emphasis is placed on reading trends and various procedures for teaching reading. Through research findings, current literature and discussions, the student will be able to organize, administer and evaluate a developmental reading program. (3 crs.)

EDE709 - Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

Teachers across the country are finding their classrooms increasingly diverse; therefore, this course will provide an examination of theory, diversity and pedagogy constructs for explicit applications to practice in classrooms with English language learners. A historical exploration of immigration, cultural perspectives, and teaching practices that demonstrate and explicate the interconnectedness of culture and cognition are provided. By examining the background of English language learners and their cultures, a framework for creating a culturally responsive classroom environment is developed. (3 crs.)

EDE712 - Content Instruction and Assessment Pre-K to Grade 12

Teachers will examine the theories, principles and practices that assist English language learners in achieving academic proficiency in the content areas. Planning standards-based instruction and adapting instruction in the content areas is emphasized. To promote the academic success of English language learners, teachers will involve the family and community, and analyze the learner to establish learning goals and assessment measures that are appropriate for the individual student. (3 crs.)

EDE713 - Language Acquisition and Development (online)

Second language learners of any age undergo certain processes to be able to learn a new language. In this course, candidates will be exposed to these processes. They will learn and conduct research on the structure and nature of language with a view to assisting their students to adjust to the challenges of learning a new language. They will also learn the theories of second language acquisition and styles and strategies in language learning, as well as the sociocultural and cross-linguistic influences of language learning. Prerequisite: EDE 704 (3 crs.)

EDE714 - Language Proficiency Assessment (online)

Assessing English language learners can be a challenge to not only teachers, but also the students themselves. As ESL students in K-12 are taught English, there needs to be proper instruments in place of assessing their progress in language learning. These tools should be appropriate and should take into account the proficiency level of the learner. In this course, student teachers will gain exposure to the tools necessary to be able to assess English language learners appropriately and in a timely way. The course will offer knowledge on benchmarks for different proficiency levels. (3 crs.)

EDE715 - Teaching Language Arts

Teacher candidates will research findings and current classroom practices in the teaching of language arts. Methods of updating past teaching practices are considered and evaluated. (3 crs.)

EDE716 - Teaching Social Studies

The foundations of the social studies are examined. Instructional strategies and resources for the constructivist social studies classroom are discussed and demonstrated. Attention is given to current trends and the present status of elementary social studies. (3 crs.)

EDE716 - Teaching Social Studies

The foundations of the social studies are examined. Instructional strategies and resources for the constructivist social studies classroom are discussed and demonstrated. Attention is given to current trends and the present status of elementary social studies. (3 crs.)

EDE719 - Supporting Second Language Learners, Family and the Community (online)

Most second language learners are from another country. They come in with anxieties and go through phases of cultural adjustments. Without the necessary support, it might be hard for them to transition smoothly and thus be able to learn English well and fast. This course is geared toward equipping ESL teachers with the necessary tools to give ESL students the support they need while they undergo the challenges of transition. Issues that may arise concerning the support of students in the classroom, school and the community will be addressed. (3 crs.)

EDE731 - Expressive Arts

This course deals with expressive arts during the early childhood and elementary school years. The course content focuses on developing creativity and the teaching and integration of art, music, movement and creative dramatics within the curriculum. (3 crs.)

EDE737 - Literature and Literacy

This course is designed to present future teachers and in-service teachers with approaches and strategies for using children's and adolescents' literature as a basis for the reading program and as a framework throughout the curriculum. The course uses a hands-on approach to accomplish its objectives. (3 crs.)

EDE740 - Teaching Science

This course is designed to acquaint students with the history of science curricula, the content of science, the processes of science and science teaching, and researching recent trends in elementary school science. The instructor will generate enthusiasm for science, encourage scientific inquiry, demonstrate positive attitudes and model effective science teaching consistent with the department's constructivist model and the standards listed under the objectives of the course cited above. (3 crs.)

EDE760 - Introduction to National Board Certification

This course will provide an overview of the national board teacher certification process, the requirements, and research support. “Accomplished Teaching” will be thoroughly investigated in the context of the national board teaching standards. Working in a cooperative online environment, student will evaluate their professional work and then design and implement a personalized professional development plan to achieve the status of “Accomplished Teaching”. (3 crs.)

EDE761 - Family and Community Relations

This course emphasizes the role of parents and community in the framework of educational planning for young children. The student will demonstrate skill in planning education workshops. Students will use interview and conferencing techniques to learn from parents and community people actively involved in programs for children. National board standards for family and community involvement will be examined and threaded into the teaching units. Students will observe, interview and/or discuss best practices with national board certified teachers. (3 crs.)

EDE762 - Interdisciplinary Inquiry-Based Learning

This course will provide candidates with opportunities to understand how inquiry-based learning learners engage in making meaning through personal and collaborative interactions with the environment. Candidates will engage in teaching exercises that require implementation of reflective, systematic and thoughtful inquiry and will experiment with action research strategies in collaborative learning groups. Candidates will use the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Five Core Propositions as a guide in the development of interdisciplinary curriculum to support themes, projects and student-centered learning, and to connect learning to society. (3 crs.)

EDE763 - Constructivism in Practice

This course will define and thoroughly investigate constructivist teaching strategies in connection to the national board teaching standards and portfolio requirements. Topics covered will include: “best teaching practices” embedded in the content areas (social studies, science, math and reading), along with designing a safe, well-managed and dynamic learning environment. Definitions, purposes, essential elements, and implementation plans will be thoroughly addressed. Authentic assignments and cooperative online work will provide a venue for students to scaffold their professional work toward “Accomplished Teaching." (3 crs.)

EDE764 - Teacher Reflection

This course will explore the understanding and practice of reflection. Reflective practice, as required by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, enables teachers and counselors to identify and understand how they use their knowledge and skills to effectively impact student learning and monitor their professional growth. Through reflection, professionals identify and assess the knowledge and skills embedded in their practice and engage in self-assessment to improve their practice. Students will be exposed to various theories of learning and knowledge generation and engage in exercises in which they reflect on classroom experiences. (3 crs.)

EDE765 - Teachers as Leaders

This course prepares teachers to identify a leadership role in preparation for national board teacher certification. (3 crs.)

EDE766 - Action Research

This course provides experienced teachers with the opportunity to attain a conceptual understanding of action research methods in elementary and early childhood education and the skill to use action research methods to transform classrooms and schools through data-driven decision-making. As the result of this course, students will be able to critically analyze action research projects; design action research projects; collect student, class and school data; interpret the results of student, class and school data analysis; and articulate action research principles as a teacher leader in their teaching contexts. (3 crs.)

EDE767 - Portfolio Development

This course will assist the teacher practitioner in developing a national board professional teacher certification portfolio which will include student work, videotapes and commentary. (3 crs.)

EDE768 - Internship

The internship experience requires learners to participate in a supervised experience in an early childhood/preschool setting under the supervision of a sponsoring organization and the University. The number of hours will be dependent upon the learner’s prior experiences and may include up to 60 hours in an early childhood setting. Valid and current teacher clearances or clearances for your state are required. Individual internship locations will be arranged based on prior educational experiences and the educational program. (3 crs.)

EDE770 - Nature of STEM Inquiry Learning in Elementary/Middle Schools

This course explores recent developments in the science of learning with an emphasis on inquiry as practiced by the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions. Candidates will examine the nature of inquiry through historical biography, case studies of exemplary teaching practices, research on how elementary/middle school children learn STEM content and practical experience conducting STEM inquiry projects. (3crs.)

EDE771 - Teaching Elementary and Middle School Children Earth and Space Science

This course provides experienced teachers with the opportunity to develop skills associated with synthesizing Pennsylvania state earth science standard curricula into age-appropriate lessons and content learning that facilitates students achieving proficiency. Through targeted modules, teacher learners will identify common elementary-level misconceptions regarding earth science topics, research and discuss causes and implications of those misconceptions, and develop standard-specific lessons and content delivery items to address them. As the result of this course, teachers will be able to recognize student learning gaps in the earth sciences, identify age-appropriate content matter and activities, and design and implement learning plans targeting those gaps. (3 crs.)

EDE772 - Teaching Elementary and Middle School Children Life Science

This course develops the candidates’ capacity to design and deliver curriculum, instruction and assessment to elementary/middle school children in the life sciences. Rooted in educational standards, assessment anchors and the common explanations children use to understand scientific phenomena, the candidates will engage in advanced studies of exemplary teaching strategies and in-depth exploration of pedagogical content knowledge through engaging activities aligned with the needs of practicing teachers. (3 crs.)

EDE773 - Teaching Elementary and Middle School Children Physical Science

This course develops the candidates’ capacity to design and deliver curriculum, instruction and assessment to elementary/middle school children in the physical sciences. Rooted in educational standards, assessment anchors and the common explanations children use to understand scientific phenomena, the candidates will engage in advanced studies of exemplary teaching strategies and in-depth exploration of pedagogical content knowledge through engaging activities aligned with the needs of practicing teachers. (3 crs.)

EDE774 - Teaching Elementary and Middle School Children Math

This course develops the candidates’ capacity to design and deliver curriculum, instruction and assessment to elementary/middle school children in mathematics. Rooted in educational standards, assessment anchors and the common explanations children use to understand math, the candidates will engage in advanced studies of exemplary teaching strategies and pedagogical content knowledge through engaging activities aligned with the needs of practicing teachers. (3 crs.)

EDE776 - Integrative Project in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education

This course develops the candidates’ capacity to design and deliver curriculum, instruction and assessment to elementary/middle school children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Rooted in educational standards, assessment anchors and the common explanations children use to understand scientific phenomena, the candidates will engage in advanced studies of exemplary teaching strategies and in-depth exploration of pedagogical content knowledge through engaging activities aligned with the needs of practicing teachers. (3 crs.)

EDE795 - Student Teaching Internship

The student teaching experience provides the opportunity for the teacher candidate to engage in pedagogy which embraces the constructivist model. During the course of this assignment, students work in two public school classrooms and attend weekly practicum. Discussions focus on current research and best practices, constructivist teaching strategies and techniques, technology in the classroom, and Pennsylvania school laws relevant to the work of the classroom teacher. The teacher candidate will conduct an action research project and share with colleagues during practicum sessions. In addition to these school-based experiences, the teacher candidate is encouraged to engage in a series of community and cultural events with the surrounding school community. (9 crs.)