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ELE-PreK thru Grade 4 Educ

ELE701 - Teaching and Assessment in Language Arts

This course examines the development of literacy and assessment practices in Pre‐K to grade 4. Candidates are taught how to teach and assess reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with an emphasis on developmentally appropriate practices particularly in the area of language arts, and through the use of an integrated/balanced approach consistent with the constructivist theory of teaching and learning. Research‐based effective practices and theories to literacy instruction and assessment are introduced, analyzed and evaluated. (3 crs.)

ELE702 - Teaching and Assessment in 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.)

ELE703 - Field Experience

This course is designed to provide candidates with experience in the elementary classroom. Candidates will begin the process of becoming an inquiring, reflective professional, and will connect theory to practice. Candidates will be placed in the classroom for a minimum of 45 hours, and will teach a minimum of five lessons. (3 crs.)

ELE711 - Teaching and Assessment in Mathematics

This course develops the candidates' capacity to design and deliver curriculum, instruction, and assessment to elementary school children in mathematics. Rooted in educational standards and children’s mathematical thinking, the candidate will engage in advanced studies of exemplary teaching strategies and pedagogical content knowledge through engaging activities. (3 crs.)

ELE718 - Teaching and Assessment in Expressive Arts

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

ELE721 - Teaching and Assessment in Science

This course provides teacher candidates at the graduate level opportunities to acquire the science education knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of beginning early childhood teachers in self-contained classrooms. The course provides a research-based overview of the nature of science and scientific inquiry and focuses on science process skill teaching strategies. Candidates learn and practice science teaching skills based on science education research such as: creating a classroom environment conducive to scientific inquiry, designing science lesson plans, assessing student attainment of academic standards, and using the local community as a location and topic of classroom science instruction. The course seeks to connect students to the professional community of science education professionals and resources. (3 crs.)

ELE731 - Teaching and Assessment in Social Studies

The foundations of the social studies are critiqued. Instructional strategies, best practices and resources for the constructivist social studies classroom will be researched, discussed and demonstrated. Attention will be given to current trends, use of technology in the curriculum, and the present status of elementary social studies. (3 crs.)

ELE795 - Student Teaching

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. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education, passing score on PECT/PRAXIS II exams, and clearances: Acts 34, 151, 114, 24; GPA of 3.00 or above. (9 crs.)