ELE-PreK thru Grade 4 Educ
ELE701 - Teaching & 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.
ELE702 - Teaching & Assessment in Reading
Emphasis is placed in 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.
ELE703 - 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.)
ELE711 - Teaching & Assessment in Mathematics
This course focuses on understanding the child's perceptions and cognitive development as they relate to mathematics. Activities appropriate to the developmental and academic levels of elementary school children are explored and practiced. (3 crs.)
ELE718 - Teaching & 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 & 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, 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.
ELE731 - Teaching & 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 Clearances: Acts 34, 151, 114, 24 GPA of 3.0 or above. (9 crs.)