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ELE-PreK thru Grade 4 Educ

ELE200 - Introduction to Pre-K to Grade 4 Education

This is an introductory course that emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to become a PreK to grade 4 educator. National and state professional standards provide a framework in the areas of planning & preparation, classroom environment, instructional delivery, professional conduct, assessment, and knowledge of diverse learners. Thirty hours field experience in a school setting is required. Prerequisites: 2.5 Grade Point Average a. The course must be taken after the accumulation of 15 and prior to the accumulation of 48 credits. b. Transfer students should take the course prior to completion of 24 Cal U credits. c. Current clearances are required (ACT 34, 151, 24, and 114) (3 crs.)

ELE220 - Instruction and Assessment in Pre-K

This course is designed to provide teacher candidates with in-depth instruction and authentic experience in developing curricula, which is multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional. In this course teacher candidates will examine appropriate curriculum and assessment for preschool children. They will examine young children’s approaches to learning and effect teaching that enhances learning. The focus will be on a project approach to creating learning experiences that are intellectually stimulating and meaningful for young learners. This course introduces approaches to planning and teaching integrated curricula and using authentic assessment to inform practice. The course will focuses on appropriate practice that addresses the whole child across all areas of development. Prerequisite: Minimum 2.50 GPA (3 crs.)

ELE221 - Instruction and Assessment K-4

This course is designed to provide teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create developmentally appropriate instruction and assessment activities for children in K through grade 4 classrooms. Topics covered include K through grade 4 curriculum models, developmentally appropriate practices, lesson planning, writing objectives, constructivist instructional strategies and assessment of student learning. Through class discussions, practice sessions, role-playing and microteaching, the teacher candidates will learn how to plan for and utilize strategies based on research in effective teaching, Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Standards and standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Prerequisite: Minimum 2.50 GPA (3 crs.)

ELE300 - Emerging Literacy

The purpose of this course is to prepare early childhood teacher candidates to become facilitators of early language and literacy learning. The candidates will gain critical content knowledge in language acquisition as the basis for literacy development. The content of this class deals with concepts of emerging literacy and supports candidates to acquire strategies for developing high-quality, meaningful language and literacy experiences for young children from infancy through the first grade. This course will give candidates practicum experience as they design and implement literacy bags and conduct a case study with an individual young learner. In this study candidates will research appropriate practice and examine literacy development, assessment, and design/implementation of appropriate language and literacy learning activities. Prerequisites: Minimum GPA 2.50; ELE 220; current clearances are required (3 crs.)

ELE301 - Literacy Foundations I: Language Arts

This is the first in a series of two required courses that examine the development of literacy in early elementary-age children. Candidates are taught how to teach reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, with an emphasis on the development of writing skills, using an integrated approach, consistent with the constructivist theory of teaching and learning. Theoretical orientations to literacy instruction, with a focus on writing, are introduced, analyzed and evaluated. Practical implications of these theories are examined in detail, and students are expected to demonstrate strategies through the use of lesson planning, presentations and teaching in the field. Prerequisites: Minimum GPA 2.50; ELE 221; Current clearances are required (3 crs.)

ELE302 - Literacy Foundations II: Reading

This is the first in a series of two courses that examine the development of literacy in children and adolescents from grades 4-8. Candidates are taught how to develop reading writing, listening, and speaking skills, with an emphasis on the development of writing skills, using an integrated approach that includes a wide variety of literature, as advocated by the International Reading Association and consistent with the constructivist theory of teaching and learning. Theoretical orientations to literacy instruction, with a focus on writing are introduced, analyzed, and evaluated. Practical implications of these theories are examined in detail, and students are expected to demonstrate strategies through the use of formal and informal assessment, lesson planning, presentations, and mini lessons. Prerequisites: Completion of 48 credits, Minimum 2.50 GPA, ELE 220 (3 crs.)

ELE310 - Teaching Math & Science Pre-K

The teacher candidate is introduced to how mathematics and science skills develop in children between infancy and age 5 and how to assess this development. The candidates will recognize the naturalistic, informal and structured math and science activities that preschool children experience while they research, plan and lead small group math and science activities to the children in formal day care settings. These activities are developed according to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards and the National Science Teachers Association standards, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and Pennsylvania Learning Standards. These activities will include connections to other areas of mathematics and science, other subject areas, and real-life situations. Prerequisites: Minimum 2.50 GPA, ELE 221, current clearances (3 crs.)

ELE311 - Teaching Math K-4

The teacher candidate is introduced to how mathematics skills develop in children in grades K through 4 and how to assess this development. The candidates will sharpen their own math skills while researching, planning and leading small group, math activities with the children in their classrooms. These activities are developed according to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards, National Associaton for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and Pennsylvania Learning Standards. These activities will include connections to other areas of mathematics, children’s literature, other subject areas and to real-life situations. Prerequisite: ELE 221, Minimum 2.50 GPA, current clearances. (3 crs.)

ELE321 - Teaching Science K-4

This course provides teacher candidates the science education knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of beginning elementary/early childhood teachers in self-contained classrooms. The course provides an overview of the nature of science and scientific inquiry and focuses on science process skill teaching strategies. Candidates learn and practice science teaching skills 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. Prerequisite: ELE 221, Minimum 2.50 GPA, Current Clearances (3 crs.)

ELE331 - Teaching Social Studies K-4

The foundations of the social studies are examined. Instructional strategies and resources for the constructivist social studies classroom will be discussed and demonstrated. Attention will be given to current trends and the present status of elementary social studies. Prerequisites: ELE 221, Minimum 2.50 GPA, Current Clearances (3 crs.)

ELE350 - Family & Community Relations

This course emphasizes the role of families and the community in the framework of educational planning for children. The candidates must use their understanding and knowledge about the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities to create and sustain respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and involve families in their children’s development and learning. Prerequisite: Minimum 2.50 GPA (3 crs.)

ELE400 - Issues, Advocacy & Leadership in Pre-K

This course provides candidates with the opportunity to develop a simulated comprehensive plan for a program targeting young children. The candidates are taught current issues and trends in appropriate practice for young learners. They will examine essential social, historical, and philosophical perspectives in the field of early childhood education. In addition, they will analyze and apply skills that demonstrate effective advocacy and leadership. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education (3 crs.)

ELE410 - Field Experience Pre-K-4

This course provides opportunities for candidates to work with young children from infancy through five years old in an early child care center (e.g., day care, Head Start, nursery schools, Pre-K settings). Developmentally appropriate practices for young children are emphasized in the following areas: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instructional delivery, assessment, and diverse learners. Students will complete a mini-action research project, in which they assess learners in a Prek classroom to identify areas of need, plan and implement developmentally appropriate interventions, and use age-appropriate assessments to determine impact on student learning. On-site field experience of 30-45 hours in an approved early childhood care site is required. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education GPA: 2.5, Current Clearances: Acts 34, 151,114, 24 (3 crs.)

ELE411 - Field Experience K-4

This course is designed to provide students with practical experiences in a K-4 classroom. Pennsylvania Department of Education Field competencies, Level 3, provide the objectives of this course. Students are required to complete these competencies with 30-45 hours of observation and teaching under the guidance and observation of a mentor teacher in K-4 elementary classroom. Current teaching technology and strategies to meet the needs of children in grades K-4 will be researched, observed and discussed. Students will complete a mini-action research project, in which they assess learners in a K-4 classroom to identify areas of need, plan and implement developmentally appropriate interventions, and use ageappropriate assessments to determine impact on student learning. University classroom seminars and field classroom teaching experiences are combined to give students an opportunity to discover their aptitude and interest in working with K-4 school children. Prerequisites: Minimum GPA of 2.5, Current Clearances (Acts 24, 114, 151, 24), ELE 200 and 220 (3 crs.)

ELE461 - student Teaching Pre-K to 4

This course is the capstone experience in CALU’s teacher education program. Teacher candidates engage in a fifteen-week placement in a PreK-4 classroom with increasing levels of responsibility for planning, classroom environment, instructional delivery including diverse learners, and assessment while maintaining high levels of professional conduct. Teacher candidates complete an action research project where they will determine a target group of students, consult the literature, analyze student-learning data, create instructional plans, and reflect on impact on student learning. In addition, teacher candidates participate in practicum sessions that focus on research-based strategies. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education, Passing Score on Pect/Praxis II Exams, Clearances: Acts 34. 151, 114, 24, GPA of 3.0 or above (12 crs.)