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ELE-PreK thru Grade 4 Educ

ELE200 - Intro to Pre-K to Grade 4 Ed

This course is an introductory overview course in which students are exposed to many topics that they will explore in depth in future specialization courses for the program. In the course, students will gain first-hand experiences with professional behaviors expected of Pre K - Grade 4 teachers. Forty hours of field experiences are required, fulfilling the initial field requirement of the Pre K Grade 4 Education program. The California University of PA College of Education unit has adopted the ten standards for beginning teachers’ licensing and development, written by the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) as well as the 2 CALTASC standards, diversity and field experience. This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions reflected in those standards. Additionally, because this course is specifically designed to provide teacher candidates with experiences in the field of Pre K to Grade 4 education, its course objectives and performance assessments reflect the preparation standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Prerequisites: Minimum 2.5 GPA; updated clearances (3 crs.)

ELE220 - Instr & 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 pre-school 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 2.5 GPA (3 crs.)

ELE221 - Instr & 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 – 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. Minimum 2.5 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 2.5; ELE 220; current clearances are required (3 crs.)

ELE301 - Literacy 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 2.5; ELE 221; Current clearances are required (3 crs.)

ELE302 - Literacy 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 2.5 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 the National Math & Science Standards, NAEYC Standards and Pa Learning Standards. These activities will include connections to other areas of mathematics & science, other subject areas, and to real life situations. Prerequisites: Minimum 2.5 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 NAEYC Standards and Pa 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 2.5 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, 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 2.5 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 2.5 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 2.5 GPA (3 crs.)

ELE400 - Issues, Advocacy & Leadership

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 PreK

This course is intended to provide the student with an introduction to working with young children age’s infancy through five years, by providing a total of 60 hours of field experiences in infant/toddler day care centers and preschool centers (day care, Head Start, nursery schools, Pre-K settings). The candidate observes, plans, and prepares learning plans and learning materials for children in group settings. Lectures and classroom teaching/observing are combined to give students an opportunity to discover their aptitude for, and interest in, working with very young children. Prerequisites: Minimum GPA 3.0; Current clearances (3 crs.)

ELE411 - Field Experience K-4

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of Pre K-4 schools and to prepare them to teach in the schools of the twenty-first century. Sixty hours of observation and teaching under the guidance and observation of a mentor teacher in an elementary classroom is a required part of the course activities. Current teaching technology and strategies to meet the needs of children will be researched, observed and discussed. Lectures and classroom teaching experiences are combined to give students an opportunity to discover their aptitude and interest in working with Pre K-4 school children. Prerequisite: Minimum GPA 3.0, current clearances (3 crs.)

ELE461 - Student Teaching PreK-4

The student teaching experience provides the opportunity for the teacher candidate to engage in pedagogy which is developmentally appropriate and embraces the constructivist model. Throughout this experience the teacher candidate will develop an appreciation of the value and importance of building and sustaining supportive and responsible relationships with young children. The candidate will complete the student teaching experience in two public schools and/or Pennsylvania authorized preschool classrooms and attends weekly practicum. Practicum discussions focus on current and developmentally appropriate materials, constructivist teaching strategies and techniques, technology in the classroom, and Pennsylvania school laws relevant to the work of the classroom teacher. 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. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education; Department Recommendation to Student Teach; Passing Praxis II exams; Current clearances (12 crs.)