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EDE211 - Instructional Strategies in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
This course is designed to teach students a set of teaching behaviors that are related to student achievement in the elementary and early childhood classrooms. Topics covered include conception of elementary/early childhood curriculum, Bloom's taxonomy of cognition, questioning and discussion behaviors, utilization of thinking skills, integration of subject areas, inductive and deductive teaching, observation and assessment of children, cognitive and affective concerns of children as outlined by Piaget, and content presentation skills. Through class discussions, practice sessions, role-playing and microteaching, the students will learn how to plan for and utilize strategies based on research in effective teaching and in the cognitive and affective development of children. Prerequisite: 2.50 GPA. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
EDE300 - Language and Literacy in the Elementary School I
This is the first in a series of two required courses that examine the development of literacy in elementary-age children. Students are taught how to teach reading, writing, listening and speaking skills using an integrated approach consistent with the constructivist theory of teaching and learning. Theoretical orientations to several approaches of literacy instruction 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 microteaching as well as in fieldwork. Prerequisite: Minimum 2.50 GPA, EDE 211 or ELE 220 or 221. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
EDE305 - Mathematical Content and Method in the Elementary School
Emphasis is on understanding children's cognitive development and perception and their work with mathematics. To accomplish this, it is suggested that students work with children. The professor demonstrates learning activities appropriate to the developmental and academic levels of children. As time permits, and on the basis of the experiences gained through observing and working with children, critical analyses of commercial arithmetic materials and texts, as well as recent trends and current projects in arithmetic, will be considered. Prerequisites: 32 college credits, 9 natural science credits. Prerequisites: Minimum 2.50 GPA, EDE 211 or ELE 220 or 221, current clearances. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
EDE306 - Teaching of Social Studies for Elementary Grades
The foundations of the social studies are examined. Instructional strategies for the constructivist classroom will be emphasized. Attention will be given to current trends and the present status of social studies. Prerequisites: 32 college credits, 9 social science credits. Prerequisite: Minimum 2.50 GPA, EDE 211 or ELE 220 or 221. (3 crs.) Fall and spring
EDE307 - Science for the Elementary School
This course is designed to acquaint students with the history of science curricula, the content of science and the process of science teaching. The instructor will generate enthusiasm for science, encourage scientific inquiry, demonstrate positive attitudes, enhance appreciation for science and science interests, and model effective science teaching consistent with the Childhood Education Department's constructivist model for teaching. Prerequisites: 32 college credits; 9 natural science credits. Prerequisite: Minimum 2.50 GPA, EDE 211 or ELE 220 or 221. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
EDE311 - Children's Literature
This course is designed to present future teachers and in-service teachers with approaches and strategies for using children and adolescent 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. Prerequisite: Minimum 2.50 GPA. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
EDE320 - Intermediate Field Experiences 4-8
The candidate receives background and experience in working with intermediate level children in the classroom. Lectures and classroom teaching experiences are combined to give the candidate an opportunity to discover an aptitude and interest in working with children. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education; updated clearances. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
EDE321 - Primary Field Experiences K-3
The students receive background and experience in working with elementary-grade children in the classroom. Lectures and classroom teaching experiences are combined to give students an opportunity to discover their aptitude and interest in working with young children. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education, updated clearances. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
EDE322 - Education Internship
The internship course provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to experiences outside or within the education field. In consultation with the department advisor, students select an organization or agency that matches their career interests and goals. Students complete a minimum of 120 hours under the supervision of a university faculty member and an off-site supervisor at the internship site. This is a 3 credit internship course with an option to repeat the course up to four times, a maximum of twelve credits.
EDE340 - Language and Literacy in the Elementary School II
This is the second in a series of two required courses that examine the development of literacy in elementary-age children. Students review the theoretical bases of an integrated approach to teaching the language arts. Specific strategies that reflect these theories are then investigated, demonstrated and practiced. Such strategies teach children necessary literacy skills through a meaning-centered approach and emphasize the integration of all subject areas, as well as the connection between the language arts modes. Students are expected to demonstrate their abilities to connect theory to practice in fieldwork. Prerequisite: 2.50 GPA, EDE 211. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
EDE450 - Assessing Children's Performance
This course presents 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. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.
EDE461 - Student Teaching
During this course, the student is assigned to work in two classrooms in the public schools. Under supervision, the student observes and participates in all teaching activities related to the performance of a teacher's work in the elementary grades. Besides fieldwork, students attend practicum class once a week. Discussions are centered around the current materials utilized in all subject areas. Pennsylvania school laws relevant to the work of the classroom teacher are analyzed and discussed. Opportunities are provided to discuss problems encountered by students in their student-teaching experiences. Teaching opportunities are identified and discussed on a weekly basis. Prerequisite: Recommendation for Student Teaching. (12 crs.) Fall and spring.