Course Descriptions

Fall 2014

Description are for Fall 2014 term only.  Please view the Graduate Studies catalog for a complete list.

EDU 500 Pre-Internship Field Experience [1]
Provides an opportunity for students planning to teach to gain insight into the education process as it exists in the schools. The course consists of two components: 1) directed observation and field experience which requires a student to spend a minimum of 60 hours in an approved school; 2) development and practice of specific skills in the following areas: communication skills, analyzing classroom verbal interaction, classroom management, analyzing classroom leadership styles, writing behavioral objectives, and developing lesson plans.  Prerequisite: must be in at least second full semester of M.A.T. program.

EDU 504 Psychological Foundations of Education [3]
Presents an application of psychological principles to learning by children and adolescents in school contexts. Special topics include child and adolescent development, human motivation, and implications for teaching strategies. 

EDU 510 Teaching in a 21st Century Classroom [3]
This course offers the students a firsthand study of the components of a 21st century classroom. They will learn about cutting-edge techniques, software, hardware, and learning styles of today’s digital native.

EDU 513 Curriculum Theory for Diverse Learners [3]
This course addresses school organization and curriculum development in elementary and secondary schools including instructional goals and basic teaching strategies. This course is a designated ESOL stand-alone course in the Department of Education and emphasizes curricular adaptations for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and ESOL materials. The skills and competencies covered in this course are indicated on the syllabus. 

EDU 517 Teaching (Particular Subject) in Secondary Schools [3]
Examines special methods for teaching at the middle or secondary level. The course covers instructional techniques and classroom materials in the designated subject and includes special problems associated with classroom testing and teaching the "at-risk" learner. To be taken the semester before student teaching and with EDU 517L. 

EDU 517L Field Experience in Secondary Education [1.5]
A pre-internship field experience. A minimum of four hours a week in a middle or secondary school is required. To be taken with EDU 517. 

EDU 533 Student Teaching: Elementary [9]
A student teaching internship offered at the elementary level. A nine-semester-hour experience requiring teaching in a public or private school. This course requires prior application to the Director of Field Experiences (deadlines for each term are published). This experience is fully explained in the Student Teaching Handbook available from Graduate Studies. 

EDU 540 Seminar in Classroom Management [3]
A survey course, taken during the student teaching semester, helps to prepare future teachers in the planning of instruction, organization of classrooms, and the management of student learning. Beyond the day-to-day items facing the teachers, this course examines topics pertaining to teaching such as child abuse, assessments, and job-hunting skills. The ETEP portfolio based on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices must be completed at the performance level.  Concurrent with EDU 533 or EDU 534.

EDU 575 Diagnostic Techniques in Reading [3]
This course examines a variety of testing available to classroom teachers to diagnose and improve reading instruction. Students will administer diagnostic instruments and design and implement curriculum to improve the student’s reading skills.  Prerequisite/Corequisite: EDU 509.


EED 563 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School [3]
Focuses on the NCTM standards for the teaching of elementary mathematics. Major topics include the use of manipulatives, calculators, the real number system, informal and formal geometry, basic facts and algorithms, measurement and metrics, and problem solving. 

EED 563L Elementary School Mathematics Lab [1]
Problem solving sessions that utilize basic mathematical concepts introduced in EED 563. The use of manipulatives facilitates understanding of various number systems, measurements, and algorithms. 

EED 564 Teaching Elementary School Science [3]
Reviews special methods of teaching science to elementary school pupils. A learning cycle approach is used stressing activity-oriented science and basic science concepts. Performance assessment will be utilized throughout the class. 

EED 567 Health and Physical Education Programs in Elementary Schools [2]
Reviews special methods for physical activities for children, concepts and materials of health education, and the values underlying programs of personal fitness for children. 

EED 590 Integr Arts in the Elementary School [3]
This course provides the prospective teacher with knowledge, skills, and the disposition to integrate Music and Art into the education of elementary school children.