Course Descriptions

Spring 2015

From the 2014-2015 Graduate Studies Catalog.

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 501: Sociological Foundations of Education [3]
A study of the social, political, economic, and historical background of the contemporary American school system. This course demonstrates how social forces have shaped the curriculum, organization, and purposes of formal education. Three ESOL themes (cultural diversity, linguistics, and curriculum and methods) are introduced in this course and noted on the syllabus with an asterisk (*) ESOL. ESOL infused course.

EDU 511: Teaching Writing in Elementary Schools (3)
Students learn about the nature of the writing process and how to develop learning activities where the development of good writing will be facilitated among elementary students.

EDU 512: Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners [3]
This course examines current and emerging school programs found in grades K-6. Topics include learner diversity, planning, and delivery of instruction and assessment procedures. ESOL infused course.

EDU 522: Instructional Strategies for Diverse Secondary Learners [3]
Examines current and emerging school programs found in grades 6-12. Topics include the impact of technology, student diversity, and accountability on curriculum. Prospects for curriculum and assessment reform, and the relation of curriculum design to teaching methods will be addressed. ESOL infused course.

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 535: Content Area Reading in Secondary Schools [3]
All teachers are teachers of reading. This course is designed to provide background information for secondary teachers in the content areas including the reading process, strategy instruction, and diagnosis of reading problems. Pre-service teachers will be provided with a variety of strategies to promote an understanding of content area materials.

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 545 Orientation International Studies: Rwanda [1]
This course serves as an orientation to a field study.  Students will read, write, view videos, and discuss the culture, people, geography, history, politics, religions, education and economy of the country where the field study will take place.

EED 566: Teaching Elementary School Social Studies [3]
This course reviews special methods of teaching social studies in the elementary grades. Topics include cooperative learning, contemporary affairs, and recently developed materials designed to introduce young children to the evaluation of significant social issues.

EED 568: Language Arts and Content Area Instruction [3]
This course presents strategies for teaching the four areas of language arts: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Emphasis on the importance of integrating reading and content area instruction. Strategies for diverse learners will be implemented in an original unit of instruction designed by the student based on best practices of a balanced reading classroom. ESOL infused course. Prerequisite: EDU 509.

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.