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Course Offerings: Education

Below is a list of available education courses offered by the Education Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

Course List

EDUC 101 - FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

A survey of the historical, philosophical, cultural, political, legal, and social foundations underlying the role, development, and organization of public education in the United States. Hours credit: 3. Offered second semester.

EDUC 108 - EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY & CLASS MANAGEMEN

Study of research findings relevant to the learner in the classroom with emphasis on factors that influence learning. Topics include the teacher's role in motivation, emotional development of learners, analysis of the teaching-learning situation including the dynamics of interaction, classroom management, guidance, and instruction preK-12. Hours credit 3. Offered first semester.

EDUC 203 - STUDENT LEADERSHIP & MENTORING I

An opportunity for college men and women to explore gender issues in the classroom and the physical, psychological, and cultural issues affecting leadership development of girls and boys at the middle and high school levels. The course will focus attention on the ways that racial, economic and ethnic differences affect self concept and academic success of adolescent students. Hours credit: 2, 2. Corequisite: EDUC 203L, 204L.

EDUC 203L - STUDENT LEADERSHIP & MENTORING LAB I

Students will develop working relationships with middle and/or high school students that are supportive, educational and fun. The course will test students' theoretical knowledge and its application through mentoring and tutoring. College students will assist the mentors with community service projects. The lab component involves various weekly projects that will help foster leadership skills that include tutorial opportunities with elementary students. Hours credit: 1, 1. Corequisite: EDUC 203, 204. Offered on a pass/fail basis only.

EDUC 207 - LANGUAGE AND READING DEVELOPMENT

Exploration of educational theories and scientific research on teaching reading. This course will focus on the early stages of literacy development from language acquisition to emergent reader including analysis and discussion of the five areas of reading instruction, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.Teachers develop high quality strategies for teaching reading to all students based on the Virginia Standards of Learning. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: EDUC 108 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 207P.

EDUC 207P - PRACTICUM IN LANGUAGE AND READING DEV

A supervised opportunity to observe children in preschool through second grade and plan and to implement selected teaching and assessment strategies with individuals and small groups in local schools based on Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 207.

EDUC 213 - DIM GLOBAL SOCIETY & MULTICULTURAL EDUC

This course will focus on diversity in schools and society and the interrelated concepts of culture, worldview, and race/ethnicity. Students will analyze areas of concern teachers express about working with diverse students, multicultural education, and how our own cultural orientations can impact how we interact with those from other cultures. Offered second semester. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

EDUC 220 - SEMINAR IN INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION

An examination and application of the principles of individualized instruction. Emphasis will be given to assessing students' needs and motivating them to achieve the courses of action prescribed for them. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.

EDUC 230 - LITERACY IN MIDDLE & SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Exploration of educational theories and scientific research on literacy development in adolescents. Participants will develop skills in motivating adolescents, assessing reading and writing ability, selecting texts at appropriate level of difficulty, and in differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Techniques for developing comprehension and vocabulary will be emphasized based on Virginia Standards of Learning. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: EDUC 101 and sophomore standing. Offered first semester.

EDUC 230P - PRACTICUM READING CONTENT AREA

A supervised opportunity for teacher candidates to work with master teachers in the middle and secondary schools. Teacher candidates develop teaching strategies that reflect their knowledge of how adolescents learn to read and by using quality literature and informational text they implement research-based literacy instruction emphasizing the integration of reading and writing in the content areas. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisites: EDUC 101 and sophomore standing. Corequisite: EDUC 230. Offered first semester.

EDUC 246 - INTRODUCTION TO RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION

An introduction to peer counseling, crisis intervention, and referral skills. An overview of the developmental tasks and typical issues of college students and their implications for residence life. A study of the history and current issues in residence education. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: permisson of the instructor. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.

EDUC 306 - READ/WRITING INSTRUCTION AND DIAGNOSIS

Theory and scientific research is used to advance an interactive perspective on reading and writing that lays the foundation for the assessment and instruction process. Through discussion of the component skills and strategies required to succeed in reading and writing teacher candidates make informed decisions in planning instruction based on informal and formal assessments and aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 306P.

EDUC 306P - PRACTICUM IN READING DIAGNOSIS

A supervised opportunity for teacher candidates to work with master teachers in assessing the literacy development of students in grades 3-5. Teacher candidates learn to administer and interpret appropriate assessment instruments, and write differentiated instructional plans designed to increase achievement for a diverse student population. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 306.

EDUC 312 - MATH AND SCIENCE METHODS IN ELEM/MIDDLE

This course is study of research and theories of developing and assessing mathematics and science concepts, process skills, and attitudes. Emphasis is on sciences and mathematics instruction based on National Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning. Students will demonstrate the ability to design and implement age appropriate and content rich lessons. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: EDUC 101 or 108 and admission to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 208. Corequisite: EDUC 314P.

EDUC 314P - INTERDISCIPLINARY PRACTICUM

Supervised teaching opportunity centered on the implementation of selected elementary science and mathematics teaching methods and assessment strategies based on Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program or permission of the instructor. Corequisites: Education 312.

EDUC 315 - CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION PREK-12

General study of curriculum design and teaching methods for classroom teachers. Emphasis is on instructional planning, lesson presentation, assessment strategies, and classroom management based on Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards across all grade levels. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: EDUC 108 or 203 and admission to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 315P.

EDUC 315P - PRACTICUM IN CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

A supervised opportunity to observe and implement selected instructional strategies and classroom management skills in local schools, based on Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards. Hours credit: 1. Corequisite: EDUC 315 and admission to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor.

EDUC 318 - SECONDARY TEACHING IN THE SUBJECT AREA

Seminars and tutorials, arranged with local grades 6-12 teachers, focusing on the structure of the disciplines and subject-specific methods of teaching based on Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: Education 315 and admission to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: Education 318P.

EDUC 318P - SECONDARY TEACH SUBJECT AREA PRACTICUM

Supervised opportunity to implement subject-specific instructional strategies and classroom management skills in a local school based on Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: Education 315 and admission to the Teacher Education Program or permssion of the instructor. Corequisite: Education 318.

EDUC 361 - SURVEY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Theories, definitions, and characteristics of students with mild disabilities. Students study learning problems and difficulties students with learning differences face in the general education classroom, resources and curricular modification, instructional strategies that facilitate learning. Virginia alternative testing requirements to meet NCLB are studied. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

EDUC 472P - ACTION RESEACH FIELD PLACEMENT

Curricular Studies majors entering the M.A.T. graduate program will take this course instead of EDUC 493. Students will design and implement an action research project in a local school. The project requires students to work with a classroom teacher on the design process. Only open to students entering the graduate program. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: acceptance into Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: CRST 494.

EDUC 489 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

EDUC 490 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

EDUC 493 - INTERN TEACHING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Supervised teaching assignments in a local elementary school. Intern teachers maintain schedule of their assigned cooperating teacher. Students will maintain a reflective journal and create a professional portfolio of the intern teaching experience. Weekly reflective seminar emphasizes interactive activities and the development of the intern teaching portfolio based on Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards. Hours credit: 12. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and to Intern Teaching and an interview with the Director of Teacher Education. A student enrolled in Education 493 may not enroll in any courses that interfere with intern teaching hours, except for the Senior Program of the major.

EDUC 495 - INTERN TEACHING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Supervised teaching assignments in a local middle school and/or a high school. Intern teachers maintain schedule of their assigned cooperating teacher. Students will maintain a reflective journal and portfolio of the intern teaching experience and critique a video lesson of personal teaching. Weekly reflective seminars emphasize interactive discussion and the development of the intern electronic professional portfolio. Hours credit: 12. Prerequisites: Admission to Intern Teaching and an interview with the Director of Teacher Education. A student enrolled in Education 495 may not enroll in any courses that interfere with intern teaching hours, except for the Senior Program of her major.

EDUC 497H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

EDUC 498H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

EDUC 505 - TEACHING WITH TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY LAB

This course is designed around the national technology standards and the Virginia Technology Standards for teachers. Students will become familiar with a variety of technologies that are used in K-12 classrooms. Students will develop lesson plans for use in schools that integrate technology as a learning tool including PRS, SMART Board, Computer-based lab probes, and video editing. Hours credit: 1.5.

EDUC 511S - EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND MEASUREMENT

Students will examine and analyze the theories and practice in psycho-educational diagnosis. The areas of perception, cognition, language, and motivation will be explored in relation to school subject matter and classroom performance. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of instructor.

EDUC 517 - READING ASSESSMENT & INSTRUCTION

A study of the techniques for diagnosing elementary, middle, and high school students with reading difficulties, causes of reading problems, evaluation and instruction of frequently used tests and inventories including group and individual, ideas for integrating literature/writing into content area curriculum based on Virginia Standards of Learning, and techniques for improving reading/writing achievement of students of all ability levels. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 517P.

EDUC 517P - PRACTICUM READING ASSESSMENT & INSTRUCT

Integration of theoretical and practical aspects of a reading program in a supervised clinical setting. Students function as members of the literacy staff and are required to develop, implement, and evaluate diagnostic and remedial reading programs based on Virginia Standards of Learning for children in grades K-5. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 517.

EDUC 523 - RESEARCH & INQUIRY INTO TEACHING PRACT

Qualitative and quantitative research methods on teaching and learning of diverse learners. Criteria for judging validity and applicability of research-based knowledge. Framing educational problems worthy of inquiry. Designing and assessing studies of teaching practices. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of instructor.

EDUC 527 - CURRENT TRENDS/LEGAL ISSUES IN SCHOOLS

This course examines federal and state special education law including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The first half of the course will involve the study and analysis of relevant case law and statutes. The second half of the course students will apply their knowledge of special education law. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor.

EDUC 590 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

EDUC 600P - INTERDISCIPLINARY PRACTICUM

Field placement focused on the practice of curriculum implementation and instructional strategies appropriate for corresponding methods course. Hours credit: 1.5. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of the instructor.

EDUC 601 - FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION & CLASSROOM MAN

This course examines the multidisciplinary foundations of instruction via historical, philosophical, and sociological research. The intersections and relationships of assessment, instruction, classroom management, and human growth and development are the primary focus. Informed, teacher candidates develop individual educational pedagogies and engage with various teaching approaches and strategies, to make decisions for improving instruction, classroom management, and student performance. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: acceptance in the Program or permission of the instructor.

EDUC 602 - SPEC ED PRACTICUM

Field placement focused on best practices for special education students in inclusion and self contained classrooms. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Program or permission of the instructor.

EDUC 603 - TEACHING MILD DISABILITIES

Focuses on the knowledge base for educational intervention of students with diagnosed mild learning differences. Course content includes strategies for reading, written expression, mathematics, social-behavioral, study skills, and vocational and career options. The development of individualized programs in collaboration with general and special education colleagues will be emphasized. Hours credit: 1.5. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 600P or 602P.

EDUC 605 - INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS ACROSS THE CURRICU

Focuses on teaching and learning in schools (pre6-12) and includes the study of curriculum and methodologies suitable for a variety of content areas and students' learning needs. Emphasis is placed on developing teachers' leadership qualities in the classroom and in the school. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of instructor.

EDUC 606 - READING IN THE CONTENT AREA

Intervention techniques for accelerating the reading ability of striving readers in grades 6-12. Students learn to match instructional techniques to assessed areas of literacy needs and to differentiate instruction for varying levels of reading achievement based on Virginia Standards of Learning. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of instructor.

EDUC 607 - EARLY LANGUAGE ACQUISITION&READING

A study of the theories, processes, and acquisition of reading and language skills. Emphasis is on the cognitive, linguistic, social and physiological factors involved in oral and written language development. Emergent literacy and the relationship between language and reading acquisition are explored, including an examination of strategies for developing oral reading, comprehension, and literacy skills and techniques for building word recognition, phonics, integrating reading and writing, and comprehension. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

EDUC 614 - MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE CURR&INSTRUCTION

Candidates will develop the necessary skills for effective science and mathematics teaching grounded in research-based strategies proven to be effective in working with diverse students. The course will address competence through an emphasis on science and mathematics content, connected with the Virginia Standards, and pedagogy. Students will demonstrate caring by designing lessons appropriate for the diverse needs of children pK-6. The course will promote leadership by exposing students to current science and mathematics teaching reforms and innovative teaching strategies. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

EDUC 615 - CURRICULUM & TEACHING PROBLEMS IN ELEM&S

Each student investigates a special instructional problem under the direction of the instructor. The research is supplemented by field work in an appropriate grade/content area. Open only to students accepted into the graduate education program and who have met one of the cross listed requirements as an undergraduate. Individual conferences to be arranged. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: EDUC 511S and 523S or equivalent. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 6 semester hours.

EDUC 618 - INSTRUCTION IN THE SUBJECT AREA

Seminars focusing on the structure of the disciplines and subject-specific methods of teaching based on Virginia Standards of learning and national standards. Supervised opportunity to implement subject-specific instructional strategies and classroom management skills in a local school setting. Hours credit 3: Prerequisite: acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.

EDUC 661 - SURVEY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Theories, definitions, and characteristics of students with mild disabilities. Students study learning problems and difficulties students with learning differences face in the general education classroom, resources and curricular modification, instructional strategies that facilitate learning. Virginia alternative testing requirements to meet NCLB are studied. Hours credit: 2. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of instructor.

EDUC 684 - SEMINAR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH & TEACHING

This course is designed to provide M.A.T. candidates opportunities to evaluate and conduct qualitative and quantitative research. Each candidate will work with a faculty supervisor to prepare a research project and develop a comprehensive proposal and IRB protocol. Candidates will present their work during an oral presentation for colleagues and faculty. Hours credit 3. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and satisfactory progress in the professional licensure degree program.

EDUC 692 - ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS

This course comprises identification of research problems in education, consideration of alternative designs and methods of investigations, and development of a research proposal, data collection, and analyses of research results at the advanced graduate level. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor and EDUC 523 or equivalent.

EDUC 693 - INTERN TEACHING FOR M.A.T.

Supervised teaching assignments in local school settings. Intern teachers maintain schedule of their assigned cooperating teacher. Placements are made according to endorsement area. Hours credit: 9. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all graduate level course work required for the degree.

EDUC 695 - MASTER IN EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

This internship occurs in a school setting and provides candidates opportunities to work with students with learning differences. Hours credit: 8. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all graduate level course work required for the degree.

EDUC 696 - THESIS SEMINAR FOR M.ED. CANDIDATES

Candidates, working under faculty supervision, complete and defend a thesis based on educational research. Hours credit: 4. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Graduate Education Program. Students may re-enroll in EDUC 696, only if they are making satisfactory progress as determined by faculty members, until the thesis is defended. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress will receive an F in EDUC 696 and be withdrawn from the program. Upon successful defense of the thesis, students will be granted 4 credits for EDUC 696. Offered on a pass/fail basis only.

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