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Education Curriculum

Educator Preparation Program

The Randolph College Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). All licensure programs are approved by the Virginia Department of Education.

Any student may declare and complete an undergraduate major in elementary education; however, students who wish to qualify for a Virginia professional teaching license must apply separately and be accepted to the teacher licensure program.

Students seeking a secondary teaching license must major in the content area they will teach.

Undergraduate Program

The EPP provides an educational environment that supports teachers in becoming leaders and agents of equity and change with licensure at the elementary or secondary level.

The requirements of initial licensure at the secondary level in Virginia include fulfillment of the College’s requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in a chosen field of study and successful completion of the professional studies courses in Education.

The undergraduate major in Elementary Education is recommended for PreK-6 Elementary licensure.

Professional competence is developed through

  1. comprehensive study of content knowledge appropriate to the chosen licensure area,
  2. thorough study of the professional foundations common to all teaching,
  3. specialized study of teaching principles, and
  4. appropriate field-based experiences.

Consult the Randolph College Academic Catalog for further information on the program, teacher licensure, undergraduate student teaching, and more.

All licensure programs offered by Randolph College’s Teacher Education Preparation Program have been approved by the Virginia Department of Education.

Visit the Virginia Department of Education Teaching in Virginia website for more information on topics such as the following:

  • Licensure
  • Job Opportunities
  • Performance and Evlauation
  • Financial Support
  • Career Resources and Incentives

The Educator Preparation Program at Randolph College is approved by the Virginia Department of Education. Students who completed our course of study have met all the state’s education requirements for initial licensure to teach in Virginia’s elementary or secondary schools.

Visit the College’s compliance information page for further information.

The Randolph College Teacher Education Preparation Program follows the Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers which set forth seven performance standards for all Virginia teachers.  Pursuant to state law, teacher evaluations must be consistent with these performance standards.

Virginia Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers 

Virginia is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract.

Some states may have requirements in addition to those for a Virginia license (e.g., standardized tests), so candidates should contact the state department of education for particular information on license reciprocity. Final authority for issuing a teaching license rests with each individual state.

For official Praxis information, please refer to www.ets.org/praxis/va.

For official information on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment tests, please refer to www.va.nesinc.com.

Course Offerings

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

EDUC 1101 - Cultural Div, Schooling And Teacher

Students will develop an understanding of the cultural, historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations underlying the role, development, and organization of public education in the United States. Legal issues related to students and teachers, including federal and state laws, contemporary issues, and current trends in education are studied. Classroom management, roles of teachers and schools in communities, culturally relevant pedagogy, professionalism, and ethical standards will be reviewed and analyzed. Credit hours: 4. (SS)

EDUC 1108 - Educational Psychology & Human Developmn

Students will gain an understanding of the physical, social, emotional, speech and language, and intellectual development of children and the ability to use this understanding in guiding learning. Topics include the teacher's role in motivation, emotional development of learners, and an analysis of the teaching-learning situation including the dynamics of interaction, classroom management, guidance, and instruction preK-112. Credit hours: 4. (SS)

EDUC 1186 - Educ One Time Only

Credit hours: 2. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Coursework must be completed by the end of the fourth week of the fall semester following the travel seminar.

EDUC 1186S - Educ One Time Only

Credit hours: 2. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Coursework must be completed by the end of the fourth week of the fall semester following the travel seminar.

EDUC 1188 - Educ One Time Only

Credit hours: 4. One time only.

EDUC 2207 - Language & Reading Devel & Practicum

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. This course requires fieldwork in an elementary reading classroom. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: EDUC 1108 or sophomore standing, or permission of instructor.

EDUC 2210 - Multicultural Children's Lit

A survey of multicultural children's literature. The course includes various authors and illustrators in such genres as the oral tradition, fantasy, realistic and historical fiction, poetry, and picture books. Special emphasis is given to teaching from a culturally relevant perspective and creating a diverse classroom library that includes authors and characters who are Black, Indigenous and people of color; women; LGBTQ+; and from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds. Reading and writing strategies will be incorporated related to text selection and the importance of using a wide variety of reading options in the classroom. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

EDUC 2213 - 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. Creditr hours: 4.

EDUC 2216 - Classroom Assessment

The characteristics and uses of both formal and informal assessment instruments and procedures will be studied with emphasis on formative assessment and principles and practices for effective standards-based instruction. Students will learn how to design, administer, and interpret a variety of assessment measures, including the teacher work sample. Topics will include reliability, validity, bias, performance assessment, portfolios, affective assessment, standardized test score interpretation, and formative assessment. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: EDUC 1108.

EDUC 2230 - Reading And Writing In The Content Area

Exploration of educational theories and scientific research on literacy development in adolescents. Participants 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. This course requires fieldwork in an elementary reading classroom. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: EDUC 1101 and sophomore standing.

EDUC 3306 - Read/writing Instruction/diagnosis & Pra

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. This course requires fieldwork in an elementary classroom. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: EDUC 1101 or EDUC 1108 and sophomore standing.

EDUC 3312 - Math/science Instruction & Practicum

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. This course requires fieldwork in an elementary classroom. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: EDUC 1101 or EDUC 1108 and sophomore standing.

EDUC 3315 - Curriculum & Instruction & Prac

Students explore theories, methods, and procedures underlying the development and design of curriculum and instruction, and the interrelationships among curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Researched based practices designed to improve learning and to develop college and career readiness skills of PreK-12 children are included. Students learn how data driven decision-making can lead to improved student achievement and how to integrate technology to improve learning outcomes. A school-based practicum is required as part of the course. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: EDUC 1101 or EDUC 1108 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

EDUC 3318 - Secondary Teach In The Subject & Pract

These sequential courses allow students to continue their previous dance studies by learning a variety of different modern dance techniques. Many of these techniques have principles or movement theories at their core, such as: contraction/release, fall/ recovery, shift of weight, etc. Credit hours: 5, or 1. Prerequisite: DANC 3331, 3332. DANC 4431 is prerequisite for 4432 and students are expected to register for both courses during the same semester. Repeatable for up to 4 credits. Offered in successive sessions each semester.

EDUC 4472P - Action Research Field Placement

Students entering the M.A.T. program will take this course instead of EDUC 4493/4496. 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. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: admission to the Educator Preparation Program and EDUC 4494.

EDUC 4486 - Educ One Time Only

Credit hours: 4. Open only to Special Students who meet the VACTE/ATE-VA Standards for Teacher Education Clinical Faculty.

EDUC 4489 - Independent Study

EDUC 4490 - Independent Study

EDUC 4493 - Stu Teaching Elem Schools I

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. Credit hours: 8. Prerequisites: admission to the Educator Preparation Program and to Intern Teaching. A student enrolled in EDUC 4493 may not enroll in any courses that interfere with intern teaching hours.

EDUC 4494 - Senior Seminar

Students will evaluate and conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research. Each student will work with a faculty supervisor to prepare a research project. Students will present their work during an oral presentation for students and faculty. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

EDUC 4495 - Stu Teach Secondary Schools I

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. Credit hours: 8. Prerequisites: admission to Intern Teaching. A student enrolled in EDUC 4495 may not enroll in any courses that interfere with intern teaching hours, except for the Senior Program of the major.

EDUC 4496 - Stu Teach Elem School Ii

Supervised teaching assignments in a local elementary school. Student teachers maintain schedule of their assigned cooperating teacher. Students will maintain a reflective journal and create a professional portfolio of the student teaching experience. Weekly reflective seminar emphasizes interactive activities and the development of the student teaching portfolio based on Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards. Not open to students entering the M.A.T program in Elementary Education. Credit hours: 8. Prerequisite: admission to the Educator Preparation Program. A student enrolled in EDUC 4496 may not enroll in any courses that interfere with student teaching hours.

EDUC 4497 - Stu Teach Secondary Sch Ii

Supervised teaching assignments in middle and/or high school. Student teachers maintain schedule of their assigned clinical teacher. Students will maintain a reflective journal and portfolio of the student teaching experience and critique a video lesson of personal teaching. Weekly reflective seminars emphasize interactive discussion and the development of the student electronic professional portfolio. Credit hours: 8. Prerequisite: admission to Student Teaching. A student enrolled in EDUC 4495 may not enroll in any courses that interfere with student teaching hours, except for the Senior Program of the major.

EDUC 4497H - Honors In The Major

EDUC 4498H - Honors In The Major

EDUC 5511S - Educational Assessment And Measurement

Candidates study the principles of measurement, formative and summative assessment strategies, test construction, performance assessments, and psycho-educational assessments relevant to teaching and learning. Candidates create, select, and implement valid and reliable classroom assessments; analyze and interpret test data; and administer and interpret psycho-educational assessments. This course helps candidates align curriculum, instruction, and assessment with state standards and use assessment data to improve achievement among diverse learners. Credit hours: 3.

EDUC 5517 - Reading Assessment & Instruction

A study of the techniques for diagnosing elementary school students with reading difficulties. Candidates will review the 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. Credit hours: 2.

EDUC 5517P - Practicum Reading Assessment & Instruct

Integration of theoretical and practical aspects of reading program in a supervised clinical setting. Candidates function as members of the literacy staff and are required to implement diagnostic tools and literacy programs based on the science of reading. Credit hours: 1.

EDUC 5523 - 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 instructional practices. This course meets for the full semester. Credit hours: 3.

EDUC 5527 - Current Trends/legal Issues In Schools

Candidates study and analyze relevant case law and statutes and apply their knowledge of education law. Topics studied include organizational structures of school, federal and state systems, church-state related issues, teacher rights, rights of students with disabilities, instructional issues, tort liability, and equal opportunities in education. Credit hours: 2.

EDUC 5586 - Educ One Time Only

Credit hours: 3. One time only.

EDUC 5590 - Independent Study

EDUC 6601 - Foundations Of Education & Classroom Man

This course examines the multidisciplinary foundations of instruction via historical, philosophical, and sociological research. The intersections and relationships among assessment, instruction, and classroom management. Candidates develop individual educational pedagogies and engage with various instructional approaches and strategies, to make decisions for improving instruction, management, and student performance. Credit hours: 1.

EDUC 6605 - Instruction Across Curriculm & Prac

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. A school field experience is included as part of the course requirement. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of instructor.

EDUC 6606 - Reading And Writing In The Content Area

Intervention techniques for accelerating the reading ability of striving readers in grades 6-12. Candidates learn to match instructional techniques to assessed areas of literacy needs and to differentiate instruction for varying levels of reading and writing achievement based on the science of reading. Credit hours: 3.

EDUC 6607 - 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 based on the science of reading. Credit hours: 3.

EDUC 6611 - Human Growth & Development

This course is designed to give basic knowledge and understanding of human growth and development. Students will study the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children and the ability to use this understanding in guiding learning experiences and developing appropriate curriculum. Credit hours: 1.

EDUC 6614 - Science Methods In Elem And Middle Schoo

Students develop skills for effective science teaching grounded in research proven to be effective in working with diverse students. The course addresses science content and pedagogy connected with the Virginia and NGSS Standards. Students will design lessons appropriate for the diverse needs of children preK-6. Credit hours: 1. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of instructor.

EDUC 6615 - Curriculum & Teaching Problems In Elem&s

Each student investigates a special instructional problem under the direction of the instructor. The research is supplemented by fieldwork 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. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Program or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 6 credit hours.

EDUC 6616 - Math Methods For Elementary & Middle Sch

Candidates develop skills in research-based mathematics and science teaching. The course addresses competence through an emphasis on mathematics and science content, connected to the state standards. Candidates design lessons appropriate for the diverse needs of children PK-6. The course explores current mathematics and science teaching reforms and research-based teaching strategies. Credit hours: 2.

EDUC 6618 - Instruction In The Subject Area

Seminars focusing on the structure of the disciplines and subject-specific methods of instruction. This course includes a field experience. Credit hours: 3.

EDUC 6684 - Seminar Educational Research & Teaching

This course is designed to provide candidates opportunities to conduct qualitative and quantitative research. Each candidate will work with a faculty supervisor to prepare a research project and develop a comprehensive proposal. Candidates present their work for colleagues and faculty. This course meets for the full semester. Licensure prerequisite if applicable: passing scores on the all licensure assessments in the designated licensure area. Credit hours: 3.

EDUC 6693 - Intern Teaching For M.a.t. I

Supervised field placement in a school or educational setting. Candidates maintain the schedule of their assigned mentor. Placements are made according to endorsement area. Credit hours: 6, 6.

EDUC 6694 - Intern Teach M.a.t. Ii

Supervised field placement in a school or educational setting. Candidates maintain the schedule of their assigned mentor. Placements are made according to endorsement area. Credit hours: 6, 6.

EDUC 6695 - Internship I

Supervised assignment in educational settings. Placements are made according to endorsement area or area of interest. Credit hours: 6.

GEO 2203 - Survey Of World Geography

This course encompasses a study of geography throughout the major regions of the world. Attention is given to the physical processes that shape the surface of the earth and to the relationship between human activity and the physical environment. In addition, the course will explore how political forces influence the division and control of the earth's resources. Maps, along with other geographic representations, tools, and techniques, will be used to demonstrate critical analysis of techniques for representation and presentation of information. Identical with POL 2205. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor (CI)

I ST 3309 - Interdisciplinary Inq Science

Students explore scientific connections among earth and life science, physics, chemistry, and biology. Students will understand the nature of science and scientific inquiry including the role of science, and the science skills of data analysis, measurement, observation, and experimentation. Project-based and inquiry lessons weave together concepts that reinforce the Virginia Standards of Learning and incorporate classroom work, and labs. Students develop the concepts essential to inquiry and safety procedures. This course is open to all students and required of students seeking elementary education licensure. Credit hours: 4. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

MATH 2208 - Concepts Of Elem & Mid School Mathematic

Introduces elementary problem solving with emphasis on the nature of numbers and the structure of the real number system. Topics studied include the structure and properties of number systems and of Euclidean Geometry applicable in elementary and middle school classrooms. This course is open to all students and required of students seeking elementary education licensure. Credit hours: 4. (QR)

SPED 3361 - Survey Of Spec Ed & Spec Ed Law

Provides an overview of the theories, definitions, and characteristics pertaining to individuals with disabilities. Reviews information in the DSM-5 related to various learning disabilities. Includes research and learning problems and difficulties children with learning differences face in the classroom, review of resources, accommodations and modifications as outlined by IDEA and by the Virginia Department of Education. Includes discussions on the special education process and influence of state and federal special education laws and policies on the public school program; provides background for designing appropriate individualized instruction, behavioral support, and classroom management applications and interventions for students with diverse learning needs. Credit hours: 4. (SS)

SPED 6603 - Teaching Mild Disabilities & Practicum

Focuses on the knowledge base for educational intervention of students with diagnosed mild learning differences. Course content includes strategies for reading, written expression, social-behavioral skills, and executive functioning. Emphasis on the development of individualized programs in collaboration with general and special education colleagues is included. Credit hours: 2.

SPED 6620 - Iep Development & Transitioning

Overview and examination of Individualized Education Program (IEP) required components. Includes how IEPs are developed and used in the classroom. Review and analysis of the roles and responsibilities of required members of IEP team in relation to students, family members, and teachers. Candidates develop the ability to work with students and families to promote successful student transitions throughout the educational experience. Credit hours: 1.

SPED 6635 - Read Intervent For Lbld

This course focuses on the strategies and skills for supporting expressive language skills for students with dyslexia and other language based learning disabilities, primarily for writing. The course introduces the concepts of scaffolding the writing process, using a hierarchy of skills to build appropriate foundational skills sets, and understanding the hidden demands of reading and writing for students with language-based learning disabilities. Candidates in this course will draw from relevant research on reading. Credit hours: 3.

SPED 6661 - Exceptional Children & Special Ed Law

Provides an overview of the theories, definitions, and characteristics pertaining to individuals with disabilities. Reviews information in the DSM-5 related to various learning disabilities. Includes research and learning problems and difficulties children with learning differences face in the classroom, review of resources, accommodations and modifications as outlined by IDEA. Includes discussions on the special education process and influence of state and federal special education laws and policies on the public school program; provides background for designing appropriate individualized instruction, behavioral support, and classroom management applications and interventions for students with diverse learning needs. Credit hours: 3

SPED 6688 - Sp Top Spec Ed Law

This course examines federal and state special education law including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The content of this course traces the historical development of special education through landmark legislation and litigation, parent advocacy, and national economic and social needs. Hours: 1

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