Course Descriptions

EDUC 225 Characteristics of the Learner (4)

A course in human growth and development from birth through adolescence. Students learn about the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children and how to use this knowledge to guide learning experiences and relate meaningfully to students. Includes discussion of social and individual differences that affect interaction including developmental disabilities, attention deficit disorders, gifted education, substance abuse, child abuse, and family disruptions. Offered each semester.

EDUC 230 Observation in School Settings (1)

An observational field experience designed to acquaint potential education candidates with the role of teachers and the workings of schools. Placements are in diverse school settings. Pass/fail grading. Required for admission to the Education Program. May be repeated for credit if it is deemed the student needs more opportunity to demonstrate the required professional dispositions prior to program admission.

EDUC 319 Content Area Reading and Writing (4)

Provides prospective middle and secondary teachers with skills and strategies to lead students to become independent learners in all content areas. Emphasizes effective teaching of content using a repertoire of strategies for literal, inferential, critical, and evaluative comprehension; fostering appreciation of a variety of literature and the importance of independent reading; and using writing to evaluate and accelerate learning. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

EDUC 320 Teaching Reading and the Language Arts (4)

Provides prospective elementary teachers with content skills that includes oral language, reading, writing, and literature. Provides observation and instruction in an elementary school. All lesson plans made by students focus on Virginia Standards of Learning and assessment strategies. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

EDUC 321 Literacy Development and Assessment (4) (W)

Provides prospective teachers with strategies for ongoing classroom assessment, diagnosis, and remediation of reading skills using both informal and standardized assessment tools. Focuses on developing proficiency in a wide variety of comprehension strategies, including fluency and vocabulary development, appreciation for a variety of literature, and independent reading, as well as the ability to promote progress with Virginia Standards of Learning end-of-course assessments. Includes instructional techniques to assist students with disabilities to achieve reading and comprehension skills. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, EDUC 320 and consent. Offered each semester.

EDUC 329 Curriculum & Instruct PreK-6 (4)

Provides teacher candidates with an understanding of the principles of learning; the application of skills in discipline-specific methodology; communication processes; selection and use of materials, including media and computers; and evaluation of pupil performance including interpreting and analyzing valid assessments to make teaching decisions. Includes teaching methods for English language learners, gifted and talented students, and students with disabling conditions (PK-6), and promotes student progress and preparation for the Virginia Standards of Learning assessments. Students learn methods of improving communication and involvement between schools and families, including the Foundation Blocks for Early Learning. Prerequisite: Consent only.or consent. Offered each fall.

EDUC 330 Elementary Practicum (1)

A teaching practicum that provides an opportunity to apply teaching methods, practice skills in teaching specific subjects, and learn how to implement classroom management strategies. The placements are in diverse school settings. A supervised field experience in a primary classroom is provided. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences early in the registration process. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each fall.

EDUC 340 Middle and Secondary Practicum (1)

A teaching practicum that provides an opportunity to apply teaching methods, practice skills in middle grades (6-8) and secondary classrooms. The placements are in diverse school settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences early in the registration process. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each fall.

EDUC 348 Perspective on Mathematics and Science Initiatives (4)

Critically examines mathematics and science initiatives, statrting with educational standards from their origins in these disciplines to their incorporation into the social and political realm and the resulting effects on mathematics and science curricula and pedagogy. Includes demonstration and application of current pedagogical activities. Prerequisites: One "Q" course from mathematics and one "L" course from the natural sciences; admission to educational program. Offered on demand.

EDUC 364 Classroom Management and Teaching Strategies (2)

Provides Special Education General Curriculum K-12 teacher candidates with classroom management content and skills that create positive classroom behavioral supports through strategies, effective teacher behaviors, and student assessments and interventions. Candidates devlop a classroom management plan. Prerequisite: PSY 205, special education candidates only and consent only. Offered on demand.

EDUC 366 Classroom Management and Teaching Strategies (4)

Provides teacher candidates with classroom management content and skills that create positive classroom behavioral supports through strategies, effective teacher behaviors, and student assessments and interventions. Candidates develop a classroom management plan. A required 10-hour field experience supports the application of the management skills. Prerequisite: EDUC 225 and consent only. Four semester-hour sections offered each semester. Candidates seeking licensure with endorsement in Special Education: General Curriculum K-12 should register for the 2 semester-hour (EDUC 364) sections offered each semester.

EDUC 375 Middle and Secondary Teaching Methods (4)

A course in middle and secondary curriculum and instructional strategies. Emphasizes principles of learning; construction and interpretation of valid assessment instruments; analysis of data to improve student performance; the relationship among assessment, instruction, and student achievement; integration of technology; communication between schools, families, and communities. Prerequisite: Consent only. A 15-hour field experience is required for ACT students. Offered each fall.

EDUC 434 Elementary Preservice Teaching I (8)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 1-3. Student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

EDUC 435 Elementary Preservice Teaching II (8)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 4-5. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

EDUC 436 Middle Education Preservice Teaching I (8)

A pre-service teaching experience in grade 6. Student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. Placements are in diverse settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

EDUC 437 Middle Education Preservice Teaching II (8)

A pre-service teaching experience in grades 7-8. Stduent teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. Placements are in diverse settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

EDUC 445 Secondary Preservice Teaching I (8)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 6-8. Student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Prerequisite: admission to the Education Program. Students majoring in art and foreign language for K-12 teacher certification also enroll in EDUC 445/446. Offered each semester.

EDUC 446 Secondary Preservice Teaching II (8)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 9-12. Student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before studentteaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

EDUC 461 ACT Elementary Preservice Teaching I (4)

A preservice teaching experience for ACT students in grades 1-3. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. Students must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

EDUC 462 ACT Elementary Preservice Teaching II (4)

A preservice teaching experience for ACT students in grades 4-6. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

EDUC 463 ACT Secondary Preservice Teaching I (4)

A preservice teaching experience for ACT students in grades 6-8. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Prerequisite: Consent only. Students majoring in art and foreign language for K-12 certification enroll in EDUC 463 and 464. Offered each semester.

EDUC 464 ACT Secondary Preservice Teaching II (4)

A preservice teaching experience for ACT students in grades 9-12. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

EDUC 480 Field Experience in Education (1)

Involves working with students in special programs. The experience helps prospective teachers learn about students outside the usual formal school environment. An AVID program placement is possible. Pass/fail grading. Prerequisite: consent. Offered on demand.

EDUC EL. Elective (3)

SPED 370 Foundations in Special Education (2)

Provides a foundation for educating secondary students with disabilities. Covers historical perspectives, normal development patterns, medical aspects of disabilities, family influence, and ethical issues; along with definitions, characteristics, and learning and behavioral support needs of disabilities students. Provides knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and the expectations associated with identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each spring.

SPED 371 Foundations/Legal Issues in Special Education (4) (V)

Provides an introduction and overview of the field of special education including the definition, identification, and characteristics of those that are disabled. Students with ADHD and gifted abillities are emphasized. Also includes historical perspectives, models, theories, and trends that provide the basis for general and special education practice including the dynamic influence of the family system, cultural/environmental millieu pertinent to students, the understanding of ethical issues, and the practice of acceptable standards of professional behavior. Students taking this course will also gain an understanding of the legal aspects, regulatory requirements, and expectations associated with identification, education, and evaluation of all students. The rights and responsibilities of parents, students, and schools will also be a focus of this course. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

SPED 376 Assessment and Management of Instruction in Special Education (4)

Designed to support the understanding of assessment as an ongoing part of instruction that is continuously analyzed and adjusted. Students demonstrate the use of assessment to design and adjust instruction that relies on research-based practices and uses multiple approaches to meet the needs of all children. Focuses on collaboration styles, roles, and on specially designed instruction. The concepts of assistive techology, transition-related IEP goals, universally designed lesson plans, and specially designed instruction is applied throughout the course. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each fall.

SPED 382 Transition in Special Education (2)

Prepares students to work with families and community service providers to provide successful disabled students throughout the educational experience. Covers postsecondary training, employment, and independent living; including long-term planning, career development, life skills, community experiences and resources, self-advocacy and self-determination, guardianship, and legal considerations. Students learn to collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, and personnel from community agencies. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each spring.

SPED 384 Curriculum and Instruction K - 12 (4)

Provides teachers with strategies to teach special education students in inclusive settings. Teachers increase their knowledge of proven practices, instructional decision-making, and confidence in their ability to meet the needs of all students in the K-12 classrooms. Students gain skills in identifying the characteristics of special needs students, understanding the IEP process, collaborating with other professionals and parents, then relating this information to assessment and instruction in the general education classroom K-12. Skills in this course contribute to an understanding of the principles of learning, the application of skills in discipline-specific methodology, communication processes, selection and use of materials including media and computers, and evaluation of pupil performance including interpreting and analyzing valid assessments to make teaching decisions. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each spring.

SPED 385 Curriculum and Instruction K-12 Practicum (1)

Provides an opportunity for candidates to observe and teach in an inclusion classroom at the middle or high school levels. Candidates will have a 50-hour placement in diverse school settings. The student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences early in the registration process. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each spring.

SPED 438 Special Education Preservice Teaching I (8)

A preservice teaching experience in grades K-6. Student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. Students must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester prior to student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Attendance is mandatory. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

SPED 439 Special Education Preservice Teaching II (8)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 6-12. Student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. Students must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester prior to student teaching. Includes an on-campus seminar. Attendance is mandatory. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

SPED 465 Alternation Certification for Teachers (act) Special Education Preservice Teaching I (4)

A preservice teaching experience for Alternative Certification for Teachers (ACT) students in special education grades K-6. Student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. Students must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Seminars are included. Attendance is mandatory. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.

SPED 466 Alternative Certification for Teachers (ACT) Special Education Preservice Teaching II (4)

A preservice teaching experience for Alternative Certification for Teachers (ACT) students in special education grades 6-12. Student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. The placements are in diverse school settings. Students must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Seminars are included. Attendance is mandatory. Prerequisite: Consent only. Offered each semester.