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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.

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. 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. Prerequisites: EDUC 225 and INST 202. 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: successful completion of ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and EDUC 320. 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: INST 202, EDUC 225, or consent. Offered each semester.

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. 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. Pass/fail grading. Prerequisites: INST 202, EDUC 225, and 320. Prerequisite/corequisite: EDUC 329. Offered each semester.

EDUC 340 Secondary Practicum: 6-12: English, Math, Science, or Social Studies, Art, Foreign Language PreK-12 (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 student must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences early in the registration process. Pass/fail grading. Prerequisite/corequisite: EDUC 375. Offered each fall.

EDUC 366 Classroom Management and Teaching Strategies (2-4)

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. Students develop a classroom management plan. A required 10-hour field experience supports the application of the management skills. Prerequisite: EDUC 225. 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 sections offered each spring.

EDUC 375 Middle and Secondary Teaching Methods (4)

A course in middle and secondary curriculum and instructional procedures. 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. Corequisite: EDUC 340 for secondary "DAY" education students. A 12-hour field experience is required for ACT students. Offered each semester.

EDUC 434 Elementary Preservice Teaching I (6)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 1-3. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. 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 Department. Offered each semester.

EDUC 434 Elementary Preservice Teaching I (8)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 1-3. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. 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 Department. Offered each semester.

EDUC 435 Elementary Preservice Teaching II (6)

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 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 Department. 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 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 Department. Offered each semester.

EDUC 445 Secondary Preservice Teaching I (6)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 6-8. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. 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 Department. Students majoring in art and foreign language for K-12 teacher certification also enroll in EDUC 445/446. Offered each semester.

EDUC 445 Secondary Preservice Teaching I (8)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 6-8. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. 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 Department. 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 (6)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 9-12. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. 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 Department. Offered each semester.

EDUC 446 Secondary Preservice Teaching II (8)

A preservice teaching experience in grades 9-12. The student teaching I and II provide over 300 clock hours and 150 hours of direct instruction. 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 Department. 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. Students 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 Department. 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 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 Department. 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 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 Department. 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 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 Department. Offered each semester.

EDUC 480 Field Experience in Education (1-4)

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 foundations for educating secondary students with disabilities. Covers: historical perspectives, normal development patterns, medical aspects of disabilities, family influence, and ethical issues. Also: definitions, characteristics, and learning and behavioral support needs of disabilities students. Provides knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements, and expectations associated with identification, education, and evaluation of student with disabilities. Offered each semester.

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. 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: SPED 371. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

SPED 382 Transition in Special Education (2)

Prepares students to work with families and community service providers to provide successful disabled student transitions throughout the educational experience to include postsecondary training, employment, and independent living that addresses an understanding of 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 in culturally responsible ways. Prerequisite: SPED 371. 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: SPED 371. Corequisite: SPED 385. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

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

Provides an opportunity for students to observe and teach in an inclusion classroom at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Students have a 25-hour placement in each of these grade levels. Pass/fail grading. Prerequisite: SPED 371. Corequisite: SPED 384. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

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. Students must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester prior to student teaching. Seminars are included. Attendance is mandatory. Prerequisite: admission to the Education Department. 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. Students must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester prior to student teaching. Seminars are included. Attendance is mandatory. Prerequisite: admission to the Education Department. 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. Students must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Seminars are included. Attendance is mandatory. Prerequisite: admission to the Education Department. Corequisite: SPED 466. 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. Students must request a placement from the Director of Field Experiences the semester before student teaching. Seminars are included. Attendance is mandatory. Prerequisite: admission to the Education Department. Corequisite: SPED 465. Offered each semester.

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