Education (ED) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Education Department

ED 1111 Seminar in Education

One hour

An overview of the American public education system, JBU Teacher Education programs, and the licensure requirements for an Arkansas standard teacher's license. A weekly field assignment in a public school classroom is required.

Offered fall semester

ED 2033 Cultural Competencies for Human Service Professionals

Three hours

Designed as a multidisciplinary course for students in the human service professions. Exposes students to targeted populations within their field of study, at both the individual and organizational levels. Emphasizes improved decision-making and performance in a multi-cultural context, focusing on effective interpersonal communication. Attention is given to behaviors, language, customs, beliefs, and perspectives with the intent to reduce culturally-related disparities within the community and globally. Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered fall semester

Offered summer (upon sufficient request)

ED 2143 Learning Theories and Developmental Psychology

Three hours

A study of major learning theories applicable to classroom teaching coordinated with the study of biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the human from birth through lifespan. Field experience required. Meets the Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered each semester

ED 2713 Differentiated Learning

Three hours

Orientation to the types of exceptionalities in children including those with pervasive cognitive delays, specific learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, other health impairments, lower SES considerations, giftedness, and culturally and linguistically diverse factors. This course includes an overview of Universal Design for Learning. Designed to orient candidates to the diverse learning needs within the classroom and in society. Field experience required. Prerequisite or corequisite: ED 2143.

Offered spring semester

ED 2723 Special Education

Three hours

Examination of the types of exceptionalities in children including those with pervasive cognitive delays, specific learning disabilities, physical impairments, emotional disturbances, and other health impairments. This course covers the legal responsibilities, support systems, and instructional strategies necessary to provide effective instruction for learners in Special Education, including understanding of the IEP process, as well as awareness of students with Section 504 accommodation plans. This includes the self-contained environment and inclusive classroom (co-teaching). Designed to equip candidates to respond to the breadth of learners in Special Education needs within the public school system. Field experience required. Prerequisite or corequisite: ED 2143.

Offered each semester

ED 3113 Framework for Teaching - Secondary Education

Three hours

An investigation of the principles of planning instruction, creating a climate for student learning, and use of valid and reliable assessments, including planning, environment and assessments for the culturally and linguistically diverse classroom (ESL). This course overviews Danielson's Framework for Teaching Domains 1, 2, and 4, with implementation during field experiences. Prerequisite: ED 2143.

Offered fall semester

ED 3123 Framework for Teaching 1 - Elementary Education

Three hours

An investigation of the principles of planning and integrating Social Studies, Economics, and Fine Arts content and Instruction. Focus on creating a climate forK-6 student learning and use of valid and reliable assessments, including planning, environment and assessments for the culturally and linguistically diverse classroom (ESL). This course overviews Danielson's Framework for Teaching Domains 1 and 2, with implementation during field experiences. Prerequisite: ED 2143.

Offered fall semester

ED 3133 Framework for Teaching 2 - Elementary Education

Three hours

Emphasizes the application of effective teaching skills and professionalism as detailed in the Danielson's Framework for Teaching Domains 3 and 4. Includes experiences with several teaching models appropriate for students of diverse backgrounds and special needs. Models integrated curriculum and teaching with Social Studies standards, methods, and materials, incorporated with Fine Arts content and Physical Education experiences throughout the course. Field experience required. Prerequisite: ED 3123.

Offered spring semester

ED 3153 Disciplinary Literacy

Three hours

Secondary (7-12) candidates study assessment and instructional strategies designed to facilitate effective teaching of their content as well as the comprehension and effective use of content materials for all students, including ELL's and those with special needs. Methods are provided whereby candidates might evaluate the appropriateness of content materials and the learning needs of their students. Candidates must collaborate with a peer in developing a detailed, integrated unit that focuses on content instruction and includes learning objectives, appropriate use of teaching strategies, and assessment. Lab and field experiences required. Prerequisite: ED 2143.

Offered fall semester

ED 3323 Elementary Language Arts (Blk 1)

Three hours

Elementary candidates will study language development and its importance with an emphasis on the use of methods and materials to facilitate learning in the six components of the language arts curriculum. Children's literature and new technologies will be explored to support literacy teaching and students' learning. Prerequisite: ED 2143. Corequisite: ED 3374.

Offered fall semester

ED 3374 Teaching Elementary Reading (Blk 1)

Four hours

Elementary candidates will become familiar with various literacy models and the theories that support them. This course provides a balanced overview of instruction and assessment and is designed to encompass both the theoretical and practical aspects of learning how to teach reading with an emphasis on guided reading and Common Core State Standards. Included are studies of the stages of reading development, reading components (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary), assessment and technology. Embedded field experience required. Prerequisite: ED 2143. Corequisite: ED 3323.

Offered fall semester

ED 3563 Second Language Acquisition for Teachers

Three hours

A study of major theories in second language acquisition, with emphasis on contrastive principles of first and second language development. Special attention is given to second language acquisition implications in K-12 classrooms with culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Candidates are introduced to the dynamics of the educational process and the social, cultural, economic considerations, which affect second language development. Field experience required. Prerequisite or corequisite: ED 2143.

Offered fall semester

ED 3583 Curriculum and Instruction: TESOL

Three hours

Methods and materials for teaching English to non-English speakers. Classroom strategies are addressed for teaching functional English to learners of all ages. The unique characteristics and needs of the K-12 program (content and language development), adult community education (literacy), and intensive English (academic) settings are analyzed. Candidates develop skills in the evaluation, selection, and implementation of appropriate ESL materials and teaching strategies. Field experience required. Prerequisite or corequisite: ED 2143.

Offered spring semester

ED 3861, 3862 Field Experience in a Multicultural Environment

One to two hours

An opportunity to develop practical teaching skills while working with children in another culture. Under the direction of the program supervisor, participants plan and implement teaching strategies in various subject areas including science, math, literacy, sports, music, and basic tenets of Christianity. Students participate in a formal presentation of the program, maintain a daily log, and develop a paper outlining what they have learned. One credit hour is earned for each three weeks of participation.

Offered summer

ED 3903 Teaching in the Christian School

Three hours

An introduction to the history, philosophy, organization, and function of private Christian schools. The various curricular plans and methods are considered. Meets ACSI certification requirements. Prerequisite: ED 2143.

Offered upon sufficient request

ED 4353 Teaching Elementary Writing (Blk 2)

Three hours

Procedures and methods to be used in teaching writing to elementary students, focusing on the three types of writing: Expository, Argument, and Narrative; the steps of the writing process; and the 6+1 traits of writing. Embedded field experiences required. Prerequisite: ED 3374. Corequisites: ED 4363, 4371, 4383, and register for Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge.

Offered spring semester

ED 4363 Teaching Elementary Science (Blk 2)

Three hours

Methods and materials for teaching science to diverse K-6 students through inquiry-based lesson planning and Next Generation Science standards. Candidates will use science technology and tools in elementary classrooms through embedded field experiences. Prerequisites: GSC 1043 and 1053. Corequisites: ED 4353, 4371, and 4383.

Offered spring semester

ED 4371 Remedial Reading Tutoring (Blk 2)

One hour

Procedures and methods to be used in analyzing and diagnosing reading difficulties as well as appropriate strategies to be used to assist students with reading problems. Also addressed are skills and strategies necessary for reading content material. Field experiences in the areas of diagnosis and tutoring of reading difficulties. Prerequisite: ED 3374. Corequisite: ED 4353, 4363, 4383, and register for Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge.

Offered spring semester

ED 4383 Teaching Elementary Mathematics (Blk 2)

Three hours

Elementary candidates will study methods and materials for teaching mathematics (based upon NCTM standards) to diverse students. Emphasis is placed on constructive principles and the use of mathematics manipulatives, as well as CGI methodology. Embedded field experience required. Prerequisites: ED 2143MTH 2143, and 2183. Corequisites: ED 4353, 4363, and 4371. Prerequisite or corequisite: taking Praxis II ECE Content Knowledge.

Offered spring semester

ED 4613 Secondary Education: Content and Pedagogy - Social Studies

Three hours

General methods of teaching as detailed in Danielson's Framework for Teaching Domain 3 for secondary majors include objectives, lesson plans, teaching techniques, models of teaching, learning theories, motivation, classroom management, and differentiated instruction as applied to secondary grades. A consideration of the secondary school Social Studies curriculum, teaching strategies, and utilization of instructional materials. Reviewing the Social Studies curriculum as it relates to learning and development, differences in learning styles, critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills, active learning and motivation, inquiry collaboration, supportive classroom interaction, reflection, professional growth and professional leadership (based on NCSS pedagogical standards). Embedded field experience/field assignments with secondary Social Studies teachers required. Prerequisites: ED 2713 and 3153.

Offered spring semester

ED 4623 Secondary Education: Content and Pedagogy - English

Three hours

General methods of teaching as detailed in Danielson's Framework for Teaching Domain 3 for secondary majors include objectives, lesson plans, teaching techniques, models of teaching, learning theories, motivation, classroom management, and differentiated instruction as applied to secondary grades. A consideration of the secondary school English curriculum, teaching strategies, and utilization of instructional materials. Reviewing the English curriculum as it relates to learning and development, differences in learning styles, critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills, active learning and motivation, inquiry collaboration, supportive classroom interaction, reflection, professional growth and professional leadership (based on NCTE pedagogical standards). Embedded field experience/field assignments with secondary English teachers required. Prerequisites: ED 2713 and 3153.

Offered spring semester

ED 4633 Secondary Education: Content and Pedagogy - Mathematics

Three hours

General methods of teaching as detailed in Danielson's Framework for Teaching Domain 3 for secondary majors include objectives, lesson plans, teaching techniques, models of teaching, learning theories, motivation, classroom management, and differentiated instruction as applied to secondary grades. A consideration of the secondary school Mathematics curriculum, teaching strategies, and utilization of instructional materials. Reviewing the Mathematics curriculum as it relates to learning and development, differences in learning styles, critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills, active learning and motivation, inquiry collaboration, supportive classroom interaction, reflection, professional growth and professional leadership (based on NCTM pedagogical standards). Embedded field experience/field assignments with secondary Math teachers required. Prerequisites: ED 2713 and 3153. Prerequisite or corequisite: MTH 3143.

Offered spring semester

ED 4850 Internship: Elementary Education

Fourteen hours

Interns are assigned to primary school(s) full-time to work under the joint supervision of an experienced classroom teacher and a university faculty member. Senior standing and approved formal admission to program required. 3rd Diversity Placement option is available and must be planned with PDS Director and Chair, Department of Teacher Education. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: senior standing, verification of having passed Praxis II Content Knowledge, ED 27133323, 3374, and 4353. Corequisite: ED 4851.

Offered each semester

ED 4851 Seminar: Elementary Education

One hour

Discussion of problems and concerns encountered during Internship. Designed to bring professional theory and practice into a working perspective. Includes basic concepts of classroom management, safety, legal and ethical issues affecting teaching, working with parents, portfolio assessment, and cultural diversity. Corequisite: ED 4850.

Offered each semester

ED 4880 Internship: Secondary

Fourteen hours

Interns are assigned to a secondary school full-time, to work under the joint supervision of an experienced classroom teacher and a university faculty member. Senior standing and approved formal admission to program required. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: verification of having passed Content Knowledge component of Praxis II, ED 2713, 3153, Curriculum and Instruction course for teaching field, and any endorsement prerequisites. Corequisite: ED 4881.

Offered each semester

ED 4881 Seminar: Secondary

One hour

Discussion of problems and concerns encountered during Internship. Designed to bring professional theory and practice into a working perspective. Includes basic concepts of classroom management, safety, legal and ethical issues affecting teaching, working with parents, portfolio assessment, and cultural diversity. Corequisite: ED 4880.

Offered each semester

ED 4890 Internship: K-12

Fourteen hours

Interns are assigned to elementary and secondary schools full-time, to work under the joint supervision of experienced classroom teachers and a university faculty member. Senior standing and approved formal admission to program required. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: verification of having passed Content Knowledge component of Praxis II, ED 2713, and Curriculum and Instruction course for teaching field. Corequisite: ED 4891.

Offered each semester

ED 4891 Seminar: K-12

One hour

Discussion of problems and concerns encountered during Internship. Designed to bring professional theory and practice into a working perspective. Includes basic concepts of classroom management, safety, legal and ethical issues, affective teaching, working with parents, portfolio assessment, current school issues, and cultural diversity. Corequisite: ED 4890.

Offered each semester

ED 4901, 4902, 4903 Selected Topics

One to three hours

An intensive study of a selected area of the school curriculum designed to meet the particular needs of pre-service and in-service teachers or administrators. Specific subtitles may be added. Department of Teacher Education approval required.

Offered each semester

ED 4911 School Experience

One hour

Weekly field experience based on teaching needs determined during internship. Prerequisites: ED 4880 and 4881. Corequisite: ED 4912.

Offered spring semester

ED 4912 Education Capstone

Two hours

Based on internship experiences and understandings, an examination of factors affecting student learning and the culture of schools. Prerequisites: ED 4880 and 4881. Corequisite: ED 4911.

Offered spring semester