EDC (Education)

 

EDC 3002 Professional Preparation

Two hours

A course preparing students for successful navigation through the EDC program.  Course content includes (but is not limited to) the following training modules: Learning Management System software; Gate-Portfolio System; Entry Assessments; Online Component; Curriculum Alignment (how the courses work together); Course Guides; Field Experience Preparation; APA; Professional and Personal Strategic Program Management within EDC; and Pathwise Evaluation System.

 

EDC 3113 Human Growth and Development

Three hours

A foundational course dealing with physical, mental, emotional, social, and cultural aspects of individual development from prenatal through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on the Piagetian stages and socio-cultural theory, along with an emphasis on how motor development influences the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development of the child. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week. Field experiences require the observation of children from prenatal through early adolescence.

 

EDC 3123 Educational Psychology

Three hours

Psychology applied to teaching and learning covering topics such as motivation, retention, reinforcement, transfer of learning, maturation, socialization, and individual differences relative to cultural and environmental influences. Field experience required.

 

EDC 3134 Educational Foundations and Technology

Four hours

Cultural and historical foundations of American public education, emphasizing its relationship to a diverse society. Design, production, utilization, and evaluation of various instructional technologies (according to ISTE) are included in this course. Classroom presentation techniques and professional development are stressed. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week. Field experience required.

 

EDC 3144 Differentiated Learning for Early Childhood Education

Four hours

Differentiated Learning for Early Childhood Education is an orientation to the various disabilities categorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. An overview of the legal responsibilities and special educational support systems necessary to provide services to students with disabilities is provided as well as techniques in differentiated instruction to accommodate all learners in an inclusive classroom setting. The course includes classroom management techniques and addresses cultural, linguistic, and other diversity factors present in a typical public school classroom. Differentiated Learning also encompasses instruction on collaboration and inclusion of parents as partners in their child's education including the creation of a resource guide for implementation in the public school classroom. Field and lab experience required.  Prerequisites: EDC 3113 and 3134.

 

EDC 3214 Instructional Methods: 1-4

Four hours

An emphasis on the application of effective teaching skills. The course includes experiences with several planning and teaching models appropriate for students of diverse backgrounds and special needs. Social studies methods and materials are incorporated throughout the course. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week. Field experience required.

 

EDC 3222 Fine Arts for Early Childhood Education

Two hours

An exploration of fine arts for the P-4 classroom. The course includes creating lesson plans, classroom observations, methods for integrating fine arts into the classroom, and role-playing a creative teaching situation. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week.  Fine arts experiences outside the classroom are required.

 

EDC 3234 Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood Education

Four hours

The philosophical and historical foundations of early childhood education. The course focuses on integrated learning, including the study of physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, and emotional needs of young children. Also included are teaching methods, materials, equipment, classroom management and development of curriculum, with emphasis on the preschool and K-1 classroom. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week. Field experience required.

 

EDC 3243 Assessment for Early Childhood Education

Three hours

An investigation of the principles of assessment that are of primary importance to educators of diverse populations. The course includes relating objectives to assessment, constructing tests (e.g., language assessment, designing formative and summative assessments, content area achievement, diagnostic), interpreting and using test results (including modification strategies), and utilizing portfolios and other means of authentic assessment. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week.

 

EDC 4314 Curriculum and Instruction: Language Arts for Early Childhood Education

Four hours

A course focusing on language development and its importance to learning and to the components of the language arts program, as well as how these components support learning in all other areas of the school curriculum. Foundations for children's literature and a variety of literary selections are studied (Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King). Methods and materials for teaching language arts in primary grades are presented, focusing on the four components of a language arts curriculum. A language case study is required. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week. Field experience required.

 

EDC 4334 Math Structures for Early Childhood Education

Four hours

A presentation of college level mathematics in a format that prepares teachers of early childhood mathematics. Emphasis is on the use of manipulatives while learning math concepts. Topics include problem-solving, sets and logic, functions, the mathematical meaning and background of arithmetic through real numbers, number theory, probability and statistics, introductory algebra, introductory geometry, geometric constructions, congruence, similarity, measurement, and coordinate geometry. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week.

 

EDC 4413 Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics for Early Childhood Education

Three hours

An overview of the methods and materials for teaching arithmetic (based upon NCTM standards) with diverse students in grades P-4. Emphasis is placed on the use of math manipulatives. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week. Field experiences required.

 

EDC 4423 Curriculum and Instruction: Reading for Early Childhood Education

Three hours

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 balanced literacy. Included are studies of the stages of reading development, as well as an emphasis on procedures and methods for analyzing and diagnosing reading difficulties, specifically addressing skills and strategies necessary for reading content materials. Candidates submit a comprehensive integrated unit plan. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week. Field experiences required.

 

EDC 4433 Curriculum and Instruction: Science for Early Childhood Education

Three hours

A study of the physical and biological environment designed to help prospective early childhood teachers to develop a scientific perspective on their surroundings. Various methods of communicating scientific truth and encouraging scientific inquisitiveness are presented and practiced. An online component is included as part of the contact time for this course requiring approximately two hours of online work per week. Field experiences required.

 

EDC 4510 Internship: Early Childhood Education

Eleven 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. Prerequisites: senior standing; passing "Gate Three" with a minimum of 75 percent; Term three Field Experience Logs (70 hours) and reflections for the 70 hours.

 

EDC 4511 Seminar: Early Childhood Education

One hour

A discussion of problems and concerns encountered during Internship, designed to bring professional theory and practice into a working perspective. Included are topics such as classroom management, safety, legal and ethical issues affecting teaching, working with parents, portfolio assessment, and cultural diversity. Corequisite: EDC 4510