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FOUNDATIONAL COURSES

EDUC 301/401   INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION (3CR)

This course provides an introduction to the historical, sociological, and philosophical roles of education in a diverse society. Contemporary practices and issues are introduced and debated within the context of educational ideologies.  Emphases include examining success in education and coming to terms with one’s own identity as a teacher.  The course is open to students who are exploring the field of teaching.  No field or clinical experiences are required.

 

EDUC 304/404  EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3CR)

Educational Psychology addresses a key component of learning and teaching: the dynamic interaction between the learner and his/her environment.  The task of the teacher is to guide instruction by, first, understanding the developmental characteristics of children and youth, and second, by understanding the classroom factors that may be used to complement the characteristics of the students being taught.  The teacher is required to know the physical, social, emotional and cognitive characteristics of the students being taught in order to provide an educational environment in which maximum growth may occur.  Clinical/Field experiences required. Prereq: PSCL 101

 

EDUC 255   LITERACY ACROSS THE CONTENT AREAS  (3CR)

Literacy Across the Content Areas examines the development of literacy through various perspectives.  The course provides instruction to CWRU students preparing to become content area teachers to help enhance their own students’ reading comprehension and writing profieciency.  The course includes instructional routines and strategies designed to develop content area literacy using reading and writing to engage students with expository text, academic language and content area vocabulary, best practices for studying, accommodating diverse learners and learning styles, and the use of trade books.  Integral to the course is field experience at a local high school.

 

EDUC 338   SEMINAR AND PRACTICUM IN ADOLESCENTS   (3CR)

EDUC 338 provides candidates for teacher licensure supervised opportunities to apply their knowledge of general and educational psychology, especially of child and adolescent development, exceptionality, cultural diversity and instructional theory in school and community settings serving children and adolescents with diverse characteristics and needs.  Settings including preschools, schools, and neighborhood centers. Prereq: PSCL 101, EDUC 301, EDUC 304, and permission of the Teacher Education department.

 

EDUC 386/486  INTRODUCTION TO INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY  (3 CR)

This course is designed to address the basic technology skills which are required of all teachers.  The course uses both concept and project based learning activities.  Each of the projects is centered on a set of activities designed to allow students to demonstrate a particular subset of competencies.  The course will not always provide step by step directions for completing projects; instead it will promote the use of existing information and resources to allow students to develop the ability to learn new technology independently.  Each of the projects wil also contain the opportunity for the student to reflect on how the technology impacts their teaching.

 

ADVANCED CURRICULUM

EDUC 325  SPECIAL METHODS I  (2CR)

This methods course is designed for licensure candidates in secondary and Multi-Age areas.  It emphasizes the methods inherent in teaching the subject area of licensure.  The first of two courses, EDUC 325 features a weekly placement in a local high school where students experience guided observations, assisting the classroom teacher, introductory lesson design and teaching.  Students receive guidance and mentoring from a master high school teacher and a CWRU faculty member in the discipline.  Prereq:  EDUC 301, EDUC 304, EDUC 338 and acceptance into the Teacher Education major.

 

EDUC 326  SPECIAL METHODS II  (2CR)

This second course in the sequence builds on the knowledge and skills gained in EDUC 325.  Students continue their work from the first semester as they continue to design and teach their content.  The course involves more sophisticated lesson design in the content area, content integration, and  an introduction to designing instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.  Prereq:  EDUC 325

 

EDUC 340  CURRICULUM AND METHODS  (3CR)

This curriculum/methods course involves in-depth study of pedagogy within an integrated and interdisciplinary model.  Demonstrated understanding of constructivist theory, the application of developmental learning theories, and state and national standards in curriculum content, curriculum design, instruction and assessment are central to the course.  Students spend one day a week with a high school teacher mentor where course requrements are carried out.  Prereq:  EDUC 326.

 

EDUC 390  STUDENT TEACHING / PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR  (3CR)

Taken in conjunction with student teaching, this course provides a forum for processing what students experience throughout the semester.  The course also guides the professional development of each student as they compile their portfolios and prepare for state licensure exams.   Prereq:  admission to student teaching.  Co-requisite:  EDUC 394.

 

EDUC 394  STUDENT TEACHING PRACTICUM  (9CR)

This practicum consists of a fifteen week student teaching intensive.  Each student teacher plans and teaches a comprehensive unit and assumes full teaching responsibility within the classroom.  As such, the student teacher becomes a member of the school community. Video analysis, problem-solving and reflective dialogue are key emphases as students prepare for their entry into the profession.          Pre-requisite: admission to student teaching.  Co-rerequisite:  EDUC 390.