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EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Edu 103 Orientation in Special Education 1 credit hour

Observation of selected area special education, vocational preparation, and residential programs. Overview of service delivery systems in special education. Introduction to systematic classroom observation techniques. (FA)

Edu 104 Exploring Early Childhood 1 credit hour

Observation of selected area preschools and developmental interventions provided in hospital, center and home environments. Overview of service delivery systems in interdisciplinary early childhood education. Introduction to systematic classroom observation techniques. (as needed)

Edu 108 Orientation to School of Education 1 credit hour

Required for the transfer student who has completed the basic “Introduction to Education” course elsewhere; this course orients the student to the Brescia program, its conceptual framework, its educator disposition expectations, its continuous assessment system and practices, and its Ursuline foundation. (as needed)

Edu 199 Independent Study 1-4 credit hours

This course number is used to designate a course that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered at the request of an instructor, based on student interests and needs. (Arr)

Edu 204 Introduction to Education 3 credit hours

Examines the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education; focus upon the American school system – organization, curriculum, and administration; review of current educational research; includes a required field component. May not be taken as directed study. Prerequisite: Fifteen hours of university course work. (FA, SP)

Edu 213 School Health, Safety, Nutrition & the Environment 3 credit hours

Required for elementary education majors. It provides a basic background for understanding how the body functions, health related problems, personal hygiene, good health practices, nutrition, environmental issues, safety measures in the community, and the roles and responsibilities of teachers as advocates for children. (FA)

Edu 246 Microcomputing in the Classroom 3 credit hours

Introduction to microcomputer applications, related technology, and technology adaptations for the classroom. Integration of word processing, database, spread sheet, and telecommunications applications. Focuses on software selection and evaluation, teacher utility programs, authoring, adapting software to meet student needs, and application of microcomputers to specific academic areas. Field hours required. Prerequisite: Word processing competency. (FA, SP)

Edu 255 Teaching Children with Exceptionalities 3 credit hours

Introduction to special education and its relationship with general education, for both regular and special educators. Provides an overview of current issues, legal requirements, definitions, characteristics, educational needs, classroom adaptations and techniques for teaching children with exceptionalities and those considered to be a risk. Field experience is required. Prerequisites: Sophomore status; completion of Eng 102 recommended. (FA)

Edu 256 Adaptive Physical Education 1 credit hour

Introduction to physical education and recreation programs for special populations. Overview of safety considerations and proper techniques for lifts, transfers, and positioning. Introduction to accessibility and adaptive needs for persons with orthopedic handicaps. Exposure to variety of orthopedic/adaptive equipment and technological assists. (SP)

Edu 257 Physical Education (P-5) 1 credit hour

Designed to enable understanding of motor and social developmental stages of P-5 students, and to facilitate the acquisition of the skills necessary to conduct programs appropriate to the needs and abilities of those students. (FA)

Edu 301 Growth, Development and Learning Theory 3 credit hours

This course provides an in-depth study of human growth and development with respect to physical, social, cognitive, gender, emotional, and personality issues, in conjunction with consideration of theories of learning and teaching that apply to student development. Field experience is required. Prerequisite: Edu 204 or permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 307 Early Childhood Special Education 3 credit hours

Course content includes issues, intervention techniques, and service delivery models for infants, toddlers, and preschool children who are considered developmentally disabled or at risk. It also examines transdisciplinary approaches to Individual Family Service Plans, assessment and curriculum, transition, integration; and explores the developmental and functional approaches to instruction. Field experience is required. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 308 Infant/Toddler/Preschool Assessment 3 credit hours

Introduction to and familiarization with a variety of screening, standardized, and non-standardized assessments and procedures for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Field experiences in assessment are required. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program and completion of Edu 204 and Edu 255, or permission of instructor. (as needed)

Edu 309 Family and Agency Services 3 credit hours

Explores community and professional services that benefit children and families; examines family structures and means of assessing the functional quality of families. Field experiences required. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program and completion of SW 280, or permission of instructor. (as needed)

Edu 310 Infant/Toddler Curriculum and Methods 3 credit hours

Methods, materials, assessment and developmental expectations for planning and providing systematic intervention to infants and toddlers with disabilities (or at risk for disabilities), and their families or care givers. Various service delivery systems and research findings are examined. Field experience is required. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program and completion of Edu 307, Edu 308, and Edu 309 or permission of instructor. (as needed)

Edu 311 Preschool Curriculum & Methods 3 credit hours

Methods, materials and curriculum for planning and providing systematic language rich instruction and development activities to children from ages three to five in a variety of preschool settings. Focus is on individualized assessments, skill development, family involvement, center development, and appropriate use of technologies. Various service delivery systems and research findings are examined. Field experience is required. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program and completion of Edu 307, Edu 308, and Edu 309 or permission of instructor. (as needed)

Edu 314 Children’s Literature 3 credit hours

Provides a general overview of the literature appropriate for elementary grades and beyond; acquaints students with books and their uses in the literature-based approach to teaching. Clinical hours required. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 315 Adolescent Literature 3 credit hours

Provides a general overview of the literature appropriate for elementary and middle grades; acquaints students with books and their uses in the literature-based approach to teaching. This course fulfills a requirement in the English and Communication component in the curriculum for the Provisional Certificate for Teaching in the Middle Grades. Clinical hours required. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 319 Social Studies in Elementary Grades 3 credit hours

Prepares teachers at the elementary level to organize and teach social studies concepts, providing them with appropriate content, methodology and activities for reinforcing those concepts. Field experience is required. Prerequisites: Completion of a global and a U.S. history course. Admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 320 Science for Elementary Grades 3 credit hours

This course is designed to assist the teacher of the elementary grades in presenting science concepts in an interesting and challenging way so as to help the student acquire and maintain a high level of curiosity about science and to enjoy the information acquired. It will provide models of inquiry and a methodology for teaching the science curriculum. Field experience is required. Prerequisites: Completion of a biological and a physical science course, admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 321 Teaching Reading in the Elementary Schools 3 credit hours

This course is designed for elementary school teachers. Its purposes are to survey reading research, develop a meaningful repertoire of teaching strategies, and be able to integrate reading skills and materials across the elementary school curriculum. Field placement is required. Prerequisites: Edu 204 and admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. Edu 314 strongly recommended. (FA)

Edu 322 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas 3 credit hours

This course is designed for middle school teachers. It approaches reading as a cognitive process and offers teaching strategies, skill development strategies, aids, and approaches to assessing the readability of materials in middle school content areas. Field experience is required. Prerequisites: Admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 323 Math Methods for Elementary Grades 3 credit hours

This course prepares teachers to assist children in acquiring an understanding of mathematical concepts and principles and the operations to which they apply; upon achieving this understanding, children will learn the skills they need to use mathematics effectively in a wide variety of situations. Field experience is required. Prerequisites: Mth 203, 204 and admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 324 Teaching Mathematics 3 credit hours

A study of the content and methodology for teaching mathematics in the middle school. Deals with process of learning mathematics, content to be taught, and methods of teaching. Not applicable toward a mathematics major or minor. Field experience is required. Prerequisites: Mth 204 or and admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 325 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School 3 credit hours

This course is designed for elementary school teachers. The purposes of this course are to survey the language arts research, examine and evaluate approaches to teaching language arts, and develop teaching strategies and skills that will integrate language arts in the elementary school curriculum. Field placement is required. Prerequisites: Edu 204 and admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 326 Teaching Language Arts in the Content Areas 3 credit hours

This course is designed for middle school teachers. The purposes of this course are to survey the language arts research, examine and evaluate approaches to teaching language arts in the content areas, and to develop teaching strategies and skills that will integrate language arts into the middle school content areas. Field placement is required. Prerequisites: Edu 204 and admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 327 Teaching Reading: Secondary Schools 3 credit hours

Methods of teaching reading and study skills in content areas; survey of diagnostic instruments, instructional materials, and organization of reading program; focus upon current research and practice. Field experience is required. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 328 Teaching Social Studies 3 credit hours

This course is designed to direct prospective teachers in their efforts to organize and conduct successful social studies learning experiences in the middle grades; and to provide detailed information about content to be covered, methods of teaching, materials to be used, and activities appropriate for each content area. Field experience is required. Prerequisites: Completion of a global and a U.S. history course. Edu 204 and admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 329 Teaching Science 3 credit hours

This course is designed to give directions to the prospective teacher on how to organize and conduct successful learning experiences in the middle grades; to provide detailed information for each content area, along with appropriate learning activities and methods of teaching science effectively. Field experience is required. Prerequisites: Completion of a biological and a physical science course. Admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 334 Introduction to Learning and Behavior Disorders 3 credit hours

A survey of the nature and needs of individuals with a variety of mild learning and behavior disorders, including Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, Mild Mental Disabilities, and Orthopedic Handicaps. Considers characteristics, definitions, historical developments, legal requirements, family concerns, and programming and intervention issues. Field experience is required. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 336 Methods: Learning and Behavior Disorders 3 credit hours

Methods, materials and curriculum for planning and providing systematic instruction to individuals with mild learning and behavior disorders. Focus is on individualized diagnosis, strategies, formative evaluation, collaboration, and use of technology in the classroom. Service delivery systems and research findings are examined. Field experience is required.

Prerequisites: Edu 334 and admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 337 Behavior Disorders: Techniques and Procedures 3 credit hours

Application of behavior management skills with emphasis on changing student behavior; establishing effective behavioral environments; and identifying, monitoring, and charting targeted behaviors. Behavior modification, effective teaching variables, self-monitoring techniques, and other theories are discussed. Field experience is required. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 350 Diagnosis and Assessment in Special Education 3 credit hours

Instruction in the development and utilization of informal and formal evaluation instruments for use in providing diagnostic/prescriptive teaching in the curriculum areas. Field experience in assessment is required. Prerequisites: Edu 334 and admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 399 Independent Study 1- 4 credit hours

This course number is used to designate a course that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. (Arr)

Edu 407 Teaching Secondary School Subjects 3 credit hours

Overview of secondary school structure, historical perspective, curriculum, diagnosis, planning. Comprehensive thirty-hour field experience in an area high school is required. May not be taken as a directed study. Prerequisite: Edu 301 and admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 410 Methods and Materials: Secondary Curriculum 3 credit hours

Examines teaching techniques/strategies for secondary classroom. Focus upon instructional materials in various areas of secondary certification; use of media, micro-teaching. Thirty-hour field experience in student’s major discipline is required. May not be taken as a directed study. Prerequisites: Edu 407 and admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 411 History and Philosophy of Education 3 credit hours

A senior-level seminar in educational studies. Students will read and discuss books with strong literary and intellectual content. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 412 Curriculum and Classroom Management for the Middle Grades 3 credit hours

This course acquaints the student with the philosophy and organization of the middle school, appropriate curriculum concepts, discipline strategies and classroom management. Clinical and field hours required. Prerequisites: Admission to Educational Studies Program, junior status; and sixty hours of field experience. (SP)

Edu 413 Curriculum and Classroom Management 3 credit hours

Acquaints the student with management techniques and theory, effective classroom environments, discipline techniques, effective classroom behaviors, conferencing, observation and report-writing skills. Clinical and field hours required. Prerequisites: Admission to Educational Studies Program, junior status; and sixty hours of field experience. (SP)

Edu 420 Student Teaching: Elementary Education, Grades P-5 9 credit hours

Observation, participation, and teaching experiences for minimum of fourteen weeks in approved public or private schools; minimum of seven weeks in a primary P-2 placement and a minimum of seven weeks in an intermediate grades 3-5 placement. Includes development of professional portfolio. Prerequisites: Admission to student teaching; course work through the junior year; completion of all methods courses. (FA, SP)

Edu 420L Student Teaching: Elementary Education, Grades P-5 6 credit hours

Observation, participation, and teaching experiences for a minimum of nine weeks in approved public or private schools; includes development of professional portfolio. Open only to Special Education majors. Prerequisites: Admission to student teaching; declared special education major; course work through the junior year; completion of all methods courses. (FA, SP)

Edu 421 Student Teaching: Secondary (8-12) 9 credit hours

Observation, participation and teaching experiences in approved secondary public or private school for a minimum of fourteen weeks; includes development of professional portfolio. Prerequisite: Admission to student teaching. (FA, SP)

Edu 422 Student Teaching: Middle School, Grades 5-9 9 credit hours

Observation, participation, and teaching experiences in approved public and private schools – middle grades, 5-9 – for a minimum of fourteen full weeks (typically distributed seven weeks full time in each specialty area); includes development of professional portfolio. Prerequisites: Admission to student teaching; course work through the junior year; and Edu 412. (FA, SP)

Edu 422L Student Teaching: Middle School, Grades 5-9 6 credit hours

Observation, participation, and teaching experiences in approved public and private schools — middle grades, 5-9 — for minimum of nine full weeks; includes development of professional portfolio. Open only to special education majors. Prerequisites: Admission to student teaching, declared special education major; course work through the junior year, and Edu 412. (FA, SP)

 

Edu 426 Professional Laboratory Experiences 4-8 credit hours

A practicum approach to teaching that may include selected laboratory experiences, group/individual sessions and readings. Prerequisites: Experienced teachers only, approval of program chair and admission to Educational Studies Program.

Edu 430 Adaptive and Assistive Technology: Communication and Curricular Issues 3 credit hours

Explores language development, language disorders associated with students with disabilities, adaptive and assistive technologies, and strategies to promote language and communication. Experiences will include assessment, program development, use and evaluation of technologies, collaborative problem solving. Field experiences will be required. Prerequisites: Admission to Educational Studies Program or permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 431 Transition to Kindergarten Curriculum and Methods 3 credit hours

Methods, materials and curriculum for planning and providing systematic instruction to individuals transitioning to and enrolled in Kindergarten; included are children with and without identified disabilities. Focus is on individualized diagnosis, strategies, formative evaluation, collaboration, literacy development, and use of appropriate technology in the classroom. Service delivery systems and research findings are examined. Field experience is required. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program and completion of Edu 311 or permission of instructor. (as needed)

Edu 432 IECE Infant/Toddler Practicum 3 credit hours

Supervised intervention experience during the semester immediately preceding student teaching. Focuses on the assessment, design, and implementation of systematic intervention with infants and toddlers and their families. Shadowing of early intervention specialists with, for example, First Steps or other providers. Interventions may occur in centers, in family homes, or with in-patient or out-patient therapists. Prerequisite: Admission to Educational Studies Program and completion of Edu 310, Edu 311 and permission of instructor. (as needed)

Edu 433 Student Teaching IECE 9 credit hour

Observation, participation and extensive teaching experience with students in preschool and kindergarten settings; includes development of professional portfolio. The experience is for a minimum of seven weeks in each two approved settings (a minimum of 14 weeks). Prerequisites: Admission to Student Teaching, completion of Edu 431, and permission of instructor. (as needed)

Edu 440L Field Work in Special Education: LBD 1–3 credit hours

Supervised teaching experience during the semester immediately preceding student teaching. Focuses on the assessment, design, and implementation of systematic instruction and collaboration practices for students with learning and behavior disorders (Edu 440L). Requires fifty field hours (per semester credit hour) and meetings with instructor; recommended is a minimum of fifty hours active field involvement. (FA, SP)

Edu 441 Career Education and Family Life 3 credit hours

Course content includes transition plans, life-centered curricula, materials, and methods to meet the lifelong career, community involvement, family life, and sex education needs of individuals with disabilities. Clinic and field hours required. Prerequisites: Admission to Educational Studies Program and permission of instructor. (FA)

Edu 443 Legal Aspects, Parental Issues, and the IEP 3 credit hours

Examines laws, regulations, due process procedures, and court decisions that affect special education providers, individuals with exceptionalities and their families. Also explores communication and counseling issues for working with parents and families. Develops techniques for creating individualized educational programs. Prerequisites: Admission to Educational Studies Program and permission of instructor. (SP)

Edu 444L Student Teaching: Learning and Behavior Disorders 6 credit hours

Observation, participation and extensive teaching experience with students having learning and behavior disorders; includes development of professional portfolio. The experience is for a minimum of nine weeks in approved public schools. Prerequisites: Edu 336, admission to student teaching, and permission of instructor. (FA, SP)