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Elementary Education Courses

EDU 202 OVERVIEW OF TEACHING / 3 credits

An introduction to the teaching profession that provides a basic understanding of the foundations of the education system in the United States and the role of teachers in that system. Students will also gain practical experience by completing a minimum of 20 hours of classroom observation and directed experiences in a public school, with at least 10 hours dedicated to an approved diverse setting.

EDU 205 TEACHING IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL / 3 credits

An introduction to teaching at the K-6 level that provides a basic understanding of the nature of teaching and learning in the elementary context, as well as foundational knowledge regarding the physical, mental, and emotional needs of elementary children. Topics include an introduction to the elementary school and elementary learners, effective planning and delivery of instruction, principles of child health and physical activity, and self-assessment for professional growth.

EDU 210 TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION / 3 credits

Using the International Society of Technical Education (ISTE) Standards, students will study the integration of computers and contemporary technology into classroom instruction. Computer curriculum will be examined.

EDU 220 SOCIAL STUDIES FOR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL / 3 credits

An introduction to the resources available to the K-6 social studies teacher and exploration of content knowledge for teaching social studies at an elementary school level. Students will gain a foundational knowledge in history, geography, economics, and civics. Prerequisite/corequisite: EDU 202.

EDU 306 SOCIAL STUDIES TOPICS FOR THE SECONDARY SCHOOL / 3 credits

Designed to strengthen content competency in social studies for teacher candidates at the secondary level, this topics course will focus on social studies content appropriate for the secondary level, with emphasis on economics, geography, and sociology.

EDU 311 GEOGRAPHY / 3 CREDITS

A survey of geography, including map study, continents, oceans, land forms, vegetation, climate, and more.

EDU 314 HUMAN AND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY / 3 credits

An introduction to human and cultural geography with emphasis on spatial and ecological components.

EDU 320 TEACHING READING / 3 credits

Exploration of theories and strategies that reflect best practice in reading instruction. Students will learn how to diagnose reading difficulties, use intervention strategies to assist struggling readers, and foster disciplinary literacy across the curriculum. Students will also gain practical experience by completing a minimum of 10 hours of classroom observation and directed experiences in reading instruction. Prerequisite: Meet all requirements for pre-admission to the teacher education program (Transition One). see previous catalog for information removed? this was not noted in track/changes

EDU 324 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE / 3 credits

Evaluation and selection of developmentally appropriate texts from the various genres in children’s literature. Students will learn to use effective instructional practices and resources for teaching children and adolescents to read and respond critically to literary texts.

EDU 325 PRACTICUM I / 1 credit

An introduction for pre-service teachers to the four domains of Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. Course content will focus on organizing content knowledge for student learning, creating environments that are conducive to student learning, developing the instructional skills necessary for guiding student learning, and demonstrating growth within the profession. Supervised classroom participation experiences of at least 30 hours in approved settings are required in grades/disciplines appropriate to students’ areas of licensure. Fee required. Prerequisite: Documentation of a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

EDU 326 PRACTICUM II / 1 credit

This seminar will focus on the development of pre-service teachers’ professional dispositions and knowledge of effective instructional practice. Supervised classroom participation experiences of at least 30 hours in approved settings are required in grades/disciplines appropriate to students’ areas of licensure. Fee required. Prerequisite: Completion of Practicum I.

EDU 330 LITERACY IN THE DISCIPLINES / 3 credits

Preparation of students to teach reading, writing, and reasoning processes that support learning in the various content areas across the curriculum. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills specific to selecting appropriate texts, understanding text structures, and organizing instruction for discipline-related purposes that connect reading, writing, speaking, and listening to content area curricula.  Prerequisite: Meet all requirements for pre-admission to the teacher education program (Transition One).

EDU 335 EDUCATING DIVERSE AND EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS / 2 credits

This course will assist teacher candidates in becoming caring, reflective, and competent professionals and preparing them to meet the educational needs of diverse and exceptional learners. It will take into consideration cultural, economic, language, and other differences found in learners as well as explore different types and levels of intelligence, resilience, and motivation.

EDU 336 EDUCATING DIVERSE AND EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS FIELD EXPERIENCE / 1 credit

Directed experience in a diverse setting applicable to teacher education and/or professional growth. Corequisite: EDU 325 or consent from instructor. May be repeated for additional elective credit.

EDU 340 TEACHING STEM IN ELEMENTARY I: MATHEMATICS/TECHNOLOGY / 2 credits

Designed to prepare teacher candidates to teach mathematics at the elementary school (K-6) level, this course will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for meeting common core and disciplinary content standards as well as Arkansas teacher standards and competencies. It includes an emphasis on technology integration. Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in EDU 325

EDU 345 TEACHING STEM IN ELEMENTARY II: SCIENCE/ENGINEERING/ TECHNOLOGY / 2 credits

Designed to prepare teacher candidates to teach science at the elementary school (K-6) level, this course will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to meet disciplinary content standards and the Arkansas teacher standards and competencies. It includes emphases on engineering and technology integration. Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in EDU 326

EDU 382 SPECIAL TOPICS IN EDUCATION / 3 credits

Study of selected topics in education. Prerequisites will vary.

EDU 399 EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSE: Various Topics / 1 credit

Studies of varying topics in education. Includes a two-week Nichols trip. Prerequisites will vary depending upon course topic.

EDU 404 METHODS OF INTEGRATING THE LIBERAL ARTS IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL / 3 credits

An introduction to writing and teaching integrated, thematic units. Subject matter will include incorporating the academic disciplines within language arts, including the humanities (English, foreign language, history, philosophy, politics), fine arts (art, music, theatre), social sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, psychology, sociology), mathematics (computer science, mathematics, physics), and science (biology, chemistry) into thematic units with emphasis on technology in the delivery of units of instruction. Prerequisite: Enrollment in Practicum II.

EDU 450, 451 DIRECTED STUDY / 1-3 credits

Directed individual study in an area accepted for teacher certification or professional growth. Prerequisite: Admission into LATEC.

EDU 460 DIRECTED MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE / 1-3 credits

Directed experience in an area accepted for teacher certification or professional growth. Prerequisite: Admission into LATEC.

EDU 461 INTEGRATING THE LIBERAL ARTS IN ELEMENTARY I: SOCIAL STUDIES/LANGUAGE ARTS / 2 credits

Designed to prepare teacher candidates to teach social studies and language arts at the elementary school (K-6) level, this course will focus on the pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary for meeting common core and disciplinary content standards. Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in EDU 326

EDU 462 METHODS OF INTEGRATING THE LIBERAL ARTS INTO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE / 2 credits

An introduction to creating integrated thematic units for use in an early childhood/elementary curriculum with emphasis on mathematics and science and incorporating technology into instruction. Field-based clinical experiences required. Prerequisite: Admission into LATEC..

EDU 463 INTEGRATING THE LIBERAL ARTS IN ELEMENTARY I: ARTS/HEALTH/P. E. / 2 credits

Designed to prepare teacher candidates to integrate the arts, health, and physical education into the core disciplines at the elementary school (K-6) level, this course will focus on the pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary for meeting disciplinary content standards as well as Arkansas teacher standards and competencies. Prerequisite: EDU 326

EDU 495 STUDENT INTERNSHIP / 12 credits (6 + 6, Fall and Spring)

The student internship is designed to provide students with a realistic mentored experience in planning, managing, and teaching at the desired licensure level. The accompanying seminar is designed to enable the intern to integrate theory and practice and to find professional support from peers and faculty. The year-long internship will be split across the appropriate grade levels. Accepted students (with advisor approval) may request an alternative full-time one-semester internship schedule if all other degree requirements have been fulfilled. Fee required. Prerequisite: Admission into LATEC.