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EDU-1020 Ch Ab Awr & Resp Trng

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDU-1030 and EDU-2100 The Child Abuse Awareness and Responsibilities Training Course, is to provide all education faculty and staff with required state certification in child abuse. The course is required for all faculty & staff working with individuals under the age of 18 on university campuses. The course training must be completed before working with students. The training consists of an online Blackboard training course that requires 3 hours to complete. At the end of the training, all participants must complete and pass the CAART assessment with a 70% or higher score.

EDU-1030 Bullying Training

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDU 1020 and EDU-2100 The Bullying Awareness and Responsibilities Training Course is to provide all education faculty, staff, and graduate students with required state certification in bullying education. The course is required for all faculty, staff, and graduate students working with individuals under the age of 18 on university campuses or ISD schools. The course training must be completed during their first semester at TWU before working with students. The training consists of an online Blackboard training course that requires 3 hours to complete. At the end of the training, all participants must complete and pass the BART assessment with a 70% or higher score.

EDU-2100 Founda of Education

Concurrent enrollment in EDU-1020 and EDU-1030. Concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 or EDU-3342. Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA or current TEA requirement and 36 credit hours completed. An introduction to teaching, to the Texas Wesleyan University teacher education program and Texas certification standards. Designed to enhance the student's educational understanding and critical thinking. Students will explore links among historical foundations and best practice, learning theorist, and contemporary concerns in education. This course is a prerequisite for the professional development core and methodology courses. Ten (10) hours of observation are required. Course fee applies.

EDU-2208 Fine Arts Elementary

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-2100. This cross-disciplinary course is designed to develop, explore, and integrate vocabularies of the arts including architecture, dance, design, drama, literature, moving images, music, theatre, and the visual arts. Students can expect to demonstrate understanding in a number of ways in various projects. The culmination of the semester will be the presentation of final individual and group projects. Students can expect to document their experiences throughout the semester.

EDU-2399 ST: Instr, Assess & Class Mgt

Prerequisite: EDU 1020 and EDU 1030

EDU-3310 Multicultural Education

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-2100. This course addresses the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary for working with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse students and their families, especially as it relates to the role of the classroom teacher in providing appropriate cultural experiences, environments and curriculum for students. The course is based on the application of family-centered practices, including preservation of home language and servicing students with exceptionality in educational contexts. The format of the class will provide opportunities for and critical reflection and participation in active learning processes such as role playing, small group discussion and problem solving with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse family situations and instructional dilemmas.

EDU-3318 Intro to Early Childhood Educa

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-2100. This introductory course in Early Childhood Education covers: historical foundations of early childhood education, current programs, best practices, emergent literature, legal and ethical issues, understanding the development of typical and atypical young children and how it influences objectives, activities, materials and teaching strategies and techniques in an early childhood classroom. EDU 3318 requires five (5) hours of observation in addition to class time.

EDU-3319 Math for Element Schl Teachers

Prerequisite: Completion of EDU-2100, EDU-3341 and admission to Teacher Education Program. Designed to help future teachers understand the role of mathematics education in the elementary school curriculum and to develop the knowledge and skills needed for mathematics instruction. Five (5) hours of field experience are required.

EDU-3320 Science for Elem Schl Teachers

Prerequisite: Completion of EDU-2100, completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 and admission to Teacher Education Program. Designed to provide pre-service elementary teachers with a general science background. Biological, chemical, physical, and geological concepts are covered in an infused approach. Research design and laboratory safety are included. Five (5) hours of field experience are required.

EDU-3324 Lang Acquisition & Develop

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-2100. Students gain an understanding of the various theories regarding the process of first and second language acquisition and development. Students will become familiar with teaching and learning strategies that enhance the acquisition of a second language.

EDU-3338 Technology for Classroom Instr

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-2100. The course focuses on the use of technology as an educational tool. Topics include spreadsheets, desktop publishing, website design, presentation programs, and advanced internet technologies as they pertain to the TEKS and curriculum and instructional design of lesson plans.

EDU-3363 Foundations of Bilingual Ed

Prerequisite: Completion of EDU-2100, completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 and admission to Teacher Education Program. This course examines the history and role of bilingual education in American education. In addition, it examines the effects of bilingualism on the cognitive and meta-linguistic development, and the creative thinking of balanced bilingual students. Multicultural themes such as discrimination and racism in the United States are addressed. Various models of bilingual programs implemented in the States and abroad are examined.

EDU-4317 Engl Sec Lang Method

Prerequisite: Completion of EDU-2100 and EDU-3324, and completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 and admission to Teacher Education Program. Examines the history of first and second language teaching to assess the effectiveness of such methodologies. Competency will be established in defining and applying terminology and basic concepts regarding the language development of LEP students. In addition, it examines more contemporary second language teaching approaches as they relate to the development of curriculum, lesson plan preparation, and the language assessment of LEP students. The role and application of computer-assisted instruction in the language development of LEP students will be emphasized.

EDU-4326H Philosophy for Children

Prerequisite:Undergraduate students in honors program only; 3.5 Cumulative GPA; Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-2100, EDU-3341 or EDU-3342. This education honors course utilizes discussion of philosophical ideas drawn from various types of children's literature. Dialogues following readings engage student in topics which improve critical thinking and learning across the curriculum.

EDU-4329 Cont Meth Dual Lang Class

Prerequisite: Verification of Spanish language proficiency, completion of EDU-2100, completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Examines a variety of learning styles and teaching methods that promote an active learning process in teaching modern elementary level mathematics, science, and social studies. The incorporation of computer-assisted instruction in the dual language setting will be emphasized.

EDU-4331 Diff Inst Mix-Abil K-12 Classr

Prerequisite: Completion of EDU-2100 and completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 or EDU-3342 and admission to Teacher Education Program. This course will provide students with research-based resources, strategies, and technology for working with students of all abilities in the regular classroom. Students will examine the role of the classroom teacher in differentiating instruction for special education, average-ability, and gifted students in the content areas. Students apply theory and research-based models of differentiation of classroom environment, curriculum and instruction, and assessment with regards to all students including those with exceptionalities and respond to their needs (readiness, learning profile, and interest) by planning, selecting, adapting and creating a supportive classroom environment, relevant curriculum and appropriate assessment by using a repertoire of evidence-based strategies to ensure specific student outcomes in the least restrictive environment.

EDU-4338H Technol Trends in Educa

Prerequisite: Undergraduate students in honors program only; 3.5 Cumulative GPA; Completion of EDU-2100, EDU-3341 or EDU-3342. Honor students will engage in hands-on activities and projects that will extend their knowledge and use of technology in the classroom. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of technology as a tool to create projects that involve higher-order thinking and engaging learning environments. Students will also have an opportunity to observe and interact with technology in local school districts and discuss future trends in the area of instructional technology. Students must provide their own transportation to the educational site.

EDU-4340 Envir Process/Assess for E C-6

Prerequisite: Completion of EDU-2100 and completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Course considers early childhood learning processes as well as implications for individual, group, and program assessment for EC-6th. Assessment components include developmentally appropriate practice, formal, informal and holistic assessment instruments as well as learning environmental materials and resources. The development and implementation of creativity throughout the curriculum is emphasized. An additional focus is the understanding and practical application of Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Standards. A minimum of (7) clock hours of field experience is required as part of this course.

EDU-4348 Soc St for Elemen Schl Teacher

Prerequisite:Completion of EDU-2100 and completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 and admission to Teacher Education Program. This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and understandings needed to teach Social Studies in the elementary grades. This course uses content from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) to plan lessons and units. This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and understandings for grades EC-6. Two and one-half (2.5) observation hours in an elementary Social Studies setting arranged by the student is a requirement of this course. Transportation to and from the schools is the responsibility of the student.

EDU-4362 Rdg/Lang Arts in Dual Lang Cl

Prerequisite: Verification of Spanish language proficiency; completion of EDU-2100 EDU-3363 and RDG-4401, completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. This course examines the principles, theories, and techniques involved in the teaching of reading and writing in dual language classrooms. Course also explores the language arts curriculum, development of language and literary skills in exceptional dual language students, assessment of literacy skills in Spanish, and the use of computer-assisted instruction in the teaching of reading to LEP students.

EDU-4604 Clin Teaching Secondary School

Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program, consent of the Teacher Education Committee; successful completion of all requirements of Phase II of the Teacher Education Program, 2.5 overall GPA and passing scores on required TExES content area and PPR certification exams. The secondary clinical teaching experience is the culmination and application of all educational coursework at Texas Wesleyan University. Students are required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of best practice strategies for the secondary classroom. The course consists of two classroom assignments over a 14-week period. Students must participate in all aspects of the public school system during this course. This will include instruction, assessment, classroom management, and professional communications in a public school setting. Students must apply for clinical teaching during the semester prior to taking the course, successfully complete all Phase II requirements of the Teacher Education Program, pass all required practice certification exams, successfully complete any and all improvement plans arising from any fitness to teach report.

EDU-4608 Clin Teaching Elementary Sch

Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program, consent of the Teacher Education Committee; successful completion of all requirements of Phase II of the Teacher Education Program, 2.5 overall GPA and passing scores on required TExES content area and PPR certification exams. The elementary clinical teaching experience is the culmination and application of all educational coursework at Texas Wesleyan University. Students are required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of best practice strategies for the elementary classroom. The course consists of two classroom assignments over a 14-week period. Students must participate in all aspects of the public school system during this course. This will include instruction, assessment, classroom management, and professional communications in a public school setting. Students must apply for clinical teaching during the semester prior to taking the course, successfully complete all Phase II requirements of the Teacher Education Program, pass all required practice certification exams, successfully complete any and all improvement plans arising from any fitness to teach report.

EDU-4613 Bilingual Clinical Teaching

Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program, consent of the Teacher Education Committee; successful completion of all requirements of Phase II of the Teacher Education Program, 2.5 overall GPA and passing scores on required TExES content area and PPR certification exams. The elementary bilingual clinical teaching experience is the culmination and application of all educational coursework at Texas Wesleyan University. Students are required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of best practice strategies for the bilingual elementary classroom. The course consists of two classroom assignments over a 14-week period for 5 full days. Students must participate in all aspects of the public school system during course. This will include instruction assessment, classroom management, and professional communications in a public school setting. Students must apply for student teaching during the semester prior to taking the course, successfully complete all Phase II requirements of the Teacher Education Program, pass all required practice certification exams, and successfully complete any and all improvement plans arising from any Fitness to Teach Report.

EDU-4614 Post-Bac Internship

Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program, consent of the Teacher Education Committee; successful completion of all requirements of Phase II of the Teacher Education Program, 2.5 overall GPA and passing scores on required TExES content area and PPR certification exams. This course is designed to provide technical assistance to students serving as teacher of record in a local school district within parameters of a probationary certificate. The successful completion of this internship is required to obtain a standard teacher certificate.

RDG-3322 Children's Lit

Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-2100. This course includes a history and survey of children's literature appropriate for EC through 6th grade. Emphasis is placed on selection, use, and appreciation of material. This course is for majors in elementary education and will not fulfill the sophomore English requirement for graduation.

RDG-3328 Children's Biling Literature

Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-2100 and completion of SPN-1341, SPN-1342, SPN-2313, SPN-2314 or test equivalent. The course will explore in depth children's literature in bilingual contents. It will enable students to gain knowledge of Spanish literature for children and how to implement it in the classroom setting. The course is designed as an interactive-lecture workshop where students will engage in meaningful didactic units of studies. The course will be taught both in English and Spanish.

RDG-4345 Teach Wrtg in Elem Classrm

Prerequisite: Completion of EDU-2100, completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program. This course is designed to provide students with the pedagogical strategies for teaching writing at the elementary level (EC-6). Through the use of mentor texts, students will explore the connection between reading and writing as interrelated processes. Students will learn and apply strategies for teaching the writing process in the context of a literacy workshop.

RDG-4347 Rdg Content Area

Prerequisite: Completion of EDU-2100, completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3342 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program. A course to assist teachers and prospective teachers in becoming aware of and sensitive to reading in content classrooms. Focus is on both diagnostic and instructional techniques in content area instruction. Laboratory required.

RDG-4401 Beginning Literacy

Prerequisite: Completion of EDU-2100, completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program. This course focuses on the overall literacy development in young children; pre-birth through age 6. Phonological awareness and phonics skills are taught. Development processes in reading and writing are emphasized. Appropriate teaching strategies and techniques are practiced with primary grade children in a school setting. Fifteen (15) hours of field experience are required.

RDG-4402 Intermediate Literacy

Prerequisite: Completion of EDU-2100, completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU-3341 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program. This course focuses on the most current research, theory, and methods of reading and writing instruction, while providing students with the background knowledge in language arts necessary to prepare an integrated unit of instruction. Various instructional and assessment techniques are modeled. A practical application project, based on work with a student in an intermediate school setting, is incorporated into the course requirements. Fifteen (15) hours of field experience are required.