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EDU-1020 Ch Ab Awr & Resp Trng

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in 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-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

Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA or current TEA requirement and 36 hours posted to the transcript. 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 and EDU 3431 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 Special Topics

EDU-3308 Teach Exceptional Child

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU 2100 and EDU 3431 or EDU 3432 An introductory study of the various exceptionalities. This course meets the state requirements for instruction in the detection and education of students with dyslexia (TEC 21.044b) and instruction in detection of students with mental or emotional disorders (TEC 21.044 c1-2). EDU-3308 requires five (5) hours of observation in addition to class time.

EDU-3310 Multicultural Education

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU 2100 and EDU 3431 or 3432 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 and EDU 3431 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: EDU 2100, EDU 3431 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: EDU 2100, EDU 3431 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 and EDU 3431 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 and EDU 3431 or 3432 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-3341 Inst/Assess/Classrm Mgt Elem

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU 1020 and EDU 1030. This course is intended to provide an overview of instructional methods and strategies for elementary school teaching. Emphasis will be placed on designing and teaching lessons. In addition, classroom management techniques and assessment methods will also be addressed.

EDU-3342 Instr/Assess/Class Mgt Second

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU 2100. Principles of instruction, assessment and classroom management are explored in the context of conceptual development. Includes how to organize and manage a successful learning environment. The course assists teacher candidates to develop an individual classroom management and instructional plan appropriate to their proposed teaching field. In addition to class time, five hours of observation within context of a public or private school are required. Five hours additionally are to be in an interactive setting with students.

EDU-3363 Foundations of Bilingual Ed

Prerequisite: EDU 2100 and EDU 3431 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-3431 Inst/Assess/Classrm Mgt Elem I

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU 2100 This course is intended to provide an overview of instructional methods and strategies for elementary school teaching. Emphasis will be placed on designing and teaching lessons. In addition, classroom management techniques and assessment methods will also be addressed. This course requires two and one-half (2.5) observation hours.

EDU-3432 Instr/Assess/Class Mgt Sec II

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU 2100 Principles of instruction, assessment and classroom management are explored in the context of conceptual development. Includes how to organize and manage a successful learning environment. The course assists teacher candidates develop an individual classroom management and instructional plan appropriate to their proposed teaching field. This course requires ten (10) observation hours.

EDU-4317 Engl Sec Lang Method

Prerequisite: EDU 2100, EDU 3431, EDU 3324 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; Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU 2100 and EDU 3431 or 3432; 3.5 GPA. 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-4328H Reflective Edu Seminar

Prerequisite: Undergraduate students in honors program only; Previous or concurrent enrollment in EDU 2100 and EDU 3431 or 3432; 3.5 GPA This education honors course for undergraduate students in education provides intense and reflective emphasis upon school and cultural contexts for those who enroll in education study abroad programs. Assignments include journal readings, a synthesis paper, and a photo essay, web-based dialogue journal, portfolio rendition or similar project of important education questions answered during the study abroad program. This course is designed for departmental honors in undergraduate education credit in EC-6, bilingual or secondary education. It may not be repeated for honors credit. Six hours of Departmental Honors courses may be submitted for graduate elective credit in the School of Education graduate education programs. Approval for such credit is contingent upon Graduate Education Admissions committee.

EDU-4329 Cont Meth Dual Lang Class

Prerequisite: verification of Spanish language proficiency, EDU 2100, EDU 3431, EDU 3363 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: EDU 2100, EDU 3431 or EDU 3432 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; EDU 2100, EDU 3431 or 3432, EDU 3338 and 3.5 GPA 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: EDU 2100, EDU 3431 and admission to 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: EDU 2100, EDU 3431 and admission to the 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; EDU 2100, EDU 3431, EDU 3363, RDG 4401, 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 Stud Tch Second Sch

Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and Consent of the Teacher Education Committee; successful completion of all requirements of Phase II of the Teacher Education Program, which include passing TExES content area and PPR certifying 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 Clinical Stud Teaching

Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and Consent of the Teacher Education Committee; successful completion of all requirements of Phase II of the Teacher Education Program, which includes passing the TExES EC-6 Core Subjects and PPR certifying 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 Stu Tch Bilingual

Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and Consent of the Teacher Education Committee; successful completion of all requirements of Phase II of the Teacher Education Program which include passing the TExES pretests for the EC-6 Core Subjects and PPR certifying 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

Prerequisites: Completed undergraduate degree at Texas Wesleyan University; admission to Certification Only Program; obtain a position as the teacher of record with district accredited by TEA; passing score on the appropriate TExES certifying exam and a passing score on the EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam; Consent of Teacher Education Committee 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 and EDU 3431. 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 EDU 3431, and 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: EDU 2100, 3431 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: EDU 2100, EDU 3432, 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: EDU 2100, EDU 3431 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: EDU 2100, EDU 3431 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.

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