Elementary Education

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ELE 315 - Children's Literature
Credit Hours: 3
Selecting and evaluating materials for children from pre-school to eighth grade to guide their reading in keeping with their needs, interests, and abilities with a view to enjoyment and curriculum
enrichment in the elementary school. Content course, with elements of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc., to develop appreciation and
discrimination in reading. This course does not apply to general education requirements. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. (Same as SPE 315)

ELE 316 - Teaching Reading/Language Arts I
Credit Hours: 3
This course surveys contemporary language arts curricula in the elementary and middle school grades. Theories and models of language arts, current literacy issues and trends, content area reading and writing, as well as instructional methods and materials are presented and reviewed. Practical application of class study is provided through an accompanying supervised, one-credit laboratory. (Same as SPE 316.)
Prerequisite(s): EDU 214 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 317 - Reading Laboratory
Credit Hours: 1
Students enrolled in ELE/SPE 316 tutor children in the Reading Center. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Taken concurrently with ELE 316. (Same as SPE 317)

ELE 318 - Teaching Reading/Language Arts II
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a degree requirement for all elementary education majors. Prerequisites for this course are ELE 315, ELE 316, ELE 317 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. It is taught as part of the CATT program. This course is interactive, participatory, and reflective. As part of the course requirement, students will go into assigned classrooms in which to observe and implement what they are learning. They will see first hand the theories, issues, methods, management, materials, and assessment impacting effective teaching. Students will see how reading, writing, speaking, and listening as processes for learning across the curriculum. This course is designed to deepen students understanding of and experience in implementing research-based instruction of reading and writing. Students will come to understand that reading and writing are not skills to be acquired and used but as an integral part of the way we learn to understand our world. The course will emphasize the active nature of reading comprehension and fluency and the role writing plays in the literacy picture. (same as SPE 318)

ELE 321 - Mathematics Methods in Elementary School
Credit Hours: 3
Objectives, content, methods, materials, and evaluation of mathematics instruction in the elementary school. This course provides a base for understanding the math curriculum and how children learn in elementary and special education. Students are required to spend a minimum of ten (10) hours of observation/teaching in a regular K-8 classroom.
Prerequisite(s): MAT 110/111, EDU 214, and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

EDU 325 - Middle School Methods and Philosophy
Credit Hours: 3
A study of philosophy and methodological approach unique to the middle level school. Advising, team teaching, and the unique characteristics of the culturally diverse middle school student are addressed. Students are required to spend a minimum of ten (10) hours of observation/teaching in a middle level (5-8) classroom.
Prerequisite(s): acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 331 - Social Studies Methods in Elementary School
Credit Hours: 3
Objectives, content, methods, materials, and evaluation of science and social studies instruction in elementary school.
Prerequisite(s): EDU 214 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 351 - Science Methods in Elementary School
Credit Hours: 3
Objectives, content, methods, materials, and evaluation of science instruction in elementary school.
Prerequisite(s): EDU 214 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

EDU 354 - Computers in the Curriculum
Credit Hours: 3
Student will learn the skills needed to incorporate computer technology into their teaching. Specific skills and practices studied will include the Internet presentation of software, general
software evaluation and the use of such components as scanners and digital cameras.

ELE 359 - Diagnosis Teaching of Reading & Language Arts
Credit Hours: 3
Introductory course in evaluating the reading and language abilities of individual children through instruction within a classroom setting. Includes group and individual evaluation, informal assessment procedures, selection of materials, and instructional strategies to meet the needs of individual learners. Practical application of class study is provided through the accompanying supervised Practicum I.
Prerequisite(s): ELE 316, 361 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 360 - Remedial Reading Practicum I
Credit Hours: 3
Supervised laboratory experience providing practical experience in diagnosing and remediating the literacy needs of children enrolled in the Reading Center. Assessment and instructional data are collated in progress reports at the end of the term for parents and schools. (Same as SPE 360) Taken concurrently with ELE 359. Prerequisite(s): acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

EDU 362 - Young Adult Literature
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of areas of concern in the field of young adult literature, adolescent development, selection of materials, knowledge of young people's reading interests and materials, library services for young people and methods of maintaining and increasing interest in the printed word. (Same as SPE 362.) Offered every other year.

EDU 365 - Education in Modern Society
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to introduce students to the wide range of diversity that exists today across today’s general school population and to examine the increased professional demands that this diversity makes upon teachers. Students will explore a range of diversity issues that teachers confront in our pluralistic society leading to the development and practice of multicultural education. Areas of study include ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, exceptionality, religion, language and socioeconomic diversity.

ELE 370-9 - Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics in elementary education depending upon demand and staff.

EDU 381 - Classroom Management
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to give the prospective teacher an understanding of the theories of discipline, practical management of a classroom and the establishment of a quality learning environment.

ELE 459 - Advanced Methods in Teaching Reading and Writing
Credit Hours: 3
An advanced course in teaching reading and writing strategies through explicit instruction.  Formal and informal assessment procedures, selection of quality teaching materials, and overview of professional journals will be covered. (Same as SPE 459) Prerequisite(s): ELE 316, ELE 317, ELE 318 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 460 - Remedial Reading Practicum II
Credit Hours: 1-3
Supervised laboratory experience in remediating the literacy needs of children enrolled in the Reading Center.  Assessment results are reviewed, appropriate instructional responses implemented and exhibited through the teacher work sample documenting all aspects of assessing and designing results based on series of instruction.  Course taken concurrently with ELE 459.  (Same as SPE 460)
Prerequisite(s): acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 470-9 - Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics in elementary education depending upon demand and staff.

EDU 499 - Coordinating Seminar
Credit Hours: 2
This course is taken in conjunction with student teaching and coordinates the student’s past coursework and the student teaching experience. Students are led through the development
of a professional portfolio and the hiring process. Taken concurrently with student teaching.

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