The bachelor's program in Education comprises 120 credit hours. The program consists of a general education section and a core course section.
General Education Requirements (30 credits)
Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.
Education Major Requirements
EDUC 2010 - Foundations of Education (3 credits)
Foundations of Education explores the historical, philosophical, and economic foundations of education that serve as the foundation for the development and evolution of the American public-school System. Through analysis of historical accounts of the competing paradigms of education, students will examine and critique dominant beliefs and practices in education in the development of their own philosophies of education and gain a deeper understanding of the social, political and cultural forces impacting teaching and learning in today’s schools.
ESOL 2903-Cross-Cultural Studies (3 credits)
This course will enable students to expand their knowledge of a multiplicity of cultural groups nationwide.This knowledge will allow them to identify culture-specific verbal and nonverbal communications and school behaviors resulting from cultural variations and their influence on student behavior/attitudes. The use of recent research findings and cross-cultural awareness will assist participants in maximizing student learning and in designing culturally-sensitive instructional materials while exhibiting appropriate teacher behaviors in cross-cultural school settings
EDUC 4010 - Foundations of Curriculum (3 credits)
This course examines the development of the American school curriculum, and its impact on both teachers and students within the K-12 setting. Beginning with the inception of formal curriculum to our current political debates driven by the standardization movement, students will explore and will be reflective of their own experiences within the American construct. Candidates will become familiar with various forms of curriculum and fundamentals of developing curriculum. This course provides candidates with the opportunity to evaluate these foundations with the goal of developing their self-reflective and critical philosophy on the curriculum that surrounds them.
ESOL 3340 - Survey of TESOL (3 credits)
This course will assist participants in identifying and selecting instructional strategies, approaches, and materials for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in ESOL classrooms. Knowledge of these elements will be demonstrated by development and presentation of lesson plans appropriately based on age, language proficiency, cultural background and learning styles.
ESOL 4565 - Second Language Learning (3 credits)
Second Language Learning will assist participants in identifying and selecting instructional strategies, approaches, and materials for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in ESOL classrooms. Knowledge of these elements will be demonstrated by development and presentation of lesson plans appropriately based on age, language proficiency, cultural background and learning styles.
EDUC 3350 - Survey of ESE (3 credits)
Foundations in exceptional student education in which historical perspectives, student characteristics, prevalence, incidence, etiology and medical aspects of exceptional learners are discussed. Techniques of prevention and intervention, from infancy through adulthood, are explored through classification processes, the continuum of services and the utilization of community services.
EDUC 3360 - Educational Psychology (3 credits)
Educational Psychology focuses on how to improve the teaching and learning process based on research in the field. Teacher candidates will gain knowledge of principles and theories that relate to human development, diversity, and motivation. Additionally, candidates will analyze teacher codes of ethics and solve ethical scenarios appropriately.
EDUC 3525 - Practices of Instruction (3 credits)
This course focuses on building knowledge of research-based instructional practices, lesson planning, and classroom management. Teacher-centered and student-centered pedagogical models of instruction will be examined. Candidates will learn methods for effective teaching and create a lesson that promotes student motivation, engagement, and achievement.
EDUC 3535 - Educational Assessment (3 credits)
Assessment of students for instructional planning purposes is stressed for students in the K-12 setting. Topics include formal and informal evaluation techniques. Emphasis will be placed on observation, screening, evaluations, interpretation and communication of evaluation results.
EDUC 4510 - Race,Society,and Ethics (3 credits)
Race, Society, and Ethics is a three credit, eight-week course where students (in teams) are “placed” in simulated school settings and required to recommend interventions relating to issues that arise relating to diversity and ethics.
SECE 4560 - Methods of Teaching Secondary Reading (3 credits)
This course addresses the significance of reading ability and study skills throughout the secondary school curriculum. The emphasis is on identifying sources of difficulties experienced by secondary school students in reading and learning from instructional materials.