2007-08 Course Descriptions

EDUC - Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction (CEHS)

EDUC 211 Education Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives (3-0-3), fall, spring. A foundation course in professional education, including an introduction to serving students in multi-cultural settings and an orientation to the teacher education program. Includes observation in PK-12 classroom. Required as the first course of the teacher education sequence.

EDUC 221 Educational Psychology (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. An introduction to theories of development, learning, motivation, memory and intelligence. May be used to satisfy Social Science Degree Core requirement.

EDUC 250 Literature for Children (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. A content reading course covering traditional and contemporary children's books and other materials. Studies of major authors, illustrators, and genres are emphasized, along with applications for teaching literacy skills to children.

EDUC 331 Teaching Social Studies in Pre K - Grade 8 (3-0-3), fall, spring. Designed to prepare the pre-service teacher to teach the social studies curriculum for age 3 through grade 8. The focus will be on learning the content of the curriculum as outlined by the State of Texas. In part, students will make practical application teaching an appropriate segment of the social studies curriculum. Prerequisites: EDUC 211; pass all sections of the THEA with a 220 in writing, a 260 in reading and a 240 in math.

EDUC 335 Teaching in the Middle School (3-0-3), fall. An overview of the historical development of the middle school and a thorough discussion of adolescent psychology. Analyzes middle grades content in language arts, math, social studies and science. Includes shadow study experiences at a middle school and is required for any 4-8 teaching certificate. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 411 Elementary Curriculum, Materials, and Media (3-0-3), fall, spring. A field-based course designed to present basic elementary curriculum including lesson planning and the development, organization, and use of teaching materials. Prerequisites: EDUC 211, 221, 331; READ 363. Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 431 in the semester before student teaching. Admission to Teacher Education Program required. Fee required.

EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media (3-0-3), fall, spring. A field-based course designed to present basic principles of curriculum development coordinated with textbook use and lesson planning. Presents the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and an introduction to supporting media. Prerequisites: EDUC 211, 221; READ 322. Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 432. Should be taken semester before student teaching. Admission to Teacher Education Program required. Fee required.

EDUC 431 Elementary Management and Methods (3-0-3), fall, spring. A study of classroom management and discipline, motivation, and a variety of teaching strategies. Requires 45 hours of field work in the classroom. Prerequisites: EDUC 211, 221, 331; READ 363. Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 411. Should be taken semester before student teaching. Admission to Teacher Education Program required.

EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods (3-0-3), fall, spring. A concentrated study of classroom management, motivation, leadership, curriculum, and planning. Requires 45 hours of field work in the classroom. Prerequisites: EDUC 211, 221; READ 322. Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 412. Should be taken semester before student teaching. Admission to Teacher Education Program required.

EDUC 470 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Grades (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. A study of techniques of teaching mathematics with various teaching innovations. Prerequisites: EDUC 211, 221; MATH 147, 148. Admission to Teacher Education Program required. Same as EDUC 570.

EDUC 490 Student Teaching: Elementary (1-0-6),* fall, spring. The culmination of the preservice teacher preparation program, student teaching includes teaching and related experiences in schools. Requires one semester of all-day student teaching (14 weeks). If taken outside the Abilene area, fee will be required. Pass/Fail grade. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program and approval of Student Teaching Committee.

EDUC 491 Student Teaching: Middle School (1-0-6),* fall, spring. The culmination of the preservice teacher preparation program, student teaching includes teaching and related experiences in schools. Requires one semester of all-day student teaching (14 weeks). If taken outside the Abilene area, fee will be required. Pass/Fail grade. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program and approval of Student Teaching Committee.

EDUC 492 Student Teaching: High School (1-0-6),* fall, spring. The culmination of the preservice teacher preparation program, student teaching includes teaching and related experiences in schools. Requires one semester of all-day student teaching (14 weeks). If taken outside the Abilene area, fee will be required. Pass/Fail grade. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program and approval of Student Teaching Committee.

EDUC 493 Student Teaching: Special Education (1-0-6),* fall, spring. The culmination of the preservice teacher preparation program, student teaching includes teaching and related experiences in schools. Requires one semester of all-day student teaching (14 weeks). If taken outside the Abilene area fee will be required. Pass/Fail grade. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program and approval of Student Teaching Committee.

EDUC 494 Student Teaching: ESL (1-0-3),* fall, spring. The culmination of the preservice teacher preparation program, student teaching includes teaching and related experiences in schools. Requires one semester of all-day student teaching (14 weeks). If taken outside Abilene area, fee will be required. Pass/Fail grade. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program and approval of Student Teaching Committee.

EDUC 495 Internship: Elementary (0-3-3), fall, spring. All-day, all-semester experience completing the post-baccalaureate program. Takes the place of student teaching. Intern is cooperatively supervised by university personnel and school personnel. NOTE: Must be taken two (2) consecutive semesters. Pass/Fail grade. Additional Fee required. Prerequisites: Completion of baccalaureate degree; successfully pass content TExES; approval of Director of Certification.

EDUC 496 Internship: Middle School (0-3-3), fall, spring. All-day, all-semester experience completing the post-baccalaureate program. Takes the place of student teaching. Intern is cooperatively supervised by university personnel and school personnel. NOTE: Must be taken two (2) consecutive semesters. Pass/Fail grade. Additional Fee required. Prerequisites: Completion of baccalaureate degree; successfully pass content TExES; approval of Director of Certification.

EDUC 497 Internship: High School (0-3-3), fall, spring. All-day, all-semester experience completing the post-baccalaureate program. Takes the place of student teaching. Intern is cooperatively supervised by university personnel and school personnel. NOTE: Must be taken two (2) consecutive semesters. Pass/Fail grade. Additional Fee required. Prerequisites: Completion of baccalaureate degree; successfully pass content TExES; approval of Director of Certification.

EDUC 498 Internship: Special Education (0-3-3), fall, spring. All-day, all-semester experience completing the post-baccalaureate program. Takes the place of student teaching. Intern is cooperatively supervised by university personnel and school personnel. NOTE: Must be taken two (2) consecutive semesters. Pass/Fail grade. Additional Fee required. Prerequisites: Completion of baccalaureate degree; successfully pass content TExES; approval of Director of Certification.

EDUC 499 Internship: ESL (0-3-3), fall, spring. All-day, all-semester experience completing the post-baccalaureate program. Takes the place of student teaching. Intern is cooperatively supervised by university personnel and school personnel. NOTE: Must be taken two (2) consecutive semesters. Pass/Fail grade. Additional Fee required. Prerequisites: Completion of baccalaureate degree; successfully pass content TExES; approval of Director of Certification.

EDUC 570 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Grades (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. A study of techniques of teaching mathematics with various teaching innovations. Same as EDUC 470.

EDUC 641 The Principalship (3-0-3), summer. The role of the principal in curriculum, school organization, discipline, student behavior, community relations and the teaching-learning process. Prerequisite: One year of PK-12 teaching experience.

EDUC 643 Curriculum and Assessment (3-0-3), summer. A study of the foundations and contemporary issues in K-12 curriculum and assessment. Theories of learning and motivation emphasized. Examination of assessment techniques that support curriculum, with emphasis on alternative forms of assessment.

EDUC 646 Supervision of Instruction (3-0-3), fall. A study of clinical supervision and instructional leadership is covered.

EDUC 653 Educational Research (3-0-3), spring. The use of technology and research as tools to improve the educational process. Emphasis on practitioner research in which students are actively engaged in systematic, intentional inquiry. Must be taken in the first 12 hours of education graduate work.

EDUC 656 School Finance (3-0-3), summer. Problems relating to the adequate financing of schools.

EDUC 657 Human Relations: Family and Community Partnerships (3-0-3), summer. Development and application of interpersonal communication skills, emphasizing the role of parents and community in the school setting. Aspects of family partnerships and working with diverse populations addressed.

EDUC 658 Theory and Practice in School Administration (3-0-3), spring. A comprehensive survey of specific areas of administration as they relate to the school administrator. Prerequisite: One year of PK-12 teaching experience.

EDUC 660 Practicum in the School Prinicipalship (3-0-3). Internship-type practices in administration which give actual professional experiences.

EDUC 662 The Superintendent of Schools (3-0-3). The essential nature of the position of superintendent of K-12 schools.

EDUC 663 Organization and Administration of Guidance and Pupil Services (3-0-3). An overview of pupil services with emphasis on the role of each service in the total educational environment. Prerequisite: One year of PK-12 teaching experience.

EDUC 667 Practicum in Educational Diagnosis (3-0-3). Internship-type practice in educational diagnosis providing actual professional experience.

EDUC 668 Practicum in the School Superintendency (3-0-3). Internship experiences in the office of a superintendent of schools. This experience will cover a range of the duties and responsibilities encountered by a school superintendent.

EDUC 670 Politics in Educational Administration (3-0-3), fall. An overview of political activities at the local, state, and federal levels to enhance the professional development of school administrators. Issues addressed include micro-politics at the school site and district offices; superintendent and school board relations; lobbying legislators and dealing with interest groups.

EDUC 671 Policy Planning and Development in Education (3-0-3), summer. An introduction to problem identification, policy formation, policy adoption, and policy implementation. In addition the impact of politics on the policy process will be examined.

EDUC 672 Educational Facilities Practicum (3-0-3), spring. Provides advanced graduate students the opportunity to obtain practical experience related to the planning, financing, construction, renovation, and maintenance of educational facilities. Through presentations by practitioners with expertise in relevant areas as well as site visitations to educational facilities.

EDUC 680 Allocating Resources and Structuring the School for Learning (3-0-3), fall. Focuses on the research on effective schools to provide the most productive ways to organize resources. Develops strategies to define the most important priorities that best match the needs for improvement.

EDUC 681 Nurturing School Culture to Create a Learning Community (3-0-3), summer. Addresses the critical functions of the school leader to develop consensus that promotes action and infuses leadership throughout the school while establishing ethical and moral leadership. Assists school leaders in addressing student differences and conflicts to learn social competencies. Recognizes the importance of safe, orderly school cultures based on mutual respect.

EDUC 682 School Law and Ethics (3-0-3), spring. The legal basis for the organization and administration of public schools.

EDUC 687 Managing Data to Improve Student Learning (3-0-3), fall. Focuses on data-driven decision-making and skills necessary to meet the needs of all children and to reach accountability expectations. Special emphasis is on action for continuing analysis of the gaps between goals for student learning and student performance.

EDUC 691 Education Workshop (3-0-6).* A course designed to meet an immediate need of teachers in a specific area. May be repeated.

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