*Courses with an asterisk* include as competencies a classroom observation and/or practicum experience (between 15-25 hours in a semester). These placements must be in a state-accredited private or public school and must be set up through the field placement coordinator in the School of Education. To be approved to complete observation/practicum experiences, students must have on file these special requirements for students in initial licensure programs: an FBI criminal history report with fingerprinting, confirmation of a negative TB screening; confirmation of professional liability insurance; and confirmation of adult and pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED training. More requirements and details for practicum and internship placements are available in the Field Placement Handbook.
Total credits: 43
ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar (0) Development of the scholarly writing skills of entering graduate students, including consistent standards in grammar and punctuation, academic style, avoiding plagiarism, and learning to critique academic works.
UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0) Teaches basic competencies in the use of computer and related information technology research and resources, including use of the library. Enroll in the course in the first semester. Required for graduation. Pass/No Pass.
ECUR 500 Curriculum & Instructional Techniques (3) Provides learners with research - based knowledge and skills necessary to analyze exemplary curricula and appropriate assessment practices including familiarity with the Virginia Standards of Learning, informative feedback mechanisms, and school system implementation. Students consider proper selection and use of materials including media and computers while evaluating the process and implementation of school-based curriculum design, as well as the linkage between assessment data and instructional design.
EELM 505 Teaching Social Studies & Technology (3) Methods and best practices to teach History and Social Science concepts associated with Virginia Studies, Colonial History, Economics, Geography, and Cultures in the elementary classroom. Course integrates technology as a tool for research.
ETLC 542 Foundations in Education (2-3) Study of the foundations of education in the U.S. Explores the historical, philosophical, and sociological development and organization of American education. A portion of the course is devoted to education and the law -- both federal and state -- and to the legal status of teachers and students. Establishes a philosophical foundation of education and surveys various worldviews that affect education today. Contemporary issues in education are examined, such as class management, as well as reflection of personal educational philosophies, attitudes, and aptitudes for teaching. Professional growth and a commitment to life-long learning are emphasized.
EFND 508 Teaching Reading in the Elementary Grades (3) Addresses the nature of reading, stages of reading development, approaches to reading instruction, word identification strategies including explicit phonics, fluency development, and vocabulary and comprehension instruction. Other course topics include fostering independent reading using a variety of literature, evaluation including familiarity with the VA SOL, and attention to diversity in the classroom. This course includes as competencies a classroom observation and practicum experience. Cross-listed with UED 408.