Education

Education Course Offerings

Education  course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of EDUC in the course listings.

203 – Introduction to Learning and Teaching: Elementary (3)

204 – Introduction to Learning and Teaching: Secondary and preK-12 (3)

Prerequisite: Admission is by application to the Education program. Students must have attained a 2.5 GPA or better on at least 12 UMW credits and have attended a Group Information Session. Transfer students may apply to enroll in this course during their first semester at UMW. EDUC 203/204 will provide beginning students with an introduction to learning and teaching in public schools. The primary goal for this course is “learning how to learn to teach” which will be accomplished through field experience, cooperative learning activities, class discussion, and lecture. EDUC 203/204 is a survey course – each of the major topics (classroom management, student motivation, curriculum, instruction, and professionalism) introduced in this course will be examined more thoroughly in both content and field experience in subsequent course work and practica. Field experience required.

272 –Special Topics in Education (1-3)

Topics in education chosen according to timely interest and designed for students not necessarily in the education program. Topics will vary. May be repeated with different topics.

303 – Scientific Inquiry (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 203. Planning and instructional skills for teaching science in the elementary classroom. Provides students training and practice in using an assortment of developmentally appropriate teaching methods for elementary level science. Also provides students with an understanding of the current Virginia Standards of Learning for Elementary Science and how instruction may be designed to meet the requirements of those Standards. Field experience required.

305 – Mathematical Concepts and Methods II (2)

Prerequisites: EDUC 203 and MATH 204. Mathematical concepts and methods of teaching for the elementary school. Topics include geometry, measurement, probability and statistics. Field experience required.

311 – Literature and the Arts in the Elementary Classroom (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 203. Educational approaches that encourage children’s expressive development through the integration of literature, the arts, and media throughout the elementary curriculum. Students will read a variety of genres of children’s literature and learn basic information about dance, drama, visual arts, and music, as well as strategies for teaching science, math, social studies, reading and language using children’s literature and these art forms. Field experience required.

351 – Instructional Design and Assessment  (4)

Prerequisite: EDUC 203 or 204. Relates the theories of development, constructivism and learning, and brain research to planning and instruction in the secondary classroom. Reading and writing in the content areas is stressed. Field experience required.

371 – Language Development and Literacy Instruction: Primary (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 203. Study of language development and learner-sensitive approaches to early childhood literacy instruction for emerging readers. Focus is on teaching and assessment strategies for literacy instruction in the primary grades (K-3). Field experience required.

373 – Language Development and Literacy Instruction: Intermediate (3)

Prerequisites: EDUC 203 and EDUC 371. Course emphasizes how to effectively utilize literacy workstations, guided reading, word study, spelling instruction and vocabulary exploration to optimize children’s learning and development across the curriculum, and  addresses the language and literacy needs of students who do not speak English as their first language. Field experience required.

384 – Introduction to Special Education: Secondary (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 203 or 204. The characteristics of learners with disabilities in secondary classrooms and their educational implications are examined, as well as the cultural, familial, and ethical issues involved. The course also presents an overview of the regulatory and legal requirements related to special education, including the individual education program (IEP) as a legal document and the rights and responsibilities of parents, teachers, and schools.

385 – Managing the Secondary Classroom (2)

Prerequisite: EDUC 203 or 204. Teacher candidates will learn a variety of approaches to secondary classroom management. Emphasis is on establishing a classroom community, working with difficult adolescents, and communicating with parents. Field experience required.

386 – Elementary Social Studies Methods (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 203. Teacher candidates will learn the major orientations to the social studies and their corresponding methods. Emphasis is on researching, writing, and implementing lessons that teach for understanding and inspire critical thinking.

387 – Introduction to Special Education: Elementary (2)

Prerequisite: EDUC 203 or 204. The characteristics of learners with disabilities in elementary classrooms and their educational implications are examined, as well as the cultural, familial, and ethical issues involved. The course also presents an overview of the regulatory and legal requirements related to special education.

388 – Managing the Elementary Classroom (2)

Prerequisite: EDUC 203 or 204. Teacher candidates will learn a variety of approaches to elementary classroom management. Emphasis is on establishing a classroom community, working with difficult children, and communicating with parents. Field experience required.

420 – The Professional Teacher and Critical Issues in Education (3)

Prerequisites: EDUC 203 or 204, and at least two additional education courses. Prospective teachers become independent, reflective decision makers by critically examining the philosophical, ethical, historical, legal, and social contexts of the American school.

439 – Classroom Teaching and Research (3)

Prerequisites: EDUC 420 and all course work required for the endorsement pathway. Student teachers reflect on the lessons and programs they design by applying problem-solving and decision-making techniques to the task of elementary school teaching. Taken concurrently with EDUC 440.

440 – Supervised Teaching (9)

Prerequisites: EDUC 420  all course work required for the endorsement pathway. Orientation to teaching under the direction of cooperating teachers in the public schools.

EDUC 453 – The Teaching of English and Theater Arts (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 351. This course prepares teacher candidates for planning instruction, selecting materials, developing and implementing instructional strategies, and designing assessments in their licensure area.  Students become familiar with state and national standards and professional organizations.  Field experience required.  Cross-listed as EDCI 553 – The Teaching of English and Theater Arts.

454- The Teaching of Foreign Language (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A. This course prepares teacher candidates for planning instruction, selecting materials, developing and implementing instuctional strategies, and designing assessments in their licensure area.  Students become familiar with state and national standards and profesional organizations.  Field experience required.  Cross-listed as EDCI 554 – The Teaching of Foreign Language.

455 – The Teaching of History and Social Sciences (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A. This course prepares teacher candidates for planning instruction, selecting materials, developing and implementing instructional strategies, and designing assessments in their licensure area.  Students become familiar with state and national standards and professional organizations.  Field experience required.  Cross-listed as EDCI 555 – The Teaching of History and Social Sciences.

456– The Teaching of Mathematics and Computer Science (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A. This course prepares teacher candidates for planning instruction, selecting materials, developing and implementing instructional strategies, and designing assessments in their licensure area.  Students become familiar with state and national standards and professional organizations.  Field experience required.  Cross-listed as EDCI 556 – The Teaching of Mathematics and Computer Science.

457– The Teaching of Music (3)

Prerequisite; Permission of Instructor. This course prepares teacher candidates for planning instruction, selecting materials, developing and implementing instructional strategies, and designing assessments in their licensure area.  Students become familiar with state and national standards and professional organizations.  Field experience required.  Cross-listed as EDCI 557 – The Teaching of Music.

458– The Teaching of Sciences (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A.  This course prepares teacher candidates for planning instruction, selecting materials, developing and implementing instructional strategies, and designing assessments in their licensure area.  Students become familiar with state and national standards and professional organizations.  Field experience required.  Cross-listed as EDCI 558 – The Teaching of Sciences.

459 – The Teachng of Visual Arts (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 351A.  This course prepares teacher candidates for planning instruction, selecting materials, developing and implementing instructional strategies, and designing assessments in their licensure area.  Students become familiar with state and national standards and professional organizations.  Field experience required.  Cross-listed as EDCI 559 – The Teaching of Visual Arts.

472 – Special Topics in Education (1-6)

Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. Specific subject content to be determined by interest of faculty and students. A maximum of six credits may count in a teacher licensure program.

499 – Internship (credits variable)

Supervised off-campus experience developed in consultation with the department chair. May not be used to satisfy required professional education course work. A maximum of three credits may count in the teacher licensure program.