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Education Courses - Descriptions and Syllabi

2000-level

EDU 2510 Foundations and Development of American Education
Course Syllabus
A study of American education including the history of education and the major philosophical and sociological forces affecting education, with emphasis on contemporary issues, problems and patterns relative to curriculum design and development in American school, as well as an introduction to a teacher’s role in understand and developing collaborative relationships with his/her students’ families to support students’ physical, cognitive, and social development. Attention is also given to the legal status of teachers and students with respect to federal and state regulations.

Requires 20 logged hours of observation in an elementary and/or secondary school setting. 

3000-level

EDU 3020: Workshop in Education (Math Praxis I Remediation Course)
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Workshop in Education is for students who are applying for entrance into the Teacher Education Program and did not achieve a passing score on the Math Praxis I Assessments. May not be counted toward a major at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

EDU 3040: Introduction to Driver Education: Driver Task Analysis
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Identification and application of knowledge and skills for traffi c safety decision making. Under the supervision of a certifi ed driver education instructor, the student will demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to provide effective instruction in the safe operation of a vehicle. May not be used to meet degree requirements except for students seeking licensure to teach Driver’s Education.

EDU 3060: Driver Education Instructional Principles
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Theory and practice of methods, knowledge, and materials for teaching and evaluating classroom and laboratory instruction in driver education. Topics are the legal aspects for operating a motor vehicle, safety and fi rst aid principles, and the demonstration of the knowledge and skills required to provide effective instruction in the safe operation of a vehicle. May not be used to meet degree requirements except for students seeking certification to teach Driver Education.

EDU 3260: Design, Production and Evaluation of Instructional Media
Course Syllabus – coming soon
This course provides an introduction to ways various methods of technology and media format can be integrated into classroom instruction. This class offers a systematic approach for using technology and media to facilitate student learning. Topics such as technology and media tools; preparation for teaching in today’s learning environments and future environments; and how to select, use, and evaluate technology and media to assure that learning takes place.

EDU 3300: Educational Technology
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: CSC 1100, EDU 2510
An introduction to educational and computer technologies, this course is required of all students seeking a license to teach. Students taking this course will develop an understanding and familiarity with computers. This course will rapidly cover advanced computer topics. Students will explore the State Standards of Learning (SOL) and demonstrate computer competencies in their respective educational discipline. A number of required projects will be assigned; however, individual exploration will also be incorporated into the course.

EDUCATION 3400: Young Adult Literature
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Upper division status
A study of literature for readers from grades six through twelve with presentation of appropriate bibliographies, indexes, review sources, and teaching methods. The course is required for English majors seeking licensure for teaching in grades 6-12 and for all students seeking licensure in library science. The course may not be used to satisfy general education requirements.

EDU 3450: Foundations of Reading Instruction
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Upper division status

This course is designed to provide information on balanced reading instruction in grades Pre-K-6. Specifi c topics addressed will include: theories/models of the reading process, language acquisition, phonemic awareness, word identifi cation strategies (sight vocabulary, phonics knowledge, structural analysis, and contextual analysis), vocabulary development strategies, comprehension strategies, reading-writing connections, and assessments (formal and informal). Students enrolled in this course are required to complete 30 hours of field experience in a K-6 classroom setting.

EDU 3470: Exploring Language Arts through Children’s Literature
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Upper Division Status

This course is designed to provide information for integrating the study of the language arts (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with the study of children’s literature in a K-6 classroom setting. Specifi c topics addressed will include: understanding the theoretical foundations for integration, selecting and evaluating children’s literature, identifying categories of children’s literature, utilizing children’s literature across the curriculum, constructing thematic units, conducting activities for sharing and responding to literature (through read-alouds, shared reading, and guided reading activities, etc.), guiding children through the writing process, constructing listening and speaking activities, and assessing children’s success with the language arts.

EDU 3580: Reading in the Language Arts in the Content Area 6-12
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Upper division status
The content of this course is designed to provide information on various approaches and techniques for utilizing and teaching reading/writing strategies within grades 6-12 content areas (i.e. literature, history/social science, mathematics, science, etc.). Emphasis is placed on procedures for evaluating textbooks, strategies to help students develop comprehension and study skills, and methods for teaching vocabulary and concepts.

This course requires 30 hours of field experience in a 6-12 school setting.

EDU 3590: Teaching Writing
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Upper division status
Provides an overview of current writing theory and practices in multicultural, public educational settings. Course themes include: culture (including issues in ESL and nonstandard dialects), literacy, writing pedagogy (process, expressive, narrative, collaborative, student-sponsored), conferencing, assessment, and technology. Students will develop demonstrations of teaching practices, as well as a portfolio that will include teaching philosophy, a dialogic learning log, a strategy for assessment, and a fi nal paper addressing one of the class themes. Students will work with Appalachian Writing Project teacher consultants, who will model cutting-edge practices in teaching writing K-12. This course is cross-referenced because it is appropriate both to students who plan to become K-12 teachers, and English students who plan to attend graduate school and may be teaching composition.

This course requires 20 hours of field experience/observation in a 6-12 school setting.
(Dual listing with ENGL 343.)

EDU 3600: Human Growth and Development
Course Syllabus – coming soon
A study of the development of the whole child: physical traits, learning and intelligence, social and emotional behavior, and personality adjustment. Emphasis on birth to adolescence. (Dual listing with PSY 3600.) May not be used to satisfy psychology major or minor requirements.

EDU 3610: Children’s Literature
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Upper division status
Instruction in this course focuses on the various forms of children’s literature (prose and poetry) and how to evaluate and effectively utilize and present (i.e. read-alouds, shared readings, choral readings, etc.) this literature in a PreK-6 setting. This course should be considered as “writing intensive” since students are required to turn in numerous critiques/reviews of children’s literature plus a formal thematic unit.

EDU 3680: Characteristics of Congnitive Disabilities
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: EDU 2510
This course provides a comprehensive study of the characteristics of specifi c learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities. Specifi c learning disorders related issues (e.g., medical aspects, assessment, early identifi cation and intervention, learning and teaching theories, reading, oral language, writing, math, social and emotional behavior and study skills) and related teaching methods will be studied. The course also provides extensive study on understanding the characteristics of mental retardation, teaching and training approaches for school children with mental retardation. This course requires 20 hours of a fi eld experience working with children with cognitive disabilities.

EDU 3690: Inclusion of Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Upper division status
A survey of the fi eld of special education. Emphasis is on techniques for integrating students with intellectual, emotional, social and physical handicaps into the least restrictive educational environment. Requires 30 hours of observation/participation in the elementary and/or secondary school classroom.

EDU 3750: Psycho-educational Diagnosis
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: EDU 3690
Study of the basic principles and techniques of evaluation. Emphasizes concepts and methods for oral and written reporting of educational, diagnostic and prescriptive information concerning students with various handicaps.

EDU 3810: Diagnostic-Remedial Instruction for Students with Learning and Behavioral Disabilities Elementary Level
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: EDU 3690
Techniques for assessing and remediating specific learning and behavior problems of elementary age students with learning and behavior disorders. Specifi c attention is given to teaching basic academic subjects and methods of classroom management. The development and implementation of Individual Education Plans will also be stressed.

EDU 3820: Diagnostic-Remedial Instruction for Students with Learning and Behavioral Disabilities Secondary Level
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisites: EDU 2510, EDU 3690
This course is designed to provide special education teacher candidates an extensive study of the components of effective transition education curriculum and service models, service guidelines, parents’ involvement, transition assessment, job placement, training and supervision, transition to adult life, instructional strategies, and community resources. Candidates will study the scope and sequence of the secondary curriculum and will also learn to develop an individualized transitional curriculum relevant to vocational training, life skills and functional skills domain. The course emphasizes techniques for fostering motivation to acquire basic academic and social/personal skills as well as meeting the long term goals of transition education in the special education program. Secondly, this course will provide training to students on special education collaboration and consultation procedures. Fundamentals of collaboration, applications of collaboration (i.e., consultation, and team work, co-teaching, staff development, interpersonal problem solving, pragmatic issues of collaboration, techniques in interpersonal communication, etc.) and issues in collaboration are also studied.

4000-level

EDU 4080: Classroom Management and Discipline
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program
This course presents various alternatives for classroom management and the development of classroom management plans for students at both the elementary and secondary levels.

EDU 4090: Foundations of Assessments
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: EDU 2510, Admission to the Teacher Education Program
This course provides a study of the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of instructional design based on assessment data including the relationships among assessment, instruction, and monitoring student progress. Topics include student performance measures in grading practices, construction and interpretation of valid assessments to measure student attainment of essential skills in a standards-based environment, and analysis of assessment data to improve instruction and student performance.

EDU 4100: Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisites: EDU 3450, Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Instruction in this course focuses on the techniques, methods, and materials that can be used in effectively diagnosing reading diffi culties/defi ciencies and strengths in children in the PreK-6 setting. Course content will include a study of both formal and informal assessment measures with emphasis placed on the procedures for administering and interpreting an Informal Reading Inventory (IRI) and how to use results from this inventory to prescribe and then deliver reading instruction to a PreK-6 child. As part of the service learning component for the course, students will be required to serve as a tutor for a K-6 grade child enrolled in the College’s Reading Clinic. A formal case study must be completed by students based upon this clinical experience.

EDU 4460: Organizational and Instructional Procedures for Pre-K -6
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Principles and techniques of planning and teaching at the kindergarten and primary levels. Requires 30 logged hours of observation and participation in kindergarten and primary classrooms. Required for students seeking Pre-K–6 teaching certification.

EDU 4480: Teaching in the Middle School
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Development of knowledge and skills required for planning, implementing and evaluating instructional procedures in middle school education, grades 5–8.

EDU 4800: Methods of Teaching Business Subjects
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Development of classroom teaching skills in designing, implementing and evaluating instructional materials in the business curriculum. This course requires 20 hours field experience/observation in a 6-12 school setting.

EDU 4820: Design and Development of Instruction in Grades 6-12
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Development of knowledge and skills for designing, implementing, and evaluating instruction in middle and secondary education. Requires 20 hours observation in middle or secondary education setting.

EDU 4943: Teaching Internship in PK-12; Music, Health & PE, or Special Education
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Teaching Internship in PK-12 (12) (for PK-12 endorsements in Music, Health & PE, or Special Education)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and the Teaching Internship Program
Corequisite: EDU 4090
Under the direction of cooperating teachers and college supervisors, students assume full-time teaching responsibilities in public school classrooms appropriate to the endorsement, grades PK-12 for one semester. Demonstration of academic and pedagogical skills is required.

EDU 4945: Teaching Internship PK-6: Elementary Education
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Admission to the TEP and the Teaching Internship Program
Corequisite: EDU 4090
Under the direction of cooperating teachers and College supervisors, students assume full-time teaching responsibilities in public school classrooms, Pre-K–6, for one semester. Demonstration of academic and pedagogical skills is required.

EDU 4946: Teaching Internship 6-12: Secondary
Course Syllabus – coming soon
Prerequisite: Admission to the TEP and the Teaching Internship Program
Corequisite: EDU 4090
Under the direction of cooperating teachers and college supervisors, students assume full-time teaching responsibilities in public school classrooms, grades 6-8 and/or grades 6-12, for one semester. Demonstration of academic and pedagogical skills is required.

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