Elementary Education Certification
Required Courses for the Elementary Certification
Note: The student will select either EDU 500 Classroom/Behavior Management or EDU 529 Positive Behavioral Supports.
- EDU 500
Behavior Management Techniques3 credits
This course addresses theories and principles of behavior management for classrooms. Models of discipline and motivation and their applications to classrooms are a central focus with an emphasis on establishing positive learning environments through use of appropriate behavior management techniques. The student chooses one approach to classroom/behavior management to explore in depth. Topics and activities apply to all levels, regular and special education, from preschool through secondary.
- EDU 529
Enhancing Student Achievement through Positive Behavioral Supports3 credits
This course focuses upon positive school climate and productive behavior of diverse students in inclusive, educational settings. A major component of this course is the study of research-validated practices that support classroom management and school-wide management procedures. A framework of effective behavior supports is applied that maximizes achievement and socialization for school-wide, classroom, and individualized programs. Emphasis is placed upon the teacher’s role in developing and sustaining student motivation, self-regulation, and resiliency. Importance of collaboration with colleagues, administration, family, and community will also be addressed.
- EDU 528
Differentiated Instruction3 hours
This course examines components of differentiated and
brain-compatible instruction. Using best practice models,
participants review, evaluate, and apply methodologies
which lead to curriculum development, lesson/unit
planning, effective integration of technology, and other
elements which support brain-compatible and
differentiated instruction. Ways of aligning appropriate
assessment methods and making data-driven decisions are
addressed. Students reflect upon ways in which time,
resources, and energy can be focused to strengthen
differentiated instruction, ensuring that all students have
access to the curriculum and to meaningful learning.
- EDU 530
Understanding the Diverse Learner3 hours
This course focuses on the impact of culture upon student
achievement, the cognitive styles of diverse learners and
the context of the predominant school culture in which
they find themselves. Theories that address the academic
achievement gap and the over-identification of diverse
learners for special services are discussed. Research on
the importance of the teacher-student relationship as it
affects achievement is also examined.
- EDU 531
The Contemporary Classroom3 credits
This course offers an intensive overview of the contemporary classroom. The student will observe classrooms at the level of certification sought and reflect on those observations. Students will gain an understanding of the overall context of the classroom and its relationship to the role of education in society. The course is calculated to assist post-BA students, aspiring to enter the teaching profession, to arrive at an informed decision regarding this career choice. Thirty (30) hours of observation are required in addition to class attendance. Background Check Required.
- EDU 547
Curriculum Design, Assessment, and Improvement3 hours
This course will assist the teacher in the design of
classroom curriculum. The emphasis will be on
application to the contemporary classroom with special attention to new demands for interdisciplinary instruction,
authentic learning, and performance standards. Methods
for assessing curriculum effectiveness will be addressed,
along with strategies for establishing a continuous cycle
of program improvement.
- EDU 551
Literature-Based Reading for Diverse Learners3 hours
An exploration of quality, authentic books for young
people from pre-kindergarten through the middle school
years. Participants will explore a range of literature for
young people and develop ways to adapt literature to the
numerous cultures and customs found among students in
- EDU 553
Assessment and Teaching of Students with Reading Difficulties3 hours
A review of tests and instruments such as cognitive
achievement, informal, and affective are used to assess
students with reading difficulties. A reading case report
based on documented strengths and needs of a student
with reading disabilities is developed. Analysis and
remedial teaching processes to address those needs are
practiced. Prerequisite: EDU 549.
- EDU 586
Studies in Disability and Exceptionality
This course is based on extensive study in areas of
disability and society, disability and the media, and the
civil rights quest of people with disabilities. Students will
attend speaker forums of experts in disabilities, will be
involved in meetings of a conference or organized
advocacy group, and prepare their own presentations on
appropriate topics to gain multiple perspectives of
ability/disability and an understanding of exceptionality
and disability culture.
- EDU 597
The Instructional Process3 hours
This course, taken the last semester prior to student
teaching/field experience, will build upon the previous
work in the MAT program related to curriculum/
instructional planning; understanding diverse learners and
differentiating instruction; the use of technology, behavior
management; reading strategies, etc. into a coherent
method for planning, delivering and assessing instruction.
Candidates will be provided instruction in the
instructional processes and products needed to complete
the culminating project for teacher certification.
Candidates will be required to present a model unit plan
which incorporates all factors of the instructional process
and work with a classroom teacher at the appropriate level
of certification to validate that model.
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