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Field Experience in Education

Practical experience in a learning environment. The student spends a minimum of 45 hours per semester in a supervised assigned learning environment and participates in a weekly seminar. In the instructional environment, students will work with individuals and groups, as well as develop and deliver an instructional unit. This is a concentration requirement for the […]

Reading and Language Development

This course focuses on assessing and addressing student literacy skills. Students will learn about the language development process and demonstrate their ability to use a variety of assessments to identify the language skills and needs of individual learners. Using data driven, collaborative decision making, students will plan appropriate interventions. Research based methods for teaching phonics, […]

Cross-Cultural Education Seminar

This course offers candidates a professional forum for researching, reviewing, and discussing socio-cultural contexts and topics in language teaching and education. In the course candidates will develop a broad-based understanding of cross-cultural education and discover appropriate practices and techniques for the multi-cultural classroom. The course is a requirement for all education and TECP candidates.

Curriculum and Assessment

This course focuses on designing appropriately challenging learning experiences based on curriculum standards and individual needs. Students will learn strategies for direct and indirect instruction, supporting self-directed and collaborative learning, and promoting critical thinking and problem solving through questioning. Classroom management strategies that promote student engagement and a positive learning climate will be explored. Students […]

Content Literacy

This course focuses on methods for integrating explicit instruction of effective reading comprehension strategies into content area teaching. Before, during, and after reading strategies that will help students to comprehend challenging content area reading material will be introduced and practiced. Mentor texts will be used to demonstrate text structure and make the connection between reading […]

Instructional Technology

This course presents the theory and strategies for effective integration of technology resources and technology-based methods of instruction, and assistive technology designed for students with disabilities. A background of mediated instruction will be provided along with a review of the qualities and benefits of various technology options, including assistive technology, available to instructional settings. Opportunities […]

Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners

This course focuses on practical instructional strategies for designing developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences based on the unique needs of individual learners. Students use differentiated instruction and universal design for learning as frameworks for designing lessons that meet the needs of diverse learners. Methods for adapting instruction and supporting students through modifications, accommodations, and […]

Legal and Ethical Issues in Education

Predicated upon legislative requirements such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this course considers theories and issues in the context of inclusive instructional settings. Students will develop an understanding of the various legal and ethical requirements as well as effective instructional strategies for curriculum adaptation and delivery within the context of Federal and […]

Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors

This course will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for supporting students with challenging behaviors in various learning environments, using the framework of positive behavioral supports. Students will gain knowledge of the basic assumptions about the context, function, and role of behavior. Students will learn to use a variety of positive behavior intervention techniques […]

Foundations of Education

This is a survey course that investigates the philosophical, historical and social/cultural character of education in the United States. It is intended to be an examination of how schools function organizationally. Discussions will include the role of education, system philosophy and trends which have shaped contemporary education; field observations are included. This course is a […]

Introduction to Exceptionalities

This course introduces the various exceptionalities and related topics in the field of special education including definitions, prevalence, assessment and intervention. It includes discussion of strategies for facilitating students’ independence, learning, social connections and self-advocacy skills. Curriculum emphasizes the philosophical and practical applications of valuing students’ abilities and diversity and collaborating with educators and families. […]