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Graduate Program Coursework

Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education

EDU 511 - Foundations of Education
This course is an in-depth study that integrates concepts and information from major social sciences and philosophy to examine the challenges and problems of teaching in modern schools. Focusing on historical, cultural socioeconomic and political issues that affect education, the course asks students to examine the dispositions, knowledge and skills, current instructional standards, and to determine their path for growth and development into an effective teacher for all children.

EDU 514 - Nature of the Exceptional Child
This course explores diversity in the preK-12 classroom. In addition to all categories of special education, the teacher candidate will examine the nature, cause and programming needs of gifted/talented (G/T) and culturally/linguistically diverse (CLD) students. The specific learning characteristics and instructional strategies as well as legal and educational implications for meeting the needs of these students in general and special education classrooms environments will be addressed.

EDU 515 - Literacy for the Elementary Learner
This course is designed to familiarize candidates with the national and state curriculum standards, the South Carolina teacher assessment instrument ADEPT, the elementary language arts school curriculum, lesson planning, and the development and use of multiple materials, teaching strategies and assessment tools to meet the needs of diverse learners in today’s classrooms.

EDU 516 - Best Practices for the Elementary Classroom/Field Experience I
This course is designed to familiarize students with the national and state curriculum standards, the South Carolina teacher assessment instrument ADEPT, the curriculum of the elementary school, lesson planning, and development and use of multiple teaching strategies. The field experience provides opportunities for observation, reflection, actual teaching, and assessment in an elementary classroom. Field experience of 15 hours required. Lab Fee: $100.00

EDU 517 - Essentials of Teacher Candidacy 1
This course provides the pre-teacher candidate with an overview of the requirements for the successful completion of the Teacher Education Program. Topics include the conceptual framework of the College of Education, code of ethics, Praxis test, unit assessment system, field experiences, Clinical Experience, ADEPT, INTASC, NCTE, and SPAs. This course meets one full Saturday during the semester.

EDU 518 - Best Practices for the Elementary Classroom/Field Experience II
This course explores all phases of planning instruction for all elementary learners. During Field Experience II, the teacher candidate will be familiarized with the concepts, skills, and process necessary to write South Carolina standards-based Long Range Plans and a Unit Work Sample, Teacher candidates will plan, implement, and reflect on lessons which address student needs and demonstrate best pedagogical practices. Field experience of 25 hours required.

EDU 525 - Classroom Management
Classroom management encompasses all of the teacher’s interactions with the students, classroom environment, rules and procedures, instructional strategies, and the development of engaging work. The course is designed to assist teachers in developing the practical application of effective management techniques based upon current research of best practices. Distinctions will be made through comparison and assessment and between a “well managed” class and a class engaged in learning.

EDU 526 - Educational Psychology
This course is based on a psychological foundation for teaching. Developmental theories, diversity, approaches to instruction, differentiation, exceptional students, and assessment are studied and practiced. Emphasis is placed on the implications of the developmental process for the design of appropriate curriculum and instruction based on national and South Carolina Standards.

EDU 530 - Math/Science for the Elementary Learner
This course is a study of teaching strategies, materials, activities, and assessment instruments used for teaching science and mathematics in an integrated manner in an elementary school setting. The course will focus on the use of appropriate state and national standards for each area, designing of lesson plans, unit plans, and appropriate assessment instruments to monitor student progress.

EDU 531 - Social Studies for the Elementary Learner
The focus of this course is on the various content areas, Culture, Economics, Geography, Government and Civics, and Individuals and Groups, and their historical and current influences on our world/society. Students will select content to be taught using South Carolina.

EDU 534 - Art and Music for the Elementary Learner
This course researches and assesses strategies for integrating music and art into content areas of the elementary school. Effective best practices for teaching art, music, drama, and dance to diverse student populations will be researched as well as the use of traditional and non-traditional forms of assessment in the integration of the components found in art and music as they are integrated into the content areas taught in the elementary school. Special attention will be given to the development of age and developmentally appropriate activities to meet the needs of all students.

EDU 535 - Health and Physical Education for the Elementary Learner
This course is designed to give candidates seeking a degree in Elementary Education an understanding of the major concepts in the subject matter of health education and physical education. Candidates must be able to use the subject matter of health education to create opportunities for K-6 student development and practice of skills that contribute to good health. In addition, candidates must have an in-depth understanding of human movement and the benefits of physical activity for their K-6 students. Candidates will become familiar with the South Carolina Health and Fitness Act of 2005 and Healthy People 2010 and will use these frameworks to assist in the development and support of a healthy, active lifestyle for their students. Candidates will plan and implement lessons focusing on health, physical education, or physical activity goals.

EDU 593 - Pre-Clinical Experience
Implementation of a wide array of developmentally effective approaches to teaching and learning, and the effective use of assessment strategies to positively impact students’ development and learning for elementary majors; supervision by university and public school partners in a general education setting. Thirty five (35) hours of field placement required. This course must be taken the semester prior to Clinical Experience.

EDU 594 - Clinical Experience
Placement in the Clinical Experience provides opportunities for teacher candidates to become collaborative learners who demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on their work; make informed decisions drawing on a variety of sources; and integrate theory and practice. Teacher candidates work under the guidance of Cooperating Teachers and University Supervisors in a public school setting. Sixty-five (65) days of service in a public school cooperating classroom is required. May be repeated only by permission of the Coordinator of Teacher Certification.



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