Educational Studies

Requirements & Courses

  • Educational Studies Major

    The Educational Studies Major is designed for those interested in education in a variety of fields but who are not currently interested in earning teacher certification.

    Thirty-six credits which must include at least 15 upper level credits and must include:

    1. Core courses (13 or 14 credits):
      1. EDC 100 (2 cr) and 120 (2 cr) or 103 (1 cr) with 130 (2 cr); EDC 203 (1 cr) with 230 (3 cr).
      2. EDC 311 (1 cr) and 312 (1 cr); 370 (2 cr); 400 (2 cr).
    2. Concentration of at least 12 credits in one of the following or a concentration approved by the department:
      • Young Children: EDC 160 (4 cr), 183 (4 cr), 281 (4 cr), 282 (2 cr), 283 (1 cr), 373 (3 cr) or 150 (2 cr) with 105 (1 cr), 383 (4 cr) or approved courses.
      • Special Needs: Select from EDC 150 (2 cr) with 105 (1 cr), 250 (3 cr) with 205 (1 cr), 255 (4 cr), 350 (4 cr), 355 (4 cr), 450 (3 cr) with 405 (1 cr) 460 (4 cr), or approved courses.
      • Literacy: Select from EDC EDC 160 (4 cr), 346 (4 cr), 360 (3 cr), 460 (4 cr), or approved courses.
      • Pedagogy: Select from EDC 262 (4 cr), 301 (1 cr), 302 (1 cr), 303 (1 cr), 354 (4 cr), 360 (3 cr), 361 (3 cr), 362 (3 cr), 363 (3 cr), 373 (3 cr), 383 (4 cr), 460 (4 cr) or approved courses.
    3. Capstone: EDC 485 (5 cr) Internship/experience in an appropriate setting as approved by the department.
    4. Electives in EDC courses or other courses approved by the Education Department.
  • Educational Studies Minor

    The Educational Studies Minor is for those interested in education in a variety of fields, but who are not currently interested in earning teacher certification.

    Twenty-four credits which must include at least 8 upper level credits in EDC and must include:

    1. Core courses:
      1. EDC 100 (2 cr) and 120 (2 cr) or EDC 103 (1 cr) with 130 (2 cr).
      2. EDC 311 (1 cr) and 312 (1 cr).
    2. Electives in EDC courses or other courses selected in consultation with, and approved by the Education Department.

Courses

  • EDC
    100
    .
    Introduction to Diverse Learners
    2
    A Level One introductory course for the Elementary Education major and certification program. It is required for all elementary certification candidates.
  • EDC
    103
    .
    Foundations of Secondary Education
    1
    A 40-hour field experience to provide hands-on, realistic yet transitional experience/opportunity for those interested in teaching at the high school or middle school level. Requires EDC-130 to be taken concurrently. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    105
    .
    Introduction to Special Education-Field
    1
    Learn to identify patterns of students’ strengths and weaknesses, and specify intervention strategies to assist in learning. Introduction to the process of developing, implementing, and evaluating the progress of an IEP. Includes 30 hours of Elementary/Middle/High placement. Pass/Fail only. Required for Special Education K-12 major. Must take EDC-150 concurrently. Winter only.
  • EDC
    120
    .
    Teaching in Context
    2
    Introduction to perspectives on teaching. Historical, philosophical, sociological and comparative frameworks and models of teaching, including learning environments and teaching approaches. Examination of multiple purposes and goals of schooling; ethical and professional responsibilities of teachers to multiple stakeholders. Required for elementary certification. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    130
    .
    Foundations of Secondary Education
    2
    A beginning course that is meant to help the pre-service teacher understand the realities of teaching and the education profession in general. A foundation to assist the student in making a better, more informed career choice about becoming a secondary teacher while also providing cases that secondary teachers must effectively face every day. Requires EDC-103 to be taken concurrently. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    150
    .
    Introduction to Special Education
    2
    Introduction to characteristics and categories of exceptional children, birth through adulthood. Learn the rules and regulations concerning provision of special education and related services. Discussion of historical and legal issues. Learn to develop, implement, and evaluate the progress of an IEP. Required for Special Education K-12 major. Must take EDC-105 concurrently. Winter only.
  • EDC
    160
    .
    Children’s Literature
    4
    This standards-based course introduces students to a body of literature written for children and how it may be used across the curriculum; the interactions between readers, texts, and contexts; and critical issues in the selection and use of children’s literature. Students will explore, read, and respond to children’s literature in a variety of ways that include preparing collections of literary works and activities for use with children. Required for elementary certification. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    183
    .
    Intro to Early Childhood Education
    4
    Introduction to the early childhood profession, the nature of the profession, including its philosophical, historical and social foundations and current contextual influences (e.g., demographic and policy influences). Familiarization with various types and models of early childhood programs. Includes discussion of characteristics of developmentally appropriate practice. Learn and apply guidelines for the organization and administration of early childhood programs. Winter only.
  • EDC
    203
    .
    Child Development & Education - Field
    1
    A 40-hour placement in classrooms concurrent with EDC-230. Provides an introduction to the professional roles and responsibilities of teaching all children. Students will be placed in a “home” classroom and work closely with that teacher to observe, assist, and work closely with students applying psychology principles and learning theories. Requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-230 and sophomore standing. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    205
    .
    Intro to Learning Disabilities - Field
    1
    EDC-105 and 150; EDC-250 concurrently
    Work with children identified with a learning disability and collaboratively plan interventions/services including diagnosis, assessment, and specific remedial techniques. Experience the IEP process including the creation of goals and objectives which frame special education children’s learning. Identify and discuss rules of confidentiality. Includes 30 hours of Elementary/Middle/High placement. Pass/Fail only. Required for Special Education-Learning Disabilities K-2 major. Fall only.
  • EDC
    230
    .
    Child Development and Education
    3
    An overview of psychological theories and research applied to classroom learning. The course includes study of concepts in human development - cognitive, affective, physical, emotional, moral, and social; study of learning, motivation, and assessment; developmentally appropriate practice; an overview of processes of human development in childhood and adolescence with a focus on socialization and education; and study of the influences of family, community, and culture on education. Required for elementary and secondary certification. Requires EDC-203 concurrently and sophomore standing. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    250
    .
    Introduction to Learning Disabilities
    3
    EDC-105 and 150; EDC-205 concurrently
    Includes the study of the characteristics of children with learning disabilities and interventions/services for these individuals including diagnosis, assessment, and specific remedial techniques. Understand and implement research based theories and philosophies through lesson planning and field placement. Discussion of correlating factors leading to identification. Required for Special Education K-12 major. Fall only.
  • EDC
    262
    .
    Mathematical Thinking & Learning
    4
    Investigate particular teaching and learning strategies that may help or hinder different students’ learning of mathematics. Focus on interpreting children’s mathematical work and examine central questions in mathematics teaching. Develop familiarity with available resources and begin the development of skills and attitudes to learn from teaching and other opportunities. Required for elementary certification. Requires sophomore standing to register. Fall only.
  • EDC
    281
    .
    Child Dev and Learning: Birth - Age 8
    4
    EDC-183
    Examination of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and other types of development in infancy and early childhood. Addresses the development of children with special needs and linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Students complete 30 hours of field placement in an early childhood setting. Fall only. Course fee. Requires sophomore standing to enroll.
  • EDC
    282
    .
    School, Family & Community Partnerships
    2
    Emphasizes the critical role of family-school partnerships in ensuring children’s well-being and academic success. Introduction to historical roles of the family and community in early childhood education. Discussion of barriers to family involvement as well as effects of successful family participation. Addresses various types of family involvement and best practice guidelines associated with each type. Explores models for involving communities as partners in children’s care and education. Winter only. Requires sophomore standing to register.
  • EDC
    283
    .
    The Care & Edc of Infants and Toddlers
    1
    EDC-183, Sophomore standing
    A framework for understanding how infants and toddlers grow and learn. Developmentally appropriate curricula and materials will be examined. Fall only. Requires sophomore standing to register.
  • EDC
    *
    301
    .
    Elem Science & Social Studies - Field
    1
    Classroom observation and participation in teaching science and social studies. Includes 40 hours of classroom placement. Pass/fail only. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Requires EDC-311, 361 and 363 concurrently. Fall only.
  • EDC
    *
    302
    .
    Teaching Elem Lang Arts & Math - Field
    1
    Classroom observation and participation in teaching language arts and math. Includes 40 hours of classroom placement. Pass/fail only. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Also requires EDC-312, 360 and 362 concurrently. Winter only.
  • EDC
    *
    303
    .
    Secondary Ed Methods & Experience
    1
    Topics and issues in instructional planning, teaching, and instruction are explored in-depth and with particular emphasis on secondary education and specific subject areas. Students spend 30 hours in secondary classroom placements, working in both their major(s) and minor content areas, and will have specialized teaching methods support in those subjects with an emphasis on best practices. Required for secondary certification, except K-12 ART majors who will take EDC-346. Must take EDC-311 concurrently and be admitted to the TEP to take this course. Fall only.
  • EDC
    *
    311
    .
    Topics Seminar A
    1
    Introduction to issues and topics in instructional planning, teaching, and assessment. Required for elementary and secondary certification. TEP approval required. Elementary students must enroll concurrently in EDC-301, 361, and 363. Secondary students must enroll in EDC-303 concurrently, except K-12 ART majors.
  • EDC
    *
    312
    .
    Topics Seminar B
    1
    Introduction to issues and topics in instructional planning, teaching, and assessment. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-302, 360 and 362. Winter only.
  • EDC
    *
    346
    .
    Teaching Reading in Middle & Senior High
    4
    Survey of strategies for teaching, diagnosing and improving word recognition, comprehension and study skills. Survey of student language needs and program planning for reading instruction at the middle and senior high school levels. Includes a 10-hour off-campus service-learning component. Required for secondary certification. Requires admission to TEP. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    *
    354
    .
    Art for Diverse Learners
    4
    Explorations of inclusive methods of teaching students with different abilities and diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Lectures, discussions, reading and classroom experiences deal with the nature of disabilities and giftedness. Curriculum, evaluation, space planning and classroom management techniques are studied in relation to the range of abilities that students bring to the contemporary art classroom. Open to students at junior level or above and majoring in art teacher education. Requires TEP or Permission. Required for Art and Design Majors seeking K-12 certification.
  • EDC
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    360
    .
    Teaching Elementary Language Arts
    3
    Examination of reading and language arts methods. Survey of developmental reading including phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. Use of assessment to inform instruction, classroom organization and management of the reading program, and methods of teaching language arts, including their interrelationships with reading. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Also requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-302, 312 and 362. Winter only.
  • EDC
    *
    361
    .
    Teaching Elementary Science
    3
    Examination of methods and materials in elementary science education. Includes service learning project and action research project. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Also requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-301, 311 and 363. Fall only.
  • EDC
    *
    362
    .
    Teaching Elementary Mathematics
    3
    MTH-202 and EDC-262; EDC-302, 312, 360 concurrently; TEP Approval
    This course builds on EDC-262 and focuses on four areas: Teaching mathematics, working with students as individuals, organizing a class, and professionalism and reflective learning. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Also requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-302, 312 and 360. Winter only.
  • EDC
    *
    363
    .
    Teaching Elementary Social Studies
    3
    Examination of methods and materials in elementary social studies education. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Also requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-301, 311 and 361. Fall only.
  • EDC
    *
    373
    .
    Special Education for Classroom Teachers
    3
    Introduction to the teaching of exceptional students. Review of historical and legal issues in special education. Characteristics of exceptional learners, birth through adolescence. Examination of materials and methodology appropriate for instructing exceptional learners in inclusive classrooms. Includes eight-hour practicum. Required for elementary and secondary certification. Admission to TE Program required. Concurrent with EDC-370 and/or 460 recommended. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    *
    400
    .
    Issues and Contexts
    2
    Research into current topics and perennially important issues in education. Required for elementary certification. Requires senior standing or permission to register. Fall only.
  • EDC
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    460
    .
    Teaching the Struggling Reader
    4
    Survey of theory and methods associated with reading instruction for struggling readers. Emphasis placed on assessment of reading strengths and needs as well as specific strategies for reading improvement. Includes supervised instruction. Required for elementary certification. Requires senior standing or permission. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    *
    470
    .
    Educational Studies Internship
    5
    12 credits total in EDC including EDC-100 and 120 or EDC-103 and 130; and at least 3 credits of upper-level EDC credits; Junior standing and Permission
    Application of educational concepts, skills, and theory, through participation in a work setting related to student’s learning objectives and long-term goals. Supervision by faculty and sponsoring organization. Includes substantive reflection ssignment. Requires instructor permission and junior standing.