Education

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 the following major requirements:

    1. EDC-101, 101C, 102, 151, and 308

    2. Complete one of the following concentrations (12 credits): 

    • Special Needs: EDC-152, 250, 255, 374, or 376. 
    • Pedagogy: EDC-202, 304, 316, 364, 364C, 366, 366C, 367, 367C, 368, 368C, or 374.  
    • Literacy: EDC-166, 266, 366, 366C, 346 or 466.
    • Science Education in Informal Settings: ISC-201, ISC-301, EDC-364, 364C, ENV-105, ENV-110, GEO-101, GEO-113 or other courses approved by EDC.

    3.  EDC-470 Internship (5 cr) 

    4. Other EDC courses (to reach 36-cr total in the major)

  • 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:

    1. EDC-101, 101C, 102, 151 and 308
    2. Additional EDC courses to reach 24-credits in minor

Courses

  • EDC
    103
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    Foundations of Secondary Education
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: EDC-130 concurrently
    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. Must take EDC-130 concurrently. Fall/Winter.
  • EDC
    130
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    Foundations of Secondary Education
    2 credits
    Prerequisite: EDC-103 concurrently
    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. Required for secondary certification. Fall/Winter.
  • EDC
    203
    .
    Child Development and Education - Field
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing
    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. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    205
    .
    Special Education Clinical I
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: EDC-151 and 152
    Work with students 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 a student’s learning. Thirty hours of clinical experience.
  • EDC
    230
    .
    Child Development and Education
    3 credits
    Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing; EDC-203 concurrently
    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. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    250
    .
    Introduction to Learning Disabilities
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: EDC-151 or 152
    Characteristics of individuals with learning disabilities. Interventions and services including diagnosis, assessment, and specific remedial techniques. Correlating factors leading to identification. Implementation of evidence-based practices through lesson planning and hands-on experience. Ten hours of clinical experience.
  • EDC
    255
    .
    Transition Mgmt in Special Education
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: EDC 151 or EDC 152 or Sophomore Standing
    Preparation of exceptional students for transition to adulthood. Life skills and Social-Emotional Learning. Barriers and challenges which interfere with high school completion and transitioning to the post-secondary setting will be discussed. 10 hours of clinical experience.
  • EDC
    303
    .
    Secondary Ed Methods and Experience
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: TEP Approval; completion of or concurrent enrollment in EDC-311
    Topics and issues in instructional planning, teaching, and assessment 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 their major(s) content areas, and will have specialized teaching methods support in those subjects with an emphasis on best practices. Required for secondary certification. Fall only. (Specific topics offered as EDC-303B, EDC-303E, EDC-303H, EDC-303MA, EDC-303MU, EDC-303PE, EDC-303S).
  • EDC
    303A
    .
    Secondary Ed Methods: Add’l Endorsement
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: TEP approval; completion of or concurrent enrollment in EDC-311
    Topics in instructional planning, teaching, and assessment are explored in-depth for specific subject areas. Required for secondary certification in Teaching Minors or additional Teaching Majors.
  • EDC
    311
    .
    Topics Seminar A
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: TEP Approval or EDS Major or Minor; EDC 301, 361, and 363 concurrently for Elementary majors; EDC-303 concurrently for Secondary majors.
    Introduction to issues and topics in instructional planning, differentiation, and instructional strategies. Required for elementary and secondary certification, and EDS major and minor. Fall only.
  • EDC
    312
    .
    Topics Seminar B
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: TEP Approval or EDS Major or Minor; EDC-302, 360, and 362 concurrently for Elementary majors.
    Introduction to issues and topics in the historical context of schooling and current issues in education, assessment, and the professional roles of educators. Required for elementary and secondary certification, and EDS major and minor. Winter only.
  • EDC
    346
    .
    Teaching Reading in Middle & Senior High
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: TEP Approval
    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. May include a service learning component. Required for secondary certification. Fall only.
  • EDC
    370
    .
    Instructional and Assistive Technology
    2 credits
    Prerequisite: TEP Approval or EDS Major
    Builds on basic skills and knowledge demonstrated through successful completion of Technology Modules so that students are well prepared to use technology effectively and appropriately for multiple purposes in their teaching. Students learn to use technological tools, operations, and concepts to enhance learning and assessment, productivity, communication, and professional development. Students learn about the ethical, legal, physical, and psychological issues and principles of technology use in schools. Students utilize technology for curriculum planning and for instruction, including on-line learning experiences. Students learn to use assistive technologies to enhance the learning of all children in ways that best meet individual needs. Required for elementary and secondary certification.
  • EDC
    373
    .
    Special Education for Classroom Teachers
    3 credits
    Prerequisite: TEP Approval
    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 (except Special Education major). Winter only.
  • EDC
    383
    .
    Curriculum and Methods: Early Childhood
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: TEP Approval
    Preparation for planning and facilitating developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children in the content areas of language, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, health and safety. Techniques for adapting instruction to culturally diverse learners and those with developmental delays. Preparation in appropriate management and guidance techniques, and designing appropriate physical environments and schedules for young children. Students practice integrating systematic observation of young children’s behavior with instructional design and assessment and program evaluation techniques. Students learn techniques for working cooperatively with families in the care and education of their children and with community services and referral procedures for children. Includes a 30-hour practicum in an early childhood site. Required for Early Childhood Endorsement. Classroom placement included. Fall 2021 and Fall 2023 only.
  • EDC
    470
    .
    Educational Studies Internship
    5 credits
    Prerequisite: Requires instructor permission and junior standing EDC-103 and 130; and at least 3 credits of upper-level EDC credits; TEP Approval; Junior Standing.
    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 assignment.