Academic Catalog

2018-2019

Education (EDUC)

EDUC 199 - Introductory Topics in Education (1-4 Credit Hours)

A general category used only for the evaluation of transfer credit.

EDUC 213 - The U.S. Education System (4 Credit Hours)

Students will develop a thorough and systematic understanding of the development of education and schooling in the United States. Relationships between school and society will be analyzed primarily from a historical perspective. Themes include the connection between liberty and literacy, centralized versus local control of schools, expansion of schooling, inequities in schooling, and the differentiated curriculum.

EDUC 215 - Legal Issues in U.S. Education (4 Credit Hours)

In this writing intensive seminar students will explore the legal structure of schooling in the United States, primarily by studying cases that have reached the U.S. Supreme Court. We will begin with an overview of legal and extralegal sources of control in schooling, a review of the United States Constitution, and discuss some landmark court rulings regarding school issues. The class will study a set of cases collectively and each student will engage in independent study of a legal issue of her or his own choosing. We will use writing as a mechanism for intellectual exploration throughout the course.

EDUC 220 - Approaches to Environmental Education (4 Credit Hours)

Environmental education is a broad term, encompassing a large array of ideas concerned with the purpose of and approach to engagement with the physical environment that should ultimately lead to environmental stewardship. Approaches to Environmental Education will address the "what" and "how" of environmental education. Students will be exposed to the various definitions and purposes of environmental education as well as the multiple approaches used to achieve these purposes. Through readings and hands-on experiences we will explore multiple practices in the field. Finally, we will develop our own environmental education curriculum based on our experiences in the class.

EDUC 246 - Intermediate Topics in Education (4 Credit Hours)

This course provides a venue in which to explore chosen topics in Educational Studies at the intermediate level. Topics vary according to the interests of students and faculty. In some cases, the course may be repeated for credit. This course may be cross-listed based on the topic and disciplines that inform it.

EDUC 249 - The Learner and the Teacher: Childhood (4 Credit Hours)

This course explores the learning-teaching process in the elementary grades. Topics for the course include learning theories, developmental patterns of the young child, learning profiles, differentiated instruction, and methods of teaching. This course includes a 30-hour service learning commitment each week to an area school classroom. The student will complete a variety of activities that focus on the learner, the teacher and the learning-teaching process, using the school experience as a "laboratory" to gather primary sources of information. Course is a Curricular Service Learning Course.

EDUC 250 - The Learner and the Teacher: Adolescence (4 Credit Hours)

This course explores the learning-teaching process in middle and high school environments. Topics draw from neuroscience research on learning, multiple intelligence theory, and scholarship on issues regarding peer socialization, mental health, body image, gender and sexual identity, and active participation strategies. This course includes a 30-hour service learning commitment each week to an area school classroom or community agency. The student will complete a variety of activities that focus on the learner, the teacher, and the learning-teaching process, using the school or agency experience as a "laboratory" to gather primary sources of information. Course is a Curricular Service Learning course.

EDUC 270 - General Methods of Teaching (2 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to extend students' understanding of the discipline of teaching and provide in-depth practice of strategies introduced in previous courses. Elements include planning, instructional strategies, assessment, motivation, student groupings and classroom management. Assignments require students to put course concepts into practice.

Prerequisite(s): EDUC 249 or EDUC 250.

EDUC 280 - Field Experience (1-2 Credit Hours)

The student may request to apprentice in a local school, social service agency, or non-profit organization with a teacher or other supervisor. The student will observe and provide assistance in the setting and confer regularly with the Field Experience Coordinator through journaling and class meetings. Course is a Curricular Service Learning course.

Prerequisite(s): EDUC 249 or EDUC 250.

EDUC 299 - Intermediate Topics in Education (1-4 Credit Hours)

A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.

EDUC 300 - Philosophy of Education (4 Credit Hours)

In this course students consider questions regarding how people learn and the role of education in society from a philosophical perspective. Class members read primary works of selected educational theorists including Plato, Isocrates, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Dewey, and Martin. Students develop a familiarity with major educational themes of the past and engage current issues and problems in education.

EDUC 312 - Literacy and Learning: Theory and Practice (4 Credit Hours)

The purpose of this course is to explore reading and writing in schools, communities, and families. Emphasis is placed on theories of literacy and learning as a way to think about classroom instruction, variation in reading and writing as social practices, and policies and position statements surrounding these practices. The course includes a 30-hour service-learning commitment in an area school or community organization. Course is a curricular service learning course.

Prerequisite(s): EDUC 249 or EDUC 250.

EDUC 330 - Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education (4 Credit Hours)

In this seminar students will examine gay and lesbian issues in what is, arguably, the most central social institution in American culture. We will begin with an introduction to the study of sexuality, and read critical texts that allow us to explore gender and sexuality in education across time and spaces.

EDUC 340 - In the Company of Educated Women (4 Credit Hours)

This is a course on women’s educational history in the United States. The scope encompasses some general patterns in women’s educational experiences—as students, teachers, school administrators, and in higher education at particular points in U.S. history. Examining gender issues in historical context allows us to get a handle on how education, ideology, and political economy influence the contours of societies, and limit or extend possibilities for individuals.

EDUC 345 - Special Topics (4 Credit Hours)

Independent study or seminar work on selected topics under the guidance of staff members.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of chairperson.

EDUC 346 - Special Topics (1-4 Credit Hours)

Independent study or seminar work on selected topics under the guidance of staff members.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of chairperson.

EDUC 360 - History of African American Education (4 Credit Hours)

The goal of this course is to examine the historical experiences of African Americans in education and related aspects of life. Much of the course will focus on Blacks' experiences in schooling in the South from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In addition, students will contrast African American schooling experiences with those of Native Americans and others during this period. Students who enjoy and benefit from cooperative and participatory learning environments are encouraged to take this course.

EDUC 361 - Directed Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

EDUC 362 - Directed Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

EDUC 363 - Independent Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

EDUC 364 - Independent Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

EDUC 367 - Black America's Legal Struggle for Educational Equality (4 Credit Hours)

This course examines U.S. Supreme Court cases that led to and followed the Brown v Board of Education decisions. It looks at the role of the Black community in challenging both de jure and de facto segregation in schooling and society. We begin by discussing the Plessy decision that Brown overturned and a few other Supreme Court cases that appeared to reduce the meaning of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the US Constitution for Blacks and others. Next, we look at the efforts of individuals such as Charles Hamilton Houston who led the legal offensive of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to overturn Plessy. We will discuss the state of education in relation to Blacks and others prior to Brown and afterward.

EDUC 390 - Critical Pedagogy: Gender, Race and Class in U.S. Education (4 Credit Hours)

In its examination of current pressing issues in U.S. education, the central concern throughout this course is the relationship between teachers and students; schools and society; and people and the world. Particular attention is given to pedagogies informed by critical theory. The course includes a 25-30-hour service-learning commitment in an area school or community organization. Course is a Curricular Service Learning course.

EDUC 399 - Advanced Topics in Education (1-4 Credit Hours)

A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.

EDUC 421 - Senior Seminar (4 Credit Hours)

Students will build upon knowledge and understanding of selected topics developed in previous coursework in education, develop the skills required in the process of doing research and preparing work for presentation or publication, and reflect upon study in the major through a culminating ePortfolio assignment.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in Educational Studies.

EDUC 451 - Senior Research (4 Credit Hours)

EDUC 452 - Senior Research (4 Credit Hours)