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Department of Elementary Education

Program of StudyCourse Descriptions

The major purpose of the elementary education program is to provide carefully planned experiences that will result in the development of competent teachers for the schools of Florida and the nation. The program leads to Florida certification in elementary education, grades K-6.

The curriculum is organized to provide approximately two years of general education. The last two years consist of professional and specialized preparation. Provisions are made for some options.

Faculty
Professors: Lemons, Robert; Walter; Smith, Marian
Associate Professors: Bauman, Gail; Dixon, Gwendolyn; Fontaine, Nancy; Newell, Mary; Ansley, Thyria; Thomas, Patty Ball

Elementary Education
Program of Study


Freshman YearSem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
ENC 1101 Freshman Communication Skills I.................................................................3
MGF 1107 Liberal Arts Math II.......................................................................................3
HSC 1100 Health for Modern Living...............................................................................3
PSC 1121 Physical Science...........................................................................................3
EDG 1072 College Success and Beyond......................................................................3
 15

Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
ENC 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills II................................................................3
MAC 1105 College Algebra............................................................................................3
BSC 1005 Biological Science w/L.................................................................................3
AMH 2010 American History I/II  or
AMH 2020 Introduction to Literature I/I...........................................................................

3
LIT 2110 or 2120; SYG 2000 Sociology..........................................................................
HUM 2211 Historical Survey...........................................................................................
3
3
 18

Sophomore YearSem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
AMH 2091 Overview and Introduction to African American History...............................3
SPC 2608 Public Speaking............................................................................................3
GLY 2001 Earth Space Science....................................................................................3
MTG 2206 Geometry......................................................................................................3
EDF 1005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession  w/Field Exp....................................3
 15


Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
EEC 3700 Child Development........................................................................................3
EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educators.....................................................3
*EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators w/Field Exp.....................................3
EDE 2940 Field Clinical I: Orientation to Teaching Young Children...............................3
ISS 2102 Interdisciplinary Social Sciences or PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology....3
 16

Junior YearSem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
**EEX Introduction to Education of Exceptional Children...............................................3
EDF 3430 Measurement and Evaluation of Educational Growth...................................3
*TSL 3080 Intro. to ESOL Theories and Practices.........................................................3
**LAE 3314 Language Arts for  Elementary Schools.....................................................3
*RED 3013 Foundation of Teaching Reading.................................................................3
**EDE 3940 Field Clinical II - Theory & Practice of Teaching Instruction......................3
 18

Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
**EEX 4601 Behavior Management...............................................................................3
**TSL 4345 Methods of Teaching ESOL.......................................................................3
**RED 4519 Recognizing & Diagnosing Growth*..........................................................3
*MAE 3310 Mathematics for Elementary Schools*........................................................3
*LAE 3413 Children’s Literature.....................................................................................3
*SCE 3811 Teaching Science in Elementary Schools*...................................................3
*EDE 3921 Professional Education Forum & Colloquium..............................................0
 18

Senior YearSem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
RED 3333 Reading in the Content Areas.......................................................................3
MUE 3210 Methods of Teaching Music in Elementary School.......................................3
ARE 3313 Public School Art in Elementary Schools......................................................3
EME 4400 Computer Applications in Education.............................................................3
EDE 4940 Field Clinical III: Professional Theory & Legal Aspects:
Role of the Teacher.........................................................................................................

3
SSE 3113 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School.............................................3
 18

Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
EDE 4943 Student Teaching in Elementary Schools......................................................12
  
TOTAL............................................................................................................................129
* Field Experiences Required


EDE 2940 Field Clinical I Orientation to Teaching Young Children (3) The purpose of this course is to facilitate successful entry into the teacher education program. It examines pedagogy and professional knowledge, which promote continuous professional growth; present effective researched-based classroom practices and strategies that are widely accepted in our nation’s school. Students are provided field clinical experiences through visiting classrooms to observe and participate in learning activities prior to student teaching. Students are required to create and maintain an electronic portfolio that will be used to correlate information between pre-service teachers’ work and the Florida Accomplished Practices.
*EDE 3940 Field Clinical II: Theory and Practice of Teaching/Instruction (3) The purpose of this course is to help pre-service teachers to identify sound educational practices; to make systematic logical and humane instructional decisions; to develop skills in the use of instructional strategies; and finally to give students an opportunity to put theory into practice, demonstrating the teaching competencies correlated to the Florida Department of Education’s Educational Standards Commission Accomplished Practices and selected ESOL standards. This course also prepares pre-service teachers to teach those students who are gifted, academically challenged, experiencing language acquisitions and/or economically deprived socially and culturally.
EDE 3921 Professional Education Forum & Colloquium (0) This is a no credit course taken in the second semester of the junior year to expose candidates to the support system outlined for their success. This course is also available for initial certification candidates at the master’s level.
EDE 4031 Multicultural Education for Elementary Schools (3) Designed to prepare teachers to work effectively in elementary schools having culturally diverse populations. Emphasis on strategies and materials which appeal to varied backgrounds of elementary students.
EDE 4930 Field Clinical III: Professional Theory & Legal Aspects/Role of the Teacher (3) The purpose of this course is to acquaint pre-service teachers with the Florida Law and the six (6) domains identified by the state of Florida as to what the skills are that comprise a successful classroom teacher. Students will acquire sufficient knowledge that will enable them to identify effective teaching behaviors. Included here will be critical theoretical frameworks, effective curricular/school safety programs, key classroom management techniques, professional ethics and best practices as related to the domains listed in the Florida Accomplished Practices. Students will become familiar with the legal cases that shape Florida laws and the most effective methods for instructing and guiding all students, including those that are physically, mentally, economically, socially, emotionally, culturally and linguistically challenged.
EDE 4943 Student Teaching for Elementary School
(12) Completion of basic education and professional courses and at least four-fifths of all course requirements under the student’s area of specialization. Experience in an elementary school grades K-6 under guidance of the principal or his appointed representative, a supervising teacher, and a University supervising teacher.
EEC 3301 Nursery-Kindergarten Education (3) Theory and techniques of teaching in a nursery and kindergarten program. Includes curriculum planning, scheduling, construction and utilization of teaching materials; teaching techniques and methods of evaluation in a nursery and a kindergarten environment.
EEC 4943 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood Education (3) Prereq: EEC 3301. Practicum of experiences in a public school kindergarten program. Provides realistic situations in which students utilize the theories and techniques encountered in previous courses. Supervision under certified teachers.
EEX 3011 Introduction to Education of Exceptional Children (3) General survey course providing an orientation to exceptional child education as an integral part of the general educational program. Including an introduction to appropriate needs, placement, and resources for exceptional children. Required attendance at selected activities.
EEX 4601 Behavior Management  (3) Prereq: EEX 3011. Examination of the principles of behavior modification as they are applied in a classroom setting. Emphasis on basic skills for systematic observation, recording, analyzing behavior, and manipulating of learning conditions in the classroom and individualized settings. Field experience required.
EEX 4018 Adaptations for Children with Special Needs (3) Symptoms indicative of potential learning problems, screening of children, selecting and utilization of appropriate diagnostic and referral procedures. Prescriptive program planning. Special emphasis on multicultural processes. Required participation in selected activities.
LAE 3414 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School (3) Critical examination of practices and materials in reading, speaking, writing, and listening experiences for elementary school students.
LAE 3314 Children’s Literature (3) Survey of literature for children. Designed to help the preservice teacher explore children’s books and find meaningful ways to promote growth and development of the young through a wide range of activities that stem from story reading, storytelling, and other creative means.
MAE 3310 Mathematics in Elementary School (3) Prereq: Three semesters of mathematics. Mathematics content and methodology related to currently recommended curricula, grades K-6.
RED 3013 Teaching of Reading and Diagnosing its Growth (3) Identification of components of the reading process. Principles, methods, approaches, issues, and trends in the teaching of reading in the elementary grades.
RED 3333 Reading in the Content  Area (3) Place of reading in the middle and high school. Trends and practice in reading instruction, the prevention of reading difficulties and the integration of reading strategies in the content areas.
RED 4519 Recognizing and Diagnosing Growth in Reading (3) Prereq: RED 3013. Identification of the components of the reading process and the evaluation of those components. Diagnostic and corrective reading principles and procedures that enable prospective teachers of reading to provide instructional materials and experiences for students. Field experience included.
RED 4800 Educational Clinic in Reading (3) Prereq: RED 4519. Prospective teachers implement considerations in reading with practice in clinical situations.
SCE 3811 Science for the Elementary School (3) Prereq: Basic concepts of biological and physical science, with emphasis on application to teaching science.
SSE 3113 Social Studies (3) The course will provide pre-service teachers with information  needed to develop  young children who have knowledge, skills, and dispositions that lead to an understanding of the world in which they live and their relationship to that world.   The integrative approach utilized promotes the development of knowledge and skills needed to promote an understanding of time, continuity, culture, change; government and citizenship; economics. Students will also apply information learned through practical field experiences in settings which serve children ages 3-8, including English language learners
TSL 3080 Introduction to ESOL Theories and Practices (3) This course introduces students to the underlying theories and principles that shape the field of ESOL. It includes the legal issues and historical foundations for serving the ELL theories of first and second language acquisition/development, principles of language assessment, and issues of language interferences. Additionally, it lends attention to the subsystems of language, role of language transfer, Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS), Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP), language pragmatics and cultural issues in communication.
TSL 4345 Methods of Teaching ESOL (3) This course focuses on major methodologies and strategies for teaching ELL. It provides specific instructional techniques and practices for the teaching of reading, language arts and content-specific subject matter. It provides guidelines for unit and lesson planning, classroom management,, multi-level learning activities and related instructional competencies. It also provides a field clinical experience in classroom settings with the ELL. Prerequisite  TSL 3080