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EDUC 1321 - EXPLORATIONS IN EDUCATION (3 Credits)

Field based class for individuals to explore 1) career options in educational settings, such as early childhood center, a special education campus, a charter school and a magnet school, and 2) to mentor/tutor elementary students in a supervised setting. Designed to assist students who are considering a career in education. Offered on a pass/fail basis Fee: $20. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 3320 - FOUNDATIONS OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION (3 Credits)

Investigation of the history, philosophies and theories of schooling in bilingual societies. Topics will focus on language policy and the sociological, psychological, and legal aspects involved and their affects on second language learners schooling. Offered: Spring.

EDUC 3344 - CONTENT AREA READING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS (3 Credits)

Principles, methods and materials for effective instruction in reading at the secondary level. Emphasis is placed on reading to learn with meaning-based strategies that help students construct meaning and become more effective readers in the content areas, appropriate reading levels, adaptation of materials in content areas and assessment procedures. Minimum of eight hours of field experience in schools. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education. Offered: Fall.

EDUC 4330 - CHILDHOOD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (3 Credits)

Foundational course in child development including both normal and exceptional development; specifically the cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional developmental domains of the child from the prenatal period to early adolescence. Exploration of theoretical frameworks, current research, and application as well as examination of effects of varying environmental and cultural backgrounds on child growth and development. On-site observations of children in various contexts. Fee: $20. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4331 - MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S LITERATURE FOR EDUCATORS (3 Credits)

Addresses the diverse reading needs and interest of children; factors in selecting, evaluating, interpreting and using texts in various formats, including multi-ethnic, multicultural/multilingual and authentic materials in the elementary and middle schools. Fee: $30. Offered: Fall, Summer.

EDUC 4332 - ASSESSMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD (3 Credits)

Instruction in assessment and evaluation methods that are standardized, reliable and valid for children in the early childhood years. Review of criterion-referenced, norm-referenced, formal and informal measures. Emphasis on appropriate use and limitations of assessment instruments. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDUC 4330. Fee: $25. Offered: Spring.

EDUC 4336 - SUPPORTING EARLY LITERACY DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN (3 Credits)

Examines current theory and research on early literacy development of young children. Emphasis is on educators providing a foundation to support children's emergent literacy through functional and meaningful learning experiences that enhance children's listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Field observation hours are required. Prerequisite: Educ 4330. Fee: $20. Offered: Spring.

EDUC 4337 - FOSTERING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING IN YOUNG CHILDREN (3 Credits)

Explores contemporary theory, research, and methods relevant to the importance of early brain development in supporting young children's social and emotional development, the role of attachment and relationships on healthy development and learning and social and emotional developmental factors linked to school readiness. Strategies for cultivating children's emotional competencies basic to social and emotional learning and processes for promoting self regulation and prosocial behaviors are explored and analyzed. Field observation hours are required. Prerequisite: EDUC 4330.

EDUC 4340 - LANGUAGE ARTS/READING: BILINGUAL (3 Credits)

Examines the development and assessment of literacy in the primary language (L1) and in the students' second language (L2). Transfer of literacy skills between languages including the current social nature of the biliteracy process. Minimum of eight hours of field experience in bilingual classrooms. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311, SPAN 2312. Fee: $20. Offered: Fall.

EDUC 4345 - READING IN THE SCHOOLS (3 Credits)

A consideration of various theories of teaching reading as a critical examination of related materials, texts and curriculum guides. Resources for dyslexia and other reading disorders. Ten clock hours of field experience in a local school reading program. Fee: $15. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4348 - READING DIAGNOSIS AND PRESCRIPTION (3 Credits)

Overview of assessment and correction of reading difficulties; principles of intervention and corrective instruction, including the use of the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach; informal and standardized instruments for diagnosing student strengths and weaknesses in reading; formulation of programs, appropriate strategies and procedures based on diagnosis; clinical practice in administration and interpretation of diagnostic instruments. Minimum of 8 hours field experience in schools. Fee: $15. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4356 - CURRICULUM CONTENT AREAS: BILINGUAL (3 Credits)

Examine the processes, methods, and techniques for teaching mathematics, social studies, and natural sciences to bilingual children. Strategies for the incorporation of learner centered curriculum for the content areas in students' first (L1) and second languages (L2) will be examined and investigated. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311, SPAN 2312. Fee: $20. Offered: Spring.

EDUC 4362 - LANGUAGE ANALYSIS FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATORS (3 Credits)

Study of descriptive and contrastive linguistics of different language groups. Analysis of language contact in society, including code-switching, language varieties, and bilingualism. Course requires academic and language proficiency in Spanish and English. Offered: Fall.

EDUC 4363 - LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATORS (3 Credits)

Study of bilingual language development including the developmental stages and acquisition processes for reading and writing in students' first (L1) and second languages (L2). Language varieties with an emphasis on social and cultural contexts and the successful development of bilingualism in communities and schools. Prerequisites: SPAN 2311, SPAN 2312. Fee: $20. Offered: Spring.

EDUC 4365 - CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN MULTICULTURAL SETTINGS (3 Credits)

A study of curriculum organization, instructional methods, teaching cycle; scope and sequence of knowledge and skills in Texas Essential Knowledges and Skills (TEKS). Attention to proficiency in teaching pedagogy with diverse students. Eight clock hours of field experience in schools. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Fee: $10. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4367 - ORGANIZING SCHOOL PROGRAMS: EARLY CHILDHOOD (3 Credits)

Overview of history, theoretical and philosophical foundations for early childhood models for children through age eight, identification of best practices for meeting the holistic needs of young children; and exploration of current issues facing early childhood education. Field observation required. Prerequisite: EDUC 4330. Fee: $10. Offered: Fall.

EDUC 4370 - TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN (3 Credits)

An integrated approach to curriculum assessment and instruction based on aesthetic, affective, cognitive, language, motor, physical, and social development of children (birth through age eight); identification of best practices in organizing the learning environment, materials, schedule, and routines in naturalistic child-centered settings. Ten clock hours of observation and experience with young children. Prerequisite: EDUC 4330. Fee: $10. Offered: Spring.

EDUC 4371 - STRATEGIES FOR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATION (3 Credits)

Exploration of ecological and family systems frameworks in understanding family dynamics and the effects of multiple contexts on children's development and education. Strategies for building relationships with community resources and diverse families to promote and strengthen family-professional partnerships. Service learning hours required. Fee: $20. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4372 - DEVELOPING CREATIVE EXPRESSION IN CHILDREN (3 Credits)

Overview of techniques designed to foster development of creative expression in children through integrating play, art, music, literature and psychomotor skills and language arts and social skills. Service learning hours required. Prerequisite: EDUC 4330. Fee: $40. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4390 - PRACTICUM IN EARL CHILDHOOD (3 Credits)

Observation and supervised practice in education of young children in various childhood settings and NAEYC accredited sites. Minimum of 100 clock hours. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: EDUC 4330, EDUC 4370. Fee: $30. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4680 - STUDENT TEACHING: EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ELEMENTARY (6 Credits)

Fourteen weeks of full-day observation and student teaching in an elementary (EC-6) setting. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: Consent of director of field experience and full admission to Teacher Education. Fee: $50. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4682 - STUDENT TEACHING: BILINGUAL AND ELEMENTARY (6 Credits)

Fourteen weeks of full-day observation and teaching in a bilingual elementary (EC-6) setting. Prerequisites: Consent of director of field experience and full admission to Teacher Education. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Fee: $50. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4683 - STUDENT TEACHING: SPECIAL EDUCATION AND ELEMENTARY (6 Credits)

Seven weeks of full-day observation and teaching in a special education setting. Seven weeks of full-day observation and teaching in an elementary (EC-6) setting. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: Consent of the director of field experience and admission to Teacher Education. Fee: $50. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4685 - STUDENT TEACHING: INTERMEDIATE (6 Credits)

Fourteen weeks of full-day observation and teaching in an intermediate setting (4-8). Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Consent of director of field experience and full admission to Teacher Education. Fee: $50. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4686 - STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY (6 Credits)

Fourteen weeks of full-day observation and teaching in a secondary school. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: Consent of director of field experience and full admission to Teacher Education. Fee: $50. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4687 - INTERNSHIP: ELEMENTARY (6 Credits)

Elementary school teaching experience where the intern may be employed as a teacher of record for one year and jointly supervised by the University and the accredited school district. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: Paraprofessional status with two years experience or meet all criteria of contract/application and have consent of the director of field experience and admission to Teacher Education. Fee: $30. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 4688 - INTERNSHIP: INTERMEDIATE (6 Credits)

Intermediate teaching experience where the intern may be employed as a teacher of record for one year and jointly supervised by the University and the accredited school district. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: Paraprofessional status with two years experience or meet all criteria of contract/application and have consent of the director of field experience and admission to Teacher Education. Fee: $30. Offered: Fall Spring.

EDUC 4689 - INTERNSHIP: SECONDARY (6 Credits)

Secondary teaching experience where the intern may be employed as a teacher of record for one year and jointly supervised by the University and the accredited school district. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisites: Paraprofessional status with two years experience or meet all of the criteria of contract/application and have consent of the director of field experience. Fee: $30. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 5105-5605 SELECTED TOPICS IN TEACHER EDUCATION (1-6 Credits)

In-depth study of specialized topic chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

EDUC 5303 - INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT PRACTICES FOR THE MULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM (3 Credits)

Examination of different theoretical models of teaching and assessment with an emphasis on the interrelationship between curriculum, instruction and assessment. Students will design high quality, developmentally appropriate, standards-aligned curriculum for a diverse student population that includes technology, integration and creation of performance assessment, rubrics, test construction and modifications for students with learning differences. Must be taken with EDUC 5330. Prerequisite: EDUC 4365 and full admission to Teacher Education. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

EDUC 5307 - CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT FOR MULTICULTURAL SETTINGS (3 Credits)

Overview of basic principles of classroom organization and management of instruction, including theoretical knowledge about the science of classroom management. A broad range of techniques is presented with attention to social, cultural and gender differences as factors important to effective classroom management. Code of ethics and standard practices for Texas educators including professional and ethical practices and conduct toward colleagues and students. Eight clock hours of field experience in schools. Prerequisite: Full admission to Teacher Education. Fee: $10. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

EDUC 5325 - TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHING (3 Credits)

In-depth study of instruction and educational technology applications for teachers. State and national education technology standards, technology integration in the K-12 curriculum and distance education topics are covered. Fulfills computer literacy requirement. Fee: $15. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 5330 - FIELD BASED EXPERIENCES (3 Credits)

Observation and supervised practice in an elementary or secondary classroom; includes observing the teaching/learning process and working with students individually, in small groups and in whole class settings. Must be taken EDUC 5303 Offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: Full admission to Teacher Education. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 5370 - METHODS OF TEACHING MATH AND SCIENCE (3 Credits)

Examination of different pedagogical approaches in elementary school. Emphasis on effective instructional strategies and best practices in math and science to teach for student understanding using technology, the TEKS and TAKS. Prerequisites: EDUC 4365 and admission to Teacher Education. Fee: $40. Offered: Fall, Spring.

EDUC 5372 - METHODS OF TEACHING LANGUAGE ARTS AND SOCIAL STUDIES (3 Credits)

Pedagogical approaches in language arts and social studies. Emphasis on effective instructional strategies and best practices in language arts, writing, and social studies to teach the understanding using technology, the TEKS and TAKS. Prerequisite: Full admission to Teacher Education. Offered: Fall, Spring.