Elementary/Middle Level Education Courses

Teaching English Language Learners (SED 227)

Prepares instructors for teaching students who speak English as a second language. Research theories and practical applications are presented in preparing Pre-K to 12 instructors including: a survey of research in the linguistic, psychologial, and sociolinguistic aspects of second language acquisition, instructional strategies, and appropriate assessments. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Assessment (SED 335)

Designed to prepare prospective teachers to actively participate in the assessment process. All methods of assessment are examined. Students are given instruction in the effective construction and proper use of tests and the legal issues surrounding assessment. Prerequisite: SED205. Corequisite: SED432 or permission of instructor. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Pre Student Teaching Clinical Lab (SED 432)

Lesson planning and execution, based on Pennsylvania Academic Common Core Standards, are stressed in this class. Participants utilize a diverse array of pedagogy for diverse audiences in their micro-teaching. They engage in critical assessment of teaching performances. Exposure to professionals and professional organizations, the use of curricular materials and technology, and discussion of ethical behavior and classroom management complete the course. Prerequisite: Admission into the Education Program with evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment. Corequisite SED335. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters, J-term. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Student Teaching (SED 434)

This is a 14-week student teaching experience for students who are earning a single area of certification. Students are expected to plan and employ lesson designs based on Pennsylvania Academic Standards under the guidance of a cooperating teacher in an area school. Transportation is the student’s responsibility. Students are assigned to schools within a 20-mile radius of the University. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED201 or SED202, and SED432; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; passing scores on Basic Skills Assessment; and approval of Education faculty. Corequisite: SED435 for all; SED436 is also a corequisite for PreK-4 majors. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 12 credits. Fee.

12 Credits.

Student Teaching Seminar (SED 435)

This is a seminar that emphasizes the professional responsibilities found in the companion course, the student teaching experience SED433 or SED434. The Pennsylvania Code of Ethical Behavior is examined in depth. Additionally, issues such as mandated reporting for child abuse, first aid issues and other classroom health care concerns, job search strategies, professional portfolio development, and classroom management comprise the topics for discussion in this course. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED201 or SED202, and SED432; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; and approval of Education faculty. Corequisite: SED433 or SED434. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Legal Issues & Procedures in Sp Ed (SED 560)

Students examine processes and procedures required in determining eligibility and delivery of special education services as dictated by federal and state law. Topics include screening procedures, assessments (authentic, formative, summative, diagnostic, benchmark), IEP development and evaluation, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Response to Intervention (RTI), inclusion issues, disciplinary procedures, and transition-related legislation in fields of special and vocational education. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse check, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record check, and PDE -6004 Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form are required. Master's program session 1. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Middle School: Theory & Practice (SED 615)

This course focuses on the philosophy, functions, and curricula of young adolescent education as implemented in grades four through eight with emphasis on the Pennsylvania State Standards. Relationships between pupils' developmental/cognitive characteristics and school programs in the middle level are investigated. Pedagogical best practices of delivery and assessment, as supported by current research and the National Middle School Association, are analyzed. Field experience in grades 4-8 is required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Mathematics in Elem/Middle Level Ed (SED 721)

This course focuses on the investigation of current issues, trends, materials, and research-based strategies for teaching mathematics at the elementary/middle level with inclusive classrooms. Development of a variety of approaches and materials for effective instruction and evaluation according to National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Middle School Association, and Pennsylvania Academic Common Core standards and assessment anchors are emphasized along with an introduction to professional organizations and literature available to math educators. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Summer. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Science in Elem/Middle Level Ed (SED 723)

This course includes the Pennsylvania Academic Standards with advanced study in the trends, materials, and approaches for teaching science/health topics and processes in elementary/middle level education. Participants are engaged actively in science/health experiments/presentations and procedures with emphasis on life, earth, and physical science in the inclusive classroom. Science/health curricula and textbooks are examined. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Social Studies Elem/Middle Level Ed (SED 724)

This course analyzes the theoretical discourse in the field of social studies education. Lesson planning for the teaching of social studies, based on Pennsylvania Academic Standards, is stressed. Instructional techniques for the teaching of elementary social studies topics such as history, geography, civics, Pennsylvania history, and economics to diverse learners in grades 4-8 receive major focus. The use of curricular materials, technology and related appropriate literature, and children’s literature complete course. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Adv. Reading & Lang.Arts (4-8) (SED 726)

This course concentrates on the examination and application of current research-based strategies for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to children in grades 4-8 with a focus on national and Pennsylvania Academic Common Core Standards. This course emphasizes strategies for curricular connections and reading in the content areas to encourage student interest in a variety of literature genres that are developmentally appropriate in an inclusive setting. Professional journals and organizations are explored. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Managing Behavioral Issues (SED 730)

Theoretical and practical study of individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders. Emphasis on the definition, characteristics, identification, intervention, educational approaches, research, and instructional strategies. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s program session 5. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Seminar in Education of the Gifted (SED 850)

This course investigates selected topics related to gifted individuals. Focus is on: assessment issues, instructional designs, delivery systems, promising practices, state standards and guidelines, and characteristics of individuals who are considered to be gifted. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s program session 3. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Instructional & Assistive Technolog (SED 860)

This course provides an overview of instructional and assistive technology. Learners investigate assistive technology as it relates to communication, mobility, education, recreation, vocation, independence, and therapy/rehabilitation. Course activities are designed to provide an overview of technology applications with a focus on basic, secondary, and postsecondary educational environments. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Master’s program session 4. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Master's Research Directed Study (SED 931)

Students design, conduct, and present research projects under the direction of a faculty committee. Prerequisite: SED933. Pass/Fail only. Repeatable for credit. Fall, spring, and summer. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Integrated Research Seminar (SED 933)

This course prepares students to examine and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data. Designed to assist students in choosing research topics, reviewing literature, and selecting appropriate methodology. Each student produces an introduction to a research proposal and a literature review for this proposal. Master's program session 6. Offered online/synchronous component. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Middle Level Field Teaching Exper. (SED 941)

The middle level teaching experience in grades 4-8 provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate competence in using instructional techniques and curriculum for grades 4-8. Students are expected to plan and implement lesson designs based on Pennsylvania Academic Common Core Standards under the guidance of a cooperating teacher in an area school. Students must hold teacher certification. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Course requires a minimum of 45 hours in the field under supervision of a certified teacher. Offered as needed, by arrangement. Permission required. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

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