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Edu 3101. Education Practicum (Elementary-Math). Concurrent enrollment with Education 3325 Mathematics in the Elementary School is required. Beginning students in elementary teacher education assist practitioners in a school setting. Students work in a tutorial capacity in the teaching of mathematical concepts. Orientation precedes assignment. Fall.

Edu 3102. Education Practicum (Elementary-Reading). Concurrent enrollment with Education 3323 Developmental Reading is required. Students assigned to language arts teachers at Shelton School observe and work with practitioners in a school setting. Orientation precedes assignment. Spring.

Edu 3103. Education Practicum (Elementary-Science). Concurrent enrollment with Education 3326 Science in the Elementary School is required. Students observe and work with practitioners in the teaching of laboratory science in a school setting. Spring.

Edu 3111. Education Practicum (Middle School). Concurrent enrollment with Education 4346 is recommended. Students are assigned to middle school teachers in the students' respective teaching fields six hours a week for approximately five weeks. While engaged in classroom observations and related instructional experiences, students write field notes, gather instructional artifacts, converse with teachers and students, and offer instructional support to students when appropriate. Orientation precedes the observation assignments. Fall and Spring.

Edu 3112. Secondary Practicum (High School). Concurrent enrollment with Education 4346 is recommended. Students are assigned to high school teachers in the students' respective teaching fields six hours a week for approximately five weeks. While engaged in classroom observations and related instructional experiences, students write field notes, gather instructional artifacts, converse with teachers and students, and offer instructional support to students when appropriate. Orientation precedes the observation assignments. Fall and Spring.

Edu 3113. Storytelling. Designed especially for students enrolled in or who have taken Education 3322. Students spend two hours a week at one of the Irving elementary school libraries learning and participating in storytelling for children. May be taken twice for credit. Fall and Spring.

Edu 3305. Computer Problem-Solving. Explores the use of the computer as a tool for learning, as a guide to communication and research, an organizer in the presentation of knowledge, and as a mediator in the construction of knowledge. Students explore the internet, evaluate web sites, create PowerPoint presentations, construct web pages and author interactive programs/lessons. This course meets and/or exceeds the educational technology foundations for teachers as defined by NCATE and ISTE. Fall and Spring. (Does not satisfy University core math requirement.)

Edu 3322. Child and Young Adult Literature. Examines the scope of literature for children and young adults and the principles necessary for a successful and fruitful literature program. The course intends to create a love for fine writing and a sensitivity to and appreciation for the relationships among art, music, drama and literature in a multicultural setting. Emphasis is given to personal authorship as a means of expression. Fall and Spring.

Edu 3323. Developmental Reading. Concurrent enrollment with Edu 3102 required. Examines the process of reading through skill development and mastery of content. Phonic analysis, structural analysis, and other decoding skills are integral facts of teaching listening, written language, spelling, and handwriting in the process of reading. Analysis of state adopted textbooks and library materials. Prerequisite: Education 3322. Spring.

Edu 3324. Diagnostic and Corrective Reading. Basic principles of reading instruction. Topics include the diagnosis of reading problems (language problems) and the correction of them through assessment, evaluation, and testing procedures. Research studies, intellectual evaluations, empirical observations, criterion-referenced testing, and other strategies are utilized. Prerequisite: Education 3323. Fall and Mayterm.

Edu 3325. Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers. Concurrent enrollment in Edu 3101 required. Two questions provide the focus for this course: What is mathematics? How do children learn mathematics? Each concept is developed through the use of concrete manipulatives appropriate for grade school children. Fall.

Edu 3326. Science in the Elementary School. Concurrent enrollment in Edu 3103 required. The course develops concepts that are appropriate for elementary school science. A laboratory approach is used. Attention is directed to those aspects of the growth and development of children that particularly invite the teaching of science. Prerequisite: Six credits of laboratory science. Spring.

Edu 3327. Child Growth and Development (Psychology 3327). Exploration of the physical, mental, social, and moral growth of children from infancy through early adolescence. Students examine significant theories of development with emphasis on the work of Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, and Vygotsky. Children are the primary texts, and interacting with them is an essential component of the course. Students discuss and question significant topics of development that reflect on the issue of "nature v. nurture". A research project requires students to examine the activity of children in light of developmental theories. Fall and Spring.

Edu 3328. Psychology of Adolescence (Psychology 3328). Consideration of selected themes as they relate to the adolescent experience, including rebellion, caring, infatuation, peer group, rejection, loneliness, and sexuality. Emphasis on the methodology of understanding these phenomena on their own terms and psychological reflections which deepen their significance in relation to questions of culture. Significant theories of adolescence such as those offered by Carol Gilligan, Harry Stack Sullivan, and Erickson. Fall and Spring.

Edu 3329. Mathematics Problem Solving. Extension of concepts studied in Edu 3325. Emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking skills applied to a broad range of elementary mathematics topics. Offered as needed.

Edu 3330. Integrated Curriculum. The study of selected topics in history, geography, economics, and politics. Examination of content, methods, and materials appropriate for grade school children. Spring semester only.

Edu 3335. Philosophy of Education (Philosophy 3335). Consideration of themes such as the nature of the student and of the teacher, goals of education, curriculum and methodology, the nature and division of knowledge, education and the common good. Inquiry is cast in the light of fundamental considerations of the nature of the human person, of mind, of being, and of the good chiefly through study of classic texts of the Western philosophical tradition (e.g., Plato's Republic, and Rousseau's Emile). Attention given to contemporary issues in education in light of these prior inquiries. Fall and Spring semesters and occasionally in the summer.

Edu 3147, Edu 3148, and Edu 4150. Reflective Teacher Seminars. Reflective teachers think critically about pedagogy, subject matter, and the needs and backgrounds of all students. These seminars guide the student in a critical examination of what it means to teach and in the construction of a teaching portfolio. Fall and Spring semesters.

Edu 3V57. Field Experience. Practical experience in a teaching-related assignment. approval of chairman required.

Edu 4147. Seminar in Elementary School Directed Teaching. Students must be concurrently enrolled in Elementary School Directed Teaching. Weekly seminars offer the opportunity for in-depth reflections on the experience of teaching. Advanced treatment of selected issues arising from the experience of teaching lead to independent work related to grade level and area of specialization. Educators from areas of concern will serve as guest presenters. Fall and Spring semesters.

Edu 4148. Seminar in Secondary School Directed Teaching. Students must be concurrently enrolled in Secondary School Directed Teaching. Weekly one-hour seminars offer the opportunity for in-depth reflections on the experience of teaching. Advanced treatment of selected issues arising from the experience of teaching leads to independent work related to teaching field(s). Educators from area of concern will serve as guest presenters. Fall and Spring semesters.

Edu 4149. Seminar in All-Level Art Directed Teaching. Students must be concurrently enrolled in All-Level Art Directed Teaching. Weekly one-hour seminars offer the opportunity for in-depth reflections on the experience of teaching. Advanced treatment of selected issues arising from the experience of teaching leads to independent work related to teaching field(s). Educators from area of concern will serve as guest presenters. Fall and Spring semesters.

Edu 4343. Principles of Elementary Education. A study of elementary education, addressing problems in classroom management, teaching methodology, curriculum planning, and educational evaluation as they relate to both the classroom teacher and the student. Fall semester only.

Edu 4346. Principles of Secondary Education. Concurrent enrollment in Education 3111 and/or 3112 required. Students are engaged in serious conversation and writing as they reflect upon their practica observations in secondary school classrooms in order to extend and enhance their understanding of instructional principles and pedagogy. Active class participation and presentations increase knowledge about the theory, research, and practice related to secondary school students; curricula; policies; assessments; and instructional strategies, activities, and resources. Fall and Spring.

Edu 4847. Elementary/Middle School Directed Teaching. Students must be concurrently enrolled in Edu 4147. The capstone course in teacher education (PK-4, 4-8). Application and participation in an accredited elementary school or a middle school. The directed teacher is supervised by a cooperating classroom teacher and a university supervisor. Fall and Spring semesters.

Edu 4848. Secondary School Directed Teaching. Students must be concurrently enrolled in Edu 4148. The capstone course in teacher education (grades 8-12). Application and participation in an accredited junior high or senior high school. The directed teacher is supervised by a cooperating classroom teacher and a University supervisor. Fall and Spring semesters.

Edu 4849. All-Level Art Directed Teaching. The student must be concurrently enrolled in Edu 4149. The capstone course in teacher education (PK -12). Application and participation in both accredited elementary and secondary schools. The directed teacher is supervised by cooperating classroom teachers and a University supervisor. Fall and Spring semesters.

Edu 4350, 4850. Directed Teaching in Religion and Theology. The capstone course in teaching Religion or Theology (grades 1-12). Application and participation in an approved, accredited Parochial School. The directed teacher is supervised by a cooperating classroom teacher and a university supervisor. Directed teaching can be half day (4350) or full day (4850). Fall and Spring.

Edu 5323. Reading in the Secondary Schools. This course extends and enhances the students' knowledge, awareness, and understanding of literacy as a multifaceted, quintessential ingredient in all teaching/learning while focusing on the development of literacy at the secondary school level (grades 8-12) in all content areas. Within a collaborative environment, students explore research and theory and engage in applying proven principles and practices related to literacy instruction. Spring semester only.

Edu 5324. Writing Children's Books. The course delineates why children's books must and do exist, to what standards their readers are entitled, and how and by whom good children's books are written, including an overview of the history of writing for children. Prerequisite: Education 3322 or equivalent. Fall and Spring semesters.

Edu 5325. Issues in the Teaching of Science: Elementary. Identification and selection of problems in earth sciences, physical and/or biological sciences; research studies and innovations in teaching; review of current literature; guided independent work in problems of teaching science. Prerequisite: Elementary teaching experience. Offered as needed.

Edu 5332. Improvisation for Teachers. Development of the imaginative techniques of creative dramatics, theater games, creative experience for groups, and improvisational learning. Offered as needed.

Edu 5351. History of Education (History 3360). Students acquire knowledge and keener insight into the present and future promises and perils of America's schools while exploring the historical events and the multifarious factors that have shaped this quintessential, evolving American enterprise from the 18th to the 21st centuries. While reading primary and secondary sources, engaging in classroom discussion, viewing videos, and making presentations, students learn the historical, philosophical, social, political, and economic forces that have influenced education in America. Fall and Spring.

Edu 5352. Educational Evaluation. An examination of assessment through reflective practice offers insight into the selection, construction, and implementation of assessments. This course offers pre-service and in-service teachers a responsive/ interactive environment in which to explore what it means to assess in the context of teaching. Fall and Spring semesters and occasionally in the summer.

Edu 5354. Language Acquisition/Linguistics. Language is central to everything and it, more than any other characteristic, distinguishes mankind from other living creatures. The nature of language, phonology, morphology and syntax, structural and transformational grammar, social variations and dialects of English, and kinesics and proxemics are topics studied. Fall and spring semesters.

Edu 5355. Foundations of ESL Instruction. Designed for students pursuing teacher certification with an emphasis on supporting English lanugage learners (ELLs) from early childhood through grade six, this capstone class offers a more in-depth examination of topics introduced in EDU 3322, 3323, 3102, and the required reading elective. Students develop deeper, more critical insight into the seven areas of effective ESL instruction and transform that insight into effective, research-based units of instruction.

Edu 5356. Educational Research Design. Study of research methods, including historical, descriptive, and experimental types, emphasizing research proposal and report writing. Major topics in statistics. hypothesis-testing, statistical inference, correlation, analysis, and validity. Types of designs studied are CRD, factorial, nested, repeated measures, Latin square, and incomplete block. Offered as needed.

Edu 5357. Special Topic. Course not listed but offered as a regular course according to student interest and faculty availability. Offered as needed.

Edu 5V50. Research in Elementary or Secondary Education. Advanced treatment of selected topics through individual research. Approval of chairman required. Credits vary 1-6. May be repeated. Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters as needed.

Edu 5378, 5379. Internship in Education. A full-time teaching experience in an area elementary, middle, or high school under the supervision of a University of Dallas Professor from the Department of Education. The Internship in Education is accomplished as a Post Baccalaureate in the Braniff Graduate School Teacher Certification Program. Two semesters are required. Graded course. Fall and Spring.

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