Courses

Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description

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 are assigned to language arts teachers and 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. Orientation precedes the assignment. 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 Education 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. Fall.
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. Spring.
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 manipulative's 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/

PSY 3327

Child Growth and Development 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 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.

EDU 3335/

PHI 3335

Philosophy of Education 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.
EDU 3147/3148/4150 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.
EDU 3V57 Field Experience Practical experience in a teaching-related assignment. Approval of Chair required.
EDU 4147 Seminar in Elementary School Clinical (Student) Teaching Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDU 4847: Elementary/Middle School Clinical (Student) 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.
EDU 4148 Seminar in Secondary School Clinical  (Student) Teaching Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDU 4848: Secondary School Clinical (Student) 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.
EDU 4149 Seminar in All-Level Clinical (Student) Teaching Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDU: 4849 All-Level Clinical (Student) 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.
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 and Spring.
EDU 4346 Principles of Secondary Education Concurrent enrollment in EDU 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 Clinical Teaching Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDU 4147. The capstone course in teacher education (Early Childhood - 6th grade, 4th - 8th grade). Application and participation in an accredited elementary school or a middle school. The clinical (student) teacher is supervised by a cooperating classroom teacher and a university supervisor. Fall and Spring.
EDU 4848 Secondary School Clinical Teaching Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDU 4148. The capstone course in teacher education (grades 7-12). Application and participation in an accredited junior high or senior high school. The clinical (student) teacher is supervised by a cooperating classroom teacher and a University supervisor. Fall and Spring.
EDU 4849 All-Level Clinical Teaching The student must be concurrently enrolled in EDU 4149. The capstone course in teacher education (Early Childhood - 12th grade). Application and participation in both accredited elementary and secondary schools. The clinical (student) teacher is supervised by cooperating classroom teachers and a University supervisor. Fall and Spring.
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 clinical (student) teacher is supervised by a cooperating classroom teacher and a university supervisor. Clinical teaching can be half day (4350) or full day (4850). Fall and Spring.
EDU 4V61 Directed Readings An opportunity for advanced students to conduct a special program of inquiry under the guidance of a faculty member.  Credit varies form 1-3 hours. Approval of the department chair and the supervising professor is required.
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 7-12) 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.
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. Offered as needed.
EDU 5337 Gifted and Talented: Nature and Needs An introductory course in the education of gifted, talented, and creative students.  This course provides an overview of the current and historical issues in the field. The intellectual, social, emotional, developmental, and education characteristics of gifted students are introduced. Appropriate educational opportunities and programming are discussed.  Issues in identification of the gifted, special gifted populations, and current research are reviewed.
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 5342

Foundations of Catholic Education The purpose of this course is to increase the student' awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the many complex factors that shape education in Catholic schools.  While reading and reflecting upon relevant primary and secondary sources and engaging in thoughtful, collegial discussion, the student will explore the history, mission, identity, and value of Catholic schools.  Students will review relevant Church documents, scholarly texts, and research to evaluate the health of Catholic schools, the effects of catholic education, and the values (both premises and perils) of Catholic education in the 21st century America.Special attention will be given to examining trends related ot teaching and learning in Catholic environments, infusing Catholic identify into education practice, and constructing a thoughtful, personal philosophy of education.  At the end of the course, students will be expected to submit a Catholic Education Portfolio.

EDU 5351/

HIS 3360

History of American Education 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.
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.
EDU 5355 Foundations of ESL Instruction Designed for students pursuing teacher certification with an emphasis on supporting English language 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 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.
EDU 6147/6148 Graduate Clinical Seminar Weekly one-hour seminars concurrent with clinical teaching offer in-depth discussion and reflection on the experience of teaching and topics that include, but are not limited to, the TExES, Code of Ethics, legal issues, personnel hiring practices, administrator expectations, special education and bilingual and ESL programs.  Students received instruction/guidance from departmental faculty/staff and educators from area school districts and complete a Teacher Placement File and an Interview Portfolio.  Fall and Spring.
EDU 6802 Primary School Clinical (Student) Teaching The capstone course in the M.A.T. teacher preparation program (grades K-2).  Students actively participate in the complex, multifaceted world of teaching and learning while teaching all day for 14 weeks in an accredited elementary school.  The clinical teacher is supervised by a certified cooperating classroom teacher and a university supervisor.  Students working toward a M.A.T in elementary education must complete two semesters of clinical teaching, one at the primary school level, and one at the intermediate school level.  Fall and Spring.
EDU 6806 Intermediate School Clinical (Student) Teaching The capstone course in the M.A.T teacher preparation program (grades 3-6).  Students actively participate in the complex, multifaceted world of teaching and learning while teaching all day for 14 weeks in an accredited elementary school.  The clinical teacher is supervised by a certified cooperating classroom teacher and a university supervisor.  Students working toward a M.A.T. in elementary education must complete two semesters of clinical teaching, one at primary school level, and one at the intermediate school level.  Fall and Spring.
EDU 6808 Middle School Clinical (Student) Teaching Internship The capstone course in the M.A.T. teacher preparation program (grades 7-8).  Students actively participate in the complex, multifaceted world of teaching and learning while teaching all day for 14 weeks in a accredited elementary school.  The clinical teacher is supervised by a certified cooperating classroom teacher and a university supervisor.  Students working toward a M.A.T. in elementary education must complete two semesters of clinical teaching, one at the primary school level and one at the intermediate school level. Fall and Spring.
EDU 6812 High School Clinical (Student) Teaching Internship The capstone course in the M.A.T. teacher preparation program (grades 9-12).  Students actively participate in the complex, multifaceted world of teaching and learning while teaching all day for 14 weeks in a accredited elementary school.  The clinical teacher is supervised by a certified cooperating classroom teacher and a university supervisor.  Students working toward a M.A.T. in elementary education must complete two semesters of clinical teaching, one at the primary school level and one at the intermediate school level. Fall and Spring.

 

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