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Note: Courses with the EDU  heading are not liberal arts.  As with all non-liberal arts courses at the College, this is indicated by an asterisk after the title of the course.  For the B.A. degree, Education students must have a minimum of 90 liberal arts credits.

EDU 2000: Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching (3 cr.)*
Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to benefit from a full-time, field-centered, competency-based program of teacher education.  Explore the history, philosophy and role of education as well as the rights and responsibilities of teachers, other professional staff, students, parents, community members, and school administrators.  Focus on philosophical, social and psychological issues in contemporary education, from theoretical and practical perspectives.  Field experience required.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 2010: Educating Learners with Diverse Needs (3 cr.) *
Discuss the social and educational issues involved in meeting the needs of all children, including the gifted and students with disabilities in a multi-cultural school environment.  Field experience required.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3003: American Sign Language I (3 cr.) * 
Discover the unique visual language of sign.  Learn the basics of manual communication: signs, finger spelling, body language, mime and gesture.  Receive a historical perspective on the use of sign and discuss considerations on the use of sign language in schools.  Note: This course may be used to help fulfill the New York certification requirement for a language other than English.  (Fall)

EDU 3004: American Sign Language II (3 cr.) *   
Continue to gain mastery of the basics of manual communication.  Further explore issues related to the use of Sign Language in schools and society.  Note: This course may be used to help fulfill the New York certification requirement for a language other than English.  Prerequisite: EDU 3003 or its equivalent.  (Spring)

EDU 3012: Observing, Assessing and Understanding Child Development: Birth-Grade 2 (3 cr.) * 
Investigate formal and informal methods of assessing students, learning, including observational techniques and evaluating one's own instructional practice.  Develop skill in using information gathered through observation and assessment to plan and modify instruction.  Field experience required.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000 or 3017.  (Fall)
 
EDU 3016: The Integrated Curriculum in ECE I: Math, Science and Technology (3 cr.) *
Examine the evolving early childhood curriculum.  Focus on the design of curricula that integrate language arts, mathematics, science, instructional and assistive technology, and expressive arts in a holistic framework.  Explore ways of teaching young children about health, physical education, and family and consumer sciences.  Examine numerous research-validated instructional strategies for teaching students with the full range of abilities.  Fieldwork is required.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000 or 3017.  (Fall)


EDU 3017: Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3 cr.) *  
This course is an introduction to the historical, philosophical, and cultural roots of early childhood education including traditional, current and innovative models for early childhood programs.  Fieldwork is required.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3020: Social Studies Curriculum and Methodology (Grades 5-12) (3 cr.) *
Explore approaches to assessment, curriculum planning and instruction at the middle childhood and adolescent levels for Social Studies education.  Become familiar with the New York State Learning Standards in Social Studies.  Learn to use technology (including assistive technology) as well as a broad range of teaching methods and materials that will allow middle childhood and adolescent students within the full range of abilities to master the subject matter.  Emphasis will be placed on methods of reading enrichment and/or remediation to assure students academic success.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Fieldwork is required.  (Spring)

EDU 3021: English Curriculum and Methodology (Grades 5-12) (3 cr.) *
Explore approaches to assessment, curriculum planning and instruction at the middle childhood and adolescent levels for English Language Arts.  Become familiar with the New York State Learning Standards in Language Arts.  Learn to use technology (including assistive technology) as well as a broad range of teaching methods and materials that will allow middle childhood and adolescent students within the full range of abilities to master the subject matter.  Emphasis will be placed on methods of reading enrichment and/or remediation to assure students academic success.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Fieldwork is required.  (Spring)

EDU 3022: Mathematics Curriculum and Methodology
(Grades 5-12) (3 cr.) *
Explore approaches to assessment, curriculum planning and instruction at the middle childhood and adolescent levels in Mathematics education.  Become familiar with the New York State Learning Standards in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.  Prepare lesson plans for Algebra, Geometry and Probability lessons.  Learn to use technology (including assistive technology) as well as a broad range of teaching methods and materials that will allow middle childhood and adolescent students within the full range of abilities to master the learning standards for mathematics.  Emphasis will be placed on methods
of reading enrichment and/or remediation to assure students academic success.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Fieldwork is required.  (Spring)

EDU 3023: Science Curriculum and Methodology (Grades 5-12) (3 cr.) *
Explore approaches to assessment, curriculum planning and instruction at the middle childhood and adolescent levels for Science education.  Become familiar with the New York State Learning Standards in Math, Science, and Technology.  Learn to use technology (including assistive technology) as well as a broad range of teaching methods and materials that will allow middle childhood and adolescent students within the full range of abilities to master the subject matter.  Emphasis will be placed on methods of reading enrichment and/or remediation to assure students academic success.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Fieldwork is required.  (Spring)

EDU 3024: Curriculum and Methodology in Middle Childhood and Adolescence Education: General (3 cr.) *
Explore curriculum approaches, teaching and assessment strategies, classroom management, and other critical issues in teaching at the adolescent level.  Become familiar with the ways in which middle and high schools function, both within their buildings and within their broader communities.  Focus on the critical need to integrate methods of reading enrichment and remediation across the middle childhood curriculum.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Fall)

EDU 3027: Student Teaching and Seminar: Early Childhood
 (12 cr.) *
Develop your teaching skills in a full-time, twelve-week, supervised student teaching experience at the early childhood level.  Fulfill your requirements for New York State initial certification.  Prerequisites: completion of all education courses, PSY 2001, approval by the Office of Field Placement, Certification and Community Outreach.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3028: Second Language Curriculum and Methodology (Grades 5-12) (3 cr.) *
Integrate language learning and theory into classroom practice.  Develop instructional techniques and survey materials for promoting the four language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Spring)

EDU 3030: Emergent Literacy: Methods and Materials for Beginning Reading Instruction (3 cr.) *
Examine current approaches to beginning reading instruction and familiarizing the student with specific materials and methodologies.  Explore the concepts of emergent literacy, reading readiness, sign word recognition, schema building, phonics, phonemic awareness, structural analysis, configuration clues, programmed instruction and language experience approach.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3032: Student Teaching and Seminar: Childhood (12 cr.) *
Develop your teaching skills in a full-time, twelve-week, supervised student teaching experience at the childhood level.  Fulfill your requirements for New York State initial certification.  Prerequisites: completion of all education courses, PSY 2001 and approval by the Office of Field Placement, Certification and Community Outreach.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3034: Art Education Workshop: Childhood through Adolescence (3 cr.)
As an art education student, analyze the creative aesthetic process from early childhood through adolescence and learn from an overview of the objectives of contemporary art education.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Spring)

EDU 3039: Student Teaching and Seminar: Early Childhood/Childhood (12 cr.) *
Develop your teaching skills in a full-time, twelve-week, supervised student teaching experience divided between working with youngsters from birth to grade 2 and from grades 1-6.  Fulfill your requirements for New York State initial certification.  Prerequisites: completion of all methods courses, PSY 2001 and approval by the Office of Field Placement, Certification and Community Outreach.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3040: Theatre Education: Early Childhood/Elementary
This course explores theories and methods of teaching drama in the elementary classroom.  The primary focus will be on drama as an experiential link between subject areas.  Emphasis will be placed on the design, structure, teaching, and evaluation of drama lessons as well as classroom management.  Prerequisite: DTH 1000 Creative Process and EDU 2000 Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching. (Fall)

EDU 3041: Theatre Education: Grades 7-12
This course explores theories and methods of teaching drama in high school settings, including exploration of a range of possible dramatic experiences.  Emphasis is placed on the design, teaching, and evaluation of classroom lessons that use drama effectively as well as classroom management structures that support successful teaching.  Prerequisite: DTH 1000 Creative Process and EDU 2000 Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching. (Spring)

EDU 3045: Student Teaching & Seminar Theatre Education
(12 cr.) * 
Develop your teaching skills in a full-time, twelve week, supervised student teaching experience.  Fulfill your requirements for New York State Initial certification.  Prerequisites: successful completion of all appropriate methods courses, and approval by the Office of Field Experiences and Student Teaching.

EDU 3107: Childhood Mathematics Education (3 cr.) *  
Focus on methods and materials for teaching mathematics to elementary students.  Learn to use concrete and representational materials and appropriate technology to develop math skills, independent thinking and problem solving.  Prerequisite: College level math course and EDU 2000.  Field experience required.    (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3108: Childhood Science Methods Education (3 cr.)    
Learn process skills and content for elementary science programs.  Participate in direct, hands-on experiences as well as lectures and discussions.  Develop a science unit.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3112/3113: Childhood Social Studies and the Arts (3 cr.) *  
Focus on the integration of elementary school social studies and fine arts in an interdisciplinary teaching context.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3205: Integrating Culture, Literacy and Literature in the Second Language Classroom (3 cr.) *
Focus on developing methods for sensitizing and guiding students from awareness to appreciation of second language/culture.  Prepare required lesson and unit plans for teaching culture, literacy and literature.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required. 

EDU 3237: Problem Solving in Mathematics (3 cr.) *
Develop vital teaching skills that incorporate thinking critically in order to recognize how mathematical problem-solving strategies can be applied to various lessons throughout the curriculum. Recognize and construct connections across mathematical ideas as you solve problems using tools from counting strategies, algebra; Euclidean, transformational and coordinate geometry; matrices; finite graphs and trees.  Examine connections between problem solving; listening, speaking, reading and writing skills; and secondary mathematics.  Identify and create problem solving materials and assessments for students within the full range of abilities.  Field experience required.  Prerequisite: EDU 3022 and EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Fall)

EDU 3245: Methods of Foreign Language in Elementary School (3 cr.) *
Explore theory and methods of teaching foreign language and culture in childhood education programs.  Focus on the development of language skills in a communicative setting.  Identify topics and language uses which are relevant to various age groups and define the proficiency level appropriate for each group.  Learn from special presentations by experienced teachers of exploratory, immersion and early middle school programs.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Fall)

EDU 3273: Teaching Literacy Skills in Middle School through Collaborative Study of Social Identity (3 cr.) *
Learn to teach literacy skills at the middle school level through study of autobiography as a tool to understand the development of the individual in a cultural setting.  Involve written and oral uses of language to discover and express cultural and social points of view.  Learn to use strategies including online research, role-play, group discussion and debate to assist students as they explore the development of the individual in diverse cultural and social settings.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Fall)

EDU 3278: Literacy in the Content Areas (3 cr.) *   
Focus on the strategies needed to improve the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of students within the full range of abilities, including those who are English language learners, at the middle childhood and adolescence levels in the areas of English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science.  Learn methods of teaching study skills, comprehension, vocabulary development, listening, and organizational skills.  Learn the skills and strategies required to read, evaluate and write text incorporating laboratory procedures, graphs, charts, tables and equations.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3295: Teaching Health/Physical Education and Family/ Consumer Education (1 cr.) * 
Examine the characteristics of positive and negative health behaviors, while learning appropriate reinforcement and prevention strategies.  Learn methods of teaching physical education skills at the childhood level.  Focus on current issues in family and consumer science.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3316: Beyond Teaching: Organization and Management Strategies for the Beginning Art Teacher (3 cr.) *
Become familiar with resources including: museums, the Internet, and professional organizations that will help teachers meet the New York State standards for the visual arts.  Develop strategies for organizing the art classroom and managing student learning and behavior.  Learn how to develop budgets for elementary and secondary art programs and promote the arts in the schools.  Create lesson plans for teaching art history as well as various art techniques.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Spring)

EDU 3339: Teaching Geography in the Social Studies Classroom (1.5 cr.) * 
Must be taken in conjunction with EDU 3375.  Learn methods for teaching key geographic concepts in the K-12 social studies curriculum.  Explore ways to encourage students to use a variety of cognitive skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live - local, national, and global  including the distribution of people, places and environments over the Earth's surface.
Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  (Fall)

EDU 3359: Design-based Learning: Projects in Mathematics, Science, Technology (3 cr.) * 
Consistent with the New York State MST standards, students learn the what, whys and how of design-based learning.  Create, test, evaluate, and refine projects by which students learn math, science and technology through solving design problems.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Spring)

EDU 3367: Methods of Teaching Literacy and Language Arts I
(3 cr.) *
Examine language acquisition and literacy development by native English speakers and students who are English language learners.  Study instructional strategies, and the theories upon which they are based, for developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills among all students.  Field experience required.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3369: Methods of Teaching Literacy and Language Arts II  (3 cr.) *
Review literacy and the reading process with a focus on alignment with New York State standards.  Topics include: balanced literacy; strategies for constructing meaning; meeting the literacy needs of diverse populations; assessment; technology and literacy; and classroom organization and management.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000 and 3367.  Field experience required.  (Spring)

EDU 3370: Aesthetic Literacy (3 cr.) *
Focus on integrating reading, writing and the arts (including literary, visual and performing arts).  Explore the theory and rationale behind this approach and develop a variety of instructional methods for classroom implementation.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000 and 3367.  Field experience required.  (Fall)

EDU 3375: Teaching Economics in the Social Studies Classroom (1.5 cr.) *
Must be taken in conjunction with EDU 3339.  Develop strategies for teaching economics in the social studies classroom so that students will understand key macroeconomic and microeconomic concepts.  Topics will include methods for teaching how the United States and other societies develop economic systems and associated institutions to allocate resources; how major decision-making units function in the U.S. and the other national economies; and how an economy solves the scarcity problem through market and non-market mechanisms.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  (Fall)

EDU 3376: Fundamentals of Middle Childhood Education
(3 cr.) *
Focus on the sociological and academic factors that have resulted in the creation of a new learning environment.  Develop successful strategies for motivation, instruction, assessment and classroom management in a middle school environment.  Learn how to create a success guidance structure and explore ways of facilitating collaboration and communication among students, teachers, staff and parents.  Study alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention strategies, as well as fire and arson prevention.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3380: Curriculum, Management and Assessment in Childhood Education (3 cr.) *  
Examine ways for childhood educators to develop curricula, plan and implement instruction for students within the full range of abilities.  Learn to use technology (including assistive technology), examine methods of assessing student learning, and ways to use assessment data for planning and modifying instruction.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000.  Field experience required.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3384: Student Teaching and Seminar: Middle Childhood/Adolescence (12 cr.) *  
Develop your teaching skills in a full-time, twelve-week, supervised student teaching experience divided between the middle childhood and adolescent levels.  Fulfill your requirements for New York State initial certification.  Prerequisites: completion of all education courses, PSY 2002, and approval by the Office of Field Placement, Certification and Community Outreach.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3387: Student Teaching and Seminar: Music Education (12 cr.) *
Develop your teaching skills in a full-time, twelve-week, supervised student teaching experience divided between the childhood and middle childhood/adolescent levels.  Fulfill your requirements for New York State initial certification.  Prerequisites: completion of all education courses, PSY 2001 and 2002, and approval by the Office of Field Placement, Certification and Community Outreach.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3390: Student Teaching and Seminar: Art Education 
(12 cr.)*
Develop your teaching skills in a full-time, twelve-week, supervised student teaching experience divided between the childhood and middle childhood/adolescent levels.  Fulfill your requirements for New York State initial certification.  Prerequisites: completion of all education courses, PSY 2001 and 2002, and approval by the Office of Field Placement, Certification and Community Outreach.  (Fall) (Spring)

EDU 3452: Strategies for Teaching Young Children and Guiding Their Behavior (3 cr.) *
This course will focus upon the application of developmentally appropriate theories of teaching and behavioral guidance to practice in the infant, toddler and early childhood classroom.  Students will be introduced to theoretical concepts and principles, and shown how they may be integrated into the classroom by the use of specific methods and strategies.  Topics include: classroom organization, planning, instructional methods, instructional equipment and materials, grouping for instruction, teaching style, child guidance, and management techniques.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000 or 3017.  Field experience required.  (Spring)

EDU 3460: The Integrated Curriculum in ECE II: Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Health and Safety (3 cr.) *
Based upon current child development theories and principles, this course will examine methodology and resources applicable to teaching in the early childhood classroom.  Focus will be on the study, design, and evaluation of developmentally appropriate curriculum in the areas of social studies, expressive arts, safety, and health, and the ways in which these areas may be integrated with other areas of the curriculum.  Emphasis will include fostering skills of inquiry, problem-solving and creative thinking in young children through discovery and play.  Fieldwork and case study methods will be used for practical application of concepts and principles.  Prerequisite: EDU 2000 or 3017.  Field experience required.  (Spring)

ENE 3005: Literature for Adolescents (3 cr.)
This course is designed to introduce students to literature that features adolescents as primary characters, depicting conditions and experiences familiar to adolescents.  The goals for the course are to introduce students to key authors and texts in the field of adolescent literature; to provide students with knowledge of literature appropriate to both middle school and high school; to develop students' expertise in wielding literary theory in a concrete, useful fashion; to accustom students to thinking about the ways adolescent literature may reflect significant aspects of human culture; and to analyze major works of adolescent literature. 

ENE 3010: The Linguistics of English: Past, Present, and Future  (3 cr.)
In this course, students first explore the major structures of English at all levels of language, from sound system, through word formation, to phrase and sentence--the "present." Then, they will briefly survey the development of English from a small, countrified off-shoot of the Indo-European family to its status as world language--"the past."  Finally, they will investigate the current status of English as a world language--the "future"-- and the role of language policy in both the core and periphery of the English-speaking world.