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Elementary Education, 2014–2015

One unit of course credit equals four semester hours. Prerequisite for all courses at the 200-level or higher: admission to program.

EED 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession
.50 credit
An introduction to the Department of Education’s mission, goals, core values, professional conduct expectations and requirements for teacher licensure in Illinois. Teacher candidates are introduced to technology integration in education and create a professional electronic portfolio to monitor and evaluate their growth as future educators. To be completed as a first course at the 200-level or above in a teacher education program. Successful completion of this seminar is required to continue in the teacher education program. May be taken concurrently with EDU 104.

EED 210 Introductory Methods in Elementary and Middle School Organization and Instruction
An introduction to a variety of teaching methods and materials at the elementary and middle school (K-8) levels. Focus areas include K-8 standards and curriculum, planning for and implementing classroom instruction, elementary and early adolescent development and differentiating instruction to meet all student needs.

EED 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
An introduction to the characteristics of children with cognitive, social, emotional, and physical disabilities and educational principles applicable to them. Includes educational principles, methods and materials that may be useful in meeting the varying needs of learners with disabilities. Prerequisites: admission to an education program; non-majors must have consent of the instructor.

EED 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching in Diverse and Inclusive Schools
.25 credit
An intermediate seminar for developing the knowledge and skills needed for creating inclusive and safe classroom environments that support all learners. The seminar requires field participation in diverse school settings. Teacher candidates demonstrate professional growth by developing a philosophy of teaching and presenting their reflective e-portfolios, which link coursework with professional standards and field experience. Successful completion of this seminar is required as part of the evaluation process for continuation in the teacher education
program. Prerequisite: EED 200.

EED 311 Educational Psychology
An introduction to the psychological principles and theories of human development, learning and motivation in K-12 educational settings. Includes the study of educational research, child and adolescent development, developmentally appropriate and instructional best practices, individual differences, learning environment and assessment. Prerequisites: PSY 210 and admission to the program.

EED 314 Literacy I–Learning Language: Emergent/Early Literacy
An advanced study of how young children develop reading skills in early childhood and the primary grades. Developmental reading instruction, support, materials and resources are included. Focus areas include reading foundations and methodological approaches needed to integrate children’s developing skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing throughout the content area. Prerequisite: EED 200, EED 210 or SPE 250.

EED 315 Literacy II: Using Language to Learn
An advanced study of the development of language skills in the intermediate and middle-level grades. Developmental reading instruction, support, materials and resources are included. Focus areas include reading foundations, integrating reading in the content areas and interpretation of diagnostic assessments, and implement remediation strategies. Prerequisites: EED 300, EED 314 or ECE 318.

EED 325 Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle Schools
An advanced study of the scope and sequence, content and skills, National Council for the Social Studies and Illinois Social Studies Learning Goals in combination with the methods and strategies for teaching the elementary and middle school social studies curricula. Focus areas include integration of all content areas, strategies for diverse learners and cooperative learning methods. Prerequisites: EED 200, EED 210.

EED 326 Science in the Elementary and Middle Schools
An advanced study of the content and methodology of elementary and middle school science, National Science Education Standards and Illinois Science Learning Goals. With a focus on new trends in science and how they may be incorporated into the traditional classroom. Not to be taken concurrently with EDU 445. Prerequisites: EED 200, EED 210.

EED 330 Teaching Mathematics in K-8 Classrooms
An advanced study of the theories, methods and materials based on NCTM standards that
are used to teach modern mathematics in K-8 classrooms. Prerequisites: EED 200, EED 210, MTH 325 and MTH 326.

EED 419 K-8 Learning Environments and Assessment
An advanced study of classroom environments and assessments. Includes evaluation and appli- cation of strategies for creating positive learning environments and developing collaborative relationships. Also includes the study of formal and informal assessments to evaluate learning and instructional decisions. Requires a minimum of 30 field participation hours in the prospective student teaching classroom. Prerequisite: EED 300. To be completed the term prior to student teaching.

EED 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration and Professional Practice
.25 credit
An advance study of collaborative and professional practice in schools. The seminar requires extensive participation in schools and focuses on effective instructional practices, optimal learning environments, professional collaboration, school policies and procedures (e.g., mandated reporting) and reflective practice. Field experiences at prospective student teaching sites are expected. Candidates demonstrate readiness for student teaching and proficiency in technology by presenting their professional e-portfolios as part of the evaluation process for admission to student teaching. Prerequisite: EED 300. To be completed the term prior to student teaching.

EED 451 Student Teaching in Elementary Schools
3.00 credits or two 1.50 credits
Full-day assignment in a public elementary school for 15 weeks or two eight-week assignments for a total of 16 weeks. Attendance at seminar sessions is required. No additional courses should be taken while student teaching. Prerequisite: EED 450. Pass/No Pass grading.

EED 492/292 Independent Study in Elementary Education
Individually designed course under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Education.

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