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These are the current course descriptions including any pre- and co-requisites.

ART 237 - Art for Teachers
3 Credits
A survey of art materials and techniques appropriate for young children. Emphasis is on the integration of principles and historic developments of art with methods for promoting and evaluating the visual development of young children. Emphasis will be placed on curricular adaptations for children with special needs, evaluation techniques, student portfolios, cross-disciplinary planning and whole curriculum development. Fee.


EDU 110 - Introduction to Teaching: Intervention Specialist
3 Credits
This introduction to teaching includes supervised early experience of 60 hours in a special education classroom. The exploratory contact with various school activities is designed to help the student clarify the decision to become a member of the teaching profession.


EDU 120 - Teaching Reading Through Literature for Children & Young Adults
3 Credits
The techniques and methods of teaching reading through the use of literature for pre-school age through young adulthood will be explored. Emphasis is on genres; author and illustrator studies; the inter-relationship of reading, writing, listening, and speaking; multicultural and international publications; and historical and contemporary publishing trends.

Students should develop an appreciation for children’s literature as they select, interpret, discuss, and formulate strategies for using quality books with children. Includes service-learning hours.


EDU 211 - Teaching Phonics & the Structure of Language
3 Credits
A study of the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantic and pragmatic underpinnings of English and of the instructional strategies that support language acquisition and literacy. 

Prerequisite: EDU 103, 105, 110, 112, or equivalent. 


EDU 212 - Developmental Issues and Practice in Reading
3 Credits
A study of the cognitive and linguistic foundations of literacy development in the learner including the cultural, social and psycholinguistic principles and practices underlying reading, and learning to read and write. Traditional literacy practices and current research-based instructional trends for diverse learners at all levels are contrasted and evaluated.

Particular emphasis is placed on word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, the reading and writing process, reading and writing instruction, and assessment as they interrelate. Includes field experience. 

Prerequisite: Prior completion of EDU 211 is recommended.


EDU 230 - Introduction to Special Education & Diverse Learners
3 Credits
A survey of areas of exceptionality and related topics: learning disabilities, hearing, visual, and orthopedic impairments, behavior, emotional, and communication disorders, developmental disabilities, multiple disabilities, early intervention, transition, giftedness, cultural diversity, parenting, inclusion, legal and ethical issues, implications for educational planning based on individual abilities and needs. Includes field experience of 20 hours. 

Prerequisite/Co-requisite: EDU 103, 105, 110 or equivalent.


EDU 250 - Issues & Techniques in Assessment, Classroom Environment & Management
3 Credits
An examination of assessment types, methods, and applications necessary for teaching all students. The course includes an examination of current theory and research of methodology for establishing and maintaining classroom environments, which are conducive for optimal student learning, for all types of students within a variety of classrooms. 

Co- or Prerequisite: EDU 230. 


EDU 260 - Adults with Disabilities
3 Credits
An examination of programs and resources for adults with disabilities along with an analysis of school-age curriculum and instruction that facilitate the transition to adulthood. Includes 15 hours of community based field experience. 

Prerequisite: EDU 110.


EDU 315 - Diagnostic, Prescriptive & Remediation Techniques in Reading
3 Credits 
A study of the fundamentals of evaluating the literacy competencies of diverse students derived from current theories and research findings. The course will investigate how to diagnose difficulties in reading and related areas; prescriptive techniques; implementation of remedial instruction; and how to monitor and document student’s progress, strengths, and needs. Includes field experience. 

Prerequisites: EDU 211 and 212.


EDU 330 - Intervention Methods for Teaching Children Pre-5 with Mild to Moderate Educational Needs
3 Credits
This course explores a variety of educational and theoretical teaching strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners with different abilities. Implementing multi-factored assessments and writing Educational Team Reports in addition to identifying individual needs, writing and implementing Individualized Education Plans are covered.

Differentiating curriculum, Universal Design Learning and Teaching strategies, and specific interventions for children with mild to moderate learning needs for both inclusive and self-contained or resource classrooms are explored in depth. Includes a required field experience of 30 hours. 

Prerequisite: EDU 230. May be a co-requisite with EDU 410. Please see EDU 410 course description for details. 


EDU 331 - Intervention Methods for Teaching Children Pre-5 with Moderate to Intensive Educational Needs
3 Credits
This course explores a variety of educational and theoretical teaching strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners with different abilities. Implementing multi-factored assessments and writing Educational Team Reports in addition to identifying individual needs, writing and implementing Individualized Education Plans are covered.

Differentiating curriculum, Universal Design Learning and Teaching strategies, and interventions including assistive technology, for children with moderate to intensive learning needs for both inclusive and self-contained or resource classrooms are explored in depth. Includes a required field experience of 30 hours. 

Prerequisite: EDU 230. May be a co-requisite with EDU 410. Please see EDU 410 course description for details. 


EDU 350 - Methods of Teaching Middle & Secondary Students with Mild to Moderate Educational Needs
3 Credits
Developing, selecting, and using instructional media/technology and materials, assessments, curriculum adaptations, and methods with middle and secondary students who have Mild to Moderate educational needs. Specific focus on graduation tests, differentiating assessments and instruction, and collaborating, co-planning, and co-teaching with AYA professionals. 

Includes field experience of 30 hours. Prerequisite: EDU 230. May be a co-requisite with EDU 410. Please see EDU 410 course description for details. 


EDU 351 - Methods of Teaching Middle & Secondary Students with Moderate to Intensive Educational Needs
3 Credits
Developing, selecting, and using instructional media/technology and materials, assessments, curriculum content adaptations, and methods with middle and secondary students who have Moderate to Intensive educational needs. Specific focus on graduation tests, differentiating assessments and instruction, and collaborating, co-planning, and co-teaching with AYA professionals. Both academic and functional curriculum will be covered in addition to alternate assessments and assistive technology. 

Includes field experience of 30 hours. Prerequisite: EDU 230. May be a co-requisite with EDU 410. Please see EDU 410 course description for details.


EDU 370 - Collaboration with Parents & Professionals
3 Credits
Strategies to work with and learn from parents and education professionals in the best interest, and to meet the unique needs of all students. Establishing and maintaining good communication, writing and implementing educational plans with others as well as strategies for co-planning and co-teaching.

Designing and leading parent and professional meetings, conferences and workshops will be explored in depth. A focus on working with diverse families in the educational and home setting is covered. 

Prerequisite: EDU 230. Co-requisite: EDU 330 or 331 or 350 or 351.


EDU 379A - CORE: Principles of Education
3 Credits
Justice is part of our schools. Or, is it? This course in educational foundations will develop from diverse perspectives an understanding of the historical, sociological, and philosophical roots of education as they are impacted by justice and the question “how shall we live.” Current educational issues and developments will structure the course as we look at how education became an institution and why it must continue to grow and change. 

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in EDU 348A. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


EDU 410 - Assessment & Technology in Teaching & Learning
3 Credits
This course is designed to prepare undergraduate teacher candidates in all licensure programs with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively integrate technology in teaching for student learning and in designing assessment for student learning. Candidates will understand and apply this knowledge during field experiences to fulfill Ohio mandates for value added student growth measures, new innovative teacher assessment measures (e.g. edTPA) and national legislative and judicial mandates (e.g. Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008; IDEA, 2004; NCLB, 2001) aligned with the professional, local, state, and national standards including the common core standards.

Candidates will understand and apply the transformational concepts of universal design for learning (UDL) principles and develop technological, pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) to teach the full spectrum of students in diverse classrooms in the 21st century.

Co-requisites: 

  • Adolescent and Young Adult and Multi-Age Program - one methods course from: EDU 346, EDU 353, 354, 355, MTH 352, ART 337
  • Middle Childhood Program - one methods course from: EDU 347, EDU 349a, EDU 349b, EDU 349c
  • Intervention Specialists Program - one methods course from: EDU 330, EDU 331, EDU 350, EDU 351
  • Early Childhood Program - two methods courses from: EDU 339, EDU 333a, EDU 333b, EDU 333c.

 

EDU 479A - CORE: Reflections on Truth: Intervention Specialist
3 Credits
This course will critically examine truth from an educator’s perspective. Truths become evident when we critically examine questions of depth in education from multiple perspectives. In addition to the core seminar questions, other possible topics include classroom diversity and culture, collaboration among multiple stakeholders, and schooling as seen through the eyes of our learners. 

Co-requisite: EDU 480.


EDU 480 - Supervised Teaching: Special Education Intervention Specialist
2 Credits 
Full-time, full-semester supervised teaching of students with mild, moderate, or intensive educational needs in elementary, middle, or high schools. The student teacher assumes responsibility for the full teaching load of the cooperating teacher including planning, teaching, evaluating, and managing/disciplining, and teacher duties. 

Prerequisites: EDU 330 and 350; and/or 331, 351; and EDU 379A. Co-requisite: EDU 479A or equivalent.


EXSC 121 - Health Education
3 Credits
A basic course in personal, community, and school health including such topics as drugs, mental health, consumer health, and a healthful school environment. 

Not open to student with credit in PEH 121, PEH 125, or EXSC 125.


PSY 220 - Human Development: Childhood & Adolescence
3 Credits
A survey of theory and research concerning continuities and changes from conception through adolescence as a function of psychological, environmental, and biological factors. Representative topics include cognitive, social, and moral development; parent-child relationship; identity and independence. Some sections may include a service-learning component. 

Prerequisite: PSY 100.