Education Courses

Education Course Descriptions

EDU/PSY 144 Human Growth & Development (3 cr.)

The study of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development from conception to end of life. The concepts, theories, and determinants in the various periods of development are studied. Emphasis is given to guiding during childhood and adolescence.

EDU 201 Introduction to Teaching (3 cr.)

A study of objectives of education; historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of education; characteristics and trends of American school systems; legal and ethical responsibilities, qualities, and characteristics of successful teachers, and challenges facing them today. Concurrent enrollment in EDU 202 required.

EDU 202 Introduction to Teaching Clinical (0 cr.)

A clinical placement requiring a minimum of 20 hours of observation and participation in classrooms, including diverse students. Concurrent enrollment in EDU 201 required.

EDU 210 Human Relations for Teachers (2 cr.)

This course is designed to meet the human relations component as required by the Iowa State Department of Education for completion of a teaching endorsement. Topics reviewed in the class include racism, social class, gender, sexism, religion, exceptionality, and age and the implications for human relations and the developing dispositions of pre-service educators.

EDU 230 Educational Media and Computers (1 cr.)

Students will be provided with basic knowledge and skills necessary for teaching and learning in an information age. The main focus is to enhance the teaching/learning that occurs in technology/media-rich environments.

EDU 240 Educational Psychology (3 cr.)

Cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning processes; including behavior modification, complex reasoning, concept learning, problem solving, creativity, attitude formation, and skill learning. Application of learning principles to education. Students also discover challenges related to lifestyle issues such as homelessness and mobile students. Ten hours of clinical experience required. (Prerequisite: EDU/PSY 144)

EDU 253 Literature for Children (3 cr.)

A survey course that introduces students to several genres of literature for children. Students will read and review selections from each of the genres, focusing on literary analysis and literature-based teaching and learning. Three-hour clinical experience, if concurrently with EDU 240 Education Psychology, then lower level placement is required.

EDU 330 Language Development/Teaching Reading & Language Arts (4 cr.)

Introduces theories, teaching strategies, materials, and learning experiences for literacy. Focuses on the development of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Various approaches used to teach reading are explained. Instructional methods for diverse learners and special needs students will be incorporated. (Prerequisites: EDU 144, 201, 253, 240, SPED 220)

EDU 340 Teaching Math/Science in K-8th Grade (4 cr.)

Exploration of theories, teaching strategies, resources, assessment, and the use of technology in the context of creating learning experiences for math and science for K-8th Grade. Will create math and science learning experiences based on problem solving, discovery-inquiry approach, developmental implications, and current programs. Will demonstrate an integrated approach in teaching math and science. Instruction methods of diverse learners and special needs students will be incorporated. Fifteen hours of clinical experience in an elementary/middle school classroom are required. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisite: EDU 144, 201, 230, 240, 440, SPED 220)

EDU 350 Teaching Music/Art/Drama/ Movement in K-8th Grade (4 cr.)

This course will assist students in understanding, planning, and implementing the integration of drama, movement, music, and art into developmentally appropriate curriculums for children in educational settings. Fifteen hours of clinical experience in an elementary/middle school classroom are required. (Prerequisites: EDU 144, 201, 230, 240, SPED 220) Concurrent enrollment in EDU 440 required.

EDU 355 Teaching Reading in Grades 5-12 (2 cr.)

Students will explore theories, teaching strategies, resources, assessment, and use of technology in the context of creating learning experiences for literacy-rich classrooms. Students will learn to teach reading, writing, and the language arts within literature-based learning experiences, as well as plan for diverse learners and students with special needs. Ten hours of clinical experience required.

EDU 360 Teaching Reading/Social Studies/Language Arts in K-8th Grade (4 cr.)

Exploration of theories, teaching strategies, resources, assessment, and the use of technology in the context of creating learning experiences for literacy. Will organize to teach reading, writing, and the language arts within literature-based learning experiences. Will create and demonstrate social studies learning experiences based on reading and writing to learn. Instructional methods for diverse learners and special needs students will be incorporated. Fifteen hours of clincial experience in an elementary/middle school classroom are required. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 144, 201, 230, 240, 330, 440, SPED 220)

EDU 370 Secondary Teaching Methods (2 cr.)

This course provides students with an introduction to the methods and materials for teaching middle school and high school curricula. Students learn theories of instructional strategies and begin to develop their own teaching styles and philosophies. Students are required to enroll concurrently in EDU 371. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 201, 230, 240, 440) Concurrent enrollment in EDU 371 and 465 is required.

EDU 371 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience for Secondary (1 cr.)

Students are required to observe 20 hours in a secondary classroom and experiment with teaching materials and methods. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Students are required to enroll concurrently in EDU 370.

EDU 375 Methods of Teaching Speech/Theater in the Secondary School (3 cr.)

Students learn methods and materials unique to 5-12 Speech/Theater teaching. Planning for teaching and learning experiences based on secondary student learning needs is the focus. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 370, 371 and 440) Concurrent enrollment in EDU 465 required.

EDU 376 Clinical Experience in Teaching Speech/Theater (1 cr.)

Students gain instructional experience in a secondary classroom setting. Twenty hours of clinical experience in a secondary classroom are required. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDU 375 required.

EDU 380 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School (3 cr.)

Students learn methods and materials unique to 5-12 Social Studies teaching. Planning for teaching and learning experiences based on secondary student learning needs is the focus. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 370, 371 and 440) Concurrent enrollment in EDU 381 required.

EDU 381 Clinical Experience in Teaching Social Studies (1 cr.)

Students gain instructional experience in a secondary classroom setting. Twenty hours of clinical experience in a secondary classroom are required. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDU 380 required.

EDU 382 Methods of Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3 cr.)

Students learn methods and materials unique to teaching science in the secondary school. Planning for teaching and learning experiences based on secondary student learning needs. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 370, 371, and 440) Concurrent enrollment in EDU 383 required.

EDU 383 Clinical Experience in Teaching Science (1 cr.)

Students gain instructional experience in a secondary science classroom setting. Twenty hours of clinical experience in a secondary science classroom are required. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDU 382 required.

EDU 385 Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary School (3 cr.)

Students learn methods and materials unique to 5-12 English teaching. Planning for teaching and learning experiences based on secondary student learning needs is the focus. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 370, 371 and 440) Concurrent enrollment in EDU 386 required.

EDU 386 Clinical Experience in Teaching English (1 cr.)

Students gain instructional experience in a secondary classroom setting. Twenty hours of clinical experience in a secondary classroom are required. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDU 385 required.

EDU 395 Content Area Reading (2 cr.)

This course is for prospective and current secondary teachers. Students learn how to incorporate strategies for reading to learn in their content area. Vocabulary, writing, comprehension, and study skills are applied to actual content area textbooks. Ten hours of clinical experience required.

EDU 398 Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics (3 cr.)

Students will develop skills for lesson planning and crafting math curriculum for effective instruction and assessment of learning. Students learn methods and materials unique to 5-12 Mathematics teaching. Planning for teaching and learning experiences based on secondary student learning needs is the focus. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 370, 371 and 440) Concurrent enrollment in EDU 399 required.

EDU 399 Clinical Experience in Teaching Mathematics (1 cr.)

Students gain instructional experience in a secondary classroom setting. Twenty hours of clinical experience in a secondary classroom are required. Must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDU 398 required.

EDU/REL 400 Ethics and Religious Diversity in Public and Private Education (3 cr.)

This course provides students with insight into the web of factors that influence development and learning and high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse. Students learn how to build a richer classroom environment that celebrates diversity of family, culture, economic status, and religious heritage. Students also develop and articulate a personal credo. (Prerequisites: EDU 201, 230, 240; SPED 220; REL 103)

EDU 406 Elementary Music Student Teaching (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching experience in an accredited elementary school and participation in the total program of the school; seven weeks of full days, plus student teaching seminars. Requires the completion of all coursework. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 407 Grades K-3 Student Teaching (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching experience in an accredited elementary school classroom and participation in the total program of the school; seven weeks of full days, plus student teaching seminars. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 409 Grades 4-8 Student Teaching (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching experience in an accredited elementary school classroom and participation in the total program of the school; seven weeks of full days, plus a 3-day seminar prior and a 2-day seminar at completion. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 410 Student Teaching in 5-9 Social Studies (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching in an accredited 5-9 Social Studies classroom and participation in the full day of a secondary school. Seven full weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 411 Multicultural Practicum (2 cr.)

One week teaching experience will be spent in a diverse setting, full time. There will be on campus classes/field trips prior to and after the practicum. (Prerequisite: Approval by the Education faculty) (Course Fee $50)

EDU 412 Student Teaching in 5-9 Science (6 cr.)

Supervised student teaching in an accredited 5-9 Science classroom and participation in the full day of a secondary school. Seven full weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 413 Extended Elementary Student Teaching (3 cr.)

This course is required for students seeking out-of-state licensure that requires 18 weeks of student teaching. This is supervised teaching in an accredited elementary school. Four additional full weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: EDU 407 and 409) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 414 Student Teaching in 9-12 Social Studies (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching in an accredited 9-12 Social Studies classroom and participation in the full day of a secondary school. Seven full weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 415 Student Teaching in 5-9 English (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching in an accredited 5-9 English classroom and participation in the full day of a secondary school. Seven full weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 416 Student Teaching in 9-12 Science (6 cr.)

Supervised student teaching in an accredited 9-12 Science classroom and participation in the full day of a secondary school. Seven full weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 417 Student Teaching in 9-12 English (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching in an accredited 9-12 English classroom and participation in the full day of a secondary school. Seven full weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 420 Student Teaching in 5-9 Speech/Theater (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching in an accredited 5-9 Speech/Theater classroom and participation in the full day of a secondary school. Seven full weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 421 Secondary Music Student Teaching (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching experience in an accredited secondary music program and participation in the full day of a secondary school; seven weeks of full days, plus Student Teaching Seminars. Requires the completion of all coursework. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 422 Foundations of Education Internship (4-9 cr.)

Students will complete a practical work experience in an education-related area. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 423 Student Teaching in 9-12 Speech/Theater (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching experience in an accredited 9-12 Speech/Theater classroom and participation in the full day of a secondary school. Seven full weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 430 Capstone (1 cr.)

Synthesis of learning experiences in education. The student will complete a professional philosophy of education, professional portfolio, and resume. Students will also make a formal presentation of their achievement portfolio to the Education Department Faculty. (Prerequisite: Student Teaching or concurrently with Student Teaching) (Must be taken at Waldorf)

EDU 440 Assessment and Goal Setting (3 cr.)

Students gain experience in creating classroom assessments, motivating students and increasing student achievement. Practical experience is gained in interpreting standardized, criterion referenced, and formal/informal diagnostic instruments; as well as their ethical use. Ten hours of clinical experience required; clinical hours may be concurrent with SPED clinicals only. (Prerequisites: EDU 201, 240; SPED 220 and one methods class prior or concurrent) (Must be taken at Waldorf)

EDU 460 Behavior Management for Elementary (2 cr.)

Course content includes behavior of children, basic theories, and techniques of guidance applicable to typical and exceptional children. Students will learn the root causes for behavior; also the management and monitoring of students when misbehavior is occurring. Students will learn to foster student responsibility for behavior and set up classroom environments that are conducive to positive student interaction and learning. Ten hours of clinical experience are required. (Prerequisite: EDU/PSY 144 and 240) Concurrent enrollment in EDU 340, 350 or 360 required.

EDU 465 Behavior Management for Secondary (2 cr.)

The future educator gains an understanding of student behavior in the classroom by learning to identify root causes for behavior, manage misbehavior, and foster student responsibility for behavior. The future educator learns how to set up a classroom that encourages positive behavior and how to facilitate conflict resolution. Ten hours of clinical experience required. (Prerequisites: EDU 144 and 240) Concurrent enrollment in a secondary methods course required.

EDU 470 Student Teaching in 5-9 Mathematics (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching in an accredited 5-9 Mathematics classroom and participation in the full day of a secondary school. Seven weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: EDU 370, 371, 440, 398 and 399.) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 471 Student Teaching in 9-12 Mathematics (6 cr.)

Supervised teaching in an accredited 9-12 Mathematics classroom and participation in the full day of secondary school. Seven weeks are required with attendance at Student Teaching Seminars. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 480 Student Teaching in K-8 Physical Education (6 cr.)

K-8 supervised teaching experience in an accredited elementary school classroom and participation in the total program of the school; seven weeks of full days, plus student teaching seminars and other activities. Approval for student teaching by the Teacher Education Committee; see Waldorf College Education Program Handbook. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 481 Student Teaching in 5-12 Physical Education (6 cr.)

A secondary school supervised teaching experience in an accredited secondary school classroom and participation in the total program of the school; seven weeks of full days, plus student teaching seminars and other activities. Approval for student teaching by the Teacher Education Committee; see Waldorf College Education Program Handbook. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 482 Student Teaching in 5-12 Health (2-4 cr.)

Supervised teaching experience in an accredited classroom and participation in the total program of the school; seven weeks of full days, plus student teaching seminars and other activities. (Prerequisites: Senior status and approval of the Education Department) (Course Fee $200)

EDU 490 Inservice Topics in Education (1-3 cr.)

This course is for inservice teachers only. The purpose of the course is to provide professional development for the improvement of teaching strategies and increase learning opportunities for K-12 students. Topics will be chosen based on the needs of area inservice teachers.


Music Education Course Descriptions

MUE 341 Methods of General Music in the Public Schools, K-12 (4 cr.)

A course designed for the music specialist who will be teaching and supervising in elementary, middle, and senior high school. Various school music methods are studied including Orff and Kodaly. Special emphasis is given to the National Standards developed by MENC. Grade level achievement and goals in the development of the child are examined. Teaching skills are developed in a laboratory teaching environment. The course will include assessment and testing. Membership in MENC is required. Includes 20 hours of field experience in a pre-student teaching clinical experience. Must be accepted into Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 201; MUS 201, 204 or consent of instructor)

MUE 351 Methods of Musical Drama in the Schools (2 cr.)

This course is designed to introduce students to the materials and techniques necessary for directing the performance of musicals in a secondary school setting. In addition to classroom lectures and discussions, students also observe rehearsals and performances of musicals in local area schools. Practical experience in musical drama production is provided through a separate two-hour credit course involving musicals sponsored by the Music Department. Offered only as needed. Must be accepted into Teacher Education Program.

MUE 360-362

The following three courses cover the study of teaching and performance techniques and methods in each of the three categories of band instruments. Includes selection and care of instruments, basic literature, and rudimentary performance on instruments in each of the categories.

MUE 360 Percussion Skills (1 cr.)

Covers the basic skills of snare drum, tympani, mallets, and auxiliary percussion.

MUE 361 Woodwind Skills (1 cr.)

Covers the basic skills of the single reed, double reed, and flute instruments. A unique component of the class is a unit on the recorder as an introduction to woodwind playing.

MUE 362 Brass Skills (1 cr.)

Covers the basic skills of trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, and tuba playing.

MUE 441 Methods of Performance Ensembles in the Schools (3 cr.)

A comprehensive course in leading public school choral and instrumental music programs, from late elementary (beginning band and chorus) through high school ensembles. Includes recruitment methods, book selection, scheduling, budgeting, rehearsal procedures and techniques, motivation and classroom management, with special emphasis on advocacy. MENC membership required. Includes 20 hours of field experience and a pre-student teaching clinical experience. Must be accepted into Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisites: EDU 201; MUS 202, 204, 215; piano proficiency; or consent of instructor)


Physical Education Course Descriptions

Physical Education Activities (.5 cr.):

All activities are taught in a coeducational format unless otherwise indicated on registration schedules.

PED 102 Badminton
PED 103 Bowling ($30 course fee)
PED 104 Kenpo Karate 1
PED 105 Dance
PED 106 Aerobics
PED 107 Golf
PED 109 Running
PED 110 Tennis
PED 111 Weight Lifting
PED 112 Skiing
PED 113 Lap Swimming
PED 114 Kenpo Karate 2
PED 115 Basketball
PED 116 Flag Football
PED 117 Volleyball
PED 119 Recreational Activities
PED 120 Exploring Fitness (Special Needs Students Only)

Varsity Athletics (Men) (.5 cr.)
PED 001 Baseball
PED 002 Basketball
PED 003 Football
PED 004 Golf
PED 005 Wrestling
PED 010 Soccer
PED 013 Cross Country
PED 015 Bowling
PED 018 Hockey

Varsity Athletics (Women) (.5 cr.)
PED 006 Cheerleading
PED 007 Basketball
PED 008 Softball
PED 009 Volleyball
PED 011 Soccer
PED 012 Golf
PED 014 Cross Country
PED 016 Bowling
PED 017 Wrestling
PED 121 Officiating (1-3 cr.)

Experience in officiating will be provided for local intramural and public school games. Students may qualify for certification as high school officials by passing required tests and paying a fee. One credit given for each sport: football, basketball, and soccer.

PED 170 First Aid/CPR/AED for Workplace, Schools and Community (1 cr.)

American Red Cross course providing training in CPR, AED use, and first aid procedures qualifying the student for American Red Cross certification. Certification effective for one year only. Recertification, if needed, is responsibility of the student. (Course Fee $30)

PED 210 Physical Education for the Elementary School (3 cr.)

This course will emphasize the development of quality programs in the elementary school which include the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Students will visit quality physical education programs. Movement education will be a major theme of the class. (Prerequisite: PED 230)

PED/WEL 221 Personal and Community Health (3 cr.)

A course which presents principles and practices of personal health and seeks to develop attitudes and habits necessary for healthful living.

PED/WEL 230 History and Principles of PE, Fitness, and Leisure Studies (3 cr.)

An overview of the history, philosophy, and principles of physical activity, exercise, and leisure studies.

PED 251 Theory, Psychology, and Ethics of Coaching (2 cr.)

An introduction to the psychological, ethical, and strategical aspects of coaching interscholastic sports. Special emphasis on the coaching theories and strategies of football, volleyball, and basketball. Two hours of lecture per week plus five additional hours of lab work (assisting, observing, practice, game settings) during the semester. (Applies toward coaching authorization)

PED 271 Coaching Anatomy (1 cr.)

The structure and function of the human body with special emphasis given to the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Sophomore status preferred. (BIO 105 or 120 helpful but not required) (Applies toward coaching authorization)

PED 272 Treatment of Athletic Injuries (2 cr.)

Practical training in the care and prevention of athletic injuries. Laboratory component includes various taping techniques (ankle, achilles, longitudinal arch, shin splits, knee, hamstring, quadriceps, shoulder, wrist, thumbs), elastic bandaging, ice, and ice massage. (Course Fee $65) (Applies toward coaching authorization)

PED 301 Curriculum and Administration of P.E. in K-12 Schools (3 cr.)

Students will learn techniques and procedures for K-12 Physical Education program management to include standards-referenced K-12 curriculum development and implementation, policies, programs, budgeting, supervision, and problems unique to physical education and athletics. (Prerequisites: PED 210, 230)

PED/SPED 310 Adaptive Physical Education (2 cr.)

This course is a study of theories, principles, and methods for working with children with special needs in the physical education curriculum. The focus will be on background information on types of disabilities and activities that will address the individual needs of each student. A 10-hour clinical experience is required. (Prerequisites: PSY 144; PED 271 or BIO 155; SPED 220)

PED 343 Methods of Teaching Physical Education in Elementary Schools (3 cr.)

Students learn methods and materials unique to K-8 Physical Education teaching. Planning for teaching and learning experiences based on elementary student learning needs is the focus with individual and team performance in various activities required. Students will develop organizational skills and time management skills. Must be accepted into Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisite: EDU 440) Concurrent enrollment in PED 344 required.

PED 344 Clinical Experience in Teaching Physical Education in Elementary Schools (1 cr.)

Students gain instructional experience in an elementary classroom setting. Twenty hours of clinical experience in an elementary classroom is required. Must be accepted into Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in PED 343 required.

PED 345 Methods of Teaching Physical Education and Health in Secondary Schools (3 cr.)

Students learn methods and materials unique to 5-12 Physical Education and health teaching. Planning for teaching and learning experiences based on secondary student learning needs is the focus with individual and team performance in various activities required. Students will develop organizational skills and time management skills. Must be accepted into Teacher Education Program. (Prerequisite: EDU 440) Concurrent enrollment in PED 346 required.

PED 346 Clinical Experience in Teaching Physical Education and Health in Secondary Schools (1 cr.)

Students gain instructional experience in a secondary classroom setting. Twenty hours of clinical experience in a secondary classroom is required. Must be accepted into Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in PED 345 required.


Special Education Course Descriptions

SPED 220 Exceptional Learners (3 cr.)

An introduction to the education of disabled and gifted persons. The course seeks to develop proper understanding and attitudes toward exceptional persons while emphasizing the needs, curriculum, and special programs available for this population. Ten hours of clinical experience required. (Prerequisites: EDU/PSY 144; ENG 101/106)

SPED 300 Sign Language I (3 cr.)

Students will learn sign language and its use in schools, business, and the community. This course is appropriate for any student or individual interested in learning sign language.

SPED/PED 310 Adaptive Physical Education (2 cr.)

This course is a study of theories, principles and methods for working with children with special needs in the physical education curriculum. The focus will be on background information on types of handicaps and activities that will address the individual needs of each student. A 10 hour clinical experience is required. (Prerequisites: PSY 144; PED 271 or BIO/WEL 155; SPED 220)

SPED 335 Inclusive Reading Pre-Student Teaching (2 cr.)

Students will spend 50 hours in an elementary classroom. The clinical experience will focus on diagnosis of reading problems and preparation of remedial lessons, which address these problems. Students will be under the supervision of the elementary classroom teacher and the course instructor. (Prerequisites: EDU 103, 144, 201, 230, 240, 253 or 310, 330, SPED 220)

SPED 365 Methods and Materials in Special Education (3 cr.)

A study of and application of K-12 curriculum, methods, classroom organization, and management for children with mild to moderate disabilities. (Prerequisite: SPED 220)

SPED 390 Diagnostic and Remedial Reading (4 cr.)

This course discusses the qualities of a good reader, why some students have difficulty achieving this, and the purposes of reading assessment. The course focuses on formal and informal types of assessment and discusses methods of remediation. Students will practice assessing reading and constructing remedial lessons for K-12 students. Supplementary reading programs will also be covered. (Prerequisites: EDU 330 and 440) Take concurrently with SPED 335.

SPED 392 Math Strategies (2 cr.)

This class discusses the teaching and learning of mathematics by underachieving students. It explores various factors that contribute to students who struggle with mathematics, and apply relevant and meaningful strategies for systematic intervention and remediation for struggling learners. A required 10 hour clinical experience focuses on diagnosis and remediation of struggling learners in mathematics with an emphasis on strategies and skills in math instruction. (Prerequisites: EDU 240; MTH 101; SPED 220)

SPED 408 K-8 Student Teaching—Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (4-8 cr.)

Students will teach seven weeks in the public schools under the supervision of an experienced, qualified special education teacher serving students having mild and moderate disabilities. Students will demonstrate competencies required of a special education teacher for students with mild and moderate disabilities. Eighty hours of clinical experience are a prerequisite. (Prerequisite: Approval by Education Faculty) (Course Fee $200)

SPED 410 Special Education Clinical Experience II (3 cr.)

This clinical experience is for students who have a teaching license and are only seeking a Special Education Endorsement. Students will spend 60 hours serving in the role of special education teacher. (Course Fee $200)

SPED 422 Grades 5-12 Student Teaching—Students With Mild and Moderate Disabilities (2-6 cr.)

Students will teach seven weeks in the public schools under the supervision of an experienced, qualified special education teacher serving students having mild and moderate disabilities. Students will demonstrate competencies required of a special education teacher for students with mild and moderate disabilities. Must accompany a secondary endorsement or with an elementary special education endorsement, four credits is required. Eighty hours of clinical experience are a prerequisite. (Prerequisite: Approval by Education Faculty) (Course Fee $200)

SPED 441 Assessment in Special Education (2 cr.)

This course focuses on the collection of academic and behavioral data for functional and meaningful assessment and subsequent prescriptive teaching of K-12 special needs pupils. Students study achievement tests, standardized tests, informal assessments, and behavioral assessments. (Prerequisite: SPED 220)

SPED 450 Child, Family, and Community Relations (3 cr.)

Prepares the future educator to effectively meet the needs of students by collaborating with their families and community. Brings together theory, research, and best practices related to family-professional partnerships for both general and special education. (Prerequisite: SPED 220)

SPED 455 Transitional Collaboration (2 cr.)

This course explores sources of services, organizations, and networks for individuals with mild and moderate disabilities, including career, vocational, and transitional support to post school settings with maximum opportunities for decision making and full participation in the community. (Prerequisite: SPED 220)

SPED 461 Behavior and Social Interaction in the Special Education Student (2 cr.)

This course will study behavior management theories, methods, and techniques for K-12 students with mild and moderate disabilities. It will also focus on maintaining attention in the student with a disability and improving social interaction in a variety of settings. (Prerequisite: SPED 220)