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Degree: Bachelor of Science
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Total 15 credits
Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Education
This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge of how to “prescribe, differentiate instruction, and utilize appropriate strategies and materials based upon scientifically based reading research in order to increase reading performance.” This course will address the learning needs of all students including those with differing profiles, with disabilities, and from diverse populations.
This course is designed to introduce the student to various educational practices used by teachers to maintain an orderly classroom environment. It will analyze classroom management as discipline, as a system, and as instruction. The course will present various classroom management programs. The student will analyze statutory requirements for professionals and create a classroom management plan for her/his future career.
*Foundations and Practices in Teaching Reading
In this course students examine the scientifically based reading research and the components of the state of Florida’s formula for reading success. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge of emergent literacy as well as instructional methods, characteristics of difficulties associated with emergent literacy, and prevention and intervention of reading difficulties.
This course introduces the student to the concept of assessment in education and the importance of assessment as a measurement of progress for schools, teachers, and individual students. It will show the importance of using data to diagnose learning progress and to prescribe an individual plan for academic success. The student will analyze real data and draw conclusions for use with lesson planning.
Effective Instructional Practices
The focus of this course will include: the theory and practice of strategies used by effective teachers; instructional techniques needed to enhance learning; attitudes; skills and competencies to plan and implement lessons; and theories of learning. Pre-service teachers will develop a repertoire of skills on how to deliver effective instruction. They will observe and practice a range of instructional techniques as part of a field experience requirement.
Total 30 credits
*Sequential Developmental Skills and Concepts of Reading
This course will focus on the foundations of research-based theories that lead to an understanding of the major components of the reading process. Students will enhance their skills by practicing a variety of techniques and strategies to improve reading instruction. Emphasis will be placed on integrating practice with theory while giving the student practical experiences with the development of reading instruction.
*Recognition and Diagnosis of Reading Problems
In this course, the pre-service teacher will become familiar with a variety of formal and informal assessment measures which may be used in recognizing and formulating diagnosis for students with reading difficulties. Students will gain experience in assessing, diagnosing and providing instructional recommendations for students and will acquire an understanding of how reading develops.
*Methods and Materials to Improve Reading Performance
Content and Methods of Teaching Music in the Elementary School
This course is designed to teach music to students at the elementary grades (K-6). Teaching the methodology of basic music skills to elementary students is the basic premise of this course. The objectives outlined by the Sunshine State Standards will be utilized in lessons and implemented in planning actual preparation for class participation. Students will also review the Florida state guidelines for elementary teacher majors and the music competencies.
Content and Methods of Teaching Art in the Elementary School
This course is designed to teach art to students at the elementary level (K-6). Teaching the methodology of art skills to elementary students is the basic premise of this course. The objectives outlined by the Sunshine State Standards will be utilized in lessons and implemented in planning actual preparation for class participation.
Content and Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education in the Elementary School
This course covers the content, knowledge, and methodology needed to teach health and physical education. Additionally, this course utilizes the Sunshine State Standards in lesson development and class preparation, as well as the Florida state guidelines for elementary teachers and health and physical education competencies.
Content and Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
This course will focus on methods of teaching mathematics to elementary children. Students will explore a variety of techniques and reflect on approaches most applicable to teaching and learning. During this course students will experience that there are many ways to teach mathematics and that there are various ways for students to solve mathematical situations or problems.
**Content and Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Elementary School
This course is designed to teach the pre-service teacher a variety of skills to select and utilize content and materials including children’s literature, to enhance the language and writing skills of K-6 students. It analyzes curriculum objectives, learning outcomes, benchmarks, and instructional methods. The students are expected to write lesson plans for reading/literature, composition, oral/listening skills, and study skills. Assigned reading will give the student a perspective of, and knowledge about, teaching language to the elementary school aged child.
Content and Methods of Teaching Science in the Elementary School
This course explores the methods and strategies for teaching science in the elementary school classroom. It examines methods for selection, presentation, and organization of appropriate and effective science units at the elementary level. In addition, the use of such techniques as demonstrations, laboratory experiments, hands-on activities, and other materials will be discussed.
Content and Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
This course is designed to cover the content, knowledge, and methods of teaching Social Studies in the elementary classroom (K-6). The areas to be stressed will be history, geography, government, civics and economics. Study of appropriate content, methodology and assessment will be reviewed.
Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Education
This course presents an exploration of developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children including socio-dramatic play, sensory experiences, blocks, math, science, music, language arts and literacy, manipulatives, gross motor activities, outdoor play, cooking, field trips, and technology. Students will use their knowledge of child development to plan and present developmentally appropriate curriculum while utilizing classroom management strategies.
Developmentally Appropriate Integrated Curriculum for Ages 3-5
This course will focus on the development of curriculum and instructional best practices in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies for children ages three to five. Strategies for integrating curriculum, creating developmentally appropriate lesson plans and units of study, and activities that will engage this age group of children will be addressed. (Field experiences are a required component of this course.)
Health Nutrition and Safety of Young Children
This course emphasizes the issues of health, safety and nutrition that affect children through the early developmental years. Cultural issues and the special needs of individual children and their families are addressed. Included is a study of the varied genetic and environmental factors that impact the health and safety of the young child.
Diagnosis, Assessment & Evaluation of Young Children
This course examines a variety of methods for systematic assessment that supports the learning of young children. The course is designed to survey a variety of assessment methods including observations, checklists, rating scales, and individually administered testing instruments. Focus will also be on the development of an assessment plan, utilization of appropriate methods, adapting curriculum to meet individual needs, and communication with families throughout the assessment process.
Child Guidance and Management of Classrooms with Young Children
This course allows students to research developmentally appropriate child guidance techniques, including the design of learning environments for providing developmentally appropriate guidance for all children, including those at risk. An exploration of guidance strategies for promoting pro-social behaviors with individual and groups of children will be covered. Emphasis will be on promoting family involvement and investigating cultural influences on child guidance. Practical application through direct participation and field experiences in classrooms with young children will be a requirement of this course. Note: Students taking this course will be required to participate in direct classroom observation and related field experiences for a minimum of 30 hours.
Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families
This course examines atypical growth and development in the young child. Attention will focus on distinguishing among exceptionalities, disorders, and conditions that place a child “at risk.” Strategies for working collaboratively with families, agencies, and community groups will be explored.