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Curriculum

General Education Courses

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Courses in the Major

Professional Preparation Courses in Education

Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Education
EDU 317 3-4 credits

This course combines the two fields of psychology and education. It is the scientific study of human beings and the principles by which learning can be increased by education. This course will present principles for prospective teachers to consider as they analyze situations and make decisions. This course also serves as a foundational course outlining the sociological influences on educational policy in American society.

Classroom Management
EDU 330 3-4 credits

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 (also serves as the reading requirement for ESE majors)
EDU 331 3-4 credits

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.

Educational Assessment
EDU 334 3-4 credits

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.

Effective Instructional Practices
EDU 335 3-4 credits

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.

Culminating Graduation Requirement: As part of the course work in the major, every student will complete a culminating graduation requirement (CGR). Students meet the capstone requirement for the Bachelor of Science major in Secondary Education by satisfactorily completing one of the following:

Student Teaching which consists of:

Capstone Workshop: Student Teaching Seminar
EDU 496 3 credits

This course is designed to assist those students who choose to complete their student teaching as their senior project. It will explore techniques needed to enhance their work with students in the classroom. This is a seminar style course that will explore current research and how it applies to the actual classroom experience. The outcomes will be reflected in the outcomes of the individual major.

Capstone (CGR) Learning Experience: Student-Teaching
EDU 499 9 credits

The Student Teaching Capstone Experience matches each student with a clinical educator who has the training and expertise to work with student teachers. The clinical educator in conjunction with the university’s coordinator of student teachers work collaboratively to provide “hands-on” day-to-day experiences that will prepare the student to practice skills in the classroom. Educator evaluation techniques are used to observe and monitor student progress. Students are required to keep a reflective journal of their experiences which is submitted as part of the final portfolio in the EDU 496 class.

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Capstone Courses (EDU 497 required, both preferred)

Contemporary Perspectives on Classroom Organization
EDU 497 3-4 credits

This course is designed to assist those students who choose to complete their program with this course as their Senior Project. It will explore techniques needed to enhance working with students in the classroom. This course will explore current research and how it applies to the actual classroom experience. The culminating graduation experience will be the creation of a portfolio that will demonstrate the students’ preparedness for classroom teaching.

Historical, Philosophical and Contemporary Issues in Special Education
EDU 498 3-4 credits

This course will explore the historical, philosophical and contemporary influences on special education. Students will examine the historical background from the court case perspective that has influenced current trends. The philosophical issues of “all children can learn” that has resulted in contemporary mainstreaming and inclusion will be examined from a historical perspective. The manner in which these issues affect classrooms and influence public education today will be the basis of an authentic case study. NOTE: This course may serve as a Capstone Course for education majors.

Foundational Course in the Concentration

Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Secondary School
EDU 343 3-4 credits

This course is designed to prepare the student to teach English in the secondary classroom. The student will analyze the Sunshine State Standards for grades 6-12. The student will note that the curriculum contains objectives in the areas of reading, composition, listening, speaking, and critical thinking. The student will use a variety of media to plan lessons for meeting these objectives. The student will be expected to observe classes in a secondary school.

Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics
EDU 337 3-4 credits

This course is designed to equip the pre-service teacher with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach secondary school mathematics grades 6-12. Students will explore a variety of techniques and topics applicable to the most current research in teaching and learning. The course will also examine different learning modalities, instructional strategies, and the use of technology to design and deliver effective lessons, aligned to state and national standards.

Methods of Teaching Secondary Science
EDU 341 3-4 credits

This course explores the methods and strategies for teaching life, physical, and environmental sciences in the secondary school classroom. It examines methods for selection, presentation, and organization of appropriate and effective science units at the secondary level. Various learning styles and approaches to presenting scientific material will be introduced. In addition, the use of such techniques as demonstrations, laboratory experiments, hands-on activities, field trips, technological resources, and other materials will be discussed.

Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Science
EDU 342 3-4 credits

This course is designed to prepare the student to teach Social Science in the secondary classroom. The student will analyze the Sunshine State Standards for grades 6-12. The student will note that the curriculum contains objectives in the areas of history, geography, economics, and civics. The student will use a variety of media to plan lessons for meeting these objectives. The student will be expected to observe classes in a secondary school.

Core Courses in the Concentration

The four-credit courses in the concentrations are general education courses. They may be taken as three-credit courses with the approval of the faculty advisor and the dean, following appropriate adjustments to the course syllabus and provided that the student meets the Bachelor of Science program’s 36 minimum credit hour requirement in general education.

English 3-4 credits

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ENG 321 Western World Literature
ENG 322 British Literature I
ENG 323 British Literature II
ENG 331 American Literature
ENG 345 The Short Story
ENG 380 Advanced English Grammar
ENG 391 Oral Interpretation
ENG 424 Shakespeare and His Plays
SPE 201 Public Speaking

Mathematics 3-4 credits

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MAT 122 College Algebra or
MAT 101 College Mathematics
(Both MAT 101 and 122 are 4 credit general education courses.)
STAT 221 Statistics (4 credit general education course) (Statistics must include Probability.)
MAT 201 Calculus I (may substitute for MAT 307 Business Calculus)
MAT 202 Calculus II
MAT 205 Geometry
MAT 226 Trigonometry
MAT 304 Linear Algebra

Science 3-4 credits

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BIO 101 Intro to Biology
CHE 101 Intro to Chemistry
GEO 120 Intro to Earth Science (4 credit general education course)
ENV 201 Environmental Science (4 credit general education course)
GEO 301 Earth Materials
PHS111 Intro to Astronomy (4 credit general education course)
PHY 121 Intro to Physics
SCI 322 Oceanography
PHS 301 Meteorology

Social Science 3-4 credits

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ECO 201 Survey of Economics
GEG 101 Introduction to Geography
HIS 103 Western Civilization: 1500-1815 (4 credit general education course)
HIS 104 Western Civilization 1815-Present (4 credit general education course)
HIS 321 American History: Federalist Period
HIS 322 American History: Reconstruction
HIS 325 African History
HIS 342 Latin American History
POS 201 American Government (4 credit general education course)
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology or SOC 101 Intro to Sociology (both are four credit general education courses)