Undergraduate Program Courses
Elementary Education Major Course Descriptions:
T&L 250 Introduction to Education - 3 credits
Prerequisite: At least 30 completed credits. This course is designed for students exploring the profession of teaching in early childhood, elementary, middle, or secondary schools. It is an introduction to the study of education that explores the foundations of education, how learners differ, and the social and political contexts of schools.
T&L 315 Education of Exceptional Students - 3 credits
T&L 328 Survey of Children's Literature - 3 credits
T&L 329 Young Adult Literature - 3 credits
T&L 335 Understanding Readers and Writers - 3 credits
Math 277 Math for Elementary Teachers - 3 credits
T&L 339 Technology for Teachers - 2 credits
Art 460 Methods, Materials, and Philosophy: Art for Elementary School Teachers - 3 credits
Mus 442 Music for Elementary School Teachers - 3 credits
Mus 443 Music Methods and Materials for Elementary School Teachers - 3 credits
KIN 305 Health/Physical Education for Early Childhood and Elementary Education Teachers - 3 credits
T&L 417 Writing and Language Arts Methods - 2 credits
T&L 432 Classroom Management - 3 credits
T&L 433 Multicultural Education - 3 credits
TEAM Course Descriptions:
Prerequisites for Elementary Education majors: Admission to the Teacher Education Program, T&L 250, 315, 328 or 329, 335, Math 277. Corequisites: T&L 430, 440, 470, 486. Prerequisites for Early Childhood majors: Admission to Teacher Education Program, T&L 310/286, 315, 328, 335 and 443. Corequisites: T&L 430, 440, 470, 486). Students must have earned a grade of C or better in the following courses: T&L 250, 315, 328 or 329, 335, 417, Math 103 or equivalent, and Math 277.
T&L 410 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (TEAM) - 3 credits
In this course students learn strategic-based approaches to teaching and assessing reading in the elementary school classroom with an emphasis on planning instruction that is child-centered, process-oriented and literature-based.
T&L 430 Social Studies in the Elementary School (TEAM) - 3 credits
In this course students understand and analyze the different modes of teaching social studies, to gain the competencies necessary for organizing a unit in the social studies, to gain an understanding of the values and multiple perspectives inherent within the various teaching strategies, to develop a preferred perspective on the ideal nature of social studies education.
T&L 440 Math in the Elementary School (TEAM) - 3 credits
In this course students explore how to facilitate the learning of mathematics in a constructivist environment through the use of investigations, manipulatives, technology, and holistic forms of assessment. Current trends in teaching mathematics are emphasized, with particular attention to documents created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
T&L 470 Science in the Elementary School (TEAM) - 3 credits
This course includes teaching strategies, materials, and resources appropriate for promoting science inquiry in elementary classrooms.
T&L 486 Field Experience (TEAM) - 2 credits
This course involves a supervised teaching experience in a Kindergarten through sixth grade classroom.
Student Teaching Placement:
T&L 487 Student Teaching - 13 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of program. This course provides students with the opportunity to assume the role of a classroom teacher in an educational setting under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a University faculty member.
T&L 488 Senior Seminar - 1 credit
A discussion of problems, professional obligations, and careers in teaching. To be taken concurrently with or the semester prior to student teaching for out-of–area student teaching placements only.
T&L 489 Seminar Capstone: Responsive Teaching - 3 credits
This course is taken with student teaching. Teacher candidates engage in written communication and critical thinking in the context of student teaching. Course engagements require candidates to develop and implement curriculum and assessment; analyze and reflect on assessment results to respond to learners' needs; and synthesize professional artifacts to demonstrate ability to plan, implement, assess and reflect on teaching and learning.