Professional Education

Professional education courses are required for all teacher certification programs and include a Professional Trimester (student teaching). Students seeking certification in art, physical education, music, or education of the deaf must enroll in both EDUC 4305 and EDUC 4405. Early childhood and elementary certification require EDUC 4310; secondary areas require EDUC 4410.

COURSE LISTINGS in PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (EDUC)

1002       COLLEGE READING AND STUDY SKILLS
              To help the student improve basic reading rate, comprehension, techniques, concentration, vocabulary, flexibility,
              and purpose. 2 hours

2002       ORIENTATION TO TEACHING
              Orientation to education, including a survey of the historical development of education and current educational
              trends. 2 hours

2011       DIRECTED FIELD EXPERIENCES  I
              Directed observation and limited participation in instructional environments (minimum: 20 clock hours) with
              emphasis on developing generic teaching skills and understanding roles of the teacher in instructional
              environment. Prerequisite: EDUC 2002 or successful completion of 30 hours of college credit. 1 hour

2022       EDUCATION OF THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
              Survey course concerning identification and instruction related to various exceptionalities, including intellectual
              disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory impairment, mental health issues, other health impaired, and
              gifted/talented. Exposure to resources available to the classroom teacher and strategies for effective teaching of
              children with a wide range of learning styles. 2 hours

2103       HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING (Not required for Early Childhood Education)
              Study of human growth and development from birth to late adulthood, with emphasis on progression of human
              development and its application to instructional processes. 3 hours

3102       EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
              Study of application of psychology to the instructional process, with emphasis on various learning theories and the
              learning process from birth to adulthood. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education. 2 hours

3203       SCHOOL AND SOCIETY
              Foundations underlying the development of American education with emphasis on cultural pluralism as it relates to
              American education; special attention to community and parental relations. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher
              Education. 3 hours

3211       DIRECTED FIELD EXPERIENCES  II
              Directed observation and active participation in instructional environments (minimum: 25 clock hours). Emphasis
              on development of generic teaching skills and directed experiences with children and youth. Prerequisites: EDUC
              2002, EDUC 2011, and admission to Teacher Education. Co-requisite: enrollment in EDUC 3203. 1 hour

3221       DIRECTED FIELD EXPERIENCES – SUPPLEMENTAL
              Directed observation and active participation in instructional environments (minimum: 25 clock hours). Designed
              to supplement prior field experiences with experiences in other certification levels. Prerequisite: EDUC 3211
              Directed Field Experiences II. 1 hour

3343       EDUCATIONAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
              Introductory survey course dealing with educational media designed to develop understanding and familiarity with
              media hardware and software used in public schools. Special emphasis on media production, operation, selection,
              use, and evaluation techniques of wide range of educational media, particularly microcomputers. Prerequisite: 
              Admission to Teacher Education. 3 hours

3443       CHILD DEVELOPMENT (Early Childhood Majors Only)
              Study of children from conception through adolescence, including physical, emotional, cognitive, and social
              development. Additional emphasis will be placed on physical and emotional health. Required observation and
              participation in the USAO Child Development Center. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education. 3 hours

4305       PROFESSIONAL TRIMESTER/STUDENT TEACHING IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
              Directed observation and teaching under supervision and guidance in elementary school. Prerequisites: admission
              to Teacher Education, successful completion of English Proficiency requirement, and approval to student teach.
              5 hours

4310       PROFESSIONAL TRIMESTER/STUDENT TEACHING IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
              Directed observation and teaching under supervision and guidance of experienced teachers in elementary school.
              Prerequisites: admission to Teacher Education, successful completion of English Proficiency requirement, and
              approval to student teach. 10 hours

4405       PROFESSIONAL TRIMESTER/STUDENT TEACHING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
              Directed observation and teaching under supervision and guidance in secondary school. Prerequisites: admission
              to Teacher Education, successful completion of English Proficiency requirement, and approval to student teach.
              5 hours

4410       PROFESSIONAL TRIMESTER/STUDENT TEACHING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
              Directed observation and teaching under supervision and guidance in secondary school. Prerequisites: admission
              to Teacher Education, successful completion of English Proficiency requirement, and approval to student teach.
              10 hours

4442       CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND EVALUATION THEORY
              Comprehensive study of the theoretical principles and techniques of classroom management and evaluation. 
              Prerequisites: admission to Teacher Education and completion of 90 hours. 2 hours

4512       PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
              This class is for those seeking guidance with preparation of the Professional Portfolio required for teacher
              certification. The course is limited to those who have previously completed Senior Seminar. Permission of
              instructor is required. 2 hours

4542       APPLIED PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
              Application of principles and techniques of classroom management and evaluation.  Emphasis on effective
              decision-making in classroom environments.  Attention also given to career issues such as job search techniques
              and professionalism.
              Co-requisites: EDUC4305 and 4405, or EDUC 4310 or EDUC 4410
              Pre-requisites: admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 4442, and Approval to Student Teach. 2 hours

4633       SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY IN THE SCHOOL (Speech Pathology Majors Only)
              A course designed to prepare pre-service speech-language pathologists for independent organization and
              management of speech/language programs both in public schools and other clinical settings. 3 hours