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Elementary Education Course Descriptions

EDU 500 The Core of Education
This course provides study and application of methods and materials appropriate for the understanding and implementation of a variety of "generic" situations as they apply to the various disciplines of teaching in the early childhood/childhood and middle childhood classrooms. New scholarship as well as classic philosophies will be implemented into the pragmatic aspects of the classroom as they apply to these various levels of learning.
 
EDU 502 Education Methods of Teaching: Math, Science, Technology
This course is designed to examine theories of learning and thinking as they interact with the elementary classroom disciplines of science, mathematics, and technology. A practical application of these theories will be explored and incorporated for the teaching of these disciplines in the early childhood, childhood and middle childhood classroom setting.
 
EDU 503 Education Methods of Teaching: The Arts, English, Language Arts and Social Studies
This course is designed to examine theories of learning and thinking as they interact with the elementary classroom disciplines of the arts, language arts and social studies. A practical application of these theories will be explored and incorporated for the teaching of the aforementioned in the early childhood, childhood, and middle childhood classroom.
 
EDU 504 Early Field Experience/Seminar: Physical Education, Family/Consumer Sciences
This course defines family/consumer sciences as well as physical education in light of daily living and societal expectations. It requires that the learner combine knowledge, attitudes, values, and skills through a complex interplay of mind, materials, and social interactions. Through seminar training, early field/classroom participation and the use of action research, students will reflect upon that which they have learned and transform their knowledge into active and meaningful learning experiences.
 
EDU 506 Child Abuse/SAVE Seminar
This course, comprised of two online workshops, satisfies New York State’s requirements for Project SAVE legislation as well as Child Abuse Identification and Reporting.
 
EDU 577 Student Teaching/Seminar: Career and Occupational Studies
This course provides students with on-site experience. The student will be assigned two situations, one at each level of their certification: Childhood (primary/intermediate levels) or Middle Childhood (intermediate/ middle school levels). A professional portfolio and journal will be completed. Students will also, through seminars, become familiar with the New York State Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies.
 
ECI 510 Research in Education (online)*
This course affords the graduate student an overview of the methods used in education research. Students will study and apply different methods of quantitative and qualitative research. The course will further increase a student's understanding of research methodology and design. The central focus will be on Action Research which will lead to the culminating project within the master's program. At the completion of the course, students will have identified their thematic concerns and will have begun the cycle of action research.
 
*Student must have access to a computer and internet connection.
 
ECI 530 Educational Explorations in Diversity
This course is designed to provide theoretical and applied knowledge of practical methods, strategies, and techniques used to successfully meet the diverse needs of today's inclusive classroom.
 
ESP 600 Foundations of Special Education
This course offers an examination of the historical, social, and legal foundations of special education. Emphasis will be placed on issues, trends, and legislation, which affect the provision of services in school, home, and community settings with a focus on inclusion of individuals with disabilities in home and school settings. An overview of the characteristics and instructional needs of individuals with disabilities for children birth through 12, will be provided. Issues related to school, community and family collaborations for children with disabilities will also be examined Provided, is an overview of the characteristics and instructional needs of individuals with all exceptionalities (including Autistic Spectrum Disorders) identified in the present federal educational disability related legislation. The impact of diversity and assistive technology services of persons with special needs in the school will also be addressed. A minimum of 15 participation hours are required.
 
ECI 610 Transitions from Education's Roots to the Present
This courses provides a bridge from the works of past theorists and practitioners to current ideas and innovative teaching procedures of present day educators. A core of influential thinkers, such as Dewey, Skinner, Rogers, Piaget, and Gardner, etc., will be used.
 
ECI 695 Seminar: Teacher as Researcher
This directed project requires student cohorts to become involved in the internal workings of an educational institution. In light of action research and using appropriate technology, the student cohorts will not only identify an educational problem or concern within the arena of ecution, but they will also reflect upon and research some of the solutions to that problem. The problem/concern will be identified early in the graduate program and curried to its required completion within this culminating activity as it is research appropriately in lieu of the knowledge gained within the various required/selected courses throughout the graduate program.
 
EDL 550 Developmental Literacy: Emergence to Fluency
This course will explore the concept of a balanced reading program from the emergent reader to a fluent reader. The students will study the elements of balanced reading which include read alouds, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, phonemic awareness, word recognition strategies, and comprehension strategies. Students will develop reading experiences for children based on the New York Language Arts Standards. After learning these strategies and developing materials the student will have an opportunity to engage children in literacy experiences.
 
EDL 560 Literature for Children
This course explores the role of children's literature in the elementary literacy program. Students will explore the various genre of literature both in the areas of fiction and nonfiction, narrative and expository. Students will read and develop activities using various types of trade books, to assist student in meeting the New York State English Language Arts Standards.
 
EDL 650 Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy
This course is designed to investigate current practices and procedures in the evaluation of New York State English Language Arts Standards (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). The course will include instruction in the administration and analysis of running records, assessment of listening and speaking, concepts of print, word recognition, spelling development, phonemic awareness, comprehension, writing development, and modes of responding to literature. Students will also investigate the role of standardized test and testing programs in the assessment of reading and the other language arts areas.
 

 

Adolescent Education Course Descriptions

EDU 506 Child Abuse/SAVE Seminar
This course, comprised of two online workshops, satisfies New York State’s requirements for Project SAVE legislation as well as Child Abuse Identification and Reporting.
 
EDU 601 Methods in Adolescence Education - English
This course is designed to familiarize English teacher candidates with national and state standards for adolescent English learning. This course will provide appropriate instructional strategies, methodologies, and materials necessary for creating a productive teaching and learning environment for all adolescent students, grades 7 - 12. There will be particular emphasis on working with students for whom English is a second language, students with disabilities, and students from diverse backgrounds.
 
EDU 602 Methods in Adolescence Education - French
This methods course is organized around the federal and state standards for foreign language learning. This course guides teacher candidates to focus on communications, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. Teacher candidates will review current theory for second language acquisition, and will apply that theory to classroom practice.The course will present principles of learning, from which teacher candidates can draw to make decisions about instruction. The course emphasizes diverse learners including students for whom English is a second language and culturally diverse learner, and students with different learning styles, and abilities.
 
EDU 603 Methods in Adolescence Education - Mathematics
This course is designed to provide teacher candidates with instructional strategies, methodologies and materials necessary for creating a productive teaching and learning environment for adolescence education students, grades 7 - 12 in mathematics education. The course will also provide opportunities for candidates to build and deliver lessons and units.
 
EDU 604 Methods in Adolescence Education - Biology
This is a practical course where students will learn actual activities of biology instruction. Included in these activities will be laboratory work, teacher candidate developed worksheets, teacher candidate directed discussions, teacher candidate developed texts, etc Teacher candidates will also study the nature of scientific understanding and the culture and climate of the classroom. The class will also review strategies to ensure educational equity.
 
EDU 605 Methods in Adolescence Education - Chemistry
This is a practical course where students will learn actual activities of chemistry instruction. Included in these activities will be laboratory work, teacher candidate developed worksheets, teacher candidate directed discussions, teacher candidate developed tests, etc. Teacher candidates will also study the nature of scientific understanding and the culture and climate of the classroom activities. The class will also review strategies to ensure educational equity.
 
EDU 606 Methods in Adolescence Education - Social Studies
This course provides students with a foundation in current educational theory and practice for teaching the social studies curriculum to middle and high school level students. Students will analyze the information and expectations of the New York State Education Department and accumulate a repertoire of materials, methods, and inclusive strategies to teach and assess standards based social studies for all learners across a range of learning styles. Students will design unit and lesson plans and assessments that align with the New York State Standards for Learning and the New York State Core Curriculum that utilize the Medaille College Unit and Lesson Plan formats. This course will provide appropriate instructional strategies, methodologies, and materials necessary for creating a productive teaching and learning environment for all adolescent students, grades 7 - 12.
 
EDU 600 Curriculum Planning in Adolescent Education
Emphasis in this course is on curricular design and instructional planning to address the special developmental and educational needs of students in secondary school. Attention is given to the common elements of curricular design and implementation and to appropriate planning techniques for meeting the needs of a diverse population of students at differing levels of social, emotional, intellectual, and physical ability. Curriculum and lesson planning are examined on the state, district, school and classroom levels. In addition, various strategies for interdisciplinary planning and instruction are explored.
 
EDU 667 Pre-Student Teaching Experience
This course provides students with an opportunity to participate in a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer and/or paid teaching experiences in settings such as the classroom, YMCA, church group, tutoring, summer camp, etc. Students will be encouraged to work in settings that involve observation, tutoring, small group reinforcement, and entire class activities. Approximately 50 hours of experiences are to occur in grades 7, 8, and 9, and also in grades 10, 11, and 12. Experiences are to be in a student's academic certification area (e.g. English, mathematics, etc.) and/or related fields.
 
EDU 668 Classroom Management Techniques
This course is designed to provide students with a variety of management techniques that can be effectively used within grades 7-12. Emphasis will be placed upon a teacher's ability to enhance the teaching and learning environment. The course also includes mini-workshops on Child Abuse, and Project SAVE - Schools Against Violence Education. Also covered are Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Personal and Family Issues.
 
EDU 670 Literacy in the Content Areas
This course is designed to assist the prospective secondary school teacher (adolescence education) to integrate effective methodology to enhance students reading and writing skills, in general, and in the specific content areas. Emphasis is on vocabulary, comprehension, study skills, and flexible rate. Particular emphasis will be given to students for whom English is a second language and students with different learning styles, abilities, and learning problems.
 
EDU 671 Information Technology and Literacy in the Classroom
This course will develop understanding, perspective, competence and leadership in the use of information technology in an educational setting with an emphasis upon integrating technology and literacy.
 
EDU 677 Student Teaching in Adolescence Education
This course provides students with on-site classroom experiences. The student teacher will be assigned two classroom situations grades 7, 8, or 9 and grades 10, 11, or 12. Each placement will be full-time, five days a week for approximately seven (7) weeks each and in the appropriate academic field: English, French, mathematics, biology or chemistry.
 
ECI 610 Transitions from Education's Roots to the Present (3)
This course studies the various foundations of education. It provides a bridge from the works of past theorists and practitioners to current ideas and innovative teaching procedures of present day educators. The works of core influential thinkers, such as Socrates, Locke, Dewey, Skinner, Rogers, Piaget, Freire, Giroux, Hooks, McLaren, and Gardner will be used.
 
ECI 535 Cultural Competencies as an Emancipatory Pedagogy (3)
The course will focus on theoretical and practical issues of diversity in the classroom, specifically issues related to race, class, gender, disability, religion and language. Students will be challenged to think critically and analytically about their own beliefs, confronting their opinions with realistic findings and theories. Additionally, students will engage in dialogues that connects theory, reflection, thoughts, action, and practice.
 

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