Education Course Descriptions
A course designed to provide an introduction to and exploration of teaching as a profession. A Christian philosophical framework is developed to enable the students to critically examine the relevant issues in teaching. Thirty hours of field experience are included in the course so that students have ample opportunity to experience the practical aspects of teaching in a classroom. A major purpose of the field work is to help the student to ascertain possible gifts for teaching and to understand through firsthand experience the nature and magnitude of the task of teaching. Directed field-based experience is required. ( Students who transfer in a course comparable to this one may take this course for one hour. ) Prerequisite: none. $12 fee. three hours.
This course prepares students to integrate technologies in teaching, learning, assessment, and the school curriculum. Students develop competence in planning and designing learning environments and experiences that use technologies, and in using technologies in professional growth and productivity. The course addresses social, ethical, legal and human issues, and assists students in developing a Christian perspective on the use of technology. Prerequisite: at least sophomore standing. Three hours.
The central concern of this course is the question, “How do people learn?” For answering that question, a biblical view of human beings, their behavior, and their relationship to learning is the starting point. Through the biblical framework, the major families of learning theory (behaviorism and cognitive-field psychology) are then examined to determine what things are acceptable and helpful to the Christian teacher. The last part of the course emphasizes the measurement and evaluation of learning. Prerequisite: EDU 121. $6 fee. Three hours.
A course providing students with information about categories of student diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, home language, and learning style. Contemporary research and practice related to these areas, drawn from the disciplines of education, history, psychology, anthropology, and sociology, are surveyed and evaluated. A variety of teaching strategies and resources are developed which embody a biblically informed understanding of the teaching-learning process, and which enable students to become effective teachers in heterogeneous classrooms. Directed field-based experience is required. Prerequisite: EDU 121. Three hours.
A concentrated full-time practicum in a school with opportunity to participate in a variety of classroom activities for a period of two or three weeks. Students write a daily log, work with individuals and groups of students, teach, and engage in other classroom-related experiences. Arrangements are made with the Education Department. Pre-requisite: Edu 121 and sophomore standing. Hours to be determined.
An overview of the purpose and use of language from a Christian perspective forms the framework for this course. The student examines the goals, methods, materials, and evaluation in teaching, listening, speaking, handwriting, spelling, and writing. It should be taken concurrently with EDU 366. Directed field-based experience is required. Prerequisite:TEP approval. Taken in Senior Block. $10 fee. Two hours.
This course is designed to provide a foundation in the teaching of reading. It includes a general survey of approaches to reading instruction along with a critical analysis of those approaches. The content focuses upon those competencies which may be considered essential regardless of the grade level taught. Direct application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes will focus on the tasks confronting the reading teacher. Directed field-based experience is required. Prerequisites: TEP approval and junior standing. Spring semester. Three hours.
This course is designed to prepare classroom teachers to assess reading performance, identify reading difficulties, to design instruction to remediate weaknesses, and to promote increased reading achievement. Prospective teachers will use informal and formal assessment tools to evaluate students in a real classroom during scheduled field experiences. Prerequisite:TEP approval. Taken in Senior Block. Two hours.
This course is designed to provide the middle grades and secondary teacher with an understanding of how the reading process interacts with learning in the subject areas. It includes use of assessment processes, development of instructional strategies and selection of literature and materials appropriate for use in grades 4-12. Special emphasis will be placed on reading in the content areas and strategies for struggling readers. Prerequisite:TEP approval. Offered in the spring semester of even numbered years. Three hours.
This course addresses the developmental needs of early adolescents and middle school program philosophy, organization, curriculum, and instruction. Current research and practice will be analyzed and evaluated from a biblically-informed perspective, with the goal of enabling candidates to become effective teachers whose work is shaped by a personal, thoughtful, and growing Christian philosophy of education. Directed field-based education is required. Prerequisite: TEP approval. Spring semester. Three hours.
The learner studies instructional procedures, materials, and evaluation in teaching biological and physical sciences in the elementary school. Prerequisite: TEP approval. Taken in Senior Block. $10 fee. Three hours.
This course focuses on the goals, methods, materials, and assessment procedures of mathematics instruction in the early grades. Two hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Directed field-based experience is required. Prerequisite: TEP approval. Taken in Senior Block. $12 fee. Three hours.
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching social studies in the early grades. Topics include educational research and practice related to social studies instruction in the early grades; theories about the nature of the learner, the teacher, and the classroom environment as they relate to the teaching of social studies; curriculum content (including Georgia history); planning and implementation of instruction; selection and use of instructional materials; and assessment. Social studies introduces students to the nations and peoples of the world, the cultures that they have constructed through the ages, and the many ways in which people interact with each other and with their environment. This course, therefore, will give students the opportunity to rigorously consider the implications of a biblical worldview for their own understanding of the world and its people and to consider its influence in shaping their teaching. Prerequisite: TEP approval. Taken in Senior Block. Three hours.
A course designed to teach the rudiments of educational theory and practice in the fields of art, music and physical education. Students will focus on the following topics: 1) Art: essential techniques, methods and materials in classroom organization and the operational phases of an art program; 2) Music: instructional methodologies such as Orff, Kodaly and discipline-based Music Instruction; 3) Physical Education: basic motor learning through sequential movement education principles. Prerequisite: TEP approval. Fall semester. $6 fee. Three hours.
343. Essentials of Instruction in the Middle Grades
All teachers have certain beliefs, traits, behaviors, and practices that can either improve or inhibit learning in the classroom. Today there exists a growing body of literature on effective teaching. This course focuses on strategies that can lead teachers to choices and actions that should enhance learning. An effort is made to connect a Christian philosophy of education with a research-based instructional skills model. This model is relevant to the early/middle grades and all subject matter. A two week practicum in a local school allows the student to apply what he or she is learning to the classroom. Prerequisites: TEP approval and junior standing. Spring semester. Three hours.
A course designed to introduce students to Charlotte Mason, a latter 19th and early 20th century British educator. Masons’ ideas spawned an educational movement in England, and through the correspondence school, to thousands around the world. Recently her ideas have enjoyed a revival among Christian schools and homeschools in the United States. Students will study her ideas within their historical, philosophical, and theological contexts. Prerequisite: none. Three hours.
A course designed to introduce legal definitions and clinical characteristics of categories of exceptional children, with an emphasis on etiology, identification, assessment, and the provision of educational services, including services mandated by federal law. Topics include mental retardation, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, emotional problems, and giftedness. Directed field-based experience is required. Prerequisite: TEP approval. Three hours.
A course designed to explore the vast resources in children’s literature and to show appropriate ways of making literature a delight for young children. Directed field-based experience is required. Prerequisite: none. Spring semester. $5 fee. Three hours.
A course designed to provide an overview of the leading ideas and institutional developments that have shaped the character of American education. Of particular interest are the influence of Puritanism on education, the rise of the public school movement, the legacy of John Dewey and the Progressive Movement, and the Christian school movement. Students will look at educational developments within their social, intellectual, and political contexts. (Students who transfer in a course comparable to this one must take this course for one unit.) Prerequisites: TEP approval and junior standing or instructor approval.Fall semester. $6 fee. Three hours. ‘W’
See EDU 296 for description. Prerequisite: EDU 121 and sophomore standing. Hours to be determined.
This course offers opportunities for study in various topics of interest within the field of education. These may be short-term courses offered during the semester or during the summer term. Topics will be decided upon by the Education Department faculty as need and interest arise. Some topics may be appropriate for the continuing education of teachers in the field. Hours to be determined.
The Senior Field Experience is designed to integrate theory and practice. Students spend 140 hours in supervised fieldwork in classrooms where planned activities apply Senior Fall Block course content in formal and informal ways. Prerequisites: TEP approval and Early Childhood major. Taken in Senior Fall Block. Pass/Fail. One hour.
A course designed to introduce the basic theory and practice of educational assessment. Topics will include a general perspective of assessment in schools and society; the development of traditional, performance, and product assessments; writing assessment; affective assessment; and standardized assessments. Taken during the Student Teaching semester. Prerequisite: Approval to student teach. One hour.
A course designed to introduce the basic theory and practice of educational assessment in middle and secondary schools. Topics include the role of assessment, the development of traditional, performance, and product assessments, grading and reporting, and standardized assessments. This course is normally taken concurrently with EDU 340. Prerequisites:TEP approval and senior standing. Fall semester. One hour.
areas of middle grades concentration (language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.) Activities include planning for instruction, selecting teaching strategies, and designing appropriate assessment. Directed field-based experience is required. Prerequisite:TEP approval. Fall semester. Three hours.
Students will examine classroom management from a Christian perspective with a special emphasis upon a biblical view of the nature of the child. Students examine eight models of discipline as well as developing their own management plan. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students spend the entire day in a local school classroom where observations and application assignments will be completed. Prerequisite: TEP approval. Taken in Senior Block. Two hours.
Required of all elementary education majors, this course includes a review of literature and the preparation of a paper that demonstrates personal and practical application of a Christian philosophy of education to the classroom processes of teaching and learning. Prerequisite: TEP approval. Taken in Senior Block $12 fee. Two hours.
490. Student Teaching Seminar: Middle Grades (4-8)
491. Student Teaching Seminar: Secondary Education
This course integrates practical approaches and theory to real-life situations experienced during the student teaching experience. Content areas include school culture and classroom learning environment, classroom management, lesson design, implementation, and reflection, and legal and ethical issues related to teaching. Taken concurrently with Teaching Practicums I and II. Pass/fail grading only. One hour.
497-498. Teaching Practicum I and II: Secondary Education
The professional semester is divided into two teaching practicums. Actual teaching experience is gained on a full day basis during these practicums. Pass/fail grading only. Prerequisite: approval to student teach given by the Teacher Application Committee. $20 fee for EDU 495 and 497. Fifteen hours. ‘S’