Early, Elementary and Reading Education
The mission of the James Madison University professional education unit is to prepare caring, knowledgeable, skilled and reflective educators who believe that all students can learn and succeed. Our candidates and faculty are committed to lifelong learning and aspire to meet educational needs in a changing, pluralistic and democratic society. The personal and professional development of candidates is accomplished by emphasizing excellence and continuous innovation in quality undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.
James Madison University's College of Education is distinguished through faculty and candidate achievements, academic rigor, excellence in teaching, candidate and faculty interactions and relationships, technological innovations, and national recognitions. The college maintains relevance through active and growing interactions with other colleges within the university and with local, state, regional, national and international communities.
The college is committed to providing:
- graduate programs that emphasize advanced knowledge in a specialty area and the development of effective leadership and professional skills for addressing the needs of a changing society.
- continuing professional development and service programs in cooperation with public and private schools and agencies, other colleges, institutions, and businesses.
The undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Virginia State Board of Education.
The basic philosophy of the college is reflected in the following goals:
- To educate men and women for the multiple professions included in the college at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, not merely by transmitting skills and knowledge but by stimulating creativity, developing cognitive abilities, and encouraging the testing of hypotheses and reinterpretation of the human experience.
- To encourage a balanced faculty orientation toward teaching, research, scholarship, community service and professionalism that recognizes individual strengths and preferences of the college's faculty.
- To create an environment that fosters an atmosphere of open communication among candidates, faculty members and community.
- To anticipate societal needs and provide necessary resources for implementing effective on- and off-campus programs now and in the future.
- Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a concentration in early childhood education, designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and are interested in initial licensure to teach young children in preschool and grades K-3.
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in early childhood education, an advanced program of study for teachers working in preschool through third grade classrooms who want to extend professional competence as classroom teachers. This program is not currently being offered.
- Master of Arts (M.A.T.) with a concentration in Inclusive Early Childhood Education, a continuation of the undergraduate IECE program.
- Master of Arts (M.A.T.) in elementary education, a continuation of the undergraduate program in elementary education.
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Education with a concentration in reading education, designed for licensed teachers who are preparing to fill the role of reading specialist.
Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)
All criteria are considered when reviewing the candidates for admission to the early childhood graduate programs; however, no one criterion will be the sole reason for lack of admission to the program.
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
- Content prerequisites based on a transcript review conducted by the program coordinator.
- Faculty interview.
- GRE or MAT scores at the 25th percentile or higher.
- Admission to Teacher Education including passing scores on both Praxis I and Praxis II (Elementary)
- Prerequisites courses include but are not limited to:
Program Mission and Outcomes
The mission of the ECED M.A.T. is to prepare professional early childhood teachers who provide developmentally appropriate programming for children in educational settings. Candidates are prepared to:
- make effective decisions about curriculum and instructional methods based on an understanding of the whole child, child development theory and research on best practices;
- interact and communicate effectively with young children;
- assess children's growth and development using multiple data sources;
- communicate effectively and work cooperatively with parents/families, school personnel and the broader community; and
- engage other professionals, colleagues and administrators in support of children as members of a learning community.
Candidates in the program are expected to demonstrate commitment to their own professional growth and development; to follow standards of ethical professional behavior and practice; to advocate on behalf of all children, their families and early childhood education; and to become educational leaders.
The Early Childhood Master of Arts in Teaching program prepares individuals to become successful teachers in prek-third grade classrooms. Through sequenced courses and accompanying field experiences including student teaching, individuals who complete the 39 credit hour program will earn a Virginia teaching license and a graduate degree.
|GPSYC 160. Lifespan Human Development||3|
|EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education||3|
|READ 566. Literacy Acquisition and Development of the Young Reader||3|
|READ 636. Primary Grades Literacy Learning||3|
|ECED 508. Observation and Study of Young Children||3|
|ECED 510. Creativity and the Arts in ECED||3|
|ECED 511. ECED Practicum with Attention to Diversity||3|
|ECED 512. Facilitating Children's Natural and Social Science Constructions||3|
|ECED 641. Schools and Families in ECED||2|
|ECED 544. Children and Mathematics in Grades PreK-3||3|
|ECED 609. Constructivist Curriculum Design and Evaluation||3|
|ECED 611. ECED Practicum with Attention to Special Education||3|
|ELED 632. Inquiry in Elementary Education||3|
|ELED 633. Seminar in Education Inquiry||1|
|ECED 690. Student Teaching Internship in ECED||6|
All candidates must pass a comprehensive examination and key assessments before completing the program. The comprehensive examination is designed to assess attainment of some of the desired instructional outcomes of the concentration. The key assessments reflect candidate development and performance throughout the program. The concentration is fully aligned with the standards of National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The Master of Education's concentration in early childhood education is a 33-36 graduate credit hour program divided into three components: the professional education core, the early childhood concentration and a series of electives. This program is not currently being offered.
- GRE or MAT scores at the 25th percentile or higher for both verbal and quantitative sections.
- Undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university.
- Professional resume.
- Faculty interview.
- Hold or have held a valid teaching license or provide documentation of professional employment in the field.
- A two- to three-page written statement (double spaced) describing the applicant's professional background, the educational issues that the applicant would like to address in the master's program and the applicant's long-term professional goals.
- Three years of full-time teaching (or equivalent) experience in a school setting.
- Recommendations from school personnel (administrative and instructional) familiar with the candidate's teaching performance and leadership potential.
Program Mission and Outcomes
The Master of Education with a concentration in early childhood education is designed for preschool and kindergarten through third grade teachers who want to extend their professional competence through an in-depth examination of their own practice using the perspectives of child development theories and the knowledge of current research in early childhood education.
Building on the foundation of the professional core, the early childhood education concentration provides opportunities for candidates to apply their knowledge through individual and collaborative projects and presentations, field-based curriculum implementation and evaluation, and the use of reflective classroom inquiry and portfolios. Candidates who complete the Master of Education with a concentration in early childhood education are educational decision makers whose formal study and experiences have prepared them to be leaders in this field. In conjunction with being a master teacher and leader, these candidates are prepared to assume roles such as grade team leaders, curriculum developers, mentors, trainers and professional advocates for young children.
The early childhood education concentration prepares individuals to become master teachers who:
- rely on in-depth knowledge of child growth and development and its integral relationship to curriculum and practice of the teaching-learning process;
- understand current early childhood research, trends and issues, and philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of curriculum practice;
- develop focused areas of interest that become the content of systematic inquiry;
- reflect on encounters with new knowledge and incorporate new understandings and attitudes into practice;
- experiment with new skills and knowledge in the supportive atmosphere of collaboration with peers and other professionals; and
- revisit critical values, personal and professional attitudes and early childhood content to deepen understanding of the learner/learning and the diverse roles of the master teacher.
|EDUC 620. Changing Contexts in American Schools|
|ELED 632. Inquiry in Elementary Education|
|EDUC 641. Learning Theories and Instructional Methods|
|EDUC 642. Curriculum Theory and Issues|
|Early Childhood Concentration||15|
|ECED 609. Constructivist Curriculum Design and Evaluation|
|ECED 613. Professionalism and Advocacy in Early Childhood|
|ECED 614. Advanced Theories in Child Development|
|ECED 616. Advances in Early Childhood Practices|
|ECED 619. Seminar in Early Childhood Education|
Electives can be chosen from among the university's graduate course offerings with the approval of the adviser. These may include courses within other concentration areas (e.g., educational leadership, educational technology, English as a second language, mathematics, reading, special education) or courses to support candidacy for National Board certification can be selected.
All candidates must pass a comprehensive examination designed to assess attainment of the desired instructional outcomes of the concentration. The concentration is fully aligned with the standards of National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Inclusive Early Childhood Education Birth – Grade 3
The inclusive early childhood program draws heavily from research and theories in child development, family systems, special education, differentiated teaching and learning. Through course work and extensive field experiences, the teacher candidate is prepared to design activities that have an interdisciplinary focus, reflect an understanding of the individual child's development and learning, recognize the importance of family and developmental influences, support the young child in constructing knowledge about self and the world, and involve parents in supporting the child's growth and development.
The Master of Arts in teaching (M.A.T.) program in inclusive early childhood education is a continuation of the undergraduate IECE program. For details, see the Undergraduate Catalog.
Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Elementary Education (PreK-6)
This program is a continuation of the undergraduate program. This five-year program prepares candidates to teach students in grades Pre K-6. Drawn from research and theories in child development, teaching and learning, the course work and field experiences prepare teacher candidates to employ an interdisciplinary approach to instruction that reflects an understanding of the diverse nature of learners and their families.
To be fully admitted to the Elementary Education M.A.T. degree program, candidates must have:
- Satisfied all requirements for admission to teacher education.
- Satisfied all requirements for admission to The Graduate School, including:
- Successful completion of JMU undergraduate degree with an IDLS major and ELED minor
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better
- Passing scores on Praxis II: Elementary Education
Program Mission and Outcomes
The Master of Arts in Elementary Education (PreK-6) initial licensure program seeks to foster in its candidates:
- an emphatic understanding of the ways that children are affected by social contexts and by the children's own abilities/disabilities.
- the knowledge and pedagogical skills to support each child's success.
These school professionals will:
- critically challenge conventional wisdom and common practices to identify hidden assumptions and activities that constrain or privilege some at the expense of others;
- openly consider and explore a range of teaching philosophies and practices and their relevance in particular contexts;
- ask questions and develop an inquiring approach;
- reflect deeply on relationships with their own families, peers, and university and school mentors and their students;
- express knowledge, skills and attitudes in ways that communicate the creative and academic expression of the profession and the self;
- develop an appreciation for the global connection of all humanity and our interdependence on the finite, natural resources of the earth;
- experience life among people whose social contexts are unlike their own to broaden and deepen their respect of and sensitivity to various cultures and social contexts; and
- appreciate the complexity of human development from conception throughout the period of childhood/preadolescence.
The Master of Arts in Teaching program prepares candidates to teach students in grades Pre K-6. Drawn from research and theories in child development, teaching and learning, the course work and field experiences prepare teacher candidates to employ an interdisciplinary approach to instruction that reflects an understanding of the diverse nature of learners and their families.
|Course Requirements||Credit Hours|
|ELED 510. Creativity and the Arts in Elementary Education||3|
|ELED 533. Children and Mathematics II: Data, Chance and Space||3|
|ELED 621. Practicum in Teachers and Learners as Inquirers||3|
|ELED 632. Inquiry in Elementary Education||3|
|READ 590. Reading Across the Curriculum||3|
|ELED 570. Learning and Teaching in an Elementary Setting||3|
|ELED 641. Families, Schools and Communities||2|
|ELED 690. Internship in Teaching||8|
M.Ed. with a concentration in Reading Education
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program with a concentration in Reading Education is intended for experienced classroom teachers who want to prepare to become reading intervention teachers of reading specialists.
All criteria are considered when reviewing applications for the M.Ed. degree program with a concentration in Reading Education. These include:
Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university.
- GRE scores at the 25th percentile or higher for both the verbal and quantitative tests.
- Undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
- A valid teaching license.
- A professional resume.
- A two- to three-page written statement describing the applicant's professional background and long-term professional goals.
- Recommendations from relevant school personnel familiar with the candidate's teaching performance and leadership potential.
Program Mission and Outcomes
The purpose of the graduate program in reading education is to prepare educators who can function as classroom reading teachers and in specialist roles in the public schools. Goals for candidates completing the reading program include developing expertise in reading instruction for all students, with a special emphasis on struggling readers; becoming experts at assessment, including literacy assessments of individual students and assessments of the literacy program; and becoming leaders in professional development and in collaborations involving literacy instruction with teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, families and communities.
In preparation for these professional roles, candidates in the reading program will develop:
- Knowledge of the foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
- An understanding of a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction.
- Knowledge of a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluative effective reading instruction.
- Knowledge of how to create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing.
- A view of professional development as a career-long effort.
Master of Education in Reading Education Course Requirements
|Course Requirements||Credit Hours|
|READ 582. Foundations of Literacy||3|
|READ 586. Children's and Adolescent Literature||3|
|READ 588. Writing Instruction||3|
|READ 590. Literacy Across the Curriculum||3|
|READ 600. Research and Research Methods in Literacy||3|
|READ 602. Word Knowledge: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary||3|
|READ 604. Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners||3|
|READ 658. Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Intervention I||3|
|READ 660. Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Intervention II||3|
|READ 665. Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs||3|
|READ 670. Literacy Coaching and Internship||3|
Early Childhood Education
ECED 501. Workshop in Early Childhood Education.
Designed to provide students with workshop experiences related to current needs evident in early childhood programs. Topics selected will be determined by interest and demand. No more than six credit hours earned in workshops in education can be applied to a major program.
ECED 508. Observation and Study of the Young Child.
Skills for observing, recording and interpreting the behavior of the young child as a basis for adult intervention and guidance are developed. Laboratory experience is required. Prerequisite:
ECED 510. The Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education.
This course introduces theory and writing about creativity, and requires critical analysis of theory in terms of application in the early childhood classroom. Students plan, implement and evaluate activities in music, literature and the visual arts that are consistent with creativity theory.
ECED 511. Early Childhood Practicum with Attention to Diversity.
This practicum provides a setting for observations and experiences in ECED classrooms and in the guiding and teaching of young children including those whose cultures or languages represent diverse family contexts. The accompanying seminar provides opportunities for activities and discussion related to PreK-3 classrooms and accompanying texts. Corequisite: READ 566.
ECED 512. Facilitating Children's Natural and Social Science Constructions.
Study of the history, content, processes, teaching methods, and materials for teaching natural and social sciences in PreK-3. Focus is on constructivist learning theory, levels of inquiry, and national and state standards as applied to the selection of content, method and learning environment.
ECED 544. Children and Mathematics in Grades PreK-3.
This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and understandings to design and implement effective mathematics programs in PreK-3 grades. Focus is on appropriate mathematics content, teaching strategies and curriculum materials from a developmental perspective.
ECED 609. Constructivist Curriculum Design and Evaluation.
Theories and practices in the design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum for nursery and kindergarten through third-grade children are examined with an emphasis on development through play.
ECED 611. Early Childhood Practicum with Attention to Special Education.
This practicum provides a setting for observations and experiences in ECED classrooms and in the guiding and teaching of young children including those with special needs. The accompanying seminar provides opportunities for activities and discussion related to PreK-3 classrooms including those whose abilities require accommodations and adaptations. Prerequisite: ECED 511. Corequisite: READ 636.
ECED 613. Professionalism and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education.
3 credits. Fall only.
An in-depth study of selected early childhood issues related to professionalism, advocacy, leadership and working with families in a diverse community.
ECED 614. Advanced Theories in Child Development.
In-depth study of selected child development theories and direct observation as a foundation for purposeful and consistent instructional decision making. Emphasizes articulating a personally meaningful theory and gathering assessment data through direct observation for theory support. Prerequisites: Core of M.Ed. and ECED 613. Corequisite: ECED 616.
ECED 615. Administration and Supervision in Early Childhood Education.
Study of the role of the administrator in facility planning, budgeting, staff development and personnel supervision in programs for young children. The role of the administrator as a change agent is examined. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
ECED 616. Advances in Early Childhood Practices.
This field-based course provides opportunity for the student to synthesize and apply child development and curriculum theory. As educational decision-makers, students plan, implement and evaluate learning experiences for a multiage group of children. Prerequisites: Master of Education core courses and ECED 613. Corequisite: ECED 614.
ECED 619. Seminar in Early Childhood Education.
Seminar experience providing in-depth consideration of the impact of research related to early childhood. Provides for integration and consolidation of knowledge acquired in graduate study and its application through inquiry experiences as the basis for instructional decisions. Prerequisites: Master of Education core courses and ECED 613 or permission of the instructor.
ECED 641. Working with Parents of Young Children.
Study of the role of the teacher in early childhood education relating to and working with families, school personnel, and communities. Methods of involving stakeholders and providing effective communication among groups are emphasized. Resources for supporting parents and engaging the community are examined. Prerequisite: EDUC 632. Corequisite: ECED 690.
ECED 680. Reading and Research.
Directed reading and research in areas of student interest. Reading and research may be done only in the major field of study. A plan of study must be submitted in prescribed form and approved prior to registration for the course. Prerequisite: EDUC 630 or equivalent and written permission of the adviser and department head.
ECED 690. Student Teaching Internship in Early Childhood Education.
Student teaching provides a context in which to demonstrate and integrate the skills, knowledge and dispositions that are essential for success as a classroom teacher. Under the guidance of a university supervisor students are expected to reflect on the teaching role as they assume the full responsibilities typical of teachers in grades PreK-3. Prerequisites: ECED 508, ECED 510, ECED 511, ECED 512, ECED 544, ECED 609 and ECED 611; READ 566 and READ 636; ELED 632. Corequisites: ELED 641.
EDUC 501. Workshop in Education.
Workshop experience relative to the current needs evident in elementary and secondary school programs. No more than six credit hours earned in workshops in education may be applied to a major program in education or no more than three hours may be applied to a minor program in education.
EDUC 520. Clinical Supervision Seminar.
Designed to help teachers and other school personnel develop skills for guiding, supervising and evaluating persons receiving clinical experiences in the school setting. Emphasis will be on cooperative supervision of clinical experiences, exploring various clinical models and reacting to simulated situations involving students receiving clinical and field experiences. Prerequisite: Full-time teaching experience.
EDUC 540. Educational Technology.
Develops concepts and skills related to educational technology including selecting, producing, evaluating and using traditional forms of media and newer information technologies, including computers and videodiscs, to enhance delivery of instruction.
EDUC 620. Changing Contexts of American Schools.
This course focuses on the nature of educational change in American schooling. Emphasis will be placed upon contemporary issues facing education, their historical and philosophical roots and the implementation of educational change.
EDUC 625. Evaluation in Education.
The course is designed to help practicing educators improve their development and use of assessment tools and techniques. Attention will also be given to analyzing and interpreting assessment results and investigating newer developments in the evaluation of learning and instructional programs. Prerequisite: An instructional methods course.
EDUC 630. Inquiry in Education.
The purpose of this course is to help the student develop skills, insights and understandings which will enable her or him to become an intelligent and critical consumer of educational inquiry and a productive participant in the inquiry process. Prerequisites: Appropriate technology skills or
EDUC 631. Seminar in Educational Inquiry.
Studies of topics related to educational inquiry. Emphasis on inquiry designs and skills specific to students' areas of inquiry interests. Prerequisite: EDUC 630. This course is graded on an S/U basis.
EDUC 641. Learning Theories and Practice.
This course focuses on the theories and research that guide the understanding of diverse learners, processes of learning and development, the role of the teacher, the design and delivery of instruction, the processes and strategies of teaching and research-based decision-making.
EDUC 642. Curriculum Theory and Issues.
Curriculum theory and issues focus on the historical, philosophical, sociological and political perspectives involved with decisions about teaching and learning. Reflection on purposes, content, design and assessment of educational programs form the core of curriculum studies. Note: EDUC 670, EDUC 671, EDUC 673 are now AHRD 670, AHRD 671, AHRD 673.
EDUC 675M. Internship in Middle School Foreign Language Instruction.
Participants will experience the full range of conditions and tasks expected of a teacher for students in grades 6-8 during an eight-week internship. They will be expected to develop and demonstrate competencies in teaching with the supervision and support of experienced teachers. Students must register for both EDUC 675M and EDUC 675S during the same semester for a total of eight credits. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education, admission to the MAT program and completion of all other MAT program course work including EDUC 570 Methods of Language Teaching. Corequisite: MSSE 650 Internship Seminar.
EDUC 675S. Internship in Secondary School Foreign Language Instruction.
Participants will experience the full range of conditions and tasks expected of a teacher for students in grades 9-12 during an eight-week internship. They will be expected to develop and demonstrate competencies in teaching with supervision and support of experienced teachers. Students must register for both EDUC 675M and EDUC 675S during the same semester for a total of eight credits. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education, admission to the MAT program, and completion of all other MAT program course work including EDUC 570 Methods of Language Teaching. Corequisite: MSSE 650 Internship Seminar.
EDUC 680. Reading and Research.
Opportunities for directed reading and research in areas of special interest. Reading and research may be done only in the major field of study. Prerequisites: EDUC 630 or equivalent, and written permission of the adviser and program coordinator.
EDUC 682. Professional Development, Partnership and Advocacy.
Introduction of professional development offered by associations, professional organizations and higher education. Strategies for building partnerships with colleagues, families and communities are practiced. Advocacy for students' linguistic, academic, and personal development is addressed Students discuss public issues affecting the education of majority and minority students and develop the skills to support students and their families socially and politically. Prerequisite: Student teaching/internship.
ELED 501. Special Topics in Elementary Education.
This course is designed to allow elementary education teacher candidates explore issues in education that particularly interest them. Special topics will be designed by faculty that reflect current issues and problems in education. Students will choose the topic that meets their needs. Prerequisites: ELED 411 or permission of instructor.
ELED 510. Creativity and the Arts in Elementary Education.
This course examines theories related to the development of creativity and their application to classroom instruction. In addition students will study and practice ways to integrate a wide variety of expressive arts (music, poetry, painting, drama, dance, etc.) into the elementary education curriculum.
ELED 521. Practicum in Preadolescent Development.
Supervised practicum in upper elementary grades focusing on individual differences and developmental characteristics of the age group. Corequisite: ELED 522 A&B and ELED 524.
ELED 524. Differentiated Instruction: Abilities, Culture and Language.
Focus on the variation that is inherent in working with school-age children, particularly the variation that occurs as a result of ability, environment and experience, and how instructional strategies and the curriculum must be designed to build on the strengths each child brings to the learning experiences. Corequisites: ELED 521 and 522 A&B.
ELED 533. Children and Mathematics II: Data, Chance, and Space.
The second of two courses that provide students with knowledge, skills, and understanding to design and implement effective, developmentally appropriate mathematics instruction for grades PreK-6. Emphasis is on children's mathematical learning about geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability. Prerequisites: MATH 207, ELED 411 and admission to The Graduate School.
ELED 570. Learning and Teaching in an Elementary Setting.
This course prepares pre-service elementary education teachers to teach in ways that promote student learning. Through an understanding of curriculum integration, pre-service teachers will design units of study that engage students in relevant and active learning. Methods for meeting the needs of a diverse student population will be explored. Issues of collaboration with other professionals in a school setting will be discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to The Graduate School.
ELED 613. Issues in Elementary/Middle Education.
An in-depth study of selected elementary and middle grades issues related to professionalism, advocacy, leadership, and working with families in a diverse community. Corequisites: ELED 680, ELED 632, ELED 633.
ELED 621. Practicum with a Focus on Inquiry.
This field experience encourages candidates' construction of knowledge through the design and implementation of formal inquiry regarding practices in elementary education. The implementation and refinement of teaching practices essential for creative, child-centered, content-rich and culturally sensitive teaching will be examined throughout the practicum and accompanying seminar.
ELED 622. Seminar in Inquiry.
This seminar will allow graduate students to discuss the efforts of their inquiry projects. They will problem solve issues that arise in the implementation of their projects as well as analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions from their findings. From those conclusions, they will generate implications for and connections to their teaching. Prerequisite: Admission to The Graduate School, Corequisite: ELED 621.
ELED 632. Inquiry in Elementary Education.
Focus on inquiry as the basis for learning, philosophical foundations of qualitative and naturalistic methodology and instruction in the use of qualitative methods in the study of education and to inform practice. For M.A.T. ECED: Prerequisites: ECED 508 and ECED 511, READ 566, ECED 512 or ECED 544.
ELED 641. Families, Schools and Communities.
Study of the role of the teacher in relating to and working with families, school personnel and communities. Methods of involving stakeholders and providing effective communication groups are emphasized. Resources for supporting parents and engaging community stakeholders are examined. Prerequisite: ELED 411 and admission to The Graduate School.
ELED 680. Student Teaching.
Participants will experience the full range of conditions and tasks expected of a teacher for students in grades 4-6. They will be expected to develop and demonstrate competencies in teaching with the supervision and support of experienced teachers. Prerequisite: Completion of the previous two semesters of course work.
ELED 690. Internship in Teaching.
This internship provides a context in which to demonstrate and integrate the skills, knowledge and dispositions that are essential for success as an elementary classroom teacher. Under the guidance of a university supervisor students are expected to reflect on the teaching role as they assume the full responsibilities of teacher in grade PreK-6. Prerequisite: Admission to The Graduate School. Corequisite: ELED 641.
Inclusive Early Childhood Education
IECE 600. Teacher as Researcher.
This course will facilitate students' understanding of the purpose of research, develop a knowledge base of qualitative and quantitative research, recognize the role of research to inform and guide teaching practice for all young children and their families, evaluate research in inclusive early childhood education, and understand the ethics involved in research and practice. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or admission into the graduate program. Corequisite: IECE 612.
IECE 610. Medical Aspects Impacting Young Children.
This course will prepare students to understand the medical aspects and experiences of young children with disabling and at-risk conditions, and their families. Candidates will learn the impact of medical conditions on young children's development and learning, management of medical conditions, emergency care and technological support. Emphasis will be given to the role of the educator as a collaborative member of an inter-professional team.
IECE 612. Teacher as Decision Maker.
This course will require students to review principles of curriculum design and assessment, and examine research related to best practice for early childhood settings. Students will apply their understanding of children, curriculum and assessment to develop a systematic approach to planning and assessing learning that is standards based and developmentally appropriate. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or admission into the graduate program. Corequisite: IECE 600.
IECE 613. Practicum in the Education of Young Children.
This practicum places students in a setting serving either preschoolers or infants and toddlers. Settings may include home, community, and school based programs. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of typical and atypical development, appropriate learning environments, assessments, and activities, and the importance of play. Students will work directly with professionals and families. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or admission into the graduate program. Corequisite: IECE 600, IECE 612 or IECE 614.
IECE 614. Individualized Behavior Intervention for Young Children.
This course provides the student with exposure to and knowledge of various systematic, individualized behavioral interventions as they apply to young children. The student will develop skills in using these behavior interventions, as appropriate, with young children exhibiting difficulties in learning, behavior and/or social skills. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or admission into the graduate program.
IECE 620. Teacher as Professional.
This seminar accompanies IECE 680 and provides students with the opportunity to reflect on, evaluate and improve their experiences as pre-professional educators of young children. Students will evaluate and build their own resiliency, identify ethical dilemmas, and engage in joint problem solving and ethical decision making related to their student teaching experience. Students will enhance their abilities to collaborate with families and other service providers. Prerequisites: IECE 600, IECE 612, IECE 614 and IECE 613. Corequisite: IECE 680.
IECE 630. Teacher as Leader.
This course examines the role of the inclusive early childhood educator as a leader. Students will discuss and develop knowledge and skills for advocacy, collaboration, ethical behavior, and professionalism. Prerequisites: IECE 620 and IECE 680.
IECE 632. Creativity, Play and Representation.
This course allows students to examine play theories, research, and creativity in terms of human growth and development. Students will explore pedagogical issues with a focus on all children in the context of formal and informal settings. Students will use play observations and assessment to select appropriate methods and materials to support young children's creativity, play and representations. Prerequisites: IECE 620 and IECE 680.
IECE 680. Student Teaching in Inclusive Early Childhood Education.
This student teaching experience provides students with opportunities to apply, in learning environments for young children, the knowledge, skills and dispositions acquired throughout their teacher licensure program. Under the guidance of university supervisors and cooperating teachers, student teachers gradually assume full responsibility as the inclusive early childhood educator. Prerequisites: IECE 600, IECE 612, IECE 613 and IECE 614. Corequisite: IECE 620.
READ 501. Workshop in Reading.
Designed to provide students with workshop experiences related to current needs in reading. The topics considered will be determined by interest and demand. No more than six credit hours earned in workshops in education can be applied to a major program.
READ 566. Literacy Acquisition and Development of the Young Reader.
This course will provide pre-service teachers with an understanding of the foundations of early literacy development and instructional strategies and assessment techniques, which support the acquisition of literacy. Corequisite: ECED 511.
READ 582. Foundations of Early and Elementary Literacy.
This course emphasizes the traditions, theories, and practices in preK-12 literacy that have emanated from a long history of research and practice. Participants will examine how particular theories of literacy impact the learning and teaching of literacy in the preK-12 classrooms.
READ 586. Children's and Adolescent Literature.
This course is designed to acquaint participants with the nature, scope, and uses of children's and young adult literature for instructional, informational, and recreational purposes. The implications of current theory, significant research and issues in literature study will be investigated and examined as they relate to the PreK-12 learner.
READ 588. Writing Instruction.
This course focuses on the current theories and practices that pertain to writing instruction in K-12 school settings. Through this course, participants will examine historical and developmental perspectives, instructional contexts, assessment, and the uses of technology in writing instruction.
READ 600. Research and Research Methods in Literacy.
This course is designed to help students evaluate and conduct research in literacy development and instruction. Students will examine a wide range of methodological frameworks used in literacy research and apply them to K-12 classroom-based inquiry projects.
READ 602. Word Knowledge: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary.
Course content examines theoretical and practical contexts for language development and word knowledge instruction for K-12 classrooms. This includes an examination of the principles of word analysis by sound, pattern, and meaning through the study of phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, vocabulary and word identification.
READ 604. Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners.
This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of how to provide appropriate literacy instruction and curriculum materials for English language learners in grades pre-K through 12.
READ 636. Primary Grades Literacy Learning.
This course will provide pre-service teachers with an understanding of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and assessment techniques to help all students in elementary grades become literate using reading, writing, listening and speaking in strategic and authentic ways.
Prerequisites: ECED 511, READ 566. Corequisite: ECED 611.
READ 658. Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Intervention I.
The course emphasizes the principals, practices and applications of a variety of literacy assessments to address a range of individual needs in early and elementary literacy. Prerequisites: READ 582, READ 586, READ 588, READ 590, READ 602, READ 604.
READ 660. Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Intervention II.
The course emphasizes the principals, practices and applications of a variety of literacy assessments to address a range of individual needs in adolescent literacy. Prerequisites: READ 582, READ 586, READ 588, READ 590, READ 602, READ 604.
READ 665. Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs.
This course emphasizes the organization and supervision of elementary, middle and secondary reading programs. The roles of the reading specialist, special reading teacher, administrator and supervisor are explored in relationship to the reading program. Prerequisites: READ 660 or permission of instructor.
READ 670. Literacy Coaching and Internship.
This course combines theoretical perspectives on preK-12 literacy coaching with a supervised practical experience at the school or school district level designed to improve literacy teaching and learning, with an emphasis on leadership in professional development. Prerequisites: READ 582, READ 586, READ 588, READ 590, READ 600, READ 602, READ 604, READ 658, READ 660 and READ 665.
READ 680. Reading and Research.
Directed reading and research in areas of special student interest. Reading and research may be done only in the major field of study. The plan for the study must be submitted in prescribed form and approved prior to registration for the course. Prerequisite: EDUC 630 and written permission of the adviser and coordinator.