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Middle School Education


Department of Early and Middle Education

MSED 401. The Middle School. 1 credit.

Students learn the essential elements of the middle school program as such programming relates to educating children in the middle grades. Corequisite: PSYC 270 and MSED 402.

MSED 402. Practicum I (0, 2). 1 credit.

Students devote 30 clock hours to classroom activities in a middle school under university and public school supervision. Satisfactory performance in this course is required for retention in teacher education. Corequisite: PSYC 270 and MSED 401.

MSED 410. Reading and Communication in the Middle School. 5 credits.

Study of the development and acquisition of language. Techniques for promoting all aspects of reading and language development in grades four through eight are considered. Prerequisite: MSED 401 and 402, and PSYC 270; corequisite: MSED 411, 412 and 413.

MSED 411. Mathematics in the Middle Grades. 3 credits.

Consideration of manipulative, visual and symbolic materials to help the child gain an understanding of number operations with whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Other topics include geometry, set ideas, measurement, problem solving, utilization of the microcomputer and patterns of differentiated instruction. Prerequisite: PSYC 270, MSED 401 and 402, liberal studies math requirements or equivalents; corequisite: MSED 410, 412 and 413.

MSED 412. Middle School Curriculum. 4 credits.

This course provides an understanding of objectives, content, materials and trends associated with the curriculum in grades four through eight. Attention is given to interdisciplinary aspects of the curriculum and to science, social studies and the fine arts. Prerequisite: MSED 401 and 402, and PSYC 270; corequisite: MSED 410, 411 and 413.

MSED 413. Practicum II (0, 2). 1 credit.

Students devote 30 clock hours to classroom activities in grades four and five under university and public school supervision. Satisfactory performance in the course is required for retention in teacher education. Prerequisite: MSED 401 and 402, and PSYC 270; corequisite: MSED 410, 411 and 412.

MSED 420. Instructional Strategies in the Middle Grades. 3 credits.

Basic instructional planning and techniques appropriate to grades four through eight are studied. Specific attention is given to classroom management and discipline, evaluation of learner progress and working with parents. Prerequisite: MSED 410, 411, 412 and 413; corequisite: MSED 421 and 422.

MSED 421. Exceptional Learners in the Middle Grades. 2 credits.

Students acquire basic understanding of children with special learning needs in grades four through eight and learn how to differentiate instruction for them. Prerequisite: MSED 410, 411, 412 and 413; corequisite: MSED 420 and 422.

MSED 422. Practicum III (0, 2). 1 credit.

Students devote 30 clock hours to working with children who need special instruction. Prerequisite: MSED 410, 411, 412 and 413; corequisite: MSED 420 and 421.

MSED 480. Student Teaching in Middle Education. 8 credits.

Enables students to apply in public school classrooms those understandings, skills and attitudes acquired in all components of teacher education. Under the guidance of university supervisors and cooperating teachers, students engage in full-time teaching responsibilities.


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