Course Descriptions

ED 100: Introduction to Education
1 Semester Credit Hour

Overview of the role of education in America. Course introduces students to practices and practitioners, to requirements for teacher certification, and to the three levels-elementary, middle grades and secondary. Observation hours required. Offered every semester.

ED 200: Foundations of Education
3 Semester Credit Hours

Focus on the history and philosophy of education, societal influences on education and legislative/legal mandates that affect education. Clinical and field experiences in local schools required. Offered every semester.

ED 202: Educational Technology
3 Semester Credit Hours

Focus on computers, computer software and other technology explicitly designed for educational use. Collaboration with public school personnel and use of state-of-the-art materials and equipment implemented in this course. Clinical and field experience required.  Offered Spring and Summer.

ED 203: Exceptional Children
3 Semester Credit Hours

Survey course with emphasis on identifying, understanding and working with special needs children. Clinical and field experience required. Offered Spring and Summer.

ED 302: Foundations Reading/Language Arts
3 Semester Credit Hours

Study of the developmental aspects of the reading/language processes common to all ages with an emphasis on understanding a balanced literary approach.  Clinical and field experience required. Required of all elementary, middle grade and P-12 Spanish majors. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Fall.

ED 307: Children’s and Adolescent Literature
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Critical study of standard, classic and current books for curricular and leisure needs. Study of reading interests, principles of selection, storytelling and other devices for encouraging reading. Extensive examination and reading of books and materials for a literature based curriculum required. Required for all elementary students and middle grade students seeking an English emphasis.  Clinical and field experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Fall.

ED 308: Educational Psychology
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Psychological theory and research related to the learning process – with consideration of their application to school situations and problems. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Fall.

ED 311: Methods and Materials Middle and High School
3 Semester Credit Hours

General methods course provides an overview of teaching in middle grades and high school with an emphasis on learning styles, teaching styles, planning lessons and curriculum, assessing and evaluating, working with individuals and groups, managing a classroom and using appropriate materials. Clinical and field experiences required. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Fall.

ED 312: Subject Area Methods & Materials Middle and High School
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Study of materials and methods stressed in areas of academic emphases and majors and minors. Classroom teachers from area middle and high schools will serve as mentors for each area. Clinical and field experience required. Prerequisite: ED 311 and Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Spring.

ED 401: Special Topics
1 Semester Credit Hour

Seminar focusing on innovative practices and problems of contemporary education. Mentoring and tutoring possibilities. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered on an irregular basis.

ED 410: Student Teaching Seminar
2 Semester Credit Hours

Weekly seminar, to be taken concurrently with student teaching, dealing with topics of special interest to the student teacher including school law, interviewing and ways of solving problems met in the classroom. Student will complete professional portfolio demonstrating proficiency in all Kentucky standards for new teachers. A public presentation of the student teacher work sample is required. Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.  Offered every semester.

ED 400: Discipline and Classroom Management Middle and High School
3 Semester Credit Hours

A study of research and theories that have led to appropriate current practices of discipline in schools. Provides experiences in classroom management processes necessary to establish and maintain an environment in which learning and instruction can occur. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program; Clinical and field experience required.  Offered every Fall.

ED 402: Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course is designed to help the teacher in meeting developmental reading needs for P-12 students in both language arts and content area classes. Instruction will also focus on helping students develop life-long reading skills.  Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.

ED 403: Capstone in Education
3 Semester Credit Hours

This capstone course will examine the roles of the school in today’s society, the roles of educators, the roles of the student, and the roles of other collaborative team members.  Students will complete a portfolio demonstrating proficiency in educational background for new teachers.

ED 411, 412: Internship in Education
6 Semester Credit Hours

Extended internship during which a student teaches elementary, middle school, high school or in a specialized area under the direction of a school administrator and a college supervisor.  The student may be employed with an emergency certification during the course of this internship.  Prerequisite: Student must have graduated from an accredited college or university with an earned bachelor’s degree and pass required PRAXIS II exams.

EDAR 401, 402: Directed Teaching Art
12 Semester Credit Hours

Student teaching for 14 weeks of full days under the guidance of an experienced practicing art teacher and a College supervisor. On-campus seminars are required. Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.  Offered every semester.

ED 201: Child and Family
3 Semester Credit Hours

Study of development of the child – focusing on the preschool and early elementary years with special attention to child-parent relationships and the influence of family.  Implications for program development, parent participation, parent education and partnership between school and home will be studied.  Classroom management techniques and the importance of cooperation with parents are highlighted.  Related clinical and field experience required. Offered every Spring.

ED 301: Methods and Materials
3 Semester Credit Hours

Includes generic methods and materials appropriate for effective multilevel early elementary instruction. Clinical and field experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Spring.

ED 303: Teaching Reading/Language Arts
3 Semester Credit Hours

Second of a two-part sequence dealing with literacy instruction from a balanced literary perspective.  Emphasizes the interrelationship of the language arts with other curricular areas. Clinical and field experience required. Prerequisite: ED 302 and Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Spring.

ED 304: Teaching Math
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Study of developmental primary mathematics methods and instruction relative to multilevel individualized classroom teaching. Emphasis on N.C.T.M. standards and research- based implications. Clinical and field experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Fall.

ED 305: Teaching Social Studies
3 Semester Credit Hours 

This course deals with interdisciplinary/collaborative planning and instruction in the elementary social studies curriculum. Clinical and field experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Spring.

ED 306: Teaching Science
3 Semester Credit Hours

Emphasizes learning through inquiry. Materials and methods for teaching science in early elementary classrooms are stressed. Clinical and field experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Offered every Fall.

EDEL 401, 402: Directed Teaching Early Elementary
12 Semester Credit Hours

Student teaching under the guidance of an experienced, practicing elementary teacher and a college supervisor is required for 14 weeks of full days in an ungraded elementary classroom or P-5 area. On-campus seminars are required.  Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.  Offered every semester.

EDEX 201: Introduction to Mild to Moderate Disabilities
3 Semester Credit Hours 

This course will examine the ways in which individuals interact with educational systems, communities at large and each other to bring about appropriate educational services for students with special education needs.  Included are fundamentals of group processes, human behavior and interaction and motivation, as well as skills and knowledge necessary for successful collaboration with others concerned with education of students.  Clinical and field experience required.  Offered every Fall.

EDEX 203: Behavior Management: Basic Principles and Positive Behavior Supports
3 Semester Credit Hours

This exceptional education course provides an overview of the development of a proactive classroom management plan.  Students will learn to analyze student behavior, conduct functional behavioral analysis, write behavioral goals and objectives, develop positive behavioral support plans and develop social skills lesson plansClinical and field experience required.  Prerequisite:  EDEX 201.  Offered every Spring.

EDEX 205: Collaboration Among Educational Professionals
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course will examine ways in which individuals interact with educational systems, communities at large and each other to bring about appropriate educational services for students with special needs.  Included are fundamentals of group processes, human behavior and interaction and motivation, as well as skills and knowledge necessary for successful collaboration with others concerned with education of students. Clinical and field experience required.   Prerequisite:  EDEX 201.  Offered every Fall.

EDEX 301: Educational Methods for Students with Disabilities at the Elementary Level
3 Semester Credit Hours 

This course is designed to develop skills in the use of curriculum, materials, and management strategies for students with mild to moderate learning and behavior disabilities and severe/profound disabilities.  Clinical and field experience required.  Prerequisite: EDEX 201 and admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered Fall of even-numbered years.

EDEX 302: Educational Methods for Students with Disabilities at the Middle School Level
3 Semester Credit Hours 

This course is designed to develop skills in the use of curriculum, materials, and management strategies for students with mild to moderate learning and behavior disabilities and severe/profound disabilities.  Clinical and field experience required.  Prerequisite:  EDEX 201 and admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered Fall of even-numbered years.

EDEX 303: Diagnostic and Assessment Procedures in Special Education
3 Semester Credit Hours 

This course offers a comprehensive study of diagnosis and assessment procedures, emphasizing concepts of tests and measurements, formal and informal assessments, test administration, and use of diagnostic results in educational intervention.  Emphasis is placed on appropriate test selection and use of results. Clinical and field experience required.    Prerequisite:  EDEX 301 or EDEX 302 and admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered Spring of odd-numbered years.

EDEX 304: Transition Issues in Special Education
3 Semester Credit Hours 

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to address the issues and needs of students with special needs and their families in the transitions throughout school and those leading to adult life issues and experiences. Clinical and field experience required.  Prerequisite:  EDEX 201 and admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered Spring of odd-numbered years.

EDEX 400: IEP Writing/Legal Issues in Special Education
3 Semester Credit Hours 

This course is designed to introduce the IEP writing process, legal mandates, and issues associated with this special education process.  Students will be prepared to adequately write and complete an IEP at the conclusion of this course. Clinical and field experience required.   Prerequisite:  EDEX 301 or EDEX 302 and EDEX 303 and admission to the Teacher Education Program.  Offered Fall of odd-numbered years.

EDEX 401: Directed Student Teaching for Special Education (Learning/Behavior Disorders)
6 Semester Credit Hours 

Candidates teach for fourteen weeks of full days under the guidance of experienced, practicing special education teachers at either the elementary or middle school levels. If the candidate is placed at the P-5 level, this program ensures that the candidate receives middle grades special education placement for seven of the fourteen weeks.  If the candidate is placed at the middle grades level, this program ensures that the candidate receives P-5 special education placement for seven of the fourteen weeks.  Students are also supervised by their college supervisor. Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.  Offered every semester.

EDMG 201: Late Childhood/Early Adolescent Development
3 Semester Credit Hours

Emphasizes cognitive, psychosocial and physical developments of students in grades 5-9 and developmental implications for curriculum design, teaching/learning strategies, school organization, social activities and special needs considerations. Clinical and field experience required.  Offered every Spring.

EDMG 301: Philosophy and Organization of Middle Schools
3 Semester Credit Hours 

Explore the unique characteristics of the middle school concept, its history and philosophy, its programs and its students. Emphasis areas include planning, curriculum, teacher guidance, interdisciplinary teaming, organizing time and space, instruction, leadership roles and evaluation. Students experience cooperative team learning. Clinical and field experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Fall.

EDMG 303: Teaching Reading/Language Arts
3 Semester Credit Hours

Second in a two-part sequence that emphasizes the interrelationship of the language arts to other instructional areas. Process writing and holistic assessment are implemented. Clinical and field experience is required. Prerequisite: ED 302 and admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Spring.

EDMG 401, 402: Directed Teaching Middle Grades
12 Semester Credit Hours

Student teaching for 14 weeks of full days under the guidance of an experienced practicing middle school teacher and a college supervisor. On-campus seminars are required. Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.  Offered every semester.

EDPH 401, 402: Directed Teaching Physical Education
12 Semester Credit Hours

Student teaching for 14 weeks of full days under the guidance of an experienced, practicing physical education teacher and a college supervisor. On-campus seminars are required. Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching. Offered every semester.

EDSE 405: Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools
3 Semester Credit Hours

Required for all English majors; optional for others. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.  Offered every Spring.

EDSE 401, 402: Directed Teaching High School
12 Semester Credit Hours

Student teaching for 14 weeks of full days under the guidance of an experienced, practicing high school teacher and a college supervisor. On-campus seminars are required. Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.  Offered every semester.

EDSP 401, 402    Directed Teaching Spanish                                                                                  12 Semester Credit Hours

Student teaching for 14 weeks of full days under the guidance of an experienced practicing Spanish teacher and a College supervisor.  On-campus seminars are required. Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching.  Offered every semester.