2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Elementary Education (EED)

EED 233  Critical Thinking and Assessment Skills  (3 Credits)  

Study and application of theories, methods, and materials used in acquiring critical thinking, skills, with emphasis on areas of development and reinforcement include writing, schema, concept mapping, and multiple stimulus reinforcement.

EED 274  Study of Young Children  (3 Credits)  

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the growth and development of children from conception to nine years with emphasis on the major theories of development with an examination of physical, cognitive, language and social-emotional development for each chronological period. Requirements are twenty scheduled hours observing and participating in programs for children ages three to nine years. (Nursery/Kindergarten through grade four), with emphasis on techniques and strategies.

EED 360  Curriculum and Instruction for Primary Grades (pre K-3rd Grade)  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to prepare teachers to implement an effective curriculum for children in grades preK-3. As a prerequisite, you will need to have adequate content knowledge to teach mathematics, science, reading, social studies, physical education, health and technology. The course will assist you in the development of a broad- based educational philosophy, extensive knowledge of human growth and development, practical experience with children, and the ability to digest and interpret a body of research about teaching and learning, creating learning communities, differentiating instruction for all learners, managing the classroom, assessment, the effective use of technology, and working with colleagues and parents. PRAXIS Principles of Learning and INTASC Standards will be covered. Ultimately, the goal is for you to use and apply theoretical and search knowledge to improve learning at the early childhood level.

EED 450  Teaching Literacy in the Elementary School  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to teach pre- service teacher candidates how to prepare children for a lifetime of literacy appreciation and how to diagnose, correct, and remediate mild to moderately severe reading difficulties among children in grades kindergarten through six. Emphasis will be placed on developing students' competencies in teaching oral communication, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, text comprehension, and literature appreciation. Teacher candidates will also be provided with knowledge of ways to utilize various types of media to support literacy in classrooms, including technological media instruction.

EED 461  Curriculum and Instruction for Early School  (3 Credits)  

Curriculum, instructional processes, learning environments and the professional responsibilities of teachers for linking knowledge of subject fields, pedagogy, classroom management and insights will be the thrust of this course. It will focus on fourth, fifth, and sixth grade curriculum and will also include three major components: Goal, setting, content, and methodology. Candidates are required spend twenty scheduled hours during the semester in a fourth, fifth or sixth grade classroom. They will plan, design, and implement activities. Videotaping of activities/lessons, demonstrations, and classroom simulations will be required.

EED 465  Methods and Materials for Teaching Science, Mathematicsand Technology  (3 Credits)  

The objective of this course is to provide the, novice teacher with the knowledge for math &, science teaching and learning in the elementary, school. Though not exclusive, topics covered will, include math and science; assessing student, learning; planning units, lessons, and activities,, effective instructional strategies; and knowledge, of math and science content.

EED 470  Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School  (3 Credits)  

The objective of this course is to provide you, the novice teacher, the knowledge for social studies teaching and learning in the elementary school. Though not exclusive, topics covered will include the what and why of social studies; assessing student learning; planning units, lessons, and activities; effective instructional strategies; and knowledge of social studies content. The course will include a focus on technology integration, the Virginia Standards of Learning, the Virginia teaching standards and the standards proposed by the Association of Childhood Education International, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Council for Social Studies.

EED 490  Diagnostic Reading  (3 Credits)  

Preparation for elementary school student teachers to diagnose and correct mild to moderately severe reading difficulties. Perceptual skills, decoding skills, experiences, language background, mind set, and the reasoning ability of the readers influence comprehension of written symbols. Elementary school students anticipate meaning on the basis of what they have just read. Serious flaw in any major function or part may prevent adequate performance. Emphasis on investigating nature and causes of reading difficulties. Formal and informal instruments and procedures used for early detection and correction of reading problems are investigated.

EED 490H  Honors Diagnostic Reading  (3 Credits)  

Preparation for elementary school student teachers to diagnose and correct mild to moderately severe reading difficulties. Perceptual skills, decoding skills, experiences, language background, mind set, and the reasoning ability of the readers influence comprehension of written symbols. Elementary school students anticipate meaning on the basis of what they have just read. Serious flaw in any major function or part may prevent adequate performance. Emphasis on investigating nature and causes of reading difficulties. Formal and informal instruments and procedures used for early detection and correction of reading problems are investigated.

EED 499  Directed Teaching and Seminar  (12 Credits)  

This program is designed to provide two supervised, experiences at two levels, PK-3 and 4-6, during, which the prospective teacher of grades PK-6 takes, gradual responsibility for a group of pupils for a, specified period of time. The teacher is observed, by a university supervisor a minimum of three, times during each experience. This sixteen week, practicum experience including a one week, observation is a mandatory requirement of the, program.