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ELEMENTARY/EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (EEC)
 
EEC 290 Special Topics 3 cr
Guided study of selected educational tasks (e.g. curriculum revision, classroom materials development, models of learning and teaching) and teaching problems and practices for improving student achievement. No more than six semester hours may be earned in Special Topic Courses.
 
EEC 332* Teaching Language Arts 3 cr
This course presents methods of promoting meaningful language and literacy skills in early childhood and elementary school programs. Corequisites: RED 330, RED 333, and EEC 346. Prerequisites: Admission to Candidacy, EEC 290.
 
EEC 335* Teaching Mathematics (W) 3 cr
A course which deals with effective methods of teaching mathematics to elementary school students. Emphasis will be on developing an understanding of numbers, teaching basic operations, and using various teaching aids and materials to meet the various needs of elementary age children. Prerequisites: MA 201 or 202; RED 330 and 333, EEC 290, 332, and 346. Corequisites: EEC 336, 337, 345; and RED 331.
 
EEC 336* Teaching Social Studies 3 cr
A course using problem solving and independent investigation as means of teaching the relationship of humans to their environment. Objectives, content, and procedures are discussed. Prerequisites: RED 330 and 333; EEC 290, 332, and 346. Corequisites: EEC 335, 336, 337, 345; and RED 331.
 
EEC 337* Teaching Science 3 cr
A course using discovery, inquiry and problem-solving approaches as a means of teaching science. Relationship of science to entire early childhood and elementary curriculum is discussed. Prerequisites: RED 330 and 333; EEC 290, 332, and 346. Corequisites: EEC 335, 336, and 345; and RED 331.
 
EEC 345* Sequence Field Experience 1 cr
Supervised practice in teaching curriculum areas in the elementary or early childhood classroom setting during the semester in which sequence courses are taken. Prerequisites: RED 330 and 333; EEC 290, 332, and 346. Corequisites: EEC 335, 336, and 337; and RED 331.
 
EEC 346* The Early Childhood-Elementary School Program 3 cr
This course will introduce the roles of the teacher in working with children from nursery/ day care setting through the elementary grades. History, management, and parent education techniques are presented. Corequisites: EEC 332; and RED 330 and 333. Prerequisites: Admission to Candidacy, EEC 290.
 
EEC 429* Opening School Laboratory Experiences 1 cr
Professional laboratory experiences of observation and participation for a two-week period at the opening of school.
 
EEC 430**

Student Teaching

9 cr  
Observation and supervised teaching in elementary or early childhood settings with opportunity for study and discussion of problems and issues encountered. Prerequisite: permission of department.
 
EEC 490*

Special Topics

3 cr
Guided study of selected educational tasks (e.g. curriculum revision, classroom materials development, models of learning and teaching) and teaching problems and practices for improving student achievement. No more than six semester hours may be earned in Special Topic Courses.
 
EEC 494* Directed Study 1, 3 cr
No more than two directed studies can be applied toward the Bachelor’s Degree and Class B Certification. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.
 
EEC 496* Internship 3 cr
The internship is a supervised learning experience in an approved school setting similar to that in which an educator will eventually be employed. The internship provides students with an opportunity to apply theories and concepts learned during the undergraduate program. Prerequisites: Candidacy and approval of department chair.
 
EEC 499 Seniors Honors Project 3-6 cr
Under the advice and guidance of a faculty mentor, honors students will identify and carry out a research project, relevant to the field of elementary/early childhood study, that will lead to a formal presentation at the annual Honors Student Colloquium. The senior project will be judged and graded by three faculty and chaired by the honors mentor. This course is required for Honors recognition and may be repeated for up to six credit hours. Prerequisite: Participant in honors program and junior level status.
 
EEC 522 Curriculum Planning in Elementary School 3 cr
The study of curriculum with emphasis on concepts, procedures and models particular to curriculum in the elementary school. Curriculum study includes the context of and a process for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the elementary school curriculum.
 
EEC 523 Instructional Planning in Elementary School 3 cr
Presents an overview of factors and procedures involved in planning, developing and evaluating the elementary school instructional process.
 
EEC 532 Language Development in Elementary School 3 cr
Designed to explore the multi-dimensional theory of language development and to provide techniques and practices for development of language ability. Through correlating these related areas, the student should grow in understanding dynamics and change in language structure and development. Opportunities for oral and written communication are emphasized.
 
EEC 535 Trends in Teaching Mathematics 3 cr
This course emphasizes new methods of presenting mathematical content to elementary school students. Various materials will be developed to promote thinking and discovery of mathematical concepts. Opportunities are provided for developing multi-level materials appropriate to the varied abilities and interest levels in elementary school.
 
EEC 536 Issues and Innovations in Teaching Social Studies 3 cr
Current issues and innovations in early childhood and elementary school social studies teaching and learning are reviewed.
 
EEC 537 Teaching Science 3 cr
Current trends and issues in early childhood and elementary school science teaching and learning are reviewed.
 
EEC 550 Trends in Parent Education 3 cr
A study of current trends in parent education designed to promote better home-school communication and cooperation.
 
EEC 551 Seminar in Elementary/ Early Childhood Education 3 cr
A seminar of topics, programs, and research in the field of elementary/early childhood education. This course provides a forum for discussion of contemporary educational issues, and practicum experiences in the teaching field in which the quality of performance in teaching is evaluated.
 
EEC 552 Community Services for Families and Children 3 cr
Study of agencies which provide services, types of services provided, and means of obtaining needed services.
 
EEC 553 Organizational Patterns and Curriculum in Early
Childhood Education
3 cr
A review of organizational and curricular patterns utilized in the classroom setting for the education of young children. A study of educators and their theories concerning learning styles and developmental patterns in relation to the school setting and curriculum.
 
EEC 554 Language Development in Early Childhood 3 cr
Education
Study of the language development of young children with an emphasis on provision of classroom environment to promote growth of language.
 
EEC 555 Organization and Administration in Early 3 cr
Childhood Education
Managing the multiple responsibilities of administrative heads of educational programs for young children.
 
EEC 556 Research in Early Childhood Education 3 cr
A review of research in the field of early childhood education.
 
EEC 557 Practicum 1-9 cr
Experiences in a field-setting to work with children ages N-12 under the supervision of qualified personnel.
 
EEC 558 Teaching Spelling and Writing 3 cr
Analysis of methods of teaching spelling and the mechanics on writing, included review of pertinent research in the skill areas as well as emphasis on the relationship of spelling to the development of skills in word recognition.
 
EEC 560 Workshop in Elementary/Early Childhood Education 3 cr
A topical workshop in which participants have experiences in creating, designing, construction and using instructional materials and activities. No more than six hours of credit may be applied toward a degree program.
 
EEC 562 Classroom Logistics and Facilitation 3 cr
To increase teacher’s competencies to facilitate learning by providing a classroom atmosphere conductive to self-discipline, participation and worthwhile learning activities.
 
EEC 575 Diagnosis of Learning Difficulties in Mathematics 3 cr
Analysis of diagnostic techniques for identifying children’s learning difficulties in mathematics. Prerequisite: EEC 535.
 
EEC 590 Special Topics 1-3 cr
Guided supervision in the identification and completion of educational tasks, such as curriculum revision, course and/or program design, self-study for accreditation visitation, student achievement evaluation, aesthetic experiences, consumer and career education. No more than six hours of credit may be applied toward a graduation degree.
 
EEC 592 Research Seminar 3 cr
Structured to assist graduate students in designing and implementing appropriate research for professional growth and writing of the thesis.
 
EEC 594 Directed Study and Research 1 or 3 cr
Students explore through directed individual study research problems and issues of special interest or significance in elementary or early childhood education. No more than three hours of any departmental 594 courses can be accepted toward a degree program. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.
 
EEC 595 Internship 3-9 cr
The internship is a supervised learning experience in a work setting similar to that in which the educator will eventually be employed. The internship provides the students with an opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned during the graduate program of study. Prerequisites: Candidacy and approval of the department chair.
 
EEC 599 Thesis 1-9 cr
A student selects a project, study, or investigation related to his area of specialization in early childhood or elementary education. The project forms a basis for the thesis. A thesis committee will provide direction during the investigation for and writing of the thesis.
 
EEC 601 Advanced Seminar 3 cr
In depth study of various curriculum areas through research reports, problem analysis and individual evaluation of promising practices and topical issues. Each seminar participant will concentrate on a curriculum area: e.g., arithmetic, career awareness, communication, consumer education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, early reading, and psycholinguistics.
 
EEC 610 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching 3 cr
Designed to assist teachers and school leaders in understanding the skills and techniques necessary for diagnosing and prescribing for learners in different types of teaching-learning settings.
 
EEC 622 Seminar in Curriculum and Instructional Problems 3 cr
Critical study of curriculum and instructional problems in the elementary school. Research reviews and problem design problems are emphasized.
 
EEC 635 Seminar in Mathematics Education 3 cr
A study of current topics related to teaching mathematics in the early childhood and elementary years.
 
EEC 690 Special Topics 3 cr
Guided supervision in the identification and completion of educational tasks, such as curriculum revision, course and/or program design, self-study for accreditation visitation, student achievement evaluation. No more than six hours will be applied toward a degree. Prerequisites: Candidacy and approval of the department chair.
 
EEC 694 Directed Study and Research 1 or 3 cr
Students explore through directed study problems and issues of special interest or significance in early childhood or elementary education. No more than three hours of any departmental 694 courses can be accepted toward a degree program. Prerequisites: Candidacy and approval of the department chair.
 
EEC 695 Internship 3-9 cr
The internship is a supervised learning experience in a work setting similar to that in which an educator will eventually be employed. The internship provides the student with an opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned during the graduate program. Prerequisites: Candidacy and approval of the department chair.
 
EEC 699 Research Project 3 cr
The Research Project, as the culminating experience in the Instructional Specialist Program, provides an opportunity for the candidate to synthesize and apply the various program components in a selected instructional setting. Suitable agreements are reached with the appropriate school systems by the candidate. Prerequisites: Candidacy and approval of department chair.
 
*Only for students admitted to Teacher Candidacy.
 
 


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