Course Descriptions

EDUCATION

EDU 130. Introduction to Education. (W) 3 hours. F., Sp.
A study of existing educational practices, the knowledge base of the program of teacher education, lesson planning using TaskStream, and the foundations of American public education. This course includes a 10-hour field experience. This course includes a significant writing component.

EDU 315. Children's Literature. (W) 3 hours. F., Sp.
A study of children’s literature with attention to the interests and needs of kindergarten and elementary school students. This course includes a significant writing component.

EDU 320. Technology in the Classroom. 3 hours. F., Sp.
This course is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to effectively use technology as a learning tool in PreK-12 classrooms. The course emphasis is on technology integration, while attention is given to helping pre-service teachers obtain NETS-T (National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers) related skills that will benefit them in their future classrooms. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education and University Computer Competency.

EDU 325. Teaching Strategies PreK-3. 3 hours. F., Sp.
A study of materials and methods appropriate in PreK through Grade 3 for learning, fostering communication skills, and encouraging self-expression. Requires field experiences including the use of technology. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

EDU 327. Tests and Measurement. 3 hours. Su., F., Sp.
A consideration of the various types of tests used to evaluate student progress and the analysis of test data using statistical techniques. Development of tests and interpretation of test data are included. Attention is given to the use of tests and data in the guidance processes. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

EDU 428. Classroom Management. 2 hours. F., Sp.
A study of various classroom management principles. Must be taken the semester preceding student teaching. Includes a 20-hour field experience.Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

EDU 430. Educational Strategies - Elementary. 3 hours. F., Sp.
A study of research, methods, instructional design, materials, and media for elementary classroom instruction. Attention will be given to the importance of teaching reading. Course must be taken in the semester preceding student teaching. This course includes a 20-hour field experience. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

EDU 431. Educational Strategies - Secondary. 3 hours. F., Sp.
A study of research, methods, instructional design, materials and media for use in content area K-12 and 7-12 classroom instruction. Course must be taken in the semester preceding student teaching. This course includes a 20-hour field experience. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

EDU 444. Student Teaching, PreK-3. 12 hours. F., Sp.
Classroom teaching experience under supervision of an approved teacher. The student teaching experience will consist of two placements which may be of unequal periods of duration. One placement will be the PreK-K level and the other will be in a lower elementary level (grades 1-4). Prerequisite: Approval for student teaching.

EDU 445. Student Teaching, Elementary. 12 hours. F., Sp.
Classroom teaching experience under supervision of an approved teacher. The student teaching experience will consist of two placements which may be of unequal periods of duration. One placement will be at the kindergarten level. Prerequisite: Approval for student teaching.

EDU 446. Student Teaching, Middle Grades. 12 hours. F., Sp.
Classroom teaching experience under supervision of an approved teacher. The student teaching experience will consist of two placements which may be of unequal periods of duration. One placement will be in a lower middle school grade level (grades 4-6), and the other will be in an upper middle school grade level (grades 7-8). Prerequisite: Approval for student teaching.

EDU 447. Student Teaching, Secondary. 12 hours. F., Sp.
Classroom teaching experience under supervision of an approved teacher. The student teaching experience will consist of two placements which may be of unequal periods of duration. One placement will be at the junior high school grade level (grades 7-8), and the other will be at the high school grade level (grades 9-12). Prerequisite: Approval for student teaching.

EDU 448. Student Teaching, K-12. 12 hours. F., Sp.
Classroom teaching experience under supervision of an approved teacher. The student teaching experience will consist of two placements which may be of unequal periods of duration. One placement will be at the elementary level (grades K-6) and the other will be at the secondary level (grades 7-12). Prerequisite: Approval for student teaching. Classroom teaching experiences for Physical Education will be at the elementary level (K-4) and middle/secondary grades (5-12).

EDU 450. Professional Reflection and Planning. 1 hour. F., Sp.
A capstone course taken in conjunction with student teaching. Includes participation in scheduled topical and workshop sessions, meeting all state licensure requirements, completion of a professional portfolio, reflective practice, analysis of teacher evaluations, and development of a professional growth plan extending beyond the induction year of teaching. This course is prerequisite to completion of the initial licensure program and is a program requirement to receive the recommendation of Freed-Hardeman University for licensure. Prerequisite: Approval for student teaching.

READING

RDG 321. Reading in the Content Area. 3 hours. F.
A general study of strategies used in building and reinforcing reading skills in respective content areas of secondary grades. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

RDG 324. Teaching Reading in the Elementary School. 4 hours. F., Sp.
A study of materials and methods in the teaching of reading in the elementary grades. Emphasis is placed on developmental reading and program planning. Requires field experience including the use of technology. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. (Student must also be enrolled in RDG 324L Teaching Reading Practicum.)

RDG 324L. Teaching Reading Practicum. 0 hours. F., Sp.
A 24-hour practical experience in a K-6 setting. The student will deliver eight lessons in the elementary classroom.

RDG 325. Emergent Literacy. 3 hours. Sp.
An analysis of literacy development in preschool through primary grades which includes methods, materials, organization and evaluation techniques for fostering beginning reading and writing consistent with current research. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

SPE 240. Special Education Foundations. (W) 3 hours. F., Sp.
An introductory course concerning the education of gifted children and children with disabilities. Requires clinical observations. May be taken prior to admission to teacher education. This course includes a significant writing component.

SPE 343. Diagnostic Teaching. 4 hours. Sp.
This course addresses techniques for identifying specific learning problems of students with disabilities and developing intervention strategies. Requires clinical observations and practicum experiences. Same as EDU 543.

SPE 347. Practical Applications of Special Education. 3 hours. Sp., Odd years.
This course addresses the education of students with disabilities from a practical perspective. It includes clinical observation and field experience. Courses on community-based education, vocational training, and transition services.

SPE 348. Technology and the Special Education Teacher. 3 hours. F.
This course focuses on the introduction of assistive technology services and devices to special education teachers in order to help students with disabilities use technology to assist them in learning, make the environment more accessible, enable them to compete in the workplace, and enhance their independence. Same as EDU 578.

SPE 425. Student Teaching, Special Education. 12 hours. F., Sp.
Classroom teaching experience with exceptional children, including mental, physical, behavioral, and learning disabilities. The student teaching experience will consist of placement in at least two different levels (i.e., elementary, middle, high school) and in a variety of formats (i.e., resource room, self-contained classroom, regular classroom, teacher collaboration, consultation). Students will do their student teaching in the modified area (mild disabilities or in the comprehensive area (moderate and severe disabilities) or in a combination of the two. Prerequisite: Approval for student teaching.

SPE 426. Adaptive Physical Education. 3 hours. Sp.
This course is designed to aid in the understanding of the exceptional child and his or her relationship to physical education activities. Same as KIN 426.

SPE 444. Managing Special-Needs Children. 4 hours. F., Sp.
This course is designed to acquaint students with the origin of inappropriate behavior on the part of children with special needs. An emphasis is placed on understanding the social and emotional aspects of behavior and how misbehavior impacts academic achievement. Students will also gain an understanding of effective techniques and approaches to deal with inappropriate behavior in the classroom. Attention will also be given to an understanding of at-risk behaviors in children and how those behaviors impact learning. Same as SPE 544.

SPE 447. Assessment in Special Education. 4 hours. F.
Concerns appropriate assessment instruments and procedures for students with disabilities or suspected of having disabilities. Provides training in the administration and interpretation of psycho-educational tests. Requires practicum experience. Same as SPE 547.

SPE 448. Consultation with School, Family, and Community. 3 hours. Sp.
This course focuses on the development of skills in communicating and collaborating with parents, general education teachers, school administrators, support service personnel in the school, and with other service agencies in the community. Includes topics such as special education resources, laws and regulations, professional ethics, licensure requirements, and professional organizations and successful strategies for parent interaction. Same as SPE 548.

SPE 461. Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children I (Modified). 4 hours. Sp.
This course deals with etiology, characteristics, and educational needs of individuals with mild disabilities such as learning disabilities, general mental retardation, behavior disorders, attention deficit disorders, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments. Discussions and practical applications of educational methods, strategies and techniques will also be incorporated. Same as SPE 561.

SPE 465. Techniques and Strategies I (Modified). 4 hours. F.
This course focuses on effective instructional techniques and strategies to use in teaching students with mild disabilities. Includes strategies for academic studies as well as social, behavior skills. Requires clinical observations, practicum experiences and the use of technology. Same as SPE 565.

SPE 471. Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children II (Comprehensive). 4 hours. Sp.
This course addresses the characteristics and educational needs of students with moderate and severe disabilities. Requires clinical observation and practicum experiences. Same as SPE 571.

SPE 475. Techniques and Strategies II (Comprehensive). 4 hours. F., Sp.
This course focuses on effective instructional techniques and strategies to use in teaching students with moderate to severe disabilities. Includes strategies for teaching academic, social, and behavior skills in dependent living environments. Includes communication and self-help skills. Requires clinical observation, practicum experience and the use of technology. Same as SPE 575.

TOPICAL SEMINARS

EDU 299A/399A. Substance Abuse. 3 hours. January Short Course.
A study of narcotics and other dangerous drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. Historical background, physical, psychological, and other aspects of addiction and dependency, and legal aspects will be considered. Curricula for grades K-12 will also be discussed. Same as BIO 299D/399D, HEA 299F/399F, and PHS 299A/399A.

EDU 399D. Safety and First Aid for Teachers. 3 hours. Su.
This course consists of basic and emergency first aid knowledge and skills necessary for the teacher in a school situation. Rules of injury prevention in the classroom and on the playground will be stressed. Red Cross certification will be given. Same as HEA 399H.