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Education (EDU)

Education (EDU)

147, 247, 347 Selected Topics in Education
Prerequisite for 247: Sophomore status.
Three Credits.

202 The Profession of Teaching: Issues in Education through Technology
This course provides an introduction to the teaching profession using public school classrooms as the setting for observation during internship.  The course develops an understanding of the multiple aspects of the teachers’ work; explores a range of key issues related to education using a variety of educational technology and media applications.  Topics include the purpose of schools, the teaching profession, legal issues, governance, finance, equity issues, an introduction to special education and multicultural education, as well as the relationship between politics and education.  The development of a personal philosophy of education begins here with the understanding of school structure. Students are required to take and pass the Virginia Language and Communication Assessment (VCLA).
Three credits.

302 The Profession of Teaching: Foundations
This course immerses the student in the history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology of general and special education in American schools.  Through multiple readings and directed activities students create a developmental framework to test the practicality of educational theory in the public school setting.

This course is designated as “Writing Intensive”; a grade of “C” or higher is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for all students at Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless all writing assignments are “C” or higher.  Students are required to take and pass Praxis I as part of course requirements.
Prerequisites:  PSY 211/291(PSY 291 for elementary and all-level candidates only), EDU 202, pass VCLA.
Three credits.

310 The Profession of Teaching: Developmental and Diagnostic Reading
This course establishes the foundation for teaching reading and for diagnosing reading difficulties at the elementary level. Upon completion of this class, students are required to take the Virginia Reading Assessment, VRA.  The theoretical foundations and developmental nature of the reading process is examined.  Instructional methods related to grapho-phonemic, syntactic, and semantic cueing systems are modeled and applied.  The course relies on the reading and interpretation of children’s and adolescent literature as a base of instruction.  Co-requisite: EDU 311; Prerequisite: EDU 302, pass VCLA and Praxis I.
Three credits.

311 The Profession of Teaching: The Language Arts
This course completes the reading block for elementary endorsement candidates.  The many facets of reading, writing, speaking, and listening are explored for teaching and learning content across the curriculum in elementary and middle school classrooms.  Co-requisite: EDU 310; Prerequisite: EDU 302, pass VCLA and Praxis I.
Three credits.

312 The Profession of Teaching: Content Reading Literacy
This course immerses secondary and all-level candidates in the concept of literacy for students beyond the elementary level.  Finding the appropriate strategies, scaffolding and applications for reading, writing, speaking and listening in discipline content areas creates the foundation for this class.  Teaching the content of one’s discipline through the use of appropriate literacy approaches are practiced and applied.  Prerequisite: EDU 302, pass VCLA and Praxis I.
Three credits.

330 The Profession of Teaching: The Middle School
The middle school encompasses grades 6-8; therefore, this course is strongly recommended for elementary, secondary and all-level program candidates since licensure for each includes grade 6. The distinguishing characteristics of the middle school curriculum as well as middle school learners are the foundation for this course.  Program candidates develop strategies for teaching middle school learners.  Prerequisites EDU 202 and EDU 302.
Three credits.

354 The Profession of Teaching: Elementary/Middle School Strategies
Students seeking elementary/middle school endorsement concentrate on curriculum, instruction and assessment, and focus on methods appropriate to their major and level of endorsement sought.  Students are introduced to the Clinical Cycle process, a variety of theories about teaching and learning, and topics such as classroom management, parent involvement, and unit and lesson planning.  Students are challenged to identify and begin to implement their educational philosophy in the classroom.  During the 40-hour internship that accompanies this course, students are required to teach a minimum of six lessons.  Students are required to take and pass Praxis II as part of course requirements.  Prerequisites: EDU 310, 311 and passing scores on VCLA and Praxis I.
Six credits.

355 The Profession of Teaching: Secondary and Middle School Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Strategies
This course prepares students to teach in grades 6-12 with opportunities in the following topics:  decision making, developing, planning and implementing and assessing instruction; aligning instruction with appropriate content area state standards; principles of learning; the application of skills in the discipline-specific methodology; the selection of instructional strategies and materials; the use of technology in planning, implementing and assessing learning.  Program candidates are introduced to the Clinical Cycles and will teach a minimum of six lessons. Students are required to complete a 20 hour internship. Program candidates are required to take and pass Praxis II as part of course requirements.  Co-requisite EDU 357; Prerequisites EDU 312, passing scores on VCLA and Praxis I.
Three credits.

357 The Profession of Teaching: Secondary and Middle School Classroom Management and Differentiated Instructional Strategies
This course prepares students to teach in grades 6-12 with opportunities in the following topics: developing and implementing classroom management plans based on theory and empirical research; teaching methods and strategies used in general education classrooms that are appropriate for those students who are gifted as well as those with exceptional challenges. Program candidates learn strategies to expand the learning opportunities for all students in their content discipline classrooms.  Students are required to complete a 20 hour internship.  Program candidates are required to take and pass Praxis II as part of course requirements.  Co-requisite EDU 355; Prerequisites EDU 312, passing scores on VCLA and Praxis I.
Three credits.

358 The Profession of Teaching: All-Level (Pre-K-12) Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Strategies
This course prepares All-level program candidates in Art, Foreign Language, Physical Education and Theatre Arts to teach PK – 12 students through instruction in the following topics: decision making, developing, planning and implementing and assessing instruction; aligning instruction with appropriate content area state standards; principles of learning; the application of skills in the discipline-specific methodology; the selection of instructional strategies and materials; the use of technology in planning, implementing and assessing learning. Emphasis is placed on the distinction between elementary curriculum, instruction and assessment compared to middle/secondary school.  Program candidates are introduced to the Clinical Cycles and will teach a minimum of six lessons. Students are required to complete a 20 hour internship. Program candidates are required to take and pass Praxis II as part of course requirements. Co-requisite: EDU 360; Prerequisite:  EDU 312, passing scores on VCLA and Praxis I.
Three credits.

360 The Profession of Teaching: All-Level (Pre-K-12) Classroom Management and Differentiated Instruction Strategies
This course prepares All-level program candidates in Art, Foreign Language, Physical Education and Theatre Arts to teach PK – 12 students through instruction in the following topics: developing and implementing classroom management plans based on theory and empirical research; teaching methods and strategies used in general education classrooms that are appropriate for those students who are gifted as well as those with exceptional challenges. Program candidates learn strategies to expand the learning opportunities for all students in their content discipline classrooms.  Students are required to complete a 20 hour internship.  Program candidates are required to take and pass Praxis II as part of course requirements.  Co-requisite:  EDU 358; Prerequisite: EDU 312, passing scores on VCLA and Praxis I.
Three credits.

402 The Profession of Teaching: The Student Teaching Field Experience
Student teaching for all endorsement levels is an intensive clinical experience. Students spend twelve weeks in the public schools teaching at the appropriate endorsement level and are expected to manifest their personal educational philosophies in the classroom. The course includes completion of clinical cycles, weekly seminars, assigned readings, and all related professional responsibilities. Prerequisites: EDU 354, 355/357 or 358/360 and compliance with all published program requirements, including passing scores on VCLA, Praxis I and Praxis II.
Ten credits

403 The Profession of Teaching: The Student Teaching Synthesis Experience
Synthesis comprises the completion of projects designed to synthesize the pre-professional preparation. Prerequisites: EDU 354, 355/357 or 358/360, as well as concurrently taking EDU 402 The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching as well as the compliance with all published program requirements, including passing scores on VCLA, Praxis I and Praxis II.
Two credits.