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Teacher Education Course Descriptions

TCHE100M - Child and Adolescent Development (3-0-3)

This class provides an introduction to the fundamentals of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, from the prenatal period through adolescence, with an emphasis on children grades K-12. Various contemporary psychological perspectives and theories on human development will be introduced and discussed. Practical application of theory and concepts to classroom and recreational settings will be emphasized. 10-15 hours of observation of children and adolescents will be required.

TCHE101M - Introduction to Exceptionalities (3-0-3)

This course examines the educational challenges and related challenges students (K-12) with documented learning difficulties may encounter. The history and current philosophy of special education services in the United States will be reviewed. Laws governing individuals and students with documented learning challenges and disabilities along with the implications for educating these students will be presented and discussed. The roles and responsibilities of the teacher, paraeducator and members of the IEP team will be examined. Teaching methods, appropriate accommodations and modifications for the curriculum related to special education will be presented and discussed. Students will research a specific educational challenge and will be required to complete 8-10 hours of observation in a public school or other approved setting. Prerequisite: TCHE100M.

TCHE104M - Foundations of Education (3-0-3)

Examines the philosophical, historical, legal and social/cultural aspects of education in the U.S. Explores current issues and trends in education, how schools and classrooms function organizationally and academically and teaching as a profession. Focuses on the goals of education, the role of governmental agencies, educational law and policy and the roles and responsibilities of teachers. The Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Model of Standards for Beginning Teacher Licensing is introduced. Students must complete 20 hours of observation in a school setting.

TCHE201M - Teaching, Learning and Assessment (3-0-3)

This course will provide students with an in-depth study of the application of educational practices and pedagogical theory necessary to succeed as classroom teachers. Focus will be on understanding the context in which teaching and learning occurs, classroom organization and management, lesson planning and decision making, effective teaching strategies, and assessment methods. The concepts presented will enhance and build upon material from prior courses. Students will incorporate current research and instructional strategies into their teaching repertoire. Students will complete a service learning project incorporating at least 10 hours of service in a school setting as well as a capstone project that will demonstrate student competencies. Prerequisites: C or better in TCHE215M and TCHE220M.

TCHE202M - Current Practice: Teaching, Learning, Assessment (3-0-3)

An in-depth study of the application of educational practices and pedagogical theory necessary to succeed as classroom teachers. The concepts presented enhance and build upon material from prior courses. Students incorporate current research and instructional strategies into their teaching repertoire as evidenced by individual and group activities. Prepares students for success in advanced methods and materials courses. Students must complete a minimum of 10 observation hours in a school setting. Prerequisite: TCHE104M

TCHE205M - Technology in Education (2-2-3)

This course provides an overview of theory and strategies for effective integration of technology resources, technology-based methods of instruction and assistive technology designed for students with disabilities, based on the National Educational Technology Standards for teachers (NETS-T). An emphasis will be placed on technology as a tool that facilitates learning and enhances the teaching process. Students will explore the value of technology as it directly relates to student achievement, professional growth and classroom management. The course focuses on both knowledge and performance and includes hands-on technology activities. Prerequisite: TCHE104M

TCHE206M - Literacy in Education (3-0-3)

An in-depth study of literacy in education. The areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking are viewed as interrelating processes. A broad theoretical foundation promotes a focus on literacy in today’s classroom. Students also preview current research and methods of support available to teachers. Material in this course is discussed consistent with themes of reflective practice and acknowledging and responding to the unique learning characteristics of all students. Prerequisite: TCHE104M.

TCHE210M - Essentials of Career/Technical/Curriculum/Instruction (3-0-3)

Covers the history, philosophy, principles, organization and operation of career and technical education in the U.S. Students will develop a functional understanding of the role and responsibilities of a professional career/technical educator and gain the foundation and skills to design, implement and manage a curriculum in career/ technical education. Identification of resources and occupational analysis, derivation of content, formulation of objectives, defining measurable outcomes and the selection and development of activities and evaluation methods will be explored. Prerequisites: TCHE225M.

TCHE215M - Classroom Management/Behavioral Guidance Strategies (3-0-3)

This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of classroom management and child guidance techniques. Strategies to support the development of a positive, supportive and respectful classroom environment, including teaching social competencies that facilitate responsible student behavior will be examined. Theories and research related to approaches to classroom management and guidance will be presented and discussed. Specific behavioral challenges and issues will be investigated. The course provides students with a broad theoretical foundation of behavioral intervention strategies to support children with emotional, behavioral and social challenges. Students will be required to complete 10 hours of observation in a classroom setting throughout the semester. Prerequisites: TCHE100M or ECE100 AND either TCHE104M or ECE104 or TCHE110M.

TCHE220M - Family, Professional and Community Relations in Education (3-0-3)

This course will provide students with strategies for positive and productive interactions among teachers, parents, co-workers and other professionals working with children. Students will explore and develop collaborative and communication skills for participating in IEP teams, co-teaching and working with families as partners in the process. Students will also investigate the ethical issues in working with educational teams, families and other professionals. Students will develop strategies for establishing and maintaining positive and supportive relationships with families. Students will also become familiar with community resources that support children and their families. Students will be required to complete 8 hours of community service that benefits children and/or families. Prerequisite: TCHE104M or ECE104 or TCHE110M.

TCHE225M - Curriculum Planning and Implementation for Children with Unique Learning Characteristics (3-0-3)

Provides an overview of effective instructional strategies, curricula, materials, student assessments and assistive techniques for children with special educational needs. Classroom accommodations and instructional modifications to meet the goals of the IEP/IFSP, which can be implemented in a variety of instructional settings, are introduced. Collaborative planning, co-teaching strategies and effective methods for working with members of the IEP/IFSP team and families are reviewed. Prerequisites: A grade of “C” or better in TCHE101M and TCHE104M, or ECE104M and ECE201M. Offered fall (and summer with permission for those working in the field only).

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