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EDU   160         Perspectives on Infants, Toddlers and Young Children

(This course is cross-listed with HUS 160.) An introduction to the nature and needs of young children. Developmentally appropriate methods of care-giving will be studied. Interpersonal skills needed for working with young children and their families will be developed through discussion and role playing. Descriptions of services for young children will be presented by professionals working in the field.       3 CR

EDU   210         Teaching the Dimensions of Literacy

This course provides a conceptual framework for understanding literacy in all its complexity and provides a wide variety of instructional reading and writing strategy lessons to promote complex literacy learning in students.  3 CR

EDU   250         Foundations of Education

This course is designed for students interested in entering the teaching profession (K-12). Historical, social, political, and philosophical dimensions of education, as well as current issues, will be examined. This introductory experience will help students gain an appreciation for the multiple aspects of teaching and will assist them in constructing their personal philosophies of teaching. Prerequisite: ENG 101.  3 CR

EDU   261         Early Childhood Curriculum: Early Learning Environments

(This course is cross-listed with HUS 261.) This course integrates theory with application to address the needs of all children with a universal classroom design. Students examine a variety of early childhood settings with the intention of learning about ways that different environmental designs impact children’s play and behavior. Students will learn techniques for planning and developing curriculum goals and objectives for children with differing abilities and the basic skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate the environment and developmentally appropriate components of early childhood programs. Prerequisite: PSY 100, equivalent or permission.    3 CR

EDU 289 Topics in Education

Studies in education practice or theory not offered in the regular program, but pertinent to education studies. Examples might be social justice in the classroom, effects of poverty, or navigating standards. In addition topics related to specific grade level or content area would be appropriate. 3 cr

EDU   300         Teacher as Researcher

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts, principles, and techniques of action research. The course will assist pre-service and in-service teachers in developing their research abilities and reflective capacities. Students will formulate a research question and plan a small action research project. Prerequisite: ENG 101.   3 CR

EDU 315       Mentoring Writers: Practice and Pedgogy

(This course is cross-listed with ENG 315). This course introduces students to theories and applications of writing as a social practice, including collaboration, editing, and tutoring. Throughout the semester, students will engage with theories of writing and apply these theoretical frameworks in environments of practice (such as writing centers and writing classrooms). Prerequisite: ENG 101, faculty recommendation and/or prior tutoring experience.  3 CR

EDU   325         Social Studies and the Project Approach for the Young Children

(This course is cross-listed with HUS 325.) This course is designed to offer teachers and other adults an integrated method of teaching social sciences to young children. This project-oriented approach allows children to engage in their own learning and problem-solving while developing a greater awareness of themselves and family, diverse cultures, and countries. Knowledge acquired in the course helps prepare children to become active, involved citizens of their communities and world. The course fulfills the requirements of the State of Maine Learning Guidelines B-5 and Learning Results for K-3. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.      3 CR

EDU   327         Mathematics for Young Children

(This course is cross-listed with HUS 327.) This course focuses on early mathematics and numeracy concepts relevant to young children during the first six years of life. If offers concrete suggestions about arranging the environment to provide rich opportunities for children to connect math and numbers to their own daily lives. The course is designed to teach students effective strategies to recognize and promote mathematical development in all young children. The course meets the certification requirements of the B-5 and K-3 Teacher Certification. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. 3 CR

EDU   328         Creative Development and Art for Young Children

(This course is cross-listed with HUS 328.) This course provides an overview of how art and creativity influence young children and how early childhood educators, parents, and adults who work with children can assist in this process. Students will consider the important role art plays with children who may be handicapped or from a diverse background. This comprehensive introductory course includes an exploration of a variety of materials, activities, and projects that will stimulate creativity in children. Students will study artists and current children’s illustrators and review children’s books. Prerequisite: PSY100 or permission of instructor.   3 CR

EDU   329         Science and the Project Approach for the Young Child

(This course is cross-listed with HUS 329.) This course focuses on early science and discovery concepts relevant to young children during the first six-eight years of life. If offers concrete suggestions about arranging the environment to provide rich opportunities for children to connect science and exploration to their own daily lives. The course meets the requirements of the State of Maine Early Learning Guidelines B-5 Teacher Certification and is designed to teach students effective strategies to recognize and promote science development in all young children. Prerequisite: PSY100 or equivalent or permission of instructor.                                                                 3 CR

EDU   331         Sociology of Education

(This course is cross listed with SOC 331). This course examines the social organization of education and its social and political context in contemporary American society. Topics include the emergence of public education, role of state and community in shaping its nature, problems of access and equality, the organizational structure of educational institutions, teaching as a profession, and alternatives to public education. Comparisons with educational systems of other countries are included when appropriate. Prerequisites: SOC101 and one additional sociology course.    3 CR

EDU   351         Teaching Reading in Elementary School

This course is designed to provide prospective elementary teachers with current methodologies of teaching reading by providing theoretical background and pedagogical skills and to prepare them to be functional in techniques of teaching the reading process. Students will also investigate the connections to the other language arts: writing, listening, and speaking. Prerequisites: EDU 250 and 6 credits of ELA courses as required by MDOE.    3 CR

EDU   352         Intervention for Families with Children

(This course is cross-listed with HUS 352.) Interventions appropriate for young children and their families are explored. Social policy, chronic life conditions, and methods for empowering families are addressed. The family life cycle and multicultural perspectives are examined in the context of the school, the family, and the community. Prerequisite: PSY 100.     3 CR

EDU   361         Teaching Science in Elementary School

This course is designed to provide prospective elementary teachers with current methodologies of teaching science by providing theoretical background and pedagogical skills. The course will introduce ways to become an innovative teacher who supports all students in gaining science knowledge through inquiry and discovery. Prerequisites: EDU 250 and 6 credits of science courses as required by MDOE.  3 CR

EDU   362          Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

(This course is cross-listed with HUS 362 and PSY 362.) This course is designed to teach students how to recognize and implement appropriate environmental strategies that support early literacy development and appropriate early experiences with books and writing. Emphasis is placed on speaking and listening, as well as reading and writing readiness. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or instructor permission.      3 cr

EDU   363         Young Children with Special Needs

(This course is cross-listed with HUS 363.) This course is designed to be part of the professional preparation for students who will be working with infants, toddlers, and small children and their families in a variety of careers – human services, social work, education, childcare, nursing, and others. Strategies, service delivery, and designing learning environments for teaching young children with special needs will be addressed. Students will learn about PL 94-145 and IDEA as it pertains to young children through early intervention and early special education. Prerequisite: PSY 100.    3 CR

EDU   366          Children’s and Young Adult Literature

(This course is cross listed with ENG 366.) This course is designed to help students become familiar with the world of children’s and/or young adult literature and to explore its curricular and recreational uses, critical issues surrounding its use, and instructional methods and contexts for sharing, encouraging, and reading a variety of this literature with students. Prerequisite: ENG 101.    3 CR

EDU   371         Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School

This course prepares students to become effective K-8 social studies educators capable of teaching the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for becoming a global citizen. Students will learn about effective teaching strategies, assessment tools, interdisciplinary teaching, and curriculum integration. The appropriate use of informational technology is an important element of the course. Prerequisite: EDU 250 or any Introduction to or Foundations of Education course.    3 CR

EDU   380         Digital Literacy and Technology in Schools

In this course students will investigate what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century. Students will learn and practice digital strategies for strengthening literacy levels in their content and grade areas. Students will also consider the role of paperless classrooms, cloud computing and web 2.0 tools. Prerequisite: ENG 101    3 CR

EDU   381         Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School

This course is designed to provide prospective elementary teachers with current methodologies of teaching mathematics by providing theoretical background and pedagogical skills. The course will introduce ways to become an innovative teacher who supports all students in gaining mathematical knowledge through inquiry and discover. Prerequisites: EDU 250, MAT 130 and 131 or six credits of mathematics courses as required by MDOE.  3 CR

EDU   387         Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom

This course is designed to assist pre-service teachers and others to develop an understanding of the characteristics of children and adolescents considered to be exceptional. Students will gain knowledge of effective teaching strategies, interventions, and modifications for exceptional children and adolescents. Prerequisite: ENG 101          3 CR

EDU 389 Topics in Education

Studies in education practice or theory not offered in the regular program, but pertinent to education studies. Examples might be social justice in the classroom, effects of poverty, or navigating standards. In addition topics related to specific grade level or content area would be appropriate.  3 CR

EDU   390         Secondary Methods of Teaching

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of general and specific methods for teaching in the secondary school. Methods and problems related to teaching and learning in the student’s major field will be emphasized. Formative and summative assessments, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design are among the topics addressed. Prerequisite: EDU 387 or equivalent.    3 CR

EDU   401         Educational Psychology

(This course is cross listed with PSY 401). An in-depth examination of psychological principles as they apply to the educational environment. Topics will scrutinize current issues and innovative methods of instruction. Prerequisite: PSY100.  3 CR

EDU 489 Topics in Education

Studies in education practice or theory not offered in the regular program, but pertinent to education studies. Examples might be social justice in the classroom, effects of poverty, or navigating standards. In addition topics related to specific grade level or content area would be appropriate.  3CR

EDU   490         Internship in Student Teaching

This 15 week internship provides students with the opportunity to develop teaching skills and experience the full role of teaching in a school setting. With their mentor teachers, students will plan and organize instruction, evaluate their students’ progress, and participate in the extra-curricular activities of the host school. Successful completion of the student teaching internship is a requisite for teacher licensure in Maine. Application required. Prerequisite: EDU 387  or equivalent.             12 CR

EDU   492         Student Teaching Early Elementary Education (K-3)

This 15 week internship provides students with the opportunity to develop teaching skills and experience the full role of teaching in a school setting. With their mentor teachers, students will plan and organize instruction, evaluate student progress, and participate in the extracurricular activities of the host school. Prerequisites: MDOE required early elementary education courses, 6 credits each in liberal studies mathematics, English, social studies, and science.                          12 CR

 

 

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