Lee University Catalog 2018-2019 
    
    Apr 03, 2020  
Lee University Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

Course Descriptions


 

Education

  
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    EDUC 363 - Special Problems in Education


    Designed specifically for the upper-division student in the field of education; learning the techniques of problem solving; conducting research and study on an individual and/or group basis.

    Prerequisites
    Permission from the Director of Teacher Education.

    Credit Hours: 1 to 3
  
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    EDUC 368 - Teaching in an Urban School


    This course examines the unique oportunities and challenges of teaching in the urban setting.  The course will address best practices and provide opportunities to engage in observations in urban schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 399 - Honors Independent Study


    An independent study supervised by three faculty members that provides the student who qualifies under the honors guidelines the opportunity to pursue a special topic of his/her choice.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 495 - Integration of Faith and Learning


    This course is designed to integrate the fundamentals of learning and faith for the preservice educator. The student will be challenged to develop and defend a personal philosophical foundation for education from a Christian perspective.

    Prerequisites
    THEO-231 and ELED-340

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 496 - Student Teaching I


    Upon completion of all education courses, students will complete student teaching practicums for a total of 15 weeks in the public schools under the guidance of public school teachers and a university supervisor(s). The student will be assigned to at least two different classrooms, which may be at different schools. Students must enroll in EDUC-496, EDUC-497, and EDUC-498 for a total of 12 hours. This will constitute the maximum load for the student teaching semester. No other classes may be taken during the student teaching semester.

    Prerequisites
    Admission to Teacher Education Program, admission to Student Teaching, pass all required Praxis II exams, and completion of required methods courses

    Credit Hours: 5
  
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    EDUC 497 - Student Teaching II


    Upon completion of all education courses, students will complete student teaching practicums for a total of 15 weeks in the public schools under the guidance of public school teachers and a university supervisor(s). The student will be assigned to at least two different classrooms, which may be at different schools. Students must enroll in EDUC-496, EDUC-498, and EDUC-498 for a total of 12 hours. This will constitute the maximum load for the student teaching semester. No other classes may be taken during the student teaching semester.

    Prerequisites
    Admission to Teacher Education Program, admission to Student Teaching, pass all required Praxis II exams, and completion of required methods courses.

    Credit Hours: 5
  
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    EDUC 498 - Student Teaching Seminar


    A seminar designed to be taken by all student teachers during their enhanced student teaching semester. The purpose is to help bridge the gap between coursework and enhanced student teaching. Discussion of a variety of topics related to instructional management and interaction is the focus of the seminar.

    Prerequisites
    Admission to Teacher Education Program, admission to Student Teaching, pass all required Praxis II exams, and completion of all methods courses

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 501 - Research Methods in Education


    This is a fundamental research course designed to help students become intelligent consumers of educational research. This course will cover the basic methods of research design, measurement and evaluation, and the interpretation and communication of results. Based on personal interest and experience, the student will select one professional educational topic/concern as a guiding emphasis throughout the master’s program.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 502 - Philosophy and Worldview in Education


    This course reviews philosophical foundations of education with an emphasis on synthesizing and refining a personal philosophy of education.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 503 - Human Development and Exceptionalities in Education


    This course will examine the role of human development in the education of children from pre-kindergarten through high school. Students will explore the historical foundations, special education laws, issues and trends, and current practices pertaining to working with a diverse school population, including special needs students. Descriptions of handicapping conditions, along with various techniques and procedures for working with the exceptional child using school and community resources will be emphasized. This course is required for MAT programs.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 504 - Sport Law


    This a course that examines fundamental issues of law as they apply to sport. Sport law is a broad-based mixture of laws that apply to athletes and they sports they play. It is not a singular legal topic with generally applicable principles, but it incorporates a variety of legal areas of law relevant to the busines of sports: contracts, torts, antitrust, and labor law.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 505 - Critical Thinking


    This course is designed to describe, explain and apply critical thinking as a creative problem solving tool. Fundamental skills in creativity, reasoning, personal conflict resolution and content thinking will be integrated in this general review of the critical thinking process and its applications in creative problem solving.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 513 - Seminar on College Student Development


    An overview of the student affairs profession, particularly in Christian higher education.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    EDUC 514 - College Student Development


    An overview of student development theories and practices in higher education, emphasizing current standards of practice and emerging trends, particularly in Christian higher education.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 515 - Teaching Business, Grades 6-12


    This course will analyze and evaluate methods, techniques, and problems of teaching business on the secondary level. Students will explore and apply various methods and techniques while in their professional internship.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 516 - Teaching Social Studies, Grades 6-12


    This course will analyze and evaluate methods, techniques, and problems of teaching the social studies on the secondary level. Students will explore and apply various teaching methods and techniques while in their professional internship.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 517 - Teaching English, Grades 6-12


    This course will analyze and evaluate the selection, development, organization of materials as related to the teaching of literature and language arts in secondary schools. Students will explore and apply various methods and techniques which are theoretically grounded and practically effective for teaching English to individuals, groups, and classrooms.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 518 - Teaching Languages, Grades 6-12


    This course will analyze and evaluate the selection, development, organization of materials as related to the teaching of foreign languages in secondary schools. Students will explore and apply various methods and techniques which are theoretically grounded and practically effective for teaching English to individuals, groups, and classrooms.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 519 - Teaching Mathematics, Grades 6-12


    This course explores and evaluates the major theories and practices of instruction in American secondary schools; aims, materials, teaching methods, learner activities, and evaluation procedures in the mathematics discipline; how these relate to the program of the school.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 520 - Teaching Science, Grades 6-12


    This course explores and evaluates the major theories and practices of instruction in American secondary schools; aims, materials, teaching methods, learner activities, and evaluation procedures in the science disciplines; how these relate to the program of the school.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 554 - Early Childhood Methods: Numeracy and Literacy


    This course explores effective methods and materials for teaching and promoting developmentally appropriate skills for young children.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 561 - Multicultural Education


    This course is designed to help students develop the strategies to be effective teaching professional in multicultural settings. They will evaluate current programs and will be encouraged to evaluate their own approaches to dealing with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds including ethnic, economic, religious and regional.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 562 - Inclusion and Diversity in the Classroom


    This course examines the contemporary classroom and the task of the teacher in facilitating the education of students with divergent abilities, needs, interests, as well as cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This course focuses on inclusion in accordance with the mandate from IDEA for the least restrictive environment. This course is required for M.Ed. programs.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 563 - Assessment of Student Learning


    This course addresses traditional and current trends in educational testing and measurement.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 565 - Introduction to School Law


    This is an introductory course which examines fundamental issues of law and ethics as they are applied to the teaching profession. Areas to be studied include educational structure and governance, church/state relations, students’ rights, teachers’ rights and responsibilities, as well as tort liability.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 566 - Law and Ethics for School Guidance Counselors


    This is an introductory course that examines fundamental issues of law and ethics as they are applied to professional school guidance counselors. Areas to be studied include educational structure and governance, negligence, special education, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, confidentiality, sexual harrassment, bullying, and child abuse.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 568 - General Methods


    Effective teaching research and practice will be presented in this course. This course is designed to equip students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program with the methods, skills and strategies for successful classroom teaching.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 569 - Teaching Math, Science, and Social Studies in Elementary


    Effective methods and materials for teaching math, science, and social studies in the elementary classroom will be presented in this course. Required for elementary and special education licensure.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 570 - Current Issues and Strategies in Education


    This course examines current and emerging instructional strategies, popular curricular approaches, and issues in education. Students will apply skills in critical thinking and creative problem solving as they examine a variety of current topics and evaluate the underlying assumptions of each.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 571 - Arts Across the Curriculum


    This course focuses on the multiple roles of the arts as languages of learning and methods for teaching in the multicultural and multilingual classroom.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 572 - Middle Grades Foundations


    This course is designed to give the prospective teacher an overview of the theoretical models of middle level education and to provide a broad overview of the historical, sociological, and philosophical foundations of the American education system.  Students will explore preadolescent and young adolescent characteristics, middle grades teaching, student learning, and organizational characterisitics of a middle level school.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 575 - Technology in the Classroom


    An introduction to various technologies used in classrooms with emphasis on microcomputer-based systems.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    EDUC 576 - Multimedia Design and Production in Education


    This course will comprehensively examine the multimedia production process as a tool for instructional presentations. It will introduce, analyze, and review the hardware and software products necessary for success in multimedia production in educational settings. A strong emphasis will be placed on a team approach in order to simulate the collaborative efforts necessary for success in the wider learning community.

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-575 or equivalent experience/competency.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 580 - Teaching Reading Skills


    This course is designed to provide graduate students with research based methods and materials for reading instruction, along with principles to help them choose among these options for their specific students and situations.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 581 - Writing Across the Curriculum


    This course will help professional teachers develop strategies for ways to use writing activities as a tool of learning within their specific classroom settings. Required for elementary licensure only.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 582 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas


    This course is designed to provide graduate students with research based methods and materials for helping students in grades 6-12 read to learn in the content areas.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 591 - Directed Research


    This course enables the student to pursue topics of interest in greater depth than is done in the regular curriculum. The course may be repeated. The Pass/Fail grade scale will be used. Approval by the Director of Graduate Studies in Education is needed.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    EDUC 592 - Directed Research


    This course enables the student to pursue topics of interest in greater depth than is done in the regular curriculum. The course may be repeated. The Pass/Fail grade scale will be used. Approval by the Director of Graduate Studies in Education is needed.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDUC 593 - Directed Research


    This course enables the student to pursue topics of interest in greater depth than is done in the regular curriculum. The course may be repeated. The Pass/Fail grade scale will be used. Approval by the Director of Graduate Studies in Education is needed.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 595 - Thesis Seminar


    This course will provide the structure, the format, the support, and the encouragement for the student to complete the thesis and present it to colleagues.

    Prerequisites
    Passing of mid-program evaluation.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    In some programs, the student may be able to select an approved elective in lieu of EDUC-595, but this varies depending on the degree program in which the student is enrolled. Students should work closely with the advisor or program director to ensure that they select the appropriate option for their individual program of study.
  
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    EDUC 596 - Internship I


    This internship will provide a broad, general perspective of an area school to the M.A.T. student. Interns will experience the multiple roles of the classroom teacher, as well as the organization and operation of the elementary, middle, or high school.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 597 - Internship II


    The internship will provide extensive instructional experiences to the M.A.T. student. The intern at this level will, under the direction of a cooperating teacher and principal, assume responsibility for instructional planning, implementation and evaluation.

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-568, and the appropriate specialty methods class depending upon licensure and discipline.

    Credit Hours: 6
  
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    EDUC 598 - Job-Embedded Practitioner Mentoring I


    This course is open to teachers who have been hired by a Tennessee school district on a Job-Embedded Practitioner License and are in their first year of employment.  Enrollment is required in both fall and spring semesters.  Course requirements include meeting in a seminar format to discuss classroom issues and the Professional Education Competencies.  The university mentor will observe and provide support for each teacher in his/her classroom on a regularly scheduled basis.

    Prerequisites
    Acceptance into the Job-Embedded Practitioner License program.

    Instructor permission required.

    Credit Hours: 2

  
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    EDUC 599 - Job-Embedded Practitioner Mentoring II


    This course is open to teachers who have been hired by a Tennessee school district on a Job-Embedded Practitioner License and are in their second or third year of employment.  Enrollment is required in both fall and spring semesters.  Course requirements include meeting in a seminar format to discuss classroom issues and the Professional Education Competencies.  The university mentor will observe and provide support for each teacher in his/her classroom on a regularly scheduled basis.

    Prerequisites
    Acceptance into the Job-Embedded Practitioner License program.

    Instructor permission is required.

    Credit Hours: 1

  
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    EDUC 601 - Advanced Educational Research


    In this course, students will critically engage educational research as an expression of the scientific method and reflect on this process as it relates to the educator’s role. Graduate students will be challenged to know and comprehend paradigms of educational research; apply and analyze, statistical methodologies in current and proposed research, and finally synthesize and evaluate professional contributions in research. These experiences should prepare the candidate to develop and critically assess professional teaching and learning activities and then reflect on the process in a paper suitable for professional publication.


    Prerequisites
    EDUC 501 or equivalent

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 602 - History of American Education


    This course explores both formal schooling and informal education in America by analyzing the ways in which social and intellectual trends have influenced educational policy and practice. The course delineates many of the competing theories surrounding historic educational debates and relates the conflicts of the past to contemporary concerns about education in the United States.


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 603 - Advanced Child Studies


    This course provides an advanced study of various theories of psychological and psychosocial development and implications of those theories on student learning. 


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 665 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Education


    This is a course in school law and ethics related to teaching and school administration. The course explores how America’s legal system copes with moral ambiguity and controversial ethical questions as they relate to teaching and learning. The course evaluates decisions and assesses various approaches to fundamental ethical dilemmas and the impact of law in contemporary society. 


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 675 - Multimedia Design and Production in Education


    This course will comprehensively examine the multimedia production process as a tool for instructional presentations. It will introduce, analyze, and review the hardware and software products necessary for success in multimedia production in educational settings. A strong emphasis will be placed on a team approach in order to simulate the collaborative efforts necessary for success in the wider learning community. 


    Prerequisites
    EDUC 575 or equivalent knowledge

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 680 - Literacy Instruction for Diverse Populations


    This course is designed to help candidates teach children from diverse populations who encounter literacy problems. Diagnostic tools and instructional strategies will be provided to help teachers understand students’ literacy problems and to better prepare them to instruct children who struggle with learning to read. 


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 683 - Instructional Leadership and Coaching


    This core course will focus on that which makes a school successful. During the course of instruction, students will investigate the nature of instruction, curriculum, assessment, and professional development. A secondary focus will be on using assessment and professional development to improve measured outcomes. The course will also explore leadership, change, and school culture as tools in improving the quality of instruction.


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 684 - Curriculum Theory: Design and Assessment


    This course examines historical approaches, current theories, types of planning, and acceptable evaluative techniques in regard to curriculum and curriculum development. Guidelines for the use of assessment data and implementation issues related to accountability will also be studied.


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 685 - National Board Certification Application


    This is an optional course that will offer credit for completing the National Board Certification materials.  Students will receive assistance and guidance as they undertake this challenging task.


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 686 - Establishing and Maintaining Learning Communities


    This course examines the ways to connect schools and the various publics served by them in both a macro and micro perspective. Connections between community institutions and their roles and responsibilities to the school and family will be explored through class lectures, video presentations, field trips, observations, guest speakers, group discussions, and group activities.


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 687 - Managing the Learning Environment


    This course is designed for practicing professionals (regular and special educators, school psychologists and counselors) as well those in leadership roles who function as advisors to teachers who serve children and youth that present behavioral challenges in the school or community. Using a case study approach it will revisit the theoretical models of human behavior and examine ways to analyze, identify, change, and maintain positive behavior in the classroom or community. An emphasis will be placed on the student’s leadership role as reflective practitioner who, as an agent of change, can advise in the establishment of class and school wide policies to effectively manage the learning environment.


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDUC 688 - Professional Writing for Publication


    This course is designed to help graduate students analyze, evaluate, and produce the types of writing commonly associated with academic publication. 


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    ENGL 530 - Seminar: Appalachian Literature


    This course will provide an overview of Appalachian history and culture, emphasizing the way in which the history of the region has impacted its art, music and literature, as well as the ways in which the culture of the Appalachian region has significantly affected Amercian culture.

    Credit Hours: 3

Education – Early Childhood

  
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    ECED 315 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education


    A course designed to give the prospective teacher an overview of the theoretical models of early childhood education and to provide a broad overview of the historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of the American education system.

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-199 and EDUC-299, or MUED-225.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    ECED 342 - Observation and Assessment of Young Children


    This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic assessment techniques appropriate for young children. Also covered are community and school resources instrumental in providing services and referrals.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    ECED 350 - Children’s Literature and Literacy Development


    This course will provide a survey of books and related materials appropriate for young children and an introduction to developmentally appropriate techniques for using literature to supplement the development of literacy skills.

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-199

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    ECED 401 - Early Childhood Methods


    Effective methods and materials for teaching in the preschool and kindergarten. This course is to be taken concurrently with ELED-402. An intensive practicum is an integral part of the methods block.

    Prerequisites
    Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

    Credit Hours: 2

Education – Elementary

  
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    ELED 340 - Principles of Classroom Instruction - Elementary


    A course designed to introduce students to the methods, skills, and strategies they will need as they become effective teachers in elementary classrooms. The course unites theory and practice by using the instructional methods of classroom discussion, presentations and analysis of case studies.  Co-requisite: READ371

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    ELED 350 - Children’s Literature


    A survey of books and stories according to the educational development of children. Required in all elementary education programs.

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-199

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    ELED 395 - Teaching the Creative Arts


    Effective methods and materials for integrating arts across the curriculum in grades PK-8.


     

    Prerequisites
    Admission to Teacher Education Program.

    Credit Hours: 2

  
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    ELED 402 and 402L - Elementary Grades Methods and Lab


    Effective methods and materials for teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, science, math, and social studies in the elementary grades are included in this course. An intensive practicum is an integral part of the methods block.

    Prerequisites
    Admission to Teacher Education Program.

    Credit Hours: 4, plus 1 credit-hr lab
    Notes
    Requires co-requisite enrollment in ELED-402L (Methods Lab) for 1 credit hr.
  
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    ELED 418 - The Teaching of Health and Physical Educaiton, Grades K-5


    This course is designed to equip teacher licensure candidates with the required methods, skills and strategies they need to become effective physical education / health / wellness teachers in the K - 5 classroom.

    Prerequisites
    Admission to Teacher Education Program and SCED-340

    Credit Hours: 2
    Notes
    This course must be taken concurrently with its Secondary Education counterparts, SCED-418 and SCED-418L.

Education – Middle Grades

  
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    EDMG 315 - Foundations of Middle Grades Education


    This course is designed to give the prospective teacher an overview of the theoretical models of middle level education and to provide a broad overview of the historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of the American education system. Students will explore preadolescent and young adolescent characteristics, middle grades teaching, student learning, and organizational characteristics of a middle level school. Twenty hours of tutoring or observations must be completed.

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-199 and EDUC-299.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDMG 340 - Principles of Classroom Instruction - Middle Grades


    A course designed to introduce candidates to the knowledge of methods, skills, and strategies they will need as they become effective teachers in middle level classrooms.  The course unites theory and practice by using the instructional methods of classroom discussion, presentations, and analysis of case studies.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDMG 403 - Middle Grades Methods


    Effective methods and materials for teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, science, math and social studies in the intermediate grades are included in this course. An intensive practicum is an integral part of the methods block.

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-315 or EDMG-315

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDMG 406L - Middle Grades Methods Laboratory


    This course is a co-requisite to the middle grades specialty methods courses. During the specialty methods courses, candidates will spend one-half day in each endorsement area applying the methods, skills, and strategies studies in the specialty methods courses in two middle grades classrooms.

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-315 or EDMG-315, and EDMG-340

    Credit Hours: 1
    Notes
    Students enrolling in EDMG-406L must enroll concurrently in the two Middle Grades Specialty Methods courses appropriate for their endorsement areas.
  
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    EDMG 412 - Middle Grades Social Studies Specialty Methods


    This course focuses on effective methods, skills, strategies, and problems of teaching the social studies in the middle grades. Emphasis is placed on literacy skills and the integrative nature of the curriculum. Other key topics include using technology, changing demographics, integrative curriculum and instruction, and community service. Candidates apply various teaching methods, strategies, and techniques during the associated laboratory experience (EDMG-406L).

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-315 or EDMG-315, and EDMG-340.

    Credit Hours: 2
    Notes
    Requires co-requisite enrollment in EDMG-406L (Middle Grades Methods Laboratory).
  
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    EDMG 413 - Middle Grades English/Language Arts Specialty Methods


    This course focuses on effective methods, skills, strategies, and problems of teaching English/language arts in the middle grades. Emphasis is placed on developing reading and writing skills and the integrative nature of the curriculum. Candidates apply various teaching methods, strategies, and techniques during the associated laboratory experience (EDMG-406L).

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-315 or EDMG-315, and EDMG-340

    Credit Hours: 2
    Notes
    Requires co-requisite enrollment in EDMG-406L (Middle Grades Methods Laboratory).
  
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    EDMG 415 - Middle Grades Mathematics Specialty Methods


    This course focuses on effective methods, skills, strategies, and problems of teaching mathematics in the middle grades. Emphasis is placed on developing mathematical problems, task analysis, learner activities, evaluation procedures, literacy, and the integrative nature of the curriculum. Candidates apply various teaching methods, strategies, and techniques during the associated laboratory experience (EDMG-406L).

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-315 or EDMG-315, and EDMG-340

    Credit Hours: 2
    Notes
    Requires co-requisite enrollment in EDMG-406L (Middle Grades Methods Laboratory).
  
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    EDMG 416 - Middle Grades Science Specialty Methods


    This course focuses on effective instructional strategies for teaching principles associated with the middle school science disciplines. Evidence is placed on planning, science process skills, inquiry-based instruction, hands-on/minds-on activities, improvising materials, demonstrations, assessment technigues, literacy across the curriculum, and the integrative nature of the curriculum. Candidates apply various teaching methods, strategies, and techniques during the associated laboratory experience (EDMG-406L).

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-315 or EDMG-315, and EDMG-340

    Credit Hours: 2
    Notes
    Requires co-requisite enrollment in EDMG-406L (Middle Grades Methods Laboratory).
  
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    EDMG 512 - Middle Grades Social Studies Specialty Methods


    This course focuses on effective methods, skills, strategies, and problems of teaching the social studies in the middle grades. Emphasis is placed on literacy skills and the integrative nature of the curriculum. Other key topics include using technology, changing demographics, integrative curriculum and instruction, and community service. Candidates apply various teaching methods, strategies, and techniques during the Internship I experience.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDMG 513 - Middle Grades English/Language Arts Specialty Methods


    This course focuses on effective methods, skills, strategies, and problems of teaching English/language arts in the middle grades. Emphasis is placed on developing reading and writing skills and the integrative nature of the curriculum. Candidates apply various teaching methods, strategies, and techniques during the Internship I experience.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDMG 515 - Middle Grades Mathematics Specialty Methods


    This course focuses on effective methods, skills, strategies, and problems of teaching mathematics in the middle grades. Emphasis is placed on developing mathematical problems, task analysis, learner activities, evaluation procedures, literacy, and the integrative nature of the curriculum. Candidates apply various teaching methods, strategies, and techniques during the Internship I experience.

    Credit Hours: 2
  
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    EDMG 516 - Middle Grades Science Specialty Methods


    This course focuses on effective instructional strategies for teaching principles associated with the middle school science disciplines. Evidence is placed on planning, science process skills, inquiry-based instruction, hands-on/minds-on activities, improvising materials, demonstrations, assessment technigues, literacy across the curriculum, and the integrative nature of the curriculum. Candidates apply various teaching methods, strategies, and techniques during the Internship I experience.

    Credit Hours: 2

Educational Leadership

  
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    EDLR 510 - Foundations of Educational Leadership


    This course will provide an overview of American public school administration to include basic concepts, policies, practices, and principles of educational leadership at the local, state, and federal levels. Participants will examine the role and responsibilities of school administrators and issues impacting school administration.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 571 - School Finance and Management


    This course examines the fundamental financial management tasks and procedures in an individual school setting. Further, it develops concepts and skills necessary for the quality operation of educational facilities.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 572 - Organizational Theory


    The intent of this course is to study the behavior, structures, and underlying principles of educational organizations.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 573 - Curriculum and Supervision


    Students will gain knowledge and understanding about supervision and curriculum theory and its application to classrooms today.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 574 - Interpersonal Relationships


    This is an introductory, graduate-level course in interpersonal relations and group processes. It surveys a broad range of topics, including communication, power, managing conflict, leadership styles, and others related to the field of study.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 581 - School and Community Relations


    This course will comprehensively examine communication principles and the variety of forces that are involved in school and community relations. Application of essential public relations tools to enhance a school’s mission focused on student learning is a major course objective.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 582 - School Personnel Administration


    This course represents a study of personnel administration in public school systems. The course examines selection, orientation, placement, compensation, transfers, separation, and staff development of instructional and support staff.

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-565.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 585 - Advanced School Law


    This course is designed to acquaint students with emerging legal issues that will affect them in roles as educational decision-makers. Students enrolled in this course are expected to have a working knowledge of school law and the material covered in EDUC-565 or a comparable course.

    Prerequisites
    EDUC-565 or equivalent.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 596 - Education Leadership Practicum


    This course provides students with extensive supervised administrative experiences in local schools in levels PreK – 12.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 610 - School District Leadership


    Desire to obtain certification in school leadershipThis is a course in the theory and practice of organizational leadership skills, tasks, responsibilities and challenges as they are applicable to the school superintendency and other district level administrative positions.

    Prerequisites
    Desire to obtain certification in school leadership

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 667 - The Law of Higher Education


    This course examines legal issues relevant to American colleges and universities to provide students with the fundamental knowledge of higher education law for administrators. Topics include the legal governance of higher education, academic freedom, affirmative action, tort liability, and legal issues pertinent to the faculty and students.

    Prerequisites
    Graduate standing

    Credit Hours: 3
    When Offered
    every spring
  
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    EDLR 671 - School Business Leadership


    This course examines the fundamental financial management tasks and procedures at the school district level; further, it equips students with skills necessary for planning and operating educational facilities.

    Prerequisites
    EDLR 571, equivalent course or permission of instructor

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 681 - School and Community Relations


    This course will comprehensively examine communication principles and the variety of forces that are involved in school and community relations. Application of essential public relations tools to enhance a school’s mission focused on student learning is a major course objective.


    Prerequisites
    Graduate standing

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 682 - School Personnel Administration


    This course represents a study of personnel administration in public school systems. The course examines selection, orientation, placement, compensation, transfers, separation and staff development of instructional and support staff.

    Prerequisites
    Successful completion of EDU 565 or equivalent

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 685 - Advanced School Law


    This course is designed to acquaint students with emerging legal issues that will affect them in roles as educational decision-makers. Students enrolled in this course are expected to have a working knowledge of school law and the material covered in EDUC 565 (School Law) or a comparable course.

    Prerequisites
    Successful completion of EDUC 565 or equivalent.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 690 - Middle School Leadership


    This course is designed to study the historical, sociological, psychological, and philosophical aspects of the middle level school. Discussion and activities focus on the purpose, function, and implications of current thinking regarding the learner, curriculum, and the middle level school. Students will explore middle grades teaching practice and student learning as well as examine the current literature regarding the middle level organization and practice. The goal of this course is to provide candidates with philosophical perspectives and the knowledge needed to provide leadership in supporting or implementing exemplary middle grades practices.


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 691 - Instructional Design


    This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of what instructional design is and how it can effectively be used to improve classroom performance. At the center of this course is the use of a systematic process to design instruction in which every component and the learning environment is integral to success. Candidates will learn that careful planning and design are critical factors to the education enterprise.


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 692 - School Governance: Problems and Issues


    This is an elective course in the Educational Leadership strand of the Ed. S. program.  This course explores issues in educational governance and policy in the United States at the federal, state, and local levels.  There is a special focus on governance and policy development in Tennessee. 


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    EDLR 696 - Practicum in School District Leadership


    This course provides students with extensive supervised administrative experiences in local schools in levels PreK – 12. 


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    HEDS 500 - Higher Education Environments


    This course covers the history and current state of the diverse organizational structures within higher educational settings.      

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    HEDS 501 - Research and Program Evaluation in Higher Education


    This course covers research theory, statistical methods and assessment techniques as used in the field of college student development.

    Credit Hours: 3

  
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    HEDS 510 - College Student Development Apprenticeship


    Supervised fieldwork in approved institutional placements. Interns will gain competence in core areas of advising, mentoring, assessment, consultation and professional functioning.  

    Prerequisites
    Pre- or co-requisite: COUN-514

    Credit Hours: 3
 

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