Teacher Education: General Science

About the Concentration

Bachelor of Science Degree: 181.5 quarter credits
Certification is for grades 7 - 12

This certification option within the BS in Teacher Education is a well-rounded program incorporating biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Students may also choose to pursue a second certification in any of the other certification areas. A sample plan of study is available.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, visit the School of Education website.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
HIST 280History of Science: Ancient to Medieval3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience2.0
Free Electives21.0
English (ENGL) course between 200-3293.0
Science Requirements
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
ENVS 270History of Life on Earth4.0
ENVS 272Physical Geology4.0
ENVS 284 [WI] Physiological and Population Ecology3.0
ENVS 285 [WI] Population Ecology Laboratory2.0
ENVS 286Community and Ecosystem Ecology3.0
ENVS 390Marine Ecology3.0
PHEV 145Weather I: Climate and Global Change4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 131Survey of the Universe3.0
Science, Technology and Human Affairs Elective (see program advisor)6.0
Pedagogy Requirements
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar3.0
EDUC 113Organizational Structure of Secondary Schools3.0
EDUC 123Adolescent Development3.0
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 223Teaching the Middle School Child3.0
EDEX 244Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students3.0
EDUC 258Reading in the Content Areas3.0
EDUC 265Instructing English Language Learners3.0
EDEX 266Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-123.0
EDUC 305Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 310Computer Applications in Teaching3.0
EDUC 315Secondary Science Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 322Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
EDUC 325Multimedia in Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
Student Teaching Experience
EDUC 410 [WI] Student Teaching9.0
Total Credits180.0


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


General Science Concentration: Plan of Study

 

4 YR UG Co-op Concentration

Term 1Credits
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 2
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 113Organizational Structure of Secondary Schools3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 3
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 123Adolescent Development3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
EDEX 244Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
EDUC 223Teaching the Middle School Child3.0
EDUC 265Instructing English Language Learners3.0
ENVS 270History of Life on Earth4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 6
EDUC 258Reading in the Content Areas3.0
EDUC 305Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
ENVS 284 [WI] Physiological and Population Ecology3.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 7
EDUC 322Evaluation of Instruction3.0
ENVS 272Physical Geology4.0
ENVS 285 [WI] Population Ecology Laboratory2.0
PHYS 131Survey of the Universe3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
EDUC 310Computer Applications in Teaching3.0
EDUC 315Secondary Science Teaching Methods3.0
ENVS 286Community and Ecosystem Ecology3.0
PHEV 145Weather I: Climate and Global Change4.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
EDEX 266Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-123.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
HIST 280History of Science: Ancient to Medieval3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 10
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
ENVS 390Marine Ecology3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
Science, Technology and Human Affairs Elective (See degrees requirements list)3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
EDUC 325Multimedia in Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 410 [WI] Student Teaching9.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 12
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
English (ENGL) course between 200-3293.0
Science, Technology and Human Affairs elective (See program advisor) 3.0
Free Electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 180.0


Courses

EDUC 101 Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective 3.0 Credits

In this course students are introduced to pedagogical and philosophical concepts, theories, methods and procedures in the historical context of education in America. Students develop an understanding of how schools work and of the teaching/learning dynamic through required mentoring activities.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 102 Foundations in Education II: Contemporary Issues 3.0 Credits

In this course students continue their exploration into the pedagogical and philosophical concepts, theories, methods and procedures in the context of contemporary education in America. Students develop an understanding of how schools work and of the teaching/learning dynamic through required mentoring activities.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 105 Freshman Pedagogy Seminar 1.0 Credit

Education majors only. Addresses observation skills focusing on classroom dynamics, i.e., what is teaching/learning, changing roles of teachers, learning styles, study skills, mentoring, journal writing/analysis, and the use of portfolios.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for NaN credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EDUC and classification is Freshman.

EDUC 112 Integrative Instruction: Focus on World Geography 3.0 Credits

Through the study of geography, encourages students to find a meaningful framework for understanding the system of human culture as it exists over the surface of Earth. Explores the use of technology in education.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EDUC.

EDUC 113 Organizational Structure of Secondary Schools 3.0 Credits

Students will explore the organizational structure of high school programs and acquire competence in designing learner-oriented communities of practice in the classroom to foster student achievement and overall well-being.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDUC 123 [Min Grade: D]

EDUC 115 Reasoning about Numbers and Quantity (4-8) 3.0 Credits

Students will investigate number and quantity concepts, state and national teaching standards and appropriate pedagogical approaches to teaching such topics as; quantities, place value, whlel number, fractions and additive reasoning.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 120 Child Development I: Typical Development 3.0 Credits

This course addresses the multifaceted complexities of child development, through discussion of classic and emerging theories. Students will recognize and apply developmental domains of theory and research in the field of child development.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 121 Child Development II: Atypical Development 3.0 Credits

Students will apply knowledge of typical growth and development in childhood to those children whose development is atypical. Key topics include newborn screening, patterns in development and cognitive testing. This course requires additional field experience hours.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDUC 120 [Min Grade: D]

EDUC 123 Adolescent Development 3.0 Credits

This course addresses the complexities of adolescent development, through discussion of theories. It uses research-based, real-world, and cross-cultural examples. It aims to foster the student’s ability to recognize and apply connections among developmental domains, theory, and research with the field of human development. This course requires additional field experience hours.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 201 Instructional Issues 3.0 Credits

This course explores and offers in-depth analysis of relevant theories relating to contemporary application of instructional issues, systems and design. The purpose is to provide theoretical, experimental and critical perspectives on instructional issues and design as it is applied in a number of educational venues.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 203 Design of Instructional Materials 3.0 Credits

This course provides an examination of instructional materials and their use in instructional programs for topics of their choosing. Discussion of current media and instructional equipment for effectiveness, specification and purchasing is included.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 205 Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar 1.0 Credit

Education majors only. Builds on the freshman seminar and incorporates service learning as an instructional strategy.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for NaN credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EDUC and classification is Pre-Junior or Sophomore .

EDUC 210 Early Language Development 3.0 Credits

Provides preservice teachers an overview of language development in the early years of a child’s life from birth to age five, in the home and school settings. Topics include; phonological awareness, acquisition of phonetic knowledge, semantic understanding and syntactic use. This course requires additional field experience hours.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 216 Diversity and Today's Teacher 3.0 Credits

This course explores major issues related to the increasing diversity of students in elementary and secondary classrooms in the United States. The multifaceted challenges of teaching heterogeneous student populations.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 223 Teaching the Middle School Child 3.0 Credits

This course will explore the middle school environment, developmentally appropriate middle school programs, strategies for supporting students through the transition to middle school, and the impact of peer pressure on the middle school child. The course requires the candidate to apply theories learned in EDUC 123: Adolescent Development to the classroom setting.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDUC 123 [Min Grade: D]

EDUC 236 Early Literacy I 3.0 Credits

This course examines research-validated literacy instruction and literacy interventions. Topics will include phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and the reading-writing connection. Emphasis is placed on the scio-cultural aspects of reading. Focus is also placed on literacy instruction across the curriculum.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 240 Proportional Reasoning in Middle School 3.0 Credits

This course provides middle grade teachers with key mathematical ideas of proportional reasoning. Topics explored in this course include: measurement, quantities, relative thinking, unitizing, sharing and comparing, reasoning up and down, and rational number interpretations.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 256 Teaching Writing Grades 4-8 3.0 Credits

This course prepares the candidate to teach and assess writing effectively in grades 4-8. Formative and summative assessments in multi-genre writing will be learned and applied, including the use of Writing Folders and Portfolios.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 257 Content Area Reading (Grades 4-8) 3.0 Credits

This course prepares the pre-service teacher to teach and assess adolescents who are learning to read across multiple subject areas in grades 4-8. Students will explore textbooks, trade books, electronic texts and internet resources. Additional field experience hours are required for this course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 258 Reading in the Content Areas 3.0 Credits

This introductory course is designed to help all (7-12) teacher candidates improve their students’ reading, writing, research and discussion skills in school and for lifetime learning. The course will focus on important formats and strategies for learning to read and write well and to learn in any subject.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 265 Instructing English Language Learners 3.0 Credits

This course explores principles and theory of second language and literacy acquisition, billingualism, academic language competence and linguistics, and instructional approaches based on these principles. This course requires additional field experience hours.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 284 Teaching Life Science in the Middle School 3.0 Credits

Course designed to provide the developing middle grades teacher with skills to introduce life science content topics to middle school children, assess children’s content knowledge, and develop a variety of hands-on strategies, effective pedagogy, and activities, mini-labs, and conceptual problems that can be implemented in middle grade classrooms.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (BIO 161 [Min Grade: D] and BIO 162 [Min Grade: D]) or (BIO 102 [Min Grade: D] and BIO 104 [Min Grade: D])

EDUC 285 Teaching Physical Science in the Middle School 3.0 Credits

This course provides the developing candidate with an introduction to how content topics inclduing physical and chemical changes and properties of matter, motion and forces, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism are taught and assessed in the middle school. Candidates learn how to implement activities such as mini-labs and conceptual problems in the middle school setting.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 286 Teaching Earth & Space Science for Middle School 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide an introduction to how content topics of earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes, earth’s atmosphere/weather and climate are taught and assessed in the middle school. Students will learn how to design age appropriate activities for the middle school setting.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 292 Science Methods for Middle School 3.0 Credits

This course examines planning science instruction to include inquiry and integrated concepts, developing authentic assessments, involving a variety of tools, creating and maintaining a safe laboratory and a learning environment that meets the needs of diverse learners in science education. This course requires additional field experience hours.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDUC 284 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 285 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 286 [Min Grade: D]

EDUC 301 Introduction to Personalized Systems of Instruction 3.0 Credits

The student should be coaching or tutoring while taking this course. Covers the theory and practice of the Personalized System of Instruction and the Heuristic Diagnostic Learning approach. Includes emphasis on empowering students in teaching and learning by studying coaching strategies, instructional strategies, learning styles, student-coach interactions, current research, and applying PSI. Requires three hours per week of service comprised of one-to-one academic coaching. Students keep a weekly log of their coaching activities and a reflective journal about the academic coaching experience.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 302 Advanced Seminar In Personalized Systems of Instruction 3.0 Credits

An advanced seminar for students with coaching experience. Covers content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and curricular knowledge issues; management of students and problems encountered in coaching; instructional planning design; and issues such as individual differences in learning and motivation. Students maintain a weekly journal of their teaching experience and engage in a critical analysis of their teaching/coaching experiences.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDUC 301 [Min Grade: B]

EDUC 305 Junior Pedagogy Seminar 1.0 Credit

Education majors only. Continues further exploration of relationships among service learning, content knowledge, pedagogy knowledge, learner characteristics utilizing generic influences, special needs students, and motivation techniques.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for NaN credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EDUC and classification is Junior.

EDUC 306 Assessment of Young Children I 3.0 Credits

Students will gain an understanding of the role of the assessment process in early education. Students will explore evaluation procedures and classroom-based data collection strategies for young children in inclusive education settings. Course covers 3 major functions of assessment: program planning, program monitoring and program evaluation.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 307 Assessment of Young Children II 4.0 Credits

This course will provide candidates with an in-depth view of formal and informal evaluation procedures for young children and their families. Such procedures will be explored in the context of the function of assessment; screening, diagnosis/eligibility, program planning, and program evaluation.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDUC 306 [Min Grade: D]

EDUC 308 Creating a Positive Classroom Climate 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the practical aspects of classroom management, school safety and other critical social issues that relate to providing a positive and productive learning environment, particularly in under-served classroom settings. Specific focus in this course will be dedicated “knowing the learner”, identifying individual student needs, building rapport and constructing a “democratic classroom”. Additional emphasis will be placed on teacher leadership and how each pre-service candidate will develop his/her own approach to leading and managing a PK-12 classroom.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 310 Computer Applications in Teaching 3.0 Credits

Studies the unique characteristics of the microcomputer as an instructional tool in elementary and secondary school instruction. Provides students with an understanding of the instructional versatility and limitations of microcomputing through hands-on experience with applications in their subject-matter fields. Addresses issues concerning techniques for integrating computing into instruction.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 311 Computer Applications in Curriculum Development 3.0 Credits

This course presents major instructional design concepts that students will use in developing their own curricular materials. It describes various kinds of teacher-developed instructional tools in relation to appropriate instructional task or learning environment.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDUC 310 [Min Grade: B]

EDUC 312 Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to the complexities of the law and policy that shape public schooling in the U.S. Emphasis is placed on how education law and policy impact and are impacted by teachers’ evolving roles, relationships, and practices. Additionally, the course provides students with foundational information and tools they will need in order to advocate, as teachers, for students and for themselves.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 314 Science Teaching Methods 3.0 Credits

This course bridges theory and practice, providing hands-on experience in the application of constructivist learning theory to designing and delivering effective classroom experiences in the area of science.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 315 Secondary Science Teaching Methods 3.0 Credits

Methods for teaching middle and secondary school science are explored including strategies and technologies to support student learning as defined by the state and national science standards. Inquiry-based model of learning and assessment emphasized. Theory and practice bridged to provide hands-on experiences in application of constructivist learning theory and effective classroom experiences.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 316 Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0 Credits

This course enables students to understand the complex conditions that have led to issues that impact urban education. The course will explore recent reform efforts focused on changing the organizational structure and curriculum. Specific emphasis will be placed on the teacher’s disposition towards the learner, the impact of racism and knowledge and skills related to teaching in urban settings. This course will introduce historical references for the current condition of urban schools as well as the aspects of teaching that lead to a classroom of respect and rapport for the urban learner and his/her family.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 317 Math Methods and Content: Early Childhood 3.0 Credits

Students will know and effectively deliver standards-based academic math content, based on age appropriate understanding, and individual and groups needs including a respect for the unique needs of all types of learners. This course requires additional field experience hours.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: EDUC 217

EDUC 318 Math Methods & Content 3.0 Credits

Course emphasizes diagnostic instruction in mathematics by allowing students to complete problems that their students will be expected to work, noting the error and correction process, as well as gaining an awareness of student difficulties in mathematics.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 319 Teaching Secondary Mathematics 3.0 Credits

This course emphasizes the major issues in learning and teaching mathematics in the secondary school. Topics will include instructional practices, learning theories, philosophies of assessment, and curriculum in the secondary school. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the appropriate use of technology.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 320 [WI] Professional Studies in Instruction 6.0 Credits

This course offers field placement with practitioners in classroom environments appropriate to the student's certification area to provide instruction and experience in methodology, classroom management, and the opportunity to apply results of current research on effective teaching. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

EDUC 321 Non-Field Experience Professional Studies in Instruction 3.0 Credits

Study of learning and developmental theories, developmental reading and reading in the content areas, student motivation, and the interrelationships among diverse populations within the school setting, and identification of instructional resources.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 322 Evaluation of Instruction 3.0 Credits

Permits students to acquire competence in new evaluation techniques, including portfolios, journals, performance assessments, individual and collaborative projects, and presentations. Covers qualitative and quantitative assessment used in measuring student achievement. Teaches techniques for grading and reporting pupils' classroom performance in cognitive, affective, and (where appropriate) motor tasks. The course is directed toward instruction in elementary and high school settings.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

EDUC 323 [WI] Diagnostic Teaching 4.0 Credits

Requires students to integrate and apply theories of learning, curriculum, and pedagogy to instruction and heuristic diagnostic teaching. Focuses on the individual learner. Covers processes involved in learning mathematics and science in particular, and studies their applications in relation to individual differences among learners. Emphasizes developing strategies that prevent learning problems. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: EDUC 320 [Min Grade: B]

EDUC 324 Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction 3.0 Credits

Examines the theories and assumptions underlying various approaches to instruction for elementary and high school teaching. Included are areas such as a) knowledge acquisition and critical reasoning in mathematics and science, b) teaching general and specific skills as related to content material, c) study skills and abilities to learn, and d) the roles of memory and metacognition in learning. Explores these processes of human cognition and learning with particular attention to how conditions that foster them might be built into materials, pedagogy, and learning environments.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 325 Multimedia in Instructional Design 3.0 Credits

Imparts skills in selecting, using, and evaluating a range of instructional media, including interactive multimedia formats, in relation to educational goals and learner characteristics. Emphasizes presentation skills when using a variety of media to deliver instruction. Students design and write a software prototype as a group design project.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: EDUC 310 [Min Grade: B]

EDUC 326 [WI] Language Arts Processes 3.0 Credits

Studies the nature of language, including phonetic, semantic, and syntactic aspects of language development, and theories of language development. Applies contemporary research to processes and problems in teaching oral and written communication. Assumes that listening, speaking, writing, and reading in the content area are integrated processes and should be taught as such. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

EDUC 327 Learning Disabilities 3.0 Credits

Course will address issues such as definition of learning disability, various types of learning disabilities and the general approaches to the assessment and treatment of learning disabilities.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 328 Language Arts Processes 4-8 3.0 Credits

This course develops knowledge and competencies for teaching adolescent literacy in grades 4-8. Students will use supportive contexts, diverse texts, ongoing assessments, and technology to engage learners in developing self-directed, life-long literacy skills across all disciplines.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 335 Engaging the Learner 3.0 Credits

This course provides multiple approaches to the critical linked processes of assessment, curriculum development, and inclusive instruction of all young children. Topics of study include: planning and preparation, using appropriate materials, scope and sequence and strategies for student-centered assessments.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 336 Early Literacy II 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on teaching strategies that are effective in developing students’ writing abilities within a literacy rich environment. The interrelationship between reading and writing will be emphasized. Additional field experience hours are required for this course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDUC 236 [Min Grade: D]

EDUC 337 Learning Disabilities II 3.0 Credits

The focus of this course is to teach teachers how to manage instruction for students with special needs in the inclusive classroom. Inclusion of students with special needs is now the norm. The course will address curricular and instructional modifications and the use of technology in addressing learning needs. Legal issues pertaining to special education law will be a critical component.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 338 Expressive Arts for PK-4 3.0 Credits

The focus of this course is to teach educators to develop and incorporate relevant curriculum for the expressive arts (dance, music, theatre and visual arts) into the PK-4 classroom(s). Students will explore instructional strategies, modern technologies, stages of artistic development and multicultural art forms.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 355 Social Studies Teaching Methods 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the effective, responsbile and ethical teaching of social studies in the elementary classroom. Topics include; perspectives of social studies, curriculum standards, unit development, assessment design, integrated curriculum and technology, and teacher decision-making.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 356 Secondary Social Studies Methods 3.0 Credits

Students will be able to identify content and appropriate pedagogy strategies for the various National Council for the Social Studies disciplinary standards for history, geography, civics, economics and psychology. Major curriculum movements and teaching diverse learners are also explored. Classroom-based experiences are required.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 405 Senior Pedagogy Seminar 1.0 Credit

Education majors only. Focuses on the teacher as a researcher. Presents descriptions of collaborations between university faculty and faculty from K-12 schools and discusses student involvement in learning and pedagogy issues.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for NaN credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EDUC and classification is Senior.

EDUC 409 Student Teaching Seminar I 9.0 Credits

This course is part one of a two-course requirement specifically aligned with the teacher candidate’s full-time, twenty-four week Student Teaching experience. The course is designed to develop one’s teaching knowledge and strengths through classroom practice, supervision and reflective practice. In this seminar, students will share experiences through reflective journaling, discuss best practices in instruction, learn about resources, reflect on what is being encountered in the field and begin to construct professional teaching portfolios. Through this course candidates will be evaluated according to the four domains of effective teaching and learning, which include; planning and preparation, instructional delivery, the classroom environment and professionalism.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 410 [WI] Student Teaching 9.0 Credits

A 12-week field experience that approximates full time classroom teaching and related activities; it is designed to allow the candidate to demonstrate competencies necessary for certification. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: EDUC 323 [Min Grade: B]

EDUC 411 Family and Community Partnerships 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the process of family assessment and intervention, issues of family and professional collaboration and diversity, and methods of promoting adult communication and management strategies. It applies knowledge of socio-cultural and political contexts as they relate to the family, culture and society.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 412 [WI] Student Teaching 12.0 Credits

A 12-week field experience that approximates full-time classroom teaching and related activities; it is designed to allow the candidate to demonstrate competencies necessary for certification. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EDUC and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: EDUC 323 [Min Grade: B]

EDUC 414 Special Education: Field Placement Seminar 9.0 Credits

This course is designed to develop special education teaching knowledge, skills and abilities through field placement, supervision and reflective practice. Activities include; journaling, best practice workshops and reflecting on relevant case studies.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDUC 142 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 244 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 346 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 347 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 348 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 349 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 350 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 351 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 352 [Min Grade: D] and EDUC 353 [Min Grade: D]

EDUC 416 Introduction to Math Teaching Methods (4-8) 3.0 Credits

This course provides an introduction to learning and teaching mathematics to students in grades 4-8. Emphasis will be on fundamental ideas of number, operation and measurement. This course requires additional field experience.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 417 Advanced Math Teaching Methods (4-8) 3.0 Credits

In this course, students will view mathematics from the perspective of a teacher; how to represent topics to learners in meaningful ways, analyze a learner’s reactions to mathematics instruction, and how to select activities that allow the learners to construct meaning, rather than memorize rules and procedures. This course requires additional field-based hours.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EDUC 416 [Min Grade: D]

EDUC 428 Cultural and Historical Significance of Mathematics 3.0 Credits

This course provides mathematics content and pedagogy for the teacher preparation program. Course is part of a state approved certification program.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 432 Algebraic Reasoning 3.0 Credits

This course provides middle school teachers with mathematical ideas of algebraic reasoning. Topics include understanding of multiplicative reasoning, integer addition and rational multiplication as algebraic operations, identity and inverse properties. Emphasis will be placed on the processes of thinking, doing, explaining writing and revising.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 433 Functions in Middle School Math 3.0 Credits

This course is structured to introduce specific content knowledge using a variety of activities and conceptual problems that can be implemented in the middle school classroom. Emphasis will be placed on the process of thinking, doing, explaining, writing and revising mathematics.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 436 Distance Learning 3.0 Credits

This course is intended to address issues surrounding distance learning and pedagogy, and help teachers become more intelligent creators of, more informed participants in, and all-around better users of distance education tools.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EDUC 475 Special Studies in Teacher Education 12.0 Credits

Covers various topics of particular interest to teacher education students.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

EDUC 499 Independent Study in Teacher Education 0.5-12.0 Credits

Covers various topics of particular interest to teacher education students, explored individually under guidance from instructional team member.

College/Department: School of Education
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

Education Faculty

W. Edward Bureau, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Director of the Sacramento EdD. Clinical Associate Professor. Leadership, supervision, and capacity development.
Holly Carpenter, PhD (Arizona State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Higher education policy development and implementation, community college/university articulation, and online education.
José Luis Chávez, EdD (University of Southern California.) Program Coordinator for the MS in Higher Education Program at the Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento. Clinical Professor. Higher education leadership and administration.
Ellen Clay, PhD (University of Southwestern Louisiana). Auxiliary Assistant Professor. Professional development opportunities for teachers in the area of mathematics and mathematical thinking.
Rebecca Clothey, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Director, Higher Education Program. Auxiliary Assistant Professor. Comparative and international education, education of ethnic and linguistic minorities, sociology of education.
Marion Dugan, EdD (University of Pennsylvania). Auxiliary Associate Professor. Language arts, student teaching.
Stephen C. Ehrmann Associate Clinical Professor. Learning technologies, learning science, assessment, evaluation, and professional development strategies, used to help educators make visible improvements in programmatic learning outcomes.
Salvatore V. Falletta, EdD (North Carolina State University) Director of the Human Resource Development (HRD) program at Drexel University.. Associate Clinical Professor. Human Resource intelligence (i.e., HR research and analytics practices); HRD assessment, measurement, and evaluation models and taxonomies; organizational diagnostic models; web-based employee and organizational survey methods, and computational modeling.
Aroutis N. Foster, PhD (Michigan State University). Assistant Professor. Educational psychology and educational technology, especially the following: Motivation; Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK); Immersive Interactive Digital Environments (simulation, games, virtual realities.
Kathy Geller, PhD (Fielding Graduate University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational leadership and management.
Rajashi Ghosh, PhD (University of Louisville, Kentucky). Assistant Professor. Mentoring and leader development, workplace Incivility, workplace learning and development.
John M. Gould, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Harrisburg EdD Educational Leadership & Change Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Change leadership, curriculum re-design, the impact of technology on learning.
Mary Jo Grdina, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Auxiliary Assistant Professor. Undergraduate studies, science education, curriculum design.
Dominic F. Gullo, PhD (Indiana University). Professor. Studying the relative and long-range effects of early schooling experiences in prekindergarten and kindergarten on children's achievement and social adaptation to school routine.
Elizabeth Haslam, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Auxiliary Associate Professor. Educational field coordinator, instructional design, qualitative evaluation, writing across the curriculum.
Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro, MFA, PhD (University of Oregon). Assistant Professor. Educational administration.
Kristine Lewis, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Professor. Experiences of students of African descent at predominantly white colleges and universities, college access and college student development, youth civic engagement in urban school reform, qualitative research and evaluation.
William Lynch, PhD (University of Maryland) Dean, Goodwin College of Professional Studies. Professor. Curriculum and educational leadership, educational technology, distance learning policy development, higher and adult education.
Sonya Martin, PhD (Curtin University, Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Perth, Australia). Assistant Professor.
Michel Miller, PhD (University of Miami, Florida). Auxiliary Assistant Professor. Special education.
Sarah P. Reynolds, EdD (Saint Joseph’s University) Program Director. Associate Clinical Professor. Emphasis in cross-cultural, language and academic development.
Ellen B. Scales, PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Auxiliary Assistant Professor. Literacy, mathematics education, special education.
Jason Silverman, PhD (Vanderbilt University.) Director of the Program in Mathematical Learning and Teaching. Assistant Professor. Teaching and learning of advanced mathematical ideas (algebra and calculus); improving teachers' ability to orchestrate and sustain inquiry-based and discussion-based instruction; technology in mathematics education.
David A. Urias, PhD (University of Virginia). Assistant Professor. International education, educational assessment, the influence of corporate philanthropy on higher education.
Sheila Vaidya, PhD (Temple University) Associate Director of Research and Outreach Programs. Associate Professor. Educational psychology, school psychology, research design.
Charles A. Williams, PhD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Prevention of school-aged violence.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Barbara Jean Hoekje, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Director of English Language Center. Associate Professor. Sociolinguistic theory, discourse analysis, applied linguistics (language teaching, learning, and testing).
Fredricka K. Reisman, PhD (Syracuse University) Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation. Professor. Mathematics education, learning mathematics, mathematics pedagogy, teacher education, heuristic diagnostic learning and teaching, theory and research in creativity and applied creativity.
Patricia Henry Russell, MS (Drexel University). Teaching Professor. Probability and statistics.

Emeritus Faculty

Francis Harvey, EdD (Harvard University). Professor Emeritus. Enhanced learning, socio-cultural learning, distance education.
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