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ECED 215 FOUNDATIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION [+]
Introduction to educational programs serving children ages birth to 8 years. Considers early childhood history, programs, models and belief systems. Attention given to professional ethics and current trends and issues. Field experience required. Three hours per week.
ECED 251 COLLABORATION AND COOPERATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMUNITIES [+]
Emphasizes family-school-community partnerships that promote children's ability to develop and learn. Examines family systems and their roles in the development of young children. Explores many of the challenges faced by today's diverse families and identifies collaboration and involvement practices to meet their needs. Focuses on ethical behavior and professional responsibilities as they relate to young children, their families and communities. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisites: Declared early childhood education or double major. Must be taken the semester prior to applying to the Professional Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: ELED 202. Three hours per week.
ECED 324 PRIMARY CURRICULUM I [+]
Explores the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and health for first through third grades. Emphases include an integrated approach, family connections and child development principles. Focus is on the creation of effective learning environments for diverse learners through the examination of content, methods, materials and assessment. Field experience required. Prerequisites: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program, ECED 215. Three hours per week.
ECED 325 PRIMARY CURRICULUM II [+]
Explores the teaching and learning of social studies, creative arts and movement for grades first through third through an integrated approach with an emphasis on family and child development principles. Focus is on the creation of effective learning environments for diverse learners through the examination of content, methods, materials and assessment. Field experience required. Prerequisites: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program, ECED 215. Three hours per week.
ECED 327 INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN [+]
Develops intervention tools and strategies that optimize the learning potential and well-being of young children in inclusive early childhood settings. Emphasis on collaborative efforts of educators, family and community agencies. Field experience required. Prerequisites: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program, ECED 215. Three hours per week.
ECED 352 INTEGRATED READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS BIRTH-AGE 4 [+]
Introduces nurturing, teaching and engaging of children in language acquisition and literacy processes in homes and early childhood settings. Designed for early childhood education candidates. Content deals with language development, reading, writing, speaking, listening, visualizing and visually representing for infants, toddlers and young children. Theoretical frameworks focus on brain development and early literacy research. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ECED 356 PLAY AND CREATIVITY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION [+]
Emphasizes the value of play and creativity in young children ages birth through 8. Provides a means of experiencing how and why play is essential to children's social, cognitive, physical and emotional development. Explores the development of children's creativity and its relationship to play. Addresses the importance of high-quality and meaningful play and creative experience that are integral to developmentally appropriate practice in the early childhood classroom. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisites: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Early Childhood Major Prerequisites: 305/302, ELED 317, 397, ECED 352. Double Major Prerequisites: ELED 302, 320, 340, 350, 398. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ECED 366 INTEGRATING EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM [+]
Explores the goals and methods for integrating an early childhood curriculum to include social studies, mathematics, science and creative arts that focus on the needs of children birth through age 5. Develops skills related to understanding, planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate, evidence-based curriculum for young children. Emphasis is on understanding young children's developmental stages and developing appropriate learning opportunities, interactions and environments that support each child. Includes clinical experiences. Double Major Prerequisites: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program, ELED 302, 320, 340, 350, 398. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ECED 451 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOMS [+]
Introduces and explores mathematics teaching as it relates to children birth through grade 3. Attention is given to developmentally appropriate instructional strategies that align with state and national standards. Focuses on pedagogical strategies that promote conceptual understandings and the use of materials that are theoretically and developmentally appropriate for the learning of mathematics. Emphasizes research, diversity, assessment, technology, literacy and mathematics integration. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisites: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program, ECED 356, ELED 302, 320, 350, 398. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ECED 452 TEACHING SCIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOMS [+]
Introduces and explores the principles of science education with appropriate methodology and pedagogy that focus on the needs of children birth through grade 3. Attention is given to developmentally appropriate practices and inquiry teaching methods that align to national standards. Special emphasis is given to conceptual learning, cognitive experiences, assessment, research, technology and use of instructional materials that are related to the learning of young children theoretically, developmentally and practically. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisites: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program, ECED 356, ELED 302, 320, 350, 398. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ECED 453 TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOMS [+]
Introduces different modes of disciplinary inquiry compatible with social studies instruction. Teacher candidates develop skills in understanding, planning, delivering and assessing instruction with a focus on sociocultural development and classroom management. Course objectives and activities are based on the College, Career and Civic Life four-stage model of inquiry from the National Council for the Social Studies and align with Maryland state standards for early childhood social studies. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisites: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program, ECED 356, ELED 302, 320, 350, 398, completion of General Education Group IIIB. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ECED 455 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CLINICAL PRACTICE I [+]
Engages in full-time clinical experience with designated mentors in Professional Development School (PDS) sites, progressively assuming the lead-teacher role in the classroom while planning and co-teaching with the mentor. Direct supervision under the direction of a mentor teacher and University supervisor. One, eight-week, full-time, supervised clinical experience in a school. Clinical practice in pre-primary (pre-K or K) or primary (grades 1-3) grade levels. Early Childhood Major Prerequisites: ELED 410, 499, ECED 451, 452, 453, admission to Clinical Practice. Double Major Prerequisites: ELED 403, 405, 406, 410, admission to Clinical Practice. Corequisite: ELED 411. Minimum of 30 hours per week for eight weeks. (P/F)
ECED 456 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CLINICAL PRACTICE II [+]
Engages in full-time clinical experience with designated mentors in Professional Development School (PDS) sites, progressively assuming the lead-teacher role in the classroom while planning and co-teaching with the mentor. Direct supervision under the direction of a mentor teacher and University supervisor. One, eight-week, full-time, supervised clinical experience in a school. Clinical practice in pre-primary (pre-K or K) or primary (grades 1-3) grade levels. Prerequisites: ELED 410, 499, ECED 451, 452, 453, 455, admission to Clinical Practice. Corequisite: ELED 411. Minimum of 30 hours per week for eight weeks. (P/F)

ELED 201 INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING [+]
Provides a comprehensive orientation to the teaching profession. The theoretical content and field-based experience help candidates gain an informed overview of the dimensions of public education in the United States. Examine and critique historical, philosophical and intellectual foundations of the American education system that includes school organization and governance, ethical and legal matters, social roles, curriculum, major trends, and current educational issues. Develop a broad understanding of teaching certification and licensure and reflect on personal interests in a teaching career. One hour per week.
ELED 202 TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION [+]
Emphasizes the role of technology for teaching and learning in pre-K-6 classrooms. Provides experiences with computer-based and mobile applications. Explores traditional and emerging technologies that enhance the learning experience for students, including digital images, video, Internet and interactive technologies as a means of developing meaningful learning experiences. Addresses Maryland state technology standards for teachers as well as national technology standards for teachers and students. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisites: Declared elementary education, early childhood or double major. Must be taken during semester prior to applying to the Professional Teacher Education Program. Early Childhood and Double Major Corequisite: ECED 251. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 302 INTEGRATED READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS GRADES K-3 [+]
Introduces the teaching of language acquisition and literacy processes for education candidates. Includes language development, word recognition, vocabulary and comprehension through the integrated language arts of reading, writing, speaking, listening, visualizing and visually representing. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Early Childhood and Double Major Prerequisites: ECED 352, ELED 305/202, 317, 397. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 305 LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT FOR DIVERSE CLASSROOMS [+]
Examines concepts, principles, theories and research related to the teaching and learning of children in grades pre-K-6. Focuses on research as it relates to learning theories, cognitive processes, motivation and learner differences. Explores formative and summative assessment strategies to support, verify and document student learning and improve teacher performance. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 309 CLASSROOM VISITATIONS [+]
Students in either the elementary and early childhood Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) must take ELED 309 along with any 300-level methods classes, unless the student is enrolled in ELED 409. Students who are taking 400-level PTEP classes but are not taking ELED 409 also sign up for ELED 309 concurrently with those classes. ELED 309 involves students in school field placement in which they make classroom observations and/or take part in other professional activities (e.g., team planning) that are appropriate to the methods classes being taken concurrently. Plan to spend at least one hour per week in classroom observations and/or professional activities at field placement for each methods class being taken. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: Any of the following elementary professional education courses: ELED 310, 311, 312, 313, 316, 317, 408*, 415*, 416*, 427* (*unless enrolled in ELED 409).
ELED 310 LANGUAGE ARTS INSTRUCTION [+]
Introduces the processes of communication and strategies for promoting growth in these areas in the elementary and middle school. Emphasis on language acquisition, oral and written language development, viewing, diverse language learners, and the relationship of language proficiency to literacy development. Field experiences and reflective evaluation included. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Co-requisite: ELED 309. Three hours per week.
ELED 316 READING INSTRUCTION [+]
Introduction to balanced literacy instruction. Includes developmentally appropriate word recognition and comprehension strategies, activities, materials and programs coupled with organization and grouping procedures to maximize literacy learning for diverse populations. Field experiences and reflective evaluations included. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Co-requisite: ELED 309. Three hours per week.
ELED 317 INTEGRATING AESTHETIC EXPERIENCES INTO TEACHING AND LEARNING [+]
Introduces aesthetic educational theory as it relates to the aims, curriculum, organization and teaching/learning of the arts (music, drama, dance and visual arts). Presents a basic working knowledge of the arts and the pedagogical strategies used to implement and integrate the arts into and through the pre-K-6 curriculum. Emphasis is placed on state and national standards and curricular integration. A focus is placed on theories that ground creative arts instruction, research-based benefits that are shown to improve academic achievement, and pedagogical strategies that focus on hands-on learning and creativity development. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 320 TEACHING DIVERSE LEARNERS [+]
Introduces core concepts and contemporary perspectives in the field of special education. Explores important topics that include the history of special education, current legislation, personnel and procedures, collaboration with parents/guardians and service providers, and needs of diverse learners, including English Language Learners and those who are gifted and talented. Identifies, applies and critiques effective research-based instructional approaches to teaching learners who have different needs. Incorporates realities of inclusive practices and provides opportunities for candidates to triangulate and reflectively apply course content through clinical experiences. Emphasizes the development of a professional disposition that values human differences. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Early Childhood and Double Major Prerequisites: ECED 352, ELED 305/202, 317, 397. Elementary Major Prerequisites: ELED 302, 305/202, 317, 397. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 330 INTEGRATED READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS GRADES 3-6 [+]
Introduces the teaching of language and literacy processes for grades 3-6. Designed for elementary teacher education candidates. Covers content related to continued development of language and vocabulary, and comprehension though the integrated language arts of reading, writing, speaking, listening, visualizing and visually representing. Apply knowledge of reading and writing strategies, as well as oral language development, to design and implement lessons and teaching activities. Analyze and respond to classroom situations considering different aspects of diversity and how it is framed within the schooling system. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Elementary Major Prerequisites: ELED 302, 305/202, 317, 397. Double Major Prerequisites: ECED 352, ELED 302, 305/202, 317, 320, 340, 350, 397, 398. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 340 BUILDING CLASSROOM COMMUNITY [+]
Examines philosophical, theoretical and practical models of classroom management to develop positive learning communities and manage student behavior. Includes assessing stages of group development, analyzing use of classroom space, establishing rules and procedures, communicating effectively with stakeholders, monitoring dimensions of wellness and resiliency, and applying best strategies to create a classroom management plan. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Elementary Education Prerequisites: ELED 302, 305/202, 317, 397. Double Major Prerequisites: ECED 352, ELED 305/202, 317, 397. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 350 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN [+]
Emphasizes knowledge necessary for an appreciation and understanding of children's literature, its historical development, major genres in the field, contemporary issues, debates about children and literature written for them, and the literacy terms relevant to the study of literature written for children. In addition to reading critically acclaimed works of both fiction and nonfiction, examine poetry, folklore and digital stories and the relationship between graphic narrative and text. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Early Childhood and Double Major Prerequisites: ECED 352, ELED 305/202, 317, 397. Elementary Major Prerequisites: ELED 302, 305/202, 317, 397. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 390 STUDIES IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION [+]
Focused study of a particular topic, trend and/or issue relevant to elementary education. May be taken twice under different course titles. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
ELED 397 DIVERSITY AND THE SELF [+]
Reviews theories and aspects of cultural competence most relevant to teaching in diverse classrooms. Explores the ideals of freedom, democracy, justice, equality, equity and human dignity from the perspective of the individual. Provides experiences that heighten candidates' diversity awareness and sensitivity. Examines different kinds of beliefs, attitudes, values and practices that foster cultural and linguistic competence at the individual level. The instructor may use different medium to study the topic. One hour per week.
ELED 398 DIVERSITY AND THE FAMILY [+]
Reviews theories and aspects of cultural competence most relevant to teaching in diverse classrooms. Explores the ideals of freedom, democracy, justice, equality, equity and human dignity from the perspective of the family. Provides experiences that heighten candidates' diversity awareness and sensitivity. Examines different beliefs, attitudes, values and practices that foster cultural and linguistic competence at the family level. The instructor may use different medium to study the topic. One hour per week.
ELED 403 TEACHING SCIENCE IN ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS [+]
Introduces dimensions of science instruction that facilitate student learning in elementary schools. Attention is given to the skills necessary for placing learners in the position of investigator, planning and teaching inquiry-based lessons, and conducting formative and summative assessment. Emphasis is on aligning to state and national science education standards and initiatives, such as STEM education and environmental literacy. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Elementary Major Prerequisites: ELED 320, 330, 340, 350, 398. Double Major Prerequisites: ECED 356, 366, ELED 330, 499. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 405 TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS [+]
Selection, organization, presentation and assessment of meaningful social studies learning experiences for elementary and middle school students. Attention given to technology, literature, and local resources that support learning in diverse classroom settings. Field experiences and reflective evaluations included. Prerequisites: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program; ELED 310, 316, 317, EDUC 318. Co-requisite: ELED 309. Three hours per week.
ELED 406 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS [+]
Emphasizes the teaching of mathematics to students in grades 1-6. Focuses on developmentally appropriate instructional strategies that align to national standards and promote conceptual understandings. Attention is placed on the teaching and learning of mathematics as it relates to research, theory, pedagogy, content, diversity, assessment, technology, literacy and integration. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Elementary Major Prerequisites: ELED 320, 330, 340, 350, 398. Double Major Prerequisites: ECED 356, 366, ELED 330, 499. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 409 INTERNSHIP VISITATION [+]
Students in either the elementary and early childhood Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) must take ELED 409 in a semester immediately prior to or following the semester in which ELED 401 and 402 are taken. ELED 409 is considered part of the student's professional internship. Spend at least one full day per week in classroom observations and/or professional activities at the field placement, as well as additional days during University breaks. Keep the same in-school hours as professionals in placement (i.e., with respect to contracted arrival and departure times, and out-of-school meetings such as parent conferences). Accrue and log at least 20 days of internship during ELED 409. This time should be in full-day increments as much as possible, and no less than half-day increments may be counted. Time spent in the field placement for ELED 409 may not be counted concurrently with ELED 309. If ELED 309 and ELED 409 are taken in the same semester, the two field placement time commitments must be scheduled and logged separately. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: Any of the following elementary professional education courses: ELED 408, 415, 416, 427, when taken as part of the 20-day internship block. Six hours per week.
ELED 410 LITERACY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION [+]
Introduces and applies formal and informal literacy assessment tools that can be used to make appropriate instructional decisions for learner differences. Includes information and practices in administering research-based intervention strategies for early literacy, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and writing. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Early Childhood Major Prerequisites: ECED 356, ELED 302, 320, 350, 398. Elementary Major Prerequisites: ELED 320, 330, 340, 350, 398. Double Major Prerequisites: ECED 356, 366, ELED 330, 499. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 411 CLINICAL PRACTICE SEMINAR [+]
Complements student teaching internship for elementary education/early childhood/double education majors. Integrates theory and practice, facilitates the process of learning to reflect upon one's teaching, and provides support for candidates making the transition from teacher candidate to professional educator. Meets at school sites on a schedule to be announced as part of SU's Professional Development School partnership. Includes clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Early Childhood Prerequisites: ECED 451, 452, 453, ELED 410. Elementary Major Prerequisites: ELED 403, 405, 406, 410, 499. Double Major Prerequisites: ELED 404, 405, 406, 410. Early Childhood Major Corequisites: ECED 455, 456. Elementary Major Corequisites: ELED 421, 422. Double Major Corequisites: ECED 455, ELED 421, 423. Three hours per week with enhancement.
ELED 419 TEACHING MUSIC AND READING IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL [+]
Techniques for teaching music and reading content in preschool through grade 6. Emphasis on vocal, instrumental and general music. Comprehensive overview of creative activities utilizing music/reading materials and their application to the elementary school curriculum. Offered for undergraduate credit. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: ELED 309. Three hours per week.
ELED 421 ELEMENTARY EDUCATION CLINICAL PRACTICE I [+]
Engages in full-time clinical experience with designated mentors in Professional Development School (PDS) sites, progressively assuming the lead-teacher role in the classroom while planning and co-teaching with the mentor. Direct supervision under the direction of a mentor teacher and University supervisor. One, eight-week, full-time, supervised clinical experience in a school. Clinical Practice in lower (grades 1-3) or upper elementary (grades 4-6) grade levels. Prerequisites: ELED 403, 405, 406, 410, 499, admission to Clinical Practice. Corequisite: ELED 411. Minimum of 30 hours per week for eight weeks. (P/F)
ELED 422 ELEMENTARY EDUCATION CLINICAL PRACTICE II [+]
Engages in full-time clinical experience with designated mentors in Professional Development School (PDS) sites, progressively assuming the lead-teacher role in the classroom while planning and co-teaching with the mentor. Direct supervision under the direction of a mentor teacher and University supervisor. One, eight-week, full-time, supervised clinical experience in a school. Clinical Practice in lower (grades 1-3) or upper elementary (grades 4-6) grade levels. Prerequisites: ELED 403, 405, 406, 410, 421, 499, admission to Clinical Practice. Corequisite: ELED 411. Minimum of 30 hours per week for eight weeks. (P/F)
ELED 423 DOUBLE EDUCATION MAJOR CLINICAL PRACTICE [+]
Engages in full-time clinical experience with designated mentors in Professional Development School (PDS) sites, progressively assuming the lead-teacher role in the classroom while planning and co-teaching with the mentor. Direct supervision under direction of a mentor teacher and University supervisor. One, three-week, full-time supervised clinical experience in a school. Clinical practice in upper elementary (grades 4-6) grade level. Prerequisites: ELED 403, 405, 406, 410, admission to Clinical Practice. Corequisite: ELED 411. Minimum of 30 hours per week for three weeks.
ELED 430 DIRECTED TEACHING IN MUSIC IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL [+]
Student teaching experience in all aspects of the elementary school music curriculum at several grade levels under the direction of public school music teacher, with supervision from the University staff. Includes observation and participation in the classroom as well as actual teaching and other activities and duties normally performed. Prerequisites: Completion of courses in the music concentration through the third year, ELED 419, SCED 429, written approval of the Music Department, admission to Professional Teacher Education Program. (P/F)
ELED 441 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION INTEGRATED CURRICULUM I [+]
Study of materials and methods for teaching language arts to kindergarten and pre-kindergarten level children. Emphasis on curriculum planning, use of space, class management and lesson planning. Prerequisites: EDUC 440 and admission to professional teacher education program. Three hours per week.
ELED 442 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION INTEGRATED CURRICULUM II [+]
Study of materials and methods for teaching science, social studies and math readiness to kindergarten and pre-kindergarten level children. Emphasis on curriculum planning, room design, class management, lesson planning, field trip planning and professional development. Prerequisites: EDUC 440 and admission to professional teacher education program. Three hours per week.
ELED 499 DIVERSITY AND THE COMMUNITY [+]
Reviews theories and aspects of cultural competence most relevant to teaching in diverse classrooms. Explores the ideals of freedom, democracy, justice, equality, equity and human dignity from the perspective of the community. Provides experiences that heighten candidates' diversity awareness and sensitivity. Examines different kinds of beliefs, attitudes, values and practices that foster cultural and linguistic competence at the Community level. The instructor may use different medium to study the topic. One hour per week.