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EDUCATIONAL STUDIES (EDS)

Course Descriptions


EDS 402/502  Cr.2

Field Experience I - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

This course is the first field experience in a school environment. Candidates will be introduced to professionalism, classroom management, and conflict resolution. Candidates will plan and teach lessons within the designated developmental range. Prerequisite: admission to a DES graduate program; EDS 710; to be taken concurrently with EDS 512 and EDS 513. Slash course EDS 402/502.   Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS 405/505  Cr.2

Field Experience I - Early Childhood-Adolescence/Early Adolescence-Adolescence

This course covers the first field experience in a school environment. Candidates will be introduced to professionalism, classroom management, and conflict resolution. Candidates will develop and teach lessons within the designated developmental range. Prerequisite: admission to a DES graduate program; EDS 710; to be taken concurrently with EDS 406/506. Slash course EDS 405/505.   Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS 406/506  Cr.4

Teaching for a Diverse Society-Early Adolescence-Adolescence/Early Childhood-Adolescence

A general methods course which introduces the EA-A and EC-A candidates to a range of knowledge, skills, and dispositions regarding the context of classroom practice. A central focus of the course is preparing students to work with children from diverse language, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Candidates will investigate current research on exemplary educational practice in the middle and high school setting, with particular attention to issues related to promoting learning for all students. Prerequisite: admission to a DES graduate program; EDS 710; to be taken concurrently with EDS 405/505. Slash course EDS 406/506.   Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS  508  Cr.3

Foundations of Literacy for Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

This course focuses on the theoretical background of literacy. Candidates will become familiar with effective approaches to literacy instruction. Candidates will also gain an understanding of evaluation processes used to determine quality literature. Emphasis will be given to critical literacy perspectives including effective practices from multicultural and multilingual literacy perspectives. Prerequisite: admission to a DES graduate program; passing PPST scores.  Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS  511  Cr.3

Curriculum & Pedagogy for Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

The course is designed to consider the nature of a teaching profession, the use of standards in a profession, and responsibilities of PK-12 educators. The role of schools in society will be examined along with the history and politics of school curriculum. Possible levels of curriculum use in schools from knowledge reproduction to curriculum integration will be discussed. Culturally responsive teaching and conflict resolution will be emphasized. Prerequisite: admission to a DES graduate program; passing PPST scores.   Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS 412/512  Cr.5

Teaching Language & Literacy-Early Childhood-Middle Childhood or Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

This course focuses on applications of best practices from research and from multicultural, multilingual, and critical literacy perspectives. It includes a field experience in an elementary classroom, in which students will observe and teach literacy lessons. Prerequisites: Admission to a DES Graduate Program; EDS 710, 508 and 311/511; to be taken concurrently with EDS 402/502, 413/513. Slash course EDS 412/512. Prerequisite: EDS 508, EDS 511, EDS 710; to be taken concurrently with EDS 502, EDS 513; admission to a DES graduate program.  Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS 413/513  Cr.3

Teaching Social Studies-Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

This course is designed to provide teacher candidates with basic understanding of curriculum content, instructional methods and materials, and assessment strategies in social studies for children in kindergarten through middle school. Prerequisite:  Admission to a DES graduate program; EDS 710, 308/508, 311/511; to be taken concurrently with EDS 402/502, 412/512. Slash course EDS 413/513.   Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS 421/521  Cr.3

Teaching General Science Methods-Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

This course is designed to introduce teacher candidates to current methods and practices for teaching general science education, including issues of environmental topics. Candidates will explore the need for elementary sciences within their teaching areas. Methods facilitate investigations regarding the nature of science as a discipline for instruction and assessment for student learning. Diversity and gender issues in science education are studies emphasized. Slash course EDS 421/521. Prerequisite: EDS 402/502; a grade of 'C' or better in MTH 125; to be take concurrently with EDS 522 and 545; admission to a DES graduate program.  Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS 422/522  Cr.2

Teaching Mathematics Methods-Early Childhood-Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

This course is designed to provide teachers candidates with basic understanding of curriculum content, instructional methods and materials, and assessment strategies in mathematics for children in preschool through middle school. Teacher candidates will examine the scope and sequence of PK-8 mathematics standards documents as well as explore models for short and long term instructional planning. Candidates will use assessment data to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of individual students that may include response to Intervention planning and Professional Learning communities. Prerequisite: EDS 402/502; a grade of 'C' or better in MTH 125 or MTH 135 and MTH 136; to be take concurrently with EDS 521 and 545; admission to a DES graduate program.  Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS 445/545  Cr.2

Field Experience II - Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

This course is the second field experience in a school environment. Candidates will further develop their professionalism, classroom management techniques, and conflict resolution skills. Candidates will develop and teach lessons including units of instruction as well as building and maintaining the classroom environment within the designated developmental range. Prerequisite: Undergraduate: EDS 402; to be taken concurrently with EDS 421 and 422; Graduate: admission to a graduate program and EDS 502; to be taken concurrently with EDS 521 and 522. Slash course EDS 445/545. Prerequisite: admission to a DES graduate program and EDS 502; to be taken concurrently with EDS 521 and 522.  Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS 450/550  Cr.2

Field Experience II-Early Childhood-Adolescence, Early Adolescence-Adolescence

This course is the second field experience in a school environment. Candidates will further develop their professionalism, classroom management techniques, and conflict resolution skills. Candidates will develop and teach lessons including units of instruction as well as building and maintaining the classroom environment within the designed developmental range. Slash course EDS 450/550. Prerequisite: admission to a DES graduate program; EDS 505; to be taken concurrently with EDS 551.  Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS 451/551  Cr.3

Contemporary Literacy Secondary Learners-Early Childhood-Adolescence/Early Adolescence-Adolescence

This class prepares students to experience literacy foundations from traditional and electronic text formats in a global information society. The search for meaning is shaped by language competencies applied in local, national, and international settings. The purpose of this class is to engage learners in the acquisition of skills and processes to facilitate literacy growth in traditional content areas at the middle and high school students. Slash course EDS 451/551. Prerequisite: admission to a DES graduate program; EDS 505; to be taken concurrently with EDS 550.  Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS 460/560  Cr.3

Transescent Education

This course is designed to provide an overview of educational services that are appropriate for students in middle level grades. The historical and philosophical bases for transescent education are surveyed. Major components of this course include the organization and administration of middle schools, curricular areas often found in middle level education, transescent students (ages 10-14), management, teacher/advisory programs, and family and community relations. Additional attention will be given to current issues in transescent education. Lect. 3, Lab. 1. Slash course EDS 460/560. Prerequisite: Admission to a DES graduate program; EDS 402/502 or EDS 405/505.  Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS  710  Cr.3

Comparative Studies of Education

This course introduces students to foundational issues in public education from a global perspective. After exploring the philosophical, historical, socioeconomic and political dimensions of public education in the United States. The course will include study of educational traditions, educational policy and school reform in select countries around the world on a comparative basis. The concept of the educated person provides an essential orientation for cross-cultural analysis. Prerequisite: admission to DES graduate program.  Offered Annually.


EDS  780  Cr.1 - 3

Contemporary Issues

This course engages students in the examination of a current issue impacting public education and the teaching profession through the integration of focused research, debate, and writing. The issue under study may change each term depending on the importance and currency of the problem. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3. Prerequisite: EDS 402/502 or EDS 405/505; admission to a DES graduate program.  Offered Fall, Spring.


EDS  792  Cr.1

Culminating Field Experience Seminar

This seminar course is designed to deepen students' critical thinking regarding issues of educating children, professionalism, conflict resolution, and classroom management. This course is taken during the student teaching semester. Prerequisite: admission to a DES graduate program; to be taken concurrently with EDS 493, EDS 494 or EDS 495. Registration occurs through the Office of Field Experience only.   Offered Fall, Spring.