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    Course Descriptions as of September 2013  

    EDUC 1210 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
    (Same as PSYC 3400.) Introduction to theories and applications of principles of learning, motivation, and measurement to education. Topics include: Learning-centered and teacher-directed approaches to instruction, theories of intelligence, exceptionality, and accommodating instruction to meet individual learners needs, creativity, assessment, and the uses of technology to facilitate learning are investigated. Prerequisite: PSYC 1107.

    EDUC 2130 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (2 credits)
    Introduction to early childhood education (birth-grade 2). Study of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and aesthetic development in young children. Developmentally appropriate practices, classroom management and guidance, parent involvement, assessment, and reporting. Approaches to learning, including behaviorist, maturationist, constructivist, brain-based learning, and the Project Approach. Adapting instruction for learners with diverse needs. Case studies, problem solving, role playing, team research, and hands-on activities are among the learning strategies incorporated into this interactive course with an introduction to CCLS/NYSS in Early Childhood Education.

    EDUC 2130L Fieldwork with Young Children (1 credit)
    Field experience in an early childhood classroom to accompany Foundations of Early Childhood Education includes observation and active participation one morning (two hours) per week, with an additional hour to complete 25 hours of fieldwork in addition to written assignments. Corequisite: EDUC 2130.

    EDUC 2133 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education I (2 credits)
    An examination of language acquisition and early literacy development. Discussions will focus on important ideas, trends, and thinking about language acquisition and reading, as well as connected issues such as parenting, socialization processes, literate societies, and underlying causes of deficits/delays in children’s language and reading. Developmental lags as they related to literacy will be addressed as well as early intervention. The nature of this course is that topics overlap and issues will reoccur and become integrated in a broader framework of understanding language and literacy development, and in particular, how the teacher contributes to the process of different learning styles and children’s developmental progress. CCLS/NYSS will be explored. Prerequisite: EDUC 2130. Corequisite: EDUC 2133L.

    EDUC 2133L Language and Literacy in Early Childhood I: Fieldwork (1 credit)
    Field experience with children in an early childhood classroom to accompany Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education I. Students observe and actively participate in instruction one morning (two hours) per week., for 12 weeks with an additional hour to complete 25 hours of fieldwork including written assignments. Supervision by classroom teacher and course instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 2133.

    EDUC 2134 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood II (2 credits)
    Examination of multitude of theories, instructional strategies and teaching materials related to developmental reading instruction for grades K-2.Students will focus on aspects of literacy and link theory with practice. Materials and strategies for teaching work analysis, vocabulary development and comprehension skills connecting reading, writing, speaking and listening. The use of fiction and nonfiction trade books and the design of integrated curricula. Teaching literacy to English language learners and special populations for remediation and enrichment. Formal and informal assessments. Internet applications as a resource in literacy instruction. CCLS/NYSS will be explored and demonstrated in classroom assignments. Corequisite: EDUC 2134L.

    EDUC 2134L Language and Literacy in Early Childhood II: Fieldwork (1 credit)
    Experience in teaching reading and writing in grades K -2 Intensive work with individual children and small groups in a public school high needs school one morning (two hours) per week and an additional hour to complete the 25 fieldwork hours. Supervision by classroom teacher and course instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 2134.

    EDUC 2138 Math and Science in Early Childhood Education (2 credits)
    Examines basic principles underlying the development and planning of the integration of mathematics, science, and technology in the early childhood curriculum. Through discussion, workshops, small group work, and use of manipulatives, students explore number operation, patterns, geometry, and measurement. CCLS/NYSS will be explored as it relates to math in the early years. Observing, classifying, and comparing are used to demonstrate the scientific process. Prerequisites: EDUC 2130, MATH 3810. Corequisite: EDUC 2138L.

    EDUC 2138L Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Fieldwork (1 credit)
    Experience with children in an early childhood classroom to accompany The Integrated Curriculum: Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Education. Students observe and actively participate in a classroom one morning (two hours) per week with an additional hour to complete the fieldwork hours per semester. Supervision by classroom teacher and course instructor. Corequisite: EDUC 2138.

    EDUC 2201 Classroom Instruction and Management (3 credits)
    An introduction to models and methods of classroom instruction and management for diverse educational settings. Required for Education minors and Jewish education concentrators. EDUC elective for majors.

    EDUC 2300 Introduction to Elementary (Childhood) Education (3 credits)
    Survey of learning, teaching, and schooling for children (grades 1 to 6) from historical, philosophical, sociological, political, and cross-cultural perspectives. Analysis of conceptions of teachers, schools, and learners based on students’ own experiences as learners and as represented in fiction, visual art, and films. Includes 36 hours of classroom observations in urban classrooms. Required of all prospective elementary education majors.

    EDUC 2301 Language and Literacy in Elementary (Childhood) Education I (3 credits)
    Exploration of theoretical models and empirical studies related to the sequential development of language acquisition and literacy. Instructional strategies and classroom environments facilitating success in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The role of literature in the development of literacy. Formal and informal assessments of learning. Instructional issues and methods for teaching English language learners. Exposure to methods of reading/writing remediation and enrichment for special populations. Students perform 12 hours of fieldwork in classrooms (grades 1 to 6) incorporating New York State English Language Arts Standards, Common Core Learning Standards, and Balanced Literacy components. Prerequisite: EDUC 2300 or permission of the instructor.

    EDUC 2302 Language and Literacy in Elementary (Childhood) Education II (3 credits)
    Continuation of Language and Literacy in Elementary (Childhood) Education I. Study and analysis of the linguistic and educational contexts of literacy. Instructional strategies, components, and classroom environments that facilitate success within the language arts (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in grades 1 to 6. The use of fiction and nonfiction trade books and the design of integrated curricula. Teaching literacy to English language learners and special populations for remediation and enrichment. Formal and informal assessments. Internet applications as a resource in literacy instruction. New York State Learning Standards and Common Core Learning Standards integrated throughout. Students perform 12 hours of supervised fieldwork in elementary school settings.

    EDUC 2303 Teaching Social Studies (Grades Pre-K to 6) (3 credits)
    Concepts, methods, and strategies for teaching social studies according to NYS Learning Standards at the elementary level. Approaches to thematic and interdisciplinary curriculum planning, multicultural education, research, history, economics, civics, geography, field trips, and current events with diverse student populations.

    EDUC 2304 Mathematics Methods and Curriculum for Elementary Teachers (3 credits)
    Strategies for mathematics instruction and classroom activities with diverse student groups. Exploration of current issues and trends in mathematics education, including the role of technology. Applications to language arts, social studies, science, and the arts. Ten to twelve additional hours of fieldwork. Prerequisite: MATH 1010.

    EDUC 2305 Senior Fieldwork and Seminar in Elementary Education (Grades 1 to 6) (3 credits)
    Supervised one-on-one and small-group instructional contact, three hours per week. Placements include a high-needs school. Weekly discussion seminar addresses issues relating to the field experience, including mathematics and literacy methodology, observation and documentation techniques, classroom management, student diversity, lesson planning and curriculum design, and assessment. Students begin preparing professional portfolios documenting their development as teachers. New York State Learning Standards and Common Core Learning Standards integrated throughout.

    EDUC 2307 Teaching Science in Elementary Schools (3 credits)
    Basic concepts in contemporary science curricula. Examination of NYS Learning Standards in Science for grades 1 to 6. Instructional techniques, materials, hands-on activities, technological applications, and curriculum design for diverse student populations.

    EDUC 2807 Literature of Pedagogy (3 credits)
    An exploration of classic and contemporary texts grounded in the experiences of teachers and teaching. Introduces students to core tenets of educational policy, practice and philosophy.

    EDUC 2890 The Arts in Education (3 credits)
    Required for Early Childhood. Elective for Elementary. A survey of concepts and methods for infusing classrooms with arts-based learning experiences. Analysis of the role of the arts in human experience and in promoting creative thinking. Students participate in music, dance, theater, and visual art activities and discuss how to adapt these experiences for children. Sessions with Lincoln Center Institute and Yeshiva University Museum included.

    EDUC 2930 Senior Seminar in Elementary Education (3 credits)
    For elementary education student teachers. Analysis of the student-teaching experience. Topics include promoting student motivation, classroom management strategies, student diversity, working with parents and school personnel, trends in educational reform, and sources for professional development, including Internet resources. Students create a professional portfolio documenting their development as teachers over the course of the program. Corequisite: EDUC 2940.

    EDUC 2935 Senior Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
    In-depth reflection and critical analysis of the student-teaching experience, classroom management strategies, student diversity, working with parents and school personnel, trends in educational reform, and sources for professional development, including Internet resources. Skills for career planning. Continued discussion of how CCLS/NYSS are addressed in classrooms.Corequisite: EDUC 2945.

    EDUC 2940 Elementary/Childhood Student Teaching (6 credits)
    Full time student teaching under the supervision of a certified teacher and a faculty supervisor. Students plan and implement whole class instruction in two school placements, one in a grade 1 to 3 classroom and one in a grade 4 to 6 placement. Corequisite: EDUC 2930.

    EDUC 2945 Early Childhood Student Teaching (6 credits)
    Full time, active involvement in two early childhood classrooms (pre-K to K and grades 1-2). Students plan and implement developmentally appropriate lessons addressing CCLS/NYSS under the supervision of the classroom teacher and faculty supervisor. Corequisite: EDUC 2935.

    EDUC 3020 Assessment of Students in the Classroom (3 credits)
    Pupil assessment: rubrics, goals, procedures, interpretation. Performance assessments, portfolios, formal and informal tests, conferences, and other strategies.

    EDUC 3035 Educational Leadership and Supervision (3 credits)
    Introduces students to fundamental concepts and theories of educational leadership and supervision. Topics include models of leadership, characteristics of educational organizations, women and leadership, decision making, change theory, community building, and communication practices.

    EDUC 3045 Play: Life and Learning (3 credits)
    Explores the power of play and its impact on social, emotional and cognitive development across the lifespan. Through the review of current research, observations and participation in play, students will study essential elements of play in life and in learning.

    EDUC 4001 Society and Populations with Special Needs (3 credits)
    This course focuses on the changing role of special-needs populations and their relationship to society. The concept of disability, historical treatment of people with special needs, the growth of the special education movement, and personal/cultural perspectives are covered.

    EDUC 4003 Education of Exceptional Children (3 credits)
    Introduction to the education of children with special developmental and learning needs; concepts of cognitive modifiability; survey of prevailing and preferred educational practices for children significantly handicapped by physical, sensory, neurological, intellectual, and affective problems. Workshop on assistive technology; field observation in a self-contained special education facility. Prerequisite: either PSYC 1010, a minimum of 6 credits in EDUC, or permission of the instructor.

    EDUC 4004 Evaluation for the Exceptional Child (3 credits)
    Emphasis on the educators role as observer and evaluator of status and change in school behavior and achievement; concepts of process and product; normative and criterion measures of perceptual, motor, cognitive, and social-affective performance; application to the Individual Education Program required by Public Law 94142. Field experience in a special-education setting. Prerequisite: a minimum of 6 credits in EDUC or permission of the instructor.

    EDUC 4025 Problems in Special Education (3 credits)
    Addresses problems of definition, diagnosis, and questionable therapies in special education. Topics include ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, vision therapy, and reading disabilities. Students learn to recognize these problems and research them.

    EDUC 4061 Special Education Methods: Applied Behavioral Analysis (3 credits)
    A comprehensive and critical presentation of the theory, research, and methodology of Applied Behavior Analysis, with emphasis on improving learning, attention, and social behavior of children with special needs. Field observation in a special education facility.

    EDUC 4210 Curriculum Analysis and Adaptation (3 credits)
    An introduction to the complexities of a teacher’s involvement in curricular issues. Methods of curriculum analysis and adaptation applied to investigations of prepared curricula and the design of curriculum materials. Students conduct an in-depth, field-based study in a curriculum area of their choice.

    MATH 1010 Excursions in Mathematics (3 credits)
    This course is intended for non-science majors and Education majors. Several topics will be taught in depth from the following list: Sets of numbers, geometry, elements of probability and statistics, consumer mathematics, linear programming.

    PSYC 1010 Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
    One semester survey of topics in experimental methodology, biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, cognition, development, personality, assessment, and abnormal and social psychology. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level psychology courses.

    PSYC 1107 Developmental Psychology: Life Span (3 credits)
    Introduces the student to the theory, empirical research, and applied issues in developmental psychology from conception to old age. Focus on cognitive, personality, social, and emotional aspects of development as well as on values and moral behavior. Special emphasis on stability and change throughout the life span in each of these areas. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010.

     

    EDUC 4901, EDUC 4902 Independent Study
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    EDUC 4930, EDUC 4931 Selected topics in Education (3 credits)

    EDUC 4935, EDUC 4936 Topics in Special Education (3 credits)

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