Elementary EducationPaul Burden, Chair
Professors Burden, Fallin, Heller, and Staver; Associate Professors Hancock, Herrera, Perl, and Shroyer; Assistant Professors Allen, Bay-Williams, K. Holen, and Norton-Meier; Emeriti: Bloomquist, Brookhart, Kellstrom, Kurtz, McAnarney, Schell, Smith, and Trennepohl.
The Department of Elementary Education offers a four-year program leading to licensure in the elementary school with the option of adding a middle-level endorsement. The studies for the bachelor's degree include three areas: general education, professional education, and area of concentration.
Elementary education courses
EDEL 220. Orientation to Elementary/Middle School. (1) I, II. Orientation to the undergraduate elementary/middle school teacher preparation program including field experiences and general information relative to the education profession.
EDEL 300. Principles of Elementary Education. (3) I, II. An overall view of the foundations of the elementary school: organization, management, history, philosophy, purpose, curriculum trends, and pupil characteristics. Includes 40 hours of supervised field experiences. Pr.: EDEL 220.
EDEL 379. Elementary/Middle-Level Physical Education Methods. (2) I, II. Materials, techniques, and programs in physical education suitable for the developmental levels in the elementary and middle school. Two contact hours required and two hours of lab per week. Pr.: Sophomore standing and EDEL 220.
EDEL 405. Middle-Level Education. (3) I. This course provides an overview of the characteristics of middle schools; the social, psychological, and physical characteristics of early adolescent development; middle-level curriculum; ways to organize for instruction; and the teacher's role in the guidance of students at the middle level. Cross-listed with EDSEC 405. Pr.: Admission to teacher education.
EDEL 420. Block A Clinical Experience. (1) I, II. Application of media/technology, mathematics, and science methods at the elementary/middle school level. Pr.: Admission to teacher education and conc. enrollment in EDEL 470, 473, and EDETC 318.
EDEL 430. Block B Practicum. (1) I, II. A field experience designed to give students opportunities in applying teaching methods in language arts, reading, and social studies. Pr.: Admission to teacher education and conc. enrollment in EDEL 471, 472, and 474.
EDEL 469. Physical Education in Elementary Schools. (3) I, II. Methods of teaching and organization of materials in a progression for an elementary physical education program. Pr.: Admission to teacher education, KIN 206, and at least two courses from the elementary physical education specialization.
EDEL 470. Elementary/Middle-Level Science Methods. (3) I, II. An introduction to the principles and methods of teaching science in the elementary and middle school, including the nature of science, student learning, curriculum, instructional methods and activities, equity issues, and student assessment. Pr.: Admission to teacher education.
EDEL 471. Elementary/Middle-Level Language Arts Methods. (3) I, II. An introduction to the content, methods, and materials of the elementary and middle school language arts curriculum, which encompasses oral language, listening, reading, and writing. Pr.: Admission to teacher education.
EDEL 472. Elementary/Middle-Level Social Studies Methods. (3) I, II. Methods and resources for teaching social studies in elementary and middle schools with the goal of helping elementary and middle school students develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an independent world. Pr.: Admission to teacher education.
EDEL 473. Elementary/Middle-Level Mathematics Methods. (3) I, II. The teaching of mathematics in the elementary and middle school, including the nature of mathematical processes, curriculum, methods of instruction, instructional materials, and the evaluation of outcomes. Pr.: Admission to teacher education.
EDEL 474. Elementary/Middle-Level Reading Methods. (3) I, II. An introduction to the objectives, content, methods, and resources of the total reading program in the elementary and middle school. Pr.: Admission to teacher education.
EDEL 502. Independent Study in Education. (1-3) I, II, S. Selected topics in professional education. Maximum of 3 hours applicable toward degree requirements. Pr.: Consent of department head.
EDEL 585. Teaching Participation in the Elementary School. (Var.) I, II. Observation and teaching participation under the direction of selected elementary teachers. Pr.: EDEL 300, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, and admission to student teaching. Conc. successful completion of EDEL 600 required.
EDEL 600. Reading with Practicum. (3) I, II. Supervised observation and teaching of reading in approved school classrooms. Pr.: EDEL 474 or teaching experience. May not apply to reading specialist endorsement.
EDEL 700. Introduction to Bilingual/ESL Education. (3) I, S. This course focuses on the history and foundations of bilingual education, as well as an in-depth examination of contemporary programming models and trends in bilingual education. The dynamics of bilingualism at the individual, system, and societal level will also be an emphasis of study. Pr.: Junior standing.
EDEL 714. Reading and the Bilingual Child. (3) II, S. The course will focus on appropriate instructional literacy and reading skill development among second language learners. A particular emphasis will be the development of literacy skill among students whose dominant language is other than English. Pr.: Junior standing/target language proficiency.
EDEL 717. Corrective Reading Instruction. (1-3) On sufficient demand. Supervised tutoring of children with reading difficulties. Not open to students with credit in EDEL 847. Pr.: Student teaching experience.
EDEL 720. Foreign Language Methods for Elementary Schools. (3) On sufficient demand. Methods of teaching and organization of materials for the foreign language program in the elementary school. Pr.: Educational Psychology II, 24 hours in the foreign language and advanced oral proficiency, and conc. enrollment in either Preprofessional Lab (DED 100, 1 cr.) or FLES Practicum (EDEL 502, 1-3 cr.).
EDEL 730. ESL/Dual Language Methods. (3) I, S. An exploration of contemporary approaches, methods, and strategies for the appropriate instruction of second language learners. Also provided is a foundational perspective on ESL/dual language approaches, including the communicative, cognitive, and grammatical. Pr.: Junior standing.
EDEL 731. ESL/Dual Language Linguistics. (3) I. Explores the theoretical underpinnings of language acquisition and linguistics that educators need to understand, in order to better plan appropriately adapted curriculum and instruction for second language learners. The course encompasses problematic aspects of English language learning, the ways in which languages may differ, and certain universal aspects of language. Pr.: Junior standing.
EDEL 739. Environmental Education. (1-3) On sufficient demand. The selection, adaptation, and development of environmental education K-12 curriculum materials; procedures for an integrated curricular implementation; the selection of appropriate instructional strategies. Pr.: A course in environmental studies.
EDEL 742. ESL/Dual Language Assessment. (3) II, S. An in-depth examination of key issues/challenges in the appropriate language assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Among focal topics in theory, research, and practice discussed will be pre- and post-instructional assessment, authentic and alternative assessment, language testing, and placement for programming in ESL/dual language classrooms. Pr.: Junior standing.
EDEL 745. ESL/Dual Language Practicum. (3) I, II. The practicum is a portfolio-based experience providing the student with application experiences in ESL/dual language methods, assessment, and multicultural competence as well as the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of second language acquisition. Students will be required to spend 60 hours in a school setting where they can practice and implement ESL/BE lessons/methodology. Pr.: EDEL 730, 731, 742, and EDCIP 733.
EDEL 750. Contemporary Curriculum and Technology Connections. (3) S. Contemporary curriculum and educational technology theories, methods, and models are examined and connections are developed for instruction and professional development. Specific methodological and technological skills are combined and applied to enhance student learning. Internet access and e-mail are required. Cross-listed: Elementary education and secondary education.
EDEL 755. Tradebooks in Elementary/Middle Schools. (3) II, S. This course examines the use of children's literature in the K-8 literacy classroom. It focuses on recently published books in several literary genres. Pr.: Student teaching experience.
EDEL 758. Reading/Writing Connections. (3) S. This course examines teaching language arts in an integrated manner, exploring the relationships between reading and writing from a developmental perspective. Teaching methods for a holistic environment are highlighted. Pr.: Student teaching experience.
EDEL 760. Teachers as Researchers. (3) I. This course introduces the theoretical and practical dimensions of classroom-based action research about curriculum and instruction topics, and students conduct an action research project. Pr.: Instructor permission. Cross-listed as EDEL 760 and EDSEC 760.
EDEL 768. Enhancing Instruction Through Technology. (3) I, S. Ways to use technology in instruction are examined as a means to enhance teacher presentations and student interpretations, teacher and student access to information, and professional communication. Pr.: Student teaching experience. Cross-listed as EDEL 768 and EDSEC 768.
EDEL 779. Primary School Education. (3) On sufficient demand. A course for those interested in the kindergarten and primary school child. Emphasis will be placed on curriculum development, pertinent research, and innovative practices in early education. Pr.: FSHS 110.
EDEL 780. Kindergarten Education. (3) On sufficient demand. A specialized study of the kindergarten in the American school: methods and materials for working with the kindergarten child, including communication and explanation skills and readiness for reading. Pr.: FSHS 110, EDEL 300, and junior standing.
EDEL 795. Problems in Education. (Var.) I, II, S. Independent study of a specific problem in curriculum or instruction. Pr.: Junior standing or higher.