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Kansas State University

Elementary Education

Paul Burden, Chair

Professors Burden, Fallin, Hancock, Herrera, Heller, Shroyer, and Staver; Associate Professor Perl; Assistant Professors Allen, K. Holen, Maderazo, Staples, and Vontz; Instructors Bradley, Bridges, Curtis, DeNoon, Holliman-Krueger, and Rader; Emeriti: Bloomquist, Brookhart, Kellstrom, Kurtz, McAnarney, Schell, Smith, and Trennepohl.

www.educ.ksu.edu/Departments/ElemEd/overview.html

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 200. Teaching as a Career. (. 1) I, II. Examines the roles, responsibilities, and dispositions of effective teachers; characteristics of the teaching/learning environment; the design of K-State's teacher education program; ways teachers change during their careers; and self-assessment about the commitment to teaching and preferences to grade levels or subject areas. An overview of the teacher education program is provided, the unit's conceptual framework is discussed, and the portfolio requirements are initiated. The skills of reflection and the dimensions of caring and ethical practice are introduced. Pr.: Conc. enrollment required in EDEL 230 and sophomore standing.

EDEL 230. Early Field Experience. (1) I, II. Includes 40 hours of supervised field experiences examining selected aspects of teaching and the learning environment, including students and learning, content and pedagogy, planning, instruction, and professionalism. Requires written reports, analyses, and reflections for each weekly school visit. Pr.: Conc. enrollment in EDEL 200 and sophomore standing.

EDEL 310. Foundations of Education. (3) I, II. Examines the historical, political, philosophical, and sociological foundations of education in the United States including the evolution of career and technical education and changing demographics; ethical and legal issues; governance and financial support; and contemporary curriculum issues. Includes critical thinking and reflective decision making about educational issues. Take prior to Block A. Pr.: Prior or conc. enrollment in EDEL 200. Requires sophomore standing.

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 prior or conc. enrollment in EDEL 200.

EDEL 405. Middle-Level Education. (3) I, II. 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. 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 and 473. Prior or conc. enrollment in DED 318 and EDCEP 315.

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 EDEL 420, 470, and 473. Conc. enrollment in EDEL 471, 472, and 474.

EDEL 455. Teaching Diverse Learners. (2) I, II, S. Examines multicultural education and the characteristics of diverse learners in the classroom. Curricular and instructional implications of these differences will be examined in an effort to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Pr.: Prior or conc. enrollment in EDCEP 315.

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. Conc. enrollment with EDEL 420 and 473. Prior or conc. enrollment in DED 318 and EDCEP 315.

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 and EDEL 420, 470, and 473. Conc. enrollment with EDEL 430, 472, and 474.

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 and EDEL 420, 470, and 473. Conc. enrollment with EDEL 430, 471, and 474.

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. Conc. enrollment with EDEL 420 and 470. Prior or conc. enrollment in DED 318 and EDCEP 315.

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 and EDEL 420, 470, and 473. Conc. enrollment with EDEL 430, 471, and 472.

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 310, 420, 430, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, and admission to student teaching.

EDEL 620. Foreign Language Methods for Elementary Schools. (3) S. Methods of teaching and organization of materials for the foreign language program in the elementary school. Pr.: EDCEP 315, 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.).