Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Designated Disciplines (PreK-12)

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Degree Type Offered: Teacher Licensure

The following are PreK–12 licensure areas: Health and Physical Education, Music (Instrumental or Vocal), Theatre Arts, Visual Arts and World Language (French, Spanish). Candidates may also seek add-on endorsements in Algebra I, Driver Education and English as a Second Language.

Health and Physical Education Licensure (PreK–12)

The same education course sequence as for secondary licensure except EDUC-412. Also refer to the health and physical education major in the Department of Health and Human Sciences section of this catalog.

Music Education (Vocal and Instrumental) Licensure (PreK–12)

Refer to the music department section of this catalog for the education course sequence.

Theatre Arts Education Licensure (PreK–12)

The same education course sequence as for secondary. Also, refer to the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre section of this catalog for the required theatre course sequence.

Visual Arts Education Licensure (PreK–12)

The same education course sequence as for secondary licensure.

World Languages Education Licensure (PreK–12)

The same education course sequence as for secondary licensure.

Add-On Endorsement Options to the Initial Licensure Area:

Algebra I

Refer to the mathematics and computer science department for required coursework.

Driver’s Education

Refer to the health and human sciences department section, ES-441 and ES-445.

English as a Second Language—ESL (PreK–12)

For ESL endorsement, the following courses are required in addition to the major and the education courses listed for either the elementary or secondary licensure.

COMM-100 Oral Communication

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Teaches students how to create and respond to verbal and nonverbal messages across a variety of rhetorical situations. Students will learn the core concepts of public speaking and develop the skills to select, organize, and deliver material based on the needs of a specific audience. The course will focus on informative and persuasive speaking, and may also include introductory speeches, special-occasion speeches, and business presentations. FILA general education: master core skills

EDUC-330 Early Literacy

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Theory and practice related to readers at emergent and beginning stages. Includes discussion of the complex factors involved in literacy acquisition at the elementary level with a focus on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, beginning fluency and comprehension. Explorations of assessment methods and strategies for teaching diverse learners, including English language learners, are emphasized. Includes 20 hours in public schools. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisite: admission to the TEP

EDUC-332 Intermediate Literacy

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Theory and practice related to readers at the intermediate stage. Includes discussion of the complex factors involved in literacy acquisition at the intermediate level with a focus on reading in the content areas, stages in the writing process, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Exploration of assessment methods and strategies for teaching diverse learners, including English language learners, are emphasized. Prerequisites: EDUC-330 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program

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EDUC-334 Literacy in the Context Area

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Helps secondary education candidates describe and develop effective content literacy strategies for academically, culturally and linguistically diverse 6-12 students. Candidates use their content area curriculum to enhance literacy development including: vocabulary development; literal, interpretive, critical and evaluative comprehension; critical thinking; writing strategies; and listening and speaking skills. Includes minimum 20 hours of field experience. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisites: admission to the TEP and junior standing

ENG-110 Effective Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Introduction to academic expository and argumentative writing, with a focus on developing rhetorical skills and practices appropriate to a range of disciplines. Instruction in ethical use of material from sources and academic documentation systems. Supplementary writer's workshop required, based on placement. FILA general education: master core skills

ENG-300 Linguistics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Linguistic analysis incorporating traditional grammar, phonology, syntax, sociolinguistics, morphology semantics and historical linguistics (including the history of the English language). Prerequisite: ENG-110

EDUC-215 Diversity in the Classroom

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Explores cultural, linguistic and academic diversity, with an introduction to multicultural education. Introduction to appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Includes a minimum 10 hours of field experience. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisites: minimum 2.5 GPA, application to the TEP, have taken Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Mathematics, have taken or registered for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA); Sophomore standing.

EDUC-307 Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques for ESL Endorsement

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Fall Only

Forty-hour intensive field experience immersed in an ESL school environment for the prospective ESL teacher. While working on developing an understanding of the whole child, emphasis is placed on identifying and meeting the needs of students who are engaged in becoming acclimated to living in a culture other than their native one and learning English; identifying and continuing to develop classroom management techniques in preparation for the student teaching experience; and beginning to plan and create SOL-based lesson plans. Prerequisites: admission to the Teacher Education Program Note: Cannot be taken simultaneously with more than one other EDUC field experience

EDUC-406 Curriculum and Instruction Elem Class Elementary Classroom

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Instructional practice in the elementary classroom. Strategies for effective teaching of content based on Virginia Standards of Learning (PK-6) with particular emphasis given to science and social studies. Significant emphasis will be placed on curriculum content, lesson planning, research-based instructional strategies, and assessment. Taken the semester immediately prior to student teaching. Includes minimum of 20 hours of field experience in an elementary (PK-6) classroom. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisites: admission to the TEP, taken the semester before student teaching

FREN/SPAN 6 credits

ENG/FREN/SPAN-317 ESL and World Language Teaching

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Covers materials on instructional practice and student assessment as they relate to the teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL) and foreign languages. Material and discussions are focused on the central theme of how to contextualize language instruction and how to run a proficiency-oriented classroom. Taught in English. Required for students seeking ESL endorsement. Strongly recommended for students preparing to teach Spanish or French. Prerequisite: ENG-110 (Cross-listed as FREN/SPAN-317)

EDUC-460 Professional ESL Student Teaching

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Eight-week student teaching field experience for the ESL endorsement involving instructional planning, observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Provides students seeking an ESL endorsement an opportunity to teach in an ESL environment. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites: admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the ESL certification and TEP

EDUC-465 Professional Student Teaching for Dual ESL Endorsement

Credits: 12 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Ten-week student teaching field experience for the ESL endorsement involving instructional planning, observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites: EDUC-460 and ESL endorsements with Pre-K-6, 6-12, PreK-12 content area endorsements Corequisite: EDUC-450