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Program of Study/Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

EDU 300. Introduction and Foundations of Education: (3 hours) An overview of the
teaching profession with emphasis on functions of the school, school policies,
school law, and the effects of court decisions on educational practice. Satisfies the
writing intensive course requirement.
 

EDU 300.1. Pre-teaching Field Experience: (0 hour) A 21-hour field experience in a
local school taken concurrently with EDU300. Transfer students must take this
course for one-hour credit if field experiences were not required. (Pass/fail grade)
 

EDR 308. Early Literacy Instruction I: (3 hours) A study of concepts, materials, and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction, specific to concepts about print, phonemic awareness, and phonics.
 

EDR 311. Early Literacy Instruction II: (3 hours) A study of concepts, materials, and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction, specific to vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
 

EDU 325. Technology in Education: (3 hours) This course is designed to provide an
overview of concepts and terminology related to technology in education. The
student is given hands-on experiences using technology including understanding
of the Internet. This class may be online enhanced.

EDR 344. Literature for Children: (3 hours) A study of the classic and current literature for children in print and non-print media. The integration of literature into the elementary school curriculum is emphasized.
 

EDU 345. Social Studies in the Elementary School: (3 hours) The scope and sequence of the elementary social studies curriculum is examined. An emphasis is placed on the development of concepts and generalizations appropriate for the elementary child. A field experience in an elementary school is a component in this course. Prerequisite: Social Science core.

EDU 346. Science in the Elementary school: (3 hours) An integrated approach to teaching science through discovery and hands-on experiences. A field experience in an elementary school is a component of the course. Prerequisite: Science core.

EDU 372. Survey of the Exceptional Child: (3 hours) A study of individuals with
exceptionalities from the gifted to the profoundly disabled. Includes a multicultural
component which explores the diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds
of students and techniques for providing an effective relevant education. This class
may be online enhanced.

NOTE: Admission to teacher education is required for enrollment in any 400 level
education class.

EDR 407. Communication in the Elementary School: (3 hours) Emphasis is placed on helping the elementary teacher develop skill in teaching oral and written communication skills.  The use of an integrated approach with an emphasis on children's literature is stressed.  Prerequisites are EDR 308, EDR 311, EDU 345, EDU 346.  This class may be online enhanced. 

EDU 413. Mathematics in the Elementary School: (3 hours) Methodology based on
current research and practice is explored using an NCTM Standards-based
program with an emphasis on mathematical understandings, using manipulatives,
and acquiring problem-solving skills. A field experience in an elementary school is
a component of this course. Prerequisites: MAT 116, 131, 316 and admission to
teacher education.

EDU 436. Classroom Management: (3 hours) This course provides information to help students develop pro-active strategies to manage the classroom environment and student behavior.  Emphasis is placed on students' development of a personal and unique classroom management plan.  Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

EDU 440. Kindergarten Education and Practicum: (3 hours) A study of appropriate educational practices and programs in kindergarten with an emphasis on Mississippi guidelines. The class includes seminars and teaching experiences in a local kindergarten class. Prerequisites: EDR 308, EDR 311 and admission to teacher education.

EDR 441. Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disability: (3 hours) A study of the
diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities. Students diagnose and evaluate
the skills of an individual child in a clinical setting and develop and carry out a
plan of remediation based on the diagnosis. Prerequisites: EDR 308, EDR 311, and
admission to teacher education.

EDU 446. Teaching in the Secondary School: (3 hours) The study of methods and problems related to teaching in the student's major field. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

EDU 450. Tests, Measurements, and Evaluation: (3 hours) The study of the
measurement and evaluation of student learning with both criterion and normreferenced procedures. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

EDU 460. Organizational Procedures for Special Education: (3 hours) This course
addresses organizational procedures of special education as required by the
Mississippi State Department of Education. In addition, legislative and court
decisions associated with special education are covered. This class may be online
enhanced. Prerequisite: EDU 372.

EDU 461. Intellectual Disabilities: (3 hours) This course is an overview of intellectual disabilities including definitional perspectives, etiology and syndromes, theoretical and court decisions associated with special education are covered. This class may be online enhanced. Prerequisite: EDU 372.0

EDU 462. Teaching the Individuals with Mild Intellectual Disabilities: (3 hours) This
course addresses basic assessment procedures, selection and utilization of
instructional methods, materials, and individualized programming for individuals
with mild intellectual disabilities. Prerequisites: EDU 372 and EDU 461.

EDU 463. Learning Disabilities: (3 hours) This course is an overview of the field of learning disabilities including historical development, theoretical research bases, and social, emotional, physical and learning characteristics.  This class may be online enhanced. Prerequisites: EDU 372.
 

EDU 464. Teaching Individuals with Learning Disabilities: (3 hours) This course
addresses basic assessment procedures, selection and utilization of instructional
methods, materials, and individual programming for individuals with specific
learning disabilities. Prerequisites: EDU 372 and EDU 463.

EDR 474. Reading in the Middle and Secondary School: (3 hours) The development of reading skills in the content areas is explored.  Emphasis is on helping the middle and secondary school student read more effectively.  Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

EDU 483. Student Teaching Internship in the Elementary School: (9 hours) The
student is assigned to an approved supervising teacher in a local school for 75
school days. Attendance at scheduled seminars on the STAI or INTASC is
required.

EDU 484. Student Teaching in the Secondary School: (12 hours) The student
is assigned to an approved supervising teacher in a local school for 75 school days.
Attendance at scheduled seminars on the STAI or INTASC is required.

EDU 496. Student Teaching Internship in Special Subject Areas (Art, Health and
Physical Education, and Music): (9 hours) The student is assigned to an approved
supervising teacher in a local school for 75 school days. Attendance at scheduled
seminars on the STAI or INTASC is required.