9: Curry School of Education

General Information | Teacher Education Degree Programs | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education | Department of Human Services
Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy

Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education

EDIS 201 - (3) (Y-SS)
Teaching as a Profession

Prerequisite: Approval of Permission to Enroll Application (Permission of Director of Teacher Education) and permission of instructor; corequisite: EDIS 288
Provides an opportunity to explore the environments of teaching--consideration of self as teacher, the nature of schools, and the professional environment. Students work with children and youth through carefully designed field experiences. Students may be randomly assigned to this course for either fall or spring semesters.)

EDIS 288 - (1) (S)
Field Experience

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; corequisite: EDIS 201
Experiences are provided for students to observe and interview teachers in field placements.

EDIS 289 - (3) (S)
Strategies for Academic Achievement

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Instruction in multiple strategies for analyzing, planning, and completing academic tasks. Guidance in appropriate application and adaptation of general procedures of study to requirements and materials of specific courses. Focus on continual implementation, refinement, and evaluation of strategies to insure that study habits are effective and efficient.

EDIS 302 - (3) (Y)
The Exceptional Learner

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Focuses on extending principles of learning and intellectual, social, emotional and physical development to persons with disabilities as well as the gifted. (Credit is not given for both EDIS 302 and EDIS 500.)

EDIS 388 - (1-2) (Y)
Laboratory/Field Experience

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education
Field-based practice experiences tutoring children.

EDIS 389 - (1-3) (SI)
Selected Topics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Used to offer selected topics or as a course number for courses under development. Grading is determined on the basis of the individual offering and may be either graded or S/U. May be repeated.

EDIS 404 - (3) (IR)
Positive Classroom Management

Content focuses on building a positive classroom environment where there is order, cooperation, psychological safety, responsible behavior, respect, and academic achievement. Major topics include control theory, reality therapy, values in the classroom, cooperative discipline, empathy building, life space interview, invitational education, child and teacher stress, and affective education.

EDIS 432 - (3) (Y)
Integrated Science in the Elementary School

Emphasizes an understanding of the basic principles, processes, and conceptual schemes of the life and physical sciences from the perspective of curricular requirements and societal expectations for elementary science teaching. Through a review of curriculum improvement studies and current trends in science teaching, participants examine instructional options for use in K-8 science teaching in the 1990s and beyond.

EDIS 488 - (1-2) (S)
Field Experience

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program; corequisite: EDIS 501 or EDIS 502
Extensive experiences in practice teaching using various models of instruction.

EDIS 493 - (1-6) (S)
Directed Study

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

EDIS 500 - (3) (Y)
The Exceptional Child

An intensive introduction to the study of exceptional children and adults. Focus is on extending principles of learning and intellectual, social, emotional and physical development to exceptional children. (Credit may not be earned for both EDIS 302 and EDIS 500.)

EDIS 501 - (2) (Y)
Curriculum and Instruction for Elementary and Special Education

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program; corequisite: EDIS 488
Study of curriculum and instructional design and instructional strategies consistent with those designs.

EDIS 502 - (2) (Y)
Instruction and Assessment

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program; corequisite: EDIS 488

Section 1; Elementary and Special Education: Extension of EDIS 501 with a focus on instructional strategies and ways of assessing learning outcomes.

Section 2; Secondary Education: Focuses on instructional design and strategies for teaching in secondary classrooms as well as assessment of student growthtoward prescribed learning outcomes.

EDIS 504 - (3) (S)
Assessment Techniques for Exceptional Individuals

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EDIS 510, EDIS 511 or 512
Prepares teachers of exceptional children to administer, score, and interpret several standard educational instruments, to use informal procedures in educational assessment, and to interpret the combined results of psychological, sociological, medical, and educational assessments as they apply to the development and evaluation of individualized educational plans.

EDIS 508 - (2) (Y)
Teaching Exceptional Children

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EDIS 302 or EDIS 500 (EDIS 510, EDIS 511, EDIS 512)
Presents strategies for teaching children with special needs and focuses on cognitive and behavioral instructional approaches. Collaboration and consultation for inclusive classrooms are essential class features. Application of instructional modification procedures and development of individualized plans are also included. This class is coordinated with EDIS 514 (Curriculum for Exceptional Children).

EDIS 510 - (3) (Y)
Characteristics of Students with Emotional Disturbances

Prerequisite: EDIS 302 or EDIS 500
Study of the characteristics of socially and emotionally disturbed children. The student develops an understanding of the field which relates definitions, descriptive data and various theoretical models of disturbance currently used in the literature and practice of appropriate professional disciplines.

EDIS 511 - (3) (S-SS)
Characteristics of People with Learning Disabilities

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EDIS 302 or EDIS 500
Study of the meaning and concepts associated with the field of learning disabilities and the divergent characteristics of individuals with these disabilities. Topics include the nature, causes, assessment, and treatment of learning disabilities.

EDIS 512 - (3) (Y)
Characteristics of People with Mental Retardation

Prerequisite: EDIS 302 or EDIS 500
Exploration of basic concepts and issues that pertain to persons with intellectual disabilities. Physiological, psychological, sociological, and educational implications are considered as well as a historical perspective relating to the many issues in the field of mental retardation.

EDIS 513 - (3) (Y)
Characteristics of People with Severe Disabilities

Introduction to the characteristics of persons with severe and profound disabilities. Emphasis is on the study of physical, ecological, psychological and educational implications of severe/profound disabilities and current issues.

EDIS 514 - (2) (Y)
Curriculum for Exceptional Children

Prerequisite: EDIS 302, (EDIS 510, EDIS 511 or EDIS 512)
Focuses on strategies for secondary aged students with special needs and is designed to extend the information given in EDIS 508 (Teaching Exceptional Children). Curriculum and instructional approaches related to cognitive and behavioral theories are emphasized. Applications of transition procedures are addressed.

EDIS 517 - (3) (SI)
Adapted Physical Education in Alternative Settings

A two-semester sequence. Workshop format is used. Outward Bound type activities, modified individual and group confidence building physical activities, sports, crafts and recreation are the focus. Experiences in the field accompany the study of research and practices applicable to adolescents in alternative settings.

EDIS 518 - (3) (IR)
Counseling Handicapped Youth

A two-semester sequence. Primary problem focus is on (1) recognition and management of stress in professionals and their clients; and (2) working with substance abusing youth. Techniques with short-term goals are studied.

EDIS 521 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Language Development

An overview of the language acquisition and development process. An introductory course, it surveys current and historical perspectives on language acquisition and treats those factors influencing language development.

EDIS 530 - (6) (Y)
Language Skills Block

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program
Designed to prepare preservice teachers for teaching , reading, and language arts in the elementary classroom. During the course, attention shifts from "learning to read" to "reading to learn" and from working with the individual child to effective differentiation needed to work with entire classrooms of children.

EDIS 531 - (6) (Y)
Reasoning Skills Block

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program
Strategies and tactics of fostering reasoning skills with elementary school students in the areas of science, math, and social studies.

EDIS 532 - (3) (SS-E)
Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School

A study of problems in the teaching of elementary school mathematics. Attention is given to emerging practices and programs in mathematics for the elementary school.

EDIS 540 - (3) (Y-SS)
Teaching English

Prerequisites: EDIS 541, EDIS 542, EDIS 543 and permission of instructor
Translates theory and research into practice; design, enact, and evaluate instructional units with a variety of teaching methodologies; individualize instruction; construct appropriate learning objectives; develop evaluation tools; use cooperative learning groups, micro-teaching, and reflective processes.

EDIS 541 - (3) (Y)
Literature for Adolescents

Study of classic and contemporary adolescent literature. Topics include motivating reluctant readers and developing individualized multi-genre and multicultural reading programs.

EDIS 542 - (3) (Y)
Language, Literacy and Culture

Considers the relationships among language, literacy, culture, and schooling. Investigates language as a teacher of language, research on current issues, and designs for effective strategies for teaching various aspects of the English language.

EDIS 543 - (3) (Y-SS)
Teaching Composition K-12

Study, practice, and evaluate theories and methods of writing and teaching writing. Prepare a personal writing project, criticize a writing program, or create a writing program for students.

EDIS 545 - (3) (Y-SS)
Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Objectives, subject matter, teaching materials, classroom instructional procedures, pupil experiences, and evaluative procedures for classes in secondary school mathematics. Organization of courses and programs in middle and secondary school mathematics.

EDIS 548 - (3) (Y)
Teaching Modern Foreign Languages-Secondary

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Consideration of objectives, subject matter, materials, classroom instructional procedures, pupil experiences, and evaluative procedures for classes in the subject, in secondary schools. Organization of courses and programs in modern language education.

EDIS 550 - (3) (Y)
Teaching Science-Secondary

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Consideration of objectives, subject matter, materials, classroom instructional procedures, pupil experiences, and evaluative procedures for classes in the subject, in secondary schools; organization of courses and programs in the subject.

EDIS 560 - (3) (Y)
Teaching Social Studies

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Consideration of objectives, subject matter, materials, classroom instructional procedures, pupil experiences, and evaluative procedures for social studies classes in the secondary schools. Organization of courses and programs in social studies education.

EDIS 563 - (3) (IR)
Economics for Teachers

Emphasis on concepts of economic study drawn from comparative economics, macro-analysis, micro-analysis and welfare economics. Students prepare teaching materials for use in elementary and secondary classrooms.

EDIS 564 - (3) (IR)
Physical Geography

Emphasis is on the use of maps and map interpretation, and the study of climactic systems and physical forces on human activity.

EDIS 565 - (3) (IR)
Cultural Geography

Emphasis on concepts of cultural patterns and their influence on political and regional patterns of the world.

EDIS 573 - (3) (Y-SS)
Diagnostics in Reading

A basic course in reading diagnosis covering the major standardized and informal tools and techniques. This course is prerequisite for EDIS 773 when the latter is elected for three credits.

EDIS 574 - (3) (Y-SS)
Remedial Techniques in Reading

A basic course in techniques of teaching reading to remedial readers and readers at risk of failure to learn to read. This course is prerequisite for EDIS 774 when the latter is elected for three credits.

EDIS 586 - (1) (Y)
Seminar: Multicultural and Health Issues

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program
Using a workshop format, focus is on two major topics: the implications of cultural differences among students for teacher behavior and instruction; and on physical and mental health topics and implications thereof for the professional educator.

EDIS 587 - (3) (Y)
Seminar: Teaching Methods

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program
Designed to accompany the teaching associateship experience (student teaching), substance of this seminar is on special issues and concerns which grow out of that experience, including such topics as classroom management, parent-teacher conferences, school-community relations, etc.

EDIS 588 - (6-12) (Y)
Teaching Associateship

Prerequisite: Permission of Director of Teacher Education and advisor; admission to Teacher Education Program
This is the required internship (student teaching) experience for all potential teachers. It is supervised by the clinical instructors from the public schools in cooperation with University supervisors.

Section 1: Elementary (NK-8)
Section 2; Special Education: Behavior Disorders
Section 3; Special Education: Learning Disability
Section 4; Special Education: Mental Retardation
Section 5; Special Education: Special Education
Section 6: English
Section 7: Foreign Language
Section 8: Mathematics
Section 9: Science
Section 10: Social Studies

EDIS 589 - (1-6) (SI)
Selected Topics

Organized around current issues and is designed to extend school resources to the field. It is primarily intended to meet in-service and recertification needs of practicing educators, or to offer a new, experimental course for a maximum of two offerings.

EDIS 590 - (2-3) (SI)
Workshop

Special topics offered as needed are:

Section 1: Elementary Education
Section 2: Early Childhood Education
Section 3: English Education
Section 4: Mathematics Education
Section 5: Social Studies Education
Section 6: Reading Education
Section 7: Curriculum and Instruction
Section 8: Science Education
Section 9: Special Education

EDIS 591 - (1-6) (Y)
Internship

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
A special assignment providing a unique experience in an educational setting that is consistent with the studentsí professional objectives and program focus and that is agreed to by the student and his/her assigned advisor. The internship is conducted under the guidance of an experienced teacher and/or University faculty.

Section 1: Elementary Education
Section 2: Early Childhood Education


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