Course Descriptions

ED 170 Health Education for Teachers

This course familiarizes students with the topics of nutrition, allergies, first aid, disease, community health, mental health, youth suicide, child abuse, and alcohol and drug abuse, as well as other health considerations, as they may impact school success. The course includes discussion and practice of methods for instructing young people about these health-related topics. Generally offered annually in fall. 2 credits

ED 190W Orientation to the Schools

A weekly seminar including an overview of major events and court decisions that have affected public schools during the nation’s history, and a consideration of social, political, and legal issues on individual schools and school districts, as well as various challenges teachers experience as part of their daily routine. Students are expected to write several brief papers and keep reflective journals, as well as to participate in electronic discussion forums. Because this course is designated as a writing course, students will be required to make use of the Writing Center as they write their papers. Considerable attention is given to the process of developing professional ePortfolios. This course includes a field experience requirement consisting of forty hours spent in a school environment under the supervision of a site supervisor. Offered annually in spring. 2 credits

ED 212 History and Philosophy of Education

Overview of why and how we educate children. Topics include implicit and explicit goals of education, social reproduction theory, an analysis of selected educational systems in recorded human history, the history of education in the United States, and contemporary educational philosophies. Offered annually in fall. 3 credits

ED 229 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (same as PY 229)

Not all children develop along ‘typical’ lines. For some, cognitive and/or social-emotional development differs sharply from what is considered normative. This course concerns the psychology of such children, especially insofar as their differences may produce problems in living (e.g., academic failure or social stigmatization). Assessment and diagnostic procedures (e.g., psychological tests) as well as intervention strategies (e.g., behavior modification) will be covered. Specific language and academic skills disorders, autisticspectrum disorders, mental retardation, selected medical conditions, disruptive behavior disorders, ‘internalizing’ disorders (e.g., separation anxiety), and the consequences of neglect and abuse will be considered. Some attention also will be paid to the issues raised by giftedness and special talents. In addition to describing the various disorders clinically and phenomenologically, we will try to understand their origins, nature, and developmental implications, and how they can be recognized and effectively addressed in specialized settings (e.g., clinics), in regular classrooms, and in the home. This course includes a fifteen-hour field experience. Offered annually. P: PY 111. 3 credits

Note: This course does not fulfill the required special education course for teacher candidates seeking initial teacher certification in Connecticut. Teacher candidates should consult with the Certification Officer for information about the required special education course, currently a special topics course (ED 251).

ED 242 Educational Psychology (same as PY 242)

This course is a study of the assumptions about learning and development that underlie various educational practices by acquainting students with different theories in both of these areas. It provides students with opportunities to develop their problem solving skills in the context of education and psychology. Some of the topics the course covers are development and individual differences, learning theories, problem solving, instructional objectives and methods, motivation, behavior management, and assessment. Offered annually. P: PY 111. 3 credits

ED 251 Special Topics

Special topics in education undertaken with the approval of the Education Program Director. Credits to be arranged, as appropriate.

ED 311 Philosophy and Organization of Middle Grades Education

This course examines the philosophy inherent in the structure and environment of the middle school. Focus is on team teaching, interdisciplinary teaching, and classroom management techniques. 2 credits

ED 320 Teaching Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

The emphasis in this course is on the essential importance of including instruction in reading and writing in every class as a means of enabling students to understand and articulate concepts related to content area studies. By becoming familiar with current IRA Standards, as well as with the RTI (SRBI) approach to effective instruction of all students, those enrolled in the course research, observe and practice techniques and strategies to include verbal literacy as an integral part of content instruction at both the middle and high school levels. Effective differentiated instruction, including instruction for English language learners is an important component of this course. A fifteen-hour field experience that consists of assisting with classroom reading and writing instruction in local schools is one component of this course. Offered annually in fall.3 credits

ED 321 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching

This course addresses both curriculum and methods of instruction at both the middle and secondary levels. Attention is given to planning and organization of lessons and study units, effective strategies for classroom teaching, including classroom management techniques, differentiated instruction, and use of appropriate means of assessment. Field work in local schools is a component of this course and teacher candidates are placed with teachers at the level and in the content area for which they anticipate seeking endorsement. Taken during the same semester as ED 322, Technological Applications in the Classroom. Offered annually in spring. 3 credits

ED 322 Technological Applications in the Classroom

This course introduces students to educational technology currently available for classroom use, and considers various ways in which teachers employ such technology, including assistive technology, as effective teaching tools. Student projects and class presentations are central to activities in this course. Taken during the same semester as ED 321, Curriculum and Methods of Teaching. Offered annually in spring. 2 credits

ED 330 Child Psychology (same as PY 330)

An examination of the major theories, issues, and research related to the developing child from conception to puberty, with emphasis on emotional, cognitive, and social development. Topics include current issues, such as the effects of drugs on the fetus, child abuse, and day care centers. Generally offered annually. P: PY 111. 3 credits

Note: This course is not required for those who seek initial teacher certification at the middle or secondary level.

ED 341 Adolescent Psychology (same as PY 341)

This course examines the development of the individual during the period of transition from childhood to adulthood, including physical changes, personality development, and the influence of family, school, and culture on adolescents. Generally offered annually. P: PY 111. 3 credits

ED 391 Teaching Practicum

This teaching experience enables the teacher candidate to observe a highly qualified teacher in a classroom setting at the middle or secondary school level, and to reflect on the relationship between effective instructional strategies and student learning. Opportunity is provided for the candidate to engage in limited teaching experiences under the supervision of the classroom teacher. 3 or 6 credits
Note: Teacher candidates may arrange a practicum with the Foreign Language Department (FL 391S) or the Business Department (BE 380) as an alternative to ED 391, but must obtain permission of the Director of Education Programs before registering for the course.

ED 392 Student Teaching

Concentrated and full-time classroom teaching, under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a supervisor from the College’s Education Programs Department. This experience enables teacher candidates to experience how theory is applied to practice for the purpose of successful teaching and learning. Pre-requisite: ED 391. 6 or 12 credits

Note: Credit for this course includes participation in weekly seminars on campus during the semester of student teaching.