Education Courses

Course Descriptions

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Education

ED 100 Introduction to Education/2
The entry-level course for students entering the teacher education program. It is designed to create awareness of current education trends and assist students in career decisions about the teaching profession. Prerequisite: See Teacher Education Handbook for GPA requirements. Concurrent enrollment in ED 110 and one other field experience. Interterm.

ED 101 Tabor College Education Program/0-1
Designed for transfer students. Provides introduction to education program requirements and conceptual framework. Must be taken during the first semester at Tabor College.

ED 110 Culturally Diverse Field Experience/1
This course requires 30 clock hours of observation and participation in a culturally and ethnically diverse school setting and is usually taken concurrently with ED 100 during Interterm; also offered fall and spring. Student is responsible for transportation costs to and from school site. Graded CR/NC. Fall, Interterm, and Spring.

ED 120 Early Field Experience/1
This course requires 30 clock hours of observation and participation in a school setting and is usually taken concurrently with ED 100 during Interterm; also offered fall and spring. Student is responsible for transportation costs to and from school site. Graded CR/NC. Fall, Interterm and Spring.

ED 204 Child and Adolescent Development/3
An introduction to the psychological and developmental study of children and adolescents including their behavior and motivation. The course will emphasize techniques for observing and studying children and adolescents and the description of their behavior, identifying individuals at different age levels and their cognitive, moral, socio-emotional, and psychomotor developmental patterns. Prerequisite: PY 111-G. (Same as PY 204) Spring semester.

ED 210 (changed to SE 210; see Special Education section)

ED 215 Planning for Instruction/2
Provides preparation in methods for teaching in 6-12 classrooms and serves as a prerequisite to all upper level secondary methods courses. Students will plan, create and evaluate lessons which integrate state standards into lesson goals and objectives. Students will be introduced to Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives as well as learning modalities and the theory of multiple intelligences. A fifteen hour practicum in a nearby school is attached. Fall semester.

ED 216 Methods in the Arts/3
Students will develop an understanding of the goals and objectives of art, music, dance, and drama in the elementary classroom. Emphasis will be placed on techniques and strategies to integrate these arts into other content areas of the elementary classroom. Fall semester.

ED 220 Children’s Literature/3
The reading, discussing, and evaluation of stories, poems, and factual material for children. Students explore a variety of authors, books, and sources of material for children. Includes field experience. Spring semester.

ED 304 Philosophy of Christian Education/2
An introduction to the philosophy of Christian school education, including the history and development of Christian schools. Arranged each fall semester by attendance at Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) conference and/or independent study packet. This course is approved by ACSI to meet the Philosophy requirement for ACSI teaching credentials. Offered on demand.

ED 317 Adaptive Physical Education/2
Course deals with planning, organizing, and conducting physical education for the disadvantaged student. (Same as PE 317) Fall semester, even-numbered years.

ED 318 Classroom Management in the Elementary School/2
Techniques for preventing and resolving behavioral issues of children and youth in the classroom and school. Includes resources for working with challenging students. It provides a foundation for discipline policies in middle and high schools. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Spring semester.

ED 319 Classroom Management in the Middle and Secondary School/2
Building upon the foundation established in the elementary school, the course provides techniques for preventing and resolving behavioral issues of children and youth in the classroom and school. Includes resources for working with challenging students. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Fall semester.

ED 329 Human Sexuality/2
A study of biological, psychological, behavioral, and cultural dimensions of human sexuality. How human sexuality affects people in their relationships to others in terms of development is explained. Includes the study of acquired immune deficiency syndrome and sexually transmitted diseases. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. (Same as PE/PY 329) Spring semester.

ED 345 Methods of Teaching Reading/3
Provides preparation in methods and materials of teaching reading in the elementary classroom. Students will explore, evaluate, and plan units of instruction based on state and national recommendations for reading curriculum and relate instruction to local, state, and national assessments. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in ED 365. Fall semester.

ED 347 Elementary School Language Arts/3
Provides preparation in methods and materials of teaching language arts in the elementary classroom in the integrated approach of reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Students will explore, evaluate, and plan units of instruction based upon state and national recommendations for language arts curriculum and relate instruction to local, state, and national assessments. Prerequisites: ED 345 and Admission to Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in ED 365. Spring semester.

ED 357 Methods of Teaching Mathematics I/3
Provides preparation in methods and materials and professional guidelines for teaching mathematics in elementary school classrooms. Candidates will explore the major concepts, procedures and reasoning processes of mathematics; developmentally appropriate instructional strategies; national, state and local standards; and assessment strategies. Candidates will explore, evaluate and design units of instruction culminating in a micro-teaching exercise. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in MA 204G and ED 365, and admission to Teacher Education Program. Fall semester.

ED 358 Methods of Teaching Mathematics II/3
Provides preparation in methods and materials for teaching mathematics in elementary school classrooms. Candidates will explore the major concepts, procedures, and reasoning processes of mathematics; developmentally appropriate instructional strategies; national, state and local standards; and assessment strategies. Candidates will plan units of instruction and micro-teach. Prerequisite MA 204-G. Concurrent enrollment in MA 205 and ED 365; Admission to Teacher Education Program. Spring semester.

ED 365 Elementary Field Experience I/1
This field experience requires five weeks of observation, participation, and teaching of reading, science, and mathematics in an approved elementary school. Taken concurrently with elementary methods courses during the fall semester or with consent of department chair. Student is responsible for transportation costs to and from school site. Fall semester.

ED 367 Instructional Strategies for Adaptive Learning Needs/2
This course will focus on planning and participation in adaptive teaching strategies designed by a collaborative, interdisciplinary team and will focus on strategies for individualizing outcomes in the instruction and assessment of exceptional students in the regular classroom. Prerequisite: SE 210; Concurrent enrollment in ED 365. Spring semester.

ED 368 Elementary Field Experience II/1
This field experience requires four weeks of observation, participation, and teaching of reading, language arts, science, adaptive learning strategies, and mathematics in an approved elementary school. Emphasis is on adapting instruction to meet the needs of special learners. Taken concurrently with elementary methods courses during the spring semester or with consent of department chair. Student is responsible for transportation costs to and from school site. Spring semester.

ED 374 Elementary School Health and Physical Education/3
A study of appropriate health, sexuality, and physical education instruction for the elementary teacher. Selection of activities for appropriate developmental level of students is stressed. This course includes exposure to a wide variety of health and physical education methods, materials, and resources. Spring semester.

ED 385 Elementary School Science/2
Provides preparation in methods and materials of teaching science in elementary school classrooms. Students will explore, evaluate and plan units of instruction based upon state and national recommendations for science curriculum, and relate instruction to local, state, and national assessments. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in ED 365.

ED 395 Elementary School Social Studies/2
Provides preparation in methods and materials of teaching social studies in elementary school classrooms. Students will explore, evaluate, and plan units of instruction based upon state and national recommendations for social studies curriculum, and relate instruction to local, state, and national assessments. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in ED 365.

ED 414 Classroom Assessment/2
Develop classroom assessment skills common to classrooms at any level. Includes working with local, state, and national standards as well as the accreditation process. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Spring semester.

ED 415 Methods for Teaching English Language Arts in the Secondary School/3
Designed to assist student teachers in becoming confident, effective professional educators in secondary level English (Grades 6-12). Students will become familiar with a variety of specific methods to use in teaching literature, composition, and language. Among topics to be considered will be: current trends in English curriculum development, the six-trait writing process, inclusionary practices, classroom organization, assessment, classroom application of various forms of technology, and professional organizations. Each student will develop a unit of instruction suitable for a secondary level classroom. Prerequisite: ED 215 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.. Spring semester.

ED 416 Methods for Teaching Speech and Theater in the Secondary School/3
Requires students to apply speech and drama content to the techniques needed for effective secondary level (Grades 6-12) classroom teaching. Opportunities are provided for students to exercise their teaching skills in the areas of unit plans, daily lesson plans, teaching strategies, evaluation, assessment, classroom management, inclusion, and different learning styles. Discussions of resource allocation, safety, classroom application of various forms of technology, and professional organizations are also included. Each student is encouraged to develop his/her personal philosophy of education and incorporate it in relation to integrity/ethics in the classroom and personal evaluation to maintain a sense of balance and growth. Prerequisite: ED 446. Spring semester.

ED 419 Opening School Clinical Experience/1
This one-credit hour clinical experience requires a minimum of five days in a school under the direction of a cooperating teacher. Required experiences include: 1) preparing the classroom for opening school; 2) attending staff meetings, 3) the first day of school for students; and 4) two more days during the first week of school for students. . Prerequisite: Full acceptance for student teaching or the department chair. August only.

ED 421 Elementary School Clinical Experience/4, 10-12
Practical application of professional education preparation. Includes lesson planning and participation in school activities. Candidates will be assigned to an elementary classroom and cooperating teacher, with gradual assumption of full responsibility for instruction. Includes attendance at clinical and professional seminars. Prerequisite: Approval for clinical experience and completion of major and professional education coursework. Fall and spring semester.

ED 423 K-12 Clinical Experience/10-12
Practical application of professional education preparation. Includes lesson planning and participation in school activities. Clinical experience for music and physical education. Candidates will be assigned to both and elementary and secondary classroom and cooperating teacher, with gradual assumption of full responsibility for instruction. Includes attendance at clinical and professional seminars. Prerequisite: Approval for clinical experience and completion of major and professional education course work. Fall and Spring semester.

ED 424 Secondary School Clinical Experience/4, 10-12
Practical application of professional education preparation. Includes lesson planning and participation in school activities. Candidates will be assigned to a secondary classroom and cooperating teacher, with gradual assumption of full responsibility for instruction. Includes attendance at clinical and professional seminars. Prerequisite: Approval for clinical experience and completion of major and professional education coursework. Fall and spring semester.

ED 425 Methods for Teaching Business in the Secondary School/3
Designed to provide the prospective secondary-level (Grades 6-12) Business teacher techniques for effective classroom teaching, including such issues as inclusionary practices, assessment, classroom application of various forms of technology, and professional organizations. It pulls together business and education concepts and theories just prior to one’s student teaching experience and covers methods and materials for teaching business courses such as accounting, general business, keyboarding, and office practice. (Shorthand is covered on demand.) Prerequisite: ED 215 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Spring semester.

ED 430 Methods for Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School/3
Designed to provide the prospective secondary-level (Grades 6-12) mathematics teacher the methods of teaching contemporary mathematics content. Topics include methods of presentation, awareness of national mathematics organizations, the writing of unit/daily lesson plans, micro-teaching of a mathematics lesson, selecting materials, inclusionary practices, classroom application of various forms of technology, and techniques of assessment. Prerequisite: ED 215 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Spring semester.

ED 435 Methods for Teaching Natural Science in the Secondary School/3
Designed to provide the prospective teacher with knowledge and skills for teaching the natural sciences at the secondary level (Grades 6-12). Content includes curriculum selection and design, safe laboratory management and operation, integration of curriculum, inclusionary practices, methods and modalities of teaching, assessment, classroom application of various forms of technology, and professional organizations. Micro-teaching, classroom observation and group and self-evaluation are included. Prerequisite: ED 215 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.. Spring semester.

ED 440 Methods for Teaching Social and Behavioral Science in the Secondary School/3
Designed to prepare students for successful teaching at the secondary level (Grades 6-12) in both the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on different approaches and practices of instruction planning and classroom management, selection and classroom application of various forms of technology, evaluation and questioning techniques, state assessments, research methods, professional organizations, and the inclusive classroom. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Prerequisite: ED 215 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. .Spring semester.

ED 446 Reading/Strategies for Secondary Teaching/2
Develop teaching skills common to various content areas in secondary education. Includes instruction in reading and study skills improvement, writing objectives, lesson planning, evaluation of learning and videotaping of teaching. Includes field experience. Prerequisite: ED 215 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ED 447 Reading in the Content Area for K-12 Classroom/1
Designed for candidates seeking K-12 licensure, this course focuses on improving student reading competencies in specific content areas. Attention is given to improving study skills, selecting appropriate supplementary resources, and learning alternative teaching strategies to meet the needs of students with low reading achievement. Prerequisite: Full acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ED 448 Philosophy in Education/2
Capstone course for students completing Teacher Licensure requirements. Includes international education as well as historical, philosophical, scientific, and structural multicultural foundations of education in the United States. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program or consent of department chair. Fall and Spring semesters.

ED 455 Reading Diagnosis/1
An advanced seminar designed for learning diagnostic methods of assessing students’ needs in reading, with an emphasis on developmental approaches to teaching reading. Prerequisites: ED 345 and ED 346. Concurrent enrollment in ED 416 or consent of department chair. August only.

ED 460 Methods of Teaching Computer Science in the Secondary School/3
Designed to develop classroom techniques for a variety of computer-related classes at the secondary level (Grades 6-12), including evaluation tools for the different courses, inclusionary practices, and curriculum development in the field. Students will be involved in selection of appropriate hardware and software for classroom/home use. Students will research the professional organizations and publications in the field and how computers are used in various career choices. Prerequisite: ED 446. Spring semester.