Elementary and Middle Education Courses

 

ELML119 First Year Seminar for Elementary and Middle Level Education

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1sh ]

Designed to provide an introduction to the culture and the mission of the university and an overview of elementary and middle level education (ELML).  Students will be introduced to basic college learning and study skills and will outline program requirements to support student achievement within the ELML Program.  The students will be required to observe/participate in Elementary/Middle schools for 20 hours in addition to class hours.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML200 Language Arts Methods for Elementary and Middle Grades
[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1sh ]

Designed to provide an introductory exploration of Language Arts methods in the elementary/middle level grades through major literary genres and authors.  The students will be required to observe/participate in the schools for 10 hours in addition to class hours.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML210 Learning Theory for Middle Level Learners
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Designed to give the student a more in-depth understanding of the learning process for elementary and middle level learners. Essential components of the course focus on the learner, the teacher, the patterns of instruction, the curriculum, and the development of instructional materials. The students are required to participate in the schools 20 hours in addition to class hours.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC103 )

Corequisite: None


 

ELML250 Assessment and Differentiation in the 4-8 Classroom

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An investigation into the design and evaluation of assessments for student performance in the elementary/middle level classroom. Differentiated instruction and assessment will be addressed for middle level learners including English Language Learners (ELL). Ten hours of observation will be used to view middle level adapted assessment practices include PA Alternate System of Assessement (PASA) administration in addition to class.

Prerequisite: ( ELML210 )

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML320 Science for the Elementary and Middle Level Learner

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

For preprofessional educators to synthesize all of the college level coursework to date into the proper framework for teaching science to students in grades four to eight. This course will deal with the physical science, life science, and earth and space science areas. Students will engage in personal scientific investigation.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML321 Language Arts for the Elementary and Middle Level Learner

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Focuses on content, methods, and demonstration of proficiency in the literacy areas of reading, written composition, oral communications, grammar, and spelling/vocabulary. Students are expected to develop materials and lesson plans that are appropriate to teach language arts in grades 4 through 8.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML322 Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle Level Learner

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed for all Elementary/Middle Level majors. It provides a brief history of math with cultural contributions. Problem solving and other research based approaches will be stressed. Attention will be given to how children learn mathematics, drawing on brain-based research. Emphasis on measurement, algebra and key features of Number Theory as they pertain to the 4-8 grade learner will be emphasized with specific attention to inter-curricular connections.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML323 Social Sciences for the Elementary and Middle Level Learner

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An examination of the content of social studies curriculum for the upper elementary and middle level learner and how it is integrated into the overall curriculum. Students are expected to develop materials, create lesson plans, and integrate social studies into the middle school curriculum. A team approach with other teachers and clinical experience in the schools examining "best practice" will be employed.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML330 Language Acquisition Theory and Writing Instruction

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Designed to address the needs of pre-service teachers for literacy development through writing for students learning English, especially as a second language. Emphasis will be given to writing competencies, effective research based practices, theories of language acquisition, and challenges faced by English Language Learners. Students will participate 10 hours in the schools. This course is aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements addressed in PA Chapter 49-2.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML335 Effective Instructional Literacy Strategies for Diverse Learners
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Designed to prepare pre-service Elementary/Middle Level teachers to develop literacy and instruction for culturally diverse learners. Emphasis will be on literacy componenets, research-based practice, and challenges that culturally diverse learners face in learning how to read and write. This course is aligned with the PDE requirements addressed in PA Chapter 49-2 and meets Standards for the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE). It will include 10 hours of field practice in the schools.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML400 Curriculum Development
[Minimum Semester Hours: 2 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 2 sh]
Designed to engage participants in the preparation of appropriate curriculum materials for elementary and middle level learners based on defined needs and assessment data. Ten hours of observation outside classsroom hours are used to identify elementary and middle level student characteristics that will be used to guide instruction.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

ELML402 Effective Instructional Literary Strategies for Diverse Learners (3.0 sh)

Designed to prepare pre-service Elementary/Middle Level teachers to develop and present literacy instruction for culturally diverse learners.  Emphasis will be on literacy components, research-based practice, and challenges that culturally diverse learners face in learning how to read and write.  It includes 10 field experience hours in the schools.  This course is aligned with the PDE requirements addressed in PA Chapter 49-2 and meets Standards for the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None 


 

ELML405 Interventions and Classroom Management Strategies Elementary and Middle Level Learners

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A holistic view of methods and activities for helping teachers build positive learning environments, determine interventions to improve relations in the classroom, and cope with challenging behaviors and special abilities. Explores teacher as model, facilitator, and supervisor of instruction called to fashion environments that invite exploration, inquiry, and positive self-concepts. Ten hours of field practice is required in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML410 Science Methods I

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

For preprofessional educators to practice the techniques of teaching science. The use of inquiry based learning is stressed. Science is treated more as a process than as a body of knowledge. Commercially produced science programs are reviewed. Sixteen participation hours are required in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML412 Science Methods II

[Minimum Semester Hours: 2 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 2 sh]

For preprofessional educators to practice the techniques of teaching science. The use of inquiry based learning is stressed. Science is treated more as a process than as a body of knowledge. Commercially produced science programs are reviewed. Students will prepare lessons to present to peers and children in the local schools. A demonstrated understanding of science manipulatives is required. Thirty-two participation hours are required in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML414 Science Methods III

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

For preprofessional educators to practice the techniques of teaching science, including a working understanding of the 5-E Model. The use of inquiry based learning is stressed. Science is treated more as a process than as a body of knowledge. Commercially produced science programs are reviewed. Students will prepare lessons to present to peers and children in the local schools. A demonstrated understanding of science manipulatives is required. Forty-eight participation hours are required in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML420 Language Arts Methods for the Elementary and Middle Grades (1.0 sh)

Designed to engage participants in the preparation of appropriate technology and curriculum materials for elementary and middle level learners based on defined needs and assessment data.  Students will be guided to reflect and analyze their personal teaching experiences through the creation of a website and Teacher Work Sample (TWS).  Ten hours of observation outside classroom hours are used to identify elementary and middle level student characteristics that will be used to guide instruction.


 

ELML421 Language Arts Methods I

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

Designed to provide an examination of the content and methods for a dual concentration in English, language arts, reading and mathematics or science (biology or geology) education for the elementary and middle level learner. This course includes 16 hours of field experience in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML422 Language Arts Methods II

[Minimum Semester Hours: 2 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 2sh ]

Designed to provide an in-depth examination of the content and methods for a singl concentration English, language arts, reading education for the elementary and middle level learner. This course includes 32 hours of field experience in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML431 Mathematics Methods I
[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1sh ]
Designed to provide an examination of the mathematics content and methods that support a single or dual concentration (Option I or II) in social studies, science (biology or geology), or English, language arts, reading education for the elementary and middle level learner. This course includes 16 hours of field experience in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML432 Mathematics Methods II
[Minimum Semester Hours: 2 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 2 sh]
Designed to provide an in-depth examination of the content and methods for a dual concentration (Option II) in mathematics and science (biology or geology) or English, language arts, reading education for the elementary and middle level learner. This course includes 32 hours of field experience in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

ELML433 Mathematics Methods III

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to provide an in-depth examination of the content and methods for a single concentration (Option I) in mathematics education for the elementary and middle level learner. This course includes 48 hours of field experience in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML441 Social Studies Methods I

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

Designed to provide an examination of the social studies content and methods that support a single or dual concentration in mathematics, science (biology or geology), or English, language arts, reading education for the elementary and middle level learner. This course includes 16 hours of field experience in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML442 Social Studies Methods II

[Minimum Semester Hours: 2 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 2 sh]

Designed to provide an in-depth examination of the content and methods for a dual concentration (Option II) in social studies and mathematics or science (biology or geology) education for the elementary and middle level learner. This course includes 32 hours of field experience in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML443 Social Studies Methods III

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to provide an in-depth examination of the content and methods for a single concentration (Option I) in social studies education for the elementary and middle level learner. This course includes 48 hours of field experience in addition to class time.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML493 Student Teaching and Practicum: Elementary and Middle Level Learner 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 6 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 6 sh]

The first of two capstone experience for pre-service teachers.  Two student teaching experiences are provided at two levels that are appropriate to certification areas and grade level ranges.  Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers introduces the student to all aspects of the teaching day.  University professors supervise the student teachers and conduct weekly practicum sessions.  The program follows the guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ELML494 Student Teaching and Practicum: Elementary and Middle Level Learner 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 6 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 6sh ]

The capstone experience is the second of two student teaching placements, one at each level that is appropriate to certification areas and grade level ranges. Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers introduces the student to all aspects of the teaching day. University professors supervise the student teachers and conduct weekly practicum sessions. The program follows the guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

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