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All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.
EDU 200. Foundations of Education
Introductory course designed for students who are considering teaching as
a career. Current practices are considered from the perspectives of
history, educational philosophy, school organization, and social trends
and issues. Explores relationships between student characteristics,
curriculum models, and teacher roles in contemporary schools.
EDU 203. Teaching Students with Special Needs.
The education of exceptional studnets: historical, philosophical,
educational, and legal issues. Current practices in assessment, diagnosis,
and teaching. Designed for teacher preparation, in-service and
EDU 205. Assessment of Students
Selection, administration, diagnosis, evaluation, and reporting of results
of standardized tests. Informal measurement techniques for exceptional
children. Designed for teacher preparation, in-service and recertfiication.
EDU 210. Processes and Acquisition of Reading.
This course is intended for students seeking the Elementary or Early
Childhood Associate of Arts in Teaching and for in-service teachers and
career changers. Students will develop an understanding of the language
and cognitive precursors to the reading acquisition process. Students will
demonstrate a knowledge of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary,
comprehension and fluency in developing readers.
EDU 211. Instruction of Reading.
This course is intended for in-service teachers and career changers. The
course focuses on the teaching of reading from pre-kindergarten through
8th grade. Students will develop and use a variety of developmentally
appropriate word recognition and reading comprehension strategies.
Students will examine a balanced literacy program which fosters phonemic
awareness, phonics, comprehension, and fluency.
EDU 212. Assessment for Reading Instruction.
This course is intended for elementary in-service teachers and career
changers. Students will expand their understanding of appropriate
assessment practices and apply these practices to literacy assessment.
Students will learn a variety of assessment tools and techniques for the
elementary classroom. For each type of assessment presented, students
learn administrative procedures, explore strengths and limitations of the
instrument or techniques, and practice developing instructional
implications from results.
EDU 213. Materials for Teaching Reading.
This course is intended for in-service elementary teachers and career
changers. It introduces students to a variety of materials to be used for
the purposes of developing phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary,
comprehension, and fluency. Student will be able to select and evaluate
materials as well as utilize the expertise of parents and other members of
the community to help fulfill goals of the reading program.
EDU 214. Teaching Reading in the Content Areas- I
This course (along with EDU 215) meets the reading requirements for
Maryland secondary certification. It is designed for post-bachelor's
students who are seeking initial teaching credentials at the high school
level. It focuses on reading processes and development of reading
proficiency. Specific topics include: purposes and types of reading,
methods of assessing reading, strategies for skill development,
student-centered reading instruction, and affective dimensions of reading.
EDU 215. Teaching Reading in the Content Areas-II
This course expands on the content of EDU 214 with more focus on reading
skills and instruction. Emphasis is placed on teaching secondary students
to learn from text.
EDU 220 Special Education Methods-Birth through 12th Grade
Students will understand and use a variety of organization, teaching, and
classroom management strategies. The course will focus on effective
practices in different settings with all disability groups, as well as
collaboration with other involved professionals and parents.
EDU 221 Special Education Methods-Birth through 8th Grade
Students will review and demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques and
learn to use assessment data to create and use both an IFSP and IEP.
EDU 222 Special Education Methods- 6th through 12th Grade.
Students will review/demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques. Special
focus is given to transition education and services for adolescents.
EDU 223 Special Education Assessment Part I Birth-12th Grade
This course provides the opportunity for students to develop the knowledge
and skills for selecting, administering, interpreting, diagnosing,
reporting, using assessment data, monitoring and evaluating the
instructional program. Legal perspectives, technical aspects of assessment
tools, accommodations, computer as a tool for assessment, and
nondiscriminatory testing will be examined.
EDU 224 Special Education Assessment Part II Birth-12th Grade
Students develop knowledge and skills in assessment, administration,
interpretation, programming and alignment of test data with teaching
standards. Trends in informal assessment, observation techniques, family
assessment, vocational assessment, work sample analysis, task analysis,
protfolios and teacher made tests will be explored.
EDU 233. Field Experience for Foundations of Education
This course is required for elementary education students. It is optional
but recommended for all others taking EDU 200. Students will engage in
guided observation in local elementary, middle, and high schools for a
total of fifteen hours. Students attend a seminar every other week. The
Field Experience component of the course is an opportunity to observe
local teachers in action at three different levels and become familiar
with instructional methods, classroom management techniques, and
EDU 234 Field Experience for Teaching Students with Special Needs.
This course is required for education majors. Students will engage in
guided observations of special education practice in local public schools
for a total of fifteen hours. They will assist model teachers as
requested. Prerequisites: EDU 203 or Concurrent
EDU 235 Field Experience for Educational Psychology.
Students will engage in guided field observations of the teaching and
learning process. They will spend at least fifteen clock hours in a school
at the level at which they want to be certified. Students will attend a
seminar at PGCC every other week. The Field Experience is an opportunity
to apply concepts learned in the PSY 206 course to processes of teaching
and learning at a local school. Students may also provide assistance to
classroom teachers as requested. This course is required for education
majors. Prerequisite. or concurrent:. PSY 206.
EDU 240. Elementary Methods.
This class focuses on strategies of teaching in the elementary grades and
knowledge of the theory and research supporting those strategies.
Opportunities for practice of planning and delivery of instruction will be
provided. A goal of this course is to develop the habit of reflective
practice and to foster collaborative problem solving with others. This
course meets the Maryland State Department of Education Teaching
Methodology requirement for initial certification in Elementary Education.
EDU 250. Secondary Methods.
This course is designed to enable prospective secondary level teachers to
plan, design, and conduct effective instruction based on knowledge of
theory and research-based practices, local and national standards and
goals, and trends in educational assessment and practice. Supplemental
topics include: classroom management, multiculturalism, and inclusion of
students with special needs. This course meets the Maryland State
Department of Education Teaching Methodology requirement for initial
certification in Secondary Education.