102 - REAL: Real Experiences/ Authentic Learning - The purpose of this one hour course is to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity in the field of reading/language arts while promoting community service. Under the direction of a R-MC professor, school librarian, reading specialist, and classroom teacher, R-MC students work with children in a local elementary school in reading and language arts. This course is open to all education minors and non- minors! Permission of instructor required. One hour. Offered fall term only. Professor Roberson.
201 - Issues in Contemporary Education: Formation for Action: This course focuses on contemporary issues in education and how the topics intersect with and are impacted by other fields of study. It is designed for freshmen and sophomores, including non-education minors, who desire to engage in discourse with guest speakers from various disciplines as students explore multiple perspectives on education. Students will be guided as they explore topics relevant to their personal educational experiences. Active participation in class, personal interviews and discourse with guest speakers are central components. Is not required for the education minor, but the course does fulfill a social science requirement. Three hours. Offered in January term on selected years. Professor Bruce.
220 - Profession of Teaching - The philosophical, historical, and sociological foundations of American education form a context from which students analyze the institutional characteristics and curricular patterns, objectives, and resources of the contemporary elementary and secondary schools. Emphasis is placed on issues, problems, and challenges which influence curriculum and instruction in grades preK-12 today. This course, which is a prerequisite to all other education courses, requires a minimum 2.20 overall grade point average to enroll as a sophomore and 2.45 as a junior at the time of registration. Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 221. Students must take Praxis 1 or acceptable substitute scores from SAT, ACT, or VCLA-reading and writing, prior to or during EDUC 220 (see Entry Requirements). Offered fall and spring terms. Three hours. Professor Mudd and Dr. Yesbeck
221 - Field Work in Profession of Teaching - This course, which provides the fieldwork concerning curriculum and instruction, must be taken concurrently with EDUC 220. One hour. Professor Mudd and Dr. Yesbeck
225 – Reading and Language Arts Methods for Teachers - This course offers an overview of the developmental reading process and the related theories and instructional practices. Students will learn about providing a balanced literacy program for ALL children which includes: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing and spelling instruction. Students also will learn how to use diagnostic assessment (formative and summative) to drive instruction. The use of quality multicultural literature to provide reading and content area instruction is emphasized. Required course for elementary and special education minors. Prerequisites: EDUC 220-221. Offered only to fall term seniors. Three hours. Professor Roberson.
226 - Field Work in Reading and Language Arts Methods for Teachers This course, which provides experiences in reading and language arts in elementary schools, must be take concurrently with EDUC 225. One hour. Professor Roberson.
227 - Math Methods for Elementary Teachers - This course provides an overview of effective mathematics instruction combining the fundamental core understanding and applications to promote teaching and learning through problem-solving and the use of concrete manipulatives. A fieldwork component is included. Prerequisites: EDUC 220-221. Required course for elementary minors. Offered fall term only. Three hours. Dr Yesbeck.
228 - Science Methods for Elementary Teachers - This course is designed to expand pre-service teachers- knowledge and skills in the teaching of science in the K-6 classroom. Students will learn to build skills, content knowledge, and desire for inquiry to prepare children for a scientific society. A field work component is included. Prerequisites: EDUC 220-221 Required course for elementary minors. Offered spring term only. Three hours. Dr Yesbeck.
230 – Reading in the Content Areas K-12 - This course explores how ALL students comprehend and learn with text and how teachers can assist them in these processes. Students will examine and utilize instructional strategies that promote understanding and use of narrative and expository in 21st century classrooms. The opportunity to observe inservice teachers will be included. Required course for secondary minors. Suggested course for elementary minors. Prerequisites: EDUC 220-221, related fieldwork, or permission from the instructor. Offered spring term Junior year only. Three hours. Professor Roberson.
233 - Survey of Exceptional Children - The dimensions of exceptionality will be examined including medical, cognitive, communicative, and social/emotional. Roles and responsibilities of education and the community will be examined including speakers and/or field trips to selected sites. Research, discussion, group projects and technological resources will be used to assist in examining relevant issues . Prerequisites: EDUC 220/221 or permission of the instructor. Required course for ALL education minors. Offered fall and spring terms. Three hours. Professor Peacock and Dr. Bruce 234 - Issues in Special Education - This seminar-style class is for students preparing for a special education teaching license. Legal, ethical, practical, and professional issues for special educators are emphasized. Required for Special Education MInor. Prerequisities: EDUC 220/221and EDUC 233. Offered Fall semester only. Professor Peacock235 - Characteristics of Exceptional Learners - This advanced course builds on EDUC 233. Knowledge gained will assist special education teachers to effectively and collaboratively meet the educational needs of children with a wide variety of special needs including but not limited to students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, autism, developmental delay, other health impairment, traumatic brain injury and multiple disabilities. Applying knowledge of characteristics to individualized education program development and implementation is emphasized. Must be concurrently enrolled in Education 236. Required for Special Education Minor. Prerequisites: Education 220/221, and 233. Offered spring term. Three Hours. Professor Peacock236 - Characteristics of Exceptional Learners Fieldwork - This is the fieldwork class to be completed in conjunction EDUC 235. Collaboration skills and reflective practice are practiced and emphasized. Students will complete a fieldwork assignment with a special educator in a collaborative placement setting. Required for Special Education Minor. Prerequisites: EDUC 220/221 and 233. Offered spring term. One hour. Professor Peacock321 - Educational Psychology - A study of human growth and development (physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and moral) through the adolescent period. Other major topics include theories of learning, intelligence, motivation, higher level cognitive processes, and student diversity. Brain-based learning and 21st century frameworks are modeled through classroom practices. This course enables students to apply psychological principles to the educational process and classroom teaching. Units on assessment, measurement and evaluation; and recognizing, reporting, and responding to child abuse and neglect are included. EDUC 321 must be taken concurrently with EDUC 322. Prerequisite: EDUC 220/221. Required course for all education minors. Offered fall term. Three hours. Ms. Davis.
322 - Field Work in Educational Psychology - This course must be taken concurrently with EDUC 321. One hour.
346 - Senior Seminar - This capstone course, which is required as part of the senior block plan, is designed and organized in modules around topics essential to the continuing development of the student teacher and the job search. The student teacher learns to create an electronic professional portfolio. In addition, the seminar provides the student teacher with opportunities for analysis, synthesis, reflection and evaluation of his/her student teaching experience. The class meets one evening each week during the spring block. Prerequisites: EDUC 220-221, 230, 233, 321-322 for secondary education minors and EDUC 220-221, 225-226, 227, 228, 233, and 321-322 for elementary education minors. Offered spring term only. Three hours. Dr. Davis and Dr. Yesbeck. 355 - Principles and Methods of Secondary Education - Building on the foundations of EDUC 220 and EDUC 321 as well as on the students' knowledge of their teaching fields, students continue to study secondary curriculum and instructional procedures. Emphasis is placed on topics and experiences which enable students to develop effective teaching styles for diverse learners in 21st century classrooms. Topics include instructional planning, choosing and implementing a variety of instructional strategies, technology, classroom management, formative and summative assessments as well as working with ELL students. The course work includes the students' planning, preparation, and presentation of micro-lessons, some of which will be video-taped. Students are required to create a comprehensive instructional unit of study to be used during student teaching.In addition, major department tutorials deal with textbooks, technology, instructional materials and resources and Virginia SOLs particular to each student's teaching field.. (This course is part of the education block plan and must be taken concurrently with EDUC 346 and EDUC 425-426 during the senior year.) Prerequisites: EDUC 220-221, 230, 233, and 321-322 and admission to student teaching. Offered spring term only. Four hours. Dr. Davis. 356 - Principles and Methods of Elementary Education - This course explores topics and experiences which will enable the students to develop effective teaching styles for diverse learners in 21st century classrooms. Emphasis is on multiple teaching techniques and varied instructional materials appropriate to the elementary level. The course develops an understanding of factors and competencies necessary for effective elementary classroom instruction, including the development of an integrated thematic unit based on Virginia SOLs (Standards of Learning), classroom management strategies, teaching techniques that address learning styles, multiple intelligences, and current brain-based research. Working with ELL students is also addressed. Prerequisites: EDUC 220-221, 225-226, 227, 228, 233, 321-322 and admission to student teaching. Offered January term only. Three hours. Dr. Yesbeck. 357 - Principles and Methods of Special Education- As the final special education class taken prior to the student teaching experience, this class provides students with an opportunity to assess their past learning in light of the Virginia Special Education-General Curriculum matrix, indentify their learning needs, and take initiative to meet those needs through authentic learning activities that facilitate their professional development. A practical focus on planning, instructional strategies, differentiation, and collaboration will prepare students for a successful student teaching experience. Prerequisites: EDUC 220/221, EDUC 233, EDUC 225/226, EDUC 234, EDUC 235/236. Four hours. Fall of senior year only. Three hours. Professor Peacock425 - Observation (for student teaching) - Observation (150 contact hours) and ED 426- Student Teaching (150 contact hours) are the capstone experiences for all Education minors. Students integrate knowledge and experiences from all other Education courses and field work. These include: professional, academic, and creative integrations. Education 425 includes 4-5 weeks of observation, participation, and specific assignments to prepare the student for ten weeks of full-time student teaching. Elementary student teachers have two separate placements for ten-twelve weeks of full-time student teaching. This course is taught as part of the Education block and must be taken concurrently with Education 426 and Education 355. Prerequisites: Education 220/221; 321/322 and additional specified courses for elementary and secondary minors plus admission to student teaching. Offered spring term only. Three hours.
426 - Student Teaching - Student teaching is the culminating experience for the Education minor. Student teaching is designed to integrate and refine knowledge, skills and experiences to become a highly qualified teacher. During student teaching, students assume full teaching responsibilities. Reflective practice is required throughout the experience. Student teaching is a full-time ten-twelve week teaching experience. Student teaching fulfills the Cross Area Requirement for Experiential Learning and Capstone experience. Offered spring term only. Six hours.
450 - Directed Field Studies - This course provides an opportunity, under unusual circumstances, for a qualified student to gain practical experience or research study with an educational institution through field placement. This course does not fulfill any requirement of the Teacher Preparation Program. Prerequisite: Permission by the department chair. Three hours. Staff.
455 - Internship in Education - Designed for juniors or seniors with a minimum of a 2.25 GPA who desire an immersion experience in an educational setting other than those available through education courses. The qualified student should have a specific area of educational interest which might include: specialized careers in education such as special education, guidance, administration, and reading, or in other settings such as, museums, humane societies, or athletic facilities. Education faculty will work with the qualified student to develop placements in the student's area of interest. The student will need to have successfully completed EDUC 220-221 and have permission of the instructor. For elective credit only, this course may not count towards an education minor. Application is required. Three semester hours. Staff. See our recent J-term internships at: http://www.rmc.edu/News/13-02-19-Hillary-Sherbert-internship.aspx and http://www.rmc.edu/News/13-01-31-Luke-Sellers-internship.aspx