The Education Department has a Suggested Course Sequence for elementary,
and special education
students. Note that
R-MC will be offering the Special Education Minor (General Curriculum K-12) Fall
2014. Read all about it! http://www.rmc.edu/News/13-11-19-SPED-Education-Department.aspx
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
elementary schools, must be take concurrently with EDUC 225. One hour. Professor
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
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 Peacock
235 - 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 Peacock
236 - 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 Peacock
321 - 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.
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 Peacock
425 - 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: