Education

Faculty/Staff

Cheryl The, Chair; Heather Archer Wilson, Michael England, Program Director and Certification Officer;

Staff: Michelle Quiej, Administrative Assistant

Adjunct: Donna Berkner, Raul Clarke, Paul Des Jardins, Randy Gillam, Kisha Norris, Marcel Sargeant

Mission

The Southwestern Adventist University Education Department is committed to inspiring knowledge, faith, and service through Christ-centered education. Our mission is to prepare effective educators who are equipped for teaching in faith-based and/or public schools.

EDUC 254 : Introduction to the Teaching Profession

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the field of teaching and reflect on their interest in education. Students will also examine current and historical roles, expectations, stereotypes, and characterizations that define teaching as a profession. Pre-service teachers will also engage in activities designed to sharpen critical thinking as well as acquaint themselves with current trends in the discipline of teaching. Pre-service teachers will begin the process of developing their e-portfolio. Includes field experience.

credits

3

Prerequisites

EDUC 275 : Multicultural Perspective

A study of racial and ethnic groups in american society featuring an examination of their history, cultural heritage, contribution, struggles, and hopes for the future. Emphasis will be placed on a strength-based analysis of diverse groups. Focus will also address working with families in a classroom and counseling setting to to be best serve a multicultural society. Course content will guide students to be better informed and proactive in a multicultural society. (Also taught as PSYC 275)

credits

3

EDUC 298 : Individual Study Topics

A study in an area of interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve research, laboratory, or library work. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

credits

1 - 2

EDUC 299 : Directed Group Study Topics

Provides academic departments an opportunity to offer courses in specialized or experimental areas, either lower or upper division, not listed in the undergraduate Bulletin. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

credits

1 - 3

EDUC 310 : Teaching English as an Additional Language

This course will address theoretical and practical aspects of second language instruction. A variety of teaching strategies will be presented, along with ways to incorporate national and state standards into lesson planning and classroom activities. Socio-cultural issues of language and language acquisition will be covered. Formal and informal assessment procedures will be introduced and reviewed. Current trends and issues will be discussed as they related to second language learners.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to Education Preparation Program

EDUC 312 : Educational Psychology

A study of psychology as it relates to the learning processes and teaching methods. Principles and theories of learning are reviewed and individual differences and psychological concepts examined. Attention is given to exceptional learners. Includes field experience.

credits

3

EDUC 322 : Adolescent Psychology

An overview of the physical, mental and emotional phases of human development during the adolescent years. A study of the environmental and educational problems of the teenager. (Also taught as PSYC 322.)

credits

3

EDUC 326 : Learners With Exceptionalities

A study of the 13 disability categories outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004. Emphasis on understanding the educational needs of students with disabilities. The study includes characteristics, causes, prevalence, and legislation regarding students with disabilities. Admission, review, and dismissal procedures for students requiring an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or other specialized program(s) are covered. The roles and responsibilities of the classroom teacher are integrated into the study of each specific disability category. (Also taught as PSYC 326

credits

3

EDUC 350 : Digital Literacy Proficiency

Explores the essential elements needed for the acquisition of knowledge and competencies to promote 21st century digital learning skills. Students will learn about the need for collaboration, communication, critical and creative thinking. Components of S.T.E.A.M., Problem-Based Learning, robotics, video/audio editing, podcasting, green screen technology, and coding will also be addressed. Meets technology requirements for the Texas Teaching Credential and the North American Division educational technology and renewal certification requirements. This course meets the computer science requirement for education majors only.

credits

3

EDUC 364 : Kindergarten Materials and Methods

A course designed to prepare pre-service teachers for the kindergarten classroom. The study of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood settings is central to this course. Education of the whole child is emphasized through attention to individual student needs, abilities, and interests. Areas of study include: art, dramatic play, language, literacy, math, music, movement, science, sensory centers, and social studies. Field experience is required for successful completion of the course.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to education preparation program

EDUC 375 : Children's Literature

A course designed to introduce the pre-service teacher to the many benefits of children's literature. A wide range of genres, authors, illustrators, and titles will be emphasized. Students will learn to identify quality literature, award categories, and make informed book selections for the classroom. The use of children's literature for study and recreation will be emphasized. Connections to authentic reading experiences will be provided throughout the semester.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to education preparation program

EDUC 382 : Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School

A course designed to acquaint the pre-service teachers with the strategies to help ALL children become better readers through systematic, multimethod, multilevel instruction. The focus will be on the essential components of a balanced literacy program to include assessment, lesson planning, strategic reading processes, and program implementation.  Includes field experience. This course includes six hours of dyslexia education as required by the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). TAC Rule 228.35 (4)

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to education preparation program

EDUC 385 : Philosophy of Christian Education

This course is to prepare students to cultivate a holistic approach regarding their philosophy of Christian education. It will examine the basic schools of thought and their correlation with Biblical principles, explore different schools of philosophy and define their educational aims and methods, curriculum, and the role of the teacher. A personal philosophy of Christian education will be developed that reflects the role of Seventh-day Adventist Christian Education, and its ministry to the Christian faith community, as well as to the world.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Prerequisites: Admission to the education preparation program.

EDUC 386 : Mathematics in the Elementary School

A course designed to acquaint the pre-service teacher with concepts, methods, and available materials for effective mathematics instruction in the elementary school. Creative development of materials and lesson plans are emphasized. (This course does not apply to mathematics requirements.) Includes field experience.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to education preparation program

EDUC 414 : Science and Health in the Elementary School

Pre-service candidates study how to design, implement, and evaluate standards-based science lessons including integrating content from the Texas TEKS for science and health into the science curriculum in meaningful ways. SDA ByDesign science curriculum will be addressed in the areas of healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention. Students will have opportunities to develop teaching lessons and instruct local area elementary students in a laboratory setting. (This course does not apply to General Education science requirements.) Includes field experience.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to Education Preparation Program

EDUC 418 : Legal Foundations of Education

A study of the legal aspects of education, with emphasis on the responsibilities, duties, and existing constitutional statutory rights of agencies and individuals. Topics related to students with special needs and those from diverse populations will be covered.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to education preparation program

EDUC 419 : Social Studies in the Elementary School

An overview of the multicultural elementary school social studies program which incorporates proven teaching strategies such as models of teaching, cooperative learning, learning styles, and dimensions of learning. Students will have opportunity to develop thematic lesson plans in an active-learning environment. (This course does not apply to social studies requirements.) Includes field experience.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to education preparation program

EDUC 424 : Language Arts Essential Skills in the Elementary School

Designed to acquaint the pre-service teacher to implement a robust language arts program for the elementary classroom. Topics include all aspects of writing instruction including idea development, revision, mechanics, spelling, and publication. A writing workshop format will be used to engage students in developing writing lessons, writing assessment, and writing connections across the curriculum that align with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills as well as SDA Language Arts Standards. Field experience is required.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to education preparation program and successful completion of EDUC 382.

EDUC 434 : Classroom Assessment

This class prepares pre-service teacher to have a better understanding of classroom learning and assessment. Attention will be given to test construction and evaluation of test results.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to education preparation program and senior class status

EDUC 435 : Classroom Management for the Secondary School

The purpose of this course is to help pre-service teachers develop systematic strategies and techniques for organizing and managing classroom activities and students. Research and practitioner-based models for classroom management will be reviewed and explored. Emphasis will be based upon real-world solutions that prepare pre-service teachers to be effective managers of their classrooms so that student learning is maximized.

credits

2

Prerequisites

Admission to education preparation program and senior class status

EDUC 436 : Classroom Management

The purpose of this course is to help teachers develop systematic strategies and techniques for organizing and managing classroom activities and students. Research and practitioner-based models for classroom management will be reviewed and explored. Emphasis will be based upon real-world solutions that prepare teachers to be effective managers of their classrooms so that student learning is maximized.  Note: This is a senior class and is to be taken concurrently with student teaching.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to teacher education preparation program and senior class status

EDUC 450 : Teaching in the Secondary School

A study of the teacher's role, teaching techniques, classroom management and evaluation of learning experiences in the secondary school as these affect all students, including those with special needs and minorities. This course also addresses reading in the content area. Includes field experience. Included in this course are content area reading strategies for secondary students and 6 hours of Dyslexia training as required by Texas Administrative Code (TAC). (TAC RULE §228.35 (4)

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to student teaching

EDUC 460 : Differentiated Instruction for the Elementary Classroom

This course focuses on preparing pre-service teachers for the inclusive classroom setting. Emphasis is placed on understanding how to meet the needs of the many different learners in classrooms and schools. It provides opportunities to examine the characteristics of a differentiated classroom; how to frame instruction around concepts; and some techniques for differentiating content, process, and product. Special emphasis is given to collaboration, inclusion, exceptionality (including gifted and talented), multi-grade classrooms, individual education, transition plans, effective assessment, and instructional procedures and student diversity.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to the Education Preparation Program.

EDUC 475 : Directed Teaching in Elementary School

This course is a 14-week student teaching experience. Students are required to engage in full-day teaching in an approved elementary classroom. Student teachers work under the guidance of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor. Available to seniors only in their final semester. Placement requires approval of education faculty. Pass/Fail.

credits

6

Prerequisites

Two-thirds of the professional education classes, academic specialization(s) and academic foundations, senior standing, and admission to student teaching

EDUC 485 : Directed Teaching in Secondary School

This course is a 14-weel student teaching experience. Students are required to engage in full-day teaching in an approved classroom (grades 7-12). Student teachers work under the guidance of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor. Available to seniors only in their final semester. Placement requires approval of education faculty. Pass/no pass course.

credits

6

Prerequisites

Two-thirds of the professional education classes, academic specialization(s) and academic foundations, senior standing, and admission to student teaching.

EDUC 495 : TExES Prep #1 - Core Subjects EC-6

This course assists students in understanding the state and federal standards for their chosen certification areas. Students complete intensive reviews for Core Content EC-6 certification exams. Students must attend review classes and successfully complete Core Content EC-6 practice exams with 80% or higher as a prerequisite for permission to register with Pearson to take the state exam.

credits

0

EDUC 496 : TExES Prep #2 - Pedagogy and Professionalism Responsibilities EC-12

This course assists students in understanding the state and federal standards for their chosen certification areas. Students complete intensive reviews for their Pedagogy and Professionalism (PPR) certification exams. They must attend review classes and successfully complete PPR EC-12 practice exams with 80% or higher as a prerequisite for permission to register with Pearson to take the state exam.

credits

0

EDUC 498 : Individual Study Topics

A study in an area of interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve research, laboratory, or library work. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

credits

1 - 2

Prerequisites

Admission to education preparation program, and approval of department chair

EDUC 499 : Directed Group Study

A study in an area of student interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve research, laboratory, or library work. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

credits

2 - 3

Prerequisites

Admission to Education Preparation Program, and approval of department chair