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Secondary Education (Type 09 Certificate)

Course Descriptions

EDGSE 404: Field Experience for Secondary (1)
Candidates will enroll in a one-credit course prior to students teaching and observe classes in their major for two weeks. Field experience will take place at a high school selected by the School of Education.  Arrangements will be made for certified teachers pursuing subsequent certification in secondary or candidates in their own classroom.

EDGSP 413: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)    
Five field experience hours
Cross Reference: EDU 323
This course explores the characteristics and learning needs of exceptional learners and regular classroom modifications necessary for these learners. The responsibilities of teachers under federal legislation are emphasized. Course includes examination of research and pedagogy related to this area of education. Learners with special needs include students with mental retardation, gifted, learning disabilities, physical health impairments, communication disorders, behavior disorders, vision or hearing impairment, varied cultural backgrounds and specific risk factors. This course meets the requirement for Illinois House Bill 150. Offered every semester.

EDGSE 415: Principles and Practices of the Middle and Secondary School (3)   
Cross Reference: EDU 370
This course focuses on establishing a learning environment in the classroom. It examines methods of establishing objectives and developing learning experiences, the setting of limits on behavior, group dynamics, research-based instructional methods and the use of community resources. Study and application of classroom interaction models, use of applied research techniques and use of computer databases are included in this course. Strategies for educational leadership are also examined. Offered fall and spring semester.

EDGSE 423 - Secondary Education Practicum (3-6)
Offered as needed
This practicum experience is designed for certified teachers seeking a subsequent Type 09 Secondary certification. In lieu of a second student teaching experience, graduate students enroll in EDGSE 423, Practicum in Secondary Education, for a three to six credit experience that will take place at their own classroom if the candidate is teaching at the high school level or at a setting designated by the School of Education. A plan will be developed for the candidate based on related experiences. A faculty from the School of Education will supervise the practicum.

EDGSE 444: Directed Teaching - Middle and Secondary Education (6)    
Prerequisite: A minimum of 100-clock hours of supervised field experiences in education; the required in sequence education courses
Co-requisite: concurrent enrollment in EDGSE 445

Program of guided observation, participation and teaching in classroom, jointly supervised by a teacher from the University and one from the field. Normally, the student teacher spends the whole school day in the field for sixteen weeks. Offered fall and spring semester.

EDGSE 445: Seminar in Teaching and Learning (2)    
Cross Reference: EDU 345
Co-requisite: to be taken concurrent with student teaching; concurrent enrollment in EDGSE 446
 
This course provides a reflective analysis of the directed-teaching setting; analysis and evaluation of the candidate's classroom management, instructional planning, implementation and assessment strategies; instructional modifications to address diverse learners; analysis and evaluation of students' learning. Offered fall and spring semester.

EDGIP/ EDGSE 459: Methods, Curriculum, and Philosophy of Teaching in the Middle School (3)
Fifteen field experience hours
Cross Reference: EDU 359
This course provides an overview of the middle school philosophy, middle school curriculum and instruction and instructional methods for designing and teaching developmentally appropriate programs in middle school. Materials, content and methodologies utilized by educators in middle grades, including team teaching, interdepartmental teaching, cooperative learning and teaching reading in the content area, are emphasized. Students explore principles in class and utilize them to develop various integrated lesson plans, approaches, activities and teaching aids. Research provides the background for the investigations in this course. Offered every semester.

EDGSE 463: Methods of Teaching Art in the Middle and Secondary School (3)
Cross Reference: ART 371, EDU 371
Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently
Classroom and field experiences. This course provides an investigation and use of applicational, functional and expressional aspects of teaching art. Exploration and discussion of major educational concepts and techniques. Course also includes field trips to a variety of schools where different teaching modes can be examined. Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE. Offered fall term.

EDGSE 464: Methods of Teaching Biology in the Middle and Secondary School (3)
Cross Reference: BIOL 372, EDU 372
Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently
Classroom and field experiences. This course covers the principles, methods and materials of teaching biology at the middle school and secondary level. Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE. Offered fall term.

EDGSE 465: Methods of Teaching English in the Middle and Secondary School (3)
Cross Reference: ENGL 373
Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently
This course builds on and expands the material covered in ENGL 356 and ENGL 371. This course covers the theories and practices of teaching English in middle schools and secondary school English language arts classrooms, in addition to an emphasis on integrating reading, writing, speaking, listening and technology skills into effective lessons and units.  Classroom and field experiences required. Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE. Offered fall term.

EDGSE 466: Methods of Teaching Foreign Language in the Middle and Secondary School (K - 12) (3)
Cross Reference: SPAN 374, EDU 374
Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently; junior or senior standing
Classroom and field experiences. This course examined the trends in methodology of foreign language teaching in the United States. Course includes the development of ability in determining, stating and evaluating objectives. Emphasis on individualized instruction. Class demonstration of teaching techniques with the use of audio-visual equipment. Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE. Offered fall term.

EDGSE 467: Methods of Teaching Mathematics Grades 6-12 (3)
Cross Reference: MATH 375, EDU 376
Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently
This course exposes both pre-service and in-service school teachers to principles, current issues, materials and methods of teaching mathematics in grades K-8. Strong mathematical background expected. Classroom and field experiences are required. Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE. Offered fall term.

EDGSE 469: Methods of Teaching History and Social Studies in the Middle and Secondary School (3)
Cross Reference: EDU 371-379, excluding 375
Prerequisite: EDUG 415 or concurrently
Classroom and field experiences. This course covers the principles, methods and materials of teaching history and social studies at the middle school and secondary level. Offered fall term.

EDGSE 470: Orientation to the Profession of Teaching (0)
Cross Reference: all sections of 470
All students entering a teacher certification program in the School of Education are required to participate in a weekend session of the Orientation to the Profession of Teaching.  During the orientation, teacher candidates become familiar with the policies required for state teacher certification and procedures set forth by the School of Education to meet such policies.  The orientation includes but is not limited to a criminal history fingerprint check, VIRTUS training, the disposition workshop, a practice assessment of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), LiveText training, and an introduction to the requirements for teacher certification. Offered every semester.

EDGSE 497: Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners (3)    
Ten field experience hours
This course addresses the responsibility and challenge secondary teachers must undertake as they strive to meet the needs of diverse learners in their content areas. Teacher candidates will explore teaching and learning strategies that support the development of a wide range of literacy skills in order to create challenging learning opportunities for all students. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGSE 498: Directed Teaching in K-12 classrooms (3)
Program of guided observation, participation and teaching of students in K-12 settings. Jointly supervised by an instructor from the University and a teacher from the field. The student teacher spends sixteen weeks in a 6-12 setting. Offered as needed during fall and spring semesters.

EDGSE 507: Advanced Educational Psychology (3)    
Ten field experience hours
This course examines the psychological theories and principles of learning as they apply to the teaching-learning process. A constructive analysis of the principle areas, theories, experimentation and conclusions in psychology with attention focused on such topics as motivation, intelligence, learning, cognition and emotions. Graduate students seeking certificate in Early Childhood or Elementary Education may not substitute this course with an undergraduate course. Offered once a year or according to cohort schedule.

EDGSE 508: Advanced Adolescent Development (3)    
Ten field experience hours
This course will investigate the research concerning the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. It is designed to address decision making curriculum that would include the emotional, sexual, spiritual, physical, moral and intellectual development of the adolescent in special and regular educational settings. This course may not be substituted by an undergraduate course for certification. Offered once a year or according to cohort schedule.

EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3)
This course examines the social, historical and philosophical foundations of American education. It explores the relationship between school and society, the development of the U.S. educational system from its inception to the present, and the philosophical questions that guide educational thought and practice. Students apply these philosophical questions to a variety of contemporary situations, including theories of learning and educational policies. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (3)
Cross Reference: EDGCI and EDGAL 527
Required for certification      
This course is designed to address the assessment and evaluation of student progress toward meeting targeted standards, learning objectives and competencies. The development of interpretive skills across learning objectives will be stressed. Topics addressed include: standards-based assessment, standardized tests and interpreting their results, performance assessment, portfolio assessment, self-evaluation and dissemination of assessment results. Offered according to the cohort schedule.

EDGCC 513: Educational Research, Design and Development (3)
Cross Reference: all sections of 513  
This course initiates the graduate study research requirement. Course content differentiates the foundational assumptions, elements, methods and designs of educational research through both qualitative and quantitative paradigms. A statement of original research inquiry, a literature review, and a plan for investigating a research problem are developed. Offered according to cohort schedule.

EDGCC 514: Scholarship of Teaching: Finalizing the Inquiry Process (3)    
Cross Reference: all sections of 514
Prerequisite: EDGCC 513

This course is designed to guide and assist graduate students in the completion of the graduate research study. Students receive guidance in the collection and interpretation of data. Dissemination of research findings to peers, the educational community, and other relevant audiences is required. Offered according to the cohort schedule.

 

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