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ART 531
Methods and Materials for Teaching Art
3 credit hours
This course focuses on the basic techniques and methods for planning, teaching and assessing art P-12. National, state, and visual arts guidelines of a comprehensive art education program will be reviewed. The course emphasizes various hands-on activities for use of tools, materials, and methods for creating a variety of P-12 art studio projects.


Methods and Materials for the Teaching of Business
3 credit hours
This class is designed to prepare students to become instructors of business education. Methods and assignments employed in the class are designed to develop techniques of classroom management, motivation, planning, and evaluation of instructional experiences.


Educational Technology
3 credit hours
This class is a survey of the field of educational technology. It surveys the pedagogical applications of widely used media, materials and technology that form part of the knowledge and skills that modern teachers should possess to instruct students in the classroom. Reviewing websites, selecting software, surfing the internet, construction of classroom web pages and using other Internet protocols and software to supplement classroom instruction are all possess that modern teachers should be familiar with and be able to handle well to enhance their teaching skills.
The Middle School
3 credit hours
Provides students with a conceptual framework and a practical guide for teaching in the middle school. The objectives of this course are to understand the differences between middle school and junior high; to explore the history of the Middle School Movement; to become familiar with defining characteristics of middle schools; and to study the behaviors and learning of middle school students. This course includes a field experience component.
The Modern Secondary School
3 credit hours
This course provides students with a conceptual framework and a practical guide for teaching a variety of courses at the secondary school level. The course features a study of current methods and materials for approved subject areas in secondary school. Emphasis is placed on planning for instruction, the selection and implementation of appropriate teaching models, instructional materials, instructional delivery, and evaluation techniques. Field Hours Required.
Modern Elementary School
3 credit hours
This course seeks to explore and analyze contrasting strategies for the instruction and assessment of elementary school students as well as to examine the infusion of technology and software applications into student instruction and assessment. Students will research and compare and contrast curriculum standards for Kentucky and other states. New and innovative practices for effective and appropriate classroom, school-wide, and district policies will also be examined. Attention will focus on reducing the achievement gap between sub-populations. Required for all elementary majors.
Research Methods in Education
3 credit hours
Introduction to research in education, the purpose of research and ethical considerations, and identification of appropriate research methods and interpretation of findings. Standards for written reviews of literature.
Advanced Human Behavior
3 credit hours
Study of the lifespan from conception to young adulthood is studied with emphasis upon biological, intellectual, and psychosocial development. Also included are units on exceptional pupils and understanding of multicultural education. Required for all Masters Degree programs.
Instructional Design and Curriculum
3 credit hours
Focuses on lesson plan development and design. Included are teaching strategies for diverse populations, accommodations for special needs students. This course will also incorporate the use of current Kentucky Teacher Internship Program’s Teacher Performance Assessment documents. Particular attention will be paid to KERA Initiatives, Program of Study Core Content, and curriculum alignment from Objectives, activities, and procedures through assessment. This course includes a field experience component.
Classroom Management and Discipline
3 credit hours
This course is designed to assist teachers in learning the theoretical foundations and practical application of effective classroom management and discipline systems. Learning activities will direct participants toward assessing classroom behavior management needs and planning for progress based on the application of concepts and skills presented in the course. In collaborative teams, discussion and group activities, participants will clarify course concepts and consider how they are or are not appropriate for their own teaching situations. Course participants will also be directed to compare and contrast Glasser’s Choice Theory to other well known models of classroom management. Participants will then determine which approach, or combination of approaches; best fits their teaching situation.
EDUC/EDOL 639 Seminar
Methodology of Teaching
3 credit hours
A seminar approach to the methods of teaching, providing students with an opportunity to explore in-depth particular problems associated with methodology; individual demonstration, oral reports, and group discussion pertinent to areas of specialization. An emphasis of study of the Reflective Model and the Kentucky Internship Program is included.
Supervised Student Teaching
6 credit hours
Actual classroom teaching under supervision of cooperating schools in elementary, middle or secondary area. The college professor will direct the student teaching and provide in-class time for study, analysis, and reflection. This course has a $200 fee. Pre-requisite: passing appropriate PRAXIS scores, GPA 3.0.
Practicum in Education
3 credit hours
This practicum course is designed for those students completing the MAT degree and currently working in a public or private elementary, middle or secondary school. The college professor will direct the practicum and provide in-class time for study, analysis, and reflection. This course has a $75 fee. Pre-requisite: Passing appropriate PRAXIS scores; GPA 3.0.

English Courses

Methods and Materials for Teaching English
3 credit hours
This course is the study of methods and materials suitable for teaching English at various public school grade levels. The intent is to introduce teachers to the burgeoning theories of teaching the various elements of an English class. Students will research the field of English instruction, develop a variety of daily and unit plans that incorporate new techniques and theories, practice writing evaluation, and study strategies suitable to English instruction.

Health Courses

Methods and Materials for Teaching Health
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to plan and implement a variety of health promotion lessons and methods in elementary, middle and secondary school classrooms. Emphasis will be on facilitating prepared units/lessons to respective target.
Methods and Materials for Teaching Physical Education
3 credit hours
The purpose of this course is to prepare students to plan, organize and conduct a physical education program for students in grades P-12. Students will be provided background knowledge about physical education content, skill themes and movement concepts. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in various individual and team sports including life sports.

History Courses

Methods and Materials for Teaching Social Studies
3 credit hours
An analysis of content area, methodology, and instructional techniques; application of methods to the skill and content area of social studies.

Mathematics Courses

Teaching Math to Learners with Disabilities
3 credit hours
The overall context in which these teaching approaches are considered are the national curricular reforms in mathematics. This course focuses on pedagogy and its relationship to subject matter, curriculum, and pedagogical knowledge. The roles of learners within the context of the school are also considered. Specific attention is provided in this course to the teaching that responds to the reform recommendations identified by the NCTM and higher standards in mathematics in education present KERA.
Methods and Material for Teaching Math
3 credit hours
The study of the methods and materials suitable for teaching Mathematics at various public/private school grade levels. The intent is to introduce teachers to the ever-increasing theories of teaching the elements of mathematics in the curriculum. Students will take an active approach to teaching mathematics to learners. All students will study current relevant research in the field of mathematics instruction, develop a variety of daily and unit plans that incorporate new and current techniques and theories, practice evaluation techniques and to be introduced to other aspects which is appropriate for a mathematics instructors classroom.

Music Courses

Methods and Materials for Teaching Music
3 credit hours
This course is focused primarily on the preparation of classroom teachers to effectively use and teach music concepts and skills to elementary, middle and secondary students, regardless of their prior musical background. Pre-service teachers will learn to design and deliver lessons in music that include singing, movement classroom instrument performance, simply music note reading, and listening to enhanced conceptual learning for students. Students will examine such issues as music curricula, goals and objectives of the music program and the different aspects involved in teaching music.

Reading and Writing Courses

Reading and Writing Foundations
3 credit hours
This course is designed as an introductory course in reading. Basic skills in readiness, word recognition, comprehension, study skills, and rate will be emphasized. Different approaches to the teaching of reading (basal, LEA, linguistics, and integrated literature content area reading). This course is a required prerequisite to ALL READING COURSES. (Exception: students who have satisfactorily completed ELEM 331 and ELEM 338 or their equivalents.)

Science Courses

Methods and Materials for Teaching Science
3 credit hours
Designed as a survey of selected basic principles from earth/space science and the physical and biological sciences, this course provides a body of content essential for the teaching of science in the elementary school.
Methods and Materials for Teaching Science at the Secondary Level
3 credit hours
Fundamental principles of the physical and biological sciences to prospective and experienced teachers. This course will be education specific and provide effective strategies for teaching science at any grade level.

Special Education

Issues and Trends
3 credit hours
This is a course of directed study designed to explore current trends and issues in the education of students with disabilities. Topics include most recent legislation that outlines the categories for eligibility, and issues affecting the identification of individuals with disabilities, and educational programming. This course is a prerequisite for students entering the special education program for certification (SPED 233 may also be a prerequisite option). This course may be taken as the special education requirement for students in the leadership program.
Middle and Secondary School: Transition
3 credit hours
This is a course of directed study designed to explore the area of career education, transition, and practices at the middle and secondary school levels that support successful community integration of individuals with disabilities. Course topics include characteristics of adolescents, current outcomes for individuals with disabilities, learning strategies, and methods and materials appropriate for adolescents. Other topics include school drop-out prevention, family centered planning, self-determination training, and supported employment.
Special Education Evaluation
3 credit hours
Principles of evaluation regarding the areas of academic, social, and personal characteristics of individuals with disabilities. Evaluation as a basis for program design and management is emphasized.
Consultation and Collaboration for Curriculum Design
3 credit hours
This course is designed to assist teachers in collaborating and consulting with colleagues regarding specially designed instruction for individuals with disabilities. Knowledge and skills include designing, adapting, and evaluating materials, methods, and resources for individuals with a variety of characteristics. Teaching the core curriculum is included. Various models of instruction including strategic teaching are explored. Communications skills and barriers to professional relationships are discussed. Assistive technology, adaptive devices and equipment are discussed. Field experience is required.
Working with Parents of Students with Disabilities
3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare teachers to interact appropriately with parents of students with disabilities. The course includes the development of competencies in conducting parent conferences, interviews, home-family assessments, and parent training programs.
Classroom and Behavior Management for Individuals with Disabilities
3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare teachers to perform functional assessments of behavior and social skills in educational settings. This course includes designing and implementing instruction using operant conditioning or behavior modification techniques as well as social skills instruction and personal adaptation instructional techniques. General principles of classroom management are included.
Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide the student with readings, discussions and related activities to the recognition of behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Autism spectrum disorders diagnostic assessments and rating scales will be reviewed to identify those children with autism, and Asperger’s syndrome, and to distinguish these disabilities from Rett’s syndrome. The emphasis of this course will be on the identifying characteristics of ASD in students and the best practices of instructing those students.

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