Degrees and Requirements

Education

Minors are offered as opportunities for students to fulfill career or personal interests, and/or to facilitate in-depth study in a field of secondary interest.  In particular, the Education minor would be especially valuable for students interested in working in an educational setting, inlcuding majors such as Child and Family Studies, Psychology, and Sociology.  An Education minor would also be beneficial for those students who may pursue teaching certification at the post-baccaluarueate level, including students in academic content areas such as Biology, Chemistry, English, History or Mathematics who are interested in secondary teaching certfication after graduating with a bachelor's degree in their subject area.

Minors must be completed within the student's graduation timeline, and students may not major and minor in the same department.

The Education minor requires 21 credits.

Summary of Requirements

Minor Electives (at least one must be 3000 level): Select 9 credits

  • BIOL3015
    GENERAL ECOLOGY |

    BIOL3015
    GENERAL ECOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    A general ecology course studying ecosystem and population dynamics. Application of these concepts is made to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems including current environmental problems. Fieldwork is an integral part of this course. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1004

  • BIOL3015L
    GENERAL ECOLOGY-LAB |

    BIOL3015L
    GENERAL ECOLOGY-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Laboratory for BIOL3015 General Ecology|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDEL2000
    ORIENTATION TO PreK-4 EDUCATION |

    EDEL2000
    ORIENTATION TO PreK-4 EDUCATION |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will focus on the historical development of PreK-4 education and explore the different learning environments that are optimal for student learning of all ability ranges and from different cultures. The student will gain insights into the philosophy and objectives of the PreK-4 curriculum and be introduced to various instructional strategies that can be used in teaching the various subject areas. It will examine and analyze the various curriculum components of the different educational designs for educating students from when students are teachable through grade four. This class should be taken in conjunction with Observation I so that students can relate theory to practice in the classroom.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDUC1010

  • EDEL2010
    OBSERVATION 1 (PreK) |

    EDEL2010
    OBSERVATION 1 (PreK) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    This class will provide the student with the opportunity to work with a teacher in a pre-school setting/classroom. This field work will coincide with the classes of Child Development, Educational Psychology, and Orientation to PreK-4 Education. This will allow the student to connect the theory gained in these classes to practice in the early childhood classroom according to PA learning standards. Field Experience: 36 total hours (6 hours Stage 2 and 30 hours Stage 3 field experience).|

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  • EDEL2020
    OBSERVATION II (K-4) |

    EDEL2020
    OBSERVATION II (K-4) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    This course will provide the student with the opportunity to work with a teacher in a kindergarten to fourth grade classroom. This field work will allow the student to connect the theory gained in Child Development, Educational Psychology, and Orientation to PreK-4 Education classes to practice in the classroom according to PA learning standards. Seminars will be in integral part of the class to discuss what the student is observing, provide additional support, and theory to the student. Field Experience: 36 total hours (6 hours Stage 2 and 30 hours Stage 3 field experience).|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDEL2000

  • EDEL2030
    METHODS OF TEACHING HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION-PREK-4TH GRADE|

    EDEL2030
    METHODS OF TEACHING HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION-PREK-4TH GRADE|

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    The course will focus on the importance of proper health and physical activities, according to the Pennsylvania early learning standards, for PreK-4th grade students of all ability ranges and from different cultures in an inclusive classroom. Students will be provided with introductory experiences in physical education, health, and assessment of student performance. Students will design and practice teaching methods for physical education/health activities for the PreK-4 grades. An integral part of this course will be a field experience in a variety of classrooms across the PreK-4 grade span to observe teachers presenting physical education/health lessons. Field Experience: 4 hours of Stage 1 Field Experience.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDEL2000

  • EDEL3015
    CREATIVE THINKING: METHODS OF INTEGRATING ART/MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE PREK-4 CURRICULUM

    EDEL3015
    CREATIVE THINKING: METHODS OF INTEGRATING ART/MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE PREK-4 CURRICULUM

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    This class will present strategies and teaching techniques for integrating art and music across the curriculum, aligned with the Pennsylvania early learning standards, for students in the PreK-4 grades of all ability ranges and from different cultures in an inclusive classroom. Students will be provided with introductory experiences in art and music and assessment of student performance. Students will design and practice teaching methods to incorporate art and music into content areas across the PreK-4 curriculum. An integral part of this course will be a field experience in a variety of classrooms across the PreK-4 grade span to observe teachers who incorporate art and music into their lessons. Field Experience: 4 hours of Stage 1 Field Experience.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDEL2000

  • EDEL3055
    METHODS OF TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES PREK-4 |

    EDEL3055
    METHODS OF TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES PREK-4 |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This class will provide the pre-service PreK-4 teacher with strategies and techniques for teaching social studies in a heterogeneous inclusive classroom according to PA early learning standards and the National Council for the Social Studies thematic strands, which include the disciplines of geography, history, economics, and civics and government. Emphasis will be on organizing subject matter and translating it to children through a variety of methods which address different learning styles. An integral part of the course will be a field placement experience in a PreK-4 classroom. This field placement will allow the student to connect theory to practice and provide an experience of working with children. Field Experience: 10 hours of Stage 3 field experience (teaching Junior Achievement)

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDSP2025
    LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, CLASSROOM& BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT, ACCOMMODATIONS & ADAPTATIONS|

    EDSP2025
    LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, CLASSROOM& BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT, ACCOMMODATIONS & ADAPTATIONS|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will introduce students to behavior and misbehaviors of students in the school setting, types of misbehavior roles, establish a classroom management plan that will reflect their consideration of students with disabilities, problem solving, conflict resolution, assessing appropriate and problematic behaviors while establishing opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds to interact and share in cooperative learning groups, problem solving to achieve common goals. "Application Models" will be the framework used to demonstrate the approaches used by pioneers as well as 21st century researchers and educators.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP2015

  • EDSP3010
    LITERACY INSTRUCTION & INTERVENTIONS FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS|

    EDSP3010
    LITERACY INSTRUCTION & INTERVENTIONS FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides the foundation for teaching reading according to PA learning standards for students with a broad range of abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds. The course emphasizes research-based instructional approaches and interventions for Middle and Secondary level students including word level instruction, text level comprehension, reading-writing connection, and assessment. A field experience is a required component of this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDSP3015
    INTRO TO LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, METHODS & PRACTICUM|

    EDSP3015
    INTRO TO LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, METHODS & PRACTICUM|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to prepare students with the skills necessary to effectively teach individuals with severe disabilities, identify the relationships of organizations to school systems, laws and policies that are related to the implementation of specialized health care in the educational setting, and demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of individuals so as to develop effective instructional plans that will contribute to effective programs.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDSP3040
    EVALUATION & AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT WITHIN A STANDARDS ALIGNED SYSTEM|

    EDSP3040
    EVALUATION & AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT WITHIN A STANDARDS ALIGNED SYSTEM|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This required course for all education majors will explore the instructional purposes for a variety of assessment strategies, such as: authentic, screening, diagnostic, formative, benchmark, and summative assessments. Future teachers will learn how to interpret assessment data, such as standardized test scores and norms, and will practice how to communicate assessment results to educational stakeholders, while considering legal and ethical issues related to assessment data, such as maintaining confidentiality. Future teachers will also create sample assessments that target academic standards and assessment anchors within subject areas, in order to measure mastery of the curriculum in more than one way.

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDUC1010

  • ENED3013
    CHILDREN'S LITERATURE |

    ENED3013
    CHILDREN'S LITERATURE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to give the student a broad background in literature for children from pre-school through 7th grade, to explore assumptions that form the basis of what is the best literature for children, to practice creative projects designed to encourage and enrich reading, and to evaluate children's literature as an image maker and means of transmitting values.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1011 or ENGL1011H

  • GEOG3013
    GEOGRAPHY & WORLD AFFAIRS (INST3013) |

    GEOG3013
    GEOGRAPHY & WORLD AFFAIRS (INST3013) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An overview of various regions of the world and the environmental conditions to which people adapt. Racial, linguistic, religious and economic groupings of people will be stressed. Current world events are examined to develop knowledge about historical, geographic, climatic, political and religious environments which people inhabit. Cross-listed with INST3013 |

    PREREQUISITES:

  • MATH2000
    MATHEMATICS FOR LIBERAL ARTS |

    MATH2000
    MATHEMATICS FOR LIBERAL ARTS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    As in-depth exploration of the applications of various types of mathematics, with an emphasis on problem solving skills. Writing skills are an integral part of this course. The connecting of mathematical ideas with other subject areas will be emphasized. These areas will include: art, biology, chemistry, coding, computers, demographics, fiction, genetics, logic, management, marketing, music, philosophy, physics, politics, psychology, and social planning. The discussion of original source documents will be an integral part of this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • MATH2023
    GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT |

    MATH2023
    GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An overview of the Euclidian and non-Euclidian geometries required for teaching mathematics, particularly middle school mathematics, focusing on geometrical shapes and their properties, spatial reasoning, geometrical shapes in nature and art, and application of measurements. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • NSCI2045
    GEOLOGY |

    NSCI2045
    GEOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    PREREQUISITES:

  • POLI1022
    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT |

    POLI1022
    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces students to the major American political institutions, the way in which the houses of Congress function, and the Presidency while also analyzing civil liberties, constitutional rights, policy-making, social policy issues, the role of political parties, the electoral process, the political role of the media, and foreign policy debates.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SOCL3081
    ENVIRONMENT & SOCIETY |

    SOCL3081
    ENVIRONMENT & SOCIETY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide an approach to study and analyze the interactions between society and the environment, and the political economic impacts of environmental problems. Focus will be on both the social causes of and social responses to various environmental problems, at the local, national, and global levels.|

    PREREQUISITES:

Minor Requirements: 12 credits

  • EDSP2015
    INTRO TO HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, ACCOMODATIONS, & ADAPTATIONS|

    EDSP2015
    INTRO TO HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, ACCOMODATIONS, & ADAPTATIONS|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides students an opportunity to explore foundations of special education in the United States including: characteristics of each disability category, legislation, over-representation of diverse students, academic and functional needs of students with disabilities, individual learning differences, least restrictive environment, implications for a Standards Aligned System, collaboration and transition. Students will develop an understanding of Accommodations and Adaptations for inclusive environments.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDUC1010
    INTRO TO EDUCATION & FIELD EXPERIENCE |

    EDUC1010
    INTRO TO EDUCATION & FIELD EXPERIENCE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The purpose of this course is to serve as an introduction to the teaching profession. Students will explore the qualifications for becoming an effective teacher, and will observe classroom teachers across grade levels. Current trends and conditions of education will also be studied. A field experience is a required component of the course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • MLED2000
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THEMULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM |

    MLED2000
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THEMULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces the most important principles and practices for teachers of children with home languages other than English. Students examine the implications of cultural and linguistic variation for English Language learners. We focus on how educators work in the classroom, the school, and the community to support these learners' language development and academic learning.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PSYC2061
    EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY |

    PSYC2061
    EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides an introduction to educational psychology, the science of learning and teaching. Students will be exposed to the research methods used in psychological science, theoretical approaches to cognitive development and learning, and applications of those theories to understanding student behavior in the context of the school environment.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H