SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Elementary Education

EE301   Teaching Bible to Children     3 hours
A course designed to aid students in the ministry of teaching Bible to children preschool years through the elementary grades. Students will consider age-level characteristics, evangelism, developmentally appropriate methods, and biblical curriculum materials. Students will plan and design lessons based specifically on passages from the Pentateuch.

EE302   Children’s Literature     3 hours
A survey of literature for children in the elementary grades, including the development of standards for evaluation. By providing a wide reading of children’s books, traditional and modern, secular and Christian, this course is designed to enable the teacher to develop appreciation of good literature.

EE303   Teaching Elementary Art     2 hours
A study of the purposes of the elementary school art program, a biblical philosophy of art, kinds of arts and crafts suitable for each grade level, plus actual experience with a variety of media. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education)

EE304    Methods and Materials of Elementary School Physical Education and Health     3 hours
A study focusing on children and how they learn in the context of movement experiences along with development of the skills necessary to plan, implement, and evaluate a developmentally appropriate physical education and health program in K-6. Class management, legal liabilities, evaluation, resources, and technology will be included. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education; Identical with PE302)

EE306   Social Studies for Elementary School     3 hours
A study of the content, objectives, and philosophy of social studies in the elementary school along with practical suggestions for methods and materials for the teaching and evaluation of the social studies. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education)

EE307   Teaching Science in the Elementary School     3 hours
An introduction to the procedures and techniques involved in teaching science. Process skills of scientific inquiry will be introduced. The student should be able to teach “critical thinking skills.” Hands-on experience will be an important aspect of this course in such areas as the use of the microscope; building of systems and sub-systems; and fundamentals of color, sound, and properties of objects. (Prerequisite: Admissions to Teacher Education)

EE309   Teaching Reading and Language Arts I     3 hours
A course designed to provide a framework for understanding the development of language in children and to develop an appreciation of reading in K5 through 2nd grade. Multiple approaches to teaching reading, including Phonics and Whole Language, will be presented and developed with demonstrations, peer teaching, observing and teaching in local Christian and secular schools.  Along with reading, other communication skills (listening, speaking, writing, and handwriting) will be studied.  Included in this course will be sections on assessment, instructional strategies, and organizing early literacy classrooms.  Students will examine and compare a variety of curricular materials, both Christian and secular.

EE310   Teaching Reading and Language Arts II     3 hours
A course designed to provide a framework for understanding the progression of reading and language skills in children and to develop an appreciation of reading in 3rd through 6th grade. Instructional strategies will be presented and developed with demonstrations, peer teaching, observing and teaching in local Christian and secular schools. Communication skills (listening, speaking, creative transactional writing, and cursive writing) will be studied. Included in this course will be sections on assessment, building vocabulary, literacy across content areas, and motivation. Students will examine and compare a variety of curricular materials, both Christian and secular.  (Prerequisite:  Minimum of a “C” in Teaching Reading and Language Arts I)

EE401   Teaching Elementary Mathematics     3 hours
A study of the diverse philosophies of teaching mathematics together with their strengths and weaknesses. Students will examine methods and materials, prepare and present resource units, and examine methods of testing, and evaluation. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.)

EE403   Teaching Elementary Music     3 hours
A study of methods and materials for elementary music education as delivered by classroom teachers. Objectives, philosophy, skill development, and ideas for activities are incorporated. (Prerequisites: GF106; Admission to Teacher Education)

EE405   Teaching Elementary Fine Arts     3 hours
A study of methods and materials for elementary art and music education as delivered by classroom teachers. The course includes a Biblical philosophy of fine arts, plus actual experience with a variety of media, skills, development, and ideas for various learning experiences. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education)

EE421   Education Practicum     1 hour
A course that includes readings, research, and discussions of such topics as classroom management, discipline, lesson plans, grading, and effective teaching. This course is only offered in the fall; thus, those students who will student teach in the spring must take this course the fall prior to student teaching and those students who will student teach in the fall must take this course a year prior to student teaching. (Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education and approval for Student Teaching)

EE422   Student Teaching     12 hours
A culminating experience in the elementary teacher education program. This course includes pre-observation prior to full-time participation and teaching in a local school under the supervision of a classroom teacher and a University supervisor. (Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education and completion of scheduled education courses). Special fee.