Undergraduate Course Descriptions

EDN 200. Teacher, School and Society (3) Corequisite: EDNL 200. Introduction to profession of teaching that acquaints prospective teachers with diverse roles of teachers. Focuses on teacher as decision-maker; careers in education; social, historical and philosophical foundations of education; governmental and organizational aspects of schools; and current and future trends in American education. Observation skills are developed through field experience.

EDN 203. Psychological Foundations of Teaching (3): A study of the major psychological variables that influence learning in schools and their applications to teaching. Addresses theories and systems of learning (behavioral, cognitive, constructivist, and humanistic); major developmental processes and typical characteristics; and principles of motivation. Variables explaining and accounting for individual differences will be examined, including cultural aspects of learning and special needs learners. Students will learn about practices associated with effective teaching, including classroom management, and standards for valid assessment of student learning.

EDN 301. Instructional Design and Evaluation (3) Prerequisites or corequisites: EDN 200, EDN 203. Provides conceptual tools and analytic skills essential to planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction. The design of instruction that incorporates behavioral, cognitive and constructivist theories of learning and views of curriculum will be considered. Topics: types of learning; conditions of learning; performance objectives; purposes, forms, and procedures for educational assessment; task analysis, and lesson design.

EDN 303 Instructional Technology (3): Emphasizes the design, selection, production, and evaluation of instructional materials, computer-generated presentations, and interactive multimedia, with particular emphasis on their effective integration into an instructional unit. Develops skills in the operation of media production equipment, including microcomputers, fundamentals of operating systems, computer software applications, networks, and telecommunications. Three lecture and two laboratory hours each week.

EDN 318. Middle School Programs and Practices (3) Overview of the conceptual and historic development of programs for students in grades six through nine. Comparison of varied curricular, instructional, and organizational aspects of the middle school movement. Major emphasis on exploring the educational implications of the developmental characteristics of early adolescent learners. Varied approaches to teaming, classroom management and mainstreaming will be investigated. Work will include observations in a variety of settings.

EDN 320. Meeting Needs of Special Students in Middle Schools (3) This course will focus on strategies for meeting special needs of individuals in middle level classrooms. Students will study alternative methods for dealing with student differences, which have an impact on academic and social behaviors. Characteristic of adolescents with academic, intellectual, social-emotional, physical, cultural and language differences will be examined. Field experiences required.

EDN 323. Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades (6-9) (3) Prerequisites: EDN 301, 318, and 6 hours of mathematics. Focus on the curriculum, materials and methods appropriate for the teaching of mathematics at middle grade levels. Field experiences required.

EDN 335. Social Studies Education in the Middle Grades (3) Prerequisites: EDN 301, 318, and 6 hours of social studies content. Examines the specific ways in which social studies curriculum can be organized to meet the learning needs of middle grades students. Emphasis on selection and preparation of appropriate materials, identification of instructional procedures, data-based decision making and the relevance of social inquiry to the real world. Work will include a field experience and preparation of an in-depth unit of study suitable for use at this level.

EDN 338. The Teaching of Science (6-9) (3) Prerequisites: EDN 301, 318, and basic studies science courses. Survey of curriculum and methods for teaching science in grades 6-9. Focus on processes of scientific inquiry, on topics that integrate learning across science disciplines, and on the social implications of science and technology. Field experiences required.

EDN 352. Developing Reading Competence in the Middle Grades (6-9) (3) Prerequisite: Admission to the Watson College of Education. Develops understanding of reading processes in the broad context of communication. Presents strategies for fostering and evaluating interest, fluency, and skill in reading, both in developmental reading classes and in content subjects. Topics include organizational and instructional strategies for the development of reading ability, techniques for motivating and guiding readers, and strategies for study and comprehension, which support learning in all areas of the curriculum. Field experiences requires.

EDN 355. Language Arts Methods for the Middle Grades (6-9) (3) Prerequisites: EDN 301, 318, and 352. Presents curriculum and methods for developing linguistic and communicative competence in language arts classes in the middle school. Develops understanding of communication processes (listening, speaking, writing, viewing, etc.), dialects, and language systems as influences in teacher decision-making. Focus on strategies and plans for facilitating and evaluating student oral and written language performance. Field experiences required.

EDN 410. Seminar in Education (K-6, 6-9, special education) (3) Corequisite: EDN 411. Prerequisites: All courses in the professional core and specialty areas appropriate for the concentration for K-6, 6-9, and special education majors and a 2.70 GPA on all work attempted at UNCW. Designed as a culmination of professional study and an initiation into student teaching and the teaching profession. Provides opportunities to extend and apply understandings of the roles of the teacher as a decision-maker, particularly in the areas of planning, instruction, management, and evaluation.

EDN 411. Practicum (K-6, 6-9, special education) (12) Corequisite: EDN 410. Prerequisites: As specified for EDN 410. A full-time practicum experience within the area of specialization. Students will engage in a variety of supervised instructional activities, assuming an increasing amount of responsibility for all phases of classroom instruction. Practical are offered in the areas of elementary education (K-6), middle grades education (6-9), and special education.

EDNL 200. Field Studies (1) Corequisite: EDN 200. The course is designed to provide opportunities to observe and engage in reflective discussion of curriculum and instructional practices, school governance and organization, and school-community relationships. Students will participate in three hours of field study and reflective seminar activities per week.

PSY 221. Adolescent Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSY 105. Human psychological development through childhood and early adolescence. Normal development emphasized.

PSY 223. Life Span Human Development (3) Prerequisite: PSY 105. Variables and factors underlying human growth and development across the life span. Physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and sexual developments are emphasized.

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