Course Descriptions — Elementary Education

EDU2100 Foundations of Teaching and Learning           
4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to schools and classrooms in the United States. Learning strands will include classroom management, classroom discipline, diversity, No Child Left Behind, cooperative learning, and lesson planning.  A major focus will be on learning to observe objectively. Structured observations of classrooms and children will be conducted and analyzed. These observations will be placed into the context of schooling in the United States through a series of readings and discussions on the organizational, legal and financial structure of schools, professional standards and ethics, and the history of American education. In addition, we will familiarize ourselves with current journals and research in education. We will reflect on our own educational experiences as we contemplate our readings and observations and begin the process of portfolio development.
Prerequisites: Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 12 semester hours.


EDU2200 Standards and Foundations of Education   
4 semester hours
This course is designed to introduce students to the Illinois State Standards for Learning and the Illinois Professional Teacher Standards. Expectations for stu­dent learning will provide a focal point analyzing how a standards-based educa­tion system is a win-win situation for students, teachers, administrators and parents. This course will also introduce students to various philosophies that have influenced educational policy and practice. The student will examine the princi­ples and ideologies behind educational systems, curricula, goals and professional dilemmas faced by practicing educators. Students are introduced to the thought of influential educators to promote and encourage the development of their own philosophy of education. (Fall and spring)
Prerequisites:  a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours.


EDU2260 Learning, Theories and Application K-12          
4 semester hours
The focus of the course will be on theories of learning, development and motivation with an emphasis on applying theory to the classroom, both in content and pedagogy. Major developmental, learning and motivation theorists and theories will be discussed.  Other strands covered will include individual and group diversity, accessing and analyzing educational research, the diverse learner, and use of technology as a teaching/learning tool.  All content will be applied to the classroom in the guise of guided classroom observations, lesson planning, lesson implementation and classroom management.
Prerequisites: a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours.


EDU2300 Technology for Teachers   
2 semester hours
This course enables teacher education candidates to demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate proficiency in the current Illinois Professional Teaching Standards addressing technology.  Strands will include the role and responsible use of technology in education, effective use of instructional hardware and software to differentiate and facilitate student growth and achievement, teaching with multimedia and hypermedia, use of distance learning tools including the Internet, use of technology to communicate and collaborate with colleagues and parents, conduct assessments, conduct research, as well as use of instructional technology to facilitate student learning. The course focuses on both knowledge and performance indicators, and includes hands-on technology activities.
No prerequisites.


EDU2750 Clinical Immersion in Elementary Education II   
1 semester hour
Teacher candidates participate in the life of an assigned elementary school as a member of a learning community. Candidates complete volunteer hours (a min­imum of 30 hours per term) and attend scheduled seminars spread throughout the academic year. (Fall and spring)
Prerequisite:  Passing grade on the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency.


EDU2900 Secondary Education Pre-Teaching   
1 semester hour
The student logs a minimum of 50 clock hours of clinical experience in a middle or senior high school. This assists the student in determining if teaching should be his or her career goal and provides an experiential background for assimilat­ing future professional education courses. (Fall and spring)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; maintaining a GPA of 3.00 in major courses as required in sec­ondary education; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2200 and EDU2260. Placement applications for the practicum are due the January before the academic year of the practicum or for transfer students upon acceptance into the School of Education.


EDU3110 Foundations for Language Minority Education   
3 semester hours
This course focuses on the theoretical foundations of bilingual and English as a second language education. Historical trends and legal issues related to the education of language minority children in United States will be discussed as well as effective instructional practices for English Language Learners in our schools. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)
No prerequisites.


EDU3120 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL   
3 semester hours
This course will focus on approaches and techniques to teach English as a second language. It will cover how to teach academic content in English to ELLs at different levels of English proficiency.  (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)
Prerequisites: EDU3110, EDU3130, EDU3140, EDU3150 or consent of BIL/ESL Program Chair.


EDU3130 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching ELLs   
3 semester hours
This course focuses on the relationship between language, culture and cultural awareness in the teaching and learning of language minority children. It will cover social, political and cultural issues affecting selected ethnic groups and the need of appropriate teaching strategies for a diverse population in today’s classrooms. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)
No prerequisites.


EDU3140 Assessment of Bilingual Students   
3 semester hours
This course focuses on language assessment tools used to identify, place and monitor the English language proficiency and academic development of ELLs. Emphasis will be placed on the use of assessment instruments in the teaching and learning of ELL students.  (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)
No prerequisites.


EDU3150 Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners           
3 semester hours
This course covers the nature and functions of language: phonology, morphology, syntax, analysis and application of linguistic theory. It also includes theories and processes during first and second language acquisition. Students will study the role of the first language in learning a second language and how it applies to teaching ELLs. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)
No prerequisites.


EDU3170 Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs in Bilingual Programs   
3 semester hours
This course focus in the theoretical basis, methods and techniques needed to teach in bilingual classrooms and how to develop and deliver lessons that take into consideration the linguistic abilities (in L1-L2) and the academic development of ELL students. (Includes 20 hours of clinical experience)
Prerequisites:  EDU3110, EDU3130, EDU3140, EDU3150 or consent of BIL/ESL Program Chair.


EDU/ENG3180 Multicultural Literature for Children   
2 semester hours
Survey of children’s literature and its authors and illustrators emphasizing devel­oping children’s appreciation for literature and reading on a wide range of mul­ticultural topics. Students will be able to understand and teach a diverse body of works, authors, and movements of United States and world literature within the framework of various literary genres.
No prerequisites.


EDU/ENG3190 Multicultural Literature for Young Adults   
2 semester hours
This course explores and considers the distinctive needs, interests and learning styles of young adults. Procedures for the evaluation, selection and integration of young adult literature into the curriculum are examined. Students learn that the young adult novel deserves a worthy and legitimate place in the classroom.
No prerequisites.


EDU3330 Science Inquiry Methods   
4 semester hours
Students will develop an understanding of the methodologies and approaches to teaching science in the elementary school. The purpose of this course is to explore, create and utilize a variety of instructional strategies that are develop­mentally appropriate and motivating for the elementary school child. Mathe­matics and science are a systematic combination of quantitative and spatial thinking. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities in science in order to facilitate the learning, the application and the implementation of con­cepts and procedures to real-world situations. In addition, this course involves pre-service teachers in a variety of problem-solving activities designed to develop meanings and properties of and scientific concepts. (Fall and spring)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.75; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2100, EDU2260.

 

EDU3350 Democracy, Diversity and Social Justice for Teachers    
4 semester hours
This course will prepare teacher candidates to teach social studies in the classroom while grappling with issues of diversity, democracy, oppression and cultural awareness.  Along with this, teacher candidates will be exposed to social justice perspectives in order to promote equity in the classroom. A variety of teaching strategies will be discussed and professional development plans will be created in order to provide reflective learning and teaching. Digital-age media and formats will be discussed and created.
Prerequisites:  Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the TAP -Test of Academic Proficiency, maintaining a GPA of 2.75; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2100, EDU2260.


EDU3355 Assessment                     
3 semester hours
This course will enable teacher candidates to understand and use a variety of appropriate formative and summative assessments in order to determine student needs, monitor student progress, measure student growth and evaluate student outcomes.  Course experiences will cause candidates to know how to make data-driven decisions about curricular and instructional effectiveness and to adjust practices to meet the needs of each student regardless of achievement level, disability, cultural background or primary language.
No prerequisites.


EDU3360 Mathematics Methods    
4 semester hours
Students will develop an understanding of the methodologies and approaches to teaching and integrating mathematics in the elementary school. The purpose of this course is to explore, create and utilize a variety of instructional math strate­gies that are developmentally appropriate and motivating for the elementary school child. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities using math in order to facilitate the learning, the application and the implementation of concepts and procedures to real-world situations. In addition, this course involves preservice teachers in a variety of problem-solving activities designed to develop meanings and properties of mathematical concepts.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.75; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2100, EDU2260.  Holy Angels students will need to complete Protecting God's Children Program.


ED3365 Methods of Reading and Language Arts in Primary Grades        
4 semester hours

This is a basic course in methods of teaching beginning reading. The course includes a study of methods for teaching early literacy skills to primary grade readers, including emergent literacy, the development of the alphabetic principle, concepts about print letter-sound patterns, comprehension of connected text, vocabulary, fluency and writing. Teacher candidates will learn classroom-based assessments to evaluate student learning in these areas, including such things as concepts of print interviews, running records, miscue analysis, informal reading inventories, fluency checks, oral retelling rubrics and rubrics to assess strategy use.


Many approaches to teaching reading are examined, including basal, literature-based, individualized, reading workshop, guided reading, and language experience. Through lecture, classroom practice and labs, the teacher candidates gain experience in planning reading lessons designed to meet the needs of young children from various cultural and experiential backgrounds. Teacher candidates will develop an understanding of the methods of teaching language arts, with an emphasis on principles, trends, methods and materials based on current research, practice and the integration of technology. Teacher candidates will learn how to develop a community of learners in a classroom where the teacher interacts with the children while applying learning theories and gaining an understanding of how children learn best.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education, including passing the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.75; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2100, EDU2260.


EDU3380 Reading/Language Arts in Intermediate/Middle Grades   
4 semester hours
This course extends the theories and applications students learned about in Methods of Reading and Language Arts in Primary Grades.  Teacher candidates will learn about the teaching and learning processes associated with research-based comprehensive literacy instruction in grades 3-8 elementary classrooms and will continue to emphasize the methodology around the Science of Reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.  In this course, teacher candidates will learn appropriate and varied instructional approaches used before, during and after reading (BDA), including those that develop word knowledge, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency and strategy use in the content areas.  Teacher candidates will also learn about how meaning is constructed through the interaction of the reader’s background knowledge and experiences, the information presented in the text and the purpose for reading.  Teacher candidates will also study the communication theory, language development and role of language in learning.  In this course, students will learn how to use expository text to teach critical thinking, comprehension strategies, study skills, content reading, text structures, guided reading, reading and writing workshop, literature circles and writing strategies to 3rd through 8th grade readers. Teacher candidates will learn classroom-based assessments to evaluate student learning in literacy.  Teacher candidates will also gain experience with understanding the writing process and the importance of content learning while modeling standard conventions of written and oral communications.  Teacher candidates will also understand the relationships across reading, writing and oral communication and how to integrate these components to increase content learning.  Teacher candidates will learn how to use a variety of formal and informal assessments to recognize and address the reading, writing and oral communication needs of each student.  Teacher candidates will also teach elementary students to develop written text appropriate to the content areas that utilize organizational text patterns, including, and not limited to, compare/contrast, problem solution.  Teacher candidates will also teach elementary students about focus, elaboration, word choice and the relationships among the four cueing systems including phonological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic cueing systems.
Prerequisites:  Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.75; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2100, EDU2260, EDU3365.


EDU3420 Fine Arts Methods    
1 semester hour
This is a methods course in which the teacher candidates explore the educational, communicative and aesthetic value of drama, music, and visual art by promoting artistic development, appreciation, and performance through the use of various tools, including technology, for creating, analyzing and performing works of art.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.75; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2100, EDU2260.


EDU3440 Middle School Mission and Methods   
4 semester hours
This course explores some of the key issues impacting middle schools and sec­ondary schools in our society today. These issues are analyzed in an attempt to clarify the changing roles of the schools, teachers, and students in our increasingly complex multicultural society. Using current research, case studies, and class projects, students will discuss and analyze issues that shape educational institutions and current practices. Students will also explore strategies teachers can use to address some of these issues in their own classrooms. Working as part of a team, each student will participate in the creation of an interdisciplinary thematic unit appropriate for use in a middle school. Students will also analyze different strate­gies for reading in the content areas. (Fall and spring)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.75; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2200 or EDU2100, EDU2260.


EDU3500 Physical Education Methods               
1 semester hour
Students will be introduced to theory, child development, lesson planning and technology as it applies to health and physical education. 
Prerequisites:  Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.75; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2100, EDU2260.


EDU/SPED3610 Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners; SPED3610 Oral Language Development for Special Education and English Language Learners   
3 semester hours
Cross-listed with SPED3610.  For description, see SPED3610.
Prerequisites: a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test; EDU2260, SPED3120 (OR PSY3460 + SPED3810).


EDU3720 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum   
4 semester hours
Students will develop an understanding of teaching reading and writing in the content areas in the secondary classroom with an emphasis on principles, trends, methods, materials, approaches and strategies. Based on theories of interactive language and writing development, the course presents methodology designed to help teachers develop literacy and comprehension abilities in the content areas. (Fall and spring)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; maintaining an overall GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 in the major content area; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) successfully completing at least 24 semester hours; EDU2200, EDU2260.


EDU3750 Clinical Immersion in Elementary Education III   
1 semester hour
Teacher candidates participate in the life of an assigned elementary, middle or high school as a member of a learning community. Candidates complete volunteer hours (a min­imum of 30 hours per term) and attend scheduled seminars spread throughout the academic year. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, LMC support, teacher assistance, small group instruction and one-on-one tutoring. (Fall and spring)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; maintaining an overall GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 in the major content area; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test; EDU2750 or consent of instructor; EDU2750.


EDU3751 Clinical Immersion in Elementary Education IV   
1 semester hour
Teacher candidates participate in the life of an assigned elementary school as a member of a learning community. Candidates complete volunteer hours (a min­imum of 30 hours per term) and attend scheduled seminars spread throughout the academic year. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, LMC support, teacher assistance, small group instruction and one-on-one tutoring.
Prerequisite:  EDU3750 or consent of instructor.


EDU/SPED3860 Psychological/Educational/Linguistics Assessment of Bilingual/ELLs and Students with Disabilities/Assessment of Bilingual Students   
4 semester hours
Cross-listed with SPED3860.  For description, see SPED3860.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education; passage of the TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency; Special Education Major or consent of the instructor; GPA of 3.0; a) Passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test and c) EDU2260, SPED3120 (OR PSY3460 + SPED3810), EDU/SPED3610 or concurrent registration. Required for SPED endorsement.


EDU4360 Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Middle School   
4 semester hours
This course will explore how mathematics is the study of several things.  First, it is the science of numbers and their operations, interrelations, combinations, and generalizations.  Second, it is the study of abstractions and of space configurations and their structure, measurement, and transformations.  Finally, it is the study of analytical methods, logical thinking, equations, and numbers.  The nature of a good mathematics course provides the methods that enable students to develop good mathematical problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and an in-depth analysis of mathematics.  Note taking, mathematics anxiety, and real world applications of mathematics and its foundations should also be stressed continually throughout any mathematics course.  This course is designed to prepare the student to teach mathematics at the middle school level.  The teacher candidate will also study and explore different effective teaching strategies, current trends and best practices in mathematical education and assessment, as well as current research in the practice of mathematical education.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the School of Education including passing the Basic Skills Test, maintaining and overall GPA of 2.75 and a) passing an FBI National Fingerprinting Screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check; b) passing a TB test.


EDU4750 Student Teaching    
10-12 semester hours
Student teaching is the capstone experience of Aurora University’s School of Education. It is the segment of that program when a student is responsible for directing the learning of a group of students under the competent supervision of a certified teacher. The student is guided through experiences designed to apply the knowledge and skill gained in the classroom. In essence, the student performs the major functions of a teacher with appropriate responsibilities and supervi­sion. (Fall and spring)
For candidates who double major in Elementary Education and Special Education, student teaching is required to be 20 weeks in duration.
Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Education, a 2.75 or higher GPA, offi­cially reported passing score on the Illinois Content Area Test, all Education coursework completed. Placement applications are due the November or January preceding the academic year of student teaching.


EDU4760 Student Teaching Seminar/Capstone           
3 semester hours
This seminar provides support to student teaching candidates in fulfilling critical requirements to gain employment in the teaching profession.  The seminar also includes necessary background knowledge and professional development information on a variety of relevant topics to enhance success in the classroom and reflect learning in the interview process. In the seminar, students are expected to reflect upon the experiences of the field placement and grow in their ability to collaborate and contribute to the community of learners.
Prerequisites:  Admission to the School of Education, a 2.75 or higher GPA, offi­cially reported passing score on the Illinois Content Area Test, all Education coursework completed.
Co-requisite: EDU4750.