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ED 502 Foundations of Education
Explores the historical background and philosophical foundation of education in the United States with emphasis upon present-day applications. The education system will be viewed in terms of the role of various organizations upon its structure and operation. Teacher responsibilities and management skills will be emphasized as well as the legal implications of classroom behavior. Field experience: 10 hours. (3)

ED 503 Curriculum: Theory and Practice
Designed to help the preservice teacher select and develop curriculum and instruction that will promote effective teaching and learning. The prospective teacher will learn how to write instructional objectives and daily lesson plans to provide instruction for diverse learners including those with disabilities, and devise ways to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Field experience: 10 hours. (3)

ED 508 Special Education and the Exceptional Learner
Designed for the K-12 non-special education teacher. The content surveys categories of special education (learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, autism, AD/HD, ADD, and others) and exceptionalities, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the gifted learner. The themes of the course include working effectively with families, adapting curriculum, assessing and monitoring student progress, and collaboration among special education teachers, ESOL teachers, paraprofessionals, general education teachers, and other school professionals. Field experience: 20 hours. (3)

ED 509 Special Education: Foundations and Characteristics
This course is designed for students to become knowledgeable in foundations of special education in relation to students with the 14 federally recognized disabilities labels. This includes historical perspectives, models, theories, philosophies, ethical issues, and trends that provide the basis for educational implications in school and home settings. The primary focus of the course also covers developmental characteristics of individuals with high-incidence disabilities, including cognitive, linguistic, physical, psychomotor, social, medical, and emotional issues. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisite: a Human Growth and Development course that encompasses kindergarten-age students through adolescents, and permission of the instructor. (3)

ED 511 Psychoeducational Assessment and Instructional Programming
Designed to help the teacher develop techniques of formal and informal assessment, data collection and interpretation, and individual educational planning for exceptional learners. Clinical practice in use of appraisal instruments is provided. Prerequisite: ED 509. (3)

ED 516 Adolescent Psychology
The purpose of this course is to develop an advanced level of understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge of adolescent psychology and how it relates to human growth and development. Emphasis is on helping the student to understand and apply the results of research studies to current issues facing today’s adolescents. Biological, emotional, psychological, cognitive, and social development will be examined along with critical issues and topics determined by the interest of the class. (3)

ED 519 Current Research, Trends, and Legal Issues in Special Education
Examines the legislative foundations of special education services and looks at current legislation and litigation that will shape its future. Critiques of current research in the field of special education will be conducted. (3)

ED 522 Reading, Language Development, and Remedial Strategies
Overview of normal and abnormal language development and the acquisition of reading skills. Identification, assessment, and intervention strategies relevant to reading and language development are stressed. Issues surrounding bilingual and multicultural children are explored using the Virginia Standards of Learning as the framework. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisites: ED 503, and ED 502 or ED 509. (3)

ED 523 Diagnostic and Corrective Literacy Instruction
This course teaches students who are preparing to be special education teachers language acquisition and the causes of literacy and reading disabilities. Also addressed are prevention of reading failure and strategies for the collection and analysis of reading behavior. Students will learn the process of developing instructional reading programs for individualized correction. Field experience: 20 hours. Prerequisites: ED 503 and ED 509. (3)

ED 526 Cross-cultural/International Curricula
A basic course in cultural differences in education. Cultural groups’ needs in the United States and cultural dif-ferences in other nations are examined. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 529 Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education Settings
This course is designed for students to become knowledgeable in collaboration and communication skills and models within special education settings, which includes families, community service agencies, and nondisabled peers. Assistive and instructional technology that is used to gain access into the general curriculum is also addressed. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisite: ED 509. (3)

ED 536 Creativity and Problem Solving
Emphasizes creativity in communication, art, music, and gaming. Examines problem solving in a general way and moves from definition to research and testing. Research in these areas is stressed. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 537 Reading Across the Curriculum: Secondary
The reading process, specialized content areas, and the evaluation of reading are emphasized. Research in the secondary school curriculum is presented and the Virginia Standards of Learning are examined. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 538 Secondary Teaching Methods
Examines research, theory, and pedagogical methods of instructional planning and delivery at the secondary level. Historical and contextual factors of secondary learning are also examined. Field experience: 20 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 539 Instructional Implementation of the Individualized Education Program
This course is designed for students to become knowledgeable about individualized education program (IEP) implementation in a K-12 setting. This includes demonstrating the use of assessment tools to make decisions about student progress within the general education curriculum; teaching remediate deficits in academic areas; understanding the scope and sequence of the SOLs; promoting high academic, social, and behavioral standards; and implementing and monitoring IEP-specified accommodations within the general education classroom. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisite: ED 509. (3)

ED 540 Special Topics
Study or directed research of a selected topic in education under the supervision of a faculty member. This course is designed to provide opportunities for application of the knowledge, skills, and strategies acquired in the education field. (3-6)

ED 543 Fundamentals of Language Arts
Surveys the study, nature, and function of language. Analyzes the components of English linguistics (phonology, morphology, and syntax) and their implications in teaching students in PK-12 programs. Prerequisite: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 545 Transition and Family Issues for Individuals with Disabilities
Designed to provide educators with a broad overview of the rationale for career and transition programming critical to the development of children and youth with disabilities. The course also presents the various program options that are currently available. The knowledge and understanding of the importance of counseling, working with families of students with disabilities, and the availability of community resources to assist both parents and children with disabilities will be discussed. Prerequisites: ED 503 and ED 509. (3)

ED 549 Assessments, Techniques, and Interventions in Behavior Management
This course teaches behavior management assessments, techniques, and intervention for special educators within schoolwide, classroom, and individual settings. Functional behavior assessment is included. This course is to be taken concurrently with ED 570SE. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (3)

ED 550 Research Methods
Presents students with various current research methods in education preparing them to design and conduct an applied research project that involves collecting and analyzing data and reporting the findings. (3)

ED 552 Effective Classroom Management
This course is designed for students to become knowledgeable in principles and best practices of effective classroom management techniques, individual intervention strategies, and classroom community building in developmentally appropriate ways within the PK-12 setting. Additionally, students will analyze diverse approaches for effective classroom management based upon behavioral, cognitive, affective, social, and ecological theory and practice. This course is to be taken concurrently with ED 570A, ED 570B, or ED 570D. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (3)

ED 553 Teaching English as a Second Language
Emphasizes second-language learning and problems involved with linguistics and semantics; deals with remediation and textual material. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 554 Computers and Technology in the Classroom
An introductory, hands-on course designed to acquaint preservice teachers with the integration of technology into an educational curriculum, including multimedia, evaluation of educational software, and an introduction to telecommunication resources such as the World Wide Web. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 555 Reading and Language Arts: Grades PK-2
Introduces students to the teaching of reading by exploring the nature of the reading process and the major approaches and skills needed to enhance literacy learning in the classroom for all students. It focuses on the understanding of literacy development of young children, ages preschool through second grade. Using the Virginia Standards of Learning as the framework, students will examine language learning and tailor that instruction for diverse populations. Theoretical foundations of methodologies that research and practice have indicated to be successful are explored. Teaching strategies for special populations are demonstrated throughout the course. Field experience: 20 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 or ED 509, and ED 503. (3)

ED 556 Reading and Language Arts: Grades 3-6
Using the Virginia Standards of Learning as the frame-work, students will explore the relationship among reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the context of a diverse grades 3-6 classroom. Various strategies for teaching spelling, grammar, and vocabulary in the con-tent areas are included. Emphasis is placed on examining diagnostic tools used to assess, evaluate, and group students for instruction. Field experience: 20 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 or ED 509, and ED 503. (3)

ED 557 Social Studies and the Expressive Arts
This course provides an understanding of the knowledge, skills, and processes of history and the social science disciplines as defined by state and national standards. It provides experiences and strategies for teaching and integrating the expressive arts across the curriculum. One emphasis is placed on the development of planning and assessment strategies that help teachers differentiate instruction through the use of multiple instructional models. A second emphasis of the course is to develop strategies to help children understand their world through literature, art, music, drama, and dance. Field experience: 20 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 or ED 509, and ED 503. (3)

ED 558 Elementary Math Methods
Methods for teaching elementary mathematics will be demonstrated while a hands-on approach and the use of technology as an instructional tool are emphasized. Stu-dents will study techniques for designing and implementing mathematics lessons that develop knowledge and skills in mathematical concepts, computations, reasoning, and problem solving. Mathematics curricula and strategies for evaluating student performance will be ad-dressed. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 or ED 509, and ED 503. (3)

ED 559 Elementary Science Methods
Applied methods for teaching elementary science will be demonstrated using manipulatives, natural objects, computer technologies, and other tools of science and measurement. Students will study techniques for designing and implementing science lessons and units based on an inquiry model. In addition, questioning strategies, graphics, safety in the science classroom, and appropriate assessment strategies will be addressed. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 or ED 509, and ED 503. (3)

ED 561 Teaching Language Pragmatics
Designed for ESL teachers (in training and service). It focuses on ESL classroom practices based on the latest principles of applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, especially as these principles relate to language use versus language usage. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 563 ESL/ESP: Curricula, Materials, and Tests
Emphasizes English as a Second Language/English for Special Purposes. Develops skills for preparing assessment materials and tests. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 565 Cross-cultural Education and the Language Arts
Addresses the unique language arts needs of students in grades K-12 who are also involved in urban and suburban multicultural and diverse settings. The student develops teaching techniques in the language arts that augment the existing curriculum using the Virginia Standards of Learning as a framework. Field experience: 10 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 568 Teaching English and Social Studies in the Middle/Secondary School
Examines best practices unique to teaching English and social studies at the secondary level while integrating the curriculum to include Virginia Standards of Learning. Field experience: 20 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 569 Teaching Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science in the Middle/Secondary School
Examines best practices unique to teaching science, mathematics, and computer science at the secondary level while integrating the curriculum to include Virginia Standards of Learning. Field experience: 20 hours. Prerequisites: ED 502 and ED 503. (3)

ED 570A Student Teaching: PK-6
Supervised clinical experience in an elementary (grades PK-6) school site for 14 weeks. Readings, seminar sessions, and completion of a professional portfolio are required. Corequisite: ED 552. Prerequisites: ED 502, ED 503, ED 508, ED 555, ED 556, ED 557, ED 558, ED 559, approval of the Graduate Teacher Education Committee, and permission of instructor. (6)

ED 570B Student Teaching: Secondary
Supervised clinical experience in a school site, grades 6-12, for 14 weeks. Readings, seminar sessions, and completion of a professional portfolio are required. Corequisite: ED 552. Prerequisites: ED 502, ED 503, ED 508, ED 537, ED 538, ED 568 or ED 569, approval of the Graduate Teacher Education Committee, and permission of instructor. (6)

ED 570D Student Teaching: ESOL Students
Supervised clinical experience in a school site at both elementary and secondary levels for 14 weeks. Readings, seminar sessions, and completion of a professional port-folio are required. Corequisite: ED 552. Prerequisites: ED 502, ED 503, ED 508, ED 522, ED 543 or EN 550, ED 553, ED 563, approval of the Graduate Teacher Education Committee, and permission of instructor. (6)

ED 570SE Student Teaching: Special Education General Curriculum K-12
Supervised clinical experiences in special education, general curriculum, at both the elementary and secondary levels for 14 weeks. Readings, seminar sessions, and completion of a professional portfolio are required. Corequisite: ED 549. Prerequisites: ED 503, ED 509, ED 511, ED 519, ED 522, ED 523, ED 529, ED 539, ED 558, approval of the Graduate Teacher Education Committee, and permission of instructor. (6)

ED 574 Advanced Technologies in Education
Students will explore the use of emerging technologies to gain access to information, enhance learning, and effect change in the schools. Hardware and software selection criteria and trends in the use of media and technology will be discussed. Prerequisite: ED 554 or other acceptable technology course. (3)

ED 580 Capstone: Professional Studies Program
This course is designed as the capstone experience for Marymount University's M.Ed. in Professional Studies program. The course focuses on the practical application of the skills and strategies acquired and developed throughout the Professional Studies program. The project is intended to tie the student's professional goals and coursework with a real-world application and current research-based data. Students will present a professional portfolio documenting their ability to meet standards as set by Marymount's Education Department. (3)