Graduate Course Catalog 2007-2009

COURSE: 55-510 Foundations of Elementary Education (6)
This course investigates the knowledge necessary to become an effective teacher in the elementary or middle school classroom. It focuses on the importance of having a developmental perspective on learning and learning problems. This includes understanding the behaviorist and cognitive perspectives of learning, having a knowledge of group dynamics and developing a positive approach to classroom management including all of the essential components of effective planning, teaching and assessment. The candidate will explore the challenges of learner diversity and learn how to meet the needs of exceptional and at-risk learners. Discussion of teaching strategies, child development and the application of theoretical knowledge to classroom teaching will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Consent of M.A. Elementary Education Director.