Curriculum and Instruction

April Sanders (Department Head)
Location: Sowers Education South Building, 903-886-5537
Curriculum and Instruction Web Site

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University-Commerce, in collaboration with the region’s public schools, offers students an opportunity to learn the craft of teaching through field-based experiences in K-12 educational settings.

Our faculty is comprised of outstanding educators who have earned doctoral degrees from universities throughout the United States. In addition to publications in academic journals and presentations at professional educational conferences, many faculty have published textbooks and other professional material. But the greatest tribute to the faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is their continuing involvement, through our field-based programs, with the public school districts of Texas.

The department also teaches courses for the post bac program for those with degrees in fields other than education.

Leo Teach Programs

Education Major with Certification in Elementary & Middle Level Education

The Bachelor of Science in Education (BS) and Bachelor of Arts in Education (BA) degrees with a major in Education are the state approved degree programs which prepare candidates to meet minimum academic requirements for the Texas Elementary Teaching Certificate. The degree program requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours (number of hours varies by program).

This outstanding program has won the Christa McAuliffe Showcase for Excellence Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and other prestigious recognitions. Students spend the second half of their sophomore year and their junior year in education major courses that prepare teachers in the content of the elementary school curriculum and specializations such as math, science, math/science, social studies, English/language arts (4-8 grades) or EC-6 Generalist (includes ESL instruction) with Bilingual or Special Education areas of emphasis. During the junior year, students begin professional development courses that incorporate 45 hours of field experience in public schools. During the senior year students spend extended time working with a team of public school teachers and university faculty.

The university reserves the right to change the curriculum or requirements for degrees or certificates to comply with state laws/regulations. The student assumes full responsibility for meeting all university requirements and for keeping current with all curriculum changes that might affect graduation and/or certification.

Secondary and All-Level Education 

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate professional development courses for students seeking Secondary certification (7th/8th through 12th grades) or All Level certification (Early Childhood through 12th grades). Students major in a content-based teaching field while obtaining pedagogy and educational professional development course work through the Department Curriculum and Instruction.  The student should obtain advising from both the advisor in his or her major department and from a Curriculum and Instruction faculty mentor.  Students with bachelor’s degrees who want to teach should consult the Graduate Catalog for requirements leading to certification.

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree along with teacher certification at the secondary level must complete all university requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree or Bachelor of Arts degree for the area of your major listed in the bachelor’s degree requirements section of this catalog, and any additional requirements established by the university.

The university reserves the right to change the curriculum or requirements for degrees or certificates to comply with state laws/regulations. The student assumes full responsibility for meeting all university requirements and for keeping current with all curriculum changes that might affect graduation and/or certification.

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B.A./B.S. - Teacher Certification, General Information

The major in Education offers two levels of certification

  • The Early Childhood Level EC-6th Grade, options are:
    EC-6 Core Subjects (Includes courses to support ESL)
    EC-6 Bilingual (Spanish)
    EC-6 Special Education
  • The Middle Level 4th - 8th Grade, options are:
    4-8 Math
    4-8 Science
    4-8 Math/Science
    4-8 English/Language Arts/Reading
    4-8 Science with English as a Second Language (ESL)
    4-8 Math with English as a Second Language (ESL)
    4-8 English/Language Arts/Reading with English as a Second Language (ESL)
    4-8 Social Studies (See History Department Advisor)
  • If you are a current Educational Aide, see your Academic Advisor
  • Students seeking a BA will be required to take 12 hours of a Foreign Language.
  • Professional Education and Support Courses

    Professional education is that component in the program which provides the preservice teacher with:

  1. Generic teaching skills required to plan, deliver, and evaluate teaching;
  2. Organization and management skills needed for large group, small group, and individual instruction
  3. Methods for teaching specific subjects in the elementary curriculum; and
  4. Field experiences to practice the theories and methods learned at the university and in public school classrooms.

Benchmark One: Academic Advising (TSI/Course Completion Check/GPA)

  1. Completion of a minimum of 45 semester credit hours of college coursework; COEHS Mentor Center provides course completion check.
  2. Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements met
  3. Overall GPA of 2.5 is a prerequisite to ELED 300 and RDG 350
  4. Contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in Sowers Education South for advising.
  5. Degree Evaluation in My Leo (Degree Works) indicates courses and requirements still to be met throughout the students program.

Benchmark Two: ADMISSION TO EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAM

Students will begin the admission screening during the ELED 300 semester with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

  • Students apply through Tk20 for admissions to the Educator Preparation Program.  A Texas Education Agency assessment fee is applied at time of application.
  • Students enrolled in ELED 300 will complete the application, which includes a teaching disposition survey. Students will upload the survey report to the program admissions application for review by an assigned faculty member. 
  • Overall GPA of 2.75, TSI complete and 12 hours in major coursework (15 hours for Math and Science majors)

The results of the admission screening are recorded on the Educator Preparation Program Admission Interview Form within the Tk20 system.

Benchmark Three:  Complete the coursework and benchmarks required in the junior year prior to beginning internship placement:

All requirements for Admission to Professional Development Coursework must continue to be met and an official degree plan declared.

  • Completion of a minimum of 80 semester credit hours of college coursework
  • The ESL Supplemental exam can be taken once students pass all initial teacher certification exams.  Information on obtaining authorization to take the exam is provided by Center Coordinators.
  • Bilingual Generalist candidates meeting all requirements will be granted approval to take the BTLPT and Bilingual Supplemental by the bilingual advisor.
  • Completion of all Professional Development, Education Core and Specialization courses that are required before Internship on Degree Evaluation.  An overall GPA of 2.75 is required with no grade below “C” in each of these areas
  • EFE Observation 30 hours, lacking no more than 4 hours

Benchmark Four:  Complete the coursework and benchmarks required in the junior year prior to beginning internship placement:

All requirements for Admission to Professional Development Coursework must continue to be met and an official degree plan declared.

  • Completion of a minimum of 80 hours of college coursework met (Senior status)
  • EFE hours documented inTk20 -  (ELED 300/RDG 350)
  • C or better in English 1301 or 1302, College Algebra or (appropriate test score) 
  • GPA of 2.75 & Grade no lower than “C” in each:
    • Education Core, Concentration/Specialization, and Professional Development Courses
  • Lacking no more than four hours - in addition to Internship
  • All Education Core courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher if they are required for your degree.  IS 351, IS 352, HHPK 324, MUS/THE/ART 305, Math 1350, Math 1351, SPED 346

 Based on Departmental Requirements Met

  • EDCI 412:  approval to take ESL Supplemental Exam
  • Bilingual Generalist:  approval to take BTLPT and Bilingual Supplemental
  • Before participating in the field based interview sessions with ISDs, intern applicants are required to attend a general orientation (face to face or possibly online) in which the department and certification office representatives review requirements, provide information about district interviews, and answer questions or address concerns.   Sign in sheets will be at each location and submitted to the Curriculum and Instruction Department for documentation.            

Attendance at one of the orientations is mandatory!

  • Intern/Clinical Teaching applicants will be required to view and confirm the Field Based Orientation before the field based interview sessions with the ISD-s.

Benchmark Five:  Successful Interview and Field Based

  • Prospective interns are required to attend an interview session with partner school districts organized by a field-based center.
  • District interviews are held in fall for spring placement and spring for fall placement for NET CPDT Centers. An interview schedule will be posted on the application website. The purpose of this interview session is to provide prospective interns with information about the various ISDs and to provide an opportunity for ISD personnel (often a team of the principal and Mentor/Cooperating teachers), to identify prospective interns with whom they would like to work.

Benchmark Six: First Semester of Senior Year- (Intern Semester)

  • Interns must pass the Core Subjects/Content (for 4-8) prior to beginning the clinical teaching semester.
  • Interns that are not successful passing the Core Subjects or Content exam prior to the beginning of their clinical teaching semester (as determined by the ILT) will be required to sit out (unable to take clinical teaching course work and be in the field) one consecutive full semester.  The intern will be able to remain a teacher candidate in the program during this time period and will not have to appeal to TEARAC.  An Intern who is not successful on the Core Subjects or Content exam after this time period will be deemed out of the Educator Preparation Program and will be required to appeal to TEARAC for readmission.

Benchmark Seven: Clinical Teaching

  1. Student must be enrolled in appropriate clinical teaching coursework
  2. Student must successfully complete clinical teaching coursework with a “C” or better and continue to meet all previous benchmarks.
  3. Students should take any remaining TExES exams needed for their level or subject areas of certification.  Students must follow the certification exam authorization process to gain approval for registering for exams. Information about the approval process is provided by the Center Coordinators.

Retention

To be retained in the Educator Preparation Program, a student must continue to meet all admission standards. A student may be dismissed from the teacher education program following a review of the student’s admission status. This review can be requested by either TAMU-Commerce or public school personnel. A student may be withdrawn from internship or clinical teaching upon recommendation of the student’s field based instructional leadership team (ILT). This withdrawal from internship or clinical teaching will result in the student no longer being retained in the teacher education program.

Certification

After completion of all degree and/or certification requirements, students may visit http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/educationHumanServices/educatorCertificationAcademicServices/alternativecertification/filing-for-certification/default.aspx to file for certification. Before the State Board for Educator Certification issues a certificate, a criminal history background check will be conducted and can result  in the denial of certification to those persons with felony or misdemeanor convictions.

Secondary and All-Level Education 

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate professional development courses for students seeking Secondary certification (7th/8th through 12th grades) or All Level certification (Early Childhood through 12th grades). Students major in a content-based teaching field (see list below) while obtaining pedagogy and educational professional development course work through the Department Curriculum and Instruction. The student should obtain advising from both the advisor in his or her major department and from a Curriculum and Instruction faculty mentor.  Students with bachelor’s degrees who want to teach should consult the Graduate Catalog for requirements leading to certification.

List of Secondary and All-Level Certification Major Areas:  For which teaching certification is available:

  • Agricultural Sciences and Technology (6-12)
  • Art (EC-12)
  • Chemistry (7-12)
  • Computer Science (8-12)
  • English/Language Arts/Reading (7-12)
  • History (7-12)
  • Life Science (7-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)
  • Music (EC-12)
  • Physical Education (EC-12)
  • Physical Science (6-12)
  • Spanish (EC-12)
  • Social Studies (7-12)
  • Special Education (EC-12)
  • Theatre (EC-12)

Degree and Certification

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree along with teacher certification at the secondary level must complete all university requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree or Bachelor of Arts degree for the area of your major listed in the bachelor’s degree requirements section of this catalog, and any additional requirements established by the university.  These requirements include but are not limited to successfully completing:

  1. ADMISSION TO EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAM  Students will begin the admission screening during the ELED 300 or SED 300/330 semester with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Please note that ELED 300 and SED300/330 are a part of the student’s required professional development coursework along with other courses taken in the same semester as indicated by your degree guide.
    1. Students apply through Tk20 for admissions to the Educator Preparation Program.  A Texas Education Agency assessment fee is applied at time of application.
    2. Student enrolled in SED 300/330 will complete the application, which includes a disposition survey.  Students will upload the survey report to the program admissions application for review by an assigned faculty member.
    3. Overall GPA of 2.65, TSI complete and 12 hours in major coursework (15 hours for Math and Science major.

The results of the admission screening are recorded on the Educator Preparation Program Admission Interview Form within the Tk20 system.

2. Core Curriculum Requirements (refer to that section of this catalog);

3. Requirements for admission to professional development coursework;

4. 30 hours of observation experience in public schools;

5. Major coursework with a “C” or better;

6. Overall GPA of 2.75;

7. All professional development coursework with a “C” or better;

8. All requirements for admission and retention into the teacher certification program; and

9. Successful interview and placement with a partnership school district. 

Field-Based Educator Preparation Program

Students pursuing certification for teaching in the secondary schools are required to participate in various field experiences. In SED 300, or for STEM candidates taking SED 330, SED 331, and SED 332, students observe in the schools for a minimum of thirty (30) clock hours.  During the clinical teaching semester, candidates spend every day in the schools observing, studying, and teaching under the supervision of the university faculty and a public school mentor teacher(s).  In addition to coursework, and internship/clinical teaching, to be certified, students must successfully complete at least two state administered examinations; one in the content area and one in the area of pedagogy and professional responsibilities.  These exams are known as the TExES examinations (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards). 

Secondary and All-level Field-Based Educator Preparation Program

Students should check with their content-area department advisor to gain approval to take the TExES content exam for their teaching field.

Students will receive approval to take the TExES Secondary Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility Test from the Department of C&I.

Secondary Certification Professional Development Course Requirements

Before participating in the clinical teaching semester, the candidate must have completed the necessary preparatory courses. The required courses may vary slightly depending on major, so consult with an advisor in your major department for confirmation. Most students seeking Secondary Certification will complete the following courses:

SED 300Teaching Profession3
PSY 300Learning Processes and Development3
RDG 380Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools3
ETEC 424Integrating Tech into Curricul3
Clinical Teaching Semester
SED 400Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments3
SED 401Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments3
SED 404Secondary Teaching Practicum3
SED 405Secondary Residency in Teaching3-6

All-Level Certification Professional Development Course Requirements

Before participating in the clinical teaching semester, the candidate must have completed the necessary preparatory courses. The required courses may vary slightly depending on major, so consult with an advisor in your major department for confirmation. Most students seeking All-level Certification will complete the following courses: 

SED 300Teaching Profession3
PSY 300Learning Processes and Development3
RDG 380Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools3
ETEC 424Integrating Tech into Curricul3
Clinical Teaching Semester
SED 400Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments3
SED 401Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments3
SED 404Secondary Teaching Practicum3
SED 405Secondary Residency in Teaching3-6
ELED 452Student Teaching in Field-Based Teacher Education Programs3-6

Secondary LeoTeach STEM Professional Development Course Requirements

Before participating in the clinical teaching semester, the candidate must have the completed the necessary preparatory courses. The required courses may vary slightly depending on major, so consult with an advisor in your major department for confirmation. Students majoring in the STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) who are seeking teacher certification for secondary levels will complete the following professional development courses:

SED 330Foundations of Secondary Education3
SED 331Instructional Design for Diverse Learners3
SED 332Creating an Engaging Learning Environment3
RDG 380Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools3
Clinical Teaching Semester
SED 400Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments3
SED 401Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments3
SED 404Secondary Teaching Practicum3
SED 405Secondary Residency in Teaching3-6

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate professional development courses for students seeking Secondary certification (7th/8th through 12th grades). Students major in a content-based teaching field (see list below) while obtaining pedagogy and educational professional development course work through the Department Curriculum and Instruction. The student should obtain advising from both the advisor in his or her major department and from a Curriculum and Instruction faculty mentor.  Students with bachelor’s degrees who want to teach should consult the Graduate Catalog for requirements leading to certification.

List of Secondary Major Areas:  For which teaching certification is available:

  • Chemistry (7-12)
  • Life Science (7-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)
  • Physical Science (6-12)

BLED 401 - GLB/Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education
Hours: 3
Introduction to the philosophies and theories of bilingual schooling with emphasis on language policy and the sociological, psychological, and legal aspects involved. Provides students with opportunities to reflect on their own language learning and schooling experiences in bilingual settings and compare them to programs and practices shown by research to be effective.

BLED 402 - Biliteracy Development, Instruction, and Assessment
Hours: 3
An examination of the theories, instructional approaches, curricula, texts, materials, and assessment instruments used for oral language and literacy development in elementary bilingual classrooms. Opportunities to evaluate commercial and research based programs and to create/adapt materials for students with varying degrees of bilingualism and biliteracy.

BLED 403 - GLB/Bilingual Instruction for the Content Areas
Hours: 3
An examination of the theories, instructional approaches, curricula, texts, materials, and assessment instruments used for teaching language arts, math, science and social studies in elementary bilingual classrooms. Opportunities to evaluate commercial and research-based programs and to create/adapt materials for students with varying degrees of bilingualism and biliteracy. Crosslisted with: BLED 413.

BLED 412 - English Language Learners: Theory & Practice
Hours: 3
This course provides teacher candidates an introduction to the laws, philosophies and theories of ESL schooling with an emphasis on the evolution of language policy and the sociological, psychological, and legal implications. Students will also gain knowledge of effective oral language and literacy practices for English Language Learners in grades K-12. Moreover, teacher candidates will have opportunities to reflect on their own language learning and schooling experiences then compare them to practices shown by research to be effective.

BLED 413 - Sheltered Content Area Instruction for English Language Learners
Hours: 3
The application of second language acquisition research, theory, and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of math, science, social studies, and language arts in English to bilingual and ESL students in grades PK-12. Content-based ESL and sheltered instructional approaches, methods, and materials that meet state and local standards will be among those explored and experienced. Prerequisites: BLED 401 or concurrent enrollment. Crosslisted with: BLED 403.

BLED 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 0-4
Independent Study

BLED 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 0-4
Special Topic.

ECE 313 - Child Development: Early Years
Hours: 3
(TECA 1354 non-advance credit) This course examines theoretical and empirical research along with practical experience relating to young children. Cognitive, physical, social and affective developmental domains are explored and implications for curriculum design and learning environments are drawn.

ECE 320 - Assessment in Early Childhood: Assessing the Whole Child
Hours: 3
This course focuses on early childhood assessment as a tool used to gather and provide educators, parents, and families with critical information about a child’s development and growth. This course explores developmentally appropriate assessments for prekinder through 3rd grade students.

ECE 321 - Play & Creativity in Early Childhood Education
Hours: 3
Because children are active learners, this course explores playful learning that helps children create meaning from relationships, the prepared environment, and their overall experiences. Students will gain understanding about the role of play and creativity in children’s academic, social, and emotional learning and development. Relationships are key to creating safe, caring, and equitable communities in which children play in order to create themselves. Prerequisites: ECE 366.

ECE 322 - Family and Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Education
Hours: 3
This course explores best practices in building successful early childhood education programs through partnerships with children’s families and communities. Students will learn about and understand the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities. Students will examine the role of home environments in children’s development to support and engage families through respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. and that involves all families in their children’s development and learning. Students will examine community resources that support young children’s learning and development and to support children’s families, and learn how to build connections between early learning settings, schools, and community organizations and agencies.

ECE 358 - GLB/Language Acquisition & Development in Early Childhood Education
Hours: 3
This course explores the first and second language acquisition and development of children from birth to sixth grade. Students will examine the components of oral, written, and academic language that benefit from and promote early literacy development. Special emphasis is given to the teacher’s role in supporting language development, in planning developmentally and culturally appropriate learning experiences, and in partnering with parents to foster language and early literacy development. This course will address essential topics such as phonological awareness, authentic language assessment, data-driven instruction and intervention, concepts of print, emergent writing development, and the alphabetic principle.

ECE 364 - Theor Influencing Cld Dev
Hours: 3
This course provides an exploration of how experiences in early child development can impact a child’s success in learning. Particular focus will be placed on ways that learning theories relate to learners with exceptionalities and ways to build emotional resiliency skills in students with varying learning needs. Factors such as mental health and trauma, socio-economic factors, poverty, cultural and ethnic identities will be included. Emphasis will also be placed on methods for working collaboratively with families and service providers who are involved with the child’s overall development.

ECE 366 - Learning Environments
Hours: 3
This course will emphasize the developmentally appropriate design of an early learning environment for young learners that supports the learning process, family engagement, and the education of all learners. Strategies for differentiation of the learning environment for the diverse needs of learners will also be discussed through the use of project-based learning that integrates social studies content and the fine arts.

ECE 460 - Teaching STEAM in ECE
Hours: 3
This course emphasizes an integrated approach to early childhood curriculum development for young children. Relates early childhood pedagogy, research, and content areas of science, mathematics, engineering, technology and art to STEAM project-based, integrated and inquiry curriculum designs.

ECE 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4

ECE 490 - H Thesis
Hours: 3
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member.

ECE 491 - Honors Reading
Hours: 3
As specified by Honors or department head.

EDCI 412 - Emergent Bilinguals: Theory and Practice
Hours: 3
This course provides teacher candidates an introduction to the laws, philosophies and theories of ESL schooling with an emphasis on the evolution of language policy and the sociological, psychological, and legal implications. Students will also gain knowledge of effective oral language and literacy practices for English Language Learners in grades K-12. Moreover, teacher candidates will have opportunities to reflect on their own language learning and schooling experiences then compare them to practices shown by research to be effective. Prerequisites: RDG 350 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment or ELED 300 with a minimum grade of C.

EDCI 414 - Management and Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners
Hours: 3
This course contains the professional body of knowledge necessary for effective teaching in a K-12 classroom. The focus is teaching and learning in diverse environments with an emphasis on instructional design and methods of organizing and managing a classroom. The content of this course will include classroom management approaches, curriculum and lesson planning, teaching models, assessment, effective communication strategies, and certification issues. Students will exhibit an understanding of the domains and competencies of the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities certification examination. Prerequisites: Permission of Advisor, minimum overall GPA of 2.5, admission to teacher education program, and must have passed TSI. ELED 412 for EC-6 majors. Corequisite EDCI 422. Corequisites: ELED 422. Crosslisted with: EDCI 514.

EDCI 415 - Eff Tchg in a Diverse Envir.
Hours: 3
Effective Teaching in a Diverse Environment This course focuses on understanding learning theories and aligning effective teaching strategies that address the needs of all students. Included in this course will be a variety of diversity issues which focus on curricular, instructional, managerial and assessment techniques. Use of educational technologies in teaching and learning will be incorporated. Students will exhibit an understanding of the legal responsibilities and professional responsibilities of Texas teachers as assessed by TExES. Prerequisites: EDCI 414 co-requisite EDCI 422. Note: minimum overall GPA of 2.5, admission to teacher education program, and must have passed TSI. Enrollment is limited to students working as educational aides. Cross listed with EDCI 515

EDCI 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 0-4

ELED 1301 - GLB/Education in Global Societ
Hours: 3
(EDUC 1301)This course explores the culture of schooling and classrooms from global perspectives of current political, social, and familial issues impacting schooling and classrooms worldwide. Students will participate in early field experiences with varied and diverse student populations; designed to analyze the learning environment and the human experiences of teachers and learners and compare U.S. schools and the American educational system to those of other countries. Note: Ten clock hours of professional field experiences are required. Texas Common Course Number

ELED 300 - Introduction To Teaching
Hours: 3
Knowledge and skills concerning the unique needs of special learners are emphasized in this course. In addition, structure, organization, and management of the American school system, as well as legal and ethical aspects of teaching, will receive attention. Thirty clock hours of professional field experiences are required. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, must have passed TSI, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ELED 1301.

ELED 389 - Indenpendent Study
Hours: 1-6
Independent Study. One to six semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

ELED 412 - EFF TCHING & PROFESSIONAL GROW
Hours: 3
Effective Teaching and Professional Growth. Three semester hours. This course contains the body of knowledge necessary for understanding the relationship between effective teaching, professional growth, and lifelong learning. This course emphasizes theories and issues of education that are directly related to professional development including: site-based management, professional ethics, school environment issues, communication issues, education research, and political influences. Students will exhibit an understanding of the Texas teacher standards on professional development as assessed by TExES. Enrollment is limited to students working as educational aides. Prerequisites: Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and must have passed TSI.

ELED 422 - Pract I: Appl Mgmt & Curr Dev
Hours: 3-6
Internship in Teaching. Three to six semester hours. (Same as SED 422) This course provides supervised experiences in the elementary school classroom and is designed for students on aide waivers. Regular seminar sessions focus on issues directly related to elementary classroom teaching. Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Limited to educational aide program.

ELED 436 - Intg Lrn: Math FB
Hours: 3
Integrated Learning: Math in Field-Based Settings. Three semester hours. Explores the integrated nature of learning with math as the content focus. Seminars are conducted in CPDT centers; field-based applications take place in public schools under the guidance of public school teachers and university personnel that comprise the Instructional Leadership Team. Prerequisites: ELED 300; RDG 350, 370; admission to teacher education program; placement in a NETCPDT center; minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and must have passed TSI.

ELED 440 - Instructional Strategies Across Content Areas (Science, Social Studies, and Math)
Hours: 3
This course contains the professional body of knowledge necessary for effective teaching in an EC-6 and/or 4-8 classroom. The focus is teaching and learning in diverse environments with an emphasis on instructional design and methods of organizing and managing a classroom. The content of this course will include classroom management approaches, curriculum and lesson planning, teaching models, effective communication strategies, and discussions related to teacher certification. Prerequisites: Full admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Internship.

ELED 441 - Tchg Tech Field Bsd
Hours: 3
Integrating Technology for K-8 Classrooms (Field-Based). Three semester hours (1 lecture, 4 lab). In this course, students learn how to use technology as a powerful teaching tool. Taken by K-8 teacher candidates in Centers for Professional Development and Technology. Emphases is on: (a) observing and studying classroom teachers who use technology effectively for instruction; (b) developing and utilizing computer assisted materials for instruction; and (c) evaluating computer-assisted programs, teaching, and learning. Prerequisites: Successful completion of internship in a NETCPDT center; minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and must have passed TSI.

ELED 443 - Creating Effective Learning Environments in Culturally Diverse Field-Based Settings
Hours: 3
A field-based course in which prospective teachers develop & improve the skill of creating inclusive classroom environments, curriculum, space and time, and supporting student behavior with culturally, economically, and educationally diverse student populations. Candidates acquire knowledge, skill, and ability to support cognitive and affective learning by creating a learning environment the promotes students' cultural competence and critical consciousness. Candidates work alongside experienced public school teachers in their elementary and/or middle school classrooms. Prerequisites: "Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Residency.

ELED 447 - Data and Assessment in Field-Based Settings
Hours: 3
Focuses on effective methods of assessment including formal and informal assessments. The role of formative assessment as a guide for instruction and the importance of data-driven decisions will be emphasized. Problem based learning and the use of technology to collect, manage, and analyze multiple data sources to interpret learning results for individual students and for groups of students will be demonstrated. Prerequisites: Full admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Internship.

ELED 452 - Student Teaching in Field-Based Teacher Education Programs
Hours: 3-9
Student Teaching in Field-Based Teacher Education Programs. Six semester hours. This is a course requiring observation, participation, and directed teaching for residents enrolled in the Center for Professional Development and Technology (CPDT). Prerequisite: Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Residency. Prerequisites: "Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Residency".

ELED 478 - CORE - Subject Review Modules
Hours: 0

ELED 479 - Practice Exam
Hours: 0

ELED 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-6
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

ELED 490 - H Honors Thesis
Hours: 3
ELED 490 - H Honors Thesis - Three semester hours Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite Consent of head. Note May be repeated when the topic varies.

ELED 491 - H Ind Honors Rdgs
Hours: 3

ELED 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 3
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

MLED 314 - Young Adolescent Development
Hours: 3
Young Adolescent Development. Three semester hours. MLED 314 is designed to provide preservice teachers with a knowledge base of the changes and issues that typically affect development in the years from age 8 through adolescence. Students will examine and study the various domains of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development; and will consider how various learning theories, particularly multiple intelligence theory, can inform practices in middle level classroom. The effect of environmental factors on development will also be explored.

MLED 401 - Differ Inst for Diverse Learne
Hours: 3
Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners. Three semester hours. This course teaches preservice teachers how to design instruction to meet the emerging needs of all middle level learners. The beliefs, behaviors, and characteristics of the unique qualities of diverse learners and how these impact literacy and learning will be explored. Research-based teaching practices will be demonstrated and critiqued. Field experiences required with the course.

MLED 402 - Best Practices in Pedagogy and Assessment
Hours: 3
This field-based course provides for examination and implementation of developmentally appropriate instructional and assessment strategies and techniques with an emphasis on problem-based, inquiry-based and technology-based learning; development of extended inter and intra disciplinary learning experiences for middle level learners utilizing appropriate TEKS, resources and materials. Prerequisites: Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Internship. Corequisites: MLED 403.

MLED 403 - Organization, Motivation, and Management in Middle Level Classrooms
Hours: 3
Organization, Motivation and Management in Middle Level Classrooms. Three semester hours. A field-based course concentrating on communication, methodology, and management perspectives consistent with democratic classrooms and organizational structures that focus on student centered inclusive learning of young adolescents from culturally, economically, and educationally diverse student populations. Prerequisites: Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Internship. Corequisites: MLED 403.

MLED 404 - Developing Communication Skills
Hours: 3
Developing Communication Skills. Three semester hours. A field-based course that focuses on instructional strategies and practices to develop the written, verbal, non-verbal, and technical communication skills of the middle-level learner. Also examines the culture and dynamics of communication within the classroom and the school. Foci will include: process writing; writing in all areas of the curriculum, communication assessment, communicating with technology; and how to guide the middle-level learner in asking critical questions. Prerequisites: Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program and placement in a NET CPDT Center for Internshp.

MLED 410 - Fostering School, Family, and Community Relationships
Hours: 3
Fostering School, Family, and Community Relationships. Three semester hours. A field-based course emphasizing shared responsibility among educators, students, the family unit, and the community; examining the home-school connections and the roles and responsibilities of educators on a campus. Developing strategies for reciprocal relationships with peers, parents, and the community to promote collaboration while learning to become a reflective and self-assessing practitioner. Includes an investigation of the effects of a collaborative practice such as peer mediation, service learning, or teachers as advisors. Prerequisites: Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Residency.

MLED 435 - Integrating Instruction: Science, Mathematics, and Technology
Hours: 3
Integrating Instruction: Science, Mathematics and Technology. Three semester hours. The course will focus on how middle level children learn and develop knowledge and skills in mathematics and science; varied instructional and assessment strategies that require high expectations and worthwhile opportunities for all students; Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in mathematics and science; resources for teaching mathematics and science in grades 4-8; and the integration of technology in mathematics and science instruction grades 4-8. Field experience required. Prerequisites: Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Internship.

MLED 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 0-4

RDG 350 - Reading and Literacy I
Hours: 3
This introductory course will emphasize the foundations of the science of teaching reading and literacy. Teacher candidates will explore how reading, literacy, and cognitive processes are developed. Fifteen hours of clinical observation will provide time observations of children and teachers in field settings to connect theory with actual practice. The focus of this course is an examination of how to implement TEKS when facilitating literacy acquisition and development. The course includes teaching approaches, text genres, writing, listening, speaking, linguistics, cueing systems, phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition, vocabulary development, spelling, fluency, and instructional resources. Prerequisites: Minimum overall GPA of 2.50 and must have passed TSI.

RDG 360 - Word Analysis Skills
Hours: 3
This course examines the English phonological system used in reading and writing. The focus of this course is an examination of the competencies and TEKS related to word analysis skills of all learners. Specific attention is given to phonics and phonemic awareness and, the strategies that are useful to readers and writers in the development and assessment of word knowledge and word analysis. Prerequisites: RDG 350; ELED 300 co- or pre-requisite; Minimum overall GPA of 2.75

RDG 370 - Reading & Literacy II
Hours: 3
This course builds upon the foundations of reading presented in RDG 350. The teacher candidates will explore the science of teaching reading and writing, with a particular focus on comprehension. The course is designed to deepen candidates' knowledge and skill in the science of teaching reading and deals with cognition, writing workshop, books from multiple genres, basal readers, and summative and formative assessments. The course emphasizes strategies for developing comprehension and the teacher's role in helping the K-12 student utilize the five components of reading. Prerequisites: RDG 350 and ELED 300; Minimum overall GPA of 2.75.

RDG 380 - Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools
Hours: 3
The preservice teacher will explore the science of teaching reading and the integration of best practices for supporting reading and writing instruction in content areas. Students will examine strategies for various disciplines and middle/secondary levels. Attention will be given to how teachers support students in reading textbooks and other learning materials. The course will include phonics, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, fluency, writing processes, and assessments. Prerequisites: Minimum overall GPA of 2.75; must be TSI complete.

RDG 417 - Reading and Learning in the Content Area
Hours: 3
This course emphasizes reading comprehension and strategies for interacting with expository materials. The following are examined: the role of text in reading, text analysis methods, content area reading lesson formats, teacher-directed strategies, reader based strategies, levels of thought/questioning, and infusing literature into the content curriculum. Crosslisted with: EDCI 517.

RDG 448 - Supporting Literacy Development of Emergent Bilingual Learners in Field Based Setting
Hours: 3
Attention will be given to the development of reading fluency and written communications in the content areas with emergent bilingual learners. The use of language assessments and student data for instructional decision-making will be explored. Prerequisites: Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Internship.

RDG 450 - Middle School Reading: Theory & Practice
Hours: 3
Middle School Reading: Theory & Practice - Three semester hours. This course focuses on schema theory, metacognitive theory, critical theory, reader response theory, transactional theory, and social cultural theory as each applies to teaching reading at the middle levels. Comprehension processes for both narrative and expository text will be explored for traditional text and the emerging technologies that encompass literacy. Demonstration of effective strategies to support struggling readers and experience with reading assessments will be included. Prerequisites: Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program through placement in a NET CPDT Center for Internship.

RDG 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

RDG 490 - H - Honors Thesis
Hours: 3

RDG 491 - H Ind Honors Rdgs
Hours: 3

RDG 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 3
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be graded on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) basis. may be repeated when the topic varies.

SED 1301 - GLB/Edu in a Global Society
Hours: 3
(EDUC 1301) Description : This course explores the culture of schooling and classrooms from global perspectives of current political, social, and familial issues impacting schooling and classrooms worldwide. Students will participate in early field experiences with varied and diverse student populations; designed to analyze the learning environment and the human experiences of teachers and learners and compare U.S. schools and the American educational system to those of other countries. Note: Ten clock hours of professional field experiences are required.

SED 189 - Independents Study
Hours: 0-4
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

SED 300 - Teaching Profession
Hours: 3
This course provides prospective teachers with a beginning foundation for understanding learners, enhancing student achievement, and understanding the teaching environment. The course will emphasize the structure, organization, management, and governance of the American school system and current issues related to the semiprofessional legal, ethical, and multicultural foundations of teaching also will be discussed. Prerequisites: Minimum overall GPA of 2.75; must have passed TSI and THEA 250; Reading score or ACT 23 Composite and 23 English or SAT 1070 Combined and 550 Critical Reading or Verbal. Note: Thirty clock hours of professional field experiences are required. Note: transfer students will begin having to meet the 2.75 GPA requirement beginning fall 2018.

SED 330 - Foundations of Secondary Education
Hours: 3
This course introduces the professional body of knowledge necessary for effective teaching as part of the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program. This course emphasizes effective pedagogy based on an understanding of diverse learners. Teacher skills, which have been proven to be effective in supporting diversity in the classroom, will be developed. The content of this course will center on lesson presentations by students in the field and in the classroom to fellow preservice teachers. Preparations for these lessons will include study of many topics including classroom management strategies, curriculum and lesson planning, teaching models, discipline theories, and certification issues. Students seeking teaching certification in a STEM area will be enrolled in a STEM-specific section of the course. Prerequisites: Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and TSI complete. Note: Thirty clock hours of professional field experiences are required.

SED 331 - Instructional Design for Diverse Learners
Hours: 3
This second course in the LeoTeach sequence includes middle school field experiences such as observing teachers and teaching collaboratively designed lessons to diverse learners. The teacher candidates will develop lessons using questioning strategies, apply teaching models, and design assessments. Lessons will involve data analysis, using student artifacts to prepare instruction for differentiation, and include practices for ESL, SPED, and diverse populations. Students seeking teaching certification in a STEM area will be enrolled in a STEM-specific section of the course. Prerequisites: SED 330.

SED 332 - Creating an Engaging Learning Environment
Hours: 3
This third course in the LeoTeach sequence includes high school field experiences. The teacher candidates will demonstrate competence with inquiry based teaching models such as project based or problem based learning. Lessons will involve whole group instruction, small group instruction, and individualized plans that meet the needs of each learner. Students seeking teaching certification in a STEM area will be enrolled in a STEM-specific section of the course. Prerequisites: SED 331.

SED 389 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

SED 400 - Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments
Hours: 3
An experiential component in which future public school teachers design and implement culturally diverse curriculum and model the use of a variety of classroom management strategies. The resident teachers will use cutting edge technologies for both creating curriculum to maximize student engagement. Special attention will center on the synergistic nature of effective management and immersive curriculum. Prospective teachers will achieve knowledge and skill by observing and teaching as an intern in secondary public school teachers in classroom situations. Prerequisites: SED 330, SED 331, SED 332 & PSY 300.

SED 401 - Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments
Hours: 3
An experiential component in which future public school teachers design and implement curriculum and model the use of a variety of classroom assessment techniques. The resident teachers will use cutting edge technologies for both creating and assessing lessons. Special attention will center on the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and testing. Prospective teachers will achieve knowledge and skill by observing and assisting middle/secondary public school teachers in classroom situations.

SED 404 - Secondary Teaching Practicum
Hours: 3
Supervised resident teaching experiences in the secondary school classroom. Regular seminar sessions will focus on the situations, questions, and concerns that arise directly from the resident teachers' experiences in secondary public school classrooms. Prerequisites: SED 300 and PSY 300.

SED 405 - Secondary Residency in Teaching
Hours: 3-6
Resident teachers perform all aspects of student teaching in a public school setting. Working closely with a public school mentor teacher and under the supervision of a university liaison, the resident teachers learn the process and concepts of teaching in the real world setting.

SED 414 - Mgmt and Curr Dev for Div Lrnr
Hours: 3
Mgmt and Curr Dev for Div Lrnr. Three semester hours. Contains the professional body of knowledge necessary for effective teaching. This course emphasizes methods of organizing and managing a classroom based on an understanding of diverse environments. Teacher skills which have been proven to be effective in supporting diversity i the classroom will be developed. The content of this course will include classroom management strategies, curriculum and lesson planning, teaching models, assessment models, and certification issues. Students will exhibit an understanding of the Texas teacher competencies as outlined on the Profession Development portion of the TEXES test. Enrollment is limited to students accepted into the aide waiver program. Co-requisite SED 422.

SED 415 - Eff Tchg in a Div Environment
Hours: 3
Eff Tchg in a Div Environment. This course contains the professional body of knowledge necessary for effective teaching. This course focuses on understanding theories and strategies that address the needs of a diverse population. Included in this course will be diversity issues, refinement of classroom management and planning techniques, teaching strategies, and informal and formal assessment practices. Students will exhibit an understanding of the Texas Teacher competencies as outlined on the Professional Development portion of the TEXES test. Enrollment is limited to students accepted into the Aide Waiver program.

SED 416 - Edu Research for Eff Tchg
Hours: 3
Edu Research for Eff Tchg. Three semester hours. This course contains the professional body of knowledge necessary for effective teaching. This course emphasizes theories and issues of education that are directly related to teacher professional growth. The content of the course will include site based management, professional ethics, school environment issues, communication issues, educational research and political influences. Students will exhibit an understanding of the Texas teacher competencies as outlined on the Professional Development portion of the TEXES test. Enrollment is limited to students accepted into the Aide Waiver Program.

SED 422 - Internship in Teaching
Hours: 3
Internship in Teaching. Three semester hours. (Same as ELED 422) Supervised experiences in the secondary school designed for post-baccalaureate students who are seeking initial certification at the graduate level. Students will be supervised by teachers, administrators, and University liaisons. Regular seminar sessions may be held and will focus on concerns related to classroom management practices, curriculum development, and/or instructional strategies.

SED 489 - Independents Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

SED 490 - Honors Thesis
Hours: 3

SED 491 - H Ind Honors Rdg
Hours: 3

SED 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

Becky L. Adams
Clinical Instructor
B.B.A., M.Ed., East Texas State University.

Michele Anderson
Clinical Instructor
B.A., Ottawa University; M.A., George Washington University

Juan Araujo
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, College of Education & Human Services
B.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology; M.B.E., Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., University of North Texas

Alexandra Babino
Assistant Professor
B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of North Texas.

Kimberly Blackwell
Clinical Instructor
B.S., Texas Woman's University, M.Ed.; Ed.D Texas A&M University-Commerce

David L. Brown
Professor
B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D. (Federation), East Texas State University.

Ana Castillo
Clinical Instructor
B.A., University of North Texas, M.Ed.; Southern Methodist University

Kamshia Childs
Assistant Professor
B.S., M.S., Kansas State University; Ph.D., Texas Southern University

Rhonda Clark
Clinical Instructor
B.A., Louisiana College; M.Ed., East Texas State University.

Sherri Colby
Associate Professor
B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of North Texas

Amy Corp
Assistant Professor
B.S., Kennesaw State University; M.E.D., Texas A&M University-Commerce; Ed.D., Baylor University

Kathryn Dixon
Associate Professor
B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.P.H., University of North Texas Health Science Center; Ph.D., University of North Texas

Jennifer Dyer
Professor
B.A., University of North Texas; M.E.D., Texas AM University-Commerce; Ph.D., Ohio State University.

Melanie Fields
Associate Professor
B.S., M.Ed., Texas A&M University-Commerce; Ph.D., University of North Texas

Sarah Guthery
Assistant Professor
B.A., Colorado State University; Ph.D., Southern Methodist University

Kay Hong-Nam
Associate Professor
B.S., Konkuk University; M.L.S., Texas Woman’s University; Ph.D., University of North Texas

Laura Isbell
Associate Professor
B.S., M.B.A., University of Texas at Dallas, Ph.D., University of North Texas

Janet Kimbriel
Clinical Instructor
B.S., SUNY College at Fredonia; M.Ed., San Diego State University

Debra Lee
Assistant Professional Track Faculty
B.S., University of Kansas; M.S., Ed.D, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Melanie Loewenstein
Assistant Professor
B.S., University of North Texas; M.Ed., Texas A&M University – Commerce; Ph.D, Texas Woman’s University

Shannon Manley
Clinical Instructor
B.S., M.Ed., Texas A&M University-Commercee

Donna McCrary
Associate Professor
B.S., Texas Tech University; M.S., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of North Texas.

Joyce E. Miller
Associate Professor
B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of North Texas.

Karyn Miller
Assistant Professor
B.A., Colorado College; M.S., Pace University; Ph.D., Michigan State University

Tami Morton
Associate Professor
BA., University of Virginia, Master of Teaching, University of Virginia, Ph.D., University of North Texas

Gilbert L. Naizer
Professor
B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., Texas A&M University.

Kristan N. Pearce
Assistant Professor and Assistant Department Head
B.S., M.A.T., The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Ph.D., The University of Oklahoma at Tulsa

Julia Persky
Assistant Professor
B.S., Houston Baptist University; M.Ed., Texas A&M University-Commerce; Ph.D, Texas A&M University

Carol Revelle
Assistant Professor
B.A., Augusta State University; M.Ed., Ph.D., University of North Texas

Jacqueline Riley
Associate Professor
B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder; M.A., University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Ed.D., Texas A&M-Kingsville

April Sanders
Associate Professor and Interim Department Head
B.A., M.A., University of Central Arkansas; M.Ed., Stephen F. Austin; Ph.D., University of North Texas

Becky Sinclair
Professor
B.S., Texas A&M University; MAT, University of Texas at Dallas; Ph.D., Curtin University of Technology

Laura Slay
Assistant Professor
B.A., Hiram College; M.Ed., Baylor University; Ph.D., University of North Texas

Toni Sturdivant
Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A.Ed., Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio

Josh Thompson
Associate Professor
B.M., Trinity University; M.Ed., Dallas Baptist University; Ph.D., University of Texas-Arlington.

Susan Williams
Assistant Professor Professional Track and Director of AM-Commerce; Mesquite ISD Partnership
B.S., Stephen F. Austin; M.S., Texas AM University-Commerce, Ed.D., Texas AM University-Commerce