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General Bulletin 2008-2010

Courses of Instruction

TEACHER EDUCATION (EDT- Education, Health and Society)

110 College Study Skills (2)

Designed to teach study skills (reading, notetaking from texts and lectures, organizing and composing orally and in writing) necessary for student to function effectively at Miami University.

MPF 181/182 Physical Science (4, 4)

Introduction to fundamental concepts and principles of physics, chemistry (181) astronomy, meteorology, and earth science (182). Basic and integrated processes of science as well as science concepts introduced and related to societal problems to promote understanding and interaction within a technological society. Encouraged to think critically, understand contexts of knowledge, and participate in scientific enterprise. Required for early childhood education majors. 3 Lec.1 Lab. IVB, LAB.

190 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (3)

Introductory course combining classroom activities, technology experiences and school visits to assist students in deciding whether or not to pursue a teacher licensure program and to begin the professional preparation process..

246 Foundations of Reading, Language, and Literacy (3)

Explores the foundations of literacy as content background for effective reading and English language arts instruction, birth to age 21. Topics include history of reading and writing instruction, literacy and technology, cultural and linguistic aspects of literacy, developmental issue and various perspectives and models of literacy learning. Prerequisite: EDP 201 or FSW 281.

Note: Early Childhood education majors take 246E as part of the early field block and Middle Childhood education majors take 246M in the early field block. Integrated English/Language Arts majors take EDT 246A prior to EDT 346A.

251 Effective Use of Libraries: A Basic Course (2)

Emphasizes how to effectively use libraries and their resources. Stresses location of information through use of card catalog, periodical indexes, and other basic reference sources. Familiarizes students with various library services. Focuses on development of self-confidence in getting information through lectures and in-class practical problems geared to students' academic interests and needs. Coordinated with staff and information resources of University Libraries. Offered on Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

252M Early Field Experience: Middle Childhood (3)

Professional seminar for students admitted to a cohort in teacher education in the middle childhood licensure. Explores process of becoming a teacher and includes clinical and field experiences.

265 Mathematics: History and Technology (3)

For middle school education majors: an investigation of mathematical concepts which include mathematical modeling, proportional reasoning, and historical development of mathematical concepts contributed by underrepresented groups and diverse cultures. Various technologies, including computers, calculators, calculator-based laboratories, and related probes are used as tools for investigations. Prerequisite(s): MTH 151 or MTH 153.

272 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3)

Beginning overview of historical, political, societal, and educational interrelationships in the field of early childhood education. Focuses on contemporary programs and diversity, teachers' varied roles and responsibilities, professional standards, and personal teaching philosophies.

272E Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3)

Beginning overview of historical, political, societal, and educational interrelationships in the field of early childhood education. Focuses on contemporary programs and diversity, teachers¿ varied roles and responsibilities, professional standards, and personal teaching philosophies. Prerequisite(s): Early Childhood Education pre-major, sophomore status and 2.50 g.p.a.

273 Prekindergarten Integrated Curriculum I (3)

Course for students who wish to become child care professionals, working with young children ages 0-5, not yet in kindergarten, in a variety of settings, including public, corporate and private child care centers and preschools. Topics include integration of learning experiences through preparation of safe and healthy environments, observation and assessment tools, behavior management, and adult interactions. Special needs of children are also considered. A 24-hour practicum in a diverse setting is required. Offered on Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

274 Prekindergarten Integrated Curriculum II (3)

Course for students who wish to become child care professionals, working with young children ages 0-5, not yet in kindergarten, in a variety of settings, including public, corporate and private child care centers and preschools. Topics include development of appropriate curriculum through an integrated thematic approach and lesson planning in the arts, literacy, and content areas, including health, physical education, math, social studies and science. Parent/community involvement and special needs of children are also considered. Twenty-two hours of field work in diverse settings is required. Offered on Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

310 Methods in Tutoring Adults (1)

Introduction to theories and methods of effective tutoring at college level. Prerequisite: recommendation of faculty member and department chair in tutor's content area or permission of instructor.

311 Junior Field Experience and Praxis (3)

Curriculum, materials, and methods of teaching in grades 4 thru 9; lesson planning, questioning strategies, cooperative learning, concept development, technology, evaluation, teaming, understanding learning styles and needs of the middle childhood student; the teaching environment; teaching professionalism. Contains a site (field) experience component. Prerequisite: Retention in Middle Childhood cohort at instructional procedures waypoint.

Advanced Courses

315E Language Arts and Children's Literature (2)

Explores reading-writing connection in literacy development for children, ages 3 to 8. Includes developmental aspects of oral and written language, selecting and using quality literature with young children, and various methods of fostering progress in literacy growth through literature. Prerequisite: admission to cohort and instructional procedures waypoint. Retention in Cohort and successful completion of Early Field Block.

317E Teaching Science in Early Childhood (2)

Basic principles, methods, curriculum trends, and materials for teaching science to children, ages 3- 8. Laboratory and field experiences with children are integral to meeting course objectives. Prerequisite: retention in an early childhood cohort at the instructional procedures waypoint or permission of instructor. Retention in Cohort and successful completions of Early Field block in Early Childhood Education.

318E Mathematics in Early Childhood (2)

Study of theory and principles regarding techniques and materials for facilitating the mathematics learning of children in early childhood; laboratory and field work integral to meeting course objectives, which are aligned with the Ohio model objectives and state and national standards for teaching and learning mathematics. Prerequisite: retention in an early childhood cohort at the instructional procedures waypoint. Retention in Cohort and successful completion of Early Field block in Early Childhood Education.

333 Teaching Foreign Language K-12, I (3)

Curricula, materials, and methods of teaching foreign languages in grades K-12; current trends in teaching foreign languages. Emphasis on instruction of beginning level students. Prerequisite: retention in your foreign language cohort at instructional procedures waypoint. Admission to and retention in Foreign Language Cohort.

334 Teaching Foreign Language K-12, II (3)

Curricula, materials, and methods of teaching foreign languages in grades K-12; current trends in teaching foreign languages. Emphasis on instruction of intermediate and advanced level learners. Prerequisite: EDT 333 and written statement of proficiency from major department.

346A Reading Instruction for Adolescents (3)

Basic course in instructional principles and methods for reading and studying techniques in specific subject area courses taken by adolescents. Emphasis on strategies to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. Laboratory and field experiences are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: EDT 246 and retention in adolescent integrated English/language arts cohort at the instructional procedures checkpoint. Corequisite: EDT 427.

346E Reading Instruction for Early Childhood (3)

Basic course in teaching reading, including appropriate methods, materials and formal and informal assessment measures; cultural and linguistic diversity; family literacy partnerships; literacy technology; and organization of a learning environment to support literacy development in children ages 3 to 8 or preschool to third grade. Emphasis on strategies to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. Laboratory and field experiences are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: retention in early childhood cohort and successful completion of Early Filed block in Early Childhood Education and EDT 246E.

346M Reading Instruction for Middle Grades (3)

Students expand and extend knowledge base from EDT 246M; explore, study, apply, and assimilate new learning about effective reading and literacy strategies appropriate to development and needs of early adolescent learners (grades 4-9). Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary to make and apply appropriate programmatic and instructional decisions including knowledge of the early adolescent learner, reading and writing processes, instructional strategies, and integrating materials and learning environments. Laboratory and field experiences are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: EDT 246M and retention in middle childhood cohort at instructional procedures waypoint.

361 Social Sciences for Teachers I (4)

Social, economic, and political institutions and practices in and through which we live. Provides elementary education majors with a general understanding of social sciences with emphasis on their processes and products.

362 Social Sciences for Teachers II (4)

Political and economic institutions and processes as related to the American experience. Emphasizes historical and contemporary interrelationships of economic and political institutions in American society.

374 The Nature of Science (3)

Critical examination of contemporary theories of the nature of science, including the scientific method, the nature of experimentation, underdetermination, scientific explanation, theory confirmation, realism, and scientific change. Open to students admitted to a licensure program in the Department of Teacher Education and other Miami students with permission of instructor.

405/505 Advanced Science for the Elementary School Teacher (3)

Content course in physical science covering advanced study of selected areas of geology, physics, chemistry, and astronomy. Prerequisite: EDT 182 or equivalent. Summer only.

415/515 Inquiry Into Life Science (3)

Provides students with the opportunity to explore the world of life science through inquiry using a thematic approach. Major themes include the nature of science, ecology, human biology, evolution, and taxonomy. Prerequisites: successful completion of any entry-level life science course taught in botany, microbiology, or zoology,

417E Teaching Social Studies in the Early Childhood (2)

Curriculum, materials, and methods of teaching social studies for ages 3-8. Focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum and instructional practice, including play, small-group projects, open-ended questioning, group discussions, problem solving, cooperative learning, and inquiry experiences, as they apply to social studies. Prerequisite: Retention in cohort and successful completion of Literacy Block in Early Childhood Education.

419 Supervised Teaching (8-15)

Planned and supervised learning experience in which students demonstrate knowledge, skills, abilities, and values appropriate to teaching in educational settings. Frequent conferences with university supervisors and cooperating teachers. Prerequisites: completion of all instructional procedures courses required in licensure program; required g.p.a. for licensure programs; at least 96 semester hours; and pass Praxis II.

420 Field Experience (1-4; maximum 8)

Structured field experiences in elementary or secondary school setting with direction and supervision of faculty from appropriate department. Prerequisite: departmental permission.

421A/521A Classroom Management (2)

Systematic study of research and theories of classroom management with application to the student teacher's specific classroom management problems. Prerequisite: Admission to and retention in the Adolescent/Young Adult Cohort. Retention at the supervised teaching checkpoint for licensure program. Offered as part of the Adolescent Methods block.

421M/521M Classroom Management (2)

Systematic study of research and theories of classroom management with application to the student teacher's specific classroom management problems (grades 4-9). Prerequisite: Admission to and retention in Middle Childhood Education Cohort. Offered as part of the Middle Childhood Methods block.

MPC 422 Studies in Educational Issues (3)

Each student or student team collaborates with instructor and peers to identify and conduct an investigation or complete a creative project that focuses on a specific problem or issue in education. Seminar course with primary emphasis on intensive reading, research, writing, and interaction in student-selected areas of study with opportunities for analysis and reflection. Includes discussions, team work, presentations, and writing projects. Culminating activity is an oral or written presentation or exhibition that demonstrates understanding or resolution of the issue or problem studied.

423/523 Literature and Other Media for Adolescents (3)

Discusses evaluation of non-print media, selection aids, censorship problems, and adolescent needs in half the semester and evaluation and criticism of literature in the other half.

424/524 Storytelling: Traditional and Contemporary (2)

Presents principles of storytelling and reading aloud to various age levels in schools and public libraries. Offers knowledge of selection sources, helps build repertoire of stories, and aids in development of storytelling techniques. Provides practical experience in storytelling with emphasis on use of non-print media for children.

425/525 Innovative Practices in Language Arts (3)

Helps teachers use principles of language and language learning to improve language arts instruction and draw upon all available resources, from research findings to audiovisual materials, to improve the language program. Offered infrequently.

427/527 Adolescent Language Arts I (3)

Curriculum, materials, and methods for teaching writing, grammar, usage, literature, speech, journalism, with emphasis on writing and journalism, including ethics and law surrounding school publications. Prerequisite: retention in your language arts cohort at the instructional procedures checkpoint.

428/528 Adolescent Language Arts II (3)

Curriculum, materials, and methods for teaching writing, grammar, usage, literature, speech, journalism, and media with emphasis on literature and media. Prerequisite: EDT 427/527.

429A/529A Adolescent Mathematics I (3)

Use of curricula, materials, and teaching/assessment strategies for teaching mathematics in the middle childhood/junior high school years (grades 4-9). Middle childhood majors take EDT 429M/529M and adolescent young adulthood mathematics majors take EDT 429A/529A. See Middle Childhood and Adolescent Education program descriptions.

429M/529M Middle Childhood Mathematics I (3)

Use of curricula, materials, and teaching/assessment strategies for teaching mathematics in the middle childhood/junior high school years (grades 4-9). Middle childhood majors take EDT 429M/529M and adolescent young adulthood mathematics majors take EDT 429A/529A. See Middle Childhood and Adolescent Education program descriptions.

430/530 Teaching Adolescent Mathematics (3)

Use of curricula, materials, and teaching/assessment strategies for teaching mathematics to adolescents in the senior high school years (grades 9-12). Prerequisites: retention in your math cohort at the instructional procedures waypoint and EDT 429A/529A and retention in your Math Cohort.

431/531 Adolescent Science Methods I (3)

Fundamental principles, techniques, and materials of science teaching in grades 7-12. Prerequisite: Admission to and retention in Science Cohort.

432/532 Adolescent Science Methods II (3)

Fundamental principles, techniques, and materials of science teaching in grades 7-12. Prerequisite: EDT 431/531 and retention in Science Cohort.

433/533 Adolescent Social Studies Methods I (3)

Introduction to social studies as a professional field, curriculum, materials, and methods of teaching grades 7-12; lesson planning, simulations, learning styles, current trends in social studies education. Prerequisite: Admission to retention in Social Studies Cohort.

434/534 Adolescent Social Studies Methods II (3)

Materials, curriculum, methods, and standards for teaching social studies in grades 7-12; questioning strategies, cooperative learning, technology, unit development, evaluation, current trends in the social studies. Prerequisite(s): EDT 433/533 and retention in Social Studies Cohort.

435/535 Laboratory Practicum in Elementary School Science (3)

Laboratory oriented course to give pre-service and in-service elementary school teachers opportunity to prepare and test a variety of experiments and demonstrations for use in teaching science in elementary school. Prerequisite: EDT 181, 182, or permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.

436/536 Middle Childhood Language Arts (3)

Methods, strategies, techniques, and attitudes for integrating the teaching of writing, grammar, usage, literature, and speech in grades 4-8. Prerequisite: admission to and retention in the appropriate middle childhood cohort.

439/539 Middle Childhood Social Studies (3)

Curricula, materials, and methods of teaching social studies in grades 4-9; lesson planning, simulations, learning style, current trends in teaching social studies. Prerequisite: Retention in your middle childhood social studies cohort at the instructional procedures waypoint.

441 Middle Childhood Science (3)

Basic principles, methods, curriculum trends, and materials for teaching science to children, grades 4-9. Laboratory and field experiences with children are integral to meeting course objectives. Prerequisite: retention in your middle childhood science cohort and at the instructional procedures way-point or permission of instructor.

442E/542E Phonics and Reading Improvement for Early Childhood (3)

Presents historical and research perspectives, word analysis concepts/ terminology, and instructional methods of phonics and word recognition for early childhood, ages 3-8. Examines diagnostic and instructional procedures related to special needs of very low to high achieving readers. Prerequisite or corequisite: EDT 346E. Retention in Cohort and successful completion of Early Field Block in Early Childhood Education.

442M/542M Phonics and Reading Improvement for Middle Childhood (3)

Presents historical and research perspectives, word analysis concepts/ terminology, and instructional methods of phonics and word recognition for middle childhood. Examines diagnostic and instructional procedures related to special needs of very low to high achieving readers. Prerequisite: EDT 346A or 346M.

446A/546A Integrating Literacy Across the Content Areas (3)

Basic course in instructional principles and methods for integrating literacy across the content areas in grades 7-12. Part of Methods Block for Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science Education majors.

446L/546L Reading in the Foreign Language (3)

Basic course in instructional principles and methods for teaching reading and study techniques in foreign language in secondary schools. Emphasis on developmental strategies to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. Prerequisite: admission to and retention in the foreign language cohort. Part of Methods Block for Foreign Language Education majors.

448E/548E Reading Practicum for Early Childhood (3)

Supervised experience in teaching a primary grade student having difficulty in reading. Emphasizes principles and methods for special needs instruction. Corequisite: EDT 442E/542E. Retention in Cohort and successful completion of Early Field Block in Early Childhood Education.

448M/548M Reading Practicum for Middle Childhood (3)

Supervised experience in teaching a middle grade student having difficulty in reading. Emphasizes principles and methods for special needs instruction. Corequisite: EDT 442M/542M.

450/550 Special Problems (1-3; maximum 6 toward any degree)

Individual study or research of problems of learning, instruction, or curriculum with guidance of department faculty member. Prerequisite: senior or graduate standing and written approval of instructor and department chair.

463/563 Updating Elementary School Mathematics Instruction (3)

Innovative activities, materials, and programs for elementary school mathematics. Curricular and instructional decision-making based upon study of current state and national recommendations and of current research. Emphasis on the teaching of problem solving (K-8). Prerequisite: EDT 318E or 429 or 430. Offered infrequently.

464/564 Teaching Geometry and Metric Measurement in Grades P-9 (3)

Strategies, activities, and materials for developing geometric and measurement competencies in elementary school children, with emphasis on the metric system of weights and measurements. Offered infrequently. Prerequisite: EDT 318E or EDT 429.

465/565 Computing Technology Applied to Mathematics (3)

Computer programming using standard procedures, control constructs, and algorithms with emphasis on applications in mathematics. Operation of graphing calculators and specialized mathematics software packages with emphasis on solving problems and making conjectures in mathematics. Investigation of specific applications of computing technology in mathematics instruction for those registered for EDT 565. Offered infrequently.

466/566 Diagnostic, Prescriptive, and General Mathematics (3)

Diagnostic and prescriptive mathematics teaching with special emphasis on provisions for the general mathematics pupil, K-12. Diagnostic and prescriptive teaching presented as means for conducting regular classroom instruction as well as for remediating learning deficiencies. Prerequisite: EDT 318E or 429 or 430.

473E/573E Facilitating Affective and Creative Experiences with Young Children (3)

Study of the role of affective domain in development of young children (birth through age 8), including ways of facilitating self concept, curiosity, learning style, and play. Prerequisite: admission to early childhood cohort. Retention in Cohort and successful completion of Early Field Block in Early Childhood Education.

482/582 Curriculum & Methods of Instruction: Special Gifts (3)

Introductory course to explore teaching and learning strategies and materials for teaching gifted children. Offered infrequently; summer only.

486/586 Teaching Environmental Education (4)

Emphasis on land laboratory development, experiments, instructional games, practical outdoor experiences, and environmental values. Objectives, curriculum design, and instructional procedures discussed. Prerequisite: at least junior standing and a minimum of six hours of science courses.

494/594 Field Experiences with Young Children (2-10)

Supervised experiences in early childhood settings. Regularly scheduled seminars with university supervisors. Specific assignments arranged. Prerequisite: EDP 201 and retention in early childhood cohort.

600 Independent Reading (1-3; maximum 6 toward any degree)

Planned reading in any field curriculum or instruction with guidance of a department faculty member. Prerequisite: regular standing in graduate school, minimum of 10 hours in education, and approval of the plan of study by department chair.

603 Language, Literacy and Culture (3)

Examination of children's literacy development with particular emphasis on the cognitive, linguistic, and socio-cultural factors which influence literacy learning and teaching. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

604 Research in Literacy (3)

Introduction to graduate study and research in literacy education for classroom teachers and other literacy educators. Particular focus will be placed on reading and critiquing research in literacy, developing a basic understanding of research methods commonly used in studying literacy, and gaining experience in developing a research proposal. Prerequisites: EDT 603 or equivalent.

610 Applied Studies in Classroom Teaching (1-3; maximum 12, maximum 9 toward any degree)

Practicum to meet specific classroom needs of the instructional staff of a school, school system, or group of subject area teachers. Structured after needs-assessment made. Prerequisite: minimum of 10 semester hours of professional education courses.

622 Improvement of Teaching in the Secondary School (3)

Advanced course in principles and practices for improving instruction in modern secondary schools with emphasis on research findings and innovation. Prerequisite: graduate standing or 15 hours in education or permission of instructor. Summer only.

625 The Teaching of Writing (3)

Advanced course in the teaching of writing, emphasizing procedures and strategies for teaching writing, development of students' own writing skills in a number of genres, readings in recent theory and practice of teaching writing, and case study research methods. Students must gain access to a K-12 classroom to complete their case study. Appropriate for both elementary and secondary school teachers across the curriculum.

626 Literature for Children (3)

Intensive study of current books and issues related to the user of diverse literature in early grades. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or elementary school teaching experience.

632 Literacy Assessment and Instruction (3)

In-depth examination of clinical and classroom aspects of literacy assessment and instruction. Includes a supervised experience in assessing and tutoring children having difficulty learning to read and write. Prerequisite: EDT 603.

634 Clinical Reading Practicum I: Assessment (3)

Advanced field-based experience related to the assessment of reading and writing. Supervised practicum experience in a public school setting involving tutoring of public school students experiencing reading and writing difficulties and interaction with their parents and teachers. Prerequisite: EDT 603, EDT 632, EDT 642, EDT 646. Corequisite: EDT 635.

635 Clinical Reading Practicum II: Instruction (4)

Advanced field-based experience related to the teaching of reading and writing. Supervised practicum experience in a public school setting involving tutoring of public school students experiencing reading and writing difficulties and interaction with their parents and teachers. Taken concurrently with EDT 634. Prerequisite(s): EDT 603, EDT 632, EDT 642, EDT 646.

642 Phonics and Reading Improvement for the Reading Teacher (3)

Examination of principles and practices of literacy development using phonics as a component of reading and writing instruction. Focused on instructional strategies, materials and programs aimed at teaching phonics and spelling targeting the specific needs of developing and struggling readers and writers. Prerequisite: EDT 603.

646 Reading and Writing in Content Areas (3)

Examination of the research, theory, curricula, and methods for integrating the teaching of reading and writing across the disciplines such as mathematics, science, social studies. Prerequisite(s): EDT 603, 604.

656 Special Investigation in Selected Social Studies Areas (1-3)

Intensive reading and research or selected projects in a problem area. Prerequisite: at least nine semester hours of any social science. Offered Infrequently.

660 Seminar in Mathematics Education (1-3; maximum 6)

Current issues and research in mathematics education. Prerequisites: certification or current enrollment in a certification program.

665 Technology Applied in Math Education (3)

Use of technological equipment (e.g., computers, calculators, probes), curricular materials, and teaching/assessing strategies for teaching mathematics using technology to students in grades 4-12.

671 Educational Investigation in Reading & Language (1 to 4)

Seminar on research in reading and language for teachers, principals, and supervisors.

689 Field Application Techniques (3)

Prepares master's-level students to carry out field projects. Deals with different types of field projects, preparation for a field project, and data collection and analysis. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

690 Field Practicum in Instruction (3-6; maximum 6)

Enables each graduate student to refine and extend theoretical understanding by applying it to a practical instructional situation in a school setting with direction of an academic adviser. Prerequisite: completion of at least 12 graduate hours of student's plan of study and approval of adviser.

700 Thesis (1-12)


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