Division of Curriculum and Instruction

Professor Billy Askins, Chairperson.

Horn Professor Skoog; Professor Welton; Associate Professors Butler, Button, Cooper, Geer, Hovey, P. Johnson, Morgan-Fleming, Swafford, Thomas, and Verdi; Assistant Professors Bush, Carrigo, Janisch, H. Johnson, Morris, Passman, Peña, Price, Reynolds, Schultz, and Xu.

This division supervises two degree programs: MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES and MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE, Bachelor of Science. Graduate programs in this division are described in the Graduate Catalog.

Middle-Level Education-Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies. This degree is designed primarily for individuals seeking teacher certification in grades 4-8. The State Board for Educator Certification recently approved the following certificates for middle-level (grades 4-8) certification: Generalist, Bilingual Generalist, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts-Social Studies, and Mathematics-Science. These new certificates will be available for students who complete their programs after September 1, 2002. Students should consult with an advisor in the College of Education to determine which certificates are available and which degree plan best suits their career aspirations. Degree plans leading to the different certificates will include subject area course work and a sequence of four semesters of pedagogy (including the student teaching semester) in the College of Education. A minimum of 133 hours is required.

The following certificates have been approved by the State Board for Educator Certification for Secondary Education (grades 8-12): English Language Arts, Speech, Journalism, Social Studies, History, Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Mathematics, Physical Science-Mathematics, Technology Applications, and Computer Science. In addition, three all-level certificates have been approved: All-Level Physical Education, All-Level Art, and All-Level Music. Secondary and all-level certificates include three semesters of professional education courses (including student teaching) from the College of Education. Students will consult with advisors in their program areas regarding a degree plan. Students must see an advisor in the College of Education to complete a certification plan.

Multidisciplinary Science. The Multidisciplinary Science major is administered in this division. Individuals completing this major, the baccalaureate requirements, and the certification requirements are eligible for certification to teach all sciences grades 6-12 in Texas. The major requires 57-61 semester hours in science. All individuals in this major are required to complete CHEM 1107, 1108, 1307, 1308, PHYS 1103, 1104, 1306, 1307, GEOL 1101, 1102, 1303, 1304, BIOL 1403 1404, ATMO 1300, ASTR 1300, and 1100. In addition, an emphasis in biology (20-22 semester hours), chemistry (18-20 semester hours), geosciences (20-22 semester hours), physics (18-21 semester hours), or life and earth science (29 semester hours) is required. Students seeking certification must minor in secondary education. Students not seeking certification must have a minor in an area other than education. The minimum number of hours required for a major in Multidisciplinary Science is a total of 126. Students should consult advisors so that prerequisites and other requirements may be met in a timely manner. Two semesters of foreign language are considered leveling work for this program, unless waived because of two years of high school foreign language.

Courses in Bilingual Education. (EDBL)

3332. Foundations of Bilingual Studies (3:3:0). Overview of history, philosophy, assessment processes, research, and legal aspects related to bilingual education.

3334. Dual Language and Cognitive Development in Bilingual Programs (3:3:0). Prerequisite: EDBL 3332. Skills, attitudes, psycholinguistic knowledge related to first and second language acquisition.

3337. Content Area Development for English as a Second Language Populations (3:3:0). Adapting the school curriculum for English as a second language (ESL) students with emphasis on developing appropriate teaching materials for content areas.

Courses in Elementary Education. (EDEL)

2191. Projects in Elementary Education (1:0:2). Exploratory experiences in educational programs through the elementary school level. May be repeated for credit. Must be taken pass-fail.

2300. Schools, Society, and Diversity (3:3:0). Historical, philosophical, sociological, and ideologic foundations of education: Purposes and roles of schools in a pluralistic society. Contemporary issues and reform trends in American public schools.

3099. Independent Study (V1-3). Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor. Independent study of special aspects or topics of elementary education. May be repeated for up to 3 hours credit.

3191. Correlated Field Experience (1:0:2). Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in an appropriate professional education course. Observation and supervised teaching of an elementary subject area at a field site. May be repeated for credit. Must be taken pass-fail.

3320. Managing Learning Environments (3:3:0). This course will focus on the application of theories of human development, learning and cognition, and social behavior to the elementary classroom.

4000. Student Teaching in the Elementary School (V1-12). Prerequisite: Attainment of admission standards to student teaching. Supervised teaching involving a period of major responsibility for instruction and learning in an elementary classroom of an accredited school. Course graded credit (CR) or no credit (NC).

4330. Capstone Course (3:3:0). This course emphasizes diagnostic teaching and learning, philosophies of education, current issues, classroom organization, professional portfolios, and teacher assessment.

4360. Teaching Social Studies (3:3:0). The design and organization of content, materials, and instructional strategies for social studies programs in elementary schools.

4370. Teaching Mathematics (3:3:0). Application of content, materials, and instructional strategies in teaching elementary school mathematics.

4375. Teaching Science (3:3:0). The methodology of teaching appropriate science learning experiences to elementary school children. Also included in this course is a minimum of 15 clock hours of clinical experience of teaching science activities to children.

4393. Internship in Elementary Education (3:1:3). Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Directed experiences in various roles at the elementary school level.

4394. Internship in Elementary Education (3:1:3). Prerequisite: EDEL 4393 and admission to teacher education. Directed experiences in various roles at the elementary school level.

Courses in Multidisciplinary Studies. (MDS)

3333. Integrative Multicultural Studies (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing. An integrative multicultural focus on the impact of the processes of assimilation and cultural pluralism on educational institutions of America.

Courses in Language Literacy. (EDLL)

3350. Children's Literature (3:3:0). Texts appropriate for children under fifteen, including standards of evaluation and criteria for selection.

3351. Foundations of Reading Instruction (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overview of reading development, methods of reading instruction, scope and sequence of programs.

3352. Language Literacy Acquisition (3:3:0). Study of the acquisition and development of language learning; study of curriculum, instruction, and exemplary classroom practices that foster literacy development.

3353. Reading at the Middle Level (3:3:0). Selection of materials and methods for understanding and developing reading requirements, skills, and strategies for middle level students in grades 4-8.

4349. Adolescent Literature (3:3:0). Study of classic and current adolescent literature, selection of materials, and methods for use in middle and secondary level classrooms.

4380. Literacy in the Content Areas (3:3:0). Understanding literacy in the content areas and planning instruction to promote content learning.

Courses in Secondary Education. (EDSE)

Courses are being developed for middle-level certification. Students should see and advisor in the College of Education for more information.

2192. Projects in Secondary Education (1). Arranged experiences as a tutor and/or teacher's aide in a secondary school. May be repeated for credit. Must be taken pass-fail.

2300. Schools, Society, and Diversity (3:3:0). Historical, philosophical, sociological, and ideologic foundations of education; purposes and roles of schools in a pluralistic society. Contemporary issues and reform trends in American public schools.

3192. Advanced Projects in Secondary Education (1). Arranged experiences as a tutor and/or teacher's aide. May be repeated for credit. Must be taken pass-fail.

4000. Student Teaching in the Secondary School (V1-12). Prerequisite: Attainment of admission standards to student teaching. Supervised teaching involving a period of major responsibility for instruction in an accredited secondary school. Course graded credit (CR) or no credit (NC).

4310. Learning, Cognition, and Instructional Design (3:3:0). Environmental, social, developmental, and cognitive factors influencing learning in adolescence; application of learning theory to classroom environment and instructional design for adolescent learners.

4311. Curriculum Planning, Development, and Evaluation (3:3:0). Foundations and principles of curriculum planning, development, implementation, and evaluation in secondary schools; issues in curriculum development.

4320. Instructional Methods (3:3:0). Strategies for teaching evaluation and classroom management.

4322. Diversity and the Classroom Learning Environment (3:3:0). Organization of social and academic systems in the classroom that are responsive to student learning styles, students' ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and students with special needs

4351. Teaching Grammar, Composition, Spelling, and Listening (3:3:0). Preparation for teaching grammar, usage, punctuation, composition, spelling, critical thinking, and listening in secondary schools.

4360. Teaching the Social Studies in the Secondary School (3:3:0). Methods, techniques, and evaluation procedures appropriate to teach various subjects in the area of social studies. Includes supervised practice in the selection of materials, visuals, and microteaching.

4376. Methods in Science Teaching (3:3:0). Focus on the curriculum, methods, and materials related to science instruction in the secondary schools.

4393. Internship in Secondary Education (3:1:3). Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Directed experiences in various roles at the secondary school level.

4394. Internship in Secondary Education (3:1:3). Prerequisite: EDSE 4393 and admission to teacher education. Directed experiences in various roles at the secondary school level.

4399. Individual Study (3). Prerequisite: 9 hours of education and consent of instructor. Independent study focusing on curriculum development and teaching strategies.


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