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ECE 3320 Catalog Course Description:
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education and Curriculum Examines theories and principles that guide emergent literacy instruction. Focus is on the cognitive development of the emergent reader and how it relates to brain-based research. Strong emphasis is placed on phonemic awareness. Assessment tools and approaches to reading instruction, including ability grouping, are examined and applied. Strategies for teaching reading and writing skills are contextualized in children's literature. Multicultural perspectives and technology are used to facilitate and reinforce instruction. Includes extensive field experience. Verification of professional liability insurance is required prior to placement in the field. Twenty (20) hours field experience.

ECE 3330 Catalog Course Description:
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education; ECE 3302; ECE 3320, and EDUC 2130. The relationship among reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing is studied in the context of national and state performance standards for grades 3-5. Content area reading, study strategies, comprehension strategies, use of a variety of genres, and various strategies for teaching spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and writing are included. Emphasis is placed on insuring that candidates understand the transition from learning to read to reading to learn, the connection between reading and writing, the significance of listening, speaking and viewing within the context of reading, and the use of technology to extend and support literacy.

ECE 3340 Catalog Course Description:
ECE 3340 Diagnosis and Application of Literacy Instruction in the Early Childhood Classroom includes the study and application of diagnostic and instructional activities for the pre-service elementary and early childhood classroom teacher. It includes both formal and informal diagnosis, interpretation of formal and informal tests results, planning and implementation of instructional actions, application of literacy diagnosis across the curriculum, and diagnosis of the classroom literacy environments and instruction. This course includes an extensive field experience. Verification of professional liability insurance is required prior to placement in the field. 20 hours of field experience is required.

ECE 4404 Catalog Course Description:
Prerequisite: EDUC 3302, ECE 3340 and admission to TOSS
Study of the integration of language arts across the curriculum and effective strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating instruction in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in pre-school through fifth grade. Emphasis on assessment techniques and approaches to conducting guided lessons in reading and writing that are culturally and developmentally appropriate. Includes an extensive field experience and media use. To be taken concurrently with ECE 4401, ECE 4402, and ECE 4403. Verification of professional liability insurance is required before placement in the field.

An examination of the reading and writing processes in the content areas with a transition from learning to read and write to reading and writing to learn. Includes methods, strategies, and techniques for teaching reading and writing in all content areas to diverse populations with an emphasis on actual application of knowledge in the TOSS integrated unit and field experience. The selection and use of technology, including electronic texts, is explored.

ECE 7512 Catalog Course Description:
First Phase
ECE 7512 Inquiry: Best Instructional and Curricular Practice
Candidates will examine outcomes, standards, curriculum, programs, and instruction in their own schools and classrooms with a focus on becoming informed decision-makers.

Module I - Prerequisite: Admission to M.Ed. in Early Childhood – Accomplished Classroom Instructional Leader.
Candidates will examine and explore educational research, assessment, curricula, and technological influences on student achievement in the situational context of their individual school sites and school improvement plans.

ECE 7530 Catalog Description:
Integrated Models of Instruction I – Language Arts and Social Studies (3 semester hrs.)

Candidates explore and investigate a detailed curriculum design and assess its impact on student achievement. This course includes the integration of content areas of language arts, social studies and detailed approaches to globalization.

Phase II Teaching Excellence
The candidate will explore models of teaching excellence, curriculum integration, and assessment within the disciplines of Language Arts and Social Studies. Candidates will explore “best practice” research with respect to Language Arts and Social Studies and then implement a detailed curriculum design and assess its impact on student achievement. Investigation of models of action research will provide the foundation for design and assessment. Candidates will implement and assess the efficacy of their design through exploring curriculum and assessment models and incorporating the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. The implementation and assessment of their curriculum design will provide candidates with evidence that student achievement has been increased or that the plan must be redesigned in Module V.






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