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Courses of Instruction

Early Childhood Courses
Elementary Education Courses
Reading Courses
Special Education Courses
Educational Foundations Courses


The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.


Courses of Instruction

EDEC 30001 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE SEMINAR. Issues in professional and legal responsibilities, certification standards, teacher portfolio development, finding employment, and professional associations are topics that will be considered. Two semesters of EDEC 30001 are required for Early Childhood Education majors. This course is available only for Pass/Fail grades.

EDEC 30020 SCIENTIFIC AND MATHEMATICAL THINKING THROUGH PLAY CREATIVITY. The Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity block meets at an elementary school where you will observe and teach in classrooms at different grade levels, as well as participate in class lectures and activities. This block is designed to prepare you for the challenges of teaching in a child-centered environment that supports creative development and scientific and mathematical learning through play. (10 hours credit)

EDEC 30103 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Prerequisite for all 40000 and 50000 courses in Education of Young Children. Directed toward affecting prospective early childhood teachers' insights with regard to classroom behavior in teaching; dealing with the factors of child learning; and examining children's development. Classroom practicum is required.

EDEC 30143 CHILD DEVELOPMENT. Introduction to theories of child development, emphasizing infancy to middle childhood. Physical, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of development will be considered. Includes observations and interactions with children in diverse settings.

EDEC 40019 PROMOTING LANGUAGE AND LITERACY. Study of the nature of literacy and second language learning processes and the relationship among these processes, young children, teachers, curriculum, and instruction. Emphasis is given to the guidance of young children as they progress through the continuum of language and literacy abilities from preschool through grade four. (9 hours credit)

EDEC 40133 MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Methods of teaching mathematical concepts, skills, and problem-solving techniques appropriate for the elementary school.

EDEC 40154 DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE SOCIAL STUDIES. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Examines the rationale for the inclusion of the social studies within the early elementary curriculum, and reviews selected fundamental concepts and methods of inquiry associated with the social sciences. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of curricular materials.

EDEC 40303 ASSESSMENT IN SCHOOLS. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Provides a foundation for understanding the basic concepts and procedures of educational assessment and evaluation as they pertain to teaching children and informing instruction. This includes an understanding of the assumptions and logic of traditional formal approaches to assessment, informal classroom-based approaches, and understanding how formal and informal assessment procedures are used in evaluation and monitoring the instructional needs of individual students as well as in identifying and teaching students with disabilities. (Cross listed with EDSP 40303.)

EDEC 40623 FAMILIES, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITIES IN PARTNERSHIP. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Strategies for involving parents in the educational process. Interagency/multidiscipline collaboration with diverse families with children developing both typically and atypically. Communication strategies, parent's rights, and family support are emphasized. (Cross listed with EDSP 40623.)

EDEC 40973 STUDENT TEACHING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education and eligibility for Admission into the Student Teaching Program. All day observation and supervised teaching for a period of 6 weeks in the public schools in a Kindergarten or Pre-kindergarten classroom. Accompanying weekly discussion session and a two-week seminar on campus prior to beginning student teaching for the purpose of developing competencies and professional growth.

EDEC 50010 LEARNER-CENTERED TEACHING. This block melds content instruction and a semester-long practicum. In addition to working in classrooms or in other ways with students, under the supervision of teachers and SOE faculty, SOE faculty will cover content regarding: classroom management, assessment, parent and family relationships and issues, and professional roles and responsibilities (15 hours credit)

EDEC 50020 PROFESSIONAL INDUCTION. During this semester, students will fulfill the State's requirements for student teaching. In addition, they will receive instruction in developing and implementing curricula that meet the developmental, cultural and linguistic needs of all learners. (15 hours credit)

EDEC 50123 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Evaluation and development of educational programs for young children as affected by current social and economic trends. Emphasis on parent, community, school and interschool relationships, and on teacher responsibility in curriculum development.

EDEC 50133 PLAY AND CREATIVITY. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Materials, techniques, and resources used in early childhood programs for developing the affective, cognitive, and motor domains of young children. Study will include research on importance of play as a vehicle for learning.

EDEC 50143 EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. The study of basic principles underlying curriculum construction and instructional practices in early childhood and primary education.

Elementary Education Courses

EDEL 30143 SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Effective teaching in elementary school science necessitates professional consciousness of what is taught (knowledge), who is taught (psychology), and how the teaching occurs (methodology and curriculum).

EDEL 30153 TEACHING LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Materials and methods for developing oral and written expression; emphasis on the function of language arts in pupil development in the total program.

EDEL 40133 MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education or major in Math/Science Education, or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Methods of teaching mathematical concepts, skills, and problem-solving techniques appropriate for the elementary school.

EDEL 40153 SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Examines the rationale for the inclusion of the social studies within the elementary curriculum, and reviews selected fundamental concepts and methods of inquiry associated with the social sciences. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of curricular materials.

EDEL 40990 STUDENT TEACHING IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education and eligibility for Admission into the Student Teaching Program. All day observation and supervised teaching for a period of 12 weeks in the public schools. Accompanying weekly discussion session and a two-week seminar on campus prior to beginning student teaching for the purpose of developing competencies and professional growth. (3-6 sem. hours.) Middle School Education Courses

EDMS 30001 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE SEMINAR. A review of professional development practices and trends in education in preparation for the EXCET examination.

EDMS 30014 PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The focus of this course will be on philosophical and historical foundations of (U.S.) education with an emphasis on the moral and ethical responsibilities of the school educator. The evolution of assessment and the call (and need) for literacy from the educator role and responsibility perspective, will also be examined.

EDMS 30153 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT. An examination of the adolescent from cognitive, emotional, and social perspectives will promote a better understanding of this particular age group for the future educator. Emphasis will also be placed on learning theories and implications for use in the middle school and high school classroom.

EDMS 30163 SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY. This course will prepare the future educators for their roles as reflective practitioners. It will further a better understanding of human developmental processes throughan examination of physical, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of maturation. Special attention will be given to student learning as it relates to diversity and the needs of all students in an "inclusive" classroom environment.

EDMS 40213 PROMOTING LITERACY IN THE CONTENT SUBJECTS. A course designed to acquaint preservice teachers with strategies which facilitate middle school and high school students' use of reading and writing to learn from information texts.

EDMS 40433 SENIOR SEMINAR IN MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION: MATH. Instructional strategies, issues, and educational trends as they relate to the teaching of math will be reviewed and addressed in this course.

EDMS 40533 SENIOR SEMINAR IN MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION: SCIENCE. Instructional strategies, issues, and educational trends as they relate to the teaching of science will be reviewed and addressed in this course.

EDMS 40633 SENIOR SEMINAR IN MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION: SOCIAL STUDIES. Instructional strategies, issues, and educational trends as they relate to the teaching of social studies will be reviewed and addressed in this course.

EDMS 50014 EFFECTIVE TEACHING AND CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION. As a part of the effective teacher model, this course will focus on instructional design and implementation, motivation of students to promote and enhance learning in the classroom; management issues pertinent to student behavior and learning outcomes; and preparation of a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies.

EDMS 40980 STUDENT TEACHING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL. Future educators will practice teach in two different school settings for a period of 12 weeks. Depending on the semester in which they student teach, future educators will participate in either the beginning or the ending of the public-school year. In addition to practice teaching responsibilities, students will participate in on-campus seminars to address instruction, management, and assessment issues.

Reading Courses

EDRE 10113 COLLEGE READING TECHNIQUES. Prerequisites: 1. Incoming freshmen who score lower than 500 on the SAT Verbal (17 on ACT English) and whose high school GPA is less than 2.5 will be permitted to enroll. 2. Entering transfer students will be permitted to enroll only by permission of the instructor. 3. Students with fewer than 36 hours of TCU course work will be permitted to enroll only if they have posted an overall TCU grade point average (GPA) below 2.25 the previous semester. 4. Students with 36 hours or more of TCU course work will be permitted to enroll only by permission of the instructor. 5. All other students who do not meet the above criteria and wish to be admitted to the course may do so only with the permission of the chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Department. A course designed to improve the reading and study skills of freshmen and sophomores with a GPA below 2.25. May not be counted for teaching certificate.

EDRE 10003 AMONG SCHOOLCHILDREN: EXPLORATIONS INTO THE ART OF TEACHING. This seminar explores what it means to be a great teacher in the Information Age, how master teaching skills are developed, and the role of teachers in society. The focus of the course will be on two aspects: teaching as an art and teaching as a science. As an art form, concentration will be on the inspiring methods of great lecturers, storytellers and performers in the classroom. Several master teachers will share their perspectives on how to excite and inspire young learners. Teaching as a science will be investigated by looking at the mysteries of helping youngsters learn to read and write.

EDRE 30003 EARLY LITERACY. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. An introduction to the study of the development of early literacy and of teaching strategies to facilitate this development. The primary emphasis of this course is on language development, especially reading and writing, for children ages five through eight years. Traditional and whole language practices related to early literacy development are discussed. Recommended for future teachers interested in the early elementary grades.

EDRE 40113 LITERACY EDUCATION IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Study of the nature of literacy processes, and the relationships among these processes, learners, and teachers. Emphasis given to the guidance of students as they progress through the continuum of literacy abilities in Kindergarten through grade eight. Introduces recent research, philosophies of instruction, curriculum development, literature, and assessments that can be used to improve students' reading, writing and language abilities. Teaching elementary students in a field-based experience is one component of this course.

EDRE 40213 PROMOTING LITERACY IN THE CONTENT SUBJECTS. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. A course designed to acquaint preservice teachers with strategies which facilitate elementary and secondary students' use of reading and writing to learn from information texts. A component of this course is a field-based practicum.

EDRE 40413 TRENDS IN LITERACY EDUCATION. Prerequisites: EDRE 40113, EDRE 40213, or by permission of the instructor and Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. A course designed to highlight selected areas related to working with differing student populations. Emphasis on emerging issues in language, student motivation, and cognitive and cultural factors which relate to the development of literacy. Organizational practices and instructional methods for meeting needs of second-language speakers will be discussed.

EDRE 40513 SUPERVISED PRACTICES IN TEACHING READING-SECONDARY SCHOOLS. Prerequisites: EDRE 50143, EDRE 40213 or by permission of instructor and Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Supervised field experiences in reading programs in appropriate institutions. The purpose of these experiences is to provide teaching and evaluation strategies to individuals and to groups.

EDRE 40843 CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Wide reading of classical and contemporary types of children's literature, with special attention to principles of selection and use in the elementary school curriculum.

EDRE 50013 ANALYSIS OF LITERACY PROBLEMS. Prerequisites: EDRE 60053, EDRE 60153, or EDRE 50313 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Theory and techniques for using a variety of assessment strategies related to literacy development. Discussion and practice will be based on the interpretation of elementary and secondary students' performance on a variety of literacy tasks.

EDRE 50143 READING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Materials and methods for developing reading skills of the secondary school student in the various curriculum areas.

EDRE 50153 LITERATURE FOR ADOLESCENTS. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Survey of reading interests of secondary school youth. Wide reading of classical and contemporary books for adolescents in the several teaching fields with specific attention to principles of selection and use in the middle school and high school.

EDRE 50223 PRACTICUM IN READING. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Clinical techniques and procedures of remedial and diagnostic teaching of reading.

EDRE 50313 FOUNDATIONS OF LITERACY. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. The study of the theoretical bases for literacy instruction. Research from linguistics, cognitive psychology, and sociology will be studied as related to recommendations for practices in literacy instruction. Secondary Education Courses

EDSE 30001 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE SEMINAR. A review of professional development practices and trends in education in preparation for the EXCET examination.

EDSE 30014 PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The focus of this course will be on philosophical and historical foundations of (U.S.) education with an emphasis on the moral and ethical responsibilities of the school educator. The evolution of assessment and the call (and need) for literacy , from the educator role and responsibility perspective, will also be examined.

EDSE 30153 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT. An examination of the adolescent from cognitive, emotional, and social perspectives will promote a better understanding of this particular age group for the future educator. Emphasis will also be placed on learning theories and implications for use in the middle school and high school classroom.

EDSE 30163 SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY. This course will prepare the future educators for their roles as reflective practitioners. It will further a better understanding of human developmental processes through an examination of physical, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of maturation. Special attention will be given to student learning as it relates to diversity and the needs of all students in an "inclusive" classroom environment.

EDSE 40213 PROMOTING LITERACY IN THE CONTENT SUBJECTS. A course designed to acquaint preservice teachers with strategies which facilitate middle school and high school students' use of reading and writing to learn from information texts.

EDSE 40123 SENIOR SEMINAR IN SECONDARY EDUCATION. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education and permission of instructor. Trends and problems in secondary education. Seminar discussion, individual and group report preparation to bring into focus the student's entire college experience in the light of their higher chosen vocation.

EDSE 40433 SENIOR SEMINAR IN SECONDARY EDUCATION: MATH. Instructional strategies, issues, and educational trends as they relate to the teaching of math will be reviewed and addressed in this course.

EDSE 40533 SENIOR SEMINAR IN SECONDARY EDUCATION: SCIENCE. Instructional strategies, issues, and educational trends as they relate to the teaching of science will be reviewed and addressed in this course.

EDSE 40633 SENIOR SEMINAR IN SECONDARY EDUCATION: SOCIAL STUDIES. Instructional strategies, issues, and educational trends as they relate to the teaching of social studies will be reviewed and addressed in this course.

EDSE 50013 INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Developing instructional strategies; diagnosing and correcting leaning difficulties; appraising pupil achievement; organizing the classroom for learning; controlling misbehavior; justifying teacher plans. Each student will schedule 10 hours for school observations.

EDSE 50014 EFFECTIVE TEACHING AND CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION. As a part of the effective teacher model, this course will focus on instructional design and implementation, motivation of students to promote and enhance learning in the classroom; management issues pertinent to student behavior and learning outcomes; and preparation of a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies.

EDSE 40980 STUDENT TEACHING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL. Future educators will practice teach in two different school settings for a period of 12 weeks. Depending on the semester in which they student teach, future educators will participate in either the beginning or the ending of the public-school year. In addition to practice teaching responsibilities, students will participate in on-campus seminars to address instruction, management, and assessment issues.

Special Education Courses

EDSP 30603 STUDY OF EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. A survey of programs for school-aged students with mental, physical and emotional deviations.

EDSP 40303 ASSESSMENT IN SCHOOLS. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Provides a foundation for understanding the basic concepts and procedures of educational assessment and evaluation as they pertain to teaching children and informing instruction. This includes an understanding of the assumptions and logic of traditional formal approaches to assessment, informal classroom-based approaches, and understanding how formal and informal assessment procedures are used in evaluation and monitoring the instructional needs of individual students as well as in identifying and teaching students with disabilities. (Cross listed EDEC 40303.)

EDSP 40613 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS. Prerequisite: EDSP 30603 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Programs, strategies and techniques for teaching special populations will be examined, implemented and evaluated. Appropriate standardized and informal tests will be administered.

EDSP 40623 FAMILIES, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITIES IN PARTNERSHIP. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Strategies for involving parents in the educational process. Interagency/multidiscipline collaboration with diverse families with children developing both typically and atypically. Communication strategies, parent's rights, and family support are emphasized. (Cross listed with EDEC 40623)

EDSP 40643 CURRICULAR ISSUES FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Characteristics, issues and frameworks for the selection, adaptation and evaluation of curricular products for special populations will be examined, implemented and evaluated.

EDSP 40663 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. An examination of behavior problems of handicapped students with emphasis on developing alternative strategies for dealing with behavior problems.

EDSP 50000 DIRECTED STUDY IN SPECIAL EDUCATION. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Directed study in areas of student's interests and needs (1-3 sem. hours).

EDSP 50013 EDUCATING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE MAINSTREAM. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. How to adapt methods, techniques and classroom environments to help children with disabilities to be more successful in regular and special education classrooms.

EDSP 50663 MOTIVATING AND MANAGING STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Research-based methods for creating positive classroom and school climates, organizing and managing classrooms, improving instruction, dealing with classroom discipline problems, and developing prosocial behaviors in children and youth.

Educational Foundations Courses

EDUC 10443 GETTING INTO OTHER PEOPLE'S WORLDS: PERSPECTIVES ON RESEARCH. An exploration of a variety of research perspectives through the eyes of university scholars. Faculty from various departments across campus will talk about their work. Students will visit the research sites and get firsthand experience of how each kind of research is conducted.

EDUC 10433 THINKING, LEARNING, UNDERSTANDING AND INVENTING. An exploration of how humans, learn, think, understand and invent. The seminar will include activities in TCU's Learning Lab located at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and study of the work of Jean Piaget.

EDUC 20003 TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SCHOOLS. This course will provide a careful and systematic exploration of teaching in public schools and a better understanding of the variety of student learning demands that teachers face. Moreover, class members will be expected to assess the quality and appropriateness of schooling processes for children at all levels from pre-school through high school. These judgments will be make based on extended field experiences in public schools, as well as study of materials regarding best practices in schools.

EDUC 20113 COMPUTERS AND TELECOMPUTING NETWORKS AS EDUCATION TOOLS. Prerequisite: Ability to use a word processor. Use of computers and networks for personal learning. Develop skills in locating, organizing, evaluating, and communicating information. Emphasis on use of library resources and the Internet. Includes electronic mail, electronic discussion groups, file transfer utilities, and databases, as well as information location and presentation tools such as the World Wide Web. Issues and implications of using these resources will also be discussed.

EDUC 30003 HONORS TUTORIAL. An examination of a major issue in education. This course is only offered as a tutorial and the topic is determined in consultation with an instructor. Arrangements for this course must be made prior to enrollment.

EDUC 30013 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Historical and philosophical foundations of education in the United States. Impact of social forces on the schools during modern times.

EDUC 30113 INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY. An introduction to using educational technology for professional productivity and instructional purposes. Includes familiarity and operational skills with word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, desktop publishing, telecommunications, instructional software and multimedia authoring programs.

EDUC 30123 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY. Psychological bases of the education process; theories of learning; individual differences. Includes observations of children and adolescents in informal settings.

EDUC 30143 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT. Introduction to theories of child and adolescent development emphasizing ages 5-18. Physical, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of development will be considered. Includes observations of children and adolescents in informal settings.

EDUC 30153 THE ADOLESCENT LEARNER. A course which helps students to come to a better understanding of adolescence and the adolescent learner. Observation of an adolescent will form a backdrop for examining research and theories about adolescence and constructing more sophisticated views of the adolescent learner.

EDUC 30163 THE ADOLESCENT LEARNER IN SCHOOLS. The course will examine ways in which classroom environments can be constructed to support student learning. Particular attention will be given to the teacher's relationship to the subject taught and how that relationship translates to teaching. Observation of an adolescent will form a backdrop for examining research and theories about adolescence and constructing more sophisticated views of the adolescent learner.

EDUC 40003 HONORS RESEARCH PAPER. An independent project on a major issue in education resulting in the Senior Honors Thesis.

EDUC 40353 EDUCATION RESEARCH. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. The course constitutes a study of how research perspectives inform our knowledge of teaching and learning. Students are expected to develop an appreciation of the complexities of the research process, ways of informing research questions, and a sense of the power and constraints of those perspectives within which educational questions are pursued.

EDUC 50003 DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN EDUCATION. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. This course will equip educators with the necessary skills for diverse school environments. It focuses on developing an awareness of how education is connected to wider structures of social, cultural and economic life and encourages not only critical examination, but also discussion of alternatives to the present reality.