maincurve UC Library MyUC iLearn Webmail Home
title Academics Home English Home

UC Home

Degree Requirements

Course Descriptions

Faculty

EduClub

Request More Information

Handbooks & Downloads

separator

Related Programs

separator

Alumni Spotlight

Course Descriptions

EDUC 235. Basic Concepts Concerning Education
An overview of teaching through a study of the historical, social, and philosophical foundations of American Education with an orientation to an analysis of the organization and function of today’s school. Litigation and legislation related to schools are also presented. Ten hours of school observation is required. This course is required of all students in teacher education. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

EDUC 237. Effective Teaching Practices: (8-12)
Candidates will investigate and practice lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, and methods of pedagogy including best practice to support the KERA initiatives. They will engage in practical application of these concepts in their area of concentration in the public school classroom and reflect on their experiences. This class will focus on the strategic pillar of the conceptual framework of the UC Education Department. However, candidates will also draw on conceptual and evaluative knowledge in the pursuit of excellence in the field of education. Forty field hours are required. Prerequisite: EDUC 235. Pre- or Corequisite: SPED233; second semester sophomore standing. Fee: $50. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

EDUC 331. Studies in Education: Special Topics in Literacy
This course is designed to address the demands, pedagogy, and possibilities of reading and writing in the content areas, P-12. The course will emphasize “both halves of literacy,” not simply reading, in all public school classrooms. While writing as communication will merit attention, writing for other reasons (especially learning) will also be featured. Similarly, reading in subjects other than Language Arts/English will be studied, especially why and how language varies from one discipline to another and from one grade level to another. There will also be attention to literacies other than print literacy that are becoming increasingly important and powerful in the new millennium (e.g., computer literacy; film literacy). Fifteen hours of field experience are required. Prerequisite: ACT 21; SAT 990 or passing PPST. Pre- or Corequisite: EDUC 237. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each semester.

EDUC 432. Fundamentals of Secondary Education
This professional education capstone course examines the scope, functions and types of secondary schools. Research-based best practices in content specific subject areas are studied through group work, technologies and case studies. The integration of content area and pedagogical knowledge is required as candidates create interdisciplinary standards-based units that include multiple assessments and differentiated instructional strategies. Candidates utilize conceptual, strategic, evaluative and communicative knowledge as they prepare to help all students learn and close the achievement gap. The Kentucky and University teacher standards and KERA initiatives are an integral part of the course content. Thirty hours of field experience are required. Prerequisite: Formal admission to Teacher Education program. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

EDUC 492. Supervised Student Teaching: Secondary Education
Actual classroom teaching under supervision in cooperating schools. Direct participation in working with young people. Conferences are held with the supervising teacher, college coordinator, and the student. Seminars and diversity experiences are held at appropriate times throughout the semester. Prerequisite: Formal application to student teaching and final vote of the Teacher Education/Admission Committee. Fee: $200. Credit, 12 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

EDUC 493. Supervised Student Teaching: Music Education
Actual classroom teaching in elementary, middle and/or secondary music under supervision in cooperating schools. Experiences are available in vocal music, instrumental music, or both as appropriate for certification. Conferences are held with the supervising teacher, university coordinator, and student. Seminars are held at appropriate times throughout the semester. Prerequisite: Formal application to student teaching and final vote of the Teacher  Education / Admission Committee. Fee: $200. Credit 12 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

ELEM 237. Effective Teaching Practices: (P-5)
Candidates will investigate and practice lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, and methods of pedagogy including best practice to support the KERA initiatives. They will engage in practical application of these concepts in their area of concentration in the public school classroom and reflect on their experiences. This class will focus on the strategic pillar of the conceptual framework of the UC Education Department. However, candidates will also draw on conceptual and evaluative knowledge in the pursuit of excellence in the field of education. Forty field hours are required. Prerequisite: EDUC 235. Pre- or Corequisite: SPED233; second semester sophomore standing. Fee: $50. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

ELEM 331. Reading and Language Arts I
An overview of methods, principles, and practices in teaching of reading and language arts. Ten hours of field experience are required. Various teaching techniques used in developing basic reading and writing skills are studied. Demonstrations of teaching reading at various grade levels are required. Prerequisite: ACT 21, SAT 990, or passing PPST. Pre- or Corequisite: EDUC 237. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall semester only.

MATH 130. Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher I
This course is required of all P-5 elementary education majors, all 8-12 special education majors, and in the mathematics emphasis and specialization for P-5 and middle grades, respectively. The mathematical topics discussed in the course are chosen to reflect the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics and Kentucky’s Academic Expectations, Program of Studies, and Core Content. It is a study of our numeration system and bases, number theory, and the real number system with the concepts of algebra, logic, sets, estimation, and relations emphasized throughout. Problem solving techniques, manipulative aids, cooperative learning, writing, and available technology will be utilized as appropriate to help foster a constructive belief about mathematics. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall semester and other semesters by demand.

MATH 230. Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher II
This course is required of all P-5 elementary education majors, all 8-12 special education majors, and in the mathematics emphasis and specialization for P-5 and middle grades, respectively. The mathematical topics discussed in the course are chosen to reflect the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics and Kentucky’s Academic Expectations, Program of Studies, and Core Content. It is a study of probability, statistics, measurement, and geometry with the concepts of algebra, logic, sets, estimation, and relations emphasized throughout with various problem solving techniques. Manipulative aids, cooperative learning, writing, and available technology will be utilized to help foster a constructive belief about mathematics. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring semester and other semesters by demand.

MATH 332. P-5 Math Methods
Introduction of modern methods and teaching mathematics in grades P-5 with emphasis upon practical demonstrations and critiques of methods. Demonstrations of self-made and commercial teaching devices and/or utilization of games are required. Prerequisites: MATH 130 and 230; ACT 21, SAT 990, or passing PPST. Pre- or Corequisite: EDUC 237. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each semester.

MATH 333. Middle School Math Methods
This is a course in modern methods of teaching mathematics in grades 5-9 with emphasis on applications of KERA to the middle school mathematics classroom Prerequisites: MATH 130, 230; ACT 21, SAT 990, or passing PPST. Pre- or Corequisite: EDUC 237 Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring semester and other semesters by demand.

ELEM 237. Effective Teaching Practices: (P-5)
Candidates will investigate and practice lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, and methods of pedagogy including best practice to support the KERA initiatives. They will engage in practical application of these concepts in their area of concentration in the public school classroom and reflect on their experiences. This class will focus on the strategic pillar of the conceptual framework of the UC Education Department. However, candidates will also draw on conceptual and evaluative knowledge in the pursuit of excellence in the field of education. Thirty field hours are required. Prerequisite: EDUC 235, and ACT of 21+; Pre- or Corequisite: SPED233; second semester sophomore standing. Fee: $50. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

ELEM 333. Children’s Literature
This course is a comprehensive study of children’s literature. Practical laboratory experiences are provided in story-telling, puppetry, dramatization, choral reading, and the use of instructional media aids. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring and Fall semesters.

ELEM 334. P-5 Teaching of Social Studies
Methods, principles, and practices in teaching social studies. Techniques, strategies, observations, and demonstrations of lessons are required. Prerequisite: ACT 21, SAT 990, or passing PPST. Pre- or Corequisite: EDUC 237 Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring semester only.

ELEM 338. Reading and Language Arts II
A continuation of Reading and Language Arts I with the addition of a study of reading disabilities, their diagnosis, and correction. An in-depth focus of the writing process and its implementation in the classroom will be examined as well. Fifteen hours of field experience are required. Prerequisite: ELEM 331 and ACT of 21+. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring semester only.

ELEM 339. P-5 Teaching of Science
Focuses on methods and materials of teaching sciences in grades P-5. Techniques of questioning used in lesson plans, demonstrations, experiments, and evaluations are emphasized. Demonstrations of teaching science at various levels are required. Prerequisite: ACT 21, SAT 990, or passing PPST. Pre- or Corequisite: EDUC 237. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

ELEM 430. Classroom Management and Behavior
This course serves as the professional education capstone experience. Emphasis is placed on effective, proactive classroom discipline and management strategies. Additional significant course topics include constructing and analyzing student assessments, crafting higher order thinking experiences, developing appropriate professional dispositions and creating differentiated instructional strategies. Candidates utilize conceptual, strategic, evaluative and communicative knowledge as they prepare to help all students learn and close the achievement gap. The Kentucky and University teacher standards and KERA initiatives are an integral part of the course content. Thirty hours of field experience are required. Prerequisite: Formal admission to Teacher Education program. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

ELEM 491. Supervised Student Teaching: Elementary Education
Actual classroom teaching under supervision in cooperating schools, divided evenly between two non adjacent grade levels with direct participation in working with children. Conferences are held with the supervising teacher, college coordinator, and the student. Prerequisite: Formal application to student teaching and final vote Teacher Education/Admission Committee. Seminars and diversity experiences are held at appropriate times during the semester. (ELEM 491 is taken for six (6) hours credit if SPED 499 is taken during the same semester.) Fee: $200. Credit, 12 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

ELMS 237. Effective Teaching Practices: 5-9
Candidates will investigate and practice lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, and methods of pedagogy including best practice to support the KERA initiatives. They will engage in practical application of these concepts in their area of concentration in the public school classroom and reflect on their experiences. This class will focus on the strategic pillar of the conceptual framework of the UC Education Department. However, candidates will also draw on conceptual and evaluative knowledge in the pursuit of excellence in the field of education. Forty field hours are required. Prerequisite: EDUC 235; Pre- or Corequisite: SPED233; second semester sophomore standing. Fee: $50. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

ELMS 331. Reading and Language Arts I
A study of methods, principles, and practices in the teaching of language arts and reading in the middle grades. Observation, demonstrations, and teaching techniques are emphasized. Ten hours of field experience are required. Prerequisite: ACT of 21+; Pre- or Corequisite: ELMS 237. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall semester only.

ELMS 335. The Middle School
An overview of the philosophy curriculum, and organization of instruction in the middle grades. In depth study with emphasis on middle school students. Prerequisite: ACT 21, SAT 990, or passing PPST. Pre- or Corequisite: EDUC 237. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall semesters.

ELMS 338. Reading and Language Arts II
A continuation of ELMS 331 with advanced study in teaching of language arts with strong reading emphasis. An in-depth focus of the writing process and its implementation in the classroom will be examined as well. Fifteen hours of field experience are required. Prerequisite: ELMS 331. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring semester only.

ELMS 430. Classroom Management and Behavior
This course serves as the middle school professional education capstone experience. Emphasis is placed on effective, proactive classroom discipline and management strategies. Additional significant course topics include constructing and analyzing student assessments, crafting higher order thinking experiences, developing appropriate professional dispositions and creating differentiated instructional strategies. Candidates utilize conceptual, strategic, evaluative and communicative knowledge as they prepare to help all students learn and close the achievement gap. The Kentucky and University teacher standards and KERA initiatives are an integral part of the course content. Thirty hours of field experience are required. Prerequisite: Formal admission to Teacher Education. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

ELMS 491. Supervised Student Teaching: Middle School
Actual classroom teaching under supervision in the middle school. Assignments shall provide for student teaching in each of the fields in which the student has prepared. Conferences are held with the supervising teacher, college coordinator, and the student. Prerequisite: Formal application to student teaching and final vote of the Teacher Education/Admission Committee. Seminars and diversity experiences are held at appropriate times during the semester. (ELMS 491is taken for six (6) hours if SPED 499 is taken during the same semester.) Fee: $200. Credit, 12 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

SPED 233. Survey of Individuals with Exceptionalities (P-12).
This course is required of all students pursuing teacher certification, and is designed to survey the field, providing definitions and descriptions. Other course aspects include overviews of: special education services and programs, community and school resources, research related to disabilities. (Field/Clinical hours required.) Prerequisite to all SPED courses. Recommended to be taken spring of freshman year for special education majors or those choosing a special education emphasis. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

SPED 234. Special Education Instructional Programs (P-12).
This course is a study of special education procedures; selecting and delivering services on various models (inclusion, itinerant, resource, and self-contained); planning and roles of various service delivery personnel; the writing of the IFSP, IEP, ITP, and other record keeping and reporting; selecting and utilizing related services; the role and function of the ARC; collaborating with faculty, related service specialists, other specialists, and parents. (Ten hours of Field/Clinical hours are required.) Corequisite with SPED 233 for all other SPED courses. Recommended to be taken fall of the Sophomore year for special education majors or those choosing a special education emphasis. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semester
.
SPED 236. Special Education Programs for Adolescents with Mild Disabilities (5-12).
A study of curriculum modifications for middle school and high school students with disabilities, methods and materials for education of adolescent students with disabilities, cognitive and social development, sex education, and preparation for family living. Candidates develop an awareness of community-based programs; an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of service providers; collaboration competencies needed to facilitate transition from school to post-secondary settings. Prerequisite: SPED 233 and 234. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring semester only.

SPED 237. Effective Teaching Practices - LBD (P-12).
Candidates will investigate and practice lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, and methods of pedagogy including best practice to support the KERA initiatives. They will engage in practical application of these concepts in their area of concentration in the public school classroom and reflect on their experiences. This class will focus on the strategic pillar of the conceptual framework of the UC Education Department. However, candidates will also draw on conceptual and evaluative knowledge in the pursuit of excellence in the field of education. Forty field hours are required. Prerequisite: EDUC 235. Pre- or Corequisite: SPED233; second semester sophomore standing. Fee: $50. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

SPED 238. Special Education Early Childhood Programs (P-5)
A study of assessment, criteria, curricula modifications, and material modifications for pre-school children with disabilities at risk and/or developmentally delayed. Prerequisite: SPED 233 and SPED 234. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall semester only.

Special Education majors should be advised that the ACT 21+ (or acceptable SAT score or PPST score) is a requirement for retention in the education program leading to certification or a teaching major at this point in their planned program. Enrollment in the following classes is dependent on meeting the criteria for continuous assessment described within current catalogue.

SPED 336. Educational Assessment and Prescriptive Programming of Individuals with Disabilities (P-12) Part I
This course is a study of principles of educational testing and measurement pertaining to learning and behavior disabilities; administration and interpretation of formal and informal testing to determine specific educational strengths and weaknesses; determination of educationally relevant characteristics of individuals with learning and behavioral disabilities, P-12.  Prerequisites: SPED 233, SPED 234, SPED 237, and appropriate test scores (ACT 21, SAT 990, passing PPST). Credit, 3 hours. Offered Fall semester.

SPED 337. Educational Assessment and Prescriptive Programming for Individuals with Disabilities (P-12) Part II
This is a study of the design, implementation, and evaluation of individualized programs based upon interpretation of formal and informal testing and identification of educationally relevant characteristics of individuals with disabilities. Selection, analysis, and application of instructional materials and curriculum design are featured in relation to individuals with disabilities, P-12. Prerequisites: SPED 233, SPED 234, SPED 237, SPED 336, and appropriate test scores (ACT 21, SAT 990, passing PPST). Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring semester.

SPED 435. Special Education Methods and Materials (Mild Disabilities) (P-12)
A course of study including curriculum development, adaptations, procedures and demonstrations of teaching content areas (P-12) for individuals with disabilities. Course content will include: assistive technology, adaptive physical education and recreation programs, components of pre-instructional and instructional planning and designing of programming, and integrating related services into special education. Fifteen hours of field experience are required. Prerequisites: SPED 233, SPED 234, SPED 237, and appropriate test scores (ACT 21, SAT 990, passing PPST). Credit, 3 semester hours. Offered Fall semesters.

SPED 436. Special Education Methods and Materials (Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities) (P-12)
A course of study providing a continuum of strategies and techniques specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with emotional/behavioral disabilities. The course content will include: developing classroom and individual behavior management plans, classroom organization and discipline, social skills, learning strategies, and monitoring behaviors in various settings. Fifteen hours of field experience are required. Prerequisites: SPED 233, SPED 234, SPED 237, and appropriate test scores (ACT 21, SAT 990, passing PPST). Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring semesters.

SPED 499. Supervised Student Teaching: Special Education - LBD (P-12).
Actual classroom teaching under the supervision of a teacher of children or youth with disabilities. There are conferences and critiques with the student teacher and evaluations for growth in classroom techniques, and classroom management experience. This course consists of one semester of special education classroom student teaching, which can be divided among the P-12 levels. Prerequisite: Formal application to student teaching and final vote Teacher Education/Admission Committee. Seminars and diversity experiences are arranged throughout the semester. SPED 499 is taken for 6 credits in conjuction with either ELEM 491 (6 credits) or ELMS 491 (6 credits). Fee: $200. Credit, 6 hours. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.