Course Descriptions

EDF 100 Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Environment - Designed to acquaint students with teaching and culture of schools through a 25-hour field experience. Students will learn fundamental instructional principles, engage in one-on-one academic support, and write/discuss their experiences. General knowledge of public schools and the foundations of American education will be addressed through readings and discussions. Offered fall and winter semesters.

EDF 310 Organizing and Managing Classroom Environments - Current theory and methodology involved in establishing order and facilitating learning is emphasized. Emphasis is on understanding personal/psychological/learning needs, establishing positive relationships, using instructional methods that meet student needs and maximize on-task behavior. Applications to educational settings are required. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Admission to the College of Education. (Program outlines specify co-requisites.)
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EDF 315 Diverse Perspectives on Education - This course will introduce the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of education in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the changing purposes of education historically, the legal and procedural expansions of schooling to an increasingly diverse student population, and the cultural competencies needed to teach all students effectively. Fulfills the U.S. Diversity requirement. Offered every semester.
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EDF 380 Special Topics in Foundations - Independent supervised study on selected topics that are not dealt with in depth in other courses. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDF 399 Independent Study in Foundations - Independent supervised study on selected topics that are not dealt with in depth in other courses. One to three credits. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDF 485 The Context of Educational Issues - This culminating education course will explore the context of contemporary educational issues. Students will analyze and critique current educational practices and policies, and draw upon foundational perspectives in addressing such issues. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: EDI 430 or EDI 431. All may be taken concurrently.
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EDF 499 Independent Study in Foundations - Independent supervised research and study in special areas of education, prearranged with a faculty sponsor and approved by the director. Offered upon demand.

EDI 330 Teacher Assisting - Elementary - Half-day field experiences as a teacher assistant in an elementary classroom for a minimum of 12 weeks; additional weeks provided for professional development and training to total 15 weeks. Includes a two-hour weekly seminar covering content area methodology and instructional strategies. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: admittance to College of Education. Co-requisites: EDF 310, EDR 320.
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EDI 331 Methods and Strategies of Secondary Teaching - Half-day field experiences as teacher assistant in a secondary classroom for a minimum of 13 weeks. Includes two-hour weekly seminars covering content area methodology (with major field advisor) and instructional strategies (with Education field advisor). Note: Music majors complete Teacher Assisting fall semester only. Prerequisites: admittance to the College of Education. Corequisites: EDF 310, EDR 321.
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EDI 337 Introduction to Learning and Assessment - An introductory course for pre-service educators focusing on P-12 classroom assessment beliefs and practices. Instruction focuses on understanding the learning theories within which the work in classroom assessment occurs, understanding and applying specific assessment methods, and communicating assessment results about P-12 student achievement. Offered every semester.
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EDI 380 Special Topics in Instruction and Curriculum - Independent supervised study on selected topics that are not dealt with in depth in other courses. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDI 430 Student Teaching, Elementary - Full-time student teaching with weekly seminar discussions of classroom issues and personal reflection. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Advancement to student teaching and positive recommendations from prior fieldwork. Credits: 10
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EDI 431 Student Teaching, Secondary - Secondary.  Full-time student teaching with a two-hour weekly seminar covering pedagogy, methodology, and instructional best practices. Students must follow the holiday break schedule designated by the K-12 district for their school placement/assignment, not the GVSU holiday break schedule. Co-requisite: EDI 432, advancement to student teaching and positive recommendations from prior fieldwork.
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EDI 432 Student Teaching, Secondary Content Practicum - Secondary Content Practicum. Full-time student teaching with three content area seminars covering pedagogy, methodology, and instructional best practices taken simultaneously with EDI 431. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Co-requisite, EDI 431, Student Teaching Secondary, advancement to student teaching and positive recommendations from prior fieldwork 

EDI 480 Special Topics in Instruction and Curriculum - Independent supervised study on selected topics that are not dealt with in depth in other courses. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDI 499 Independent Study in Instruction and Curriculum - Independent supervised research and study in special areas of education, prearranged with a faculty sponsor and approved by the director. Offered upon demand.

EDR 317 Class Conscious: Popular Culture, Schooling, & Identity - Challenges students to think critically, collaborate, and integrate multiple disciplines as they explore the role that popular culture and schooling play in forming their identities. Students will use critical reading skills to analyze films, television, music and other aspects of popular culture and compare to prominent theories and their experiences.

EDR 320 Reading: Assessment and Instruction - This course includes the study of literacy assessment and instructional practices useful in guiding developmentally appropriate learning for children K-6. Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education.
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EDR 321 Content Area Literacy - This course will help secondary pre-service teachers learn strategies, theory, and research that support literacy in all disciplines. Students will engage in class discussions, prepare demonstrations, and in other ways explore effective methods for helping their students read, write, listen, speak, view, and represent in meaningful ways. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: admission to the College of Education. Co-requisites: EDF 310 and EDI 331.
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EDR 380 Special Topics in Literacy Studies - Independent supervised study on selected topics that are not dealt with in depth in other courses. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDR 499 Independent Study in Literacy Studies - Individual supervised research and study in special areas of education, prearranged with a faculty sponsor and approved by the director. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDS 332 Methods and Strategies of Special Education Teaching - Half-day field experiences as a teacher assistant in a special education classroom for a minimum of 13 weeks, additional weeks provided for professional development and training to total 15 weeks. Includes a two-hour weekly seminar covering content area methodology and instructional strategies. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: admission to College of Education. Co-requisites: EDR 320, EDS 361, EDS 495.
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EDS 360 Language and Reading Development - Study of materials and curricula for use in assisting the special needs student in development of speech, language, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: admission to the College of Education. (Program outlines specify co-requisites.) Offered fall semester.

EDS 361 Principles, Processes, and Methods in Special Education - Processes and methods involved in identification, assessment, placement, programming, instruction, and evaluation of learning needs. Prerequisite: admission to the College of Education. (Program outlines specify co-requisites.) Offered fall and winter semesters.

EDS 378 Universal Design for Learning: Elementary - Universal design for learning is a means of improving students with special needs access to the general-education curriculum. Candidates will learn universal design principles regarding multiple means of: representation, engagement, and expression and instructional practices specifically designed for elementary classrooms. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
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EDS 379 Universal Design for Learning: Secondary - Universal design for learning is a means of improving students with special needs access to the general-education curriculum. Candidates will learn universal design principles regarding multiple means of: representation, engagement, and expression and instructional practices specifically designed for secondary classrooms. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
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EDS 380 Special Topics in Special Education - Independent supervised study on selected topics that are not dealt with in depth in other courses. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDS 399 Independent Study in Special Education - Independent supervised research and study in special areas of education, prearranged with a faculty sponsor and approved by the director. Offered upon demand.

EDS 441 Curriculum for CI - Study of the curricula used for the different levels of instruction. Includes prescribing materials appropriate for remedial activities, lesson and unit planning, and instructional techniques. Prerequisites: successful completion of prior coursework, and permission of advisor. Offered winter semester.

EDS 442 Curriculum for EI - Study of the curricula used for the different levels of instruction. Includes prescribing materials appropriate for remedial activities, lesson and unit planning, and instructional techniques. Prerequisites: successful completion of prior coursework, and permission of advisor. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

EDS 463 Educational Practices and Procedures: Cognitive Impairment - In-depth exploration of strategies used throughout the life span for persons with cognitive impairments. Includes: accurate and unbiased assessment, creation of learning environments that foster enhanced life skills, communication skills and academic success, and development of transition services that span school and community settings. Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior coursework. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

EDS 464 Educational Practices and Procedures: Emotional Impairment - In-depth exploration of strategies used throughout the life span for persons with emotional/behavior disorders. Includes: accurate and unbiased assessment, creation of learning environments that foster good mental health and academic success, and development of behavior management programs that span school and community settings. Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior coursework. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

EDS 471 Directed Teaching in Cognitive Impairment - Student teaching in a classroom with students who have cognitive impairments. Accompanying seminars on methods of teaching and the organization and development of curriculum for students with cognitive impairments. Prerequisites: successful completion of prior coursework and positive recommendations from prior fieldwork. Co-requisite: 441. Nine credits. Offered winter semester.

EDS 472 Directed Teaching in Emotional Impairment - Student teaching in a special education classroom under professional supervision with accompanying seminar on materials and curriculum for students with emotional impairments. Prerequisites: successful completion of prior coursework and positive recommendations from prior fieldwork. Co-requisite: 442. Nine credits. Offered winter semester.

EDS 495 Diagnostic and Interpretive Procedures - Study of formal and informal assessment procedures with emphasis on test interpretation as it relates to performance objectives for exceptional students. (Program outlines specify co-requisites.) Offered fall semester.

EDS 497 Educational Interventions: Cognitive Impairment - Study of the educational interventions appropriate for students with cognitive impairments. (Program outline specify co-requisites.) Three credits. Offered winter semester.

EDS 498 Educational Interventions: Emotional Impairment - Study of the educational interventions appropriate for students with emotional impairments. (Program outline specify co-requisites.) Offered winter semester.

EDS 499 Independent Study in Special Education - Independent supervised research and study in special areas of education, prearranged with a faculty sponsor and approved by the director. Offered upon demand.

EDT 370 Technology in Education - Introduction to technologies used in the classroom. Focus on integrating technologies into the curriculum for teaching and learning. Lab-based practical and hands-on learning is emphasized. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: EDI 330, 331, or EDS 332; EDF 310, and EDR 320 or EDR 321. All may be taken concurrently.
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EDT 380 Special Topics in Technology - Independent supervised study on selected topics that are not dealt with in depth in other courses. Offered upon sufficient demand.

EDT 399 Independent Study in Technology - Independent supervised research and study in special areas of education, prearranged with a faculty sponsor and approved by the director. Offered upon demand.