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University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Core Elementary Education Courses
(and descriptions from the Course catalog)
Foundations of Education
Viewed the American school as a key social institution. Studied American
education from historical, cultural, and philosophical perspectives.
Emphasis on the cultivation of those skills that enabled me to analyze
educational issues. Assigned to area school classrooms for observation.
Provided an understanding of the basic principles of human development as applied to the child. Topics included the relative influences of environmental and genetic factors on development and physical, social, emotional and cognitive age-related changes.
Provided an understanding of the basic principles of human development as
applied to the adolescent. Theories and research findings were examined with
regard to the areas of physical and sexual development, intelligence and
cognitive functioning, and social and emotional development.
Studied the psychological aspects of the educational process. Theories and
research from psychology, with applications for education, were examined in the
areas of cognitive processes, self-esteem, motivation, learning measurement, and
Special Needs Students
Studied how "Learning disability" refers to difficulty in learning in spite of
normal sensory, emotional, and intelligence levels. Examined the social,
emotional, and academic characteristics. Evaluated the various theories
explaining the etiology of learning disabilities.
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY for an Information Age
Learned about computing in general and about computer-based education in
Examined other technology tools available in a teacher's methodological toolbox.
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY in Elementary Education
Discussed strategies for designing lessons and assessments incorporating the use of technological aids. Learned instructional uses of computers; how to develop and maintain a Home Page on the Internet; and how to utilize programming as a tool for developing children's problem-solving skills. Became proficient in Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Front Page, Internet Explorer, and Netscape Navigator.
FUNDAMENTALS OF Reading INSTRUCTION
Studied the process of reading and techniques of teaching reading in the elementary classroom. Applied suggested techniques in a field-based setting.
Language Arts Methods
Studied oral and written language development and techniques for developing children's language competencies in the elementary classroom. Applied suggested techniques in a field-based setting.
Studied the diagnosing of children's reading behaviors and the prescribing of activities to develop their reading competence. Applied diagnostic procedures in a field-based setting.
Developed the understanding necessary to the teaching of elementary science. Demonstrated specific competencies related to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction.
Social Studies Methods
Explored, developed, and experienced the practical competencies needed for teaching social studies.
A field-based experience in which I was required to demonstrate competencies in design, implementation, and evaluation of mathematics instruction in a contemporary classroom. Also prescribed learning experience and engaged in the laboratory approach to mathematics.
Studied a of the wealth of children's books available today, focusing on their literary worth and relationship to today's child and pre-teen. Special emphasis was placed on the treatment of contemporary social issues in books.
Studied the methods of teaching and evaluating modern art education. Studied the characteristics of child art, as well as curriculum and projects suitable for children of different grade levels.
Teaching Physical Education
Course content included application of health and physical education principles in the elementary school curriculum.
Teaching of Music
Course content included basic music theory and teaching techniques. Emphasis was placed on exploring the elements of music and developing various competencies that aid in the teaching of these elements.
The Child and the Curriculum
Discussed philosophy, purposes, curricular organization, school law, and classroom procedures that are needed for an effective teaching-learning environment.
Measurements and Statistics for Teachers
Studied basic descriptive statistics, including measures of central tendency, variation, and form; correlation; and graphing data. Also studies an introduction to classical measurement theory, including reliability and validity; testing; and evaluation. Developed and evaluated classroom testing methods.
Provided me with tutoring experiences in area school districts.
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