Chatham University

Teaching (MAT) Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is designed for women and men planning careers in the teaching profession at the early elementary (PreK-4) and secondary levels (7-12 in the areas of biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies); in K-12 art education and environmental education; and special education. The program is based on the premise that successful teachers will need a strong liberal arts education, in-depth knowledge of a chosen discipline, and mastery of current educational theory, practice, and technology.

Applicants’ transcripts will be reviewed to determine whether students have completed the academic requirements specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the standards for the desired certification area.

The MAT degree provides a curriculum differentiated to serve students with a wide range of academic and professional experiences, including those:

Admission: PDE Clearances

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all individuals who interact with children in Pennsylvania schools to obtain three types of clearances: Act 34, Act 151, and FBI Criminal History Report (fingerprinting). These clearances – a criminal background check, a child abuse check, and a criminal history report – are required for all Chatham field placements including observations and student teaching. In all M.A.T. programs, field placements begin in the first term of enrollment. Therefore, students must submit these three clearances to the education department prior to beginning coursework. Negative information on any of these clearances may be cause for dismissal from the program.

More information regarding these clearances is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website. Visit http://www.teaching.state.pa.us/teaching/site/default.asp and click on “Background Checks” in the left-hand menu.

Program of Study

Students with no academic or professional experience in the field of education who are seeking a master’s degree and either elementary or secondary certification must complete 47 or 45 credits respectively, including:

All students seeking Pennsylvania state certification must have the following:

Those individuals who are seeking a master’s degree with certification in special education must have a valid instructional certification and complete 40 credits, including:

  • 29 credits in professional preparation and content-related courses
  • 5 credits in field placement
  • 6 credits in a practicum experience
  • Successful completion of the PRAXIS Pre-professional Test in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to full admission to the program, and successful completion of all required Praxis examinations before certification applications can be forwarded to the State Department of Education Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification.
  • Program Requirements

    + Degree Requirements - Early Elementary (PreK -4)

    47 credits, including:
    EDU502 Perspectives on Education

    This course examines the influences that have resulted in the unique role of the teacher and school in our society in the past as well as the present. Topics include needs of exceptional children, the role of technology in education, and school-community relations. Students are requied to complete a major research project that addresses a currenty educational issue. Co-Requisite: EDU580

    2
    EDU508 Games Children Play

    A range of games and activities are explored in terms of functional movements and progression towards mature forms of selected physical skills. Healthy warm-up and participation strategies will be part of the exploration of each game. Games will be analyzed in terms of developmental appropriateness and the involvement of certain muscle groups and skill requirements. Students design an original game targeting the development of age-specific skills.

    1
    EDU510 Differentiated Reading and Writing

    This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading and writing in content areas to students with disabilities.

    3
    EDU514 Data Driven Instructional Decisions

    The importance of making decisions based on actual data collected on students now plays a major role in all schools. Data review goes beyond standardized test results and includes summative an formative assessment results. The connection between curriculum and assessments assessing a student's progress needs to be viewed as a guide to effective educational decision making.

    2
    EDU531 Assessment and Adaptation

    Students investigate the assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include the fundamental principles of assessment tools and the social responsibility of professionals to exercise fairness and accuracy in the assessment process.

    3
    EDU534 Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies

    This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools needed to be effective elementary social studies teachers. Students will learn strategies that allow for diverse learners to "experience" social studies, and to integrate social studies with all other subject areas. In this course, together we will attempt to establish a "social curriculum" that starts with the social studies, includes all academic areas, and expands into the halls, the playground, and into the world.

    2
    EDU535 Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics

    This course explores recent research developments of national reform efforts in teaching mathematics. Students explore the teaching of mathematics within the context of child development and learning theory. Research-based curriculum projects promote deep conceptual understanding in mathematics. Review of specific topics in math to increase the student's own competencies is included. Pre-requisites: EDU502 and EDU607

    3
    EDU536 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science

    This course explores recent developements of national reform efforts in teaching science based on developmental and learning theory. Students will learn hands-on innovative classroom practices and review national and state standards for science education. Methods for increasing content knowledge related to schedule and technology will be explored. Pre-requisites EDU502 and EDU607

    2
    EDU607 Child Development and Learning Theory

    Focusing on child development from the prenatal stage to age 12, this course emphasizes current research on physical, cognitive, and social development. Students examine the nature of adolescent development, implications of the cognitive and affective characteristics of adolescents in the selection of instructional methods and materials, and structural and organizational features of typical high schools.

    3
    EDU609 Literacy

    The interrelationships among listening, speaking, writing, and reading are investigated with a view toward emphasis on the impact that classroom organization, patterns, materials, and approaches have on teacher effectiveness in teaching elementary and early childhood-aged students, individually and in groups. Students are required to complete a major research paper or project in which they demonstrate knowledge of and skill in using teaching strategies that reinforce the theoretical considerations of the course. Pre or Co-requisite: EDU 502 and 607

    3
    EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

    This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582

    3
    EDU639 Integrating the Arts

    This interdisciplinary course provides the basic understanding of the use of art, music, movement, and creative dramatics in an early childhood setting. It is designed to enhance the student's mastery of content areas in the elementary curriculum. Students examine national and the PA Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities in Art, Music, Theater and Dance; and learn how to integrate these standards into interdisciplinary lessons in literacy, mathematics, science and history for students pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade.

    3
    EDU657 ELL Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers

    This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

    3
    EDU696 Student Teaching

    During one 8 week elementary and one 8 week secondary placement, student teachers will plan and implement lessons, and assume other appropiate instructional responsibilities under the guidance of an experienced teacher and a college professor. Students develop a portfolio based on the PDE form 430 to document their competencies for certification. Pre-requisites: Completion of all program requirements.

    9

    + Degree Requirements – Secondary

    EDU502 Perspectives on Education

    This course examines the influences that have resulted in the unique role of the teacher and school in our society in the past as well as the present. Topics include needs of exceptional children, the role of technology in education, and school-community relations. Students are requied to complete a major research project that addresses a currenty educational issue. Co-Requisite: EDU580

    2
    EDU510 Differentiated Reading and Writing

    This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading and writing in content areas to students with disabilities.

    3
    EDU515 Secondary School Curriculum

    Students investigate instructional planning and implementation as well as a range of behavior and classroom management techniques. Reading assignments in appropriate professional literature encourage students to develop a familiarity with the most effective teaching approaches. Motivation, evaluation of student achievement, and differentiation of instruction are considered. Co-requisites: EDU581 and EDU516 or EDU517 or EDU518 or EDU519 or EDU547

    3
    EDU516 Methods of Teaching Secondary English

    This course addresses the theory and philosophy of teaching language arts in middle and secondary schools. Classroom teaching strategies are explored and implemented in class presentation and in 7-12 public classrooms. Students plan instructional situations that clearly express the reading-writing connection that exists in effective language arts programs. Co-Requisites: EDU515 and EDU581

    3
    EDU517 Teaching Methods in Secondary Social Studies

    This course developes research-based strategies for teaching social studies. Contextual teaching, problem-based learning, and critical thinking are approached through instructional strategies that combine investigative classroom inquiry with both national and state context standards. Steudents learn to frame issues, help students research and analyze data and information to construct meaning and understanding. Co-Requisites: EDU515 and EDU581

    3
    EDU518 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science

    Examination of current theory and practice for teaching science in secondary schools is explored in this course. Curriculum development, teaching strategies and methodologies, and assessment issues are also addressed. Students examine research-based curriculum and inquiry teaching and learning as best practices in science education. Co-Requisites: EDU515 and EDU581

    3
    EDU519 Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics

    A balance of theory and practice is explored in this course to help students become effective teachers of mathematics. Curriculum development, teaching strategies and methodologies, and assessment issues are also addressed. Co-requisites: EDU515 and EDU581

    3
    EDU514 Data Driven Instructional Decisions

    The importance of making decisions based on actual data collected on students now plays a major role in all schools. Data review goes beyond standardized test results and includes summative an formative assessment results. The connection between curriculum and assessments assessing a student's progress needs to be viewed as a guide to effective educational decision making.

    2
    EDU531 Assessment and Adaptation

    Students investigate the assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include the fundamental principles of assessment tools and the social responsibility of professionals to exercise fairness and accuracy in the assessment process.

    3
    EDU581 Field Placement: Instructional Strategies

    Students assist classroom teachers in a variety of experiences such as tutoring, leading small group activities, creating bulletin boards, and evaluating student work. Maintaining a record of a variety of instructional strategies is a requirement of this field placement. Three lessons are taught and evaluated during this placement. Co-requisite: EDU 613

    1
    EDU607 Child Development and Learning Theory

    Focusing on child development from the prenatal stage to age 12, this course emphasizes current research on physical, cognitive, and social development. Students examine the nature of adolescent development, implications of the cognitive and affective characteristics of adolescents in the selection of instructional methods and materials, and structural and organizational features of typical high schools.

    3
    EDU618 Instructional Computer Integration

    This course helps students develop competency integrating computer technology with the school curriculum. It provides a practical introduction to using computers to help students learn emerging instructional technologies. Special emphasis is on the process and products available through computer technology and educational media. Students prepare an instructional unit integrating a variety of technologies. Pre-requisites: EDU502, 580, 607

    3
    EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

    This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582

    3
    EDU657 ELL Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers

    This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

    3
    EDU696 Student Teaching

    During one 8 week elementary and one 8 week secondary placement, student teachers will plan and implement lessons, and assume other appropiate instructional responsibilities under the guidance of an experienced teacher and a college professor. Students develop a portfolio based on the PDE form 430 to document their competencies for certification. Pre-requisites: Completion of all program requirements.

    9

    + Degree Requirements – Art Education and Environmental Education K-12

    EDU502 Perspectives on Education

    This course examines the influences that have resulted in the unique role of the teacher and school in our society in the past as well as the present. Topics include needs of exceptional children, the role of technology in education, and school-community relations. Students are requied to complete a major research project that addresses a currenty educational issue. Co-Requisite: EDU580

    2
    EDU510 Differentiated Reading and Writing

    This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading and writing in content areas to students with disabilities.

    3
    EDU514 Data Driven Instructional Decisions

    The importance of making decisions based on actual data collected on students now plays a major role in all schools. Data review goes beyond standardized test results and includes summative an formative assessment results. The connection between curriculum and assessments assessing a student's progress needs to be viewed as a guide to effective educational decision making.

    2
    EDU515 Secondary School Curriculum

    Students investigate instructional planning and implementation as well as a range of behavior and classroom management techniques. Reading assignments in appropriate professional literature encourage students to develop a familiarity with the most effective teaching approaches. Motivation, evaluation of student achievement, and differentiation of instruction are considered. Co-requisites: EDU581 and EDU516 or EDU517 or EDU518 or EDU519 or EDU547

    3
    EDU531 Assessment and Adaptation

    Students investigate the assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include the fundamental principles of assessment tools and the social responsibility of professionals to exercise fairness and accuracy in the assessment process.

    3
    EDU537 Methods of Teaching Elementary Art

    Students approach the teaching of art consistent with national standards of pedagogy and art. This course combines theory, research and practical knowledge about teaching art as a universal language and creative experience to elementary school children. This course contains an embedded field experience of 16 hours in an elementary art classroom. Prerequisites EDU502, EDU503, EDU607 Co-requisites EDU613

    3
    EDU547 Methods of Teaching Secondary Art

    Students approach the teaching of art consistent with national standards of pedagogy and art. This course approaches the teaching of art in the secondary school as a means of exploring the meaning and relevance of art to humanity. This course explores methods for engaging students in art experiences through a variety of teaching. This course contains an embedded field experience of 16 hours in a secondary art classroom. Prerequisites EDU502, EDU607 Co-requisites: EDU515

    3
    EDU581 Field Placement: Instructional Strategies

    Students assist classroom teachers in a variety of experiences such as tutoring, leading small group activities, creating bulletin boards, and evaluating student work. Maintaining a record of a variety of instructional strategies is a requirement of this field placement. Three lessons are taught and evaluated during this placement. Co-requisite: EDU 613

    1
    EDU607 Child Development and Learning Theory

    Focusing on child development from the prenatal stage to age 12, this course emphasizes current research on physical, cognitive, and social development. Students examine the nature of adolescent development, implications of the cognitive and affective characteristics of adolescents in the selection of instructional methods and materials, and structural and organizational features of typical high schools.

    3
    EDU618 Instructional Computer Integration

    This course helps students develop competency integrating computer technology with the school curriculum. It provides a practical introduction to using computers to help students learn emerging instructional technologies. Special emphasis is on the process and products available through computer technology and educational media. Students prepare an instructional unit integrating a variety of technologies. Pre-requisites: EDU502, 580, 607

    3
    EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

    This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582

    3
    EDU639 Integrating the Arts

    This interdisciplinary course provides the basic understanding of the use of art, music, movement, and creative dramatics in an early childhood setting. It is designed to enhance the student's mastery of content areas in the elementary curriculum. Students examine national and the PA Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities in Art, Music, Theater and Dance; and learn how to integrate these standards into interdisciplinary lessons in literacy, mathematics, science and history for students pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade.

    3
    EDU657 ELL Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers

    This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

    3
    EDU696 Student Teaching

    During one 8 week elementary and one 8 week secondary placement, student teachers will plan and implement lessons, and assume other appropiate instructional responsibilities under the guidance of an experienced teacher and a college professor. Students develop a portfolio based on the PDE form 430 to document their competencies for certification. Pre-requisites: Completion of all program requirements.

    9
    Degree Requirements –Environmental Education k-12
    45 credits, including:
    EDU502 Perspectives on Education

    This course examines the influences that have resulted in the unique role of the teacher and school in our society in the past as well as the present. Topics include needs of exceptional children, the role of technology in education, and school-community relations. Students are requied to complete a major research project that addresses a currenty educational issue. Co-Requisite: EDU580

    2
    EDU510 Differentiated Reading and Writing

    This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading and writing in content areas to students with disabilities.

    3
    EDU514 Data Driven Instructional Decisions

    The importance of making decisions based on actual data collected on students now plays a major role in all schools. Data review goes beyond standardized test results and includes summative an formative assessment results. The connection between curriculum and assessments assessing a student's progress needs to be viewed as a guide to effective educational decision making.

    2
    EDU515 Secondary School Curriculum

    Students investigate instructional planning and implementation as well as a range of behavior and classroom management techniques. Reading assignments in appropriate professional literature encourage students to develop a familiarity with the most effective teaching approaches. Motivation, evaluation of student achievement, and differentiation of instruction are considered. Co-requisites: EDU581 and EDU516 or EDU517 or EDU518 or EDU519 or EDU547

    3
    EDU518 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science

    Examination of current theory and practice for teaching science in secondary schools is explored in this course. Curriculum development, teaching strategies and methodologies, and assessment issues are also addressed. Students examine research-based curriculum and inquiry teaching and learning as best practices in science education. Co-Requisites: EDU515 and EDU581

    3
    EDU531 Assessment and Adaptation

    Students investigate the assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include the fundamental principles of assessment tools and the social responsibility of professionals to exercise fairness and accuracy in the assessment process.

    3
    EDU536 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science

    This course explores recent developements of national reform efforts in teaching science based on developmental and learning theory. Students will learn hands-on innovative classroom practices and review national and state standards for science education. Methods for increasing content knowledge related to schedule and technology will be explored. Pre-requisites EDU502 and EDU607

    2
    EDU581 Field Placement: Instructional Strategies

    Students assist classroom teachers in a variety of experiences such as tutoring, leading small group activities, creating bulletin boards, and evaluating student work. Maintaining a record of a variety of instructional strategies is a requirement of this field placement. Three lessons are taught and evaluated during this placement. Co-requisite: EDU 613

    1
    EDU607 Child Development and Learning Theory

    Focusing on child development from the prenatal stage to age 12, this course emphasizes current research on physical, cognitive, and social development. Students examine the nature of adolescent development, implications of the cognitive and affective characteristics of adolescents in the selection of instructional methods and materials, and structural and organizational features of typical high schools.

    3
    EDU618 Instructional Computer Integration

    This course helps students develop competency integrating computer technology with the school curriculum. It provides a practical introduction to using computers to help students learn emerging instructional technologies. Special emphasis is on the process and products available through computer technology and educational media. Students prepare an instructional unit integrating a variety of technologies. Pre-requisites: EDU502, 580, 607

    3
    EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

    This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582

    3
    EDU657 ELL Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers

    This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

    3
    EDU696 Student Teaching

    During one 8 week elementary and one 8 week secondary placement, student teachers will plan and implement lessons, and assume other appropiate instructional responsibilities under the guidance of an experienced teacher and a college professor. Students develop a portfolio based on the PDE form 430 to document their competencies for certification. Pre-requisites: Completion of all program requirements.

    9
    ENV555 Environmental Education

    The historical development of environmental education and the development of current standards in the environment and ecology, as well as a range of teaching methods for effectively presenting environmental challenges are explored. Course work includes observations and participation in environmental experiences within public school classrooms.

    3

    + Degree Requirements – Special Education (existing certification in elementary or secondary education)

    EDU506 Issues in Special Education

    This course presents a historical overview of special education as related to current perspectives and practices. In the course students become acquainted with the range of exceptionalities and consider the ethical and legal rights afforded exceptional students and their parents. Prerequisite(s): EDU 502

    3
    EDU582 Field Placement: Learning Support/Inclusion

    Students learn strategies for successfully including students in the general curriculum by working with special and general education teacher in developing accommodations and modification for the students, analyzing the general and special education environment and reviewing Individualized Education Plans. Requirements include teaching one lesson with attention to the IEP. Co-Requisite: EDU634

    1
    EDU583 Field Placement: Emotional Support

    This field placement experience familiarizes the student with instructional environments and strategies for addressing the needs of children with behavioral and/or emotional disorders. Particular attention is paid to the unique social, emotional and behavioral needs of an individual while examining the child's individual educational plan and daily routine. Co-requisite: EDU664

    1
    EDU584 Field Placement: Transition I

    In this field placement, the student observes and participates in a variety of placements. Students choose from a menu of placements throughout Allegheny County. Students are to visit/observe/participate in work-based programs, community living arrangements and social leisure activities. Co-requisite: EDU673

    1
    EDU585 Fld. Plcmt.: Multiple/Physical Exceptionalities

    This field placement experience familiarizes the student with instructional environments and strategies for addressing the needs of children with multiple disabilities and/or physical exceptionalities. Co-Requisite: EDU652

    1
    EDU586 Field Placement: Life Skills

    Students work with their field placement host teacher to analyze invention strategies and community-based support for individuals with the need for special supports. Co-Requisite: EDU668

    1
    EDU629 School Law

    The focus of this course is to explore the interaction between law and educational practice and their continuing development under the press of changing societal demands. The course provides educators with information and insights to enable them to address potential legal problems using sound judgment.

    3
    EDU651 Education of the Gifted

    This course compares the traditional and emerging paradigms for gifted education. Through a developmental approach students explore characteristics of gifted students, appropriate curriculum, materials, and classroom strategies.

    3
    May substitute 653, 654 or 656
    EDU652 Characteristics of Physical/Neurological Disorders

    Students investigate the nature and types of conditions classified as physical and neurological disorders. The impact of these disorders on day-to-day functioning of an individual and possible medical, psychological, and educational interventions also are investigated. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 585

    2
    EDU655 Assessment of Special Needs Students

    Students investigate the assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabling conditions. Topics include the fundamental principles of assessment tools and the social responsibility of professionals to exercise fairness and accuracy in the assessment process. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506

    3
    EDU661 High Incidence Disabilities: Instructional Strategies Birth-Grade 8

    This course focuses on the design and implementation of an individualized education program for a child with mild learning needs and the selection, design, and adaptation of curriculum and instructional techniques in the areas of reading, language arts, and mathematics.Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 582

    3
    EDU664 Behavior Management in the Classroom

    Students investigate the principles and systematic approaches used to identify and analyze problem management techniques, individual behavior and affective intervention strategies, and community-based support programs designed to address problem behaviors. Crisis intervention and conflict resolution are explored as strategies for confronting challenging behaviors. Prerequisite(s):EDU506; Co-requisite: EDU582

    3
    EDU668 Low Incidence Disabilities: Birth-8th Grade

    This course focuses on the design of a comprehensive educational program for the child with moderate to severe mental or physical disabilities. Students analyze the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and physical profile; review assessment techniques; and examine curriculum materials and instructional methods to determine the most appropriate educational program. Prerequisite(s): EDU 661; Co-requisite: EDU 586

    3
    EDU671 Collaboration, Consultation, and Teamwork

    This course focuses on developing effective collaboration skills with members of the school community, as well as the community at large, to provide a realistic and integrated program for all children. Students engage in a variety of group activities that call for the need to analyze group dynamics and implement effective communication strategies. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506 or 634

    3
    EDU673 Transition Planning and Adult Services

    This course focuses on the transition of special needs students throughout their school programming. The following topics are examined: parent's needs and methods of collaborating, Early Childhoos Intervention, Inclusion, Sexuality and Transition to Adult Life.Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 584

    3
    EDU690 Practicum in Special Education

    This course is designed for students who hold a Pennsylvania certification and are seeking certification in special education. Students demonstrate their ability to plan for and deliver a minimum of 15 lessons to special needs students enrolled in regular education or resource rooms. Pre-requisites: EDU524, 668, 673, Permission of the Education Director

    6

    + Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Directorship

    EDU527 Designing Early Childhood Centers

    This course explores the connection between curriculum and physical environment. Strategies and theories in early childhood curriculum are explored in terms of their cognitive, social, and physical dimensions. Emphasis is placed on the physical expression of early childhood learning theory. Issues of health and safety, including state and federal regulations are also explored. Pre-requisites: EDU502 and EDU607

    2
    EDU629 School Law

    The focus of this course is to explore the interaction between law and educational practice and their continuing development under the press of changing societal demands. The course provides educators with information and insights to enable them to address potential legal problems using sound judgment.

    3
    EDU688 Early Childhood Supervised Practicum

    6

    + Graduate Certificate in Education for Gifted and Talented Children Requirements

    EDU651 Education of the Gifted

    This course compares the traditional and emerging paradigms for gifted education. Through a developmental approach students explore characteristics of gifted students, appropriate curriculum, materials, and classroom strategies.

    3
    EDU653 Models of Gifted Education: Curriculum

    Students examine various models of gifted education and best practices in gifted programs. Factors affecting the planning and implementation of programs for the gifted are explored.

    3
    EDU654 Multicultural Gifted Education

    In this course, students examine methods of differentiating instruction for gifted students with an emphasis on meeting the needs of low socio-economic status and culturally diverse students. Research on issues of gender and ethnicity relating to identification and acceptance of giftedness are explored.

    3
    At least 6 credits from the following:
    EDU639 Integrating the Arts

    This interdisciplinary course provides the basic understanding of the use of art, music, movement, and creative dramatics in an early childhood setting. It is designed to enhance the student's mastery of content areas in the elementary curriculum. Students examine national and the PA Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities in Art, Music, Theater and Dance; and learn how to integrate these standards into interdisciplinary lessons in literacy, mathematics, science and history for students pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade.

    3
    EDU618 Instructional Computer Integration

    This course helps students develop competency integrating computer technology with the school curriculum. It provides a practical introduction to using computers to help students learn emerging instructional technologies. Special emphasis is on the process and products available through computer technology and educational media. Students prepare an instructional unit integrating a variety of technologies. Pre-requisites: EDU502, 580, 607

    3
    EDU648 Special Topics: Schoolyard Environmental Education

    In this course, students learn to apply skills and concepts of observation, recording, and identification in the environmental setting of a schoolyard. Students conduct experiments and investigations to determine quality of air, water, and soil as well as studies of the biodiversity of the schoolyard and surrounding neighborhood.

    3
    Other courses may be chosen as electives in consultation with an education program advisor

    + Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language

    EDU657 ELL Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers

    This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

    3

    + Degree Requirements – Special Education (no existing teaching certificate)

    EDU502 Perspectives on Education

    This course examines the influences that have resulted in the unique role of the teacher and school in our society in the past as well as the present. Topics include needs of exceptional children, the role of technology in education, and school-community relations. Students are requied to complete a major research project that addresses a currenty educational issue. Co-Requisite: EDU580

    2
    Co-Requisite: Education 580 Field Placement: School Culture
    EDU506 Issues in Special Education

    This course presents a historical overview of special education as related to current perspectives and practices. In the course students become acquainted with the range of exceptionalities and consider the ethical and legal rights afforded exceptional students and their parents. Prerequisite(s): EDU 502

    3
    Prerequisite: EDU 502
    EDU524 Teaching in a Multicultural Setting

    This course helps future teachers understand the complexities of teaching in a culturally diverse classroom. Students learn how to work effectively with students from various socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, and cultural groups. Students complete a major research project reflecting an understanding of best practices in effectively developing multicultural learning communities. Pre-requisites: EDU502 and EDU607

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 502 and 607
    EDU535 Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics

    This course explores recent research developments of national reform efforts in teaching mathematics. Students explore the teaching of mathematics within the context of child development and learning theory. Research-based curriculum projects promote deep conceptual understanding in mathematics. Review of specific topics in math to increase the student's own competencies is included. Pre-requisites: EDU502 and EDU607

    3
    Prerequisites: EDU 502 and 607
    EDU536 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science

    This course explores recent developements of national reform efforts in teaching science based on developmental and learning theory. Students will learn hands-on innovative classroom practices and review national and state standards for science education. Methods for increasing content knowledge related to schedule and technology will be explored. Pre-requisites EDU502 and EDU607

    2
    Prerequisites: EDU 502 and 607
    EDU582 Field Placement: Learning Support/Inclusion

    Students learn strategies for successfully including students in the general curriculum by working with special and general education teacher in developing accommodations and modification for the students, analyzing the general and special education environment and reviewing Individualized Education Plans. Requirements include teaching one lesson with attention to the IEP. Co-Requisite: EDU634

    1
    Co-requisite: EDU 634
    EDU583 Field Placement: Emotional Support

    This field placement experience familiarizes the student with instructional environments and strategies for addressing the needs of children with behavioral and/or emotional disorders. Particular attention is paid to the unique social, emotional and behavioral needs of an individual while examining the child's individual educational plan and daily routine. Co-requisite: EDU664

    1
    Co-requisite: EDU 664
    EDU584 Field Placement: Transition I

    In this field placement, the student observes and participates in a variety of placements. Students choose from a menu of placements throughout Allegheny County. Students are to visit/observe/participate in work-based programs, community living arrangements and social leisure activities. Co-requisite: EDU673

    1
    Co-requisite: EDU 673
    EDU585 Fld. Plcmt.: Multiple/Physical Exceptionalities

    This field placement experience familiarizes the student with instructional environments and strategies for addressing the needs of children with multiple disabilities and/or physical exceptionalities. Co-Requisite: EDU652

    1
    Co-requisite: EDU 652
    EDU586 Field Placement: Life Skills

    Students work with their field placement host teacher to analyze invention strategies and community-based support for individuals with the need for special supports. Co-Requisite: EDU668

    1
    Co-requisite: EDU 668
    EDU607 Child Development and Learning Theory

    Focusing on child development from the prenatal stage to age 12, this course emphasizes current research on physical, cognitive, and social development. Students examine the nature of adolescent development, implications of the cognitive and affective characteristics of adolescents in the selection of instructional methods and materials, and structural and organizational features of typical high schools.

    3
    EDU609 Literacy

    The interrelationships among listening, speaking, writing, and reading are investigated with a view toward emphasis on the impact that classroom organization, patterns, materials, and approaches have on teacher effectiveness in teaching elementary and early childhood-aged students, individually and in groups. Students are required to complete a major research paper or project in which they demonstrate knowledge of and skill in using teaching strategies that reinforce the theoretical considerations of the course. Pre or Co-requisite: EDU 502 and 607

    3
    Co-requisite: EDU 502
    EDU613 Elementary School Curriculum and Management

    Students explore a variety of teaching strategies of core subjects, research behavior management theorists and discuss classroom management best practices. Requirements include development of a learning center, a classroom management plan and a curriculum unit, demonstrating conversion of theory into practice. Pre-Requisites: EDU502, 580, 607, 609 Corequisite: EDU581

    3
    Prerequisites: EDU 502, 580, 607, 609. Co-requisite: EDU 581
    EDU618 Instructional Computer Integration

    This course helps students develop competency integrating computer technology with the school curriculum. It provides a practical introduction to using computers to help students learn emerging instructional technologies. Special emphasis is on the process and products available through computer technology and educational media. Students prepare an instructional unit integrating a variety of technologies. Pre-requisites: EDU502, 580, 607

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 502, 580, 607
    EDU629 School Law

    The focus of this course is to explore the interaction between law and educational practice and their continuing development under the press of changing societal demands. The course provides educators with information and insights to enable them to address potential legal problems using sound judgment.

    3
    EDU651 Education of the Gifted

    This course compares the traditional and emerging paradigms for gifted education. Through a developmental approach students explore characteristics of gifted students, appropriate curriculum, materials, and classroom strategies.

    3
    EDU652 Characteristics of Physical/Neurological Disorders

    Students investigate the nature and types of conditions classified as physical and neurological disorders. The impact of these disorders on day-to-day functioning of an individual and possible medical, psychological, and educational interventions also are investigated. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 585

    2
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 585
    EDU655 Assessment of Special Needs Students

    Students investigate the assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabling conditions. Topics include the fundamental principles of assessment tools and the social responsibility of professionals to exercise fairness and accuracy in the assessment process. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 506
    EDU661 High Incidence Disabilities: Instructional Strategies Birth-Grade 8

    This course focuses on the design and implementation of an individualized education program for a child with mild learning needs and the selection, design, and adaptation of curriculum and instructional techniques in the areas of reading, language arts, and mathematics.Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 582

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 582
    EDU664 Behavior Management in the Classroom

    Students investigate the principles and systematic approaches used to identify and analyze problem management techniques, individual behavior and affective intervention strategies, and community-based support programs designed to address problem behaviors. Crisis intervention and conflict resolution are explored as strategies for confronting challenging behaviors. Prerequisite(s):EDU506; Co-requisite: EDU582

    3
    Prerequisite(s): 506 or 634; Co-requisite: EDU 686 and EDU 583
    EDU668 Low Incidence Disabilities: Birth-8th Grade

    This course focuses on the design of a comprehensive educational program for the child with moderate to severe mental or physical disabilities. Students analyze the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and physical profile; review assessment techniques; and examine curriculum materials and instructional methods to determine the most appropriate educational program. Prerequisite(s): EDU 661; Co-requisite: EDU 586

    3
    Prerequisite: EDU 661 Co-requisite: EDU 586
    EDU671 Collaboration, Consultation, and Teamwork

    This course focuses on developing effective collaboration skills with members of the school community, as well as the community at large, to provide a realistic and integrated program for all children. Students engage in a variety of group activities that call for the need to analyze group dynamics and implement effective communication strategies. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506 or 634

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 506 or 634
    EDU673 Transition Planning and Adult Services

    This course focuses on the transition of special needs students throughout their school programming. The following topics are examined: parent's needs and methods of collaborating, Early Childhoos Intervention, Inclusion, Sexuality and Transition to Adult Life.Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 584

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 506 and 661; Co-requisite: EDU 584
    EDU696 Student Teaching

    During one 8 week elementary and one 8 week secondary placement, student teachers will plan and implement lessons, and assume other appropiate instructional responsibilities under the guidance of an experienced teacher and a college professor. Students develop a portfolio based on the PDE form 430 to document their competencies for certification. Pre-requisites: Completion of all program requirements.

    9
    Prerequisites: Completion of all other program requirements.

    + Degree Requirements – Special Education (seeking certification in both elementary and special education)

    EDU502 Perspectives on Education

    This course examines the influences that have resulted in the unique role of the teacher and school in our society in the past as well as the present. Topics include needs of exceptional children, the role of technology in education, and school-community relations. Students are requied to complete a major research project that addresses a currenty educational issue. Co-Requisite: EDU580

    2
    Co-Requisite: Education 580 Field Placement: School Culture
    EDU503 Children's Literature and the Arts

    In this course students explore and develop in-depth knowledge of children’s literature and its integration into the early childhood or elementary curricula. Students are required to complete a major project using technology and the arts that reflects effective pedagogy. Co-requisite: EDU502

    3
    Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EDU 502
    EDU506 Issues in Special Education

    This course presents a historical overview of special education as related to current perspectives and practices. In the course students become acquainted with the range of exceptionalities and consider the ethical and legal rights afforded exceptional students and their parents. Prerequisite(s): EDU 502

    3
    Prerequisite: EDU 502
    EDU524 Teaching in a Multicultural Setting

    This course helps future teachers understand the complexities of teaching in a culturally diverse classroom. Students learn how to work effectively with students from various socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, and cultural groups. Students complete a major research project reflecting an understanding of best practices in effectively developing multicultural learning communities. Pre-requisites: EDU502 and EDU607

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 502 and 607
    EDU535 Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics

    This course explores recent research developments of national reform efforts in teaching mathematics. Students explore the teaching of mathematics within the context of child development and learning theory. Research-based curriculum projects promote deep conceptual understanding in mathematics. Review of specific topics in math to increase the student's own competencies is included. Pre-requisites: EDU502 and EDU607

    3
    Prerequisites: EDU 502 and 607
    EDU536 Methods of Teaching Elementary Science

    This course explores recent developements of national reform efforts in teaching science based on developmental and learning theory. Students will learn hands-on innovative classroom practices and review national and state standards for science education. Methods for increasing content knowledge related to schedule and technology will be explored. Pre-requisites EDU502 and EDU607

    2
    Prerequisites: EDU 502 and 607
    EDU582 Field Placement: Learning Support/Inclusion

    Students learn strategies for successfully including students in the general curriculum by working with special and general education teacher in developing accommodations and modification for the students, analyzing the general and special education environment and reviewing Individualized Education Plans. Requirements include teaching one lesson with attention to the IEP. Co-Requisite: EDU634

    1
    Co-requisite: EDU 634
    EDU583 Field Placement: Emotional Support

    This field placement experience familiarizes the student with instructional environments and strategies for addressing the needs of children with behavioral and/or emotional disorders. Particular attention is paid to the unique social, emotional and behavioral needs of an individual while examining the child's individual educational plan and daily routine. Co-requisite: EDU664

    1
    Co-requisite: EDU 664
    EDU584 Field Placement: Transition I

    In this field placement, the student observes and participates in a variety of placements. Students choose from a menu of placements throughout Allegheny County. Students are to visit/observe/participate in work-based programs, community living arrangements and social leisure activities. Co-requisite: EDU673

    1
    Co-requisite: EDU 673
    EDU585 Fld. Plcmt.: Multiple/Physical Exceptionalities

    This field placement experience familiarizes the student with instructional environments and strategies for addressing the needs of children with multiple disabilities and/or physical exceptionalities. Co-Requisite: EDU652

    1
    Co-requisite: EDU 652
    EDU586 Field Placement: Life Skills

    Students work with their field placement host teacher to analyze invention strategies and community-based support for individuals with the need for special supports. Co-Requisite: EDU668

    1
    Co-requisite: EDU 668
    EDU607 Child Development and Learning Theory

    Focusing on child development from the prenatal stage to age 12, this course emphasizes current research on physical, cognitive, and social development. Students examine the nature of adolescent development, implications of the cognitive and affective characteristics of adolescents in the selection of instructional methods and materials, and structural and organizational features of typical high schools.

    3
    EDU609 Literacy

    The interrelationships among listening, speaking, writing, and reading are investigated with a view toward emphasis on the impact that classroom organization, patterns, materials, and approaches have on teacher effectiveness in teaching elementary and early childhood-aged students, individually and in groups. Students are required to complete a major research paper or project in which they demonstrate knowledge of and skill in using teaching strategies that reinforce the theoretical considerations of the course. Pre or Co-requisite: EDU 502 and 607

    3
    Co-requisite: EDU 502
    EDU613 Elementary School Curriculum and Management

    Students explore a variety of teaching strategies of core subjects, research behavior management theorists and discuss classroom management best practices. Requirements include development of a learning center, a classroom management plan and a curriculum unit, demonstrating conversion of theory into practice. Pre-Requisites: EDU502, 580, 607, 609 Corequisite: EDU581

    3
    Prerequisites: EDU 502, 580, 607, 609. Co-requisite: EDU 581
    EDU618 Instructional Computer Integration

    This course helps students develop competency integrating computer technology with the school curriculum. It provides a practical introduction to using computers to help students learn emerging instructional technologies. Special emphasis is on the process and products available through computer technology and educational media. Students prepare an instructional unit integrating a variety of technologies. Pre-requisites: EDU502, 580, 607

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 502, 580, 607
    EDU629 School Law

    The focus of this course is to explore the interaction between law and educational practice and their continuing development under the press of changing societal demands. The course provides educators with information and insights to enable them to address potential legal problems using sound judgment.

    3
    EDU637 Writing as Learning: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy

    This course introduces current research and practice in the field of writing pedagogy. The differences between processes, skills, and genre-based approaches to teaching writing are examined. Topics include the following: the purposes of writing to various diverse communities, diverse conventions of writing, social/individual dimensions of writing, reading/writing workshop assessment issues, and rubric development. Pre-requisites: EDU502, 580, 607

    3
    Prerequisites: EDU 502, 580, and 607
    EDU651 Education of the Gifted

    This course compares the traditional and emerging paradigms for gifted education. Through a developmental approach students explore characteristics of gifted students, appropriate curriculum, materials, and classroom strategies.

    3
    EDU652 Characteristics of Physical/Neurological Disorders

    Students investigate the nature and types of conditions classified as physical and neurological disorders. The impact of these disorders on day-to-day functioning of an individual and possible medical, psychological, and educational interventions also are investigated. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 585

    2
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 585
    EDU655 Assessment of Special Needs Students

    Students investigate the assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabling conditions. Topics include the fundamental principles of assessment tools and the social responsibility of professionals to exercise fairness and accuracy in the assessment process. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 506
    EDU661 High Incidence Disabilities: Instructional Strategies Birth-Grade 8

    This course focuses on the design and implementation of an individualized education program for a child with mild learning needs and the selection, design, and adaptation of curriculum and instructional techniques in the areas of reading, language arts, and mathematics.Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 582

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 582
    EDU664 Behavior Management in the Classroom

    Students investigate the principles and systematic approaches used to identify and analyze problem management techniques, individual behavior and affective intervention strategies, and community-based support programs designed to address problem behaviors. Crisis intervention and conflict resolution are explored as strategies for confronting challenging behaviors. Prerequisite(s):EDU506; Co-requisite: EDU582

    3
    Prerequisite(s): 506 or 634; Co-requisite: EDU 686 and EDU 583
    EDU668 Low Incidence Disabilities: Birth-8th Grade

    This course focuses on the design of a comprehensive educational program for the child with moderate to severe mental or physical disabilities. Students analyze the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and physical profile; review assessment techniques; and examine curriculum materials and instructional methods to determine the most appropriate educational program. Prerequisite(s): EDU 661; Co-requisite: EDU 586

    3
    Prerequisite: EDU 661 Co-requisite: EDU 586
    EDU671 Collaboration, Consultation, and Teamwork

    This course focuses on developing effective collaboration skills with members of the school community, as well as the community at large, to provide a realistic and integrated program for all children. Students engage in a variety of group activities that call for the need to analyze group dynamics and implement effective communication strategies. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506 or 634

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 506 or 634
    EDU673 Transition Planning and Adult Services

    This course focuses on the transition of special needs students throughout their school programming. The following topics are examined: parent's needs and methods of collaborating, Early Childhoos Intervention, Inclusion, Sexuality and Transition to Adult Life.Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 584

    3
    Prerequisite(s): EDU 506 and 661; Co-requisite: EDU 584
    EDU696 Student Teaching

    During one 8 week elementary and one 8 week secondary placement, student teachers will plan and implement lessons, and assume other appropiate instructional responsibilities under the guidance of an experienced teacher and a college professor. Students develop a portfolio based on the PDE form 430 to document their competencies for certification. Pre-requisites: Completion of all program requirements.

    9
    Prerequisites: Completion of all other program requirements.