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EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS  

Writing Intensive Courses ** 
A special fee is charged for all practicum and student teaching courses. †  

Education 205. Life and Career Preparation. This course is the design and management of the Longwood educational experience to establish vision, direction, and strategies for gaining knowledge, skills, and attitudes for life and career preparation. It is designed to challenge and support Sophomore Participants who are working with Senior Mentors in the Project Success Program. 1 credit.  

Education 245. Human Growth and Development. A survey of physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of human beings. Heredity and environmental influences will be stressed in the life-span study with specific emphasis upon prenatal through adolescent development. 3 credits.  

Education 260. Introduction to the Teaching Profession. An overview of teaching and schooling that addresses the foundations of education and the professional aspects of teaching. Emphasis on the history and philosophy of education; school organization; governance; legal and financial issues; teacher preparation; professional development; practicum preparation; and lesson planning.  2 credits. 

Education 265. Education Practicum I.  An in-depth observation and participation practicum. Placed in public school settings for at least 60 hours under supervision of college. In addition, instruction and follow-up will occur. 3 credits. †  

Education 275. Educational Leadership I.  Course is for Orientation Leaders who assist with the Longwood Seminar. Designed to prepare these leaders to work with professors and their first-year students in the Seminar. Prerequisite: Open to Student Orientation Leaders only and permission of instructor. 1 credit.  

EDUCATION 292.  Internship in Education.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of education.  1-18 credits.  

Education 295. Special Topics. Selected topics in Education. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.  

Education 305. Practicum in Early Childhood. Study of the development of the preschool child and associated guidance, observation, teaching techniques and curriculum considerations. Laboratory work will take place in the Longwood Nursery School and other locations. 1 single and 2 double periods a week. Prerequisite: EDUC 265. 3 credits.  

EDUCATION 311-312.  Studies Abroad.  Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in education.  1-18 credits.  

Education 325.  Introduction to Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary and Middle School (N,K-8).  Reading, both fiction and nonfiction, vocabulary, comprehension, speaking and listening skills, and study skills will be emphasized. Required for those seeking licensure at the elementary and/or middle school levels. Prerequisite: EDUC 260 or consent of the instructor. 2 credits.  

EDUCATION 326. Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School (N,K-6).  Adaptive rates of reading for emergent and early literacy development will be emphasized as well as word recognition, and skills for content fields such as comprehension, word study, vocabulary, phonics, process writing and handwriting(manuscript). Literature based and basal reading instruction techniques will be included. Required for those seeking licensure at the elementary levels. Prerequisite: EDUC 260 or consent of instructor. 2 credits.  

EDUCATION 327. Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Middle School Grades (6-8).  Adaptive rates of reading for intermediate and fluent readers will be emphasized as well as vocabulary study. Skills for content fields such as comprehension, process writing, spelling, grammar, and handwriting (cursive) will also be included. Various reading programs and literature based and basal reading instruction will be emphasized to include different genres of literature, literary elements, and author studies. Required for those seeking licensure at the middle school levels. Prerequisite: EDUC 260 or consent of the instructor. 2 credits.

Education 370. Practicum II. Additional participation and micro-teaching processes in public school settings for at least 60 hours under college supervision. In addition, instruction and follow-up will occur. Prerequisite: EDUC 265. 3 credits. †

 Education 375. Intro to Residence Life. The Spring RA Class focuses on general areas related to understanding the mission and goals of residence life (the organization), as well as understanding theoretical perspectives related to student development. The course will utilize the process of experiential learning with emphasis placed on structured group exercises and experience, out-of-class observations, readings and group discussion. 1 credit.

EDUCATION 390.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated as 391.  1-18 credits.  

EDUCATION 392.  Internship in Education.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of education.  1-18 credits.  

Education 415 (economicS 415). Educator Oriented Course. Applying economics to environmental issues such as resource scarcity, pollution, property rights, garbage and recycling, oil spills, and endangered species. Students will learn how markets and prices can be used to help solve environmental problems. Course cannot be used toward credit towards economics major or minor in economics. Students cannot receive credit for both EDUC 415/ECON 415 and ECON 500 or both ECON 415/EDUC 415 and ECON 314. 3 credits.  

EDUCATION 430. Teaching Reading in The Content Area.  An analysis of skills and practices required in the content areas required for reading comprehension in middle and secondary grades 6-12, including question strategies in literal, interpretive, critical, evaluative comprehension, and techniques for fostering an appreciation of a variety of literature and independent reading.  Corequisite:  EDUC 455.  2 credits.   

Education 450. Principles of Instruction. (N,K-8).  Methods of instruction in the elementary and middle school. The class will focus on generic teaching strategies, time utilization, teaching effectiveness research, and professional responsibilities. Required for those seeking licensure to teach at the elementary and/or middle school levels. Prerequisite: EDUC 260 or consent of the instructor.  2 credits.  

EDUCATION 451. Curriculum in the Elementary School (N,K-6). This course will focus on mathematics, science, and social studies. Interdisciplinary units and content appropriate pedagogical approaches will be utilized to meet the Virginia standards of learning in grades N,K-6. Required for those seeking a teaching license with an endorsement to teach at the elementary level.  Prerequisite: EDUC 260 or consent of the instructor.  2 credits.  

EDUCATION 452. Curriculum in the Middle School (6-8).  This course will focus on mathematics, science, and social studies. Interdisciplinary units and content appropriate pedagogical approaches will be utilized to meet the Virginia standards of learning in grades 6-8. Required for those seeking a teaching license with an endorsement to teach at the middle school level.  Prerequisite: EDUC 260 or consent of the instructor.  2 credits.  

Education 455. Principles of Secondary Education. Principles and methods of curriculum and instruction in the secondary school with an emphasis on Virginia SOL’s. Required of all majors seeking licensure at the secondary level. Prerequisites: EDUC 245 and 260.  Corequisite:  EDUC 430.  1 credit.  

Education 470. Mentoring Skills for Academic and Career Planning. This course is an exploration of the fundamental mentoring and guidance skills needed to promote effective academic and career planning. It is especially designed to prepare Senior Mentors to work with sophomore participants in the Project Success Program. 1 credit.  

Education 475. Educational Leadership II. Course is for Orientation Leaders who assist with the Longwood Seminar for the second time. Designed to provide additional experiences for Orientation Leaders who work with professors and their first-year students. Prerequisite: EDUC 275 and permission of instructor. 1 credit.  

Education 480. Classroom Assessment.  Theory and practice in construction of teacher-made evaluation instruments with heavy emphasis upon test construction and alternative assessment. Includes study of standardized testing and an in-depth study of the Virginia Assessment program.  2 credits.

Education 484. Media and Technology. A laboratory course concerned with the utilization of instructional media and computer technology in the learning process.  1 credit.  

Education 487. Classroom Management and System Issues. An examination of classroom management techniques and the development of skills necessary to foster a supportive learning environment as well as examination of system problems and solutions within traditional education settings N, K-12. 3 credits.  

Education 489. Survey of Exceptional Children. An introduction to all disabilities in special education. Characteristics and needs of students with disabilities, legislation, litigation, inclusion, and the role of the classroom teacher as a member of the IEP team. 3 credits.  

EDUCATION 490.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated as 491.  1-18 credits.  

Education 495. Special Topics. Selected topics in Education. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.  

EDUCATION 498.  Honors Research in Education.  Students conduct research in education under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee.  May be repeated as 499.  3 credits.  

The Professional Semester  

All students in teacher education programs will participate in a professional semester in their senior year during the semester in which they engage in the student teaching practicum. The semester is divided into the ten-week practicum and a six-week flexible modular professional program. The semester offers a total of 18 semester hours credit.  

Education 400. Directed Teaching in the Elementary and Middle School  Required of all students in seeking elementary and middle school endorsements.  Required of all students seeking licensure in grades N,K-8.  See prerequisites for student teaching. 11 credits.  

EDUCATION 401 - Directed Teaching in the Elementary School.  Required of all students seeking licensure to teach elementary school (grades N,K-6). See prerequisites for student teaching. 11 credits.†  

Education 402. Directed Teaching in the Secondary School. Required of all students in the secondary education curricula. See prerequisites for student teaching. 11 credits. †  

Education 403. Directed Elementary Teaching for Art and Music. See prerequisites for student teaching. 6 credits. †  

Education 404. Directed Secondary Teaching for Art and Music.  See prerequisites for student teaching. 5 credits. †  

EDUCATION 405 - Directed Teaching in the Middle School.  Required of all students seeking licensure to teach middle school (grades 6-8).  See prerequisites for student teaching. 11 credits. †  

Education 406. Directed Teaching in LD/EBD/MR. Required of all students preparing to teach in Special Education. Directed teaching of students with mild to moderate disabilities (LD/EBD/MR). See prerequisites for student teaching. 11 credits. †  

Education 488. Education Seminar.  A series of discussions concerned with orientation to the teaching profession, the American school system, trends and innovations in education, and current research. See prerequisites for student teaching. 1 credit.  

Note: All courses within the Professional Semester as well as other education courses, allow for the understanding and application of multi-cultural concepts.  

Graduate Courses for Seniors:  

See Director of Graduate Studies for details. Also see Graduate Catalog.

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