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Elementary Education (K-6 grade level)

Bachelor of Art Degree
Independence Campus

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Graceland’s Elementary Education (BAEd) program at our Independence, Missouri, campus is designed to provide future educators with a flexible path to teaching young minds through a unique curriculum that allows them to complete their degree in two years or less.

Offerings
Major
Field of Study
Education
Format
Independence Campus
Curriculum
  • BA Degree - Elementary Education (K-6 grade level)

    In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in Elementary Education must complete the Education requirements and one approved concentration:

    Education Requirements:

    *A Computer Science course will not meet the mathematics elective.

    **Students with majors in Elementary Education and another teaching discipline who are seeking endorsements at both the elementary and secondary levels should substitute EDUC4450 Combination Student Teaching. Students with a concentration in K-8 Mild/Moderate Special Education should substitute EDUC4460 Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching.

    Courses Offered
    • BIOL1260Environmental Biology (3-0)
      BIOL1260 Environmental Biology (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of the environment, including the normal structure and functioning of ecosystems and the human impact on these ecosystems. Current environmental issues, such as human population growth, air and water pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and ecosystem degradation, will be considered. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    • BIOL1400Unity of Life (3-0)
      BIOL1400 Unity of Life (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A study of the key characteristics of life that unite all living organisms, including humans. Emphasis will be placed on comparing how humans and other organisms fulfill basic life needs. Will not count for credit in the Biology major or minor. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Equality, ELO6 Science - Equality and Peace

    • EDUC1300Introduction to Education
      EDUC1300 Introduction to Education - 3 s.h.

      Emphasis is upon social, historical, and philosophical foundations of education; ethics; reflection; and professional development. Includes a series of observation and teaching activities in a variety of P-12 classroom settings monitored by licensed professional educators as well as university faculty. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in this class for admittance into Teacher Education and to enroll in junior-level education classes.

    • EDUC1410Clinical Experience Lab
      EDUC1410 Clinical Experience Lab - 1 s.h.

      A robust series of well-sequenced early clinical field experiences that connect to and integrate the content of EDUC1400. Students will observe and participate in teaching activities in a variety of P-12 classroom settings monitored by licensed professional educators as well as university faculty. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • EDUC2100Technology Applications in Education
      EDUC2100 Technology Applications in Education - 3 s.h.

      A hands-on course with a focus on the effective and appropriate use of technologies commonly used in the professional world and the field of education. This includes use of office applications, developing and working with multimedia such as video, podcasts, and professional audio recording, creating web pages, using cutting edge social media communications tools for marketing and communication, and extensive use of still and video cameras, audio recording tools, smart boards and tablet technologies. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation.

    • EDUC2120Human Relations for Educators
      EDUC2120 Human Relations for Educators - 3 s.h.

      Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • EDUC2300Children’s and Adolescent Literature in Elementary Education
      EDUC2300 Children’s and Adolescent Literature in Elementary Education - 3 s.h.

      A survey of literature for children. Prepare to use knowledge of children’s literature for modeling the reading and writing of varied genres, fiction and nonfiction, technology- and media-based information, and non-print materials; for motivating through the use of texts at multiple levels, representing broad interests, and reflecting varied cultures, linguistic backgrounds, and perspectives; and for matching text complexities to the proficiencies and needs of readers. Includes a brief survey of literature for the adolescent. Does not apply toward literature for general education.

    • EDUC2420Teacher Education Entry Workshop
      EDUC2420 Teacher Education Entry Workshop - 0.5 s.h.

      Acquire information pertaining to teacher education requirements and candidate responsibilities for the program assessment system. Take the GSOE entrance assessment, PRAXIS II preparation plan, among other requirements for program participation. Required for all transfer students during their first semester or term at Graceland. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • EDUC2500Teaching PK/Elementary Physical Education, Health/Wellness, Visual and Performance Arts
      EDUC2500 Teaching PK/Elementary Physical Education, Health/Wellness, Visual and Performance Arts - 1-3 s.h.

      Development of skills and abilities related to learning physical education, health/wellness, visual and performance arts methods for teaching in the preschool and elementary classroom.

    • EDUC3290Early Childhood Practicum
      EDUC3290 Early Childhood Practicum - 1-2.5 s.h.

      A pre-student teaching practicum of at least 100 clock hours. Work with three age levels: (1) infant and toddler, (2) preprimary, and (3) primary students in two different settings such as rural and urban, and encompassing differing socioeconomic status, ability levels, cultural and linguistic diversity and program types and sponsorship. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3310. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • EDUC3300Foundations of Literacy Instruction
      EDUC3300 Foundations of Literacy Instruction - 3 s.h.

      Study a range of research pertaining to reading, writing, and learning, including scientifically-based reading research, and knowledge of histories of reading. Examine major components of reading. Use a variety of assessment strategies to identify reading proficiencies and evaluating needs for planning and instruction and communicating results of assessments. Match text complexities to the proficiencies and needs of readers. Use knowledge of a range of research-based strategies and instructional technology for designing and delivering effective instruction across the curriculum, for grouping students, and for selecting materials appropriate for learners at various stages of reading and writing development and from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Prerequisite EDUC1300.

    • EDUC3330K-6 Reading Practicum
      EDUC3330 K-6 Reading Practicum - 1-3 s.h.

      A three-week practicum in elementary school literacy programs for struggling students. Work with a licensed professional who observes, evaluates, and provides feedback on knowledge, dispositions, and performance of the teaching of reading and writing. Effectively use reading and writing strategies, materials, and assessments based upon appropriate reading and writing research and work with colleagues and families in the support of reading and writing development. Pre or Corequisite: EDUC3390. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • EDUC3450K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum
      EDUC3450 K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum - 1-2 s.h.

      A two-week practicum in Mild/Moderate Special Education Programs in elementary schools. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3220. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • EDUC3475Social Studies Methods and Content Reading Strategies
      EDUC3475 Social Studies Methods and Content Reading Strategies - 3 s.h.

      Best-practice, research-based instructional methods for teaching social studies in an elementary classroom including citizenship, history, geography, civic literacy, and economics. Strategies for integrating content reading strategies, technology and classroom management with social studies are incorporated. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

    • EDUC3481Language Arts, Reading, and Writing
      EDUC3481 Language Arts, Reading, and Writing - 3 s.h.

      Curriculum and strategies for instructing language arts, reading, and writing in the elementary school. Use knowledge and assessment of reading-writing-speaking connections, listening and viewing, the writing process, the stages of spelling development, writing genres and the connections between oral and written language development to effectively teach writing as communication and integrating within the content areas. Technology and classroom management as it applies to literacy methods is included. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Co-requisite: EDUC3540.

    • EDUC3511Science Methods for Elementary Educators
      EDUC3511 Science Methods for Elementary Educators - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to best-practice, research-based methods of inquiry-based teaching and learning of science. Curriculum and strategies introduced for instructing in the areas of physical, earth/space, and life science. Integration of content reading strategies, technology and classroom management as it applies to science methods included. Prerequisite: EDUC1300, admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

    • EDUC3530Math Methods for Elementary Educators
      EDUC3530 Math Methods for Elementary Educators - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to best-practice, research-based methods of teaching and learning mathematical processes to include problem solving, reasoning, communication, making connections and representations to the real life experiences for student learning. Curriculum, instruction, assessment, diagnosis and evaluation strategies introduced in the areas of numbers/operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability. Integration of content reading strategies, technology and classroom management as it applies to math methods included. Prerequisites: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Co-requisite: EDUC3540.

    • EDUC3540Elementary Education Methods Lab
      EDUC3540 Elementary Education Methods Lab - 1 s.h.

      Students apply curriculum planning and instructional strategies for teaching literacy and mathematics in a pre-student teaching clinical experience. Students are placed in two different grade levels to include one primary and one intermediate placement. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Co-requisite: EDUC3530, 3481.

    • EDUC3580Education of Exceptional Child and Adult
      EDUC3580 Education of Exceptional Child and Adult - 3 s.h.

      Examine the philosophical, historical and legal bases for special education, including the definitions and etiologies of individuals with disabilities and exceptional learning needs. Study gifted individuals and those with exceptional needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Prerequisites: EDUC1300, PSYC1300.

    • EDUC3590Educational Psychology
      EDUC3590 Educational Psychology - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the theories and practices connecting psychology and education. The course addresses the social contexts of child development (0-adult), classroom culture, learning, individual differences, social-emotional learning, and their implications related to physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children and the impact on learning. Prerequisite: EDUC1300, PSYC1300.

    • EDUC3630Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation
      EDUC3630 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation - 3 s.h.

      Examine legal provisions, regulations and guidelines of assessments and use of psychometric instruments. Review and discuss classroom assessments and instructional assessment measures for students with disabilities (infant through high school age). Study a variety of instruments, procedures, and practices that range from individual, group, formal, informal, and alternative assessments. Assessments utilized for the identification of students’ reading proficiencies/needs, planning and revising instruction, planning and placement decisions, and communicating results of ongoing assessment to all stakeholders. Prerequisite: EDUC1300.

    • EDUC3710K-6 Elementary Education Practicum
      EDUC3710 K-6 Elementary Education Practicum - 1-2 s.h.

      A required two-week internship for Elementary Education majors. Interns with endorsements in English/Language Arts, Health, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies have full-day placements in regular elementary classroom programs. Interns with endorsements in Art, Music and Physical Education have placements in these specialty-area classrooms. Elementary majors may substitute PHED3400. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • EDUC4100Legal, Ethical, and Pedagogical Responsibilities in Education
      EDUC4100 Legal, Ethical, and Pedagogical Responsibilities in Education - 3 s.h.

      A study of professional ethics, school law, educational policy, and professional organizations. As evidence of readiness for student teaching, students present a pedagogically sound portfolio which has been developed to meet the outcomes specified in the Graceland Teacher Education Program Model. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Enroll during the semester that precedes student teaching.

    • EDUC4230Classroom Management
      EDUC4230 Classroom Management - 3 s.h.

      Designed for the Elementary and Secondary Education majors in preparation for student teaching. Review several theoretical models for managing groups of students and develop a plan for structuring appropriate learning environment. Understand strategies which motivate students and techniques to monitor student engagement in active learning. Analyze and discuss the application of concepts and techniques. Prerequisites: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Enroll during the semester that precedes student teaching.

    • EDUC4380Capstone Seminar
      EDUC4380 Capstone Seminar - 0.5 s.h.

      The seminar is designed to promote a successful transition to student teaching and to provide a forum for peer support. Topics will center on discussions and assignments that merge education program coursework knowledge and teaching practice. The seminar is also designed to assist candidates as they apply for an initial Iowa teaching license and begin the job search. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • EDUC4400Elementary Student Teaching (K-6)
      EDUC4400 Elementary Student Teaching (K-6) - 6-14 s.h.

      Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of elementary student teaching in accordance with the policies in the Teacher Education Handbook. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) * If a candidate with more than one teaching major completes 14 semester hours of student teaching for one major (or endorsements that require student teaching), an additional six semester hours of student teaching will meet the student teaching requirement for the asterisked second teaching major.

    • EDUC4450Combination K-6 and 7-12 Student Teaching
      EDUC4450 Combination K-6 and 7-12 Student Teaching - 6-14 s.h.

      Candidates with majors in art, music, and physical education complete 14 weeks of student teaching in art, music, or physical education. Half (7 s.h.) of the experience is secondary level and half is elementary level. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • EDUC4460Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching
      EDUC4460 Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching - 6-14 s.h.

      Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of student teaching. Will include a mild/moderate special education setting and a mainstream elementary classroom. This course substitutes for EDUC4400. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) ** This is the only student teaching course required for elementary majors completing the K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement.

    • ENGL1100Discourse I (Writing Intensive)
      ENGL1100 Discourse I (Writing Intensive) - 3 s.h.

      "Discourse" refers to the language, images, styles, genres, behaviors and other forms of communication used by specific social and professional groups. This course introduces students to college-level writing and speaking, with a primary focus on composition. In order to lead productive academic, professional, and personal lives, students must learn to communicate their ideas effectively to different audiences in a variety of formats and contexts, as well as to seek and evaluate relevant messages sent by others. Students will produce, deliver, and analyze college-level, written and oral texts; and they will learn how written and oral performances function together in specific discourse communities. Corequisite for students with ACT English score of 15 and below, or an SAT English score of 480 and below: ENGL1110 unless they have taken two high school English courses, one of which must be or prominently require composition (not creative writing), with a grade of "C" or better in both. All students must complete Discourse I or transfer in equivalent credit by the end of their third semester at Graceland. Goal 3B, ELO1A Communication.

    • ENGL2100Discourse II (Speaking Intensive)
      ENGL2100 Discourse II (Speaking Intensive) - 3 s.h.

      The second of three sequenced courses focused on integrated written and oral communication skill development emphasizing critical inquiry and research, with a significant emphasis on public speaking skills. Students will learn to produce, deliver, and analyze college-level, written and oral texts that are based on sustained academic research. Students will continue to develop their understanding of critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness in the context of a range of discursive forms (written, oral, visual and/or multimedia). Prerequisite: ENGL1100 or HONR1010. Goal 3C, ELO1B Communication

    • HIST1320World Civilizations II
      HIST1320 World Civilizations II - 3 s.h.

      An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from the emergence of Western Europe as a center of world power. The impact of Western civilizations upon the development of other world civilizations and the contemporary emergence of a global perspective will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Innovation

    • HIST2420United States History Since 1877
      HIST2420 United States History Since 1877 - 3 s.h.

      A survey of the personalities, events, and ideas that have shaped United States history since the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis upon the rise of the industrial United States, 20th century adjustments to prosperity, depression and world war, and the political, social, and economic changes since World War II. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Innovation.

    • HONR1010Honors 101
      HONR1010 Honors 101 - 3 s.h.

      Interdisciplinary first-year seminar provides a common intellectual experience for new Honors students and introduces them to the culture and opportunities of a small liberal arts institution. Designed to help exceptional students produce, deliver, and, analyze written and oral texts and learn how written and oral performances function together in specific discourse communities. Substitutes for Discourse I. Admission by selection only. Goal 3B, ELO1A Communication.

    • HONR2010Honors 201
      HONR2010 Honors 201 - 3 s.h.

      The second of two sequenced interdisciplinary Honors seminars focused on developing the skills of written and oral communication, critical inquiry, and research. Students produce, deliver, and analyze college-level written and oral texts based on sustained academic research, and continue to develop their understanding of critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness in the context of a range of discursive forms (written, oral, visual and/or multimedia). Reinforces the common intellectual experience of the Honors program and further exposes students to the culture and opportunities of a small liberal arts institution. Admission by selection only. Substitutes for Discourse II. Prerequisite: HONR1010. Goal 3C, ELO1B Communication

    • MATH1310Mathematical Concepts I
      MATH1310 Mathematical Concepts I - 3 s.h.

      A systematic development of whole number systems, geometry, set theory, measurement, and algebra. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math.

    • MATH1320Mathematical Concepts II
      MATH1320 Mathematical Concepts II - 3 s.h.

      Symbolic logic, counting techniques, and statistics. Prerequisite: MATH1310. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math.

    • MATH1380Introduction to Statistics
      MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics - 3 s.h.

      Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

    • POLS1300United States Government
      POLS1300 United States Government - 3 s.h.

      The nature, philosophy, and history of the United States federal system with major consideration given to the national government, its organization, and the interrelation and functions of its component parts. A consideration of the political processes and legal concepts implicit in the American government. Goal 1B, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation.

    • PSYC2250Developmental Psychology
      PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

      The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    • SCIE1310Fundamentals of Physical Science
      SCIE1310 Fundamentals of Physical Science - 3 s.h.

      An integrated study of selected principles and concepts of physics, earth science, and chemistry. (Not intended for science majors.) Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Equality and Peace

    BIOL1260Environmental Biology (3-0) BIOL1400Unity of Life (3-0) EDUC1300Introduction to Education EDUC1410Clinical Experience Lab EDUC2100Technology Applications in Education EDUC2120Human Relations for Educators EDUC2300Children’s and Adolescent Literature in Elementary Education EDUC2420Teacher Education Entry Workshop EDUC2500Teaching PK/Elementary Physical Education, Health/Wellness, Visual and Performance Arts EDUC3290Early Childhood Practicum EDUC3300Foundations of Literacy Instruction EDUC3330K-6 Reading Practicum EDUC3450K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum EDUC3475Social Studies Methods and Content Reading Strategies EDUC3481Language Arts, Reading, and Writing EDUC3511Science Methods for Elementary Educators EDUC3530Math Methods for Elementary Educators EDUC3540Elementary Education Methods Lab EDUC3580Education of Exceptional Child and Adult EDUC3590Educational Psychology EDUC3630Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation EDUC3710K-6 Elementary Education Practicum EDUC4100Legal, Ethical, and Pedagogical Responsibilities in Education EDUC4230Classroom Management EDUC4380Capstone Seminar EDUC4400Elementary Student Teaching (K-6) EDUC4450Combination K-6 and 7-12 Student Teaching EDUC4460Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching ENGL1100Discourse I (Writing Intensive) ENGL2100Discourse II (Speaking Intensive) HIST1320World Civilizations II HIST2420United States History Since 1877 HONR1010Honors 101 HONR2010Honors 201 MATH1310Mathematical Concepts I MATH1320Mathematical Concepts II MATH1380Introduction to Statistics POLS1300United States Government PSYC2250Developmental Psychology SCIE1310Fundamentals of Physical Science
    Course Descriptions
    BIOL1260 Environmental Biology (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of the environment, including the normal structure and functioning of ecosystems and the human impact on these ecosystems. Current environmental issues, such as human population growth, air and water pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and ecosystem degradation, will be considered. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    BIOL1400 Unity of Life (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A study of the key characteristics of life that unite all living organisms, including humans. Emphasis will be placed on comparing how humans and other organisms fulfill basic life needs. Will not count for credit in the Biology major or minor. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Equality, ELO6 Science - Equality and Peace

    EDUC1300 Introduction to Education - 3 s.h.

    Emphasis is upon social, historical, and philosophical foundations of education; ethics; reflection; and professional development. Includes a series of observation and teaching activities in a variety of P-12 classroom settings monitored by licensed professional educators as well as university faculty. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in this class for admittance into Teacher Education and to enroll in junior-level education classes.

    EDUC1410 Clinical Experience Lab - 1 s.h.

    A robust series of well-sequenced early clinical field experiences that connect to and integrate the content of EDUC1400. Students will observe and participate in teaching activities in a variety of P-12 classroom settings monitored by licensed professional educators as well as university faculty. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    EDUC2100 Technology Applications in Education - 3 s.h.

    A hands-on course with a focus on the effective and appropriate use of technologies commonly used in the professional world and the field of education. This includes use of office applications, developing and working with multimedia such as video, podcasts, and professional audio recording, creating web pages, using cutting edge social media communications tools for marketing and communication, and extensive use of still and video cameras, audio recording tools, smart boards and tablet technologies. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation.

    EDUC2120 Human Relations for Educators - 3 s.h.

    Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    EDUC2300 Children’s and Adolescent Literature in Elementary Education - 3 s.h.

    A survey of literature for children. Prepare to use knowledge of children’s literature for modeling the reading and writing of varied genres, fiction and nonfiction, technology- and media-based information, and non-print materials; for motivating through the use of texts at multiple levels, representing broad interests, and reflecting varied cultures, linguistic backgrounds, and perspectives; and for matching text complexities to the proficiencies and needs of readers. Includes a brief survey of literature for the adolescent. Does not apply toward literature for general education.

    EDUC2420 Teacher Education Entry Workshop - 0.5 s.h.

    Acquire information pertaining to teacher education requirements and candidate responsibilities for the program assessment system. Take the GSOE entrance assessment, PRAXIS II preparation plan, among other requirements for program participation. Required for all transfer students during their first semester or term at Graceland. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    EDUC2500 Teaching PK/Elementary Physical Education, Health/Wellness, Visual and Performance Arts - 1-3 s.h.

    Development of skills and abilities related to learning physical education, health/wellness, visual and performance arts methods for teaching in the preschool and elementary classroom.

    EDUC3290 Early Childhood Practicum - 1-2.5 s.h.

    A pre-student teaching practicum of at least 100 clock hours. Work with three age levels: (1) infant and toddler, (2) preprimary, and (3) primary students in two different settings such as rural and urban, and encompassing differing socioeconomic status, ability levels, cultural and linguistic diversity and program types and sponsorship. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3310. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    EDUC3300 Foundations of Literacy Instruction - 3 s.h.

    Study a range of research pertaining to reading, writing, and learning, including scientifically-based reading research, and knowledge of histories of reading. Examine major components of reading. Use a variety of assessment strategies to identify reading proficiencies and evaluating needs for planning and instruction and communicating results of assessments. Match text complexities to the proficiencies and needs of readers. Use knowledge of a range of research-based strategies and instructional technology for designing and delivering effective instruction across the curriculum, for grouping students, and for selecting materials appropriate for learners at various stages of reading and writing development and from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Prerequisite EDUC1300.

    EDUC3330 K-6 Reading Practicum - 1-3 s.h.

    A three-week practicum in elementary school literacy programs for struggling students. Work with a licensed professional who observes, evaluates, and provides feedback on knowledge, dispositions, and performance of the teaching of reading and writing. Effectively use reading and writing strategies, materials, and assessments based upon appropriate reading and writing research and work with colleagues and families in the support of reading and writing development. Pre or Corequisite: EDUC3390. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    EDUC3450 K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum - 1-2 s.h.

    A two-week practicum in Mild/Moderate Special Education Programs in elementary schools. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3220. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    EDUC3475 Social Studies Methods and Content Reading Strategies - 3 s.h.

    Best-practice, research-based instructional methods for teaching social studies in an elementary classroom including citizenship, history, geography, civic literacy, and economics. Strategies for integrating content reading strategies, technology and classroom management with social studies are incorporated. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

    EDUC3481 Language Arts, Reading, and Writing - 3 s.h.

    Curriculum and strategies for instructing language arts, reading, and writing in the elementary school. Use knowledge and assessment of reading-writing-speaking connections, listening and viewing, the writing process, the stages of spelling development, writing genres and the connections between oral and written language development to effectively teach writing as communication and integrating within the content areas. Technology and classroom management as it applies to literacy methods is included. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Co-requisite: EDUC3540.

    EDUC3511 Science Methods for Elementary Educators - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to best-practice, research-based methods of inquiry-based teaching and learning of science. Curriculum and strategies introduced for instructing in the areas of physical, earth/space, and life science. Integration of content reading strategies, technology and classroom management as it applies to science methods included. Prerequisite: EDUC1300, admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

    EDUC3530 Math Methods for Elementary Educators - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to best-practice, research-based methods of teaching and learning mathematical processes to include problem solving, reasoning, communication, making connections and representations to the real life experiences for student learning. Curriculum, instruction, assessment, diagnosis and evaluation strategies introduced in the areas of numbers/operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability. Integration of content reading strategies, technology and classroom management as it applies to math methods included. Prerequisites: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Co-requisite: EDUC3540.

    EDUC3540 Elementary Education Methods Lab - 1 s.h.

    Students apply curriculum planning and instructional strategies for teaching literacy and mathematics in a pre-student teaching clinical experience. Students are placed in two different grade levels to include one primary and one intermediate placement. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Co-requisite: EDUC3530, 3481.

    EDUC3580 Education of Exceptional Child and Adult - 3 s.h.

    Examine the philosophical, historical and legal bases for special education, including the definitions and etiologies of individuals with disabilities and exceptional learning needs. Study gifted individuals and those with exceptional needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Prerequisites: EDUC1300, PSYC1300.

    EDUC3590 Educational Psychology - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the theories and practices connecting psychology and education. The course addresses the social contexts of child development (0-adult), classroom culture, learning, individual differences, social-emotional learning, and their implications related to physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children and the impact on learning. Prerequisite: EDUC1300, PSYC1300.

    EDUC3630 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation - 3 s.h.

    Examine legal provisions, regulations and guidelines of assessments and use of psychometric instruments. Review and discuss classroom assessments and instructional assessment measures for students with disabilities (infant through high school age). Study a variety of instruments, procedures, and practices that range from individual, group, formal, informal, and alternative assessments. Assessments utilized for the identification of students’ reading proficiencies/needs, planning and revising instruction, planning and placement decisions, and communicating results of ongoing assessment to all stakeholders. Prerequisite: EDUC1300.

    EDUC3710 K-6 Elementary Education Practicum - 1-2 s.h.

    A required two-week internship for Elementary Education majors. Interns with endorsements in English/Language Arts, Health, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies have full-day placements in regular elementary classroom programs. Interns with endorsements in Art, Music and Physical Education have placements in these specialty-area classrooms. Elementary majors may substitute PHED3400. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    EDUC4100 Legal, Ethical, and Pedagogical Responsibilities in Education - 3 s.h.

    A study of professional ethics, school law, educational policy, and professional organizations. As evidence of readiness for student teaching, students present a pedagogically sound portfolio which has been developed to meet the outcomes specified in the Graceland Teacher Education Program Model. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Enroll during the semester that precedes student teaching.

    EDUC4230 Classroom Management - 3 s.h.

    Designed for the Elementary and Secondary Education majors in preparation for student teaching. Review several theoretical models for managing groups of students and develop a plan for structuring appropriate learning environment. Understand strategies which motivate students and techniques to monitor student engagement in active learning. Analyze and discuss the application of concepts and techniques. Prerequisites: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Enroll during the semester that precedes student teaching.

    EDUC4380 Capstone Seminar - 0.5 s.h.

    The seminar is designed to promote a successful transition to student teaching and to provide a forum for peer support. Topics will center on discussions and assignments that merge education program coursework knowledge and teaching practice. The seminar is also designed to assist candidates as they apply for an initial Iowa teaching license and begin the job search. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    EDUC4400 Elementary Student Teaching (K-6) - 6-14 s.h.

    Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of elementary student teaching in accordance with the policies in the Teacher Education Handbook. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) * If a candidate with more than one teaching major completes 14 semester hours of student teaching for one major (or endorsements that require student teaching), an additional six semester hours of student teaching will meet the student teaching requirement for the asterisked second teaching major.

    EDUC4450 Combination K-6 and 7-12 Student Teaching - 6-14 s.h.

    Candidates with majors in art, music, and physical education complete 14 weeks of student teaching in art, music, or physical education. Half (7 s.h.) of the experience is secondary level and half is elementary level. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    EDUC4460 Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching - 6-14 s.h.

    Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of student teaching. Will include a mild/moderate special education setting and a mainstream elementary classroom. This course substitutes for EDUC4400. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) ** This is the only student teaching course required for elementary majors completing the K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement.

    ENGL1100 Discourse I (Writing Intensive) - 3 s.h.

    "Discourse" refers to the language, images, styles, genres, behaviors and other forms of communication used by specific social and professional groups. This course introduces students to college-level writing and speaking, with a primary focus on composition. In order to lead productive academic, professional, and personal lives, students must learn to communicate their ideas effectively to different audiences in a variety of formats and contexts, as well as to seek and evaluate relevant messages sent by others. Students will produce, deliver, and analyze college-level, written and oral texts; and they will learn how written and oral performances function together in specific discourse communities. Corequisite for students with ACT English score of 15 and below, or an SAT English score of 480 and below: ENGL1110 unless they have taken two high school English courses, one of which must be or prominently require composition (not creative writing), with a grade of "C" or better in both. All students must complete Discourse I or transfer in equivalent credit by the end of their third semester at Graceland. Goal 3B, ELO1A Communication.

    ENGL2100 Discourse II (Speaking Intensive) - 3 s.h.

    The second of three sequenced courses focused on integrated written and oral communication skill development emphasizing critical inquiry and research, with a significant emphasis on public speaking skills. Students will learn to produce, deliver, and analyze college-level, written and oral texts that are based on sustained academic research. Students will continue to develop their understanding of critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness in the context of a range of discursive forms (written, oral, visual and/or multimedia). Prerequisite: ENGL1100 or HONR1010. Goal 3C, ELO1B Communication

    HIST1320 World Civilizations II - 3 s.h.

    An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from the emergence of Western Europe as a center of world power. The impact of Western civilizations upon the development of other world civilizations and the contemporary emergence of a global perspective will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Innovation

    HIST2420 United States History Since 1877 - 3 s.h.

    A survey of the personalities, events, and ideas that have shaped United States history since the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis upon the rise of the industrial United States, 20th century adjustments to prosperity, depression and world war, and the political, social, and economic changes since World War II. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Innovation.

    HONR1010 Honors 101 - 3 s.h.

    Interdisciplinary first-year seminar provides a common intellectual experience for new Honors students and introduces them to the culture and opportunities of a small liberal arts institution. Designed to help exceptional students produce, deliver, and, analyze written and oral texts and learn how written and oral performances function together in specific discourse communities. Substitutes for Discourse I. Admission by selection only. Goal 3B, ELO1A Communication.

    HONR2010 Honors 201 - 3 s.h.

    The second of two sequenced interdisciplinary Honors seminars focused on developing the skills of written and oral communication, critical inquiry, and research. Students produce, deliver, and analyze college-level written and oral texts based on sustained academic research, and continue to develop their understanding of critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness in the context of a range of discursive forms (written, oral, visual and/or multimedia). Reinforces the common intellectual experience of the Honors program and further exposes students to the culture and opportunities of a small liberal arts institution. Admission by selection only. Substitutes for Discourse II. Prerequisite: HONR1010. Goal 3C, ELO1B Communication

    MATH1310 Mathematical Concepts I - 3 s.h.

    A systematic development of whole number systems, geometry, set theory, measurement, and algebra. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math.

    MATH1320 Mathematical Concepts II - 3 s.h.

    Symbolic logic, counting techniques, and statistics. Prerequisite: MATH1310. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math.

    MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics - 3 s.h.

    Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

    POLS1300 United States Government - 3 s.h.

    The nature, philosophy, and history of the United States federal system with major consideration given to the national government, its organization, and the interrelation and functions of its component parts. A consideration of the political processes and legal concepts implicit in the American government. Goal 1B, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation.

    PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

    The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    SCIE1310 Fundamentals of Physical Science - 3 s.h.

    An integrated study of selected principles and concepts of physics, earth science, and chemistry. (Not intended for science majors.) Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Equality and Peace

  • Concentrations

    Concentrations

    **K-8 Mild and Moderate Special Education:

    **Licensed teachers may meet student teaching requirement with EDUC3450 K-6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum – 2 s.h.>

    Reading (K-8)

    Courses Offered
    • EDUC2150Literacy Instruction for Early Reading and Language Acquisition
      EDUC2150 Literacy Instruction for Early Reading and Language Acquisition - 3 s.h.

      Study the psychological, socio-cultural, and linguistic foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction. Apply knowledge of language development, reading acquisition (birth through third grade), and the variations related to culture and linguistic diversity to provide effective instruction in reading and writing. Acquire knowledge of the unique needs and backgrounds of students with language differences and delays and uses effective strategies for facilitating the learning of standard English by all learners.

    • EDUC2300Children’s and Adolescent Literature in Elementary Education
      EDUC2300 Children’s and Adolescent Literature in Elementary Education - 3 s.h.

      A survey of literature for children. Prepare to use knowledge of children’s literature for modeling the reading and writing of varied genres, fiction and nonfiction, technology- and media-based information, and non-print materials; for motivating through the use of texts at multiple levels, representing broad interests, and reflecting varied cultures, linguistic backgrounds, and perspectives; and for matching text complexities to the proficiencies and needs of readers. Includes a brief survey of literature for the adolescent. Does not apply toward literature for general education.

    • EDUC3200Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12
      EDUC3200 Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12 - 3 s.h.

      Understand the general developmental, academic, social, career, and functional characteristics of individuals with mild and moderate disabilities. Examine educational alternatives and related services, including the role of the multidisciplinary team in studying etiologies of disabilities and providing appropriate educational programming. Prerequisites: EDUC1300. Co- or prerequisites: EDUC3580.

    • EDUC3220K–8 Methods and Strategies for Mild/Moderate Special Education
      EDUC3220 K–8 Methods and Strategies for Mild/Moderate Special Education - 3 s.h.

      Learn to facilitate instructional methodologies for elementary-level learners with exceptional needs, including learning, behavioral, emotional, mental, and language disabilities in a mild/moderate setting. Prepare to plan individual educational programs and to implement curricula for the development of cognitive, academic, language, and functional life skills. Address remedial methods and techniques, including alternative methods for teaching skills and strategies, as well as appropriate assistive technology. One semester hour of this course is a supervised field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3580.

    • EDUC3300Foundations of Literacy Instruction
      EDUC3300 Foundations of Literacy Instruction - 3 s.h.

      Study a range of research pertaining to reading, writing, and learning, including scientifically-based reading research, and knowledge of histories of reading. Examine major components of reading. Use a variety of assessment strategies to identify reading proficiencies and evaluating needs for planning and instruction and communicating results of assessments. Match text complexities to the proficiencies and needs of readers. Use knowledge of a range of research-based strategies and instructional technology for designing and delivering effective instruction across the curriculum, for grouping students, and for selecting materials appropriate for learners at various stages of reading and writing development and from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Prerequisite EDUC1300.

    • EDUC3330K-6 Reading Practicum
      EDUC3330 K-6 Reading Practicum - 1-3 s.h.

      A three-week practicum in elementary school literacy programs for struggling students. Work with a licensed professional who observes, evaluates, and provides feedback on knowledge, dispositions, and performance of the teaching of reading and writing. Effectively use reading and writing strategies, materials, and assessments based upon appropriate reading and writing research and work with colleagues and families in the support of reading and writing development. Pre or Corequisite: EDUC3390. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • EDUC3350Behavior Management for Mild/Moderate Disabilities
      EDUC3350 Behavior Management for Mild/Moderate Disabilities - 3 s.h.

      Preparation in behavior management theories, methods, and techniques for K-12 students with mild/moderate learning, behavior, emotional, mental, and language disabilities. Address use of diagnostic instruments and non-aversive techniques for controlling targeted behaviors and attention deficits. Prepare to design, implement, and evaluate instructional programs that enhance an individual’s social participation in family, school, and community activities.

    • EDUC3390Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
      EDUC3390 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities - 3 s.h.

      Use knowledge of assessment instruments, procedures, and practices for the identification of students’ reading proficiencies and needs, for planning and revising instruction for all students as well as those with reading difficulties. Examine policies and procedures related to special programs, including Title I. Use knowledge of a range of research-based strategies and instructional technology for designing and delivering effective instruction and for selecting materials appropriate for learners at various stages of reading and writing development and from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Prerequisites: EDUC3300.

    • EDUC3450K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum
      EDUC3450 K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum - 1-2 s.h.

      A two-week practicum in Mild/Moderate Special Education Programs in elementary schools. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3220. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • EDUC3470Collaborative Consultation
      EDUC3470 Collaborative Consultation - 3 s.h.

      A study of methods and strategies for working with parents, support services personnel, regular classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and other individuals involved in an education setting.

    • EDUC3475Social Studies Methods and Content Reading Strategies
      EDUC3475 Social Studies Methods and Content Reading Strategies - 3 s.h.

      Best-practice, research-based instructional methods for teaching social studies in an elementary classroom including citizenship, history, geography, civic literacy, and economics. Strategies for integrating content reading strategies, technology and classroom management with social studies are incorporated. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

    • EDUC3481Language Arts, Reading, and Writing
      EDUC3481 Language Arts, Reading, and Writing - 3 s.h.

      Curriculum and strategies for instructing language arts, reading, and writing in the elementary school. Use knowledge and assessment of reading-writing-speaking connections, listening and viewing, the writing process, the stages of spelling development, writing genres and the connections between oral and written language development to effectively teach writing as communication and integrating within the content areas. Technology and classroom management as it applies to literacy methods is included. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Co-requisite: EDUC3540.

    • EDUC3540Elementary Education Methods Lab
      EDUC3540 Elementary Education Methods Lab - 1 s.h.

      Students apply curriculum planning and instructional strategies for teaching literacy and mathematics in a pre-student teaching clinical experience. Students are placed in two different grade levels to include one primary and one intermediate placement. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Co-requisite: EDUC3530, 3481.

    • EDUC3580Education of Exceptional Child and Adult
      EDUC3580 Education of Exceptional Child and Adult - 3 s.h.

      Examine the philosophical, historical and legal bases for special education, including the definitions and etiologies of individuals with disabilities and exceptional learning needs. Study gifted individuals and those with exceptional needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Prerequisites: EDUC1300, PSYC1300.

    • EDUC3630Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation
      EDUC3630 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation - 3 s.h.

      Examine legal provisions, regulations and guidelines of assessments and use of psychometric instruments. Review and discuss classroom assessments and instructional assessment measures for students with disabilities (infant through high school age). Study a variety of instruments, procedures, and practices that range from individual, group, formal, informal, and alternative assessments. Assessments utilized for the identification of students’ reading proficiencies/needs, planning and revising instruction, planning and placement decisions, and communicating results of ongoing assessment to all stakeholders. Prerequisite: EDUC1300.

    • EDUC4230Classroom Management
      EDUC4230 Classroom Management - 3 s.h.

      Designed for the Elementary and Secondary Education majors in preparation for student teaching. Review several theoretical models for managing groups of students and develop a plan for structuring appropriate learning environment. Understand strategies which motivate students and techniques to monitor student engagement in active learning. Analyze and discuss the application of concepts and techniques. Prerequisites: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Enroll during the semester that precedes student teaching.

    • EDUC4460Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching
      EDUC4460 Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching - 6-14 s.h.

      Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of student teaching. Will include a mild/moderate special education setting and a mainstream elementary classroom. This course substitutes for EDUC4400. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) ** This is the only student teaching course required for elementary majors completing the K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement.

    EDUC2150Literacy Instruction for Early Reading and Language Acquisition EDUC2300Children’s and Adolescent Literature in Elementary Education EDUC3200Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12 EDUC3220K–8 Methods and Strategies for Mild/Moderate Special Education EDUC3300Foundations of Literacy Instruction EDUC3330K-6 Reading Practicum EDUC3350Behavior Management for Mild/Moderate Disabilities EDUC3390Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities EDUC3450K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum EDUC3470Collaborative Consultation EDUC3475Social Studies Methods and Content Reading Strategies EDUC3481Language Arts, Reading, and Writing EDUC3540Elementary Education Methods Lab EDUC3580Education of Exceptional Child and Adult EDUC3630Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation EDUC4230Classroom Management EDUC4460Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching
    Course Descriptions
    EDUC2150 Literacy Instruction for Early Reading and Language Acquisition - 3 s.h.

    Study the psychological, socio-cultural, and linguistic foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction. Apply knowledge of language development, reading acquisition (birth through third grade), and the variations related to culture and linguistic diversity to provide effective instruction in reading and writing. Acquire knowledge of the unique needs and backgrounds of students with language differences and delays and uses effective strategies for facilitating the learning of standard English by all learners.

    EDUC2300 Children’s and Adolescent Literature in Elementary Education - 3 s.h.

    A survey of literature for children. Prepare to use knowledge of children’s literature for modeling the reading and writing of varied genres, fiction and nonfiction, technology- and media-based information, and non-print materials; for motivating through the use of texts at multiple levels, representing broad interests, and reflecting varied cultures, linguistic backgrounds, and perspectives; and for matching text complexities to the proficiencies and needs of readers. Includes a brief survey of literature for the adolescent. Does not apply toward literature for general education.

    EDUC3200 Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12 - 3 s.h.

    Understand the general developmental, academic, social, career, and functional characteristics of individuals with mild and moderate disabilities. Examine educational alternatives and related services, including the role of the multidisciplinary team in studying etiologies of disabilities and providing appropriate educational programming. Prerequisites: EDUC1300. Co- or prerequisites: EDUC3580.

    EDUC3220 K–8 Methods and Strategies for Mild/Moderate Special Education - 3 s.h.

    Learn to facilitate instructional methodologies for elementary-level learners with exceptional needs, including learning, behavioral, emotional, mental, and language disabilities in a mild/moderate setting. Prepare to plan individual educational programs and to implement curricula for the development of cognitive, academic, language, and functional life skills. Address remedial methods and techniques, including alternative methods for teaching skills and strategies, as well as appropriate assistive technology. One semester hour of this course is a supervised field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3580.

    EDUC3300 Foundations of Literacy Instruction - 3 s.h.

    Study a range of research pertaining to reading, writing, and learning, including scientifically-based reading research, and knowledge of histories of reading. Examine major components of reading. Use a variety of assessment strategies to identify reading proficiencies and evaluating needs for planning and instruction and communicating results of assessments. Match text complexities to the proficiencies and needs of readers. Use knowledge of a range of research-based strategies and instructional technology for designing and delivering effective instruction across the curriculum, for grouping students, and for selecting materials appropriate for learners at various stages of reading and writing development and from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Prerequisite EDUC1300.

    EDUC3330 K-6 Reading Practicum - 1-3 s.h.

    A three-week practicum in elementary school literacy programs for struggling students. Work with a licensed professional who observes, evaluates, and provides feedback on knowledge, dispositions, and performance of the teaching of reading and writing. Effectively use reading and writing strategies, materials, and assessments based upon appropriate reading and writing research and work with colleagues and families in the support of reading and writing development. Pre or Corequisite: EDUC3390. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    EDUC3350 Behavior Management for Mild/Moderate Disabilities - 3 s.h.

    Preparation in behavior management theories, methods, and techniques for K-12 students with mild/moderate learning, behavior, emotional, mental, and language disabilities. Address use of diagnostic instruments and non-aversive techniques for controlling targeted behaviors and attention deficits. Prepare to design, implement, and evaluate instructional programs that enhance an individual’s social participation in family, school, and community activities.

    EDUC3390 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities - 3 s.h.

    Use knowledge of assessment instruments, procedures, and practices for the identification of students’ reading proficiencies and needs, for planning and revising instruction for all students as well as those with reading difficulties. Examine policies and procedures related to special programs, including Title I. Use knowledge of a range of research-based strategies and instructional technology for designing and delivering effective instruction and for selecting materials appropriate for learners at various stages of reading and writing development and from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Prerequisites: EDUC3300.

    EDUC3450 K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum - 1-2 s.h.

    A two-week practicum in Mild/Moderate Special Education Programs in elementary schools. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3220. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    EDUC3470 Collaborative Consultation - 3 s.h.

    A study of methods and strategies for working with parents, support services personnel, regular classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and other individuals involved in an education setting.

    EDUC3475 Social Studies Methods and Content Reading Strategies - 3 s.h.

    Best-practice, research-based instructional methods for teaching social studies in an elementary classroom including citizenship, history, geography, civic literacy, and economics. Strategies for integrating content reading strategies, technology and classroom management with social studies are incorporated. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

    EDUC3481 Language Arts, Reading, and Writing - 3 s.h.

    Curriculum and strategies for instructing language arts, reading, and writing in the elementary school. Use knowledge and assessment of reading-writing-speaking connections, listening and viewing, the writing process, the stages of spelling development, writing genres and the connections between oral and written language development to effectively teach writing as communication and integrating within the content areas. Technology and classroom management as it applies to literacy methods is included. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Co-requisite: EDUC3540.

    EDUC3540 Elementary Education Methods Lab - 1 s.h.

    Students apply curriculum planning and instructional strategies for teaching literacy and mathematics in a pre-student teaching clinical experience. Students are placed in two different grade levels to include one primary and one intermediate placement. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Co-requisite: EDUC3530, 3481.

    EDUC3580 Education of Exceptional Child and Adult - 3 s.h.

    Examine the philosophical, historical and legal bases for special education, including the definitions and etiologies of individuals with disabilities and exceptional learning needs. Study gifted individuals and those with exceptional needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Prerequisites: EDUC1300, PSYC1300.

    EDUC3630 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation - 3 s.h.

    Examine legal provisions, regulations and guidelines of assessments and use of psychometric instruments. Review and discuss classroom assessments and instructional assessment measures for students with disabilities (infant through high school age). Study a variety of instruments, procedures, and practices that range from individual, group, formal, informal, and alternative assessments. Assessments utilized for the identification of students’ reading proficiencies/needs, planning and revising instruction, planning and placement decisions, and communicating results of ongoing assessment to all stakeholders. Prerequisite: EDUC1300.

    EDUC4230 Classroom Management - 3 s.h.

    Designed for the Elementary and Secondary Education majors in preparation for student teaching. Review several theoretical models for managing groups of students and develop a plan for structuring appropriate learning environment. Understand strategies which motivate students and techniques to monitor student engagement in active learning. Analyze and discuss the application of concepts and techniques. Prerequisites: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Enroll during the semester that precedes student teaching.

    EDUC4460 Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching - 6-14 s.h.

    Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of student teaching. Will include a mild/moderate special education setting and a mainstream elementary classroom. This course substitutes for EDUC4400. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) ** This is the only student teaching course required for elementary majors completing the K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement.

Exceptional Faculty

Apply to the Teacher Education Program

In order to be accepted into the Teacher Education program, students must complete the following requirements.

  1. Apply for admission to the Teacher Education program
  2. Have a minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
  3. Submit three professional/faculty references (two from Graceland School of Education faculty)
  4. Final grade in EDUC1400 (“C” or above)
  5. “Pass” grade for EDUC1410 Clinical Lab for EDUC1400
  6. “Pass” grade for EDUC2420 Entry Workshop
  7. CBASE (Must score 235 or above in math and English)
  8. Complete a graduation plan

When you have completed the acceptance requirements above, your name will automatically go before the Teacher Education Committee at their next regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The Teacher Education Committee will review your file and determine final acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. You will receive a letter informing you of your acceptance status.

The application process to the school of education is separate from the Graceland University acceptance process. Students will already be enrolled in Graceland coursework when they apply to the school of education.

Admission to Student Teaching

Candidates seeking admission to Student Teaching are required to complete the following prior to March 1 of the year prior to when student teaching is to begin. Applicants must have:

  1. been admitted to the Teacher Education Program,
  2. completed required Education courses with e-portfolio assessed,
  3. maintained a 2.75 cumulative GPA,
  4. earned a “C” or higher grade in all required Education classes,
  5. completed a successful practicum or internship,
  6. removed incomplete grades in required Education courses or other courses. If completion of an incomplete grade is pending, submit a plan for completion before participation in student teaching,
  7. taken the Content Knowledge portions of Praxis II the semester prior to student teaching and
  8. registered for the Principles of Learning and Teaching portion of Praxis II by the end of student teaching.

Teacher Licensure

At the close of their final semester, students normally apply to the state for licensure. Teaching certificates are then issued by Iowa to applicants who meet the necessary requirements. When planning to teach in a state other than Iowa, students will plan their programs in accordance with the requirements of the other state. They will in turn be recommended by the university for those certificates for which they qualify.

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Tuition

Additional costs may result if Student Teaching outside a 40 mile radius of either the Lamoni or Independence campus. Click here for more information regarding additional fees.

FeeAmountTerm
Tuition$380.00per semester hour
Background Check35.00one time
Campus Fee (Independence Campus)80.00per year
C-BASE Testing Fee60.00
Education Technology Fee (nonrefundable)110.00year one
iPad Initiative Fee (nonrefundable)460.00optional
Program Support Fee (online courses)18.00per course
Student Teaching Fee185.00

Why Graceland?

  • EVENING CLASSES give our future educators the ability to continue working while they finish their coursework.
  • Our COHORT MODEL delivers opportunities for collaboration with a community of peers.
  • Graceland’s SMALL CLASS SIZES provide the opportunity to forge relationships with their nationally recognized instructors, fostering mentors for their success.
  • Attend convenient classes TWO NIGHTS A WEEK.
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