Elementary Education Course Descriptions

EDGEL 401: Introduction to the Profession of Teaching (3)

*Level 1 -- Professional Education Course
This course is an introduction to the professional, ethical, and moral responsibilities of teachers, and to the teacher education program at Saint Xavier University. Students will be introduced to a variety of professional standards and will focus their attention on the development of their own professional dispositions. Critical issues in education, such as diversity, curriculum development, state and federal mandates and legal issues will be addressed. 

EDGEL 403: Introduction to the Elementary Education edTPA (0.5)

*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course; online delivery
This mentoring seminar is designed to support graduate teacher candidates in exploring and building an understanding of the edTPA performance assessment of teaching quality and effectiveness. The edTPA provides opportunities for teaching candidates to demonstrate their ability to teach both literacy and mathematics in the elementary grades (1-6); this summative performance assessment requires four discrete tasks for licensure in the State of Illinois (Planning for Literacy Instruction and Assessment, Instructing and Engaging Students in Literacy Learning, Assessing Students’ Literacy Learning, Assessing Students’ Mathematics Learning).

This course will acquaint teacher candidates with this performance assessment of readiness to teach for novices. Topics will include, but are not limited to, an overview of the four tasks, the cycle of effective teaching, and the structure of the assessment handbook. This seminar will be an open, asynchronous session that will run concurrently with Semester 3 courses.

EDGEL 404: Task 1 Elementary Education edTPA (0.5)

*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course; online delivery
This mentoring seminar is designed to support graduate teacher candidates in exploring and building an understanding of the edTPA performance assessment of teaching quality and effectiveness. The edTPA provides opportunities for teaching candidates to demonstrate their ability to teach both literacy and mathematics in the elementary grades (1-6); this summative performance assessment requires four discrete tasks for licensure in the State of Illinois (Planning for Literacy Instruction and Assessment, Instructing and Engaging Students in Literacy Learning, Assessing Students’ Literacy Learning, Assessing Students’ Mathematics Learning).

This course will introduce teacher candidates Elementary Literacy Task #1 -- Planning for Literacy Instruction and Assessment. Candidates will complete practice exercises for Task 1, Planning for Literacy Instruction and Assessment. Practice activities will include the development of a literacy context for learning, lesson plans for a learning segment, related instructional materials, literacy assessments aligned with the lesson objectives and a reflective planning commentary. This seminar will be an open, asynchronous session that will run concurrently with Semester 4 courses.

EDGEL 405: Task 2 Elementary Education edTPA (.5)

*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course; online delivery
This mentoring seminar is designed to support graduate teacher candidates in exploring and building an understanding of the edTPA performance assessment of teaching quality and effectiveness. The edTPA provides opportunities for teaching candidates to demonstrate their ability to teach both literacy and mathematics in the elementary grades (1-6); this summative performance assessment requires four discrete tasks for licensure in the State of Illinois (Planning for Literacy Instruction and Assessment, Instructing and Engaging Students in Literacy Learning, Assessing Students’ Literacy Learning, Assessing Students’ Mathematics Learning).

This course will introduce teacher candidates Elementary Literacy Task #2 -- Instructing and Engaging Students in Literacy Learning. Candidates will complete practice exercises for Task 2, Instructing and Engaging Students in Literacy Learning. Practice activities will include delivery and video recording of learning segments and a reflective instructional commentary. This seminar will be an open, asynchronous session that will run concurrently with Semester 5 courses.

EDGEL 406: Task 3 Elementary Education edTPA (0.5)

*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course; online delivery
This mentoring seminar is designed to support graduate teacher candidates in exploring and building an understanding of the edTPA performance assessment of teaching quality and effectiveness. The edTPA provides opportunities for teaching candidates to demonstrate their ability to teach both literacy and mathematics in the elementary grades (1-6); this summative performance assessment requires four discrete tasks for licensure in the State of Illinois (Planning for Literacy Instruction and Assessment, Instructing and Engaging Students in Literacy Learning, Assessing Students’ Literacy Learning, Assessing Students’ Mathematics Learning).

This course will introduce teacher candidates Elementary Literacy Task #3 -- Assessing Students’ Literacy Learning. Candidates will complete practice exercises for Task 3, Assessing Students’ Literacy Learning. Practice activities will include selecting student literacy work samples, providing evidence of feedback, analyzing evidence of student language understanding and use, and a reflective literacy assessment commentary. This seminar will be an open, asynchronous session that will run concurrently with Semester 5 courses.

EDGEL 410: Elementary Education Practicum (3-6)

*Level 3 -- Professional Education Course
This practicum experience is designed for licensed teachers seeking a subsequent license in elementary education. In lieu of a second student teaching experience, the candidate will enroll in EDGEL 410. This experience will take place at the candidate's classroom if s/he is teaching at elementary level. If the candidate is not teaching at the elementary level the candidate will be placed at an elementary level during summer, fall or spring semester by the School of Education. A faculty member from the School of Education will supervise the practicum.

EDGSP 413: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)

*5 field experience hours
*Level 1 -- Professional Education Course
This course explores the psychology, characteristics, and learning needs of learners with exceptionalities and regular classroom adaptations necessary for these learners. The responsibilities of teachers under federal legislation are emphasized. Course includes examination of research and pedagogy related to this area of education. Learners with exceptionalities include students with: intellectual and developmental disabilities, gifts, learning disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, physical and health disabilities, communication disabilities, emotional disabilities, vision or hearing disabilities, other health disabilities, multiple disabilities, diverse cultural and language backgrounds and specific risk factors. 

EDGEL 418: Foundations and Methods of Literacy and Language Arts (3)

*10 field experience hours
*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course
Investigation of theory, research and practice related to the teaching and learning of reading and the language arts. Incorporates the study of language and literacy development; reading and writing processes; principles, methods and materials of literacy instruction including phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

EDGEL 419: Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems (3)

*10 field experience hours
*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course
This course will focus on the study of the combined procedures of assessment, evaluation, and instruction. Topics will target the development and implementation of methods materials, and assessments to enable the classroom teacher to adapt instruction to the needs of small groups and individual students. This course is designed to enable teacher candidates to use sound theoretical, philosophical, and knowledge-based approaches to the diagnosis and instruction for struggling readers, employing the guidelines and standards of the International Literacy Association.

EDGEL 420: Residency Weekend I (0.5)

Prior to enrolling in semester #2 coursework online teacher candidates must attend Residency Weekend I. Topics and activities include, but are not limited to: basic skills requirements, LiveText, VIRTUS training, criminal background check, certification, field experience procedures, practicum/student teaching, professional dispositions and edTPA.

EDGEL 421: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (3)

*15 field experience hours
*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course
The course focuses on the analysis of children's construction of mathematical knowledge and on mathematics as a meaningful activity. The use of word problems and manipulatives to aid in the understanding of numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability are included. 

EDGEL 425: Child Growth and Development (3)

*Level 1 -- Professional Education Course
This course focuses on the study of theories of development that include the physical, psychosocial, cognitive and moral development of the individual from infancy through childhood. Application of these theories as they relate to the child's formal and informal school experiences is examined. 

EDGEL 430: Residency Weekend II (0.5)

Prior to enrolling in semester #7 student teaching/practicum experiences online teacher candidates must attend the Residency Weekend II. Topics and activities include, but are not limited to: Educators Symposium, instructional technology, practicum and student teaching expectations and edTPA.

EDGEL 439: Managing the Elementary Classroom: Behavior Management and Instructional Planning (3)

*10 field experience hours
*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course
This course presents best practices in classroom and behavior management - from organizing time, materials, and classroom space to strategies for managing individual and large group student behaviors, transitions, and other arrangements for general education classrooms. In addition, teacher candidates will be introduced to the effective development and design of instructional lesson planning for all students, including ESL and students with special needs. Topics will include, but are not limited to: Classroom Management, Classroom Organization, Behavior Management, Response to Intervention, PBIS, Common Core State Standards, Understanding by Design (UbD) and research-based instructional strategies.

EDGEL 441: Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making (3)

*10 field experience hours
*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course
This course will provide teacher candidates with an understanding of how to use data to inform instruction and enhance learning for diverse student populations. Teacher candidates will participate in activities that will enhance knowledge of assessment task development, analysis, and interpretation of results. Documenting student performance and progress both for instructional and accountability purposes will be emphasized. Candidates will become familiar with quantitative and qualitative concepts and practices used to evaluate student learning in the classroom. They will learn how to communicate assessment results to their learners. Candidates will also explore established and developing assessment technologies. Topics may include but are not limited to: Multi-tiered systems of support (response to intervention), standardized assessments, benchmark assessments, diagnostic assessments, progress monitoring assessments, formative assessments, performance assessments, teacher developed assessments, rubrics, checklists, data literacy and assessment-based grading.

EDGEL 412: Principles and Methods of Teaching Science, Health and PE in the Elementary School (3)

*10 field experience hours
*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course
This course focuses on developing instructional strategies and assessments for teaching science content, modeling science literacy, and employing inquiry-based, interactive learning in a technology-rich environment. A broad range of science, health and physical education content will be explored based on the Illinois Content Area Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

EDGEL 411: Principles and Methods of Teaching Social Science and the Arts in the Elementary School (3)

*10 field experience hours
*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course
This course is designed to introduce content and methods for teaching Social Studies and incorporating the Arts in the elementary classroom. Topics include social science/performing/visual arts theory, lesson planning, interdisciplinary instruction, assessment, and a broad overview of content and standards included in the elementary social studies/arts curriculum. The primary focus is the development of a personal philosophy of teaching elementary social studies, along with the integration of the arts in the classroom.

EDGEL 445: Seminar in Teaching and Learning (3)

*Prerequisite: Successful completion of general education prerequisites, all education coursework, and field experiences
*Co-requisite: concurrent enrollment in EDGEL 446
*Level 3 -- Professional Education Course
This course for student teachers includes a structured teaching performance assessment (edTPA) in the directed teaching site; an analysis of the contextual factors of the elementary students' learning environment; alignment of teaching with the state learning standards; an appropriate assessment plan linked to learning goals; instruction designed for engaged, successful learning for all students'; modifications to address diverse learners; analysis and evaluation of students' learning; and oral and written reflection of all components of the teaching process.  

EDGEL 446: Directed Teaching -- Elementary Education (6)

*Prerequisite: Successful completion of general education prerequisites, all education coursework, and field experiences
*Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDGEL 445
*Level 3 – Professional Education Course
This student teaching/clinical practice experience is a serious apprenticeship that requires teacher candidates to spend a full semester in a school setting working alongside veteran elementary school teachers. The experience is designed to provide opportunities for candidates to apply course concepts in an authentic classroom environment. This semester includes guided observation, active participation, as well as solo/co-teaching. Throughout this experience a university supervisor and a mentor teacher support the teacher candidate.

EDUGL 470: Orientation to the Profession of Teaching (0)

*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course
This online course is designed to introduce teacher candidates to a number of important School of Education (SOE) policies and procedures they will need to know and understand as they prepare to become a professional educator. Each module in this online course will introduce teacher candidates to an important policy/procedure and the related tasks they will need to complete to move forward in your educational program. Policies/procedures that you will explore but are not limited to: VIRTUS training, Fingerprinting and Background Investigation, SOE Field Experiences, LiveText Accounts Program Specific E-Portfolios, Education Licensure Information System (ELIS), Safety Education, and the SOE Professional Dispositions Support Model. 

EDGTE 480: Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3)

*10 field experience hours
*Level 1 -- Professional Education Course
In this course, candidates learn a variety of methods of teaching English as a Second Language, as well as the nature of second language acquisition. Methods of teaching, listening, speaking, reading, and writing are presented with a focus on creating comprehensible input. Candidates will become familiar with methods of sheltered instruction for ESL students. Candidates select and critically analyze culturally and linguistically appropriate materials for ESL.

EDGEL 483: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)

*Level 2 -- Professional Education Course; 10 Field Experience Hours
This course will explore research-based strategies to support students in Grades 1-6 as they engage with informational text. Topics will include, but are not limited to: research-based strategies for reading expository texts; narrative, opinion/argumentative, and informational/explanatory writing strategies and frameworks; developing oral communication skills; and building academic vocabulary.

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