Secondary Education Course Descriptions

EDGSE 404: Field Experience for Secondary (1)

Candidates will enroll in a one-credit course prior to students teaching and observe classes in their major for two weeks. Field experience will take place at a high school selected by the School of Education. Arrangements will be made for licensed  teachers pursuing subsequent licensure in secondary or candidates in their own classroom.

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

*5 field experience hours
*Cross Ref:
EDU 323
This course explores the 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. This course meets the requirement for Illinois House Bill 150.

EDGSE 415: Principles and Practices of the Middle and Secondary School (3)   

*Cross Ref: EDU 370
*Offered fall and spring semester
This course focuses on establishing a learning environment in the classroom. It examines methods of establishing objectives and developing learning experiences, the setting of limits on behavior, group dynamics, research-based instructional methods and the use of community resources. Study and application of classroom interaction models, use of applied research techniques and use of computer databases are included in this course. Strategies for educational leadership are also examined. 

EDGSE 423: Secondary Education Practicum (3-6)

*Offered as needed
This practicum experience is designed for licensed teachers seeking a subsequent Secondary license. In lieu of a second student teaching experience, graduate students enroll in EDGSE 423, Practicum in Secondary Education, for a three to six credit experience that will take place at their own classroom if the candidate is teaching at the high school level or at a setting designated by the School of Education. A plan will be developed for the candidate based on related experiences. A faculty from the School of Education will supervise the practicum.

EDGSE 435: Teaching Choral Music in the Junior and Senior High School (3)

*15 clinical hours of observation are required for successful completion of this course
*Cross Ref: MUS 335
This course is a "hands-on" course focusing on the choral program/curricula of the middle school and high school. Students will study the application of the National Standards for Arts Education as they apply to each type of choral ensemble situation within the frame work of the middle school and high school curricula. The course will include the study of issues directly relating to the choral program such as: appropriate choral ensembles for middle school and high school signers (young choirs, freshman chorus, advanced chorus, swing choirs, madrigals and musicals), choreography, changing voices and how to work with the changing voice, appropriate literature, arranging choral music, programming, scheduling, developing the curriculum and the choral program, choral attire and auditioning. Additional topics will include: creating music philosophy, discipline and motivation in the choral rehearsal, recruitment and retention strategies, assessment, booster clubs, fund raising, budget building, scheduling of ensembles, creating a calendar of choral events, creating a choral handbook, inclusion of special needs students in the ensemble, creating a professional resume and interviewing for a teaching position. 

EDGSE 436: Teaching Instrumental Music in the Junior and Senior High School (3)

*15 clinical hours of observation are required for successful completion of this course
*Cross Ref: MUS 336
This course is a "hands-on" course that focuses on the instrumental programs in the middle and secondary schools. Students will study the application of the National Standards for Arts Education as they apply to the instrumental ensembles and the teaching of music through band/orchestra. The course will focus on the issues directly relating to the instrumental program such as: appropriate instrumental ensembles [includes specific make-up of each and appropriate instrumentation] for middle school and high school students (beginning band - 5th grade, junior high bands, marching band, concert band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, and jazz band), marching band drills, summer band camp, football games, auditioning, marching attire and concert attire, maintaining instruments, programming and scheduling, appropriate band literature, and developing the instrumental curriculum. Additional topics will include: creating music philosophy, discipline and motivation in the choral rehearsal, recruitment and retention strategies, assessment, booster clubs, fund raising, budget building, scheduling of ensembles, creating a calendar of choral events, creating a choral handbook, inclusion of special needs students in the ensemble, creating a professional resume and interviewing for a teaching position. 

EDGSE 444: Directed Teaching -- Middle and Secondary Education (6)    

*Prerequisite: A minimum of 100 clock hours of supervised field experiences in education; the required in sequence education courses
*Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in EDGSE 445

*Offered fall and spring semesters
Program of guided observation, participation and teaching in classroom, jointly supervised by a teacher from the University and one from the field. Normally, the student teacher spends the whole school day in the field for sixteen weeks. 

EDGSE 445: Seminar in Teaching and Learning (2)    

*Cross Ref: EDU 345
*Corequisite: to be taken concurrent with student teaching; concurrent enrollment in EDGSE 446
 
*Offered fall and spring semesters
This course provides a reflective analysis of the directed-teaching setting; analysis and evaluation of the candidate's classroom management, instructional planning, implementation and assessment strategies; instructional modifications to address diverse learners; analysis and evaluation of students' learning. 

EDGIP 459: Methods, Curriculum and Philosophy of Teaching in the Middle School (3)

*15 field experience hours
*Cross Ref: EDU 359
*Offered every semester
This course provides an overview of the middle school philosophy, middle school curriculum and instruction and instructional methods for designing and teaching developmentally appropriate programs in middle school. Materials, content and methodologies utilized by educators in middle grades, including team teaching, interdepartmental teaching, cooperative learning and teaching reading in the content area, are emphasized. Students explore principles in class and utilize them to develop various integrated lesson plans, approaches, activities and teaching aids. Research provides the background for the investigations in this course. 

EDGSE 463: Methods of Teaching Art in the Middle and Secondary School (3)

*Cross Ref: ART 371, EDU 371
*Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently
*Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE
*Offered fall semester
Classroom and field experiences. This course provides an investigation and use of applicational, functional and expressional aspects of teaching art. Exploration and discussion of major educational concepts and techniques. Course also includes field trips to a variety of schools where different teaching modes can be examined. 

EDGSE 464: Methods of Teaching Biology in the Middle and Secondary School (3)

*Cross Ref: BIOL 372, EDU 372
*Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently
*Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE
*Offered fall semester
Classroom and field experiences. This course covers the principles, methods and materials of teaching biology at the middle school and secondary level.

EDGSE 465: Methods of Teaching English in the Middle and Secondary School (3)

*30 clinical hours
*Cross Ref: ENGL 373
*Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently
*Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE
*Offered fall semester
This course builds on and expands the material covered in ENGL 356 and ENGL 371. This course covers the theories and practices of teaching English in middle schools and secondary school English language arts classrooms, in addition to an emphasis on integrating reading, writing, speaking, listening and technology skills into effective lessons and units. 

EDGSE 466: Methods of Teaching Foreign Language in the Middle and Secondary School (K - 12) (3)

*30 clinical hours
*Cross Ref: SPAN 374, EDU 374
*Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently; junior or senior standing
*Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE
*Offered fall semester
This course examined the trends in methodology of foreign language teaching in the United States. Course includes the development of ability in determining, stating and evaluating objectives. Emphasis on individualized instruction. Class demonstration of teaching techniques with the use of audio-visual equipment. 

EDGSE 467: Methods of Teaching Mathematics Grades 6-12 (3)

*30 clinical hours
*Cross Ref: MATH 375, EDU 376
*Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently
*Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE
*Offered fall semester
This course exposes both pre-service and in-service school teachers to principles, current issues, materials and methods of teaching mathematics in grades K-8. Strong mathematical background expected.

EDGSE 469: Methods of Teaching History and Social Studies in the Middle and Secondary School (3)

*30 clinical hours
*Cross Ref: EDU 371-379, excluding 375
*Prerequisite: EDGSE 415 or concurrently
*Offered fall semester
This course covers the principles, methods and materials of teaching history and social studies at the middle school and secondary level. 

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

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. 

EDGSE 497: Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners (3)    

*10 field experience hours
*Offered according to cohort schedule
This course addresses the responsibility and challenge secondary teachers must undertake as they strive to meet the needs of diverse learners in their content areas. Teacher candidates will explore teaching and learning strategies that support the development of a wide range of literacy skills in order to create challenging learning opportunities for all students. 

EDGSE 498: Directed Teaching in K-12 classrooms (3)

Program of guided observation, participation and teaching of students in K-12 settings. Jointly supervised by an instructor from the University and a teacher from the field. The student teacher spends sixteen weeks in a 6-12 setting. Offered as needed during fall and spring semesters.

EDGSE 507: Advanced Educational Psychology (3)    

*10 field experience hours
*Offered once a year or according to cohort schedule
This course examines the psychological theories and principles of learning as they apply to the teaching-learning process. A constructive analysis of the principle areas, theories, experimentation and conclusions in psychology with attention focused on such topics as motivation, intelligence, learning, cognition and emotions. Graduate students seeking licensure in Early Childhood or Elementary Education may not substitute this course with an undergraduate course. 

EDGSE 508: Advanced Adolescent Development (3)    

*10 field experience hours
*Offered once a year or according to cohort schedule
This course will investigate the research concerning the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. It is designed to address decision making curriculum that would include the emotional, sexual, spiritual, physical, moral and intellectual development of the adolescent in special and regular educational settings. This course may not be substituted by an undergraduate course for licensure. 

EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3)

*Offered once a year or according to cohort schedule
This course examines the social, historical and philosophical foundations of American education. It explores the relationship between school and society, the development of the U.S. educational system from its inception to the present, and the philosophical questions that guide educational thought and practice. Students apply these philosophical questions to a variety of contemporary situations, including theories of learning and educational policies. 

EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (3)

*Cross Ref: EDGCI 527
*Required for licensure  

*Offered once a year or according to cohort schedule
This course is designed to address the assessment and evaluation of student progress toward meeting targeted standards, learning objectives and competencies. The development of interpretive skills across learning objectives will be stressed. Topics addressed include: standards-based assessment, standardized tests and interpreting their results, performance assessment, portfolio assessment, self-evaluation and dissemination of assessment results.

EDGCC 513: Educational Research, Design and Development (3)

*Cross Ref: All sections of 513  
*Offered once a year or according to cohort schedule
This course initiates the graduate study research requirement. Course content differentiates the foundational assumptions, elements, methods and designs of educational research through both qualitative and quantitative paradigms. A statement of original research inquiry, a literature review, and a plan for investigating a research problem are developed.

EDGCC 514: Scholarship of Teaching: Finalizing the Inquiry Process (3)    

*Cross Ref: All sections of 514
*Prerequisite:
EDGCC 513
*Offered once a year or according to cohort schedule This course is designed to guide and assist graduate students in the completion of the graduate research study. Students receive guidance in the collection and interpretation of data. Dissemination of research findings to peers, the educational community, and other relevant audiences is required. 

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