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ECED 307: Concepts and Methods of Instruction: Social Studies This course is designed to introduce teacher candidates to the various disciplines and approaches to teaching social studies for diverse learners in prekindergarten through fourth grade. Teacher candidates will learn planning, resource selection, and developmentally appropriate methods and materials to enhance classroom instruction. Emphasis is on social studies as a powerful integrative force across the curriculum. Teacher candidates will be reintroduced to social studies content and concepts traditionally covered in a primary setting. Particular attention will be paid to curriculum development and alignment with state and national standards. Prerequisite: ECED 103 3 credits, Spring ECED 308: Concepts and Methods of Instruction: Science and Technology This course provides prekindergarten through fourth grade teacher candidates with the conceptual framework, appropriate strategies, and methods used to teach inquiry-based science that supports standards across the curriculum. Using a variety of instructional models, teacher candidates will learn to design, implement, assess, modify, and evaluate science curriculum and lessons. This course is aligned with the National Research Council’s National Science Education Standards as well as the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Environment and Ecology. Prerequisite: ECED 103 3 credits, Fall ECED 309: Family Involvement in the Educational System This course examines the complex relationship that exists between family and school. Specifically, this course focuses on the practical components of family involvement that teachers encounter: home and school communications; parent and teacher conferences; administrative issues; and obstacles or barriers to parent and family involvement in the educational system. 3 credits, Spring ECED 310: Physical Well-being of the Child This course prepares teacher candidates to promote physical well-being of children. Through active participation, the teacher candidates learn games, techniques, and strategies appropriate for prekindergarten through sixth grade school age children as well as students with special needs. Candidates learn to teach children how to become physically, emotionally, and socially healthy. Emphasis is given to important current issues affecting a healthy lifestyle for children. Prerequisite: ECED 103 or MLED 200 3 credits, as offered EDCR 101: Psychology of Learning and Teaching Participants explore the nature of learning, theories of motivation, and cultural and individual differences found in the classroom which affect learning. Through an investigation of behaviorist, cognitivist, constructivist, and social psychology perspectives and approaches, teacher candidates begin to apply concepts and principles of psychology to educational settings in their field experiences. 3 credits, Fall, Spring EDCR 102: Instructional Technology Instructional Technology provides teacher candidates with laboratory-based experiences using various and emergent technologies. Teacher candidates demonstrate competency in the integration of selected programs and examine the ethical ramifications of the instructional choices they make. Strategies and tools to cope with rapid changes are presented. 3 credits, as offered EDCR 103: Foundations of Teaching This course introduces teacher candidates to the philosophical and pedagogical aspects of the profession, including the structure of effective schools, lesson planning, and classroom management. As part of this course, reflective examination of the decision to pursue teaching as a career begins the building of professional portfolios. 1 credit, Fall EDCR 104: First-Year Seminar The First-Year Seminar is a discussion and experience-based course intended to orient the new student to Gannon University, to introduce the Liberal Studies Core and LIFECORE, to assist in

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Gannon Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019  

Gannon Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019