Curriculum and Instruction

Elementary Certification

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies as the degree leading to teacher certification at the elementary level of Early Childhood through Grade 6, at the middle school level of Grades 4 through 8, All Level Special Education, and Early Childhood through Grade 6 with Bilingual Education. Through this degree students choosing early childhood and elementary level obtain a broad-based content preparation with a strong emphasis on language arts and reading. At the middle school level, certification areas include Generalist, Math, Science, Language Arts/Social Studies, and Math/Science. English as a Second Language (ESL) certification is included in the BS Interdisciplinary Studies degree with EC – 6, All Level Special Education, and Middle School certification except for Math/Science. At the graduate level certifications available are Professional Reading Specialist and Educational Diagnostician. Application for admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program must be made during the junior year while enrolled in EDUC 3320 Professional Development I: Understanding Learners. Requirements for admission, retention, and admission to student teaching are described in the College of Education section of this catalog. Prior to enrolling in any teacher education course work, students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of coursework, excluding developmental courses.

Child and Family Studies

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) with a concentration in Child and Family Studies and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Child and Family Studies. The focus of the Child and Family Studies program is to provide students with academic preparation and practical experience in working with children and families in a variety of settings. Our programs and profession focus on individuals and families in order to achieve an optimum balance between people and environments. Students will learn about the physical, emotional and social development of children while studying relationships within families and in other social contexts (schools, workplace, faith communities, etc.)  The mission of our program is to provide an academically challenging environment through effective teaching, scholarly endeavors, and service that will prepare students for professional positions working with children, youth, and families in educational programs and community services on the local, state, and national levels.  Students will graduate with in-depth knowledge of child growth and development (prenatal through adolescence), family dynamics, and family relationships.

Faculty in Child and Family Studies come from diverse educational backgrounds and expertise. Faculty members promote and integrate a holistic approach to understanding individuals and families while preparing students for professional careers or graduate study. The program also has a variety of instructional resources including the Tarleton State University Child Development Center. Child and Family Studies provide “hands-on” experience with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers as well as field experiences with social service agencies.

Secondary and All-Level Certification

Students working toward secondary and all-level certification will pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major and minor, if applicable, in academic disciplines. Students will also take professional education courses to meet certification requirements. While not offering a major in secondary education, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction does offer the professional development courses required to obtain secondary and all-level certification.

Students obtain academic advisement for secondary and all-level certification programs in the department of their major. Application for admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program must be made during the junior year while enrolled in EDUC 3320. Requirements for admission, retention, and admission to student teaching are described in the College of Education section of this catalog. Prior to enrolling in any teacher education course work, students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of coursework excluding developmental courses.

Alternative Certification

The Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE) is an alternative teacher certification program offered in Fort Worth. Its purpose is to prepare highly qualified individuals to serve as public school teachers in Texas. TMATE is a collaborative teacher education program between Tarleton State University and public school districts in the Tarleton service area.

TMATE is an alternative certification program designed for persons who have already completed a baccalaureate degree and who have a record of exemplary academic achievement and/or work experience. Certification is earned through a combination of intensive summer course work coupled with a paid, year-long internship in a teaching position with a public school. The internship is jointly sponsored and supervised by Tarleton State University and the participating school district. Interns develop professional teaching skills and values through the combination of University classes and practical classroom experience.

Through TMATE, teaching certificates may be earned in the following certification areas: Early Childhood – Grade 6; Middle School (grades 4 – 8); and High School (grades 8 – 12); ESL and Bilingual. All-level certifications are available in Generic Special Education, Physical Education, Art, and Music.

TMATE Entry Requirements

TMATE applicants must present a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 2.75 in the area of certification. Applicants must meet the requirements for Graduate School and are eligible to apply their TMATE coursework toward a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Applicants will be evaluated to determine an appropriate level of oral language proficiency and critical thinking ability. Additional evaluation procedures include a structured oral interview, formal writing sample, work evaluations from previous employment, performance on a standardized test of critical thinking, and additional evaluations prescribed by TMATE admission policies.

Concurrent to applying for admission to TMATE, applicants must also apply for a teaching position with a school district within a 125-mile radius of Fort Worth and Stephenville. Thus, applicants are subjected to a dual screening process: one conducted by the University and the other by the school district.

A full description of the TMATE program is provided on the website, www.tarleton.edu/tmate. Applicants may also contact the TMATE office:

Fort Worth
Dr. Laura Estes
TMATE Coordinator
6777 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76116
817-723-7300
estes@tarleton.edu

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies leads to teacher certification at the Early Childhood through Grade 6 and the Middle School Grades 4 through 8 levels. Standards developed by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC), the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provide the framework for Early Childhood through Grade 6 Generalist and Middle School Grades 4 through 8 Generalist and in Math, Science, Language Arts/Social Studies, and Math/Science certification programs as well as All Level Special Education that have been approved at Tarleton State University.

The typical curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies requires (1) a minimum of 120 semester hours and (2) a minimum of 45 semester hours of advanced credit (3000 level or above).

Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
Certification Concentrations ONLY
EDUC 1100 [shared] Transitioning to University Studies and the Teaching Profession
ENGL Sophomore literature [shared]
ENGL sophomore literature3
Select one of the following:
Visual and Theatre Arts
Fundamentals Of Music
CHEM 1302 [shared] Essential Elements of Chemistry
PHYS 1302 [shared] Essential Elements of Physics
EASC 2310 [shared] Earth Systems Science
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession3
BIOL 2310Essential Elements of Biology3
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
Select one of the following:3
Content Area Literacy for Interdisciplinary Studies
Content Area Reading (for Middle School Math/Science Only)
READ 3311Literacy for the Early Years3
READ 3384 [WI] Literacy for the Middle Years3
EDUC 3320 Understanding Learners3
EDUC 3330Models of Instruction3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Practicum in teaching6
Total Hours for Required Courses for CERTIFICATION Concentrations:82
Child and Family Studies Concentration ONLY
CHFS 1100 [shared] Transitioning to University Studies in Child and Family Studies
SOCI 1301 [shared] Introductory Sociology
TECA 1311Introduction to Early Childhood Development3
CHFS 1304Infant and Toddler Development3
CHFS 3300Child Development3
CHFS 4356 [WI] Research Methods in Human Sciences3
CHFS 4085Internship Seminar1-3
CHFS 4350Policies and Ethical Standards3
CHFS 4360Preprofessional Development3
Total Hours for Required Courses for CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES Concentrations:61
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Generalist with Bilingual Certification
GEOG 1303 [shared] World Regional Geography 2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction To Economics 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 2
CHFS 3300Child Development3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
KINE 3351Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 3315Literacy Instruction for Bilingual Classrooms3
EDUC 4304Early Childhood Environment3
EDUC 4305Content Area Instruction in Bilingual Classrooms3
EDUC 4315EC - 8 Curriculum and Instruction3
Total Hours42
EC-6 Generalist with ESL
GEOG 1303 [shared] World Regional Geography 2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction To Economics 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 2
KINE 3351Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
or CHFS 3300 Child Development
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4304Early Childhood Environment3
EDUC 4315EC - 8 Curriculum and Instruction3
Total Hours39
Middle School Generalist with ESL
PSYC 2308Child Psychology3
or PSYC 3303 Educational Psychology
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
or ENGL 3390 Readings in Adolescent Literature
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 4401Ecology4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
MATH 2412 [shared] Precalculus Math 3
MATH 2413Calculus I4
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistical Methods
Probability and Statistics I
Principles of Bio-Statistics
MATH 3302Principles of Geometry3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
Select one of the following:
Introduction To Economics 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 2
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography 23
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
Advanced HIST3
Total Hours56-57
Middle School Math with ESL
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
or ENGL 3390 Readings in Adolescent Literature
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
MATH 2412 [shared] Precalculus Math 3
MATH 2413Calculus I4
MATH 3302Principles of Geometry3
MATH 4304Survey of Mathematical Ideas3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistical Methods
Probability and Statistics I
Principles of Bio-Statistics
Advanced MATH as advised3
Total Hours40-41
Middle School Science with ESL
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
or ENGL 3390 Readings in Adolescent Literature
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 4401Ecology4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
Advanced Science Elective3-4
Total Hours43-44
Middle School Math and Science
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
or ENGL 3390 Readings in Adolescent Literature
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 4401Ecology4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
Advised Science Elective3-4
MATH 2412Precalculus Math 34
MATH 2413Calculus I4
MATH 3302Principles of Geometry3
MATH 4304Survey of Mathematical Ideas3
or MATH 4305 Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistical Methods
Probability and Statistics I
Principles of Bio-Statistics
Advanced MATH as advised (Must be Writing Intensive)3
Total Hours48-50
Middle School Language Arts and Social Sciences with ESL
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
COMM 1342Voice & Diction3
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammars3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elementary Mathematics III3
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
or ENGL 3390 Readings in Adolescent Literature
Advanced ENGL as advised3
HIST 2321World Civilizations I 23
or HIST 2322 World Civilizations II
Select one of the following:
ECON 1301 [shared] Introduction To Economics 2
ECON 2301 [shared] Principles of Macroeconomics 2
Advanced HIST3
Advanced Social Science as advised3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
GEOG 1320Introduction to Human Geography3
Total Hours48
All Level Special Education EC-6 Generalist with ESL
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4304Early Childhood Environment3
EDUC 4315EC - 8 Curriculum and Instruction3
READ 3301Introduction to Children's Literature3
READ 4309 [WI] Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4310Concepts of Literacy Classrooms3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
SPAN 1303Basic Spanish for Vocations3
KINE 3351Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
or KINE 3380 Adapted Physical Activity
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
or CHFS 3300 Child Development
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 4362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDSP 4364Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities3
EDSP 4365Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners3
Total Hours45
CHFS: Child and Family Studies
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
KINE 2350Games and Activites for Children3
HECO 1322Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
or WSES 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy
KINE 3351Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
CHFS 3333Family Financial Management3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communications3
or COMM 4304 Organizational Communications
CHFS 3309Lifespan Of The Family3
SOCW 33-- elective3
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
CHFS 3305Management of a Licensed Child Care Program3
CHFS 3353Child and Youth Guidance3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
CHFS 3344 [WI] Creative Arts and Literature for Children3
EDSP 4367Programming for Young Children with Disabilities3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
SOCW 43-- elective3
CHFS 4317Environments in Early Childhood3
General Electives5
Total Hours59
CHFS: Early Childhood Track
CHFS 3305Management of a Licensed Child Care Program3
CHFS 3344 [WI] Creative Arts and Literature for Children3
CHFS 3353Child and Youth Guidance3
CHFS 3315Concept Development in Early Childhood3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
CHFS 4317Environments in Early Childhood3
PSYC 2308Child Psychology3
EDSP 4367Programming for Young Children with Disabilities3
KINE 2350Games and Activites for Children3
WSES 1322Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
or HECO 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communications3
KINE 3351Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
SOCW 4315Social Work Values and Ethics3
General Electives5
Total Hours59
CHFS: Family Life Educator Certificate Option
CHFS 3310Methodology of Family Life Education3
CHFS 3316Human Intimacy3
CHFS 3333Family Financial Management3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
PSYC 3307The Human Lifespan3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communications3
CHFS 3353Child and Youth Guidance3
EDUC 2300Families, School, and Community3
PSYC 2308Child Psychology3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
WSES 2320Life Cycle Nutrition3
SOCI 3301Sociology of the Family3
General Electives8
Total Hours59
CHFS: Child Life Certificate Option
CHFS 4345Child Life3
CHFS 4309Parenting3
BIOL 2401 [shared] Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2402 [shared] Anatomy & Physiology II
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2308Child Psychology3
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PBHL 2320Medical Ethics3
SOCI 3301Sociology of the Family3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
SOCW 4321Death and Dying3
KINE 1306First Aid and CPR3
KINE 2350Games and Activites for Children3
KINE 3351Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
KINE 3380Adapted Physical Activity3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
PSYC 3311Behavior Analysis and Behavior Management3
SOCW 4314Medical and Health Care Policy3
SOCW 4315Social Work Values and Ethics3
General Electives5
Total Hours59
1

Please see Academic Information section

2

One of these courses may be counted toward the social and behavioral sciences general education requirement.

3

This requirement may also be met by taking both MATH 1314 College Algebra and MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry. This course satisfies the university general education mathematics requirement.

Secondary and All-Level Educator Certificates

The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) adopted Standards Based Educator Preparation programs aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Tarleton State University currently offers the following secondary and all-level educator certificates developed within the framework of SBEC 2000 Standards. Degree and certification requirements, as well as departmental contacts are found at this website http://www.tarleton.edu/eps/TEP/applications/secondcert.html.

6-12 Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

All-Level Art         

7-12 Chemistry   

7-12 English Language Arts and Reading    

6-12 Family & Consumer Sciences

7-12 History         

7-12 Life Science               

7-12 Math             

8-12 Math/Physics              

All-Level Music

All-Level Physical Education           

6-12 Physical Science

7-12 Science

7-12 Social Studies

All-Level Spanish               

7-12 Speech   

Supplemental Certifications1
1

May be added to grade level certificate.

English as a Second LanguageE (ESL)
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammars3
ENGL 3370An Introduction to Linguistics3
PSYC 3320Psycholinguistics3
EDUC 3310Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
Total Hours12
Special Education
4-8:
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 4362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDSP 4364Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities3
EDSP 4365Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners3
8-12:
EDSP 3361Survey of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 4362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers3
EDSP 4363Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities3
EDSP 4364Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities3
EDSP 4365Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners3
Total Hours30

Educational Technology Courses

EDTC 3300. Desktop Publishing in the Classroom. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An exploration of applications relating to digital graphics, printing techniques, animation products, and editing tools used in desktop publishing. Students will analyze the K-12 Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and create a variety of desktop publishing products for use in their future classroom. Course fee $20.

EDTC 3305. Multimedia in the Classroom. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An application of multimedia, graphics, and animation tools used for teaching Technology Applications. Students will apply appropriate techniques and strategies to create lessons plans and exemplars for use in the classroom. Prerequisite: EDTC 3300.

EDTC 3315. The Technology Applications Teacher. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Field based opportunities in area schools allow students to observe technology applications teachers at all levels (EC-12) and explore computer lab management in K-12 learning environments. Prerequisite: EDTC 3305, EDU 3320.

EDTC 4086. Educational Technology Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, application, and discussion under personal direction of Instructor; topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of instructor and department head.

EDTC 4300. Video in the Classroom. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course will prepare students to teach video, graphics, and animation in K-12 Technology Applications classes. Students will apply tools and techniques for integrating video technology to enhance the learning environment and prepare exemplars and lesson plans for future classroom use. Prerequisite: EDTC 3315, EDUC 3320 and Acceptance in the Teacher Education Program. Lab fee $20.

EDTC 4305. Web Mastering. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

An exploration of the use of Web technology in educational settings. Students will use appropriate technologies and techniques to plan and implement web based instructional products for use in the K-12 classroom. The creation of lesson plans and exemplars appropriate for teaching Technology Applications in Web mastering are required. Prerequisite: EDUC 3330, EDTC 4300.

EDTC 4310. Learning, Leading and Assessment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This course focuses on K-12 student learning outcomes, data analysis, and instructional decision making. Mentoring skills necessary for peer support are also explored. Students will apply tools for enhancing their own professional growth and productivity and will use technology in communicating, collaborating, conducting research, and solving problems that typically arise in learning environments. Prerequisite: EDUC 3330.

Education Courses

EDUC 1100. Transitioning to University Studies and the Teaching Profession. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective. Includes an introduction to and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms. Students will examine teaching as a profession through directed experiences. Lab fee: $10.

EDUC 1301. Introduction to the Teaching Profession. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An introduction and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms. Students will examine teaching as a profession through directed experiences.

EDUC 2300. Families, School, and Community. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A study of the child, family, community, and schools, including parent education and involvement, family and community lifestyles, child abuse, and current family life issues. The course includes a service learning component to meet the field experiences requirement. Lab fee $10.

EDUC 3310. Foundations of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the history, philosophies, theoretical and legal foundations regarding Bilingual/English as a Second Language. The course also includes a review of programmatic designs. Prerequisite: EDU 3320 and Admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 3315. Literacy Instruction for Bilingual Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the knowledge and skills required to teach limited English language learners, with an emphasis on program implementation, curriculum, materials, oral language development, literacy development and assessment strategies. Course will be delivered in Spanish and English. Prerequisite: Proficiency in Spanish and EDUC 3310, 3320, and READ 3311.

EDUC 3320. Professional Development I: Understanding Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An examination of students and teachers in learner centered schools. Topics will include brain-based learning, cooperative learning, learning styles and strengths of diverse learners, and formal and informal assessment, learner centered instruction. A technology lab and documentation of directed field experiences are required. Pre-requisites or co-requisite: PSYC 2308 or 3303 and a minimum of 60 hours toward certification or degree requirements. Lab fee: $25.

EDUC 3330. Professional Development II: Effective Instruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An examination of the relationship between the state adopted curriculum, the Learner-Centered Proficiencies and best practices. Topics include: the lesson cycle, the inquiry model of learning, use of technology, and other resources to plan, deliver and assess instruction; the role of assessment in guided learning and managing a classroom. A micro-teaching lab and documentation of field experiences are required. Pre-requisites: EDUC 3320; PSYC 2308, 3303; and/or co-requisite 3 hours of 3000 level reading, and admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program. Lab Fee $25.

EDUC 3394. Curr/Meth EC-Grade Four I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of developmentally appropriate educational strategies and instructional techniques in teaching language arts, social studies, and fine arts to children (preschool - 4th grade). Students will be expected to integrate language arts, social studies, and fine arts within the curriculum as well as evaluate curricula materials. Prerequisites: Junior classification and completion of TASP requirement; READ 3311, SOSC 3301, and FINA 1335.

EDUC 3396. Curr/Meth EC-Grade Four II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of developmentally appropriate educational strategies and instructional techniques in teaching mathematics and science to children (preschool - 4th grade) within a problem-based learning approach. Special topics include the appropriate use of technology and cooperative grouping and the integration of curriculum within the content areas of mathematics and science. Prerequisites: MATH 3303 and 3305, GEOL 1401, BIOL 2310, admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 4086. Education Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, and discussion under personal direction of instructor, topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of department head.

EDUC 4304. Early Childhood Environment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of all aspects of classrooom management, including the physical environment and use of centers, for diverse groups of early elementary students. Current issues related to early childhood education will be examined. Students will be expected to demonstrate developmentally appropriate effective teaching practices in field-based setting.Admission to the Teacher Education program, EDUC 3330,and READ 3384. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4315, READ 4039 and 4310. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education program, EDUC 3330,and READ 3384. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4315, READ 4039 and 4310.

EDUC 4305. Content Area Instruction in Bilingual Classrooms. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of curriculum requirements as applicable to bilingual education, language concepts and proficiencies needed for teaching language arts, math, science and social studies in bilingual classrooms. Students will evaluate commercial and research-based programs in order to adapt materials for students with varying degrees of language and literacy proficiency. Field experiences required. Prerequisites: Admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program, EDUC 3310, 3315, and READ 3311 and 3351. Proficiency in Spanish.

EDUC 4315. Elementary Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

The implementation of assessment-driven instruction and curricular design in interdisciplinary contexts. Students will apply their knowledge of developmental stages, learner needs, and the stated expectations of TEKS in the core content areas to design, implement, and evaluate an interdisciplinary curriculum. Effective teaching practices, problem based learning and technology applications will be demonstrated. Prerequisites: EDUC 3320; EDUC 3330 and concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4304 or 4330, and READ 4309.

EDUC 4330. Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Field-based experiences are provided in school settings where students will plan and deliver units of instruction, examine various models of instruction, analyze classroom management strategies, and demonstrate competencies in effective teaching practices. Prerequisites: EDUC 3330 and READ 3351, or approval of department head.

EDUC 4335. Professional Development IV: Issues in Professional Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Professional Development IV: Issues in Professional Development. (3-0) To be taken with the Practicum in Teaching. Students synthesize and validate concepts encountered during teaching practicum. Focuses on professional issues related to teaching and the school environment. Prerequisites: Admission to Practicum in Teaching and concurrent enrollment in EDUC 4690, or approval of department head. Field Experience Fee $75.

EDUC 4383. Internship for Classroom Teaching. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 9 Hours).

This internship includes supervised, field-based activities in public school classrooms. Major emphasis is placed on the development of instructional strategies and professional practicies designed to improve teaching performance. Students are required to conduct a reflective analysis of their teaching performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Field experience fee $75.

EDUC 4690. Practicum in teaching. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 18 Hours).

Supervised practicum in teaching in the public schools at the appropriate level. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the application of effective practices and classroom management strategies. Prerequisite: Admission to the Practicum in Teaching. Field experience fee $75.

Reading Courses

READ 0303. Basic Reading. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of ways a student may enhance existing reading and writing skills; evaluate and examine new theories of learning in relation to individual needs; develop problem solving abilities and critical thinking; acquire individual capacities for understanding oneself in relation to college expectations. The class will use relevant, pertinent materials designed to enrich a student's background knowledge.

READ 3301. An Introduction to Children's Literature. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of literature for children focusing on the use of classic and contemporary texts to promote interest, motivation, & critical reading skills for self-selected reading in the elementary student. Prepares teachers to use texts to emphasize literary genre, text structures, & literary devices as tools for making connections & meaning. Prerequisite: Required ENGL classes for BS IS. Credit will not be granted for READ 3301 and ENGL 3350.

READ 3311. Literacy for the Early Years. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of research-based competencies essential for effective literacy instruction in the early years. Topics include characteristics of normal reading development in the emergent/early learner, materials, procedures, assessment and instructional methods considered effective in teaching oral language, writing strategy, building of comprehension, vocabulary, word identification, and diagnosis of reading difficulties in the young reader. Prerequisites: Required ENGL for B S IS degree and completion of or concurrent enrollment in READ 3301.

READ 3351. Content Area Reading. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an understanding of factors which influence learning from content text and teaches specific instructional strategies which promote comprehension, vocabulary development, effective study strategies, and test-taking skills. Includes ways to modify text for diverse learners. Attention is given to the principles of research-based reading instruction. Prerequisite: nine hours required English.

READ 3356. Content Area Literacy for Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an understanding of factors which influence learning from content text and teaches specific instructional strategies which promote comprehension, vocabulary development, effective study strategies, and test-taking skills. Includes ways to modify text for diverse learners. Attention is given to the principles of research-based reading instruction for EC - 6 preservice teachers. Prerequisites: Nine hours of required English.

READ 3384. Literacy for the Middle Years. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A field-based course surveying research-based competencies essential for effective literacy instruction in the middle years. Topics include characteristics of normal reading development in the transitional\fluent reader, materials, procedures, assessment and instructional methods considered effective in teaching oral language, writing strategy, building of comprehension, vocabulary, word identification, and diagnosis of reading difficulties in the middle grade reader. Prerequisites: READ 3311, CHFS 3300 or PSYC 2308 or 3303, Admission to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program and concurrent enrollment in READ 3394.

READ 4086. Reading Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, application and discussion under personal direction of instructor. Topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of the instructor and department head.

READ 4309. Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Theory and instructional strategies for teaching the writing process in elementary and middle schools. Includes stages of the writing process, issues at the different grade levels, teaching with mini-lessons, early literacy, spelling, handwriting, developing listening skills, TAAS writing, and the use of children's literature to teach writing. Prerequisites: READ 3311 and 3384, ENGL 3350 or READ 3301, and concurrent enrollment in READ 4310.

READ 4310. Implementation of Classroom Reading Instruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of state and national reading initiatives, approaches to teaching reading, procedures for organizing the elementary and middle school classrooms for reading instruction, research on effective reading-writing instruction, and roles of school personnel and parents in the school reading program. Prerequisites: READ 3311 and 3384, ENGL 3350 or READ 3301, and concurrent enrollment in READ 4309.

Special Education Courses

EDSP 3361. Survey of Exceptional Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The characteristics of exceptional learners and the educational programs for individuals with disabilities will be surveyed. Additional course content will include the legislation and court cases related to special education and the referral, diagnosis, and placement of exceptional learners. A field experience is required. Prerequisite: TASP/THEA requirement must be met.

EDSP 4086. Special Education Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent research, reading, application and discussion under personal direction of instructor. Topics vary according to student need. Open to students of junior or senior classification who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and with approval of the instructor and department head.

EDSP 4362. Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teachers. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Laws and litigation that affect the education of students with disabilities are examined. Includes procedures pertinent to teachers providing special education services such as federal and state regulations, IEPs, and the development of basic instructional plans. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 3361, equivalent course, or approval of department head.

EDSP 4363. Teaching Learners with Learning Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Learning disabilities are examined with emphasis on history, definition, causation and characteristics. Content includes teaching methods for language, academic, and social skills as well as effective inclusive practices. Strategies for successful collaboration with parents, guardians, paraprofessionals and general education teachers are studied. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 3361.

EDSP 4364. Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Etiology and characteristics associated with deficits in development are studied. Effects of developmental disabilities in the areas of language acquisition and physical, social and emotional functioning are examined. Course content includes methods for teaching functional academic skills, communication skills and life management skills, working with parents, paraprofessionals and related service personnel, community based instruction and vocational planning. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 3361.

EDSP 4365. Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Information is provided on managing a classroom that includes students with disabilities. Topics include creating positive interpersonal relationships in the classroom, increasing student motivation and learning, minimizing disruptive behavior, behavioral management strategies, curriculum adaptations, crisis management and behavior management theories and strategies. Information will also be provided on the typical characteristics associated with emotional disabilities and identification procedures utilized. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 3361.

EDSP 4367. Programming for Young Children with Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of young children with disabilities aged birth to 6 with an emphasis on the techniques for implementing programs to meet the needs of the child and the family. Early intervention, medical intervention, and public school educational programming for at-risk infants, toddlers, and young children will be addressed as well as parent involvement models to promote optimum parent-child and parent-professional relationships. Emphasis on recent research related to early childhood special education. Field experience required. Prerequisite: EDSP 3361.

Dr. Ann Calahan, Department Head
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
E.J. Howell Building, Room 320
Box T-0290
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9097
acalahan@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/teachered

Professors

  • Barkley, Jordan
  • Becker, Melissa
  • Burk, Jill
  • Calahan, M. Ann
  • Lamb, Holly
  • Taylor, Diane

Associate professors

  • Baker, Credence
  • Cavin, Lisa
  • Ford, Randy
  • Gentry, James
  • Hawke, Laurie
  • Hawke, Michael
  • Miler-Levy, Rebekah
  • Wright, Michael

Assistant professors

  • Castaneda, M. Anita
  • Clark-Goff, Kylah
  • Colvin, Lisa
  • Estes, Laura
  • Fox, Anna
  • Higgins, Kristina
  • Hopkins-Higham, Debby
  • McGregor, Jennifer
  • Meehan, Jessica Dr.
  • Mixon, Cheryl
  • Pate, Robin
  • Putman, Rebecca
  • Schaffer, Kelly
  • Ward, Julie

Instructor

  • Fowler, Shanan
  • Hinson, Lillian
  • Stephens, Elizabeth