Course Descriptions

Early Childhood Education (EDE)/Early Childhood Development (ECD)

ECD/EDU 101/EDU 112: Professional Development Seminar

This seminar is designed to develop skills in the areas of writing, speaking, reading, test-taking, computer literacy and knowledge in developing portfolios, observation techniques, and professional development in such areas is interviewing, applying for jobs, etc.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDE 102: Educational Learning Assessment

Students must develop experiential learning activities, individual Learning Assessment Portfolios (LAPS) and CDA Portfolios which will include observation experiences.

Prerequisites or co-requisites: EDE 101 and EDE 104.

Credit: 3 - 6 Semester Hours

EDE 104: Practicum in Observing Young Children

This practicum is designed to give students the opportunity to observe and record a variety of settings appropriate to the education role for which they are planning.

Prerequisite: EDE 102.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

ECD/EDE 210: Programs and Methods for Young Children

This course will provide students with knowledge and skills in organizing and planning preschool and early childhood education programs. A practicum component is included with this course.

Prerequisite: EDE 101.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 214: Educational Psychology

This course will explore the developmental changes in students’ thinking and reasoning. The effects of heredity and environmental factors on students’ distinctive personalities are also explored. In addition, how students’ beliefs about themselves affect their classroom behavior and academic achievement will be examined. Observation will be required for this course.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

ECD/EDE 220: Planning and Developing Safe and Healthy Environments for Young Children

This course is designed to enable students to plan and develop a safe and healthy learning environment by acquiring skills and knowledge needed to prevent and reduce injuries; to handle emergencies, accidents and injuries; to promote good health and nutrition and prevent illness; and to construct an interesting, secure and enjoyable environment. The course is also designed to enable students to analyze and plan motor development experiences for young children. A practicum component is required.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 221: Introduction to Foundations of Education

This course focuses on the historical, philosophical, and sociological concepts of education which will be examined for an understanding of the structure and function of education. Goals of the Division of Education Elementary Education Department will be discussed. Study will focus on advisement and the requirements for EE majors, with special emphasis on the PRAXIS Series Examinations. Emphasis will be placed on career patterns, goal development, professional development and research as it reflects on minorities and other cultures in the field of education. Observation experiences are required.

Prerequisite to other courses in the Elementary Education curriculum.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDE 250: Practicum in Teaching Young Children

This practicum is designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills developed throughout their program matriculation which involved field work in selected educational settings, through which students become more knowledgeable in the areas of establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment, advancing children’s physical and intellectual competence, supporting children’s social and emotional development and providing positive guidance, establishing positive and productive relationships with families, ensuring a well-run, purposeful program responsive to children’s needs, and maintaining a commitment to professionalism.

Prerequisites: EDE 101, EDE 104 and EDE 210.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 251: Education Seminar

This course is designed to cover the basics of research writing in the discipline. Students will learn the rudiments of researching in professional journals, submitting article abstracts and applying that knowledge in writing a paper using the American Psychological Association Writing Manual. This course is required of all Division Majors and suggested for Secondary Education Majors.

Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

ECD/EDE 252: Educational Seminar: Issues, Research, and Trend in Behavior Management

This course is designed to develop students’ ability to analyze behavior, deciding what to change, collecting information on the behaviors of concern, using schedules of reinforcement, and monitoring progress. This course will provide students with both a technical and functional understanding of applied behavior analysis.  In addition, students will learn the rudiments of researching, submitting article abstracts and apply knowledge in writing using the American Psychological Association Writing Manual. Observation will be required for this course A practicum is required.

Prerequisite: EDE 101.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

ECD/EDE 253: Practicum in the Child Care Profession

This practicum is designed to provide experience in observing and recording child behavior in formal child care settings. The design of the physical environment as a key instrument to enhance cognitive, physical, and affective development will be stressed.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, minimally.

Credit: 6 Semester Hours

ECD 300: Infant and Toddler Development

This course focuses on the acquisition of knowledge of age appropriate, culturally appropriate and individually appropriate expectations in the care of infant and toddlers in group settings. Practice is given in infant and toddler care giving.

Prerequisite: Junior status or completion of lower level coursework.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDR 300: Early Literacy Instruction

This preliminary course in early literacy instruction focuses on the teaching of concepts and acquisition of literacy in the early elementary years. This will include concepts, materials and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction specific to concepts about print, phonemic awareness, and phonics. A practicum is required.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

ECD 301: Integrated Curriculum in the Preschool Classroom (Music, Art, and Language Arts)

This course will emphasize the importance of connecting content in a program with developmentally appropriate practices. The science of integrating curriculum, kinesiology, and pre-literacy skills in child development centers, to include music, art, language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science will be explored.

Prerequisite: Completion of lower level courses; ECD/EDE 210 and ECD/EDE 220.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDR 301: Early Literacy Instruction II

This advance course in early literacy development and reading instruction directly focuses on the principles of emergent literacy and various factors associated with emergent reading development and assessment techniques. Special attention is given to the teaching of concepts, materials and teaching strategies for oral language development and early systematic reading and writing instruction specific to vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. A Practicum is required.

Prerequisite: EDR 300.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 312: Reading Instruction, K-12

The Course is designed to focus on studying the developmental and remedial reading processes. The topics will include approaches for diagnosis teaching, preparation, selection, evaluation, utilization of instructional materials and equipment in different environments. Language development, listening, speaking, and writing across the curriculum will also be studied. The use of technology in the content area will also be examined. Practicum is required.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 313: An Integrative Approach to Literature, Language, and Communicative Arts, K-12

A comprehensive view of modern practices and trends in teaching language development skills with examination of methods and materials used in the speaking, listening, reading and writing experiences of children both at the pre-school and elementary levels. Emphasis will be placed on interactions among language, intellectual and social development. A Practicum is required.

Prerequisite: EDU 312.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 314: Social Science for Children

This course begin with a concise description of the goals of social studies instruction, the social sciences content base for the social studies and special areas of curriculum concern, such as multi-cultural awareness for the importance of the development of a viable system of values as well as skills will be emphasized. Methodology in lesson planning and implementation strategies as well as evaluation techniques will be covered. The use of technology in the content area will be examined. Practicum is required.

Prerequisite: EDU 313.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 315: Science for Children

This course focuses on the role of science instruction in kindergarten through elementary grades. The course begins with the goals of science instruction, the content base for science instruction and special area of curriculum concern. Emphasis will be placed on the methodology used for contemporary science program, theoretical foundations, instructional techniques, planning, implementation of instruction, and evaluation materials. The use of technology in the content area will be examined. Practicum is required.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 316: Mathematics for Children

This course provides essential mathematics methodology for grades K-8. The behavioral characteristics of children in regard to mathematics, as well as the theoretical basis for curriculum scope and sequence, are also emphasized. Lesson plan development, diagnostic, individualized instruction, and the instruction and use of “teacher made” tests and commercial materials will be stressed. The development of measures and teaching special children mathematics are other topics to be focused on. The use of technology in the content area will also be examined. Practicum is required.

Prerequisite: Nine (9) hours of Math.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 331: Human Development and Learning

This course will provide students with a deeper understanding of the human experience, from conception to death, and the variety of factors that directly or indirectly mold their life course. This course will also orient students to the latest research methods and theories utilized in the study of human development. This course appeals to students with educational goals ranging from Psychology to Nursing and Education.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 333: Introduction to Learning Disabilities

This course is an introduction to the field of learning disabilities. The study of the historical development, characteristic, diagnosis, instructional practices, laws and classroom management are examined.

Prerequisite: SPED/EDU 317.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 335: Methods, Materials, & Education Technology in the Classroom

This course is designed to focus on methods, research and materials for using and assessing various forms of media, technology, and audiovisual techniques for using all types of equipment. This course will engage students in the techniques for using all types of equipment, research in the field that reinforces the need for effective use of technology in the classroom, and the methods used in planning technology instruction in the classroom. Additionally, students will practice and demonstrate the use of various media methods in conjunction with other method courses and field experiences. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency on competencies related to the use of technology.

Prerequisite: EDU 312 and EDU 313.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 336: Tests, Measurement, & Evaluation

This course is designed to acquaint students with the use of tests as instruments of measurement for cognitive and diagnostic purposes; educational research development from the historical to the present studies in the field; methods of educational research for quantitative studies and knowledge of simple qualitative measures. The use of technology in testing and measurement will also be explored.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

ELA 350: Research and Practices in Language Arts

This course focuses on the foundation of Language Arts as an integral means to teach various content, strategies, and skills. History, theory, and research related to language arts and an analysis of current trends, issues, and practices will be explored.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

ELA 351: Methods of Teaching Language Arts

This course is designed to focus on methods of teaching language arts, literature and composition and to acquaint perspective educators with the components of language arts. Particular emphasis will be placed on analyzing the standards of learning for the discipline, and the planning, developing, and implantation of units of study to include the media and technology, classroom management for the State of Mississippi Language Arts Curriculum Framework.

Prerequisite: ELA 350.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

ECD 400: Organization and Administration of the Child Development Program

The course is designed to focus on the skills necessary to organize and administer child development programs effectively. Inherent in this concept is planning, implementing and evaluating the total program. Completion of a program manual and development of an assessment instrument are required. Prerequisite: Senior status or departmental approval.

Credit: 6 Semester Hours

ECD 401: Research in Early Childhood Development Program

This course will be based on the premise that child development knowledge transfers into practical implications for working with the whole child (physically, cognitively, and effectively). This course will acquaint students with the elements of research, related research frameworks and practices in studying early childhood development. Prerequisite: Senior status or departmental approval.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 420: Diagnostic & Prescriptive Reading Practices

This course focuses on diagnostic and prescriptive aspects of teaching reading in formal and informal settings and includes the construction, selection, administration and interpretation of various instruments used in the teaching and evaluation of students in reading; the writing of diagnostic-prescriptive reports and plans. Approaches to remediation, methods and techniques for individual and group instruction are all inclusive.

Prerequisite: EDU 312 and EDU 313.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 421: Curriculum and Research

This course will acquaint the student with the process of teaching. It will include the methods of instruction and materials used. It will examine the teacher’s effect on content, effect of instruction on methodology. Case studies on motivation, discipline, behavioral objectives, planning for instruction, providing for individual differences and implementation strategies as well as research practices and evaluation techniques will be covered. The use of technology in the content areas will also be examined. Students will also be expected to demonstrate mastery of the sixteen competencies measured by the INTAC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment Consortium).

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

EDU 423/ECD 413: Field Experience

An internship designed to give students a full time, six to nine week experience that will occur in a community agency or school setting off campus. This course will give the student first hand experience in a work environment; it is accompanied by a seminar and on-the-job assessments by the college supervisor.

Credit: 6-9 Semester Hours

EDU 424: Student Teaching in the Elementary School

This course is designed to give the student first hand experience in teaching and classroom activities and includes an internship of fifteen weeks in a public school setting. This course is the experience of the full teaching day under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and college supervisor. It is a fifteen (15) week program.

Prerequisite: Completion of all education courses and ALL parts of the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II must be taken and passed prior to entering the field. Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of the competencies measured by the Interstate New Teachers Assessment Consortium.

Credit: 15 Semester Hours

EDU 436: Student Teaching in the Secondary School

This course is designed to give the student first hand experience in teaching and classroom activities and includes an internship of fifteen weeks in a public school setting. This course is the experience of the full teaching day under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and college supervisor.

Prerequisite: Completion of all education courses and ALL parts of the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II must be taken and passed prior to entering the field. Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of the competencies measured by the Interstate New Teachers Assessment Consortium.

Credit: 15 Semester Hours

Special Education (SPED)

SPED/EDU 217: Introduction to Exceptional Children

This course is designed to acquaint the student with exceptionalities. Emphasis will be placed on the educational programs, problems and needs, laws, and the skills for assessment, observation, and recording the behavior of the special student. Practicum is required. Observation – non-major. Practicum – majors.

Prerequisite: EDU 221.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

SPED/EDU 333: Introduction to Learning Disabilities

This course is an introduction the field of learning disabilities (LD). It provides insight into the characteristics, etiology and definition. In addition, the course provides an objective look at theories, curricula, teaching approaches, classroom management strategies and materials applicable to the learning disable. A Practicum is required.

Prerequisite: SPED/EDU 317 or permission by the instructor.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

SPED/EDU 334: Introduction to Education of the Mentally Challenged

An overview of the affective, cognitive and psychomotor development of mental retardation and mildly/moderately handicapped with emphasis on the classification, laws, characteristics, and causes of exceptionally in children. Instructional strategies, planning and classroom management will be studied. Observation and/or Practicum is a required component.

Prerequisite: EDU 333.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

SPED/EDU 413: Methods and Materials for Teaching the Exceptional Child

Learning disabilities is a dynamic and expanding field. Learning disabled individuals are found across all ages, socioeconomic levels, races and their problems range from mild to severe. This course seeks to provide a greater knowledge about the nature of learning disabilities and proven methods for enhancing academic and social success for the learning disabled person. This course offers a comprehensive coverage of the field. Through many theories and practices it presents a balanced approach to teaching learning disabled individuals. A Practicum is required.

Prerequisite: Senior status or permission of the department.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

SPED/PHE 413: Principles and Methods for Teaching Adapted Physical Education and Recreation for the Exceptional Child

A study of the nature and techniques of serving exceptional children. Focus will be placed on methods, principles, teaching and materials in development of motor learning for the exceptional child. This course is required of all students seeking Teacher Certification.

Prerequisite: EDU 217

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

SPED/EDU 414: Education of the Mildly/Moderately Handicapped Child

Emphasis is placed on curriculum construction and program development involving specific objectives and research in teach and evaluating the educable, trainable, and mildly/moderately disabled person. Some focus is placed on the severely handicapped as well. Current practices and field experiences are an integral component of this course.  A Practicum is required.

Prerequisite: Senior status or permission of the Department.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

Health & Physical Education (PHE) / Health and Recreation (PHR)

PHE 104: Comprehensive Health

An overview of healthful living through the development of values, decision-making processes, goal assessment strategies, and scientific questioning. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors. Offered each semester.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE 111: Basketball

This course will provide basic fundamentals and skills of basketball including the history and rules, safety, strategies and physical conditioning. Team strategy will be developed in the offensive and defensive area. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 112: Jogging

This course will provide study and practice of jogging and its effects on the body systems. Emphases are on the components of physical fitness. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 121: Beginners Bowling

This course will provide the examination and application of fundamental skills of bowling. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history of bowling, scoring, and bowling etiquette. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 122: Bowling

This course will provide emphases on the fundamental skills at an advance level, including the use of different methods of releasing the ball. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Prerequisite: PHE 121.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 131: Beginners Tennis

This course will provide techniques of strokes, footwork, grip, rules of the game, etiquette and other elementary game fundamentals. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 132: Advanced Tennis

This course will provide advanced work on strokes, basic fundamentals and tennis strategies used in single or double play. An emphasis is placed on strategy. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Prerequisite: PHE 131.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 141: Beginners Golf

This course will provide study and practice of the basic fundamentals of golf. Will satisfy general education requirements for nonmajors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 142: Advanced Golf

This course will provide advanced skills and techniques of golf at an intermediate level. Emphases will be placed on skill development of an entire game including specialty shots and procedures. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Prerequisite: PHE 141.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 151: Softball (Fast Pitch/Slow Pitch)

This course will provide basic fundamental skills of slow and fast pitch softball including terminology, score keeping, safety, field playing areas and entry are game strategies. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 152: Badminton

This course will provide instruction on racket grips, strokes, footwork and tactics needed to play badminton. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 161: Low Impact Step Aerobics

This course will provide implementation of step aerobics placing emphases on work levels, target heart rate and stretching conditioning. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 162: High Impact Step Aerobics

This course will provide principles of aerobics conditioning designed to permit heart-lung endurance through step aerobics set up through an up-tempo movement pattern. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 171: Volleyball

This course will provide the application of fundamental skills, rules and strategies of play, scoring procedures, safety measures and the incorporation of team competition. Treatment of offensive and defensive patterns will be stressed.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 172: Fitness Walking

This course will provide the knowledge, skills and walking techniques necessary for participation in lifetime activities which improve the functioning of the heart and lungs. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE 182: Folk, Square, and Social Dance

This course will provide experiences in basic dance skills, fundamental steps and typical sequence patterns found most frequently in dances of this nature. Will satisfy general education requirements for non-majors.

Credit: 1 Semester Hour

PHE/PHR 211: Introduction to Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

An introduction to basic study of the foundations of health, physical education and recreation. It includes the various aspects of the programs as a profession.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 213: First Aid, Safety, and Athletic Injury

A study of current methods of presenting and caring for injuries sustained in physical education classes, competitive sports and athletics and recreational facilities. Also includes a survey of the safety procedures and provisions necessary for conducting physical education activities in elementary and secondary schools.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 311: Coaching and Officiating

Theory and practice of coaching and officiating, along with the basic techniques for teaching these skills.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE 313: Physiology of Exercise/Kinesiology

A study of the effects of exercise on the function of the body systems during and after physical activity. Includes the study of the structure of the skeletal and muscular systems and the development of these systems for good body mechanisms. Required of all health, physical education and recreation majors.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 315: Consumer Health

A course designed to help the student understand and accept the responsibility of developing skills in solving personal and community health problems, including drugs, alcohol, tobacco and junk food.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 316: Community Health and Sanitation (Health Behavior)

A course designed to acquaint students and teachers with practices and procedures in controlling the environment, especially such practices that are now used in control of communicable disease, hazards of waste materials and other sanitation problems in the community. The relationship to health of ventilation, noise and lighting is stressed.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 317: Substance Abuse

A comprehensive study of the history of drug and alcohol abuse, drug addiction and drug therapy. The course covers the economic and social impact of substance abuse on the country and world. Consultants from various fields, such as medicine, law enforcement, social agencies, and education are utilized in an attempt to relate to participants of all facets of the drug problem, including possible solutions.

Prerequisite: PHE 104.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 323: Individual and Team Sports

Individual and team sports activities basic to recreation programs and physical education classes. A participation course that includes teaching techniques unique to each activity.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 324: Public Health Administration

Administration, organization, internal structure and disposition of personnel and resources of agency and administrative management concerned with direction of personnel, fiscal control, and techniques of operation.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 335: Introduction to Rhythms K-12

An overview of techniques, methods and materials focusing on creative rhythms, folk forms of dance, modern Dance and other Rhythmic areas in the elementary and secondary school. This course deals with fundamental dance skills suitable for prospective teachers as well as skill and development for those who like to dance. Lecture: one hour. Laboratory: two hours.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE 339: Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation

Use and interpretation of elementary statistical techniques that apply to health and physical education. Includes the optics of central tendency and variability, large sample and error theory, graphic representation and simple correlation analysis.

Prerequisite: MAT 201, MAT 202 or consent of the instructor.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE 411: Principles, Methods, and Materials for Teaching Health and Physical Education K-12

Consideration of principles, methods and materials, observation, curriculum planning and techniques that relate directly to teaching health and physical education in the classroom.

Required of all student seeking Teacher Certification with Option PHE/PHR 424.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 413: Principles and Methods of Teaching Adapted Physical Education and Recreation

A study of the nature and techniques of serving exceptional children. Focus will be placed on methods, principles, teaching and materials in development of motor learning for the exceptional child. (Senior status).

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE 415: Recreational Leadership

A course designed to cover the major aspects of school and community recreational program. This is a functional course preparing for leadership focusing on administration, supervisory and program problems. Practicum is required.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE 416: Community Recreation

A study of the nature and scope of community recreation, its organization, administration and relation to other social institutions. Detailed organizing, controlling, supervising and conducting a recreational program of activities are explored. Practicum is required.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE 417: Recreation for the Aging

A study of physical, psychological and sociological aspects of the aging as related to leisure, community based and long term care, leisure service delivery systems and leisure program development activities. Practicum is required.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 423: Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

A study of policies underlying the organization and administration of health, physical education and recreation; classification of students, personnel, teaching loads, time schedule, finances, swimming pools, equipment and records, improvement of skills through in-service training, mutual association and general school and community relations. (Senior status).

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 424: Motor Development and Movement Experiences for the Young Child

A study of physical growth, body build, and motor development in childhood. The course focuses on movement analysis and content of movement learning experiences as the core of elementary school physical education. Lecture two hours. Laboratory one hour.

Required of all student seeking Teacher Certification with Option PHE/PHR 411.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 425: Field Experience - Internship

This course is for Health and Recreation majors. A field based experience-centered course designed to acquaint the students with concepts and objectives, introduction to methods procedures and principles and identification and application of evaluation techniques appropriate to learning process on selected level. (Senior status).

Credit: 6-9 Semester Hours

PHE/PHR 428: Minor Sports

Materials, methods and objectives of minor sports.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours