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This page is organized by class codes and is intended to provide information about course content only. It is NOT a list of all required courses for each program of study. Refer to the program sheets on each academic program's page to find a listing of all required courses.

 

TEEC


TEEC 321 The Young Child (3 hours)
A child growth and development course dealing with the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, and moral aspects of the child from birth up to the school-age years.

TEEC 323 Emergent Literacy (3)
The purpose of this course is to offer opportunities to explore various perspectives of language acquisition and the development of literacy. The focus will be on exploring linguistic principles of literacy development that children birth through grade 3 require in order to become fluent in the areas of reading and writing. The students will examine how knowledge, theory, and research influence our understanding of language and literacy instruction.

TEEC 336 Internship 1: Birth to Age 3 (1)
This course is designed to provide early childhood education majors with an observation and participation experience. Candidates are placed in an educational setting for children birth through
age three for a minimum of 40 hours during the semester.

TEEC 340 Creative Expressions in Early Childhood (3)
Provide an overview and introduction into adapting early childhood curricula for special needs children birth through grade 3 particularly in subject areas of art, music, physical education and health. This course covers topics such as special education law, handicapping conditions, assessments, intervention strategies and adapting early childhood curricula to include the creative arts.

TEEC 341 Internship 2: Ages 3 to 5 (1)
The course is designed to provide early childhood education majors with an observation and participation experience. Candidates are placed in an educational setting for children ages 3 through 5 for a minimum of 40 hours during the semester.

TEEC 365 Curriculum in Early Childhood (3)
Provide an overview and introduction into adapting early childhood curricula for children Birth through Grade three. Students will critique and develop curricula appropriate for meeting early childhood unified content and professional standards in the areas of social studies, science and mathematics. This course focuses on identification of inquiry strategies, assessments,selection of curricular materials, and research strategies that allow practicing teachers to look closely at their teaching and the nature of practice.

TEEC 366 Kindergarten Education (3)
This course deals with the principles and development, operational procedures, functions, and curricula of the kindergarten. Practical, daily activities as well as change processes will be considered.

TEEC 368 Child Care Management and Administration (3)
The course deals with the management and operation of the child care programs. Concepts will deal with establishing a community base, licensing, financing, physical facility, operational guidelines, staffing, enrollment, parental involvement, food service, and other operational considerations.

TEEC 376 Internship 3: Kindergarten to Grade 3 (1)
The course is designed to provide early childhood education majors with an observation and participation experience. Candidates are placed in an educational setting for children kindergarten through grade 3 for a minimum of 40 hours during the semester.

TEEC 465 Student Teaching Birth to Age 5 (6)
This course is designed to relate theory to practice in a realistic setting. The student is placed in a situation to obtain experiences relating directly or indirectly to the areas being studied.

TEEC 466 Student Teaching Kindergarten to Grade 3 (6)
This course is designed to relate theory to practice in a realistic setting. The student is placed in a situation to obtain experiences relating directly or indirectly to the areas being studied.


 

TEEL


TEEL 202 Foundations of Education (3)
An introductory course for students considering a career in professional education. Includes
historical, philosophical and sociological foundations, organization and finance, and teaching and learning.

TEEL 230 Diverse Learners (3)
A critical study of the multicultural environment in the American educational system with emphasis
pertaining to the culturally diverse learners. The various areas of emphasis will include, yet will not be limited to, the issues of culture, ethnicity, religion, linguistics, and (dis)abilities. Through this course the student will be empowered to deal with diversity in the classroom.

TEEL 231 Human Growth and Development (3)
A study of the development of the individual over the total life-span. Special attention is given to physical, social, sexual, emotional, intellectual, and linguistic development.

TEEL 260 Children’s Literature (3)
This course is designed to provide knowledge of genre of literature, activities, and units that focus on literature, cultural awareness through literature and the competence in selecting and evaluating books for children.

TEEL 276 Honors Internship 1 (1)
A forty-hour field experience designed to introduce the preservice teacher to the roles of educators, professional expectations, and beginning elements of sound teaching practice. Admission to Honors classification required.

TEEL 277 Early Field Experience (1)
The course is designed to provide education majors with an observation and participation experience
in an area of special interest. Students are placed in an educational setting relevant to their program.

TEEL 279 Honors Seminar 1 (1)
Critical analysis and discussion of classroom instructional practice as they pertain to theory, content knowledge and practice. Students will initiate individual research projects under supervision of a professor in the department of teacher education.

TEEL 282 Honors Internship 3 (1)
A forty-hour field experience designed to introduce the pre-service teacher to beginning elements of sound teaching practice, in particular the integration of children's literature, music, and artistic expression.

TEEL 280 Honors Internship 2 (1)
A forty-hour field experience designed to introduce the preservice teacher to beginning elements of sound teaching practice, in particular the integration of children's literature, and physical education.

TEEL 281 Honors Seminar 2 (1)
Critical analysis and discussion of classroom instructional practices as they pertain to theory, content knowledge and practice for the integration of children's literature and physical education. Students will continue individual research projects under the supervision of a professor in the Department of Teacher Education.

TEEL 283 Honors Seminar 3 (1)
Critical analysis and discussion of classroom instructional practices as they pertain to theory, content knowledge and practice for the integration of children's literature, music, and artistic expression. Interns will continue individual research projects under the supervision of a professor in the Department of Teacher Education.

TEEL 340 The Effective Classroom (3)
This class is designed for pre-service teachers who will learn to set up, plan, and implement effective teaching and discipline strategies to optimize students' on-task time. This course covers responsibility and accountability of teachers when running an effective classroom. The principles can be applied to all settings and all grade levels.

TEEL 350 Curriculum and Assessment (3)
Curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation as well as action research strategies that support learning at elementary and middle school levels will be studied. Students will critique and develop curricula appropriate for meeting content and professional standards.

TEEL 360 Mathematics Methods I (2)
This course provides methods for teaching mathematics and the integration of content from other disciplines. The focus will be on theory, teaching strategies, and hands-on learning. A study of instructional methods, curricular design, and scope and sequence for the teaching of mathematics in K-6 settings will be included. An inquiry-centered approach is inherent throughout the course to promote investigation and critical thinking on the part of preservice teachers.

TEEL 361 Elementary School Science (3)
This course provides methods for teaching science and the integration of content from other disciplines. The focus will be on theory, teaching strategies, and hands-on learning. A study of instructional methods, curricular design, and scope and sequence for the teaching and integrating of science in elementary and middle school settings will be included. An inquiry- centered approach is inherent throughout the course.

TEEL 362 Mathematics Methods II (2)
This course addresses mathematics concepts and techniques that are fundamental to, and form the basis for, elementary school mathematics. The focus will be on real number properties, patterns, operations and algebraic reasoning, and problem solving.  An inquiry-centered approach is inherent throughout the course to promote investigation and critical thinking on the part of preservice teachers.

TEEL 363 Social Studies Methods (3)
The course presents basic principles, procedures and instructional practices as a process in teaching social studies in the elementary school.

TEEL 365 Reading and Language Arts Methods (4)
This course will encompass the acquisition of language and the development of reading. The focus will be on theory, strategies, methods, and materials.

TEEL 377 Internship 1 (1)
Opportunity for students to obtain experience in instruction in the teaching and assessment of mathematics, management of a classroom, and making adjustments for individual student needs under the supervision of Education faculty.

TEEL 378 Internship 2 (1)
Opportunity for students to obtain experience in instruction in the teaching and assessment of reading and language arts with the integration of technology under the supervision of education faculty.

TEEL 380 Honors Internship 4 (1)
Opportunity for students to obtain experience in instruction in the teaching and assessment of social studies, management of a classroom, and making adjustments for individual student needs under the supervision of the education faculty. Forty hours of field work is required.

TEEL 381 Honors Seminar 4 (1)
Critical analysis and discussion of classroom instructional practices as they pertain to theory, content knowledge and practice to teaching and assessment of social studies, management of a classroom, and making adjustments for individual student needs. Students will write the first of two chapters of an individual research project under the supervision of a professor in the Department of Teacher Education per previously arranged contract.

TEEL 382 Honors Internship 5 (1)
Opportunity for students to obtain experience in instruction in the teaching and assessment of reading and language arts with the integration of technology under the supervision of the education faculty. Forty hours of field is required.

TEEL 383 Honors Seminar 5 (1)
Critical analysis and discussion of classroom instructional practices as they pertain to theory, content knowledge and practice to teaching and assessment of reading and language arts with the integration of technology. Students will write the first two chapters of an individual research project under the supervision of a professor in the Department of Teacher Education per previously arranged contract.

TEEL 431 Educational Psychology (3)
A study of the psychology of learning, individual differences and measurement, with emphasis on individual learning.

TEEL 472 Readings in Education 1 (1)
Directed professional reading according to the needs of the individual.

TEEL 478 Internship 3 (1)
Opportunity for students to obtain experience in instruction in the teaching of social studies and science under the supervision of the Education faculty. Forty hours of field time is required for this experience--20 hours in a social studies setting and 20 hours in a science setting.

TEEL 480 Correction of Reading Disabilities Internship (1)
This internship must be taken in conjunction with TEEL 481 Correction of Reading Disabilities.

TEEL 481 Correction of Reading Disabilities (3)
Focuses on application of word recognition and comprehension skills and related aspects of reading instruction by tutoring, under supervision, a child with reading deficiencies. Lecture involves learning correlates of reading problems and diagnostic techniques.

TEEL 482 Honors Internship 6 (1)
Opportunity for students to obtain experience in instruction in the teaching and assessment of mathematics and science under the supervision of the education faculty. Forty hours of field time is required for this experience. Admission to teacher education is required.

TEEL 483 Honors Seminar 6 (1)
Critical analysis and discussion of classroom instructional practices as they pertain to theory, content knowledge and practice of teaching mathematics and science. Students will complete the writing and field assessment of an individual research project under the supervision of a professor in the Department of Teacher Education and submit a presentation proposal to a state or national conference. Admission to Teacher Education and good standing in the Honors program are required.

TEEL 490 Honors Thesis Presentation (1)
Presentation of the Honors thesis will be made to Honors Seminar 5 and 6 classes and prepared for
presentation at a state or national conference and for publication in an educational journal. Admission to Teacher Education and good standing in Honors program is required.

TEEL 493 The Middle School 1 (3)
A study of the development of the middle school, its purposes, programs, services, organization, and administration.

TEEL 495 The Elementary School (2)
This course is designed to assist prospective teachers in the development of skills in: (1) the prevention and remediation of classroom discipline problems; (2) the creation of classroom environments conducive to learning; (3) implementing instruction and assessment in the elementary school; and (4) securing and maintaining employment. This course requires successful completion of the Fort Hays State University Performance Assessment (FPA).

TEEL 496 Student Teaching Elementary (12)
Admission by application submitted to the education department office. Supervised teaching experience is provided in approved elementary schools. Student teaching in: (1) elementary school; (2) elementary school art; (3) elementary school music; (4) elementary school physical education; and (5) early childhood and preschool.

TEEL 672 Readings in Education 2 (1)
Directed professional reading according to the needs of the individual.

TEEL 673 Problems in Education 1 (1)
A critical study of selected problems relating to the educational area under consideration.

TEEL 679 Practicum in Education 1: Elementary (6)
This course is designed to relate theory to practice in a realistic fashion. The student is placed in a situation to obtain experience relating directly or indirectly to the area being studied.


 

TESS


TESS 494 The Secondary School Experience (4)
This course is a comprehensive overview of teaching skills and literacy strategies common to all content areas in secondary education. It is also a review and update of effective school principles, integration of instruction for special needs students, legal issues, assessment and the use of technology in the secondary classroom. In addition, this course includes a two hour per week clinical experience in a secondary school. This course shall be taken in the semester prior to directed teaching.

TESS 496 Student Teaching Secondary (12)
Admission by application. Supervised teaching experience is provided in approved accredited secondary schools. Directed teaching in: 1. Secondary school (12 hrs); 2. Secondary school art (6 hrs); 3. Secondary school music (6 hrs); or 4. Secondary school physical education (6 hrs), or 5. Secondary school (6 hrs).

TESS 802 Planning for Instruction (3)
This course is an online professional education course designed for candidates in the Transition to Teaching Program. Topics include curriculum planning, best practice, teaching approaches, methods and strategies, structuring the learning environment, assessment, reflective practice, and integrating technology.

TESS 807 Becoming a Reflective Teacher (2)
This course is an online professional education course designed as the final course for candidates
in the Transition to Teaching Program. The course addresses the nature of being a reflective
practitioner as the candidate develops, field tests, and evaluates a unit of study using the Kansas Performance Assessment model. Primary topics included are curriculum planning, best practice, teaching approaches, methods and strategies, structuring the learning environment, assessment, reflective practice, and integrating technology.

TESS 808 Supervised Practicum (1)
This course is an online professional education practicum designed for teachers in the Transition to Teaching Program or for teachers wishing to renew a license. One hour of practicum is linked to each of the following Transition to Teaching courses: TESS 801, 802, 804, 805, 806, and 807.


 

TESP


TESP 302 Education Exceptional Students (3)
A survey of the principal types of exceptional children. Emphasis is on understanding the adjustment and development difficulties of such children and the implications of these difficulties in the educational process.

TESP 320 Programs, Procedures & Issues in Special Ed (3)
This course provides the student with information on special education programming including legal and ethical perspectives; pre-referral; placement; individual education program plans; parent conferencing, and colleague consultation and collaboration.

TESP 330 Behavior Strategies & Support (3)
This course provides the student with the following aspects of behavior strategies and management; introduction to behavior systems. Measurement of behavior and behavior change; procedures for establishing new behavior; strategies for increasing desirable behavior and decreasing undesirable behavior; and special considerations for application of behavioral principles in the schools.

TESP 350 Assessment in Special Education (3)
This course provides information on technical aspects of assessment; practice with testing; and information on interpretation of test results of commonly used instruments. This course also explores the use of alternative assessment procedures. It is recommended that students complete a statistics course prior to taking this course.

TESP 360 Principles of Instruction in Special Education (3)
This course emphasizes the practices and procedures useful in teaching students with mild exceptionalities in settings ranging from the resource room to the inclusive regular education setting.

TESP 370 Technology Applications in Special Education (3)
This course provides the study of the use of technology in the school, home and the community. Emphasis is placed on applications of technology systems and devices that are productive for students with exceptionalities.

TESP 465 Student Teaching: Special Education (3)
This course provides a supervised teaching experience designed to assist prospective special education teachers in the development of skills in: managing classroom learning environments, implementing instruction, employment issues, and diversity issues.


 

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