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Department of Teacher Education
College of Education & Human Services

Shippen Hall 214
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA  17257

Phone: 717-477-1688
Fax: 717-477-4046
bjlinn@ship.edu

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Teacher Education Courses

TCH160 CHILD DEVELOPMENT (3 CRS.)

Considers the processes of the growth and development of young children from birth through the early school years as well as the implications these processes have for the education of young children. Presents techniques for observing and recording observational data. Regularly scheduled observations in an early childhood settingrequired.

TCH205 THE AMERICAN SCHOOL (3 CRS.)

Focuses on the contemporary school. Introduces in perspective philosophies, functions and structures that have shaped American education. Examines present educational practices and conceptions of learning as they relate to changing scientific, social and technological realities. Studies American youth in relation to the school, the world of work and contemporary diversity in ethical and aesthetic positions. Some of the most disturbing issues confronting the American school are defi ned and analyzed.

TCH250 ELEMENTS OF INSTRUCTION (3 CRS.)

Emphasis will be on introducing undergraduate students to current validated instructional models of teaching, developing technical skills needed for effective classroom management. The teacher as decision maker and growing professional will be stressed. Theoretical and practical applications to the classroom will be presented.

TCH255 MULTICULTURAL ISSUES & STRATEGIES IN BASIC EDUCATION (3 CRS.)

Examines topics and methodologies for development of instructional strategies that promote multicultural content with existing curricula. Topics will include cross-cultural communication through education, cultural infl uences in learning and assessment. Techniques for teaching LEP (Limited English Profi cient) and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students will also be explored.

TCH260 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 CRS.)

Focuses upon dynamic learning situations. Alternative theories of the learning process are reviewed with attention given to the application of behavioral and cognitive techniques in the classroom, agency or industrial teaching program. Topics examined include problem solving and creativity, retention and transfer of knowledge, individual differences and human abilities and motivational theory. Prerequisite: PSY101 or PSY102.

TCH303 BOOKS & MATERIALS FOR CHILDREN (3 CRS.)

Surveys children's literature and related materials. Evaluation, selection and use of various materials to meet the curricular and personal needs of 258 Shippensburg University children with attention on materials for special groups. Study of the interests of children from preschool age to early adolescence is carried out.

TCH321 LANGUAGE AND READING IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3 CRS.)

Designed to explore the curriculum in language arts to acquaint students with how children learn language and to identify appropriate strategies and materials for use in teaching oral and written language in its many forms. Classroom participation on an assigned basis.

TCH341 MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3 CRS.)

Acquaints students with the characteristics of a modern program in elementary mathematics. Emphasis is on the structure of our system of numeration, learning by discovery and provision for the great range of ability in a class. Students are alerted to ways in which conventional arithmetic may be greatly enriched and strengthened by applying the basic laws, principles and set terminology clearly defi ned and effectively used in modern mathematics. Methods of mathematical thinking as well as the basic concept of mathematics are explored. Classroom participation on an assigned basis.

TCH345 ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION STRATEGIES (3 CRS.)

Explores concepts of assessment in all areas of teaching. Specifi cally focuses on assessment of language/communication skills as a basis for an understanding of diagnostic processes.

TCH346 SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
(3 CRS.)

Introduces prospective teachers to the organization of science in the elementary schools, strategies and methods of science teaching, evaluation methods, acquisition and use of materials and planning lessons. Students will have fi rst-hand experience with new curricula, textbooks and environmental issues. Emphasis is on the selection and use of activities to promote learning of science concepts, processes and attitudes. Classroom participation on an assigned basis.

TCH347 SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3 CRS.)

Surveys contemporary and traditional teaching methods and strategies as they relate to the various social sciences. Stresses the incorporation and evaluation of a rich variety of instructional materials that can be utilized in unit teaching. Includes ways of individualizing a social studies program as well as small group instruction. Explores current topics including cultural diversity, values, career education, environmental education and consumer education. Classroom participation on an assigned basis.

TCH393 SELECTED TOPICS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (1-3 CRS.)

Provides the opportunity for the department to offer courses in areas of departmental major interest not covered by the regular courses.

TCH423 INTEGRATING LITERATURE IN MIDDLE GRADES (3 CRS.)

Focuses on broadening knowledge base and understanding of children's/young adults' literature available for use with students in content area study. Literature will be discussed along with exploration of incorporating it into middle level content subjects and using it as a tool to enhance literacy and content learning.

TCH440 GENDER EQUITY IN EDUCATION (3 CRS.)

Surveys the role of women in educational systems, focusing on women as students, teachers and administrators. Examines how traditional expectations of women are perpetuated throughout the educational system.

TCH445 STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (3 CRS.)

Presents a historical perspective of past practices in classroom management strategies, including discipline techniques. Relates current school law to what is legal for teachers in managing classrooms. Surveys current theories and programs regarding classroom and time management strategies. Provides practical suggestions based upon research fi ndings as to how to more effectively and effi ciently develop a proactive environment conducive to instruction. Explores multicultural settings and inclusion dynamics as they relate to classroom management strategies.

TCH475 INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: A PRACTICAL APPROACH FOR EDUCATORS (3 CRS.)

Designed to prepare general and/or special educators to effectively teach students with disabilities in general education settings. Practical guidelines, strategies, methods, adaptations and materials including defi nition, standards, classroom organization/management and collaborative consultation will be emphasized to meet the academic, social and affective needs for students with disabilities in inclusive settings. Prerequisite: EEC411 or permission of instructor.

TCH490 SELECTED TOPICS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (1-3 CRS.)

Provides the opportunity for the department to offer courses in areas of departmental major interest not covered by the regular courses.