Education Course Descriptions

1123 Nutrition
(scheduled through Nursing Department) 3 credit hours 3:0 Consideration of basic nutrition related to food and good health. Nutritional issues and problems in the present socio-economic and cultural environment.
2001 Education Seminar
(Every Fall, Every Spring) This is the introductory course for sophomores seeking admission into the OPSU Teacher Education Program. The course will address admission requirements, certification examinations, portfolio requirements, Oklahoma teacher shortage areas, Oklahoma P.A.S.S., and other related topics.
2113 Introduction to Education
(Every Fall, Every Spring) Explores the historical and philosophical foundations of education, the practical application of these philosophies, the legal and financial aspects of today’s common school system, and introduces the element of educational research to the students.
2222 Communication Skills for Educators
(Every Fall, Every Spring, Every Summer) This course is designed to meet the needs of those who plan to enter the Teacher Education program and pursue the teaching profession. It will help candidates refine their communication skills in preparation for meeting with the constituents in the education system, as well as for meeting the needs of their prospective students in the public schools. They will receive instruction and practice in expository and persuasive writing, in use of the English language, in reading critically, and in public speaking in order to communicate with the audiences of parents, administrators, and other public entities.
2233 Diversity in Education
(Every Fall, Every Spring, Every Summer) Examines current issues and trends in educational practices through the perspectives of history, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and anthropology, and the politics of education. Focus will be placed on theoretical and practical issues of diversity in classroom settings, especially related to culture, race, gender ethnicity, language, and socio-economic levels.
2323 Reading in the Content Area
(Odd Fall, Odd Spring) Theories and basic principle of reading instruction. Secondary education major skills to recognize poor readers and what to do with them. Required for secondary education majors.
2623 Children's Literature
(Every Fall) This class is a survey of literature for children preschool through grades 8 with emphasis on critical analysis and evaluation of books in various genres. This class is required for elementary education and is highly recommended for prospective parents and those who work with children.
3213 Human Development: Child and Adolescent Psychology
(Every Fall, Every Spring, Every Summer) This course is designed to develop an understanding of the laws and principles that relate to the growth and maturation in motor, physical, mental, and emotional aspects of human behavior from childhood through adolescence.
3223 Education of the Exceptional Child
(Every Fall, Every Spring, Every Summer) Pre-requisite: Admission into the Teacher Education Program. Survey of special education in which the various areas of exceptionality are investigated with a focus on problems encountered by the classroom teacher. Emphasis on types of exceptionalities, techniques of identification, teaching, and resources/assistance available to teachers.
3253 Diagnostics and Prescriptive Teaching of Reading
(Even Fall, Every Summer) Pre-requisite: EDUC 3413 and admission to Teacher Education Program. Use of diagnosis and remedial procedures for students having reading deficiencies, together with developmental procedures for the general improvement of reading proficiency. Methods, techniques, practices, and materials related to this area will be examined and appraised in the light of accepted psychological and pedagogical findings.
3313 Foundation of Reading Instruction
(Every Fall) Pre-requisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. Theories and basic principles of reading instruction. Overview of the content, techniques of vocabulary development, readiness, word recognition, comprehension, and critical reading skills. Exploring approaches, attitudes, and strategies. Required for Elementary Education majors.
3333 Methods and Material/Creative Arts
(Every Spring) Pre-requisite: Admission into the Teacher Education Program. Survey of the types of art and music usually presented in public schools. Includes methodology directed toward all levels of elementary education including early childhood education.
3563 Field Experience Practicum I
(Every Fall) Pre-requisite: Admission into the Teacher Education Program. Pre-service field experiences involving observations and participation in the education of public school students.
4000 Problems in Education
(As Needed-) 1-4 credit hours 1-4:0 Pre-requisite: Admission into the Teacher Education Program. Research in current educational practice and innovations to improve teacher effectiveness.
4173 Methods and Materials in Mathematics and Science in the Elementary School
(Every Fall) Pre-requisite: Admission into the Teacher Education Program. Materials, methods, and classroom procedures as they relate to teaching science and mathematics in the elementary school.
4273 Field Experience Practicum II
(Every Spring) Pre-requisite: Admission into the Teacher Education Program. Pre-service filed experiences involving participation in the education of public school students.
4312 Classroom Management --this class will not be taught after sp08--see EDUC 4433 and EDUC 4533
(Every Fall, Every Spring) Pre-requisites: Admission into the Professional Semester. Exploration of positive classroom techniques and management strategies.
4313 Educational Psychology
(Every Fall, Every Spring, Every Summer) Pre-requisite: EDUC 3213 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Course for teachers about the psychology of teaching and learning. Designed to help build teaching skills consistent with what psychologists and teachers know about conditions under which students learn best. Includes accepted classroom management practices.
4322 Methods and Materials for Secondary Teaching
(Every Fall, Every Spring) Pre-requisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program Materials, methods, and classroom procedures as they relate to teaching at the secondary level. This course is required of all secondary education majors.
4323 Methods and Materials in Social Studies in the Elementary School
(Every Spring) Pre-requisite: U.S. history, political science, geography, and admission into the Teacher Education Program. Objectives, methods, and procedures of teaching social studies in the elementary grades will be presented.
4333 Educational Technology
(Every Fall, Every Spring) Prerequisite: admission to teacher education program. This course is designed for the purpose of integrating modern computer technology into the elementary and secondary school classroom. Students will be exposed to numerous technologies (computer software, scanners, IETV, multimedia, digital cameras, etc.) And will be able to adapt these technologies into daily lesson planning. As a result, technology will become a tool in the natural flow of the teaching and learning process.
4362 Educational Tests and Measurements --this class will not be taught after sp08--see EDUC 4433 and EDUC 4533
(Every Fall, Every Spring) Pre-requisite: Admission into the Professional Semester. Principles and techniques of measuring educational attainment; essay and objective tests and their construction; standard scores and grading systems; standardized tests; and use of educational research.
4433 Elementary Classroom Management and Assessment
(Every Fall, Every Spring) Prerequisite: admission to teacher education program. Exploration of positive classroom techniques and management strategies. Principles and techniques of measuring educational attainment; essay and objective tests and their construction; standard scores and grading systems; standardized tests; and use of educational research.
4450 Directed Observations and Student Teaching in Elementary School
(Every Fall, Every Spring) will become full semester class (12 hrs. credit) in fa08 Pre-requisite: Admission into the Professional Semester. Designed to give each prospective teacher observations and practical experiences in classroom instruction on the elementary level under the guidance and supervision of a successful classroom teacher in a public school. The assignment will be for a period of twelve (12) weeks.
4533 Secondary Classroom Management and Assessment
(Every Fall, Every Spring) Prerequisite: admission to teacher education program. Exploration of positive classroom techniques and management strategies. Principles and techniques of measuring educational attainment; essay and objective tests and their construction; standard scores and grading systems; standardized tests; and use of educational research.
4720 Directed Observations and Student Teaching in the Secondary School
(Every Fall, Every Spring) will become full semester class (12 hrs. credit) in fa08 Pre-requisite: Admission into the Professional Semester. Designed to give each prospective teacher observations and practical experiences in classroom instruction on the secondary level under the guidance and supervision of a successful classroom teacher in a public school. Individual weekly conferences with the supervising teacher will be scheduled to discuss practical problems arising in the classroom as well as general problems related to the teaching profession. The assignment will be for a period of twelve (12) weeks, a minimum of sixty days in the public schools.
4750 Observation and Student Teaching in Elementary and Secondary Schools
(Every Fall, Every Spring) will become full semester class (12 hrs. credit) in fa08 Prerequisite: Admission into the professional semester. Designed to give each prospective teacher observations and practical experiences in classroom instruction at both the elementary and secondary level under the guidance and supervision of successful classroom teachers at both levels in the public schools. Evaluations will be provided from both levels of student teaching and conferences will be scheduled with both public school teachers. The assignment will be for a minimum period of twelve (12) weeks with six (6) weeks to be served in an elementary school setting (grades 1 - 4) and six (6) weeks to be served in a secondary school setting (grades 10 - 12). Middle School (grades 5 - 9) may be accepted as a substitute for one of the two required settings with approval of the Dean of Education and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA)