Education Courses

111 Perspectives on American Education

GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Introduction to teachers and teaching, the American school in an increasingly diverse society, and the historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of education. Twenty hours of off-campus fieldwork at a local public school required. 4 credits.

115 Depiction of Schools on Film
EDU-115 Depiction of Schools on Film Investigation of documentary films as social and political texts in order to identify historical and contemporary views on schools and the purpose(s) of education. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

120 Human Development
GER: HB (Empirical Study of Human Behavior)
Physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development, from conception through older adulthood, with applications for parenting and teacher education. Twenty hours of off-campus fieldwork at a local public school required. Students may not receive credit for both EDU-120 and PSY-211. PSY-211 cannot be applied to the education major. 4 credits.

210 K-12 Curriculum through Service Learning
Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program.
An introduction to service learning, with a focus on infusing this instructional strategy into the classroom curriculum. Begin developing a service learning plan to be implemented during their internship or later in their own classrooms. 1 credit.

211 Discipline and Classroom Management
Develop knowledge and application of skills necessary for designing a classroom ecology that facilitates effective teaching and learning. Topics include problem solving in the classroom, motivational strategies for acceptance of responsibility, positive instructional approaches, and foundations for better understanding of children and youth. 1 credit.

221 Students with Exceptionalities
Prerequisite: EDU-111 and EDU-120
Characteristics of persons with exceptionalities, implications for teaching and learning, and applications of special education procedures and services. Extensive field experiences are incorporated. Twenty hours of off-campus fieldwork at a local public school required. 4 credits.

222 Nature of Learning Disabilities
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Designed to teach students the history of the field of learning disabilities, related educational theories, available educational services, and appropriate strategies for working with individuals with learning disabilities. Field-based experiences are incorporated. Twenty hours of off-campus fieldwork at a local public school required. 4 credits.

223 Nature of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Study of individuals with emotional/behavioral disorders, major theoretical perspectives, and current issues and research. Factors which interrelate with emotional/behavioral disorders (community, school, family) are considered, and appropriate intervention strategies are studied. Field-based mental retardation, etiology, identification and placement, and current trends. Field-based experiences are incorporated. Twenty hours of off-campus fieldwork at a local public school required. 4 credits.

225 Teaching and Learning: Early Primary Years
Prerequisite: EDU-111, EDU-120 and EDU-330
Introduction to the field of early childhood education. Focus on the development of children ages 5-8 and the design of learning environments, including curriculum and instruction, that foster optimal growth and development. Students are expected to participate in field work in a kindergarten classroom. Students are expected to participate in field work in a kindergarten classroom. 4 credits.

233 Science Inquiry Skills for Grades K-8
A laboratory course designed to develop inquiry skills such as observation, measurement, communication, and investigation design. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

234 Learning and Senior Citizens
Issues in aging and adult development are examined through study and intergenerational dialogue. Includes daily readings and interactions with senior citizens and includes engagement with professionals and agencies in the Greenville community whose products and services directly serve those of aging and older adults. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

260 What Makes a Great Teacher
An examination of teachers in challenging work conditions with a focus on what factors make a teacher “great.” Particular attention will be paid to teachers working with students living in poverty. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

265 International Perspectives on Public Education
In-depth focus on the issues, philosophy, history, and cultural differences of public education from an international perspective. Comparison of the educational system in the United States with other nations, focusing on the country visited. May be repeated once with change of country. May be repeated once with change of country. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

305 Arts Integration in Elementary Grades
Prerequisite: EDU-111 or EDU-120
Knowledge and understanding of visual and performing arts connected within and across the arts disciplines and other disciplines to allow teachers to engage elementary students in using the arts as tools for communication, inquiry, and assessment. Theories pertaining to the ways in which children learn each of the arts, active practice of each of the arts, and corresponding strategies for teaching children the skills and concepts related to performance and integration of the arts into elementary classrooms and curricula. Off-campus fieldwork required. 4 credits.

330 Literacy Foundations and Instruction in Grades PK-3
Prerequisite: EDU-111 and EDU-120
Study of early literacy reading and writing instruction and the role of the teacher as a decision-maker. Content will focus on integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening processes across the curriculum. Major emphasis will be placed on children146s literature and its effective presentation in the classroom. Twenty hours of off-campus fieldwork at a local public school required. 4 credits.

331 Literacy Processes and Instruction in Grades 2-6
Prerequisite: EDU-111 and EDU-120
Reading and writing instruction in the elementary grades emphasizing the development of critical thinking and metacognitive skills. Content will focus on integrating communication processes in the content areas; children146s literature and its effective presentation in the classroom; and the role of the teacher as a reflective practitioner. Twenty hours of off-campus fieldwork at a local public school required. 4 credits.

332 Social Studies in Grades PK-6
Prerequisite: EDU-111 and EDU-120
Knowledge of the elementary and middle school social studies curriculum, teaching strategies and materials, and field-based application in area. 4 credits.

333 Science in Grades PK-6
Prerequisite: EDU-111 and EDU-120
Knowledge of the elementary and middle school science curriculum, teaching strategies and materials, and field-based application in area schools. 4 credits.

335 Organization and Curriculum in Middle Schools
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Developmental tasks of middle school students; organization and sequence of the instructional program; staff characteristics, patterns, services, home-school-community relations; management and evaluation of middle schools. Twenty hours of off-campus fieldwork at a local public school required. 4 credits.

338 Reading and Responding to Children’s Literature
Exploration of a wide variety of genres of children’s literature to become more knowledgeable in the ability to select, read, and respond to children’s literature. Development of expertise in using children’s literature for aesthetic, personal, social, and critical purposes, and examination of the ways readers interact with texts and each other to make meaning while reading and discussing texts. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

350 Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Various ways of organizing the curriculum in the secondary school, a comparison of traditional and nontraditional teaching methods, principles of learning, classroom organization, planning units and formal and informal evaluation. 2 credits.

430 Assessment for Instructional Planning
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Introduction to the processes of assessment and the use of assessment information to develop appropriate educational programs for all students in grades PK-6. Review and practices of assessment tools to plan instruction in all areas. Focus will be on students’ literacy and numeracy development. May only be enrolled as a part of the Senior Block. May only be enrolled as a part of the Senior Block. 3 credits.

431 Diverse School Cultures: Teaching, Learning and Managment
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Deepens understanding of diversity in elementary and middle school cultures. Classroom and school communities that embrace diversity studied through analysis of attributes and practices of successful educators. Instructional and management strategies that encourage learning, sensitivity and socialization developed through integrated clinical and field experiences. May only be enrolled as a part of the Senior Block. May only be enrolled as a part of the Senior Block. 3 credits.

432 Integrating Curriculum and Technology
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Provides background for integrating instruction and technology across curriculum. In field-based teams, candidates explore models/theories of curriculum integration and use the thematic approach to unit development. Focus on developing connections across disciplines of science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, and related arts. May only be enrolled as a part of the Senior Block. May only be enrolled as a part of the Senior Block. 3 credits.

433 Foundations of Literacy Instruction
Prerequisite: EDU-350
For preservice secondary and language certifiers enrolled in the senior block, this course provides an overview of literacy education, focusing on the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and social foundations of literacy processes and instruction, evidence-based trends, and assessment. 3 credits.

434 Content Literacy Strategies and Modifications for Diverse Learners
Prerequisite: EDU-350
For preservice candidates enrolled in the senior block and music education interns, this course introduces strategies and practices that facilitate learning in content areas. Educational, cultural, and linguistics considerations for modifying instruction of diverse learners will be presented. 3 credits.

451 Literature for Young Adults
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Content of the literature program in the secondary school and methods of teaching poetry, short stories, traditional literature and young adult novels. 4 credits.

452 Teaching English Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: EDU-221 Should be enrolled senior year concurrently with EDU-350 (ED-50).
Explores two of the major components in the secondary school English curriculum: language and composition. Emphasis placed on teaching the writing process. Examines strategies needed to learn from text materials included in the English classroom. 4 credits.

453 Teaching Social Studies Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: EDU-221 Should be enrolled senior year concurrently with EDU-350.
Provides in-depth investigation of the methods associated with teaching social studies on the secondary level. Special emphasis placed on how the social sciences differ from other disciplines, and how differences affect curricular and pedagogical strategies. 4 credits.

454 Teaching Science in Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: EDU-221 Should be enrolled senior year concurrently with EDU-350.
Teacher candidates become reflective practitioners developing and delivering quality science curriculum. Covered are laboratory safety, instructional strategies, inquiry learning and the learning cycle, curriculum models emphasizing integration, performance assessment, resource evaluation focusing on technology, and field experiences in area schools. 4 credits.

455 Teaching Math in Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: EDU-221 and MTH-160 or MTH-360
Teacher candidates become reflective practitioners in the development and delivery of a well-designed standards-based mathematics curriculum. Topics include mathematics curriculum in the secondary school, instructional strategies, performance assessment and resource evaluation focusing on technology. Students are expected to participate in field work in local mathematics classrooms. Students are expected to participate in field work in local mathematics classrooms. Should be enrolled senior year concurrently with EDU-350. 4 credits.

460 Critical Issues in Secondary Education
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Designed for senior level secondary and PK-12 language teacher candidates in conjunction with EDU-350, 472, and an appropriate subject-specific methods course. Provides candidates with opportunities to examine significant issues in secondary schools including: classroom management techniques, reading and writing in the content area, and educational technology. 2 credits.

464 Critique of Science Education Literature
Examines selected topics in the methodological and philosophical foundations of science education. Topics include nature of science inquiry, context of science, nature of learner, teaching and learning, curriculum, student assessment, and professional practice. 4 credits.

465 Informal Science Education Practicum
Prerequisite: EDU-464
Provides students opportunity to apply theory and evidence-based practices in informal learning settings such as museums, zoos, aquariums, or state parks under the supervision of faculty. 4 credits.

470 Practicum in Teaching
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Designed for senior level teacher candidates. Provides opportunities to apply theory and evidence-based practice in the classroom under the supervision of Furman faculty and mentorship of master teacher. May only be enrolled as a part of the Senior Block. 4 credits.

472 Practicum: Secondary Teaching
Prerequisite: EDU-221
Provides candidates with opportunities to apply theory and evidence-based practice in the classroom under the supervision of Furman faculty and mentorship of a master teacher. May only be enrolled as a part of the Senior Block. 4 credits.

501 Independent Study
A project whose objectives and activities are designed by the student, approved by a faculty member who directs the project and by the department chair, and evaluated by a committee of three department members. Variable credit.

503 Non-Teaching Internship
Variable credit.

505 Teaching Internship
Prerequisite: completion of major requirements in music Education
Required of candidates intending to teach. Intern is placed with a mentor teacher in the subject area of prospective certification. Full-time teaching responsibilities assumed over time. Intern attends weekly seminars. Variable credit.

Geography Courses

230 Principles of Geography
GER: NE (Humans and the Natural Environment)
Regional examination of the complex relationship between humans and the environment in an increasingly globalized world. Focus on interconnections between diverse regions of the world. 4 credits.

265 Geography and Sports
Intersection of geography and sports with particular attention to the increasing globalization of sports worldwide. Focus will be primarily on baseball, basketball, and soccer, but will also explore a number of other modern sports. Cultural impact of modern sports, the diffusion of sport around the world, the economic impact of sports internationally, and struggle in finding spaces for recreational activities. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.

501 Independent Study
Variable credit.​​​​

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