This four-credit course provides an overview of the development of problem solving and scientific reasoning skills in early childhood and elementary students. It connects theory and practice of effective instruction and assessment strategies in teaching modules emphasizing mathematics, science, social studies, and the humanities. Emphasis will be placed on concrete manipulatives, integration of science and mathematics with other subjects, reading and writing across the curriculum, inclusion, and classroom management. Throughout this course students integrate the Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards Aligned System (PA-SAS), the PDE Chapter 354.33 Professional Instructional Standards, and the Professional Knowledge and Practice Standards into course activities and assignments. This course is recommended for seniors to take concurrently with EDU 303 to prepare them for student teaching.
A weekly internship at a local school is required for students with clearances seeking certification.