Education (ED)


ED 104 Foundations of Education 3 Cr.

This course examines the historical, sociological, and philosophical foundations of the American educational system. Current trends in education will be reviewed and evaluated. Issues affecting the role of the teacher, including school governance and finance, legal foundations, social influences, and educational reform will be explored. This course is a prerequisite course for ED 234 Learning Strategies for Education Majors. 3 lecture hours. (Fall, Spring).

ED 110 Creative Drama for Teaching and Learning 3 Cr.

Students explore creative drama as an educational tool for the classroom. Unlike traditional methods of instruction that rely on a teacher-centered model, creative drama flips the paradigm to promote a participant-centered learning environment where students create, perform and evaluate all aspects of their learning. Students learn the ways in which creative drama is in line with both proficiency-based models of education and personalized learning models. 3 Lecture hours. (Spring).

ED 188 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

ED 1XX Education Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

ED 234 Learning and Teaching Strategies 4 Cr.

Students practice and evaluate the most commonly used teaching strategies in elementary and secondary classrooms. Topics include planning, instructional objectives, educational technology and assessment of learning. All students participate in micro-teaching situations, and are introduced to current standards for their respective disciplines. These include but are not limited to the C3, Next Generation, Common Core, SHAPE and ISTE standards. Students are also introduced to Vermont's Core Teaching Standards (CTS), the inTASC standards for which the CTS were derived and the Vermont Licensure Portfolio. 4 Lecture hours and 12 hours of classroom observation required. Prerequisite: ED 104 (Fall).

ED 262 Child Growth and Development 3 Cr.

Students trace the development of the human being cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally and physically from conception to the onset of adolescence. Students examine various theories of learning, language acquisition, attachment, moral development and intelligence. Special attention is given to genetic, environmental, epigenetic factors and how they affect academic readiness and academic performance in school. 3 Lecture hours. Prerequisite: PY 211 (Spring).

ED 288 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

ED 299 Education Pilot Course 3 Cr.

A course is permitted to run as a pilot without seeking faculty approval for one academic year. The section will include the title of the course. A student will not earn credit for a pilot course and the course when approved as its own course.

ED 2XX Education Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

ED 315 Special Needs Child 3 Cr.

An introduction to the developmental, emotional, behavioral, and learning characteristics of the special child. Topic areas include learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disorders and physical disabilities. Also included are federal and state laws, regulations, curricular adaptations and integration strategies. Prerequisite: ED 234 (Spring).

ED 351 Methods of Teaching Science to Elementary Students 3 Cr.

Students examine objectives, methods and content in elementary science instruction. Emphasis is on learner preparation, teaching and carryng out science activities. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well as the Vermont endorsement standards of Elementary Education are examined and used for planning. This course cannot be used to meet general Education Goal 4. 3 Lecture hours. 10 Practicum hours. Prerequisite: ED 234 (Spring).

ED 360 Language Arts and Teaching Reading in the Elementary School 4 Cr.

A study of language development and reading, including an introduction to traditional instructional methodologies of reading and a study of the whole language approach to the language arts. Students will have opportunities to apply theory in various settings. Required for elementary teacher licensure candidates. Twelve hours of classroom observation are required in this course. A service Learning component is also attached to this course which will provides students an opportunity to work in the community in the context of literacy. Development of portfolio continues. Prerequisite: ED 234.

ED 363 Reading and Writing in the Content Area 4 Cr.

Students examine the structure of English and strategies to teach literacy skills to students in the content areas. Various methodologies for teaching decoding, encoding, reading fluency, vocabulary acquisition, writing and reading comprehension are emphasized in this course. Students learn strategies for integrating subjects; they learn models of assessment and instructional intervention. Vermont's endorsement standards are addressed as are the Common Core State Standards and the Core Teaching Standards. A practicum of 30 hours required. 4 Lecture hours. Prerequisite: ED 234; Restrictions: Education majors (Spring).

ED 364 Language and Literacy I 4 Cr.

Students in this course learn and apply the research on best practice for teaching literacy to elementary age children. Students learn multiple domains of language that relate to instruction including phonology, orthography, morphology and other crucial language systems and patterns upon which proficient reading and spelling depends. A series of dynamic strategies of teaching literacy skills to elementary children are introduced. 4 Lecture hours. 12 Practicum hours. Corequisite: ED 234 (Fall).

ED 367 Language and Literacy II 3 Cr.

Students gain in depth knowledge of phonetics, phonology, orthography and morphology which are the building blocks for effective teaching of word recognition, vocabulary and spelling. Various methodologies for teaching vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension are emphasized in this course as well as story grammar and approaches to effectively teach writing. Students learn strategies for assessment and instructional intervention and work closely with the State of Vermont endorsement requirements as well as the Common Core standards. 3 Lecture hours. Prerequisite: ED 361 (Spring).

ED 368 Curriculum & Methods in Secondary Subjects 4 Cr.

An examination of the curriculum and teaching strategies associated with the subjects taught in the secondary school, including English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students will learn about the general methods for teaching at the Middle/High school level, but will concentrate on their area of content concentration in both their practicum and final project. Knowledge and research in child growth and development is used as a guide for determining the curriculum materials and procedures that are suitable for secondary education students. Students work with adolescents, develop curriculum, and teach lessons in the Middle/High School. Students will keep a reflective journal of all their experiences in the practicum. Required for Teacher Education Licensure secondary track. A Practicum of 30 hours will be required in this course. Development of a portfolio continues. (Fall).

ED 375 Language Development and Disorders 3 Cr.

Students learn how language typically develops for native English speakers from birth onward. The ways in which language development affect age-normed literacy development is considered. A wide array of expressive and receptive language disorders and language-based learning disabilities are examined in contrast to what has been documented for typically developing individuals. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the theoretical explanations for the cause of developmental dyslexia since it is the most common language-based learning disability. 3 Lecture hours. Prerequisite: Sophomore or higher. (Spring).

ED 377 Instructional Methods in the Social Studies 3 Cr.

Students study several aspects of the socials studies including history, culture, society, politics and its importance in elementary and secondary school settings. Students examine historical content, how we have developed our understanding of historical events and how to think critically about topics related to social studies. Attention is given to pedagogical practice for social studies teachers with a strong emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. Students analyze examples of classroom behavior through the lens of multicultural and social justice education and they consider the challenging nature of managing diverse classroom spaces. 3 Lecture hours. Prerequisite: ED 324 (Fall).

ED 388 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

ED 3XX Education Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

ED 401 Topics in Education 1 Cr.

In this course students are involved in individual investigation, survey, or a project related to education.

ED 403 Topics in Education 3 Cr.

In this course the student has an opportunity to select and read in a specific area of interest in education that is not available through regular course offerings.

ED 425 Student Teaching 12 Cr.

Student Teaching is the penultimate experience for students working to earn a recommendation for a Level 1 Vermont State teaching license. It entails a semester of full-time teaching experience totaling 13-15 weeks. For two of these weeks, the student teacher teaches solo, conforming to all of the duties and expectations of a regular classroom teacher. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all required Education courses; senior standing; GPA requirements fulfilled; praxis exams(s) passed or equivalent and permission of the education program. Restrictions: R2 Education Licensure seeking students. (Fall, Spring).

ED 432 Curriculum & Methods of Instruction Capstone 4 Cr.

Students explore the curriculum and instructional strategies associated with the subjects taught in K-12 learning environments. Knowledge and research in child growth and development is used as a guide for determining the curriculum materials and procedures that are suitable for student. Students complete parts of the Vermont Licensure Portfolio and they collaborate with peers to demonstrate their competencies in the Core Teaching standards. Required for all Education and Physical Education students. 4 Lecture hours and a practicum of 30 hours is required. Prerequisite: ED 234; Restrictions: Education and Physical Education students. (Fall).

ED 480 Education Internship 3-12 Cr.

Designed specifically for Degree option Education students, this course enables students to be placed in a traditional or non-traditional educational setting for hands on service learning experience. Course assignments and required hours are specific to the internship placement, and the number of credits selected for the course. Students seeking a 12 credit experience must fulfill 13-15 weeks of full day internship experience in an assigned setting. Contact hours for fewer credits will match the University model for contact hours and workload. Corequisite: ED 432 (Fall, Spring).

ED 488 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

ED 4XX Education Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.