Teaching Strategies and Methods

ECH-521TE: Early Literacy Development for Current Practitioners
This course addresses early language development and teaching strategies, supporting literacy development for those working with students from birth to age 8. The stages of oral and emergent language are addressed through language and literacy development. Application of phonemic and alphabetic principle skills is addressed through hands-on assignments. The course allows learners to demonstrate how an effective literacy environment can be developed.

ECH-522TE: Foundations of Early Childhood for Current Practitioners
This course covers the foundations of the early childhood field, including research on how children learn, laws and policies governing the field, current practices, and application in early childhood settings.

ECH-523TE: Instructional Teaching Methodologies for Early Childhood for Current Practitioners
This course examines instructional methodologies for teaching young children with a specific emphasis on language, math, science, social studies, and the arts. The course supports educators in designing developmentally appropriate lessons that integrate multiple standards and subject areas.

EDU-535TE: Classroom Management for Current Practitioners
This course allows the learner to apply effective classroom management strategies, analyze current trends for well-managed classrooms, and foster a positive classroom environment appropriate to students' developmental levels.

EED-515TE: Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods for Elementary Math & Science for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to provide practicing teachers with curriculum and effective techniques for the teaching of science and mathematics. Students are involved in planning instruction and assessment for combined curriculum lesson plans.

EED-516TE: K-3 Reading Methods for Current Practitioners
This course examines methods to help children in grades K-3 develop literacy skills through a focused reading program that integrates decoding and comprehension in a literature-based environment.

EED-517TE: Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course offers students an opportunity to develop an authentic performance activity informed by social studies state and national standards. The course focuses on meaningful instruction and assessment of learning in the social studies, along with effective practice and integrated instruction and methodology.

ESL-500TE: SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations and Methodologies
This course presents the historical, legal, theoretical, and sociological foundations of programs of instruction for English language learners. It includes an examination of the role of culture in learning and instructional program models, with a focus on Structured English Immersion. Students will be instructed in immersion strategies and the use of assessment data. The content of this course correlates with the NBPTS English as a New Language Standards, Standard I: Knowledge of Students, Standard III: Knowledge of Culture and Diversity, Standard VIII: Learning Environment, Standard IX: Assessment, Standard XI: Linkages with Families. This course meets the AZ Provisional SEI Endorsement Standards.

ESL-501TE: Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Instruction
In this course, students continue to examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Instruction (SEI) and other instructional programs for English Language Learners. Theoretical principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning are examined. Methods of assessment are identified and analyzed. Students will identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. They will plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction for English Language Learners.

SED-533TE: Early Adolescent Psychology in Middle School Teaching for Current Practitioners
This course explores the physical, psychological, and socio-emotional development of adolescents in the middle-school setting. Also discussed are strategies for promoting positive habits for adolescents to enrich the health of body, mind, and emotions.

SED-534TE: Middle School Teaching Curriculum and Methods for Current Practitioners
This course examines the developmental characteristics and needs of young adolescents and the relationship between these characteristics and middle-school practices. Age-appropriate instructional strategies are studied. Learners consider implications for middle-school curriculum and classroom instruction.

SED-536TE: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to develop teachers' understanding of and ability to apply the methods and principles of effective instruction in the secondary mathematics classroom. Topics discussed include the importance of planning for instruction, national principles and standards for school mathematics instruction, instructional strategies, and the integration of technology and Web resources to enhance mathematics instruction and increase student achievement.

SED-537TE: Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course covers the methods of instruction, organization, and presentation of scientific content to secondary school students. Topics include curriculum, stockroom organization, lab safety and liability, visual aid preparation, computer use in the classroom, and research issues in education.

SED-538TE: Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course examines different learning modalities, instructional strategies, and the use of technology to help design and deliver effective social studies lessons that are aligned to standards and increase student achievement. Major themes, philosophical frameworks, instructional techniques, and the creation of informal, formal, and formative assessments are reviewed.

TEC-524TE: K-12 Curriculum and Technology Integration for Current Practitioners
This course focuses on curriculum designs that include contemporary tools and resources to maximize student learning, inspire creativity, and foster innovation. This course also explores methods of engaging learners by using digital tools to address real-world issues and solve authentic problems. The use of tools such as social networking, presentation software, multimedia social spaces, blogs, and Web feeds to advance student learning is also addressed.