Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading

The Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading provides a service function to all other programs in the College. Undergraduate and graduate level courses are offered in the areas of educational foundations, educational psychology, curriculum theory and development, reading education, and educational research. A master’s degree program in reading education and in evaluation, assessment, research, and learning; an education specialist degree program in reading education; and a doctoral degree program in curriculum studies are offered by this department. In addition to degree programs, the department offers the reading endorsement and graduate certificates in applied research and evaluation and in curriculum and pedagogy for social justice.

EDUC   2090   PPB Practicum

0-1 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This Pre-Professional Block Practicum is designed to assist students to integrate and apply knowledge gained through class activities in each of the following Area F Pre-Professional Block courses: EDUC   2110, Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education; EDUC   2120, Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts; EDUC   2130, Exploring Learning and Teaching. This practicum requires the completion of a variety of field-based assignments from each course. Successful completion of this practicum may be used to complete one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. This 0-credit course will be completed as part of the Area F Pre-Professional Block. One-credit hour registration is needed only if student does not successfully complete the PPB Practicum course on the first attempt.

Corequisite(s): EDUC   2110, EDUC   2120, EDUC   2130.

EDUC   2110   Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education

3 Credit Hours.   2.53 Lecture Hours.   1.13 Lab Hour.

This course engages students in observations, interactions, and analyses of critical and contemporary educational issues. Students will investigate issues influencing the social and political contexts of educational settings in Georgia and the United States. Students will actively examine the teaching profession from multiple vantage points both within and outside the school. Against this backdrop, students will reflect on and interpret the meaning of education and schooling in a diverse culture and examine the moral and ethical responsibilities of teaching in a democracy.

Corequisite(s): EDUC   2090, EDUC   2120, EDUC   2130.

EDUC   2120   Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts

3 Credit Hours.   2.53 Lecture Hours.   1.13 Lab Hour.

Given the rapidly changing demographics in our state and country this course is designed to equip future teachers with the fundamental knowledge of understanding culture and teaching children from diverse backgrounds. Specifically, this course is designed to examine 1) the nature and function of culture; 2) the development of individual and group cultural identity; 3) definitions and implications of diversity, and 4) the influences of culture on learning, development, and pedagogy.

Corequisite(s): EDUC   2090, EDUC   2110, EDUC   2130.

EDUC   2130   Exploring Learning and Teaching

3 Credit Hours.   2.53 Lecture Hours.   1.13 Lab Hour.

Explore key aspects of learning and teaching through examining your own learning processes and those of others, with the goal of applying your knowledge to enhance the learning of all students in a variety of educational setting and contexts.

Corequisite(s): EDUC   2090, EDUC   2110, EDUC   2120.

Cross Listing(s): EDUC   2130H.

EDUC   2130H   Exploring Learning & Teaching

3 Credit Hours.   2.53 Lecture Hours.   1.13 Lab Hour.

Explore key aspects of learning and teaching through examining your own learning processes and those of others, with the goal of applying your knowledge to enhance the learning of all students in a variety of educational setting and contexts.

Corequisite(s): EDUC   2090, EDUC   2110, EDUC   2120.

Cross Listing(s): EDUC   2130.

EDUC   3234   Educational Psychology: Sec Ed

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

EDUF   1230   Education, Society and Learners

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Education of youth is one of the foremost responsibilities of any society and greatly impacts the future well being of the society. As a member of a society, an employer, a parent, a taxpayer, the future of our society depends upon the quality of the job done in the education of its youth. This course utilizes both psychological and sociological foundations of education to enable students to understand and participate in these important social and political debates.

EDUF   2090   Special Topics in Educational Foundations

0-3 Credit Hours.   0-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to provide specialized coursework to meet the needs of students. Attention will be directed toward a wide range of topics as they relate to education.

Cross Listing(s): EDUF   2090S.

EDUF   2090S   Special Topics in Educational Foundations

0-3 Credit Hours.   0-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to provide specialized coursework to meet the needs of students. Attention will be directed toward a wide range of topics as they relate to education.

Cross Listing(s): EDUF   2090.

EDUF   2121S   Human Growth and Dev

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

EDUF   3131   Assessment and Management

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide advanced preparation in two important teaching skill areas, assessment of student learning and classroom management. First, it is to provide pre-service P-5 teachers with the knowledge and skills to create and implement developmentally appropriate traditional and alternative forms of assessment that will prepare teachers to evaluate development and learning in the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive domains. Second, this course will help pre-service teachers to develop knowledge of and skills in effectively motivating students and managing classrooms through preventive and interventive techniques.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUF   3232   Educational Psychology: General

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Students will examine psychological principles of learning, cognition, motivation, behavior and the practical implications of these principles for teaching, learning, and assessment. The development of skills to interpret behavior and classroom interaction within a framework of psychological theory will be a major feature of the course.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and admission to Teacher Education Program; completion of pre-professional block or equivalent.

EDUF   3234   Educational Psychology: Secondary Education

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

Examines psychological principles of learning, cognition, motivation, behavior and the practical implications of these principles for teaching, learning, and assessment. The development of skills to interpret behavior and classroom interaction within a framework of psychological theory will be a major feature of the course. Requires an additional lab component.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and admission to Teacher Education Program.

Chair(s): KENT ALLAN RITTSCHOF

Professor(s): DOROTHY A. BATTLE (Emeritus), WENDY L. CHAMBERS, GRIGORY DMITRIYEV (Emeritus), MARLYNN M. GRIFFIN, MING FANG HE, STEPHEN J. JENKINS (Emeritus), TRACY A. LINDERHOLM, DELORES D. LISTON, MICHAEL T. MOORE, MARLA B. MORRIS, JANE ALTMAN PAGE (Emeritus), DAN W. REA, KENT ALLAN RITTSCHOF, JOHN A. WEAVER, CORDELIA D. ZINSKIE

Associate Professor(s): SALLY ANN BROWN, DANIEL E. CHAPMAN, ELIZABETH CARR EDWARDS, BRYAN W. GRIFFIN, JONATHAN CULLEN HILPERT, ROBERT LEWIS LAKE, WILLIAM MARTIN REYNOLDS, SABRINA N. ROSS, LINA BELL SOARES, ROSE MARIE STALLWORTH CLARK (Emeritus), ALMA DEL ROSARIO STEVENSON, MECA R. WILLIAMS-JOHNSON

Assistant Professor(s): BELKIS CAPELES, ANTONIO PARTIDA GUTIERREZ de BLUME

Instructor(s): ANNA KAY HOTCHKISS, XIAOMEI SONG, KELLY PARSONS THARP

Limited-Term Assistant Professor(s): REBECCA ANSLEY THOMPSON-ROGERS