Childhood Education Major (Grades 1–6) Suggested Course Sequence & Course Descriptions

Example course sequence for a student who needs both levels of foreign language, ENG 100 and MAT 101, and has no AP credits.

Four GE5 courses also must fulfill concentration requirements in this model (this number reduces if you bring in credits). This is not possible in most concentrations. Alternatively, several concentration and/or general education (GE5) courses could be taken in the summer (SUNY Plattsburgh or another institution).

Suggested Course Sequence

Semester 1

Course Name and Number Credits
ENG 100 (or 101) 3-4
GE5 Foreign Language 3
GE5 Social Science 3
EDU 118 Human Growth and Development 3
EDU 120 Exploring Teaching, Learning and Human Development 3
Field Experience: 10 hrs  
Total credits: 15-16

Semester 2

Course Name and Number Credits
GE5 Humanities 3
GE5 US Civilization OR Western Civilization 3
GE5 Foreign Lang. 3
GE5 Written Expression - ENG 101 3
LIB 105 Information and Technology Literacy 1
EDU 130 Ethics, Relationships, and Multicultural Competencies in Education 3
Field Experience: 10 hrs  
Total credits: 16

Semester 3

Course Name and Number Credits
GE5 Natural Science with a lab (NST) 4
GE5 Humanities OR The Art 3
Math 110/MAT113 3
One course for concentration 3
EDU 230 Social Contexts in Learning I 3
Field Experience: 10 hrs  
Total credits: 16

Semester 4

Course Name and Number Credits
HED 310 Health Ed. 3
GE5 MAT 3
Two courses for concentration 6
EDU 240 Social Contexts in Learning II 3
Field Experience: 10 hrs  
Total credits: 15

Semester 5

Course Name and Number Credits
GE5 Global Issues 3
Two courses for concentration 6
EDU 325 Foundations: Pedagogy in Reading and Writing, Technology, and Special Education  7
Field Experience: 25 hrs  
Total credits: 16

Semester 6

Course Name and Number Credits
GE5 Additional GE5 Courses 2-12
One course for concentration 3
EDU 335 Application: Connecting Pedagogy, Methods, and Integrated Literacy to Disciplines (Science, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts) 7
Field Experience: 25 hrs  
Total credits: 16

Semester 7

Course Name and Number Credits
GE5 Additional GE5 Courses 2-12
EDU 465 Curriculum Design: Implementation of Instructional Planning, Assessment of Student Learning, and Classroom Community/Organization 7
EDU 475 Practitioner Research in the Classroom 2
Field Experience: 25 hrs  
Total credits: 15

Semester 7

Course Name and Number Credits
EDT 494 Student Teaching 12

Course Descriptions

EDU 118: Human Growth and Development

A study of cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development across the life span. Factors affecting development and learning will be investigated, such as cultural and family variables. Major theoretical perspectives will serve as frameworks for developing links between theory and experience.

EDU 120 Exploring Teaching, Learning, and Human Development

Exploring teaching as a profession with field-based experiences that investigate teaching, learning, and human development.

EDU 130 Ethics, Relationships, and Multicultural Competencies in Education

Investigating, thinking critically, and reflecting on ethics, relationships, and multicultural competencies in education. Exploration of the ethical and practical dimensions of teaching within the diverse contexts which teachers and their students bring to the classroom community. Students will be expected to develop an understanding of multicultural teaching competencies and engage in self-reflection to identify and monitor their strengths and areas in need of improvement. Field-based component includes series of conversations with allied professionals (e.g., reading specialists/literacy coaches, speech-language pathologists, school counselors, school psychologists) as well as a series of immersion experiences.

EDU 230 Social Contexts in Learning I

Students will analyze social contexts for learning including organization of students for learning (whole class, small groups, one-to-one instruction), instructional practices, use of technology, and classroom and behavior management. Language and literacy connected to human growth and development. Field component includes observations of social contexts in schools and community, and assisting a teacher in grades 1-3 or 4-6.

EDU 240 Social Contexts in Learning II

Introduction to curriculum design, lesson design, integrating knowledge of child development into instructional planning, technology to support learning, meeting individual student needs, assessment, classroom management, and strategies for creating positive social contexts for learning. Field-based component assisting teachers in schools and community.

EDU 325 Foundations: Pedagogy in Reading and Writing, Technology, and Special Education

Building a foundation for best practices in teaching and learning through theories and practices, planning, and multicultural competencies. Introduction to pedagogy in reading and writing, special education and technology. Field-based component includes assisting a teacher and implementing lessons in grades 1-3 or 4-6. Students will engage in a variety of professional writing experiences (e.g., lesson plans, field notes, analysis of teaching and learning).

EDU 335 Application: Connecting Pedagogy, Methods, and Integrated Literacy to Disciplines (Science, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts)

Pedagogy, methods, best practices and integrated literacy are connected to learning how to teach and assess students' learning in social studies, science, math, and English language arts. An integrated planning model will be introduced and used in writing lessons, developing units, and creating projects across curricular areas including the arts. Field component involves teaching in these disciplines. Students will engage in a variety of professional writing experiences (e.g., planning and organization, reflection, describing and analyzing student learning, narrative writing, critique of current practices - content standards, instructional practices, instructional design).

EDU 465 Curriculum Design: Implementation of Instructional Planning, Assessment of Student Learning, and Classroom Organization/Management

Education students will design and implement curriculum in reading and writing, science, social studies, math, and the creative arts. Instructional planning, assessment of student learning, and classroom community and organization inform curriculum design. Multicultural competencies, exceptionalities, and technology integration are a constant consideration in planning, instruction, and assessment. Field component includes teaching and assessing integrated units, lesson plans and projects in all curricular areas. Students will engage in a variety of professional writing experiences (e.g., planning and organization, reflection, describing and analyzing student learning, critique of current practices - content standards, instructional practices, instructional design).

EDU 475 Practitioner Research in the Classroom

Introduction to research and its role in informing best practices in teaching. Scientific method, research approaches, and research designs are presented, in addition to learning how to read research critically. Education students will engage in the research process by developing a research proposal that investigates classroom practice.

EDT 494 Student Teaching & Professional Seminar: Democracy in Education

Education students will demonstrate competency as professionals by performing all responsibilities expected of a childhood education professional. Issues of personal growth and concern related to democracy in education, teaching and learning, students, families, schools, communities, and professional development will be discussed in a professional seminar.

 

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like to learn more about undergraduate programs in childhood education (B.S.Ed.) at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Denise Simard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Area Coordinator, B.S.Ed. Undergraduate Programs

Office: Sibley Hall 202
Phone: (518) 564-5111
Fax: (518) 564-2149
Email: simardda@plattsburgh.edu

Jessica Chase
Secretary
Phone: (518) 564-2123
Email: chaseja@plattsburgh.edu