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ESL Education (PreK-12) Core Classes
Introduction to Teaching: Elementary Education
This course gives students an initial experience teaching in an elementary school setting. Students study principles of education with an emphasis on aiding struggling readers, assessment, and lesson planning. They implement these principles as they engage in a one-to-one tutoring session with an at-risk child. The course is made possible through a partnership between Mooreland Heights Elementary School and Johnson University.
Introduction to Teaching II
As a continuation of Introduction to Teaching, this course moves students from a broader view of teaching an introductory lesson plan to an in-depth look at a Learning Segment. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and reflecting upon lesson plans, instruction, and assessments as well as incorporating research-based learning theories into each of those areas. Additional focus is put on academic vocabulary, learning environments, and academic feedback.
Survey of Persons with Disabilities
This course is a study of the characteristics of exceptional persons and the etiologies of some disabilities. The roles of the family and community agencies (especially the church) are discussed, and particular emphasis is given to the role of public education in the lives of persons with disabilities.
Language Arts Methods
Students develop knowledge and skills needed to teach writing, spelling, handwriting, and study skills. Students employ appropriate practices to promote effective communication, expression, and reflection in all subject areas. Students become more aware of the interactive nature of the language arts.
Classroom Management with Regular & Special Populations
This course explores two areas of significance and potential difficulty for the beginning teacher: effective classroom management and successful organization of the inclusive classroom. In this course, participants study management theory and teacher style, and explore a variety of strategies for developing a plan for classroom management based on Christian principles. They also gain an understanding of the special needs of the mainstreamed child and ways to meet these needs within an effective inclusive setting.
This methods course includes in-depth study of methods of teaching reading in early childhood, elementary, and middle grades classrooms. Students come to know, understand, and use appropriate practices for promoting and developing beginning literacy skills for integrating reading instruction across all subject areas and for enabling all children to become proficient and motivated readers. Students begin to develop skills in applying explicit approaches to support student acquisition of phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
History & Philosophy of Christian Education
This course examines the development of Christian education through the ages and philosophies that have influenced it. Major educational philosophers and schools of philosophy are discussed, and students are encouraged to apply insights to their own educational philosophy.
Foundations in Linguistics
This course introduces students to the complexity of human language. It is designed to introduce material in three interrelated units, including the nature of language, the grammatical aspects of language, and the applied areas of language. The course focuses on issues such as how the brain and language are related, how language sounds are produced and formed into words and sentences, and how those words and sentences are used to convey meaning. The course also addresses applied areas, such as dialects of English, pragmatics, bilingualism, language acquisition, and language instruction. While covering these various aspects of language, the ways in which the content relates to ministry are addressed.
ESL Methods & Materials for Teacher Education
This course is required for students seeking licensure in ESL or TESOL credentials. Students learn how to integrate language learning methods and subjects taught in the elementary and middle school, with special emphasis on reading, writing, listening, speaking, and vocabulary development. Students focus on methods and approaches used by educators for language instruction and effective lesson preparation using those methodologies.
Special Topics in K-12 ESL Education
This course provides candidates with the skills needed to acquire a deeper understanding of the academic needs of English learners in order to prepare them for the field of ESL education. Special emphasis is placed on specific ESL educational policies, legal requirements, and professional responsibilities. The administration of both formative and summative English language assessments is explored and practiced. Students analyze how the RTI process applies to students developing English proficiency. Students learn strategies in developing strong collaboration with administrators, educators, and parents in order to benefit English learners and their families. Students practice adapting general school and classroom practices in order to meet the linguistic needs of the English learners.
Field Experience: School Observations
This practical field experience is designed to acquaint entry-level students with a variety of schools and classrooms in the Knoxville area. Students examine various aspects of the classroom environment, management, and teaching methods in the classrooms they visit. This information is shared in written and oral form with their classmates and the faculty supervisor at regular meetings. This course is a prerequisite for other field experiences.
Field Experience: Tutoring
This course is a one-on-one tutoring session with an at-risk child in partnership with Mooreland Heights Elementary and Johnson University.
Field Experience: ESL Grades 6-12
In this term-long experience, students spend 20 hours working in a middle grade/high school ESL classroom. They observe classroom teacher instruction, prepare weekly lessons, reflect and discuss experiences with a field experience coordinator, and complete assigned tasks.
Practicum: Day in School OR Practicum: Christian School
Practicum: Day in School
This course is a term-long experience for five full days at Maryville Christian School. Students observe classroom teacher instruction, prepare weekly lessons, reflect and discuss experiences with a field experience coordinator, and complete assigned tasks.
Practicum: Christian School
This course is a term-long experience for 30 hours in a Christian school classroom. Students observe classroom teacher instruction, prepare weekly lessons, reflect and discuss experiences with a field experience coordinator, and complete assigned tasks.
Practicum: English as a Second Language I
This course is a term-long experience spending 40 hours in a public ESL classroom. Students observe classroom teacher instruction, prepare weekly lessons, reflect and discuss experiences with a field experience coordinator, and complete assigned tasks.
Practicum: English as a Second Language II
This course is a term-long experience spending 40 hours in a private school ESL classroom. Students observe classroom teacher instruction, prepare weekly lessons, reflect and discuss experiences with a field experience coordinator, and complete assigned tasks.
Senior Practicum: Reading
The course is a 40-hour field experience in a local public school taken with EDUC 4111 Reading Methods. Students will observe and practice what they are studying in their course in the public-school classroom.
This course includes a study of the physical, social, emotional and mental development of the child from birth to adolescence. This includes the role of preschool through eighth-grade teachers as they work with these children. Observations and assessments of children are included in this experience. Special attention is directed to working with students with emotional and family problems in early childhood, elementary, and middle schools.
World Languages Elective
Choose from Chinese I and II, French I and II, and Spanish I and II.