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Curriculum and Instruction

Chairperson: Dr. Cindy Dooley
Office: Horrabin Hall 58
Telephone: (309) 298-1961
Fax: (309) 298-2800
E-mail: CJ-Dooley@wiu.edu

Website: wiu.edu/curriculum

Faculty: Barclay, Benelli, Borgia, Campbell, Cheak, Dooley, Ferree, Godt, Goff, Hommel, Horack, Isele, Jones, Lee, Logan, Massey, Murphy, Powers, Simonson, Singh, Stinnett, Steward, Witten, Wolf.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Elementary Education and options in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education. The Elementary Education option leads to Illinois state certification in grades kindergarten through nine in self-contained classroom situations.  Students may choose to earn an additional endorsement which will enable them to teach in departmentalized situations at the middle school level.  The Early Childhood Education option leads to certification for teachers to work with children from birth through grade three.  Graduates of this program are qualified to teach in birth to three programs, preschool and prekindergarten programs for children with special needs, and kindergarten through third grade classrooms.

The primary purpose of the Elementary Education and Early Childhood programs is to prepare versatile teachers who appreciate the importance of a diverse population; who adapt to emerging social, economic, and demographic patterns; who use effective teaching practices that reflect current and enduring research on best pedagogical practice; and who are skilled in the use of technological tools to promote teaching and learning in the nation’s schools.  The programs provide students with a solid foundation of general studies, a scope and sequence of carefully designed professional courses emphasizing exploratory, experiential, student-centered teaching and learning, and extensive experiences observing and working with children in a variety of classroom settings. Field experiences begin early in each program and gradually increase through the senior year, culminating in a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching.

Honors Curriculum - Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors

Selection/Retention Policy

There are two levels of students in the Elementary Education (ELED) and Early Childhood Education (ECH) programs: Pre-ELED/Pre-ECH students and ELED/ECH students.

Pre-ELED/Pre-ECH students: All students who have been accepted into the University and who wish to major in either the Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education program.

  • Pre-ELED/Pre-ECH students at WIU may become ELED/ECH students after full acceptance to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), and with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a 2.75 GPA in the major.
  • All students seeking an option in Elementary Education are required to successfully complete the following courses before becoming an ELED student, CS 111; ELED 110, 170, 270; EIS 201, 302; IDT 285; LLA 313; MATH 106, 206; KIN 360.
  • All students seeking an option in Early Childhood Education are required to successfully complete the following courses before becoming an ECH student: CS 111; IDT 278, 285; LLA 311; MATH 106, 206; ECH 271, 273, 274.
  • Pre-ELED/Pre-ECH students must establish and maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative and major GPA to enroll in a freshman or sophomore level field experience.
  • The Department Selection/Retention Committee will hear appeals from Pre-ELED/Pre-ECH students who are seeking enrollment in courses who have below a 2.50 GPA but not less than a 2.30 GPA

Transfer Students: All grades on the transfer transcript will count in the calculation of the 2.75 GPA to determine eligibility to become an ELED/ECH major and enroll in upper-division courses and field experiences.

ELED/ECH students: All students must be fully accepted in to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) and maintain a 2.75 cumulative and major GPA.

  • Student’s enrollment in departmental upper division courses, except LLA 311 and LLA 313, and progress in the program will be contingent upon meeting and maintaining TEP requirements.
  • All students must successfully complete the Illinois State Board of Education certification content exams prior to enrollment in student teaching.
  • To be recommended for student teaching, a student must have a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.75.
  • All students seeking Illinois certification must successfully complete the Illinois State Board of Education Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test during the student teaching semester.
  • A student who is refused admission to the ELED/ECH program or whose admission has been revoked may appeal to the Department Selection and Retention Committee for review.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Education—Elementary Education Option or Early Childhood Education Option

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Education with an option in Elementary Education must complete I, II, and III.A.  All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Education with an option in Early Childhood Education must complete I, II, and III.B. Students are to meet the University General Education and state certification requirements, and doing so requires close articulation with their academic adviser. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h. Teacher certification will require additional hours.

In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education certification rules, all candidates seeking teacher certification are required by Western Illinois University to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all directed general education courses, all core courses, and all courses in the option. Note C- is below a C.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:  44 s.h.
    (including ARTH 180, GEOG 110, HIST 105 or 106, MATH 106*, MUS 190, POLS 122)
    (Elementary Education students: 8 s.h. of science which must include at least one biological and one physical science course, one of which must be a lab course)
    (Early Childhood Education students: a biological and a physical science course, one of which must be a lab.)
  2. Core Courses:  15 s.h.
    C&I 476, IDT 285, MATH 206*, RDG 383†, SPED 310
  3. Options of Study (select A or B)
    1. Elementary Education
      Additional Certification/Accreditation Requirements:  63 s.h.
      ELED 110, 170 (1 s.h.), 270 (1 s.h.), 370 (1 s.h.), 371 (1 s.h.), 410, 470 (4 s.h.); KIN 360; LLA 313;  RDG 384†, 433; SCED 364, 464; SSED 365, 495; MATH 364, 367; EIS 201, 301, 302, 401; SPED 390; Student Teaching (12 s.h.)
    2. Early Childhood Education
      Additional Certification/Accreditation Requirements:  73 s.h.
      ECH 271, 273, 274, 351, 353, 355, 356, 380 (1 s.h.), 381, 410 (1 s.h.), 474, 480 (3 s.h.); EIS 302; RDG 382†, 432; KIN 360; CSD 312; LLA 311; IDT 278; MATH 362; SCED 352; SSED 354; Student Teaching (16 s.h.)

*The sequence MATH 106/206 may count as 3 s.h. of General Education credit.

†RDG 383 and RDG 384 fulfill the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement for the Elementary Education option. †RDG 382 and RDG 383 fulfill the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement for the Early Childhood Education option.

Course Descriptions

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (C&I)

403  Middle Level Education. (4)  Philosophical development of the middle school will be analyzed as well as the advisory role of the middle school teacher for health and social services. Developmentally appropriate curriculum and instructional methods including content area reading instruction and techniques for blending subject matter content relevant to the early adolescent are provided. A minimum grade of C is required of elementary education majors. Prerequisites: EIS 301 or at least one methods course; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

476  Parent/Community Involvement. (3)  Techniques for working with and involving families/communities, including conferencing skills, newsletters, home-visits, parent education, volunteers, meetings, and other ways to develop open communication and parental and community support. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education students. Restricted: departmental permission. Prerequisite: fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

EARLY CHILDHOOD (ECH)

271  Early Childhood Education. (3)  History and philosophy of early childhood education, recent trends, programs, and techniques for education of children, birth through eight years. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors.

273  Understanding the Young Child. (3)  Social context in which child functions, development within family, social institutions. Pre- and post-natal forces, effects upon child, techniques for dealing with them. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Restricted: early childhood program or departmental permission.

274  The Young Child as a Learner. (3)  The child's acquisition of language, intellectual, and personality development. Relationship between child's growth and development, his/her activities outside and within social institutions. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education students. Restricted: early childhood program or departmental permission.

351  Science and Math for Young Children in Regular and Inclusive Settings: Birth to Preschool. (4)  Methods and content for planning, implementing, and assessing science and math curriculum for young children, birth to preschool. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisites: ECH 271, 273, 274; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program Corequisite: ECH 380.

353  Methods for Teaching Social Studies & Creative Expression in Regular and Inclusive Settings: Birth to Preschool. (4)  Methods and content for planning, implementing, and assessing social studies and creative expression curriculum when teaching young children, birth to preschool age. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisites: ECH 271, 273, 274; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: ECH 380.

355  Organization and Administration of the Preprimary Learning Environment. (2)  Principles and practices of classroom design, scheduling, curricular integration, and material selection in preprimary settings. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisites: ECH 271, 273, 274; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

356  The Learning Environment: Kindergarten and the Primary Grades. (2)  Principles and practices of classroom design, scheduling, curricular integration, and material selection in kindergarten and the primary grades. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisites: ECH 271, 273, 274; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

380  Field Work in Early Childhood Education I. (1-3, repeatable to 6)  Clinical experience in pre-primary early childhood settings. Students explore and apply learning theories and practices as they observe and participate in daily classroom activities/instruction. Prerequisites: ECH 271, 273, 274, departmental permission, fully accepted into Teacher Education Program. Corequisite: ECH 351 and 353. Graded S/U only.

381  Field Work in Early Childhood Education II. (1-3, repeatable to 6)  Clinical experience in primary grade early childhood settings. Students explore and apply learning theories and practices as they observe and participate in daily classroom activities/instruction. Transportation not furnished. Prerequisites: ECH 271, 273, 274, 380, departmental permission, fully accepted into Teacher Education Program. Graded S/U only.

410  Senior Seminar in Early Childhood. (1)  Provides students with an opportunity for reflection, discussion, and professional reading related to their student teaching experience. Prerequisite: ECH 480. Corequisite: STCH 459 and 460. Graded S/U only.  

474  Early Childhood Assessment. (3)  Intensive investigation of informal and formal assessment strategies including basic principles of measurement and evaluation, to plan educational experiences, communicate with parents, identify children in need of specialized services, and evaluate programs for young children from birth through eight years of age. The administration of some assessment instruments is required.  A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Restricted: early childhood program or departmental permission. Prerequisite: ECH 271, 273, 274, 380,  fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

480  Field Work in Early Childhood Education III. (1-4, repeatable to 6)  Clinical experience in pre-primary and primary grade early childhood classrooms. Students explore and apply learning theories and practices as they observe, participate, and teach daily in the classroom. Transportation not furnished. Prerequisites: ECH 271, 273, 274, 380, 381, departmental permission, fully accepted into Teacher Education Program. Graded S/U only.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (ELED)

110  Seminar in Elementary Education. (1)  Provides students with an opportunity for early identification and professional involvement with their major. Examines characteristics of elementary educators and schools. Investigates specific areas of interest and expertise for elementary education majors and includes development of a personal philosophy of education. Required for all freshmen, sophomores, and transfers. Graded S/U only.

170  Classroom Observation/Seminar in Elementary Education. (1, repeatable to 2)  Observation of an elementary or middle level classroom with accompanying seminars focused on exploration of organization and delivery of classroom instruction. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ELED 110. Graded S/U only.

270  Elementary Education Field Work/Seminar II. (1-2, repeatable to 4)  Clinical experience in an elementary or middle level classroom with accompanying seminars focused on exploration of individual characteristics of learners and professional standards for teachers. Transportation not furnished. Prerequisites or Corequisites: ELED 110 and 170. Graded S/U only.

370  Field Work in Elementary Education I. (1–3, repeatable with no maximum)  Supervised practicum of educational experiences in elementary school programs. Students explore and apply learning theories as they tutor one or more elementary or middle grade students. Transportation not furnished. Prerequisites: fully accepted into Teacher Education Program and departmental permission. Graded S/U only.

371  Field Work in Elementary Education II. (1-3, repeatable to 6)  Clinical experience in elementary/middle level classrooms. Students explore and apply learning theories and practices as they observe and participate in daily classroom instruction. Transportation not furnished. Prerequisites: ELED 110, 170, 270, 370, departmental permission, fully accepted into Teacher Education Program. Graded S/U only.  

410  Senior Seminar in Elementary Education. (1)  Provides students with an opportunity for reflection, discussion, and professional reading related to their student teaching experience. Prerequisites: fully accepted into Teacher Education Program and ELED 470; Corequisites: STCH 459, 460, 461 or 462. Graded S/U only.

445  Honors/Seminar in Elementary Education. (2, not repeatable)  Reading, research, writing, and discussion on educational topics to be announced in advance. Normally, a service learning project and a seminar presentation will be required. Prerequisites: ELED 170 or ECH 273; enrollment in the Centennial Honors College.

470  Senior Field Work/Seminar in Elementary Education (1-4, repeatable to 6)  Supervised practicum in an elementary or middle level classroom with accompanying seminars. Preservice teachers work closely with mentor teachers in planning and implementing instruction, including curriculum integration of technology, guiding student learning, and evaluating student progress in the elementary school curriculum. Transportation not furnished. Prerequisites: ELED 370, fully accepted into Teacher Education Program, and departmental permission. Graded S/U only.

LITERATURE LANGUAGE ARTS (LLA)

311  Literature for Young Children. (3)  A survey of literature for children birth through grade three. Selecting books in various genres through critical analysis and evaluation is emphasized. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisite: 2.50 cumulative GPA.

313  Children's Literature. (3)  Survey of literature for children preschool through grade 6 with emphasis on critical analysis and evaluation of books in various genres. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisite: 2.50 cumulative GPA.

443  (cross-listed with ENG 443)  Creative Uses of Literature for Children and Young Adults. (3)  Presents the development of effective programs in informal and formalized interpretive experiences for children and young adults, emphasizing individual creativity and sources for materials. Not open to students with credit for ENG 443. Prerequisite: LLA 313.

READING (RDG)

382  Literacy Development: Birth through Preschool. (3)  Methods and content for fostering and assessing literacy development in children from birth through the preschool years, adopting these methods to meet the individual needs of diverse groups of children, and applying these methods in child care and preschool settings. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: ECH 271, 273, 274; LLA 311; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

383  Literacy Instruction in the Early Grades. (3)  Introduction to developmentally appropriate methods for teaching and assessing reading, writing, speaking, and listening in early elementary classrooms, adapting these methods to meet the individual needs of diverse groups of children, and applying these methods in a classroom. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: LLA 311 or 313 or departmental approval; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

384  Literacy Instruction in the Intermediate Grades. (3)  A focus on methods of literacy instruction and assessment appropriate for intermediate/middle level classrooms, with adaptations to meet the individual needs of diverse groups of children and opportunities to apply these methods in a classroom. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: LLA 313 or departmental approval; RDG 383; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

432  Introduction to Corrective Reading in the Early Childhood Years. (3)  Methods and content for assessing and instructional procedures for correcting the reading and writing difficulties of primary-aged children in the regular classroom setting. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisites: RDG 382, 383, and LLA 311 or 313; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

433  Introduction to Corrective Reading. (3)  A course emphasizing group and individual identification and instructional procedures for corrective reading in the elementary school. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisite: EIS 301, LLA 313, RDG 383, and RDG 384, or departmental approval; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

468  Teaching Reading in Secondary School and College. (3)  A theory-based course that translates knowledge and research concerning reading at the junior high, senior high, and college level into recommendations for effective instruction, and focuses on the various kinds of reading programs that exist at the post-elementary level. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors.

SCIENCE EDUCATION (SCED)

352  Methods for Teaching Science in Primary Grades. (3)  Methods and content for planning, implementing, and assessing science curriculum when teaching children in the primary grades. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisites: ECH 271, 273, 274; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

364  Introductory Science Methods for Elementary Teachers. (3)  Introduces the nature of science and science education by exploring various issues and approaches relevant to elementary science instruction. Emphasis is placed on contemporary programs which stress direct experience and activity-based learning. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisites: junior standing or departmental approval; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

464  Integrating Science Through Inquiry. (3)  Demonstrates how teachers can utilize the processes of inquiry to integrate the various science disciplines—physical, life, earth, and environmental—to provide appropriate science learning experience in the elementary and middle level classroom. Minimum grade of C required. Prerequisites: SCED 364; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

490  Environmental Science. (3)  Provides teachers with background information related to environmental concepts and issues through inquiry activities and field work. Topics include forest, pond, wetland, river, and prairie ecosystems. Abiotic topics include map and compass work, geology, soil, weather, and climate.

491  Life Science. (3)  Designed to strengthen teachers’ biological science background. Emphasis is on life science concepts from contemporary middle school curricula stressing inquiry, problem solving, and science methodology through laboratory work and research. Topics include plant biology, animal biology, ecology, human biology, cell biology, heredity, and evolution.

492  Physical Science. (3)  This course is designed to provide physical science content through inquiry investigations. Course topics are: science as inquiry, technological design, motions and forces, properties of matter, energy and the interactions between them. Specific content includes: chemistry, energy, force, heat, light, magnetism, matter, motion, and sound. Students will explore concepts through discussion and laboratory-based investigations from classic and contemporary science curricula.

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION (SSED)

354  Methods for Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Grades. (3)  Methods and content for planning, implementing, and assessing social studies curriculum when teaching children in the primary grades. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisites: ECH 271, 273, 274; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

365  Teaching Our Heritage. (3)  Develops the conceptual base for teaching the understanding of our heritage including the role of cultural diversity, change over time, place, government, production, and distribution. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisites: Junior standing or departmental approval; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.

439  Secondary Social Studies Methods. (3)  Designed to aid the prospective secondary social studies teacher to develop objectives, to select and organize content, to use various techniques, and to evaluate learning. See other 439 listings under academic areas. These are special methods courses and carry education credit. Prerequisite: upper division standing.

495  Teaching with a Global Perspective. (3)  Develops the conceptual base for teaching the understanding of global connections including those dealing with social, environmental, economic, technological, and individual cultural dimensions. Field component required. A minimum grade of C is required of teacher education majors. Prerequisites: SSED 439 or 365; fully accepted into Teacher Education Program.