Education Department

Education Department Course Descriptions

EDUC 205 Foundations in Education (HP)

This course addresses the history of American education from colonial times to the present, with emphasis on current issues and trends in education (i.e. exceptional children, multicultural education, schools of choice). It examines the history of education from colonial-1865, 1865-1919, and 1919-present. Emphasis is placed on curriculum alignment: writing lesson objectives, effective teaching methods, Program for Effective Teaching, Pathwise, and student assessment.

EDUC 220 Educational Psychology (SB)

Emphasis is placed on selected aspects of the learner, the learning process, and the learning situation, related to middle school and secondary education. This course may include a field experience. Prerequisite: EDUC 205 recommended. 

EDUC 360 Inclusive Education 

A study of the philosophical, legal, and social foundations of an inclusive approach to adolescent education based on the belief that all children can learn. Emphasis is placed on national standards and state frameworks for developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum, assessment, and environment. Field experience focuses on specialized teaching in the middle and high school setting. Prerequisite: EDUC 205 and EDUC 220

EDUC 390 Cultural Geography (CW)

The geography of the world is studied with emphasis on developing countries. Resource use, technologies, and social institutions are examined, and trends in cultural and environmental relationships are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on cultural geography themes, national geography standards, the role of education in developing countries, and the effect of globalization.

EDUC 400 Topics in Education [CW]

An in-depth examination of major topics within the field of education. The content and format of this course varies according to the interests of students and faculty. Each course focuses on a single topic. Examples are the future of urban education, English as a Second Language Learners, high-poverty schools, closing the achievement gap in reading and mathematics, and education in developing countries.

EDUC 431 Methods in the Secondary School: English Language Arts

 Study of special methods of teaching secondary school English Language Arts to students of diverse backgrounds and abilities. This course emphasizes higher order thinking skills, instructional technology, current research, classroom climate, and micro-teaching. Includes a field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC 360. 

EDUC 435 Methods in the Secondary School: Social Studies

Study of special methods of teaching secondary school social studies to students of diverse backgrounds and abilities. This course emphasizes higher order thinking skills, instructional technology, current research, classroom climate, and micro-teaching. Students study innovative and creative strategies for teaching social studies in the secondary school including content and concept development and their application in the social studies classroom. Includes a field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC 360.

EDUC 438 STEM Methods  

This course combines a practicum in a local, public school with discussions and experiences to promote the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively teach in science, technology, and/or mathematics classrooms. Students learn both content specific and integrated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) methods, in addition to observing and teaching in a science, technology, and/or mathematics class under the supervision of a licensed teacher and the methods instructor. Prerequisite: EDUC 360

EDUC 440 Introduction to Student Teaching, 4-12 (Pending Approval from the ADE)

A two-week, full-day course during the student teaching semester. As an introduction to grades 4-12 student teaching, students examine the implications of classroom practices such as classroom management, differentiated instruction and assessment, Program for Effective Teaching, the student teaching evaluation process, as well as lesson and unit planning. Legal and ethical issues in teaching are also a part of the course. Prerequisites: Completion of all methods courses.

EDUC 471 Student Teaching, 4-12 [PL] (Pending Approval for the ADE)

Student teaching in Arkansas 4-12 classrooms, twelve weeks. The student teaching site is selected by the Hendrix Education Department and must be within a 50-mile radius of the campus. Prerequisites: Completion of all methods courses.

EDUC 460 Introduction to Student Teaching, Secondary, 7-12

A two-week, full-day course during the student teaching semester. As an introduction to secondary school student teaching, students examine the implications of classroom practices such as classroom management, differentiated instruction and assessment, Program for Effective Teaching, the student teaching evaluation process, as well as lesson and unit planning. Legal and ethical issues in teaching are also a part of the course. Prerequisite: Completion of all methods courses.

EDUC 461 Student Teaching, Secondary, 7-12 [PL]

Student teaching in an Arkansas 7-12 classroom, twelve weeks. The student teaching site is selected by the Hendrix Education Department and must be within a 50-mile radius of the campus. Prerequisite: Completion of all methods courses.