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  • ECON 499A: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students craft a research proposal, prepare a literature review, and outline the methods by which they plan to conduct research. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • ECON 499B: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students complete their research in a manner consistent with practices in their discipline and submit a written draft of their findings to their mentor. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • ECON 499C: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students revise their research and present their findings publicly. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • ECON 514: Managerial Finance

    An exploration of the role of the corporate finance function within an organization. The course begins with fundamental concepts and progresses to more specific decision rules designed to maximize the value of a firm. Topics include: capital markets, free cash flows, capital budgeting, cost flow estimation, risk and return, pricing models, valuation, cost of capital, and capital structure. Three semester hours.

  • ECON 524: Managerial Economics

    An exploration of the microeconomic issues affecting the firm. The course emphasizes the application of constrained optimization techniques to common problems faced in the management of the typical business enterprise such as price determination, output level, and the use of alternative productive resources. Three semester hours.

  • ECON 525: Managerial Economics for Operations

    An analysis of the effective integration of design, planning, and production processes. Concentration is placed on practical applications of modeling techniques that include the derivation of demand forecasts, cost parameters, and quality enhancements. Three semester hours.

  • ECON 526: Total Quality Management

    A study of the framework and philosophies of total quality management, process management, and quality control processes in all aspects of an enterprise. The fundamentals of probability and statistics and their application to six sigma, strategic quality management, statistical process control and lean manufacturing are examined. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 150: Introduction to Education

    An orientation to the education profession from the perspective of the teacher. The readings and discussions are designed to be an introduction to the current knowledge base related to teaching. Emphasis is given to the characteristics of the caring and reflective teacher. Students will begin a teacher education portfolio in this class. Field experience practicum with related topics included. EDUC 150 offered every term. Two semester hours.

  • EDUC 150B: Introduction to Education

    An orientation to the education profession from the perspective of the teacher. The readings and discussions are designed to be an introduction to the current knowledge base related to teaching. Emphasis is given to the characteristics of the caring and reflective teacher. Students will begin a teacher education portfolio in this class. Field experience practicum with related topics included. EDUC 150 offered every term. Two semester hours.

  • EDUC 152: Technology in Education

    Applications of technology for use in the PreK-12 classroom and for the teacher’s record keeping and research. EDUC 152 offered every term. One semester hour.

  • EDUC 152B: Technology in Education

    Applications of technology for use in the PreK-12 classroom and for the teacher’s record keeping and research. EDUC 152 offered every term. One semester hour.

  • EDUC 231: Psychology and Education of Exceptional Students

    A study of the education of exceptional students and the psychological aspects of exceptionalities. Includes discussion of assessment, family participation, IFSPs/IEPs, service delivery models, general curriculum, and intervention strategies. Includes observation and participation in classrooms with students with special needs. EDUC 231 offered fall term. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 231B: Psychology and Education of Exceptional Students

    A study of the education of exceptional students and the psychological aspects of exceptionalities. Includes discussion of assessment, family participation, IFSPs/IEPs, service delivery models, general curriculum, and intervention strategies. Includes observation and participation in classrooms with students with special needs. EDUC 231 offered fall term. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 231M: Psychology and Education of Exceptional Students

    A study of the education of exceptional students and the psychological aspects of exceptionalities. Includes discussion of assessment, family participation, IFSPs/IEPs, service delivery models, general curriculum, and intervention strategies. Includes observation and participation in classrooms with students with special needs. EDUC 231 offered fall term. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 233: Child Guidance

    A study of skills and techniques for promoting positive behaviors in children birth through elementary age. Students learn how to manage routine situations related to care and education of children in a variety of professional settings from child development centers to elementary schools including the study of different approaches to classroom management. This course is appropriate for junior level students and is taught in a block format with other licensure courses. Field experience included. EDUC 233 offered fall term concurrent with EDUC 301 and 356. Two semester hours.

  • EDUC 233B: Child Guidance

    A study of skills and techniques for promoting positive behaviors in children birth through elementary age. Students learn how to manage routine situations related to care and education of children in a variety of professional settings from child development centers to elementary schools including the study of different approaches to classroom management. This course is appropriate for junior level students and is taught in a block format with other licensure courses. Field experience included. EDUC 233 offered fall term concurrent with EDUC 301 and 356. Two semester hours.

  • EDUC 233M: Child Guidance

    A study of skills and techniques for promoting positive behaviors in children birth through elementary age. Students learn how to manage routine situations related to care and education of children in a variety of professional settings from child development centers to elementary schools including the study of different approaches to classroom management. This course is appropriate for junior level students and is taught in a block format with other licensure courses. Field experience included. EDUC 233 offered fall term concurrent with EDUC 301 and 356. Two semester hours.

  • EDUC 234: Classroom Management

    A study of skills and techniques for managing middle school and secondary classrooms. Emphasis is on strategies that prevent discipline problems and promote positive student behaviors. Review of different approaches to classroom management and discipline. Emphasizes the positive child guidance theory and constructivist learning. The knowledge base includes Brophy, Deitz, Evertson, Canter, Glasser, Johnson and Johnson, Slaven, Walker. Field experiences included. Offered spring term each year. Two semester hours.

  • EDUC 253B: Teaching Math to ECE/Elementary students

    A course in promoting the understanding of the real number system. Methods for explaining rational and real numbers; statistics; probability; measurement; geometry; and algebra and connections to the Common Core State Standards will be included. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MATH 153. Cross-listed with MATH 253B. Offered as needed. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 290: Independent Study

    Individual study to enable the student either to study material not in the curriculum or to facilitate an individualized approach in a field not currently covered in a single course. Not open to freshmen. One to three semester hours.

  • EDUC 301: Early Childhood and Elementary Foundations

    An overview of the education of children from birth through 12 years of age. History of the field, professional resources, educational models and theories, importance of working with families and appreciating diversity, and basics of developing curriculum. Field experience included. EDUC 301 offered fall term each year concurrent with EDUC 233 and 356. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 301B: Early Childhood and Elementary Foundations

    An overview of the education of children from birth through 12 years of age. History of the field, professional resources, educational models and theories, importance of working with families and appreciating diversity, and basics of developing curriculum. Field experience included. EDUC 301 offered fall term each year concurrent with EDUC 233 and 356. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 306: Middle Grades and Secondary Foundations

    History, philosophy, and social foundations of middle grades education. Included are examinations of middle grades organization and curriculum and an overview of assessment and instructional strategies. Developmental characteristics, learning styles, and typical interests and activities of pre-adolescents and adolescents are also explored. Field experience included. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 307: Secondary Foundations

    History, philosophy, and social foundations of secondary education. Included are examinations of secondary organization and curriculum and an overview of assessment and instructional strategies. Developmental characteristics, learning styles, and typical interests and activities of pre-adolescents and adolescents are also explored. Field experience included. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 319: Assessment for Early Childhood/Elementary Educators

    A comprehensive study of assessment practices in preschool and K-5 elementary settings. Emphasis will be placed on selecting appropriate assessments to measure student learning and interpretation of assessment results. Candidates will learn about a variety of assessments specifically designed for preschool and elementary students. Both standardized and informal assessments and their role in measuring student performance will be covered. Enrollment limited to students admitted to the professional level of the teacher education program. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours

  • EDUC 321: Assessment for Instruction

    A study of the role of formative and summative assessment and evaluation in student learning. Candidates will learn why assessment is critical for effective teaching, the different types of assessment, and how to develop and use assessment strategies, convert the results of assessment into reports including grades, involve students in self-assessment, and communicate assessment results to students and parents. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 355: Literacy Development

    A study of how language with all its components develops and is nurtured to maturity. Emphasis is given to what brain research and learning research explain about learning, the language arts of listening, speaking, writing, spelling, reading, and thinking. Focus is on learning to use current methods and balanced strategies for assessing and teaching language and reading in the primary grades. Extensive field experience included. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 355B: Literacy Development

    A study of how language with all its components develops and is nurtured to maturity. Emphasis is given to what brain research and learning research explain about learning, the language arts of listening, speaking, writing, spelling, reading, and thinking. Focus is on learning to use current methods and balanced strategies for assessing and teaching language and reading in the primary grades. Extensive field experience included. Four semester hours.

  • EDUC 356: Reading Processes with Assessment and Intervention

    A study of the diagnosis of reading skills and the objectives, methods, and materials for the correction of reading difficulties. Direct contact with children in tutorial and small group teaching situations is included. Enrollment limited to students admitted to the professional level of the teacher education program. Field experience included. EDUC 356 offered fall term each year concurrent with EDUC 233and 301. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 356B: Reading Processes with Assessment and Intervention

    A study of the diagnosis of reading skills and the objectives, methods, and materials for the correction of reading difficulties. Direct contact with children in tutorial and small group teaching situations is included. Enrollment limited to students admitted to the professional level of the teacher education program. Field experience included. EDUC 356 offered fall term each year concurrent with EDUC 233and 301. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 357: Content Area Reading

    A study of approaches and procedures designed to assist students in grades 4 - 12 in becoming adept readers. The primary focus will be on reading and language arts in the curriculum content areas. Building literacy development in students with both typical and atypical language skills is included. Techniques to modify and expand instruction based upon student development will be examined and discussed. Enrollment limited to students admitted to the professional level of the teacher education program. Field experience included. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 380: Media Effects on Children and Adolescents

    A seminar course in media literacy with an emphasis on the psychological, social, and educational effects on children and adolescents. The course includes discussion of the evolving nature of media and laws governing them. Such media include television, movies, the Internet, newspapers, magazines, music, and interactive video games. Discussion and assignments focus on the relative impact of these media on things such as body image, drug and alcohol use, sexuality, sociability, morality, and cognitive development. An emphasis is placed on becoming a media literacy advocate within one’s own family, school, and community. Cross-listed as COMM 280 and PSYC 280. Offered occasionally. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 403: Parent Education and Involvement

    A study to prepare future educators for their role as partners with parents in the education of their children. In addition to learning how to implement school-based strategies, the students will learn how to conduct parent education and involvement activities in community settings and to offer programs for special groups of parents including new parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, parents experiencing divorce and other forms of family destabilization, and parents serving as teachers in home-based early childhood settings. EDUC 403 and 403B offered once a year. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 403B: Parental Education and Involvement

    A study to prepare future educators for their role as partners with parents in the education of their children. In addition to learning how to implement school-based strategies, the students will learn how to conduct parent education and involvement activities in community settings and to offer programs for special groups of parents including new parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, parents experiencing divorce and other forms of family destabilization, and parents serving as teachers in home-based early childhood settings. EDUC 403 and 403B offered once a year. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 403M: Parent Education and Involvement

    A study to prepare future educators for their role as partners with parents in the education of their children. In addition to learning how to implement school-based strategies, the students will learn how to conduct parent education and involvement activities in community settings and to offer programs for special groups of parents including new parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, parents experiencing divorce and other forms of family destabilization, and parents serving as teachers in home-based early childhood settings. EDUC 403 and 403B offered once a year. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 406: Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods

    This course is designed to prepare the PreK-3 candidate with a specific focus on the educational needs of students in the cognitive realms of scientific, social, mathematical, and language learning. The focus is on instruction, lesson planning and implementing learning environments relating to the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM). Candidates learn how to transform standards into learning objectives and assess learning through formative and summative assessments. Candidates must plan a PreK-3 unit related to students’ interests, diverse needs, and state standards. Field experience in the PreK-3 classroom included. EDUC 406 offered fall term each year. Three semester hours. EDUC 406B offered spring term each year. Four semester hours.

  • EDUC 406B: Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods

    This course is designed to prepare the PreK-3 candidate with a specific focus on the educational needs of students in the cognitive realms of scientific, social, mathematical, and language learning. The focus is on instruction, lesson planning and implementing learning environments relating to the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM). Candidates learn how to transform standards into learning objectives and assess learning through formative and summative assessments. Candidates must plan a PreK-3 unit related to students’ interests, diverse needs, and state standards. Field experience in the PreK-3 classroom included. EDUC 406 offered fall term each year. Three semester hours. EDUC 406B offered spring term each year. Four semester hours.

  • EDUC 408: Middle Grades and Secondary Curriculum and Methods

    A course preparing middle school education students to integrate and organize the knowledge of the disciplines to fit the particular needs of students. Emphasis on assessment, planning, instructional strategies, and evaluation. Includes individualized instruction by a content area specialist on materials and methods specific to licensing areas. Field experience included. Offered spring term each year. Five semester hours.

  • EDUC 409: Secondary Curriculum and Methods

    A course preparing secondary education students to integrate and organize the knowledge of the disciplines to fit the particular needs of students. Emphasis on assessment, planning, instructional strategies, and evaluation. Includes individualized instruction by a content area specialist on materials and methods specific to licensing areas. Field experience included. Offered spring term each year. Five semester hours.

  • EDUC 440: Engaging Children through Diversified Strategies

    A course preparing students for working with diverse student populations and focusing on the use of strategies which differentiate instruction to accommodate the learning styles, language proficiency, special needs, cultural influences, gender, and brain development of children four to fourteen years of age. The course concentrates on engaging all learners through the arts, through environmental design, and through research based instructional strategies. The course provides participants with a framework for using technology, web-based materials, and the arts as tools for engaging all learners. Field experience included. EDUC 440 offered spring term each year. Two semester hours.

  • EDUC 440B: Engaging Children through Diversified Strategies

    A course preparing students for working with diverse student populations and focusing on the use of strategies which differentiate instruction to accommodate the learning styles, language proficiency, special needs, cultural influences, gender, and brain development of children four to fourteen years of age. The course concentrates on engaging all learners through the arts, through environmental design, and through research based instructional strategies. The course provides participants with a framework for using technology, web-based materials, and the arts as tools for engaging all learners. Field experience included. EDUC 440 offered spring term each year. Two semester hours.

  • EDUC 440M: Engaging Children through Diversified Strategies

    A course preparing students for working with diverse student populations and focusing on the use of strategies which differentiate instruction to accommodate the learning styles, language proficiency, special needs, cultural influences, gender, and brain development of children four to fourteen years of age. The course concentrates on engaging all learners through the arts, through environmental design, and through research based instructional strategies. The course provides participants with a framework for using technology, web-based materials, and the arts as tools for engaging all learners. Field experience included. EDUC 440 offered spring term each year. Two semester hours.

  • EDUC 442: Early Childhood Special Education

    A study of approaches to and strategies for early childhood special education, including a study of the history and current trends in the field. After a review of major service delivery models for young children with disabilities, students gain experience in creating learning environments, instructional opportunities, and intervention strategies for young children with disabilities. The course covers the use of adaptive and assistive technologies appropriate for young children and models for consultation and family involvement for early childhood special education. Field experience in a variety of non-school service delivery environments including homes, clinics, centers, and preschools is included. Prerequisite 231, 231M or 231B. Offered as needed. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 443: Practicum

    A supervised experience lasting for one semester or less in a program for children ages birth through seventeen. For child and youth development majors who are not seeking professional teaching licensure. EDUC 443 offered on demand; EDUC 443B offered as needed. One to six semester hours.

  • EDUC 443B: Practicum

    A supervised experience lasting for one semester or less in a program for children ages birth through seventeen. For child and youth development majors who are not seeking professional teaching licensure. EDUC 443 offered on demand; EDUC 443B offered as needed. One to six semester hours.

  • EDUC 443SE: Early Childhood Special Education Practicum

    A supervised experience creating learning environments, instructional opportunities, and intervention strategies for young children in non-school settings, including homes, clinics, centers, and preschools. The experience provides opportunities to work collaboratively with families, consultants, and other professionals serving young children with disabilities, preparing young children for entry into the formal school setting. Prerequisite or corequisite: EDUC 442. Offered as needed. Three semester hours.

  • EDUC 451: Student Teaching: Elementary

    An experience in lesson planning, instruction, and assessment, Grades K-5. An extensive orientation prepares the student for student teaching experience (fifteen weeks minimum) that includes the refinement of planning, instruction, and assessment skills in the classroom setting. Students follow the schedule of the school system to which they are assigned. Approval to student teach required. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 460 Capstone Seminar required. Offered every term. Twelve semester hours.

  • EDUC 452: Student Teaching: Early Childhood

    An experience in lesson planning, instruction, and assessment, grades PreK-3. An extensive orientation prepares the student for student teaching experience (fifteen weeks minimum) that includes the refinement of planning, instruction, and assessment skills in the classroom setting. Students follow the schedule of the school system to which they are assigned. Approval to student teach required. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 460/460B Capstone Seminar required. EDUC 452 offered every term; EDUC 452B offered fifth term. Twelve semester hours.

  • EDUC 452B: Student Teaching: Early Childhood

    An experience in lesson planning, instruction, and assessment, grades PreK-3. An extensive orientation prepares the student for student teaching experience (fifteen weeks minimum) that includes the refinement of planning, instruction, and assessment skills in the classroom setting. Students follow the schedule of the school system to which they are assigned. Approval to student teach required. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 460/460B Capstone Seminar required. EDUC 452 offered every term; EDUC 452B offered fifth term. Twelve semester hours.

  • EDUC 453: Student Teaching: Middle Grades

    An experience in lesson planning, instruction, and assessment for grades 4-8. An extensive orientation prepares the student for a student teaching experience (typically fifteen weeks minimum) that includes the refinement of planning, instruction, and assessment skills in the classroom setting. Students follow the schedule of the school system to which they are assigned. Approval to student teach required. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 460 Capstone Seminar required. Offered every term. Twelve semester hours.